High schools

Student, struck by shot put, recovering

A student at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon is improving after being struck in the head by a shot put. Joe Mathews was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital March 31 after the accident at a track and field event at Orchard Farm High School.

Sister Mary Bender, the school’s principal, reported on the school’s website April 3 that Matthews was moved out of intensive care. He sustained a skull fracture but CAT scans did not show further damage, she reported.
The school community has been praying for the student since the accident.

Scholarships serve as honor, help for Catholic students

Martie (Jay) Aboussie Jr.’s years at Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School were a time when he battled the illness that eventually cost him his life.

But the relationships he formed there and the education he received were so rewarding that his parents and classmates have raised funds to help future students attend the school.

Similar named scholarships across the archdiocese are helping Catholic high schools make education affordable for students in need.

Jay was a member of the National Honor Society and Senior of the Year of the Class of ’01. When he died in May 2006 at the age of 23 of a rare tumor, his parents asked that memorials to him go to the Missionaries of the Holy Family and to CBC.

Scholarships, appeals help provide student aid

Christian Brothers College High School has more than 60 named scholarships, each set up with a goal of reaching $25,000 or more in order to be endowed.

"We, like most institutions, do not touch the principal and use a portion of the earnings each year to award financial aid and scholarships to deserving students and their families," said Tom Bowers, director of institutional advancement at CBC.

The funds are in conservative investments in order to maintain the balances, he noted.

Martie and LeEllen Aboussie, parents of Jay Aboussie (Class of ’01) established a scholarship which, with the help of his classmates, has a goal of a fully endowed scholarship of $200,000, Bowers said.

A fully endowed scholarship can provide about $10,000 — a full scholarship, with tuition costing $9,675. Usually though, the funds are split into four $2,500 scholarships, Bowers said.

Catholic schools become champs in several sports

Chaminade won its first state basketball title, Borgia won its fifth basketball championship and Christian Brothers College High School took its 11th hockey title.

St. Louis University High School won its 11th state championship and fourth national championship in racquetball. Cor Jesu Academy won its first national championship in racquetball, and Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory’s girls basketball team won its championship. Several other Catholic schools also had good showings in the winter sports season.

Basketball — Chaminade won the Class 5 Boys Basketball Championship with an 80-70 win over Grandview March 14 after a thrilling 66-65 win the day before over Columbia Rock Bridge.

In the title game, Chaminade was up by just one point at halftime, down by a point after the third quarter and pulled ahead in the fourth quarter, outscoring Grandview 27-16 in the quarter. Chaminade was led by Bradley Beal with 30 points and eight rebounds, while Brandon Lockhart added 21 points and Brandon Hannah added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Holy Trinity students walk in Christ’s steps at Karen House

Brandon, an eighth-grader at Most Holy Trinity School in North St. Louis.

On a recent morning, Brandon Ramsey and Terrence Gambrell hovered over a large stove in the kitchen at Karen House, stirring two big pots of green beans as they talked about the books they’ve recently read.

In the room next to them, Gregory Nobles, hobbling on crutches because of a broken ankle, attempted to spread spaghetti sauce over a tray of pasta as his classmate Tiffany Campbell helped.

The four eighth-graders at Most Holy Trinity School in North St. Louis were learning to be Christ-like servants, according to teacher Dan Schuler, by helping those in need in their own community.

School music festivals set for March, April

Catholic school students are participating in two music festivals.

The Archdiocesan Jazz Band Festival was held March 18 at St Mary’s High School in South St. Louis.

Participating bands included St. Gabriel the Archangel School and Bishop DuBourg High School, both in South St. Louis; St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon; St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington; DeSmet Jesuit High School in Creve Coeur; St. Joseph School in Cottleville; Chaminade College Preparatory School (middle and high school levels) in Creve Coeur; and St. Mary’s High School.

The Archdiocesan Elementary Song Festival will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 1 and 2, with 65 schools participating. Programs will be held at 12 school sites throughout the archdiocese. This year seventh- and eighth-graders will be featured.

The festivals are cooperative and non-competitive, with each band evaluated but not ranked.

For more information, call Lederle at (314) 792-7324.

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