The Top 10 Students

Rosabella Daraoui- Co-Valedictorian

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Rosabella is the daughter of George and Mona Daraoui of Rochester, New Hampshire. She is the younger sister of Karen (21) and Jennifer (19) both of whom are graduates of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She is also the proud older sister of Charbel (10). Rosabella attended middle school at St. Elizabeth Seton and is a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Rochester.

Rosabella is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. While at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, she earned the Yale Book Award and the English Department Award (junior year), the Math Department Award (sophomore year), the French Department Award and Le Grand Concours Bronze Award (freshman year), and Le Grand Concours Honorable Mention (sophomore, junior, and senior years).

Rosabella brought strength and team spirit to the St. Thomas Aquinas basketball team. She received the “Most Memorable Moment of the Season” award her freshman year. She later served as captain of the junior varsity team (junior year) and played varsity during her junior and senior year.  She also participated as a member of the STA Band for all four years, serving as Secretary during her junior and senior years.

Being a servant leader is important to Rosabella. She contributed to St. Thomas Aquinas as a Student Ambassador her junior year.  She also volunteers at Saint George Maronite Church’s monthly Lebanese Suppers and spent much of January and February of 2021 partnering with St. Ann’s Rehabilitation Center as a pen pal to its residents.

Rosabella was accepted to the University of New Hampshire and Saint Anselm College (Honors Program, Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship). She will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall and intends to major in political science on a pre-law track.

When asked about her post-collegiate plans, Rosabella states, “I hope to one day earn my Juris Doctorate and become a civil rights attorney because there is a lot of injustice in our nation and in the world today. I want to help those who are unable to defend themselves in the hopes of creating a world that protects individuals and establishes equal rights.”

 

Morgan Pulliam – Co-Valedictorian

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Morgan is the daughter of Kristi and Ron Pulliam of Exeter, New Hampshire. She is the younger sister of Nick (23) and Josh (19) and is the older sister of Heather (16). Morgan attended middle school at Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH and is a parishioner of St. Michael Parish in Exeter.

Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society. While at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, she earned the English Award her freshman and sophomore years. She earned the Physics Award and the Harvard Book Award her junior years. Also as a junior, Morgan placed in the Top 10 of the STA Junior Speech Competition and was the recipient of the Chad Young Scholarship Award.

Morgan played soccer her freshman year at St. Thomas Aquinas and then went on to stand out on the basketball court. As a member of the STA Girls Basketball team, she earned Rookie of the Year (freshman year) and the Team Player Award (senior year). She also served as the team captain as a senior.

In addition to athletics, Morgan gave time and service back to STA as a Student Ambassador and as a member of the Thirst Project Club.

Morgan received a fellowship from OrganizeNH and later was hired as a paid intern, the only high school intern employed by the organization.

Faith and service are important to Morgan. She has volunteered at various church events over the course of her high school career including numerous church fairs. She taught a religious education class at St. Michael Parish while a freshman and a sophomore and also served as a Vacation Bible School leader during her summer breaks. At the beginning of the pandemic, Morgan was instrumental in making face masks and distributing them for free.

Morgan will work this summer as a member of the Hampton Seasonal Beach Crew with her sister.

Morgan was accepted to Boston College, Stonehill College (Honor Program), Fairfield University (Honors Program), University of Scranton (Honors Program), Baylor University (Honors Program), St. Edwards University (Honors Program), and the University of Notre Dame (Glynn Family Honors Program).

In the fall, Morgan will attend the University of Notre Dame and hopes to pursue a degree in the social sciences or humanities.

“After college, I would like to go to graduate school, perhaps even law school. One dream of mine is to write a book. My goal is to obtain a job in which I can make a substantial, positive impact on people’s lives every day.”

 

(In Alphabetical Order)

Sam Humphreys

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Sam is the son of Jennifer and Stephen Humphreys of Kingston, New Hampshire. Sam attended middle school at Sacred Heart School in Hampton and is a parishioner of St. Michael Parish in Exeter.

Sam is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

He earned the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information of Technology from the University of Rochester as well as the Scholastic Silver Key Award. Sam was also a finalist in the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Speech Competition.

Sam participated on the STA Varsity Ski Team both junior and senior year.

From 8th grade through his senior year, Sam has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). He earned the Amelia Earhart Award (earned by only 5% of the nation’s CAP cadets) and currently serves in the position of Cadet Commander. He has held numerous other positions, including Cadet Deputy Commander, Cadet Deputy Commander for Support, Cadet Admin Officer, Cadet Safety NCO/Officer, Flight Commander, and Flight Sergeant.

For two years, Sam participated in Sanctioned Amateur Quarter Mile Racing. Through this experience, he gained a mechanical aptitude for cars and engines, learned how to perform work such as turbocharger upgrades, engine diagnostics, and suspension geometry tweaking.

Through his service with the Civil Air Patrol, Sam logged more than 300 hours of service. He also staffed the CAP summer encampments at Norwich University where cadets learn all the skills necessary to be successful cadets and leaders.

In addition to his many commitments, Sam also works part-time at Shaw’s supermarket in Stratham.

Sam has been accepted to Norwich University and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Sam will attend the United States Coast Guard Academy in the fall and intends to major in mechanical engineering.

“I am extremely excited to start a career of service in the United States Coast Guard where I hope to fly fixed-wing aircraft.”

 

Annabel Kossakoski

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Annabel is the daughter of Ivan and Shannon Kossakoski. She resides in Dover, New Hampshire and attended Dover Middle School.

Annabel is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

Annabel received the NHIAA Scholars Athlete Award her senior year, the National Spanish Exam Award (sophomore and junior year), the National Latin Exam Award (freshman year), and was a finalist in the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Speech Competition. Annabel also earned the Computing Medal and Scholarship Award from the Rochester Institute of Technology. This award recognizes leaders who have distinguished themselves academically, are active and involved members of their school and community, and who have demonstrated an interest and ability in computing.

She has been a strong member of the STA volleyball team all four years (Captain, senior year) and also played three years of club volleyball with Great Bay Volleyball. Annabel played softball (freshman-junior years) and earned the Rookie of the Year Award her freshman year.

Annabel was a member of the Photography Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She is a longtime volunteer with Dover Youth to Youth (six years) and also has worked part-time at Patty B’s (sophomore, junior years) and Walmart Pharmacy (senior year).

Annabel was accepted to California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, University of San Diego, Loyola Marymount University, University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Annabel will attend California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and major in Computer Science.

“While at Cal Poly, I hope to complete their 5-year Master’s program for computer science and, after college, I would love to work for a tech startup in Silicon Valley.”

 

Jennifer Medina

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Jennifer is the daughter of Ricardo Medina and Gabriela Vergara of Salisbury, Massachusetts. She is the older sister of Amanda (16). Jennifer attended middle school at Portsmouth Christian Academy and is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish in Newburyport, MA.

Jennifer is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society.

Over the course of her four years at St. Thomas Aquinas, Jennifer has received numerous awards. She earned the Jazz Band Extracurricular Award (freshman year), the Chemistry Department Award (sophomore year), and the Boston University Book Award (junior year).  Jennifer participated in Le Grand Concours National French Contest all fours years, earning Honorable Mention her freshman and senior years and the Bronze Medal her sophomore and junior years. She was also invited to participate in the prestigious St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program and was a finalist in the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Speech Competition.

An active member of the St. Thomas Aquinas community, Jennifer has participated in Jazz Band, Chorus, French Club, and the Italian Club.

Jennifer is an accomplished pianist who has played with an orchestra and in chamber groups, duets, multiple concerts, and music festivals. She also earned scholarships and Certificates of Excellence from the Young Organist Collaborative (YOC).

Service is very important to Jennifer. She has volunteered in many different capacities over the course of her high school career including altar serving at her parish and volunteering with the St. Ann’s Visitation program, Goodwill, Homeless Care Packs, Our Neighbor’s Table, and Cookies for Caregivers. She also organized the St. Ann Pen Pal program during her senior year, helped begin the STA “Food for All” garden, and served as a Student Ambassador.

Jennifer was accepted to Northeastern University (Dean’s Scholarship and University Grant), University of Delaware (Presidential Scholarship), University of Maryland (Honors Program), University of Massachusetts Amherst, Purdue University, and Villanova University.

Jennifer will attend Northeastern University in the fall and intends to major in biochemistry.

“My plan is to work in the pharmaceutical industry. However, biochemistry offers many other career opportunities that will allow me to have flexibility when choosing my final career path. Some of those opportunities include working in the perfume industry, attending medical school, and working in the nutrition industry.”

 

Jaimie Murray

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Jaimie is the daughter of Michael and Rebecca Murray of North Hampton, New Hampshire. She is the younger sister of Michael (24) and Kaylee (23). Jaimie attended middle school at North Hampton School and is a parishioner of St. Theresa Parish in Rye, NH.

Jaimie is a member of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish Honor Society (sophomore and junior years).

She is the recipient of the Environmental Science Department Award and the Rensselaer Math and Science Award.

She contributed to both the St. Thomas Aquinas soccer and lacrosse teams for all four years.

With a heart for service, Jaimie volunteered at Our Lady of Angels summer camp, in the Galapagos National Park during her 2020 Winterterm experience, and at different organizations during 2019-20.

She works part-time at the Smuttynose Brewery restaurant.

Jaimie was accepted to the University of New Hampshire (Merit Scholarship), University of Maryland (Presidential Scholarship), and the University of Colorado Boulder (Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship, Honors Program). She will attend the University of Colorado Boulder as a member of its Honors Program.

“I love the outdoors and have loved spending time out west my whole life. I can’t wait to explore Colorado!”

Jaimie intends to major in Exploratory Studies.

 

Patrick O’Regan-Reidy

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Patrick is the son of Kate and Walter O’Regan-Reidy. He is the brother of Emma (22) and Claire (16). Patrick attended middle school at Saint Mary Academy in Dover and is a parishioner of St. Theresa Parish in Rye, New Hampshire.

Patrick is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish Honor Society.

Patrick earned the Chorus Department Award (sophomore year), the Spanish Department Award (junior year), the Jazz Choir Club Award (freshman and junior year) and is a National Merit Commended Scholar. He also was the winner of the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Speech Competition.

A strong runner, Patrick was a member of the cross-country team his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also contributed greatly to the music program at St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a member of the Concert Choir (all four years, Vice President senior year), Jazz Choir (freshman - junior year), Chamber Singers (sophomore - senior year), and participated in the spring musical The King and I his sophomore year.

Patrick was selected to participate in the Jazz All-State Honors Choir both his junior and senior year.

He is a volunteer at St. Theresa Parish and works part-time at Target in Greenland.

Patrick was accepted to the University of New Hampshire (Trustee’s Scholarship, Honors Program), University of College Dublin (Merit Scholarship), Fordham University (Dean’s Scholarship), Northeastern University (Dean’s Scholarship), Boston University, King’s College London, and the London School of Economics.

Patrick will attend Fordham University in the fall and will major in math.

“I am interested in finding innovative ways to connect music with the growing realm of virtual reality.”

 

Zachary Pitts

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Zachary is the son of Claire and Linwood Pitts of Dover, New Hampshire. He is the younger brother of Nicole (21) and attended middle school at Sanborn Regional Middle School.

Zachary is a member of the French Honor Society.

He earned the Mathematics Department Award (freshman and junior year) and the Bausch-Lomb Science Award from the University of Rochester (junior year).

Zachary is an accomplished figure skater who has dedicated 13 years to his sport. He also enjoys disc golf.

During his freshman year, Zachary participated on the STA RoboSaints Robotics team. He was a member of the STA Jazz Band (freshman, sophomore, and junior years).

For much of his high school career, Zachary has taught learn-to-skate lessons at the Haverhill, NH ice arena. During the summer of 2019, he also volunteered with Operation Care for Troops VFW in Pelham, NH.

Zachary was accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and will attend there in the fall and pursue a major in mathematics.

 

Isabella Scarpetti

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Isabella is the daughter of Ken and Jackie Scarpetti of Manchester, New Hampshire. Before attending St. Thomas Aquinas, she was homeschooled. Isabella is a parishioner of Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Manchester.

Isabella is a member of the National Honor Society and was a finalist in the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Speech Competition.

She is an accomplished gymnast who has dedicated 16 years to her sport. Isabella earned 1st place in the all-around of Level 9 in New Hampshire State competition in both 2018 and 2019, 10th place in the 2019 Nationals competition, was an Eastern National qualifier in 2019, and was a Level 10 regional qualifier in 2021. Next year, she will continue gymnastics as a member of her college team.

Isabella is also an accomplished pianist having dedicated 13 years to her instrument. She scored 11 consecutive perfect scores at the annual year-end piano competitions. For fun, she also enjoys water-skiing in the summers.

Giving back is important to Isabella. She has volunteered for the Hallsville Court Affordable Senior Housing organizing Christmas sing-a-longs, trivia games, and piano music. She also helped bring joy to others during 2020 by volunteering at the Prescott Parks Art Festival and at the Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center.

Isabella was accepted early decision at Ursinus College and will be attending there in the fall where she intends to major in biology and where, as mentioned, she will participate as a member of the gymnastics team.

When asked about her plans and dreams for the future, Isabella states, “I would like to pursue a career in biology research.”

 

Madeline Stailey

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Madeline is the daughter of Mark and Sally Stailey of Rochester, New Hampshire. She is the older sister of Ryan (16) and Anna (14). Madeline attended middle school at Saint Mary Academy in Dover, NH and is a parishioner of the Parish of the Assumption.

Madeline is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

She is the recipient of numerous awards during her high school career, including the Notre Dame Book Award, the Choir Department Award (freshman and junior year), the History Department Award (sophomore year), and the Chamber Choir Club Award (junior year). Madeline received the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award (senior year) awarded for her demonstrated qualities of leadership, high academic achievement, service, and good citizenship. Madeline also was selected to attend the All State Music Festival and participated in the Saint Paul’s Advanced Studies Program her junior year.

Madeline is an avid and expert alpine skier competing on varsity and qualifying for the Meet of Champions all four years. She placed 7th in the state at the Meet of Champions in 2020 and qualified as one of the 12 girls for the New Hampshire State Team for the Eastern High School Championships. The NH Girls State Team won that year. Madeline served as the captain of the STA Ski Team her junior and senior year and also participated as a competitive ski racer for the Gunstock Ski Club since she was 10 years old. 

In addition to shining in the classroom and on the ski slopes, Madeline was an active member of the Concert Choir all four years and served as its secretary (junior year) and president (senior year). She also was a member of the Chamber and Jazz Choirs, the Music Ministry, the Drama Club and served STA as a Student Ambassador.

Service is very important to Madeline. From 2011-2021, she served as a board member of Unlimited Possibilities (UP), a grassroots organization that provides support to different groups of people worldwide. She co-founded a subgroup of UP called UPlifters, a service-oriented group of teenagers dedicated to serving communities and building interest among youth to become involved in service. 

With her family, Madeline has raised two service dogs via Canine Companions for Independence (2011-2020) one of which was eventually paired with a girl with Spina Bifida. She also served as a counselor with the St. Thomas Aquinas overnight leadership and service program REACH, as a group leader with the Dover Run for God program, and participated in extended service while in Peru with the STA Winterterm program.

Madeline was accepted to Loyola University Chicago (Honors Program, Presidential Scholarship), Elon University (Fellows Program, Presidential Scholarship), University of New Hampshire (Honors Program, Presidential Scholarship), Catholic University of America, (Honors Program, Honors Scholarship), American University (Presidential Scholarship), University of Vermont (Presidential Scholarship).  

Madeline will attend Loyola University Chicago in the fall and intends to double major in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology.

“My dreams for the future are to earn a law degree in child advocacy or pursue higher education in clinical psychology and open a practice dedicated to helping children.”