STA Names 109th Cadet Colonel

News Date : 11/23/2016

Saint Thomas Academy Names Mayleben 2016-2017 Cadet Colonel

Five Additional Seniors Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 25, 2016 – Carrying on a 100+ year military tradition, Saint Thomas Academy named William Mayleben ’17 the 109th cadet colonel. Mayleben assumed the role of brigade commander following Wednesday’s annual promotion ceremony, when Headmaster Matthew Mohs '90 presented him with the Fleming Saber.

Mayleben was chosen from among 16 senior class officers by a board including the headmaster, commandant of cadets, Upper School director, 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.

“The selection committee had a very difficult decision this year given the maturity, talent, commitment and leadership abilities of the senior class officers,” said Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Michael DePuglio (ret.), U.S. Army. “All of the leaders, and particularly Mayleben, have the respect and support of the entire corps of cadets. Mayleben is a well-rounded young man, who excels at everything he does. He will make an excellent cadet colonel.” has attended Saint Thomas Academy for four years, and aspires to attend the University of Notre Dame, Boston College or Dartmouth College following graduation. He has a 4.28 GPA and scored 35 on the ACT exam. He participates in the Model UN, peer mentoring, and is a member of the 2016 state championship soccer team and the 2014, 2015 and 2016 state championship swimming teams. He is a member of 2015 200-medley relay foursome, which holds the all-time school record of 1:34.09. He also swam on three of the school's top five all-time fastest 200-free relay teams and holds the 4th fastest time in school history in the 100-breaststroke. Mayleben also volunteers for the Clownfish Swim Club, a swim club for children and young adults with disabilities, and works as lifeguard during the summer.

“I am beyond blessed and grateful for having the opportunity to attend Saint Thomas Academy for the past four years,” Mayleben said. “The school has served as a rock for the foundations of my manhood, making me feel welcome and developing my confidence. The support and compassion from both teachers and students have allowed me to achieve things that I never deemed possible. This rock built on Catholicism, academics, and brotherhood was and always will be my safety net when I fail. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to attend such an elite institution.”

As cadet colonel, Mayleben 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:

  • Erik Vick, serving as brigade executive officer. Vick hopes to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point next year but is also considering Baylor University and the University of North Carolina.

  • Michael Newcome, serving as brigade chief of staff. Newcome plans to attend the University of Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota or Saint Louis University following graduation.

  • Samuel Enderby, serving as white battalion commander. He is considering St. John's University or the University of Dayton for post-secondary options.

  • Maxwell Shuman, serving as blue battalion commander. Shuman looks forward to attending the University of Notre Dame, the United States Naval Academy or Duke University.

  • Devin Kennedy, serving as gold battalion commander. The third brother to attend Saint Thomas Academy, Kennedy plans to attend Creighton University, Boston College or the University of Notre Dame after graduation.

Newcome, Vick, Shuman, Mayleben, Kennedy, Enderby

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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, currently grades 7-12, to excel academically, spiritually, morally and physically in and out of the classroom. In the fall of 2017, 6th grade will be added to the Saint Thomas Academy Middle School. 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).

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