Eagle Guard wows with much needed changes

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Senior Ben Neukomm and Nick Borgman at the St. Thomas vs. Strake Jesuit Pep Rally giving a heartfelt and inspiring battle cry to the students and the football players before they play Strake Jesuit.
Senior Ben Neukomm and Nick Borgman at the St. Thomas vs. Strake Jesuit Pep Rally giving a heartfelt and inspiring battle cry to the students and the football players before they play Strake Jesuit.

By James Grant
Eagle Staff

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

game.

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

Eagle Guard.

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

brothers.”

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.”

 

 

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James Grant is a senior at St. Thomas.

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