Sergeant Helaina Lake to Speak at the Upper School Veteran’s Day Assembly

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After a year hiatus, the Upper School is resuming our Veteran’s Day tradition of inviting a veteran of the armed services to speak at assembly.  The assembly will take place on November 3.

This year’s speaker is Sergeant Helaina Lake.  Sergeant Lake enlisted in the Army Reserves in July, 2006, shortly after graduating from Livermore Falls High School in Western Maine.  She served with the South Carolina National Guard’s 133rd Military Police Company and was deployed to Afghanistan in November, 2011.  As MPs, her Company’s role was to conduct joint force presence and combat patrols with their assigned Afghan Uniformed Police Substation.

On June 20, 2012, Sergeant Lake was severely wounded.  The Channel Six News coverage of her homecoming is linked here. Since being injured, she has undergone 41 surgeries, with more pending.  She is now medically retired.  She is living in Livermore Falls with her son Aden, going to school, and pursuing her life long passions for horses and physical fitness.  Hers is a story of extraordinary resilience.

Helaina, her siblings, and her parents are long time friends of Upper School Director Lowell Libby and his family.

Helaina and her siblings at the beach with Spencer ('06) and Anna ('09) Libby.

Helaina and her siblings at the beach with Spencer (’06)and Anna (’09) Libby.

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Helaina as a girl riding on the hill behind her house.