Mariah Mays, RFA senior and captain of girls Indoor Track & Field team is the recipient of NYSPHSAA Section 3 Female Sportsmanship Award for the State Championships. Mariah is only the 6th RFA girl to win this award in the past 10 yrs. She was also the NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete award winner this season.
On February 7th the Rome Free Academy Engineering Club’s VEX Robotics team: Black Knights #8746, participated in the Northern New York State Championships held at Onondaga Community College and qualified for the World Championships in Kentucky in April.
Students from Rome Free Academy Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) attended the annual Spring District Meeting held at Herkimer BOCES in Herkimer on February 11. “Activities included written and performance competitive events in the areas of business and technology. RFA students who placed first, second and third are eligible to compete at the state level in April in Rochester, NY,” said Mary Campbell, business teacher and club advisor.
The RFA French Club has had a busy 2014 – 2015 school year. On November 6th, the club hosted the annual French Club dinner in the RFA cafeteria. Under the direction of Christopher Whitmore, students prepared a four course meal in the cafeteria for two days after school. Students served the meal to friends, family, and staff members while enjoying entertainment from the RFA Jazz Voices. Over 120 people attended the dinner. Club advisors Cindy Elliott and Kathy Olney received rave reviews from those in attendance.
The Rome Free Academy Business Department is sponsoring a new “Wall of Fame” to honor select alumni who have earned recognition for their achievements and contributions in their chosen field. Recognition will be given to those RFA graduates who have exhibited outstanding leadership, character, and service. Click headline above for contact information.
The RFA Varsity Girls Cross Country Team won the Tri-Valley League Title. The team finished 5th out of 14 schools in the section III finals this past weekend at VVS High School, to go with their undefeated Tri-Valley League title. Freshman, Marian Draper qualified for the State Championships this weekend in Canton. “RFA Varsity Girls Cross Country Team won their first league title in over 25 years,” said Coach Matthew Downs.
Ankur Desai, a senior at RFA has been named to the 2014 NAfME All-National (Jazz, Mixed Choir, Concert Band or Symphony Orchestra) Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Message from Principal Mark Benson
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