Eagles fly high at Academic Awards show

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Senior James Grant on stage with Fr. Gaelens.

James Grant was the winner of the Albert R. Gaelens Award, given to the senior student who best embodies the school motto. James has been a household name around the campus, known for his bright smile and his southern charm. James’ story is that of a humble man of St. Thomas, always presenting himself as such and holding his values close at all times. His resume is impressive, from National Honor society to Columbian squires James is always focused on how he can better himself and others. From making everyone’s day every morning on EBN, to a friendly conversation in the hallway James perfectly personifies the Albert R. Gaelens Award.

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Senior David Jones (left) receives the Carl Mitchell Allnoch Athletics Memorial Award for Excellence in Academics.

The Third award winner Senior David Jones, won the Carl Mitchell Allnoch Athletics Memorial Award for Excellence in Academics, for his skills on and off the field. David prides himself as being an athlete and a student, currently signed to play football at Cornell University. David adds this award to an already obnoxious resume. During his years at St. Thomas David has earned 12 varsity letters while maintaining an A average, was a three-time TAPPS 5A all-state football performer, named Ironman of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Houston following the 2015 football season, was a two-time all-state selection in basketball, and contributed to two second-place Eagle finishes at the state track and field championships.

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Senior Seth Dalton (left) receiving the Principal’s Award from Fr. Patrick Fulton, CSB (right). The Principal’s Award is perhaps the most difficult award to receive at the Academic Awards. Dalton will be attending the University of Rochester next year.

Seth Dalton was congratulated as the class of 2016 valedictorian, and has a story of success and struggle unlike anyone else. He also prides himself with an extensive, resume from his St. Thomas Career. The award acknowledged his amazing resume, and spotless GPA maintained throughout his four year career at St. Thomas. Seth strives to continue this trend of academic success through college as well, furthering his academic career at the University of Rochester. Seth has been distinguished as one of few incoming freshman in the world to receive the Renaissance and Global Scholars award, promising full tuition and a $4,500 research stipend.

Blake Steele goes to St. Thomas High School. He plays varsity rugby and football. Blake is a very social person who is smooth with the ladies. He also happens to be a fantasy football enthusiast. On the football field, Blake is known for having a "No Fly Zone", and is every quarterback's nightmare. People refer to him as former Ravens LB, Ray Lewis.