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."
Senior Claire Luthy has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as one of only 16,000 students nationwide who qualified as a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Nathaniel Browning, a eighth grader, recently led a service initiative in the middle school to raise $1200 for Hacienda of Hope located in Ecuador. Nathaniel engaged the entire middle school community by organizing a coin wars competition between grade levels to raise the money for educational supplies for the organization's school.