After 32 years of service to St. Louis U. High, beloved Director of Food Services Kathy Hylla made her long-awaited return to the school community at yesterday’s Mass of Praise and Gratitude. Unable to work in recent months due to health issues, it was Hylla’s first on-campus appearance in front of the student body since the end of the first semester.
Following last weekend’s NFL Draft, three former Jr. Billikens signed free agent deals with professional NFL teams across the country, where they will continue their football careers at the highest level. Tony Adams Jr. ’17, Daniel Isom ’16 and Michael Niese ’16 all secured contracts after the draft ended on Saturday: Adams (safety) signed with the New York Jets, Niese (offensive lineman) signed with the Denver Broncos, and Isom (defensive back) signed with the reigning Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams.
Doused in blue and sprinting full speed into the football stadium during the home opener. For many St. Louis U. High students, this experience, Running of the Bills, is the first time they feel like a Jr. Bill. But being a Jr. Bill consists of so much more than blue paint and brotherhood.
The Clavius Project, which has provided robotics and STEM education to local Catholic schools since 2014, received a donation of $612,000 from the Thomas Schilli Foundation. With this funding and a new partnership with St. Louis University, Clavius is poised to expand its reach in the coming years.
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SLUH Tennis has been seeing red lately. The Red Devils, to be more specific. After cruising to an easy 8-1 win against Chaminade in their regular season matchup last week, the Jr. Bills were forced to overcome a reinvigorated Chaminade team again on Tuesday to take their second straight MCC conference title.
The St. Louis University High School Ultimate team finished its season last weekend by tying for ninth place at the USA Ultimate 2022 Missouri high school Boys State Championship. The tournament consisted of a pool play round on Saturday and a single elimination bracket on Sunday.
With the districts drawing nearer, the Track and Field team has been refining their times and preparing for the postseason. The team has competed in four meets since Tuesday, April 26 and have shown off their skills in every single one of them, coming away with new personal bests while simultaneously dominating the competition.
Next year, senior point guard Jaden McClain, who has been a staple of the Jr. Billikens basketball team for four years, will be taking the court for the Big Blue at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. The Millikin program, lead by head coach Kramer Soderberg, is experiencing a rebirth of late and McClain was quick to notice it when he visited last fall.
The halls of SLUH and the talk of many in the St. Louis volleyball community have been filled with news of the St. Louis U. High’s unprecedented set streak. Since 2019, the varsity team has not dropped a single set, playing 136 perfectly. This accomplishment is uncommon in volleyball, let alone amid the strong competition of St. Louis high school volleyball. Given the grand stat, the question just had to be asked: When will the SLUH team fall back to earth?
After an up and down few weeks which saw the Jr. Bills take home both a decisive victory and a significant loss, the Jr. Bills are now preparing for the upcoming State Tournament this weekend. The team also played a crucial district match against rival Chaminade last Tuesday in their final regular season match.
Two hundred fifty-two miles from Oakland Ave., the Rockhurst high school lacrosse team had their eyes set on a hot SLUH team, coming off a statement win over CBC. Rockhurst was feeling good on the drive over as late season injuries were beginning to a the Jr. Bills.
After months of continuous bouts and trials, the St. Louis U. High water polo team has at last emerged at the top, securing the number one seed going into the postseason tournament. The Jr. Bills have now toppled two state champions, vanquishing the number one ranked team in Illinois earlier this year, then defeating Missouri’s former victors Parkway West last week. In the culminating game of the Lindbergh tournament, after putting down the likes of CBC, Ladue, and De Smet, the Jr. Bills dominated the P. West Longhorns 15-6 to win the game and tournament with a perfect 4-0 record. After a hard fought weekend, the boys in blue closed up the regular season with a Senior Night victory against MICDS, and then a close loss in a Parkway West rematch.
The Jr. Bills have won three of their past four games down the home stretch of the season, as they gear up for a District Championship run.
The Saint Louis U. High summer ’22 reading book has been decided: Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.
The book tells the story of a young Filipino-American teen who encounters many obstacles, some obvious and others full of mystery, that make his journey to discover the murder of his cousin challenging and most of all, entertaining.
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