Upcoming at Saint Thomas Academy: EVT Anniversary, Innovation Center Grand Opening, Students ‘SOAR’ to NASA, Honoring Veterans/POWs/MIAs

News Date : 10/24/2017

Upcoming at Saint Thomas Academy: EVT Anniversary, Innovation Center Grand Opening, Students ‘SOAR’ to NASA, Honoring Veterans/POWs/MIAs


20 Years of 'STEAM' with the Experimental Vehicle Team
Saturday, Oct. 28 - ​4-7 p.m.
Anniversary celebration and ribbon-cutting/grand opening of the Innovation Center

Alumni representing 20 years of the Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team will celebrate the team’s 20 years of engineering exploration and creation with a special VIP reception and ribbon-cutting at the Academy’s new 6,000-square-foot Innovation Center. Throughout the years, the team originally known as the Supermileage Team has beat out many college teams on the way to winning 14 national championships and 1 international championship – the 2017 Shell Drivers’ World Championship – and setting numerous national records. Bodies from past EVT vehicles will be on display at the event.

The EVT has successfully sparked many students’ engineering careers in its history as a co-curricular program teaching real-life problem-solving skills. Past Experimental Vehicle Teams have built a safer electric motorcycle for urban commuting, multiple solar vehicles, a one-person car that got more than 1,300 mpg and an electric car that traveled 50 miles on two car batteries. They have raced on the track at Texas Motor Speedway, closed courses on the streets of Detroit, and the open road from Texas to California.

Cadets are only high schoolers in the country to design WB-57F environmental data recorder to support NASA Aircraft Operations

As part of NASA’s pilot program “Student Opportunities in Airborne Research” (SOAR), 4 Saint Thomas Academy seniors will travel to Johnson Space Center in November to test the environmental data recorder they have designed and built to capture the conditions encountered by a WB-57F High Altitude aircraft throughout a flight. NASA Aircraft Operations desires this information for designing instruments and payloads for the aircraft. The team’s recorder must meet size, weight and power limits set by NASA.

Saint Thomas Academy is the only high school in the country invited to take part in the inaugural year of the SOAR program. When they travel to Houston in November, the cadets will join teams from Columbia University and the University of Texas. The teams’ recorders will be placed in various payload mounting locations on a WB-57F and will record data during multiple high-altitude flights. The data will be made available to NASA scientists and researchers to use while designing instruments for the WB-57F.

Honoring Veterans with Vietnam POW Col. David Evenson
Friday, Nov. 10 – 9 a.m.

Retired U.S. Air Force pilot Col. David Evenson, who spent 2,186 days as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam after ejecting during a combat mission, will be the special guest of Saint Thomas Academy as it honors veterans and the Fleming Alumni Veterans Award recipients, including two alumni killed in action/missing in action. This year, awards will be presented to:

  • Col. Richard Walsh, '44, United States Air Force – a North American Air Defense Command & Control Pilot, Walsh was missing-in-action/killed-in-action as a member of the A1-E aircraft 602nd Special Ops Squadron Nhakon Phenom, Thailand in 1969. He was 43 and left behind a wife and 5 children. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.
  • Maj. Patrick Murray, '60, United States Marine Corps (MIA / KIA - Vietnam)
  • Lt. Trevor Tarsa, '03, United States Navy
  • Capt. Nick McAdams, '03, United States Marine Corps

Evenson is a veteran of the Minnesota Army National Guard 1947-1951, the U.S. Air Force 1954-1978, the Cold War 1947-1951, 1954-1978 and the Vietnam War 1966-1973 (POW).

As an all-male, military/leadership school, Saint Thomas Academy takes great pride in honoring staff, faculty, alumni and distinguished guests who have served in the armed forces. The assembly is led by one of the ranking senior cadets and includes a presentation of the colors, recognition of faculty and staff who have served in the armed forces, and the presentation of the Fleming Alumni Veterans Awards. 

Cadet Promotion Ceremony
Wednesday, Nov. 22 – 2:15 p.m.

At this suspense-filled ceremony, six seniors surrounded by the entire corps of cadets in Class A dress uniforms will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel to lead the corps for the 2017-2018 school year. One of those six will then become cadet colonel when he is ceremoniously presented the illustrious Fleming Saber by Headmaster Matthew Mohs ’90. The cadets who are promoted embody academic excellence, leadership potential, athletic accomplishment and a commitment to God and community.

Admissions Open House
Sunday, Nov. 5 – 1 p.m. program and tours

Saint Thomas Academy will host an open house for potential students and their parents, when they can learn how Saint Thomas Academy provides an excellent and unique learning experience for boys from Headmaster Matt Mohs ’90, faculty and current students. Students will lead tours of the campus. Register online: http://www.cadets.com/OpenHouse

Cadet Coffee & Admissions Informational Session
Thursday, Nov. 9 – 9-10:15 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 – 9-10:15 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 7 – 9-10:15 a.m.
Guests can get an informal introduction to an STA education, tour the school, and attend Formation. Register online: http://www.cadets.com/OpenHouse

VISTA Fall Play: Scapino! A long way off from Moliere
Fridays, Nov. 10, 17 and Saturdays, Nov. 11, 18 – 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, Nov. 12 and 192 p.m.
Scapino!, a comedy by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale set in the seaport of Naples, Italy, is based in Comedia del Arte style, and is a laugh riot of physicality, over-the-top characters, fast-paced dialogue and a song or two. 
$10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (Tickets available at the door.)
Visitation’s DeSales Auditorium (2455 Visitation Drive, Mendota Heights)

For the complete calendar of activities, please visit www.cadets.com.

Unless noted otherwise, all activities are held at: 

Saint Thomas Academy
949 Mendota Heights Road
Mendota Heights, Minn.

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 www.cadets.com

CONTACT:     Amy Nugent, 651.450.9222 or amy@renownmarketing.com


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