Seniors Paint Their Future

By Bradley Cusnier and Santiago Rodriguez
MAY 12, 2017 

On April 26, 2017, the Bienes Center for The Arts was home to the First Annual Fine Arts Signing Day. Family members and friends of the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA) twenty-two elite seniors filled the Bienes Center, eagerly waiting for each signee to take the stage and sign the letter of intent for his or her choice of school.

Mr. Seeger was inspired to propose a signing day for Fine Arts when he “. . . was watching the national letter of intent signing day for athletes and thought that the other incredible students . . .” should be celebrated as well. Once Mr. Seeger decided to officially propose the idea, he contacted a teacher in Oswego, Illinois “. . . who had thrown the event before and found out that four other schools had done the same. . . . After finding out the key details needed, [he] drafted an email to send to the entire senior class inspiring people to get involved. From there, the planning for the event was underway.”

Addressing the assembly and participants, STA’s Principal Dr. Aloma congratulated the signees for their achievements, hard work and dedication. Dr. Mulder, Assistant Principal of Academics, then called the signees to the stage to sit down with their families, sign the letters of intent, and get their pictures taken. After the ceremony, the attendees were provided with refreshments.

Dr. Mulder said that the event was a great opportunity “. . . to honor those students who are following their passion in college.” His favorite part of the ceremony was when “. . . the signees were sitting with their families, and you could see how proud the parents were of their children.”

Connor Dolan, Washington University-commit, shared that Mrs. Keen’s AP Drawing Class really pushed him to practice and spend more time working on his art. He considered the amount of work he put into the class to be equal to or harder than the other seven advanced placement classes that he has taken. Sofia Isaac, University of Florida-commit, thanked STA for teaching her almost everything she knows about art. Nicolas Chang and Maria Garay, Full Sail University-commits, told the Raider Review that they both look forward to attending a university that is so involved in the entertainment industry.

The Raider community is extremely proud of these twenty-two signees, and wishes them the best of luck in college and their career.