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North Yarmouth Academy to hold “NYA Soiree” May 3

Soiree Image SmallNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is holding its 30th annual auction event, NYA Soiree, on Saturday, May 3 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, athletic and financial aid programs.

The event begins with a silent auction and student art sale, refreshments, and music by student musicians. An exciting variety of hors-d’oeuvres, Allagash beer, Cold River Vodka, and a selection of wine (cash bar) will be served. The festivities continue with a live auction and entertainment by the Larry Williams Band.  Members of the NYA community and the public are encouraged to attend.

There will be a raffle for a $10,000 cash prize. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets are now on sale in any NYA Office, by phone at 847-5443, and will be available for sale at the Soiree. The winner does not have to be in attendance.

The highlight of the evening will be the live auction. A sample of items up for bid include:

  • Patriots tickets
  • Driver’s Ed tuition
  • An iPad
  • One week of NYA Summer Camp
  • A week at Sugarloaf
  • A premium NYA parking spot
  • A full set of orthodontic braces

Tickets for the Soiree are $55 per person or $100 per couple and may be purchased online. Corporate Sponsorships are still available at various levels. Call 847-5443 for more information.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through students in grade 12. 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.


Three NYA Girls Hockey Players Headed to Nationals

pj-teamNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to congratulate NYA varsity girls hockey players, Jen Machin ’14 (Brunswick), Mary Morrison ’15 (Cumberland), and Elizabeth Coughlin ’15 (Falmouth) of the Portland Junior Pirates U-19 team as they head to the USA Hockey National Championships in Amherst, NY April 2 to 6.  NYA would also like to congratulate NYA varsity girls hockey players Alex Barnes ’15 (Cumberland), Juliana Tardif ’16 (Freeport), Keeley Bartolini ’16 (Topsham), and Taylor Leech ’16 (Bowdoinham) who competed in the regional finals this past weekend.

After defeating Casco Bay in the state final, Coughlin, Machin and Morrison competed in the Regional tournament last weekend.  During Regionals, the Junior Pirates won their first contest against the Lady Cyclones of New Hampshire 4-2, with NYA’s Coughlin scoring two of the four goals.  Coughlin defined the regional final as “an extremely competitive game against the Vermont Shamrocks.  Both teams played fast, aggressive, smart ice hockey.”  The teams were tied heading into the second half of the game, and because of “superb goaltending” neither team could get a point on the board, reported Coughlin.  Nearly halfway through the second half Junior Pirates forward, Sandra Strogen shot from the blue line, and Coughlin was there to tip the puck past the Vermont goalie, scoring the game winning goal.

Winning this game moves the Junior Pirates on to the USA Hockey National Championships.  This is the first time any of the NYA players on the team have been to this tournament. Machin said, “I’m beyond excited to play in the National Tournament.  It’s definitely a once in a life time experience and I know that my team is going to represent New England well.” Morrison and Coughlin have both played hockey for 12 years, while Machin has played for 14 and will end her high school hockey career at the National Championships.  NYA is proud to send these three to the National Championship, and wishes them good luck.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students in grades Pre-K through 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 to Host Maine Acoustic Festival

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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 that this festival, which is an annual event that 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.

Guest artist instructors include:  Wallace and Jason Depue, Don Liuzzi, and Mark Cosgrove.  Coaches include:  Joe Walsh (Bluegrass), Grant Gordy (Newgrass), Nicole Rabata (Irish), Brittany Haas (Old Time American), Erica Brown (Franco-Acadian), and Anais Mitchell (Singer/Songwriter).  For more information about the festival, visit the Maine Acoustic Festival website.

Culminating the festival will be a Student Showcase on Saturday 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.  Following the Student Showcase will be a concert by the Depue Brothers at 8:00 p.m. at Hannaford Hall.  Tickets are $38.00, $35.00, $10.00**, available through Portland Ovations.  **Student Deal and Member tickets are not available online. To purchase these tickets, call PortTIX at 207-842-0800 or visit the PortTIX Box Office at Merrill Auditorium. The Festival is supported by Allagash Brewing Company, 989.9 WCLZ, and WMPG.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler and Pre-K 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 Students Showcase Art at Clayton’s

MMalcomNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Upper School art students will exhibit their work at Clayton’s Café (447 US Route One, Yarmouth) March 21 through April 30, 2014. The exhibit is entitled NYA Now: Creative Explorations of the NYA Upper School Art Studio.

The 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.

LDearingContributing artists include: Alexandra Wahlstrom ’16 (Yarmouth), Diana McLeod ’15 (Woolwich), Acacia Bright ’16 (Freeport), Isabelle See ’17 (Yarmouth), Matt Malcom ’15 (Boothbay), Amelia Demetropoulos ’17 (Yarmouth), Leona Guo ’16 (New Gloucester), Xander Bartone ’17 (Bath), Nina Babbitt ’15 (Freeport), Ricky Kong ’16 (Windham), Sohyun Jeon ’14 (Freeport), Freddie Hu ’14 (Yarmouth), Emma Randall ’14 (Lisbon Falls), Sonia Lin ’16 (Topsham), Ira Li ’14 (Yarmouth), Neil Chen ’14 (Yarmouth),  and Lily Dearing ’14 (Lisbon Falls).

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler and Pre-K 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.


Emerge Magazine’s January Pieces of the Month

Here are four pieces representing Emerge’s January Pieces of the Month:

Middle School Art:

 

"The Dalek" by Lea Webster '18 block print

“The Dalek” by Lea Webster ’18
block print

Middle School Poetry:

Falling Snow
by Jack Lent ‘19

I slowly walk to our house
Where you are resting

A mild breeze washes
over the fields
whispering through the grass

And the ash quietly falls to the ground
Resting on the streets as gently as snow,
covering the Faces of the dead

I stumble over a corpse.
My hands rake the earth
and my skin becomes raw,
Scraping like rust on the ground

I don’t look to see who it is,
for it, like all the dead,

will be forgotten

Their lives blow away with the cool April breeze
that rustles through the fields

I am finally home
I walk through the lawn
where our son would have climbed
oak trees with his friends.

The roof has collapsed,
broken, limp, defeated,  and
caked in soot and debris

Finally I collapse,
lying on the ground like a destroyed pillar
my limbs weak and weary

I think I will see you soon

Upper School Art:

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“Cartoon Images” by Griffin Cady ’15

Upper School Fiction:

“Unspoken Stories”
by Jake MacLennan ’17


NYA Expanding Lower School to Include Toddlers

ls-expansionNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is pleased to announce it will expand its Lower School by renovating and adding to the Lower School building. The new spaces will serve an additional 50 children. Construction is scheduled to begin in May, and the space will be complete when school starts the beginning 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.  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.

The plan includes expanding the current Lower School building by renovating an attached teacher apartment and garage and adding an additional 1,600 square feet of new construction, for a total of 3,000 square feet. The expansion would add a new toddler/pre-primary classroom (for children ages 18 months to 3 years) in the renovated apartment and two classrooms serving the third and fourth grades in the new addition.  The current reception area would be converted into an additional primary classroom (for ages three to five). The classroom space for first and second grades will expand, with the entire second floor dedicated to those grades.  The spaces will be renovated or constructed with efficient heating, electrical and technology systems.

“NYA’s decision to expand its educational offerings to include a Lower School was met with great enthusiasm and energy last year.  Likewise, the community has embraced the possibility of an additional early childhood option and expansion of our facility,” explained head of school Brad Choyt. “Our fundraising is well underway, and we have applicants eager to finalize the admission process.”

“With the addition of the Lower School, NYA is positioned to meet the entire early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary educational needs of students in the region,” said Marissa Markonish, NYA’s head of the middle and lower school. “Our program integrates Montessori methods through the second grade, and in the third and fourth grade, we progress to an approach that also prepares students for a seamless transition to the Middle School. Adding a program for children starting at 18-months is exciting.  We are eager to begin the expansion process,” said Markonish.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddler and Pre-K 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 Awarded Libra Foundation Grant

libraNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is pleased to announce it was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Libra Foundation this winter. NYA will use these funds to renovate Safford Center, the dining facility and multi-purpose space that serves as the center of academic and student life in Curtis Building.

Currently in its bicentennial year, NYA is making a special effort to revitalize campus with a particular focus on buildings of historical significance. Safford Center was built in 1930 and first used as an auditorium. In 1976, the space was converted to Safford Center for student dining, meetings and general use. Currently the most heavily used part of any building on campus, it is where NYA’s dining hall, kitchen and auditorium is located. Funds from the Libra Foundation grant will be used to improve the aesthetics and safety of the space allowing NYA and the greater community to better utilize it during bicentennial celebrations and beyond.

NYA’s Director of Annual Giving Kristen Farnham explained, “NYA is thrilled to have the support of Libra Foundation in renovating an historic space on our campus. Just as NYA believes in the potential of education to change the world for the better, Libra’s investments in our state’s nonprofit community make Maine a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and learn. We are delighted to partner with Libra in our bicentennial year.”

The Libra Foundation is a responsive, dynamic and well-endowed private philanthropic foundation.  Since its creation by Elizabeth Noyce in 1989, the Foundation has made significant contributions to worthy causes throughout the state of Maine. Embracing the sense of proportion and fairness defined by its name, Libra, the Foundation maintains a balance and diversity of giving throughout Maine and across all populations. As Libra grows, it will continue to strive for innovative ways to enrich Maine, empower communities, and enhance the quality of life of all Maine citizens.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving serving toddler and Pre-K 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 Drama Presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

tmm-web1North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) presents Thoroughly Modern Millie on February 14 through 16, 2014.  There are 30 cast members, six student pit orchestra musicians, and three student crew members in the production, allowing for two casts – indicated below as “Black” and “Orange.”

The production stars Tess Hinchman ’15 (Orange Cast, West Bath) and Anya Siviski ’15 (Black Cast, Lewiston) as Millie, and Aaron Densmore ’18 (Edgecomb) as Jimmy.  The show also features McKenzie Larson ’14 (Black Cast, Raymond) and Louisa Mahoney ’15 (Orange Cast, Freeport) as Miss Dorothy, Ira Li ’14 (Yarmouth) as Mr. Trevor Graydon the Third, Lizzie Roche ’14 (Yarmouth) as Muzzy, Milla Rosenfeld ’17 (Freeport) as Mrs. Meers, Lily Dearing ’14 (Lisbon Falls) as Miss Flannery, Pierce Manchester ’20 (Orange Cast, Raymond) and Spencer Barton ’20 (Black Cast, Yarmouth) as Ching Ho, and Rachel Walton ’19 (Black Cast, Yarmouth) and Rachel Burns ’20 (Orange Cast, Brunswick) as Bun Foo.   Also featured are Freddie Hu ’14 (Yarmouth), Sohyun Jeon ’14 (Yarmouth), Anna Bilodeau ’15 (Monmouth), Sarah-Jane Metsker ’15 (Yarmouth), Blake Morton ’16 (South Freeport), Daniel Edgerton-Dickey ’17 (Brunswick), Sarah Grill ’17 (Arrowsic), Hannah Gagne ’19 (Raymond), Alex Markonish ’19 (Yarmouth), Elizabeth Gagnon ’20 (Cumberland), McKenzie Lake ’20 (Bath), Afton Morton ’20 (South Freeport), Bronwen Ramsey-Brimberg ’20 (East Boothbay), Ellie Commons ’21 (Brunswick), Salem Griswold-Craft ’21 (Cumberland), Olivia Juve ’21 (Portland), and Annie Sillin ’21 (Yarmouth).

Show times:

  • Friday, February 14, 7:00 p.m. (Orange)
  • Saturday, February 15, 2:00 (Orange) and 7:00 p.m. (Black)
  • Sunday, February 16, 2:00 (Black)

Tickets are $6.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Advance tickets may be reserved by contacting Carol Harris at 846-9051 or charris@nya.org. All performances will be held in Safford Center, 148 Main Street, Yarmouth.  All shows are open to the public.

tmm-web2Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 film, and is written by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan, with music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan.  The original 1967 story and screenplay are by Richard Morris.  The musical debuted on Broadway on April 18, 2002, and that year won five Drama Desk Awards and six Tony awards, including Best Musical. The show is set in 1920’s New York and is about Millie Dillmount, a woman from Salina, Kansas, eager to hit the big city.

The NYA production is directed by Nora Krainis with assistance from Patia Maule ’99 and piano accompaniment by Janelle Powers. The show also features music by an NYA student pit orchestra, directed by Linda Vaillancourt, consisting of Ellis Miskell ’15, Hannah Grant ’19 (Yarmouth), Olivia Stam ’15 (Cumberland Foreside), Adrienne Tracy ’16 (Winthrop), Emily Baker ’16 (Brunswick), and Sonia Lin ’16 (Topsham).

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students in grades Pre-K through 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 Students Receive Regional Scholastic Writing Awards

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students Xander Bartone ‘17 (Bath), Morgan Elkins ’16 (Edgecomb), and Hannah Grant ‘19 (Yarmouth) received 2014 Scholastic Writing Awards. The Southern Maine Writing Project, in conjunction with the Literacy, Language and Culture Program at the University of Southern Maine, hosted this year’s Scholastic Writing Awards for the Maine Region. This year, Maine students sent 222 submissions and of those 28 Gold Keys were awarded to the most accomplished works.  Gold Key writing will be forwarded to the national-level of The Scholastic Writing Awards.  National judging occurs in mid-March. Silver Keys were awarded to 47 distinguished works from Maine, and 50 Honorable Mentions were awarded to notable works from Maine.

Bartone was also awarded a Gold Key, American Voices for his work entitled “The Dance of the Fog” in the Flash Fiction category.  He was also awarded a Silver Key in the Flash Fiction category for his work entitled “What the Wind Knows.”

Elkins was awarded a Silver Key in the poetry category for her work entitled “Response to World History Unit on Religion,” and an Honorable Mention in the poetry category for “Clarity” and an Honorable Mention in the short story category for “Like Clockwork.”

Grant was awarded a Silver Key in the personal essay/memoir category for her work entitled “Hitting the Right Note.”

The 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are part of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization that identifies and recognizes students with exceptional artistic and literary talent. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards date back to 1923 and recipients include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Students in grades seven through twelve may apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students in grades Pre-K through twelve. 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’s Postseason Schedule – Go, Panthers!

From the Athletic Office:
Thank you, Coach Hardy, for this comprehensive Panther playoff schedule:
Tuesday, February 11th
Girls Basketball Tourney – Preliminary Round
#9 NYA @ #8 Vinalhaven
1:30pm
 
Saturday, February 15th
Boys Basketball Tourney – Quarterfinals
#5 NYA vs #4 Valley
Site: Augusta Civic Center
11:30am
 
Monday, February 17th
Girls Swimming State Championships
Site:  Bowdoin
Trials 10:00am, Finals 7:00pm
Boys / Girls Indoor Track & Field State Championships
Site: Bates
10:00am
 
Wednesday, February 19th
Boys / Girls Classic Nordic Ski State Championships
Site:  Black Mountain, Rumford
1:30 Girls, 3:00 Boys
 
Thursday, February 20th  
Boys / Girls Freestyle Nordic Ski State Championships
Site:  Black Mountain, Rumford
9:00 Girls, 10:30 Boys
 
Friday, February 21st   
Boys Ice Hockey
5 Team Holt Conference Semi-finals
More information coming.
Site/Time (if home-5:00)/Team: tba

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