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NYA First in State with Look-Up Line™ at Travis Roy Ice Arena

lookupTravis Roy Ice Arena at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) has a new look to the ice.  NYA’s arena is the first in Maine to install a Look-Up Line™ on its sheet.  The ice now has a 40 inch orange stripe around the edge flush to the boards.

The Look-Up Line™ was first installed at the Pingree School in Hamilton, Massachusetts just over a year ago by the Thomas E. Smith Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “just cure paralysis,” and they started the Look-Up Line™ as “ice hockey’s first warning track” with the goal of decreasing player head and spinal cord injuries.  Thomas Smith, a former Pingree hockey player, suffered two massive spinal cord injuries caused by falling into the boards at bad angles. After the second major injury he realized it was his mission to help prevent these types of accidents for fellow hockey players.

NYA Athletic Director, Jack Hardy said “we are excited to install the Look-Up Line™ in our ice arena.  The background and story behind the idea and development of this safety feature, in concert with that of our arena’s awareness across the board for head and spinal injuries inflicted on the ice.”  Alex Kloza, the Travis Roy Ice Arena Manager commented, “we were happy to install the line. Our goal for our facility is to run a clean and safe space for players, coaches, and spectators.  The Look-Up Line™ reinforces that goal.”

For 39 years Travis Roy Ice Arena has been a staple on the NYA campus and is the home to the NYA Panthers and Yarmouth Clippers hockey teams, as well as Stride Envy skating.  The arena opened in 1975, and after extensive remodeling was dedicated as the Travis Roy Ice Arena on October 17, 1998. After resurfacing the ice this spring, the arena opens its doors to skaters again on Monday, June 23.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


2014 Summer Assignments Now Online!

Summer assignments in English (all students entering grades 5-12), Modern & Classical Languages, and AP science courses are now available on the NYA website – click here.

Expect to receive student schedules and textbook ordering information in mid-July. Have a wonderful summer!


87 NYA Students Recognized on National Language Exams

Eighty-seven students from North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) were recognized for their outstanding performance on the National Language Exams in 2014. On the National French Exam, 12 students placed in the top 10 in the state, including Ellis Miskell, who placed first in the state and second place nationally. On the National Spanish Exam, 10 students were ranked in the top 10 in the state. Elizabeth McIntosh ’16 (Falmouth) received national recognition in both the Spanish and Latin exams, Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth) received national recognition in both the Spanish and French exams, and Ellis Miskell received national recognition for achievement in both the Latin and French exams. Elizabeth Roche ’14 (Yarmouth) was awarded a special book prize for earning four consecutive gold medals on the National Latin Exam.

National Spanish Exam

  • First in the state:  Lea Webster ’18 (Cumberland), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth)
  • Third: Abbie Hinchman ’15 (West Bath), Elizabeth Lewis ’14 (Boothbay)
  • Fifth: Tess Hinchman ’15 (West Bath)
  • Sixth: Emily Taylor ’16 (Yarmouth), Mary Noyes ’15 (Freeport)
  • Ninth:  Andrew Keith ’17 (Cumberland), Kiersten Marr ’17 (Falmouth), Haley Cunningham ’15 (North Yarmouth)
  • Nine Bronze medals, five silver, and three gold medals were also awarded to NYA students.

National Latin Exam

  • Gold medalists:  Sonia Lin ’16 (Topsham), Ellis Miskell, Chase Gendron ’15 (Raymond), Elizabeth Roche ’14 (Yarmouth)
  • Silver medalists:  Sarah Austin ’17 (North Yarmouth), Milla Rosenfeld ’17 (Freeport), Sarah Cooper ’16 (Bath), Sohyun Jeon ’14 (Freeport)
  • Magna cum laude awards:  Jack Sillin ’18 (Yarmouth), Josh Chapman ’16 (Scarborough), Elizabeth McIntosh ’16 (Falmouth), Muriel Adams ’15 (Freeport), Hannah Hungerford ’15 (Portland)
  • Cum laude awards: Michael Adams ’17 (Freeport), Emily Baker ’16 (Brunswick), Corinne Poitras ’16 (East Boothbay), Hannah Austin ’15 (North Yarmouth)

National French Exam

  • First in the state: Ellis Miskell
  • Second: Grier Miskell
  • Third: Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth), Haozhen Chen ’14 (Yarmouth)
  • Fourth: Youssef Ayad ’18 (Freeport), Ryland Rich ’18 (Yarmouth, Edgecomb)
  • Fifth: Anna Hoffman-Johnson ’18 (Falmouth), Acacia Bright ’16 (Freeport)
  • Sixth: Aidan Yilmaz ’19 (Freeport)
  • Eighth: Kyle Bennett ’18 (Yarmouth)
  • Tenth: Kendra Murray ’18 (Falmouth), Xander Bartone ’17 (Bath)
  • Silver medalists: Grier Miskell, Ellis Miskell
  • Bronze medalists: Anson Dana ’23 (Yarmouth), Aidan Yilmaz ’19 (Freeport), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Scarborough, Monmouth)

NYA offers French, Latin, Mandarin, and Spanish language classes in grades 6 – 12.  Fifth grade students are offered an introductory language course entitled Classical Foundations. Through this course, fifth graders develop language study skills as they encounter basic grammatical constructions and extensive vocabulary using an introductory Latin-based curriculum. These classes are intended to ease students’ transition to faster paced language study starting in sixth grade. Lower School students study basic Spanish.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


NYA’s Toby Choyt ’18 Wins Literary Award

tchoyt-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) eighth grade student, Toby Choyt (Yarmouth) won the Youth Nonfiction Maine Literary Award for his short story, “Lobsterman.” The awards ceremony was hosted by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and was held on May 29, 2014 at The Glickman Family Library on the Portland Campus of the University of Southern Maine.

This year’s awards were the largest in the history of the event.  Choyt’s story was chosen out of more than 70 other manuscripts from nearly 70 students. Nearly two dozen writers, readers and booksellers judged this year’s awards, which carry weight in the writing community because of the quality of writers in the state.  Writers submitting works have been featured in The New York Times best-seller list.  According to the alliance’s executive director, Joshua Bodwell, the awards are given to authors who could compete on a national level, not just the regional one.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.

 


Boys Varsity Lacrosse Game to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

ww2014North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is hosting a boys varsity lacrosse game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. on NYA’s Lewis (turf) field (154 Main Street, Yarmouth). NYA will play Greely High School. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).  A gate fee will not be charged, but donations will be encouraged. A military color guard and Rich Brewer from One Warrior Won will be part of the program. Players will be wearing special jerseys in honor of the event that will be for sale after the game to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Over 48,000 servicemen and women have been injured in recent military conflicts.  It is estimated that as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. For more information on the WWP visit their website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Speaking at the event is Rich Brewer, a former Marine, police officer, teacher, and dedicated citizen. Brewer began his military career in the Marines at age 17, was promoted to sergeant in just 19 months, and received Purple Heart, Navy Commendation, Navy Achievement, Combat Action, Joint Service, Presidential Unit Citation, and numerous other personal and unit awards following his impressive actions on September 20, 1984 when the American Embassy of Beirut was bombed by a suicide truck bomb.  Brewer founded One Warrior Won, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support to past and present service members and their families on how to survive the struggles of PTSd (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)/TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), find peace in their place of new normal, and begin to thrive.  NYA is both proud and honored to have Brewer speak at the game, and excited to have him as an honored guest.

This event is sponsored by North Yarmouth Academy, Greely High School, and Atlantic Sportswear.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


NYA Choral Director Receives Maine ACDA Award

krainisNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) vocal music and drama teacher, Nora Krainis (Freeport) was awarded the Maine American Choral Director Association (ACDA) Distinguished Choral Director of the Year award at the All State Music festival held May 15 – 17, 2014 at The University of Maine Orono.  Krainis has been teaching at NYA for 23 years and directs a number of choral groups as well as NYA’s drama productions.

Krainis is a graduate of Corpus Christi State University in Texas and teaches vocal music and drama at North Yarmouth Academy, where she leads six ensembles, directs the drama program, and coaches volleyball. She is a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators) and has served as the Choral vice president for MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association) as well as treasurer and music librarian for District 2.  Krainis has managed the District 2 Honors Treble Chorus for most of the past 14 years.  She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), served as Multicultural Repertoire & Standards Chair, and is currently the Middle School Repertoire and Standards Chair.  Krainis has been a guest conductor for honor choirs in District 3, District 5, and Aroostook County.  Her choral students consistently represent NYA in honors festivals at the District, State, Regional (Eastern), and National level. In addition, she is a member of the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine and performs with her banjo-playing husband, John, as often as possible. In the summers, Krainis serves as Associate Director of Camp Taconic, a residential summer camp in the Berkshires, where she leads Sing, a daily celebration of 700+ voices.

To qualify for this award, directors must fulfill six criteria, of which Krainis has gone above and beyond.  Some of these criteria include establishing high performance and literature standards and promotion of choral music in the community.  Krainis has established herself with the ACDA as a long-standing member, and through her work in district, state, and regional ACDA events. NYA is proud to congratulate Krainis on this award.  She has improved the community’s choral music tremendously during her 23 years at the Academy.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


NYA Hosts Special Olympics Training Day

specialolympicsNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) hosted Special Olympics Maine’s Motor Activities Training Day (MAT) on Wednesday, May 13, 2014 from 9:30 until noon in Travis Roy Arena. Special Olympic athletes with severe to profound intellectual disabilities had the opportunity to participate in this exciting and inspiring sports event. Athletes competed in mobility, dexterity, striking, kicking, and wheelchair events.

North Yarmouth Academy Middle School students (grades six – eight) ran the event as part of their ongoing service commitment to the community. Students made inspirational signs, helped with setup and ran each activity.

This year marked the 15th anniversary of NYA and Special Olympics Maine’s partnership for this event. NYA alumni from throughout the years consistently remember participating in this amazing and moving day with their classmates. At the event, Marissa Markonish, Head of the Middle and Lower Schools, said, “We are proud to have this long standing partnership with Special Olympics Maine. Every year our students come to the rink and while having a wonderful time, they also learn so much from the athletes here. It is such a great event with so many great people involved.”

The MAT event is a great opportunity for persons with severe to profound intellectual disabilities to display skills that most were never expected to achieve. The MAT is very adaptable, utilizing a variety of types of adaptable equipment and means for achieving the greatest level of participation. These athletes have been training hard for this event, and they were ready to demonstrate their talents.

Special Olympics is a year-round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine, there are nearly 3,000 athletes who participate.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students 18 months to grade 12. For 200 years, 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 Announces Spring Art Exhibit

artshowNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is hosting the Upper School art student exhibit opening on Friday, May 9.  The exhibit shows new Upper School art work in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) from May 9 through June 6. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the gallery. The opening is free, but donations are welcomed. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular school hours:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit includes artwork from all Upper School grades and disciplines including AP Studio Art. The opening precedes the NYA spring drama performance held in the Higgins Building (168 Main Street, Yarmouth) at 7:00 pm.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students 18 months to grade 12. For 200 years, 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 Baseball is Back!

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is pleased to announce that the Boys Varsity Baseball program is back from a 2- year hiatus. The 2014 squad holds 14 players, and had its first game on April 25, 2014 against Sacopee Valley.

NYA’s baseball program has a rich history, with four consecutive Class D State Championships from 2001 – 2004. The program disbanded after the 2011 season, because there were not enough players to compete in the 2012 season. After a two year push, however, the school can now field a team and is very excited about its potential. Jack Hardy, NYA’s Athletic Director said, “I am excited NYA now has the roster size, and is once again able to offer this option for our students. Coaches Brett Kapteina and Eric Graham are two solid coaches, and I have been very impressed with the work they have been doing with our ball players. It has been great to hear the sound of bat on ball, and the baseball popping into the glove outside of my office during our early season indoor practice time. I’m looking forward to starting the competitive season.”

Head Varsity Baseball Coach Brett Kapteina anticipates an interesting, growing year, and is excited about this season. He said, “This is a great opportunity for the baseball program to return to prominence. It will be a process, but the support is tremendous and the excitement on the diamond is back.”

NYA’s home field is located on Bennett Field off of Route 1 in Yarmouth. The team’s game schedule includes:

  • Friday, May 2, 2014: 4:00 pm at Traip Academy
  • Monday, May 5, 2014: 4:00 pm at Old Orchard Beach
  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014: 4:00 pm home against Traip Academy
  • Saturday, May 10, 2014: 11:00 am home against Waynflete
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014: 4:00 pm at Traip Academy
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014: 4:00 pm at Old Orchard Beach
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014: 2:00 pm at Waynflete
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014: 4:00 pm at Sacopee Valley
  • Saturday, May 24, 2014: 11:00 am home against Greater Portland Christian School
  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014: 4:00 pm at Old Orchard Beach
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014: 4:00 pm at Waynflete
  • Monday, June 2, 2014: 4:00 pm home against Sacopee Valley

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.


NYA History Bee National Qualifiers and Regional Champion

history-bee-2014Four North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) eighth grade students – Carson Becker (Harpswell), Henry Farnham (Falmouth), Anna Hoffman-Johnson (Falmouth), and Maria Kuhn (Falmouth) traveled to Melrose, MA on the evening of Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to compete in the Regional History Bee Tournament.  Becker finished as the Regional Champion. Both he and Kuhn, who finished in the top twenty of the region, qualified for the National History Bee, held in Atlanta, GA on June 7, 2014.

To qualify for this competition, students took the Online Regional Qualifying Exam at school, and then students traveled down to Melrose, MA for the regional competition.  According to the National History Bee’s website, at the regional final students compete in many different rounds answering questions using a buzzer system. The top twenty finishers from the regional competition qualify for the National History Bee, which is an “exciting new history competition for school children across America…that tests a student’s knowledge in a fun and exciting way” according to www.historybee.com.

NYA is proud to congratulate all of the participants and excited for both Kuhn and Becker’s opportunity to advance to the National History Bee. The NYA students had both a fun and exciting trip, with fantastic results, which both the school and their teachers are excited about.  NYA Middle School history teacher, Derek Anderson said about the trip, “After a stop at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a hectic day of traffic delays, all four students performed well during the qualifying rounds and exemplified NYA values in their conduct.”

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers to students in grade twelve. For 200 years, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at www.nya.org.

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