Awards and Recognition
The school offers a wide range of extracurricular and cocurricular activities for students at all levels.
These include a Mock Trial team that has won 14 regional championships and a state championship, and a yearbook program that has won two Silver Crown and four Gold Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, most recently in 2012. The yearbook has also won multiple National Pacemaker Awards, the highest national recognition for American student publications.
STES finished in third place overall at the 2006 TAPPS State Academic Meet. Two STES students tied for 1st place in the overall science category, making top scores in biology, physics, and chemistry.
Twenty-six percent of the Class of 2008 are National Merit semifinalists or commended students.
STES students have won many accolades in sports competitions as well. The boys varsity cross country team has won back-to-back Tapps 3A state championships from 2009-2012 while the varsity girls won their first Championship in 2010. The varsity girls swim team also won the state championships in 2010 and 2011. The soccer program placed first in state championships in 1994 and 1998. The high school String Ensemble has also competed at the State level competition for six years running (2008-present), most recently winning first place among its division as one of the smallest groups competing (2013).
In 2011 the school won its first Henderson Cup. The Henderson Cup is an overall champion award determined by the points each school earns in the 24 TAPPS championships held throughout the school year. That same year, St. Thomas' Episcopal had two of its students named 3A Division Athletes of the Year.
The bagpipe and drum band and highland dancing team have been to Scotland on several occasions to compete in the World Championship Pipe Band Competition in Glasgow, Scotland. The band placed first in the Championship five times and individual dancers have received numerous accolades.
In the school year of 2011-2012, the school will allow female musicians to play in the bagpipe and drum band.
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