The Thornton Academy community is strong and supportive. It came together recently to memorialize Paul Putney '65, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver when he was only 22 years old. Classmates, friends, and teachers of Paul, and family members, gathered in the New Media Center to dedicate a memorial plaque created by Paul's niece Alana Saunders '12 and nephew Reece Saunders '17.
Students from all over the world and attendees from the greater Saco / Biddeford area joined together in Linnell Gymnasium on Saturday, March 24 for Thornton Academy’s fourth annual International Fair. Organized and run by students, this fair features booths from fifteen different countries with food, games, and musical performances.
The Thornton Academy Players will present Crazy for You, a musical featuring music by George Gershwin April 5-8 at Garland Auditorium at Thornton Academy. This comedic show features singing, dancing, and elaborate sets and costumes. It tells the story of Bobby Childs, a wannabe dancer who initiates a comedy of errors as he pursues his dream of making it big.
Every year since 1998, families have opened their doors to a student from another country for two weeks. Over 200 students in total from Thornton Academy and Carl-Jakob Burkhardt Gymnasium in Lübeck, Germany have traveled across the ocean to discover a new country, make new friends, and practice a foreign language.
The newest sport at Thornton Academy is perhaps its most special. Unified Basketball pairs athletes (students with disabilities) with partners (students from the rest of the student body). Together they make a team, both on and off the court.
Six Thornton Academy students took time out of their February vacation to come to school and compete in the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge.
Four Thornton Academy seniors placed first in the Academic World Quest (AWQ) competition held February 27. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Maine, the competition took place at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offices in Portland.
For the past year, Sean Speckin, a 2012 graduate of Thornton Academy has been working with high school students in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He teaches them English, organizes activities and clubs to promote cultural awareness, and mentors their teachers.
A few moments is all the time necessary to understand why Jason Cote was announced as Teacher of the Year for Thornton Academy in 2018. His intelligence, perceptiveness, dedication, and excellent teaching skills become apparent nearly instantly upon entering his classroom.
By this time in their senior year, many students are starting to get antsy for graduation. Not the case for seniors Brandon Delisle and Carl Meserve who have remained laser focused on the task at hand. They have been spending hours in the Engineering lab at Thornton Academy perfecting their robot to compete in the Vex Robotics Competition.