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Knightly News - October 15, 2017
Principal's Post

This past week we held the STARS banquet which recognizes academic achievement for high school students. Mr. John Sirpilla, Class of 1984 and Stark County Catholic High Schools Board President, was the honored speaker. He shared with them that life is hard and we all have our own crosses to bear, but don’t worry because you are going to be ok. I thank John for his wise words and his leadership to the school. 

Thursday night was a great night for the STA volleyball team and the “Dungeon” student section. The volleyball team came back to beat Central Catholic in 5 sets. The gym was rockin’ and the students were cheering wildly for the Lady Knights. I even received a comment from a Central Catholic parent who enjoyed watching the enthusiasm, fun, and creativity that our students demonstrated. It was an evening where you just had to feel proud to be a Knight. 

In today’s epistle, St. PauI writes to the Philippians that “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” In one sentence Paul demonstrated his total reliance on and faith in God. These are good words to remember as we strive to follow Christ in our daily lives. 

Please continue to pray for God’s will to be done at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School and for God to strengthen us as we pursue Truth, Scholarship, and Excellence.  

Have a great Aquinas week!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Principal Schlueter

Go Knights!
Did you know that on the 2015 Ohio Graduation Test, which was last administered to all sophomores in Ohio during the spring of 2015, Central Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas High Schools SCORED HIGHER THAN ALL 17 Stark County public schools in Reading and Writing? Central scored highest in Science and St. Thomas scored highest in Social Studies compared to all 17 public schools. Catholic school makes a difference!
Elks Teens of the Month
April Doyle
Daughter of Danielle and Thomas Doyle. She was a Buckeye Girls State delegate and is a member of Key Club. April is Involved in Community Service and plans to study lay.
Christian Harwood
Son of Diane and Jeff Harwood. He was a Buckeye Boys State delegate, is a member of NHS and student government, and serves as a student ambassador. Christian is a letterman in football and tennis. He plans to study business and sports management in college.
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 
  • Oct 17 - Senior Retreat
  • Oct 19 - Sandy Hook Promise
  • Oct 19 - Red Shirt Dress Down
  • Oct 19 - Partner School Fall Festival 5th-8th - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Oct 20 - Regional Faculty In-Service (No School)
  • Oct 23 - Sophomore Class Dinner
  • Oct 24 - Junior Class Dinner
  • Oct 25 - End of the 1st Quarter
  • Oct 26 - Senior Portraits in Boardroom (dress up for photos only)
  • Oct 26 - Grandparents Day Middle School
  • Oct 27 - Senior Portraits in Boardroom (dress up for photos only)
  • Oct 27 - ASVAB Test
  • Oct 27 - Senior Athlete Rally - 10th Mod
  • Oct 30 - Senior Parents Dinner
  • Nov 2 - Blood Drive
  • Nov 7 - STARS Ice Cream
  • Nov 7 - 7th Grade Day
  • Nov 12 - Open House 1:00 - 3:00
  • Nov 15-17 - 8th Grade Aspire Exam
  • Nov 18 - Aspire Exam for non-parochial students


Deanna Stranan, AP U.S. history, world history, government, and youth and law teacher.

Nominated for Malone University Teacher of the Month.
Congratulations! Orlasia Hunger nominated for the United Way Kids of Character.
Ministry Day at STA
Thank you to all who made Ministry Day a success!
Turn in your Jackpot Raffle Tickets for your chance at $5000!
STARS - S t. T homas A quinas R ecognizes S tudents

St. Thomas Aquinas held it’s annual STARS breakfast on Tuesday, October 10th. STARS is a yearly event where the students receive their academic letter. These distinguished students had a 3.5 or better GPA in each of the previous 4 quarters. This year's featured speaker was distinguished alum, Mr. John Sirpilla.
Honored Sophomores
Kaylee Bonnot
Colin Brown
Emily Davala
Sydney Doyle
Fumika Hoshi
Max Kaczynski
Ryley Kling
Kylee Knott
Luke May
Emma Schillig
Gianna Simonetti
Jacqueline Wilson
Gabriella Zucchero-Hatchett

Honored Juniors
Evan Appleby
Erin Beskitt*
Alexis DePasquale 
Kailyn DiGiambattista
Paige Doyle*
Cassandra Duplin*
Alexis Galloway
Tamaki Hoshi*
Andrew Jenkins*
Ty Jovingo*
Megan Kungle*
Quinn Lamp
Joseph Lewis
Olivia Malich
MacKenzie McKay
Emily Moeglin*
Hannah Ohman*
Benjamin Pavlica*

Honored Juniors
Gabriella Walsh*
Elizabeth Wheeler*
Grace Wolf
Mark Wucinich*
Trevor Young

Honored Seniors
Ryan Appleby**
Tristen Benyi**
Sophia Bond
Benjamin Crawford**
John Paul DiMarzio*
April Doyle**
Angela Farolino**
Christian Harwood**
John Harwood**
Sam Harwood**
Zachary Hawkins**
Katherine Hiestand**
Kayla Hubbs*
Andrew Hussar*
Jarryd Palek*
Justis Paul*
Jessica Risher
Hayley Rorie*
Emily Royer*
Brooke Shaffer**
Hannah Soehnlen
Sophia Soehnlen**
Trever Tesch
Nicholas Thomas**
Natalie Vinci**
Sydney Webb**

*Denotes years qualified for STARS
Last week our STA Middle School students attended the Beauty and the Beast performance at the Canton Player's Guild. They had lunch at Cici's Pizza with cast members.
L to R: Josie Palek, Grace Tabellion
Row 2: Hannah Neely, Tashara Ross, Nahje Adkins, Grace Yarian, Jocelyn Cruz-Lopez, Eric Strain, Alyssa Mitchell
From the Guidance Office

Deadline, November 15, 2017
See Guidance for Application. This is a scholarship for HIGH SCHOOL

Deadline, November 30, 2017

THE CANTON STUDENT LOAN FOUNDATION for graduating seniors holding a 2.0 and higher GPA looking for financial assistance must call before June 1st deadline ph # 330-493-0020.
Ways to Help STA Win $$


Congratulations! Katie Hiestand Scores 1000th Career Kill Spike Point
Congratulations Trevor Young!

Selected as North Coast League, White Div. Cross Country MVP
MS Volleyball at the Semi-Finals
STA Screening Details:
Thursday, October 26th
8:00am - 4:00pm
STA High School - 2nd Floor, Special Education Office

This is available for student athletes 12 years and older.

KNAC Memberships Still Available

One of the best values for STA Sports Fanatics. Your membership dollars provide uniforms, warm-ups, protective equipment, and practice aids, to name a few, for our athletic teams, cheerleaders and band. Thank you for your support!
Athletics - Stay in the Know & Follow Us
8th Grade Day
Thursday, October 12th, STA hosted 8th graders from St. Paul School and STA Middle School
Alumni Visitors This Week
Rachael Adams '16, Kacee Soehnlen '17 and Rocco Soehnlen '32 stopped in for a visit. Andrew Sedmock '17 (not pictured) stopped in after school.

James Burchett '17, Matt Bendel '17 and Kate Lund '17 (not pictured) also stopped in.

Alex Miday '14 is tearing up the golf course as a top 50 NCAA Division III player. Alex currently ranks 44th. He is also the highest ranked player in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 72.5 stroke average per round.
Anthony Moeglin was selected as the John Carroll University Football Team's Offensive Player of the JCU vs Wilmington Game.

2017 Reunions
Class of 1972   45 Year Reunion

Friday, October 20, 2017  Meet & Mingle   The Fox and Hound on Everhard 6:00pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017  - Walsh University Barrett Center 
Contact Ann Moegling-Foltz |  
UPDATED Please note time change

Class of 1987 30 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Let's Get Reaquainted cocktail reception at Fox and Hound on Everhard Rd., 7:30pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Maize Valley Winery in Hartville, 6:30pm

Contact Mary Jo Stephens |

Premier Class of 1968 50 Year Reunion - Save the Date

Friday, June 22, 2018  - “Meet and Greet” at Mulligan’s Pub, Library room.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - Reunion dinner will be at Skyland Pines Banquet Center.  
Details and more events will follow. For more information or if you were not contacted, please email .

We will also post information and entertain discussion on our Facebook page, which was started a couple of years ago and presently has 50 members. Please join!  St. Thomas Aquinas – Class of ’68 .
Leslie Nicola

The Class of '68 reunion is coming up - where are you now? Send us an update !

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

Eternal rest grant unto them...

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Upcoming Events - Save the Date
Mark your calendars, the Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for February 3, 2018 .

The KNAC will need all hands on deck. Contact Stephanie Wheeler to find out how you can help make this FUN event SUCCESSFUL.

Money raised by this event supports all high school and middle school athletics.

We look forward to seeing you there!
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.

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