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.
There is something about Theresa that sets her apart from the crowd. It could be her ever-ready smile, her friendly personality or simply her ability to make eye contact quickly and comfortably. Whatever it is, Theresa has glided into freshman life at St. Thomas Aquinas seemingly with ease and grace.
Clearly, she received a great preparation at St. Elizabeth Seton School. As a resident of Lebanon, Maine, Theresa attends St. Mary’s Church in Rochester. She sought to study at St. Thomas Aquinas High School because “of the really good academics and because STA cares so much about its students.” Like many other freshmen at St. Thomas Aquinas, one of Theresa’s favorite memories thus far is how the upperclassmen spent the last days of their summer vacation helping the incoming Class of 2021 adjust to high school. (Jump Start is a distinct STA program that partners older students with incoming freshmen to help them acclimate to STA prior to the beginning of the school year.)
To Theresa, Saints Pride means “showing your school spirit to the world. When I wear something with STA on it, I am proud and want to show it to the world and personally display the values that the school is teaching me.” Theresa reveals those values and her heart for service in many ways, like when she teaches dance to young children, serves food on Friday nights at the soup kitchen, and participates as a Master of Ceremonies during Sunday Masses.
As an active member of her parish community, Theresa felt the deep pang of Fr. Dan Sinibaldi’s death last year. Her generous act of selling bracelets and contributing the raised donations to Dover’s Hyder Family Hospice House earned her a special spot in the Diocesan magazine, The Parable. Theresa’s kindness and gentle spirit are evident to all at STA, especially in her comments such as: “I’d like to be a surgeon when I grow up, so that I can help people. I just want a job that involves helping people.”
We have no doubt that, one day, Theresa will do just that. In the meantime, we are very grateful and proud to have her as a present-day Saint.