On Saturday, November 18, more than 100 members of the FRA community came together to pack meals, create and glaze bowls, and make soups and bread as part of its bi-annual Service Saturday event, which is an initiative of the Center of Philanthropic Studies. This fall, the event focused on bringing awareness to local and global hunger issues, and, in total, 72 pounds of soup and bread mix were made and delivered to Nashville Food Project, and 1,080 meals were packed for Rise Against Hunger.
The middle school wrestling team had a strong showing in the recent HVAC tournament.
Thatcher Frankfather, an FRA eighth grader, finished his undefeated wrestling season with the HVAC wrestling championship. In the 122-pound weight class, Frankfather pinned all of his opponents within the first period of every match, and he was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament by the coaches.
In other weight classes, eighth grader Noah Parrott finished fourth in the 175-pound weight class, sixth grader Daniel Goodson placed fourth in the 92-pound weight class, and sixth grader Logan Maki placed fourth in the 75-pound weight class.
Franklin Road Academy has nominated seniors Max Beavers, Hayley Fuller, Claire Luthy, and Lily Pierce for distinguished collegiate scholarships at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University of Virginia, Washington University, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The Panthers have advanced in the TSSAA DII-A playoffs, defeating St. George's Independent School (Memphis) 17-6 on Friday.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers were the first on the board early in the second when Stoxstill-Diggs connected with junior Lance Wilhoite on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Freshman kicker Jack Norris added to the Panther lead with a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter. Stoxstill-Diggs found Wilhoite for a 12-yard Panther touchdown in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Gryphons.
The FRA varsity cross country team had a strong showing in the TSSAA DII-A Region Meet on Thursday with the boys team finishing second overall with an average time of 19:02.48, and the girls finishing third with an average time of 24:13:85.
On the boys side, sophomores Andrew Cox and Ethan Rhoden led the Panthers, finishing second and third overall, respectively.
The FRA girls avenged a difficult loss in last year’s State Golf Championship with one of the most impressive victories in team history at this year’s event. The girl’s won the TSSAA Division II-A title by an incredible 26 strokes over runner-up Boyd Buchanan out of Chattanooga. Leading the way was freshman Tzunami Polito, who finished as the individual state runner-up with a two-round total of 149.
For the third year in a row, the FRA varsity girls golf team won TSSAA Division II-A Region Championship, and junior Josh Holtschlag won the boys individual title at Riverbend Country Club in Shelbyville. Junior Angelina Chan led the Panthers with a 1 under par round of 71 to win the girls individual title for the third straight year. Freshman Tzunami Polito took home the second place individual score after a round of 78, and eighth grader Emily Wilson, playing in her first varsity tournament, finished sixth overall with a round of 94.
4680 may seem like a random number, but to our upper school students, it has an important meaning. The 4680 club was started last year by junior Paige Johnson, who wanted to start the conversation about teen suicide awareness.
"In recent years, there has been an increase in suicides in young people," said Johnson. "4680 is the approximate number of hours of upper school, and we named it this because we wanted students to know that high school is really just a blip on the radar in our lives."