High schools

Freshman athlete at De Smet Jesuit excels at two sports

Ben Mueller, a two-sport athlete at De Smet Jesuit High School this fall, said he sees his chance to play soccer and run on the cross country team as “a gift from God. I’m definitely relying on Him to help me stay stronger and as time goes on, keep performing.”

Ben Mueller put on his game uniform and headed out to represent De Smet Jesuit High School.

He had to check his schedule to make sure it was the right uniform, however.

This fall sports season, it could be a soccer or cross country uniform. Mueller is a rare athlete who is playing two high school sports in one season — and it's working out well, according to the freshman and his coaches, who were happy to work out an arrangement allowing him to excel in both sports.

Young Jesuits embody missionary zeal at SLUH, De Smet

Chris Farrell, SJ, a teacher at De Smet Jesuit supervises weightlifting after school and teaches the boys hows to train and use proper form.

While the Society of Jesus celebrates 200 years of education at St. Louis University High School, two of the order's best and brightest are at SLUH and De Smet Jesuit High School serving as teachers, mentors and role models.

And regular guys, too.

At De Smet, Chris Farrell, SJ, 30, teaches English and supervises the weight room as the school's resident power lifter. Farrell, who is in formation to be a priest, works with athletes using the weight room to build body mass, agility and strength, or students just working out.

Confident Villa Duchesne team helps coach to 200th win

Villa Duchesne's Arden Duffy made a long reach for the ball. Villa Duchesne won their match 2-0.

Confidence goes a long way in sports.

Villa Duchense's field hockey team is riding a wave of confidence into the playoffs, having defeated major rivals and solid St. Joseph's Academy, Lafayette and Cor Jesu Academy teams during the season.

Brooke Behan, a Villa Duchesne junior, said the team's four seniors lead the way. "We have a younger team without many seniors, but the seniors we do have are very strong," Behan said. "We've known since the beginning of the season that we've wanted to be very successful ... we are headed to postseason and are very excited about it."

Students display work ethic at neighborhood cleanup

From left, St. Mary’s High School student Brendan Seyss joined teacher Ty Van Valkenburg and students Jackson Cummings and Darius Harris in cleaning a street and sidewalk near the intersection of Osceola Street and South Grand Avenue Oct. 9. Students spent the day cleaning up streets and public areas near the school in south St. Louis.

The trash bags filled up quickly.

Ty Van Valkenburg and his crew of students from St. Mary's High School worked feverishly picking up trash and trimming grass and weeds from a sidewalk on the corner of Osceola and Grand, a few blocks north of their school in south St. Louis.

Wielding a shovel as he cut and scooped weeds and grass overtaking the sidewalk, Max Todd was almost too busy to talk. The junior managed a quick comment: "It's hard work. But we want to help out any way we can."

Trinity Catholic, Duchesne students show how music has the power to unify a community


Most musicians will say that music has the power to unify people and strengthen a community.

Some would say that St. Louis could use more of that right now.

Students from Duchesne High School in St. Charles and Trinity Catholic High School in north St. Louis County witnessed music's unifying potential when the two archdiocesan high schools came together for a somewhat impromptu choir and band performance.

Educators take on new roles

The cards have been shuffled, the hands have been dealt and 24 schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have new administrators in place for the 2017-18 academic year.

In all, 27 educators are in new leadership positions, with two high schools — Rosati-Kain High School and Incarnate Word Academy — making changes at both president and principal. However, Rosati-Kain's new president, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, has a familiar face; she previously served as principal.

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