HEBRON — Laura Ordway of Bridgton recently visited the Hebron Academy Middle School to talk about an expedition she made up Denali (Mt. McKinley in Alaska) when she was younger.

She showed slides of her ascent to Denali’s 20,320-foot summit, which took her about three weeks.

When Ordway began her talk, she said that she had two messages she wanted the kids to hear. The first was to take advantage of opportunities when they come their way. Ordway explained how going on the expedition to Denali led her on expeditions all over the world, and she was able to experience many different and exciting things.

Ordway’s second message was that whatever they do, it doesn’t have to be for the rest of their life. Ordway has led expeditions up mountains, switched gears to be the director of Winona in Bridgton, then became a mom, and now she’s also an elected official, serving on the MSAD 61 School Board.

Sixth-grader Emily Thompson said, “She made me feel that some day, I might be able to become a mountain climber or anything else I set my mind to.”

For more information on the school, visit www.hebronacademy.org or call 966-5225.

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