Joseph R. Manning Appointed as Fryeburg Academy’s Next Head of School
FRYEBURG, ME, OCTOBER 26, 2022— Fryeburg Academy’s Board of Trustees is very pleased and excited to announce that Joseph R. Manning has been appointed as the Academy’s next Head of School. The Trustees' unanimous decision resulted from a rigorous search process by the Board’s Search Committee, which worked closely with internationally renowned search firm Carney Sandoe and Associates, based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Committee and consultants conducted a stakeholder survey, met on campus with over sixty stakeholder groups, authored a report on the next Head of School’s necessary traits, and engaged with Manning through extensive interviews.
“Joe Manning has been at Fryeburg Academy for nineteen years; few school leaders have his degree of familiarity with every aspect of school operations,” says Chris Gordon, president of the Board of Trustees. “He’s held the roles of teacher, coach, dorm parent, assistant admissions director, academic dean, advisor, and most recently as the Associate Head of School, overseeing admissions and marketing, campus facilities, the school’s food service, I.T., and working closely with the current Head of School, Erin Mayo. He has exhibited success at every level.”
Mr. Manning has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine, and he’s been a key developer and champion of experiential learning initiatives at the Academy. In recent years, Joe’s community engagements have included terms on the board of directors for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and the Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
“Maria and I are extremely excited about this opportunity,” reflects Manning on his appointment. “As longtime community members, we know the Academy's incredible impact on so many students. I am honored to have been chosen to serve as Fryeburg Academy’s next head of school and look forward to leading in its next chapter.”
The following eight months will be used as a planning phase to ensure an organized leadership transition, with Mr. Manning stepping into the new role at the beginning of the Academy’s 232nd year of operating on July 1st, 2023. He, his wife Maria, and their four children will reside on campus and continue their full engagement in campus life.
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.
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 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.
We are pleased to announce that Fryeburg Academy inducted 28 new inductees to the B.W. Tinker Chapter of the National Honor Society on Monday, March 20th. Membership in the National Honor Society is among the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. The B.W. Tinker Chapter of NHS works diligently to bring the accomplishments of outstanding students to the attention of parents, teachers, peers, and the community. And the chapter, along with the more than 15,000 chapters in schools across the nation, strive to give practical meaning to the Society's standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character selection. Students are not inducted simply because of a high academic average, but rather recognized for excelling in all of these areas.
On Thursday, March 16th, Fryeburg Academy celebrated the sports season with its annual winter sports awards assembly held in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. The following student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance during the winter 2022-23 season:
Individual Team Awards
Alpine- Sam Winterbottom '23, Coaches Award
Clara Yager '26, Most Improved
Hogan Bemis '23, Coaches Award
Joshua Wake '23, Most Improved
Boy's Basketball- Camden Johnson, Coaches Award
Gunnar Saunders '24, MVP
Girls' Basketball -Sydney Shaw, MVP
Carla Pintor Gali '24, Coaches Award
Ice Hockey- Peyton McMurtray, Adversity Award
Caleb Micklon '23, MVP
Indoor Track -Zack Emery, Coaches Award
Emily Chaine '24, Coaches Award
Nordic- Owen Reinbach '25, Coaches Award
Wrestling- Gabe McKenney '23, The Athlete
Eliya Deri '24, Heart
All-Academic Team (seniors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher)
David Bellis-Bennett, Alpine
Kacey-Jane Clark, Nordic
Owen Galligan, Ice Hockey
Myles Garland, Ice Hockey
Andrew Irwin, Nordic
Elsie Leonard, Alpine
Gabe McKenney, Wrestling
Caleb Micklon, Ice Hockey
Grace Murley, Alpine
Ally Southwick, Girls' Basketball
Isaac Twombly-Wiser, Nordic
Samantha Winterbottom, Alpine
All-WMC Conference Athletes
Gunnar Saunders '23, Boys' Basketball
Sydney Shaw '24, Girls' Basketball
Mina Milosevic '24, Girls' Basketball
Hogan Bemis '23, Alpine
Holden Edenbach '25, Alpine
Chandler Thorne '25, Alpine
Jacob Adams '23, Indoor Track and Field
3-Star Jacket Recipients (earned three varsity letters)
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