Heidi Ryder Bray: Class of 1994

Bray as a senior at FA

Heidi Bray graduated fourth in her class, was a National Honor Society member, and received the MPA Principal’s Award in 1994. She was elected class treasurer her junior and senior years and was involved in many extracurricular activities, including field hockey, basketball, tennis, key club, musical theater, one-act plays, chorus, vocal ensemble, Latin club, gifted and talented dance, and PALS. She was also a member of a team of trained peer listeners who helped resolve conflict between students when traditional intervention by administrators failed to work. Additionally, she was active in the Congregational Church and volunteered at Hibbard Nursing Home when time allowed.

Heidi attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry (cum laude). She was awarded a Presidential Honor Academic Scholarship from the college all four years, attended honors classes, and participated in Circle K while also working to help finance her education.

After graduation, Heidi returned to Maine and was hired by the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to assist in managing anadromous fish in the Androscoggin River watershed. She later trained in database management and development, which led to her present position as scientist III at DMR, overseeing the Commercial Landings Program, Marine Recreational Information Program, and the the groundfish programs. She received the Manager of the Year award in 2011 for DMR.

How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?

“Foxcroft Academy was a very important part of my life. My diverse experiences at FA– academics, sports, fine arts, and leadership opportunities–along with the support and encouragement of faculty and administration, helped me to gain confidence in myself and my abilities and gave me a solid academic foundation that has allowed me to pursue a career that I love. My father was Head of School during those years, and I feel blessed to have him a part of those memories. Those early experiences at FA will remain with me forever.”

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