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Retiring Catholic high school administrators reflect on their role in forming young people for the future


Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann isn't certain exactly where God is calling her after retiring as president of Trinity Catholic High School this year.

But one thing's for sure: "I couldn't sit around all day eating bonbons," she declared.

Likewise, retiring Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School principal Michael Blackshear is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. For now, summer plans include heading south for some fishing.

Students unite against violence


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.

Speedy Cardinal Ritter launches to victories

Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s Jaylin Hudson battled Bishop DuBourg High School’s Jailen Maxey for control of the basketball. After going into halftime with a 9-point lead, Cardinal Ritter pulled away in the second half for a 70-37 victory.

Fast-paced transitions are a hallmark this year for the Cardinal Ritter College Prep boys basketball team.

For example, against Bishop DuBourg High School Dec. 18, the Ritter team busted out after a 2-point lead in the second quarter, scampering full speed up and down the court to lead by 9 at halftime. Then the Lions of Ritter roared in the second half to a 70-37 win.

Cardinal Ritter, 9-3 on the season, scored more than 70 points seven times and 85 or more points three times so far this season.

Cardinal Ritter grad carries sportsmanship to new level

Sportsmanship comes easy for Rolando Merriweather, who finished four years on the varsity football team at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School last fall.

That quality and other values have been instilled in the captain of Ritter's team by his football coaches — including his father — and others. He'll take those ideals with him to Missouri S&T University in Rolla where he'll play on the defensive line for the football team and study computer science.

Nine Catholic school teams in archdiocese win districts

Chaminade’s Reggie Crawford took a shot in a game against Christian Brothers College High School. On March 12, Chaminade defeated CBC for the third time this season to advance to the semifinals of the Missouri State High School Activities Association championships.

Nine basketball teams from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese won district titles in state competition this season, with four advancing to the quarterfinals.


Class 5

A ‘high-five’ to Leon Henderson: A man of faith, educational excellence and leadership

Lisa Johnston | | @aeternusphoto

Lena Jackson carried incense into the gymnasium at Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School before a memorial service for Leon Henderson, president emeritus of the school. Henderson, 68, died Jan. 3 in Baton Rouge, La., due to complications of ALS. About 400 people attended the tribute to Henderson.

Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter and Leon Henderson never had the pleasure of meeting.

Cardinal Ritter, who integrated Catholic schools in the archdiocese in 1947, died 12 years before 1979, when 32-year-old Henderson started teaching at the new Archdiocese of St. Louis high school named in Ritter's honor — Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory School.

What a career it was. Rare is the Cardinal Ritter alum who doesn't say, "I'm the person I am today because of Leon Henderson and Cardinal Ritter Prep."

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