Celebrating the Class of 2020!

On Saturday, June 6, Head of School Carrie Brennan (and the TA Panther, of course) rode through the Upper Valley celebrating our graduating seniors at their homes.

Leah Taylor Abernethy
Michael Galen Adams-Lindberg
Zachary Richard Beland
Hanna Joy Blankenship
Morgan Elizabeth Busby
Luis Diablo Caez
Shaine Robert Chaffee
Arwen Grace Yung Clayton
Brittney Carol Clifford
Hannah Elizabeth Clough                            
Liam Michael Curtis
Thomas Abbott Darrah
Grace Louise Davis
Eamon Thomas Deffner
Elizabeth Louise Dixon
Timothy James Doody
Joseph Henry Dunn
Alex Philip Emerson
Jacob Ross Finkelstein
Alexis Rose Gaetz

Morgan Elizabeth Gaffney
Timothy Scott Gray
Jade Ellen Jamieson
Lily Mae Kopsala
旷则琦 Zeqi “Reinhardt” Kuang
Dylan Michael Kuban
Hunter Orion LeFevre
Vincent Ignacio Levey
Olivia Paige Limlaw  
John James Longshaw
Frank David Loveland
Katherine Cameron Milligan MacVeagh
Lilian Sims Milligan MacVeagh
Bethany Madison Maxfield
Destiny Faith Miller
Aidan Waterbury Moore
John Wayne Moore
Grace Helene Novotny
Nathaniel James O’Donnell
Graham Lewis Montague Okai

Ryan Thomas Pepe
Christopher Jason Phelps
Stephen Thomas Prunk
Louisa Sharon Pyle
Alexander Paul Robinson
Alaina Jane Scruggs
Garrett William Shafer
Gavin Slider
Jordan Kendall Smith
Aiden Christopher Solsaa
Colleen Renee Swasey
Emma Colleen Thorburn
Jahirah Jobe Thurber
Emily Ryan Trage
Ellen Agnes Veracka
Lena Katherine Wanner
Sophia Antoinette Williams
Tyler Allen Wojcik
Jason Michael Wolstenholme
西伦 Lun “Alan” Xi 


Graduation Events for 2020

Our plan for graduation this year is designed to incorporate our TA traditions, input from the Class of 2020, safety precautions for all, and adherence to Vermont State guidance.

Friday, June 12 – Graduation, Part I

  • 5:30 Graduation Speeches & Performances
    Streamed via Facebook and YouTube, experienced in one’s home
    www.facebook.com/thetfordacademyVT
    www.youtube.com/thetfordacademyvt

  • 7:30 Commencement Car Parade
    Help us celebrate our graduates as they drive this route through Thetford. Let’s line the streets (at a safe distance) with our loudest cheers, our noisemakers, our signs, and our musical performances!
    • Start at Thetford Academy
    • Left on Academy Rd
    • Left on VT Route 113 (with police traffic control)—through Thetford Hill and Thetford Center and on to Post Mills.
    • Right on Rt 244
    • Right on US Route 5 (traffic control)—through North Thetford and East Thetford
    • Left on Pavilion Rd
    • End at Pavilion Rd/US Route 5
    • (traffic control)

Saturday, June 13 – Graduation, Part II

Individual Diploma Ceremonies on the TA Campus

  • Each senior will be honored and receive their diploma in an individual ceremony on the TA quad. Families will attend and observe by car, while parked in front of Anderson Hall. Ceremonies will take place throughout the day, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Family cars will line up and flow through the TA parking lot, exiting after their student’s ceremony through the circle.

Graduation this year will not be anything like we imagined it back in September – or in February, for that matter – but we hope it will create memories, celebrate each graduate and the Class of 2020, and joyously mark the important occasion and accomplishment of graduation.

Thank you to Dean of Students Siobhan Lopez and the TA Graduation Committee for their work with event planning and logistics. Thank you, Parents and Seniors, for your volunteer efforts on behalf of the Class of 2020 throughout the year and especially during this remarkable and challenging spring; of special note – the beautiful display of senior photos on the Thetford Hill Green (featured at the top of this page).


TA Faculty Letter Series for the Class of 2020

Letter to Seniors: Ray Chapin

Dear Seniors, As I started to think about writing a letter to your class, I decided to reflect on my own graduation in 1978. I wondered if I might share something meaningful from mine. I dragged my yearbook out from a box in the attic, and paged through it in the hopes that I’d discover […]

Letter to Seniors: Karen Heinzmann

Dear Class of 2020, Congratulations. You made it!!! What I remember from my last month or so of high school is how ready I was to leave. I wanted to leave the South, leave my parents, leave the house on Londonberry Road where I grew up… When I went to college, on the long drive […]

Letter to Seniors: Angela Lavoy

Wow! What a mind-blowing end to your high school experience. There is so much to process. I won’t say too much here–you have most likely heard so many words of wisdom and encouragement from family, friends, and your teachers by now. But, chew on these morsels: learn something new–big or small–on a regular basis. It […]

Letter to Seniors: Jennifer Gernhard

Dear Seniors, “When life gives you lemons,  make lemonade.”  “Every cloud has a silver lining.”  Many people gravitate to these mundane and clichéd sayings. I find myself repeating them to friends and family during difficult times or unexpected hardships. They are predictable, ordinary, almost habitual.  Perhaps the ordinary is the crux of their charm.  Difficult […]

Letter to Seniors: Karen Martin

Thinking about myself as a high school senior sent me to my yearbook to review the past in a way I hadn’t in quite a long time.  Peering out of the pages were young women all wearing the same style sweater and necklace and young men wearing the same style jacket and tie.  All the […]

Letter to Seniors: Joe Deffner

Dear Seniors, The hairstyle in my senior photo (above) is the male counterpart, I guess, to the hairstyle that Karyn Neubauer included with her letter to all of you.  I’m guessing that unlike Karyn, though, I stayed with that look longer than I should have.  I rocked that look through college, through the Peace Corps […]

Letter to Seniors: Kate Owen

Dear Class of 2020, If you had asked me, at 18, if I wanted to become a school librarian I would have laughed and looked at you like you were nuts. Who wants to go back to high school when everyone is so desperate to get out of it? Why would anyone ever do that?!  […]

Letter to Seniors: Marc Chabot

Dear Class of 2020, I join you this year in saying goodbye to Thetford Academy. Pandemic strangeness aside, I know that all of you will move forward to a new life that is largely unimaginable at this moment. What you make of it will be a mixture of your own doing in combination with other […]

Letter to Seniors: Becky DiFrancesco

Dear members of the Thetford Academy Class of 2020~ A class to remember- a time to remember. So many times over the last eight weeks I’ve thought of all of you. I’ve  imagined how you all are feeling, what your thoughts are, and honestly, if I could hug each and everyone of you, I would!  […]

Letter to Seniors: Wendy Cole

Listen up, Seniors, I just want to say thanks! Thanks for being who you are and for the person you’ll become. For those of you whom I have known since kindergarten and before, to some like Lily who joined the class this year, hello and I salute you! It’s fairly obvious you’ll never forget this […]

Letter to Seniors: Sue Farrell

Dear TA Class of 2020, Never could I or anyone have imagined that this is where you would be in the spring of 2020. I think about you a lot these days; you have lost the thrill of a traditional graduation ceremony and everything leading up to it. But remember that your year, 2020, will […]

Letters to Seniors: Rebecca Walter

Dear 2020 TA Panthers, Well, your senior year has certainly been one for the history books. I miss, each day, seeing your smiling faces, and I know my own sense of loss pales in comparison to what you are feeling. There is nothing more entertaining than convincing seniors to fight through their own senioritis, and […]

Letters to Seniors: Stacy Barton

Siobhan Lopez Fri, May 29, 1:00 PM (4 days ago) to Students, bcc: TAEmployees Dear Thetford Class of 2020,  I will keep this letter short and sweet, but please know that I could go on and on…like my lectures in class or my US History tests 😉 When I left TA, I thought I knew […]

Letters to Seniors: John Brown

Dear Thetford Academy Class of 2020, Although I have not been one of your educators, coaches or mentors, my work here at TA has offered me the opportunity to watch each and every one of you grow and develop into the fine young adults you have become through your performances, athletics, Founders Day, ODW and […]

Letters to Seniors: Becky Sarazin

Dear Thetford Academy Senior Class, To say that the final months of your senior year have been a whirlwind, is an understatement. It certainly is not the way I expected it to end for any of us-but here we are. I wasn’t sure how to write this letter and what really to say to all […]

Letters to Seniors: Michael Mann

Dear Seniors, This year reveals in the starkest way that nothing is permanent, that our lives are only somewhat under our control, that we must bend in the wind or risk breaking. This experience will make poets out of some of you; others will become filmmakers and musicians; others novelists. Some of you will go […]

Letters to Seniors: Karyn Neubauer

Dear Class of 2020, During this time of quarantine and Coronavirus, you, the class of 2020, possibly more than any graduating class before you, know that the future is unknown. Yet as students, you’ve been here before. Many times you opened the book, picked up the paintbrush or the musical instrument, stepped out onto center […]

Letter to Seniors: Casey Huling

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2020, You have used your creative energy and boundless enthusiasm to push through this very challenging experience to graduate high school!. (The last few months certainly give new meaning to the term Senioritis!) You should be very proud of your many accomplishments from when we were all […]

Letters to Seniors: Dana Brettell

Dear Seniors of the class of 2020, Just to say that you were a member of the class of 2020 sounds really cool and something that may always have its own special ring. Conversely, on those future occasions when you tell someone that you graduated in 2020, you may hear a sigh, an “oh, that […]

Letters to Seniors: Greg Mellinger

Dear class of 2020, Congratulations on reaching this milestone.  It may not feel or look like any important moment that has come before in your lives but it is here for you nonetheless.  Everyone at Thetford Academy is very proud of you.  There is so much that you have accomplished, athletic successes, music performances, academic […]

Letter to Seniors: Deb Sanders Dame

Dear TA Class of 2020: This is the time of year when we would be discussing where you are heading and what your summer plans are but of course we are not able to do that in the traditional manner. It is also when we, teachers, hear that you are surprised at how fast it […]

Letter to Seniors: John Luce

Dear Thetford Academy Class of 2020,  Congratulations on finishing your senior year under such trying circumstances. And you thought climbing Moosilauke in September was tough?!  Your class will go down in history as one which overcame huge obstacles. I also want to thank you for welcoming me and my family to TA. I left the […]

Letter to Seniors: Jesse Soulia

Dear Thetford Academy Class of 2020, As we embark on a major milestone for you all, in a format that is not what any of us wished for or even imagined, please know I am so very honored to have worked with so many of you over the years. Some of you who came to […]

Letter to Seniors: Derek Burkins

Dear TA Class of 2020, In the photo above, I was just about to graduate from high school, much as you are now.  I think I was there to have my photo taken for graduation or yearbook or something, and it was already hot outside, probably in late May.  So, I was wearing a coat, […]

Letter to Seniors: Luke Teschner

Dear Class of 2020, It has been an absolute pleasure to witness your growth from eight and ninth graders to the young adults that you are today. The performances, Founders’ Days, end of year celebrations, all of the talent, humor, creativity and athleticism collectively all make you the exceptional group that you are! I remember […]

Letter to Seniors: Siobhan Lopez

Dear Seniors,  I’m writing the first of what will be regular letters from some of the people at Thetford Academy who care about you.  So many of us have wished we could let you know that we’re thinking about you and worrying that you might think you are forgotten in the midst of Quarantime (that’s Casey’s […]