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Thornton Academy
438 Main St., Saco |

Graduation day: June 3, 2012
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    Top 10 seniors

    Nichole Lynn Moore, Valedictorian
    Nichole Moore is the daughter of Robert Moore and Andrea Moore and the stepdaughter of Eva Moore. Nichole received the MPA Principal's Award this year for Thornton Academy and was also named Valedictorian of her class. She earned a spot on the All-State Academic Team for field hockey as well as the National Field Hockey Academic Team. Nichole was elected as Student Body Vice President and treasurer of Interact her Senior year and was elected into National Honors Society. She has also traveled to Guatemala and Haiti on international volunteer trips. She played Varsity Field Hockey and Lacrosse all four years of high school and was captain of both teams during her senior year. She is also an avid equestrian and participates on the York Equestrian Team. Nichole plans to attend Boston College in the fall.

    Joanna Parks Abaroa
    Joanna Abaroa is the daughter of Polly and Fred Abaroa. Joanna was inducted into the National Honors Society in the spring of her junior year and has participated in the Interact club as well as the Environmental club, Student Council, and Model United Nations. She has served as president of the Young Women's program at her local church and has been a member of Treble Choir, Chamber Singers and Dance Company, as well as performed with and choreographed for the TA Players in various productions. She has also been involved with the district and all-state choirs throughout her high school career. She received a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth to study Mandarin in China this past summer. Joanna will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

    Thomas Delano Boutin
    Thomas Delano Boutin is the son of Barbara and Donald Boutin of Saco. Thomas was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and serves as the secretary. Through NHS he has volunteered work with the Biddeford Soup Kitchen, Mary's Walk, United Way, and several school functions. Boutin played on the golf team for three years and made the All-Academic team his senior year. He was also a member of the ski club. In junior year, Boutiin traveled to China as a member of the cultural connections class. In the fall, Boutin will attend Northeastern University to study engineering.

    Tyler David Cadorette
    Tyler Cadorette is the son of David and Sandi Cadorette of Saco. Tyler made the honor roll every quarter during his four years at Thornton Academy and was named Thornton Academy's Student of the Month for October 2011. In addition to his work in the classroom, Tyler served as the news director of Thornton Academy Television and was an editor for his school's magazine as a senior. He also spent his afternoons serving as a volunteer swim coach for several local teams and still reports in as a weather watcher for WGME in Portland. Tyler swam competitively throughout high school and was captain of the varsity swim and dive team for two seasons. He plans to attend Lyndon State College for broadcast meteorology in the fall.

    Josephine Florence Cooper
    Josephine Cooper is the daughter of Susan Gardner and William Cooper, and the granddaughter of Joyce and Ted Gardner. Josephine received The Harvard Club of Washington D.C. Book Prize last year, and is also a member of The National Honors Society. She is President of the Drama Club, and received an award for student direction at the Maine One-Act Regional Competition. An active member of the Thornton Academy Music Department, she participated in 3 choirs, joined seven other Maine students attending The All-Eastern Music Festival last year, and participated four years as a member of The All-State Music Festival. Last Spring Josephine had the honor of traveling to England to study and perform Shakespeare with students from a Shakespeare night class. Josephine will attend Emerson College in Boston, MA for Theatre Studies.

    Alexandra Joy Courtney
    Alexandra Courtney is the daughter of Thomas and Deborah Courtney of Saco. She is a member of the National Honor Society and student government. She participated in varsity cross country, and is a distance runner in indoor and outdoor track and field. She is a kind and caring person and a dedicated big sister and although she will miss her family and friends dearly, she is excited to be attending the University of Maine Honor's College this coming fall.

    Thao Thanh Dang
    Thao Thai Thi Thanh Dang is the daughter of Nghin Van Dang and Ha Thi Thu Thai of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She received the Silver Medal in Mathematics at the 2011 Maine Academic Decathlon State Competition. As an organizing member and guest speaker of the student-run and non-profit organization, VietAbroader, Thao has been actively involved for three years, helping Vietnamese youth pursue higher education abroad by holding annual conferences. She is a representative of the Interact Club, works as an AP Chemistry Lab Assistant, and has been a member of the Speech Team, Mathematics Team, Volunteers of America, and Academic Decathlon. This past summer she volunteered for the TEDxMekong 2011 and Viet Youth Entrepreneurs Bootcamp 2011 Light Up in Vietnam. Thao is excited to attend Bates College in the fall.

    Danielle Jean Emmons
    Danielle Emmons is the daughter of Jennifer and Seth Emmons. She completed the Introduction to Medical Sciences program at Biddeford Regional Center of Technology. Inspired by her mother's work as a CAN, Danielle plans to pursue work in neonatal intensive care units working with babies born prematurely or with congenital defects. Danielle will attend University of Southern Maine School of Nursing this fall.

    Alison Julia Folsom
    Alison is the daughter of Ed and Lauren Folsom of Saco. She has pursued interests in theater and music since age six. She was a member of the TA Players for four years, with many lead roles, most recently portraying Christine in "Phantom of the Opera." She sang in the Treble Choir as a freshman and in Chamber Singers for the next three years, and was selected for the All State Chorus in 2011 and 2012. She was also an award-winning member of the Speech Team and a member of the National Honor Society. Alison has volunteered for Crossroads and the youth group, Project AWARE. An animal lover, Alison has volunteered at the Animal Welfare Society for six years, as well as trained and handled agility dogs, placing into the Excellence level. She has modeled professionally for two years, and crowned Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2011. At the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida, Alison won a four-year full tuition scholarship to Troy University, but declined it in favor of a comparable scholarship to the University of Maine where she will be a pre-veterinary science major.

    Julia Marie Geaumont
    Julia Geaumont is the daughter of James and Kristine Geaumont of Saco. Geaumont was an active member of the National Honors Society (Vice President), Thornton Academy Pink Ribbon Club (Treasurer), and Amnesty International. Along with these activities, Geaumont was a student tutor in Spanish, Chemistry and Algebra. On the softball field, Geaumont was a four-year varsity starter, a two-year captain, and recognized as an All-State Player. Geaumont will be attending Bowdoin College where she will be majoring in Biology and playing softball.

    Asako Kurosawa
    Asako Kurosawa is a native of Tokyo, Japan and is the daughter of Masumi and Yoshihiro Kurosawa. A member of the Thornton community for the past two years, Asako was elected a member of the Cum Laude Society. She is a member of Volunteers of America; through this organization, she worked with the residents of Hazelton House every week. Asako participated in Thornton's Dance Company. As a member of the residential program, Asako was chosen to be a Dorm Prefect and has done exemplary work in this position. Working with Thornton teacher Mr. Mike Nelson on the Intramural Sports Program Committee, she created an after-school intramural program for Thornton students. Asako will attend Waseda University - one of the top universities in Asia.

    Katherine Elizabeth Lees
    Katherine E. Lees is the daughter of Thomas Lees and Elaine Lees of Saco. Katherine has been heavily involved in music and acting with many groups, including: the Saco Bay Children's Choir, Crossroads, the Thornton Academy Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, the Maine District I Choir, and the All-State Choir. This past year, Katherine was honored with the highest level awards - district and state level - for her featured tenor saxophone Jazz solo. She has performed in various plays and musicals, including her role as 'Benvolia' in the TA Players production of Romeo and Juliet this past fall. Katherine volunteers widely - tutoring math and reading at a Saco primary school and, for the past 6 years, teaching K-6 grade children at her church youth program. Katherine earned two awards at National History Day - a first place at the State level her freshman year and third place for her collaborative project her sophomore year. Furthermore, Katherine was awarded the Elmira College Key Award, as well as the Hoc Testimonium Scriptum Recognoscit Award. Katherine is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in student government for 4 years. Katherine plans to attend the Honors College at the University of Maine in Orono, to major in Biology, and aspires to one day become an oral surgeon.

    Thomas (Chris) Madden
    Thomas (Chris) Madden Jr. was an active member of the class of 2012. Chris was chosen as Thornton Academy's representative in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference his sophomore year. He is a team captain for the Action Team and a member of the National Honor Society. Chris was also a four year member of the baseball and football programs. In football, he was selected to the All-Academic Team, recognized as honorable mention for the All-Conference Team, and is a recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award from the State of Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Chris will be attending Boston College in the fall. He is the son of Tom and Diane Madden of Saco.

    Katelyn Elaine Sommer
    Katelyn Sommer is the daughter of Kevin Sommer of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kathleen Lauber of La Vista, Nebraska. Katelyn was elected into the Cum Laude Society as a senior. She has been in the top 10 percent of her class all four years of her high school career. Katelyn has participated in Student Government, Student Ambassadors, National Honors Society, Interact Club, Thornton Academy Orchestra, and was the co-president of Science Olympiad. She has been a member of the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Katelyn plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall.

    Alexandra Joy Vieira
    Alexandra Vieira is the daughter of Maria and Antonio Vieira. She was elected to National Honor Society as a junior and was the recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Achievement Award and the Saint Michael's Book Award. Vieira received the nomination from Thornton Academy for the Princeton Book Award of Maine. She has been a member of Student Council for four years, the Concert Band, and Marching Band. She was published in Thornton's student-run publication, Carpe Diem, and participated in National History Day for two years. She also participated in Varsity Tennis. Vieira plans to attend Wheaton College as a Trustee Scholar.

    Katherine Ann Zafirson
    Katherine Zafirson is the daughter of Steve and Maria Zafirson of Saco. She is a member of National Honor Society and has volunteered in the community through her participation in the Interact Club. Katherine received the SMAA Citizenship Award this year. She has also played softball and basketball all four years of high school. She plans on attending Colby College in the fall.

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2012 Graduates

Joanna Parks Abaroa
Miranda Catherine Adams
Patrick Jordan Adams
Meghan Elizabeth Agger
Morgan Michael Ahearn
Alyssa Ashley Ames
Aurther Douglas Anderson
Eric T. Arnold
Brandon M.G. Aull
Brandon S. Bailey
Stephen Lowell Bailey
Caleb David Bastille
Olivia Bean
Shane Jeffrey Beaudoin
Alexander James Belanger
Sarah Marie Belanger
Scott Robert Benson
Alisha May Bergeron
DeWenXi Bian
Tyler T. Bissonnette
Kayla Lynn Blanchette
Christina Khwanjira Bogatses
Marc Ellis Boissonnault
Alicia Marie Bolduc
Hannah Paige Boudreau
Thomas Delano Boutin
Callie Janet Brennan
Haley Marie Bresnahan
Emily Catherine Brewer
Amanda Nicole Brown
Ciara Brown
Mary Kathleen Brown
Owen T. Brown
Jeffrey A. Browne
Victor Justin Bruner
Robert Drew Byars
Tyler David Cadorette
Cassidy Marie Calvert
Ian Andrew Camenga
Jaimie Ranae Campbell
Andrew J. Carignan
Christina Marie Caron
Michael Caton
Christopher H. Center
Lawrence Edward Chabot
Olivia G. M. Chaisson
Riley James Chamberlain
Chung Chan
Britney Charles
Holly Marie Charron
Nicholas N. Chen
Rachel Lauren Chenard
Sarah J. Choroszy
Anthony Paul Petrucci Clemons
Lauren Linda Clum Russell
Katilyn A. Coburn
Jessica E. Collard
Josephine F. Cooper
Victoria A. Cooper
Samuel Corbett
Alexander Elias Cormier
Andrew David Cote
Alexandra Joy Courtney
Amelia R. Courtney
Hunter James Craig
Nathaniel Raymond Cross
Joshua Michael Curran
Heather Lynne Currier
Danielle Kayla Dalton
Alexander S. Damon
Thao Thai Thi Thanh Dang
Tyler James Danley
Kayleigh Ann DeFrancesco
Michele Elizabeth-Lyn Delisle
Tiffany Lynn Delisle
Jasmin Lynne Demers
Tyler E. Dionne
Sean M. Doran
Robert Earle Downing II
Brady P. Dube
Jaimie Lynn Dube
John-Morgan Dubuque
Dillon Robert Dunbar
Addison Andrew Dunn
Alice Marie Dunton
Christopher Steven Dupont
Danielle Julienne Dupuis
Taylor Lynn Duranceau
Tiffany Duran
Eben Michael Durant
Jaime Durie
Joseph Alan Dutch
Timothy Donald Dwyer
Elizabeth Grace Eddy
Kayla A. Elie
Danielle J. Emmons
Margaret J. Evans
Syed Mostafa Fakory
Bryce Everett Fedder
Emily Fejedelem
Natalie Lidstone - Driscoll Fenderson
Joseph James Ferrante
Aaron R. Flynn
Alison J. Folsom
Cody E. Forbes
Kyle P. Forbes
Derek John Foresman
Drew Joseph Fournier
Shaylin Y. French
Sara Ann Frost
Kaila Louise Gagne
Yun Gao
Grant R. Gaulin
Tyler Allen Gaylord
Julia Marie Geaumont
Hechen Geng
Peter Giannoumis
Amanda Lee Gibbons
Bradford W. Gibson
Mariah Leigh Gilbert
Elizabeth K. Gilboy
Shane Gilmore
Miranda Rae Gionest
Michael Joseph Giroux
Michelle Rose Giroux
Sydney Lynn Giroux
Tyler Perry Goulden
Kristina Lyn Goulet
Jameson R. Guillette
Michael Francis Haines
Leah Elizabeth Hanusek
Steven Thomas Harmon
Jacob R. Harris
Alicia Rose Hanscom
Michelle Lynn Henaire
Douglas A. Holbrook
Hayden H. Hood
Charles H. Horton IV
Jenifer Marie Horvath
Hope E. Houser
Joshua L. Hudak
Curtis James Huff
Katherine Taylor Huff
Darian Nicole Jenkerson
Stephen A. Jenkins II
Makenzie Lee Jewett
Peng Fei Jia
Sarah E. Jolly
Amanda Lynn Jordan
Erik Raymond Jordan
Katherine Kalagias
Allyson M. Kane
Frederick Kehling
Nicole Elizabeth Kehoe
James Joseph Kenney
Rauf Khalili
Avery Mitchell Kibler
Morgan Lee Kibler
Rebecca Ann Kieffer
Evan Kiesiner
Christopher E. King
Meaghan Kane Kirby
Jacqueline Klock
Khela Knox
Asako Kurosawa
Jason Alexander Kyriazi
Ryan D. Lambert
Adam M. Lamontagne
Bryce R. Lamontagne
Vanessa M. Lamy
Cain Bryson Landry
Jordan Christopher Landry
Marnie Lynn Lantagne
Austin L. Lapointe
Zachary Richard Lauzon
Ryan Daniel Leach
Matthew Robert LeBlanc
Cameron J. Lee
Katherine E. Lees
Matthew Joseph Letellier
Shayleen Marie Letellier
Halie Lynn Letourneau
Brett M. Levasseur
Joshua Lewis
Shiqi Li
Yunrui Li
Jiajun Liang
Jia Wen Liang
Luke Richard Libby
Gregory D. Lodge
Ryan A. Lombardi
Alexander Lowe
Sean Daniel Lynch
Cameron James Madden
Thomas Christopher Madden, Jr.
Adam Matthew Madore
Anna Marie Madore
Christopher James Maksut
John C. Maksut II
Jordan Mokarzel Marsters
Tyler Michael Martel
Alexandra Maria Martemucci
Justin Paul Martin
McKenna Rae Matwyko
Ashley Mikaela McCarthy
Lindsay McFarren
Treabhar Tomas McLaughlin
Zachary James Metcalf
Brianna JaimeŽ Michaud
William T. Mitchell
Nichole Lynn Moore
Brannon T. Moreau
Kyle Morgan
Andrew Dudley Mosley
Ryan Mowery
Jessica Marie Nadeau
Trevor Raymond Nason
Joshua David Nault
Thao Thu Nguyen
Thanh P Ta- Nguyen
Peara Nha
Ryan Maxwell Noble
Bailey Elizabeth Nunan
Camilla Olsson
Morgan Ouellette-Foss
Keith Leo Parenteau
Haley Marie Parslow
Beth Leslie Patterson
Megan Renee Pavlicek
Elizabeth Lori Pelletier
Carlton Daniel Pendleton III
Margaret Mary Petit
Kristen N. Philbrick
Karlee Myckala Plante
Taylor A. Plante
Tyler Stephen Plummer
Justin R. Pollard
Mark Wade Proctor, Jr.
Jordan F. Pulsifer
Chaoqiang Qi
Taylor M. Raine
Mellanie Sandra Raymond
Nicholas Justin Raymond
Lyndsay Marie Reese
Christine Marie Remmes
John Paul Remmes
Michael Warren Reynolds
Evelyn Francis Rios
Michael Joseph Rizeakos
Christopher Michael Roberts
Amanda Lynn Robinson
Shanisa M. Rodriguez
Kaitlyn Paige Ryan
Alex James Savage
Gabrielle F. Savage
Anthony David Scenna
Brian Joseph Schofield
Aaron Jacob Scott
Colin D. Scott
Krysteana Marie Scribner
Bailey Ann Sellers
Maxwell Eaton Senechal
Jenn Jasmin A. Seneres
Bronwyn Rae Shaffer
Connor Patrick Shaw
Francisco Declan Shibles
Kristina Marie Sichra
Brigitte Marlene Sifuentes
Jonathan David Smit
Robert J. Smith
Kaylee A. Snyder
Katelyn Elaine Sommer
Logan Philip Soule
Michaela Rose Sousa
Thomas Joseph Soyden II
Sean Michael Speckin
Haden Kenneth Spenard
Jessica Tiara Stackpole
Missouri Stalnik
Andrew E. Strelke
Meaghan E. Strickland
Ryan James Stubinski
Katrina Marie St. Yves
Yixin Sun
Yuqi Sun
Albert W. Tang
Stephanie Ann Taylor
Breanna Thibodeau
Angelea Nicole Thomas
Samantha Christine Tilley
Lyndon E. Tillman
Stevie Lynn Rae Tillman
Tyler Nikolas Tracy
Cameron James Trask
Santana M. Trottier
Eric Michael Tulipano
Trinh Son Tung
Mitchel Joseph Turner
Chelcey Vachon
Goliath Martin VanAlphen, Jr.
Brandon Jordan Veilleux
Joshua Gilles Veilleux
Alexandra Joy Vieira
Christopher Evan Walker
Jessica Rose Walker
Tamara Walker
Boyangqi Wang
Yuxing Wang
Ziwei Wang
Ashley G. Waterhouse
Abigail Murphy Waters
Eric Steven Waycott
Chenhao Wei
Alivia Welch
Ciara Leslie Wells
Hannah Marie Wessels
Gabrielle Elizabeth Willette
Daniel P. Williams
Samantha Williamson
Joseph Lee Winnie
Victoria Lena Woodman
Amelia Constance Worthing
Timothy Worthing
Jacinta Rose Wright
Joshua Brian Wynne
Guangyi Xu
Nathan Young
Audrey Gloria Zafirson
Katherine Ann Zafirson