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Katy Nicketakis

A native of Illinois, Ms. Nicketakis always wishes she could call herself a Mainer. When not fulfilling duties as Associate Director of Marketing and Summer Programs at Thornton Academy, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, running and has recently started playing the piano!
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Brandon Delisle '18 and Carl Meserve '18 win regional competition and qualify for state-wide Robotics tournament

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 9, 2018 8:59:33 AM

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.

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Topics: Awards, students, technology

TAMS student Eli Pendergrass skates to glory playing for a US National hockey team in South Korea

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 7, 2018 9:16:04 AM

Seventh grader Eli Pendergrass’s favorite memory of his recent trip to South Korea was skating onto the ice wearing a jersey for the United States. Pendergrass played for a US National Youth hockey team in the Goyang U-12 International Hockey Tournament in Seoul, South Korea from January 19-21, 2018.  

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Topics: athletics, TAMS, international

Hoops for Hope: a slam dunk for raising funds to support those fighting cancer

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 31, 2018 1:35:57 PM

On February 8, the Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host their third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium.

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Topics: athletics, giving, service, fundraiser, compassion

Thornton Academy students sweep the podium in Classical writing contest

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 24, 2018 9:35:45 AM

Thornton Academy students have won first, second and third prize for the state of Maine in the Classical Association of New England (CANE) student writing contest. All three students have been entered into the next level of competition with students from throughout New England and will find out in February if they have placed. The topic of the contest was imagining how the ancient Roman philosopher and scientist Lucretius would respond to a 2017 NASA discovery of exoplanets that have characteristics necessary to support life.

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Topics: Awards, academics, foreign language, latin

Go on a Symphony Safari! Junior Delaney Ziegman debuts an original story with the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 18, 2018 8:45:50 AM

Thornton Academy student Delaney Ziegman will debut an original story entitled Symphony Safari on stage with the Portland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, January 21. Ziegman, a junior at TA, wrote the piece specifically to fit the music provided by the PSO. Symphony Safari is one of the PSO Discovery Concerts for Kids and is designed to provide an opportunity for families to enjoy classical music together.

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Topics: partnership, writing, Thornton Academy Arts

#bestnine of 2017 at Thornton Academy

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Jan 5, 2018 2:44:52 PM

2017 was a memorable year for the students and staff of Thornton Academy. We're hopping on the bandwagon and posting our #bestnine moments at TA in 2017. What were your top moments? Share them with us in the comments below this post!

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Topics: community, upper school, Highlights

TA students promote a culture of giving during this holiday season

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Dec 4, 2017 3:00:00 PM

The holiday season encourages us to think of others before ourselves. Thornton Academy students have taken this to heart and organized multiple events to collect goods for those less fortunate. Student Council organized a class competition food drive to benefit the Saco Food Pantry. Chinese Club sold bubble tea, dumplings, and other Chinese delicacies to raise over $700 for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) participated in a “Battle of the Bridge” clothing drive competition with JMG students from Biddeford High School with donations going to the Salvation Army.

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Topics: community, giving, fundraiser

Student Spotlight: Nolan Eisenhaur '18

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Nov 17, 2017 2:19:59 PM

Nolan Eisenhaur '18 was recently selected by the senior class as the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen award. This award recognizes excellence in dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Nolan is currently Student Body Treasurer. Additionally, he serves as captain of the Swim Team and is a member of Dance Company, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club.

We sat down with Nolan to get to know him better!

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Topics: Awards, students

TAMS Celebrates Maine BioScience Day

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Nov 9, 2017 2:54:32 PM

Seventh grade students from Thornton Academy Middle School learned about opportunities for STEM careers on November 8 for Maine BioScience Day.  Computer programmer Dave Libby from Fluid Imaging Technologies in Scarborough shared his educational and career path with the students while also describing the work he and his BioTech company do here in Maine. As a 1985 graduate of Thornton Academy, Libby was able to show TAMS students how their experiences in school today can lead to a successful career as an adult.   

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Topics: STEM, TAMS

Sports Spotlight: Cross Country 2017

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Oct 25, 2017 5:15:00 PM

The TA cross country team has loved this season. Cool, crisp fall days are perfect for running. Coached by Tom Quentin '10, both the girls and boys teams have had successful seasons and bonded together through their love of running.

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Topics: athletics