Students Elect Head Boy and Head Girl for 2024-25 School Year

Incoming Sixth-Form students Lila Bragan and Andrew Thibeault are excited to begin their term in the fall as Head Girl and Head Boy of the student body. Abbey students grow into strong leaders over their time here. Whether serving as team captains, organizers of a new club, tutors, or prefects, they naturally grow into leadership roles empowered by the characteristics true to our mission of reverence for God and the human person, love of learning, and commitment to community life. We asked Andrew and Lila some questions so you can get to know them!


Q: Why did you run for these positions?

Andrew: I ran for Head Boy because I wanted to help give back to the school that has given so much to me in such a short time. I believe Portsmouth Abbey is an incredible place and I want everyone to feel this way. 

Lila: I enjoyed running the Friday assembly games last year, and I was looking for ways to continue to bring the community together.


Q: What are you hoping to accomplish by the end of your term?

Andrew: By the end of the school year on a personal level I hope I’m able to leave a legacy along with new traditions that will be remembered for years to come. Through my new leadership role, I hope I’m able to give everybody the best possible experience they can at the Abbey. 

Lila: I want to survive the college process while keeping a balance between work, friends and relaxation. Through my new leadership role, I want to encourage students to hang out with their whole grade through friendly competition, and I want to heighten school spirit by bringing back “Raven of the Month.”


Q: What do you do for fun?

Andrew: In my free time I enjoy going to the gym or hanging out with my friends doing things like playing spikeball or occasionally ping pong in the new student center. I play lacrosse, football and basketball, all at the varsity level, and am also a member of the film club. 

Lila: In the fall I play Varsity Volleyball, I participate in the winter musical, and I play Varsity Softball in the Spring. Outside of school, I dance competitively. I love to play Spikeball with my friends and hang out in the common room during my free time.


Q: Favorite meal at the Abbey?

Andrew: My favorite meal is Chinese night specifically General Tso's chicken, it's a great feeling after a hard practice when you get to the dining hall and see that's for dinner. 

Lila: My favorite meal at the Abbey is the chicken broccoli stir-fry with rice. I am always excited when I see it on the menu.


Q: Favorite time of year at the Abbey?

Andrew: My favorite time of year at the Abbey is the spring. Everyone is so excited to be able to go outside after being cooped up all winter, it just makes for a great vibe on campus. Also, since the end of the year is approaching everyone is making the most of their time on campus before they leave for the summer. 

Lila: My favorite time of the year at the Abbey has to be early fall. The weather is still beautiful, and everyone is excited to be back on campus and see their friends.


Q: Favorite class? 

Andrew: My favorite class I have taken at the Abbey was AP Government and Politics with Dr. De Marzio, it was cool to learn about the United States Government in depth. 

Lila: My favorite class was sophomore year Humanities with Mr. Caplin and Ms. Pietropaoli. It was a very challenging course, but so rewarding.


Q: Favorite House?

Andrew: St. Aelred's is the best house, between the guys in the dorm and the house parents there's an incredible bond that really can't be beaten. 

Lila: My favorite house is St. Bridget’s due to its open common room and beautiful location.


Q: What makes the Abbey unique?

Andrew: To me what makes the Abbey unique is the community. From the second you step foot on campus you can tell how much everyone cares about each other and wants you to succeed. The teachers and staff are always there for you and the friends you make now are ones that you know will last a lifetime. I absolutely love it here, transferring here has been one of the best decisions I ever made. 

Lila: The community and the love students have for learning makes the Abbey stand out from other schools. I love how day students have their own space within the dorms, so there is no divide between them and borders. I love the Abbey, and it is certainly bitter-sweet to be going into my final year.