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.
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.
On February 8, the Thornton Academy Girls’ Basketball program will host their third annual Hoops for Hope Charity event at Linnell Gymnasium.
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.
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.
Roula Maalouf, a native of Lebanon, has been teaching Arabic at Thornton Academy since 2011. “Thornton Academy was the first school to offer an Arabic class in the state of Maine,” Maalouf said.