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NYA Girls Hockey Repeats at Pingree

In a rematch of last years Championship game at the Pingree Invitational Hockey Tournament in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, the NYA Girls Hockey team came up with a great effort and defeated Pingree Academy to bring the Cup back to North Yarmouth Academy for the second straight year!

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Curtis Gallery Exhibit Opening December 4

Artists and NYA parents A.J. Bueche and Alexandra Strawbridge Maurer are exhibiting their works in the NYA Curtis Gallery. You’re invited to a celebratory opening in the gallery this Thursday, December 4, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. More information is available here. Please join us!


NYA Announces New Head of School

jacksonThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin J. Jackson (Evergreen, Colorado) as NYA’s Head of School effective July 1, 2015. Mr. Jackson’s appointment was the result of an extensive nationwide search. “Ben was appointed with the unanimous support of the Search Committee and of the full Board,” reported trustee Lee Mallett, chair of the Search Committee. “Ben is a natural choice for our school. Widely admired in his current school community, he is an energetic, talented and devoted educational leader whose background and philosophy are a perfect fit for the NYA community,” said Stephan Bachelder, president of NYA’s Board of Trustees.

Jackson received a B.A. from Hobart College and an M.A. in History from Providence College. He is currently completing his Masters in Educational Leadership at Regis University. On his appointment, Jackson stated, “It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the position as the next Head of School at North Yarmouth Academy. During my visit to NYA, I witnessed innovation, creativity and a diverse array of learning experiences throughout the campus. As impressed as I was with the academic and extra-curricular program, I was most impressed with the people of the NYA community. The teachers care deeply about student achievement and are committed to their work, the Board possesses an unwavering commitment to the school, and the parents are engaged in the school and share the common goal of providing an exceptional experience for their children. Perhaps the most telling part of my visit was my conversations and meetings with the students. It is the students that provide the most authentic glimpse into the culture of a school. They clearly articulated the value of the NYA experience and what it has meant to them.”

jackson-familySince 2005, Jackson has been the Head of School at the Evergreen Country Day School (ECDS) in Evergreen, CO. Under his leadership, ECDS has strengthened its program, grown tremendously in enrollment, witnessed a growth in the culture of giving and is now recognized as a premier independent school option in the greater Denver community. Prior to ECDS, Ben was the Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, RI. Previously, he served on the faculty at St Andrews School in Barrington, RI; Friends Academy in Dartmouth, MA; and The Wheeler School in Providence, RI.

Jackson and his wife Amity have three children. “I am thrilled to take up the Headship at NYA.  As I’ve gotten to know NYA, I’ve become convinced that it’s exactly where I want to be.  Amity and I are thrilled to be returning to our New England roots, and we look forward to embracing everything Maine has to offer.”

Jackson follows Brad Choyt, who was NYA’s Head of School for three years. Under Choyt’s leadership, a successful Lower School was created, summer programs were reinvigorated, and international focus was added to many programs.  NYA’s Assistant Head of School and Head of the Upper School John Drisko is currently serving as Interim Head of School.

North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving students from toddler through 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 nya.org.


NYA Night at Island Treasure Toys in Freeport

Anita and Jim Demetropoulos, parents of Amelia, Class of 2017, and our own Ms. Ingram, will open their Freeport location of Island Treasure Toys for a special NYA event from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, November 13.  A portion of the proceeds from all sales that evening will go to NYA.  The Parents’ Association will provide drinks, snacks, and cheer.  We hope to see you there!


NYA Hosts Choral Concert for Make-A-Wish

North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) will host a choral concert to raise money for the Make-A-Wish of Maine Foundation® on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Universalist Church, 97 Main Street, Yarmouth. This year, NYA choruses will be joined by select choruses from Cheverus High School and Yarmouth High School. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.  NYA would like to thank the First Universalist Church for donating the use of its space.
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All funds raised during the concert will help the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Maine grant a wish for a Maine child with a life-threatening medical condition. The NYA Make-A-Wish Club is celebrating its tenth year and is currently raising funds to grant a seventh wish. NYA’s Make-A-Wish Club has raised over $35,000 since it began in 2000, granting many wishes to children in Maine with life-threatening medical conditions. Heidi Grant, English teacher and Chair of the Make-A-Wish Club said, “Our Make-A-Wish Club keeps growing!  This year, 42 Upper School students are involved.  These students will develop new fundraising ideas, organize volunteers, and help to raise funds.  It is truly a student-driven club, and our students care deeply about helping to grant wishes for those in need.  The passion and commitment of the students is inspiring.”  In addition to the biennial choral concert, the Make-A-Wish Club sells carnival candy canes in January during NYA’s Winter Carnival events, sells compatibility survey results to students who submit their information and find out how “compatible” they are with their classmates during Valentine’s Day, jumps into icy water surrounding Cousins Island during a Polar Panther Plunge, and sells baked goods and Senior Sundaes in the spring to raise additional funds.

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Grant (hgrant@nya.org, 847-5449)

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 Carves Pumpkins for Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival

pumpkins02During the week of October 20, North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students participated in the Camp Sunshine L.L. Bean Pumpkin Festival by carving over 200 pumpkins. The pumpkins were delivered to NYA on Wednesday and carved on Thursday and Friday by students, faculty, and staff.  Many students carved pumpkins during their advisory time, when students usually meet with their advisors and fellow advisees.  The pumpkins are heading to L.L. Bean on Friday at 3:00 pm.  Although the students were sad to see them go, everyone in the NYA community is proud to support such a great cause.

All NYA students, teachers, and staff participated by selecting a pumpkin from in front of the Middle School, going to a classroom with carving tools, and getting to work.  Lower School students divvied up their pumpkins by classroom, and carved about 15 pumpkins.  The Middle School students carved around 70 and have a competition to see which advisee group carves the most creative pumpkin. Upper School students, faculty, and staff carved over 170 of the remaining gourds.

pumpkins01The Camp Sunshine L.L. Bean Pumpkin Festival includes a Corporate Carving Challenge, Costume Parade and Fun Run, musical guests, a Pumpkin Playland, and even a Carving Cafe. This fun event helps raise awareness and funds for Camp Sunshine, a program which, according to its mission, “provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys.”  NYA began participating in the Pumpkin Festival event last year, when Assistant Dean of Students, Lynn Sullivan organized the major carving event. She said, “This is a great community event. We did it last year for the first time, and all the kids loved it, from the pre-primary students to the seniors. And, more importantly, it is for a fantastic cause, and we’re so glad that NYA is to be able to support Camp Sunshine and all the great work they do.”

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 nya.org.


NYA Cupola Award Presented to David Champoux

champoux-featureNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is proud to announce that David Champoux (North Yarmouth) is the recipient of the Cupola Award, presented for outstanding service in support of NYA. Champoux is a long-time supporter of NYA, as a volunteer, parent, and as a donor.

The Cupola Award was created in 2009 to honor those who have provided exemplary service in support of North Yarmouth Academy. The award is not presented annually but is an honor that is awarded when special recognition is merited. The award was presented to Champoux at the Head of School’s Circle Dinner on September 14, 2014. Previous recipients of the Cupola Award include: Betsy Mead of Yarmouth, Janet Bowne of Falmouth, Lynne Roche of Yarmouth, and Linc Merrill of North Yarmouth.

After graduating Harvard University in 1981, Champoux attended University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1984.  He is a partner in Pierce Atwood’s Business Law Practice Group. Champoux is the parent of two NYA alumni, Alexander ’07 and Philip ’10 and became a member of the NYA community when his elder son entered NYA in 2000 as a sixth grader.  In 2005, he joined the NYA Board of Trustees and served as a trusted and valuable member until July of 2014.

“The Academy is grateful to have David as a generous supporter and advocate in our community,” says Kristen Farnham, NYA’s Director of Development. “He is a true leader, a firm believer in NYA’s education and mission, and a wise philanthropist. David, his wife Lynne, and their family have supported NYA in countless ways over the years. We are proud to recognize his service with the Cupola Award.”

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 Keelboat Regatta at SailMaine on October 18

The NYA sailing team competes as part of the SailMaine program, and this year SailMaine has introduced keelboat racing for its high school students.  On October 18, NYA will host the Inaugural SailMaine HS Keelboat Regatta in Casco Bay-a first of its kind!

“We are really excited by the addition of the SailMaine J22 fleet to our high school program this season.” said SailMaine Program Director, Gerry Tiernan. “We feel that teaching kids keelboat sailing at a younger age opens up new avenues for them that they don’t get sailing only small boats. It’s a different game. It requires a different level of focus and attention to detail than dinghy sailing. We hope it will allow kids to participate in areas of the sport that may have been inaccessible to them otherwise.”

Katie Hatch, SailMaine’s Executive Director said, “I haven’t heard of any other high school specific keelboat regattas anywhere in the region since I became involved in the sport. SailMaine is proud to host this event with North Yarmouth Academy. We think it’s great for the kids and great for the sport. It’s going to be such a cool event!” For more information on the regatta, e-mail gerry.tiernan@sailmaine.org.


NYA Field Hockey: The Little Team That Could

nya_field-hockeyThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) field hockey team competes at the top of their class, and boasts an 11-2 record. Their wins include three overtime victories, stopping a competitor’s undefeated season, and eight shutouts.  They also play almost every game with one fewer player than the other teams.

The coaches and players knew that they would be low on numbers at the end of last season.  Coming into preseason in August, the team boasted just nine players.  With one addition later in preseason, the roster boosted to ten.  Of those ten players, two had never touched a field hockey stick before. NYA’s solid senior force kept them positive and folded the new players into their team seamlessly.  Head coach, Tracy Quimby said, “I am so proud of our seniors and their leadership.  We knew this season would be tough on numbers, but the whole coaching staff also knew that these young ladies could perform at the top of their class.  Every time we have asked the team to adjust, they have.  With fewer players, we are able to work more closely with individuals – honing their particular skills.  And largely because of their positive, outstanding leadership, we have had a successful season.  As a coach, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The team with such a small roster is making big waves in Maine field hockey, and their school community. Assistant Dean of Students, Lynn Sullivan said, “These girls are inspiring; they have achieved great success working with low numbers. They have overcome many challenges and in the process have learned a great deal about dedication and perseverance. The girls’ enthusiasm for the game is contagious. It’s like they’re the little engine that could.”  That is exactly what the fans say on the sidelines of their games, they are “the little team that could.”

NYA faces Sacopee Valley at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 10 for their senior game.  Their last regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15 at 4:00 pm at York High School.  Following that game the team begins their playoff schedule on Saturday, October 18 (time TBD).

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 nya.org.


NYA Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

Seven North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students were recognized as National Merit Commended students and National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the 2013 PSAT.  Muriel Adams (Freeport), Tess Hinchman (West Bath), Clayton Manchester (Raymond), and Diana McLeod (Woolwich) were honored as National Merit Commended students. They were among the top 50,000 PSAT scorers nationwide. Ellis Miskell, Charlotte Eisenberg (Peaks Island), and Marina Stam (Cumberland Foreside) received the honor of National Merit Semifinalists. The commended and semifinalists recognized represent 15% of the NYA class of 2015.

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, and 34,000 are commended for their performance.

NYA is very proud of the seven seniors recognized for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT and their consistent high achievement in academics at NYA.  This is one of the largest groups of NYA students recognized by the NMSP in recent years, and everyone in the school is very pleased that so many received such an honor.  “All of these seniors have been impressive both in and out of the classroom during their time here at NYA.  We are consistently impressed by the wide range of their achievements.  Although this is no surprise for this group, the community was excited to see each one of them receive this recognition on a national scale,” said Eric Austin, Interim Head of the Upper School.

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 nya.org.

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