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Anita Cote Recognized as TA Unsung Hero

On Saturday, October 19th, during its annual Homecoming activities, Thornton Academy honored this year’s Unsung Hero. The award was given to beloved community member and volunteer, Anita Cote, during a celebratory luncheon. Anita joined the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at centerfield and was applauded during the pre-Homecoming game ceremony.  

If you've been to a home football or basketball game, the Lobster Bowl, and even the NE track meets that are held here on campus, you've probably seen Anita. She has been a mainstay at TA ticket booths since 1987. Her son Craig '88 played football for the Golden Trojans, and daughter Jen '90 competed on the field hockey team. Anita has also watched two grandchildren graduate; Thomas '17 & Andrew '19! 

In 2016, Anita lost her beloved husband Spike who was a constant by her side at the ticket booth. Despite this loss, Anita has remained steadfast—game after game, ticket after ticket, Anita always shows up and cheers on the maroon and gold. Thank you, Anita!

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