High schools

Incarnate’s Wehrmann is accomplished yet humble

Ellie Wehrmann of Incarnate Word Academy blazed across the pool at the Missouri Class 1 state Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in February at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Wehrmann, who won two events, inspires her teammates at the Catholic high school.

If she wanted to show off, Ellie Wehrmann could walk around with some of her hard-fought-for medals around her neck.

But that's not the style of the ever-smiling Incarnate Word Academy sophomore. She barely mentions the hard work it's taken to become one of the elite swimmers in the state. Wehrmann won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle meets at Class 2 Missouri State High School Girls Swimming Championship last month at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

New tax law expands education savings plan to include Catholic schools tuition

Editor's note: Updated Feb. 26 with information about Parent Information Sessions on MOST 529 plans presented by the Catholic Education Office and Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.


Fresh from giving a presentation about the new tax law, on Jan. 15, Deacon Matt Witte described the new benefits of Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (MOST) as, simply, "pretty cool."

"It's really wide-open architecture for anyone who wants to use 529 money for grade school and high school now," said Deacon Witte, a financial planner.

St. Joseph’s volleyball star begins Penn State career

Setter Gabby Blossom was a top player in high school at St. Joseph’s Academy and now will play volleyball for Penn State University.

Friends, family and fans of Gabby Blossom already knew of the St. Joseph's Academy volleyball star's athletic achievements, academic excellence and exemplary character, but it's public knowledge now.

The qualities are part of the selection of the Gatorade Player of the Year award, established in 1985 to recognize the nation's most elite high school student-athletes. Blossom was chosen the Missouri Volleyball Player of the Year, in addition to being named one of three finalists for the national award.

It’s an Adventure Time at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s after-school program

Sydney Akers, Emily Solomon and Jazlyn Crotes listened to Cor Jesu Academy’s Clare Campbell as she explained the project on which they were about to work. Cor Jesu Academy students visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe students on Wednesdays teach them lessons in the arts. The group is called Adventure Time.

Antonio Pimentel rolled a ball of dough in his hands, gently dipping it into a plate of powdered sugar. By the time he got to his third dough ball, though, his hands managed to get deeper into the sugar.

"Yeah, I'm a snowman," the first-grader grinned as he shook the excess powdered sugar from his hands.

Most Wednesdays after school, Antonio and his siblings head down to the teacher's lounge at Our Lady of Guadalupe School for Adventure Time, an after-school program that introduces them to hands-on activities that inspire fun and creativity.

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

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“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.

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