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Knightly News - February 18, 2018
"For the Catholic, spiritual growth can be nothing but a continual turning to Christ. In this we come to understand an astonishing truth, that spiritual growth is really a growth in relationship, a constant deepening of our relationship with Christ" (Our Sunday Visitor, 2010).

St. Thomas Aquinas connects our Catholic faith to all that we do, with the intent of helping our students realize spiritual growth. We believe that true spiritual growth will make a world of difference in the lives of our students, both while they are walking the halls of St. Thomas Aquinas and when they leave as graduates.
Principal's Post

This weekend 43 STA senior and junior students are taking part in the annual Kairos retreat. This is a special voluntary retreat that is led by senior student leaders. It is an impactful retreat that makes the STA experience different and more spiritually enriching than other schools. Please keep these students in your prayers as they will be on retreat from Sunday through Tuesday.

I want to pass on congratulations to the Aquinas Cheerleaders who took 1st Place in the 9th Annual Saint Michael’s Cheerleading Competition at Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, PA, on Saturday February 17th.

Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School.

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
Lenten Season
As we help our students develop a faith-filled character and prepare them, not just for life after graduation, but to live a life of worth, we find that Lent plays an important part in their spiritual development. We hope you will join us in prayer, reflection, sacrifice, and giving to others this season. We will gather together as a school community often during Lent, guests are welcome to join us.
Notes from Campus Ministry
Mrs. Michelle May is our Campus Minister and has worked at St. Thomas Aquinas since 2010. She assists with the faith and leadership development of our students through planning school Mass, prayer services, retreats, blood drives, and service opportunities throughout the year.

Blood Drive
Lifeshare Blood Drive will take place on Wednesday, February 28th . Students who are 16-17 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact Mrs. May to schedule an appointment to donate. Your donation can save up to 4 lives!

The freshman and sophomores will celebrate liturgy in the upstairs chapel on Wednesday morning. The boys are encouraged to wear button down shirts and ties

The Kairos retreat will take place this Sunday, February 18-20 . Forty-one juniors and seniors will take time to refresh and renew themselves and relationships with family, friends and God. Please keep the students and adults in your prayers.

Service Hours
Service hours for our high school students, can be recorded to My School Progress (MSP). Students should use their own account (not the parent account) to record the hours. Go to the MSP website, click the menu tab and click on volunteer hours and add all service opportunities and description. Once hours are added, Mrs. May will approve them. Students should keep a written record of their own service hours, as well.
2018 Spelling Bee Participants & Winners
Mr. Schlueter, Sydney Brown - Runner-Up, Kiyah Jackson - Winner, Mrs. Parise
Congratulations Cheerleaders!
The St. Thomas Aquinas High School cheerleaders competed in their first ever competition this weekend and won FIRST place!

(L to R) Alicia Galloway, Amelia Verbus, Alexis Depasquale, Grace Wucinich, Alexis Galloway, Keyri Soler
STA Tuition Assistance for 2018-2019
Wolsonovich Scholarship:
The Diocese of Youngstown provides an annual grant in memory of Mary Ellen Cushwa Wolsonovich based upon financial need determined by SmartAid. The application is now open. This year, applications must be submitted digitally through SmartAid. The scholarship deadline is March 1. Please note, in order to complete the application process, you will need your 2017 1040 Tax Form.

Teachers' Confederation Scholarship:
The Youngstown Diocesan Confederation of Teachers donate toward a scholarship fund. This year four freshmen attending STA may win this scholarship. The freshmen must have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must show leadership and responsibility. Each winner w ill receive $100, renewable yearly, and applied toward their STA tuition. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained all four years. Interested students should obtain an application and reference sheets from Ms. Gill in the Guidance Office by March 2, 2018. Deadline for turning in the completed application and essay to Ms. Gill is March 16, 2018. 
Important Meetings & Info - Please Read!
All 2017-2018 School Forms are available on the St. Thomas Aquinas website.

Regular School Hours 
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 3:30pm STA Phone 330-875-1631

Upcoming Events 
  • February 18 - 20 - Kairos
  • February 21 - Practice ACT
  • February 22/23 - 4th and 5th Grade Pen Pal Visitation Days
  • February 26 - Bishop Murry visit
  • February 27 - ACT
  • February 27 - Spring pictures for Middle School
  • February 28 - Blood Drive
  • March 3 - Men’s Conference
  • March 5 - 6 OCSAA Review
  • March 5 - 8 IOWA Testing
  • March 9 - Diocesan In-Service - No School
  • March 16-17 - Villain’s View
  • March 21-23 - 6th Grade Field Trip
  • March 26-29 - ELA Air Testing
  • March 30-April - Easter Break

Athletic Events
  • Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 - Boys JV basketball vs Dalton
  • Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 - Boys basketball vs Dalton
  • Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 - Girls basketball vs OLOE
  • Thursday, February February 22 - Freshman basketball vs Trinity
  • Friday, February 23, 5:30 - Boys JV basketball vs Trinity
  • Friday, February 23, 7:00 - Boys basketball vs Trinity (Senior Night)
  • Saturday, February 24, 1:00 - Girls basketball at Rittman (if win on Wednesday)
STA Helping You Save Money

Mention you are a student, have a student attending, or work for St. Thomas Aquinas HS/MS and receive 15% off.

Paper Mache Pop Art in 8th Grade Art Class
Students worked together to build and write about why their selection celebrates life.
Community Resources

If you or someone you know is suffering please reach out to our Chaplain, Fr. Dyer; Campus Minister, Mrs. May; guidance counselor, Mr. Pederzolli; or any one of our staff so that we can help and/or use one of the numbers below for help. No one stands alone!

Suicide Prevention Lifelife – 24/7 Help – 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center – 24/7 Help – 330.452.6000
Crisis Intervention (Youth Mobile travels to homes) – 330.452.6000
Text 4hope – 24/7 – 741741
The cast and crew have begun work on our spring performance "The Villian's Last Page", a fairytale adaptation. Jobs behind the scenes such as stage crew, costumes, make-up are still available.

Rehearsals are held at 3:30 every Monday at Central Catholic.

The show will be held March 15 (daytime performance for the elementary students), March 16, and March 17. See Mrs. Pusateri for more information or questions.
2018 Aquinas Gold Auction
A Silent Auction Teaser:

It's a Yeti, and more!
Be the lucky winner of this item at the Aquinas Auction! A Yeti cooler filled with farm raised meat from our very own Aquinas Wanchick Family. This assortment of pork, beef and bacon will be the most tender and tasty meat you've ever had. Light the Grill! 

You don't want to miss this year's auction. Mail in your reservations or or purchase tickets online using the link below.
for the 2018 Aquinas Gold Auction, March 24, 2018
Thank you to this week’s Auction Sponsors! Your generosity is truly appreciated.

Gold Sponsor $2500
Linda DiNunzio, Allstate Insurance

Diamond Sponsor $500
Dempsey Enterprises

Mystery Trip Sponsor
Classico Landscapes, Inc.
Don't forget about your chance to win a new car!! Winning ticket drawn at the Auction.

What a great graduation gift it would be!

Or spoil yourself!
From the Guidance Office

Please check in with the Guidance Office for many more College Scholarship opportunities or the STA website for recent additions .

College Scholarships:
  • Day Ketter Scholarship - March 9, 2018
  • Canton Lincoln High School Alumni Assn Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Walsh University Gary Farey Endowed Scholarship - March 15, 2018
  • Ohio News Media Foundation 2018 Minority Journalism Scholarship - March 21, 2018
  • Quota International of Alliance Inc. - March 30, 2018
  • $5000 KNR Don't Text & Drive Scholarship - March 31, 2018
  • Stark Community Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • Italian-American Festival Foundation - April 1, 2018
  • The William D. Squires Scholarship - April 5, 2018
  • Christopher Columbus Italian Mutual Benefit Society - May 14, 2018
  • Unique Club of Canton Scholarship - May 25, 2018
  • The Canton Student Loan Foundation - June 1, 2018

HS & MS School Scholarships for 18-19 School Year
Cushwa/Wolsonovich Scholarship Application is now open, $30 application fee. Deadline is March 1, 2018
Help Wanted:
MS Track Coach Eldon Jones is looking for help coaching MS Track this spring. Anyone potentially interested in helping coach MS Track starting in March please contact Eldon Jones for more details. He can't do it alone!

Help keep the momentum going!
Aquinas Knights on Big Time Sports TV show
Congratulations Lady Knights Basketball!
Lady Knights Basketball 2018 North Coast League Champions!!
Back 2 Back Championships!
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
Registration Day

February 22 is the St. Thomas Aquinas Registration Day at 6:30 pm. Any student who plans to attend STA in the fall is invited to come get class schedule information, turn in registration materials, and talk about tuition assistance. 
Planning a class reunion, email us and we'll post the information in our weekly eBlast!

The Class of '68
Friday, June 22, 2018 - Meet & Greet 7:00pm, new location coming soon.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 50th Reunion Dinner, Skyland Pines Event Center 6:00pm

Class of '68 website coming very soon....

  • Class of 1979 is looking for a few fabulous alumni who would love to be a part of the 40th Reunion Planning Committee. Please contact Don Trubisky at 330-265-9647
Fancy meeting you here!

Karla Rhoads '04 (right) is sharing her story about herself and another St. Thomas Aquinas High School Alumnae, Bridgette (Heline) Romberger '06 (left), who both work at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Karla works in Goodyear's Consumer Tire segment as a National Program Manager building incentive programs for North American independent tire retailers as well as managing The Tire & Service Network, a turn-key, comprehensive program that includes marketing, training, and revenue generating solutions.

Bridgette is a Fleet solutions Sales Manager based out of Pennsylvania. She works in Goodyear's Commercial Tire segment contributing to sales growth through utilization of programs, promotion, and relationship building throughout her Eastern PA territory.

Working in different segments of a large corporation, it was ironic how our work collided a few years back through a NASCAR sales promotion. Then after several unsuccessful attempts, it wasn’t until December 2017 at the annual Sales Conference in Orlando, Florida, when they were able to catch up.  St. Thomas Aquinas taught them both a lot of values that we apply to our work at Goodyear and it was great to catch up about work and memories we will never forget.
Eternal rest grant unto them...

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Ways to Support STA
St Thomas Aquinas High School is partnering with Schoola ( ).

What’s Schoola? It’s a great way to raise funds for our school. Schoola collects pre-loved women's and children’s clothes, preps and sells them online, and gives 40% of the proceeds (minus the cost of inbound shipping) back to St Thomas Aquinas High School to help fund programs for our kids. That’s $2 out of every $5 earned back to our school! Simply click on the image to view our very own Schoola landing page where you can request a bag and view our progress and funds earned

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to St. Thomas Aquinas High School & Middle School to help fund programs for our students. Every little bit counts, donations quickly add up.

It's easy! Type and log into your account. Select St. Thomas Aquinas High School (yes the Middle School benefits too!), Louisville, OH. That's it. Now whenever you make a purchase STA benefits.

Thank you for your support!

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