12 12 College Board announced that The Aquinas Institute of Rochester has been named to the Advanced Placement® Program (AP®) School Honor Roll, earning Gold distinction. The AP® School Honor Roll recognizes schools whose AP programs are delivering results for students while broadening access. Schools can earn this recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness. Only 30% of eligible high schools earned this recognition. Aquinas had 70% of seniors who took at least one AP exam during high school, 42% of seniors scoring a three or higher on at least one AP exam, and 33% of seniors who took five or more AP exams! Aquinas currently offers 15 AP courses. “AP represents an opportunity for students to stand out to colleges, earn college credit and placement, and potentially boost their grade point averages,” said Aquinas principal, Ted Mancini. “Aquinas continuously works to expand access to these collegelevel courses and our students have proven that they’re up to the challenge.” 12 AQUINAS LANDMARK | WINTER 2024 What’s News Aquinas principal Ted Mancini ’88 was honored this fall with the Lighting the Fire for Catholic Education Award. Presented annually by the Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State (CSAANYS), this award is presented to Catholic school leaders who inspire and help promote Catholic education. Mr. Mancini has an extensive background in Catholic education, serving in a variety of positions as teacher, department chair, theatre director, middle school director, and principal throughout more than three decades at Aquinas. In addition, Mr. Mancini also serves as an executive board member and president of CSAANYS, and serves as a Diocesan School Board member with the Diocese of Rochester. Principal Mancini ’88 Earns Catholic School Administrators Award Fall Athletic Teams Win Big There has been a lot of excitement at Aquinas as our fall athletic teams finished their seasons BIG! On November 11th, the Aquinas boys varsity soccer team beat Byram Hills in a 3-2 overtime win to capture the Class A state championship! Congratulations to the team and Coach Gleason ‘94 on this outstanding accomplishment. Girls soccer ended their season with a Class A Section V title and our varsity cheerleaders won the Class CI Section V crown. In addition to our varsity teams, modified cross country was named Private Parochial League Champions! We are incredibly proud of our student athletes and look forward to more success in the upcoming seasons! Aquinas Earns Gold on AP® School Honor Roll