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NYA Students Spring to Action, Aid Nepal

Nibbles-for-NepalNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) students sprang to action following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal on April 25. Seventh graders sponsored a “dress-down day” (when students, faculty and staff dress casually in return for a $3 donation to a cause) to benefit Oxfam, an organization providing relief efforts in Nepal. Fifth graders are hosting a “Nibbles for Nepal” bake sale to benefit Save the Children.

Fifth grade teacher Shannon Gallagher explained, “We recently completed a study about plate tectonics and were amazed to learn of the earthquake as well as the volcanic eruption that happened in Chile over last weekend.” Since there were no dress-down days available, the class decided on a bake sale and came up with a catchy name – Nibbles for Nepal. “We watched some videos of earthquake footage, and they were excited to realize how much they really had learned throughout the course of our unit –  vocabulary, processes, and the kind of things that people would have needed to do to prepare for such a catastrophe,” said Gallagher.  After researching the top charities involved with earthquake relief, the class decided they would send their donation to Save the Children, an organization that will help get food and supplies to children and their families in Nepal. “I am very proud of the compassion they have shown, as well as their general excitement over spearheading such an effort.  It truly was their idea!”

Seventh graders also mobilized. Science teacher Danielle Barschdorf said, “This earthquake tragedy has hit a chord with me.” Her seventh graders have been studying plate tectonics and are starting to learn about earthquakes. They recently watched the documentary film “Everest” about the 1996 disaster, and they have closely studied the Eurasian and Indian plate boundaries that are converging together to continue to change the Himalayas. “I have always loved learning about the region, and it was devastating when I heard about the disaster. I just felt it was really important that we try to raise funds to help out.” They devoted an entire class period to discussing the events and the science behind the fault line and earthquake. They decided to sponsor a dress-down day to raise funds to help the people in Nepal. After a thorough discussion, the students decided that the funds raised will go to Oxfam, an organization increasing its aid in Nepal through providing water, toilets and other relief efforts. “Every little bit helps,” she said.

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 Art Dazzles Curtis Gallery

us-art2015aNorth Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is hosting the Upper School art student exhibit opening on Thursday, April 30. The exhibit shows new Upper School art work in the Curtis Gallery (148 Main Street, Yarmouth) at North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) from April 30 through June 5.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 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 of  “Magic Theater”  in Higgins Hall (168 Main Street, Yarmouth) at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1.

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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Two Former NYA Hockey Players Hoist DI and DIII National Titles

nya-hockeyThe North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) hockey program has a strong history of producing skilled players who go on to compete at high levels after NYA. This spring, a number of current and former players have been honored on a national level. The recent success of the current and former players has brought a lot of attention to the NYA hockey program, which competes in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

Mary Morrison, a senior from Cumberland, was a split-season player for the Portland Junior Pirates U19 team this season. The Junior Pirates took home the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship trophy this spring after a 2-1 win over the East Coast Wizards of Massachusetts. Morrison was a senior captain for NYA, and is planning on playing Junior Hockey with the Northern Cyclones in New Hampshire next year.

NYA sophomore Bobby Murray (Yarmouth) was selected for the 2015 National Development Camp, which will take place in Amherst, NY from June 26 to July 2, 2015. Murray was named as the only Maine player, and one of six forwards from the New England District to be picked based on their performance at the New England Development Camp. NYA Junior Taylor Leech (Bowdoinham) will take a similar trip to the Girls National Development camp this summer. “Congratulations to both Bobby and Taylor. We are excited to wish them good luck and proud of their success as they go to the development camps,” said NYA head boys varsity hockey coach, Eric Graham.

Graduating in 1997, Matthew Greason left his NYA hockey career on a high note, with the 1997 Class A State Championship.  After a playing career at Trinity, Greason coached at Kingswood-Oxford School, Kent School, and with the US National Team Development Program. He returned to Trinity as their Head Coach in 2011 and has had a great amount of success in his five years with the program.  “This was a great accomplishment for our team and the Trinity College community.  A National Championship is something our team has dreamed of since each of them arrived on campus as a freshman.  Much the way I dreamed of a State Championship when I was at NYA in the 90’s.  It was a special feeling when we accomplished that goal in 1997, and a special feeling for me when Trinity raised the trophy a few weeks ago in Minneapolis,” said Greason.

Jon Gillies started his hockey career at NYA in middle school and has risen quickly through the hockey ranks over the last several years. Gillies led the Providence Friars as their starting goalie to their first National Championship this season. After making over 45 saves in the National Championship game, Gillies was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Gillies was also named as a NCAA East Second Team All-American this season as one of the top goalies in NCAA Hockey.  On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Gillies signed with the Calgary Flames and joins the team in Canada this week.

Graham remarked, “It’s great to see so many former Panthers finding success in the hockey world after NYA. To have two former players in Jon and Matt win NCAA National Championships this year sheds a really positive light on our program and gives our current players an inspiration that hits close to home.”

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.


Race on Over to the NYA Soiree

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.

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