Seniors Casey and Reece Kneissler Represent FA at the WMC Citizenship Awards Banquet
Each year, the Western Maine Conference (WMC) sponsors an awards banquet to honor students from each school in the conference. Every WMC school is asked to select two graduating seniors for their overall contributions to their school in the areas of academics, athletics, leadership, and extracurricular activities, as well as for their attitude and consideration of others.
This year senior twins, Casey and Reece Kneissler, were selected to represent Fryeburg Academy at the banquet held on February 27 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, ME.
Reece Kneissler '19
Having earned the respect of peers, faculty, and administration at Fryeburg Academy, Reece was chosen for the WMC citizenship award based on his academic and athletic excellence, along with his commitment to the community. A captain of the Fryeburg Academy southern Class C championship football team, Reece earned All Campbell Conference football honors as a physical and cerebral middle linebacker and offensive lineman. A high honor student, Reece also earned Campbell Conference All-Academic status. Reece captains the FA basketball team and starts at center, and he is a catcher/first baseman on the baseball team. In honor of Reece’s contributions to the Fryeburg Academy community, he was named to Dirigo Boys’ State delegation. Reece has not made a final decision between Holy Cross, University of Maine, and the University of Maine at Farmington, but he will study business and economics in college. On track to be a 12-sport athlete at FA, Reece’s quiet and strong leadership will be missed in the athletic department and in the school community at large.
Casey Kneissler ‘19
Casey earned the WMC Citizenship Award with an impressive academic, athletic, and club career at Fryeburg Academy. A National Honor Society member and high honor student, Casey has received many academic honors, among them the Dartmouth Book Award, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. Casey also represented Fryeburg Academy at Maine Youth Leadership and Dirigo Girls’ State. Casey is a member of the Model United Nations team, the math team, the Girl Up Club, the Unified basketball team, and the Interact Club as well. Captain of both the indoor and outdoor track teams, Casey has podiumed at the state indoor meet two years in a row and the outdoor state track meet last year. Casey is waiting to hear back from Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby, but she hopes to attend Bates next year and focus on biology and pre-med studies.
This year, Fryeburg Academy’s international students received a warm welcome from local families who volunteered to host new students as part of FA’s new Family Connections Program. The program brings local families and international students together for support, cultural exchange, and an introduction to American culture. “I was all for getting involved,” said Andrea Macht (‘86). “It was a total blessing that Mia was from Germany. My children know the language and visit family in Germany once or twice a year.”
Fryeburg Academy is excited to announce that junior Artem Laptiev ‘20 and senior Antonina Zakorchemna ‘19 placed 3rd at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 12-17 in Pheonix, Arizona.
During May and June 2019, the Goldberg Gallery at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine is pleased to announce that it will host a collection of oil paintings, featuring the work of artist Amy C. Laskin. Laskin. Laskin describes her work as a combination of phantasy and reality--often combining the unusual. "My paintings often focus on an anonymous nonrepresentational figure comprised of natural elements and unusual combinations,” says Laskin. “I am interested in decorative language and the assemblage of forms which are placed in situations existing in a natural worldly environment. Ostensibly, these combinations are of a surrealistic and mythical nature presented in a cogent way to suggest something phantasmagorical."
On Monday, April 29, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the induction of 19 new members to the National Honor Society (NHS). Students who join the National Honor Society must have a high academic standard (a minimum of 3.0), exemplify leadership, good citizenship, and community service. The following students were inducted: Seniors: Celine Lyu, Hailie Zhu, Tonia Zakorchemna; Juniors: Ryan Duffy, Dawson Jones, Sophie Kummer, Sonia Leone, Lillian Nylin, Julianna Stanton, Kaia Staples, Danielle Tait, and Purlin Twig-Smith; Sophomores: Ella Baptista, Samantha Carus, Lilah Felix, Morgan Fusco, Sasha Maguire, Grace Marshall, and Margaret Powers. Sally Gibson was the guest speaker at the ceremony. To read her speech, please click here.
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.
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