Julian Zhu '21 Receives Honorable Mention at 2019 Maine Regional Scholastic Awards
For many individuals, finding one’s passion in life takes a lifetime...unless your Julian Zhu ‘21 who some would argue was born with a camera holstered to his hip. Zhu is in his second year at Fryeburg Academy and transferred from his California school where he was first introduced to photography as a member of the yearbook team. Since then both his interest and skill level in photography have increased dramatically.
Zhu was recently awarded an Honorable Mention for his photograph entitled “Once Upon A Dream” as one of five submissions in the 2019 Maine Region Scholastics Art Exhibition. It was the first time FA’s photography and biology instructor, Jennifer Bartlett, entered one of her former students into the contest.
“Julian has always come to me wanting to challenge himself and participate in any contests available,” says Bartlett. “We also entered his photography into Fryeburg Fair’s photo contest where he won 2nd place. He’s a really motivated student and has grown in his photography skills since his participation in my class.”
The Scholastics Art and Writing Awards in conjunction with the Maine College of Art is one of the longest-running and most prestigious recognition for young artists nationwide. Teen works exhibited range from sculpture and prose to photography and video game design — a total of 17 artistic categories. Each category is recognized by a Gold or Silver Key Winner as well as an Honorable Mention Art Portfolio.
As a recipient of the Honorable Mention Award, Zhu is invited to exhibit his photography portfolio at the Maine College of Art and attend the reception on Friday, February 2.
“I like to get myself out there and out of my comfort zone,” says Julian Zhu. “I’m always trying to improve my skills and it’s important to have professional judges reviewing your work since they have an angle others don’t. It’s not exactly what I hoped to achieve at the contest, but it is still good to get more constructive criticism and make changes for next time.”
When asked what Zhu’s next steps were, he said he was reviewing more professional art photography books to get a sense of light vs. dark, themes, angles and other components that make a great photo stand out. He also replied with: “Besides, I still have an important job here at FA taking all the sports and admission photos!”
On Saturday, March 30, 2019, members of the Fryeburg Academy Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed at the Maine Music Educators Association Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival, where they earned the coveted Gold rating, averaging a score of 97 out of 100 points possible. And, since they secured one of the top two spots in their division, FA’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble was invited to compete for first place in the “Night Finals.”
On Saturday, March 23, senior Antonina "Tonia" Zakorchemna and junior Artem Laptiev — both international resident students from Ukraine — participated in the 73rd Maine State Science Fair at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. The annual fair is organized by the Jackson Laboratory and the Reach Program—a program of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.
This year, 22 students traveled to New York City to attend the four-day National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference on March 1-4. Now in its 45th year, the NHSMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference, hosting over 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and 300 schools. The New York-based conference-- surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself--provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. Students are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand and have the opportunity to attend the opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
On March 15 and 16, FA's Jazz bands traveled to South Portland High School to attend the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival. The New Standard Combo and FA Big Band both performed very well, earning silver while the Yukon King Combo and Fryeburg Academy Jazz Orchestra won bronze. It is noteworthy that FA's New Standard Combo earned 74 out of 75 points for their performances--one point shy of claiming the gold standard and was one of the highest scoring combo performances of the event.
At the festival, Georgia Stafford '19 won the Dale Huff Outstanding Musicianship Award--awarded to the top-rated musician in the combo division. Other outstanding performances recognized at the jazz festival were as follows:
The Fryeburg Academy Math Team finished the season by defending their Pi-Cone League Championship title at Leavitt High School on March 6th. The Pi-Cone League consists of 14 teams from 11 regional high schools throughout Central Maine. Five meets were held this year from October through March. 50 Fryeburg Academy students competed on the math team, the highest number of participants on record. Senior team captains Antonina Zackorchemna '19 and Celine Lyu '19 did an outstanding job of leading the team this year. Weekly practices were held at the LaCasse Dining Hall.
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