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HOMECOMING 2011

10/8/2011
In one of the most exciting events of the fall semester, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School community came together to celebrate Homecoming Weekend October 7-11th. Homecoming activities kicked off Friday, October 7 with a school-wide Pep Rally. Drummers led the students from their class rooms to the Gymnasium for an inspiring video put together by Mr. Christie. This was followed by a Volleyball match between the Girls Varsity team vs members from the boys Football and Golf Teams. The Homecoming Volleyball Game was between the Varsity Volleyball Girls against the Golfer Captains & the Football Captains. Volleyball scored 6 points while the captains scored 5 points.

Homecoming – SNL@STA was an amazing afternoon and evening. Of course, STA beat Stevens 44-6, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Over 1,500 people were here on Campus…easily one of the largest sporting events and Homecoming in recent history. The electricity in the air was incredible. The Alumni tent was a busy place for both Alumni, as well as many potential future Alumni. The Alumni tent was a center of activity for the many student volunteers that helped that day. Special thanks to all the SAB and Student Ambassadors that helpwed with Parking, popcorn and Cotton Candy concessions, as well as Complimentary tickets had been handed out to visiting Jr High students to STA, as well as at our local parishes and Jr High schools. Over 100 Jr High students registered at the Alumni tent for a raffled off signed football.

" It took about 2 years in the making for the "SNL" game to be planned and coordinated. It was my pleasure and honor to work with so many dedicated and hard working people to facilitate this dream into a reality for these great kids, coaches, program and STA community. I take great pride in knowing that this event became the most success community event in the history of St Thomas Aquinas."
--- Ed Monette, "SNL" Committee- Chair, Athletic Advisory Board- Member, Advancement Committee- Member, STA Parent.
In a special ceremony at half time, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Jamie Burnett, Class of ’91 by Pricipal Kevin Collins and Alumni Director, Brian Harrison ‘80. Jamie was also joined on the field by his family - his mom, Rena Burnett, daughters Grace (age 5) and Emma (age 3), as well his brother and current faculty member Reno Burnett.

Jamie is a "distinguished" alumni in almost every sense of the word:
 
Professionally, Jamie has contributed to his community through his work with NH Senators Gregg and Sununu. His service to his country in Washington (as well as here in New Hampshire focused on an "array of policy issues, including financial services, housing, health care, education, labor, pensions, commerce, and small business, as well as the Federal budget and appropriations process."  He is currently a partner in a successful public advocacy and political consulting firm; his work with John Robitaille in the 2010 election for governor of Rhode Island was widely lauded as a master-stroke of political consulting. Additionally, he was a key member of John Sununu's senatorial campaigns and Gov. Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential primary run.  On one hand, Jamie is a go-to source for national and international media outlets, including the Washington Post's presidential campaign coverage. On the other hand, Jamie continues to be a trusted confidant of many of the high profile individuals he has worked with over the years.  Jamie holds Bachelor's Degree in political science and a Masters Degrees in public administration and in teaching.  As an STA alum, his involvement with St. Thomas's governance and administration led directly to the creation of the Alumni Leadership Council (and he also served as the ALC’s first chairperson).
 
Personally, he is a family man, married; a father and a friend to many.


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