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IN THIS ISSUE ALUM NI E D UC ATORS AQ UI NAS FUN D H I GH LI GH TS LI V I NG TH E MISSION KE N FO R D


2016 CALENDAR REMINDERS Check the school calendar online for details www.stalux.org May 13

Hall of Honor

May 14

Prom

May 19

Grandparents Day

May 20

Coffee House

May 26

Spring Concert (7pm)

May 30

No School – Memorial Day

June 3

Baccalaureate (6pm)

June 5

Graduation (12 noon)

June 15

Last Day of School

June 25

Class of 1976 – 40th Reunion

June 30

2015-16 Aquinas Fund Campaign Ends

July 23

Class of 1966 – 50th Reunion

August 23

Freshmen Jumpstart

August 25

Opening Day of School – All Students

September 23 31st Annual Family Golf Open October 8

Homecoming

October 21

Saints Taking Action – All-School Day of Service

CAREER EXPLORATION AND DISCOVERY Local business professionals gathered at St. Thomas Aquinas on April 7 to share their knowledge and experience with our young people. Alumni, parents, and local professionals generously spent several hours meeting with students and sharing important insight into their chosen professions. A panel of college and university Admission Directors also fielded questions from the STA junior class as they begin to navigate the college selection process.

HOST FAMILIES WELCOME The St. Thomas Aquinas High School community has successfully adopted 39 amazing international students into its family! This is all made possible by UTP High Schools and their UTP/STA host family program. Host Families can include any safe and supportive family, with or without an STA student, and will receive a stipend up to $850/month per student (which for current students, can also be applied to your own STA tuition!). Please contact adam@utphighschools if you are interested in participating!


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American author Thomas Wolfe wrote a great novel

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titled You Can’t Go Home Again. While that title might

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Webber, St. Thomas Aquinas High School is extremely proud of the many students who have returned to make a home here…and those at our fellow Catholic schools

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in New Hampshire. There is something compelling about a Catholic education, so much

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so that there is a great attraction for both sides of the desk. There is a familiarity, yes, but even more so a sense of purpose – a realization that you’re part of something far bigger than yourself.

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That is true of all teachers, but especially of Catholic school teachers. Our roots connect us to Ignatius Loyola’s question to Francis Xavier quoting Matthew: “What doth it profit a man…?” Our roots connect us to St. Elizabeth Seton, and of course to St. Thomas Aquinas himself. Celebrate these extraordinary individuals with us, for they have

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God bless you.

Sarah Scheffer P’14 18, Brian Harrison ‘80, Anne Fortin P’06 09 11, Molly Wade P’18 20, Kevin Collins P’01 02, Amanda Girard ’13

Kevin J. Collins, Principal

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come home again to make a home for others.

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Idea Outfitters

St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a place where minds are challenged, faith is journeyed and gifts are celebrated! Do you know a family who might be interested in STA? Please encourage them to visit us this fall! We offer multiple Open Houses, student visit days, and more! Please check our calendar for a complete list of admissions events. www.stalux.org

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On the Cover: Our UTP/ International Program is thriving and students are involved in all facets of the STA community. Guests of our recent Fashion Show were treated to some fashion from across the globe. In the cover photo, Cris Tran ’16 from Vietnam is shown wearing an authentic Ao Dai, a custom-made creation by a Vietnamese designer Danh Le. Cris wears his Ao Dai to festivals, church or other large celebrations in his native country. Jessica Jiang ‘17 from China is wearing a Chi-Pao, a traditional, formfitting women’s dress with a high neck and slits on the sides. PHOTO CREDIT: Lisa Wotkowicz Photography

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ANCHORED In Love For this issue, Reflections staff approached some of our STA One of the finest treasures that Catholic education bestows upon its students is the formation of relationships “Alumni Educators” and asked them to share their insights on between teacher and student. Bonds that cross classrooms Catholic education. Specifically, we wanted to know how their and extend into the hearts and minds of students (and St. Thomas Aquinas High School education prepared them for teachers) can be long-lasting and life-changing. college and influenced their life. “The example of my own teachers really left a lasting Contributors include Gina Pike ’71, Liane Smith ’72, impression on me,” reflects Derek Tremblay, Headmaster at Erin Murphy ’86, David Couture ’97, Lyndsay Morin ’04, Mount Royal Academy. “I distinctly remember how much it made a difference when one of my teachers took a legitimate Derek Tremblay ’04, Megan Gould ’06, Elizabeth Dunn interest in me. It wasn’t always what they said but how they ’09 and Pam (Chapman) Parker ’66. said it- and the very fact that my dignity was truly embraced In the overall scope and sequence of Catholic education, and encouraged.” what is the overriding factor that has called so many of our Preserving and protecting students’ principles is an aim St. Thomas Aquinas High School graduates of Catholic education that ensures that each back to the field? While people often cite pupil experiences his own dignity through the Catholic education respect of his educators. Catholic schools radiate quantifiable benefits of Catholic education has been a gift that a purpose, a mission and a truth that seek to (students are more well-behaved, parents acquaint young people with the Gospel’s message keeps on giving, and are more involved, class sizes are small, etc.) I don’t think I’ll ever of love. By embodying Jesus’ values and virtues as reasons for choosing a career in Catholic in all areas of curriculum, Catholic schools be done unwrapping. rise above mere instructional institutions; they education, we probed our alumni for their personal insight, uniquely derived from their –Dave Couture ’97 create in students an awareness and ability to St. Thomas Aquinas perpetually pursue and strive for truth- not truth own experiences. High School by declaration or answer, but truth as process. For a Catholic school, work takes on an Derek recalls, “STA opened doors that extra dimension. Students’ essential skills and concepts are otherwise I would have been unable to consider. I started nurtured, yes. Their curiosity and wonder are celebrated, of my vocation as a theology teacher. I never even knew course. Professionals, pastors and parents are called to work theology teachers existed until the likes of Mr. McCafferty, in partnership, clearly. However, the extra layer of grace that Mr. Wolter, Mr. Payeur and Dr. DiPietro. I remember blankets all those who work in Catholic education is the Mr. McCafferty’s Ethics class. He never forced the truth undeniable, palpable, non-quantifiable sense of … love. on us; he provided the framework through which we could discover the implications. I find myself doing the same thing he did. When a student asks me some profoundly difficult question about the Catholic faith or universal truth, I rarely answer it directly. Instead, I ask a question in return to encourage the student to discover the truth. I think Catholic schools need to be an authentic extension of the Church’s missionary movement. The New Evangelization is underway in large part because we are in mission territory. For all the achievements and advancements of the modern era, we no longer accept where we came from or where we are going. I work in a Catholic school because young people need to know that God’s goodness and love are the most decisive and life-changing facts they will ever discover.” Challenged to push herself on a daily basis and taught never to accept mediocrity are two self-sustaining principles imparted to Lyndsay Morin while she attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. “I can honestly say that my Pam (Chapman) Parker ’66 at the STA Ash Wednesday Mass

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THANK YOU St. Thomas Aquinas ALUMNI TEACHERS

Reno Burnett ‘92 – 10 years

Pamela (Chapman) Parker ’66 – 28 years

Jennifer Duprat ’90 – 21 years

Brian Harrison ’80 – 4 years

Erin Murphy ’86 – 11 years

Amanda (Frost) Mann ’01 – 8 years

166 YEARS OF SERVICE!

Diana (Lajoie) Finan ’77 – 21 years

Megan Turner ’07 – 1 year

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Alisa (White) Karwowski ’91 – 15 years

David Couture ’97 – 14 years

Regina (McCabe) Pike ’71 – 33 years

St. Thomas Aquinas High School education prepared me education and that of a Catholic private education. But a greatly for life outside of school. Academically, the rigorous common transparency can be seen in our alumni responses, course load and high expectations helped me excel in many one that reflects honesty and a non-judgmental preference levels post-high school and in college,” Lyndsay admits. Now to belong to a communion of like-minded, like-missioned a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Hampton, Lyndsay’s people. perspective has evolved further. “There is something so A young teacher at St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, special about being able to share God’s love and pray with a Megan Gould sought fulfillment that was not otherwise child when s/he is going through a difficult time. Even just available to her in public education. “I tried public school sharing silent time in the Chapel has deep teaching for a while,” she remembers. “But significance.” I felt that the respect and faith piece of Never Settle Another STA alumni found her passion education was missing and this left me feeling for for language teaching through her personal incomplete.” Catholic educational experience. “At STA, I “When I finished college at the University Mediocrity. was able to pursue learning French, and my of New Hampshire,” remarks Gina Pike, “I – Lyndsay Morin ’04 love for the language and culture only grew,” thought about social work but something really Sacred Heart School recalls Liz Dunn, French and Technology made me want to try and be a teacher and I teacher at Rochester’s St. Elizabeth Seton never looked back.” Gina, a long-time faculty School. “With the encouragement and constant support of presence at St. Thomas Aquinas, “I never really thought my teacher, Madame Chamberlain, I gained confidence in about public school as an option. My roots were in Catholic my French skills, which led me to continue studying French schools (12 years of my own education) and that is where I in college. During college, I studied abroad in Le Mans, wanted to continue.” France and after graduation, I returned to Le Mans to live Pam Parker, a long-time staff member at STA, felt and work as an English teacher. These experiences shaped similarly. “I came to St. Thomas Aquinas so my children who I am as a person and led me to discover a passion for could continue their Catholic education. The most special language teaching.” part of St. Thomas Aquinas High School is that it helps build moral character in young people. It helps them live in WHY WORK IN A service to one another so that they may know Jesus.” CATHOLIC SCHOOL? This theme of “going back home” to work in a Catholic Occasionally, Catholic educators, administrators and school appears pervasive. supporters can succumb to apologetics, often feeling “When I graduated from Tufts in 1990, I began seeking pressured to defend the distinction between a public a position in international business, “reflects Erin Murphy, continued on page 4

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STA French teacher. “My mother was a teacher at St. Patrick School and encouraged me to teach 8th grade French while I waited for an opportunity in business. Eventually, I chose to teach in a Catholic school because I had experienced first-hand as an STA student the sense of community and the supportive, nurturing environment. My faith has always been important to me Liane Smith ’72 with student Lyndsay Morin ’04 working with and I wanted to work in a school where at St. Mary Academy Sacred Heart School students moral and social development are as important as intellectual achievement.” Catholic schools, their administrators, by the ‘dictatorship of relativism,’ we need to show young faculty, parents, students and alumni form a close-knit people the capacity for life-giving greatness.” community. The commonality of faith binds people together in a way that is often labeled as greater than community and THE LONG-TERM GIFTS more like family. When we spoke with our own alumni, we In addition to sharing Erin Murphy’s opinion that found this truth to be self-evident. “supportive relationships and a sense of community are among the long-term gifts of Catholic education,” Megan WHY STA? Gould also understands that a “sense of social justice is Alumni who have returned specifically to St. Thomas greatly fostered in Catholic education. Now, I find myself Aquinas High School shed some “lux in tenebris” on why advocating for it unintentionally.” they chose St. Thomas Aquinas High School for their work “Catholic school gives us the freedom to bring God into environment? the curriculum,” Liane Smith maintains. “Religion enters “Catholic education is DIFFERENT!” exclaims Gina all of our studies and brings a solid reference point for our Pike. “St. Thomas Aquinas is committed to helping the students in helping them make thoughtful choices. ‘What whole person develop and experience spiritual, physical, would Jesus do?’ That is a question we are allowed to ask and psychological, academic, and social growth. The service we frequently do. Everyone knows the answer to that one! component in our curriculum is so important. We are a winWe encourage them to ponder this question before taking win school that has grown so much since its opening in 1960!” any action. If it becomes habitual then maybe, just maybe, Adding to this sentiment from her own personal experience, it will make for a better life.” Erin Murphy shares, “My parents raised me to understand the And in introducing young people to the principles of power of prayer and to appreciate the importance of service, building a better life, a good life, comes an understanding compassion, integrity and putting faith into action. My STA of sacramental graces. Well-articulated by Derek education reinforced those values. As a student at STA, I Tremblay, “Sacramental graces truly rest dormant until the enjoyed visiting St. Ann’s Nursing Home with Sr. Georganne. individual is ready to activate and cooperate with God’s As a faculty member, I have had the fortunate opportunity to providential prodding. I chose “St. Thomas Aquinas” as my lead many groups of students to visit the Confirmation name and the ramifications of this decision St. Ann residents.” were made manifest when I encountered his writings in Despite not working at St. Thomas Aquinas, Derek college. They inspired me deeply. ‘As a man is, so does the Tremblay speaks to the school’s influence and motto when end seem to him.’ The coherency and consistency in his reflecting on his own vocation. “Lux in tenebris is still logic made so much sense to me, and it helped me realize as true today as it was in 2004. The light will never be that all people and all of God’s plan is fundamentally good. extinguished, but we should never settle for a small flame. We were made for something more and that instinctual Catholic education incites the flame of truth, goodness, impulse must be watered in the souls of young people.” beauty, and love. I am a better man because of Catholic The vision, value and virtues of Catholic education are education, a better husband, a better father, and a better often debated. The undercurrent pulsing through all our educator. Not ‘better’ in the sense of being compared to contributors’ reflections, however, was well elucidated by others but better in the sense that I know who I am, where Lyndsay Morin. In one simple but insightful maxim, she I am from, and where I am going, so I am better equipped concludes a powerful truth: to deal with every day struggles because Catholic education “The greatest long-term gift from gives one a perspective of the ultimate. It anchors the human person in truth, and in a world where truth is under attack Catholic education is… love.”

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giving

It has been a very busy year in the Advancement Department. Thank you so much to all of those who have assisted in so many ways – either as volunteers for our numerous event, or as participants in numerous committees and advisory roles. Your response to the Aquinas Fund and our Scholarship funds has been remarkable. In the Fall, we told you that Financial Aid has increased 20% in the last five years and invited you to meet that 20% challenge. The response was incredible! So far this year, we have had 388 gifts totaling just over $274,000. Our goal is $320,000. We are almost there with 3 months to go.

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Please submit all donations by June 30, 2016 to: ST. THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL 197 Dover Point Road Dover, NH 03820

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Giving Highlights • 80 donors increased their gift by an average of $190. Overall, those that increased accounted for an almost 100% increase in their gift size from last year. We asked you to consider some of our other funds that support the school. Your generosity has been outstanding and so many areas of need have benefited.

Thanks to all that participated in celebrating the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas on January 28. Our first Day of Giving raised $1,500 to support our school!

> Boys Lacrosse uniforms have been purchased for the season. > Campus Ministry has had Mass supplies paid for one year, as well as a number of students supported for various retreats throughout the year. > The Music department received a gift to purchase a new euphonium. > Technology, Robotics, Professional Development, and the Arts have also all benefited from your generosity.

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• Two years ago we started a Recurring and Pledge program that has been quite successful. Seven donors currently give monthly for a total of $1,000 to the Aquinas Fund. Please consider this easy and convenient way to support St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

Please go to our web site for more information, or to make a gift or pledge to the Aquinas Fund or any Scholarship fund, go to:

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Fashion Show 2016 On Sunday, April 10, 2016, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School community went ‘Cruisin’ Around the World’ at its annual Fashion Show. Guests were treated to trend-setting, stylish outfits and formal attire from local retailers modeled by St. Thomas Aquinas High School students, faculty and faculty children. Highlights on the runway included our international students modeling clothing from Vietnam and China, a one-of-a-kind peacock feather gown owned by an STA grandmother and worn by her granddaughter, and Principal Kevin Collins and a few senior boys modeling apparel from Harley Davidson. The gym was decorated like a giant cruise ship, and from stern to bow, guests were able to enjoy lunch together, participate in a large raffle, live and silent auctions, and simply relish in a beautiful afternoon of community, fun and fellowship. Generosity at our event was overwhelming as people participated in our raffles and auctions, and we had incredible support during our special appeal rasing nearly $10,000. All monies raised at the St. Thomas Aquinas Fashion Show benefited the Tuition Assistance program – a program that helps nearly one in three families afford a St. Thomas Aquinas High School education.

Thank you to the following stores for participating in our show. APPAREL 20 Below Boutique – Portsmouth Blush Bridal – Somersworth City Shoes - Portsmouth Club Boutique - Portsmouth George & Phillips - Exeter Harley Davidson – Rochester Juliette Lovelys Boutique – Portsmouth Kali Klass Boutique

LunaChics – Exeter Men’s Wearhouse – Newington Pretty Little Things – Portsmouth Runner’s Alley – Portsmouth Soiree – Portsmouth SolSistar - Durham Summer Sessions - Portsmouth The Lux / STA School Store - Dover Timberland - Stratham Tuxedos with Style - Dover

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HAIR/MAKEUP SERVICES Blown Away Beauty Salon - Dover FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS The Flower Room - Dover COFFEE SERVICE Chartwells PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES Lisa Wotkowicz Photography

Please visit www.stalux.org/fashionshow for a complete list of donors and supporters.

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Kenneth Wayne Ford ’89

OUR MISSION

DECEMBER 28, 1970 - NOVEMBER 1, 2015

LIVING THE St. Thomas Aquinas High School mission means that, in the course of one’s life, an STA alumni helps transform the lives of others through leadership, service, and kindness. This past autumn, our St. Thomas Aquinas community gathered together to say goodbye to a man who lived the mission in all three of those ways- and more.

co-founder of New Generation (a nonprofit organization serving homeless pregnant women) passed away in 2012, Ken experienced a deep sense of loss. He often shared his fondness for his mother with family and friends and he clearly cherished his memories of her.

With his ever-ready smile and affable nature, Ken Ford ’89 was perfectly suited for the many roles he played in life. Husband, father, businessman, Scout leader, Catholic school board chairmanall of these titles reflect Ken’s desire to lead, serve and interact with others. What they fail to capture is his fun-loving spirit, the essence of which he injected into all his activities and relationships. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Ken’s early years were spent mainly in Rye. One of six children, he attended Lady Isle Grammar School run by the Sisters of Providence and later attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Football was his game of choice and he excelled at it. He was elected captain of the team in 1988 and was chosen to participate in the Maple Sugar Shrine Game in 1989. He sprinkled memories of “the football days” over many a conversation with colleagues and friends throughout his life; high school football held a special place in his heart. While attending Assumption College in Worcester, Ken made the varsity football team and met Ann Marie Leary, his future wife of 15 years. He later went on to earn his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Upon graduating, he joined New England Hotel Realty and became a valued advisor to many real estate investors in the hotel industry. He was instrumental in the formation of Lodging Econometrics, a global real estate research company, where he served as Director and Officer for many years.

A MOTHER’S SON Ken grew up part of a close-knit family. He and his mother were especially close. They shared a compassionate spirit and a love for humanity. When Ruthie Ford, the

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A KID’S ADULT In 2000, Ken married Ann Marie and together they brought three wonderful children into the world. As Jake, Mya and Max grew, they quickly learned to share their father’s passion for the outdoors and for camping. Whether it was a pickup game of whiffle ball or kayaking on the Kennebec River, Ken loved to be outside. It seemed only fitting that he and his sons gravitated toward Cub Scouts and, as his sons grew, Boy Scouts. As an Assistant Scoutmaster, Ken was able to support his sons in their scouting activities while simultaneously sharing his enthusiasm and fondness for nature with an entire troop of boys. Spending time with “Mr. Ford” was a privilege that Dover’s Troop 168 Scouts actively sought. Ken was not like any other adulthe was a “kid’s adult”. Spontaneous outbursts of “the oldies” (especially from the 60s and 70s) were not uncommon for Ken. The local “Classic Rock” station WXEX could be heard broadcasting from his radio every Saturday morning. In addition to entertaining others with his musical whims, “Mr. Ford” guided Scouts through Pinewood Derbies, hikes, Klondike events, and rafting trips. He could often be heard citing bits of Yoda-wisdom or Despicable Me minion babble. His culinary skills were second to none and he frequently shared campfire recipes with friends in his scouting circle. A natural on the ski slopes, Ken enjoyed telling timeless

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By Brian Fogarty ‘89

tales to his children and their friends up the chair lift and down Black Diamond trails. Ken felt compelled to give back to his Catholic community. As a member and Chair of the Saint Mary Academy advisory board, he served his children’s school and shared his knowledge and resources with its administration. He was always visible at school events, often pitching in to help serve ice cream or launch a water balloon. He was a faithful member of the Parish of the Assumption and served often as a lector at Barrington’s Chapel of the Nativity. As Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack 168, Ken dedicated his time and energy to develop virtuous character in young boys, which he then transferred to Boy Scout Troop 168 as his sons grew older. Throughout his short 44 years, Ken touched many lives. He valued the art of deep conversation, discussions that passed through superficial levels into areas of real significance. His genuine interest both in the subject and the subject matter conveyed his genuine care and concern for others.

As one of my St. Thomas Aquinas High School buddies from the Class of ’89, Kenny was a real “anchor” of our close knit group of friends. When we spent time together on the football field, I always admired Ken’s quiet intensity. Playing the position of center, “anchoring” our team, when Kenny snapped the ball, you better believe he was going to give 100% aggressive effort. Yet, when the whistle blew and he trotted back to the huddle, Ken would always have that wry, little smirk and make some funny comment which would crack us all up. I was always impressed by his calm, cool and collected nature. From the time we roamed the halls together at STA, to later years when our group of alumni friends would gather at local restaurants for a drink and meal, Ken was still the “anchor.” He would initiate the plans for us to get together and be part of every conversation at the table, injecting his usual wit with a contagious laugh to follow. The “anchor” that was Ken Ford may not be with us anymore physically. However, his spirit, sense of humor, love of life and love of family will always ground those who had the privilege to know him. As Ken was an anchor to us, so now can we be one to his children. Offering Jake, Mya and Max an opportunity to share in the STA experience will not only be a tribute to Ken but a lifelong gift to his children. Please join me in considering a gift to the LIVING LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP FUND to assist Ken and Ann Marie’s children attend St. Thomas Aquinas High School. giveonline.stalux.org We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. –Hebrews 6:19

When life is gentle, it spares us the pain of bidding an early farewell to good friends. Occasionally, life is not so kind. On November 1, Heaven beckoned home a man whose calling in this life was to make others smile and feel appreciated. His personal mission included bettering the experiences of children, contributing to his community and serving as a gentle leader to his peers. To those who loved and cherished him, Ken was a one-in-a-million minion. May he be standing now under Heaven’s sunlight, ready to greet all who enter with his trademark fistbump and promising the angels the same oath that he proudly took on earth: to do his best.

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INDIVIDUAL GIRLS ACHIEVEMENTS AT NH STATE SWIM MEET · Ellie Sullivan 2nd in the 200 Freestyle and 2nd in the 100 Backstroke · Kimmy Hazeltine 4th in the 200 Freestyle and 4th in the 100 Freestyle · Grace Avrett 6th in the 500 Freestyle and 12th in the 200 IM · Addy Kennamer 6th in the 200 IM and 8th in the 100 Breaststroke · Katie Paiva 7th in the 100 Butterfly and 9th in the 100 Backstroke INDIVIDUAL BOYS ACHIEVEMENTS AT NH STATE SWIM MEET · Brendan Sullivan 2nd in the 50 Freestyle and 2nd in the 100 Freestyle · Chris Paiva 4th in the 50 Freestyle and 4th in the 100 Butterfly · Will Micali 3rd in the 200 Freestyle and 3rd in the 500 Freestyle · Mattias Keyser 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke and 4th in the 200 IM · Brandon Ryzewic 8th in the 100 Breaststroke and 12th in the 200 IM · Steven Hazeltine 6th in the 100 Butterfly INDOOR TRACK ACHIEVEMENTS AT THE STATE CHAMPION MEET ·  Connor Haywood 12th in the 55m dash · Joseph Grinde 7th in the long jump · Christi Thompson, Morgan Bevins, Emily Tosatti, Shannon Colford 11th in the 4x200 meter relay · Shannon Colford 4th in the 600m. INDIVIDUAL SKI TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS AT THE NH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE Boys- Matt Elliott 4th in Slalom Girls- Amelia Griffiths 4th in Slalom and 4th year in a row she qualified for Meet of Champions by placing in the top 10, Haley Vienneau 4th in Giant Slalom, Brooke Vienneau 6th in Slalom, 2nd in Giant Slalom NHIAA ALL-CLASS GIRLS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP Golfer Sara Feith – NH State runner-up INDIVIDUAL FOOTBALL ACHIEVEMENT STA senior quarterback Stephen Hedberg was selected as the Division II Player of the Year.

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STA FOOTBALL PLAYERS BUDDY-UP Recently, Tom Bouchard, Nate Grunbeck and Will Micali had the opportunity to meet up with some very special children at the Children’s Hospital at DartmouthHitchcock. On June 25, 2016, these three Saints football players will play in the 2016 CHaD East-West All-Star Game at Saint Anselm College. This heartwarming meet and greet gave Tom, Nate and Will the chance to see first-hand how the game will benefit the CHaD patients. Over the past four years, this all-star game has raised over a million dollars for the Children’s Hospital. NAMED TO NH ALL-STATE Reagan Williams Field Hockey 1st Team Sara Henry Field Hockey 1st Team Gracie Faust Field Hockey 2nd Team Matt Baker Soccer 2nd Team Kaylee Murray Soccer Honorable Mention Brenna Chrisom Volleyball 1st Team Payton Hodsdon Volleyball 2nd Team Stephen Hedberg Football 1st Team Liam Middleton Football 1st Team Tom Bouchard Football 1st Team Gavin Scoon Football 1st Team Will Micali Football 1st Team Nate Grunbeck Football 2nd Team Trevor Martin Football 2nd Team Tim Bouchard Football 2nd Team Edwin Estevez Football 2nd Team Ashley Coneys Basketball 2nd Team Sara Feith Golf 2nd Team Mike Torr Golf Honorable Mention Michael Kates Golf Honorable Mention Eric Keilty Golf Honorable Mention

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STA SENIORS PUT PEN TO PAPER • Chris Paiva signed a letter of intent to swim with the Division II Lions at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, FL. • Sarah Wade signed a letter of intent to play NAIA Lacrosse at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL. • Brenna Chrisom signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with the Division II Greyhounds at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING NHIAA SCHOLAR ATHLETICS These students are letter winners in at least two sports, have maintained a B+ average and are actively involved in the community:

Katarina Blonski Brenna Chrisom Shannon Colford Ashley Coneys Catherine Flynn Julia Gaffney Amelia Griffiths Caroline Knight Hannah MacVane Kaylee Murray

Quinn O’Sullivan Melissa Schwope Sarah Wade Caroline Williams Reagan Williams Zachary Andronaco Matthew Elliott John Fortescue Christopher Foster Benjamin Frede

SAINTS SHARE STORIES The St. Thomas Aquinas High School Athletic Department organized the annual Read Across America event in our local Seacoast community. Helping to motivate students to read, nearly 40 STA students visited area Catholic schools, sharing stories and playing games with students.

Jay Gallipo Cameron Gould Joseph Grinde Nathanial Grunbeck Steven Hazeltine Michael Kates Zane Keebler Logan Larochelle Alexander Lavigne Trevor Martin William Micali Liam Middleton Nathaniel Norton Brandon Ryzewic Usman Syed John Elliot Williams

TEAM ACCOLADES • Boys Swim Team – 2nd in State • Girls Swim Team - 2nd in State • The Boys Basketball team was the Champion of the Farmington Christmas Tournament. • The Boys Hockey team was the Champion of the Oyster River Christmas Tournament. • The Girls Hockey team played into the Final Four. • The Girls Alpine Ski team finished 3rd in the State meet.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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Former STA Coach Dan Parr celebrated his 700th career win in a career that spans 56 years. Currently the Portsmouth Girls Basketball coach, Coach Parr spent a good part of his coaching career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1983-2009) earning back-to-back Class M titles in the early ’90s with the STA boys.

WINS!

Thank you to the STA hockey program for raising over $7,500 for the Seacoast Cancer Center at their annual Pink Game. Well done!

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SAVE THE DATE! Friday, September 23rd! The Oaks Golf Links

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In the welcoming community spirit that is uniquely St. Thomas Aquinas, golfers will take to the greens on September 23, 2016 at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, NH. Last year, we were blessed by a nearly sold-out field and we are looking forward to another delightful event this coming year, our 31st year celebration.

The Golf Tournament benefits STA Athletics!

Seasoned golfers, amateurs, alumni, friends and our own STA students – please SAVE THE DATE and plan to register EARLY.

Thank you.

If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact us at golfopen@stalux.org. Want to get involved? Help plan this great event by contacting Kim (Vickers) Grenon ’91 P’20 or Sarah Scheffer P’14 18.

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St. Thomas Aquinas shed its unique and brilliant light across the aisles of Barnes and Noble at its March 3rd Book Fair. On-hand to represent STA were members of the Chamber Singers, Art Department and Champion Football Team. While students sang and mingled with customers, former STA Faculty member and author Joe Monninger met with guests and customers. Saints pride ran deep that day as STA students served as our school’s “best sellers” and reminded our greater community why St. Thomas Aquinas High School is such a top-notch place to be. A QUEST FOR GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosted the second annual Academic WorldQuest competition on Saturday, March 5th at the Southern New Hampshire University. Academic WorldQuest is a quizstyle team competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. STA had two teams participate in a quiz-bowl style competition, fostering their understanding of global affairs. In their first year competing, our two teams placed 3rd and 6th overall out of 12 teams. Led by Social Studies teachers Jennifer (Sceggell) Duprat ’90 and Shea Cook, student participants included seniors Nick Meissner, Quinn O’Sullivan, John Fortescue, Veronica Carmody and juniors Sam Smith, Will Hebert, Kayla Eddy, Angel Kaneb, and sophomore Keshav Joshi.

WINTER CARNIVAL To help to cope with the cold and snow, students participated in a variety of activities during Winter Carnival Week in February. From wearing their flannels on Timber Tuesday to sharing their Saints pride on Blue and White Day on Friday, Winter Carnival left everyone with a warm feeling of community.

WHAT A SCENE A gift from the Parish of the Assumption in Dover, this outdoor nativity set was the perfect addition to our front yard this past Christmas. Thank you Rev. Agapit Jean, Jr. for this wonderful donation, and to Associate Pastor Rev. Ethelbert Orabuche for blessing this piece after our Immaculate Conception Mass.

BUILDING SKILLS, CONFIDENCE AND ROBOTS

Wheels have been turning at STA! This year, the STA RoboSaints Robotics Club attended the Granite State District FIRST Robotics competition in Windham, NH. Our RoboSaints designed and built a robot that conquered a medieval-themed challenge while breaching a variety of defenses, launching boulders, and scaling a tower. Mr. Robot functioned in both autonomous mode and in tele-op mode and used student-designed electromechanical and pneumatic systems for the competition. Although the RoboSaints did not take home a win, they went on to compete in the University of New Hampshire Robotics event and continue to grow as both a team and as a group of future engineers.

LEARNING NOT TO SHRUG – CARDBOARD CITY 2016 Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. One way in which our Campus Ministry strives to teach this virtue is through its Cardboard City program. On April 15, tarps and boxes peppered the STA parking lot and students received a meaningful reflection on what it actually means to live without a home. As our students slept outdoors that evening, they learned that over a thousand teenagers in New Hampshire lay their head down nightly on a swatch of fabric. And they learned that the backseat of a car should not be a bedroom. As we concentrate on the transformative piece of our Catholic school mission, we use models such as Cardboard City to raise not only an awareness but an awakening in our students’ hearts. And we pray that when our graduates leave our campus one day, they will depart predisposed to issuing compassion (not judgment) as their first outburst. w w w . s ta lu x . o rg

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Class of 1976 – 40th Class Reunion June 25, 2016 at 7 pm $40 per person at Blue Latitudes in Dover NH Register online > www.stalux.org/reunion Invitations be in the mail soon! Visit the Reunion webpage often for additional updates!

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1964 CLASS AGENTS – MARSHA (PERKINS) KENNEDY, JOHN MCMILLIN, AND BARBARA (MCENEANEY) MAHONEY Members of the Class of 1964 are planning their next luncheon on June 16 at The Old Salt in Hampton, NH at 12:30pm. Stay tuned for information about an August summer outing as well!

1965 CLASS AGENTS – JIM AND JANE GREGOIRE Jim and Jane (Ringer) Gregoire and Bob Camire and his wife Martha, had lunch in Richmond, VA, where the Camires live. Jim was in the midst of one of his long distance hikes going from Grandy, NC to York, PA— about 400 miles. Jim and Jane stayed with Bob and Martha for two nights in March, and Bob hiked with Jim for 18 miles of his journey—always a treat for this usually solo hiker to have a companion! This picture is at the lunch break of that day’s hike—a welcome refresher on a very warm day. Edward Murphy thoroughly enjoyed the 1965 Class Reunion. He looks forward to the next one! He writes that he and Josephine recently traveled to Budapest, Vienne, Cologne, and Amsterdam. What an amazing cultural experience.

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CLASS AGENT – CONNIE (LALIBERTE) CANTIN

CLASS AGENT – CHARLENE (MURPHY) WADE The home and gardens of George Chapman and his wife Marcia, of Falmouth, MA, were recently featured in Cape Cod Home magazine. George tells us that their garden is their hobby and passion. His wife Marcia does the fine tuning and color coordination, while his duties include garden construction, maintenance, and above all, pruning. The garden includes espaliered trees and shrubs, evergreens, and flowering shrubs that all need yearly pruning. Much of this

The Class of 1975 continues to make strides in establishing a scholarship in memory of deceased classmates. The class fondly remembers Steve Freeman, Bob Pay, Dennis Chesnel, Joan Donahue, Betty Loubier, Paul Thompson, Dave Dupre, and Steve Assad, all of whom have passed on. So far, the class has raised 67% of their $25,000 goal. Way to go ’75!

1976 CELEBRATING 40 YEARS!

1977 is done in the winter months. Depending on the season, and the workload of his real job, George is in the garden 30 to 65 hours a week! The magazine got it right, it is truly a thirty year labor of love!

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CLASS AGENT – JANET MANNING SMITH

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CLASS AGENT – BRIAN HARRISON

CLASS AGENT – MARIANNE JONES

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CLASS AGENT – CYNTHIA RAICHE MAZZONE

CLASS AGENT – MARCIA ANDERSON

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS!

CLASS AGENT – PAM (FOREST) ROSANIA

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CLASS AGENTS – DICK LUCIER

CLASS AGENT – MELANIE DEMARAIS, AIL SPILLANE SIMONE, JANET RENE BENNETT, AND SCOTT SYLVESTER

CLASS AGENT – JOHANE (ROY) TELGENER

CELEBRATING 45 YEARS!

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CLASS AGENT – JEFF WADE

CELEBRATING 35 YEARS!

1982

CLASS AGENT – BETH (AIKEN) HANSEN

CLASS AGENT – MARY JANE “MJ” (SHANLEY) KEANE

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CLASS AGENTS – CARRIE GARD AND JULIE (FORD) BAILEY.

1984 CLASS AGENT – JAY AND JULIE (LEGAULT) LAMOUREUX

1985

CLASS AGENT – SCOTT BARTON

1986

CLASS AGENT – TOM KELLEHER CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!

1987 CLASS AGENT – ERYN DOHERTY

1988

CLASS AGENTS – PATRICK AND BRENDA (GLIDDEN) CAMPBELL

1989

CLASS AGENT – BRIAN FOGARTY

1990 CLASS AGENTS – ALEX ABBOTT

1991

CLASS AGENT – JAMIE BURNETT CELEBRATING 25 YEARS! A note from Jeff Bisson of Rochester, NH: I am living in Rochester, NH where I’m currently running Happy Pappy’s Country Store with my wife. I am also the current president of Rochester Main Street, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help revitalize

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the downtown area while insuring we preserve our past. We put on the local Blues Festival, Zombie Walk, and more. It is a rewarding gig for sure, and it helps me teach my kids about giving back to the community.

Marissa Caudill Merrill writes that she bought her first home in Encino, CA about a year ago and is enjoying life with her three-year-old son, two dogs, the California sunshine, and friendly neighbors.

Ron Goupil of Dover, NH shares this with STA: After high school, I went to Assumption College for one year and then to UNH, where I got a BA in History. After UNH, I went to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, and earned a Master’s of Divinity. I spent 10 years in church ministry, but then moved on to a new career with Market Basket. I am currently working as a bakery assistant manager in Seabrook, NH. In 2012, I helped open the first Market Basket in Biddeford, ME.”

Diane Chobanian DeVries recently celebrated her one-year anniversary as co-owner and Art Director at True Marketing Communications in Dover, NH. Diane serves on several committees in the Seacoast area and serves on the Board of Directors at both the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Arts In Reach (AIR). Diane is a member of the Granite State Choral Society and recently co-chaired the 40th Anniversary Gala Committee, where she co-wrote the lyrics to a musical piece commissioned specifically for the chorus. The piece was unveiled at a gala held at The Governor’s Inn, and performed again at the Rochester Opera House. Diane has been with the chorus for 15 years.

Jamie Burnett lives in Concord with his wife, Dawn, and two daughters, Grace (nine) and Emma (seven). He is co-owner of a public affairs consulting group based in the Seacoast and Concord, NH, providing strategic advice and political risk management for companies, non-profits, and industry groups. Jamie spent seven years living and working in Washington, DC, but moved back to NH shortly after his eldest daughter was born. For the past 10 years, Jamie has enjoyed playing in a fantasy football league with 11 other classmates from the Class of 1991. He’s currently reaching out to classmates in preparation for the 25th Reunion. To get involved, email him at JamieBurnettNH@gmail.com.

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CLASS AGENTS – CHANDRA (JOOS) DEKOVEN

1993

CLASS AGENT – KRISTINA (KOLESZAR) HATHAWAY

1994

CLASS AGENT – DANIELLE RONDEAU GRONDIN

1995

CLASS AGENT – MARISSA CAUDILL MERRILL

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1996

CLASS AGENT – JAIME (SMITH) STICKLER CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!

1997

CLASS AGENT – KRISTINA (MCCANN) PEDERSON Recently seen at an Alumni Pub Night, Robert Swier told us that he teaches at the university level in Japan. Angela (Henderson) Routhier works at PSNY as a quality assurance specialist.

1998

CLASS AGENT – EMILY (CHAMBERLAIN) GOODMAN

1999

CLASS AGENTS – MEGAN CUSHMAN AND MEREDITH MCINTIRE Katie (O’Keefe) Wilson and her husband Brian welcomed a son, Gabriel Otis, on September 23, 2015. Gabriel joins his older sisters, Sophie Grace (four) and Shiloh Faith (two). The Wilsons currently reside in southeastern CT, where Brian

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2000

CLASS AGENT – MEAGHAN HASSEL-SHEARER, SARAH (BOULANGER) LALIOTIS After STA, Alexandra Buchalski went to UNH, then worked on two master’s, and is now teaching ESL in Boston and loves it. Brian Henderson works at the Portsmouth Shipyard as a Nuclear Engineer Tech.

2001

CLASS AGENT – MARK ZOELLER CELEBRATING 15 YEARS!

2002 CLASS AGENT – TIM BOYLE Tim Henderson lives in Natick, MA with wife Carley and works at Merck Boston as a research and development chemist.

2003

CLASS AGENT – JESSICA MAYER

2004

CLASS AGENT – CHRISTINE WALSH DEANGELIS Christine (Walsh) DeAngelis of Rochester, NH, was recently chosen by the Union Leader into the 40 Under Forty program, joining nearly 600 Granite Staters inducted into the program since it began in 2002. DeAngelis was noted for her focus on youth in Rochester and economics. She was recently appointed to the Rochester Economic Development Commission, and is board treasurer for Rochester Child Care Center.

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Congratulations, Christine! Congratulations to Will Kellett,who was recently engaged to his girlfriend Ally Tatro! Congratulations to Neil McShane, who was recently engaged his girlfriend Jenna Sweet! Congratulations to Moira Moynihan, who was married to fiancé Keith Cyphers, with a fellow STA alum in attendance! Congratulations to Aaron Sexton and his wife Sara on the birth of their beautiful baby boy, Ezekiel, in February. Best wishes to Johnice Katz, who was engaged to Andrew Ryba in January. Amelia Chasse was recently engaged! Congratulations! Kurt Soller was engaged in March! Best wishes! Congratulations to Lauren (Flavin) Laliberte, who has a lot to celebrate these days! She and her husband Jon welcomed their first baby, Colton Albert Laliberte, on March 22, 2016, at 10:32 pm. Baby Colton weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was 19.5 long” at birth.

2005

CLASS AGENT – CAITLIN CLAIRMONT

2006

CLASS AGENT – MARY MCNAMARA CELEBRATING 10 YEARS! Corsica Wilson has a recurring role on the 9-episode series “#Hashtaggers” on the E! Online Network starting Monday, February 8 (Corie with notepad). Patricia Monaco married Casey Turmelle on April 2016. Congratulations!

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Mikki Gabriel Kinnell and her husband, Matt Kinnell, are expecting their first child in June. Riona Anne Corr was married to Michael Paul Francoeur on Dec 31, 2015, at The Red Barn at the Outlook in South Berwick, ME.

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CLASS AGENT – LEANNE LECLAIR After STA, Catherine Buchalski attended Smith College, then received her master’s at UNH. She had several internships all over the country, working in the marine biology and policy business, which she always loved. Immediately after UNH, she was offered a great job in Washington state. In January, she relocated to Chicago to be with her boyfriend, so she is now job hunting again. Steve and LeAnne (LeClair) Dunham welcomed Walden Dale Dunham to the world on March 7, 2016. He weighed 8 lbs 12.9 oz and was 22” long at birth! Meghan McNamara Elliott and her husband Josh Elliott are expecting their first child in May.

2008

CLASS AGENT – PAT BRESLIN, MOLLY MAKEM-DEWAR, MEGHAN (METCALF) LEE Danielle DiCesare shared this reflection with us: I played on the men’s ice hockey team at STA, which would not have been possible without the full support of the athletic directors, Jack Leary and Marc Schoff, as well as the coaches, Perry and Chris Plummer and Jamie Eno. Their support meant more to me than they know. I worked tirelessly to be a better player, and they judged me on my talent instead of my gender. Jack Leary and Marc Schoff even petitioned the NHIAA to allow me to continue playing on the men’s team even after our women’s team became a varsity program. When I went on to play at Princeton, STA staff could always be found at Boston or New Hampshire games. I am now a second-

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year medical student at Tufts University and still using skills—discipline, teamwork, perseverance—that were engrained in me from Coach Plummer and Coach Eno. I would like to sincerely thank STA athletics, and in particular, those individuals I mentioned, for helping me to excel at something I love and shaping the person I am today.

George Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Political Management in May of this year.

2009

CLASS AGENTS – MOLLY DWYER, ALLIE SCHEU, LUKE GABRIEL, DAVID ROGERS

CLASS AGENT – KATHRYN BRIGHTNEY, AMANDA FINNELL, KIM MONACO Rachel Schneider, an eight-time All-American runner at Georgetown (graduating in 2014 with her Master’s in Sports Industry Management), has her sights set on a Rio De Janeiro Olympic berth in the 1,500 meters. After a solid 2014–15 indoor season, Schneider was signed to a full-time sponsorship deal with Under Armour. We wish her luck as she pursues her dream at the Olympic qualifying trials in July.

2010

CLASS AGENT – SHANNON FINNELL, BRIDGET FINNIGAN, CHRISTOPHER KNIEZEWSKI

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CLASS AGENT– WILL NIELSEN CELEBRATING 5 YEARS! Lauren McCabe is in the midst of a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. She is serving with Catholic Community Services and living in Aberdeen, WA, with five other Jesuit Volunteer Americorps Members. She coordinates a small volunteer tutoring program for two elementary schools and works with Feed the Hungry, a free hot lunch program. In August, she will continue her journey in service through her alma mater, Stonehill College, with the Stonehill Brockton Service Corps, living and serving in Brockton, MA, for one year. Desiree Kennedy is currently living in Washington, DC, and working in Health Policy and Government Affairs for Elekta, a Swedish medical device company. Additionally, she will graduate from

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Christopher Proulx graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH, with a Bachelor of Arts this past December.

2012 Meghan Williams, a senior defender on the Saint Joseph’s College field hockey team, was named first-team All-ECAC in Division III. Meghan was named first-team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference two years in a row, and had four goals and a team-high of 11 assists last season. All four goals came on penalty corners. Gretchen Anderson is having a good season with the University of Southern Maine women’s basketball team. David Rogers

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CLASS AGENTS – MEREDITH EIB, BRIAN FINNELL, ANNIE WADE In January, Meredith Eib sang for the Feast of St. Thomas at the National Basilica on the campus of Catholic University of America. Meredith is shown here while participating in the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22. Several STA students were also a part of the amazing (and snowy) trip.

studying at Keene State College, dual majoring in film production and film theory. Studying an artistic medium and form of media like film has allowed me to view the world in different perspectives, which I believe has made Wednesday, March 9, 2016 me a more well-rounded human being. Since I started my classes, I have produced more than ten short films and music videos, focusing my studies around pre-production and development. I went from being a B/C student in high school to being a straight A student. This past January, I had the distinct and rare experience to go out to Park City, UT, and intern at the criticallyacclaimed Sundance Film Festival. I worked for United Talent Agency, which is a Talent recruitment organization stationed out of Beverly Hills, CA. The contacts and life lessons I gained while there will be cherished and heldclose to me for the rest of my life. In addition to working there, I also got to go to Red Carpet premieres, and party with members of the industry. (Elijah Wood was DJing.) Once I got back to school, I quickly got into the swing of things and was able to get one of my research projects accepted into a regional academic conference. The project is titled Social Mobility and Middle Class Representation in American Cinema. The project consists of multiple scene analyses from films like American Beauty, The Great Gatsby (2013), and Boyhood. Despite how busy my life has become, I still have not forgotten my experiences at STA and how they contributed to my growth as a person. I hope this letter finds you all in a great spot in your life. I hope you are all being inspired by the potential opportunities you have ahead in your own lives and careers. With fellow students from around the US also interning for United Talent Agency.

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CLASS AGENTS – JACKIE KLATT, KEELAN BROWN A note from Keelan Brown: These past two years of college have been absolutely life-changing. I have been

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Keelan Brown, Class of 2014

2015 CLASS AGENTS – ELIZABETH CALLAGHAN, FRANCIS QUINN, MOLLY SMITH, JOHN EVANS, CHRISTOPHER BRUNET Chris Brunet, Shannon Bryant, and Erin Colford ‘14 continued to live the STA mission at St. Thomas More Church in Durham, NH, assisting with their Christmas food basket preparation and distribution this past December, helping over 40 families. (Shown with Fr. Andrew Cryans)

When alumni come home and share their talent, it is a win-win for our St. Thomas Aquinas family. During his college winter break, Keelan Brown, Class of 2014, helped our Admissions marketing team create a special video for admitted students. Keelan, a sophomore at Keene State College, studies Film Production and Film Theory while minoring in Writing. His passions lie within storytelling and American cinema. Thus, with his unique alumni perspective and special filmmaker eye, Keelan captured the essence of STA in a 90 second video. In it, prospective STA students and their families were able to get an inside view into St. Thomas Aquinas High School and envision themselves as part of our community. As mentioned in his class note, Keelan traveled to Park City, Utah in January to participate in the Sundance Film Festival. When not working, he spent time attending films, concerts, dinner and after-parties with some of the biggest names in filmmaking and acting. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to welcome Keelan back to St. Thomas Aquinas and to have him contribute his own talented touch to one of our marketing pieces. Thank you, Keelan, for sharing your talent and time with us!

FIRST-EVER SATELLITE DAY OF SERVICE Ryan McKenna is preparing for a starting role in his first full season of baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, Single-A affiliate, in Delmarva, MD. McKenna was drafted by “The Birds” in the 4th round in 2015.

Alumni, are you interested in organizing a satellite day of service your community? Contact the Alumni Office at alumni@stalux.org First-ever satellite Day of Service, October 2014 in Claymont, DE Adam Nash ’10 and Rory Anderson ’10 shown painting in a local after-school homework/help center for underprivileged youth.

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Over the course of four days, students traveled to far away destinations, tapped into local resources, and unearthed their inner riches during our weeklong Winterterm program. Whether cleaning up a softball field on the Navajo Nation trip, studying Nuclear Engineering at Seabrook Station, visiting an orphanage in the Azores, mastering a Pas de Bourree in dance or crafting an Adirondack chair, Winterterm allowed each student to pursue his/her own area of interest and passion. Each student sought a learning experience that was meaningful to them, and captured a lifetime of opportunity and education in one short week.

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St. Thomas Aquinas High School is saddened by the recent loss of members of our community, and remember them in our prayers. ALUMNI Claudia Grimes Suzanne Evvard Marie Lassonde Smith

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PA S T PA R E N T Richard Boire Armand Rouleau PA S T G R A N D PA R E N T H. Yvonne Lovelette

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G R A N D PA R E N T Claudia Scheffer John Honan Anthony Maguire David MacDonald Barbara Von Haden F A M I LY M E M B E R O F F A C U LT Y / S TA F F Calvin Cumings Gerald Douglas Mildred Maulis

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SIBLING OF ALUMNI William Caron Bob Sylvester F A M I LY M E M B E R O F CURRENT STUDENT Sherri Ann Buzzell Sean Farley Roger Martin

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Living Legacy Scholarship Fund This year, St. Thomas Aquinas High School celebrated its 4th anniversary of the Living Legacy Scholarship Fund. This generous scholarship was gifted to future St. Thomas Aquinas students by the Class of 2012. Subsequent classes have continued it as a way of giving back to future STA Saints. This scholarship’s purpose is to provide financial aid to a St. Thomas Aquinas freshman who demonstrates diligence and effort in his/her studies. At the annual Christmas Concert assembly, Molly Dwyer ’12 returned to STA to present the award. Molly stated to the assembly, “Our class valued love, friendship, hard work and passion. STA offers a priceless education that our class believed to be uniquely amazing. This scholarship was intended to capture people’s generosity of spirit and highlight that it takes many different talents to make STA such a beautiful place.” May this special scholarship continue to recognize and reward the long-lasting virtues of St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

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