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!
Kerrick Li’s solo as Lurch in the Addams family. The whole production of the Addams Family was fantastic. Costumes, acting, sets. This show transported the audience to the wacky world of Morticia and Gomez. But it was Lurch (played by Kerrick Li '17) who stole the show with his surprise operatic solo at the end of the show. Li is furthering his musical skills as an opera major at the University of Michigan.
The Lobster Bowl returns to Hill Stadium. The first Lobster Bowl was held at TA in 1991 and this year teams from the East and West competed again on our historic field. The Lobster Bowl is sponsored by the Shriners and includes top senior football players and cheerleaders to raise money for the Shriners' hospitals. In the 2017 game, the West was victorious over the East with a final score of 55-18. The Lobster Bowl will be held at Thornton again this year on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Caleb Bailey and Benjamin Leary complete the first in the state UMaine - Thornton Academy engineering partnership. The two have enrolled as Sophomores in the College of Engineering in Orono. To earn this unique distinction, Caleb and Ben completed rigorous coursework including 8 AP classes during their four years at TA.
Unified Basketball brings together students from across the school. In its inaugural season TA’s Unified Basketball has brought more than just athletics to the student body and greater Saco community. Unified Basketball uses the sport of basketball to help break down barriers to embrace acceptance and friendship among peers. It was evident by the enthusiasm of the players during practices in games that the program had taken off in full swing. This overflowing enthusiasm has also sparked a greater interest in student involvement for the 2018 season, including a student fan section, team mascot, and our own cheerleading squad. As a school community, we are excited to watch the program and fan base grow!
Vincent Falardeau is announced as a Semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. One of only 16,000 students to have scored high enough on the PSAT to qualify for this honor. Vincent has filled out a detailed scholarship application including his participation in activities at Thornton Academy, an essay, and an SAT score that confirms his previous performance on the PSAT. He will learn in February if he has been selected as a Finalist. Whatever the outcome, we are lucky to count Vincent Falardeau as a member of our TA community!
Michael Laverriere wins four major awards as quarterback for the football team. Winner of the Fitzpatrick Trophy, Michael was also recognized as the Maine Sunday Telegram Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year, and the USA Today Maine Player of the Year. Michael is currently a Freshman at the University of Maine where he played as Fullback on the Football team.
Trojan Hall opens and hosts over 50 boys from 13 different countries. Our newest dorm boasts great views of Hill Stadium that are enjoyed by the four dorm families that also live in Trojan. Residential Life students enjoy using the kitchen to create home cooked meals to share their memories of their home countries with their TA family.
The Upper School hosts the first Pillar Assemblies. Led by history teachers Mike Nelson and Eric Marston, the Pillars Assemblies recognize students for excellence in our four pillars: respect, responsibility, investment, and compassion, as well as recognizing the Thornton Academy / Rotary Student of the Month. At the first assembly, student of the month winner Jack Webb led the student body in a memorable singing of the Alma Mater, starting a new tradition that brings our community together. Forward ever be our watchword, conquer and prevail!
Barbara Barklow is announced as Thornton Academy’s Teacher of the Year. Ms. Barklow teaches in the English department and serves as a staff technology leader as a member of the Nerd Herd. Ms. Barklow says, “ While technology enhances classroom learning, the heart of humanities remains unchanged—to instill empathy and understanding—“the human connection that in a crazy world we sometimes lose,”. “I love how it allows me to see outside of my own world and my own perspective.” Outside of the classroom, Ms. Barklow serves as advisor for INK, Thornton’s online literary and arts magazine, and W.A.G.E.R (Women And Gender Equal Rights club).