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Jacob Lowe ‘21 named Thornton Academy's DAR Good Citizen

Headmaster Rene M. Menard is pleased to announce that Thornton Academy’s 2020-21 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen is Jacob Lowe ’21 of Saco. In order to be named a DAR Good Citizen, a student must demonstrate the qualities of dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality); service (cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others); leadership (personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree. Faculty members nominated three senior students for the award, and the senior class then voted to determine the winner.

senior photo of student

Jake serves as the Student Body President, the co-president of Thornton Academy’s chapter of National Honor Society, and is a member of the TA Anglers Society, the Community Leaders Club, and a 4-year member of the football team. Jake hopes to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point next year. He is also applying to Boston University, Bates, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in hopes of pursuing a career in STEM. 

Jake has been a campus leader for four years and has embraced Thornton Academy’s four pillars of respect, responsibility, compassion, and investment. 

“I most identify with the pillar of investment because I have learned in my four years at TA that without investing adequate time and energy into something I want to be successful at, it simply won’t come to fruition. I have worked very hard for everything I’ve accomplished in my time here at Thornton, and I’m very proud of that,” Jake said. 

two boys during a basketball game

Jake has been a member of Thornton Academy's Unified Basketball team for two years. 


French teacher Vanessa Morin has had Jake in class for three years; he is currently enrolled in French IV/V. She has been impressed with both his investment in his education and his compassion towards his peers.

“Jake is one of the most genuine and kindest students I have taught. While he does care about grades, he wants to do well for the satisfaction of doing well. He is a student who is well-liked and respected by his peers and I see him interact with students from all backgrounds, not just sticking to a clique,” she said. 

The opportunity to participate in this program and the scholarship contest is extended and sponsored by the Rebecca Emery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Founded in 1890, DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to historical preservation, promoting education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. 

group of students in front of portland head light

Jake poses with French exchange students from Lycée Nelson Mandela and their TA hosts during their visit in February 2020.