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The rewards of mentoring

Bishop DuBourg High School students Fabian Sanchez, left, and Zion Reece, right, moved their team robot for a match at the FIRST Robotics Competition St. Louis Regional. DuBourg robotics club member Jacob Lucas is at the back, left.

Team mentor Marybeth Krull couldn't contain her enthusiasm on the floor at Chaifetz Arena after Bishop DuBourg's match in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC, for short) St. Louis Regional.

"Yeah, that's it!" she said as she high-fived Zion Reece.

"Awesome!" she congratulated Fabian Sanchez.

She repeated the exhortation to Jonathan Williams, then used it often after the trio fetched their robot from the battle arena and carted it back to Bishop DuBourg's pit area.

"This is my first time here," confided the DuBourg learning consultant, so, of course, everything was awesome.

Experience, talent equals fun times for DuBourg soccer

Trinity’s goalie Cory Schonhoff, a sophomore, stood out in goalagainst DuBourg. A save near the end of the second half during a corner kick. Trinity High School lost in a soccer match against rival Bishop DuBourg. The final score was 4-1.

The Bishop DuBourg boys soccer team is enjoying its season so far, relying on experience and talent to fight hard for wins.

The players "have a lot of familiarity. A lot of guys played last year so they've been together two years, some of them even three years," said Head Coach Steve Bettlach. "There's a high level of skill in a number of spots. We have a young freshman kid, and he fit right in because he knows how to play, and so do the rest."

Volunteering with Honor Flight is highlight for DB student

Wil Heimberger dressed as a World War II-era soldier at a recent Honor Flight homecoming in front of a display with memorabilia he brought. The Bishop DuBourg High School student volunteers with the Honor Flight organization.

Bishop DuBourg High School has an authority on an important era in U.S. history — World War II — although Wil Heimberger isn't a teacher or a visitor from that era.

Heimberger is a student who's taken his interest beyond a hobby to volunteer at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mother of Perpetual Help assisted living and the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

Emily Roeder draws inspiration from fellow DuBourg alumna

 Emily Roeder of Bishop DuBourg High School has been accepted to three U.S. military academies.

Before that night in March of 2012, freshman Emily Roeder knew nothing about the speaker who would welcome her and classmates as charter members of Bishop DuBourg High School’s Academy of Advanced Studies, a four-year program for gifted students.

But after the speech, Roeder had not only learned about but been inspired by the speaker, then-Colonel Jeannie Flynn Leavitt, the 1985 DuBourg alumna who has accomplished a series of firsts for women in the U.S. Air Force. Among them:

 First woman fighter pilot in the Air Force.

DuBourg baseball players playing again 44 years later

John Becvar, left, and Tom Long wore Bishop DuBourg hats with the uniforms they wear for games in the St. Louis Baseball Forever League. Becvar joked that he had to retire in order to find time to play ball.

John Becvar and Tom Long played baseball together 44 years ago at Bishop DuBourg High School, making varsity as sophomores.

They're at it again, not for the Catholic school in south St. Louis, but for the Jets in the St. Louis Baseball Forever League's over-60 division. Long has been in the league for three years and started recruiting old teammate Becvar at their 40th class reunion in 2013.

High school football outlook for 2015

Bishop DuBourg Catholic High School’s football team started summer practice on August 3 and has been working intensely ever since. DuBourg running backs Jordan Holmes rans through some plays at practice Aug. 10.

Last season, two Catholic schools in the archdiocese won state championships — Christian Brothers College High School and Valle Catholic High School.

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