Corrette Winter 2022

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T a b l e O f

Cor Jesu’s school newspaper, The Corette, is an extra-curricular opportunity for students to develop communications skills that allow a public forum for student expression through individual writing styles, voice, design, and photography. Four issues are digitally produced each year, but students are not required to participate on all four issues. Staff members are required to attend a general information and training meeting at the beginning of each issue. All grade levels are welcome to participate.

Moderator: Mrs. Margaret Monaco

Editors: Sophia Mikhail ‘24, Payten Nester ‘24, Margaret Hamel ‘24

2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Festive Winter Activities and Trends
Crime. True Crime?
Ball Fashion: Recap & Style Guide
Vote Counts: Your Rights as a Missouri Voter
Beyond the Case
Irish Take on the Lou
Cor Jesu Too Difficult?
Front and Back Covers: Sophia Ford ‘24 Table of Contents: Sophia Mikhail ‘24

Fall Ball Fashion

Fall Ball is Cor Jesu’s opening school dance, which displays the fashion trends that will encompass the rest of the year. While dance prep staples like self-tan and acrylic nails are likely to stick around, dress colors and styles tend to adhere to the cyclical nature of fashion, with trends from the 20th century reappearing in modern pieces. Currently, florals and bright colors are popular and were common at this year’s fall dance. More minimalistic jewelry has become much more popular as well, complementing the square necklines that are taking the place of the halter necklines we have seen in years past.

Sneakers on the dance floor have always been the most practical and comfortable shoe option.

When picking out a dress, some of the most popular online and in-person boutiques that students shop at include Princess Polly, Revolve, Splash, and Lucy in the Sky.

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A recap on the trends seen at the 2022 Cor Jesu Fall Ball, from dresses to shoes to hair, as well as trend predictions for the upcoming Penny Queen dance.
Students Liv Loar ‘24 and Sophia Ford ‘24 are pictured above in baby blue and pink mini dresses.
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Photo courtesy of Ellie Conway ‘24
by Sophia
‘24 and Sydney

Is Fall Ball really a fall dance?

By the time students get to put their makeup on and do their hair for the first dance of the year, temperatures have dropped into the 40s and 30s. Many students opt out of bringing a jacket, so shivers and goosebumps are apparent as the dance begins. Although we call it “Fall Ball,” is it actually closer to a winter dance?

Scarlet and Silk

Certain dress colors are CJ classics, as seen in the red dress to the left. While seniors reserve the right to wear red at the father-daughter dance, which is an unwritten but well-known tradition, all four grades sport our school color at other dances throughout the year. This timeless color is often mixed with other current styles to keep dance outfits trendy. Recently, silk and satin dresses, reminiscent of the 90s slip dress, have been making a comeback. As students prepare for the Penny Queen dance, these dresses are sure to be filling many online shopping carts.

A Timeless Twist

Additionally, there are many who went the glitz and glamour route, with neutral colored, sparkling dresses. Glitter and sparkles on dresses have made appearances at dances for decades, and they are not going away any time soon. Another nod to the 90s is seen in the comeback of the blowout, with curtain bangs and layers highlighting the look. This is sure to be found at future dances, possibly with a new twist. Finally, the feature of fringe on dresses is gaining popularity and can be attributed all the way back to the 1920s flapper. Pictured here is a modern take on this vintage trend, all while creating an eyecatching final look.

Beth Anderson ‘24 and Emma Pacheco ‘24 are pictured smiling in stunning satin mini dresses, with curled blonde hair to match. Photo courtesy of Mame Slinkard ‘24. Reece Radtke ‘24 and Erin Zerban ‘24 are pictured in black and silver dresses with elegant sleeves and a fringe glitter feature. Photo courtesy of Camryn Threlkeld ‘24.

YAG: Beyond the Case

A comprehensive look at CJ’s participation in the YMCA Youth and Government conference. It most recently convened from November 10-12.

YAGster 101

Sarah Cook ‘24, Liv Loar ‘24, Sophie Mikhail ‘24, Jordan Sadler ‘24, Melanie Armbrecht ‘24, Renee Steinbrueck ‘24, Ellie Conway ‘24, Kate Eilerman ‘24, Emma Pacheco ‘24, Mame Slinkard ‘24, Rachel Depke ‘26, Olivia Monaco-Hernandez ‘25, Audrey Todt ‘23, Izzie Hibey ‘23, Maura Peters ‘23, Adie Luna ‘23, Ellie Wobbe ‘23, Charlotte Wegman ‘26, Gianna Curdt ‘26, Claire Huether ‘26 all pictured posing after the CJ Delegation dominated their judicial cases with a record of 10-2.

After having a first time YAG experience, we have created tips for future attendees.

1. Bring Snacks- Meals are usually when you have free time, and sometimes it is hard to fit it in between cases. Snacks are good to have until you have the open slot for a meal.

2. Comfort in Fashion- Yes, your shoes are cute, but are they comfortable? Yagsters are on their feet all day and believe us when you say your feet will hurt. Let your shoes be stylish but comfortable to wear all day.

3. Caffeine- Yagsters do not run on much sleep. Be prepared to bring a Celsius, or Doordash your Starbucks. You will need it.

4. Packing- We recommend storing clothes in your suitcase, but also bring your backpack to carry things around during the day.

Photo courtesy of Ms. Ahrens.
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Sophie Mikhail

Don’t Stress!

We recommend working on your case to the point where you feel confident. However, if you are struggling, do not freak out. Everyone we encountered was willing to help, and once we got there, it all made much more sense. In the beginning, there is a mock trial which helps you wrap your head around your role. After watching this we were able to tweak our cases so they fit how they were supposed to. Attending meetings prior to the conference are also very helpful to get a feel for it. Overall, put in the work so that you can fully enjoy the experience. After we argued once, we wanted to have another trial. If you are prepared and take pride in your work, then it is an exhilarating experience.

Judicial POV

We recommend working on your case to the point where you feel confident. However, if you are struggling, do not freak out. Everyone we encountered was willing to help, and once we got there it all made much more sense. In the beginning, there is a mock trial which helps you wrap your head around your role. After watching this we were able to tweak our cases so they fit how they were supposed to. Attending meetings prior to the conference are also very helpful to get a feel for it. Overall, put in the work so that you can fully enjoy the experience. After we argued once, we wanted to have another trial. If you are prepared and take pride in your work, then it is an exhilarating experience. It takes a second to get the hang of it, so wait for that click!

In terms of the case, we have also conjured up recommendations on how to handle it. First, truly familiarize yourself with the case. It helps to understand where each side is coming from because it will only make your own argument stronger. Secondly, back your case up! The documents and links that are provided are not extra information. These are vital to creating a strong case. Take the time to fully examine the documents and view every link.

Hint: the “links” are called case law. These are past cases that are vital to defending your argument. You will want to use them!

Emma Berwin ‘24, Renee Steinbrueck ‘24, and Meghan Challis ‘24 Photo courtesy of Sarah Cook ‘24 Meghan Challis ‘24 Photo Courtesy of Ms. Reynolds


Cor Jesu had the privilege of hosting the Notre Dame women’s basketball team for practice this past November. The whole student body watched from the bleachers as the team went through plays and drills in preparation for the Shamrock Classic that weekend at Enterprise. Special Notre Dame shirts were given out to each student, solidifying the connection between Notre Dame and CJ. Following the team’s practice, the Notre Dame band and cheerleaders performed for the crowd of red. As the band played “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, the Notre Dame Leprechaun got the Cor Jesu community on their feet. A crowd favorite, his spirit and charisma created the sort of bright atmosphere that would make this day unforgettable for students and faculty alike. Emily Erbs ‘17, CJ alum and current faculty member, excited the crowd even more with the free throw that she made, reminiscing on her days as a CJ basketball player. This day was possibly most influential for current CJ basketball players who were able to see how college-level players conduct themselves at such a fun, spirited practice. These girls were able to take a closer look at each athlete’s playing style and position on the team, finding their own player role models.

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Notre Dame Practice at Cor Jesu 11/11/22 photo courtesy of Colleen Barry Weber photo courtesy of Colleen Barry Weber By Sophia Mikhail ‘24


The practice at Cor Jesu was not just a way for Coach Ivey to introduce her current basketball family to her alma mater. The Notre Dame team had a crucial game at Enterprise Center against UC Berkeley just one day after that practice. This game was not only important for each individual team but it also made women’s basketball history. Coach Ivey is a woman of firsts: leading CJ to its first basketball state title, being the first black head coach at Notre Dame, and now coaching the first-ever women’s college basketball game to air on NBC. Both Notre Dame and UC Berkeley’s head coaches are St. Louis natives, so the Cor Jesu community’s support of Coach Ivey was matched by Ladue High School’s support of UC Berkeley’s head coach Charmin Smith. Notre Dame, ranked seventh in the division, took the victory with a score of 90-79.


The team’s head coach, Niele Ivey ‘96, holds a special place in the heart of Cor Jesu but even more specifically in the basketball department. Ivey’s contribution and lasting mark on the Cor Jesu community can be attributed to her leading the 1995 varsity basketball team to a perfect record and state championship her junior year. A natural leader on the court, Ivey’s junior year at state was the first and only basketball state championship Cor Jesu has ever won. Multiple faculty members lit up as they saw Ivey enter through the gymnasium doors, and her accolades from high school were displayed across a classic CJ-red tablecloth. From her jersey on the wall to her prom pictures, Ivey’s time at her alma mater looked to be full of hardwork, talent, and fun, and the Cor Jesu community is ecstatic to have been able to welcome back a member like her.

UC Berkeley vs Notre Dame at Enterprise Center 11/12/22 photo courtesy of Sophia Mueller ‘24 photo courtesy of Colleen Barry Weber South Bend, IN St. Louis, MO

Missouri Voting

Who can Vote?

Generally, US citizens 18 years of age or older that are registered to vote by respective state deadlines are able to vote. There are some anomalies, including Arizona and North Dakota’s policies that allow non-citizens to vote in local elections. North Dakota also does not require voter registration.

Did you know that only 51.4% of Americans aged 18-24 voted in the 2020 Presidential Election, while older demographics voted overwhelmingly more? The youth of America have boundless potential to make our ideas and opinions active in politics. Election after election, youth voters always have the lowest voter turnouts, while 65+ year old voters consistently have the largest turnouts. In order to make our voices heard and be active members of our communities, we must vote. Although the process may seem complicated, stressful, and maybe even pointless, it is a small price to pay to be able to take part in our country’s government.

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The Basics of Voting

How to Register to Vote in Missouri

In order to register to vote you must be at least 17.5 years old. However, in order to vote, you must be 18 by election day. In order to vote in Missouri, you must be a resident of the state and a citizen of the United States. Registering can be done in person, through the mail, or online. To register in person, visit local government offices such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, the County Clerk’s office, or any public state agency. To register through mail, download the National Mail Voter Registration Form, fill it out, print it, and mail it to the location assigned to your county. This location can be found on the Missouri Secretary of State website.

What is Required to Vote in Missouri?

Missourians need to confirm their identity at the polls. This is a common practice in other states as well. Acceptable identification methods include a non-expired Missouri driver’s license, a non-expired Missouri non-driver’s ID, or a document containing the following information: name, name conforming signature, photograph, non-expired expiration date, and proof that it was issued by the United States or by the state of Missouri. Unacceptable forms of identification include IDs issued by another state and student IDs. Before you vote, double check that your name is on the registration list. This can be found on the Missouri Secretary of State website.


Why is Cor Jesu Considered the “Smart School?”

Walking through the halls of Cor Jesu Academy every day and seeing smiling faces around every corner leads me to believe that CJ is the best school around. I would say that Cor Jesu is the best place to be. It is a home away from home where you feel welcomed and wanted.

The reputation of CJ being the smart school has surrounded us for a very long time. I believe that each student at Cor Jesu is smart and hardworking in her own way. I also believe that most schools are full of hard-workers. Yes, we receive homework from classes every day and have tests most weeks, but this is like any other high school. Cor Jesu is so much more than tests, homework, and school work.

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Why is it that Cor Jesu has a reputation as being the smart school? Is this a correct assumption?
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Cor Jesu is a school that helps all girls work on becoming the best version of themselves. CJ strives to prepare us for college and to help us understand the importance of hard work. Yes, each day we come to school wanting to learn more and grow in knowledge, but we also come for the community. We work hard in all our classes and the teachers push us to learn new materials and understand more. However, we still have fun. Fun activities may be a cookie sale from the Mother’s Club or a dress resale from the senior class. It may be as simple as wearing a Cor Jesu shirt on Thursdays or on spirit days. It also can be as extravagant as the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Team stopping in for a visit.

The teachers and staff do a phenomenal job of incorporating fun activities and helping us learn actively. The reputation of us being the smart school is an unfair thing to say. Yes, we are all smart in our own ways, but it isn’t what defines us. CJ does an amazing job of making sure that we know who God is within our lives and that we can come to know our God-given purpose. The CJ community helps us find who we truly are through academics, art, theater, sports, clubs, etc. They work to show us who we are meant to be.

We are so much more than girls sitting around a classroom reading from a textbook in fancy kilts. We are a family that supports and loves each other in our journeys to find who we truly are.

Sydney Ranson ‘24 and Sister Mahilia

True Crime

Ahh, true crime, the ever-cherished and loved genre... but when was it developed? Most would have the tendency to say the early 1900s or 2000s. However, this genre dates back to the 16th century, thanks to the maturing Criminal Justice System and the printing press. Between 1500 and 1700, before written true crime was widespread, sensational crimes were passed on as narrative verses in the form of music called ballads. These ballads were printed and posted around the cities and towns of New England recounting horrendous acts. This form of true crime was ac cessible to everyone along with details of juridical proceedings. Though, high-quality and more in-depth true crime sensation was only for the

elite who had time, money, and literacy to spend. An unlikeable amount of Artisan crime literature illustrated unsavory acts: dismemberment, torture, and of course witchcraft. Unlike those written for the public, which were still pretty intense (domestic or sex-related murders, women’s criminal activities, and particularly bloody assaults).

self-explanatory and were very popular among Puritans. However, it was more than just execution; people that would go to these executions would listen to a detailed explanation of the guilty parties’ actions, what they did to deserve that fate, what they could have done differently, and sermons that “proved” their sins. This execution system became common until the 1800s and was predominately in witch executions. You can find some thoughts of these Puritans recorded in “The Wonders of the Invisible World.”

The local pamphlet that was around the 1600s was often motivated by religious reasons. Those literary works were called execution sermons, which were

In the 1800s, true crime started to shift away from execution sermons and religious literature to penny literature. Penny literature often exaggerated local crime to keep the masses entertained. They were short, well-written and non-religious; everyone was able to read them. Penny literature was also not expensive as they were in the 1600s. Can you guess how much they were?... Yes, a penny.

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Mid-19th century, after the Metropolitan Police Act of 1829, true crime and full detective novel/ literature became WAY more popular and loved by the public.

one wants to be murdered or be a victim of crime, so they want to learn how to be cautious and learn what some criminals do so they can protect themselves.

As we all know in the 20th century, true crime is a hot topic.

As technology grew, true crime’s popularity also grew, but why did it become so popular? One reason is technology; it was accessible for everyone to read/watch it rather than going to a library, checking out a book, and reading it for hours or days. The second reason is safety; no

The last reason is entertainment; even though learning about these horrendous crimes should be amusing to anyone, it is still interesting to learn what leads one, what goes through one’s head, and how one commits these crimes. However, many forget the fact that these crimes happen and start to fetishize the criminals/their crimes. There are many examples of this: Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, Richard Ramirez, and many more.

As explained before, the 20th century hyped up the genre in many different ways. Yet, all the ways were similarly connected. This obsession

with true crime has many different effects, which can be good and bad. These effects take a toll on the human mind and how humans physically act with one another. Psychologist Chivonna Childs, Ph.D. points out that stories of crime may evoke consumers at risk of developing severe anxiety and paranoia out of a growing inability to separate these terrifying accounts from their real lives. She also stated that these types of problems are more predominant in women since they are the ones who consume most of the true crime. However, even though it might seem like true crime is paving the way for social anxiety, that’s not always the case. These true crime stories help others understand how to defend themselves in unwanted situations and to take life seriously at times by being vigilant and prepared. Of course, it’s not meant to be vigilant 24/7 by observing every other person’s actions. Instead, it’s good to know things can happen at any given time, and it’s best to be prepared for them.

Mysteries of London most successful penny literature series, written by G W M Reynolds

Festive Winter Activities Perfect for the Holiday Season

Searching for a fun activity with friends or family this holiday season? It’s not too late to try Secret Santa! The anticipation and excitement of receiving a mystery gift in homeroom will give anyone a bit of Christmas joy to trek through the brunt of the first semester and winter exam season.

For the Group

If Secret Santa isn’t your forte, try White Elephant. It can be played with a group of friends or family, with each person has bringing a gift that is wrapped, not allowing anyone to peek inside. First, pick out of a hat to decide the order and who goes first. The first player may select any present she chooses and must open it to show everyone what’s inside. The next player may then choose if she would like to pick another present or steal that previous person’s present. This continues for each player. A present can’t be stolen twice in a row, and after 3 swaps of a present, that present will be locked to whoever has it. if there is no more unwrapped gifts, then the game comes to an end.

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Deemed “cold girl makeup,” this look is trending on various social media platforms and will have you dreaming of a white Christmas and looking beautifully frost-bitten by the crisp winter air. Here’s how to recreate it: First, heavily apply a pigmented pink blush to the apples of your cheeks, your temples, the tip of your nose, and lips. Next, using a dark liquid eyeliner carefully draw a small wing on both eyelids. Apply a fine sparkly glitter eyeshadow to your eyelids and the tip of your nose. Finish off with mascara.

Solo Projects

If you’re feeling a bit more creative, a staple piece around this time is a hot cocoa bar. Find a stand or table and supply it with all kinds of hot cocoa, marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, and anything else your heart desires. Make it cute with Christmas mugs and fun spoons and decorations like a table cloth or a gingerbread garland to go the extra mile.


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