Last Monday, October 2, a new tradition began at Thornton Academy. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in Linnell Gymnasium to celebrate the accomplishments of members of our TA community. Led by teachers Eric Marston '91 and Mike Nelson, we recognized students that excelled both in and out of the classroom and that demonstrated the TA Pillar of the Month: Respect. The assembly concluded with the announcement of Jack Webb as the Student of the Month for September. Jack then led the crowd in an impassioned singing of the alma mater.
Mr. Mike Nelson (left) and Mr. Eric Marston '91 (right) congratulate Jack Webb on being the September Student of the Month for Thornton Academy.
When asked about his desire to create this type of assembly, Mr. Nelson said, "anybody can create pillars or a mission statement; but if you truly want the students to make these pillars a part of the culture and climate of the school (as well as a part of who they are as people) then we need to recognize, celebrate and embrace those pillars. The Student Recognition Assembly does this and brings the pillars to life."
Headmaster Rene Menard '88 announced Jack Webb as the September Student of the Month and praised his willingness to accept others and make them feel valued. "This student always takes the time to learn about people and put others ahead of himself." His humble nature reflects all four of the Thornton Academy pillars and he demonstrates his investment to our school through his participation in Varsity Football and Basketball and the Trojan Talk with Jackie Moon profiles that he does on the athletic teams.
Teachers also nominated students for 'Pillar awards' which recognize students for demonstrating the Pillar of the Month (respect for September). Students are encouraged to wear a sticker to the assembly to show their pride in being nominated. 10 students were chosen at random to win a TA swag bag.
The 10 randomly chosen winners for the Respect Pillar awards stand with their TA swag bags.
Other students recognized at the assembly are:
Nick Beaudoin: TA Angler of the Year 2017-17 Champion. Over the course of last school year, he caught 18 different species of fish and registered 471".
Vincent Falardeau: National Merit Semifinalist for 2017. Read here to learn more about Vincent.
Taylor Ouellette: Outstanding Field Hockey achievement. She was selected at the NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches Association) Northeast Region Bi-Weekly Player of the Northeast Region and the player of the week from the Portland Press Herald.
Kaylee Roy: Ranked #1 in the nation for her age bracket in darts. She recently traveled to England to compete in the World Competition!
Daniel Laverriere, Brendan Quanne, Ryan Murray, Kaleigh Hunter and Molly Scott: accepted into the Eastern Division Choir this year which takes place in Pittsburg, PA. These singers are amongst only a handful of singers chosen from Maine. They will represent Maine in March and will perform with other singers from Maine to Maryland in this prestigious honors choir.
Kaylee Roy is the National Champion for her age group in darts and recently competed in the World Championship in England!
Our next Pillars assembly will be Monday, November 13.
The pillar of the month for October is Responsibility!