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Saint Thomas Academy Names Reding 2020-21 Cadet Colonel

Five Additional Seniors Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

Saint Thomas Academy, an independent military leadership Academy, yesterday named Henry “Baker” Reding ’21 of Saint Paul (Highland Park) the 2020-2021 cadet colonel and brigade commander. Reding was chosen to lead the corps of cadets from among 16 senior class officers based on his academic performance, co-curricular involvement, merits and demerits, military performance and leadership abilities.

As cadet colonel, Reding is the highest-ranking officer in the corps, which comprises the entire upper school student body. He will work closely with the Academy’s administrators and military leaders to implement a wide variety of events and activities at the Academy during the remainder of the school year. The cadet colonel also acts as liaison between cadets and the faculty and administration.

“Baker is an outstanding young man, who has demonstrated tremendous growth in his leadership skills and potential during his time at Saint Thomas Academy,” said retired U.S. Army Col. Neil Hetherington, commandant of cadets. “His peers and underclassmen respect and admire him for his commitment to excellence, whether in the classroom, on the football and lacrosse fields or in living his Catholic faith through community service.”

Reding started at Saint Thomas Academy in 8th grade, having previously attended Christ Our King-Stella Maris School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. During his time at the Academy, he has received the following honors and awards:

  • Eagle Academic Award (x3) for maintaining an annual GPA of 3.9 or better
  • Superior Cadet Award (x2)
  • Superior Performance Award
  • Cadet of the Quarter
  • US Army Scholar-Athlete Award
  • Lacrosse: All-State, All-Section, All-Conference midfielder; Team Captain
  • Football: Team Captain and starting quarterback
  • National History Day State Qualifier

Reding has also served as middle school football coach, basketball team manager (in 10th grade), a peer mentor and a captain, co-leader of the Lincoln Society and co-editor-in-chief of the “Citation” student newspaper. He is also a member of the Model UN team, the Spanish Club and the Right to Life Club.

Reding served the Twin Cities and Saint Thomas Academy communities extensively during the summer of 2020. Following the social unrest locally, he volunteered for multiple food drives across the metro area. He also volunteered with the Academy’s youth football camp and helped modify Academy facilities for social distancing standards in preparation for a return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall.

Reding has committed to play Division I lacrosse at College of the Holy Cross.

The cadet colonel selection committee includes the headmaster, commandant of cadets, deputy commandant of cadets, upper school director, director of academic life, a faculty representative and a student representative.

(L-R) Retired Col. Neil Hetherington, commandant of cadets; Cadet Lt. Col. Jack Sexton; Cadet Lt. Col. Oscar Berg; Cadet Col. Henry "Baker" Reding; Cadet Lt. Col. Jordan Young, Cadet Lt. Col. Daniel McFadden; Cadet Lt. Col. Nicholas Horst; Headmaster Kelby Woodard.

Five additional seniors were promoted from cadet captain to cadet lieutenant colonel. They are:

  • Nicholas Horst of Eagan hopes to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer science and environmental science from Stanford University, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University or the University of Minnesota. Horst attended Saint Ambrose Catholic School in Woodbury.
  • Jordan Young of Inver Grove Heights. After graduation, Young plans to study aerospace engineering, computer science and economics at one of several colleges: Duke University, The University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, Rice University, Georgia Tech, University of Virginia or Harvard University.
  • Daniel McFadden of Sunfish Lake. McFadden plans to play football at Stanford University following graduation. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School of West Saint Paul prior to Saint Thomas Academy.
  • Oscar Berg of Mendota Heights plans to apply to Marquette University, Gonzaga University, Colorado State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Montana and Montana State University.  
  • Jack Sexton of Edina. Sexton aspires to study engineering and medicine at one of the following: United States Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, The University of Notre Dame or Vanderbilt University.