Six Additional Seniors Promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 26, 2018 – As an independent military leadership Academy, Saint Thomas Academy today named Luke Kolar ’19 the 111th Cadet Colonel. Kolar assumed the highest-ranking role in the Corps of Cadets following Wednesday’s annual suspense-filled promotion ceremony, when Headmaster Matthew Mohs ‘90 presented him with the Fleming Saber.
While attending Saint Thomas Academy the past four years, Kolar has risen to a level of leadership and excellence in nearly every capacity. His resume includes:
- Cross country: 4 years; senior captain. Four-time All-Conference and three-time "Most Valuable Runner."
- Track and field: 4 years; junior and senior captain. Recipient of the Coaches' Award and the Jack Zahr Leadership Award. Selected All-Conference in his junior year.
- Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT): 4 years; student driver as a junior.
- Peer Mentoring: 2 years; senior captain.
- Citation school newspaper: 4 years; 3 years as Editor, currently Front-Page Editor. Recipient of the Annual Editor Academic Award for his work.
- Model UN team member for three years; senior captain. EMUNC Best Delegate Honorable Mention.
- Cadence (literary magazine): 3 years; Editor-in-Chief as a senior.
- Frequent contributing writer for Saber, the Saint Thomas Academy alumni publication.
- Three-time Eagle Academic Award recipient for annual GPA of 3.90 or better
- National Merit Scholar semi-finalist
- Faculty Award recipient
- Recipient of 3 military awards in 2017-2018
- Dartmouth Book Award recipient
- University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Award
- Elected leader of winning field trip project, 2018
Kolar also volunteers in a Living Well Disability Services’ group home and is co-founder and leader of "Churros for Charity" at Saint Thomas Academy. He hopes to attend college on the East Coast following graduation. Kolar attended Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Edina through 8th grade. He is the son of Mike ’87 and Amy.
“Luke brings a great deal of maturity and respect of his peers to the role of Cadet Colonel,” said Commandant of Cadets Col. Neil Hetherington (ret.), U.S. Army. “Those are important factors for a Cadet Colonel to be successful. I look forward to working closely with him throughout the year to further develop his leadership abilities as well as those of every Cadet at the Academy.”
Kolar was chosen from among 16 senior class officers by a board including the Headmaster, Commandant of Cadets, Deputy 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.
“As a senior today, I’m still in awe of the immense impact this school has had on me since my first days as a freshman,” Kolar said. “Saint Thomas Academy teaches skills that can be applied to any career or role in life; ambitious competition, countless hands-on leadership scenarios, and lessons in diligence that characterize a Cadet’s high school years perfectly complement the values of compassion, community, and courage that the Academy instills in young men. Saint Thomas Academy is a place like no other, and I’m forever grateful for the amazing experience of maturing here.”
As Cadet Colonel, Kolar 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.
Six additional seniors were promoted from Cadet Captain to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel. They are:
- Callan Happe, named Deputy Brigade Commander. Happe hopes to study business or economics at Boston College, Villanova University or the University of Notre Dame following graduation.
- Thomas Mayleben, named Chief of Staff. Mayleben, the younger brother of 2015-2016 Cadet Colonel William Mayleben, hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame or Duke University next year.
- Hayes Reding, Battalion Commander, will attend and play lacrosse at College of the Holy Cross.
- Brendan McFadden, Battalion Commander, is hoping to attend either Boston College and Santa Clara University.
- Maxwell McFarland, Battalion Commander, is hoping to attend Gonzaga University or University of Portland following graduation.
- Joseph Motzel was named Brigade Operations Officer (S3). Motzel hopes to attend the United States Naval Academy or Boston College next year.
(L-R): Hayes Reding, Joseph Motzel, Callan Happe, Luke Kolar, Thomas Mayleben, Brendan McFadden, Maxwell McFarland