As you know if you are reading this article somewhere on the Backer campus today, St. Louis U. High students will once again return to Oakland Avenue to resume in-person learning after a brief three-day stint of attending classes via Zoom last week.
Sometimes, in the midst of exam week preparations and stress, all you need is an opportunity to kick back, relax, throw out some dollar bills, and watch your favorite economics teacher’s cover of “I’m Too Sexy.”
After a chaotic morning filled with the scent of hot coffee and the sounds of unwanted alarm clocks, the senior class congregated in the Si Commons last Monday morning to kick off their anticipated Grande Project. After many months of preparation and contemplation, the seniors officially began their three-week-long endeavor to complete their social justice action research project. Being guided and sent off with the wise words of Fr. Tom Greene, SJ, the seniors finished off their first week of the project through virtual and asynchronous assignments while hearing from a number of special guests along the way.
Just over one week ago, on Dec. 31, marked two years since the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Wuhan, China. In early 2020, many speculated about how long the pandemic would directly impact our lives. Some said it would all be over once there was a vaccine; others argued it wouldn’t end until herd immunity was reached. Whatever the expectations were, the emergence of the Omicron variant has had an unprecedented effect on the world and on the St. Louis U. High community.
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After becoming a two-time All Metro Swimmer of the Year, amassing 7 State meet gold medals, 3 State trophies, and cementing himself in infamy on the record board, senior Cooper Scharff will be continuing his swimming conquest at the University of Wisconsin next year. For Scharff, the transition to college athletics is the next stepping stone towards his ultimate goal of Olympic trials.
The basketball team has gotten off to a roaring 9-2 start this year, finishing second in the Blue Springs Tournament, winning the SLUH Legends of Winter Classic Tournament, and garnering a marquee win over longtime MCC rival Chaminade.
SLUH wrestling took to the mats again last Tuesday after an extended Christmas break in a match against Fox High School and Lindbergh. The Jr. Bills, after several consecutive practices, were anxious to get back to competing against Fox as multiple Covid concerns shook up the team. Luckily they came out swinging.
Going into Christmas break, St. Louis U. High’s varsity hockey team prepared to enter a difficult stretch of games that was primed to define their season regardless of results. Five matchups against four teams in the top half of the Mid States Club Hockey standings awaited the Jr. Bills, who looked to build off of a strong start to the season that featured just one loss and one tie.
Omicron. We’ve all heard it on the news. We all know someone who has it. We all know someone who has tried to discreetly pass off their cough and runny nose as “the sniffles.” But there is one poor victim that has been ignored in this crisis: the beloved website of St. Louis University High School.
The clock strikes twelve, the ball drops, and people around the world celebrate another trip around the sun. Thus closing out the year 2021 and beginning 2022, a year full of possibility. For many, the new year is a time to reflect, and to try and improve, or make a resolution for the new year. A New Year's resolution can be anything from trying to go to the gym at least once a week to buying new socks. Whatever it may be, New Year’s resolutions are made, but often not followed through, by many.
Becoming a citizen of the United States is an integral way for immigrants to this nation to fully experience and participate in the American system of government and American culture. SLUH’s very own Maria-Paz Campos recently completed this lengthy and rewarding process last November.
The St. Louis U. High community was greeted by an unexpected email from Principal Ian Gibbons, SJ on Friday, Dec. 31 announcing that SLUH would be going virtual for at least the week following Christmas break. This virtual switch resulted in students receiving the day off on Monday and Tuesday and attending class from the comfort of their own homes over Zoom Wednesday through Friday.
The values of Jesuit Education are central to life at St. Louis U. High: students are frequently reminded to be men for others, taught to work toward the Grad at Grad, and trained to be their best selves throughout high school and beyond. To recognize the impact of young SLUH alums trying to live out these ideals, the Advancement Office conceived of the 1540 List to recognize 15 alumni under the age of 40 who have made a difference in their communities.
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Jack “a love life” Figge
Nathan “looking super hot” Rich
Roarke “fatal loss of motivation to do grande project” Unrau
Charlie “forgetting which day christmas is” Bieg
Luke “conservatism” Duffy
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Jackson “metal bar back in chest” Cooper
Michael “prefers word searches over crosswords” Baudendistel
Louis “inability to complete PN work” Cornett
George “elastigirl syndrome” Henken
Alex “feeling left out” Preusser
Jack “heartbreak” Rybak
Coby “unable to speak french” Spratte
Ben “sudden change in hair color” Croat
Micah “JULIUS” Doherty
Thomas “extreme fingernail growth” Juergens
Mark “need to watch Narcos” Wappler
Bill “everything tastes like cheesecake” Albus
Jack “loss of guitar skill” Evans
Lucas “loss of limb”‘ Hayden
Andrew “experiences pain walking on tiptoes” Hunt
Alex “ability to bench press 500 pounds” Nance
Charles “shoulder pain” Turnell
Alex “can’t stop eating carrots” Deiters
Will “overstimulation to color” Blaisdell
Mrs. Kathy “periodic table” Chott
Steve “lethargy” Missey
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