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Senior Spotlights: Sophia Meyer and Anh Quynh "Madeline" Nguyen

Sophia Meyer (Saco)
Sophia Meyer’s favorite extracurricular experience was debating  various complex geopolitical topics as one of TA’s Model UN representatives. She was recognized in 2019 for her skill in diplomacy as a distinguished delegate. Sophia was also involved in the Chinese Club, National History Day, and the Cross Cultural Club (formerly the golden edge book club.) During her junior year, her groundbreaking research on the sinking of the SS El Faro led to a featured spot on a popular podcast, and the opportunity to collaborate with National Geographic—she even got fan mail! 

Favorite spot on campus?
“Either the quad or the library; the quad because it’s nice to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and fresh air, and the library because it’s a space to hang out with your friends and get stuff done.”

Most loved Thornton Academy tradition or memory?
“Pep rallies, for sure. Having the whole school together to celebrate and strengthen our school spirit is something to experience.”

Favorite class, teacher, or extracurricular?
“I can’t choose just one favorite teacher, so Mr. McKenney, Mrs. Schmid, Mr. Grasso, and Mr. Cote—really just the whole history department, if I’m being honest! Favorite extracurricular is Model UN, hands down.”

What you’re most proud of/favorite project?
“Working with producers at National Geographic on their documentary about the SS El Faro. Getting credited for that was definitely a big moment for me. Absolutely killing it at the Boston Invitational Model United Nations Conference (BosMUN) this year with the team was amazing as well.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“Either working in the State Department in Washington, DC or working internationally with an NGO. That or I’ll be working toward earning a doctorate.”

 

 

 

Anh Quynh "Madeline" Nguyen (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Madeline graduates from TA with an exceptional academic record and a long list of accomplishments and successes as a student leader. This past fall, she was recognized one of TA's three National Merit Scholar Semifinalists, which places her in the top one percent of all high school seniors nationwide. As a student leader, Madeline served as Co-President of the Environmental Club, Co-President of the Interact Club, Co-Head Coordinator of the International Fair, and prefect of Stasio Residence Hall. She also participated on the Math Team, competed in Maine’s WACA Academic WorldQuest, and was a junior counselor at TA’s ELL Summer Camp in 2018. Madeline will study statistics at the University of South Florida this fall. 

Favorite spot on campus?
“My favorite spot on the TA Campus is Stasio Hall, the biggest girls’ dorm on campus. I have lived there throughout my four years at Thornton Academy. I've had the opportunity to hear the stories of girls from all corners of the world and meet some of my closest friends there. I have also joined a big dorm family that allowed me to be supported by many dorm parents as I grew through the years. Being a student at TA has brought so much love and support into my life; I’ll always be thankful for that.”

Most loved Thornton Academy tradition or memory?
“Dorm Olympics is my favorite TA tradition. Contrary to its name, the event does not include sports in the traditional sense. In fact, with the exception of tug-of-war, we play games that focus on very specific skills and luck; such as rock, paper, scissors and walking while hula hooping. It was great to see the fierce competition as we all wanted first place, but even greater to see dorm students bonding with each other and with dorm parents. It's a truly memorable event for members of the dorm community to connect!”

What you’re most proud of/favorite project?
“I was pleased and honored to be Student of the Month in November of 2018. I am incredibly grateful for the support from staff and faculty members“

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I see myself as a woman who has a positive impact on the planet and the lives of others.”