Thornton Academy Trojan News

Student Spotlight: Valedictorian Vincent Falardeau '18

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on May 7, 2018 1:18:52 PM

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!

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


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Topics: academics, students

Trojans Win State-wide Geography Contest, Qualify for Nationals in April

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Mar 5, 2018 11:29:36 AM

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.

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Topics: Awards, academics, international

Thornton Academy Teacher of the Year Jason Cote challenges himself and his students to question what they know and keep learning

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Feb 12, 2018 11:37:00 AM

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.

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Topics: academics, teaching

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

Explore the world (and delicious food!) through Arabic class

Posted by Jake Lamontagne on Jan 10, 2018 7:30:41 AM

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.

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Topics: academics, staff, international

Taking an AP class at Thornton Academy - It's fast becoming the norm.

Posted by David Arenstam on Nov 29, 2017 8:00:00 PM

by Lauren Mesley '18

Taking Advanced Placement courses at Thornton Academy gives students the gift of 40 hours of homework every week, plenty of all-nighters, enough stress to last them a lifetime. Along the way, the students experience a $94 exam fee in the spring, at least one ton of self-imposed discipline, and a heavily weighted GPA. But for these students, they wouldn't have it any other way.

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Topics: academics, AP Curriculum

Nervous about the PSAT? Tips on how to ace this exam!

Posted by Brandon Parise on Oct 4, 2017 9:45:26 AM

On Wednesday Oct. 11th, students in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades will take the College Board’s PSAT exam. PSAT scores can be used by high schools to help asses student progress in a number of academic areas, most broadly math, critical reading, and writing. Additionally, PSAT scores provide students and their families with the data necessary to prepare for success on the SAT exam.

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Topics: upper school, academics

A conversation with Beth Bussiere: author and science teacher

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 27, 2017 10:15:42 AM

Beth Bussiere has taught Science at Thornton Academy since 2004.  Prior to teaching, she worked in hospital toxicology, biochemistry research, employee relations, and career counseling.  She balances this wealth of experience with a strong curiosity for the world around her that keeps her teaching fresh and exciting.  In addition to teaching Chemistry and Honors Physical Science, Beth recently published her first novel Come Home a New Way: Stories of Stuartville.  She shared stories from her book and advice for building a strong community to TA students at School Meeting.  We sat down with her to discuss the writing process and her thoughts on the importance of community.  

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Topics: academics, STEM

College Mini-Fairs on campus this week

Posted by Katy Nicketakis on Sep 26, 2017 10:01:59 AM

On Monday, September 25, Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28, Thornton Academy juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend College Mini-Fairs organized by the TA Guidance Department.  These fairs allow students to meet representatives, pick up information, and learn more about colleges, universities, technical programs, and branches of the military.   

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Topics: academics, guidance

Vincent Falardeau '18 Named National Merit Semifinalist

Posted by Brittany Brown on Sep 20, 2017 10:25:27 AM

Headmaster Rene Menard of Thornton Academy is pleased to announce that Vincent Falardeau '18 has been publicly announced as a Semifinalist in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Headmaster Menard, Associate Head Marsha Snyder, and School Counselor Kelsey Ramsey presented Vincent with this exciting academic achievement.

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Topics: Awards, academics