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Incoming Freshman Named to Omaha
All Metro Academic First Team

Posted: July 14, 2020

Ambrose TerneusAmbrose TerneusOur friends at Mother of Divine Grace School (founded by an alumna of the College, Laura Berquist ’75), pass along the exciting news that the Omaha World-Herald has named a member of the incoming freshman class, Ambrose Terneus, to the paper’s 2020 All Metro Academic First Team.

Ambrose, the story notes, was the No. 1-ranked student in his high school, the Latin Club president and choir director, a Nebraska Junior Olympic Decathlon champion, and an Eagle Scout who earned a perfect score on his National Latin Exam. As the World-Herald’s story indicates, First Team members can pretty much choose any college they like. So what led Ambrose to choose TAC?

“Upon first visiting the California campus of Thomas Aquinas College, I was struck with the profound presence of beauty,” he writes. “Immediately, the landscaping directed my eyes to the cathedral-reminiscent chapel, the centerpiece of campus. After reflecting upon that visit, I realized that the power of the physical campus to lead one’s senses to God symbolizes perfectly what I perceived of the College’s academic program, which is oriented to direct students’ minds to God. It is my utmost desire to pursue a proper ordering of body, mind, and soul, and I believe the environment at Thomas Aquinas College is uniquely suited for this formation.”

Congratulations, Ambrose! We look forward to welcoming you and the rest of the Class of 2024 at Convocation in August!

“I am most grateful for Thomas Aquinas College’s resolute fidelity to the Church and her teachings. The young people whom you serve certainly are being formed to think with the Church and to defend the Faith with courage and charity.”

– The Most Rev. William E. Lori

Archbishop of Baltimore

Chair of the USCCB's Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty