High schools

Pope: Educators form lives that are ready to face the future

Jenny Johns, first- and second-grade teacher at St. John Paul II Classical School in Green Bay, Wis., answered a question for first-grader Gwendolyn Danz Jan. 12.

VATICAN CITY — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said.

Future generations who are "educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of the classroom motivated to build bridges and, therefore, to find new answers to the many challenges of our times," he said.

CCVI congregational leader reflects on diversity, charism

Sister Teresa Maya, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visited Incarnate Word Academy during Mission Week. Her first stop at the school was to mingle through the Mission Carnival, an event which will raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of St Louis. Sister Tere gave her best attempt at the ball toss booth while students gathered around her.

Sister Teresa Maya of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word remembers watching the news in Ferguson unfold from the sisters' motherhouse in San Antonio, Texas, and wondered — worried, actually — how her community could make a difference.

One of the sisters' ministries, Incarnate Word Academy, is in the tiny village of Bel-Nor, about 10 minutes from Ferguson. The all-girls Catholic high school has been present there since 1932.

Vianney, De Smet teams battle in ‘do-or-die game’

St. John Vianney High School goalie William Bandera, center, and teammates William Dapron, left, and Kamden Sengheiser, right, blocked a shot by De Smet Jesuit High School’s Dereck Northrop.

William Bandera, goalie for the St. John Vianney hockey team, looked calm as a key playoff game against De Smet Jesuit High School began. The looks were deceptive, however.

"At the beginning of the game I was pretty shaky because it is kind of a do-or-die game for us, and De Smet is a heck of a program. They've always been very good," Bandera said.

Bandera's big saves set the course as Vianney fought off several onslaughts by De Smet's offense, leading to a 2-1 victory Feb. 6 at Queeny Park in west St. Louis County.

New hall at Ursuline Academy provides connections

Ursuline Academy student Abigail Miller practiced with her classmates in the new dance room in Hartnett Hall, which links to other buildings and provides an elevator for accessibility. The building is named after Thelma Hartnett, who has worked at Ursuline for more than 50 years. BELOW: Ursuline students Maura Ploesser, Kayla Milne, Emily Dunn and Olivia Sander worked on physics acceleration equations in one of the new science classrooms in Hartnett Hall.

East meets west. Science meets the arts. Inaccessibility meets a solution.

Hartnett Hall at Ursuline Academy formally opened with a blessing on Jan. 27, the Feast of St. Angela Merici. The new 16,996 square-foot, two-story building connected two buildings on the campus, Merici and Brescia Halls — east and west — and costs $5.7 million.

New name pinned on Priory wrestlers: Metro League champs

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St. Louis Priory High School's wrestling team came into the season under the radar. Now though, they're known as the Metro League champions.

The team placed second at the John Burroughs tournament, third at a highly competitive St. Clair Tournament and first at its own Priory Tournament.

Winning the league was one of the goals of senior co-captain Zachary Warr.

Connecting with those in need is heart of service at Duchesne

Duchesne High School student Renaye Mueller stacked donated toilet paper at the school. The toilet paper drive is a competition between Duchesne and St. Dominic High School and benefits Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

Before the start of each school day during Catholic Schools Week, students at Duchesne High lined up in front of the campus ministry office with toilet paper in hand.

It may sound like a strange task, but service was at the heart of their motivation. This is the second year Duchesne has engaged in a friendly competition with neighboring St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon to collect packages of toilet paper for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, which provides charitable services in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren counties.

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