Thank you to all who joined us for our STA Alumni Panel Conversation!

On Wednesday, May 27 2020, the Admissions Department facilitated an online Alumni Panel Conversation with three St. Thomas Aquinas High School Alumni. Mary McNamara, Geoff Ness, and Kyra Sarazen shared how their STA education helped them develop the skills and tools to achieve their post-graduation goals.

Mary McNamara

Mary graduated from St. Thomas in 2006 and her siblings followed after in ’07, ’08, and ’09. As a student at St. Thomas, she was involved in soccer, student government, campus ministry, and volunteer work. She went on to attend UNH and their honors program, graduating with a bachelors in French Language & Literature. She has built a career over the last 10 years in sales or marketing roles, including education programming. She now works for iHeartMedia here in New Hampshire helping clients create marketing solutions to grow their businesses.

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Geoffrey Ness

Geoff Ness, class of ’05, is the president of Nessit, a Somersworth based information technology company he started as a junior here at STA and kept growing the company through his undergraduate at Keene State College. Today, Nessit provides IT managed services for the education, medical and professional services small to mid-market sector. Geoff currently serves on the Wentworth Douglas Foundation Board of Directors as well as advisory boards for Saint Mary Academy and Great Bay Community College.

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Kyra Sarazen

Kyra graduated from STA in 2015 and spent the following four years studying at the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Catholic Social Teaching. While at Notre Dame, Kyra was a member of the Varsity Women's Swimming and Diving team, serving as captain her senior year. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Thomassique, Haiti where she worked as one of two Global Health Fellows at a small rural clinic. Her role involved overseeing several community health projects and helping manage clinic operations. Kyra was evacuated from Haiti in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently sheltering in place with her family, now living in Kansas City. Kyra is currently working for Partners in Health on the Community Tracing Collaborative, which is an initiative spearheaded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to perform contact tracing in the state. 

Future plans:  Kyra plans to apply to medical school next summer and intends to pursue a career in global obstetrics. 

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To view our Alumni Panel Conversation and hear three different (yet complementary) perspectives on how a St. Thomas Aquinas High School education prepares young people for college and beyond, please click here.


Student Panel Conversation

On Wednesday, June 10, the St. Thomas Aquinas Admissions Department hosted a Student Alumni Panel with three members of the Lux in Tenebris Student Ambassador Society: Ella Kuselias '21, Ashleyrose Saffie '22, and Matt Ryan '23. 

Each of these Saints addressed specific questions and offered their individual perspectives on all that it means to be a Saint- including their transition from middle school, their favorite classes, and what they hope to accomplish during the rest of their high school experience.

If you were unable to join us or if you would like a recap of the Student Panel, please click here.