Nadjee Harrigan Enjoying Bridgton Academy

Is there life after high school? 

Georgetown High graduate (2008) Nadjee Harrigan pictured here is finding out at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine.  He is spending the 2008-09 school year at the post-graduate academy. 

I interviewed him recently about life there and he said that after several months on campus he is pleased with the way things are going both academically and athletically.

Nadjee began high school in Lawrence but switched to Georgetown for three years on the school choice program.  “Georgetown is a smaller school and it’s close knit,” he explained.  The teachers know the students better and there’s help available after school.”

Nadjee starred in football, indoor track, and lacrosse for the Royals and was a Cape Ann League All-Star for them and part of a 4×4 relay team that broke the CAL indoor league record.

Nadjee credits GHS guidance counselor Donna Scott with alerting him to Bridgton Academy.  “I was uncertain about college and she suggested going to a prep school.  She received packets from BA and gave them to me.  After visiting here (Bridgton Academy) I knew it was a good fit for me.”

Academically, the approach has been different from high school.  “Many of the class assignments here are long term but there are a lot of quizzes and assignments along the way so I can’t procrastinate.”  Nadjee added that a school subject that hadn’t been a favorite in high school (history) had become his favorite because of the presentation at BA.

Athletically, Nadjee is currently part of the Wolverine football team.

“Nadjee has done a nice job for us, “explained BA football coach Rick Marcella.  “He’s different from most of our players because he told us up front that he has no plan to play football in college.  Almost everyone else on the team does.  He told me that he just wanted to help the team and he has as a wide receiver.”

The talents of the athletes around him at BA have impressed the, 5’7”-160 pound, Nadjee.  “Everyone here has some sort of all-star athletic past.  You have to prove what you can do here and that has made me work hard.”

Nadjee is not only on the football team but also is practicing with the lacrosse team. (Lacrosse is played in the spring but practiced year round.)  “I practice with the lacrosse team on Mondays and Wednesdays before football practice.  I do the skill work with them but not the running.”

Lacrosse concentration will start when the football season ends.  “I will be taking part in showcases where other colleges can see what I can do and get to know me.”  Nadjee would like to end up playing lacrosse for a major college in either North Carolina or South Carolina.

Nadjee expects to major in journalism in college and would like to write sports or cover sports on radio or television when college is over. 

He has won awards for his writing already and did an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick at Regis College.

“I still have a lot of contact with friends at GHS,” said Nadjee.  “I went home and saw the football team (his brother Tyran is a two-way starter) defeat Murdock.”

Currently, he covers football on the BA athletic website.  Check it out.

(Appeared in the Nov5-Nov11 issue of The Town Common)

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