St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond recently hosted District IX’s Beta District Day at Southeastern Louisiana University’s University Center.

The school’s Quiz Bowl team won first in the district after defeating Slidell High in the final round. Team members are seniors Butch Bartels, Logan Thompson and Shannon Garrety, juniors Clayton Ourso, Aaron Mixon and Preston Richardson and sophomore William Daley.

The school also won first place in T-shirt design and Beta scrapbook. Committee members were seniors Reagan Greer, Allie Ridgell, Morgan Busch, Haileigh Bolton and Madelyn Miley and junior Camryn Flanagan.

St. Thomas Aquinas placed second in oratory with senior Shannon Garrety and in Special Talent with a rock band comprised of seniors Alexis Theriot and Luke Orlando and sophomore Alex Theriot.

All St. Thomas Aquinas teams will advance and compete in the Beta State Convention in January.

District Gov. Emily Owens, of St. Thomas Aquinas, served as host of the event and challenged participating schools to bring canned goods to be donated to the Tangi Food Pantry. Nearly 700 cans were collected.

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Beta Club officers are Owens; Garrety, district lieutenant governor; Bartels, president; Lindsey Dettwiller, vice president; Cailin Sampey, secretary; Megan Davis, treasurer; and Greer, historian.

Other District IX schools participating in Beta District Day were Amite, Albany, Ben’s Ford Christian, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Hammond High Magnet, Independence, Mount Hermon, Northshore, Pine, Salmen, Jewel Sumner and Varnado.