IMG_1435Fayette Academy Ecology Club Wins Hunters For the Hungry State Award

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program recognized Fayette Academy’s Ecology Club for their outstanding dedication providing venison to Fayette County families in need.  This group of over forty high school students donated the most service hours in the state of Tennessee.

Hunters for the Hungry is a unique program providing healthy protein to hungry Tennesseans.  When hunters harvest a deer, they may donate it to Hunters for the Hungry at a participating processor.  The venison is processed for free or at a reduced rate and then provided to area food banks or soup kitchens.  One der provides as many as 168 meals of venison.

“For the first time, we have full funding in Tennessee.  Every participating processor had funds to accept 10 or more deer at no cost to the hunter,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager.  “We were able to expand the program this year thanks to the hard work of high schoolers at Fayette Academy and other schools across the state who raised money and awareness as part of the Hunger Challenge.”

The Fayette Academy Ecology Club is in its 13th year.  The club promotes conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors while sharing their passion for environmental sustainability with their family, school and community through the use of fun, hands-on learning.


LaGrange Cultural Foundation Scholarship Recipients Named at Fayette Academy

IMG_1236Somerville, TN- Promoting higher education within Fayette County is a primary mission of the La Grange Cultural Foundation. The La Grange Cultural Foundation, Inc. located in La Grange, Tennessee has annually awarded two valuable scholarships to Fayette County seniors who plan to attend college after they graduate from high school.

The La Grange Cultural Foundation is pleased to continue this education activity and will again offer these two scholarships (winner and runner-up) to 2018 Fayette County graduates who desire for further education by attending a college of their choice. Essays are put in the hands of highly qualified judges who judge on student scholarly research, writing skills, the use of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The first place winner will receive a $1,500 Scholarship Award and the Runner-Up will win a $1,000 Scholarship Award.  Each of these awards will be applied to the student’s college account once they enroll in a college program.

The La Grange Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the first place winner and second place winners of the Scholarship Contest are Fayette Academy seniors.

The 2018 first place winner is Kylie Webb, daughter of Chuck and Amy Webb of Somerville, Tennessee. Kylie will graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors on May 21, 2018. Kylie is a member of Fayette Academy’s Ecology Club, National Honor Society, Pep Club, and ACT 30+ Club. Kylie is also an active member of Fayette Academy’s performing arts program playing both lead and supporting roles in this year’s production of Elf and Annie. Kylie has also been a member of Lady Vikings Soccer all four years of high school. Kylie plans to attend East Tennessee State University in the fall.

The 2018 runner-up is Kaitlin Bowers, daughter of Ken Bowers of Whiteville, Tennessee. Kaitlin will graduate with Cum Laude honors on May 21, 2018. Kaitlin has participated in Fayette Academy athletics through basketball, soccer, and softball. She is also a member of the Fayette Academy Pep Club. Kaitlin plans to attend Christian Brothers University in the fall.


1 in 3 Fayette Academy Students Earn 30+ on ACT Subtests 

IMG_1219Somerville, TN —Fayette Academy, a college preparatory school in Somerville, Tennessee, inducts new students each year to the ACT 30+ Club. The 30+ Club is made up of two groups: students who have scored a 30+ composite ACT score and students who have scored a 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. During the February test, eight more students were inducted to the ACT 30+ Club.

Approximately one-third of Fayette Academy students who have taken the ACT have scored 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. Fayette Academy’s 30+ Club currently holds 18 students in the 30+ Composite group, and 39 students in the 30+ Subtest group. Fayette Academy is also proud to recognize the outstanding accomplishment of 6 students who earned a perfect 36 score on at least one subtest of the ACT.

“This is such an impressive accomplishment IMG_1216indicative of hard work and determination,” noted Head of School Courtney Burnette. “At Fayette Academy, our mission is to Inspire Minds for Learning and Hearts for Christ.  We will continue to strive toward our mission.”

Presently, Fayette Academy offers two ACT preparatory classes for students on a daily basis. The curriculum includes a focus on English, mathematics, reading, science, writing, and test-taking skills.

30+ Club Composite: Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan, Amber Hilliard, Dunstan Ashe, Nee Nee Lyons, Sam Thornton

3IMG_12210+ Subtest: Grayson Weatherly, Chloe Poole, Alex Wadley, Luke Reeves, Matthew Boozer, Jacob Cronogue, Reid Holland, Wilson Morris, Richard Tapp, Kylie Webb, Maddy Pierski, Hayley Grace Moffatt, Brooke Jackson, Casey Melton, Whitney Ellis, Jordan Mills, SaraBeth Currey, Logan Johnson, Ashley Filcek, Jake Cocke, Melody Dawkins, Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan, Amber Hilliard, Dunstan Ashe, Nee Nee Lyons, Sam Thornton

36 Perfect Scores: Max Phillips (English & Reading), Caroline Rinks (English & Reading), Hanah Walker (English), Kendall Walker (Reading), Dunstan Ashe (Reading), Kelly Greer (Reading)


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Fayette Academy College Signing Day

Somerville, TN – On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Fayette Academy hosted a College Signing Day to celebrate the senior class of 2018 making the important decision to enroll in college and pursue their dreams. College Signing Day allowed each senior to publicly proclaim and celebrate their postsecondary plans. Admissions counselors from The University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the University of Tennessee Martin, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Christian Brothers University, Freed-Hardeman University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Delta State University, and Samford University were in attendance for the event.

31672431_1995233540488039_7071505851470577664_nThe Class of 2018 is composed of 49 seniors, and 25 of which are honor graduates. Fayette Academy’s senior class has been accepted to 35 schools spanning across 10 states and have earned more than $730,000 in merit based scholarships. Forty-seven students have committed to attending postsecondary education and two students have enlisted in the US Army and National Guard. We are extremely proud of our senior class for taking this next big step for their future.

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DSC_0076Fayette Academy 4-H Piggy Bank Winners

Three students from Fayette Academy placed as county winners in the annual Piggy Bank Pageant sponsored by UT Extension Agency. “The Save, Share, and Spend” initiative is incorporated into the contest to teach youth to be more aware of the importance of saving money at an early age. The 4-H Piggy Bank Pageant allows students to use their creativity in constructing a Piggy Bank while also setting a month-long savings goal.

Fayette Academy had three county winners this year.  Addison Walker who is in Ms. Cathy Morris’ room placed lst and was the champion in 5th grade.  Her piggy bank will move on to the Tennessee state contest. The state contest will be online again this year and voting will be open 8 a.m. (EDT) April 23rd DSC_0078through 8 a.m. (EDT) April 30th at http://voteforthepig.tennessee.edu/.

Please mark your calendars and vote daily for our students.

 

Congratulations to our winners Kyler Smith, Hannah Henson, and Addison Walker!

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  • Kyler Smith in 4th Grade (Ms. Debbie Perkins Room) 2nd Place for County
  • Hannah Henson in 5th Grade (Ms. Beth Culver’s Room) 3rd place for County
  • Addison Walker in 5th Grade (Ms. Cathy Morris’ Room) 1st Place and Champion in 5th grade

IMG_1145FAYETTE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES MARCH JUNIOR ROTARIANS

Every month the Rotary Club of Somerville invites two students from Fayette Academy to join Head of School, Mrs. Courtney Burnette, in representing Fayette Academy during weekly Rotary meetings. Each month a representative from the junior class and a representative from the senior class are selected as the month’s Junior Rotarians. Fayette Academy is pleased to announce the Junior Rotarians for the month of March are Luke Reeves and Kara Cossar.

Senior Luke Reeves is the son of David and Terri Reeves of Somerville, Tennessee. Luke is a member of National Honor Society and Pep Club. Luke has been an invaluable member of Viking Basketball since his freshmen year of high school and Viking Tennis since his sophomore year of high school. Luke plans to pursue higher education at the University of Memphis in the fall.

Junior Kara Cossar is the daughter of Craig and Jan Cossar of Somerville, Tennessee. Kara is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Ecology Club, Prom Committee, Pep Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Kara has also participated in Fayette Academy athletics since her freshman year of high school in both Viking Soccer and Viking Softball. Kara plans to pursue a career in optometry after graduation.


 

Quarter 3 Honor and Scholar Roll

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IMG_1147Class of 2018 Honor Graduates

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Fayette Academy announced the Class of 2018 Honor Graduates. Each of Fayette Academy’s honor graduates has completed a minimum of four honors courses while also maintaining the required grade point average throughout their high school career. Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a minimum 3.25 grade point average; Magna Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a grade point average of 3.5, and Summa Cum Laude honor graduates have maintained a grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

 

IMG_1148Hanah Walker, Valedictorian Summa Cum Laude ; Jill Grant, Salutatorian Summa Cum Laude;  Max Phillips, Summa Cum Laude; Jordan Grant, Summa Cum Laude; Austin Creech, Summa Cum Laude; Jonathan Glover, Summa Cum Laude; Addison Bray, Summa Cum Laude; Emilie Hug, Summa Cum Laude; Alex Wadley, Summa Cum Laude; Kendall Walker, Summa Cum Laude; Sarah Layne Ellis, Summa Cum Laude; Hayley Grace Moffatt, Summa Cum Laude; Chloe Poole, Summa Cum Laude; Luke Reeves, Summa Cum Laude; Maddy Pierski, Summa Cum Laude; Jacob Moton, Summa Cum Laude; Kylie Webb, Summa Cum Laude; Courtney Harness, Magna Cum Laude; Morgan Shrull, Magna Cum Laude; Kalissa Bearden, Magna Cum Laude; Whitney Ellis, Magna Cum Laude; Shelley Golden, Magna Cum Laude; Vivian Ferge, Magna Cum Laude; Zach Doohen, Magna Cum Laude; and Kaitlin Bowers, Cum Laude.


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The following Fayette Academy students all placed in the WordSmith Writing Olympics sponsored by the University of Memphis English Department: seventh grader Annie Thornton (daughter of Carl and Lee Ann Thornton of Brownsville), eighth grader Alayna Pardue (daughter of Jimmy and Niki Pardue of Oakland), ninth grader Caleb Bearden (son of Jeremy Bearden of Lakeland and Mark and Amanda Martin of Somerville), and eleventh grader Neenee Lyons (daughter of Jennifer Lyons of Somerville). Seventh through twelfth graders from private and public schools in the Memphis area complete in this highly competitive event. Other schools to place this year are St. Francis, St. Agnes, Lausanne, Westminster, Collierville Middle/High School, St. Dominic, White Station Middle/High School, Snowden, Houston High School, Hutchison, Germantown High School, Briarcrest, and Memphis University School.

In this stiff competition, more than 200 middle and high school students test their writing skills in various timed writing dashes: a 40-word description of an object without actually naming it, a 100-word narrative capturing what’s taking place in an unusual picture, and a 120-word persuasion where the students take a position on an issue by an assortment of recent news headlines. All dashes are judged by the University of Memphis English Department faculty and local teachers, who also serve as coaches for many of the teams. Students receive ribbons for first, second, third, or honorable mention. All winners are then invited to compete in the 400-word main event, an expository composition on a topic chosen by a WordSmith organizers.

From left to right, Neenee Lyons earned an honorable mention in the 10 minute 40-yard dash and a third place in the 60 minute 400-word main event dash—all contributing to Fayette Academy’s receiving the third place trophy; Alayna Pardue received an honorable mention ribbon in the 40-word dash; Annie Thornton won third place in the 30 minute 120-word dash, second place in the 40-word dash, and third place in the 400-word main event dash—all culminating in her receiving the gold medal and Fayette Academy the third place trophy; finally, Caleb Bearden received third place for both the 40-word and 400-word dashes—all adding up to his winning a bronze medal

Each of these students deserves a hearty congratulation.


 

Fayette Academy Recognizes Outstanding ACT Achievement

IMG_1070 Fayette Academy, a college preparatory school in Somerville, Tennessee, inducts new students each year to the ACT 30+ Club. The 30+ Club is made up of two groups: students who have scored a 30+ composite ACT score and students who have scored a 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. During the December test, three more students were inducted to the ACT 30+ Club.

Approximately one-third of Fayette Academy students who have taken the ACT have scored 30+ on at least one subtest of the ACT. Fayette Academy’s 30+ Club currently holds 15 students in the 30+ Composite group, and 34 students in the 30+ Subtest group. Fayette Academy is also proud to recognize the outstanding accomplishment of 4 students who earned a perfect 36 score on at least one subtest of the ACT.

IMG_1074“We recognize the hard work and determination it takes to achieve at this level.  We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments but also the accomplishments of our faculty who work diligently to help students realize and achieve their goals,” noted Head of School Courtney Burnette. “We hope to see each Fayette Academy student reach his/her college choice goals, and a rigorous curriculum and strong work ethic taught on a daily basis provides a strong foundation for success.”

Presently, Fayette Academy offers two ACT preparatory classes for students on a daily basis. The curriculum includes a focus on English, mathematics, reading, science, writing, and test-taking skills.

30+ Club Composite: Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan

30+ Subtest: Max Phillips, Kendall Walker, Jordan Grant, Jake Moton, Austin Creech, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Jon Dwyer, Jill Grant, Addison Bray, Kelly Greer, Emilie Hug, Brinley Tapp, Halle Jordan, Grayson Weatherly, Chloe Poole, Alex Wadley, Luke Reeves, Matthew Boozer, Jacob Cronogue, Reed Holland, Wilson Morris, Richard Tapp, Kylie Webb, Maddie Pierski, Hayley Grace Moffatt, Nee Nee Lyons, Amber Hilliard, Brooke Jackson, Casey Melton, Whitney Ellis, Jordan Mills

36 Perfect Scores: Max Phillips (English & Reading), Caroline Rinks (English & Reading), Hanah Walker (English), Kendall Walker (Reading)


 UoM HonorFayette Academy Band Students Attend U of M Honor Band

Students were nominated to join clinicians at the University of Memphis for their annual honor band.  The nominated students then went through an audition process and were placed in the Grey Band.  Students spent the weekend working with the clinician and learning several pieces for a concert they performed on Saturday February 3.  Students pictured left to right: Justin Martin (percussion), NeeNee Lyons (flute), Casey Melton (flute), and Andrew Boozer (trombone).


 All-WestFayette Academy Represented at All-West District Honor Band

Jacob Cronogue represented Fayette Academy in the West Tennessee District Honor Band this past weekend.  Jacob went through an audition process in January where he competed against hundreds of clarinet students from the West Tennessee district. The audition process secured his invitation to participate in the All-West Honor Band. He placed 16th chair in the top band and spent the weekend rehearsing with other students from around the area, as well as top clinicians from around the country.


 National Signing Day

Each year high school students and colleges alike celebrate National Signing Day. National Signing Day. National Signing Day, usually the first Wednesday of February, has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for a collegiate sport. On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Fayette Academy had the privilege of hosting three senior signings.

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Signing Day began with Logan Doyle, son of Mark and Amber Doyle of Oakland, Tennessee. Logan has been a member of the Viking football team since his freshman year of high school under the guidance of Coach Vic Shivers. On National Signing Day, Logan signed his National Letter of Intent with Abilene Christian University, a private school in Abilene, Texas.

 

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The second student to sign was Zach Doohen, son of Adam and Melissah Miller of Oakland, Tennessee. The week before, Zach made public his decision to enlist in the Tennessee Air National Guard. On Wednesday morning Staff Sergeant Davis arrived; Zach signed his papers and was sworn into the Air Guard with his family, friends, and peers proudly watching.

 

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Maddy Pierski, daughter of Marvin and Pam Pierski of Somerville, Tennessee was the final senior to sign on Wednesday. Maddy has been an invaluable member of the Lady Viking soccer team since her freshman year of high school. On National Signing Day, Maddy signed her Letter of Intent with Christian Brothers University, a private school in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Fayette Academy is so very proud of each of these students and cannot wait to see the great things they accomplish.


IMG_1066FAYETTE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY JUNIOR ROTARIANS

Every month the Rotary Club of Somerville invites two students from Fayette Academy to join Head of School, Mrs. Courtney Burnette, in representing Fayette Academy during weekly Rotary meetings. Each month a representative from the junior class and a representative from the senior class are selected as the month’s Junior Rotarians. Fayette Academy is pleased to announce the Junior Rotarians for the month of February are Jill Grant and Jon Dwyer.

Senior Jill Grant is the daughter of John Todd and Shannan Grant of Eads, Tennessee. Jill is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, ACT 30+ Club, and Fayette Academy’s Pep Club. During her junior year, Jill was also a member of the Ecology Club and Prom Committee. Jill has been an invaluable member of the Viking Band and Viking Girls Softball team since her freshman year of high school.  She plans to pursue higher education at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall.

Junior Jon Dwyer is the son of Jody and Stephnie Dwyer of Eads, Tennessee. Jon has participated in Viking football, soccer, and the production of the Viking annual. This year Jon remains highly involved by taking an active role on and off stage in Fayette Academy’s theatrical productions. Jon is an active member of the National Honor Society, Ecology Club, and ACT 30+ Club.


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Max Phillips named Commended Student

Fayette Academy announced today that Max Phillips has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by the Head of School to this talented senior. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Congratulations Max!