The purpose of the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Cheer Team is to lead the student body and Saints fans in a positive way at athletic games, pep assemblies, and other events. The team shall strive to promote spirit through a group effort to bring about school pride and loyalty. The cheerleaders are expected to be Catholic Student Athletes, being positive representatives of the school at all times.
Goals of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Cheerleading Program
Consistent communication between the coaches, athletes and parents
Represent our school through leadership, hard work and dedication
Maintain a high level of school spirit
|Grade 6-12 Clinic
|February 22, 2024 | 7-8 PM | Gymnasium
|Pre tryout meeting
|March 19, 2024 | 7 PM | Theater
|March 21, 2024 | 6 PM | Commons
|Pre- Tryout clinics
|April 1-3, 2024 | 6-8 PM | Gymnasium
|April 4, 2024 | 5-9 PM ( we will be utilizing both gyms)
Sarah Dean, Assistant Varsity Coach: Sarah has been with the STA program for 7 years. Sarah cheered for Derby High School and competitive cheer, then went on to cheer at Butler Community College and Kansas State University. In college, she competed with her team at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals. Sarah was also an NCA Staff Instructor while in college. Sarah currently works for a Dental Sales Company. Sarah is very excited to share her love and enthusiasm for cheer with the team!
Freshmen/JV Coach- Connelly Barnes Connelly is entering her 5th year as the Freshmen/JV coach for STA. Connelly cheered competitively for 13 years. After high school Connelly cheered at Kansas State University for 4 years. For the past 9 summers, Connelly has been involved with the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), and is currently a head instructor for the state of Kansas. Connelly is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Freshmen/JV Coach- Kylie Hazlett Kylie is entering her second year as the Freshmen/JV coach for STA. Kylie was a competitive gymnast for 10 years before cheering competitively for 4, including 2 trips to the Cheerleading Worlds. After high school Kylie continued on to cheer at Kansas State University with fellow Freshman/JV coach, Connelly Barnes. Kylie is now a nurse for the University of Kansas Health System. She has been involved in judging/coaching different cheer and gymnastics programs in the area and looks forward to continuing that at STA.
“Tommy the Saint” has been the Saint Thomas Aquinas mascot for over 15 years. He has been a leading role model of good sportsmanship and supporting spirit on the sidelines of every Aquinas sport. His positive actions and happy face spreads love and laughter at whatever activity he attends. “Tommy the Saint” has recently been recruited to join the cheerleading teams at STA.