If you attend the 78th Iroquois Steeplechase event this weekend, you'll likely see the artwork of FRA eighth grade student Mimi Fuller, who was selected as the official student artist of the race.
Congratulations to Ava Ackerman, Ally Axford, Jaden Baker, Ansley Baugh, Benjamin Blahauvietz, Kingston Gardner, Stephen Hohnholt, Hayley Jones, Christina Stearns, Drew White, Kelton Williamson, and Chloe Zoubek for being named 2019-20 Turner Fellows.
On Wednesday, seniors Jack Arsta, Angelina Chan, Lee Anna Chen, Morgan Davis, Paige Johnson, Sabrina LaFaye, Cathleen Li, Becca Morency, Pablo Ramos Soszna, Paige Samz, Lorena Silva, Tucker Smith, Ben Spicer, and Jordan Stoxstill-Diggs were inducted into Franklin Road Academy’s Cum Laude Society Chapter.
Franklin Road Academy senior Tashinga Vhumisai been selected to receive the Billy Bryan Scholarship, which has been awarded for the past seven years thanks to the generosity of Lindsey and Scott Byers in honor of his friend Billy Bryan.
Davidson College recently named its home dugout in honor of the late George Weicker, who was a beloved teacher and coach at FRA for more than 30 years.
This weekend, the National Honor Society held the first ever FRA Dance Marathon, which raised $10,035.19 for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Students have been raising money the entire year, and the Dance Marathon was a five-hour event where students danced, participated in games, enjoyed food trucks, and celebrated the success of their fundraising efforts. Senior Addy Sizemore, who spearheaded the event, said "We chose to sponsor the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, a movement across the country to raise funds and awareness for pediatric healthcare. We danced, played games, watched amazing performances, and heard 'Miracle Families' speak, to celebrate the hard work done for the kids. And, we doubled our goal!"
On Saturday afternoon around 5:15 p.m., a roar only a group of Panther fans can produce could be heard throughout the gym at the VEX Robotics State Championship. That's because, for the first time ever, our robotics team, or the RoboPanthers as they like to be called, were crowned State Champions.
Team W, consisting of Campbell Jeffrey, Thomas Hohnholt, Addy Carroll, and Summer Vo, was the last team standing in the 42-team tournament, one that included teams from across the state vying for one of the coveted 11 upper school team spots to advance to the World Championship.
This is the third year an FRA team has advanced to the World Championship, its first time as a State Champion.