Mackenzie Buzzell '17 Selected as One of 20 Finalists for the 2016-17 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program
We are pleased to announce that Mackenzie Buzzell ‘17 of Fryeburg Academy has been selected one of 20 finalists for the 2016-17 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program from across New England by Positive Coaching Alliance-New England (PCA-NE).
PCA honors outstanding high school athletes nationwide who contribute to a positive, character-building sports environment. PCA’s Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program honors those who, in keeping with PCA culture, “do the right thing” and embody the Triple-Impact Competitor ethos of working to improve oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
Buzzell who is now a senior this year at the Academy competes in girls’ basketball, soccer, and softball. She was selected from the more than 1,500 high school athletes nationwide who completed applications consisting of essays and at least three recommendations, from coaches, school administrators, and individuals familiar with them as embodying Triple-Impact Competitor principles.
“I enjoy the competition and dedication it takes to become a solid athlete. The skills learned on the field not only help me to become a better leader and teammate, but it also offers a practical application in the classroom," said Buzzell. “From tough competition, you learn a lot about yourself — your strengths and weaknesses — and I’ve learned never to give up, work hard, and apply myself both as an athlete and student. I am very honored to receive this recognition by PCA,” continued Buzzell.
Buzzell’s hard work on the field and in the classroom has certainly paid off. Buzzell has been an outstanding student-athlete at Fryeburg Academy since her arrival as a freshman in 2013. She’s been on the honor roll all three years with two of those semesters as high honors. Buzzell even earned the Student of the Year award during her junior year.
As finalists, Buzzell and the other student-athletes were recognized at a pregame ceremony before the August 31 Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay game and presented them with commemorative t-shirts, Red Sox hats, and tickets to the game, plus award certificates and the PCA book, “Elevating Your Game.” PCA-New England will celebrate the finalists through a combination of events, awards, mentoring, and sharing their stories throughout the 2016-17 academic year.
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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