High schools

Rosati-Kain freshman makes mark as preschool ambassador

Jasmyn Mitchell demonstrated her violin skills to Maxwell Brenner, Khalie Collins and Daniel Powers, all 4, at University City Children’s Center in December. Mitchell was a student at the center nine years ago and now volunteers to work with children there. She is a freshman at Rosati-Kain High School.

Jasmyn Mitchell returned to her old preschool last month, holding a violin case and practically skipping down the hall.

A staff member led her to a room where three children were looking at books. Jasmyn connected with the youngsters, chatted with them for a bit, then got out her violin. She played parts of four songs, selected just for them: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "We Three Kings," "Ode to Joy" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

Balanced Incarnate Word team enjoying its season


“Whatever it takes” — speed, quickness, tough defense and rebounding — could be the slogan for the Incarnate Word basketball team this season.

The Catholic high school in north St. Louis County has a state-record eight state basketball championships, including last season. Current University of Connecticut star Napheesa Collier leads a long list of former star players. A loyal following packs the gym for home games.

Priory student’s ‘Bridges’ leads to understanding

Priory student Sohan Kancherla, left, founded Bridges to America to raise awareness and assist refugees and immigrants assimilating into U.S. society. He helped teach a citizenship class at the International Institute and talked with former student Firas Kazlee who immigrated to St. Louis from Mosul, Iraq. “I just used Google to pick a place in the U.S. that looked nice,” Kazlee said, explaining how he came to St. Louis.

An interest in a program of pre-medical studies in college led a St. Louis Priory High School student to begin the nonprofit Bridges to America program to assist immigrants and refugees as they transition to life in the United States.

Sohan Kancherla's efforts helped other Priory students better understand migrants and the public policy issues that concern them.

De Smet’s Thorpe refined leadership through hockey

De Smet Jesuit High School forward Nick Thorpe prepared for a hockey game against Chaminade Jan. 8 at Queeny Recreation Complex. Thorpe, a team captain for De Smet, is leading his team in goals and points.

Nick Thorpe's leadership skills on skates also apply elsewhere in his life as well.

Thorpe, a team captain of the De Smet Jesuit High School hockey team and his school class president, takes both roles seriously. Hockey, he said, "has been a big part of my leadership skills and the team-building aspects of my life."

Thorpe has helped lead the team to a 12-3-3 record after a 5-1 win against Chaminade Jan. 8. All three of the team's losses came against St. Louis University High School, which has lost only once this season, by a 2-1 score vs. St. John Vianney.

Nerinx swimmer Emily Traube has wins in her genes


Swimming is in Emily Traube's DNA, and she's making the most of it.

Speedy Cardinal Ritter launches to victories

Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s Jaylin Hudson battled Bishop DuBourg High School’s Jailen Maxey for control of the basketball. After going into halftime with a 9-point lead, Cardinal Ritter pulled away in the second half for a 70-37 victory.

Fast-paced transitions are a hallmark this year for the Cardinal Ritter College Prep boys basketball team.

For example, against Bishop DuBourg High School Dec. 18, the Ritter team busted out after a 2-point lead in the second quarter, scampering full speed up and down the court to lead by 9 at halftime. Then the Lions of Ritter roared in the second half to a 70-37 win.

Cardinal Ritter, 9-3 on the season, scored more than 70 points seven times and 85 or more points three times so far this season.

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