HAPPY TO HELP , MAKING FRIENDS -- Left, St. Thomas Aquinas senior Zane Buckner smiles at the camera from his perch on a ladder where he is working to build one of the 30 houses he and his stepfather helped build during their trip to Peru. Right, Albany resident Randy Mayer poses with a Peruvian child he met during his recent trip to La Florida, Peru, with his stepson.
Though he has traveled in England, France, Italy and Canada, Zane Buckner said his recent trip to Peru with the Fuller Center for Housing opened his eyes to another side of the world.
Several STA students participated and excelled in various programs during the summer.
Southeastern Louisiana University awarded its highest academic honor, the Presidents Medal for Academic Excellence, to 13 students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in the university's five colleges.
St. Thomas Aquinas alumna Malia Cali spent 10 days this summer in Kenya, where she helped build a school she raised money for the year leading up to the trip.
Through a leadership group, Cali became involved with a program called Free the Children while she was a student at the University of North Carolina. Because the university didn’t have much involvement with Free the Children, Cali took the idea and joined forces with students at other schools in a group called Student Athletes Leading Social Change.
Louisiana State University’s top graduate, or university medalist, is a Hammond woman who stemmed from Holy Ghost and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic schools.
Hayley Kropog, a summer graduate of LSU, was the top honored student of all summer graduates on Aug. 3. She made one B in her college career and finished with a 3.979 grade point average. Kropog graduated from the school of mass communication with a focus in broadcast journalism.
Seven STA seniors were selected to attend Boys’ State and Girls’ State this past summer at Northwestern University in Natchitoches. Each summer, high school student leaders from across Louisiana spend a week developing a greater understanding of leadership, citizenship, and democracy. Students got the chance to plan their own cities, elect their own leaders, and create and enforce their own laws. Thanks to the Ponchatoula American Legion and Auxiliary, Lee’s Drive In, and Barry W. Smith, CPA for sponsoring STA’s students.
The STA Starlettes had a great showing at the UDA Convention Camp in Baton Rouge, LA June 25-28! Through their performances at camp, the Starlettes earned a bid to the 2013 National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, Florida. During their week in Baton Rouge, the Starlettes learned choreography to use throughout the year, bonded as a new team, and enjoyed getting to work with other dance teams in the state. “UDA Camp this year was a great experience. We came together as a team and not only worked hard, but had a great time. We had a lot of great competition, and now we know what we need to do to accomplish our goals for this year,” said Senior Captain Brooke Downing.
Congratulations to the Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Cheerleaders for their recent accomplishments at camp. The 17-member squad competed at the Universal Cheerleaders Association Resort Camp in Gulf Shores, Ala. June 15-18. The team was awarded first place in the Home Dance, first place in the Varsity Cheer, first place in the Xtreme Routine and also received the camp’s Leadership Award.
Five of the Falcon cheerleaders were named to the All-American Cheer Squad. They are juniors Anna Miller, Laikyn Lauderdale, Jordan Jarreau and Madison Casey, and sophomore Markki Stephens. The girls will enjoy their summer for a few weeks and then begin preparing for football season.
Hammond – The Louisiana Center for Women & Government at Nicholls State University recently selected Madison Chauvin as one of 50 girls (grades 9-11) chosen from statewide nominees, to attend the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy in June.
The LGLA chooses young women from across the state, based on their leadership potential, to attend this coveted adventure in networking with and learning from celebrated professional and political leaders.
Madison is currently a sophomore at Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School. She is the daughter of Michelle Brouillette Chauvin and Johnny Chauvin.
The St. Thomas Aquinas High School Student Council is now an official member of the Tangipahoa Parish Adopt A Street program by adopting West Church Street (at the corner of S. Morrison). The students will be responsible for cleaning the street four times a year.
Pictured are the 2011-2012 Student Council Executive Board members: Tony Miller, president, Catherine Faust, secretary, and Bret Wagner, vice president. Not pictured Lawrence Ingraffia, treasurer.