Foxcroft Academy Announces Rose Award Recipients, Honor Parts for 2021 Graduation

May 6, 2021

Dover-Foxcroft – On Thursday, May 6th, a special ceremony was held at Foxcroft Academy to announce the Class of 2021 outstanding scholars at its annual Rose Award ceremony. This year, the recipients were Kelli Black, Miriam Cameron, Sheryl Chase, Khrystofor Downing, Dayita Durachman, May Horton, Anna Morin, Ava Rayfield, Annabelle Rhoda, and Hermes Tong.

The Rose Awards were established in 1931 when Mr. Frank G. Stone was head of Foxcroft Academy. Rose Award recipients have accumulated a grade point average that places them in the top 15 percent of their class’s permanent students. For the 36th consecutive year, a medallion with the Foxcroft Academy seal was presented to the recipients in addition to the traditional rose.  Mrs. Priscilla White, former FA English teacher and librarian who retired after 36 years of service, and Mr. Robert Beek, who taught mathematics at FA for 33 years, conceived the idea for this permanent award and contributed funds to have the die-cast for the medallion, which has now become a permanent part of the annual ceremony.

In addition, Foxcroft Academy Head of School Arnold Shorey is pleased to announce the honor parts for this year’s graduating class, the 198th class in school history.

The Valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Annabelle Rhoda.  Annabelle is the daughter of Shannen and Douglas Rhoda of Dover-Foxcroft. Annabelle has been active in the Foxcroft Academy community as a member of the FA Theatre Department and has also been a member of the Civil Rights Team, the woodwind ensemble, and is a Rose Award recipient.  Outside of Foxcroft Academy, Annabelle is a member of the Center Theatre Board of Directors and works on Center Theatre productions.  This fall, Annabelle will be attending the University of New Hampshire, majoring in zoology.  

The Salutatorian for the Class of 2021 is May Horton.  May is the daughter of Schuyler and Xiarong (Sharon) Horton of Milo.  May has been involved at FA as an active member of the Student Council, Key Club, National Honor Society, and is a class officer.  She was also a Rose Award recipient.  May was captain of the winter cheer team and played on the tennis team as well.  May plans on attending New York University – College of Arts and Science, majoring in biology.  

Graduation exercises are scheduled for Saturday, June 12th, at 10:00am on Oakes Field.  The faculty speaker will be English teacher, Ms. Morgan Rublee, and the guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Swett, President of the FA Board of Trustees. More details on our commencement ceremonies will be coming soon.

For pictures of the ceremony, visit our Foxcroft Academy Flickr page, and to watch: