It is with utmost pleasure and school pride that I introduce Lincoln Academy’s finest students to you. These student leaders have been nominated for their commitment to excellence, their passion for our school, and their diligent dependability. They befriend and onboard new international students when they arrive on campus, are our tour guides for visitors, and respond to Frequently Asked Questions. Do feel free to reach out to them directly via email to get their take on what they adore about Lincoln Academy” ~ Lu-Shien Tan, Director of Admissions

The Ambassadors

Fasai “Sonny” Cumming, Class of 2022

I am a Junior at Lincoln Academy, and my favorite spot on campus is probably the Poe Theater. I have been performing in it since I was in middle school, so I am very familiar with the space, and it holds many happy and important memories for me.

My favorite class usually depends on how it’s run rather than the subject matter, but my favorite subject is most likely English, because I love reading. I have found that the teachers at LA are very approachable, and building positive relationships with them has made me more confident and outgoing within the community. I am always ready to meet new people and make new friends. My friends would say I am very outgoing and always ready to talk to groups of people. I’d like to think I bring a positive energy to a group as well, especially if I have a friend with me.

I really enjoy interacting with other students and teachers and hope to help new members of our community feel welcome and at home. This year, I hope to begin planning for college and narrow down potential career choices within literary and historical studies!

Reach Sonny at cummingfs@lincolnacademy.org

Ella Villeneuve, Class of 2021

I am a senior at Lincoln Academy and this will be my 4th year with the school.

In addition to being an Ambassador, I am involved in Outing Club, Climate Action Club, Varsity Girls Lacrosse and Cross Country, and Special Olympics. Outside of school I am a competitive equestrian and also love to ski in the winter. I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family in the Maine outdoors!

The thing I love most about Lincoln Academy is the way the school encourages individual growth and our welcoming community and staff. People leave here a better version of themselves.

I hope to leave Lincoln having made a positive impact and to be a good role model for new students.

Reach Ella at villeneuveem@lincolnacademy.org

Ella Villeneuve, ’21 Equestrian and outdoor enthusiast

Misha Curtis

Misha Curtis, ’21 at work at the Shuck Station

Misha Curtis, Class of 2021

I have been at Lincoln Academy since my sophomore year. 

I have been involved in the Civil Rights Team, a Summer Aquaculture Internship, and played soccer the last year. I have particularly enjoyed learning about Maine’s history and culture, as well as meeting all of the amazing people here. I am most proud of the amazing friend group I’ve acquired since my moving to Maine. 

I love the accepting culture of Lincoln Academy, and think something important to know about Lincoln Academy, is that the teachers and staff are truly dedicated – even more so if you show a similar dedication. 

Before I graduate, I hope to be able to get to get to know everyone at Lincoln, do a great job academically, and have some fun while doing it.

Reach Misha at curtisms@lincolnacademy.org.

Filip Diakonowicz, Class of 2021

I have been at Lincoln Academy since 2018 (Sophomore year), and am from Warsaw Poland.

My favorite subjects are economics, English, and history. I have been involved in Debate, MUN, Freshmen Mentors and helping out with soccer trainings for younger kids at the YMCA. I love sports, and can be found playing soccer, skiing, tennis, or windsurfing.

Before I graduate, I want to get the best grades I can, succeed at soccer, and get into a good college.

Reach Filip at diakonowiczf@lincolnacademy.org

Mara Abbott, Class of 2023

I have been at Lincoln Academy since my freshman year.

In my Freshman year, I joined cross country and track, UNIFIED basketball, outdoor club and climate action club. I am so happy to be an ambassador this year, because I’ll get to help all incoming freshman, residential students or others that will be having to navigate through a new setting with new people and experiences. You also get to help to strengthen the community and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people that you may not have had the chance to meet otherwise.

I’ve always liked the environment that LA offers and all the people there have been super welcoming and fun to be around. It’s just a good community to be part of. This year I hope to be able to learn something new everyday, and be as involved as I possibly can be!

Reach Mara at abbottmj@lincolnacademy.org.

Marina McManus, Class of 2022

I run in cross country, track, and indoor track, and also participate in a few clubs. I have thoroughly enjoyed Model UN, Sigma Sigma Chi, and Alpha Sigma Gamma. After living in a slew of different states, learning about the long, persistent history of LA was truly an education in humility and strength. It seems that this community did not create a school, Lincoln Academy built this community.

I am quite proud of the Grit and Grace award I was given in recognition for my spirit within my cross country team. I may not win medals for my running, but through my passion for the sport, I have won this complement to my abilities as a teammate. I love how every adult and student you come across at Lincoln Academy has passion for not only their own successes, but the accomplishments of others. I hope people know how many opportunities exist at Lincoln. It’s a rural school, yet it’s big enough to offer services and activities to small groups of passionate students.

Before the year closes out, I hope to be more grateful for my friends, my opportunities – – and of course, the view from the driver’s seat.

Marina can be reached at mcmanusmj@lincolnacademy.org

Caitlin Cass, ’21 & State Tennis Champion

Caitlin Cass, Class of 2021

I have been at Lincoln Academy since my freshman year.

I have been involved in Freshman Mentors, Outing club, Wind Ensemble, student government, Cross Country, and Varsity Girls Tennis, and particularly enjoyed the sports programs here at Lincoln.  Outside of school, I love volunteering in the local Y tennis programs and spending time with my friends. 

I am most proud of our girls tennis team winning the state championship the past two years. I love the diversity of Lincoln Academy, and I think it really enhances the high school experience. Something you really should really know about Lincoln Academy is that the teachers truly care about who you become as a student and a person. 

Before I graduate, I hope to be able to become fluent in Spanish. Reach Caitlin at cassce@lincolnacademy.org

William Sherrill, Class of 2022

I have been at Lincoln Academy since 2018. I have been involved in student government, Model United Nations, outing club and particularly enjoyed jazz band. 

I love everything about Lincoln Academy. I am most proud of my participation in cross country, indoor track, and baseball. 

Something you really should really know about Lincoln Academy is that the students are very accepting and the faculty are always willing to help. Before I graduate, I hope to be able to make friends from around the world.

Reach Will at sherrillwr@lincolnacademy.org

Iris Pope, Class of 2023

I’ve been at Lincoln Academy since my freshman year, and I have a long family history here. My grandparents taught at Lincoln and my parents met each other at LA. Though I was homeschooled for pretty much all of elementary school, I always had in mind that I would attend LA for high school. To me LA was the place where all of my friends from different sports or extracurricular activities would be able to come together in a community we all could participate in. It’s a welcoming and inclusive environment that I have been connected to for many years with my parents being alumni, and through myself and my mother working with Heartwood Regional Theater Company.

Compared to many other high schools in the area, Lincoln Academy really values unifying everyone as a whole, which makes it such a welcoming and positive place. For me at least, I always feel like there are opportunities or ways to have my voice heard by people. The teachers at LA are so passionate about the work that they do, and each of them want their students to thrive.

This year, even with the student body being divided due to the pandemic, I hope to spend as much time as I can enjoying the outdoors and being active.

Reach Iris at popeie@lincolnacademy.org

Scott Petersen, Class of 2021

In my three years at Lincoln Academy, I’ve participated in the International Club, Alpha Sigma Gamma, the Debate Club, and Ambassadors. I’ve also been on both the Tennis and Cross Country teams, acted in numerous theater shows, and performed with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, three different Jazz Bands, and, soon, our audition only choir Lincolnaires. If I’m not still at school, you can probably find me with my friends in town or at home playing guitar.

For the past two summers and during several vacations, I’ve worked in a full-time custodial position at Lincoln Academy. For many more years, I’ve also volunteered as an Educator at the local watershed association Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust. In this time, I learned that Lincoln Academy is a place that myself and many others can call home.

With a little less than two years left in my time in high school, I hope to continue participating in my favorite subjects and extracurriculars, specifically those of debate, Spanish, music, and theater and to meet new students from all around the globe.

Scott can be reached at petersenhs@lincolnacademy.org

Scott Petersen, ’21 at Homecoming celebrations

Forest Holbrook, Class of 2022

I’ve been at Lincoln Academy since my freshman year.

Even before starting high school, Lincoln Academy’s Poe Theater was a place for me to learn how to be an actor. The shows which I have performed in have created wonderful memories. I’m grateful to have been a part of past shows, and I am looking forward to those in the future. The band room is where I start most of my school days, and being part of the band is something I also take pride in.

My favorite class so far was honors biology. I loved the wide range of hands-on activities and projects we did. I learned so much from Mr. Buchwalder, not only about the environment, ecosystems, and the history of Earth, but also how to become a better writer, note-taker, and student as a whole. I really liked the stories Mr. Buchwalder told the class and his great sense of humor. I enjoyed every class, and the projects and experiments I got to take part in were always exciting and engaging.

This year I hope to become more involved in the LA community and reach out to more people during these uncertain times.

Reach Forest at holbrookfc@lincolnacademy.org

Maddy Russ, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year.

LA students have so many opportunities. We have a wide array of classes, sports, and clubs to choose from. My favorite class was chemistry, followed closely by biology. I love science, and I liked the content we learned in biology more, but I really liked the people in my chemistry class, which made it very enjoyable. LA teachers have created an environment in their classes that makes students feel comfortable sharing their views and opinions. I feel like my input is always valued in classes, which is important for my growth as a student and for feeling like a member of a community, even just the smaller communities of each class.

I’m happiest when I’m on campus with my friends, whether we’re in a classroom, walking to Hall House, or sitting outside during the warmer months. I’m a dedicated student, and I work very hard in all aspects of my life. Although I’m not as involved at LA as a lot of classmates, outside of school I do gymnastics in Augusta, which is a huge time commitment. Balancing school and gymnastics requires time-management and a lot of effort. I can offer insight for new students as to what it’s like being a student balancing school with other time-consuming activities.

Maddy can be reached at russmv@lincolnacademy.org

Katia Guerrero, Class of 2021

I’m from Mexico and I’ve been here at Lincoln Academy since my sophomore year (2018).

I am a member of the Civil Rights club and have been involved in Cross Country and Outdoor track.

My favorite subjects so far have been AP Biology and French. I like the fact that you get to choose subjects you’re actually interested in, which allows you to meet people who you share common interests with.

One of the aspects I’ve liked the most about this school is the welcoming community. In my first year, I experienced a lot of cultural shock because of the different traditions and customs here at Lincoln, such as Homecoming or Winter carnival. I was surprised at how much school spirit students had and at first, I was intimidated to participate in these activities, but thanks to everyone’s welcoming attitude I was able to adjust quickly and find my group of friends. Hopefully, as an ambassador, I can help you find your place in LA and feel as welcome as I did.

Reach Katia at guerreroka@lincolnacademy.org

Skyler Houghton, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year, and am very invested in the Math and English departments, Soccer and Lacrosse. I belong to the Sigma Sigma Chi and Unified Clubs and am a part of the Wind Ensemble. I would have to say my favorite spot is the turf field. Not only because I use it for two sports seasons, but it also holds many memories from watching homecoming games before I attended LA to playing in homecoming games as a student.

I chose to attend LA because I believed it had a strong academic program that offered a wide variety of classes and gives you the freedom to decide how you would like your high school experience to go. One of my favorite classes was Mr. O’Mahoney’s World History class, in my freshman year. Mr. O’Mahoney’s presentation of historical events was thought-provoking and in-depth in a way I hadn’t ever experienced in previous Social Studies classes.

Lincoln Academy has helped me gain a larger mindset on how I approach my education, as well as a look into how many different ways I can support the larger community. This year I hope to create a positive balance between my academics, sports, and family and friends.

Skyler can be reached at houghtonsn@lincolnacademy.org

Olivia Nixon, Class of 2023

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year. My family relocated to Maine last year and I chose to attend Lincoln Academy over any other high school because of the wide variety of classes, clubs, sports, and activities. Its long standing history and tradition as well as the preparation of its students for college is also appealing to me. I believe that Lincoln Academy’s outreach and community involvement is second to none.

As a freshman, I competed on LA’s Indoor Track team and also attended all ski trips with the Outing Club. My favorite sport is tennis and I also enjoy running and skiing. As a sophomore, I plan to join the cross country team and continue with the sports I love. Last year, I was a member of the Y-Teen Leaders and Outing Club. I hope to participate in MUN and Unified for Lincoln Academy this coming year, as well.

Being an LA student has many benefits and advantages. Attending school at Lincoln Academy is like having a second family. The faculty and students are not only mentors but friends who truly care about helping you achieve your goals. Community Meetings, Homecoming, and Winter Carnival are just a few of the many examples that show how Lincoln Academy embraces its “family”.

This year I hope to be as involved as possible in the LA community considering the complications of the world, while also getting to know more of my fellow peers at Lincoln Academy.

Olivia can be reached at nixonor@lincolnacademy.org

Clara Goltz, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year.

My favorite subjects are math and economics and I am very involved in the Cross Country and Track Teams, Outing Club, and Alpha Sigma Gamma. Lincoln Academy is local, and offers a high quality education that challenges students in a small, supportive learning environment.

I love spending time up on the upper field with my teammates during cross country. It is a great place for us to relax after the school day and I enjoy math class because it challenges me to think in different ways.

This year, I hope to grow the girls cross country and track team so that we can be more competitive in our region and state.

Clara can be reached at goltzcr@lincolnacademy.org

Isaac Powell, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year. Lincoln Academy also has always felt just a bit more familiar to me as my mother and brother went to Lincoln Academy. I feel like the best thing about being a Lincoln Academy student is that you are always welcome here by so many kind and friendly people. Community meeting held on Friday especially fosters this feeling.

I have participated in volleyball and track and field, and become a part of the National Art Honors Society and the Skidompha Library Teen Committee. My favorite class at Lincoln Academy was Drawing I last year. I just really enjoy artistic classes and I discovered I was better than I thought in things I never would have tried. In the class I made plenty of new friends. As someone who enjoys art, I am excited that there are more artistic programs I can be a part of. My favorite place in school is Poe Theater, and it’s actually where I made a lot of my best friends.

This year I hope to start as soon as possible and perhaps find colleges that I find to be ideal for the career I want. What I have in mind are colleges that would help me become an English Second Language teacher. In the meantime, look for me as the Eddy the Eagle mascot!

Isaac can be reached at powellie@lincolnacademy.org

Ava Nery, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year. I hope that this year I will become more involved with student organizations.

The best thing about being an LA student is working with teachers throughout the year to get the best learning experience and making new friends from the area and from around the world. It is local and offers a number of interesting and unique classes, plus, the music program is wonderful. The campus is also beautiful, overlooking town, and close enough to town that it is within walking distance. I really love roller skating in the parking lot by the soccer field during the warmer seasons.

LA allows a lot of freedom to students, in expression, in projects, and in student’s individual curriculum trajectory. This has helped me to explore who I want to become academically while continuing to express my own personal experiences and individuality in projects and classes. Also, student meetings and classes have allowed me to form friendships with many students that I might not have interacted with on a regular basis.

This year I hope to be able to bring our academic community together in the safest possible way. Ava can be reached at neryak@lincolnacademy.org

Gabriela Hagar, Class of 2022

I have attended Lincoln Academy since my freshman year. I love all of my classes, but I really enjoy science. I am a part of the Civil Rights team, Library team, and I try do help out as much as possible wherever I’m needed!

Lincoln is my happy place. Honestly, I love the community, the classes, and well, everything… I can’t just pick. My favorite thing about the building is the smell of pancakes from Mr. Cheff’s room and the amazing singing coming from Mr. Scimone’s room! My sophomore year, I had Mr. Smalley as my English teacher; he knows how to get you into a good book! He also was very fun and had the class always interested. He was very kind and understanding, and you felt as if you could tell him anything.

I think Lincoln Academy has made me a better person; it’s helped me grow stronger academically. I went from feeling very unmotivated to always wanting to help even if that means running around the school and never getting a break to take a breath. As long as I’m helping and meeting new people!

Gabriela can be reached at hagarge@lincolnacademy.org

Sage Kosky, Class of 2022

I am a Junior at Lincoln Academy. I chose LA because of the high academic standings, the school spirit, and the overall great reputation of the school. I live in Wiscasset and this has been such a worthwhile choice because I feel that I am getting the best education and the best opportunities while attending. The best thing about being an LA student is getting to be a part of a community that is proud of their school. The spirit and school pride at LA is apparent and getting to be a piece of the puzzle is really special. The foreign exchange program is another thing that makes Lincoln special, and getting to learn in a place with that unique factor sets LA apart in a great way.

My favorite place on campus would have to be the Library. I usually spend some of my lunch period there with a big group of friends and it’s always a good time. I have also had many study halls there and the atmosphere feels calmer. Maybe, it’s because it’s at the top of the school, but it feels isolated and relaxed.

Before the year is over, I would like to accomplish and achieve a sense of stability in both school, and everyday life. Stability is something I want to work for during this unprecedented time because once there are strong roots, it is easier to grow and strive. Sage can be reached at koskycs@lincolnacademy.org