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!
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.
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.