- Upper School
Welcome to our Saturday Senior Spotlights for 2021! We will be highlighting a wide variety of Thornton Academy members of the class of 2021 and featuring their accomplishments in the classroom, on the athletic field, in academic competitions, in the arts, and out in the real world. We are so proud of the resilience and dedication of this class in particular and are excited to share their stories.
Today's spotlight features Mitchell Labbe. During his four years at Thornton Academy, Mitchell has been a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Community Leaders Club, and, Ambassadors Club. He also played on our varsity basketball team. Next year Mitchell will be attending High Point University in North Carolina to study business and majoring in either marketing or sales.
What's your favorite spot on campus, and why?
My favorite spot on campus is Linnell Gymnasium. There were so many memories made in that gym during my four years at Thornton Academy. From being in the student run fan section to playing basketball to assemblies and pep rallies. The events that I have attended and been a part of in that historic gym have made memories that I will never forget.
What is your favorite Thornton Academy tradition and why?
My favorite memories have to be playing basketball. I remember being a little kid going to all of the TA basketball games and hoping one day I would be able to play for the varsity team. My first few years I spent my time during the varsity games in the stands cheering on my classmates. As much as the games were exciting, it was daily practices, bus rides, and team trips that I loved the most. Being part of one of the best basketball teams Thornton Academy has ever seen, winning the Southern Maine Championship and coming very close to a State championship is something I will never forget.
What is your favorite class, teacher, or club?
My favorite class is Sports Literature and my favorite teacher is Mrs. Ford. I have had Mrs. Ford as a teacher for two years and she has been nothing but a beam of sunshine in my life. She taught me how to become a better writer, student, but most of all a better person. She takes the time to celebrate her students and makes sure they are being recognized for any activity or award that they receive. She is truly proud of her students. She has a great sense of humor and was an amazing support to all of her students during the pandemic. She realized that seniors lost a lot this year and made sure we felt appreciated and supported. The memories that I had in Mrs. Ford’s classes with not just her, but my friends and other classmates were some of the best memories of high school and I will miss it.
What are you most proud of from your time at Thornton Academy?
I have always brought a lot of energy and passion to whatever situation I am involved in. Naturally, the fan section for Thornton Academy Athletic events is something that I have fully embraced. I have always enjoyed going to games and waiting my turn to be at the front of the fan section cheering for my classmates and friends. TA has won several State Championships during my four years and being a part of the school and the community was a really fun experience. Even though Covid-19 restricted a lot of sports and fan attendance this year, as a fan section captain, I did my best to try and carry on some of the traditions. I am proud of the school spirit and positive energy that I brought to the fan section during the past four years. My focus was on the things we did as a class at TA instead of the things we missed. I enjoyed my time being a Golden Trojan at Thornton Academy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years from now I will have completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees and will be working toward establishing myself as a successful young professional. I will hopefully be happily married with a young family and settled down somewhere in the south near my parents and my sister.