A National Merit Commended Scholar, Thomas competed in speech and debate throughout high school, advancing to the national tournament as a senior. In addition to his debate accomplishments, Thomas was named Valedictorian of his high school. He also made time to volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, participate in the Academy Honor Society, and work with the children at a baseball camp. At Samford, Thomas has contributed to the university newspaper, Samford Crimson. Last summer, Thomas worked as an intern youth leader at his home church.