by Alison York.
Terry Matsuda is a 17 year old junior that attends Lincoln Academy. He is originally from Kakegawa, Japan and moved to the U.S. in 2013 to attend Lincoln Academy. Terry found out about Lincoln Academy through a nice woman who recommended it to him. His family moved from Japan to Michigan in 2013 to find better jobs in America. The family consists of his father, Shunya, his mother, Tomoko, and his older brother Mitsutoshi.
Terry is currently participating in soccer. He is a strong defender on the JV team. In the spring Terry enjoys running track. His favorite subject in school is Physics. Outside of school Terry likes to keep active by working out. Last year Terry lived in the school dorms but he decided to try something new and live with a host family instead. Currently he lives with Marilee and Val Harris and their daughter Emily in Damariscotta. After high school Terry plans on attending college in the U.S. and studying airplane mechanics. He is a friendly face in the LA community.
Faces of LA: What has surprised you most about LA?
Terry Matsuda: What surprised me is that this school has been around for many years, since 1801. Also it’s like the same place I was living in Japan, it feels like home.
FoLA: What is one thing you have learned at LA that you will always remember?
TM: I learned how to make more friends and communicate better with others.
FoLA: How have you changed since you got to LA?
TM: In Japan I only had a few friends, and now I have tons of friends. I have also learned many other new things in America.
FoLA: Who are 3 people in the LA community who have influenced you?
TM: Three people that have influenced me in the time that I’ve been here so far are Ben Halm, Mr.Suttmeier, and Mingyu Sun. Ben was my first friend at this school. Mr.Suttmeier gave me a chance to communicate with other students. Mingyu Sun taught me many skills in soccer, and I respect him a lot for that.
FoLA: Describe yourself in 3 words.
TM: Funny, cool, and friendly.
FoLA: If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
TM: I would choose the superpower to freeze time so I could stop the clock and help someone that needed it.
“Faces of LA” is a Lincoln Academy student journalism project in which student writers profile members of the LA Community: students, faculty, and staff members. These profiles appear on the LA Website and the Lincoln County News with a photo portrait, also taken by student journalists. This profile is by Alison York, a sophomore in the Yearbook and Communications class.