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Young Catholic Musicians tout ‘sense of community’

Lauren Koesterer, a rising junior at Cor Jesu Academy (right), played the trumpet alongside her twin brother, Justin Koesterer, a rising junior at St. Louis University High School, left, on June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill. They have been playing trumpet regularly at different Masses for about three years. Lauren has been awarded a scholarship through Young Catholic Musicians.

Lauren Koesterer can't help tooting her horn about the Young Catholic Musicians.

She has played trumpet with the talented young instrumentalists and musicians for about six years.

"It's a great sense of community," Lauren said. "We're all doing something we love — singing or playing an instrument. It's a way to come together to share our talents."

Being part of the music at Mass is a way of glorifying God with those talents, she added.

Song, artwork get to heart of anti-poverty effort

Left: “It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile,” artwork from Cor Jesu Academy’s Emma Mohrmann
Right: Sheet music for Kelly Beekman’s song, “One of Millions”

Two students from the archdiocese used their artistic talent for a good cause in entering the 2016-17 Catholic Campaign for Human Development Multimedia Youth Contest.

Mission accomplished.

Cor Jesu sophomore Kelly Beekman won the grand prize for her song, "One of Millions." Fellow Cor Jesu sophomore Emma Mohrmann won third place in the grades 10-12 division for her artwork, "It Takes 17 Muscles to Smile." They were among the five national award winners in the contest.

Scrappy Lanter, Smith set the tone for Nerinx soccer team

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Tierney Lanter and Gabby Smith are easy to find on a soccer field.

The Nerinx Hall juniors stand out for their scrappy, never-give-up approaches. Each scored a goal in Nerinx Hall's hard-fought 3-1 win over Cor Jesu Academy in the rain April 3. The next day, Kassidy Grant scored three goals in a 7-0 win over Parkway Central as Nerinx improved to 5-1.

Players, coach aim for a state championship

Visitation Academy field hockey player Claire Taiclet, left, battled Cor Jesu Academy’s Grace Frisella for control of the ball. Taiclet later scored the game-winning goal, giving Visitation a 2-1 win.

Few expected the Visitation Academy field hockey team to set things on fire this season.

But call coach Faith Mackin a pyromaniac; she has poured gas on the Vivettes' burning desire.

"We've had the highest expectations of ourselves since day one," Mackin said. "The goal has been a state title since then, and we haven't gone off of that."

Hours of practice and conditioning "are a big commitment, but ... are really starting to pay off," she said.

‘Awake My Soul’ at Cor Jesu Academy stirs high school students’ faith

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Maria Zak, a senior at Cor Jesu Academy, prayed at the Awake My Soul Adoration event. The event was organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder, Jamie Garza of TNCE Productions, and campus ministry at Cor Jesu.

Setting aside homework, chatting on social media or other activities, about 85 high school students on Sept. 24 chose to kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament, listened to faith stories of their peers and thanked God for His graces.

The teens attended "Awake My Soul," a praise and worship Adoration event at Cor Jesu Academy in south St. Louis County organized by Cor Jesu junior Maggie Feder.

Technology training helps in getting ready for school

Nicole Beard concentrated on her new laptop during freshman technology orientation day at Cor Jesu Academy. The girls will be using their laptops for the next four years, as they are an integral part of their curriculum.

One Cor Jesu girl's grandmother fell on the student's laptop, cracking the screen in half. School officials were concerned about the grandmother's health, knowing that a computer always can be replaced. Another time, a bus ran over a laptop. No need to be concerned about the health of the bus.Keyboards on the laptops used by Cor Jesu Academy High School students are designed to resist spills, and in general the problems are minimal. Taking good care of the computers is just a minor part of an orientation on technology resources held before the start of each school year.

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