The St. Margaret Mary Alacoque first-graders burst out the doors when they saw that their pen pals from Trinity Catholic High School had arrived at their south St. Louis County school.
Despite that initial energy, many of the freshmen from the north St. Louis County archdiocesan high school and their young acquaintances were a little hesitant initially when greeting each other for the first time. But it didn't take long before they paired up, sitting on a classroom floor talking, smiling and laughing.
Valerie Todd was reeled in by Catholic education and the mission of St. Mary's High School in south St. Louis.
Todd, a learning consultant and academic dean at St. Mary's, is one of 10 recipients of the Cardinal Raymond L. Burke 2013 Teacher Recognition Award to be presented by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson May 9. She came to St. Mary's, an archdiocese high school for young men, in 1997 after working as a special education teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools.
A proud St. John Vianney High School community welcomed its national championship chess team home from the Super-Nationals held in Nashville, Tenn., April 5-7.
Vianney was followed by three other Missouri schools in its division: Rockhurst of Kansas City, St. Joseph Academy of St. Joseph and Crossroads School of St. Louis. The win was Vianney's second in three years.
At the tournament, Tim Ellebracht had six wins and one draw, Alex Moellering had five wins and two draws and Jack Lyons had five wins, a loss and a draw. Andrew Krekeler and Jordan Hoover had four wins.