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.
One of the most wonderful things about St. Thomas Aquinas students is watching how they partner two (or more) very different interests in a balanced and successful way. One student who displays this well is sophomore Max Reich. An avid (and exceptional) swimmer, Max also loves history. As an 8th grade student at North Hampton School, Max was recognized with the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for his demonstrated excellence in history. And while he hopes to one day become a professor of World War II history (or a Washington lobbyist), Max currently is making a big splash in another field of interest, too.
As a member of Phoenix Swimming (a Massachusetts-based swimming program that focuses on an athlete’s development both as a swim athlete and as a person of integrity), Max has excelled. He is now participating in his second year as a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Swim Team and creating a powerful wake. Max holds two New England swimming records and was ranked 3rd in the country for the 200m breaststroke men (13-14 year old age division).
He also shares his skill and knowledge with others as a swimming coach. “Coaching young swimmers at the surf club this past summer was definitely a highlight,” acknowledges Max. “Watching them compete and have fun was priceless.” Watching Max compete is also priceless and an experience every STA fan should schedule in to this year's calendar.
Aside, however, from his prowess in the pool, Max is simply a genuine light. When asked why he chose STA as his four year home for high school, he shares, “When I visited St. Thomas Aquinas as an 8th grader, I felt like everyone cares about their education here. The teachers love teaching and everyone made me feel as if everyone is part of one big family.”
Max’s feelings are authentic and we are proud to have him as part of our large STA family where everyone gets along… swimmingly.