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Michelle Gress
Senior Jake Sheely riles up the crowd at the recent Fall Sports Assembly
Every grade level gets hyped up at the Saint’s Gold Out game against Blue Valley North. (Michelle Gress)

 I know the beginning of school is a bittersweet time in everyone’s lives. Summer is coming to an end and the stress of school is coming back. Although we aren’t very stoked about the schoolwork, rules, and expectations that await us when we get back, there are some exciting things that are worth all of the bad. Things like football games, pep rallies, seeing your friends again, new goals and aspirations for this year and many exciting experiences to look forward to in your first few months back.

 One of the main things that is getting me personally through these first couple months is football games and pep rallies. Nothing beats the excitement of game day and what’s around it. Nothing better than waking up to a spirit day, the one, seven, five, three schedule for an assembly, watching the Friday team on Halo go over the past game, and running out of the gym ten minutes before school is supposed to get out. Walking out with all of your friends with the sun beaming down on you, and the air still warm, but not too warm. When we came back to school, that’s what I was looking forward to the most. The cheers, the bleachers, the themes, all of it makes actual school work worth it. The work and the classes can sometimes make you not want to be at school, but the community and the activities can make it so worth it.

  Another experience that you can look forward to in your first months back is Homecoming. Homecoming week is my and many other peoples favorite week of school. The excitement to the football game and the dance can be felt throughout the thoroughly decorated hallways. The dress down days and the class videos are some of the best parts of the week. The school spirit and the community are at an all time high and it feels great to be a Saint. The canned food drive is another event to look forward to. We do so much good at St. Thomas Aquinas and the canned food drive brings in about 70,000 cans each year, as well as almost 50,000 dollars that is donated to Catholic Charities.This helps so many people who are less fortunate and they benefit from this fundraiser so much, but also brings us together as a school.

 Although not everyone is thinking about what happens after STA yet, I know a lot of us are. Juniors and seniors, this is one of the most important years of schooling we will have to go through. Even though it’s not gonna be easy, thinking about colleges is so exciting. Talking to representatives and figuring out what we want to major in can be stressful but looking to the future is always incredibly exciting. Thinking about all the possibilities that we can make happen is one thing that I am looking forward to this year and I think you should too.  

 

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Maeve Sloan, Reporter
Maeve Sloan is a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas. This is her first year as a reporter on The Shield.  At Aquinas, she participates in managing the rugby team. Out of school, she likes to hangout with friends, listen to music, and go to the gym. Maeve is very excited to be writing for The Shield this year.
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