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Student Spotlight: Valedictorian Vincent Falardeau '18

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on May 7, 2018 1:18:52 PM
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We recently had the opportunity to sit down with senior Vincent Falardeau. In addition to being named the Valedictorian for the class of 2018, Vincent has also been recognized as a National Merit Finalist. Additionally, during his time at Thornton Academy, Vincent was a member of the TA Orchestra, String Quartet, Math Team, Amnesty International Club, National Honor Society, and twice went to the national competition for the Academic World Quest Geography Competition.

Read along to find out what his experience at Thornton Academy was like and what he hopes of for the future!

Vincent Falardeau '18 sits with Headmaster Rene Menard '88

Valedictorian Vincent Falardeau '18 is congratulated by Headmaster Rene Menard '88 for being named a National Merit Finalist. 


Thornton Academy (TA): What does it feel like to be valedictorian for the class of 2018?

Vincent Falardeau (VF): I'm proud. But I'm careful not to be arrogant. I don't want to be perceived as thinking 'I'm the best.'  I was never thinking, 'Oh, I'll try to be valedictorian.'  


TA: As valedictorian, you get to speak at graduation. How are you feeling about that?

VF: Nervous, but excited. I don't think I've ever spoken to such a large crowd. 


TA: What are you doing next year? 

VF: I'll be attending Middlebury College in Vermont. I'm planning on studying Geography, French, and Environmental Science. 


TA: What attracted you to Middlebury?

VF: I've always liked going to Vermont. I love the green mountains and lakes. Middlebury is a great school with good international and language programs. The campus architecture is gorgeous!


Academic World quest team poses with their awards

Vincent Falardeau, Ethan Nadeau, Monika Kaczorowska, and Connor Northway made up the 2018 Academic World quest team that placed 4th in the national competition. 


TA: And after that?  Have you thought about a career?

VF: Well, I'm not sure yet, but I'm thinking something in the geo-political and environmental world. I want to make a difference.  Global problems are so large, that it's hard to know you're having a positive effect, but I want to try. 


TA: What were your favorite classes at TA?

VF: I love all my classes. AP Human Geography stands out. I love maps and countries, and this class ties in with environmental issues. 


Amnesty International club members in front of an American flag 

Amnesty International club members Vincent Falardeau and Zach Ahmida led a project entitled "The America I believe in"

TA: Did any teachers stand out for you?

VF: Every teacher has done a good job, it would be hard to single one out. I had good math teachers and Mr. Rackmales was great, very laid back. 


TA: What advice do you have for TA students who want to follow in your footsteps?

VF: Grades are important - especially for college. Studying is important - even though it's not always enjoyable. The more involved you get with your academics, the more interesting it gets. When you just scratch the surface, it seems a little bit boring, but when you go deeper, the questions become more interesting. 


Vincent and friends at the honors banquet

Vincent celebrates with his friends after being announced as the valedictorian for the class of 2018.


Thornton Academy wishes Vincent Falardeau and all the members of the class of 2018 the best of luck as they leave our campus for the next step in their journey! 


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