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March 13, 2024

From left: Representative Lydia Crafts with Lincoln Academy students Makenna Dunstan, Julia Deitrick, Gavin Peck, and Eren Aybas at the Maine State House Hall of Flags.

By Julia Deitrick ’27

Lincoln Academy students traveled with Head of School Jeffrey Burroughs and Hilary Petersen to the Maine State House on Wednesday, March 6. The group spent time tabling with representatives from other independent schools around Maine to celebrate independent school education. At the State House students had the opportunity to talk to legislators and lobbyists, including local legislator Representative Lydia Crafts.
Hilary Petersen, Associate Director of Admissions, said, “We were so pleased to be a part of this event, sponsored by the Maine Association of Independent Schools. It is important for legislators to understand how an independent school education differs from private and public school models, and our student representatives did a great job speaking about the opportunities and experiences they have had at Lincoln Academy.”

“Anytime I can spend time at an event where our students take the role of engaging people and answering questions on their experience at Lincoln is a great day,” said Head of School Jeff Burroughs. “Getting exposure to the State House and our local representatives Sen. Cameron Reny and Rep. Lydia Crafts was a great mini civics lesson.”

After visiting with legislators and networking with the other student representatives from around Maine, students were formally invited by Representative Lydia Crafts to watch the House of Representatives in session from the balcony. They were introduced by Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross and applauded by House members for their attendance along with being announced during the caucus before the house meeting.

“I am honored that I was chosen to represent Lincoln Academy at the independent school convention,” said junior Makenna Dunstan. “I had an amazing time talking with the legislators and learning about what they do. I was excited to talk with other schools as well and learn about how their schools are different. This experience was an exciting and informative time that I will never forget.”

Lincoln Academy senior and Student Body President tries out the gavel at the Maine House of Representatives

Lincoln Academy senior and Student Body President Gavin Peck tries out the gavel at the Maine House of Representatives

“I think our presentations went very well,” said LA Student Body President Gavin Peck, “and it was super cool to see house the House operated when it was in session and talking to seniors from other schools is always a fun way to see how many paths people are taking.”

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