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Mr. Geroux, Audio-Visual Wizard

Andrew Walsh '21

Few have given as much as Mr. John Geroux has to ensure the day-to-day functioning of Saint Thomas Academy. During the four years that I have attended STA, I have noted Mr. Geroux’s dedication to the technical side of the school.

My first interaction with Mr. Geroux occurred when I needed his help making a mock news report for my Media Studies class. He generously spent time with Ty Vansteenberg and me setting up lights, cameras, and green screens. His assistance helped make our project successful. My experience with Mr. Geroux is just one of many experienced by the students at STA. It is common knowledge that he has been the glue that has kept the school running.

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An Undefeated Tradition: The 113th Cadet Colonel

Sam Trammell '22

On December 2, 2020, the Corps of Cadets waited with bated breath to see who would be chosen as the 113th Cadet Colonel. Clad in their blouse coats and split into two gyms and the Court, the students knew that this was a ceremony like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the students, the faculty, and the school itself to undergo drastic change, from the restructuring of classrooms to the dividers at the lunch tables. Despite this, however, the emblematic Cadet Colonel ceremony managed to persist.

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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: ViSTA's COVID-time Play

Chris Peters '21

How do you create a theatrical performance while following COVID-19 distancing guidelines? This past fall VISTA Theater tackled this challenge head-on. With great courage and fortitude, the company created and performed a production called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on a 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, the play explores the world through Christopher Boone, a boy on the autism spectrum. The character is on stage the entirety of the performance; however, he does not like to be touched by other individuals. This aspect of the performance naturally allowed the actors to maintain social distancing.

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From Stick-Figure to College Football Star — The Story of the “Slim Reaper”

Jordan Young '21

Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing a mere 175 pounds, Devonta Smith is not your average college football player. In fact, “Smitty” looks more like a cross country runner than a college football superstar. But that’s exactly what he is: the best player in college football.

In a virtual ceremony on January 5, Devonta Smith was awarded the eighty-sixth Heisman trophy, the award presented to the most outstanding player in all of college football. He edged out two Alabama teammates Mac Jones (QB) and Najee Harris (RB), as well as two other quarterbacks Kyle Trask (Florida), and likely number-one overall pick Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) to take home the honor.

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Remembering Mr. Mike Sjoberg

Charles Steel '21

On January 5th 2021, the STA community suffered the loss of a dear friend, educator, and coach, Mr. Mike Sjoberg. His legacy and presence on campus will forever be missed by those he taught, worked beside, and coached throughout his tenure. A man who took great pride in the development of his students, Mike led by example as a servant leader and mentor to those he became close with. “To develop boys into men of character” is the mission of Saint Thomas Academy and its staff. As an educator, administrator, and coach, Mike not only believed in this philosophy, but lived it each day he came to work.

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Upgrade Unlocked: The Next Level for STA's Athletic Commits

Jordan Young '21

It was a tough year to be a high school athlete, but a tough year has never stopped the Cadets, and it didn’t stop us this year. Our senior class is one of the most athletically decorated classes in recent memory, and all of our athletes displayed the hard work, determination, and excellence that comes with being a Saint Thomas Academy athlete. As of this publication, here are Saint Thomas Academy’s athletic commitments from this past school year.

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Sports: Where Positive Results are a Good Thing

Baker Reding '21

As the pandemic began, spring sports were in the hot seat. With schools shuttered, and students hunkered down for online classes to finish out the quarter, the chance to play a spring sport seemed far-fetched. After weeks of start dates and competition protocols being adjusted, seniors of the 2020 class received devastating news; they would never have the chance to play for the Cadets again.

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Welcome STA's new faculty and staff!

From books to ice cream and in between, these are their favorite things. -Jack MapelLentz '22