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Bristol Area Lions Club Welcomes Lincoln Academy Head of School David Sturdevant 04/24/2014

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Bristol Lion Tom Rodrigues, left, thanks David Sturdevant and Matt Goetting for their recent presentation about Lincoln Academy.

Bristol Lion Tom Rodrigues, left, thanks David Sturdevant and Matt Goetting for their recent presentation about Lincoln Academy.

Lincoln Academy’s new Head of School David Sturdevant is excited about the future of our town academy and it showed in a recent presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club. Helping all students to reach their highest potential is central to the school’s mission statement, emphasized Sturdevant, and the school’s curriculum reflects the wording on the Academy’s revised seal—independent, comprehensive, and global.

David Sturdevant came to Lincoln Academy in 2013 from Fryeburg Academy, where over the previous 28 years he had served as English teacher, dean of students, curriculum coordinator, founder of an alternative school, assistant head of school, and principal. With degrees from Wheaton College (Illinois), Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), and advanced studies at the University of Maine, he is a proponent of the town academy model of education and of experiential education for all students.

Begun in 1801 as a town academy, Lincoln Academy is one of the oldest private high schools in the country. With over 500 students from 18 towns and 6 different countries, the school was the last one of its kind in Maine to launch a boarding program. In addition to adding foreign students to the campus community, new programs in service learning, language immersion, and outreach programs are helping to promote global learning among the student body.

Lincoln Academy’s broad curriculum of 145 classes is expanding as well with new programs in marine studies, entrepreneurship studies and industrial arts. A new Applied Technology and Engineering Center, currently under construction, will house some of these exciting initiatives. Such innovations are helping students to maximize their potential and to consider post-graduate training or education.

Sturdevant commended the Bristol Area Lions Foundation for awarding three academic scholarships and one vocational scholarship annually to graduating seniors of Lincoln Academy. He was echoed by new Associate Head for Advancement Matt Goetting, who urged all present to support OUR regional high school.

A brief business meeting followed David Sturdevant’s presentation. In addition to committee reports, members discussed the upcoming Elmer Tarr Roadside Cleanup scheduled for Saturday morning, April 19. With the help of volunteers from the Masons, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League and PWA, the Bristol Lions should have over forty individuals cleaning up local roadsides that day.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club takes place on Monday, May 5. To make dinner reservations for that meeting please call 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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