TOM Talks are STA’s emulation of TED Talks. While TED Talks present on “ideas worth spreading,” TOM Talks center on a theme applicable to our unique STA community.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Joanna Kelley to campus for a TOM Talk!
Jo is the owner of Cup of Joe Cafe & Bar in Portsmouth as well as the Assistant Mayor of Portsmouth! In 2021, she made history as the first African American woman to be on the City Council in Portsmouth as well as the youngest to ever be elected.
She spoke to our school community about her life and upbringing, sharing how she overcame adversity and used her unique life experiences to spark her career as a small business owner and politician.
Cody Morissette recently stopped by and spoke to our school about his life, his journey throughout high school and college, and chasing his lifelong dream of becoming a professional baseball player.
Cody graduated from Exeter High School in 2018 and went on to attend Boston College (he committed his sophomore year of high school), where he was the first two-time All-American in Boston College Baseball history. In 2021, he reached the ultimate goal of playing professional baseball and was drafted in the second round by the Miami Marlins. He is currently playing on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
As he was speaking to our students, Cody emphasized the importance of working hard and being dedicated to what you love doing.