st. joseph's academy

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.

Staying loose, focusing on faith paid off for golf team

St. Joseph’s Academy’s golf team won its second state championship in a row this fall. From left are: Drew Nienhaus, Lauren Gallagher, Grace Renfer, Grace Aromando and Nicole Rallo.

Call it that 'Grace' factor.

St. Joseph's Academy's golf team won its second state championship in a row this fall with major contributions from a senior and a sophomore named Grace.

St. Joseph’s, St. Dominic display outstanding defenses

St. Joseph’s Academy’s Mallory Stock drove past St. Dominic High School defenders Maddie Bauer, center, and Mikah Bange. St. Joseph’s topped St. Dominic 38-31.

Two girls basketball teams with bulldog defenses are heading into district playoffs after battling each other in a hard-fought contest Feb. 21.

St. Joseph's Academy pulled out a come-from-behind 38-31 win over St. Dominic High School, which had led until halfway through the last quarter.

Record-setting guard touts Fontbonne’s qualities

Emily Haring drove down court against Robert Morris University-Peoria Jan. 7. She set the school’s all-time career assists record earlier in the season against Robert Morris University-Springfield.

Emmie Haring settled in quickly at Fontbonne University, but it was familiar territory; she'd spent her high school years at St. Joseph's Academy, another school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

At St. Joseph's, she was surrounded by teammates who went on to colleges with top-tier, big-budget basketball programs. Fontbonne, which plays at a lower collegiate level, proved to be a good fit for her, however.

St. Joseph’s Academy soccer team builds another strong season

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Parkway South High School’s Molly Mcdonnell kicked the ball away from St. Joseph’s Academy's Jacqueline Wildeisen. St. Joseph’s Academy beat Parkway South High School in the Class 4 District 3 playoff game by a score of 4-2.

Speed, ball-handling and pinpoint passing have contributed to the roll St. Joseph's Academy's soccer team is on this season.

The team defeated Nerinx Hall High School 1-0 May 18 to move its record to 18-2-1 this year and advance to the sectionals of the Girls Soccer State Championship May 24 against Northwest High School of Cedar Hill.

Three-campus tour celebrates legacy of St. Joseph’s Academy

St. Joseph’s Academy juniors Julia Rowan, Riley Durham and Rose Garr worked on a power-point presentation in world religions class. St. Joseph’s Academy is celebrating 175 years with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and their mission to provide Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge and respect for self and others.

Allison Thomas contemplated the question for a moment:

What would it have been like to be a student in the first year of St. Joseph's Academy, then known affectionately as Madame Celestine's School, way back in 1840?

"It'd definitely be different," the St. Joseph's junior said, noting that the original log-cabin school doubled as home for the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. "It'd be a lot smaller. There'd be more intimate classes; it'd be more personal (between) the teachers and students."

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