Co-Curricular Activities

With more than 30 co-curricular activities, you are sure to find a few to join. This is a great way to make new friends, enhance existing skills, or learn new things. Not all activities have their own web page; we invite you to contact the moderator or talk to the admissions staff if you would like more information.

Bowling Team *

A growing activity, the varsity and JV teams compete against other schools, and is an alternative to outdoor fall activities and athletics.
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Moderator: Mr. Michael Gurin

Cadence (Literary/Fine Arts magazine) *

An annual publication highlighting student writing (short stories & poems) and art (drawing & photography).
Moderators: Ms. Rebecca Benz and Mr. Aaron Hoiland

Chess Team *

Moderator: Mr. Rick Fryklund

Choir *

A spirited group of young men who value the opportunity to sing together as a team. Members are immersed in a stimulating variety of musical styles with a multicultural flavor. There are many performance opportunities both at STA as well as in the community. The choir also combines with the Visitation Upper School Choirs at all major concerts throughout the school year. The STA choir tours both nationally and internationally, with their most recent trip to Spain where they captivated their audiences - including an amazing performance in the Benedictine abbey and basilica located outside of Barcelona. The choir program encourages students to grow personally and cultivate a passionate appreciation for the beauty of music. Everyone can sing and start building skills that they will celebrate all their lives.
Moderator: Ms. Julia Fahey

CHOOSE Group

A student group that speaks to other students at STA and around the metro area about staying chemically free. This community service organization also plans and facilitates the monthly visits to Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. Last year, more than 250 students volunteered 550 hours assembling meal packets for under nourished children across the globe.
Moderator: Mr. Joe Seidel

Citation (student newspaper)

The quarterly newspaper is written and formatted by students, for students. In addition to stories and editorials about STA, the newspaper also includes multimedia reviews and news outside of STA.
Moderators: Mr. John Douglass and Mr. Tyler Maddaus

Clay Target Team *

Clay shooting is the fastest growing high school team sport in the state and has replaced hockey to take over the number four most popular team sport. The team consists of high school shooters as well as shooters from our Middle School. The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) sanctions competitions and tournaments. The team competes against other teams in our conference at the South Saint Paul Rod and Gun Club and scores are submitted to the league electronically.
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Moderators: Mr. Jeff Grove & SFC Doug Hurd

Concert Band (in cooperation with Visitation) *

Our performing ensembles serve as a laboratory for student musicians, allowing for the synthesis of individual skills and talents into unified musical expression. While the focus of the ensemble is largely on group expression, members continue to develop individual musicianship through daily attention to the fundamentals of music and music making.
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Moderator: Mr. John Bina

Crack Drill Squad

A precision gun drill team that represents the Academy with performances at area events and Twin Cities Catholic schools. Formed in 1937, the squad drills with authentic Springfield rifles. The squad's tradition of building team spirit through skilled execution of aerial gun maneuvers and marched formations has endured for nearly a century and is true testament to the Academy's disciplined approach and Esprit de Corps. The Squad consists of ten seniors, five juniors, and two sophomores.
Moderator: Mr. Brian Edel

Debate *

 Saint Thomas Academy participates in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, a one-on-one form of debate in which debaters argue on a proposition of value—in other words, which action or philosophy is better relative to another. It is more concerned with issues of right and wrong than issues of practicality. Debate helps debaters become better speakers, thinkers, and researchers. Debaters become experts on current events topics, issues of moral philosophy, and the fundamentals of logic. Despite the one-on-one format of Lincoln-Douglas debate, STA debaters work as a team to formulate arguments, create strategies and share the research load. STA debaters also benefit from working with debaters from Visitation, and from forming friendships with other debaters from all over the country. Finally, debaters develop the poise and confidence necessary to compete and to become the best students and citizens they can be.
Moderator/Coach: Mr. Mark Ahlstrom '96
Assistant Coach: Mr. Nick Smith
Head of Forensics: Mr. Doug Hoverson 

Diversity Club *

Moderator: Ms. Norma Gutierrez

Environmental Club **

Moderators: Mr. Garry Loufek and Mr. Tony Kinzley

Experimental Vehicle Team 

The Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team was created in 1998 to take students out of the textbook and provide budding engineers with real-life problem solving activities. Students are pushed to realize that science is not always easy, does not always work, and that the answers are not always at the back of the book.
Moderators: Mr. Mark Westlake, Ms. Caroline Little, and Ms. Kara Ehlert

FIRST LEGO League **

The Middle School team researches a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and is challenged to develop a solution. The team also designs, builds, programs a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then competes on a table-top playing field.
Moderator: Ms. Kim Wald

FIRST Tech Challenge *

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team is open to all students in grades 6-10. FTC is a team organization where students compete in a sports format with other teams from around the state and across the nation in designing, building and programming robots, and doing much more.
Moderators: Mr. John Geroux and Ms. Nanette Geroux
 

French Club *

Moderator: Ms. Caroline Little

Honor Guard/Color Guard

The Honor Guard is an elite volunteer student organization (grades 9-12) of Saint Thomas Academy.  These cadets are the ambassadors of our school and proudly represent the traditions of Saint Thomas Academy at various archdiocesan, school, and community events—both public and private. The Color Guard, a detachment within the Honor Guard, is entrusted with the National, State, and School Colors. Our Color Guard raises and lowers the flag at school daily, presents the colors at formation, and at most special events at school.  In addition, the Color Guard has presented our national and state colors for Governor Pawlenty, Senators Coleman and Klobuchar, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and at Minnesota Twins Games.
Moderator: CW3 Kim Friede

Intramural Basketball 

Moderators: Mr. Josh Kaeppe

Jazz Ensemble (in cooperation with Visitation) *

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Moderator: Mr. John Bina

Kaydet (yearbook)

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Moderators: Mr. John Geroux and Ms. Noelle Geyer

Latin Club

Moderator: Mr. Mitch Taraschi

Marching Band (in cooperation with Visitation)

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Moderator: Mr. John Bina
Assistant Moderator: Mr. Dan Cox
Drum Line Moderator: Mr. Mike Finney

Math Team *

These teams challenge and encourage students to learn more about mathematics in cooperation with Visitation School. Practices are Mondays after school from October to February until 4:30 p.m. There are five meets on Mondays from 3:00-6:00 p.m., November to February.
High School Moderator: Ms. Kara Ehlert
Middle School Moderator: TBD

Mock Trial *

An exciting, competitive law-related  program that introduces students to the American legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Students form a legal team comprised of several witnesses and lawyers, study case materials, plan case strategy, and ultimately compete against other schools in fast-paced courtroom matches. Teacher and lawyer coaches assist students in becoming better public speakers, critical thinkers, and citizens.
Moderator: Mr. William Monosmith

Model UN

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an activity in which students typically role play as delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Participants in Model UN conferences, referred to as delegates, are placed in committees and assigned countries, or occasionally other organizations or political figures, where they represent members of that body. They are presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee will discuss. Delegates conduct research before conferences and formulate positions that they will then debate with their fellow delegates in committee, staying true to the actual position of the member they represent. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. The Saint Thomas Academy Model United Nations Team has competed at some of the most prestigious colleges in the country, including Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago.
Moderator: Mr. Brian Edel

Music Minister

Band and choir members perform during Masses and special events.
Moderator: Mr. Joshua Mulheron

Orchestra (in cooperation with Visitation) *

String Orchestra offers players of varying levels and experiences the opportunity to perform music from many different genres. The VISTA Orchestra performs in formal concerts and at other community and all-conference opportunities.
Moderator: Ms. Susan Peel

Peer Mentoring

A group of volunteer seniors and juniors is available for homework help and personal counseling. This group also hosts the annual Freshman Fun Night with Visitation.
Moderator: Mr. Justin Larson

Quiz Bowl/Knowledge Bowl *

A sport for the mind, it provides a format for student growth centered on academics and generates attention for bright students.
High School Moderators: Mr. Jamie Jurkovich and Mr. Doug Hoverson
Middle School Moderator: Ms. Noelle Geyer

Ranger Challenge

The team is the first and only in the state of Minnesota and competes all over the country, traveling from Kansas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rangers compete in teams of five to nine cadets and competitions often take entire weekends. These competitions consist of numerous events designed to test cadet’s mental and physical toughness and their ability to work as a team. Events range from map reading and simulated emergency medical situations, to 10k runs and obstacle courses.
Moderator: SFC Doug Hurd

Rifle Team *

STA Cadets have a long history in competitive marksmanship. The teams have won four National Champions and are consistent State, Region, and Section Champions. Marksmen are held responsible for every shot they fire, but they are nothing without their team, and the team is nothing without them. Confidence, like concentration, is learned. Success builds upon success. For the competitive marksman, the feeling gained by mastering oneself and "beating that target" is a stepping stone to a confidence that permits itself to believe, "I can succeed in other areas of my life as well."
Moderator: CW4 Paul Preblich

Spanish Club *

Moderator: Ms. Janna Aune

Student Council *

Each year all grades elect two officers to represent their respective class on the student council. With every new school year, the council performs slightly different functions, but a common theme is to help organize social events for the student body, in particular Homecoming, Winter Week, and the school’s main social event in the spring, the Military Ball. Organizing these events includes arranging for comedy shows, music acts, and guest speakers. Some events raise money for the council, which allows them to support various causes on behalf of the student body—making perennial donations to educational foundations and Meals on Wheels among others. The council also formulates ideas that support and benefit all students within the school as well. 
HS Moderators: Mr. Erick Rome & CPT Jason Sedlak
MS Moderators: Mr. Jamie Jurkovich

Table Tennis Club *

An organized after-school activity that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rongitsch (upper Middle School) Commons. No experience is necessary.
Moderator: Mr. Julius Tangwe

Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Frisbee Club is an inclusive sport that welcomes players of all skill levels. It operates during the spring time and is a good alternative to playing spring sports. We play metro-area schools through the Minnesota Youth Ultimate League.
Moderator: Ms. Noelle Geyer

VISTA Productions (dramatics in cooperation with Visitation) *

The combined theater department of Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy offers numerous areas of involvement to create theatrical productions throughout the school year. There are three main stage productions a year as well as a comedy improv show. Opportunities include performing, acting, singing, dancing, scenic and technical crews, costuming, script writing, stage management, box office and choreography.
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Moderators: Ms. Wendy Short-Hays and Mr. Elliott Hays

* Indicates activities open to Middle School students

** Indicates activities open only to middle school students