The student newspaper of St. Joseph’s Academy since 1983 the V O I CE St. Louis, Missouri ~ February 2014 “The Crystal Ball” this year’s theme for Evening with the Angels By Sarah Thuet The St. Joseph’s Academy Auction has always been a fabulous affair, and the 2014 auction will be no exception. On Feb. 22, a night long-anticipated by parents, teachers, students, alumni and friends will finally arrive. This year’s theme is “The Crystal Ball… An Evening with the Angels.” This theme is sure to bring lots of glitz and glam with focus colors being a multitude of shades of blue and gray. The St. Joseph’s Academy Auction is unique because of its wonderful wait staff, the SJA students. The National Honor Society members typically head most of the positions, because it is one of four required events, and because they love to be a part of this wonderful evening. “I am excited to work the auction this year, especially since it will be my last. I know the NHS girls are up to the task to serving at yet another one of our flawless auctions,” said NHS President Sophie Ojile. “Also, I really love seeing so much generosity in one place, especially in the portion where scholarships are sponsored. This just shows yet another way the St. Joe community comes together to help each other out.” Students have already begun selling auction raffle tickets. According to St. Joseph’s Academy faculty member Emily Mahon, “Raffle ticket sales have had a very slow start, but as of now we’re at $15,000 and starting to gain some momentum. Let’s hope it keeps up!” The auction team has high hopes for the raffle sales. This is a vital part of the success of the auction, with the money going to scholarships, professional development opportunities, technology updates, and other various necessities that tuition itself doesn’t cover. The auction has a wide variety of parts that come together to make up this brilliant evening. The silent auction, dinner, raffles, and live auction all come together to create a memorable evening for all involved. A special twist for this auction is the emcees for the evening, John Kelly (father of Megan ’15) and Darren Pang of the St. Louis Blues Broadcast team. Due to the Olympics falling over the auction, the usual busy announcers have generously donated their little bit of open time to the St. Joe cause. This auction, although keeping with many of the traditions established, will be unique from any other. The auction team hopes that it will bring in the biggest donations yet. It will be a night filled with food, raffles, and fun to benefit the needs of St. Joe. online at www.stjosephacademy.org Cast of “12 Angry Women” remake a classic for the St. Joe stage Feb. 6-8 By Katie Hayes On Feb. 6, 7, and 8 at 7 pm, the St. Joe community examined the issues of racism, prejudice, and the death penalty in its production of “12 Angry Women.” A female stage adaptation of the famous 1957 movie “12 Angry Men,” written by Reginald Rose, “12 Angry Women” takes a look at 12 jurors, as they decide the fate of a young boy accused of murdering his father. Eleven of the jurors believe that he is guilty and are ready to sentence him to death. However, one juror, Juror Number 8, believes that he may be innocent. “All these people have come forward and said they either saw it, or they heard the boy do it, and every piece of evidence is stacked up against him. However, it just takes one person to say that maybe something is amiss. I’m the one that first says there is a doubt in the trial,” explains junior Shelby Dillender, who played Juror Number 8. Over the course of the play, the audience watched the jurors overcome the prejudices and personal feelings they hold about the defendant and the case in general. The play was extremely successful, receiving rave reviews from students, faculty, and other members of the St. Joe community. However, the cast had to work very hard to bring the show together. Dillender began rehearsing her role only three weeks before the play opened, as the original person who was “The cast as Juror Number 8 had to drop out of the show. cast did a Despite having only a few weeks to perfect her role, Dillender, GREAT with the help of the rest of the cast, was able to tackle the challenge. According to Dillender, “Listening to the show over and over again in job! It practice and just reading over it really helped. It was a lot of work, but provided my cast-mates were really supportive and helped me through all of it.” Sophomore Maggie Isaacson, who played Juror Number 4, ad- lots of food mired Dillender’s tenacity. “As the weeks went on, Shelby really for thought, stepped up to the plate and stepped into the role. She did a great job too!”- Mrs. and really led the cast,” stated Isaacson. Director John Vullo enjoyed watching all of the girls dedicate Jane Garvin their time and effort to pull off an outstanding show. “I loved watching the growth of the actors in the play and seeing how they brought the lines to life. As they went through the rehearsal process, they started to figure it out and to realized it’s not just talking back and forth, but there’s actually mental stuff going on that they have to bring to life to the audience,” said Vullo. Vullo also felt that this show gave the St. Joe community an opportunity to view a different side of the St. Joe theatre. Vullo explained, “It gave the audience a wonderful live theatre experience that’s something other than a musical. It showed that we can do more than just musicals here and that we have a lot of talent in our girls in terms of acting ability, as well as singing and dancing ability.” Dillender stated, “I hope they maybe understand that the thoughts of one person can make a difference. Listen to people—don’t make snap judgments, and think before you speak.” Photo by sophomore Bridget Grojean. Vol. 31, No. 5 Photo by sophomore Bridget Grojean. News and Views 2 February 2014 New Director of DeFrom the Editor-in-Chief Voice for the Voiceless velopment, Linda Holland Decker ‘83 By Stephanie Landgraf As many busy teenagers tend to do, I wear a lot of hats. I’m editor-in-chief of the newspaper, I’m a student, a daughter, a friend, and so much more. There’s just one more hat that I wear, and I wear it very proudly—I’m a pilgrim. I know what you’re thinking; I don’t wear an actual pilgrim hat and parade around on Thanksgiving. Every January, I participate in the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year marked my third pilgrimage with St. Joe. The general itinerary includes a kick off mass in St. Louis, then boarding the busses for the 18 hour ride to D.C., a day to tour around the city, mass with Archbishop Carlson, and the actual march. There’s something more to this pilgrimage than getting out of school and travelling to Washington D. C. The march takes place because it protests the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, 1973, legalizing abortion in our country. For fortyone years, the battle has continued; thousands of people who are pro-life come to witness each year. I’m proud that I stand in solidarity with them. So, why do I keep going back? I’ve been born and bred a Catholic, and taught that life is sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. We all were made in God’s image and likeness, and so each life is a gift from God. Think about your own life—about the happiest times, the mornings where the sunrise takes your breath away, going on vacations, when you rocked out at your first concert, when you scored your first goal, or when you met your best friend for the first time. All of us have these moments in life, and they’ve been given to us, not because we asked. I never asked to be born, to walk this earth, or deserve all the things God has given me. I know that no matter who you are or where you come from, everyone who is given a chance at life deserves it. No matter how cold, icy, or snowy it may be, there will always be a march. Thousands of people will still show up, eager to have their voices heard. I want to continue my tradition for as long as I can, because I know that I’m speaking for the truth. Gandhi once said, “It seems to be as clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.” Perhaps in my lifetime, my generation can help our country see this light. Other than the March for Life, 2014 has kicked off to a great start! Our winter play, “12 Angry Women,” was performed masterfully on February 6, 7, and 8. The Auction will be on Saturday February 22nd, which is such a great way to give to our school. The theme this year is “The Crystal Ball: An Evening with the Angels”. As Valentine’s Day approaches, STUCO will be selling valentines for 50 cents each, and you can send them to SLUH, De Smet, Priory, Chaminade, CBC, and other St. Joe girls! Love is in the air, and it’s making me hungry for some chocolate. Thank you to all the writers for our fabulous first issue of 2014! The Voice By Mary Catherine Heger In January, St. Joe welcomed Linda Holland Decker to the school community. Mrs. Decker’s job is crucial to the future marketing advancements of St. Joseph’s Academy. She is very excited to return to the high school that she attended to improve St. Joe’s public relations and marketing. Reader’s Talk What is your favorite part of the Winter Olympics? By Patti O’Brien Q: What is your job at St. Joe? A: I am the Director of Development. My job consists of working with the St. Joe Development Team in the areas of fundraising, marketing, public relations, and alumnae relations. Q: What is your goal for your job? A: My goal is to get to know the St. Joe community, to continue the strong traditions and values that attract girls to St. Joe, and to take St. Joe to new heights within the St. Louis community. Q: Where did you work before you came to St. Joe? A: I worked at St. Francis Medical Center Foundation where I was the Executive Director in Girardeau, MO. Before I was employed by the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation, I worked as the Vice President of Public Relations, Event Marketing, and Community Relations at Macy’s Inc., the Interim Media Director at Macy’s Inc., the Media Director at the May Department Stores Company, the Broadcast Advertising Manager at Famous Barr, and the Manager RSA at Southwestern Bell. Q: What do you like about St. Joe? A: I like the students, the Catholic education that St. Joe provides, the tradition and values of St. Joseph’s Academy, and St. Joe’s focus on forming wellrounded, values-driven women leaders. “I would definitely say that skiing is my favorite winter Olympic sport.” –Andy Rooney, Senior “I enjoy watching the winter Olympic sport of luge.” –Carli Luebbert, Junior The Voice welcomes advertising. Interested parties may contact The Voice for rates and deadlines at [email protected] org or at 314-394-4127. “Hockey is my favorite winter Olympic sport to watch!” –Sara Krause, Senior “I love seeing all of the winter Olympics sports where boys are the participants!” –Sydney Hurford, Junior Q: What are you most looking forward to this year? A: I am looking forward to accomplishing much this year. I hope to meet many of the students, the faculty, and the administration at St. Joe. Also, I look forward to working with the various members of the St. Joe staff. Q: What is your educational background? A: I graduated from St. Joe in 1983. I attended college at Southeast Missouri State University in Girardeau, Missouri, where I received a bachelor’s degree in communication and marketing. Also, I went to the University of Notre Dame where I completed the Leadership Administration Training Program. Q: What were you involved in during your time at St. Joe? A: I was involved in the theater and the Spanish Club. Additionally, I played field hockey. Also, I had the main role in the school play The Trouble with Angels, and I was the Penny Queen candidate for my freshman class. During my senior year, I received the award for being the Best All-Round Student. “I love watching ice skating.” –Bridget Grojean, Sophomore “I like watching ice skating.” Averie Wade, Freshman Editor-in-Chief: Stephanie Landgraf News Editors: Katie Hayes and Mary Catherine Heger Features Editors: Gaby Berberich and Colleen Dillon Sports Editors: Charlotte Cordova and Mary O’Neill Photo Editors: Amanda Blattel and Erica Hearty Adviser: Liz Kelley and Tim Kohler The Voice is published monthly during the school year. All articles and photographs can only be reprinted with the permission of The Voice. The Voice welcomes letters to the editor, but will not print letters submitted anonymously. The paper also appears online at www.stjosephacademy.org. voice “I love to watch bobsledding.” –Mrs. Linda Decker, Director of Development “My favorite winter Olympic sport for sure is speed skating.” –Olivia Welch, Sophomore “The intense ski jumping is my favorite Olympic sport.” Ashley James, Freshman “I would have to say ice skating is my favorite winter Olympic event.” – Ms. Jennifer Millikan, librarian February 2014 News 3 37 Respect Life Club members represented St. Joe at March for Life voice By Kate Leahy and Mary Catherine Heger On Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 36 St. Joe Angels went to Washington D.C. on a pilgrimage to attend the annual ProLife March. The girls marched with other individuals from across the country who were from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Librarian Ms. Millikan, and Campus Minister and Respect Life Club Moderator, Ms. Hotop, and parents chaperoned the trip, which was sponsored by the Respect Life Club. The journey began on Sunday with mass by Bishop Rice. After mass, they began on the 14 hour bus ride to our country’s capital. St. Joe traveled with Generation Life, a group that leads schools and youth groups around St. Lou- The students also got to see our nation’s capital, visiting many national monuments, such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Monument, and the White House. Even though the ground was covered with three inches of snow, the girls enjoyed exploring some of our nation’s most treasured attractions. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, St. Joe participated in the March for life. Although the temperature was below freezing, they enjoyed walking to the Capitol building with over 500,000 other individuals who believe that abortion should be illegal. “I really think the march succeeded this year in including groups from all backgrounds and faiths, not just Catholics,” said sophomore and Respect Life Club Officer Lizzie Hayes. ”I saw all kinds of groups at the March. Atheist groups and protestants groups attended the March. Everyone was included,” Respect Life Club Moderator and Campus Minister Ms. Anna Hotop said, “I was so pleased with the March for Life and the amount of SJA Angels we had both at home and in DC that truly stand in defense of those that cannot defend themselves. Through different forms of programming and the march itself, I think that many eyes Mollie Hiller, Allison Schaefer, Emma Welge, and Quinn Williamson Ms. Hotop, club moderator, with officers Lizzie Hayes ‘16, Julia Missel ‘14, Addison Jaudes ‘15, Kate Leahy ‘15, and Stephanie Landgraf ‘14 is in the pilgrimage to D.C. As a part of Generation Life, the girls participated in many religious activities throughout the week with other St. Louis students, including mass, confession, and music. Generation Life also provided many interesting and inspirational speakers, including a former abortion clinic worker. Junior Respect Life Club Officer Addie Jaudes said, “I really enjoyed hearing the personal testimony of the former abortion clinic worker, because her speech allowed me to recognize the true horrors of abortion. Thus, it reconfirmed for me why abortion is unethical.” photo by Addison Jaudes ‘15 St. Joseph’s Academy celebrates 250 years of STL By Ellen Modglin Recently, the public voted St. Joseph’s Academy a St. Louis landmark in stl250’s Cakeway to the West project. The Cakeway to the West project is just one of the many events that stl250 has organized in celebration of St. Louis’ 250th birthday in 2014. The Cakeway to the West project is specifically designed to highlight and honor St. Louis’ most iconic locations. The public voted online to determine the first 50 location of the cakes, and stl250 will determine 200 other sites that will receive cakes. Photo courtesy of KSDK These places will include landmark sites, local favorites, places of heritage and culture, parks, and venues that showcase innovation. Student Council organized a voting campaign to get St. Joe on the leaderboard. Student Council President Katie Hayes explained,“I thought it would be a great opportunity to get St. Joe’s name out there and be recognized for our innovation. We are the only high school on the whole list!” The cakes will be four-foot tall and fiberglass, and each cake will be personalized by local artists to match the location of the cake. The cake will be professionally installed at SJA around the time of St. Louis’s official anniversary weekend, Feb. 14 to 16. The cakes will all be featured in an interactive app where visitors can learn more about each location. Users will even be able to “check in” at each location and be awarded points. Scoring more points makes participants eligible to win prizes, with drawings in June and December. The organizers of the Cakeway to the West project hope that the app will spark a region-wide scavenger hunt that will encourage people to learn more about all the great sites in St. Louis. Other events sponsored by stl250 include Burnin’ Love, a Valentine’s Day celebration on Art Hill in Forest Park, and St. Louis’ Biggest Birthday Ball at the Missouri History Museum on February 16. More information about these events and the Cakeway to the West campaign can be found at www. stl250.org. were open to the importance of all respect life issues with no limitations. I think that the great group of girls that were able to attend the trip came back with much excitement and passion and are more aware of the profound impact that they can make on the world in all that they choose to do. It was an inspiring trip and I feel privileged to have been a witness to it.” Over half a million people stood on the cold streets of Washington D.C. and marched for abortion to be illegal in the United States, and St. Joe is proud to have sent many values-driven women leaders to be a part of that movement. The Olympics celebrate a global community despite threats By Carli Luebbert and Rossella Gabrielle February 7, 2014 marked the start of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The games will run from February 7th to February 23rd, and will exhibit winter games such as, but not limited to, alpine skiing, bobsleigh, curling, figure skating, luge, curling, speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding. Some of the most popular American athletes are Shaun White (snowboard), Lolo Jones (bobsled), and Patrick Kane (hockey). In addition to these athletes, Sarah Hendrickson, a 19 year old from Salt Lake City, Utah, is expected to do well in the women’s ski jump, despite having knee surgery last year. If she is feeling well enough to compete, her main rival will be the 17-year-old Japanese star Sarah Takanshi. Other up and coming Olympians to watch out for are Tucker West in men’s luge and Amanda Kessel in women’s ice hockey. One can watch these amazing athletes during the 2014 Winter Games on NBC sports, starting February 7th with the opening ceremony. To give an overview, the opening ceremony includes the presentation of each country competing in the Olympics, as well as the lighting of the 2014 Winter Olympic torch. Some of you may be asking what the Americans will be wearing as the walk across stage during this ceremony. Well, nothing less than Ralph Lauren of course. Ralph Lauren will be selling the American Olympic Games cardigan to the public for $595.00 All profits will go to the U.S. Olympic Committee. When asked about the upcoming Olympic Winter games, sophomore Bridget Grojean responds: “I will probably be watching it on TV with my family. My favorite winter Olympic sport is probably figure skating, and I like to watch the Olympic Winter sports more than the summer, because they are less main-stream.” Junior Madison Alexander says, “We usually watch the Olympics as a family, and my favorite sports to watch are skiing and hockey.” Junior Kate Leahy remarks, “I will be watching the Olympics with my sister Jenna, and I like watching the duet ice skating.” Besides the athletes and festivities, Sochi has been on the news recently because of terrorism threats against the city and the Games. Why is everyone so concerned over the potential terroristic threats in Sochi? An answer can be found in Sochi’s proximity to Caucasus separatists to the north who for years have waged a war of independence against Russia. Recent bombings in nearby Volgograd have experts on high alert. Some question holding the Winter Games in close proximity to those who have vowed to fight Russia to the death. Sister Pauline comments on the terrorism topic in the upcoming games: “I fear the terrorists will try to do something. Russia has promised nothing will happen, and the US is at its defense. I hope everyone stays safe, and I will be praying for them.” Mr. Cummings, head of the Social Studies departments, says, “I think the terrorist threat is valid, but if we live our life according to what terrorists are going to do, then they are winning. I think we should go and display the best precautions we can both governmentally and individually.” Regardless of the terrorism threats, the 2014 Olympic Games will be a wonderful way to unite the world and its athletes. News 4 February 2014 Nine new courses added to next year’s curriculum By Emmie Morrison As registration time quickly approaches, students are considering the many course options for the 2014-2015 school year. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are meeting with their guidance counselors to create and review their fouryear plans. The information meetings for how to register on NetClassroom will be Feb. 12 for freshmen and Feb. 13 for sophomores and juniors. Registration on NetClassroom will open on Feb. 17 and will close on Feb. 26. Students have much to look forward to next year with nine new classes available: Entrepreneurship, Honors Voice of Human Rights, Survey of Irish Literature, Instrumental Ensemble, Performance and Choreography, Introduction to Java, Yoga/ Pilates, Engineering Methods, and East Asian Studies. These classes will provide the girls with even greater opportunities to partake in, allowing them to create a wellrounded, enriching curriculum for themselves. East Asian Studies, a course offered by the World Language Department taught in English, will cover many different issues that relate to North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and China. English teacher Liz Kelley will teach the new class Survey of Irish Literature during the summer and the 2014-2015 school year. “I have always been in love with Ireland. I visited there in 2007,” explained Ms. Kelley. “I love all their mythologies and poetry, so I decided I wanted to bring that love of Ireland to St. Joe.” Three new classes are being added to the Fine Arts Department: Instrumental Ensemble, Performance and Choreography, and Yoga and Pilates. Instrumental Ensemble is a zero-hour class that will meet two times each week and will give musicians an opportunity to play with other student musicians and to perform several times throughout the year. In the dance department, Performance and Choreography is a class for intermediate to advanced dancers. “It’s for girls that want to learn the art of creating dances. We learn stepby-step how to utilize specific tools to create dances,” explained dance teacher Nikki Talent. “These dances will be part of the Spring Performance.” Ms. Talent will also teach the Yoga and Pilates class, as she is currently working on her 200 hour yoga teacher certification. The science department will be adding a new Engineering Methods class, taught by Ms. Haddock. “It’s an engineering-based class but using computers and online sources, more than the engineering design applications class downstairs,” said Haddock. With so many interesting new classes, students may wish they had more room in their schedules. Fortunately, St. Joe girls have many opportunities to take zero-hour and summer school classes. This year, the summer school curriculum has been expanded to include four additional classes: Survey of Irish Literature, Dance I, Dance II, and Psychology. According to Jennifer By Maggie Schwarz The excitement and anticipation for the New York City-themed Sophomore Dance was indescribable on the second floor on Jan. 31. The smell of spray tans and loud chatter of dresses, dates, and dinner parties filled the hall as the girls grew increasingly excited for a night they would never forget. After looking forward to this event since freshmen year, the sophomores enjoyed attending their very first St. Joe dance. Lizzie Hayes said, “The dance was so much fun! It was so great to dance all night with my friends and meet everyone’s date!” The class officers took much time and effort in hand-picking the theme “New York, New York” to ensure a memorable and unique night. Class President Patti O’Brien explained, “New York is timeless and chic. It also gives us the opportunities to use interesting decorations, like New York City street signs and Broadway playbills. We’re having a lot of fun making this a really classy and special night.” “There are shimmering, metallic gold stars all around the gym and commons, as well as other New York Citystyled posters and cardboard cutouts. We have many strings of lights to light up the gym,” said the Sophomore Class Moderator Ms. Hackman. Hackman and the class officers worked tirelessly to ensure that the dance would be memorable. One of the main focuses of the sophomores in the weeks leading to the dance was finding the perfect dress. Girls borrowed, reused, and bought an array of outfits in many different colors and styles. voice Counselor Cely Kaup goes through freshmen four year plans and what St. Joe has to offer. Left to right: Ellie Prosperi, Mrs. Kaup, Megan Sties, Marissa O’Malley, and Taylor Rowland Millikan, who serves as Director of Summer Programs, “Summer classes are a great way to take something you don’t have time for during the school year or give you some flexibility in your schedule.” The summer school and zero-hour personal finance classes are unique in that they meet two days each week and have online work the other three days. According to Business teacher Mary Jackson, this system “gives students an introduction to online learning before they reach college.” The summer school psychology class also offers many unique opportunities for seniors. Social studies teacher Jane Garvin, who will be the instructor for the summer psychology course, says that the summer school psychology class will allow students to take several additional field trips so that they can see first-hand what they learn in the classroom. With so many course offerings, it can be hard to choose which classes to take. According to Principal Dr. Diane Cooper, “Students should think about what academic goals each person has, to discuss any concerns with their parents or counselor or both, to think about what will be best for them for college and career, to not overload, . . . and to take something because they want to learn about it.” Sophomore class gets their groove on at NYC themed dance Lauren Bequette is recipient of Archbishop May Award Photo by Amy Nichols Photography Courtesy of Ms. Anna Hotop Congratulations to Lauren Bequette as the recipient of the Archbishop May Service Award. Lauren’s commitment to service around the school and in the St. Louis community sets her apart as someone who has responded to our call at St. Joseph’s Academy to “serve the Dear Neighbor without distinction”. Service involvement includes Student Council Executive Officer, Angel Outreach Officer, Beta Chi Pi Officer, and much more. Lauren effortlessly blends service and leadership, which is a quality that makes her unique. It is clear to anyone who has met Lauren that she strives to bring Christ to others in all that she does. And it is in watching Lauren serve with her smile and bubbly personality that those around her learn of God’s love for them. Lauren is a gift to all around her. According to sophomore Emma Carrow, “My dress was black with a leather skirt and sheer long sleeves. My dress truly embodies the theme, because I purchased it while I was in New York City!” Sophomore Bridget Dillon stated, “My attire for the evening was a draping navy dress with a criss-crossed back.” Nevertheless, the angels all looked exceptional, classy, and metropolitan. They had a great time dancing the night away in New York City style. Right: Jen Martin danced the night away at Sophomore Dance Fri. Jan. 31 MLK Model of Justice Award granted to Clare Hannick Courtesy of Clare Hannick, Ms. Ann Hammer, and Mrs. Jen Sudekum Congratulations to senior Clare Hannick on receiving the Martin Luther King Model of Justice Award. This award recognizes 31 area high school students committed to serving humanity in the broader community. These students have made justice a central part of their lives and desire photo by Theresa Orozco, OSSM to change social structures so that all women, men and children will experience true freedom and equality. Clare has served as president of the Student Affairs Board, led Kairos #31, helped rebuild houses on the New Orleans mission trip, and much more. Archbishop Carlson presented the award to her following a celebratory mass on Sunday, January 19 at the Cathedral Basilica. February 2014 News 5 Sr. Barbara, CSJ, speaks about race relations and life as a sister voice By Stephanie Landgraf St. Joseph and one of the board members, spoke to the St. Joe community about her life in the1960’s and as a CSJ. The assembly began with a video of the protest that Sr. Barbara took part in. She was a part of a peaceful protest in Selma, Alabama, where civil rights activists marched from a small Selma chapel to the courthouse. After this march was Bloody Sunday, a grander march from Selma to Montgomery. Wearing a colorful Ghanaian scarf, she talked to the students and faculty about her early life experiencing segregation and then integration, her participation in the march in Selma, and her career as a CSJ working in various places around the world. Q: What was your family like? I have an older brother, and he lives in Kansas City now. My parents divorced— my father moved to L.A. and he actually converted [to Catholicism] but then died at a young age. My mother remarried, and so I have one sister and three brothers, two of which are twins. I’m old enough to be their mother! But my mother always taught us that education was important. She was a licensed beautician and then went to school and became a licensed practical nurse. That’s how she supported us. Q: What was life like growing up in Alabama and then moving to St. Louis? reading. He brought her more religious books, encouraging her to consider the faith. Also The Helpers of the Holy Souls sisters , who lived right there in our neighborhood, lived off Washington and would come over to the church and help us with religious education, girl scouts, and other activities. Mother St. Flore, one of the sisters, would pass out holy cards on the street corner. I call that “real evangelization.” Then, when I was a freshman in high school, we moved to St. Mark’s parish, and that was the parish where I entered [the sisterhood]. Q: What work did you do in Africa? My first time I worked in Africa was in Ghana and Togo in 1975. In 1999, I worked in South Africa, in Capetown and Pretoria. Then in 2008, I went to Uganda and Kenya. I was able to go to the mission located in Gulu, which is a pregnancy health center. I also work with other sisters from the St. Louis area in microfinancing. We raise money so people (in Africa) can get themselves out of poverty. Alex Harris, Sister Barbara, and Caitlin Canupp I lived in Alabama for a short time, I hadn’t really started school yet, but when we moved to St. Louis, I was about six years old. We’d come back to Alabama to visit family. We went to an elementary school, and they’d have time release for our religious education classes, whatever your faith tradition was. We used to go to Lutheran, because that was nearest to our school. But when we’d go to the movies, you knew you’d be going up to the balcony. And when we’d go out to eat, which we did on occasion as a family, we’d go to restaurants in our own neighborhoods. My environment was kind of contained, but I had a happy childhood. My church was right across the street, and I was a Baptist at the time. Q: What kind of influence did you have that made your family convert to Catholicism? My mother influenced our conversion. One time, she was hospitalized and when the chaplain (at the hospital) came by, he saw some of the religious books she was Q: Any advice you’d like to give to the student body? I think you all have a wonderful opportunity here and you all take advantage of that. Your parents sacrifice so much to give you this kind of education. So if you are true to the mission first of Jesus, and what [the Catholic Schools Week celebrates a community of faith, knowledge, and service By Colleen Dillon St. Joseph’s Academy began Catholic Schools Week on January 24 with an all school mass celebrated by Bishop Rice and with music provided by Karl Zimmerman. Throughout the mass, Bishop Rice reminded the gathered students and faculty of this year’s theme, “Catholic schools: communities of faith, knowledge, and service.” Throughout the remainder of the week, the St. Joe Campus Ministry scheduled several events to help the students and faculty celebrate the week. On Tuesday, the halls of St. Joe looked like a blast from the past as the students dressed in the clothes that they wore to grade school. The different plaid jumpers, plaid skirts, and school sweatshirts represent the various places St. Joe students previously attended but now represent the St. Joe student body. Students also tested their Catholic school’s week knowledge by answering trivia questions about St. Louis area Catholic high schools. To further celebrate the community of Catholic schools in St. Louis, several schools joined together to display artwork. On Thursday morning, students gathered for prayer service to pray for the students, faculty, and supporters of Catholic schools throughout the world. St. Joe also lived out the service aspect of Catholic schools by writing valentines to the residents at Nazareth Living Center. St. Joe ended the week with cupcakes provided by Campus Ministry. Senior Sarah Kochanski remarks, “This week reminded me about what makes our community special, and it was fun to participate in all the activities.” Although the week consisted of many celebrations and fun activities, the true meaning of Catholic School’s week remains the same. As Bishop Rice mentioned in his homily, Catholic schools teach students more than just lessons and knowledge. Catholic schools instill beliefs and ideas used by students for their whole lives. Roving Reporter Who is your dream date? By Amanda Blattel “Olympian Anna Willard.”—Mr. Yane “My dad.”—Ms. Kassler “My husband.”—Mrs. Bisch “Myself.”— Senior Lauryn Nicoletti “Chris Pine.”—Senior Blake Rozniak “My non-existent boyfriend.” -Senior Laura Michenfelder “Logan Lerman.”—Junior Claudia Guerrero “Orlando Bloom.”—Junior Christa Waterwiese “Ian Somerhalder.”—Junior Monica Fishering “Seth MacFarlane.”—Junior Bridget Berstein “Zac Efron.”—Sophomore Gabby Sabat “Vladmir Tarasenko.”- Sophomore Elizabeth Hamilton “Josh Hutcherson.”— Sophomore Maggie Issacson “Zac Erfron.”— Freshman Emily Meier “Luke Bryan.”—Freshman Kirsten Bourbon “Harry Styles.”—Freshman Anissa Bernardez Features 6 February 2014 voice Concert Review Bastille storms the pageant, and Phoenix lights up the stage Review and photos by Andie Rooney Up and coming artist, Bastille, most popularly known for their single “Pompeii”, teamed up with the natives of Versailles, France, Phoenix and split the show at The Pageant. Bastille performed first with crazy energy and thick British accents. Starting off their set list was Bad Blood, the title of their 2013 album, which immediately got the crowd energized. They moved into other songs off of their album such as Things We Lost in the Fire, Overjoyed, and Icarus. During one of their songs, Flaws, lead vocalist Dan Smith came off of the stage, pushed through the crowd, and danced and sang with the audience. With the crowd already excited and enthused, Bastille led straight into their most popular song, Pompeii. During this song, Smith banged the drum to the beat and had the whole crowd singing the newly discovered song. After Bastille finished, the bar was set high for foreign band, Phoenix. Before Phoenix even made it on the stage, their light show and backdrops predicted how the rest of the night would go: full of energy, dancing, and hoarse vocal chords the morning after. They opened with Entertainment from the 2013 album, Bankrupt! Being from Versailles, during their instrumental, Love like a Sunset Part II, the band stepped off of the stage, while raising lights slowly began to shine on the faces of the crowd, modeling those of a sunset. A video began of a car driving through Paris, seeing all of the main attractions and leading up to the Arc De Triomphe. Being with my two roommates from the Europe trip to Paris this summer, Kelsey Thompson and Gabrielle Bucchino, this was a special moment for all three of us. They continued with their set list, and during one of their most popular song s 1901, lead singer Thomas Mars, completely invested in the song, dove right into the crowd. As we were passing him around and trying to get back to the stage, he stood on the hands of the people in the crowd as he continued singing. Finally back on the stage, Phoenix officially ended with their last encore song, as well as their opening song, Entertainment. After the show, we waited around in the pit and were handed the set list from the show, written on the set list was “merci” from the band and an Instagram account to whoever found the set list. This venue was perfect for the two bands because of the energy both bands put off and infixed into the crowd. The two bands were perfectly matched up for touring together and played off of each other perfectly. Their genres of music were very similar, but at the same time had different ways of portraying their songs. Although Bastille is already climbing the charts, touring with an experienced band like Phoenix set them over the edge for their notoriety. Leaving the show, the feelings were mutual among the people who had just experienced this show. It had just begun snowing, and people were running around and throwing snow at random strangers. The crowd was still energized, enthused, and completely blown away by the show both bands put on for St. Louis. Pope Francis achieves SJA’s Academy Awards much during first year By ColleenOnDillon March 2, 2014, the stars will gather to celebrate the 86th Academy Awards. During the ceremony, the winners AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca By Mary Weiss and Mary Catherine Heger This March will mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of Pope Francis’s papacy. This past year, Pope Francis has majorly changed the perception of the Catholic Church. He has accomplished much in the past year serving as the Pope. His impact on the world was so immense that in 2013, he was named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. From the day that Pope Francis was elected pope, he performed some untraditional yet outstanding actions. Francis is a very simple man who does not wear all of the fancy, expensive vestments that past popes normally wore. He is content living a simple life, which is an extremely different way in which people today live. For instance, instead of wearing the traditional red leather papal shoes, he has decided to wear casual black ones. Also, Pope Francis did not move into the Papal Palace. Rather, he lives in a small suite in the Vatican Hotel and has no domestic staff. Additionally, he is rumored to sneak out in the middle of the night in disguise to minister to the poor. Another way that the Pope is unique from the previous popes is his belief on gay and lesbian individuals. In his famous statement, “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?,” he expresses his opinion that God is the only person who has the right to judge the morality of gay and lesbian people. His statements on homosexuality and other controversial topics have helped him to become more respected and liked by Catholics and people of many other faiths around the world. Students and faculty alike admire the Pope and his selfless actions. “I like the new pope. I think that he has done a great job in trying to reach out to the youth and engage them in the faith,” said Junior Elizabeth Egan. “I love what he is trying to teach us through his actions. I think that if we watch him closely, we can all learn important messages about living lives of humbleness and unconditional love.” Theology teacher Connie Postal also finds Francis’s actions refreshing. “I follow him on Facebook. I think the things I love most about him is that he is so inclusive. Instead of pushing people away from the church he has brought more people together. He doesn’t just talk the talk; the Pope actually walks the walk,” she said. Pope Francis’ main focus in life is to not only assist the impoverished but everyone in the world. He truly embodies the Jesuit motto: “For the greater glory of God.” of 25 different categories, ranging from best picture to best costume designs, will receive their Oscar. The winners are chosen by the 6,000 members of the Academy using a secret ballot. While the Academy in Hollywood votes, St. Joseph’s Academy also voted on their favorite picks. After looking at the following results, tune in on March 2 to see which Academy you agree with. Do you think the students of St. Joseph’s Academy or the members of the Academy made the right choice? And the winners are . . . Best Picture Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role The Wolf of Wall Street 12 Years a Slave Philomena Nebraska Gravity Dallas Buyers Club Captain Phillips Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Bruce Dern (Nebraska) Christian Bale (American Hustle) Sandra Bullock (Gravity) Judi Dench (Philomena) Meryl Streep (August Osage County) Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Amy Adams (American Hustle) American Hustle Funderwear: both teams achieve victory By Molly McKeon In this year’s 10th annual Funderwear competition, both St. Joe and Cor Jesu raised over 15,000 pairs of socks and underwear which, were donated to the Saint Patrick’s Center. Cor Jesu’s undergarment total staggered above St. Joe’s, but we won all the basketball games. In the teacher’s shootout, Ms. Kassler, Ms. Hotop, Mr. Yane and Mrs. Rocco kindly volunteered and decimated Cor Jesu’s teacher team. When asked in an interview about how she thought the knockout round went, Ms. Kassler simple replied “It was amazing we won!” She adds, “My favorite part was winning and when the students rushed onto the court which was fun.” St. Joe basketball players did a phenomenal job at their games. Although we lost the totals of socks and underwear St.Joe had many dedicated girls pitch in to make the night a success, both on the court and off the court. Other than winning the basketball games and the teacher shootout, freshman Bridget McLaughlin said “I liked seeing my friends from Cor Jesu and just hanging out with all my friends and cheering.” There was a great turnout from both schools and everyone at the games was so enthusiastic and into the cheers. Not only did we get to enjoy a friendly game of basketball but we helped out a great charity. The St. Patrick’s Center helps the homeless people in Missouri by providing shelter and health assistance to them. Those socks and underwear you brought in really help those people that don’t have warm clothes or a house. The Funderwear game raises enough socks and underwear to last St. Patrick’s Center for the entire year! Next year hopefully we can bring in even more pairs of socks and underwear so we can finally beat Cor Jesu but, more importantly, we will be able to help out more poor and homeless people. Photo courtesy of St. Patrick’s Center February 2014 Movie review Fangirl is not what it seems at first Disney attempts to convince P.L. Travers to give him the film rights to Mary Poppins. Image courtesy of theguardian.com very good. Eventually, she and that is why Mrs. Travers gives in and relinquishes the did not want to change them. I did enjoy seeing the film rights to Walt Disney. At the beginning inspiration for Mary Poppins of this movie, I did not in Mrs. Travers’ flashbacks like the character of Mrs. throughout the movie. I also Travers. She was very liked the character of Walt stingy and stuck up. She Disney. He was a very happy was also very rude to most and kind character. of the characters that she My favorite encountered throughout the aspect of this movie was movie. Mrs. Travers was the powerful message it not open to changing or contained: to let the past compromising on any of the go. This message is clearly details of the film adaptation apparent in Mrs. Travers as of Mary Poppins. Later on she sets her painful childhood in the movie, I began to see aside and lets Disney use why she was this way. her story. Overall, I think First, she had a difficult that Saving Mr. Banks is childhood because her father a humorous, entertaining, was a drunk and her family and heart-warming movie. I was very poor. Second, all would definitely recommend of the characters from Mary this movie to anyone. Poppins came from her life, Galentine’s Day trending can all just be ourselves! I’m excited for this Galentine’s Day and the ones coming up.” Every year women across the United States leave their boyfriends and husbands for the day or night and go out with friends to have some fun! There are many ways people can celebrate Galentine’s Day. Radetic states, “I’m throwing a sleepover with a ton of friends! We’re going to eat and watch chick flicks and just have fun!” Whether it involves hosting a breakfast or just a small gathering, Galentine’s Day is a great time to have fun with all your friends! Senior Amy Pfeffer states, “A day hanging with your best girlfriends can be so much fun and you never know what you end up doing.” Any way you slice it, Galnetine’s day is a great opportunity to have fun and catch up with best friends without involving any boys. Image courtesy of hercampus.com By Kristen Weber A day for “ladies celebrating ladies,” Galentine’s Day is all about friendship. It’s a day, February 13th, where you gather all your favorite ladies and revel in your epic (lady) broships. While there are holidays set aside to honor family members and significant others, there are not any official holidays that celebrate friendship, unless Halloween counts, but that’s really just a candy holiday. So why not celebrate your gal (or guy) pals today with some waffles, whipped cream, and hand-embroidered pillows? February 13th is a day when you assure yourself that yes, it is okay to be single. On Galentine’s Day, your relationship status is not important. The only thing that matters is your ability to be a friend. Freshman Sophie Radetic says, “I love Galentine’s day, because I get to hang out with my friends who may or may not be guy obsessed, and we Features 7 Book review Saving Mr. Banks saves fond Disney memories Reviewed by Sophia Marcinkiewicz Saving Mr. Banks is a compelling movie about the making of the film Mary Poppins. The cast of this movie includes, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Pamela Travers. In this movie, Walt Disney fights to receive the rights to make a film adaptation of P.L. Travers’ book, Mary Poppins. However, Travers is the author of Mary Poppins and does not want her book to become a movie. After twenty years, Mrs. Travers finally decides to discuss the film rights with Walt Disney due to her need for money. Throughout the movie, she relentlessly rejects most of Walt Disney’s playful and childish ideas because they are not what she had envisioned while writing Mary Poppins. Disney struggles to help Mrs. Travers see that filmmaking is very different from writing a book, but she will not budge. She cannot accept any differences between the book and the movie. Part of Mrs. Travers’ refusal towards changing her story into a movie is that most of the characters in her story come from her childhood. Throughout the movie, she has flashbacks about her childhood struggles with her parents and with money. After many sessions revising the script with the script team at Disney, she begins to realize that Walt Disney’s ideas are actually Reviewed by Nora Salmon I held out on this book, I really did. The description on the inside of the dust jacket made me cringe: the main character, Cather, is an avid fan of Simon Snow, a fictional character in a wizardry world that was probably written as close to Harry Potter as Rowell could get without infringing copyright. Cather, however, isn’t a “read the books and watch the movies” kind of fan; she’s not even a “dress up for premiere night” kind of fan. She is a fangirl, someone who envelops herself in Simon Snow’s world, expanding it, building upon it, and finding a niche in it for herself by writing fan fiction, so, basically, she has a Tumblr with 20,000 followers or so. Cather spends her days wrapped up in Simon Snow’s wizarding world, writing her own stories based on the stories the original author told; the only difference is that she changes the plot a bit. Specifically, she makes Simon gay for his best friend. The book, though, is actually really good. Rather than painting Cather as a onedimensional sort of girl obsessed solely with Simon, Rowell characterized Cather as smart, rational, and struggling to find her own writing voice outside of the world of Simon Snow. The scope of the novel is wide enough to include Cather’s struggles with her twin sister, Wren, who cuts ties with Image courtesy of rainbowrowell.com voice Cather as they both begin college; Cather’s blossoming friendship with her first college roommate; her first love, betrayal, et cetera; and her dad, who struggles with bipolar disorder, among other things. It’s a quick read, interspersed with the fanfiction Cather has written, and excerpts from the Simon Snow books themselves (a creation of Rowell’s own mind, but believable enough for the premise of the novel). I’d say, if you like to read or write, enjoy a protagonist who is as shy as they are smart, and/or have a Tumblr dedicated to a BBC show, you’ll enjoy this book. I sure did. Student teachers teach and learn By Careen Ghazal-Albar As this winter semester commenced, St. Joe students will notice that the faculty has grown slightly. But who are these new additions? This semester, St. Joseph’s Academy welcomes three student teachers, Mr. Michael Rothman, Miss Rachel Cox, and Miss Kristin Milligan, who are coming to observe and teach classes at the Academy in preparation for their future jobs in education. Michael Rathmann of Webster University teaches sophomore World History, AP/ACC American History, and AP/ACC European History with Mr. Mr. Cummings and Mr. Rathmann Cummings this semester. A major in education with an emphasis in history, Mr. Rothman intends to continue teaching history classes in St. Louis, but until then, he plans to remain at St. Joe until May. Mr. Rothman states that he loves teaching at St. Joe, noting that he thinks St. Joe is a great community and adding that the experience reminds him of his own high school days at SLUH. The science department is welcoming student teacher Rachel Cox, an undergraduate of Mizzou and current graduate student at Missouri Baptist. As a Biology major, Miss Cox is working on her master’s degree in Teaching and is helping Mrs. Bisch teach seniors’ Honors Anatomy and Physiology and freshmen’s Introduction to Chemistry. When asked about her teaching experience at St. Joe, Miss Cox has only good things to say: Ms. Cox and Mrs. Bisch “All the girls here are nice.” Teaching freshman has been a unique experience for her, gushing, “They’re so great. They’re challenging me because they’re so inquisitive and they’re always asking questions.” Miss Cox will only be staying at St. Joe until February 28th, but she has big plans ahead, listing California, Chicago, or Texas as places she would love to work. The English department has also gained a Webster University student Kristin Milligan, who is helping teach Mrs. Richardson’s sophomore American literature until May 9th. Miss Milligan graduates on May 10th with a double major in English and Secondary Education and a minor in Photography. She has applied for an internship at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania to run the college’s writing program. While she remains at St. Joe, however, she states that she adores teaching the girls here: “The instant I walked through the doors I felt welcomed. The first time I taught, Mrs. Richardson introduced me to the class, and they clapped for me.” Ms. Milligan and Mrs. Richardson Sports 8 February 2014 Racquetball team putting in work Just keep swimming for a successful season (and diving!) By Sydney Bozzi and Nicole Porter In the midst of their season, The St. Joseph’s Academy racquetball team is vigorously preparing for state and nationals, which are coming up in February. Junior Claire Hibbard, who is on JV, has high hopes for her team, “We all want to bring some state titles back to St. Joe. We’ve done well in the past and we want to keep the momentum going.” Even though there have been rough games, the team has come closer together throughout the season and that has helped their playing. Varsity Senior, Sophie Ojile says, “The season has been going great! We have all been having so much fun, but still are improving each time we play. We have been focusing a lot on improving the small things, such as cleaning up our shots, using the walls, and making our serves more difficult to return.” This dedication and bond between players has helped them improve tremendously. The team would not be where it is today without coaches, Cindy Burman and Lauren Talleur. They are both St. Joe alumna and formal national champions. Claire Hibbard has the best of both worlds when it comes to her coaches, “Cindy keeps us in line and makes us practice, because God knows we need it, and Lauren is the coach that makes you feel better after a hard loss. Both are great coaches.” So what is coming up for the team? Junior Kate Leahy, who is on varsity four, says: “There is a varsity singles tournament soon and that we are all excited for!” They will play schools from around the St. Louis area to see who will go to state and nationals. The team looks forward to playing Cor Jesu Academy. They are one of the best teams St. Joe plays and have won nationals he last two years. Overall, the St. Joseph’s Academy racquetball team is working hard and looking forward to ending their season with many wins. As it is Sophie Ojile’s last season, she says, “My goal for the rest of the season is to have fun and enjoy the last few weeks of the season!” It shall be interesting to see what is in store for the team the rest of the season. By Caroline Zupan We’re playin’ basketball By Mary O’Neill While St. Joe is well known for their outstanding athletic ability, many girls are competing outside of school in sports that aren’t sponsored by St. Joe. Junior Elisabeth Lowe is a prime example. She practices six times a week, whether on her own or at practice with her team. Her accomplishments are not broadcast to the school on morning announcements, yet her achievements are just as worthy as any other sports team here at St. Joe that just beat a rival school. It all began ten years ago, when Elisabeth was six. She decided to take up a learn to skate class. When she was nine years old, Lowe was introduced to a synchronized skating by a friend and it stuck. She now skates for Metro Edge Figure Skating Club, and competes with the synchronized skating program at St. Louis Synergy. She is on their novice team, the second best. Training for Lowe includes on and off ice. On ice includes running through formations and routines, and off-ice they work on facial expressions as well as choreography. Lowe explains her practice schedule, saying, “When I practice on my own I normally practice for about an hour. Practices with the team are usually one hour on ice and on off, and then Saturday Practices are normally two to two and a half hours.” They have also just begun cardio training off-ice, because they have Nationals coming up in Colorado, where there is not as much air. To get to By Charlotte Cordova St. Joe’s Varsity Basketball team is dribbling up some wins this season. In mid January the team really came together. This unity has showed in the results of the games. The team has reveled in wins against Wentzville Holt High School on January 14th, Cor Jesu Academy on January 15th, Bloom Township on January 18, and Helias on January 29th. The team agrees that this season has been one of rebuilding and the team is determined to succeed. Senior Natalie Sims has been satisfied with the season thus far. She says, “We have figured out how to use our size disadvantage to our advantage.” Sims continued on to clarify that the team has a much shorter team than last year. The girls seem to be compensating for this with shooting The Varsity team has not only played teams from the Missouri Area but they The Basketball team in Naples, Florida have traveled abroad this season. Sims says, “My favorite part of the season was going to Naples. We got a lot closer as a team and even though we lost our games, we got better as a team playing the good competition and had a great time on the beach!” Upcoming games where the team will play some tough competition are coming up later in February. On the 18 is a game against Miller Career Academy. On February 20th St. Joe plays against Incarnate Word whose team is currently ranked number two in the nation. Sims says, “Playing such a good team will help our team become better.” The girls also look forward to their games against St. Dominics on the 25th and Visitation Academy on the 28th. The team is confident they can win these upcoming games. voice Despite the frigid outdoor temperatures, many St. Joe girls find themselves spending their afternoons poolside this winter. Monday through Friday after school, the Swim & Dive team journeys to Chaminade High School for extensive practices. They are working towards State Championships, for which Coach Khannie Dastgah has high hopes, stating, “ The girls can definitely meet these goals.” The team has plenty of seasoned veterans, such as Grayson Ram (’15) and Charlotte Cordova (’14), as well as several promising freshmen, including Anna Miller, Anna Davis, and Tatum Schieber. The girls’ season is off to a great start, with an undefeated record. The team has one dual meet left against Nerinx Hall and Conference before facing Missouri’s finest at the State Championships the weekend of February 21stMiller, who competes year-round with Rockwood Swim Club, looks forward to her first State meet, she sets her sights on winning her best event, the 50 freestyle. Miller spends much of her free time in the pool, and admits that the demands of the sport can be “stressful to balance, but worth it for the great bonds our team has formed.” As the team trains, travels, and competes, they spend many hours each week together, encouraging close friendships. “It’s a great group of girls,” says senior Grace Stiegemeyer, a four-year state qualifier who is diligently preparing for her last year at Championships. The team’s outstanding record in previous years at State bodes well for the future and the infusion of new talent positions them well for this year. Only time will tell if Coach Khannie’s predictions will come true, but St. Joe swimmers and divers are doing everything in their power to make it happen. Seniors Grace Stiegemeyer and Charlotte Cordova Lowe makes great strides on ice Nationals, Lowe competed in Michigan, Wisconsin, as well as Chicago for Sectionals. She competes both as a team and individually, with her team consisting of sixteen other performers. Lowe explains, “I compete as a team, like 16 skaters, in big blocks and lines and formations. We don’t do a lot of jumps but we do a lot of turns and footwork.” Lowe states, “I have a coach for individual, private lessons, We usually work on freestyle—jumps and spins, ice dancing, which is like ballroom dancing, and then we have two coaches for our synchro team.” Carpool of the Month By Colleen Dillon Senior Abigail Ohlms, driver; sophomore Madeline Ohlms; sophomore Rachel Belloli; and sophomore Kathleen Sullivan Car: grey Honda Accord. Route: Woodlawn Ave to Kathleen’s house then left on Manchester to Rachel’s neighborhood and then right on Lindbergh to St. Joe. The music is normally whatever Madeline wants. Anecdotes: getting a ticket the first time Abigail picked everyone up this year and calling Kathleen every day because she is sleeping. One tradition is getting Chick-fil-a after we drop off Rachel and Kathleen.
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