Mountain Center’s Strength and Conditioning Program Grows in Popularity at FA
For the second summer, the strength and conditioning program at Fryeburg Academy — run by Mountain Center Performance Fitness — has become an increasingly popular offering with student-athletes. The Academy has contracted with Mountain Center for athletic training services for many years and expanded the partnership in 2015 to include a strength and conditioning program for students.
“Compared to last year, the number of students participating has increased quite a bit,” says Brylie Walker ’10, FA alum and Mountain Center’s strength and conditioning coach. “They seem more interested in the program this year, and I’m seeing a consistency in who is showing up which is good.”
Athletic Director Sue Thurston added, “The importance of this type of offering for our student-athletes is evident in the statistics. Students who participate in the program recover much quicker, have better core strength, and are much stronger during the season.”
The strength and conditioning program offers two sessions a week for FA students: Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m. and one session for middle school students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
“It’s really about learning a life-skill,” continues Walker ‘10. “The program not only helps to reduce injuries but gets kids more comfortable about going to a fitness center and becoming more knowledgeable about using the equipment correctly.”
In addition to this program, Mountain Center offers three-afternoon fitness classes and an afterschool fitness program for FA students.
This year, 22 students traveled to New York City to attend the four-day National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference on March 1-4. Now in its 45th year, the NHSMUN is the largest and most prestigious conference, hosting over 5000 participants from more than 75 countries and 300 schools. The New York-based conference-- surrounded by offices of Permanent Missions to the United Nations as well as the United Nations Headquarters itself--provides the perfect backdrop for a robust international affairs experience and a broadening of global issues awareness. Students are provided with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations firsthand and have the opportunity to attend the opening or closing ceremonies in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual diplomats convene every year.
On March 15 and 16, FA's Jazz bands traveled to South Portland High School to attend the Maine State Instrumental Jazz Festival. The New Standard Combo and FA Big Band both performed very well, earning silver while the Yukon King Combo and Fryeburg Academy Jazz Orchestra won bronze. It is noteworthy that FA's New Standard Combo earned 74 out of 75 points for their performances--one point shy of claiming the gold standard and was one of the highest scoring combo performances of the event.
At the festival, Georgia Stafford '19 won the Dale Huff Outstanding Musicianship Award--awarded to the top-rated musician in the combo division. Other outstanding performances recognized at the jazz festival were as follows:
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.
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