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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.

‘Men for Christ’

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As the sun set on the second day of Kenrick-Glennon Days on June 6, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson mingled with seminary alumni priests who had come to support the seminarians, counselors and campers at the annual summer camp.

It had been a good day. The boys opened the day with morning prayer, participated in fun-filled activities — including baptism practice — before and after mid-day Mass, then competed in evening Water Olympics, the culmination of fun times at camp.

Grade-school buddies maintain ties on the track field

Daniel McMurran practiced jumping at St. Louis University High School’s track. McMurran and Mitch Fairless attended Academy of the Sacred Heart School and ran track on the same CYC team. Now they are among the best high jumpers in the state, competing at the state high school finals. Last year Fairless, now at Duchesne High, finished second in Class 3 high jump and McMurran was third in Class 5.

Mitch Fairless' best high jump prior to the state meet this year was 6'8" and Daniel McMurran's was 6'6". They didn't have to call each other to find out, though.

"Pretty much every weekend I look on MoMileSplit, which is the track website, look at his stats, see what he got, hoping that he wasn't beating me," Fairless said.

"Same here," McMurran quickly interjected. "I try to keep up with it as much as I can."

“We are Celts forever”

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Students, parents, faculty and staff gathered one last time May 24 to bid farewell to John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester.

Appropriately, the final gathering consisted of a Mass and then fellowship, before the Kennedy Catholic community went their separate ways.

Rookie all-girls robotics team put Frank Sobotra to the test

Frank Sabotra, the robot built by Ursuline Academy students (6391), competed under the remote direction of, from left, Libby Trn, Amanda Kohne and Elizabeth Edmunds. The Ursuline Academy Bearbotics team battled other robots in the competition venue and was recognized earlier as a “Chairman’s Award team in the making.”

The students and their coach yelled and leaped for joy when Frank Sabotra climbed a rope and turned on a light just before a buzzer sounded.

De Smet players’ approach to lacrosse helps pile up wins

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Senior midfielder Drew Brown finds playing lacrosse at De Smet Jesuit High School to be a rewarding part of his day.

"At practice, it's two hours of our day that we don't have to think about anything else," said Brown, a captain headed to the University of South Carolina as a microbiology major in the Capstone Scholars Program. "It gives me a break from all my school work and college (preparation), all that stuff outside of lacrosse.

"It may not be easy during practice, but it's rewarding."

He especially enjoys camaraderie with his teammates, whom he calls "my brothers."

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