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STEM Club takes on engineering competition
Grayson Stevenson, Staff

Four St. Louis U. High students, with the help of science teacher Robyn Wellen, ventured down Highway 40 to Washington University last Saturday to take part in the Arch Grounds Engineering Competition. This competition, put on by the National Park Service, encouraged students to propose new renovations to the Old Courthouse. These renovations would eventually be proposed to a panel of civil and aerospace engineers around the area.

SLUH Day generates over $350k and good will
Luke Duffy and Kane Luchun, Editor in Chief, reporter

The fifth annual St. Louis U. High Day raised nearly $352,000 from Friday, Nov. 11 to Saturday, Nov. 12. The money will go toward the Junior Bill Fund, which helps cover the cost to provide SLUH students with academics, co-curriculars, and faith formation.

The Future of Government: Student delegates make the trek to Jefferson City for annual Youth and Government convention
Alex Preusser and Ben Croat, News Editor, Sports Editor

St. Louis U. High’s Youth and Government delegation woke up early last Thursday morning to embark on a 8 am bus ride to the state capital of Jefferson City. Here, they split in two—Legislative and Judicial— to debate case law and present legislation all while a part of the Missouri YMCA’s 74th annual Youth and Government Convention.

Hobby to company: How Billy Wagner build Wagner Bros over Covid
Daniel Tice, Core Staff

Lawn care or Zoom? That was the question senior Billy Wagner faced in the fall of 2020. He chose lawn care.

Wagner spoke to the Ignatian Business Leaders as part of their bi-weekly speaker series last Friday about the history of his company, Wagner Brother’s Lawn Care. He garnered the attention of more than just club members, with around 70 people in attendance.

Caruso, S.J. attends prestigious Al Smith dinner in New York City
Alex Preusser, News Editor

Few in the St. Louis U. High community can boast the prestigious honor of attending the annual Al Smith Dinner in New York City. Nevertheless, SLUH Vice President Michael Caruso, SJ was invited to attend the event this past October.

SLUH Band members take on Districts by storm
Thomas Juergens and Theo Agniel, Core Staff and reporter

With only their instruments in hand, St. Louis U. High orchestra, jazz, and concert band members took districts by storm, overcoming competition and claiming spots in a competitive district-wide band. Three students were accepted into the District Orchestra, five into the District Jazz Band, and ten into District Concert Band. Senior Ryan Jackson and JT Emke made it into both the jazz and concert bands.

SLUH Film Festival aims to promote equity and inclusion
Billy Albus and Drew Hawley, Core Staff and reporter

ACES and its auxiliary affinity groups hosted an educational film festival that began Thursday, Nov. 3 and will conclude today. St. Louis U. High will be taking advantage of the program Cinema for Students, which is part of the St. Louis International Film Festival, and each ACES affinity group chose a film associated with its focus.

  SLUH has collaborated with Cinema St. Louis for 10 years, with the help of Co-Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Frank Kovarik. The program is open to all schools and SLUH has found a way to use the festival as a social justice event hosted by its affinity groups.

Prospective families tour campus during annual Open House
Drew Figge, Core Staff

Two hundred seventy potential future Jr. Bills visited the Backer Memorial Campus for last Sunday’s Open House.  Between 11:30 and 4:00, the St. Louis U. High admissions ambassadors gave tours of the school and campus to the prospective students and their families. 

Open House is an opportunity for SLUH to showcase its advantages. 

Drive for the homeless collects over $2,000 and over 245 items
Vincent Weinbauer and Micah Doherty, Core Staff

St. Louis U. High’s annual Drive for the Homeless came to a conclusion this past Wednesday. The drive raised $2,248 and collected over 245 common necessities that will help those struggling with  homelessness in the upcoming cold months.

The drive was headed by the Junior Pastoral Team led by co-leaders Grayson Stevenson, Andrew Moffett, Michael Safar, and moderator Fr. Matthew Stewart, S.J. to raise money for the St. Francis Xavier College Church program called Winter’s Inn. This program gathers common necessities for unhoused people, and they collect and distribute most of their donations in the winter months.

Young Urban Planners club emerges to help set up careers in its field
Thomas Jeurgens and Leo Hahn, Core Staff and reporter

Young Urban Planners, a new club at St. Louis U. High, is dedicated to our urban environment and its effect on the community. Moderated by social studies teacher Tim O’Neil, the club hopes to foster a growing interest in urban planning at SLUH.

Options for Spring Break immersion trips revealed
Vincent Weinbauer and Grayson Stevenson, Core Staff and Staff

Each year, St. Louis U High sends students around the world, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Honduras and beyond, to participate in Spring Break immersion trips that promote and enrich students’ understanding of other cultures.

SLUH film festival aims to promote equity and inclusion, features six affinity groups
Bill Albus and Drew Hawley, Core Staff and reporter

ACES and its auxiliary affinity groups are hosting an educational film festival that began yesterday and will continue through Nov. 11. St. Louis U. High will be taking advantage of the program Cinema for Students, which is part of the St. Louis International Film Festival; each affinity group chose a film associated with its focus. 

Who will be the next principal? Committee commences nationwide search for possibilities
Alex Preusser and Colton Eikermann, News Editor and reporter

The search for a principal continues at St. Louis U. High. After current principal Ian Gibbons, SJ announced his upcoming departure from SLUH at the end of the academic year, the nationwide search commenced for his successor. In this search, SLUH is not only looking for someone to fulfill the necessary duties, but for someone who will go above and beyond in this position.

Grills fire up in fundraising barbecue for Operation Food Search
Michael Baudendistel and Lucas Hayden, Core Staff and Staff

In one of the St. Louis University High community’s smaller yet still impactful fundraiser events last Thursday, Athletic Director Chris Muskopf and a team of grill masters flipped up some burgers and hot dogs with chips after school on the turnaround. The proceeds from the event went to Operation Food Search, an organization that collects food donations (mostly  non-perishable goods) and then distributes them to various organizations that can deliver them to those in need. 

SWOLE SLUH: Weight room receives new upgrade with seven new multi-purpose racks
Drew Figge and Daniel Neuner, Core Staff and reporter

With the help from a St. Louis U. High alum, SLUH received seven new top-of-the-line pieces of equipment to add to the weight room. 

These multi-purpose racks fell into SLUH’s hands through Tom Johnston, ’89, who was able to get them from the University of Northern Colorado. Johnston does work with strength programs of high schools and colleges all across the country, and Northern Colorado renovated their weight room, they had used equipment in very good condition that they needed to get rid of. When he found the opportunity to receive this high-end equipment from a Division I athletics program, Johnston took the equipment and brought it back to SLUH. 

Poll: 18-year-old seniors plan to vote in next week's election
Jackson Cooper and Ben Croat, News Editor and Sports Editor

As the Nov. 8 midterm elections rapidly approach, many of St. Louis U. High’s oldest student—18-year old seniors—will make their ways to the ballot box for the first time. Although less publicized than presidential election cycles, the 2022 midterms provide an opportunity for new voters to play a role in both local, state, and national politics, with ballot measures ranging from municipal propositions to the US Senate race.

Archbishop Says All Saints Day Mass: Speaks with Prep News about ‘All Things New,’ describes vision for future of Church in Archdiocese of St. Louis
Luke Duffy and Micah Doherty, Editor in Chief and Core Staff

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski visited St. Louis U. High on Tuesday to celebrate All Saints Day Mass with the entire community. During his visit, Rozanski also sat down with the Prep News to discuss the role of SLUH in this period of transition for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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