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School shootings have prompted debates about gun control and conversations about mental health, but the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has added another voice to the discussion: the high school students themselves.

No longer trapped: St. Lazare House helps homeless young adults

Joey Puszkas didn't know where to start in listing what St. Lazare House has done for him.

Sitting in the community area of the apartment complex operated by Depaul USA, he has come a long way in the past three months. Homeless for more than two years, he lost weight from not eating and his mental state took a beating.

"I couldn't even communicate very well, I'd been alone for so long," he said. "I was doing horrible things."

Incarnate’s Wehrmann is accomplished yet humble

Ellie Wehrmann of Incarnate Word Academy blazed across the pool at the Missouri Class 1 state Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in February at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Wehrmann, who won two events, inspires her teammates at the Catholic high school.

If she wanted to show off, Ellie Wehrmann could walk around with some of her hard-fought-for medals around her neck.

But that's not the style of the ever-smiling Incarnate Word Academy sophomore. She barely mentions the hard work it's taken to become one of the elite swimmers in the state. Wehrmann won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle meets at Class 2 Missouri State High School Girls Swimming Championship last month at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

‘Rose-colored glasses’ provide vision for St. Louis

Bishop Louis W.V. DuBourg and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne were key builders for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

However, they always didn't see eye-to-eye. In fact, St. Philippine Duchesne lamented in a letter dated September 1823 that the visionary DuBourg "sees everything through rose-colored glasses," which is among the earliest written usages of the phrase to describe optimism when a situation calls for skepticism or doubt.

#ThisIsMyFerguson

Nadia Sharif, a senior at Hazelwood West High School, sketched during an evening of “art storming” at Good Shepherd Arts Center in Ferguson. The “art storming” was a way to come up with artistic ideas for a show set for August at multiple venues in and around Ferguson.

In one of those "God-cidental" moments, the woman who started the #ThisIsMyFerguson hashtag in August 2014 just happened to be at Good Shepherd Arts Center while director Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS, was formulating an exhibit about Ferguson.

The working title was "My Ferguson," until that day in August 2017 when Stefannie Wheat dropped in.

"She kind of already had the idea," said Wheat, a parishioner at nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe. "She said, 'We're going to have a show called 'My Ferguson.' I asked, 'Do you mean, 'This is my Ferguson?" ... It took off from there."

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