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Fayette Academy announces that CATS, one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, will be performed at the Viking Center this spring.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is set in a huge junkyard and comes to life with several feline friends, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, and Grizabella. All the Jellicle cats gather for a special night each year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. The cats tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy in hopes that he will choose one of them to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life.

Matinee preview performance will be April 1, 2017, at 1:00, with an official opening set for April 7, 2017, at 7:00. Additional performances are April 8, 2017, at 7:00 and April 9, 2017, at 2:30.


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Cats Crew

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Fayette Academy Named as One of the Mid-South’s Top Student Groups for ACT Scores

Fayette Academy, a college preparatory school in Somerville, Tennessee, is honored to be recognized by the Memphis Business Journal (MBJ) as the 11th top performing school for ACT composite scores among hundreds of private, parochial, and public schools in the Mid-South region.

“We are very proud of all of our students, and we applaud their effort and this wonderful accomplishment,” noted Head of School Courtney Burnette. “Our students are working hard to reach their goals. We are committed to doing all we can to make sure all of our students are fully prepared for college and the workforce.”

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests including English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT also includes an optional writing component. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The ACT includes 215 multiple choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

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

Fayette Academy Students Place in WordSmith Writing Olympics

Congratulations to Jacob Coleman (left), Kaci Gilliom (middle), and Alayna Pardue (right) for placing in the WordSmith Writing Olympics held at the University of Memphis. Faced with stiff competition, Jacob (7th) placed second in the 120-word timed narrative while in the 120-word timed persuasive, Alayna (7th) placed third and Kaci (8th) placed second.

WordSmith Winners 2017

UT-Martin Honor Band

Last December, several Fayette Academy band students applied for the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 38th Annual Honor Band Festival. On December 9, six of these students were selected by the UT-Martin Music Department to participate in the festival.

These six Fayette Academy students travelled to Martin, Tennessee on January 26 where they auditioned for chair/band placement, and then spent the next 2 days rehearsing music alongside several other talented students from across the state of Tennessee and beyond. On the afternoon of Saturday, January 28, the four honor bands performed a splendid concert at the UTM Fine Arts Building.  Conductors at the festival were Dr. John Oelrich from The University of Tennessee at Martin, Mr. Christopher Woodruff from California Polytechnic University,  Mr. John Easley from Union City High School, and Ms. Marti Fults from Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

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Fayette Academy students selected to participate (pictured from top to bottom, left to right): Jonathan Glover (Junior), Jacob Cronogue (Sophomore), Casey Melton (Sophomore), Isabelle Johnson (8th Grade), Emma Park (Sophomore), and  Linnea Lyons (Sophomore). Additionally, both Jonathan Glover and Jacob Cronogue placed in Wind Ensemble, which is the top band out of the four UTM Honor Bands.

Fayette Academy’s Band Director is Daniel Hinson.

University of Memphis Honor Band

On February 2, eleven Fayette Academy Band Students traveled to the University of Memphis to participate in one of the college’s 2017 Honor Bands. These students were selected among hundreds of high school applicants from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

These exceptional young instrumentalists spent Thursday and Friday rehearsing several musical selections with highly qualified conductors, and were treated to a banquet dinner on Friday evening. They performed a superb concert at the Rose Theater on the afternoon of Saturday, February 4.

Participating Fayette Academy Students were: Jonathan Glover (Junior), Caleb Weatherly (Senior), Gill Grant (Junior), Isabelle Johnson (8th Grade), Linnea Lyons (Sophomore), Scott Morris (Senior), Casey Melton (Sophomore), Audrey Howell (Senior), Emma Park (Sophomore), Emily Waldon (Senior), and Ryan Gersava (Senior).  Also selected, but unable to participate were Jacob Cronogue (Sophomore) and Justin Martin (Sophomore).

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Fayette Academy’s Band Director is Daniel Hinson.

WTSBOA (West Tennesse School Band & Orchestra Association) All-West Honor Band

On January 14, 2017, several band students from Fayette Academy auditioned for a chair in one the WTSBOA All-West Honor Bands, along with hundreds of other students in West Tennessee.  Of these talented young musicians, 2 Fayette Academy students earned a position at All-West:

Jacob Cronogue (sophomore), earned 24th chair clarinet in the All-West 9-10 grade Blue Band. Also, Gabriel Threet (Senior), earned 3rd chair euphonium in the All-West 11-12 grade Red Band.


The All-West auditions are quite competitive, and earning a position in this prestigious Honor Band is quite an accomplishment! Certainly, these students are to be commended for all of their hard work and many hours of practice!

The All-West Honor Band/Clinic was held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on February 9 and 10, where students spent many hours rehearsing some remarkable music literature with some of the finest directors in the United States.  The music was then performed on Saturday, February 11 at the Cannon Center for The Performing Arts.

Selections by the 9-10 Blue Band included Bravura by John Edmonson; A Festival Prelude by Alfred Reed; Adigio by David Holsinger; and Satiric Dances by Norman Dello Joio. The Blue Band’s conductor was Lowell Hollinger, who is an Instructor of music and Associate Director of Bands at Jackson State University.  Selections by the 11-12 Red Band included Undertow by John Mackey; Camina Burana by Carl Orff; Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Steve Rouse; and Espana Cani by Robert Longfield. The Red Band’s conductor was Kelvin Jones, who is the Assistant Director of Bands at Louisiana State University.

Fayette Academy’s Band Director is Daniel Hinson.

Lady Vikings Place 2nd In Shelby League Tournament

The 5th and 6th grade Lady Vikings finished out their incredible season last Monday night in the Shelby League Tournament against Lausanne.  The Lady Vikings were 2nd Place finishers, coming up short after a hard fought battle to the end with Lausanne, 34-30.   Camille Burnette led the scoring with 10, followed by Georgia Weatherly 8, Emmie Moore 4, Annie Thornton 4 and Abby Rhea 4.  Leading rebounder was Annie Thornton 10, followed closely by Emmie Moore with 9, Abby Rhea 3, Camille Burnette 2,  Georgia Weatherly 1, and Megan Grantham had 1, but coach added Grantham had an awesome defensive performance.  Annie Thornton had 3 big blocks and Camille Burnette and Georgia Weatherly each had 1.  Finishing out the defensive stats, Georgia Weatherly, Annie Thornton, and Camille Burnette had 1 steal each.  The girls finished their fabulous season 20-2 and were the Shelby League Champions for the regular season.  Coach Glenn Weatherly said, “It’s going to be fun watching this team the next few years.  They are a great bunch of girls on and off the court”.  By Elinor Westbrook

All-Tournament 5th & 6th 2017

Camille Burnette and Emmie Moore with their All-Tournament

Lady Vikings Place 2nd In Shelby League Tournament

Front: Laney Rarick, Hannah Logan, Katelyn Cannon, Rose Edwards Back:  Carissa Nolting, Assistant Coach; Emmie Moore, Camille Burnette, Ellie Walker, Katherine Walker, Abby Rhea, Georgia Weatherly, Annie Thornton, Megan Grantham, Glenn Weatherly and Tim Burnette, Head Coaches

Basketball Homecoming 2017

Miss Elizabeth Ann Orr was crowned as the 2017 Basketball Homecoming Queen and Mr. Thomas Brown as Homecoming Escort this past Friday night.  Elizabeth Ann is the daughter of Happ and Kellie Orr of Somerville and Thomas is the son of Wade and Donna Brown of Oakland.

Homecoming 2017

Shown Front: Caroline Wilson, Queen’s Flower Girl; Mallory Fowler, flower girl; Henry Armour, Crown Bearer

Back:  Elizabeth Ann Orr and Thomas Brown

Varsity Basketball – Girls

Fayette Academy Lady Vikings couldn’t hold off the University School of Jackson last week.  Topping the scoring for the Lady Vikings were #00 Lauren Lessel (Sr) with 3,  #11 Sarah Layne Ellis (Jr) 2, #23 Lizzie Rhea (8th) 2, #45 Autumn Gaither (Fr) 2, #30 L. Alexander (Fr) 1,  #32 Hayley Moffatt (Jr) 1,  and #4 Morgan Reed (So) finished it up with a 3-point swisher.  #00 Lauren Lessel (Sr) led the rebounding with 5, followed by #11 Sarah Layne Ellis, #23 Lizzie Rhea, #30 Lauren Alexander and #32 Hailey Moffatt with 3 each.   #50 Joanna Becker (Sr),  #4 Morgan Reed (So), and #32 Hayley Moffatt (Jr) had the assists for the night with 1 each.  45 Autumn Gaither (Fr), #4 Morgan Reed (So),  and #32 Hayley Moffatt (Jr) had the quick hands for the night’s steals.

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Varsity Basketball – Boys

The Fayette Academy Vikings basketball team lost a hard fought battle in Tuesday’s home conference game against University School of Jackson by a score of 68-63.   Scoring hoops for the Vikings were #5 Luke Watkins (Jr) 21, #1 Luke Reeves (Jr) 11, #23 Thomas Brown (Sr) 8, #10 Jamie Shotwell (Sr) 8, #2 Ardous Holloway (Sr) 6, #35 Dominic Rhoden (Sr) 6, and #20 Walt Bullwinkel (So) 3.    #2 Ardous Holloway (Sr) led the rebounding and blocks for the night, and #4 Luke Watkins (Jr) led the totals in steals and assists.  Congratulations to #5 Luke Watkins for being selected the Fayette Academy Basketball Player of the Game.   Props to the pep band, cheerleaders and fans who support these teams’ efforts.

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