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Saturday Senior Spotlight: Ryan Murray

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 Ryan Murray. During his four years at Thornton Academy, Ryan has stayed busy through playing on the soccer team, singing in Chamber Singers, playing the trumpet in jazz band, and participating in numerous productions with the TA Players. Ryan was selected to participate in the All-National Honor Ensemble put on by the National Association of Music Educators in January 2021. In the past four years, he has been in 3 district choirs, 3 All-State choirs, 1 Eastern division choir, and 2 All-National choirs Next year, Ryan will attend the University of Maine to pursue a degree in Music Education. 


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

The Quad because the environment feels so different from any other school. I like seeing everyone walking around outside when it’s nice out.

What is your favorite Thornton Academy tradition and why? 

Most of my favorite memories just come from meeting new friends and bonding with people I never thought I would bond with throughout high school. 

What is your favorite class, teacher, or club? 

Chorus and band classes have always been my favorite, but teachers like Mrs. Arenstam and Ms. Ford made me love science and English classes more than I ever have. 

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

Being in a play or musical at TA is always my biggest accomplishment of that year. So much hard work goes into one performance and it’s extremely rewarding every time.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My goal is to become a high school chorus teacher, as well as a theater director and a music theory teacher.