High schools

St. Mary’s football team running on all gears

St. Mary's High School running back Lavel Harris carried the ball 53 yards for a thrid-quarter touchdown against Westminster Academy Aug. 18. Lavell gained 145 yards receiving and rushing in the game, which St. Mary's won 31-22.

If the season opener is any indication, the St. Mary's High School football team will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

The offense is effective in both running and passing the ball. "I try to stay as balanced as possible," St. Mary's coach Corey Bethany said.

The coach moved Lavel Harris from receiver to running back this season to keep that balance. "He had to step up," Bethany said. "He's a dynamic player. Wherever he is on the field, he'll try to make a play. He has the speed to do it from anywhere."

Wonder of Eve offers science-based approach to women’s natural health care

Promotional materials for The Wonder of Eve, a new program debuted by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.

A newly revamped program is teaching young women about a natural approach to their health care.

The archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning debuted the Wonder of Eve at the archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference earlier this month. The nearly hour-long program is for teenage girls and includes information on the design and function of the female body, including the reproductive system and menstrual cycles and how to track them naturally.

Volunteers get a kick out of helping Special Olympics


Brennen Pickens arrived at the Ursuline Academy softball field unsure about playing in the kickball game. He considered watching from the sidelines.

With the guidance of Ursuline alumnae Paige Salthouse and other volunteers, he soon was at the plate kicking the ball and running to first base to loud cheers. Later, after he ran to third, Salthouse praised the 7-year-old. "Good job. You're fast," she said.

Brennen's enthusiasm at the game Aug. 4 was encouraged by the volunteers with Special Olympics Missouri who organized the game.

Catholic school students bank on Fed experience

The interns: Rachel Porter, Ted Washington, Clare Berns, Daniella Duban

Rachel Porter served as a board member for a major St. Louis institution before she turned 18.

Last school year, Porter was a member of the student board at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where she learned about the bank's role in promoting the health and stability of the economy in the United States.

The 2017 Rosati-Kain High School graduate now has a paid internship at the Fed, working in the Information Technology Services department. The experiences have helped her see the bigger picture of how the economy and finances work.

‘Ignatian spine’ strengthens summer program


A cluster of boys sat at George Theron's feet, awaiting instructions for their "protest."

Chaminade wrestler pushes hard even in the off-season

Danny Conley recently made history for the Chaminade wrestling team, winning the program’s first state championship. Conley won the 220-pound Class 4 state championship.

After making history at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Danny Conley began preparations for the next high school wrestling season as soon as the last one ended in February.

The off-season is no time to rest in his quest for improvement, which comes as no surprise to Chaminade coach Todd Schumacher.

"To be the best at what you do in life or work or whatever, you always have to think about what more you can do," Schumacher said. "Danny's a guy who's always thinking about what else he can do to get better."

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