On Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., families of St. Louis U. High were once again notified of a change to the school’s Covid response policy. Beginning on Monday, Oct. 25, the school would shift to Condition III, most notably signaling that the school would once again require all students and faculty members to wear masks while indoors.
St. Louis U. High wrapped up the 2021 regular season with a commanding 76-36 win against the McCluer Comets last Saturday. The game was an offensive spectacle as the Jr. Bills scored their most points in a single game since September 29, 1921 and featured the most combined points (112) scored in a single game in SLUH football history.
Whether it was watching the scariest movie that your parents would allow or trick-or-treating until your pillowcase was practically bursting with candy, Halloween is a time of rich memories for students and faculty alike. Since this school year’s theme is joy, the Prep News gathered stories from around Backer Memorial Campus to highlight the various joy-inspiring experiences of this beloved holiday.
Campus Ministry has been hard at work promoting and running the annual Drive for the Homeless this past week. The junior pastoral team, with the help of Fr. Matthew Stewart, S.J., has taken hundreds of donations from all classes in an exciting competition format similar to the recent Food Drive.
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The Varsity White Rocket league team fell in a game five overtime loss to Lafayette High School in a heated matchup, eliminating them from playoff contention last Tuesday.
After four full years of fighting, the SLUH swimming elders have claimed victory in their final duel, and look to soon walk home from their last war in triumph. The squad dominated at the John Burroughs Invitational last Saturday, securing first place while leaving the second place team with a 196-point deficit. On Monday, the seniors got their last hurrah at the last dual meet of their high school careers, this time against Chaminade. The boys in blue blew the Red Devils away, winning 134-50.
The SLUH XC team stretched itself across the city last Friday to compete in their penultimate meets of the season, showcasing all levels of the team. The seniors and a select group of other runners headed to the Big River Invitational at Buder Park while the rest of the team competed at the Clayton Invitational at Shaw Park.
As the 2021 regular season enters the history books, players and fans alike can confidently say that it has been one of the greatest in the history of SLUH Soccer. With a total of 21 wins, 89 goals and 14 shutouts, this year’s Jr. Bill team boasts an incredible stat line. They now head into Districts confident they can make a deep run in the State Tournament.
Senior Advisors returned to their designated freshman homerooms on Monday for the first time since Direction Days.
St. Louis U. High’s annual bashball tournament started this week, with games during Activity Periods on B Days. This competition is aimed at bringing Jr. Bills together as homerooms to fight against one another for the glory of the bashball trophy.
Do you know who never gets enough praise? Moms. No matter how much is given, they always deserve more, and the students of St. Louis U. High had the opportunity this past Sunday to properly thank their moms for all of their hard work and love.
Eagle-eyed students may have noticed two high-profile faculty absences in the early days of last week: Principal Ian Gibbons, S.J., and President Alan Carruthers. The reason for their absence was a Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) conference in Houston, which allowed the principals and presidents of all 63 American Jesuit high schools to gather together for the first time ever.
Grades are never far from the front of students' minds during the school year. Now, with the help of the Strategic Summit Grading Policy and Communication, SLUH is looking to update its grading policy for the first time in over 30 years. Led by committee chair Steve Missey and co-chair Mary Russo, the group also includes fine arts teacher Addie Akin, theology teacher Mike Lally, college counselor Kate Kindbom, and math teacher Nicholas Ehlman. The committee’s work involves creating a new grading policy that accuracy, fairness, and student motivation.
Have you been to the J-Wing art gallery recently? If so, you might have noticed the impressive work done by the St. Louis U. High Art Department. The exhibit contains close to two dozen self portraits that exemplify a depth that pushes further than just the face.
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Jack “a young Mr. Missey” Figge
Nathan “ginga ninja” Rich
Roarke “Big Papi” Unrau
Charlie “a piece of art” Bieg
Luke “Carter J. Fortman” Duffy
Jackson “Alex Preusser” Cooper
Louis “Rudy” Cornett
Jack “Jenna Rae” Rybak
Coby “Scooby-Doo” Spratte
Alex “Jackson Cooper” Preusser
George “elastigirl” Henken
Michael “my dad’s crosswords” Baudendistel
Mark “Jim Morrison” Wappler
Austin “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson” Wald
Andrew “Loch Ness monster” Hunt
Lucas “Donkey Kong” Hayden
Ben “Devin Booker” Croat
Charles “healthy shoulder joint” Turnell
Daniel “a mallard” Tice
Thomas “A creeper (ah man)” Juergens
Micah “adenosine triphosphate” Doherty
Jack “the lizard king” Evans
Jude “leg lamp” Reed
Colin “Voldemort” Schuler
Alex “WebAssign login process” Deiters
Steve “Don Jon” Missey
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