Student News

Law and Society Class Project goes to the Delaware House of Representatives

Mr. Dennis Lahiff worked with his 2014-15 Law & Society class do some independent research on the subject of bullying. The class was surprised to see that whilelaws existed requiring schools to adopt anti-bullying programs, there were apparently no legal consequences outside of the schools for the bullyhim/herself. The class had to do research papers and with Mr. Lahiff's assistance, drafted a bullying law, taking some of the principles in the assault, menacing laws and harassment laws on the books and crafted a new law specifically directed at bullying in school, cyber bullying, andbullying in the workplace.  Rep. Timothy Dukes passed the student's work along to legislative counsel, who re-drafted the legislation.  Rep. Dukes has agreed to introduce the revised bill in the Legislature. If you look at the draft of his bill, you will note in the synopsis that the legislation originated with the law class at St. Thomas More Academy.  

The Law & Society class suggested a Class B misdemeanor or at the least, an unclassified misdemeanor (11 Del. Code secs. 4202, 4203, 4204, 4206). If adopted, the law would also allow the juvenile court to have some additional "teeth" for the bully in schools.  Bullying is a scourge not only in the schools, but also online (cyber bullying) and in the workplace.  STMA students believe the act of bullying should be criminalized and the bully deserves a penalty, even if it is not a major penalty. School children who have been bullied suffer emotional and sometimes physical damage which needs to be addressed beyond the school discipline level. Cyber bullying and workplace bullying is no different. Yes, the act of bullying might be said to be included in harassment, assault or menacing statutes, but the message needs to be clearly sent to bullies that this type of conduct is specifically prohibited and there are consequences for their actions. 

Their hard work has paid off as the "bullying bill" was just released and will be going to committee. It is House Bill 386.

STMA Student Artists Featured in Smart Art Exhbition

The Delaware Art Museum is presenting an Art Smart Exhibition for schools in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington this spring.This artwork is currently on display through Saturday, May 28 with a special Open House on Thursday, May 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm.The STMA artists featured in the Art Smart Exhibition are: Joanna Petrosky, Katarina Ibach, Jenny Woinski, Elizabeth Fensterwald,Megan Sadlowski, and Brianna Duffy.

Engineering Students Earn College Credit!

STMA has just completed its first year of engineering instruction under Mr. John Silcox and the Project Lead The Way curriculum.   We are proud to recognize six seniors who have qualified to receive college credit for their outstanding work in the course.

The Rochester Institute of Technology offers PLTW students the opportunity to receive undergraduate credit.  To qualify, students must earn a stanine score of 6 or higher on the end-of-year exam (6 equals a C; 7 equals a B; 8 and 9 equal an A), and have a class average of 85% or higher.  Congratulations to: William Hart, Ewan Malenfant, Wesley Orth, Nicholas Reyes, Ezra Rudinoff, and Travis Zeigler. 

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk a HUGE SUCCESS

Saint Thomas More Academy hosted the first AFSP Out of the Darkness Campus Walk in the state of Delaware on Sunday, April 24th.  We are very proud to announce that the walk was a huge success and we are looking forward to a bigger and better event in 2017!

87 walkers and runners participated in the event and raised over $3,000 to support suicide awareness and prevention.  A team of sixteen student and staff volunteers planned the event along with event coordinator Kathy Spencer.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention funds research, creates educational programs, advocates for public policy, and supports survivors of suicide loss.  AFSP has set a goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025.  

Senior Johnsenia Brooks named 2016 McCabe Scholar

Congratulations to Johnsenia Brooks, a senior student at STMA, who was named the 2016 McCabe Scholar!  This distinction awards Johnsenia a full scholarship to Swarthmore College as a member of the Class of 2020.  The scholarship committee commented on the impressive quality of her leadership, and her exceptional intellectual and personal qualities. 

Senior Kourtnie Orth named to Blue-Gold All Star Basketball team

Congratulations to Senior Kourtnie Orth, who will play in the Annual All-Star Basketball Game on Saturday, March 19th at UD's Bob Carpenter Center at 1:30 pm.  This is Kourtnie's second All-Star Game, as she was also nominated to play in the Blue-Gold Volleyball Game.  Way to go Kourtnie!
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Senior Nicholas Reyes wins The American Council of Engineering Scholarship

It is with great distinction that Saint Thomas More Academy in Magnolia announces that senior Nicholas Sanchez Reyes as the scholarship winner in the American Council of Engineering Companies/Delaware scholarship award program. Nick was awarded the largest scholarship amount in ACEC/Delaware history, to be used towards his engineering education. The Selection Committee ultimately decided on Nick because of his impressive resume, outstanding scholastic record and service to the community. He is currently President of the Student Government body, a National Honor Society member and has participated in Boys State and the Governor’s School for Excellence. Besides his engineering ambitions, he is also an accomplished singer, having been selected for the National Association for Music Education national choir in Nashville, TN this year.
Nick will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis next year, where he will study engineering. Nick said, “I hope that as an engineer, I will be able to design various projects for the benefit of numerous people, whether it be ships for the Navy or environmentally friendly buildings, bridges or highways.” Principal Rachael Casey proudly proclaimed that “Nick’s accomplishments and example are a credit to him and to Saint Thomas More Academy, and its goals of academic excellence using Catholic teachings and gospel values.”


Saint Thomas More featured on Catholic Forum radio show

Saint Thomas More was featured on the Catholic Forum Radio program on Sunday, February 7th as part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  Ms. Casey was joined by Senior Jon Titus and Freshman Logan Hughes in discussing the mission of Saint Thomas More and highlighting the uniqueness of our wonderful school.  To listen to the show, click on the following link and find the February 7th program link