Youth and Government
Numerous Jr. Bills won their mock trial cases or passed bills in November at the YMCA Youth and Government convention in Jefferson City. The event allows hundreds of students from across the state to compete and learn the process of democracy by participating in mock government as a legislator, attorney, print/media participant or elected member of the executive branch.
Jr. Bills on Wall Street
Eleven juniors and seniors visited Wall Street in New York in November for a four-day trip to meet with alumni in the field of business and to learn about financial markets. “We got to sit right on the trade floor and go with young guys right out of college,” Ricky Browne '18 told the Prep News. “That was pretty cool.”
Appetite for Competition
SLUH hosted its second annual Iron Chef competition to showcase local alumni chefs/restaurateurs and expose students to healthy eating that utilizes low-impact, flavor-packed foods. Event proceeds benefited the St. Patrick’s Center. Chefs Brian Doherty '91, Chris Leahy '95, Brendan Kirby '99 and Alex Feldmeier '04 contributed their cooking expertise in this high-energy, competitive event and led student teams, and Sean Leahy '01 created a harvest-themed ice sculpture.
In addition to providing service support at many organizations in the area through the Freshman Service Project and Community Service Program, Jr. Bills led drives to support worthwhile causes, such as the hurricane relief efforts in Houston and Puerto Rico, the Drive for the Homeless, the Adopt-A-Family for needy families during the holidays and a faculty karaoke fundraiser benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.
Robotics FLL Qualifier
SLUH hosted the FLL Qualifier, with more than 200 students demonstrating their knowledge and expertise in FIRST LEGO League robotics. In addition to presenting their results in a variety of STEM projects, students went on to compete in the championship events. It was the first year that the Clavius Project at SLUH hosted and co-sponsored the event, which complements Clavius’ mission to bring STEM activities to middle schools in our metro area. SLUH’s partnership with Ranken Technical College brings many opportunities for students to learn about STEM career pathways.
Among a variety of new initiatives, College Counseling offered a program for parents called SLUH Selective Sunday: Insights Into the World of Highly Selective College Admissions. In addition, SLUH hosted for the first time in the St. Louis area all nine University of California system schools for an Admissions Expo. The University of California system is highly regarded and includes UC Berkeley, ranked as the #1 public university in the country and #4 in the world.
Up, Up and Away!
Ever wonder what it’s like to be an astronaut? Dr. Michael Massimino from Columbia University talked with Jr. Bills about his experience as an astronaut for NASA. He was one of several outside speakers, including Br. Guy Consolmagno (Director of the Vatican Observatory) and many alumni, who shared their expertise in a broad spectrum of fields to students.
SLUH began offering bus service for St. Charles and West St. Louis County students with three stops in the morning. The bus arrives at SLUH around 7:30 a.m. and departs at 5:45 p.m., allowing time for afterschool sports and activities. Students may ride for an annual fee with a semester-only option available.