Since opening its doors in 1960, St. Thomas Aquinas High School has served as a model of academic excellence and educational vision for New Hampshire’s Seacoast. Remaining true to its founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, this coeducational Catholic high school maintains a mission to challenge, support and transform young adults so that they are wholly prepared to lead a life enriched by intellectual discourse, spiritual reflection and human integrity.
Over the course of several weeks, we will be presenting our 2017 Saint Profiles. These brief profiles allow the greater community to view a cross-section of our students- young adults who are varied in their interests, skills, talents and personalities. And all of whom represent our diverse student body- young men and women who are embraced and cherished at St. Thomas Aquinas High School as our living SaintsPride.
Meet Gabbie MacNeil: Soccer, Lacrosse, Choir, Student Advisory Board, Theater, Robotics
Sometimes junior high students are reluctant to consider St. Thomas Aquinas for their high school journey because they are either a) concerned about “losing their friends”*; or b) they have never attended a Catholic school and worry about fitting in at STA. No one dispels these two myths more quickly than Gabbie MacNeil.
A graduate of Dover Middle School, Gabbie has flourished at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Her strength in athletics can be witnessed on both the soccer and lacrosse fields. She is a member of the STA Choir and Robotics Club, enjoys helping with theater productions, is a staff member on the STA Student Advisory Board and finds time to help others as a peer tutor in our Center for Academic Achievement.
“To me,” reflects Gabbie, “Saints Pride means being part of a school where teachers and students work together to achieve academic, athletic and spiritual excellence.
I chose STA as my home because when I shadowed a student in my 8th grade year, I experienced first-hand the love and compassion that exists in the STA community. I instantly knew which school I wanted to call my home - STA.”
As the oldest of three children, Gabbie cherishes her family and, when asked, admits that her most memorable experience from this past summer was spending two relaxing weeks together with her family at a lake house. It is clear that Gabbie’s foundation and roots come from a tight-knit family, one that has laid a beautifully strong platform for her self-confidence.
“One thing people should know about me,” says Gabbie, “is that I am very passionate about everything I am involved in whether it is being a part of a sports team, a group project, or coordinating an event- I put everything I have into my task.”
STA Saints are encouraged to participate in as many or as few activities as they wish; we want our students to enjoy balanced lives and we know that “balanced” means something different to every individual. Gabbie exemplifies a young woman with diverse interests who is generous with her time, talent and spirit.
Interested in biology and engineering, she is considering entering the field of science one day. No matter what career path she chooses, Gabbie MacNeil will be a successful asset to any business in particular and to the greater world at large.
*While junior high students occasionally express a fear that attending STA will cause them to “lose their old friends”, we at STA like to reassure them that this is not the case, only that they will gain many new friends to add to their list.