Saint Thomas Aquinas Named Jostens 2017 National Yearbook Program of Excellence

STA program recognized five straight years for dynamic and engaging yearbook.

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(HAMMOND) – (August/2017) – Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, today announced that Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School’s yearbook program has been named a 2017 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy.  

This is the fifth year that STA has received this national recognition. The STA award winning yearbook program is under the direction of Michelle Chauvin, yearbook adviser at Saint Thomas Aquinas.


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Melanie Bouterie Kramer is returning to St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School as head coach for the Lady Falcons Basketball team, as well as in a new position as academic coordinator.

Cheerleaders start the year with a bang

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STA's Cheerleaders recently attended a Universal Cheerleaders Association camp in Panama City Beach, Fl., where they participated in workshops on game day training, pep rallies, and stunting techniques. They competed in the large varsity division and were named Game Day champions, as well as placing second in Cheer. They received the coveted Leadership Award, which is voted on by the approximately 25 other teams in attendance at the camp. Seniors Traci Carollo, Angie G'sell, Bailey Cavallero, Isabel Oliva, and Maci Collins were selected as All-American Cheerleaders. 

2017-18 Student Council Representatives Elected

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Congratulations to the 2017-18 St. Thomas Aquinas Student Council representatives. They are (seated) Juliette LeRay, Chloe Williams (sophomores); Kaleigh Scallan, Marley Bohning, Mackie Sandage (juniors); (2nd row) Madison Plaisance (junior); Mallorie Vaccaro, Maddie Pistorius, Darah Haidet (sophomores); (3rd row) John Ross Donnes (junior); Nicholas Hudspeth, William Daley, Bekah Bass, Yvette Miller, Mia Milton, Maggie Crawford (seniors); Paige Bankston (sophomore); (top row) Drake Bartels (junior); Lauren Davis, Will Hetzinger, Al Bossier (seniors).  Freshman class representatives will be elected in the fall.

Will Hetzinger Scores 31 Composite on ACT

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Junior Will Hetzinger is recognized by Academic Assistant Principal Alicia Oalmann McDaniel for his composite score of 31 on the ACT College Placement Test.  The Veritas ACT 30+ Award at STA is given to all students who receive a composite score of 30 or above on the ACT.  Will is the son of Michelle and Mark Trapen of Hammond and David Hetzinger of Port Vincent.