Students from all over the world and attendees from the greater Saco / Biddeford area joined together in Linnell Gymnasium on Saturday, March 24 for Thornton Academy’s fourth annual International Fair. Organized and run by students, this fair features booths from fifteen different countries with food, games, and musical performances.
Every year since 1998, families have opened their doors to a student from another country for two weeks. Over 200 students in total from Thornton Academy and Carl-Jakob Burkhardt Gymnasium in Lübeck, Germany have traveled across the ocean to discover a new country, make new friends, and practice a foreign language.
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.
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.
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.
Yawen Liu '18 is a unique student with a perspective of the world unlike most other students her age. Coming to Thornton Academy after attending a top school in China, Yawen, formerly known to many as "Gloria," was looking for an educational experience that fits her desire for a comprehensive education.
Yawen Liu is a senior at Thornton Academy