Fryeburg Academy Students Among Top Performers in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program

Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that May Ki-ok “May” Shin has been named a Semifinalist in the
National Merit Scholarship Program, and Kyungyoon “Yuna” Lee has been named a Commended Student. High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). According to the College Board, more than 2 million students took the PSAT in 2021; both young women placed among the top 50,000 takers of this test.
Shin is part of a nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists that represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and that includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. She has the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and compete to receive a National Merit Scholarship.

Lee will not continue in the 2023 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, but she is one of 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being thus recognized for exceptional academic promise.

Shin is the daughter of Sunkyung Hwang and Kiseub Shin, and Lee is the daughter of Hyosook Chung and Byungirl Lee. Both young women are from South Korea and attend Fryeburg Academy as part of its boarding program.

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  • Joseph R. Manning Installed as the Academy's 55th Head of School

    Fryeburg Academy and the Board of Trustees announce the installation of Joseph R. Manning as the Academy’s 55th head of school. The Installation Ceremony was held on Friday, November 3, 2023, with members of the Fryeburg Academy community, the Board of Trustees, and former head of school Erin P. Mayo in attendance as a guest speaker. Manning steps into this new leadership role during the school’s 232nd year, following a long-tenured and successful career at the Academy spanning twenty years of service. 
  • FA Students Earn Letters of Commendation in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Fryeburg Academy seniors Tyler Bartick and Jiwon Choi have earned Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC) for their performance on the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
  • Fryeburg Academy Students Place 1st and 2nd at the Maine State Science Fair

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that three Academy students were recognized for their outstanding science projects on Saturday, April 1st, at the Maine State Science Fair held at the University of Maine Orno.  May Shin ‘23 and Jiwon Choi ‘24 took first place in the Plant Sciences (Growth & Development) category out of ten submissions with their project entitled “The Effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Mushroom Substrate on the Plant Growth and Soil Characteristics for PE Microplastics-Contaminated Soil.” The pair studied the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizae and mushroom substrate on plant growth in soils that are contaminated with microplastics.
  • FA Faculty Member Named as DOE’s Inaugural Class of Teacher Leader Fellows

    Fryeburg Academy is pleased to announce that faculty member James St. Pierre was among five Maine educators named to the prestigious Department of Education’s Inaugural Class of Teacher Leader Fellows. “Being a teacher leader means connecting and helping others connect. It means gathering the ideas and experiences of the teachers in the state and sharing them in manageable, practical, and efficient ways. We have such a great array of professionals whose knowledge can elevate all students, so to be one of the leaders bringing them together is a privilege,” says St. Pierre
  • FA's Model UN Attends MUN Conference in New York

    FA's Model UN Team took its second-ever trip to New York City and the National High School MUN conference from March 9-13. The conference was held at the Midtown Manhattan Hilton blocks from the UN building. As representatives of Germany this year, our team was given the unique opportunity to visit the German Mission to the UN, where German diplomat, Hoger, answered our questions about global trade, green energy, and Russia's war on Ukraine. We also spent Saturday morning in the General Assembly of the UN seats, an unforgettable moment, listening to a young Iraqi-American man talk about his struggle to identify with both his birth home and his adopted home.

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