Eight grade students across the St. Louis region eagerly awaited the arrival of their high school acceptance letters last Friday, and 257 boys adorned themselves with SLUH attire and celebrated their acceptance into the U. High class of 2025. Of the 284 applicants who have applied so far, 257 of those boys were accepted into the class of 2025. Even with the declining population in Catholic elementary schools, 70 percent of those accepted come from a Catholic grade school, with St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Gabriel sending the most out of any grade school, with 11 each. Like preceding classes, the class of 2025 is made up of a diverse set of 65 zip codes from Missouri and Illinois. Despite the significant number of applications, the admissions team ran into issues when the pandemic prevented them from hosting many in-person marketing events early on for prospective families.
Students found themselves home this week for not just one, but two snow days, putting to test the new snow day rules.
Editor’s Note: James Tarter, M.D., the father of Features Editor Sam Tarter, tragically passed away late last year. As a thank you to the SLUH community for their support, and as a thank you to his father for the education and love he gave him, Sam Tarter wanted to share this with the SLUH community and his family in honor of his late father.
While the rest of the student body enjoyed a day off last Friday, the sophomore class participated in the first special class programming day of the semester. The event was designed to foster brotherhood and forge bonds with classmates during a time in which it has become increasingly hard to do so.
SLUHsers Comic Strip
With the day of cards and of broken hearts, St. Valentine’s day, approaching, Prep News asked SLUH’s most talented poets to send in their Apollo-inspired verses. Here’s what they sent in:
This past week, the Jr. Bills faced off against Marquette in a doubleheader in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup where they were eliminated Monday night. A 3-2 win Friday night against the Mustangs put the Jr. Bills into the driver’s seat coming into Monday night’s game. With a win or tie, the Jr. Bills would have advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs. However, Maquette won 1-0, and then advanced in the 3rd game’s shootout, knocking SLUH out of the playoffs and ending its 2020-2021 season.
As the Saint Louis U. High wrestling team progresses towards the District Tournament this Saturday, they are making their final preparations to give themselves the best chance at reaching the next round of the postseason, the Sectional Tournament.
The St. Louis U. High rifle team’s practice paid off, as the team beat Montgomery Bell Academy last weekend by a landslide, putting three SLUH teams above MBA in terms of score. The Jr. Bills rifle team has had a bit of a rough patch the past few weeks, but the shooters pulled themself from the valley and beat its long standing rival from Nashville.
The St. Louis U. High basketball team suffered a 64-40 blowout loss to Chaminade on Feb. 3 and, two days after the defeat, paused all basketball activities due to Covid-19 contact tracing protocols. The announcement came just hours before SLUH was supposed to play CBC at home, forcing the game to be postponed until a later date. The status of games scheduled for the remainder of the week have not been decided, as the team has not received results of their Covid-19 tests yet.
With SLUH’s traditional foreign exchange and international summer experiences being no longer feasible given COVID, the Foreign Language Department has been using technology to bring global education to students outside of the classroom.
After seven years in the United States, Spanish teacher Javier Moreno is now a United States citizen. Moreno was born in Colombia, and attended the District University in Bogota there. While at college, he studied English, North American literature, and North American culture.
The St. Louis U. High speech team competed in its final speech meet on Sunday, Feb. 7. Several speakers competed in the finals and three emerged victorious.
The two committees on Equity and Inclusion at St. Louis U. High have been busy this year, working in conjunction to draft a strategic action plan based on the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The plan will be the second in school history—the last one drafted in 1991—to create initiatives directed at making the SLUH environment more welcoming to people of color.
With in-person classes canceled for a snow day, the Prep News took production online once more. Editors gathered on zoom to edit articles and layout the paper. When pushed to its limits, the Prep News once again persevered and put out another issue of the best paper west of the Mississippi.
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