STA announces 2012 Homecoming Court

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School is pleased to announce its 2012 Homecoming Court.  The Homecoming Queen will be announced at half-time of the football game on Friday, October 5 against St. Helena.  The Homecoming King will be announced during the dance on October 6.

STA Senior Zane Buckner Fights Poverty in Peru

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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.

STA alumna honored at SLU

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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.

STA alumna visits Kenya, helps social change program

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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.

STA alumna earns top university honor

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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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Seniors Attend Boys’ State and Girls’ State

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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.

STA initiates classroom experiment with iPads for all

$300k of Mac tablets will go home with teachers, students

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By: Joan Davis,

— Students and teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School are embarking on an experiment in education technology this fall with iPads for all.

The change means that actual paper- and- ink textbooks for geography, social studies, history and math will eventually go away, as will the need for many school supplies parents purchase this time of year, like spiral-bound notebooks.

No need when there's an app for that.

Joshua Wittie, technology coordinator and teacher, said the school began student training sessions this week — two sessions a day, three days a week for two....

Starlettes Shine at UDA Camp!

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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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Cheerleaders Win Camp Awards

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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.