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NYA Sailing Hosts Regatta

nya-sailingThe NYA Sailing Team will be hosting their first annual regatta “Panther Paw Open” this Sunday, September 14, at SailMaine. The team will be competing against seven local high schools, as well as against high schools from Massachusetts and Vermont. The first race starts at 10:30 am.  Yarmouth, Falmouth, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, SoMaine and NYA (with 2 teams) will be competing, as well as Burlington HS, Northern Vermont HS, Marblehead HS and Wellesley HS. If you are around the Old Port on Sunday stop by, relax and enjoy a day of sailing at the beautiful Casco Bay.


Artist Jessica McCarthy to Exhibit at NYA

Jessica McCarthy's "Self Elf Portrait"

Jessica McCarthy’s “Self Elf Portrait”

Artist Jessica McCarthy will exhibit a body of work featuring fantasy creatures and abstract figures entitled Time to Pretend in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) September 5. The public is invited to an opening reception with refreshments on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 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.

McCarthy is an emerging artist in the Portland area.  She completed her MFA from the Academy of Art University in 2013, majoring in illustration. Her work is principally figurative and emotional, focused on subjects ranging from multicultural to fantasy. Her work has been featured in both international and local publications. She learned about the Curtis Gallery through the Portland Art scene, and decided to showcase her works with the help of Colby Myer, Upper School art teacher and Curtis Gallery Curator.  Myer commented, “I am excited to have Jessica’s imaginative works hang in the Curtis Gallery.  I love the way she uses mixed mediums to create stylistic characters and look forward to having her teach our students about her process in an afternoon workshop this fall.”

When asked about the theme of her show, McCarthy said, “It came to me spontaneously.  When asked what I like to draw a lot of, something I wouldn’t get bored with, I thought first of the human face. Of course my work would have to be figurative, but I wanted to be able to take liberties with anatomy, clothing, and scenery. Imagined creatures give me that allowance.”

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 Summer Construction & Expansion Projects

ls-expandNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is a busy place this summer.  The Academy is expanding its Lower School by expanding the current Lower School building and adding a playground, and also renovating the girls varsity locker room in Travis Roy Ice Arena. The new spaces in the Lower School will serve an additional 50 children. Construction on all projects began in June, and they will be complete before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

In September 2013, NYA added a Lower School serving 53 children in pre-kindergarten (age 3) through fourth grade.  With this expansion, NYA will open its doors to a new pre-primary program for children starting at 18 months old. Previously, NYA served students in grades 5 through 12. The success of the Lower School, coupled with the increased interest of area families, prompted administrators to explore the option of expansion. On February 20, NYA’s board of trustees voted to move forward with the project contingent upon securing funding. Since then, NYA raised over $376,000 toward the Lower School Expansion.  Donors include individuals and families as well as foundations, such as the Davis Family Foundation and the Cabot Family Charitable Trust. Ground broke in early June and has progressed steadily since.

NYA received a grant of $25,000 from the Welch Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to design and construct a Lower School play space and outdoor learning environment. “As NYA expands its program to the pre-primary and elementary grades, we are grateful to the many individual and foundation donors who have invested in the expansion of the Lower School and in the Lower School play space.  Their commitment to NYA’s youngest students and to the future of the Academy is both humbling and inspiring,” states Kristen Farnham, NYA’s Director of Development.  The playground will contain green features, including a slide, sandpit, and climbing hill.

After fundraising efforts completed in May, following a great showing and generous donations at the NYA Soiree, the Academy made plans to renovate the girls varsity locker room at Travis Roy Ice Arena. Renovations began in early June, following the girls varsity lacrosse season.  Along with new lockers, the locker room will be repainted and updated to fit the needs of the varsity athletes. NYA renovated the boys varsity locker room in 2012 with the help of generous donations from parents, alumni and friends. “We are so grateful to the many amazing donors who made this project possible.  We’ve been eyeing the boys locker room for a while now, and the girls and coaches are very excited to see our new space next fall,” said NYA Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach, Lucy Gerrity.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler through twelfth-grade students. 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 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.

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