Lily Thompson, an eighth grader from Somerville, has been named Maine Connections Academy‘s January STAR Student. Lily was chosen because of her engagement in her lessons and her consistently excellent performance in and outside of school, according to a news release from Burgess Advertising & Marketing.

Lily enrolled in Maine Connections Academy, a virtual public charter school, in 2016, seeking more flexibility to devote additional time to music and horseback riding. Outside of MCA, she plays piano and violin and participates in multiple orchestral groups. Her favorite activity at MCA is the school’s Academic Summits, events where students from across the state come together with teachers and special guests for days of learning and fun.

Thompson’s favorite subject is Gifted and Talented Literature Study. She enjoys literature study because of the opportunities it gives her to analyze short stories and engage in discussion with her peers. Algebra is her second favorite subject. Lily said, “Algebra is like another language. Instead of words there are numbers. Numbers always have an exact definition, and words sometimes don’t,” according to the release.

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