Student of the Month
The Rotary Club of Saco Bay’s “Student of the Month” provides a way to recognize students who exemplify high ethical standards, have made noteworthy community/civic contributions, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement or significant effort, and/or have engaged in other noteworthy accomplishments.
Wyatt LeBlanc embodies all four TA pillars, including this month's pillar of compassion. A true scholar-athlete, he serves as a role model both in the classroom and on the athletic field. In the classroom, he is a straight "A" student with a passion for learning and pursuit of understanding that are relentless.
A captain of both the lacrosse and football teams, he has emerged as a leader among his peers through his exceptional athletic performance, coachability, and positive attitude. Despite a season-ending injury this year, he attended every practice for the football team and continued to be a role model for younger players. Wyatt has also participated as a partner for the Unified Basketball team for the past two seasons, helping to provide opportunities for students that otherwise would have to sit on the sidelines.
Wyatt LeBlanc (center) smiles with his friends as he learns that he has been selected as January Student of the Month.
Monika Kaczorowska has established herself as a model student and school citizen. She works diligently to achieve academic success in a variety of AP courses and stay on the honor roll. She is fully invested in TA and the multitude of activities offered at our school. In addition to being a member of the Spanish Club and Interact Club, she is a leader in Ballroom Dance Club, Big Sibs, and Dorm Dance team. During the school day, she serves as an aide in both the Admissions office and Dance studio.
As a prefect at Stasio Hall, she works with dorm staff to build a caring, comfortable, and fun living experience for all students. She is a dependable support for her dorm sisters, never turning down a request for advice on any situation or help in any academic subject - as any of her dorm mates will tell you, "she knows them all."
Regardless of all that she contributes to the TA community, Monika is as humble as one can be. As the only student from Poland to have enrolled at Thornton, she is fully invested and takes advantage of all that TA has to offer.
Dorm staff members Ben '93 & Jodi Nasse, and Lauren & Mike Roche FaceTimed Monika's mother in Poland so she could be present as her daughter was recognized as December's student of the month for Thornton Academy.
Makayla Rodney has demonstrated our pillar of responsibility in the classroom, in her commitment to the fellow members of the TA Players, and by volunteering in the Thornton Academy library. If she sees something that needs to be done, she can be relied upon to take the initiative and do it without being asked.
She displays genuine compassion and respect towards her peers and teachers alike, but what makes her so special is her commitment and responsibility to her family. She has recently taken on greater responsibilities to support a young family member who has faced a number of medical challenges, while maintaining her high academic standing and involvement with school activities.
Library assistant Shauna Johnston hugs student of the month Makayla Rodney '18 as Headmaster Rene Menard '88 looks on.
One does not need to look for heroic deeds to see a person's true character. Our character is on display every day - in the way we approach our work, how we interact with our teammates, our peers, those in authority, and most importantly, how we treat those who can do nothing for us.
Jack Webb '18 has had both athletic and academic successes during his four years at Thornton Academy, but is known around campus for his community involvement, humbleness, positivity, courtesy, respect, and friendliness.
In addition to being captain of the Football team, Jack produces the popular Trojan Talk with Jackie Moon videos that highlight each TA athletic team.
Student of the Month Jack Webb '18 is congratulated by Mr. Mike Nelson and Mr. Eric Marston, both of the History Department.
"Time for the vocabulary word of the day: Altruism: noun. 'The principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others.' I looked this word up in a picture dictionary. Danny Huot’s face was there next to the word. Danny personifies altruism. He is not only a fine student with hopes of attending a top university, he is a devoted friend, an organized and mature leader, and more importantly in today’s culture, a kind person. No one better defines the criteria for the Rotary Club Student of the Month. Thank you Danny for being such an important part of the Thornton Academy community."
-Arts Department Co-Chair David Hanright
Due to weather delays, the February and March Student of the Month awards were presented on March 16 at Duffy's.
February 2017 Student of the Month: Asher Thompson, a Junior at Thornton Academy, is currently raised funds for a project called Just 4 You. Recognizing that the Biddeford/Saco community has a demographic of youth who are in the foster system, Asher has partnered with Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine to make this project possible. His primary goal was to collect the funds to put together 50 duffle bags that contain what he considers to be important for children from ages 5-10 should all have: a blanket, stuffed animal, and book. Asher successfully reached his $1,000 fundraising goal in only ten days and has begun to put the bags together. He was featured on WGME13's Making a Difference segment on Tuesday, January 31. Asher also serves as the Class of 2018 Treasurer.
March 2017 Student of the Month: An Vu Thien Ho has continually shown exemplary study skills and a level of determination that one rarely sees in a high school student. Her strong GPA and Rank in Class illustrate her commitment to excellence to all she does. Her personal integrity, traits, values, and character reflect the strong supportive values she has acquired throughout her young life. An leads by action and example. She does not have an ounce of personal entitlement in her body. For example, recently one of An's international classmates needed a video production to support his application to college. An heard of the situation the student was facing and immediately dropped everything she was doing to help out. The fact that she did not know the student very well did not matter. An used her skill as a photographer and videographer to produce a video that most would consider of professional quality. Her countless hours of work, earning no credit, money or fanfare is because that she cares about people.
Picture L-R: Charles "Asher" Thompson '18; Saco Bay Rotary President, Jeff Slaton; An Vu Thien Ho '18
Congratulations to Jing Nicole Ren who has been named Thornton Academy’s December Student of the Month! Guidance Counselor Mr. Steve Turgeon noted, “Jing Nicole Ren is a diligent hardworking student whose dedication to scholarship far exceeds earning honors grades. Nicole possesses the undeniable desire to learn and welcomes the challenges of a most rigorous schedule. Nicole has invested an enormous amount of energy in her academic and extracurricular life at TA. Nicole expresses enthusiasm in all she does. People take notice of her because of her intelligence, passion, dedication, and caring demeanor. As a 40-year educator, I have rarely found a student with such motivation, ability, and intellectual capacity.” Science teacher Ms. Cardosi states that Nicole “demonstrates a natural curiosity that is rare among high school students” and “she is one of the most gifted students I have ever had in class.”
The November Student of the Month for Thornton Academy is Eva Sachs ’17. Mr. Nelson nominated Eva for Student of the Month, noting, “Simply put, she is one of the most thorough, engaged, and serious students I have encountered in a long time. She is diligent, organized, and always prepared. Her personality is a wonderful combination of politeness, respect, and compassion for others–a delightful sense of humor and an optimistic, can-do attitude regarding personal achievements. She has excellent interpersonal skills, and these skills enable her to work well with others. Eva is also extremely humble. She is in National Honor Society, Interact, and Red Cross Club. She has been our number one female tennis player the past three years. She is one of the most well-rounded students walking the halls of TA and is very deserving of Student of the Month.”
Eva Sachs from Thornton Academy is pictured at far left with Allie Fish from Old Orchard Beach High, Rotary Club of Saco Bay President Jeff Slaton, and Mitchell Farley from Biddeford High.
The October 2016 Student of the Month for Thornton Academy is Shania Rodriguez! Shania is a senior who has excelled in academics during her four years at TA, but most importantly, Shania has been a quiet warrior to benefit the lives of others. As the President and one of the founding members of the Disaster Relief Club, she has worked on fundraisers to benefit victims of both local and global disasters. Shania also serves as a mentor at TAMS in science classes. For a career, she hopes to forge her two passions of service and science and become a nurse. Ms. Nicketakis nominated Shania for Student of the Month, noting, “Shania exhibits the pillars of responsibility and compassion as she continuously makes the lives of those around her better, without searching for recognition from others. She always does the right thing for others simply because it is the right thing to do. Congratulations, Shania, and keep on fighting!”
Shania Rodriguez '17, of Saco, left, with foreign language teacher Ms. Nicketakis.
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