Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Saco Bay’s “Student of the Month” provides a way to recognize students who exemplify high ethical standards, have made noteworthy community/civic contributions, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement or significant effort, and/or have engaged in other noteworthy accomplishments.

January 2017: Natalie Nadeau

Natalie has been an 4-year member of Student Council and is currently our Student Body President. She has lead the council in several community service projects this year including our annual food drive and our Christmas Families Project.  This fall she, along with several other students, dedicated a Saturday to going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items for the Saco Food Pantry. Upon soliciting, she helped organize and deliver the food to the pantry as well.  With our Christmas Families Project, she helped distribute tags for students to purchase items for the 2 families the senior class adopted, helped organize the gifts, wrapped presents and aided in the delivery of hundreds of presents to the local Salvation Army.  Through it all, Natalie has demonstrated strong communication with her peers and faculty advisors, leadership in both endeavors and compassion for others.  Her outgoing, organized and take charge manner has made her an exemplary candidate for TA's Student of the Month. 
Natalie Nadeau - Second from the left

December 2016: Jing Nicole Ren

Congratulations to Jing Nicole Ren who has been named Thornton Academy’s December Student of the Month! Guidance Counselor Mr. Steve Turgeon noted, “Jing Nicole Ren is a diligent hardworking student whose dedication to scholarship far exceeds earning honors grades. Nicole possesses the undeniable desire to learn and welcomes the challenges of a most rigorous schedule. Nicole has invested an enormous amount of energy in her academic and extracurricular life at TA. Nicole expresses enthusiasm in all she does. People take notice of her because of her intelligence, passion, dedication, and caring demeanor. As a 40-year educator, I have rarely found a student with such motivation, ability, and intellectual capacity.” Science teacher Ms. Cardosi states that Nicole “demonstrates a natural curiosity that is rare among high school students” and “she is one of the most gifted students I have ever had in class.”


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November 2016: Eva Sachs

The November Student of the Month for Thornton Academy is Eva Sachs ’17. Mr. Nelson nominated Eva for Student of the Month, noting, “Simply put, she is one of the most thorough, engaged, and serious students I have encountered in a long time. She is diligent, organized, and always prepared. Her personality is a wonderful combination of politeness, respect, and compassion for others–a delightful sense of humor and an optimistic, can-do attitude regarding personal achievements. She has excellent interpersonal skills, and these skills enable her to work well with others. Eva is also extremely humble. She is in National Honor Society, Interact, and Red Cross Club. She has been our number one female tennis player the past three years. She is one of the most well-rounded students walking the halls of TA and is very deserving of Student of the Month.”

Eva Sachs from Thornton Academy is pictured at far left with Allie Fish from Old Orchard Beach High, Rotary Club of Saco Bay President Jeff Slaton, and Mitchell Farley from Biddeford High.


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October 2016: Shania Rodriguez

The October 2016 Student of the Month for Thornton Academy is Shania Rodriguez! Shania is a senior who has excelled in academics during her four years at TA, but most importantly, Shania has been a quiet warrior to benefit the lives of others. As the President and one of the founding members of the Disaster Relief Club, she has worked on fundraisers to benefit victims of both local and global disasters. Shania also serves as a mentor at TAMS in science classes. For a career, she hopes to forge her two passions of service and science and become a nurse. Ms. Nicketakis nominated Shania for Student of the Month, noting, “Shania exhibits the pillars of responsibility and compassion as she continuously makes the lives of those around her better, without searching for recognition from others. She always does the right thing for others simply because it is the right thing to do. Congratulations, Shania, and keep on fighting!”

Shania Rodriguez '17, of Saco, left, with foreign language teacher Ms. Nicketakis.

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