Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne certainly experienced the trials of a new frontier when she arrived in St. Charles in 1818. Lack of housing, cold, harsh weather and a language barrier were some of the challenges she and her fellow Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart faced as they set out to teach children.
Nearly 200 years later, Catholics living where St. Rose Philippine got her start celebrated the saint's feast day on Nov. 18.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis was well-represented at the recent Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award ceremonies, with recipients at all levels of education. Seven Catholic schools teachers — two each at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, and a college professor — were among 100 local educators honored for their achievements and dedication to teaching.Emerson executive vice president Patrick J. Sly called the winners "an inspiration," describing them as "dedicated educators ... who are striving to create bright futures for all of their students."
By Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
Madelyn Tuepker, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, was nervous before meeting with Gov. Jay Nixon, but quickly gained her bearings.
"We started talking, and I told him what my plans are. The A+ program is huge for me because I want to go to community college first. So I definitely will be using it," Tuepker said of being among 10 students who met with Nixon during his visit there Nov. 8.
By Jennifer Brinker | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Jack Schellingerhout and Shane McKelvey craned their necks as they observed a tapestry of clouds.
The St. Peter School eighth- graders referred to their worksheet to determine what they were seeing. The large grey blanket hanging low in the sky consisted of stratus clouds, they agreed. A debate ensued: were they nimbostratus — the rain-producing type?
At that moment, a smattering of fat raindrops hit the pavement.