Chaminade High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for approximately 1,700 boys in Mineola, New York. Thomas graduated in 2015, having been involved in National Honor Society, Football, Track and Field, Chess Club, Science Club, Social Studies Club, Economics Club, Sacristans, Intramurals and Intramurals Officials Club. The leadership, faculty and staff offered exceptional support to Thomas and his family during and after his illness. They, and the entire Chaminade community, have been a source of comfort , guidance and strength from the beginning of Thomas’ illness until this day.
Thomas was best described by one of the Chaminade teachers, Mr. Dubon, as “the closest thing to a Saint that I will meet in my lifetime.” Five priests attended Thomas’ funeral mass and his eulogy is the most viewed article on Chaminade’s Tarmac website with over 16,251 views!
Toby Hoonhout wrote, "However cliché it may sound, it’s a motto that says a lot about the kind of men that attend Chaminade High School. Over my four years there and since graduation, I have heard countless stories about how the special bond between Flyers, regardless of age, helped further the Chaminade legacy. But of all the students to grace those halls, I have met no one who has lived that motto better than Thomas Miloscia.
Tom was my first friend when my family moved to Long Island when I was in the fourth grade, and I could tell that there was something special about him right away. Sure he was nice, and funny, and personable, and always upbeat, but there was something more. For one, he didn’t really care about what other people thought; he cared about what he felt was right. I remember him telling me he wanted to be Pope one day, in all seriousness, when all the kids our age wanted to be basketball players or movie stars. He also had a maturity beyond his years, and as time went on he became more and more of a role model to me, especially in the way he lived each day to the fullest. Tom hated being idle or just wasting time, he always wanted to be up and doing something, creating memories. As the years have gone on, I have realized how awesome a person that made him, and high school was that much better because of it.
At Chaminade, he was loved by all. Even though he and I had long commutes and missed homeroom in the morning, he still made sure to get to know everyone in it and show them he cared by going to intramurals, dodge ball night, and the like. And as time went on, they cared about him more and more. When he got sick, they were some of his biggest fans, sending cards, messages, and prayers his way, and always asking me how he was doing. It was the same with the football program. Tom only played JV, and didn’t see much of the field. But in classic Tom manner, he befriended practically the entire team and earned the respect of a lot of people for his work ethic.Read More
When he passed, there was so much love and support from not just his former teammates, but also the entire program. And you can say the same with the track team, for which he did shot-put, the economics club, the social studies club, and pretty much any activity Tom was a part of. He gave so much to the Chaminade community, and it was really special to see how many people he had touched in such a brief amount of time.
Over four years, you make some really special bonds with your fellow classmates at Chaminade, but Tom Miloscia was much more than a classmate. I never heard a bad thing spoken about him, and I can honestly say there wasn’t a person who didn’t like him. At graduation, when his name was called and he walked across that stage, the room filled with thunderous applause. All of us had been rooting for him since day one, not just because he was our classmate, but because he was our brother and friend.
All the prayers and the messages and the love and support had been our way of helping him along the road, and to see him receive his diploma was one of the greatest moments over our four years. The Class of 2015 would not have been the same without him, and it was an honor for him to be with us at the finish, even after everything he had gone through. After he had passed, although we were scattered across the country at our different schools, there was such an overwhelming output of love and support and gratitude from everyone for having known one of our greatest Flyers, and I know that he impacted not only my life but all of our lives in a tremendous way.
Tom was, and still is, my role model and my hero. He accomplished so much in his brief time on this Earth, and with a smile on his face every day. I am forever indebted to him for the way he taught me how to live, and the entire Chaminade family was changed forever by how he left his legacy. He is truly the epitome of a Chaminade Man."
Can you think of anyone more deserving of a named scholarship? Our goal is to fund a fully named scholarship to permanently memorialize Thomas. This comes at a cost of $300,000, and we are prepared to persevere until we reach our goal. It's what Thomas would have done.