Dear FA Families,
 
We are pleased to write this week's featured Sunday e-newsletter message as a way to officially kick off FA Derby Week 2022!
 
Derby festivities start TODAY with the launch of this year’s online silent auction. Click here to access the auction site. A credit card will be required in order to place a bid. Winning bidders will pay for purchases through the auction website with the credit card on file once the auction ends on Sunday, May 8, at 8:00 p.m. Please email Brad Hutcherson if you have any difficulty registering or bidding on items. If you would like to share auction information with a friend, please use the following link: https://FADerby.givesmart.com. Once signing up, please do not share the link that was emailed or texted to you from GiveSmart because it is tied to your personal account and credit card information.
 
Throughout the week, volunteers will be stationed in the carlines encouraging FA parents to access the online auction and to purchase Derby Day Raffle Tickets. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Saturday, May 7, before the running of the Kentucky Derby Race. You do not need to be present to win. This year’s raffle item is a fabulous cruise aboard the Sea Island Explorer (valued at $15,000) donated by Sea Island. Click here for more information about the raffle and to purchase tickets online.
 
We are excited to co-chair Derby Day this year and are grateful to all of the event’s sponsors, volunteers, and auction contributors for their generosity and support. More than 100 sponsors have elected to participate this year, totaling more than $100,000! We look forward to thanking our sponsors in person at the 20th Annual FA Derby Day on Saturday.
 
Since its inception, Frederica Academy has raised more than $2.7 million in Derby Day revenue to help fulfill its mission to maximize the potential of its students in mind, body, and spirit. Although the race only lasts two minutes each year, the event truly impacts a lifetime of learning as a result of the generosity and dedication of those who support it. We are close to this year’s finish line and hope you will consider being a part of the race by purchasing raffle tickets, bidding online, or joining us on Saturday at the Sea Island Retreat Clubhouse.
 
Rider’s Up!
Dana and Denny Carter
Derby Day Co-Chairs
Katie and Jason Widener
Derby Day Co-Chairs
Click the button above if you are interested in volunteering for Derby Day on Saturday or Sunday.

Please contact bradhutcherson@fredericaacademy.org should you have questions or want more information. Thank you!
This Week at FA

ALL WEEK
Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday AP Exams
AP US Government Exam @ 8:00 AM
AP Chemistry Exam @ Noon

Monday @ 3:25 PM
STEM Club Meeting
Mrs. Bradford's Classroom

Tuesday
Seniors Last Day
Senior Cap + Gown Photo @ 8:15 AM

Tuesday (All Day)
Morning Assembly

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Yearbook Dedication Assembly
Gymnasium

Wednesday AP Exams
AP Literature Exam @ 8:00 AM
AP Comparative Government @ Noon
AP Computer Science A Exam @ Noon

Wednesday
Fifth Grade Dress Rehearsals
Lower School Attends @ 8:15 AM
Middle School Attends @ 2:30 PM
Hamilton Hall

Wednesday @ 3:30 PM
All-School Faculty Meeting
Gymnasium

Thursday @ 8:00 AM
Pre-K Mother's Day Tea
Hamilton Hall

Thursday @ Noon
AP Statistics Exam

Thursday @ 7:00 PM
Fifth Grade Play
Hamilton Hall

Friday @ 8:00 AM
AP US History Exam

Friday @ 8:00 AM
Fathers, Faith, and Frederica
Athletic Conference Room

Friday @ 8:10 AM
LS Morning Meeting
Gymnasium

Friday (11:00 AM - 1:15 PM)
FAPA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Friday @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Girls Soccer
State Semi-Final Game
Mercer University

Saturday
SAT Exam

Saturday
Derby Day
Sea Island Retreat Clubhouse
2022 Valedictorian + Salutatorian
Adam Elsharkawi
Valedictorian
Northwestern University
Class of 2026
Spencer Sullivan
Salutatorian
University of Georgia Honors
Class of 2026
Please continue reading the full email to see photos and information regarding this year's Upper School Honors Day.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Knights Table Menu
MONDAY
Youth Leadership Glynn
The Youth Leadership Glynn program is in its 23rd year of sponsorship by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to prepare and educate our emerging young leaders on community issues while furthering their knowledge of Brunswick and Glynn County.

*Applications are due to Dr. Nevins by Monday, May 2nd!*
THURSDAY @ 7:00 PM
Fifth Grade Play
The Fifth Grade Class
Presents

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's
MARY POPPINS JR.

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 PM
Hamilton Hall

General Audience Seating
THURSDAY
SAT Registration Deadline

The regular registration
deadline for the
June 4th SAT 
is Thursday, May 5th!

Click HERE to register.
FRIDAY @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Girls Soccer
State Semi-Finals Game
On Friday night, Frederica's varsity girls soccer team defeated Bulloch Academy at home to advance to the GISA AAA State Championship Semi-Final game, which will take place at Mercer University's Five Star Stadium in Macon on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The winner of FA's game against August Prep will advance to the GISA AAAA State Championship Game, which will take place at Mercer on Saturday, May 7.
FRIDAY
ACT Registration Deadline

The regular registration
deadline for the
June 11th ACT 
is Friday, May 6th!

Click HERE to register.
SATURDAY
20th Annual FA Derby Day
There are two ways to access the Derby Day website.
 
1. Text FADerby to 76278.
 
Please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions!
 
Brad Hutcherson
912.222.6653
MAY 16 DEADLINE
Library Books Due Date
May Day Celebration
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of the grandparents and special friends who attended Grandparents Day and May Day on Friday! We are also grateful to all of the donors and volunteers who made the event possible.
Congratulations to Sophia Holloway for being crowned this year's FA May Queen. Sophia is the daughter of Dawn Holloway and Trevor Holloway. She was escorted by Evan Moitoso.
Sophia was crowned May Queen by FA legend Melanie Howell '88, who was honored earlier in the ceremony by Emerson Pickens, Middle School Student Council Secretary, for her lifetime achievements to Frederica Academy. Mrs. Howell will retire after this year to spend more time with her grandchildren.
US Honors Day Awards
The Upper School hosted its traditional Honors Day on Friday following the May Day ceremony in the gymnasium.
Adam Elsharkawi
Valedictorian
Edie Payne Award (Best All-Around)
Spencer Sullivan
Salutatorian
DAR Good Citizenship Award
Merrill Been
Principal's Award
Roy Boyd
Principal's Award
Ashton Frankel
Principal's Award
Cammie Pope
Principal's Award
Thomas Veal
Bridge Builder Award
Kate Walbridge
Senior Service Award
Josie Brock
LaRue Taliaferro Memorial Award
Andrew Kaminer and Ellie Runyan
Scholar-Athlete Award
Evan Moitoso
Ellen E. Fleming Fine Arts Award
Megan Trowbridge
Vicki Palonen Spirit Award
Thomas Jackson and Bryce Reilly
Brunson Award
Parker Jules
Class of 2023
Highest Average
Gillian Sullivan
Class of 2024
Highest Average
Kate Head
Class of 2025
Highest Average
Abby Kutz
Class of 2023
Second Highest Average
Hannah Huber
Class of 2024
Second Highest Average
Audrey Shingler
Class of 2025
Second Highest Average
2022-2023 Upper School
Student Council Officers
FA Silver Pen Winners
The Silver Pen Writing Competition started as a way to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and members of select retirement communities. Marsh's Edge sponsors the competition in Glynn County, and it is open to all seniors in the area. 

The topic of the essay this year was how global warming has affected the student's generation and what solutions the student would like to see implemented to alleviate the impact in the future. Students were encouraged to include ways to personally take part in changing habits that affect our environment negatively.

Frederica Academy had two students' essays selected in the top three finalists. Cammie Pope won first place and Kate Walbridge won second place. A student from Glynn Academy won third place. Kate and Cammie attended an awards luncheon at Marsh's Edge last week where they read their essays and received their awards. 

Congratulations to Cammie and Kate for this prestigious achievement!
FA Seniors Win Washington Trip
Roy Boyd and Cole Lawrence, both seniors, were recently awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong seminar next summer. They won the Colonial Dames Essay Contest based on the topic, “Choose one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and discuss why it should or should not be changed in today’s high-tech global society.” Roy and Cole are following in the footsteps of Sara Seckinger '19, Ryan McHugh '19, and Constance Sullivan '18, Spencer Sullivan '22, Carter Jules '22 and Parker Schoenauer '22 for earning this distinguished honor.
 
Now in its 40th year, the national essay contest sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America generously provides scholarships for students from across the United States to attend the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar in Washington, D.C.
 
These students will have the opportunity to meet US Senators and Representatives, attend committee hearings, listen to guest speakers on the branches of government, work in model committees with other delegates, and enjoy Washington’s top historical and educational exhibits. The National Society of Colonial Dames, corporate societies, endowments, and individual Dame members contribute funds, approximately $1,600 per winner for the project and trip.
Congrats, Parker Schoenauer!
Parker Schoenauer was honored as the April Rotary Student of the Month last week at the Brunswick Country Club. She invited Mrs. Boatright to join her as her teacher guest. Parker is the daughter of Paige and Pete Schoenauer. Her father also attended the luncheon.
FA Campus Blood Drive
The FA Health and Wellness Club held its second Red Cross Blood Drive of the year on Saturday, April 30. Spring is a busy time of year, and hosting a blood drive on a Saturday can be tricky. We set our goal at 31 units. We are happy to report that we ended the day with 43 units of blood! Donations and blood supply are both at an all-time low. However, the need for blood never decreases. We thank everyone who came out and donated! We had many first-time donations and that is always special. Being involved in a project that saves lives is an amazing feeling. 

JJ Briggs
Health and Wellness Blood Drive Volunteer
Romanian Guest Lecturer
Matei Branistareanu, a native of Romania, visited Steve Jobe's history classes last week and shared his experiences working with the Ukrainian refugees coming across the northern border of Romania. He was able to share about the detailed logistics of processing 600,000 refugees and paint a very real picture of what these displaced Ukrainian citizens are facing. The students were very engaged and had excellent questions for Mr. Branistareanu.
MS Powderpuff Football
While the May Day Ceremony on the Sea Island Green was filled with grace and rhythmic pageantry, the Middle School Powderpuff Football game, which followed it, was a showcase for grit and athleticism. Congratulations to the Middle School Student Council for organizing and hosting this inaugural May Day event.
Second Grade Beach Lesson
Second Grade students spent the day at the beach last Tuesday with Miss Brooke and Miss Madeline from Coastal Outdoor Adventures. The children created beach habitats in the sand and then filled them with creatures they gathered by sifting, casting, and seining.
May Events
May 9-11
Senior Exams

May 9
AP Calculus AB/BC Exam (8:00 AM)
AP Computer Science Principles (Noon)

May 10
AP English Language Exam (8:00 AM)

May 10 @ 6:00 PM
Parent Football Meeting
Hamilton Hall

May 11
AP Spanish Language Exam (8:00 AM)
AP Biology Exam (Noon)

May 12
AP World History Exam (8:00 AM)
AP Physics Exam (Noon)

May 12 @ 8:00 AM
Pre-K EOY Program
Hamilton Hall

May 12 @ 6:00 PM
Class of 2022 Baccalaureate
Community Church (SSI Campus)

May 13 @ 10:00 AM
Class of 2022 Graduation Practice
May 14 @ 8:30 AM
Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony
Sea Island Green

May 18 @ 8:30 AM
Kindergarten EOY Program
Hamilton Hall

May 20, 23, 24
MS + US Exams
Early Dismissal

May 24
Last Day of Lower School Classes

May 24 @ 11:00 AM
Lower School Hotdog Cookout

May 25 @ 9:00 AM
LS Closing Ceremony (Grades 1-4)
St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 25 @ 11:00 AM
Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony
St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 25
MS + US Make-Up Exams

May 25-27
Teacher Post Planning
2022 FA Summer Programs
2022-2023 School Uniforms
Given supply chain and embroidery delays, Frederica Academy encourages FA families to order uniforms now for the 2022-2023 school year. Uniforms will be required for all students in Grades PK-11 next year
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