27 Fryeburg Academy Students Earn Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in 2019
We are pleased to announce that the College Board has conferred AP Scholar Awards upon 27 Fryeburg Academy students this year, recognizing college-level achievement on AP examinations for 14 students designated as AP Scholars, six further as AP Scholars with Honor, and seven as AP Scholars with Distinction.
‘Success’ on an AP Exam is defined as an exam score of 3, 4, or 5, representing the score point that research finds predictive of college success, in addition to successful attainment of the knowledge and skills entailed in the subject area studied. Most colleges and universities grant accelerated study options, credit, or both to enrolling students who have achieved scores in this range while in high school.
“We are very proud of these students’ accomplishment. They have embraced the rigors of Advanced Placement coursework and met the challenges of the program’s culminating examinations,” said Erin Mayo, head of school.
Fryeburg Academy offers 16 AP courses in mathematics, science, humanities, and the arts, in addition to 20 honors and five college-level courses.
Fryeburg Academy AP Scholars (granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams):
Anh Duy Nguyen
Silvia Serra Sanchez
Fryeburg Academy AP Scholars with Honor (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams):
Fryeburg Academy AP Scholars with Distinction (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams):
Beginning in the month of October, the Goldberg Gallery will host the work of Isaac Rader. Rader, a 2013 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and has studied at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction. He is a member of the Mount Washington Valley Art Association and has shown at many local venues throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
This past March, the Space Raiders purchased a 9.25” refractor telescope with a computer-controlled motorized “go-to” mount and camera adapter. Thanks to the generous donations from the Perloff Family Foundation, The Lucas Spencer Passion Fund, and Sally and Jim Gibson of Fryeburg, the purchase was possible. The telescope purchase helps to further our mission for viewing and astrophotography of the planets, stars, galaxies, nebula, and comets. We will be having open viewing events on campus and at the OLRC barn as weather and schedules permit.
The Fryeburg Academy Board of Trustees has appointed two new board members: Renee C. Thomas ‘84, and Nicola Soares ‘86. Both women hail from Bermuda and spent their Academy years as students in its boarding program.
This January, Fryeburg Academy’s after-school jazz groups were able to resume limited rehearsals (following specific CDC guidelines for spacing, ventilation, masking, instrument covers, and rehearsal length), which allowed us to begin preparation for the spring virtual jazz festivals.
Senior Julian Zhu’s photography skills are known by many in our community, and his stellar work graces the Academy’s walls and marketing publications. This year, Zhu was awarded the Gold Key Award from Maine College of Arts’ Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his submitted photo entitled, “Graduation 2020-Under COVID-19.”
For technical arts teacher Bob Pulito, creating innovative schedules to procure enough hands-on class time for his students has been one of the biggest challenges this year. “I’ve had to downsize the project choices due to the uncertainty of lab time if we have to work remotely,” says Pulito. “I’m still looking at two major wood projects from last year that need to be completed. Fortunately, the students have readily adapted and are more than happy to create [smaller-scale projects] for the school community.”
Five FA music students were selected to join this year’s Maine Jazz All-State and Band and Chorus All-State Festivals that will take place on January 29th, February 5th, and 6th and the third week in May, respectively.
Fryeburg Academy finished 6th place at the Maine Junior Classical League on November 10, 2020. The 12 student delegates from the Academy participated via Zoom in the following categories: General Assemblies, Roll Call, Academic Testing, Scavenger Hunt, Trick Shot Contest, Spirit, Art and Photography, Certamen, and Latin Among Us (Apud Nos).
Due to the pandemic, Fryeburg Academy’s Fall Sports Awards Night was held virtually on Wednesday, November 11. Student-athletes, however, were invited to receive their awards in-person. Fryeburg Academy recognized the following student-athletes at the event:
Five Fryeburg Academy seniors have been named College Board National Recognition Scholars, scoring in the top 2.5% of 2019 PSAT/NMSQT test takers and identifying as one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic American, Latinx, Indigenous, or attending school in a rural area and/or come from a small town. These students are Kyleana Carbone, Ava Chadbourne, Kaia DeVries, Quang Nguyen, and Andrii Obertas.
Additionally, the College Board has recognized Kaia DeVries as a Commended Scholar for achieving a score that was among the highest 50,000 scores on tests taken. 1.7 million students nationally took the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT.
Despite trying times with the current pandemic, science must go on. On Saturday, Sept. 26th, the University of Southern Maine kicked off a series of workshops intended to engage Maine high school students in Cube Satellite development.
CubeSats are small research satellites that are made up of multiples of 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, that have ushered in a new era of space research, allowing high-schools and universities to participate in this one very niche field. The workshop had prestigious speakers that included an award-winning educator, engineers work at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a commercial CubeSat kit company and USM faculty.
The academic year at Fryeburg Academy is in full swing with in-person learning for over 450 day students and 60 resident students who hail from 16 different countries (China, Vietnam, Canada, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Spain, South Korea, Turkey, Rwanda, Ghana, Morocco, Ukraine, Cyprus, Japan/Russia, Nepal, and the United States). Additionally, another 40 day students have opted to attend the Academy remotely, and 14 international students are participating in the Academy's newly launched remote learning program — World Classroom@FryeburgAcademy.
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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