St. Rita's Cory Thomas Participates in the Telluride Association's Sophomore Seminar

Written by:  John Nee '93

This past summer, St. Rita student Cory Thomas was one of 18 high school sophomores chosen from hundreds of applicants to participate in (TASS) The Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar.  He was nominated by St. Rita Principal Brendan Conroy based on his strong character and 3.5 GPA.  After receiving the nomination, Thomas was required to write three essays on differing topics as well as complete an application for the program.

The Telluride Association has evolved significantly over the past century, but it continues to reflect the personality and ideals of its founder, Lucien L. Nunn.  TASS offers bright, motivated high school sophomores challenging six-week, college-level courses in critical Black and ethnic studies.  They work with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics, and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.  All costs of the program are covered by TASS, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees. 

Thomas took his six-week course at Indiana University at Bloomington where classes met over the summer Monday thru Friday for three hours a day.  According to Thomas, the best part of the program was “being able to experience the life of a college student, including living in the dorms, eating in the cafeteria, and roaming around the beautiful IU campus after class.”

Thomas grew up in Holy Family Parish located in the North Lawndale neighborhood of the city before moving with his mom and sister, who attends St. Ambrose University.  The family now lives in Roseland.