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Incarnate senior credits God for leading her to twirling, diagnosis of rare medical condition

Incarnate Word Academy senior Julia Jones says baton twirling gives her a “freeing feeling.” Jones was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, in which the brain grows outside of the skull, crushing the spinal cord. This led to a second condition, Syringomyelia, the formation of a cyst in the spinal chord, leading to nerve damage.

Watching Julia Jones twirl a baton has a mesmerizing effect. The metal baton glides through her hands with ease and across her arms and shoulders, as she twists and spins to catch it with every toss.

Julia described it as a freeing feeling. "My mind goes completely blank and all I am doing is focusing on my baton," said the senior at Incarnate Word Academy.

St. Mary’s rolls when defense, offense are in synch

St. Mary’s Dominic Mitchell began his shot as Duchesne’s Adam Moore blocked from behind. The St. Mary's High School boys basketball team remains undefeated this season after a 64-49 win against rival Duchesne.

The St. Mary's High School basketball team stresses its defense, but its offense can be eye-popping.

Confident Visitation students are computer whiz kids

Left to right: Fister, Moak, Gaughan

Polite, bright, confident and articulate.

Those qualities stand out as a first impression of Visitation Academy students Caroline Gaughan, Theresa Fister and Bella Moak. But there's more — much more to their talents and outlook. Achievement-oriented and concerned about their community, their work demonstrates that they could outsmart your average college graduate.

High school seniors? Nope. Juniors? Nope. Two sophomores — Theresa and Bella — and an eighth-grader, Caroline.

Young voters prepare for election by viewing issues through lens of faith

Mi’Kayla Taylor from St. Joseph’s Academy listened during roundtable discussion on the dignity of human life.

Registering to vote was a routine matter for Audrey Strifler, but when she approaches the voting booth next month for the first time, it will be anything but that.

The senior at St. Joseph's Academy registered about a month ago, when she renewed her driver's license on her 18th birthday.

"I'm looking forward to being able to voice my opinion," she said. "I feel like it's a right denied to a lot of people (in other countries). People don't think that their individual voices matter and they can't make an impact, but when everybody comes together they can."

Trinity Catholic students get to cooking in the classroom

Six seniors in the advanced cooking class at Trinity Catholic High School made gooey butter cookies as part of their focus on regional foods. Brendan Larkin, Kelsey Keppler and Kierstyn Weaver rolled dough balls while Family and Consumer Science teacher, Debbie Petrowske checked their progress.

When the foods and cooking class at Trinity Catholic High School makes something with bacon, it's guaranteed to drive everyone crazy.

"The smell just goes through the whole school," family and consumer science teacher Debbie Petrowske said.

Summer service projects bring students out of comfort zone

Nicole Bianchino, left, Laura Vogt, center, and Claudia Wingbermuehle hung drywall while helping to build a house in Joplin, Mo. Ursuline Academy is one of several schools in the archdiocese that participate in summer service trips.

The 12 rising juniors and two teachers from Ursuline Academy had no experience using power tools. However, this didn't stop them from traveling June 9-13 to Joplin, Mo., to help build a house for an elderly woman whose home was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

The biggest challenge of the week, said Caroline Adams, a student at Ursuline Academy who spent the week putting siding on the house, was "to overcome" her fear of making mistakes, "to finish tasks I didn't know I could do."

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