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Letters to Seniors: John Brown

Dear Thetford Academy Class of 2020,

Although I have not been one of your educators, coaches or mentors, my work here at TA has offered me the opportunity to watch each and every one of you grow and develop into the fine young adults you have become through your performances, athletics, Founders Day, ODW and collaboration with some of your outdoor classes.

Missing traditional graduation ceremonies this year is disappointing for all of us but makes your achievements no less earned, no less important, no less admired and no less gratifying. This is but a brief moment in history. Before you know it, you will be celebrating college graduations, military honors, marriage, career promotions and welcoming children into your young families.

You have a whole life ahead of you with endless opportunities; some known, some unknown. Life is going to take you places you never imagined; some good, some bad. You will be faced with daunting decisions; some hard, some scary. No matter where life leads you, keep an open mind, ask questions, listen to what others have to say and above all else, continue to learn and feed your mind. You’re going to do great!

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined”.
Henry David Thoreau

Johnathan Brown
St. Johnsbury Academy
Class of 1989



We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.


We value initiative, courage and dedication. We take personal responsibility for the goals we set and work hard to achieve them.


We work and learn together. We see teachers as coaches, students as team members, families as partners, and learning as practice and action.


We provide individuals with personalized support and guidance. We care about each other and the larger community.


We respect differences among people. We welcome the contribution of varied perspectives to a rich and flexible school culture.