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Head of School - David Sturdevant Associate Head of School - Andrew Mullin Chief Financial and Operating Officer - Helen Telfer Associate Head for External Affairs - Matthew Goetting Director of Counseling Services and Studies - Sarah Wills-Viega Director of Enrollment and Marketing - Sheryl Stearns Director of Resident Life - Ken Stevenson Dean of Students - Jacob Abbott Athletic Director - KJ Anastasio Director of Facilities - Bill Teele Director of Capital Projects and Transportation - Briceson Henny

President - Christine Wajer ’85 Vice President - Sarah Maurer Treasurer - Lisa Masters ’83 Secretary - Dennis Prior ’91 Elizabeth Allen Paul Anderson Robert D. Baldwin ’62 Stephen Dixon Judi Hilton '91 Pam Gormley Ann McFarland ’73 Jonathan McKane Karen M. Moran William Morgner Chris Olson '83 Faustine Reny ’01 Hugh Riddleberger

LA Mission Statement A Letter from the Head of School The Year in Review LA Graduation 2017 LA Homecoming 2017 Alumni on Campus Annual Report of Contributions Department Updates Faculty Notes Class Notes LA By the Numbers

A School on the River Eagle Term 1.0 Field of Dreams Alumni Class Challenge Eli Daiute '14: Lincolnaire to Yale Whiffenpoof Jas Walton '06, Sideman Board of Trustees Elects Four New Members Statement on Diversity Then and Now: A Dive in the Archives

THANKS! Aerie magazine is a publication of the Lincoln Academy Alumni and Development Office, and I am grateful to my colleagues at 4 Hillcrest Road for their support and help with this year's edition. Thanks to Matt Goetting, Helen Telfer, Sheryl Stearns, Josh Pelkey, Tom Masters '13, and Amy McNaughton '88. Photographers include: Jenny Mayher, Missy Abbott, Tom Arter, Hannah Davis '18. We borrowed historic photographs from Lincoln Academy: A History, a publication that was lovingly and skillfully curated by Kathe Cheska in 2001. The front and back cover photos are credited to the 2018 Yearbook class, who as a team served as directors, stylists, photographers, and models during our October photo shoot. This class includes: Tally Benner '18, Madison Bradbury '20, Kathryn Estes '18, Schuyler Farrell '19, Brianna Farrin '18, Sophie Gamage '19, Naaz Hussein '20, Omar Kadirov '18, Khloe Poland '18, Jordan Prentice '19, and Alison York '19. As always, I could not make this project happen without designer Kate Mess, whose unfailing eye and unflappable patience makes this work a real pleasure. We owe a special debt of gratitude to the second Baby Mess, who was patient enough to wait to be born until we sent this magazine to print. Thanks for your interest in Lincoln Academy. We welcome your feedback at -Jenny Mayher Editor Director of Communications and Community Engagement P.S. Be sure to follow our electronic communications between Aerie issues! Look for Lincoln Academy News on social media.

Left: Lincoln Academy's West Side Story opens in Poe Theater to sold out audiences. FALL 2017



OPPORTUNIT Y FOR ALL A Letter from the Head of School

As I write my introduction to this

issue of Aerie, I am reminded that, while life at Lincoln Academy changes from day to day, some themes are constant. Our watchwords of independent, comprehensive, and global, inform our programs and practices. We continue to place great emphasis on the spirit of our community, we continue to explore the best ways to serve all of our students, and we continue to pursue updates and improvements to our campus.

Lincoln Academy, with a proud two hundred year tradition of preparing students to meet the

intellectual demands of full citizenship, strives continuously to provide a learning environment in which all students can achieve their highest potential. As an accredited, independent, secondary school with deep roots in the communities of midcoast Maine, Lincoln Academy seeks to serve the public interest by affording not only a comprehensive academic curriculum, but also a diverse blend of co-curricular opportunities. Our programs undertake to build knowledge, skills, and social values, and to promote high aspirations among all of our students.

Lincoln Academy is dedicated to creating lifelong learners who understand their complex

relationship to the broader world. We make every effort to recognize and to meet the needs of students as individuals, while affirming that education is a collaboration of community, family, and student. A mission task force is currently at work updating Lincoln Academy's Mission Statement, which should be completed and approved by 2018.

Lincoln Academy admits students of any race, religion, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation in the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at the school. LA does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, or any other programs administered by the school.



Our basic goal to meet the educational needs of ALL of our students remains the same, and I can point to examples of how we succeed in that goal every day. We have continued to improve our campus with the addition of the John Bowers Baseball Field and the renovation of the Fred French Softball Field, while expanding our curriculum to meet the differing needs, interests, and aspirations of our students. We are following our new campus master facility plan and our strategic plan as we explore ways to further improve our campus in the areas of a learning

commons, performing arts facilities, and general classroom and space updates. I suspect that you will be hearing more about these efforts in the near future. As we grow our campus, we continue to evaluate the opportunities we provide for all students who come to Lincoln Academy. As part of this effort we have expanded our Alternative Education program and added a separate program we call IDEAL: Individually Designed Education for All Learners. We are strengthening our Learning Center with more space and resources, and we are looking at some exciting options for students to participate in internships, apprenticeships, and focused areas of interest both on and off of campus. In this time where we see uncertainty in the world around us, we keep working to make LA a safe and welcoming place for all of our students. In a recent panel discussion, it was heartening to hear an international student say that she felt safe and comfortable at Lincoln Academy, and that had not been the case in her previous school in the US. Are we perfect? Of course not! But we

David Sturdevant leads the LA Class of 2017 up Academy Hill to the traditional Baccalaureate service.

David Sturdevant has been the Head of School at Lincoln Academy since 2013.

have redoubled our efforts this year to talk about and show that we value the traits of respect, tolerance, and acceptance. All of our students are valued and important to us. Not all of our students come from the same place. They all choose different paths here, and they have a variety of plans when they leave LA. Part of valuing our diversity means continuing to meet students where they are and ensuring they have valuable options after graduation. Giving them the best possible educational experience we can continues to be our goal. We appreciate your support of our students and our school community efforts as we move forward to meet that goal. Please don’t hesitate to stop in for a visit or a tour if you are in the area. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming Alumni Events, including Alumni Weekend, which this year is June 15-17, 2018.

-David B. Sturdevant Head of School

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A School on the River LA Graduates Building Lives on the Damariscotta Since its founding in 1801, Lincoln Academy’s history has been inseparable from the Damariscotta River. The schooners and ships that moved goods up and down the river and across the ocean were owned, built, captained, crewed, and loaded by graduates of Lincoln Academy. In the years before cars, students traveled to school on the river. They fished, farmed, and made bricks on the river. They were connected to each other by the river. “The water's edge is what brought the original settlers here for fishing, farming, timber harvesting, and shipbuilding, and it brought the first rusticators here in the mid to late 1800's,” says Lincoln Academy English Department Chair Bryan Manahan, who studied the history of Lincoln and other town academies as part of a Masters program at the Harvard School of Education in 2012-13. “The shore has been bringing people together in tension and in cooperation for centuries here in Maine. That demographic mixture is still quite obvious at Lincoln Academy.” Graduates of Lincoln Academy have built boats, hauled lobsters, studied the unique ecology of the River, and more recently, farmed oysters that are famous around the world. Despite declines in shipbuilding and ground fisheries over the last century, the Damariscotta River still drives a strong economy of fishing, boatbuilding, aquaculture, marine science, and tourism. And Lincoln Academy continues to feed each of those industries with a steady stream of graduates. “Lincoln is the kind of school that puts the fisherman right next to the marine scientist. We value this in the community, and we value it in the school,” says Manahan. On these pages we profile a small sample of LA graduates who have built their lives on the Damariscotta River.



Tim Alley '77 Four Generations on the River

Tim Alley is a fourth-generation

lobsterman. His great-grandfather ran a barge on the Damariscotta River, delivering people and goods from a steam dock south of the Rutherford Island bridge (where steam-powered ships delivered loads from Boston and Portland) to the headwaters in South Bristol, Newcastle, and Damariscotta. Alley’s grandfather worked in the South Bristol Shipyard, and lobstered on the side. His father, Lewis Alley, lobstered full time. Tim Alley started lobstering with five traps from a 14-foot skiff and a 5.5 horsepower Johnson outboard when he was nine years old. Now 59, he has officially been lobstering for a half century, fishing 300 traps out of his a 40 foot lobster boat with 525 horses behind it. He currently serves as the president of the South Bristol Fisherman’s Cooperative. After graduating from Lincoln in 1977, Alley initially left Maine to pursue

higher education, but returned to South Bristol after a single year. In 1983 he married Mona Drosko (LA class of ‘78), from New Harbor. They have two children, Luke ‘89, now a teacher in Massachusetts, and Sarah ‘92, who works in biotech, also in Massachusetts. Alley’s two brothers also left Maine after graduating from LA, and both of them made their lives in Texas.

people learn to work today. “Fewer kids seem to have summer jobs these days, and when they do, it is often academic internships. They aren’t learning about work. Expectations in the workplace have changed, and school has had to change with them. Lincoln Academy has gotten better since I was there–it has changed incredibly! Some of the courses these kids are taking now!”

Alley sees a change in the way young

Although he appreciates the changing needs of modern education, Alley wonders if there are ways to incorporate local resources into learning as well. He would like to see more internships with local tradespeople, and even more interaction with Bigelow Lab and Darling Marine Center. He would also like to see more students exposed to the traditional trades of fishing and boatbuilding that have sustained this region for centuries.

I knew what I wanted to do; the pull was here. I knew it when I was young."

“If you are going to expose [LA students] to life in China, why not expose them to life in South Bristol as well? It’s only 12 miles away.” He gestured to the harbor in front of us. “We have this ocean right here that a lot of kids don’t have any exposure to.” For Alley, South Bristol has always been home, and he learned the skills he needed right on the river. “I knew what I wanted to do; the pull was here. I knew it when I was young. My dad gave me the tools to be a successful fisherman. I would not be here without his teaching... He never did things for me, but showed me how to do them myself.”

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Left: Oysters growing in the Damariscotta River. Below: Oysters for sale at River Bottom Raw Bar in Newcastle.

River Bottom Raw Bar is the new occupant of 68 Main Street in Newcastle.

Brendan Parsons '07 Building An Oyster Community If you have driven across the Dam-

ariscotta-Newcastle Bridge in the last six months, you have probably noticed some upgrades to the old filling station at 68 Main Street in Newcastle. That new business, River Bottom Raw Bar, is the inspiration of entrepreneur Brendan Parsons ‘07. Parsons discovered oysters growing up near the shores of Great Salt Bay in Nobleboro. In high school he worked on John Sheldon’s oyster farm, where, he says, “I got to get dirty, handle oysters, be a laborer. I loved it!” He has turned that love of oysters into a business that taps not just his own passion, but the local food movement and a trending demand for oysters.

a converted hot dog truck set up on the corner of Commercial and Pearl Streets in Portland. The mobile oyster business was successful enough that he soon purchased a second truck. It was through the carts that Parsons fig-

ured out the basics of oyster distribution and marketing. He purchased oysters directly from growers near his home town and became a part of the growing oyster community on the Damariscotta River: the researchers, growers, retailers,

Damariscotta River Oysters are famous everywhere; they have a real cachet in New York City. I want to build an oyster community right here, where they are being pulled out of the river every day.”

“The oyster business was the first aquaculture in Maine, and 60-70 percent of all oyster starts come from this River,” Parson says with obvious pride. “There are seven farms on the river, with two or three more coming on in the next couple of years. It is an exciting time to be part of the oyster industry.”



“I was reverse-commuting from Portland to pick up oysters in Damariscotta, and it seemed like a good idea to get involved in distribution beyond the cart business.” Parsons began renovations on the Newcastle facility in the spring of 2017, and opened this past June. The facility is divided into two sides, one for receiving and wholesale distribution, and the other for the raw bar and retail store. With his two carts in operation, Parsons employs six people, two in Portland and four in Newcastle. The raw bar has a carefree modern chic that feels new in Damariscotta. The wood and stainless steel decor, the beautifully-designed logo, the Maine craft beer on tap create a hipster vibe, but Parson’s vision has substance as well as style. “I love it when farmers

“Damariscotta River Oysters are famous everywhere; they have a real caché in New York City. I want to help build an oyster community right here, where they are being pulled out of the river every day.” Parsons graduated from the University of Maine in 2011 with a degree in economics and a minor in renewable energy. His first entrepreneurial venture out of college was an oyster cart he called “Brendan Parsons’ Shuck Shack,”

and restaurateurs who collaborate to seed, grow, harvest, and sell oysters from the Damariscotta River.

Brendan Parsons '07 at his new establishment, River Bottom Raw Bar in Newcastle.

One of more than a dozen oyster processing docks on the Damariscotta River.

"We hire people who are passionate about oysters. Everyone who works here has some oyster farm experience: growing, keeping, shucking, hauling oysters. I want my employees to be able to talk to customers about the history and science of oysters on the Damariscotta River. Everyone I hire can do that. I am not only invested in the business itself, but in the people I hire.” - Brendan Parsons '07 come in in their muddy boots, or when scientists from Bigelow and Darling end up sitting with our regular customers and out-of-town visitors. It is always an interesting mix; a lot of innovation happens here.” Even with two carts and the Newcastle storefront, River Bottom’s core business is distribution: marketing, storing, and delivering Damariscotta River oysters to restaurants from Portland to Belfast. Parsons buys oysters from every grower on the river, and from other rivers as well. “Damariscotta oysters are definitely the best,” he says with a winning smile, “but we want to support all Maine aquaculture.”

New businesses, especially new restaurants, have a high failure rate, but Parsons is undeterred. He is clearly a born entrepreneur, but what other experience prepared him for this venture? “Certainly getting an economics degree helped, and running a small business in Portland.” But his drive comes more from passion than preparation: “I love oysters, and I am proud of the oysters coming out of this river. We have something very special here. It makes [starting a new business] easier on me because I believe in it.”

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Paul '61 and Nat '93 Bryant Carrying on a Family Tradition

If Rip Van Winkle woke up at River-

side Boat Company in 2017, he might not realize just how much life along the Damariscotta River has changed over the last 50 years. Riverside still looks pretty much the same. The boats are still made of wood, moved on the same rail and pulley system, and the people? Well, it’s still Bryants running the place. In an area where many families have deep roots, the father and son team of Paul and Nat Bryant who own and operate Riverside Boat Company have roots as deep as any. The property at the head of River Road in Newcastle has been in the family for five generations. And as long as the Bryants have lived and worked on River Road, they have also been attending Lincoln Academy. Paul’s great grandfather Nathaniel Bryant and grandfather Glidden Bryant both graduated from LA, as did his parents Creston Glidden Bryant ‘32 and Kathlyn Norma (Higgins) Bryant ‘38. Creston Bryant was orphaned as a teenager and lived with the Dodge family through high school. Since he couldn’t pay his property taxes as a young student, the town put a lien on the family land. After he got out of high school, Creston sold off some woodlots to pay the taxes and reclaim the property. He and Kathlyn lived in the original Lincoln Home (the colonial house below the current retirement home), and Creston started Riverside Boat Company on its current site in 1936.



One of the perks of a family business is they let you have a job no matter what.” Paul recalls, “My father’s mother had wanted him to be an undertaker before she died, so he went to undertaker school in Boston, and then worked in the trade for six months, but he hated it. After that he worked for a house contractor, before getting into boats.” He started the boatyard before the war, but worked at Harry Marr's Shipyard during World War II building minesweepers. These vessels were constructed in Damariscotta (where the back parking lot is now) and trucked to Rockland for finishing. After that Creston worked at Bath Iron Works, installing radar in destroyers. Paul recalls, “At that time it was said they [Bath Iron Works] were turning out a destroyer every 16 days. And they were doing that with a lot of women on the crew, since so many men were off at war.” After WWII Creston returned to Riverside Boatworks full time. His primary trade was building small wooden skiffs

Left: Riverside Boat Company as seen from the Damariscotta River.

and the family feel of the place, as well as the type of boats. Nat says, “we are trying to keep the work in wood.”

The company has adapted over time: their core business now mostly storage, maintenance, and repair, rather than construction, but some things have not changed: the track and pulley system,

They store about 60 boats, all under 40 feet. “That is the biggest we can manage using the track.” It is still a small-scale operation. “With any luck we have three big repair jobs, one in each shed, over the winter.” Most years, they do, despite

doing no advertising at all. “We are lucky enough to have faithful customers.” Their secret? “Do good work. Keep your standards high, and don’t overcharge.” Words to live by.

and sailboats. Paul was born in 1943 and grew up in the boatyard business. He started there full time after graduating from Lincoln in 1961. Paul said, “In the 60s it was just me and my dad building boats, with mom running the business end: bookkeeping and such.” When his father died in 1971, Paul took over the business. Nat Bryant was born in 1975, and he, too, grew up in the boatyard. But he was not always certain it was what he wanted to do as his life’s work. “I didn’t have the same passion for it as dad did until the summer after my senior year....” He adds with a sly smile, “One of the perks of a family business is they let you have a job no matter what.” Nat did find that passion. After high school he took a boat building course at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, and then returned to work in the family business.

Farrin Boatshop Quality Matters Farrin's Boatshop is an unassuming

boatyard tucked away off of Route 129 in South Bristol, but don’t let the humble setting fool you. “The Farrins build boats that are second to none. They produce a top-quality product,” said Tim Alley, proudly displaying his Farrin plaque. “You should talk to those guys.” As it turns out, the Farrins have a family tradition of almost–but not quite–grad-

Father and son Nat '93 and Paul '61 Bryant are the proprietors of Riverside Boat Company in Newcastle.

The Farrins build boats that are second to none. They produce a top-quality product.”

Above: Brian '86 (left) and Bruce Farrin at Farrin Boatshop in South Bristol. uating from Lincoln Academy. If Bruce Farrin Sr. had been born one year later, he would have gone to LA, but given the accident of his birth, he graduated with the last South Bristol High School Class in 1962. After high school he went straight to work at Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol. In 1971 he branched out on his own, building wooden lobster boats. As his son, Bruce Jr. says, “he and mother (Bruce Sr.'s wife Judith Nelson Farrin, who graduated from Bristol High School) started this business together. Mother did everything around here: keeping books, working around the yard, painting boats.” The Farrin shop started out on South Bristol Harbor, but a major storm in 1978 wiped out that site, and Bruce Sr. moved the yard to its current location. By 1980 the Farrins were transitioning from building wooden lobster boats to purchasing unfinished fiberglass hulls

from yards around the state and fitting them out as either fishing boats or custom yachts. Bruce Jr. would have graduated from LA in 1984 if he had not left for Hebron Academy in his senior year. He was a competitive swimmer and chose to swim for the Hebron team, but still has plenty of allegiance to LA. His wife Angela graduated in 1986. His daughter Jordan graduated in 2017, and his son Braxton is a current sophomore. Brian Farrin did graduate from Lincoln in 1986, and the yard employs three other LA graduates: Gabe Shadis ‘89, Eric Runion ‘90, and Ronny House ‘97. Most of the employees have multiple connections to Lincoln through their wives, children, and relatives. The boat building business has gone through ups and downs since the seventies. “Back in the nineties we had flooded the market with lobster boats,” said Bruce Jr. During that period, the FALL 2017


a number of students for job shadows and senior projects over the years, but they have had trouble finding young people to hire full time. “When we run an ad for help we don’t have anyone under 40 applying,” said Bruce Jr. “The labor force at boatyards is getting older; younger people don’t want to go into the trades.” Brochures of recently completed pleasure boats built by Farrin Boatshop. Farrins innovated, retooling to turn out luxury yachts from the same hulls that they had been outfitting for fishing boats. In the lean years the brothers found other work as well. Bruce Jr. used his soil science degree to work on golf courses in New Hampshire, Vermont, and right in South Bristol at Wawenock golf course. But after 40 years of building boats, the Farrins have found that the business is cyclical, and that satisfied customers return. “Now those lobster boats [from the nineties are aging,” said Bruce Jr. “They need repairs, or they need new boats.”

“Now people are fishing further offshore, too,” chimed in Brian. “We used to build 35 and 36 footers. Now everything is 40 and above” to handle the rougher seas offshore. Even a casual visitor can see that Farrin Boatshop cuts no corners. Each employee is trained to do every job in the yard, from fiberglassing to mechanics, from engine work to finish carpentry. The work is high quality, and their customers, like Tim Alley, who has owned three Farrin lobster boats, are loyal. The Farrins would like to hire more LA grads, especially younger ones, if they could find them. The yard has hosted

“We would be glad to train someone with no experience to work here,” said Brian, “as long as he–or she–has got some work ethic. That is the thing that is hard to find.” It is the Farrins' dedication to the highest quality craftsmanship as well as their ability to adapt: to build–and rebuild– fishing boats as well as outfit luxury yachts, that has kept them afloat over the years in a challenging market. “When were were doing mostly 35 footers we could do seven in a good year,” said Bruce Jr. “Now, with the bigger boats, it is more like 2-3 a year.” Place your order soon: the soonest the Farrins can guarantee new commissions is 2019.

Liz Ferguson '99 21st Century Technology on the Historic Waterfront Though boatbuilding and fishing have

a longer history on the local waterfront, research has had a growing economic impact in the last half century. Archaeologists, ecologists, and marine scientists



all find rich fodder in the Damariscotta River’s human history and unique estuary ecology. Research provides professional jobs for local people and fuels both aquaculture

and tourism along the river. Two worldrenowned marine research facilities, the Darling Marine Center in South Bristol and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay sit across the Damariscotta River from each other.

Darling focuses largely on multicellular marine life, including the oysters that are the heart of the local aquaculture boom. Bigelow scientists focus on tinier organisms including algae, bacteria, viruses, and ocean krill. One of the more successful research endeavors at Bigelow is the Single Cell Genomic Center (SCGC). Founded by Dr. Ramunas Stepanauskas, SCGC operates with the mission “to make single cell genomics accessible to the broad research community and to serve as an engine for discoveries in microbial ecology, evolution, bioprospecting, and human health.” Liz Ferguson ‘99 is a Senior Research Associate at SCGC. She has specialized training in the field of next-generation genomic sequencing on single-celled organisms. Single-celled organisms are shipped to Bigelow by scientists from around the world who hope to learn more about their samples. Ferguson is responsible for hands-on lab work, using and maintaining robots and automated software. “The work is very technical,” says Ferguson. She mostly works with archaea, which are single-celled organisms that are “similar to eukaryotic cells.” In her words, “these organisms come from all of the weird places that you don’t think life can survive.” SCGC’s genomic sequencing gives researchers a clearer picture of what those 99 percent of microscopic organisms that refuse to grow in petri dishes can do, and how they survive in diverse environments. The work is very new. “It has only been 15 years since most microorganisms have been identified, and only 10 years since we could perform their sequencing without cultivation in the lab.” Stepanauskas “is very innovative. He created a service that there was a need for that no one else was meeting.” The SCGC is one of the biggest labs within Left: Liz Ferguson '99 is a senior research associate at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay.

Bigelow, employing 10 people. How does it work? Ferguson explains: “Each sample comes in a tube. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting technology creates a tiny stream of water droplets, where each droplet is not much bigger than a single cell. Then a laser shines through the cells, and makes a pattern, and cells can be identified by this pattern.” Various robotic instruments

At some point you are being paid as much for what you can learn as for what you can already do." and computational analyses allow the research team to sequence thousands of individual cell genomes simultaneously. How does a person learn this specialized skill set? Ferguson graduated sixth in her LA class in 1999. Though she was an excellent student, she says, “I was never a conformist,” and she took two years off to travel and ski bum at Sunday River before starting college at the University of Southern Maine as a computer science major. During her two gap years, she says, “I got terrified of the real world without an education. I always knew I would go to school, but I wasn’t ready to commit right away.” Despite her reluctance to settle down, she acknowledges, “when I got to college I knew it was going to take me somewhere awesome.”

“fantastic mentor,” and she credits him with helping her find her first job out of college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from USM in December of 2005, and went on to work at a physiology lab at Bates College where her daily work involved isolating RNA. In 2009 Ferguson’s son Robin was born, and she took maternity leave from her job at Bates. With a flair for understatement, she says, “It is hard, to manage a professional work life with single parenthood.” In 2011 the grant that supported her work at Bates ran out. A friend sent her the job description for the Bigelow job, and she applied and was hired two weeks later. Stepanauskas is glad to have her. “I feel very fortunate that we can do this cutting-edge research in beautiful midcoast Maine, and I am glad that we are able to create new, professionally fulfilling jobs that keep young people in Maine." Ferguson lives in her home town of Whitefield, surrounded by the friends she grew up with. “Not a lot of my friends went to college, and they are in much more unstable financial situations than I am.” This makes her particularly grateful for the path that led her to a field that provides job security. That security arises not only from Ferguson's lab skills, but her flexibility to adapt to constantly changing technology. “At Bates I learned to do a lot of things with the lab equipment because the professor I worked for didn’t know how to do it. I was largely self-taught, and drew on my experience at USM. At some point you are being paid as much for what you can learn as for what you can already do.”

After two years at USM she transitioned from computer science to biology, and started a work study job with developmental biology professor David Champlin. Ferguson describes Champlin as a

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Term 1.0

Lincoln Academy’s Innovative May Term by Nathan McIvor and Jenny Mayher

James Courtenay '19 carries lumber for a bog bridge that was built as part of the Organic Gardening Eagle Term class.

In May of 2017 Lincoln Academy

students and faculty began a bold new educational initiative. Regular courses ended three weeks early to make way for a new curricular exploration called Eagle Term. With eighty-four total courses, the short spring term seeks to cover material beyond the typical boundaries of secondary education, offering STEM, art, humanities, and wellness courses, as well as courses in less-explored curricular areas. Many courses integrate outdoor activities and hands-on learning. The initiative, which is similar to programs at colleges and universities, was spearheaded by Head of School David Sturdevant. He hopes it will become “an integral part of every LA student's education, exposing them to a broader



LA History teacher Brian O'Mahoney teaching "An Unsentimental History of 9/11." range of curricular experiences as they prepare for life after high school.” Students took four courses during the inaugural term in May 2017. Courses ranged from the academic (Journalism and Civil War History) to the active (Ultimate Frisbee and Volleyball), to the artistic (Stained Glass and Just Off Broadway), and the esoteric (Geocaching and Iron Chef Science). Courses like An Unsentimental History of 9/11, Linguistics, and Media and Politics do not often appear in a traditional high school curriculum, and offer valuable additions to students’ knowledge of the world around them. To round out students’ options, Eagle Term offered classes where students could recover credit, particularly in core areas such as English and math.

"Just Off Broadway" participants learning choreography from West Side Story. Katherine Tolley ‘19 loved her Eagle Term experience. “I enjoyed being able to finish the school year on a happy and stress-free note.” She particularly enjoyed the class Free to Read, which banished all technology and encouraged students to get comfortable and read for 90 minutes of their day. “I loved being able to devote a set time to reading every day. I have found that it gets harder and harder to find time to read, so Free to Read was perfect.” Theater teacher Griff Braley, who cotaught Just Off Broadway, a triple-threat theater course, with choir teacher Beth Preston, said, “Eagle Term allowed me to dig deep with students. I was pulling out curriculum that I've been unable to get to in years during a normal trimester. This style of immersion is similar to full production, and I feel it was the best

school-day teaching I've been able to do in 15 years.” English teacher Brenda Sawyer taught a course that used the podcast Serial–a real-life mystery series aired on National Public Radio in 2014–as the basis for a three-week term. She describes the course this way: “Students from all grade levels listened to season one of the podcast as they read the transcript, keeping track of evidence for and against the defendant. After each episode, they worked to collate the evidence and discuss its significance. They examined actual documents from the court case and explored issues of police procedure and journalistic ethics. Because the case featured on the show has been granted a retrial, it was in the news, and many students would go home at night and do further research on their own. Along the way, students created theories, backed up their reasoning with evidence, debated with each other, and wrote about what they thought. I was consistently impressed with the depth of thinking and attention to detail as they wrestled with this real-life crime story. There was a level of excitement and engagement around the class that I rarely see in required classes. The short format allowed us to make a deep dive into the material.” Alison York ‘19 took both Serial and

Forensic Science. She observed that “there was a lot of overlap between the material in the two classes. Serial was all about a crime, and we talked about details of the crime scene in the story. Forensic Science was cool because a detective came in and we got to ask a lot of questions. The detective we met, and the detective on Serial said a lot of the same things about crime scenes and being a detective.” “The Lincoln County Outdoor Adventures class enjoyed local hikes and boating trips,” said librarian Cathi Howell, who co-taught the class with language teacher Alison Welch. "We explored Hidden Valley Nature Center, La Verna Preserve, Crooked Farm Preserve, Dodge Point and our own LA cross country trail. We learned about paddling at Kieve and ventured up the Damariscotta on the River Tripper. In appreciation of the wealth of resources available to us right here in our own community, we dedicated one day to a community service project and worked on trail maintenance at the Pemaquid Watershed Association's Doyle Preserve. The PWA was thrilled with the work we accomplished in one morning!”

courses, some of which were curtailed by all the rain we had in June,” said Sturdevant, who started a similar May Term program at Fryeberg Academy, where he served as principal before coming to Lincoln in 2013. “We also learned that teachers really like team teaching. We learned that remedial courses in English, math, and science were very well received by students, and that teachers were favorably impressed by the work that students did in those classes. We learned that students enjoyed new experiences–even getting out and about in their own backyard.” “Eagle Term allows students to pursue activities that otherwise there wouldn’t be time for,” senior Matt Wilson reflected. “Introduction to Game Theory allowed us to explore a complex idea in a three-week period and added color to the ordinary school curriculum.” "It was a great way to end the year!” said sophomore Abigail Roberts. “We had lots of fun classes, and I was able to make a lot of new friends; people I never would have met otherwise."

Eagle Term is on the calendar for May of 2018 with a very similar model, and some lessons learned. “We want to be more cognizant of weather dependent

Students in Nina Sylvia's Stained Glass course prepare project designs.

Ceramics students unload a salt-fired kiln with teachers Jonathan Mess and Kirsten Campbell at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

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November, 2016: Lincoln Academy's boarding students enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Feast at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro. Kieve began hosting this event in 2014.

February, 2017: Lincoln Academy hosts its first ever VEX Robotics tournament in the LA gym, with 36 schools participating.

December, 2016: 45 Lincoln Academy musicians—both instrumentalists and vocalists— qualify for the District III Music Festival.

March, 2017, Lincoln Academy's One Act version of the Greek Tragedy Electra wins the Regional One Act Drama Festival. LA has won One Act regionals 11 out of the last 12 years.

Lincoln Academy's

Year in Review

June, 2017: Despite rain forcing the ceremony inside, the class of 2017 brought plenty of spirit to their Graduation.

May, 2017: LA athletes Brie Wajer (basketball) and Bailey Plourde (golf) sign letters of intent to play for Wingate University in North Carolina and Centre College in Kentucky.


April, 2017: In partnership with the Damariscotta River Association, Steve Cayard, Dan Asher, and Tobias Francis construct a traditional Wabanaki birchbark canoe in the ATEC building, and launch it on the Damariscotta River.

February, 2017: Coach Page '70 leads the Class Yell at Winter Carnival.

May, 2017: Lincoln Academy honors 29 graduating seniors with Eagle Awards. Eagle Awards are presented to students who have maintained a GPA of 90 or above for all of their years at LA.


January, 2017: LA Inducts 25 new members into the National Honor Society for embodying the principles of scholarship, leadership, character, and service.

April, 2017: The Lincoln Academy Math Team wins the Class B State Championship, led by high scorer Jacob Brown (center). November, 2017: West Side Story opens in Poe Theater to sold out audiences.

October, 2017: The LA Boys' Cross Country team wins the State Championship for the first time in more than 70 years.

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Graduation 2017

Hindley Wang and Anna Sirois.

Mary Reid ‘17

Excerpts from the valedictory and salutatory addresses from June 1, 2017

For the sake of tradition, since this school loves tradition, here are my highly clichéd tips to my fellow graduates–because I got the best grades, and for some reason that means that you’re required to listen to me. I hope you keep your common sense, but I also hope you try a lot of new things. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t settle for second best. Always be curious about everything and be ready for new experiences, but know that it’s more than okay to say no. Know your facts and your history. History does repeat itself, and I believe that if we had all opened our eyes, and looked at the facts, and listened to each other, that we could have spared ourselves a lot of heartbreak and hatred.

John Henry, Essie Martin, Riley Cushing, and Riley Storms.



Noah Jones plays and sings “Rivers and Roads” during the ceremony.

Teacher Shawn St. Cyr ‘97 presents a diploma to his advisee Hamel Margaritas.

Members of the Lincolnaires perform The National Anthem during the ceremony.

Jacob Brown ‘17

Because hatred may appear to us in different forms, but it comes from ignorance and fear...

I think it should be emphasized that talent doesn’t guarantee success. I personally think I have an affinity for math over other subjects, but I wouldn’t have done as well as I did this year if I hadn’t followed up on my affinity with practice and perseverance. Marie Curie could have easily done something safer and less strenuous, but it was worth it to her to understand how electricity was being conducted around the samples of uranium, and eventually discover this is what we now call radioactivity...The extra effort that we put into what we did paid off, and I believe the extra effort will pay off for everybody.

Be there for your friends and the people you love, and always respect the wishes of others, but remember that, at times, the only person you can save or help is you. Most importantly, I think, always keep a sense of humor for those times when things do go wrong. In an increasingly serious world, sometimes we forget to laugh at ourselves and how ridiculous we can be. I don’t know if things happen for a reason. I suppose it’s nice to think so, but we seem to have found meaning in the people we love, and the things that we can laugh at."

Kevin Fitzpatrick and Christine Hilton line up to receive their diplomas.

Board Chair Chrissy Wajer ‘85 with her daughter Brie and teacher Patti Sims.

What you put your hardest work into doesn’t have to be what you are even naturally good at. The most important

Class Marshalls Sophie Schumacher and Kaden Pendleton lead marchers into the Bailey Gym.

Cousins Bailey and Roger Plourde.

thing is that what you work towards is something you are passionate about, because the drive and compulsion to keep coming back to it, despite bumps and roadblocks in the way, comes from that passion and special interest in it, and not the difficulty of the task. I’m already proud of my class here at Lincoln Academy. I wouldn’t have wanted to graduate any other year. But I want to make sure that every one of my classmates is proud of themselves too, because I know every student in this class can and will do amazing things. It will take time and effort, but every single student graduating from Lincoln Academy today, will lead a unique life full of majestic accomplishment. I have no doubt."

John Henry, Dorothy Hodous, and Aaron Gonzales.

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Field of Dreams Lincoln Academy Dedicates the John Bowers Baseball Field On May 17, 2017 Lincoln Academy dedicated its new baseball field to John Bowers ‘75. John Bowers was a loyal alumnus, trustee, and about to take the helm as board president when he passed away unexpectedly in 2011. When an anonymous donor looked to honor an alum with the naming of the new baseball field, John Bowers was the obvious choice: he was a beloved community member who was devoted to Lincoln Academy, and a member of the 1975 Knox-Lincoln County championship baseball team. On the day of the field dedication, clouds parted after weeks of cold spring rain to allow the outdoor ceremony to proceed overlooking the emerald green of the pristine new field.

Head of School David Sturdevant, Board President Chrissy Wajer '85, honorary trustee Robert Clifford '75, and Lynne (Bowers) Petrillo ‘73, spoke about Bowers, and how much he would have loved the field, the progress at Lincoln Academy, and the gathered family, alumni, baseball players, and coaches. Their speeches are excerpted here.

David Sturdevant, Head of School Lincoln Academy continues to benefit from the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends. Today marks the official opening of this beautiful new field, which gives LA an incredible collection of athletic fields which are receiving rave reviews from our athletes and from adults and students from schools around the state. I want to take this opportunity to specifically acknowledge the Burns Family Foundation, who took a leadership role in bringing this magnificent “field of dreams” to our community!

I would also like to thank First National Bank, Marcus and Andrea Hutchins, Janice Sprague, and Lincoln Academy's Alumni Council for their support of this project. In addition, this project would not have been possible without the support of our Building and Grounds Committee, led by Bill Morgner and Bob Baldwin, our Director of Capital Projects, Briceson Henny, and landscape architect, Pat Carroll of Carroll Associates. Finally, we want to thank alumni Mark and Stewart Hanley of Hanley Construction, who built the field."

Head of School, David Sturdevant

Chrissy Wajer '85, Board President

Chrissy Wajer '85 It's hard to believe, another school year is coming to a close, with graduation taking place next week. This year is personally significant for me, as the last of my three children will graduate from this school. As many of



you know I am a proud alum, as are my siblings, mom, dad, and grandmother. To say I am committed to and am grateful for Lincoln Academy is an understatement. I care deeply for this school and am very proud of all that goes on here each and every day. I sincerely appreciate the faculty, staff and administration for the wonderful experience my children have had while attending here. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the dedication of our beautiful new baseball field, to celebrate the legacy of an amazing man, John Bowers, and to thank our donors and community for their continued support. Research has consistently found that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher, staff, and student outcomes, through effort, healthy behavior, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement, something that

John Bowers understood better than anyone else. John was dedicated to improving the quality and climate and to helping make LA the best it could be. I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the board with John and found his vision inspiring. I don't believe that John thought his actions and efforts were unusual or praiseworthy, part of the definition of being a good community member. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank you all for being here and to express our sincere gratitude to our donors and community. Your overwhelming generosity toward this school is a reflection of the outstanding people who live here and their dedication to Lincoln Academy."

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Lynne (Bowers) Petrillo, Class of '73

Lynne (Bowers) Petrillo '73 I am John’s sister and he would say “Eh! what’s a little rain?” When I think of John many words come to mind: come prepared. Do your best. Respect and appreciate others. Team work. Cooperation. Volunteerism. Complete the job as best you can.

Robert Clifford, Class of '75 I would like to thank the family of John Bowers for this opportunity to honor a man who was one of the best friends I’ve ever known. As I stand before you with members of the class of '75 and members of the Knox-Lincoln Championship Baseball team I’m sure John would have preferred to be sitting out there [on the field] instead of being honored today. As a matter of fact I would bet he had something to do with the rain in trying to cancel or delay this ceremony–for the second time. I would like to especially thank those who made it possible for John to receive this honor.

For those of you who were fortunate to work with John on the committees he served on here at Lincoln Academy, you know that he felt tremendous satisfaction from working behind the scenes and letting others have the spotlight. I think this is what endeared him to so many in the community. He didn’t consider our community a place to live. He considered it home. That’s why he became involved and volunteered on so many committees here at LA, kept the scoreboard at countless basketball games, and was looking forward to becoming President of the Board of Trustees at LA. John served as Little League coach and then as an officer in various position with the Lincoln Little League for many years. That was for his love of baseball!!

How does a person so young deserve to be honored here today? He wasn’t old; he didn’t have a lot of money to donate, and he didn’t do anything that put him on the front page of the newspaper. Then it finally hit me for why he was such a great person. It doesn’t matter how long you walk on the face of this earth but what you do while enjoying the walk. John was just that person who made the most with the short time he enjoyed with us. When future generations walk onto to this incredible field and ask who was John Bowers I hope that they will be

However, what he really loved was being a Dad and Grampy. John was thrilled when he became a grandfather. I know that he is smiling down upon us today while watching Brayden, Noah, and Georgiana throw the first pitches. And how wonderful that the kids will get to play ball on Grampy's field some day! For all the students here today, we encourage you to go out and become involved in your community. You can make a difference! We are tremendously grateful to all who have made this beautiful John Bowers Baseball Field possible. With all that John accomplished in his life he was a very humble man.

Lincoln Academy Soccer Sweeps Medomak!

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For us, as family, this will always be a living legacy of our beloved John.

Robert Clifford '75 able to say that John loved living in this wonderful community. John was: A successful business leader, devoted trustee, and alum of Lincoln Academy, an outstanding athlete, a loving husband, a dedicated father to his children, a proud grandfather, and a friend who touched many hearts. I am proud to have called John Bowers my friend, and every time I watch a game on this field I will remember all these reasons why he deserved this special recognition. Play ball, good friend, and send a few friendly bounces towards the Eagles." Left: The Lincoln Academy baseball team, featuring Robert Clifford and John Bowers, were the 1975 Knox-Lincoln County Champions.



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Spotted on Campus


Some of our favorite annual events are alumni games: soccer in September, basketball in November, and for the first time in 2017, baseball and softball in June, when alumni athletes got to try their cleats on the newly-constructed John Bowers Baseball field and newly-renovated Fred French softball Field. We hope this will become another annual tradition at LA.

Back row: Danielle Pinkham '15, Shania Creamer '13, Alyx York '16, Michelle York '90, Wayne Farrin '81, Jen Genthner '14, Angie Waltz '94, Gretchen Konitzky '14. Front row: Margaret Skiff '16, Kate Laemmle '16, Chloe Hallowell '16, Olivia York '16, Natalie Whitney '16

Margaret Skiff '16

Gretchen Konitzky '14, Olivia York '16, and Chloe Hallowell '16.

Angie Waltz '94

Alumni Games

Chris Perry '84

Chris Carter '03

Spencer Weiss '15

Back row: Ken Stevenson, Roger Plourde '17, Eric Organ '13, Tom Masters '13, Wally Morris '15, Riley Storms '17, John Henry '17, Gordon Fletcher '87, Brandon Bonney '12, Greg Anderson '15, Front row: Chloe Hallowell '16, Olivia York '16, Sophie Schumacher '17, Lydia Harris '16, Juliet Kelsey-Holmes '92, Shawn Elwell '06, Brian Elwell '03, Danielle Pinkham '16, Keegan Dunican '15, Devin Scherer '15, Chris Perry '84, Kyle O'Brien '13, Kaleab Buchwalder '15 22 LINCOLN ACADEMY AERIE

Kyle Feltis '04

Brandon Bonney '12

Back row: Everett Martin '11, Andrew Brooks '06, Jalen Lincoln '12, Jeff Lamb '11, Ryan Parlin '06, Gary Olson '67. Basel White '18, Spencer Weiss '15, Dusty Bouchard '11, Devin Scherer '15, Sawyer Pinkham '16, Donovan York '83, Kyle Feltis '04, Dan Gifford, Ben Buckland '04, Brendan Moran '07, Oakley Oliver '18, Chris Carter '03, Chris Sullivan '18, Brandon Bonney '12, Ryan Peters '12, Matt Day '92, Chris Perry '84

Riley Storms '17 vs. Juliet Kelsey-Holmes '92

Olivia York '16

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In 2017 the Alumni Council and Alumni Office expanded the traditional Alumni Banquet into an entire June weekend of events, including campus tours, alumni games, and a Sunday breakfast, as well as the traditional Saturday Banquet. Reunion classes attended in high numbers, with a particularly strong showing from the 50th Reunion Class of 1967.

William Hart '67, Gary Olson '67, Linc Page '68, Don Hunt '67 looking at the Class of '67 yearbook.

Steve '78 and Lisa '83 Masters

Bob Plourde '89 presents a donation from the Alumni Council to Head of School David Sturdevant.

Alumni Banquet

Valedictorian Barbara Briggs '67 leads the 50th Reunion Class of 1967, including Gail Plummer MacPhee, Waite Weeks, Candace Heydon, and Ron Chickering, into the banquet.

Anna Sirois '17 and Bailey Plourde '17 represent the newest alumni class.

Alumni Awards

Nort Fowler '62 accepting the 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award. The Lincoln Academy Alumnus of the Year award recognizes a lifetime of significant accomplishments in the honoree’s profession and service to the larger community. 24 LINCOLN ACADEMY AERIE

Bob Baldwin '62 was honored with the 2017 Alumni Service Award. This award recognizes dedicated and outstanding service to Lincoln Academy.

Arlene Cole '47

Bob Baldwin's granddaughter, Rosa

Classmates Mildred Stafford '40 and Helen Pietla '40 vie for oldest attendee at the 2017 Alumni Banquet. The committee decided to call it a tie.

Lindsey Dinsmore '07 and Carly Williams '07

Barry Witham '57 was recognized for traveling the farthest to attend the reunion. He came from Redmond, Washington. FALL 2017 25

Save the Date!

2018 Lincoln Academy Alumni Weekend: June 15-17 Honoring all LA Classes, but especially those ending in 3 and 8. Rally your classmates and join us!

Events will include:

Lincoln Academy’s Alumni Class Challenge:

Old Rivalries, New Friendships

• Banquet • Alumni Games • Campus Tours • Sunday Breakfast • and more!

Follow "Lincoln Academy Alumni" on Facebook for updates.

Class agents Dennis Prior '91 and Juliet Kelsey-Holmes '92 awarding "prizes" for the 2017 Class Challenge.


he 2017 Lincoln Fund got a boost this year from a new initiative known as the Alumni Class Challenge. Founded three years ago by Dennis Prior ‘91, who serves as a Lincoln Academy trustee as well as a 1991 class agent, the Alumni Class Challenge pits Lincoln Academy classes against each other in friendly competition to see who can raise the most money for the Lincoln Fund. The Class Challenge gained momentum during its second year when Juliet Kelsey-Holmes ‘92 partnered with Prior. Together the two high school friends sparked the Class Challenge with the spirit of competition and made a significant contribution to the Lincoln Fund “The Alumni Class Challenge gives a giant boost to our efforts to build both financial support and relationships with LA alumni,” said Amy McNaughton ‘88, who took over the job of Lincoln Academy’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations in February, 2017. “The Challenge does two things very well: it is a fun and efficient fundraiser, but even more importantly, it rekindles



people’s school spirit in the name of friendly competition.” In the spring of 2015 Prior made his first pitch to increase his class’s support for the Lincoln Fund, using Facebook as a tool to reconnect and raise funds. “At first it was really simple: get the Class of 1991 to pledge donations to make an 1801 gift to the school. Within a few days we had raised $1,801, all via Facebook pledges.” Fueled by the first-year success, Prior expanded the initiative in 2016, challenging Juliet Kelsey-Holmes and the Class of ’92 to join the competition. Prior says, "I knew Juliet was the right person for the job. She always brought a fun and competitive spirit to everything when we went to LA together.” “Keeping the Class of 1992 connected with one another and with LA has always been important to me,” explains Kelsey-Holmes. “I love the Class of 1992! They participate and they care about one another. Our class has reunioned three times since 1992 and I am very proud of that.”

The Class of ’92 “won” the challenge in 2016 by raising more money than any other class, although, as McNaughton points out, the real winner is Lincoln Academy. With McNaughton providing support from the Development Office, 2017's third Alumni Class Challenge was the most successful to date. "Amy was really helpful in helping our fundraising be more formal and organized," said Prior. "The goal was to involve more agents, more classes and more individuals to raise significantly more dollars."

won the contest's other prizes for most participants and most monthly givers, and were celebrated on shirts worn by Matt Goetting and Phil Page '70. “$21,000 is significant, but it is not the only accomplishment of the Alumni Class Challenge,” McNaughton contends. “There were so many other milestones! We reached alumni who had

never given, and some chose to attend Alumni Weekend in June because they reconnected with old friends during the Challenge. We added monthly supporters, who commit to give every month to LA. The Challenge gave us a chance to expand our social media reach, and get in touch with graduates who had not been in touch with LA in years. The

The team succeeded in their goal. The week-long social media event took place in May. Challenges made between old friends brought up decades-old class rivalries, and many alumni got involved, some of whom have been out of touch with LA for years. Over the course of five days 26 participating classes raised more than $21,000. The Class of 1988 raised the most money, and their prize was having Head of School David Sturdevant wear a custom Class of '88 t-shirt at the June Alumni Banquet. The Class of 1992

Challenge is great platform to increase overall alumni engagement. I am grateful to Dennis and Juliet for their vision, their hard work, and most of all their enthusiasm for LA.” McNaughton looks forward to the fourth annual Alumni Class Challenge. “This model of friendly competition using social media is incredibly positive for the school on many levels: not only do we raise much-needed funds, but it gives alumni of all ages a chance to rekindle their affection for LA, and fuel some fun rivalries. The 2018 Challenge will take place from March 1-5, and all classes and all alumni are encouraged to participate. I’m looking forward to another record-breaking year.” If you would like to get your class involved in the 2018 Class Challenge, please contact Amy McNaughton in the LA Development office: 207-563-3599 or

Associate Head for External Affairs Matt Goetting, Head of School David Sturdevant, and Assistant Athletic Director Phil Page '70 sport t-shirts celebrating the classes that won the 2017 Class Challenge.

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lot of variation in performance obligations–some days we might not perform at all, while other days we have three or more performances across town. Aerie: What have been some highs and lows of singing with the Alley Cats?

Eli Daiute '14

Lincolnaire to Yale Whiffenpoof Eli Daiute '14 performs with the Yale Alley Cats during Friday Community Meeting in the LA gym in May 2017.

Eli Daiute graduated from Lincoln

Academy in 2014 and went on to Yale University. During his first year at Yale he joined the Alley Cats, one of the a cappella groups that are integral to campus life at Yale. After three years of singing with the Cats, Daiute auditioned for, and was accepted by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest and most prestigious a cappella group in the country. We caught up with Daiute just before the Alley Cats came to Newcastle in May for their homecoming concert, a tradition that takes the group to each member’s home town for a visit and performance. Aerie: Can you describe how the a cappella system at Yale works? When did you audition for the Alley Cats? Eli Daiute: There are about 15 a cappella groups on campus including all-male, all-female, and mixed groups. Groups recruit at the beginning of each year in a hectic two-week process called Rush, which includes performances and a demanding audition schedule. For freshmen and upperclassmen, the whole process is very stressful! This year, the Cats had over 70 auditions and accepted six new freshmen. After callbacks, groups compete to “tap” the best singers into their group, who can either choose to accept the invita-



tion or wait until the last moment to field their options. Rush ends at “Tap Night,” in which groups make a mad dash across campus to run to undecided singers’ rooms and convince them to join their group. When I auditioned freshman year, I only rushed a few groups, but for some students, Rush is much more demanding–a few of my friends in the Cats auditioned for 10 or more groups (on top of finalizing course schedules and taking classes). Aerie: Why did you decide to join an a cappella group? Is that something you always wanted to do? ED: When I arrived on campus I wasn’t sure whether I would be interested in a cappella at all–with classes and extracurriculars it seemed like a demanding commitment. But as Rush approached and I got a better chance to look at the a cappella scene at Yale I realized that I would regret it if I didn’t take advantage of such an incredible opportunity. Looking back and realizing that I considered not auditioning at all sure seems strange, considering where I am today and the journey I’m about to take with the Whiffenpoofs. Aerie: How did your Lincoln Academy music education prepare you for that level of musical performance? ED: That’s a hard question to answer for a few reasons. First, I didn’t take

full advantage of the musical resources at Lincoln–I didn’t join band or take Music Theory, and for the most part I didn’t participate in fall musicals. Even so, my time with the Lincolnnaires gave me experience that has really come in handy at Yale. I should mention, though, that Lincoln doesn’t offer a clear opportunity that prepares students for the style of a cappella music I’ve sung at Yale. Singing with the Cats is an entirely different experience from performing chamber choir music–it requires a different on-stage presence as well as tone and musical skill set. Many of my friends in the Cats came from schools where a cappella groups are the norm, so when I first auditioned and joined the Cats I had some catching up to do. Aerie: What is your rehearsal and performance schedule like?

ED: My time with the Cats has been incredible. I’ve been to so many places around the world and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. During my time with the Cats I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Singapore, Estonia, Scotland, Ireland, England, Sweden, Switzerland, France, and Norway, plus trips to California and Florida. Though I’m not sure if this is more my complaint or my parents,’ since joining the Alley Cats, my time at home has been limited. We tour during breaks, so while other students are going home to visit their families, the Cats are on tour. Aerie: What is your major? Has it been hard to keep up with your academics while singing? ED: At Yale I’m studying Political Science with a focus on American political institutions and the electorate. Keeping up with academics while being with the Cats has definitely been difficult–memories of an all-nighter working on a policy memo while I was touring in Geneva come to mind–but as with all things, you find a way to manage. One of the greatest skills I’ve learned at Yale has been the ability to manage my time. Aerie: How does a Whiffenpoofs audition work? Can anyone audition?

ED: What separates the Whiffenpoofs from other a cappella groups at Yale is its all-senior restriction. Most groups are comprised of freshmen through juniors, so when someone auditions for the Whiffenpoofs they have to be finishing junior year. They don’t, though, have to have previously been a member of an a cappella group. My experience auditioning with the Whiffenpoofs was much more relaxed than the audition schedule I had in freshman Rush. By the time someone auditions for the Whiffenpoofs, the current class of Whiffs already has an idea (from attending performances, listening to albums, etc.) of their capabilities, so the audition is really just a low-pressure chance to show anything that might surprise them. Aerie: What will your year with the Whiffenpoofs look like? Will you tour, record an album, etc? ED: I’ll be spending the first half of my year with the Whiffenpoofs on three months of primarily domestic tours, followed by a three-month summer world tour. If I remember correctly last year’s class of Whiffs traveled to over thirty countries! When we’re not on tour we’ll be staying off campus, working jobs, giving local performances, and recording an album! To accommodate our crazy tour schedule Whiffenpoofs typically take the year off from academics, so luckily I won’t have to worry about classes next year.

more year to study at Yale, by which time most of my friends will have graduated. Luckily I'll have the rest of my Whiff class to keep me company. Aerie: Do you get paid, at least living expenses, when you are in the Whiffs? ED: While we're on tour, travel expenses are completely covered and many of our meals are provided by the performance venues. When we're not on tour, though, we're pretty much on our own, supporting ourselves with jobs and living in apartments off campus. Aerie: What are your aspirations after Yale? ED: Though I don’t think I’ll be headed there right out from school, I definitely intend to go to law school. I would also be happy to get involved with federal or Maine healthcare or education policy research after graduating. Aerie: What advice do you have for high school musicians hoping to go on to high level performance in college? ED: If you have even the slightest interest in musical performance at college, I would highly recommend that you take every opportunity in high school to become a better musician. Learning an instrument is especially helpful–many of my friends have developed a keen sense of musicianship through playing an instrument that serves them well in a cappella.

Aerie: Wait, you will take a whole year off from school to sing with the Whiffenpoofs?

ED: The Cats have five hours of rehearsal a week: two group rehearsals and one hour of sectional with each voice part. As far as performances, there’s a wide variety. Some weekends we don’t have any shows. On others we might have several performances (often in New York or New Jersey), which can take up the whole weekend.

ED: Yes, Whiffenpoofs typically take the year off and split their time recording an album, rehearsing, and touring. While we're not on tour we support ourselves with jobs and find our own housing close to campus.

This is not even to mention our performance schedule while we’re on tour. I recently managed our spring break trip to Paris and Geneva, which also saw a

ED: Yes! The Whiffenpoofs are such an incredible opportunity, but you can't have your cake and eat it too. When I'm done with my Whiff year I'll have one

Aerie: Does that mean you will have a year to complete after your "senior" year before you graduate?

Eli Daiute as Tevye in the 2013 LA production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Eli Daiute as a Yale Whiffenpoof.

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plays flute, clarinet, alto, and baritone saxophone. Walton still finds performing a thrill. When asked about a highlight in his performing career, he recalled, "The highlight of my performance career, if I had to choose one, would be a performance in London two years

stimulating, but I have a very distinct memory of thinking, 'I am so lucky to be able to do this.'" Though he still performs regularly, in the last two years Walton has expanded his professional life to include teaching. In his words, "Being a professional performer means that by necessity, you

the joy and enlightenment that I found in music to other people. That is clearly a very idealistic goal, but I think that all the little lessons that we learn through music, even at an early age, accumulate in a profound way. Skills like listening, work ethic, collaboration, and attention to detail combine in different ways for

A Mentorship Begins.

J A S WA L TON , SIDEM A N by Nathan McIvor

Saxophone standout Jas Walton

graduated from LA in 2006 and headed to New York City to try a life of jazz performance. He graduated from the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU in 2010, and since then he has played as a successful sideman for a variety of genres, including improv jazz, R and B, pop, and afrobeat. In a famously competitive field, Jas has found success performing with headline acts in New York City and around the world. In this way, he has beaten the odds. “New York is an unforgiving town,” commented Lincoln Academy band teacher Liz Matta, who was Walton's first saxophone teacher. “You have to be on top of your game at every gig, because there are a hundred top-level musicians waiting in the wings to take your place if you have an off night. Jas has made it in a tough world.” Communications Intern Nathan McIvor ‘17, a saxophone player himself, caught up with Walton last summer to learn about his journey from Newcastle to the clubs of New York City and a recent career shift. When he left midcoast Maine for New York in 2006 to study performance at the NYU Jazz Department, Jas Walton ‘06 felt excited, the flexibility of an eighteen year old allowing him to adapt



to the new pace of life as he left home. When asked what he prefers in the Big Apple over his home state, he replied: “the embarrassment of riches, the overwhelming amount of stuff, culture and live performances. You can go out on a Wednesday night and see a world-class show.” When asked what he preferred about Maine he said, “everything else.” Walton developed a passion for music at an early age. His small-town roots keep him humble even now that he has made it to some of the world's biggest stages. He credits the faculty at Lincoln Academy for helping him make the most of the school’s resources, and for the passion they brought to their subjects. Mrs. Mooney taught an “incredibly fun” physics class, where he only realized how much he had learned after the fact. Another memorable figure, Mr. Manahan, was “laid back, friendly, and warm,” and created the kind of atmosphere that inspires independent thinking. Lincoln Academy lacked a developed band program during Walton’s time there (Liz Matta was still working at Great Salt Bay School), leading him to join a weekly youth wind ensemble in Portland. This experience helped Walton envision life as a professional musician, since the group demanded a high level of musicianship and performed at Merrill Auditorium. He remembers Dr.

Mantri, the band’s director, as another positive role model in his life. Walton's education at LA and in the Portland program planted seeds that would take root in college and blossom in his musical career. He gives credit to the kindness and generosity of his role models for fostering his future success. After graduating from Tisch, Walton began his gigging career spanning “jazz, afrobeat, pop, traditional rhythmand-blues, rock and roll, and modern/ improvisational jazz” according to the website of Antibalas, an Brooklyn-based Afro-beat band to which he contributes. He performs as a sideman for a variety of groups, playing mostly tenor saxophone, which he prefers, though he also

Lincoln Academy band teacher Liz Matta started teaching Jas Walton when he was a high school freshman and she was still teaching band at Great Salt Bay School. Neither knew at the time that their relationship would lead to not one but two careers for Walton: as a Jazz performer, and one day, a music educator. They remember each other fondly. "Jas is one of the kindest, most thoughtful, compassionate young men I've ever worked with," recalled Matta. He not only wanted the best for himself but he wanted it for his friends and peers, as well. He would celebrate for them as much as for himself. Musically, he was very talented but worked hard, as if the talent wasn't there--which was a big part of why he could play so well from such a young age." —Liz Matta

This photo has hung on Liz Matta's bulletin board for 13 years since she taught saxophone to Jas Walton in 2004.

"Liz Matta was my first saxophone teacher and musical mentor. She helped shape my work ethic as a musician and as a person, which is something that I take very seriously as a professional performer, educator and community member. When students learn an instrument, and they learn the importance of practice, they are learning the value of discipline and grit. These are learned behaviors, and I was lucky to have such a great mentor in Liz. In addition to that, Spare Change Community Jazz Band was a hugely important part of my musical development and literacy. Besides saxophone, she let me play bass, and I always look to that experience as the beginning of my own philosophy about music theory." —Jas Walton

ago. It was at David Byrne's (of the Talking Heads) "Meltdown Festival," which he curates every year. We were doing a production of Atomic Bomb: The Music of William Onyeabor, celebrating the music of Nigerian synth pioneer William Onyeabor. David had a hand in the project's creation, and everything he does is always very colorful and a bit over-the-top. For this particular concert, we pulled out all the stops. I was on stage in a massive concert hall in London, playing music in a huge band alongside people like Money Mark from the Beastie Boys, Pat Mahoney from LCD Soundsystem, Charles Lloyd (a saxophone hero of mine), David Byrne, and all of a sudden a 200-person chorus comes out of the wings to join us for the last song. It was incredibly over-

need to travel all over the world in order to make a living. It's baked into the equation. After five years of doing that, I realized that I was not suited for that kind of lifestyle. There are many people who thrive in that environment–a lot of them are dear friends of mine. But I need to be in one place. I need routines, and I like being able to plan out my life more than a few weeks ahead. Teaching allows me to live a more stationary lifestyle while still interfacing on a daily basis with the thing I love most: music." He still performs regularly. "I was just in Italy last weekend for a performance. If anything, I love it and appreciate it more now that it's not the status quo!" As for teaching, Walton says, "my primary goal as an educator is to bring

each student, but the results are always satisfying. I also believe that exposing kids to 'high art' at an early age has a positive impact on their lives." Walton recently enrolled an M.Ed. program at Manhattanville College, and hopes to continue his dream life, combining teaching and performance. As for his love for Maine? "I've always thought that everyone who moves out of Maine is subtly, maybe even subconsciously trying (scheming) to get back in some way or another. We'll see." Nathan McIvor is a 2017 graduate of Lincoln Academy, where he served as a Communications Intern from 2015-17.

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t their annual meeting on July 18, the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees welcomed four new members: two local residents, and two alumni who live in other cities but have strong ties to the midcoast community. The four new board members are Betty Allen of Newcastle, Paul Anderson of Pemaquid, Judi Hilton of Boston, Massachusetts, and Chris Olson of Chicago, Illinois. Each new member will serve a three-year term, renewable for up to 12 years. “I am pleased that the trustees have invited these four individuals to join them in carrying out their work in support of Lincoln Academy,” said Lincoln Academy Head of School David Sturdevant. “They are a talented and skilled group, and they bring a wealth of experience to the board. I look forward to working with them as we move forward.” The new members join a current board of 12. Current members are: Chrissy Wajer ‘85 of Newcastle (President), Sarah Mauer of Bristol (Vice President), Lisa Masters '83 of Bristol (Treasurer), Dennis Prior '91 of Bremen (Secretary) Stephen Dixon of Newcastle, Pam Gormley of Damariscotta, Ann McFarland '73 of South Bristol, Jonathan McKane of Newcastle, Karen Moran of Damariscotta, William Morgner of Damariscotta, Faustine Reny '01 of Bristol, and Hugh Riddleberger of Nobleboro. Betty Allen (Newcastle) is a geologist with nearly 40 years experience in industry and academia. She worked in petroleum exploration and devel-



The 2017 Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees at their annual meeting in July. Standing: Jon McKane, Betty Allen, Ann McFarland '73, Bill Morgner, Sarah Mauer, Pam Gormley, Hugh Riddleberger, Stephen Dixon, Judi Hilton '91, Head of School David Sturdevant, Chris Olson '83. Seated: Dennis Prior '91, Faustine Reny '01, Karen Moran, Lisa Masters '83, and Chrissy Wajer '85.

Betty Allen opment for Shell Oil Company and Methane Resources Group, a company she founded, before turning to more academic interests, teaching courses in geology and global energy at both Mount Holyoke College (where she got her undergraduate degree) and University of Maine in Orono. She holds a Ph.D. in geology from University of Delaware. Ms. Allen was a founding member of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine and a member of the Camden Conference Advisory Council in Maine. She also served on the board of directors of The Boppy Company and several other profit and not-for-profit boards. Allen is currently a Trustee Fellow of Mount Holyoke College and a member of the Advisory Council of Frances Perkins Center. "I am delighted and honored to join the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees,” commented Ms. Allen. “Although I am happily enjoying retirement here, I also feel it is a privilege to give my time to

Chris Olson '83 the school and community." Paul Anderson (Bristol) is a retired business executive whose career has been focused principally in the energy sector. He served as CEO of BHP Billiton, Duke Energy and PanEnergy. He currently serves as a non-executive director of BP PLC and BAE Systems PLC, both headquartered in London. Prior to entering the energy sector in 1977, Paul was with Ford Motor Company for eight years including five years as a Planning Manager. A Richland, Washington native, Paul earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from Stanford University. He served as Global Counselor for The Conference Board in New York, VP and Director of the Business Council of Australia and was a member of the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Locally Paul serves on the board of the Lions Club and Pemaquid Watershed

Association, and is a past board member of the Chocolate Church and Friends of Colonial Pemaquid. He and his wife Kathy live in Pemaquid. They have two adult daughters. Judi Hilton ‘91 recently retired from her position as Chief Operating Officer of Cresa, a corporate real estate advisory firm with offices in Boston and other cities around the US. After graduating from Lincoln Academy, Hilton went on to study Architectural Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and later received her MBA from Suffolk University. As Chief Operating Officer of Cresa, Ms. Hilton coordinated the day-to-day operating activities of the company through the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices. Her responsibilities included the creation of programs to increase revenue and sales growth, as well as quarterly and annual financial goal and budget management. She lives in Boston but spends significant time in Jefferson, where she owns a home. Chris Olson '83 is an investment manager in Chicago. After graduating from Lincoln Academy, Mr. Olson went on to further his post-high school educa-

tion at Middlebury College, where he earned a bachelor's in Political Science, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA at the Wharton School and a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences. He has spent time living abroad in Sweden, Taiwan and Japan. Mr. Olson is currently a principal and portfolio manager for High Pointe Capital Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves as chair of the board for the Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, where he lives with his wife Charlene. Chris has two children who attended the Latin School of Chicago and are currently attending Princeton University.

Paul Anderson

“I am excited to have Judy, Betty, Chris, and Paul join our team,” said Lincoln Academy Board Chair Chrissy Wajer. “Their breadth of knowledge and experience are a great asset to the Board.”

Judi Hilton '91

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for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 Lincoln Academy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of alumni, parents, friends, and businesses throughout the year.

Visionaries Circle ($25,000 and above) Anonymous Joseph W. LaRocque Family Trust Carl & Drusilla Sanford Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust Seven Trees, Inc. Kiah Bayley Benefactors Society ($10,000 - $24,999) Anonymous Marcus & Andrea Hutchins Janice O. Sprague '54 In memory of Neil C. Sprague '48 Samuel Nickels Stewards Society ($5,000 - $9,999) Jim '54 & Sarah Birkett Lewis A. Burleigh '58 Eastern Construction Lisa '83 & Steve '79 Masters Maurer & Partners Corporation Karen & Sean Moran Christopher J. Olson '83 The Reny Charitable Foundation George N. Weston '38 Mary Borland Builders Society ($2,500 - $4,999) Jean W. Burrage Northrup '62 & Carole '64 Fowler



Jef '78 & CathiHowell  John H. Longmaid The Seacoast Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Ann '73 & Alden '65 McFarland Victor '71 & Ruth Perreault Hugh Riddleberger & Louise McIhenny 1801 Leadership Society ($1,801 - $2,499) Brooks & JenniferBetts  The Seacoast Fund of the Maine Community Foundation Mid-Coast Energy Systems Bill & Michelle Morgner David & Elisabeth Sturdevant  Alden ‘65 and Anne McFarland ‘73 Daniel Haskell Heritage Society ($1,000 - $1,800) Brandon '92 & Wendy Allen  Jean P. Beaulieu '56 Bob '56 & Cynthia Brown Jonathan '88 & Sara Burton  Jennifer Chase '88 In memory of Jennifer Knipping Ferraro '88 Colby & Gale, Inc. and Phillips Power Products Pam & Mal Gormley  Danica Hunt Harrahy '87 J. Edward Knight & Company Barry W. Knott Jr '76

Peter & Eleanor Kuniholm Peter & Amy '88  McNaughton  Phil '70  & Gail Page Jon & Winifred Prime R.H. Reny, Inc. Charles L. Richards Helen& Mike Telfer  Chrissy '85 & CJ Wajer  Brad Williams '92 Academy Ambassadors Society ($500 - $999) Jake & Missy Abbott Gary '73 & Pam Alley Seth Anderson  Laurel '73 & Jeff Bouchard In memory of Richard "Dick" Johnston John C. Chapman Lev B. Davis, Jr. '72 Carol & Jack Dexter Larry '77 & Judy Dumont Gizmo Garden Anne W. Knott In memory of Barry Gus Knott '51 Margaret and James Newell Todd '97 & Monika Page Robert E. Palmer, Jr. '71 Lynne Bowers Petrillo '73 Raytheon Ed Seidel & Lisa Katz Shalom LLC Denise M. Soucy & Ned Steinberger

Strong-Hancock Funeral Home The Classes of 1974 & 1975 Unum A. Stanton & Ellen Wells Michael & Dawn Westcott Wright-Ryan Construction Yereance & Son Plumbing & Heating Jon & Jen Ziegra

Bell Tower Society ($250 - $499) Lucille B. Andersen Rosie & Gary Bensen Donald F. Blagden '70 Lisa K. Bowers '81 The Charles F. Brewer Jr. Trust Mary Archer-Brey '92 Dan '87 & Michelle Brown In memory of Dan Brinkler Anonymous Damariscotta Bank & Trust In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Damariscotta Farmers Market Elizabeth B. Welles Revocable Trust John & Koko Harris Dennis H. Hilton '84 Stacey Hong '84 Norman C. Hunt '61 Bob & Tammy Jackson Kevin Kelley '88 Charlotte H. Kirkpatrick '52 Masters Machine Company Randall Miller Kate Lynch O'Grady '93 Robert Packard '54 Elizabeth L. Page and Family In memory of Julie Burnheimer '73 Linc Page '68 Paul '67 & Lurie '79 Palino Parker & Sue Renelt

Betsy Smith '62 Yvette Sullivan '85  Steven & Lisa Wallace William & Gertrude Jones Trust Eagles Society ($100 - $249) Anonymous (3) Judith & Thomas Abbott Charles F. Adams '64

Priscilla (Chris) Chapman Wayne & Eugenie Cole '55 Nathan Cook '92 James & Melissa Cross Penny '66 & Bernie Davala Susan Delgado '91 Chuck & Meg Dinsmore Eileen Disavino Marjorie '50 & Calvin H. Dodge '56 Charlene Donahue

Cally '66 & Tom Aldrich John & Barbara '74 Allan The Brinkler Cousins In memory of Dan Brinkler John & Maggie Atwood Carolyn Augusto '91 Todd '77 & Jody '78 Bachelder David & Sylvia Bailey William Balch & Patricia Balch Matrai Brent Baldwin '88 Robert Baldwin '62 Jordan '89 & Gretchen Belknap Benevity Community Impact Fund Peter Benner '92 Chris Bergey '91 George & Mary Ann Betke Anni Jay Black '62 Dorothy A. Blanchard Jesse Boyd '88 Christina '92 & William Bradbury Barbara H. Briggs '67 Barbara P. Briggs '58 Jim Briggs '70 Linda D. Brunner '60 Paul S. Bryant '61 Ruth J. Bryant '48 Teresa Byers '91 Arthur S. Cameron '54 Chuck Campbell '88 Sarah Glueck Carlisle '95 & Ben Carlisle Steven Chaney '61 Jan Chapman '66

Dana L. Dow In memory of Helene (Simmons) Dow Von and Margaret Duran Ellis & Jen Eckel Rebecca Emmons '00 Villi Enders Patsy P. Fales '50 Katrin Fesmire '00 Matt & Karen Filler Dr. Dan Friedland & Dr. Heather Wolfe Gertrude Frishmuth In memory of Dan Brinkler William Gaeth '00 & Family Ryan Gallagher '92 Margot J. Gilbert '85 Ryan Gleason '88 Jane '91 & Gary Gravel Joseph Guenzel '03 & Katherine Petrillo '03 Dusty '92 & Bethany Hancock Paula Chamberlain Hanson '57 Heather H. Harris '89 Maia Hart '64 Harland Hatch '58 Kay '57 & Vaughn '57 Hathaway Brandon '92 & Lisa Henny Dan '41 & Cornelia Hodgkins Wilder '63 & Ellen Hunt Wilder '63 & Ellen Hunt In memory of Milton & Mildred Plummer '34 Coleman B. Hutchins '62

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Caroline D. Janover Gladys A. Johnston '47 In memory of Richard Johnston Gladys A. Johnston '47 Mark '71 & Judy Johnston Carol Baker Joyal '60 Marnie Kaler '91 Kevin Kelly Juliet Kelsey-Holmes '92  Paul '62 & Rosemary Kelsey

George Ross & Nancy MacKinnon George L. Martin '75 David B. Mason '88 Kate Lemos McHale '91 Jon McKane & Susan Dale Jennifer A. Meakin '91 Bill & Karen Mook Elizabeth Mooney  Stephany Morris John Mulcahy & Andrew Fenniman

Dennis '91 & Michele Prior Nicholas Prior '22 Mac & Carol Ray '59 Brian '76 & Rosa S. Redonnett Reilly Well Drilling John Reny In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Robert D. Reny In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Bill & Sonnie Robb

Class of 1962 In memory of Judy Pratt '62 Class of 1962 Class of 1962 In memory of Winifred Sherman Mildred S. Thomas '49 Coastal Telco Services In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Suzanne Trazoff Jenny Villeneuve '92

Cynthia Allen '54 Lois H. Allen In memory of Dan Brinkler Margaret "Peggy" Barnes Ames '57 Amanda Armstrong  Jacqueline Aube Irene Brady Barber '97 Richard C. Bartholomae David Bartlett '78 Lyn Bass

Errol Clark '79 Sarah Hatch Clifford '88 Arlene Cole '47 Missy Crockett '92 Erica McKinnon Davis '85 Jeanne Cahill Davis In memory of Louis Doe '45 Judi Davis '92 Lucy '92 & D.C. Dawson Matthew Day '92

Kennebec Savings Bank In memory of Richard "Dick" Johnston Emily '00 & Nick '93 Kutch Karla Hamilton L'Heureux '92  Anton & Alison Lahnston Rosalee & David Landry Thomas M. Leighton '61 Phyllis Chadbourne Lichtenwalner '45 Lincoln Little League Ed Lincoln '70 Nicole G. Little '92  Linwood H. Lowden '51 Joshua B. Mack '92

Anna Myers  Newcastle Chrysler In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Sara Nordhoff '89 Eleanor '47 & Aloysius O'Donnell Shannon O'Halloran '92 Alan C. Pease '48 & Margaret M. Pease Pemaquid Group of Artists Cheryl '91 & Jarrod '90 Pinkham Dan '61 & Ann Pinkham Amy M. Poole '43 Johnna Sproul Porter '63 Ellen Prenelus '92 Carol Preston 

Paul C. Robinson '58 Tessy M. Rossignol '88 Linda & Dan Schick Joyce Schuetz '68 Patty Scudder '50 In memory of Wells Anderson & Jamie Alexander Patty Scudder '50 Andy & Ingrid Sherrill  Rufus C. Short '44 Carlton J. Sparrell '84 Shawn St. Cyr  A. McKinne Stires '62 Bill Teele '91

Catherine F. Walker '62 Mary Sue Weeks '62 Paul & Judy Weislogel Wells Fargo Foundation Sean Welton '88 Shirley B. Welton '65 Ed & Daria White Kenneth & Barbara Williams Sarah Wills-Viega  Heather Wilson '91 Barry B. Witham '57 JB and Loren Bachelder Wright '79 Norman '81 & LoriWright  Capt. Robert C. York '44

Alice Berry '54 Steven '92 & Holly Blanc Mary Blanchard '88 Cynthia Blodgett Wanda L. Brann '92 Elise Bridge '92 Lorraine A. Brown '73 Linda D. Brunner '60 In memory of Gordon Humphrey Linda D. Brunner '60 In memory of Dan Brinkler Paul S. Bryant '61 In memory of Dan Brinkler Lori Leavitt Budd '77 & Ashley Budd '17 Class of 1985 Andrew S. Burton '91 Joanne B. Campbell '51 Timothy Carroll '92 Mary & Dick Chase In memory of Dan Brinkler David P. Cheney

Jeannette Dixon '47 Martha Reed Dodge '62 Lisa Dodge '91 Lynn & Ian Drewette Kathy Dunklee '89 Leif Erickson '91 Mia Brinkler Farrin Rebecca Flood '91 Ryan Fogg '92 Lisa Gamage '88 Julia A. Goode '16 Kady A. Goode '21 Paula Goode '91 Faye Tibbets Graham '62 for Class of 1962 Jane Gravel '91 Jessie B. Gunther '65 Joseph & Merna Guttentag In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Marie H. Hall '65 Brent '94 & Becky R. Hallowell Kathleen Halm

Contributions to Scholarship and Memorial Funds


Kay E. Dopp Scholarship Fund Maine Community Foundation

Pam Alley Salt Bay Art Scholarship Salt Bay Art Supply

Anne Scofield Scholarship Fund Thomas H. Scofield Hiram Sibley '85 Yvette Sullivan ‘85

Gary Pinkham Scholarship Fund Lanelle G. Duke Patsy Pinkham Mac and Carol Ray ‘59

Lew Alley Memorial Scholarship Fund Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

M.T. Hadik Scholarship Fund Bath Savings Institution


Carol Lessard Bickford Fund

Eleanor '47 & Aloysius O'Donnell Leanne Pulsifer Scholarship Fund Wayne Killam

The Reny Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund The Reny Charitable Foundation

Julie (Page) Burnheimer Scholarship Fund Scott Burnheimer

Cleveland Page '42 Scholarship Fund Elizabeth L. Page

Frances W. Dixon Memorial Scholarship Fund Henry J. Sandlass Mary & Dick Chase

Friends of Lincoln Academy ($1 - $99) Anonymous Anonymous In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Alicia J. Nichols Fundraising Council

Gifts of Goods and Services Auburn Concrete Dale E. Hunt Painting Dan '65 & Sandi Day Eastern Construction Ellsworth Building Supplies Hancock Lumber Company, Inc.

Paul Kando & Beth McPherson David Light Emile Lugosch McClintick Foundations & Concrete Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Inc. N.C. Hunt Lumber

Pamela Daley & Randall Phelps Josh Pinkham Margaret Stiassni Laurie Zimmerli

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In honor of Ben Halm '16 William C. Hammer & Margaret N Justice Mary H. Harris '62 William Hart '67 Angela Hatch '92 Liz Hayford '92 Lilia Hayford '16 Paul Hayford '92 Derek Hilton '88 Melanie Hodgdon '68 Janet B. Holloway '48 Molly Pretorius Holme '92 Jennifer Horton '88 Priscilla R. House '69 Jennifer L. Humphrey '92 Stephanie Hunt Brian Huntley '76 Inform Financial Joanne Vose Johnston Tess Jones '66 Tamara Poland-Kaler '92 Ava S. Keene '48 Heidi Kelsey '88 Joan & John Kierstead Linda Krah In memory of Class of 1962 Kyle R. Lebeau '90 Porter D. Leighton '50 Victoria Little '92 Gail P. McPhee '67 Mail It 4 U Jeremy Marks & KirstenCampbell Jason Masters '92 Paul & Sharon Mathews Anna McDonald '88 Hannah & Jamie McGhee

Sheila J. McLain '92 Don & Mary Rae Means Elizabeth J. Mieses '88 Jennifer Milliken '88  Colleen M. Mitchell '88 Clancy J. Morton '91 Eleanor '47 & Aloysius O'Donnell In memory of Richard Johnston Ohiopyle Prints Anna Palino '92 Alice Palmer Scott '45 In memory of Louis Doe '45 Janice Palmer Andrea '91 & Lila Parker '25  Elsa Parson '91 Karen Leavitt Paz '78 Alexandria Wajer Pelczar '06 Dorothy M. Peters James & Ava Phillips Sandra & Wayne Phillips Sara Pinkham '88 Dan '61 & Ann Pinkham In memory of Dan Brinkler Marianne H. Pinkham In memory of Fred H. Pinkham '17 Bob '89 & Lynne '92 Plourde David & Linda Pope Precedent Designworks Verge Stephen Prior III '84 Allan & Janet Ray Belinda S. Ray '88 Faustine Reny '01 Susan Bartlett Rice '91 Wanda Rice '82 Joanna P. Richardson '63 William M. Robb

In memory of Dan Brinkler Matt Roberge '90  Marie F. Sabin Heather Santiago '91 Penelope Scherer Charles Scimone  Maddy Sherrill '11 Nancy A. Slocum '62 Sally & Jimmy Smith In memory of Louis L. Doe '45 Amanda J. Sprague Judith Stafford Ed & Wendy Stelzer Pande & Rita Stevens In memory of Walter & Vikki Hilton Michaela Stone '92 Byron & Hester Stuhlman Eric Teele '92 Heather Williamson Thomas '79 Carrie Todd '92 Karen Townsend '92 Sally E. Tukey '59 Willa Peck Vinal '49 Amy & Rosario Vitanza Carl  & Lourdes  Von Vogt  Peter Wagner Erica Waltz Thomas Williams Windy Hill Photography  Lincoln Academy Staff  Monthly Giver Contributions received after July 1, 2017 will be reported in the next Annual Report of Contributions.

Giving Societies Friends of Lincoln Academy $1-99 Eagles Society $100-249 Bell Tower Society $250-499 Academy Ambassadors Society $500-999 Daniel Haskell Heritage Society $1000-1800 1801 Leadership Society $1801-2499 Mary Borland Builders Society $2500-4999 Samuel Nickels Stewards Society $5000-9999 Kiah Bayley Benefactors Society $10,000-24999 Visionaries Circle $25,000 +

Daniel Haskell was the first Head of School at Lincoln Academy. Mary Borland donated the house that has served as the Head of School’s residence since 1899. Samuel Nickels was the first to sign the petition for and contribute to the building of Lincoln Academy. Kiah Bayley was the Founder of Lincoln Academy.

*The Lincolnian Society, is a growing group of donors who support Lincoln Academy with monthly recurring gifts. Monthly gifts are among our most valued because they provide a dependable, year-round income stream. Recurring gifts are a great way for donors to give more over time than they would be able to with one gift.




Alumni & Advancement

Associate Head for External Affairs Matt Goetting, Director of Alumni and Development Amy McNaughton, and Jonathan Burton '88.

Keepin' It Real I have used this space in the past to write about my love for this job at this school. Because of the community it serves. Because of the faculty and staff who are called to mentor and teach our youth as they prepare for the complex world ahead. Because of my pride to be an advocate for a cause I deeply believe in. But my favorite part of my work is the opportunity to meet, and ultimately befriend, those who share that belief. I’ve found that there are no better mission advocates than those who have experienced the mission themselves. It is in that spirit that we launch our first ever External Affairs TAKEOVER column. Take it away, Jonathan…. -Matt Goetting Associate Head for External Affairs

Circling back to the Nest

Reflections on LA re-engagement from a migratory Eagle.


ometimes you seek out those “crossroad moments” in life, but on other occasions, the intersections leading to new paths inexplicably find you. The

latter occurred for me recently, leading to greater involvement with Lincoln Academy and a simultaneous chance to renew ties to the community where I grew up. Last spring, my friend and former LA ’88 classmate, Amy (Buehner) McNaughton joined the LA advancement team, and sought me out with an invitation to volunteer as a Class Agent. After getting over my initial hesitation, it became evident that I would be up to the task. The last twenty years of my career have revolved around higher education advocacy, alumni relations and fundraising. I’ve been that volunteer recruiter many times before. Beyond that, my high school years were positive ones. I couldn’t think of a single person, faculty, administrator or student, from my LA years that I wouldn’t truly enjoy reconnecting with over coffee. So no wasn’t an option, and I agreed to put my faith in Amy and the LA team to point me in the right direction. LA really could use a few more willing boosters. But more about that in a minute… The second significant juncture in my

life has been the need for my parents to transition from the home I grew up in. I’ve predictably begun to wonder how I can remain connected to a local community that still means so much. My answer is that as my childhood home transitions to new owners after 45 years as my anchor, Lincoln becomes the nest I’ll circle back to. This year, I’ve had chances to tour Lincoln, feeling the new vibe and pulse today. In some respects, LA has catapulted forward in ways I never imagined, but thankfully, not at the expense of a community institution that knows how to “keep it real.” To me, it is as if LA fits no neat mold at all. Our academy is not trying to be an exclusively private, elite ivory tower, but is still something much more than “just a school.” It was basically a given for me and most of my peers to attend LA. It was just always there. But what may surprise some is that LA has truly become a school people choose. Its residential program attracts great kids from all over the world. The net result of melding shared learning spaces for students from different backgrounds, cultures and traditions is that everyone is offered a better view of a wider world. If you believe, as I do, that quality education can beat down most of the world’s ill tendencies, then you can appreciate the value Lincoln Academy delivers, by bringing citizens of the world together to learn from one another. Lincoln Academy is counting on a new generation of alumni to be its vocal advocates and philanthropic defenders. If we all do what we can (and maybe just a smidge more) we can ensure LA endures as a destination for learning and growth. A cup of coffee awaits anyone who will join me. -Jonathan Burton ’88 LA Class Agent

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Enrollment & Marketing


Sarah Wills-Viega (L) is the Director of Counseling and Studies. Andy Mullin (R) is the Associate Head of School.

Enrollment and Marketing Director Sheryl Stearns meeting recent alumnae in Hangzhan, China.

The 2017-2018 school year is under-

Peacefulness, our proximity to a vibrant

way, and our primary academic focus is to provide a learning environment in which all students have the opportunity to realize their potential. With this in mind, we offer 17 AP courses, core academic and elective courses here on campus, and a wide array of vocational programs through our partners in Bath and Rockland. New courses added in 2017-18 include several independent projects and apprenticeships that allow students to pursue their own interests in technologyrelated areas in the Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC). Continuing with the Lincoln Academy tradition of courses that appeal to all interests, we have brought back accounting after many years, and

Students in an AP biology lab.



added a strings orchestra to our musical offerings. These new courses complement the traditional core curriculum of math, science, English, history, and modern languages, and newer offerings in computer science, design, engineering, and technology. Lincoln Academy’s inaugural Eagle Term took place in May of 2017. This three-week interdisciplinary term started after regular classes ended, and offered students and faculty the chance to explore non-traditional and interdisciplinary subject matter during the final weeks of the school year. We learned some valuable lessons during this first run through, and we look forward to continuing to improve this valuable program over time. Lincoln Academy's new Coordinator

of Curriculum and Auxiliary Programs, Kyle Tong, is continuing the curriculum review process that we began in 20152016. The process takes over a four year cycle, giving each academic department sufficient time to review their current curriculum, coordinate interdisciplinary courses with other departments, and dream big about new courses for the future. Our academic goals continue to put the needs of students first, keeping in mind the changing demands of higher education and the workplace. Continuing a 216-year tradition, Lincoln Academy prepares our graduates to be productive members of a global society. -Andy Mullin, Associate Head -Sarah Wills-Viega, Director of Counseling and Studies

downtown, a specific program or extracurricular activity, word-of-mouth recommendations from friends or relatives… These are some of the reasons students from all over the world and the US choose Lincoln Academy. Our people and the connections they make are the reason students stay. Here they are welcome. Here they are safe. Here they can be themselves.

This August, we welcomed 84 students from 19 countries and the US into our boarding program. For the first time, we have three five-day boarders from Maine as well as students from some new-to-us countries: The Bahamas, Nigeria, and the Netherlands. We are now seeing sib-

Sheryl Stearns on an admissions trip in Mexico.

lings of alumni enter the program. This is arguably the most interestingly diverse cohort of boarding students we have had so far, and their presence speaks to the appeal of a New England Town Academy on the coast of Maine. We have something for nearly everyone–from the university-bound academic to the student who finds motivation outside of the traditional classroom. Most importantly, we provide a community where differences are not only tolerated but celebrated. As we look ahead to recruiting students for the 2018-2019 academic year, our focus will continue to be on building as much diversity as possible within our international student population as well as actively encouraging domestic

and Maine students to join our boarding community. We are pleased to have added a new admissions professional to the External Affairs office this summer. Joshua Pelkey, our Associate Director of Admission, brings a wealth of international and boarding experience to Lincoln Academy and will be an invaluable ambassador for the school as we face an increasingly competitive landscape. We are excited to share the Lincoln Academy story with prospective students and families, because we know that this is a uniquely welcoming place. -Sheryl Stearns Director of Enrollment and Marketing

Associate Director of Admissions Josh Pelkey with prospective students in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Resident Life Director Ken Stevenson.


s we enter the fifth year of students living on the LA campus, the Resident Life program has big plans for 2017-18. Continuing our focus on student involvement in the community, every member of the residential program spent part of Labor Day weekend volunteering locally. Students worked with Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP Inc.), Stepping Stones transitional housing project; the CLCY’s youth soccer clinic, and Mid-Coast Conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center. In the short life of the boarding program at LA, this “Community Involvement Weekend” has become a core tradition. Over 30 resident students also volunteered during Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest in October. At Lincoln Academy as a whole, we are increasing focus on tolerance, diversity, and respect, and the root of all of these

Resident Life ideas is increased understanding. In partnership with Lincoln Theater we recently screened the film Maineland, a documentary about students from China attending school in Maine. The film illuminates challenges facing international and local students as they get to know each other. Following the film we hosted a panel discussion that invited members of the community to ask questions of both resident and day students. This year the Resident Life program has been enhanced by two key additions. Joshua Pelkey, Lincoln’s Associate Director of Admissions who has years of boarding school experience, is the newest member of the Kiah Bayley Hall resident faculty. Not only have we benefited from Josh’s effervescent energy, but staff members who can wear both hats–admissions and resident life–are exceptionally important, as they can both accurately represent our program and

Operations & Finance

Chief Financial and Operating Officer Helen Telfer.

communicate feedback from parents and prospective students. Hilary Peterson is our new Resident Life Program Coordinator. Her comfort with students, commitment to solving problems, and attention to detail has already had a major positive impact on the entire residential program. LA’s boarding program is moving forward with two innovative initiatives this year. First, we are developing a self-paced, collaborative e-learning approach to our residential curriculum, which covers topics important to dorm life, such as being a good roommate, the science of sleep, and the importance of traditions. We are developing this curriculum in partnership with other boarding schools, so we can learn from each other. The second initiative involves co-organizing and hosting a workshop for Resident Life Directors of Northern New England. This group meets periodically around the region, and Lincoln will host the winter workshop in January 2018. This will be an opportunity to show off the progress our program has made in the very short time since its founding. If you would like to learn more about Lincoln’s residential program, or if you’re interested in being a homestay parent during school vacations, please don’t hesitate to let me know. -Ken Stevenson Director of Resident Life



"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank


n August I commemorated my oneyear anniversary of working at LA. It was a year to celebrate progress with the promise of being able to help, in a very small way, improve our school. How can each of us improve our LA World? For this new school year here are a few ways we are improving the LA experience. Operations is looking at replacing all of our traditional lightbulbs with

energy efficient ones; culinary will increase the amount of locally sourced, high value food to serve our student community; custodial is focusing on utilizing greener products that still do the job but are better for our environment; transportation is training more drivers to increase access to opportunities outside of LA; finance is working with all departments and clubs to balance their budgets and to manage their accounts, and technology continues to find opportunities and evaluate their technological value to our school community. These groups start each day trying to improve LA. They do this with

one goal, to move LA forward so our community can learn, work and play in the best environment possible. When I look at these quiet warriors they all share the same characteristic: profound need to do the right thing for LA while having a wicked sense of humor. Let’s not wait a single moment before starting to improve LA. -Helen Telfer Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Annual Operations Budget BUDGETED REVENUE

Budgeted Revenue $5,073,064 $2,866,550 $790,358 $307,622 $156,627 $350,000 $518,000 $10,062,221

Day Tuition Residential Tuition Net of Aid Auxiliary Programs Insured Value Factor Endowment Draw Fundraising Miscellaneous Total

for fiscal year 2017-18

% 50.4% 28.5% 7.9% 3.1% 1.6% 3.5% 5.1% 100.0%


Salaries Benefits Administration Interest on Debt Service Athletics & Co-Curricular Technology Services Instructional Facilities & Transportation Auxiliary Program(s) Capital Projects Principal on Debt Service Total

Budgeted Expenses $5,486,902 $1,425,892 $964,725 $340,000 $121,096 $98,050 $164,515 $580,000 $358,500 $152,504 $351,000 $10,043,184

% 54.6% 14.2% 9.6% 3.4% 1.2% 1.0% 1.6% 5.8% 3.6% 1.5% 3.5% 100.0%

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Faculty Notes for 7th grade orientation, and my younger one is excited to be able to do both robotics and band in the 4th grade. Winter is coming, as they say, and we have brought all our warm sweaters. Come visit!"

Alumni Council

Phil Page '70 and David Sturdevant hanging the Alumni Council Banner for the 2017 Alumni Banquet in June.

Greetings fellow Alumni! 2017 has

been full of changes and upgrades, and I don’t see this fall season as being anything different. In June the Alumni Council made our biggest change in many years, expanding the Alumni Banquet into a full weekend of events, and we had a great time with fellow classmates! So mark your calendars for June 15-17, 2018 for what is sure to be another great time at our second annual Alumni Weekend. We have started contacting the class agents for the upcoming reunion classes (3’s & 8’s), so be on the lookout for class reunion plans. Homecoming 2017 was a big success, with a well-attended alumni soccer

game, Alumni Council cookout, and golf tournament. Next on the Alumni Council calendar are the alumni basketball games on Friday, November 24. That evening we will also induct members into the 2017 Class of the LA Sports Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate candidates for next year's Hall of Fame, please contact the LA Alumni Office at 207563-3596. As always, if you are interested in joining the Alumni Council please contact any council member or the LA Development Office at Lincoln Academy. -Bob Plourde '89 Alumni Council President

A LU M N I CO U N C I L MEM B ERS: Bob Plourde, '89, President Yvette Sullivan '85, Vice President Angelina Waltz '94, Secretary Britt Hatch, '84, Treasurer AJ Corson '64 Phil Page '70 Jef Howell '77 Dennis Boyd '08 Wayne Farrin '81 Lynne Plourde '92 Kyle Lebeau ‘91 Jen Genthner '14

Jake Abbott with his daughter Emma at his graduation from USM's Education Leadership Program. Jake Abbott (Dean of Students) graduated in May 2017 from USM's Education Leadership Master's program. He is putting his Master’s degree to work in his second year as Lincoln Academy’s Dean of Students. Jake and his wife, Missy, celebrated 15 years of marriage on the summer solstice, 2017. Dr. Robert Breckenridge (History) retired after eleven years teaching history and advising the Philosphy Club and Alpha Sigma Gamma, LA’s community service fraternity. He reports that he has recently been dispatched for his next adventure and will be a member of the theology department faculty at the United Church of Zambia University in Mindolo/Kitwe, Zambia."If all goes as we hope, I depart in early January to assume duties teaching historical theology and church history there. I expect to stay a minimum of one year. Anyone interested in keeping in touch with me should contact but I will also be setting up a blog/site in the near future.

Booster Club The Lincoln Academy Booster Club

has been serving the needs of Lincoln Academy student-athletes for nearly 30 years. Some of its earliest members, including Phil Hatch, Sandy Day, the Peterson family and others, organized the first fundraisers such as selling Christmas trees in the late 1980’s. Over the years the Boosters have established fundraisers to raise approximately $25,000 annually. Local businesses and individuals have been loyal supporters of the Booster Calendar, homecoming events, the Booster Auction and other efforts.



Booster funds are used to support the LA athletic budget by purchasing uniforms, equipment, pool time for the swim team, championship awards, and many other needs. Boosters have also contributed to capital projects and purchases over the years. The Booster Club awards four academic scholarships annually on Class Night, provides academic trimester awards, and offers financial assistance to student-athletes attending sports camps and clinics. We have been fortunate to have had strong leadership and dedicated members over the years to maintain a strong and positive presence on campus.

The seasonal concession stands are a welcome provider of sustenance to bring comfort to fans, students, and visiting teams during athletic contests. They can always use a hand staffing the numerous contests throughout the year. Officers for the 2017-18 school year are: President: Sue Schumacher, Vice-President: Sharon Mathews, Treasurer: Darci Harrington, and Secretary: Jill Huber. The Booster Club meets once a month on Wednesday nights and is always looking for new members. -Phil Page '70

Assistant Athletic Director & Booster Rep

Retiring history teacher Robert Breckenridge with his advisee Essie Martin '17. Maya Crosby (Director of Innovation Technology) left Lincoln Academy in July to take a job as Director of Innovation at the Allendale-Columbia school in Rochester, New York. She writes, “We moved to Rochester NY on August 21 - eclipse day! - and have settled in to a small town south of the city called Honeoye Falls. My new job started with a poutine food truck, so I thought that was a good sign. I am working on new schoolwide STEM initiatives and making contact with science and technology partners in the greater Rochester area, as well as teaching AP Computer Science Principles and a seminar in computer science. My older daughter got to go on a camping trip in the Algonquin Forest

Cathi Howell (Librarian) and her husband Jef Howell ‘77. She writes, “We stayed in a little town called Montecatini Terme and enjoyed a leisurely exploration of the region. Our day trips included excursions to San Gimignano where we visited a nearby agri-tourism farm and Lucca where we explored the walled city on foot, both inside the city and from above via the walking and biking path along the top of the walls. We also traveled to Florence and Fiesole by train and spent a day exploring the breath-taking villages of Cinque Terre that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Traveling through the countryside and taking in the spectacular views was simply amazing. The food, wine, relaxed atmosphere, and welcoming people made this trip even more memorable. Plans for a return trip are underway!” John Jenkins (Wellness) is taking time off from teaching martial arts and work-based learning at Lincoln Academy to consider a possible run for Governor of Maine, “if things fall into place.” Mr. Jenkins worked at Lincoln for three years, and served as a mentor for many students, especially those interested in martial arts and self-defense. Liz Matta (Performing Arts, Band) finished her Master of Arts in Band Conducting, a degree she has been working on for several years through the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. She also reports getting together with several LA alumni. “I was a ‘trail angel' for Elise '16 and Claire '14 Dumont in Ashland, Oregon. They were hiking on the Pacific Coast Trail but had to vacate due to snow. They needed a ride from point A to point B in Oregon while I was there for grad I picked them up, took them to lunch and dropped them at their next stop. During the same trip I also connected for dinner with Isaac Vesery '10 while he was in Napa, California.” Jonathan Mess (Visual Arts) has been busy making artwork and exhibiting both nationally and internationally, notably at The Henan Museum in Zhengzhou City, China, with Coates & Scarry in London, Patricia Sweetow Gallery in Oakland, CA, and locally with Corey

Jonathan Mess in the July issue of Down East Magazine. Photo by Molly Haley.

Daniels Gallery in Wells, ME, and The Good Supply in Pemaquid, ME. Upcoming shows include Materiality: The Matter of Matter at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME, the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, and Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Kate, were featured in Down East magazine in July and are expecting their second child this fall. Brian O’Mahoney (History) is on a half-year sabbatical this fall, traveling the country with his wife Kristin and two sons. “My family and I are driving west between now and December. We've mostly been planning around waterways, the Hudson River, The Erie Canal, the Great Lakes, the Ohio, the Mississippi and now, like Lewis and Clark, the Missouri. We've followed their path from St.Charles, Missouri and, as I write, we're close to the headwaters. We've been camping mostly in beautiful federal and state owned lands, parks, forests, and monuments. From here we cross the Rockies to the Columbia, then down the coast. It's getting cold for tents up here but we're persevering."

Beth Preston and her niece in Norway. Beth Preston (Performing Arts, Choir) traveled to Norway with her husband John and her niece, to visit her nephew and his wife. She reports, “We spent a wonderful week hiking and visiting museums in and around Oslo.” Carol Preston (Performing Arts, Orchestra), Lincoln Academy’s new String Orchestra director, has had a summer of big employment changes. She was hired as a Suzuki Method violin teacher at Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport, which complements her long-time studio for teaching lessons in Damariscotta. She was also elected president of the Maine Suzuki Association. In addition, she was hired by a Washington, DC, tech company as a writing and editing contractor.

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Class Notes

winterized the family cottage that many classmates may remember on Pemaquid Point, and have made this their year-round home.

1970 1950 Patricia Parsons is a class agent who lives in Damariscotta. She writes, “Dear classmates, miss you all, and look forward to a merry and happy reunion in 2020. So get ready and prepare for fun! Much love, Patsy”

1957 Barry Witham got his BA in English from Tufts in 1961, an MA in Drama from Iowa in 1964, and his PhD in Theatre History from Ohio State in 1968. He taught and directed at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for ten years before moving to Washington University. There, he served as a Professor of Drama and a former Executive Director of the Theatre Program. In 2002 he was honored with a distinguished Teaching Award by the University and the Betty Jean Jones Award by the American Drama and Theatre Association. Barry retired from the University of Washington in 2011. Among his published books one, A Sustainable Theatre; Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow, won the John Frick Prize for “best book on the American Theatre.” Barry was also the first dramaturge for the Seattle Repertory and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. He has two sons, Michael in New York City, and Drake in Los Angeles.

1961 Paul Bryant is the owner and proprietor of Riverside Boatworks in Newcastle with his son, Nathaniel ‘93. See story on page 8.

1962 Bob Baldwin was awarded the 2017 Alumni Service award for all of his work on capital projects and the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees. He lives in Nobleboro with his wife Margie. Nort Fowler was honored at the Lincoln Academy Alumnus of the Year at June's Alumni Banquet. He lives in Edgecomb with his wife Carole '64.

1967 Lauren McLaughlin lives in New Brunswick, Canada, only an hour from the Maine border. She writes, “I have four beautiful daughters and six grandkids.”

1968 Lynne Hope Prentice is class agent for the Class of 1968. She is retired from teaching and, with Susan Gutek, is spearheading an effort for a 50th Class Reunion. She writes, “We are hoping for a strong turnout for the 2017 reunion and Alumni Banquet.” Beth Libby Farrell and her husband, Charlie, have



Ruth Perreault is married to Victor Perreault ‘71. Although she moved to Jackman, Maine during her senior year and did not graduate from LA, she still feels LA is her school and wishes to stay in touch.

1971 Mark Johnston received the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce “Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award” in January, 2017. Mark is a retired president and chief executive officer at Kennebec Savings Bank. He led a team that raised five million dollars to match a pledge by Harold Alfond to build the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. Mark has been playing organ at Sunday services at Bunker Hill Baptist Church since he was 14. He attended the University of Maine where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity. After beginning his career in banking in Augusta, he joined the Jaycees, which let to his involvement in other organizations such as the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the board as a member and chair.

1973 Gary Alley received his AS in Civil Engineering from UMO. He moved to Texas in 1977 and earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. After leaving Maine, Gary has worked solely in Texas (mainly Houston) specializing in high-rise building construction. He has been married to his wife, Pamela, for 38 years and writes, “Once you marry a Texan you can never leave.” They have two children, Eric and Morgan, and three grandchildren. Gary loves riding motorcycles, and takes a cross country ride each July. Gary still holds the LA track triple jump record he set his senior year of 41 feet, five and a half inches!

Got a Class Note for the next Aerie? whom are in their 50s and 60s and seeking group activities for more social interaction. “Single Hearts of Maine” has spawned other similar groups around the country. Stephanie reached out to people in the Midcoast region, from Camden to Wiscasset, and organized the first mixer at The Publick House in December, 2011. Her efforts were instrumental in the marriage of David Pierce ‘76 to Jane Vickers. Ironically, Stephanie was David’s first girlfriend during their days at LA. “Single Hearts in Maine” has their own Facebook Page to promote the organization’s activities.

1977 Tim Alley is a lobsterman and the current president of the South Bristol Fisherman’s Coop. He lives in South Bristol with his wife, Mona Drosko Alley ‘78. See story on page 5.

1978 Teresa Moulton Lavendar is currently working as an Assistant Team Leader for day services at Creative Work Systems in Auburn, Maine. Debbie Poland is married to Peter Poland ‘79, and lives in Round Pond. They have two sons, Lincoln Academy graduates, Matthew ‘12 and Andrew ‘06. Debbie is the class agent for the Class of ‘78 and teaches second grade at Nobleboro Central School.

1979 Steve Masters is the Plant Manager at Masters Machine in Bristol. He is married to trustee Lisa Masters ‘83 and has three sons Jacob, Nathan, and Thomas.


Ann McFarland currently serves as a trustee, and is the immediate past board chair. She is a retired realtor, and also class agent for the Class of ‘73. Her niece, Hailey Graves, is a current junior at LA.

Sue Schumacher serves as class agent for the Class of 1980. She is also the President of the LA Booster Club (remaining in this office even after her daughter Sophie graduated in 2017), and puts in many hours to keep the Booster club a significant contributor to athletic programs at Lincoln Academy.



Betsy Strong Mahan recently shared some of her family’s genealogy. She is a Stetson as well as a Strong, and daughter of Jeanne Stetson ’49. Betsy notes her historical roots to the Gliddens of Glidden Street in Newcastle, and to royalty in her family tree. She is a direct descendant of King Henry II (12071272 of England, her 23rd Grandfather) and King Henry I (1133-1189, her 25th Grandfather).

Tade Cross attended the Rochester Institute of Technology before graduating from Gallaudate University in Washington D.C. in 1989. She worked for 25 years in several mental health facilities, helping developmentally disabled individuals adapt to their community. She recently began teaching at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Maryland. Tade made a visit to the LA campus with her mother in August.



Stephanie Russell was recently featured on WCSH’s 207 for helping found “Single Hearts of Maine.” It is a singles group with almost 200 members, most of

Lisa (Sprague) Masters lives in Bristol and works at Camden National Bank in Damariscotta. She has three sons, Jacob who attends Bristol School, Nathan,

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l i n c o l n a c a d e m y. o r g / a l u m n i / update-your-info/ a current senior at LA, and Thomas ‘13. She has served on the LA Board of Trustees since 2012. Tracy Nelson Halvorson, a member of the 1982 State Basketball Championship team, continued her basketball career at USM. She finished college at UMPI with a BS in Education and concentration in Health. She is the women’s varsity basketball coach at UMPI and teaches business and outdoor recreation, which includes wilderness survival, hiking, high ropes, canoeing, and all outdoor activities. Tracy leads students on canoe trips on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. She and her husband, Chuck, own and manage 65 rental housing units in Presque Isle. They have two children, Carla, UMPI Class of 2018, and Cody, who attends Cedarville University in Ohio. Chris Olson lives in Chicago with his wife and children and works as a principal and portfolio manager for High Pointe Capital Management, where he is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He joined the LA Board of Trustees in July, 2017. See story on pages 32-33.

1985 Troy Bunker retired from the Chesterfield County Police Department in January, 2017. He is currently working in Kuwait as a private military contractor. Chrissy Wajer is the current President of the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees.

1986 Brian Farrin runs Farrin's Boat Shop with his father, Bruce Farrin Sr., and his brother, Bruce Farrin Jr. See story on pages 9-10.

1987 Danica Hunt graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Virginia for her Masters, and works for SunTrust as senior Vice-President of Mortgage Operations. She is married to Tom Harrahy, and they have a 16-year old son, Camden, and a 14-year old daughter, Raegan. Danica and her family live in Maidens, VA.

1988 Diana DesGrosseilliers Castle has been married to Simon Castle for 20 years. They have two boys, Oliver and Lars. Diana is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America.

1989 Kathleen Dunklee lives at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, where she enjoys being an Airforce wife and mom. Marianne Hunt attended Princeton University after graduating from LA and later earned her MBA from the University of Virginia. She is married to Joseph

Schafstall and they have a 15-year old son, Joseph and a 12-year old daughter, Stephanie. They live in San Diego where Marianne works at the Center for Sustainable Energy. Sally Poole Farrell teaches at Sheepscot Valley Children's House in Wiscasset. Her husband, Tom Farrell, enjoyed his first season coaching the Boys Lacrosse team at LA. The team made it to the playoffs. They have three children: Schuyler '19, Natalie, and Will.

1991 Rachael Brewer-Chase lives in Winslow, ME. Her daughter, Hillary ‘12, married Dylan Moody, of Nobleboro, on July 25, 2015, at Beech Hill Barn in Pittsfield. Rachael’s son, Corey ‘09, recently married Abigail Ingraham, from Saco, on August 27, 2017, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Judi Hilton joined the LA Board of Trustees in July, 2017. She splits her time between Boston and Jefferson, Maine. See story on pages 32-33. Andrea Parker is the co-class agent for the Class of 1991.

1993 Nat Bryant lives in Newcastle and runs Riverside Boat Company with his father, Paul Bryant '61. See story on page 8.

1994 Josh Libby and family attended the 2017 Homecoming soccer games with his family. He is working in the real estate industry in Massachusetts. Beth Souza Janieck has been a flight attendant for 17 years, and happily married for 12. She lives in Wisconsin, and writes that she is “loving it!” Angelina Waltz is the class agent for the class of 1994 and is also an active member of the Alumni Council and LA Booster Club. She lives in Newcastle.

1995 Tracey Manning is an author who has written 13 books published under the name T.L. Manning, including the Night and Cursed series. She is a mother of two,and lives with her husband, Jeremiah, in Bristol.


Kristi Pratt-Curtis recently returned to work at LA as a math teacher. She purchased land in Newcastle, and is building a house. She writes, “I own a home in Brooks, Maine where I have lived and worked since college. I have a son who is 18, studying computer science at Thomas College. He will graduate this spring. My daughter is 11 and just transferred to GSB. An avid horseback rider; she has a pony named Violet and competes in dressage, jumping, and eventing. We travelled to Kentucky this summer to participate in the US Pony Club Championship competition. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and reading. In addition to teaching at LA, am currently working on my PhD in education."

Seth Campbell is a doctor of Geophysics and research professor in glacial science in Antarctica and Alaska. Seth has two bachelors degrees, in Environmental Science and Geology, and two masters degrees in Accounting and Earth Science and a PhD in Geophysics. He completed his extensive studies at the University of Maine campuses in Orono and Farmington. Seth, a standout three sport athlete at LA, is an avid hiker and rock climber. He lives in Canaan, NH with his wife, Kristin, who is also a Geophysicist researching in Iceland and Greenland.

Dennis Prior lives in Bremen with his wife, Michelle, and three children who attend Great Salt Bay School. His son, Nick, will be in ninth grade at LA next year. He serves on the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees, and as class agent for the Class of 1991. See story on pages 32-33.


1992 Rebecca Hanna lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she is in the antiques business. Those who know her family history will not be surprised by her career path. Her father, Stuart Hanna, acquires antiques in Maine and ships them by container to Australia for Rebecca. Juliet Kelsey-Holmes lives in Hallowell, and writes “I am proud to be a class agent, as I am passionate about keeping my classmates connected and engaged with LA, the school that brought us all together! I welcome contact from classmates who may have news or contact information for the members of the Class of 1992.” See story on page 32-33.

Jacob Pratt received his bachelor's degree at UMO. He is married and lives in Denver, Colorado, where he works as a financial advisor.

Heath Crockett attended Maine Maritime Academy. He currently resides with his family in Maryland, where he works in a nuclear power plant.

1998 Jon Teele lives in San Diego and teaches political science as an adjunct faculty member for Vincennes University. He is also working on several writing projects, and recently finished training in Reiki and other healing techniques. He is rallying his LA classmates for their 20th reunion in 2018.

1999 Joey Brooks has degrees from University of Michigan (2003) and Northeastern Law School (2006) in Boston. He works for the law firm of Hackett Feinberg PC in Boston and lives in Carlisle, Mass. with his wife, Kate, and two sons Ben (6) and Will (3).

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Class Notes

Jeffrey Fortin is the class agent for the class of 1999. Liz Fergusson lives in Whitefield and works as a senior lab tech at Bigelow Labaroatory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. See story on pages 10-11. Lance Willis lives in Somerville, Maine and serves as the Assistant Sergeant of Arms for legislative sessions in the Maine House.

2000 Sam Belknap recently took on the position of Executive Director at the Herring Gut Learning Center in St. George, Maine. The center educates students in the fields of aquaculture and marine science. Sam graduated summa cum laude from UMO in 2007 with a BA in Anthropology, and then enrolled in the renowned Climate Change Institute for his masters degree. After various jobs, one of which was managing the family lobster wharf in Round Pond, Sam returned to UMO as a National Science Research Fellow. He is currently finishing his doctoral work on the role of leadership in the success of the Maine lobster industry. Lane Harris lives in Wiscasset with her husband, Robert, and a multitude of cats, she says, “just as everyone expected.” She is the assistant manager at Petco in Topsham, Maine, where she has worked for 5 years. Sarah Kennedy and her husband Jason Sewall welcomed baby Elliot Kennedy Sewall on April 28, 2017. Elliot joins his sister Autumn, now 4. Sarah works with the Lincoln Academy Boarding Program running student activities. Jared Mitkus is a detective with Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. Jessica Sewall Dodge and Scott C. Dodge II were married in September 2016 with their two year old son as their best man.

2001 Carly Masterson Cavallari is a special education teacher at Brunswick Junior High School. She lives in Brunswick with her husband, Chris, and son, Finley. Faustine Reny lives in Bristol with her fiancé, Nicholas Plumer, and their two children, Cordelia Grace (two and a half) and Wesley Hall, who was born in August. She has been working at Renys since 2009 and she currently serves as the Head of Operations. She also serves on the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees. Jocelyn Rodrigue Garrison married her amazing US Coast Guard husband Michael Garrison on May 10, 2014. They enjoy seeing different parts of the country in their various travels.

2002 Alden Colby and brother Elliot were sighted at Coveside Restaurant over the summer celebrating their



mother’s birthday. Alden is in the boating industry, influenced by his father, who runs boats up and down the East coast. Stephanie Hunt is married to Jefferson Smith. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts and then joined the Peace Corps, spending two years in Tonga in the South Pacific. She returned to attend graduate school at Duke University, and after receiving her masters, she got a job at NOAA in Washington, DC. She is a supervisory Fisheries Management Specialist. Stephanie has two children, Lena (5), and Wilder (3). She and her family live in Washington, DC.

2003 Collette Reny Agnese serves as class agent for the Class 2003.

2004 Shari Wills married Jeremy Wills on May 21, 2017. They live in Wiscasset, and were expecting their first child in October.

2005 Ross and Meaghan Pinkerton Nichols, both members of the Class of 2005, purchased a 120 acre farm in Bristol to enter the world of commercial farming. Meaghan, who has a degree in nursing, returned to her first love, working and caring for animals. Their farm is named “High Hopes” after Meaghan’s grandmother.

2006 Amy (Brooks) Burgess is in her second season as assistant coach for the LA Cross Country Team, working with Coach Garrett Martin, who was her coach during her junior year at LA. Amy was a standout runner for Lincoln, placing fourth at XC States in 2003, and winning the 1600 in track KVACs. She writes, “I live in Woolwich with my husband Cameron (Brunswick Class of 2006.) We have welcomed two beautiful children in our four years of marriage: son, Eddie (three) and daughter, Sawyer (one). In that time we have also worked together to start our own business, Burgess Property Services, based out of our home. I have felt very fortunate that while creating new roots with my young family, I have also been able to stay true to my Newcastle roots as well. It has been such a pleasure to be able to rejoin the LAXC program as a coach and to see how the Lincoln Academy community has grown.” Nicole Russell, a three sport athlete at LA in field hockey, basketball, and softball graduated from the University of Presque Isle in 2010. She will receive her graduate degree in Social Work from Orono in 2018, and is employed by the Spurwink Behavioral School Program. Nicole is an accomplished disc golf player, competing in disc golf tournaments throughout the state. Alexandria Pelczar serves as class agent for the class of 2006.

Jas Walton is a professional musician in New York City, where he plays as a sideman with may performers. He recently enrolled at Manhattanville College to begin training to become a secondary school music teacher. See story on pages 30-31.

2007 Brendan Parsons graduated from UMO in 2011 with a degree in Economics. This year he opened the River Bottom Raw Bar in Newcastle, which markets wholesale and retail Damariscotta River Oysters. See story on pages 6-7.

2008 Dennis Boyd married Danica Wall ‘95, in September of this year. Dennis is the owner of Dennis Boyd Photography and Boyd’s Eye view, an aerial photo/video service. He serves as class agent for the class of 2008. Peter Brooks attended UMO and graduated with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. While there he enjoyed participating in extracurriculars, especially working as an EMT- Firefighter. He was the first Psychology student in the last ten years at UMO to procure a spot in medical school. He studied medicine at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama. Between college and medical school he studied abroad for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thanks to his EMT experience, Peter chose to match with an Emergency Medicine (EM) residency program. In March he matched to a three-year EM residency with Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia; the region’s only level-one trauma and burn center. He graduated from medical school in May 2017, second in his class of 150 students. Kristina Verney married Taylor McGraw of Hampden, Maine, in April 2017.

2009 Megan Chandler serves as class agent for the class of 2009. Corey Brewer married Abigail Ingraham of Saco on August 19, 2017 at Beech Hill Barn, Pittston, ME.

2011 Amelia Pennington, a softball standout at LA, went on to attend Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she majored in Pre-Law. She is currently in her third year of law school at the New England Law School in Boston. In May she married Scott Meltzer. Laura Soohey attended the University of New England for one year, then transferred to Central Maine Community College where she played basketball for two years. She finished school at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a NAIA Division One School. After earning her degree in Business Management and Administration, Laura returned to CMCC where she works as an Admissions Representative, head softball coach, and assistant women’s basketball

coach. She coached her basketball team to victory in the 2017 United States Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II National Championship. Paige Verney attended Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine, and graduated with an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education in 2014. After she graduated from CMCC, Paige pursued further education at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, where she graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Education. Paige is currently pursuing her Masters in Education with a concentration in Montessori, as well as getting her AMS Montessori Teacher Certification. She teaches at Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro, Maine.

2012 Hillary Brewer married Dylan Moody of Nobleboro on July 25, 2015 at Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, ME. Aimee Keushguerian received her BA at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her thesis was titled “Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Fourth Sector Growth.” During her college years, Aimee frequently visited Armenia, where she spent her summers volunteering and working internships in Yerevan. Aimee repatriated to Armenia in 2016, where she works for a winery consulting firm, Semina Consulting, and manages a sparkling wine company, Keush, distributing to the U.S. Canada, the European Union, and the Middle East. Luca Keushguerian attended Johnson State College, where he majored in Outdoor Education. During his summers he taught tennis, worked at restaurants and went climbing. He graduated in 2017 (his commencement speaker was Bernie Sanders), and completed an internship at the Red River Gorge in East-Central Kentucky as a climbing instructor on the Via Ferrata. He is now a rock climbing and rappelling guide at Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton, Kentucky. Ryan Peters graduated from Bentley University in 2012, and then spent a year teaching through the

City Year program in Dallas, Texas. In September Ryan departed for two years in the Peace Corps in Lesotho (a small landlocked country surrounded by South Africa). After completing two months of language training in Lesotho, Ryan will be assigned a teaching position in a village school for the remainder of his two-year stay in the Peace Corps. Emily Whitaker graduated from UMO with a degree in Biochemistry. She graduated with Highest Honors from the Honors College, and is now in graduate school at the University of Vermont’s Cellular Molecular & Biomedical Science program. She hopes to get her PhD in molecular biology and genetics, but needs to pass her qualifying exams before she is officially a PhD student. She recently joined a new lab, where she will be doing her thesis work on the study of HIV with a focus on HIV-induced syncytia, which are infected cells with multiple nuclei. Her passion for science led her to attend the March for Science in Washington, DC last April. Emily was the president of the Class of 2012 and serves as their class agent.

2013 Thomas Masters recently graduated with Cum Laude honors from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a BA in History and a minor in Business Administration. He is currently interning at the Lincoln Academy Development Office, and serves as class agent for the class of 2013. Kara Mullin recently graduated from Randolph College and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Holocaust Studies at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Morgan Perry graduated from Thomas College in December of 2016, with a Bachelors in Sports Management and a concentration in Marketing. She recently accepted a job at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, as a Sports Information Assistant. Loring Schaible graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Sciences.

June 2017, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Izzy is pursuing her Masters Degree in Public Health at Imperial College in London, England.

2014 Eli Daiute is taking a year off from his studies at Yale to perform and travel with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest and most prestigious a capella group in the nation. See story on pages 28-29.

2016 Lillian Bisset is a student at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, participating in three varsity sports: soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. She is a criminal justice major, minoring in social work and sees herself pursuing a career in Law. Garrett Eugley serves in the Marines on active duty. He is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Karan Nair studies History and Sociology, and serves as President of his class at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the men’s soccer team and recently spent the summer of 2017 as an intern at the Lincoln Academy Admissions and Development Office. Karan hopes to work in education, specializing in either teaching or admissions. Julie Spinney has transferred from Becker College to the University of Maine at Augusta where she will major in Veterinary Science. Avae Traina is a sophomore at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, studying International Business and Logistics. She is a Residential Assistant in housing and plays for the women’s basketball team. She made Dean’s List her first two semesters at Maine Maritime, and is a class agent for the class of 2016. Ally Wehrle is a student at Colby College, where she was recently honored as Charles A. Dana Scholar for her distinguished academic record and contributions to the community through leadership or service.

Izzy Zaidi recently graduated from Colby College in


Ruth McLoon House '35 of Damariscotta, 4/27/17 Virginia Goudy McFarland '38 of Newcastle, 8/13/17 Anne Clark Haggett Pinkham '44 of Newcastle, 5/10/17 Louis L. Doe'45 of Newcastle, 5/1/17 Lillyanne Tibbetts Creamer '47 of Waldoboro Lucille Dodge Putnam '48 of Damariscotta Martha Stevens Dalton '48 of Wiscasset Richard C. Erskine '50 of Yarmouth Cecile Morin Gifford '57 of Waldoboro Alvah Sprague '62 of Bristol, 4/30/17 Paul Cushing '74 of Pemaquid, 2/12/17

Gordon Humphrey '76 of South Bristol, 12/23/16 Rhea McCall Gordon '77 of Damariscotta Monica Simmons Thompson '78 of Damariscotta, 4/25/17 Audrey Farrin Benner '86 of Nobleboro, 12/26/16 Daniel Brinkler '87 of Newcastle, 1/5/17 Neil Prior '92 of Cape Coral, FL, 8/15/17 Rachel Golanski '06 of Bremen, 5/18/17


Evelyn Smith Deardorff of New Harbor, 7/1/17 Joel Huston Dodge of Damariscotta, 1/30/17

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Year of Lincoln’s founding


Town Academies in Maine


Total students


Boarding students


Local sending towns:

The Lincoln Academy Faculty issued the Statement on Diversity below before students returned to school in September of 2017, and made "Tolerance, Respect, and Acceptance" the theme of the 2017-18 school year. Art teachers Kirsten Campbell and Jonathan Mess used this as inspiration for the 2017 Lincoln Academy pumpkin decoration during Pumpkinfest.

Statement on Diversity Tolerance•Respect•Acceptance


tudents at Lincoln Academy have a rich diversity of strengths, skills, and life experiences. We believe that these differences create a stronger learning environment for all students. We are committed to meeting the needs of all students within this wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, cultural values, learning styles, languages, and national identities. Lincoln Academy does not condone acts of racism, homophobia, or other forms of discrimination, and works hard at maintaining a safe environment for student growth and understanding. The school community is one that is focused on tolerance, acceptance, and respect, and the daily education that such values require.



Damariscotta, Bristol, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Jefferson, Bremen, South Bristol, Alna, Edgecomb, Boothbay, Southport, Westport Island, Whitefield, Somerville, Windsor, St. George


Countries represented by boarding students:

Bahamas (2), Burundi (1), China (41), Czech Republic (3), Germany (4), Italy (1), Jamaica (1), Japan (1), Kazakhstan (4), Korea (2), Mexico (1), Nigeria (2), Rwanda (2), Spain (3), Turkey (3),UAE/Yemin (1), USA (3), Uzbekistan (1), Vietnam (7)


On-campus Dormitories


On-campus residential faculty families


State-determined tuition (and Insured Value) that towns pay per local student


Tuition for residential students


Students who attend

voc ational training at the Bath Regional and Technical Career Center or the Rockland MidCoast School of Technology



Graduates in the Class of 2016


Class of 2016 enrolled in post-secondary education

Boarding students who receive some financial aid Total athletic teams


Student body that participates in at least one athletic team


Total faculty


Faculty with graduate degrees


Students who take at least one AP course before graduation


AP courses offered


Students taking a course in the new ATEC building.



Class of 2016 employed or seeking employment


Class of 2016 enlisted in the military

$16.3 million

Funds raised in the last 20 years in support of LA programs and facilities


Construction projects completed since 2015: Kiah Bayley Residence Hall, CableBurns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, William A. Clark Athletic Field (artificial turf), John Bowers Baseball Field (new construction), Fred French Softball Field (reconstruction) FALL 2017


Alumni & Development Office Lincoln Academy parking, 1930.

Lincoln Academy parking, 2017.

Then & Now

Alumni Events in 2018:

Alumni Class Challenge March 1-5, 2018 • Rally your classmates and join the Challenge! • This social media competition encourages classes to out-donate each other in the race to support LA. • Join the fun by contacting Amy McNaughton '88 and entering your class in the Challenge.

Alumni Weekend June 15-17, 2018 • It's not just a banquet anymore! Alumni weekend is full of fun events for all ages, including alumni baseball and softball games, campus tours, class get-togethers, and more.

Alumni Art Show, Summer 2018 • A local gallery will showcase work by graduates of Lincoln Academy. Details coming soon. Contact Nina Sylvia '84 to submit your artwork or nominate an artist. ( Above: LA Faculty, 1943. Below: the Class of '88, as seen from Hall House.

Above: LA Faculty, 2017. Below: the Class of '18, as seen from a drone.

Get in Touch! We'd love to hear from you! Alumni and Development Office: 4 Hillcrest Rd, Newcastle, Maine 04553 (207-563-3599) Matt Goetting, Associate Head for External Affairs ( Amy McNaughton, Director of Development and Alumni Relations (

LA Band Homecoming March, 1940.



LA Band Homecoming March, 2017.

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2017 Lincoln Academy Aerie  
2017 Lincoln Academy Aerie  

The 2017 Edition of Lincoln Academy's Alumni Magazine.