Saint Thomas Academy Names Goldade 2017-2018 Cadet Colonel

News Date : 11/27/2017

Saint Thomas Academy Names Goldade 2017-2018 Cadet Colonel

Five Additional Seniors Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 27, 2017 – Carrying on a 100+ year military tradition, Saint Thomas Academy today named Matthew Goldade ’18 the 110th cadet colonel. Goldade assumed the role of brigade commander following Wednesday’s annual promotion ceremony, when Headmaster Matthew Mohs ‘90 presented him with the Fleming Saber.

Goldade was chosen from among 16 senior class officers by a board including the headmaster, commandant of cadets, upper school director, the dean of students, director of academic life, a faculty representative and a student representative. The board considers academic performance, co-curricular involvement, merits and demerits, military performance and leadership abilities.

“Matthew Goldade has proven himself in the classroom, in athletics, and in co-curricular activities,” said Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio (ret.), U.S. Army. “He is a natural leader who always sets the example and is well respected throughout the entire Saint Thomas Academy community. He has my full confidence in providing direction to the Corps of Cadets.”

Goldade has attended Saint Thomas Academy for four years, coming to the Academy after attending Friendly Hills Middle School. He has been a three-sport athlete all four years, playing football, wrestling and throwing for the track team. He was the captain of the football team this past season. He is an active campus minister and does well academically with an honors course load. He aspires to attend West Point, Texas Christian University or the University of Minnesota following graduation.

“I am extremely grateful for my time at Saint Thomas Academy,” Goldade said. “I believe Saint Thomas has shaped me into the young man I am today by teaching me the value of respect and hard work. It has been an honor to interact with the amazing students, teachers and faculty every day here at the Academy. I know Saint Thomas has instilled in me the necessary skills to live a successful life. I am very proud and grateful to be a cadet.”

As cadet colonel, Goldade will work closely with the Academy’s administrators and military leaders to implement a wide variety of events at the Academy, including brigade formal inspection and the Archbishop’s Review in the spring. The cadet colonel also acts as liaison between the cadets and the faculty and administration, often influencing or handling disciplinary matters.

 Five additional seniors were promoted from cadet captain to cadet lieutenant colonel. They are:

  • John Rowe, serving as brigade executive officer.
  • Jacob Weinstein, serving as brigade chief of staff.
  • Matthew Martine,, serving as white battalion commander.
  • Cameron Cashin, serving as blue battalion commander.
  • Jack Kotok, serving as gold battalion commander.


Saint Thomas Academy senior Matthew Goldade was recently named Cadet Colonel and Brigade Commander for the Academy’s Corps of Cadets. Saint Thomas Academy is an independent military institute – the only all-male, college prep, Catholic, military/leadership school in Minnesota. He is pictured with his parents Steven and Kristine Goldade.


Saint Thomas Academy recently promoted six seniors to the highest military positions within the Corps of Cadets. Matthew Goldade was named Cadet Colonel. Five additional seniors were promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. Pictured (L-R): Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio, U.S. Army (ret.); Jacob Weinstein, Cameron Cashin, Jack Kotok, Goldade; John Rowe, Matthew Martine, and Headmaster Matthew C. Mohs ’90.

The link to the Cadet Colonel Selection Promotion can be found below:

About Saint Thomas Academy

Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas Academy is an all-male, college preparatory, Catholic, military/leadership school committed to preparing young men to succeed in college and in life. The Academy challenges its students in grades 6-12 to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. It is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS); a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). For more information, please visit

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