Preparations are being made for the graduation this Saturday, June 27th of about 335 seniors in Rome Free Academy’s class of 2015, including a live streaming of the RFA Stadium ceremony to the Internet. The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at RFA Stadium, where an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 family members and friends is expected.
French Teachers Cindy Elliott and Kathy Olney were proud to recognize four RFA French students at the LECNY May Celebration on May 14th. LECNY (Language Educators of Central New York) is a professional organization of language teachers and administrators that strives to promote the study of language and culture
RFA Junior Awards Ceremony was held on June 11th at RFA. Twenty-nine RFA juniors received an award from either Smith College, The Sage Colleges, RIT, Clarkson University, University of Rochester, Elmira College, LeMoyne College, Boys State, Girls State, DAR, St. Michael’s College, Wells College, University of Albany, SUNY, Lawrence Technological University, RPI and Chatham University.
On May 19 and 20, three music ensembles from Rome Free Academy attended the New York State School Music Association Major Organizations Festival at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, where they performed for a panel of adjudicators.
Sarah Chien has been selected to represent Rome City School District’s Vocal Music Program in Nashville, Tennessee. This will be the second year in a row that RFA will be represented at the All National Honors Festival.
This spring, the Leo Club at Rome Free Academy collected 387 pair of glasses from the community and 153 pair from the students and staff at RFA! "These glasses will be donated to the needy through our sponsor, the Rome Lions Club! Thank you for donating and a big thank you to the Rome Lions Club!, " said Advisor Nancy Witter. In the picture: Jared Smaldon, Leo Treasurer; Abbey Janes, Leo President and Sarah Smith, Leo Secretary
This past weekend (May 15-16) three Rome Free Academy student musicians earned perfect scores on their New York State School Music Association All-State auditions. Sarah Chien (soprano vocalist), Spencer Parrish (trumpet), and Quinn Bremer (snare drum) are all currently juniors at RFA. They all prepared and performed level 6 solos – the most difficult level – at the NYSSMA Solo Festival this weekend at Central Valley Academy.
n April, Rome Free Academy student Sarah Chien participated and performed in the All Eastern Honors Choir in Providence, RI. Chien was selected to participate at the All State Winter Conference and the All Eastern Honors Mixed Choir.
Rome Free Academy will present its 2015 Musical IN THE HEIGHTS April 16, 17, and 18. Presale tickets will be available at the RFA Box Office (in the high school lobby) this Saturday, April 11, from 12pm-5pm. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Presale tickets are also available at Jervis Public Library through April 15. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page. Thank you for your support of our students!
The Rome Free Academy Top Ten Class of 2015 was announced on Friday, March 27th. The Valedictorian is Devin Kilpatrick and the Salutatorian is Ankur Desai. Finishing out the top ten are Teresa Anken, Andrew Bremer, Joseph Campbell, Brianna Coia, Dana Glantz, Peter Mastracco, Ryan Tamburrino and Madison Tikalsky. Congratulations to the top ten!
Message from Principal Mark Benson
Thanks for visiting RFA's website. I hope you will find the resources listed here both informative and enjoyable. I encourage all our students to take advantage of the abundant opportunities at RFA. We offer a rigorous curriculum including Advanced Placement courses and dual credit agreements with Syracuse University, University of Albany, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Mohawk Valley Community College. Student activities include Varsity athletics, Student Association, Marching Band, the School Musical, an award winning school newspaper (The Knight Times) and many others. I encourage every member of our school community -- students, parents and teachers alike -- to take advantage of our many opportunities and make Rome Free Academy the best it can be. Remember, the RFA Way is: Respect ForAll.