Julian Holmes Receives Courage Award
from Olympian Julia Clukey

Thornton Academy Middle School student from Arundel
recognized in front of student body

March 10, 2017 – Olympian Julia Clukey visited Thornton Academy Middle School in Saco on Friday to share her “Live Inspired” presentation. She spoke to more than 200 middle school students in grades 6 through 8 about her personal story and encouraged the students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams.

Thornton Academy Courage Award
From left to right: Tiffany Robert, principal at Thornton Academy Middle School; Noel and Judi Holmes, parents of Julian Holmes; Julian Holmes, eighth grade student at Thornton Academy Middle School; Julia Clukey, 2010 Olympian; Maine legislators Justin M. Chenette (D-York), Senate District 31; Donna Bailey (D-Saco), House District 14; and Margaret M. O’Neil (D-Saco), House District 15. Photo courtesy: MBWD

As part of the assembly, Clukey presented the Julia Clukey Courage Award to Julian Holmes (Arundel, Maine), an eighth grade student at Thornton Academy Middle School. He was selected by school administrators to receive the award because he is a role model for other students and stands up for his beliefs.

“Julian is one of the most caring, thoughtful students I have worked with at TAMS. Not only does he demonstrate a strong sense of what is right and wrong, he holds true to who he is and what he believes in even when outside influences encourage other options. He is always putting a smile on the faces of his peers and teachers! He exudes positive energy and works hard to make others feel good about themselves. He has the courage to be who he is and strives every day to do the right thing. I could not be more proud of this young man and I commend him for having the courage to be true to himself every day,” said Tiffany Robert, principal at Thornton Academy Middle School.

Maine legislators Justin M. Chenette (D-York), Senate District 31; Donna Bailey (D-Saco), House District 14; and Margaret M. O’Neil (D-Saco), House District 15 all attended the event to celebrate the recognition of the local student. At the end of the ceremony and her 20-minute presentation, Clukey took questions then hosted an autograph session and interacted with students.

The presentation was provided at no cost to the school. Since partnering with the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors in 2010, Clukey has shared her story at 65 Maine schools, reaching more than 20,000 Maine students.

Clukey, 31, announced her retirement from the sport of luge last year based on recent concerns about her future health related to onset of pain she has experienced from Arnold-Chiari malformation, a congenital brain condition that she has endured throughout her career.

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