Fryeburg Academy Presents Guest Speaker: NASA Engineer Gary Golnik
Fryeburg Academy is pleased to present former NASA Optical Systems Engineer, Gary Golnik, as its next speaker on Thursday, November 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Mr. Golnik's presentation will be on the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in 2021, which he spent 20 years of his career working on. The JWST telescope is slated to be 100 times more powerful than the current Hubble Space Telescope and will have the potential to advance astronomers understanding of the birth of our galaxies and to discover new planets and stars. To learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope, please click here.
About the Speaker: Gary Golnik recently retired after 20 years as an optical systems engineer for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope. He was responsible for the optical performance of the telescope, developing procedures to align critical components, and analysis of test data to verify performance. Prior to working for NASA, Mr. Golnik developed high energy laser technology. He was recently awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.
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.
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.
1). Where did you grow up and why you decide to attend Fryeburg Academy?
I grew up in Urumqi; it’s a small city in northwestern China and it’s the capital of Xinjiang province. It's not too big but still a city. Most people there are immigrants from other provinces all over China. People began moving there after WWII, looking for more opportunity. We have a lot of petroleum and coal. These are the two main exports, and I think we support most of the petroleum needs throughout China.
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