FRA News and Events

FRA Robotics Team Wins State Championship

The Franklin Road Academy RoboPanther team 97934U, comprised of seniors Garrison Harold and Christopher May and junior Claire Conley, won the 2021 VEX Robotics Tennessee State Championship. The tournament was held on Saturday, April 17 and featured 36 robotics teams from across the state.

“I am so proud of Garrison, Christopher, and Claire. They have spent countless hours preparing, prototyping, iterating, coding, building, driving, and updating their engineering design notebook since last August,” said Kelly Huddleston, robotics coach. “Their work ethic and dedication have paid off with the State Championship title.”

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FRA Announces Cum Laude Society Inductees

Franklin Road Academy is pleased to announce that 16 seniors have been selected for membership into the Cum Laude Society.  Founded in 1906, Cum Laude is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools and is FRA’s most selective honor society.

The Cum Laude Society requires all candidate schools to undergo a rigorous review process, including submission of academic records, college data, test scores, and a campus visit by Cum Laude Regents, who are leaders of some of the finest schools in the country. Once awarded a chapter, a school is only permitted to induct the top percentage of students, welcoming them into a society that only exists at schools that confirm superior scholastic achievement.

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Senior Commitment Ceremony

On Wednesday, we celebrated four of our senior athletes who have committed to continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level next year. We are proud of the leadership, dedication, and determination these students have demonstrated during their time at FRA. 

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Celebrating our 12-Year Club Members

On Tuesday, the FRA Alumni Association celebrated our 12-Year Club students with a family luncheon. We are incredibly proud of these students and all they have accomplished during their 12+ years at FRA.

Our 12-Year Club members for 2021 are Van Christian, Jackson Cummiskey, Thomas Daniels, Emma Flegel, Kaylee Gentry, Sophie Hart, Iris Heldman, Isa Holt, Caleb Huddleston, Will Maggart, Parker Meeks, Reece Moore, Alex Mick, Mattox Telwar, Campbell Carroll, Addy Carroll, Erin Nash, Hayes Dalton, Isabelle Matthews, Jack Norris, Elijah Warrix, Taylor Smith, Alex Taylor, and Thomas Cartiglia.

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FRA Opens New Athletic Center

Franklin Road Academy officially announced the opening of the new Crockett and Tansil Fitness center as part of an ongoing expansion of the FRA athletic center. In addition to the new 4,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness center, this space contains women’s and men’s home and visitor locker rooms, a new digital Alumni Hall of Fame, athletic offices, and a training room. This is part of a larger expansion that includes a new wrestling facility, team film rooms, dance/yoga studio, coach’s locker rooms, and a renovation to the existing gymnasium. The 15,500 square foot addition follows the opening the 38,400 square foot Weicker Center for Student Life in August of 2019 and the 12,500 square foot Scarlett Family Chapel in May of 2018.

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FRA Announces New Head of Middle School

Franklin Road Academy recently hired Channing McCullough as the next head of middle school. McCullough is currently serving as acting head of middle school and grade-level dean at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McCullough has over 11 years of experience in coeducational, independent pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools. 

McCullough began her teaching career at Forsyth Country Day School in North Carolina. She has spent the past seven years serving at Princeton Day School as a teacher, coach of multiple middle school sports teams, band director, and grade-level dean before being appointed as the acting head of middle school for the 2020-21 school year.

“She is a graceful leader,” a colleague of McCullough’s shared. “Her students love her. She has high expectations for her students and her colleagues. She is warm, engaging, empathetic, and bright.”

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FRA Proudly Presents the Middle School Musical, Annie Jr.

We are thrilled to present this year's middle school musical, Annie Jr. We would like to offer special thanks to Annie Ernst, Brian Myers, The Tennessee Titans, Jeb Johnson, Kimberly Moulds, Bethany Dinkel, Jennifer Schraw, DaJuana Hammonds, Aliya Wisinski, Miriam Gaines, Julia Nolan, The Pull-Tight Players, Derek West, Matt Davenport Productions, Cindy Thornton, Amanda Gibbs, Ross Bolen, and Brenda Jewell. 

We would also like to thank all of our wonderful cast members and their parents for the dedication and commitment to making this show possible.

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First page of the PDF file: DistinguishedAlumni

s we look ahead to our 50th Anniversary celebration year, we have several exciting updates to share with you regarding our awards for alumni and friends of Franklin Road Academy. In addition to our Distinguished Alumni Award, we are introducing two new awards, the Athletics Hall of Fame and the Arts Circle of Honor. Nominations for all three awards are open now through March 31, 2021. Please review the details below for information on each of the awards. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our alumni and friends.

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