Student representatives elected to Portland School Board

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PORTLAND — Three high school juniors have been elected by their peers to one-year terms on the School Board.

Maddie Holton, Oliver Nolan and Tophe Thorne will represent the city’s three public high schools.

Holton was the only candidate at Portland High School. She is a member of the varsity lacrosse team, sails, and participates in the Environmental and Key clubs.

Holton said she sought the position because she wants to work on budget changes and move the district in a more environmentally friendly direction.

Nolan defeated two other candidates to represent Casco Bay High School. His other activities include Nordic skiing, sailing, and participating in the Phoenix Project.

“I’m really interested in the ways that students can influence their education,” he said.

Nolan said he hopes to focus his work on the board on remodeling Portland’s elementary schools and expanding his own school.

Thorne won a three-way race to be the Deering High School representative on the board. He is on the baseball team and participates in Junior Senate, Key Club, Model United Nations and Mock Trial.

He spent time last summer at a youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C., and said the experience made him confident about his ability to talk to other board members and discuss issues that affect students.

He said his main focus will be on improving the laptop computers provided to students.

Amber Cronin can be reached at or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

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