Hall of Fame Description & Guidelines

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School established the Saints Hall of Fame Awards Program in 2012 to formally recognize alumni, parents and friends that help define and advance the institution and its mission.

Hall-of-Fame Awards were announced and bestowed on the first class of recipients during the 2012-2013 academic year in celebration of Saint Thomas Aquinas ~ 25 Years. Moving forward, the school will accept nominations at any time, and honor new recipients at a biennial induction celebration.

Alumni Award

This recognition honors alumni who have exemplified dedication and faithfulness to the mission and ideals of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School through exceptional personal or professional accomplishment. Nominations for this award are accepted on an ongoing basis from all STA constituencies, and selected annually by an appointed Selection Committee. Recipients must be graduates of at least ten years from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. This award can also be given posthumously.

Distinguished Service Award

This honor is given to a person or persons who by example represent the beliefs and ideals of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Qualities for induction include outstanding achievement in a person’s profession, vocation or avocation, selfless dedication and involvement that have led to the growth, expansion or continued development of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, and/or significantly influencing the lives of students through commitment to and enthusiasm for personifying the mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Recipients can include friends and benefactors from all STA constituencies. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis, and recipients are selected annually by an appointed Selection Committee.

Legacy Award

The Saints Hall of Fame Legacy Award is given to individuals, families, groups or organizations in recognition of long-term commitment to the mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. Recipients of this award may be identified by the President and/or Board of Trustees, and can be conferred at any time during the recipient's tenure. This honor can be conferred posthumously.

Marian Award

This award is bestowed upon faculty, staff, and administrators of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School for their life-long commitment to the ideals and values of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Recipients of this award are identified and selected by the President and/or Board of Trustees, and can be conferred at any time during the recipient’s tenure. This honor may also be given posthumously.

Additional Criteria and Nomination Process

  1. All nominees must demonstrate Catholic values that represent Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and its mission within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
  2. “Exceptional professional or personal achievement” shall be deemed appropriate and worthy of recognition as determined by the Selection Committee.
  3. Areas of “outstanding achievement in profession, vocation or avocation” may include – but not are not limited to – fields of industry, religion, science, business, the arts, medicine, the military, or athletics.

Nominations for the Alumni Award and Distinguished Service Award should be submitted using the Nomination Cover Sheet and Official Nomination Form no later than May 1 for consideration in the coming year. The nomination form and written description should state clearly how the candidate meets the criteria for selection. In addition to the letter, the nominating person(s) should include supporting material that is thorough, interesting, and pertinent to the selection criteria, such as resume, newspaper/magazine/web articles, reviews, published works, etc.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame should be submitted to the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Advancement Office any time during the year:
Saints Hall-of-Fame Nominations
Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
11411 Pflumm Road
Overland Park, KS 66215
FAX (913) 345-2319

Award recipients will be notified at least three months in advance of the Hall of Fame Induction Tribute. Acceptance will be contingent on his/her ability to attend the Induction ceremony.

Nominations should be submitted to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School no later than May 1 for consideration in the following year. Award recipients will be notified around September 1 in the given year. The annual Hall of Fame Induction Tribute will be a ticketed event in late January, open to anyone wishing to honor the inductees. Award recipients will also be recognized at the All-School Mass on or near the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas.