Lydia Dumont is valedictorian of the senior class at Thornton Academy. She is winner of the 2010 Maine Principals Association Award, and in 2009 she received the Saint Michaels College Book Award and the Princeton Book Award. Dumont has kept busy at Thornton as a member of the Classics Club her sophomore, junior and senior year; on the cross country team as a sophomore; in the Arts Club her freshman year; and through National Honor Society and Student Council as a senior. An accomplished equestrian, she is a member of Lil' Kicks Horse 4-H Club and the New England Paint Horse Youth Club. In her freshman year she was also part of the 4-H Equestrian Team, and she has volunteered at the Equest Therapeutic Riding Center in Lyman. Several awards have recognized Dumont's passion for horseback riding, including the 2009 Equest Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2009 New England Paint Horse Club Youth Sportsmanship Award. Dumont plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., to study biology. Her parents are Mark and Martha Dumont of Saco.
Dana R. Tripp is salutatorian of the senior class at Thornton Academy and is Senior Class President. She played the Witch in the spring production "Into the Woods" and previously had leads in "Footloose" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Tripp was a member of the Classics Club, serving on its Executive Committee two years, and National Honor Society, serving as Corresponding Secretary. She was in Concert Choir for four years, Chamber Singers for three years, Treble Choir for one year, and both Concert Band and Marching Band for two years. She was also part of District Choir and All-State Choir for three years. Tripp was winner of the Classical Association of New England's Writing Contest. She received a silver medal as a sophomore for receiving maxima cum laude distinction on the National Latin Exam, and in her junior year received its magna cum laude distinction. She gave back to the community through service clubs like Amnesty International, Interact Club, Philanthropy Society and Student Council. She is also an active member of 4-H and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. In addition, she participated in indoor track, outdoor track and field hockey at TA. Tripp was captain of the field hockey team this year. In the fall she received the Southwestern Maine Activities Association's All-Academic Team Award in field hockey, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her to the High School National Academic Squad, and she was among 11 girls selected for the All-State All-Academic Squad by the Maine Field Hockey Coaches Association. Tripp plans to study biology at Middlebury College in Vermont. Her parents are Joel and Anne Tripp of Saco.
Michael Bailey was the Opinion and Editorial Editor of Thornton's student newspaper, Carpe Diem, and made important contributions to the publication's success this year. He was active in many student clubs, taking part in the French Club and Political Science Club his senior year. He was a member of the Environmental Club his junior and senior years. He was also in the TA Outdoor Adventure Club as a freshman and sophomore and did community service work through National Honor Society and the Philanthropy Society, which allows students to support the Thornton Fund annual giving campaign. When not in school, Bailey likes to spend his time outdoors snowboarding and camping. Bailey is the recipient of the Saint Michael's Book Award and the University of Maine Top Scholar Award. In the fall, he will attend the Honors College at the Universty of Maine at Orono, where he plans to major in economics. His parents are Ralph and Kathy Bailey of Saco.
Jessica Brancely was in a variety of clubs and activities on campus, including the Classics Club and Chamber Orchestra, for which she was principal violist. She took part in many community service activities through Thornton Academy's National Honor Society, Amnesty International, Interact Club and Student Council. She also participated in cross country, cheering, lacrosse and outdoor track. As part of the cross country team, Brancely competed at the state level and at New England Championships. She took dance lessons for 14 years, most recently at Dance House Productions in Biddeford, and she plays viola in the Stepping Stones String Quartet. Brancely plans to attend the University of Vermont in the fall as a biology major. Her parents are Katherine and Frank Brancely of Saco.
Zoe Blair Colton was active in TA's arts program, participating in Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band for all four years of her high school career. She was also into student politics, taking part in Student Council from her freshman through senior years and serving as a Class Officer in 2009-10. She was in Latin Club for four years and received magna cum laude distinction on the National Latin Exam as a junior. In addition, she was in the math club her sophomore year and played on the TA tennis team her freshman and sophomore years. Colton played field hockey at Thornton for four years. She received the Southwestern Maine Activities Association's All-Academic Team Award in field hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her to the High School National Academic Squad, both in 2009. In her junior year, the SMAA gave her honorable mention on its All Star field hockey team. Colton was also active in TA's mentor program her senior year, took part in National Honor Society community service projects and volunteered weekly at the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk. She plans to double major in International Studies and Communication Studies with a minor in German Language Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. Her parents are John and Kathleen Colton of Saco.
Jennifer Crocker took part in many activities at Thornton Academy over the past four years. She participated in cross country and indoor track her senior year, outdoor track her junior and senior year, and Outdoor Adventure Club and the Environmental Club her junior and senior year. Crocker was in Chamber Orchestra as a freshman, and she took dance lessons at Steppin' Out Dance Centre in Saco from the ages of 3 to 16. She volunteered as a camp counselor for TA's Art Camp for Kids for two summers, in 2008 and 2009. She also gave back to the community as a mentor and member of National Honor Society. She is the winner of the Book Award from St. Joseph's College of Maine. Crocker will attend Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., to study neuroscience and behavior. Her parents are Deborah and Jeffrey Crocker of Saco.
Kimberly Dao is Student Body President. Dao has done a wide range of community service throughout her high school career with groups like Amnesty International, the Civil Rights Team, Interact Club, Philanthropy Society, Student Council and National Honor Society. She also spent four years in the Classics Club, serving as consul (president) her junior and senior year. Dao received magna cum laude distinction on the National Latin Exam in her sophomore year. She worked on the student newspaper Carpe Diem her junior year, was a student ambassador to the school's new boarding students her senior year and served on the Student Advisory Committee at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology. Dao played four years of field hockey and four years of tennis, and she served as captain of both teams. She was honored with an Athletic Recognition Award from the Southwestern Maine Activities Association as a junior and senior, and she was a first team SMAA All Star in field hockey in 2008 and a second team All Star in 2009. In the fall she received the Southwestern Maine Activities Association's All-Academic Team Award in field hockey, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her to the High School National Academic Squad. Dao's academic awards include the St. Lawrence University Book Award, the Dartmouth Alumni Club Book Award, and the Holy Cross Book Prize. In the fall, Dao plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono to study biology as a pre-med student and hopes to attend Tufts Medical Center and become a pediatrician. She is the daughter of Mai and Kevin Dao of Saco.
Frances Foehrenbach was active in athletics throughout her high school career, playing both field hockey and ice hockey for four years and taking part in outdoor track for three years. In the fall she received the Southwestern Maine Activities Association's All-Academic Team Award in field hockey, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her to the High School National Academic Squad. As part of Biddeford High School's varsity ice hockey team, Foehrenbach was in the Maine Girls Ice Hockey Association's Senior All Star Game this year and was named to the All Academic Team by the SMAA for ice hockey. She was also part of the Biddeford Lady Breakers Girls Ice Hockey travel team for two years, which in the 2009-10 season were Maine State Champions and New England Regional Champions. In addition, Foehrenbach received her first degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo karate in 2004. Academic awards include the Clarkson University Award, a Presidential Merit Scholarship from the University of Maine, and the Pulp and Paper Foundation full tuition scholarship for the engineering program at the University of Maine. She was also selected for the People to People Ambassador Program and served as a U.S. Student Ambassador in Greece and Italy in July 2009. Foehrenbach was a mentor for two years at Burns Elementary School in Saco, was a member of the Interact Club for four years and was a member of National Honor Society. She was also in the Math Club her sophomore and junior years. Foehrenbach plans to attend the University of Maine at Orono to major in mechanical engineering. Her parents are Wade and Jane Foehrenbach of Saco
Brandon Greaton pursued many interests at TA and is well known for having a great aptitude with foreign languages. Greaton took four years of Latin, three years of Homeric Greek, two years of Mandarin Chinese, and one year each of Spanish and Russian. He was a member of the Classics Club and the Chinese Club, both for two years, and he was Chinese Club president his senior year. He was also in the Math Club and National Honor Society, which allowed him to participate in community service activities. Greaton was the founder of the Thornton Academy Chess Team and played on its first table. In just four years, the team has had a successful run, competing in state and regional competitions. They won the Southwestern Maine Championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010, in his senior year not losing a single match. At state tournaments in 2009 the Chess Team tied for third, and in 2010 placed clear for third. Greaton was also successful as an athlete. He has spent much time during his high school career in the Linnell Gymnasium weight rooms, where he has spent time weight lifting since he was a freshman. He hopes to continue with the sport at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will attend in the fall and major in Chinese and Russian. His parents are Tim and Joan Greaton of Saco.
Elizabeth Tangney gave back to the community throughout her high school career as a four-year member of Interact Club, through Student Council for two years, as a school mentor her senior year and through National Honor Society. She also was on Thornton's field hockey, outdoor track and swimming/diving teams each for four years and served as captain for both the track and swim teams. Tangney was awarded the Southwestern Maine Swim Officials Swimming and Diving Scholarship this year, and she broke the 6-dive format school record in 2009. Also, in the fall she received the Southwestern Maine Activities Association's All-Academic Team Award in field hockey, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her to the High School National Academic Squad. Tangney was in Chamber Orchestra for four years, Classics Club for two years and Spanish Club for a year. She received the magna cum laude award on the National Latin Exam in 2006 and the National Guard Scholarship in 2010. Tangney will attend Providence College in Rhode Island this fall, and she plans to major in history and global studies with a minor in Spanish. Her parents are Sue and PJ Tangney of Dayton.
GraduatesSariah R. Abaroa