By James Grant
The freight train of Eagle spirit that flew
through Strake during St. Thomas’ 11-7
resilient comeback victory over the Crusaders
September 5, left the station at our school’s
pep rally that memorable Friday before the big
This year’s Eagle Guard, comprised of seven of
the most free-spirited and boisterous members
of the St. Thomas senior class, were the mighty engine that got the train started and kept it rolling on
through Strake and the Eagles’ emotional victory over their bitter rivals in green. This year’s St.
Thomas Eagle Guard play a huge role in firing up the student body at both pep rallies, like the one
before the Strake football game and future ones to come, and at Eagle football games. Their
unceasing school spirit and level of raucousness create a loud and rowdy atmosphere full of Eagle
students and fans hungry for a St. Thomas victory.
The football players feed off of the deafening noise and support instigated by the Eagle Guard and
then relayed by the St. Thomas student section toward our sideline, and to the Eagles fighting over
the pigskin out on the field, through constant “War Eagle!” and “You got quiet!” chants.
Now, let’s meet some of the most interesting men in the world of St. Thomas: the 2014-2015 STH
First, we have senior Nick Borgman, the unspoken leader and one of the hardest working members of
the Eagle Guard. When asked about why he chose to be part of the Eagle Guard, Nick said, “When I
was a freshman, I remember how pumped up the Eagle Guard got me and how close I felt to my Eagle
Nick went on to talk about his inspirations and how his experience has been in Eagle Guard so far.
“John Mouton and Peyton Wilson were big inspirations for me and I knew I wanted to do what they
did. We had a really good response from the crowd at the Kinkaid and Strake game, and the first pep
rally of the year was a huge success.”
Next up is senior Ben Neukomm, who says that his main concern in life is getting people fired up,
which he does pretty well and proved this fact when he raised the roof during the Strake pep rally.
“I wanted to be part of Eagle Guard because I though it would be fun and I felt my Eagle brothers
needed more excitement at pep rallies.”
The excitement he brought was fully exemplified in his speech for the St. Thomas vs. Strake pep rally.
Then we have senior Dominique Mendieta, who lets his Eagle pride run wild while he flies down the
field holding the St. Thomas flag high at the beginning of football games and after The Eagles cross
the goal line.
“I decided to become an Eagle Guard member because I realized it’s what I was called to do. The
feeling is like no other. I get to let my mane of long luscious hair blow in the wind while I majestically
run down field with the STH flag.”