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The Mountain Day Challenge

Friday, September 18 would have been Thetford Academy’s 42nd annual Mountain Day and we are disappointed that we won’t be able to climb with our students this year.

Traditionally on Mountain Day, each grade tackles one mountain per year, with the goal of having hiked each of the six peaks by the time they graduate from TA. Beginning in 7th grade, students hike Mt. Cube, Black Mountain, Smarts Mountain, Cardigan Mountain, Mt. Ascutney, and Mt. Moosilauke.

At TA, we’re never one to back away from a challenge or abandon a tradition. There are creative ways to accomplish Mountain Day – and make it work for our whole community. In the past, we’ve encouraged alumni to join in with #MountainDayEverywhere and yes, we want to see our alumni out there again completing a Mountain Day hike in their own region…preferably with other alumni and wearing TA gear!

For students, we’ve got a new challenge this year, aptly named the Mountain Day Challenge (MDC).

To complete the MDC, students must hike all 6 of the Mountain Day mountains in the 2020-21 school year. Students who complete the challenge will get a Mountain Day Challenge prize – an MDC patch or sticker designed by a TA student to wear proudly. To learn more about MDC and how to participate, email Student Assistance Provider Kara Toms. We can’t wait to see all of our Panthers out there!



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