The Pony Express News
FA Latin Club Wins Several Awards
The Foxcroft Academy JCL Latin Club competed in the 2022 Spring Convention at Camp Mechuwana on May 25th and 26th with nine other Maine high schools. The Pony club had a great showing over the course of the two days.
Alexis Cole, Bosco Monteforte, and Hannah Vail earned 1st place in the Latin 2 Certamen Competition, and the team earned 2nd place in the Creative Arts competition.
Bosco Monteforte led the team with a 1st place finish, three 2nd place finishes, and a 3rd, 4th, and 5th place finish in competitions. He placed 6th overall for individual performance earning an individual trophy. Alexis Cole, Zach Peirce, Cameron Parlee, Elyse Richards, Hannah Vail, and Doug Rowe all earned multiple individual awards as well. Great job to Ms. Parlee and the FA Latin Club! #rideonponies
FA Sees Success On Fields, Courts, and Tracks This Spring
Another spring sports season has come and gone at Foxcroft Academy. We had plenty of highlights and many team and individual honors as the year went on. All in all, it was a successful 2022 spring season, with all of our FA teams competing in their respective playoffs. Here is a recap:
The FA Baseball team had a good regular season, finishing 7-9, which placed them in 11th place in class B. The regular season highlight was a walk-off 11-10 win over Dexter in the final game of the regular season. The Ponies went into the playoffs and played their best baseball of the season. Foxcroft defeated #6 John Bapst, 16-6, in the play-in round, then knocked off #14 Winslow, 11-1, in the quarterfinals. Their luck ran out in the semis, losing to #2 Old Town, 11-1. FA still had a good year. Congratulations to Coach Panburn and Coach Spooner on fielding a competitive team. Senior Anthony Smith was named a second-team all-star in the Penobscot Valley Conference.
Expectations for the FA Softball team were somewhat unknown coming into the season after two straight years of losing big graduating classes. The Ponies fielded a team with only two seniors this season and knew their games would be uphill battles, but the Ponies fought hard, finishing with three wins. The Ponies lost in the opening round of the playoffs, 11-1, to MDI, but with each game, Foxcroft Academy saw improvement. That will carry into the next season for Coach Mike Cabral and the Ponies.
The FA Boys and Girls Tennis teams exceeded expectations on the year as the girls finished 1st in Class B and the boys finished 5th. Both teams won their quarterfinal matches (The Girls def. Presque Isle and the boys knocked off Waterville) before falling in the semifinals. The girls lost a tough match to MDI, 3-2, while the boys lost to #1 John Bapst, 5-0. At the end of the season, the PVC honors FA with a few awards. Mariano Paredes Vidal was an Honorable Mention All-Star, while Aleshia Raymond and Meghan Spooner were a 1st Team Doubles team and Coach Ryan Dankert Girls Class B Coach of the Year. The Pony girls also won the PVC regular-season championship. It was a great year on the courts!
Track and Field
The FA Track and Field team was full of strong competitors all season. FA hosted three meets and went on the road for six more. Many saw success as FA qualified over a dozen members for the conference and regional meets. At the end of the year, the Ponies had several conference all-stars. Boys - Jesse Drury - 1st Team - 200M and javelin, Jackson Smith - 2nd Team - High Jump, and Drury, Smith, Eion McCloskey, and Bodie Clarke - 1st Team - 4x100M relay. Girls - Abby Knapp - 2nd Team - 400M. Congratulations to all of our track athletes and Coach Nickerson and Orcutt on a great year!
Cheer on our FA Student-Athletes!
Whether it’s a field hockey playoff game, a championship wrestling match, or even indoor soccer practice, you want to support athletic achievement at Foxcroft Academy. Starting with the upcoming fall sports season, you will now be able to show support for student-athletes by sharing encouraging words and messages on our new field house messaging board!
Over the years, it’s been shown that seeing words of encouragement and receiving praise from alumni, friends, and community members can help contribute to an individual athlete's motivation to compete and perform. By sharing uplifting messages such as “Christina, you’re doing awesome!” or “Good luck Andy, we’re proud of you!”, you can help improve attitudes and performances. At the same time showing the support and the encouragement our kids need to help them succeed.
Join us today by sending a $250.00 (September thru May) membership fee to Foxcroft Academy Athletics or call us at (207) 564-8351 or see our giving page at https://foxcroftacademy.org/giving to learn more about opportunities with the field house messaging board. We’re excited about the upcoming fall sports season and look forward to sharing words of support for our young Pony athletes!
Commencement 2022 Recap
On Sunday, June 12th, Foxcroft Academy celebrated its 199th graduating class with the 2022 Commencement Exercises. Over 80 Foxcroft Academy students received their diplomas, awards, and scholarships in front of a full crowd in the FA Gym.
The ceremony opened with a welcome from FA Senior Class President, Jasper Makowski, followed by remarks to the graduating class by Mr. Arnold Shorey, Foxcroft Academy Head of School. In addition, Makowski and Aine Casey spoke to the crowd in their roles as Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The faculty speaker, leading the charge to our graduating class, was Mr. Luis Ayala, FA Health and Physical Education teacher, who is retiring at the end of the year, and the keynote speaker was Mr. Michael Dugay, FA Class of 1965.
Over the course of Senior Night and graduation, over $250,000 of scholarships and awards were handed out to the graduating seniors. The Class of 2022 has left its mark on this institution and we wish them all the best as they start the next chapter of their lives in whatever lies ahead.
If you are interested in watching the graduation ceremony again, it is available on our Foxcroft Academy YouTube page. Just go to https://youtu.be/x4C324_aYhM. A photo album of the entire day will be available shortly on our Flickr page, https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxcroftacademy/albums. #rideonponies
What Happens Next for Our Seniors: Many Directions
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss
We are so proud of all of our seniors who are on their way to new, exciting adventures. Their journey at Foxcroft Academy has been unique to each one of them and so are their post-secondary plans.
Here’s a sampling of where the new class of alumni Ponies are headed after graduation:
Bard College – New York
Eastern Maine Community College
Florida Coast Prep Sports Academy
Florida International University
Maine Maritime Academy
Michigan State University
U.S. National Guard
Northeastern - Boston
Oakland Community College - Michigan
Paul Mitchell the School (Esani, GA)
Portland State University – Portland, Oregon
Southern Maine Community College
Swarthmore College - Pennsylvania
Texas Christian University
Toronto Metropolitan University
University of Maine
University of Maine @ Augusta
University of Southern Maine
University of Maine @ Presque Isle
University of Maine @ Farmington
Youngstown State University – Ohio