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Military Leadership at Saint Thomas Academy.

Students learn about leadership, gentlemanship, respect, and self confidence through the Academy’s compulsory military leadership program.

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Commandant Overview

The mission of the Saint Thomas Academy (Military Institute) Leadership program is to develop life skills through participation as a cadet in the Saint Thomas Academy (MI) Corps of Cadets structure and military program. These skills include:

  • Development and study of leadership skills
  • Cadet planned and executed events/activities
  • The importance of teamwork
  • Learning to be a good follower
  • Decision-making
  • Problem analysis
  • Goal Setting
  • Mentorship/Counseling
  • Speaking/Personal projection
  • Self discipline
  • Punctuality
  • Appearance
  • Standards
  • Selfless-Service
  • Respect for Authority
  • Character/Integrity
  • Citizenship and Patriotism
  • Gentlemanship

Note: All freshmen are expected to take Rifle Marksmanship and Weapons Safety. Cadets may enhance their leadership skills in several military led co-curriculars. These include:

  • Crack Drill Squad
  • Honor Guard/Color Guard
  • Ranger Challenge
  • Rifle Team
  • Clay Target Team

(L-R): Hayes Reding, Joseph Motzel, Callan Happe, Luke Kolar, Thomas Mayleben, Brendan McFadden, Maxwell McFarland  

Military Leadership Courses

Commandant of Cadets

Col. Cornelius “Neil” Hetherington, U.S. Army (ret.)
STA teacher since 2018
651-683-1555 x 1336 and

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Congratulations to the new Cadet Colonel, Luke Kolar!