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Saturday Senior Spotlight: Amy Dang

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 Amy Dang. Amy was born in Maine, but her parents are from Vietnam - Amy takes a lot of pride in her Vietnamese heritage. During her time at Thornton Academy, Amy has been involved in our dance program, the TEDx Club, and the Vietnamese/Chinese clubs. Next year, Amy will be taking coursework at Southern Maine Community College in their nursing program alongside their CNA work, on her way to earning a Physician Assistant degree. 


Amy was nominated by math teacher Geoff Slack. Geoff had the following to stay about Amy: 

Amy is a wonderful example of a TA student. She exemplifies the TA Pillars of Responsibility & Investment.

Investment: Amy is a performer in TA dance. As Amy states, "I’ve gained so many new relationships and had lots of fun in the TA dance classes. The teachers were amazing and the shows were so heartwarming, everyone helped one another to make a great show for the audience. I loved everything happening behind the stage, it was busy and nerve-racking in the best ways possible."

Responsibility: Amy is one of my most responsible students. She is working on obtaining her CNA license through BRCOT. In addition to working in a retirement home, Amy also works at her parents' salon. As Amy says, "Slowly we are starting to become more independent and there’s no one reminding us to turn in homework on time, or pay for activities for us like our parents did when we were kids. It is now our own responsibility to get a job and pay our own way. I don’t put blame on anyone when something doesn’t go right. I have the power to make things how I want and to pave the future I want. Therefore life is my biggest responsibility."


What's your favorite spot on campus, and why? 

My favorite spot on the TA Campus would be the quad, it’s so nice in the summer with the open green grass and trees that offer cool shades. It’s a great place to just sit and relax. walking through it  on a clear sunny day is so nice and relaxing, it’s a great break in between blocks. And as you walk through the quad you get to see familiar faces, meet up with friends, and converse during your short walks. 

What is your favorite Thornton Academy tradition and why? 

I love the pep rallies, they’re so fun and entertaining to watch. Students get to participate and have a break in between blocks. Everyone comes together to have a moment of games and recognition. I also love the senior night that is apart of TA’s spring dance shows. I loved watching the seniors get their awards and have a night dedicated for them while they perform and do what they love. It was so heartwarming watching the seniors performing one last time and giving their all. 

What is your favorite class, teacher, or club? 

I loved Mr. Marston's Modern US History. He’s a very understanding teacher, always kept it fun, and kept it lively with his dad jokes. He’s very approachable and easy to get along with, because of this, he instantly becomes everyone’s best friend. He also makes sure to includes every student and this is a trait that all of my TA Teachers have which is what I love about TA Teachers.

What are you most proud of from your time at Thornton Academy? 

I’m most proud of taking the risk and jumping into the BRCOT that TA offers to juniors and seniors. I was able to become a certified CNA at 17 and become a member of the National Technical Honors Society. Very happy my teachers and counselors nudged me into it. Thanks to them I was able to get a head start and continue my path towards my goals of becoming a Physician Assistant.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

It’s hard to say since I don’t even know where and what I will be doing next week but In 10 years I see myself finished with school and working happily as a Physician Assistant. I also dream of opening small business as I like to keep myself busy and do different things all the time. I’ll also most likely stay in Maine where my family and friends are. I hope to have a happy and healthy family and have gathered myself a group of trustworthy, reliable, and kind friends.