Saint Thomas Aquinas Earns Jostens National Yearbook Design Recognition

2015 “Veritas” yearbook featured in 2016 Jostens Look Book

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(Hammond, LA) – (March 21, 2016) – Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School’s yearbook, Veritas, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the 2016 Jostens Look Book, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and coverage. The Jostens Look Book is a collection of spreads and photos from outstanding yearbooks and their creative themes, cool covers, dazzling designs, relevant coverage, storytelling copy and action-packed photography. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the important role well-crafted yearbooks play in helping schools chronicle the experiences, stories and achievements most relevant to students and that academic year.

Julia Rossano Joins the ACT 30+ Club

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STA Principal José Becerra recognizes junior Julia Rossano for her composite score of 30 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.  Julia is the daughter of Dr. Matt and Rhonda Rossano of Independence.

Thomas Family Pays It Forward

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In late January, STA graduate Collin Rougeau Thomas '05 and her family lost their home in a fire. As part of Catholic School's Week, the STA student body held a Spirit Dress day in order to raise funds to assist the Thomas Family.  This week, with the massive and historic flooding in our area, the Thomas Family is paying those funds forward. 

STA Closed Monday, March 14

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St. Thomas Aquinas is safe and sustained no significant water damage due to the flooding of the past couple of days.  However, many of our employees and students suffered damages to their homes and/or property and would be unable to report to work and school tomorrow.  In addition to this, there are still numerous roads and bridges that remain closed at this time as well as a number of bridges that have not been inspected after the high water. Therefore, after consulting with parish and state officials and in order to err on the side of caution, the decision has been made to close school tomorrow, Monday, March 14, 2016.
The end of Quarter 3 will be on Tuesday, March 15th. All tests and assignments scheduled for Friday, March 11th will be due on Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on the day you meet that class). Additionally, all students are REQUIRED to check their EBackpack and emails for assignments from teachers. Each teacher WILL submit an assignment of some type that will be due on Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending on when you meet that class.)  The reason for these assignments is so that we can count this day as a day that produced academic work and will not have to make the day up in May.
Additionally, the Baseball Team Fish Fry will still be held on Tuesday.  

STA Students Advance at District Literary Rally

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Several STA students excelled at the District Literary Rally held last weekend at Southeastern Louisiana University and will advance to the State Literary Rally in April. They are Alexis Theriot, 2nd, Biology II; Madison Perez, 2nd, Fine Arts Survey; Gretta Rukaber, 2nd, Spanish I; Logan Thompson, 3rd, Physics; Jaylen Jackson, 3rd, Health; and Julia Rossano, 3rd, English III. Benjamin Drummond won the Spelling competition, with Nick Falcon placing 3rd and Rachael White placed 3rd in Art. Those categories do not compete on the State Level. Drummond and White also both received a Southeastern Scholarship.

Daniel Fox Awarded Scholarship from Hibernians

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Congratulations to junior Daniel Fox, recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, West Florida Parishes Division. Students in grades 9-12 who are practicing Catholics were eligible to compete for the scholarship. Winners were chosen by the AOH. Daniel completed the application process, as well as a 500-word essay on "What the Corporal Works of Mercy Mean to Me." Pictured are Mr. Bill Moran, Ancient Order of Hibernians with Daniel and his sister, Elizabeth Fox. 


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STA's Starlettes recently returned from Orlando, FL where they competed in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship.  The Starlettes competed against nearly 100 small varsity teams from across the country who qualified to compete at the NDTC.  They advanced to finals in their Jazz division and also advanced to Small Varsity Hip Hop semi-finals, finishing the weekend with an eighth-place national trophy in the Small Varsity Jazz category and an eleventh place finish in Small Varsity Hip Hop. 

Congratulations to 2016 Brotherhood Sisterhood Recipients

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As part of their Catholic School's Week celebration, STA is pleased to recognize the 2016 Neighbor's Way Brotherhood & Sisterhood Award recipients. Seniors Alexis Theriot and Butch Bartels were chosen by the senior class as recipients of STA's Brotherhood / Sisterhood Awards.  The faculty and staff chose to honor faculty member Mr. Paul Levy and Counselor, Mr. Nick Stoulig. This award program is designed to recognize a senior man and a senior woman, as well as a faculty and a staff member, who demonstrate a true concern for their fellow human beings regardless of race, religion, or academic achievement.