Student Life

The students at St. Thomas Aquinas have the opportunity to participate in a full range of activities to develop their unique gifts and talents. Through these programs, our students develop leadership skills, recognize the importance of hard work, channel their creativity and imagination and develop relationships with mentors and others who share their values and interests.

Key Club

Key Club International is a service leadership organization for high school students. It is jointly sponsored by a local Kiwanis club composed of the leading businesses and professional people of the community.

Key Club International provides more than 12 million hours of service to homes, schools, and communities each year. From building bridges to collecting tons of food to helping eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, Key Club International plays a vital role in serving the children of the world.

Every Key Club has the authority to select its own service projects. However, all Key Clubs are asked to participate in the Major Emphasis, which is “Children: Their Future, Our Focus.”

Mission statement
Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Vision
We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide.

Core values
The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.

Pledge
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school, and community; to serve my nation and God, and to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.

Motto
Caring–Our Way of Life

Objects
  • To develop initiative and leadership.
  • To provide experience in living and working together.
  • To serve the school and community.
  • To cooperate with the school principal.
  • To prepare for useful citizenship.
  • To accept and promote the following ideals:
  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship, and social contacts.
  • To develop, by precept and example, more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, render unselfish service, and build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

National Honor Society

To be eligible for NHS, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better and must be a junior or senior.  Applicants qualify for membership by obtaining the approval of the NHS faculty committee, which is appointed each year by the principal.  Acceptance into NHS is based on 4 criteria— Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

Eligible students will be invited to an informational application meeting in October.  Students must be passing conduct in order to apply for NHS.  All activities and service eligible for NHS begin with the ninth grade.

All potential members must be actively involved in a minimum of three school and /or community activities.  Any combination of sports will only be considered as one activity.  Employment may be considered as one activity.  Other examples include but are not limited to:  school clubs, mock trials, student councils, ambassadors, scouting, youth group, church lector, Eucharistic Minister, lector, martial arts, drama club, 4-H, speech & debate, etc…

All potential members must also participate in a minimum of three service projects within the school and/or community.  These projects can include Key Club hours as well as the hours required for graduation.  National Honor Society service minimums are the school required hours PLUS 5 additional hours each year.

Applications also require two essays on service and leadership.  In addition, students must obtain three letters of recommendation from adults other than their teachers.  Completed applications are due in late October.  Selection is held in November and the Induction Ceremony is held in December of each year.

Any questions call Mr. Joe Vagedes, NHS Advisor, at 330-875-1631 or at [email protected]. 

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION: STA NHS FORM

Pep Club

The Aquinas Pep Club's mission is to publicize games, promote school spirit and cheer on our Knights. Members of the Pep Club will design posters, host rallies, and encourage our fans, parents, players, and coaches! The Pep Club will only be offered to the high school for the 2022-2023 school year. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have good attendance. We are looking for outgoing students who have creativity and  A LOT of STA school spirit. To join, please see Mrs. Dudley in the main office.
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