Over the last nine years, thanks to the generosity of Scott and Lindsey Byers, FRA has awarded the Billy Bryan scholarship in honor of a late friend and classmate, Billy Bryan. On Thursday, May 12, 2022, we named this year’s recipient of the award to a Tennessee State Decathlon Champion and an indoor state vault record holder. He is a talented, compassionate, and loving individual to everyone on our campus, who embodies all that Billy Bryan stood for. Congratulations to senior, Payton Culp on being the recipient of this prestigious scholarship award.
FRA News and Events
FRA lower school students recently hosted their second annual Trike-A-Thon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee over the week of May 2, 2022. From the fundraiser, FRA raised over $28,000 for the treatment hospital. This week-long service-learning event taught students the power they have to help alongside patients in their battle of disease. More than 150 preschool and kindergarten students pedaled in support of the hospital’s mission and philanthropy.
On May 3, 2022 nineteen Franklin Road Academy’s Department of Fine Arts hosted the annual FRAnkie Awards ceremony for upper school students in the Scarlett Family Chapel. The FRAnkie Awards are a time-honored tradition at FRA celebrating the hard work and dedication put forth by upper school fine arts students throughout the year. Equivalent to the Oscars or Grammys, we are so proud of each of these upper school students and the hard work they have put into each of their crafts.
Over the past week, FRA Athletics has seen giant successes in many different areas including cheerleading, middle school golf, and both middle and upper school track. We are so proud of each of these teams, athletes, and coaches for all they’re up to this spring.
Franklin Road Academy is excited to announce the hiring of David Gallagher as the new head coach of the Panther basketball program. Gallagher joins Franklin Road Academy with over 13 years of coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. Most recently, Gallagher served as head coach for the men’s basketball program at John Milledge Academy in Georgia, where he built a championship caliber program. In his eight seasons as head coach, he guided the program to four state final four appearances, including two state runner-up finishes, and a state championship in 2021.
Franklin Road Academy recently established a new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and hired Stacey Banks-Houston to serve as the director and the newest member of the school’s senior leadership team.
After an extensive national search, FRA hired Banks-Houston to lead the development of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Banks-Houston holds a bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University. She is currently obtaining her doctorate degree in education from Northcentral University.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Franklin Road Academy celebrated seventeen seniors who were inducted into the Cum Laude Society. We are so proud of each of these students, all their accomplishments, and their leadership on our campus. Congratulations!
Franklin Road Academy recently hired Ashley Willits as the new choral director for their middle and upper school music program.
Willits holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts degree in education and single subject music credential from Santa Clara University.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the annual 12-Year Club luncheon. This tradition celebrates our senior students who have attend FRA for 12 or more consecutive years. Parents and students enjoyed hearing from Head of School Sean Casey, Head of School for External Affairs Ryan Harris, and special guest speaker, Head of Upper School Jay Salato. Families spent time sharing memories and reminiscing on the many years spent together over lunch.
The Heart to Heart program began in 2006 with the vision of providing a meaningful education to students with Down syndrome in a Christian community. There have been three graduates of the program who have all attended major universities for post-secondary transition programs. As the community has grown over the years and to better accommodate the needs of diverse learners, we developed plans to further prepare our learners for their needs in moving toward post-secondary education.