Four Prep News 86 Editors investigate different aspects of life at SLUH—Education, Sports, Mental health, and Social life—and how they have been affected by the pandemic for Covid's 2-year anniversary.
At last, the doors of the St. Ignatius entrance are finally re-opened for student arrival, something that only the junior and senior classes have experienced. Gone (for now) are the days where students trudge up the massive theatre lobby staircase and get their phones out for VisitU.
Over the past month, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has dominated news cycles throughout the world, giving way to portrayals of immense human suffering and depictions of the true horrors of modern war. In an effort to educate the school community on the dire situation in Ukraine, St. Louis U. High’s One World Club hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday, March 10, exposing students to just a few of the many diverse viewpoints and perspectives surrounding the complex geopolitical circumstances of the invasion.
Every Jr. Bill is sure to have noticed the construction happening at the south end of freshman and senior hallways, and the wall that has mysteriously moved forward a few feet. This is the site of what will soon be the Dill Center for Academic Success, a project two years in the making that is finally nearing completion.
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In every great sports movie a team always comes into the season strong, crushing many of their opponents along the way. They work hard to succeed and manage to get good results. The SLUH water polo team is no exception, if you exclude the movie part.
“Undefeated” was the word along the side of the state rings, “perfect season” was the phrase plastered on the state champion t-shirts, and “80-0” was written on the final tally sheet of the season. These words and phrases did not come by chance. The St. Louis U. High varsity volleyball team found as much success as possible in their 2021 spring season. Winning a state championship is in and of itself an accomplishment to be proud of, but the Jr. Bills not dropping a set all season is virtually unheard of in the volleyball world. The last time such a feat occurred in St. Louis was a 2000 Vianney Griffins team that had an eventual Olympic gold medalist.
After a rather shaky start to the season, SLUH’s rugby team faced off against North County/Howell for their first home game under the lights of Oakland Avenue. The game took place two weeks ago on a chilly Thursday night as the Jr. Bills looked to get back onto the right side of the win column.
After leaving his name on both the SLUH and state record boards, Senior Jonas Hostetler will be taking his swimming skills to Rhodes College next year as a butterflier and freestyler for Rhode’s Lynxes. Hostetler was initially drawn to Rhodes when considering his academic future, but it was soon revealed as a great opportunity for athletics as well.
The Jr. Billikens kicked off their 2022 baseball campaign with a trip to Vero Beach, Fla. last week— a season which holds lofty expectations for SLUH.
The Jr. Billikens’ season ended after a thrilling District Tournament run, as they were knocked out in Sectionals by CBC 53-40.
As we enter into the fourth quarter, the college admissions office has been busy putting on events to better educate and integrate parents into the college admissions process. Many of these efforts are continuations of past years and improvements are being made as per usual, but there are some notable additions.
Three weeks ago, principal Fr. Ian Gibbons S.J. met with the One World Club to discuss and respond to letters written by the club during their Letter Writing Campaign. The campaign was centered around students expressing their voice on diversity topics that could be changed to create a more inclusive SLUH community.
Two weeks ago, the choir program, led by Addie Akin, had their third concert of the year. After a full quarter of practicing and rehearsing, the singers were able to put on a show on March 11 in the theater.
Sixty SLUH students spent last week in the most magical place on earth. After an extended Covid-related hiatus from music trips, members of both St. Louis U. High’s band and choir traveled to Orlando, Fla. to take Walt Disney World and Universal Studios by storm.
Prep News 86 Credits: Where did you go for Spring Break?
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Jack “the Kingdom of God” Figge
Nathan “log flume” Rich
Roarke “across the border” Unrau
Charlie “high school visits” Bieg
Luke “somewhere over the rainbow” Duffy
Jackson “Nantucket, kinda” Cooper
Louis “Notre Dame waitlist” Cornett
Jack “anywhere but PN” Rybak
Alex “to quit my job” Preusser
Coby “Dodgertown” Spratte
George “Elastigirl’s pool” Henken
Michael “Antarctica” Baudendistel
Ben “Down South” Croat
Micah “off the grid” Doherty
Thomas “SLUH Racquetball HQ” Juergens
Charles “Chi-town” Turnell
Austin “hit the links” Wald
Mark “Gotham City” Wappler
Will “not Tulsa” Blaisdell
Leo “spiritual journey” Smith
Bill “the room where it happens” Albus
Brody “the swamp” Nestor
Daniel “Sahara Desert oasis center” Tice
JP “my basement” Torack
Charlie “Hmmm...” Vonderheid
Jack “Mandarin Orange, Ohio” Evans
Alex “Turtle Island” Wentz
Matt “the History of the Rubber Band museum” Musial
Andrew “Federated States of Micronesia” Hunt
Jude “TCB” Reed
Kathy “Dmitri Mendeleev Place of Birth” Chott
Steve “a-mulching” Missey
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