STMA Headmaster to Speak at Aquinas College
STMA’s headmaster Deacon Brad Watkins has been invited to represent St. Thomas More Academy at Aquinas College’s “St. Thomas Aquinas Forum: Virtue in Our Current Culture.” This event will take place in Nashville on February 12-13. Deacon’s talk for the conference is titled “To Train Up a Child: Contemporary Challenges in the Formation of Virtuous Youth.”
Early Decisions for the Class of 2016
Early decisions are beginning to roll in for the class 0f 2016. Notable admissions thus far have included Baylor, Boston College, Case Western, Embry-Riddle, Fordham, Hofstra, Indiana at Bloomington, North Carolina, Notre Dame (2), Texas at Austin, and Tulane. A number of admissions have been to various honors colleges inside these universities, and merit scholarships are trending strong. We expect many more regular decision admissions, so check back for more good news in the weeks to come!
The class of 2015 realized terrific results in a very tough national placement year. Schools that selected these graduates included Colgate, Davidson, Fordham, Franklin and Marshall, Furman, Gettysburg, Holy Cross, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rensselaer, Richmond, and Vanderbilt.
STMA’s college outcomes continue to speak to our students’ powerful academic and professional formation. The STMA graduate has a strong work ethic, a right spirit of leadership and achievement, and aspirations to change the world for good.
For more information about STMA’s college placement contact Dr. Kirkpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-17 Applications Open
STMA is now accepting applications for the class of 2020! Seats in the class are limited, so early application is encouraged. For more information or to arrange a school tour call (919) 878-7640.
Pat Kurz Starts Grad Studies at Middlebury
Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Kurz on his admission to Middlebury College’s renowned Bread Loaf School of English! This summer Mr. Kurz will begin a course of graduate studies that will occupy his next several summers and lead to a Master of Arts in English. The program is particularly well suited for Mr. Kurz, as it weaves together the study of English curriculum with the practice of teaching. We wish him the best as he pursues this excellent opportunity for professional development.
STMA Student and Teacher Win FFA Grants!
Congratulations to STMA sophomore Liliane Watkins, who has been awarded a competitive SAE/Career Pathways Grant by the National Future Farmers of America! Miss Watkins was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide and was one of just two students in the state of North Carolina to win the award. She will use the grant to conduct a self-designed agricultural research experience in coordination with the California Certified Organic Foundation.
Congratulations also to Kate Kirkpatrick, humanities instructor and FFA sponsor, who has been awarded a Future Farmers of America “Food for All Grant,” her second grant in two years!
STMA Commemorates Christmas Truce
STMA’s elective class “Memory and the Great War” presented the Tuesday December 9 Luddy Lecture as a public commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Christmas Truce. Candles illuminated throughout a darkened auditorium as students heard actual recorded sounds of the Western Front and listened to STMA singers perform the German Carol “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.” Sophomore Liliane Watkins, junior Caleb Leaser, and seniors Daniel Craig, Corey Martinez, Blake Martin, and Jack Schenk then offered a beautiful mix of visual and spoken reflections over the Truce and its enduring meanings for persons today who seek a world of solidarity, cooperation, and peace. Congratulations to the presenters and their research teams for an outstanding event that will be long remembered by the STMA community. You can learn more about the Truce here.
FFA Membership Growth Award
STMA has just received the 2014 FFA Membership Growth Award from the regional leadership of the Future Farmers of America! Congratulations to all students in the FFA–STMA’s largest club–and to FFA sponsor Kate Kirkpatrick!
STMA’s FFA students continue to put into practice their 2014-15 competitive “Food For All” grant. This grant funds three experiential learning projects in agriculture that concretely address local hunger. These projects have already substantially increase STMA’s charitable giving from its garden and provide enhanced educational opportunities for both students and adults. The FFA club has cooperated with several local organizations this fall in both seasonal harvests and a local educational workshop in Wake Forest. Another workshop is planned for November at St. Raphael’s in Raleigh. Support goes out to STMA’s FFA as it brings the grant’s benefits to the school, its students, and our neighboring communities!
STMA Instructor Wins ACS-Hach Chemistry Grant
Dr. David Richards’s proposal “At the Intersection of Chemistry and Biology: Gel Electrophoresis” has been awarded a Chemistry Grant from the ACS-Hach Program‘s Educational Division in Washington, D.C. This grant will significantly enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry at STMA. Hearty congratulations to Dr. Richards!
STMA Named Rensselaer Medal School
St. Thomas More Academy has been named a Rensselaer Medal School by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. This honor provides a scholarship opportunity worth a minimum of $60,000 for select outstanding math and science students who apply, are accepted and enroll at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
St. Thomas More Academy has distinguished itself as having outstanding courses in mathematics and science, and has met rigorous academic standards to become a Rensselaer Medal School. As a Rensselaer Medal School, St. Thomas More Academy may select one member of its junior class to be honored with the Rensselaer Medal. The Medal, first presented in 1916, recognizes superlative academic achievement and motivates students toward careers in science, engineering and technology. Medal recipients who apply, are accepted, and enroll at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are provided a scholarship worth a minimum of $60,000.