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NYA to Hold “NYA Soiree” on May 2

soiree2015inviteNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is holding its 31st annual fundraising event, NYA Soiree, on Saturday, May 2 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the NYA gymnasium (154 Main Street, Yarmouth). Proceeds from this charity event support NYA’s visual and performing arts and financial aid programs.

“Race on over to the NYA Soiree!” This year’s event, held on Derby Day, will feature big hats, signature mint juleps, and big band dancing. The evening includes a fabulous silent auction, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music by The Carmine Terracciano Band. The festivities continue with a live auction, dancing, and dessert. Catering is provided by Catering to You. Allagash beer, Cold River Vodka, and a selection of wine (cash bar) also will be served. Members of the NYA community and the public are encouraged to attend.

There will be a 50-50 cash raffle. Raffle tickets are $50 each and are for sale by phone 847-5406 or at the Soiree. The winner does not have to be in attendance.

The highlight of the evening will be the live auction with auctioneer Dave Kimball of PLD Auctions. A sample of items up for bid include:

  • Prime Red Sox  tickets behind home plate valued at $2,000
  • Dinner Party for 10 at the Old Port Sea Grill accompanied by an Allagash tasting
  • A week at a cottage in the English countryside
  • Three week camp session at Kingsley Pines Camp valued at $4,345
  • A day at the State House with a member of the Maine House – priceless!
  • A week at a Sugarloaf condo
  • 20 x 11 antique Oriental rug valued at $6,000
  • A full set of orthodontic braces or Invisalign treatment valued at $6,500
  • Dodgeball/sports party for 20 at Casco Bay Sports valued at $500
  • A collection of books written and signed by Maine authors
  • Bustins Island adventure and gourmet picnic for 10
  • An original oil painting by artist Colby Myer

Tickets for the Soiree are $55 and may be purchased online or by contacting Randall Thomas at 207-847-5406. Corporate Sponsorships are still available at various levels. Call 847-5406 for more information.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at NYA.org.


Olympian Julia Clukey to Present at NYA on April 7

clukey02On April 7, Olympic luger Julia Clukey will visit North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) to speak to students about responsibility and good decision-making. She will meet with Upper and Middle School students at 10:15 am in NYA’s gymnasium. Then Clukey will present to NYA Lower School students at 12:00 pm about the Olympics and luging.

With prom and graduation season coming up, Clukey will discuss the importance of setting goals, making good decisions and overcoming adversity. After the presentation, she will meet with students, have photos taken and sign autographs. She will speak to NYA’s Lower School students in the Lower School Great Room where they will be able to see and experience an Olympic luge.

Clukey, 29, from Augusta, Maine, recently completed her 17th luge season and will continue her outreach to young Mainers with high school and middle school presentations across the state. Clukey, who competed in the 2010 Olympics, has been the spokesperson for the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association’s responsibility initiative since 2010 and has reached more than 11,000 Maine students through her school presentations. Clukey’s presentation is made possible by the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association as part of their ongoing responsibility initiative and is provided at no cost to the school. April is also Alcohol Awareness Month.

clukey01North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at NYA.org.


NYA Students Showcase Art at Clayton’s Cafe

usart01North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Upper School art students will exhibit their work at Clayton’s Café (447 US Route One, Yarmouth) March 30 through late April. The exhibit is entitled NYA Now: Creative Explorations of the NYA Upper School Art Studio.

This exhibit displays the wide range of disciplines and techniques explored in the NYA Upper School art studio. These disciplines include drawing, oil painting, printmaking, screen printing, sculpture and independent study.  Student experience ranges from beginning to advanced placement.  Students are prepared by first learning to use the fundamentals of art through classical methods, and as they move up through the levels of each discipline, they are encouraged to use their strong fundamentals to create unique compositions and tackle challenging subject matter.

usart02Contributing artists include: Matt Malcom ’15 (Boothbay), Diana McLeod ’15 (Woolwich),  Morganne Elkins ’16 (Boothbay), Isabelle See ’17 (Yarmouth), Louisa Mahoney ’15 (Freeport), Amelia Demetropoulos ’17 (Yarmouth), Leona Guo ’16 (New Gloucester), Xander Bartone ’17 (Bath), Marina Poole ’15 (Newscastle), Bairu Chen ’16 (Raymond), Jordan Ackerman ’18 (Standish), Charlotte Eisenberg ’15 (Peaks Island), Sonia Lin ’16 (Topsham), Jacob Sturgess ’17 (Harpswell), Henry Farnham ’18 (Falmouth), Sarah Austin’17 (North Yarmouth), Andrew Keith’17 (Cumberland), Evan Tao ’15 (Yarmouth), Chandler Waldron ’17 (Yarmouth) and Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Monmouth).

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at NYA.org.


NYA to Co-Host Maine Acoustic Festival

maf2015North Yarmouth Academy (NYA), along with 317 Main Community Music Center and Portland Ovations, is presenting the Maine Acoustic Festival March 27 – 29, 2015. The event is a statewide student festival promoting traditional acoustic music styles including bluegrass, old-time American, Franco-Acadian, newgrass, Irish and singer-songwriter. Over 75 students from around the state auditioned in November, and 34 were selected to participate in Maine’s third annual festival. During their three days in Yarmouth, students will rehearse and participate in workshops and performances with nationally recognized guest artists and coaches.

The Maine Acoustic Festival was the brainchild of Ian Ramsey, NYA’s Chair of Fine Arts, and John Williams, Executive Director of 317 Main Street, and is the only event of its kind anywhere in America.  “The Maine Acoustic Festival offers students from across Maine who are playing roots music at a high level the opportunity to play and learn in an intensive setting with other kids their age and nationally recognized teachers,” explained Ramsey. “We’re very excited about this festival, because it supports so many kids and traditional forms of music. We hope that it will really impact the kids involved and will help to create a greater community around roots music in Maine,” he said.

Coaches include:  Matt Witler (Bluegrass), Wes Corbett (Newgrass), Joey Abarta (Irish), Jack Devereux (Old Time American), Eric Favreau (Franco-Acadian), and Maeve Gilchrist (Singer/Songwriter).  For more information about the festival, visit the Maine Acoustic Festival website.

Culminating the festival will be a Student Showcase on Sunday March 29, at 4:00 p.m. at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine (88 Bedford Street, Portland). Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and available online and at the door.  On Saturday night there will be a faculty concert at One Longfellow Square in Portland.  Tickets are $10, and are available here.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth-grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


NYA Student Meteorologist to Visit The Weather Channel

ForecasterJackPosterFollowing an outpouring of attention, North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) freshman Jack Sillin of Yarmouth is traveling to The Weather Channel’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia this week as a special guest. Sillin was featured recently in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and is a now social media all-star. Dave Clark, The Weather Channel’s president, follows Sillin on Twitter and invited him for a visit.

Sillin’s interest in the weather began by watching The Weather Channel on a cross country flight to California when he was seven years old. Since then, his infatuation has become a full-time hobby. From his bedroom, he reads models, makes his predictions and publishes them on his blog, all before school starts each day. His interest has increased, as has his fan base. This year, Sillin accurately predicted four NYA snow days in close succession. Following his first few snow day predictions, NYA students created posters and started a great fan base for Sillin. He has over 1,000 followers on Twitter and an extremely successful blog. He says about his interest in the weather, “I like the challenge that predicting the future provides. It’s a really fun puzzle to be able to do every day.”

Sillin’s parents, Peter Sillin and Katherine Thomas, both work at NYA and are very proud of their son. Peter Sillin said, “I’m really proud of Jack and how he’s taken this intense interest and turned it into a vehicle for personal growth.” Katherine Thomas remarked, “This week, when a reporter from [the local TV show] ’207′ was on campus filming Jack in his physics class, I happened to see him in the hall – he was carrying a large camera so I felt confident starting a conversation that went like this: ‘Hi, are you Rob? I’m Jack’s mom. That’s how I introduce myself these days.’ He just laughed and said how much he enjoyed talking with Jack. I am so incredibly proud of him. Jack really cares about the weather – learning as much as he possibly can about it and creating accurate and informative forecasts that people can rely on but also enjoy reading. I think he has become a really good teacher. He explains often very complex things in a clear, matter of fact way that even people who aren’t devoted or sophisticated weather watchers can understand. Like every good teacher, his excitement about the material also draws others in. I also appreciate Jack’s ability to be humble. Add that to the fact that he is only 13, and he is following and developing his passion, I couldn’t be more proud as his mother.”

Jack Sillin’s interest has been fostered by NYA’s community. He says, “The data analysis skills I’ve learned in science have helped a lot on the data side and lots of writing experience in English has definitely helped my communication skills.” Peter Sillin said, “I am so pleased as a parent at what NYA has been able to offer him in support of this pursuit. We don’t have a meteorology course but Jack’s been practicing in his classes for years how to analyze data, to draw evidence from a variety of perspectives, to use that evidence to support conclusions and carefully to cite his sources. NYA has always pushed him hard to write clearly and effectively, which I think contributes to the lively style of his blog. And finally, NYA’s close community of students and teachers is a culture where it’s okay to be a freshman weather geek. Not just okay – Jack’s passion for science is supported and celebrated here with applause, posters and affirmations all around. To me, a great education equips and inspires students to pursue their interests wherever they may be found – and that is what NYA is doing for Jack right now.”

Jack and his father travel to Atlanta, Georgia this week where they will visit and tour The Weather Channel’s headquarters on March 13. They will tweet about the event, keeping all of Jack’s fans up-to-date with his adventures. As for the future, Jack says, “I hope to make forecasting a career at some point. Right now, I’m not worrying about the future too much.”

Postscript: Jack not only visited The Weather Channel, he made an appearance on air. Here’s the link …

http://www.weather.com/tv/shows/amhq/video/our-next-winter-weather-expert

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


High Achieving NYA Seniors Honored

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is proud to announce the academic achievements of three outstanding senior students.  Charlotte Eisenberg (Peaks Island) and Ellis Miskell were both selected as part of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, and as National Merit Finalists.  NYA senior, Marina Stam (Cumberland Foreside), was also selected as a National Merit Finalist.  Eisenberg was also selected to compete in the state championship Poetry Out Loud competition at the Waterville Opera House (Waterville) on March 11, 2015 (snow date March 12).

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors.  Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.  Over 3,900 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment.  A panel of educators will select 560 of these candidates as semifinalists in April.  Then the finalists are chosen: one girl and one boy from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.  These scholars will be invited to Washington, DC for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.  According to the NMSP, about 1.4 million students in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are the top scoring entrants in each state or less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.  Out of greater than 50,000 high scorers, there are around 16,000 National Merit Program Semifinalists who have the opportunity to submit a detailed scholarship application to be considered for finalist status.  There are approximately 15,000 finalists.  All National Merit Scholarship winners are selected from this group based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

John Drisko, Interim Head of School, said “These three students have consistently demonstrated academic excellence, setting the bar high for themselves, for the rest of their class and for the school. They are all very deserving of this recognition.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


NYA Hosts Buddhist Monk Khen Rinpoche

rinpochewebOn March 2 and 3, Khen Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and founding director of the Siddartha School in Ladakh, India will visit North Yarmouth Academy (NYA). Rinpoche will host a gathering where he will talk about “Wisdom and Compassion at Home – Cultivating a Mindful Family in Modern Life” on March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Safford Center (148 Main Street, Yarmouth).  His talk is free and open to the public. During his visit, he will also meet with classes in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

Rinpoche was born in Ladakh, India. In 1953, at fifteen years old, he walked over 960 miles to Shigatse, Tibet to join the Tashi Lungpo monastery. He returned to Ladakh to escape the religious persecution in occupied Tibet in 1960. Rinpoche was appointed abbot of Tashi Lungpo monastery in Bylakuppe, India by His Holiness the Dali Lama in 2005. Rinpoche is the founding director of the Siddartha School in his native village of Ladakh, India. The school serves children in preschool through tenth class, and its students include nomadic children and orphans of the remote Chang Tang area.

John Drisko, NYA Interim Head of School, met Rinpoche in the fall and extended an invitation for him to return later in the year. Drisko said, “NYA is honored to host Khen Rinpoche, a world renowned Buddhist monk. His visit in the fall was magical, and we expect this to be beneficial for all who are able to attend.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at NYA.org.


NYA Hosts Volkan Orhon

orhon On Wednesday, February 25, Volkan Orhon, a world renowned classical bassist, will perform at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) for the entire school community. Rose Chancler is accompanying Orhon on the piano. The concert is at 7:00 pm in Higgins Hall on NYA’s campus.

Orhon, a finalist and prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, is one of the top double bassists in the world.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Ankara University State Conservatory in Turkey and came to the U.S. to further his studies at the Hartt School of Music where he acquired an Artist Diploma and Master of Music. He is the first double bass player ever to win the overall grand prize and first prize at the American String Teacher’s Association Solo Competition. Orhon has played with orchestras, quartets, internationally recognized musicians, and many more throughout his career. For more information and his full biography, please visit his website.

Ian Ramsey, NYA Visual and Performing Arts Chair, discovered that Orhon was touring in New England and jumped at the opportunity to bring him to NYA.  Orhon’s accompanist, Rose Chancler, was Ramsey’s piano teacher while he was in college in Alaska. He said, “I couldn’t be more excited to have one of the premier double bassists in North America performing on the NYA campus.  He’ll be performing classical bass repertoire with the highest possible level of musicianship.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.


**Snow Day** – Again – Thursday, February 19, 2015

North Yarmouth Academy is closed on Thursday, February 19, due to the inclement weather. Sleep in, stay warm, and stay safe, everyone!


NYA Hosts Marcus Santos

santosOn Thursday and Friday, February 19 and 20, Marcus Santos, a Brazilian percussionist, will work with North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students and perform for the entire school and public. Santos will meet with several music classes and ensembles and hold an intensive samba percussion class with both Middle School and Upper School students. He will also perform for the entire school on Friday afternoon, accompanied by NYA students. The public is invited to this performance at 2:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Music Director Ian Ramsey was interested in starting a Brazilian samba group at NYA, so he did some research and learned that Santos, a native of Brazil, lived and taught in Boston. He contacted Santos and took several lessons from him in Boston. Then Ramsey invited him to  NYA. “We couldn’t be more excited to have a world-class musician like Marcus here at NYA.  This is a chance for our students to learn about music and about another part of the world in a fun and dynamic way!” said Ramsey.

The music Santos teaches the students will be used in NYA’s Spring Instrumental Concert and will hopefully lead to a Spring collaboration between NYA’s “Steel Industry” steelband and Santos’ high school samba students in Somerville, Massachusetts.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through twelfth grade students. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For additional information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.NYA.org.

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