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Reality Behind the Rise of Piercings

Septums, medusas, webs are  just a few of the many piercings on the rise at TA. Piercings on the ears, lips, nose, eyebrows and even tongues are almost common now, and new types of piercing seem to spring up each year. When seniors began at Thornton four years ago, cartilage piercings were the hot new […]

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The Struggles of Living Away From Home

“I try to pretend sometimes that I’m there, so I don’t miss anything.  For example, I Facetime with my friends when they at a party, or I Facetime with my previous classmates when they have a class, or when we have a family lunch they always call me.” Said Fanni Abonyi, a Residential Life student from […]

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Lasante and Izzie at a local pumpkin patch.

Disability Inspires Students

  The alarm clock buzzes at 5:15, and English teacher Caryn Lasante rolls up out of bed and gets ready to take on the day. She gets up and gets herself ready, then heads down to the kitchen to pack lunches and make breakfast. After an hour, she wakes up her daughter Izzie, a fourth […]

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Guide to a Tasty Meal

Submitted to Carpe Diem by Senior Paige Lawlor “Cooking is Love made Visible.” Looking for a way to thank your family for shepherding you to graduation? Why not cook them up some comfort food and enjoy a surprise dinner together? Click on the link below to see tips on making my favorite home-made meal: Shepherd’s […]

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Red Ribbon Week school meeting

The week before vacation is usually full of distractions especially for seniors whose minds wander to end of year fun and other activities besides schooling. On Tuesday, April 12, seniors were invited to an assembly as a kick off to the Red Ribbon initiative in partnership with Biddeford High School. The purpose of this assembly […]

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This figure shows the meridian lines in our bodies.

Ancient Medicine Goes Mainstream

Feelings of excitement, nervousness, and curiosity filled Meg Yudaken’s mind as she walked into the office for the first time. All her worries dissipated when she met the woman who would be treating her. She was welcoming and sweet and full of good energy. She got Yudaken some tea and they talked for awhile about […]

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Dance Empowers Teens

For many teens, dancing is a refuge, a space they create for themselves where they can’t be judged for making mistakes. In a society which too often revolves around perfection, dance is a necessary escape for many. Senior Briaunna Elliott uses dance to relieve the pressures of school, work, and college applications. During a break […]

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Crystal Healing: Hoax or Science?

  After a tough day of work, Phoebe Gariepy decides to treat herself. She pulls into Leapin Lizards, a crystal store in Portland. Gariepy walks into the building, she is suddenly surrounded by a massive collection of various crystals and stones. She finds herself drawn to a table engulfed in small pieces of Apopholite, and […]

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Thornton senior, Abigail Ouellette, at the site of her father’s grave.

Profound Loss Too Early

F acing a parent’s death is not easy at any age, but most assume they will not lose a parent until well into adulthood. Sadly, Thornton Academy senior Abby Ouellette and Deering High School senior Priscilla Maccario had their time with their fathers unexpectedly cut short. According to a survey by Comfort Zone Camp, the nation’s’ […]

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