Volume 76, Issue 30
Pax Christi benefit concert to help Hatian charity BY Joel Ocampo REPORTER
f you have passed by the old cafeteria any time this week, you may have seen a group of guys selling chocolate in place of the usual Honduras table of Hostess treats. Maybe you heard theology teacher Rob Garavaglia start shouting at you, “You look like someone who needs some chocolate!” They may have a weird way of selling, but the Pax Christi members are all doing this for a good cause as they raise money for Haiti. Throughout the week, the Pax Christi club has led morning prayer and sold chocolate outside the old cafeteria, all as a part of their Pax Christi week. Although selling chocolate has been successful, Pax Christi
St. Louis University High School | Friday, May 18, 2012
will not stop there as they host their annual Pax Christi Benefit concert. With the theme of “Gettin’ the Ole’ Band Back Together,” sophomore Gabe Miller and Pax Christi moderator Garavaglia have assembled a group of bands that are mostly comprised of SLUH students for a music festival in SLUH’s upper lot. Some of the bands playing include Polaris, Firekite, The Jivestones, and Wheelhouse Implosion. These bands performing include SLUH seniors Connor Stinehart and Tom Blood, juniors John Ottenlips and Matt Rudolf, sophomore Gabe Miller, and freshmen Jake Nelson and Sam Fentress. The concert, which will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m., is intended to raise money for the orcontinued on page 4
BOUND FOR STATE photo | courtesy of Mr. Jeff Boatman
BY Jack Kiehl REPORTER
The volleyball team celebrates in front a huge student section after their victory over Lafayette sends the Jr. Bills to the State championship. The team will play Francis Howell Central for the trophy tomorrow at 8 at Lindenwood.
The Alchemist will be all Dunne receives SLUH’s first school summer reading book corporate based schlorship
BY Sam Fentress REPORTER
photo | Ben Banet
he Foreign Language department has placed The Alchemist, an adventure novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, into the hands of every St. Louis U. High student by picking it as this summer’s reading book. “The book speaks about the ‘universal language,’ the one by which souls communicate,” said Spanish teacher Suzanne Renard in an e-mail. “This language uses allegory and image, and it speaks directly to the heart, often bypassing words entirely. With a little luck, this book will help us tune to this frequency, which is often eclipsed by the noise around and within us so much of the time.” The book, which was originally written in Portugese, follows a young Spanish shepherd boy named Santiago as he learns about the world. A recurring theme is the fulfillment of one’s destiny. The book says, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” “Through obstacles and doubts, he persists in following ‘the omens’—what Jesus spoke of as ‘the signs of the times’—on his heroic quest,” said Renard. The suggestion for the book came from a few different Spanish teachers who had read the book in Spanish, and who had consid-
BY Stephen Lumetta and Adam Thorp STAFF
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, will be the summer reading book.
ered implementing the book as part of their curriculum. “One of our students had read the book in English, and we thought that maybe it was an easy read in English, and it’s an interesting book, it’s very spiritual, but we originally thought to incorporate the book into our curriculum,” said Spanish teacher Miriam Aliste, who has read the book and was one of the teachers who suggested it. A connection of the book to SLUH was its relevance to the Jesuit community. The author, Coelho, attended a Jesuit high school and was raised by devout Catholic parents before being committed to a mental hospital three times, escaping after each time. Many of his writings focus continued on page 2
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he Watlow Scholarship, which will completely cover two years of tuition, has been give to sophomore Collin Dunne. This will be both St. Louis U. High’s only merit-based scholarship and its first corporate-sponsored scholarship. The scholarship is being given by Creve Coeurbased Watlow, a designer and manufacturer of electric heaters, sensors, and controllers for thermal systems. SLUH notably sought and received corporate sponsorships for the annual Cashbah fundraiser, and this scholarship is to some extent an outgrowth of that effort. The idea of corporate sponsorship of scholarship is seen as a model that SLUH can expand on in the future. “I think corporate support in education as a general idea isn’t that uncommon. I certainly hope that it’s a model for something that is possible to grow in the future with other corporations. I think we’ve certainly broken some new ground. I think the most important thing is that we continue to request support for the school because it’s a great place and we want to make it even better,” said president David Laughlin. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids, and for the reputation of our school as well. It’s nice to see
Leaving the Prep News Senior Nate Heagney reflects on his time with the Prep News and the lessons he learned in and out of the office. Page 3 News
Festival of Miles to raise money for Lister
Departing faculty, round two Whealon, Hubbman, and Grass depart. Page 7
the corporate involvement begin to flourish after something like this. A lot of credit goes to Mr. (John) Rick and Watlow corporation for the work they’ve done here in this inaugural corporate sponsorship,” said Director of Financial Aid Craig Hannick. Dunne and four other SLUH sophomores were nominated by SLUH faculty to compete for this prestigious scholarship. The other sophomores were Alvaro Gudiswitz, Ramy Hawatmeh, Ryan Bub, and Sam Beckmann. Watlow looked for students with an interest in mathematics and science, looking to encourage a focus on engineering. “Watlow was looking for strong math and science students who showed interest and potential to move toward the career of engineering, which was obviously some of their own work as well. So they’re interested, in a sense, in coming down to the school level and developing engineering leadership from a student level,” said principal John Moran. Up to this point, all of SLUH’s financial aid has been offered solely on the basis of need. “It’s a little bit different, but I think it’s a positive thing, and I think the fact that it is linked to some criteria that they’re looking for as a company is an okay thing too, because that’s what the relationship between corporate continued on page 4
Compost: newest member of SLUH SLUH Sustainability recently announced a composting plan that will hit SLUH next year. Page 2 PN 77 ready for takeoff Captain John Webb gets ready to lead next year’s Prep News through their 77th volume with a fresh group of editors and staff. Page 3
he fifth annual Festival of Miles, a charity event held at the St. Louis U. High track, will once again bring in top runners from all over the world, this year in order to raise money for Chris Lister. The Festival of Miles, an all-day track event, began after Brigette Schutzman, a track runner for Saint Louis University, was injured in a car accident, putting her in a coma. To raise money for her cause, SLUH, along with Big River Running Company, started the event. Shortly after the first Festival of Miles, SLUH high jumper Mike Rathmann ’08 was paralyzed from the waist down. From then until last year, all the proceeds from the Festival of Miles went to the Rathmann family. This year, there is a different cause to focus on. While competing in a road race in Maryland Heights, Lister was hit by a car, leaving him with brain, spine, and leg injuries. A majority of the proceeds will go to the still unresponsive Lister’s care, while the rest is donated to Rathmann. “It’s not that we’re forgetting Mike. We plan to give a portion of the proceeds to (him),” said head track coach Joe Porter. The day will begin with a kids’ mile followed by junior high races, an over-40 masters’ mile, a corporate 4x100 meter relay, two high school mile races, a woman’s 800, and a men’s professional mile. “These are all very elite fields … for the high school mile, you have to run under 4:20 … and the girls’ side is under 5:10,” said Porter. In addition to fast high school runners, the Festival is bringing in top international talent such as American Shannon Leinert, who qualified for the Olympics. A potential Moroccan Olympic team member and an Olympian from Trinidad and Tobago will also attend the Festival. SLUH will have its own entries in the race as well. “It looks like (sophomore) John Esswein will run in the high school race,” said Porter. Esswein is not new to the continued on page 2
Baseball survives MCC bug SLUH edged out Ladue to take 23rd straight District title and faces Hazelwood West in Sectionals. Page 9 #Q416 falls short Looking to win its third State title in four years, SLUH water polo loses to Parkway West in final in triple OT triller. Page 8
Prep News Volume 76, Issue 30
Sophomores put to test by AP
BY John Webb and Mitch Mackowiak CORE STAFF
fter completing a ten-weeklong prep course, sophomores from St. Louis and U. High and Cor Jesu attempted an exam yesterday that covered everything that ever happened in the history of the world: the AP World History Exam. The AP exam is designed for students who have taken a yearlong course of global history. With almost two years of global history, sophomores might not see the purpose of taking the prep course. But the perspective on history the AP exam expects of the examinees is much different than that of SLUH’s history program. “In a typical global history course right now you tend to focus in on a particular time period and region of the world for a period of time and then you move on to something else,” said history teacher Tim O’Neil. “In AP World, things aren’t organized that way. It’s more based on what’s going on in the whole world at a specific time period. So maybe you’re looking at a particular theme or idea and how it applies across the world in a particular time.” The prep course, taught by O’Neil and Cor Jesu teacher Mark Tueth, spanned ten weeks, with an hour-long class on Wednesdays at SLUH and Saturdays at Cor Jesu. Each week the course focused on one time period, and a few classes were spent reviewing multiple choice and essay question answering techniques. The sophomores took the exam Thursday morning in the old cafeteria. O’Neil sent a survey to field feedback from the students. “I’m anxious in the next day or so to look over the results and see what the responses are—how they felt after the exam, and how helpful and useful they thought the study sessions were and what we could do better if we wanted to do it again next year,” said O’Neil. Though he thought the examwas difficult, sophomore Guillaume Delabar felt confident in his performance. “They really helped me organize my study and kind of helped pinpoint what was important,” Delabar said of the prep course. “I think it was worth it.” Sophomore Sidarth Iyer also felt good about his work, but complained about the availability of the class. “The Saturday ones were kind of inconvenient because it was right in the afternoon and no one wants to go to Cor Jesu right then,” he said. Nevertheless, the classes he did attend helped immensely. “We really knew what the multiple choice would look like and how to answer the essays,” said Iyer. “I think the average SLUH student could get a (score of) three, and taking that course would give them a better chance at a four or five, so I’d recommend it to anybody. I think most sophomores really should consider it.”
May 18, 2012
Rolling in dirt: composting to come to SLUH next year Stephen Lumetta STAFF
laying in the dirt is probably one of the last things on sophisticated St. Louis U. High students’ minds. But that’s what they will be doing starting in August. The Sustainability Committee proudly announced yesterday that SLUH is cementing a contract with Republic Waste Services, the company that already provides SLUH’s trash and recycling services, to add composting service for SLUH starting at the beginning of next school year. The way composting will work at SLUH is more sophisticated than dumping food scraps out behind the kitchen. Rather, because of the amount of compostable waste SLUH produces, SLUH’s composting will be done on an industrial scale. Bins on wheels, much like the current recycling bins, will be placed throughout the cafeteria, the Currigan Room, and the kitchens. Students may throw any food scraps—fruit, meat, sandwiches—into the bins, which will be taken away from SLUH’s campus every other day by Republic. When Republic takes the bins back to their composting facility, they will empty the bins and clean them with scalding hot water and disinfectants and then sanitize them. Each time that SLUH’s composting bins are taken away, Republic will bring a new shipment of clean bins to accommodate the next two days’ worth of compostable waste. There have been questions about the cost of adding composting to SLUH’s waste services, but Lodholz said that the costs aren’t too big of an issue and that the size of the added cost will be determined by the SLUH community. Ideally, savings from decreased trash service could pay for composting. “You either have to pay peo-
ple to pick (waste) up and turn it into dirt, or you have to pay people to pick it up and put it in a landfill,” said Sustainability Committee chairwoman and social studies teacher Anne Marie Lodholz on the decision to add composting to the repertoire of SLUH’s waste options. “The goal is to minimize (the cost). If it’s net-zero, that would be ideal. I don’t know how close we can get to that. It depends on how effective the program is: how proactive people are about using the composting (will determine) how much it’s costing SLUH,” said Lodholz. Lodholz wants composting to become a part of everyday life at SLUH, just like recycling has. The program will be introduced at the very beginning of next year, including during the orientation program. While large-scale composting is a very new industry, SLUH is not the first large institution in St. Louis to sign up. The Cardinals and several St. Louis restaurants use industrial composting services. The composting effort is the Sustainability Committee’s effort to build on its recycling campaign that it introduced with the opening of the Si Commons, “Recycling for the Common Good.” After its first year in existence, the Committee has done more than rearrange waste bins, however. “The big thing is we’re starting to have conversations. There are conversations happening across the board in new ways that haven’t happened before,” said Lodholz, who added that people who have never talked to each other about sustainability are now talking to each other about it. According to Lodholz, maintenance staff members and Director of Facilities Joe Rankin have been having conversations with teachers
photo | Giuseppe Vitellaro
Chairperson Anne Marie Lodholz addresses the Sustainability Committee.
and students on the Committee. From the first trash audit that the AP Environmental Science classes conducted to the second, there was improvement in the percentage of materials recycled. After kicking off “Recycling for the Common Good” campaign, the Committee hopes recycling has increased further. This summer, the Committee will take some field trips to sustainable businesses and models in the St. Louis area to get ideas for next year. On July 31, committee members plan to travel to the Republic recycling and composting facility for a tour and explanation of how exactly the composting system will work. Lodholz also is planning two other trips. The first is to a sustainable garden at Claverach Farms in Eureka. The second trip is to the EarthWays Center, which is run by the Missouri Botanical Garden and seeks to educate people about the issues of sustainability and how human interaction with the environment is compromising sustainability. But summer field trips are not the only things on the Committee’s agenda for next year. Lodholz said the group also hopes to “institute composting, tie up recycling, to go back to our trans-
portation survey and to find new ways to develop alternative ways to get to school, and to work on the garden,” said Lodholz. The Committee is looking at developing a sustainable master plan for the campus which would take into account ecological diversity, use of rain water, native species, drainage, and many other components of landscaping. However, this design work is expensive and financial issues have come into play. “Hopefully within the next year, we’ll be able to entertain requests for proposals for a sustainable master plan. That will be another major focus for next year,” said Lodholz. Another goal for next year is to prepare an application to see if SLUH can be certified as a Green Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. SLUH would have to go through a series of applications and then be nominated by the Missouri Department of Education. Only two schools in Missouri and 78 in the country are currently certified as Green Ribbon Schools. The certification is sponsored by the US Green Building Council, which hosted a conference that Lodholz and other Committee members attended in October.
Festival of Miles May 31
Read The Alchemist!
(continued from page 1) Festival of Miles. He competed in eighth grade and was a pacer last year. With a time of 4:21, he has an opportunity to compete again. “Finally being able to compete in the high school race is going to be a lot fun,” said Esswein. His time normally wouldn’t have given him a chance to compete. At the beginning of the year, the cut off was 4:25. With so many people breaking the time, the cut off was lowered to 4:20. “They realized that I would have broken it if I had run at State, and I got disqualified at districts,” said Esswein. In addition to Esswein in the mile, the corporate 4x100 will consist of the coaching staff. The relay will start with hurdles coach Tim Weir, followed by Porter and sprint coach Christopher Scott, with anchor Brian Gilmore. A new cause is not the only addition to the Festival of Miles. Besides the $5 entrance fee, seats are being offered by the finish line for $20 with limited seating. Also new to the Festival of Miles is the gender versus gender Battle of the Sexes in which the International Associations of Athletic Federations (IAAF) will
(continued from page 1) on dramatic and psychological themes. The book was chosen above two other competitors, The Little Prince, a French novella, and Fathers and Sons, a Russian novel. The book has 163 pages, which is longer than last’s year’s book, Of Mice and Men (112 pages), but less than half that of the book read two years ago, Carlisle vs. Army (368 pages). The lightness of the book was also a reason it was selected.
total the points for the men’s mile and the women’s 800 based on the timed run. “We are going to give a $1000 to the winner between the men and the women as to who has the highest points total,” said Porter. “It will entice the pro athletes to make sure the pace is quick.” The main goal of the day is to bring in support and attendance. “The last few years we’ve gotten around 2000 people so we’re hoping to increase that,”said Porter. The Festival of Miles will take place Thursday, May 31 at the SLUH track.
Although a play was performed to visualize and further explain last year’s book, the Foreign Language department has other plans for this year’s book. “Ideas are in the works for something like a spiritual exercise to practice tuning into the rhythm of our hearts which we can, in turn, recalibrate to the grander pulse of the universe through which we experience God. God, of course, knows of the plans for us—‘plans of fullness and hope,’” said Renard.
Last chance to join student academic integrity group The Prep News and STUCO will continue to accept applications for the academic integrity group through today. This is a great opportunity to have an impact on SLUH and help change our culture for the better. If you have any interest in joining this effort, please apply at sluh.org/prepnews/integrity-app.
May 18, 2012
Prep News Volume 76, Issue 30
Loving in a Community: What the Prep News taught me about SLUH BY Nate EDITOR
still remember the first article I ever wrote for the Prep News. I was assigned to cover the International Soccer Club, and my first interview was supposed to be the club’s moderator and founder Charlie Clark. Easy enough. The only problem was that I didn’t know where Charlie Clark’s office was; in fact, I’d never talked to the man in my life. But it was my first article, and I was determined to do it well so I asked someone where the office was and marched along, ready to discover a new part of the school. The International Soccer Club is now defunct and I haven’t been to Charlie Clark’s office since. But that experience would come to be a microcosm of what working with the Prep News represented for me. I’m a nosy kid, and through working for the PN, that nosiness has been manifested in a meaningful way. I’ve gotten to talk to all sorts of people in the school, from accountants on the third floor to maintenance men to our principal. I’ve gotten to view the school from all sorts of angles I might not have otherwise seen it from. And through that experience I’ve learned to love SLUH even more than I ever thought I would, even if not in the ways I might expect. It’s always fun for me to see SLUH dressed up for Open House every fall. The school is on top of its game aesthetically, the tour guides are conjuring up as much charisma as they can muster. The circus club wows onlookers, the Mothers Club cookies melt in mouths. A lot of people say that Open House is SLUH
at its best. Maybe there’s some truth to that, but for me, while Open House is a great experience, what makes SLUH great lays beneath the surface. And the PN has been the perfect vehicle for me to dig beneath that surface. Every Thursday when the Prep News puts the paper together, around 7 p.m. or so, Miss Erma will come up to clean the art wing, right by the office. With a gentle smile that makes her seem like my second mom, Miss Erma always says “hey baby” to me. She asks me how I’m doing, engages in small talk and when we finish talking she reminds me to put God first. That to me is what SLUH is all about. When all the glitz and glamor of that Open House, the heart of the school is formed on those Miss Erma-type relationships. There is a lot to be proud of about SLUH, and I’ve gotten to write about things from sports games to ACT scores. But what I’m most proud of at SLUH is that it is a collection of so many people who really care about their job and love each other. That’s what sets us apart more than any statistic and it’s what I’ll miss most about SLUH. The investment with which teachers approach their relationships with students is incredible to me. My junior year, at the summer book club discussion, Mrs. Hochmuth came up to me and introduced herself, saying she really appreciated my contributions to the discussion and that it was nice to meet me. Late in my senior year, Ms. Grass approached me and congratulated me on a journalism scholarship I recently
won. As with Mrs. Hochmuth, I had never met Ms. Grass before, but their introduction conveyed a sense of compassion that the SLUH community embodies. Those two anecdotes don’t even mention the connection I’ve developed with teachers who I have gotten to know well. People like Mr. Moran, Mr. Corley, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Kershenski, Ms. Whealon and Mr. Missey have all become people I feel I can confide in, while also maintaining a position as mentors and teachers. When I write big articles in the Prep News it is rare for me not to receive an e-mail from some teacher or another complimenting me on my piece. This gesture that they care about me and that they care about the Prep News says a lot about the culture we have here at SLUH. I can honestly say that I feel cared about at school, from Dr. Moran down the list. It’s not just that the teachers are good at what they do, it’s that they really care about what they do and they really care about the students. That’s something that can’t be replicated at Open House and something that took years to truly sink in for me. As much learning as I’ve done in the classroom, I’ve learned just as much if not more from the relationships that I’ve formed during my time at SLUH. The relationships I’ve formed in the Prep News have epitomized that type of learning. From when I was a sophomore in the office, listening to conversations of the upperclassmen with my jaw hitting the floor at the depth and intelligence with which they spoke to now, as a senior, offering a hand to the
underclassmen. This year, as we gathered in the Art Room to watch Game 6 of the World Series, I felt closer to the guys around me than perhaps any other moment in my life. The game was great in and of itself, but even greater was looking around, seeing a shouting Joe Klein, a clapping Matt Cooley, a roaring Mr. Missey, and knowing that, in that moment, those people were as important to me as anything else. It’s scary to think that I’m done with the PN, but I know the way I think and act has been in many ways shaped by the relationships I’ve formed over these last four years, and I’d like to think I’m all the better for it. The people here care about one another and they work hard to make sure one another is successful. And the best way I’ve gotten to see that love of each other has been my work through the Prep News. In working on a piece I get to see stories of failure, of compassion, of competition. While the articles themselves are important, it’s the commitment behind those articles, both by the people worth writing about and by the Prep News for putting those articles together. We draw an indelible link between ourselves and the heart of the school by covering its issues each week, and that bond is symbolic for the greater message that I think the SLUH community portrays: we care about what goes on amongst our peers, not solely because what they do is special, but because we care about them. By the nature of the work we do—reporting and commentating on the happenings of the school— we are intrinsically woven into
the fabric of the SLUH community. Our work is made meaningful not only because you all give us important things to report on, but because we have readers that care deeply about your feats and our work. What makes the Prep News community special is that we come together for that efficacious purpose, our work reflects externally on the beauty of the school. And by pouring myself into the community that is the PN, soaking up the unity we share in our office and embracing the attention the school pays us, I have been given a lens into what type of unity we have as a school. Not necessarily the sports-game, blue-painted unity some people might think of, but a unity where people are genuinely attentive to what other people are doing in the school. I’ve been given a lens into what it’s like to be in the Theater department, to work closely with your peers to make a product and to know that the people in the school around you really care about that product. It’s given me a glimpse into what it must be like to play a sport and know that when you run out on the field or court or track that your work has deep meaning not just for your teammates but for the fans and parents and school that has invested so much in your effort. We stand on the shoulders of our peers’ compassion and through the love with which we embrace each other. More than anything we champion at Open House or celebrate in our brochures, it is that type of community that I am going to miss most, and that type of community which I think makes SLUH such a special place.
PN 77 brings vast experience, strong ambition to next year’s paper BY Matt Cooley EDITOR IN CHIEF
ith the final issue of Prep News volume 76 finished, the departing seniors are pleased to hand the paper off to a fresh group of editors and staff. John Webb, Adam Thorp, Mitch Mackowiak, Clark DeWoskin, and Brian Dugan will lead next year’s paper as editors. Besides organizing the details of the production of each week’s issue, they will shape the Prep News’s overall vision. “That’s the most exciting thing: to see what each new group does to make that volume theirs—what they do that builds on and continues good work, but also the ways that they put their own stamp on it,” said moderator Steve Missey. As Editor in Chief, Webb will have the greatest responsibility to shape that stamp. Webb will lead the staff quietly, but with great intensity and care. “What he does have is a deep, deep, deep interest in stories, and I think that’s going to make John a real leader in terms of his vision for the content of the paper,” said Missey. “I think he’s a really careful observer, so I think he’ll be sensitive to all the different things that you have to be aware of when you’re editor in chief.” Adding to Webb’s powers
of observation, Thorp will bring a keen awareness of the many things going on around the school to his post as News Editor. Thorp will be only a junior next year, a rare occurrence for Prep News editors, but still brings a wealth of experience in reporting and writing. “Adam doesn’t seem like a sophomore. He already seems like a junior or senior,” said Missey. Over the past year, rising Web Editor Mackowiak has become an expert in managing the Prep News web site and working on layout design, copy editing, and other parts of the paper’s production. As an editor, he faces the new challenge of formulating a vision for the Prep News’s digital edition. “I think Mitch is going to grow the most in terms of discovering what his interests are and then developing those interests in terms of the content of the paper. So I’m really excited to see what he does with that,” said Missey. Missey spoke highly of Sports Editors DeWoskin and Dugan’s talent and attention to detail. They will bring quiet enthusiasm and high expectations to the sports section. “What I’m excited about is they’ve already been having discussions about all the things they want to do next year,” said
photo | Ben Banet
From left to right: Mitch Mackowiak, Adam Thorp, John Webb, Clark Dewoskin, and Brian Dugan
Missey. “They seem really excited about what they can do to make the sports section theirs, and how they can maybe think beyond the weekly coverage.” Next year’s editors will be able to rely on an exceptionally talented staff to write stories and put together an outstanding paper. Rising seniors Kieran Connolly and Joe Kreienkamp, rising juniors Jack Godar, Stephen Lumetta, and Thomas Riganti, and rising sophomores Sam Fentress
and Jack Kiehl will form the underclassman staff of reporters and writers. Rising junior Ben Banet will begin his second year as the Prep News staff photographer. Rising junior Tom Fields will also assist the paper as staff artist. “(The staff is) deep, ambitious, and talented, from seniors down to sophomores. It’s kind of spread out nicely,” said Missey. “The current sophomore class is really strong. Everybody really respects Kieran Connolly’s writing.
And there’s the triple-threat Joe Kreienkamp, who can layout, do photography, and do writing.” Next year’s Prep News is also excited to have the help of ASC English teacher Jim Santel, who himself was an editor for volumes 71 and 72. With a strong core of writers, next year’s editors and staff are well-equipped to carve out a unique place in the Prep News legacy. Their first issue hits homerooms this fall.
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cartoon | Maxwell Garr
Rome, Paris, and Dublin are destinations for a trio of teacher-led summer trips BY Jack STAFF
Varsity chorus to depart for two-week trip to China
BY Thomas STAFF
hile most students will be enjoying summer vacation, 13 members of the Saint Louis U. High varsity chorus will be touring China with Chinese teacher Ching-ling Tai, chorus teacher Joe Koestner, and principal John Moran for a two-week trip that will include multiple performances as well as visits to some of China’s largest tourist attractions. The group will depart on May 30 for Beijing and return on June 13 from Shanghai. While in China, the chorus will perform three scheduled shows and a few informal ones. Sites that the group will be performing at include the Changshu High School and the Nanjing Foreign Language School, SLUH’s sister school that sends exchange students each year to SLUH. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terra Cotta Army are a few of the major attractions that the group will visit. The varsity chorus tours every two years. When Koestner found out that Tai was leading her final tour of China, he proposed the idea of the varsity chorus attending. Tai accepted the idea and helped organize the trip arrangements.
The varsity chorus has toured around the United States but never internationally. The group has practiced the whole year in preparation for the tour. One Chinese song that the varsity chorus performed last year will be done again. The rest of the songs will be American music which, according to Tai and Koestner, is much more exciting for the Chinese people than hearing their own music. While most of the choruses are winding down after their concert, the varsity chorus is still working hard to prepare for the tour. “We’re watching videos of our recent performance, our concert … just refining everything we do,” said Koestner. Having watched the concert that included some of the songs that will be sung, Tai said “I’m looking forward to it. It will be very good to represent St. Louis U. High.” Junior Alex Tarter said, “This is what’s getting me through the year right now. Junior year is tough, but I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I found out that I was going to be in varsity chorus last year.”
Pax Christi benefit concert (continued from page 1) ganization Moun Pou Moun Haiti, which provides help to small businesses and schools in Haiti. “We’ve worked with this group for several years, and they do tremendous work in Haiti, including providing the money and supplies for people to receive a high-school education,” said Garavaglia. Sophomore Gabe Miller hopes to draw a good crowd both
to enjoy some music and to help raise money for a good cause. Attendees will be able to enjoy food for sale along with the music and are also invited to bring their own to share or enjoy. “It’ll be a good time of camaraderie and enjoying some music,” said Miller. Admission to the Pax Christi benefit concert for Moun Pou Moun Haiti will be $8.
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his summer, St. Louis U. High students will rub shoulders with Parisians, Italians, and Dubliners in the city streets during various summer trips. The lineup of trips has changed from the past years. There are three SLUH-sponsored trips this summer: the Latin trip to Rome, led by Latin teachers Jennifer Ice and Jim Gioia, the French trip to Paris and various Central European cities led by French teacher Jennifer Crespin and Spanish teacher Kevin Moore, and the Irish Literature trip to Ireland, led by now-retired English teacher Bill George, along with fellow English teacher Chuck Hussung. The trip to Rome is the first ever European trip organized by the Latin program. Ice had done similar trips while teaching at University City High School, and she and Gioia decided to offer the trip at SLUH. Along with Gioia and Ice, eight students and a parent chaperone will be going on the trip. They will leave on June 11 and return on June 18. When in Rome, students will get to see the Forum and the Colosseum, among other sites, and will also see the ruins of Pompeii. Both Gioia and Ice said that students will probably enjoy the ruins at Pompeii the most. “I’ve seen a lot of ruins in my life, but that is the one place where I feel like I am I in the middle of a city that once was thriv-
ing and I can really imagine what it was like in Roman times,” said Gioia. The French trip is expanding its boundaries in its 13th year. This year, instead of visiting only France, Crespin, Moore, and 16 students will visit Munich, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin in addition to Paris. According to Crespin, she decided on this internary because of cost. “Going to all of those big cities all over Europe is cheaper than staying in France and going to the small towns,” Crespin said. The trip will depart for Paris on June 7, where they will see landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. After Paris, the group will take a night train to Munich, where they will take in the local culture, and visit the Dachau concentration camp and the Residenz, the former home of the Dukes of Bavaria. Then the caravan will head to Vienna, where they will visit Schonbrunn Palace and go to various places important to the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. After their time in Wien, the group will descend on the Czech capital of Prague, where they will see the Hradcany (which is the Castle District of Prague), St. Vitus Cathedral, and go sightseeing. In their last stop, Crespin, Moore, and the students will visit Berlin, where they will take a guided sightseeing tour and visit the Checkpoint Charlie museum, and Brandenburg Gate. Crespin is excited for her stu-
dents to see Paris, but is also looking forward to Prague, a city she has never visited. “I want them to finally discover this country (of France) and language we’ve been studying for so long,” Crespin said. “On a personal note, I’m very excited to go to Prague because I’ve never been there and have always wanted to.” The trip to Ireland, which will be the last trip led by George, will depart July 14. The group will consist of four students, George, and Hussung. Two days after they arrive in Ireland, English teacher Jim Raterman, his brother, and Hussung’s wife will join the trip as well. The group will first start out in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. “It’s a capital city, it’s a historic place, there’s a lot there,” Hussung said. Some other highlights of the trip will be Skellig Michael, a monastery built on a remote rocky island, which Hussung described as “magnificent,” and Croagh Patrick, which is where St. Patrick is said to have cast the snakes out of Ireland. Those who wish to will be able to climb the mountain. Hussung is also looking forward to traveling in the same car as George for the first time, because the entire group can fit in one car. Overall, Hussung has high expectations for the trip. “I think (the trip) is going to be brilliant,” Hussung said. “I think we’re all going to have a great time.”
As year ends, yearbook picks up their pace BY Brendan REPORTER
he process for creating a Dauphin yearbook spans the year it documents. As early as last July, yearbook co-moderators Frank Corley and Cortney Schraut and yearbook editor in chief, this year’s senior Nick Danter, attended ‘yearbook camp,’ hosted by yearbook publishers Herff-Jones. “It’s then that we start talking about what we want the book to look like,” said Corley. After their July camp, the group breaks until their first September meeting, where a general direction is established. “(We) do some more detail on what we want it to look like, what do we want the order of the pages to be, the general
color scheme, the font scheme, the theme if there’s a theme,” said Corley. “That’s when we plan out what we’re doing, we delegate positions and from there we start to organize the yearbook,” said sophomore Patrick Conrey. Meetings after that are at deadlines set from meetings past, and consist of Corley Schraut, Danter, Dan Mueller (the yearbook organizer from HerffJones), and any other interested students. “The meetings aren’t very formal. Mainly we try to get as many people as we can together, we’ll assign pages and say what we need to have finished by a certain deadline and break. Everybody does what they can and then
whatever people don’t end up doing, that’s where editors, mainly seniors or juniors, will pick up the work other people didn’t finish,” said Danter. Even as other students have finished their final exams, and are enjoying the months away from Saint Louis U. High, the yearbook staff is hard at work. “The yearbook doesn’t come out until the next year, so the yearbook isn’t finished until the middle of June. The end of the school year is just working everyday until it’s done and we submit it,” said Danter. After the yearbook is finished and submitted to Herff-Jones, the cycle restarts as the July camp approaches, and the next yearbook is underway.
Dunn receives first corporate-based Watlow scholarship
(continued from page 1) interests and supporting education provides a community,” said Laughlin. Dunne explained that the selection process was a very brief one. “We (the nominees) had dinner Monday night with the people from Watlow. And then we had an interview on Tuesday,” said Dunne. “I was shocked (when I found out). I didn’t think that I could have won,” said Dunne.
Not only was Dunne pleased, but his parents were “very happy. They took me out to dinner (Wednesday),” he said. Though the process was an entirely new experience for Watlow, the company had a fairly good idea of what it was looking for. “It was interesting because we didn’t have any history, this being the first year we were doing the program,” said John Cooley, a Watlow Operations Manager who
was on the board that conducted interviews for the scholarship. “We were looking for talented students who had a demonstrated record of success and service at SLU High, who had an interest and possible careers in technology and engineering. We were looking for individuals who showed a great curiosity in how things work, people who are tinkerers or naturally curious.” Watlow granted the scholarship as part of a broader attempt
to provide opportunities in engineering education that has up until this point focused on college students and graduates. It was partially a personal experience that made Watlow decide to give the scholarship to a SLUH student. “Through our president (Tom LaMantia, father of junior Dominic LaMantia), who had a son at the school, we knew the talents of the students who went to the school,” said Cooley. “What
Watlow is trying to do as a corporation is aligned with the mission of the school in terms of trying to make our communities better and know that that’s well-aligned with the ‘Men for Others’ slogan at SLUH.” Along with the scholarship, Dunne will be offered a mentorship opportunity with a Watlow engineer and a funding to attend a pre-engineering camp at a nearby college or university.
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YEAR IN REVIEW
Ten news stories that shaped the 2011-2012 school year BY Joe Klein NEWS EDITOR
Editors’ Note: we chose the following ten news stories, listed chronologically by the date they first appeared, as the most significant events we’ve reported on this year. Aug. 16, 2011: SLUH mourns death of Mr. Greg Bantle The SLUH community was shocked when Greg Bantle, longtime Spanish teacher, golf coach, and friend, passed away on Aug. 5. “Profe,” as he was affectionately known, had been teaching and coaching at SLUH for almost 20 years. The campus closed down on Aug. 8, as members of the SLUH community attended his funeral. Aug. 26, 2011: Technology policy changes allow students to carry cell phones Assistant Principal for Student Life Brock Kesterson revised the school’s policy on electronic devices and began allowing students to carry cell phones with them during the day. The new policy drew mixed reactions from students and teachers, and raised questions of the role these devices should have during the school day. The school hoped the policy change would open up the possibility of more use of portable electronic devices in the classroom. Sept. 9, 2011: Sustainability Committee formed, integrates efforts into school’s mission
A group of students and teachers founded the Sustainability Committee in order to integrate environmentally conscious practices into the school’s mission. In it first year, the committee ran a Christmas light recycling drive, administered transportation and waste audits, and unveiled a “Recycling for the Common Good” campaign, which successfully increased the amount of SLUH’s waste stream that was recycled. Sept. 30, 2011: Downsized Fall Ball, Spirit Week Because STUCO was unable to book the Planetarium or another suitable venue, the traditional Fall Ball dance was cancelled. After backlash from students, a smaller Fall Ball was held in the theater loge, at a reduced price and with a smaller crowd. Around the same time, STUCO held a shortened two-day Spirit Week. Because of complications with scheduling and publicity, many students were unaware of Spirit Week activities until festivities began on Thursday. The week was headlined by the Junior Billy Eight Mile and Wet Billies, as well as an all-school Running of the Bills on Friday. Sept. 30, 2011: Of Mice and Men blends summer reading and play Selected by the Fine Arts department, Of Mice and Men was this year’s all-school summer reading book. In addition to hav-
ing small-group discussions on the book, the Dauphin Players staged a production of the novella, which all students saw during the school day. Nov. 18, 2011: Administration explores cheating and academic integrity The Instructional Council surveyed students in November about their habits of cheating. The administration worked with Dr. Donald McCabe of the Center for Academic Integrity to commission the survey, the results of which were presented to the Instructional Council and the Advisory Committee for Student Affairs. The survey revealed that most students often felt pressured to cheat, had observed cheating take place, and had cheated themselves at least once. The Instructional Council has been considering possible remedies for the problem, including policy changes. In addition to the Instructional Council’s work, the Prep News convened a focus group of students to hear their thoughts and solutions to this problem and researched approaches other schools took to resolve the problem of cheating and academic integrity. Together with Student Council, they formed a team of students, aimed at addressing the issue of cheating in the student culture at SLUH, to begin work at the beginning of next year.
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Dec. 16, 2011: George steps down from teaching After 32 years of teaching English at SLUH, Bill George stepped down from teaching at the end of first semester because of continuing fatigue. During his tenure here, George was a prolific innovator in the English department, introducing the Satire classes as well as senior English electives, but he was most wellknown for his passion for Irish Literature. The Irish Literature sections planned for second semester were cancelled, and Steven Kainz, who was already covering two of George’s sophomore English classes, picked up George’s remaining sophomore classes. Feb. 10, 2012: Commons dedicated, open for student usage After months of construction, the Stephen Isaiah Kincaid “Si” Commons was dedicated and opened for students. The new space, constructed in the shell of the former gymnasium, is now being used daily for student lunch, as well as a lounge and study space. A new main entrance to the school, as well as a lobby, was constructed as well, and the statue of St. Ignatius was moved from its post on the Upper Field to the new entrance. In the three months since its dedication, the Commons has already been transformed countless times for exams, assemblies, dances, all-
school Masses, and Cashbah. March 9, 2012: Second Mission Week nets over $22,000 for charities Student Council’s secondever Mission Week was successful once again, reaching its fundraising goal and netting $22,344. The week began with a presentation from Betty Tisdale of the charity H.A.L.O., and featured other activities such as themed dressdown days, dodgeball and musical chairs tournaments, and a pancake breakfast. A special schedule was held Friday to allow for teacher activities, which ranged from cookie-decorating to head-shaving, and the most profitable event—the Mission Week Mixer—was held Friday night. April 13, 2012: Student Council, Pastoral teams restructured Class Pastoral Representatives were eliminated from next year’s Student Council, as Pastoral Director John Lan Tran, S.J. reorganized the class Pastoral Councils to absorb the functions of those officers. An all-school Pastoral Representative will still be elected as part of the Executive Board. The position of Intramurals Officer was also created, and will work next year with Assistant Athletic Director Tim Rittenhouse to coordinate the Intramurals program.
Top ten sports stories in volume 76 BY Ryan Dowd, Nate Heagney, and Jack Witthaus EDITORS
10. Concussions at SLUH (Issue 20) The NFL as we know it may be crumbling as the national media champions the catastrophe of concussions. In February, sports editor Jack Witthaus examined concussions at SLUH. Like professional sports, SLUH has made leaps and bounds in terms of reporting and dealing with concussions, from the days of smelling salts and counting to five to the present system, where students must be cleared by a doctor before heading back into competition. 9. Abeln finds inspiration through pain and loss (Issue 19) Things have seemingly gone well for junior Alec Abeln this year. But the three-sport star, University of Missouri commit, and stalwart left tackle lost one of his closest friends and supporters early in the year, his neighbor Janet Esrock. The night the football season started, a tough loss at Parkway North, Janet Esrock and her son John were involved in a serious car accident on the way home from the game. Esrock fell into critical condition and after weeks of surgery, the week of the CBC game, her life support was pulled because of a lack of brain activity. And Abeln, with the help of the SLUH community, will hopefully find peace knowing how proud his friend Janet Esrock would be of him.
8. Vaunted soccer squad fizzles in disappointing year (Issues 1-12) After a heartbreaking State semifinal defeat last year, the St. Louis U. High soccer squad hoped that this would be the year. It wasn’t. The Jr. Bills began the season as the No. 9 team in the nation, according to ESPN Rise. The Jr. Bills ended the season not even ranked in the Post-Dispatch top ten. Senior Joe Jedlicka said it best. “We just weren’t playing together, we were a bunch of individuals.” However, hope remains for next season as four-year starter and returning captain Joe Rund and his band of returning talented soon-to-be seniors will return next year in hopes of capturing the school’s first State title since 2003. 7. Racquetball caps off dominant year with State, Nationals trophy (Issue 24) The St. Louis U. High racquetball team capped off one of its most successful seasons with a State and National title, led by core seniors Joe Koch, Rob Laurentius, Fritz Simmon, and Jack Morhmann. In fact, the RacquetBills never lost a match all year, finishing 10-0 in league play along with State and National titles. The Jr. Bills narrowly edged their competition in the 23-team National tournament held in Portland, Oregon. It was coach Joe Koestner’s sixth national title and the seniors’ third.
6. SLUH, SLU, and Hawks legend “Easy” Ed passes (Issues 11-12) NBA Hall-of-Famer “Easy” Ed Macauley, ’45, passed away this November. Macauley played three years at SLUH, where he not only was All-State but also served on the Sodality Club and was class Secretary. He then went on to St. Louis U. where he won a National Championship and was an All-American and then had a very successful NBA career with the Hawks and Celtics. Macauley was a big fan of his alma mater and came to a special ceremony honoring him. His number 4 is the only number retired in SLUH basketball history. 5. Jr. Bills capture thrilling double overtime win at DeSmet (Issue 9) The second SLUH-DeSmet game of the year might have been even more thrilling than the first. A 38-31 shootout favoring the Jr. Bills highlighted by perhaps the season’s signature moment, a 99-yard, gravity-defying, gutwrenching, game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. John Elway and the Denver Broncos have their Drive, and so do the Jr. Bills. After trading field goals in the first overtime, senior quarterback Trevor McDonagh spun the ball to a streaking Cameron Stubbs up the seam into the end zone for the victory. McDonagh played the finest game of his career with 424 yards and five touchdowns. McDonagh now holds nearly every meaningful game, season and career quarterback record in the SLUH annals, as does Stefan San-
sone at the receiver position. 4. Claggett named head basketball coach (Issue 27) After a coaching search that saw more than 50 candidates, Erwin Claggett was officially selected as head coach of the SLUH basketball program. Claggett was highly successful as head coach of the McCluer program before coming to SLUH. He played for Saint Louis U. in the mid-90s where he was an AllAmerican for the Big Bills. Athletic Director Dick Wehner said that Claggett’s experience with Jesuit tradition at SLU was part of his appeal. Conversely, Claggett said he was drawn to the school in large part because of its tradition and facilities. He will be the first coach to coach solely in Danis Field House and is the first African American head coach in SLUH athletic history. 3. Legendary hockey coach Charlie Busenhart steps down (Issue 24) After the State final, Busenhart—who had coached the team since its inception 41 years ago— announced his retirement to his players. Busenhart, who has never played hockey himself, founded the club team as a volunteer. Busenhart led his Jr. Bills to seven State semifinals and two Challenge cup finals. Senior captain Trent Lulow said, “Mr. B is SLUH hockey.” Busenhart will be replaced by Kevin Fitzpatrick.
2. Hockey falls at State, again to CBC (Issue 24) With the loss of several seniors including goaltender Justin Ragland, doubt surrounded the hockey team at the beginning of the season. The Jr. Bills defied many expectations, however, winning 16 games during the regular season, including a 5-1 smashing of CBC on Nov. 11. The Jr. Bills skated easily to State, winning six playoff games in a row over Pattonville, Marquette, and Oakville. The hype for the hockey team under legendary hockey coach Charlie Busenhart culminated on March 7 at the MidStates Championship game in the Scottrade Center against CBC. But the Jr. Bills could not beat the Cadets, losing 3-1. 1. 47 points, four field goals, one heck of a game (Issue 12) On none other than 11/11/11, senior kicker Daniel Tlapek booted the St. Louis U. High football team into the State semifinals and himself into legend. The collective force of the Jr. Bills, aided by four Tlapek field goals of over 40 yards outlasted DeSmet star and Oklahoma commit Durron Neal, who with 357 total yards scored six touchdowns on eleven touches. After all the offensive firepower, on both sides, the game came down to a 47-yard field goal with a minute to go. “I just closed my eyes and kicked it,” Tlapek said. The ensuing DeSmet drive ended prematurely with a Stefan Sansone interception, and well, as they say, the rest is history.
Class of 2012 - Accepted Scholarships
Appelbaum, Daniel – University of Tulsa: Academic Baldetti, Michael – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Barry, Zach – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight, Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union Beckerle, Joshua – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Behr, Tom – University of Dayton: Academic Blood, Tom – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Boatman, Alex – University of Arkansas: Academic Boatman, Zach – University of Arkansas: Academic Body, Sam – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight Boeckmann, James – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight Bollwerk, Jordan – Elon University: Academic Bossung, Paul – St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Academic Boyer, Blake – University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign: Tri-Cities Knights of Columbus Scholarship Boyer, Zach – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Bright Flight Boyle, Patrick – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Bozesky, Eddie – University of Mississippi: Academic Breunig, Nick – University of Minnesota: Academic Brummell, Daniel – University of Mississippi: Academic Bubash, David – Rockhurst University: Academic, Jesuit, Talent Buehler, Paul – University of Tampa: Academic, Athletic Bufe, Sam – Marquette University: Academic Burke, Ryan – Franciscan University of Steubenville: Academic Cahill, Kevin – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Cannon, Sam – Marquette University: Academic, Jesuit Carroll, George – University of Evansville: Academic, Talent Cavallini, Reid – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight Chipley, Evan – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Clark, Andrew – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit, Bright Flight Compton, Jeremy – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Cooley, Matt – Vanderbilt University: Academic, National Merit (Vanderbilt University), Vantage Credit Union Quest for Education Scholarship Cruzen, Chris – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight Danter, Nick – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight, Mizzou Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship De Legarreta, J.P. – Seton Hall University: Academic DePriest, Tom – Southeast Missouri State University: Leadership Dodd, Alex – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Dorand, Trevor – St. Louis University: Jesuit Dowd, Ryan – Boston College: Academic Dyke, Steven – St. Louis University: Bright Flight Edler, Connor – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight Edwards, Will – Loyola University-Chicago: Academic, Jesuit Eidman, Tim – Loyola University-Chicago: Academic, Jesuit, Talent Erlinger, Sam – Vanderbilt University: Academic, National Merit (Accenture LLP and Vanderbilt University) Esswein, Joe – United States Air Force: Academic Everson, Zach – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Fentress, Paul – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Ferber, Joey – University of Dayton: Academic Finn, Jacob – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight Finocchiaro, D.J. – St. Louis College of Pharmacy: Academic, Bright Flight Fister, Greg – Truman State University: Academic Fitzmire, Michael – University of Mississippi: Academic Fogarty, Jack – Vanderbilt University: Academic, National Merit (Vanderbilt University) Fotouhi, Mike – Truman State University: Academic, Leadership, Bright Flight Fox, Nathan – Westminster College: Academic, Bright Flight Freeman, Dominick – Mississippi State University: Academic Gable, Peter – Westminster College: Academic Gayou, Gerard – George Washington University: Academic Gilsinger, Luke – Bright Flight Glass, Elliot – University of Mississippi: Academic Griffard, Jimmy – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit, Bright Flight Hagerty, Luke – Marquette University: Academic Harris, Paul – University of Tulsa: Academic Havrilka, Trevor – University of Dayton: Academic Heagney, Nathaniel – Vanderbilt University: Academic, National Merit (Vanderbilt University), Russel-Rice Sports Writing Scholarship
Henry, Michael – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Herbig, Sam – University of Tulsa: Academic, National Merit (University of Tulsa) Hernandez, L.J. – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Hilker, Ben – Purdue University: Academic, District 118 SWIFT 6600 Scholarship Hiller, Brian – University of Mississippi: Academic Hof, Tim – Marquette University: Academic Hoffmeister, Brad – St. Louis University: Bright Flight Hohl, Michael – Regis University: Academic, Jesuit Hopkins, Jordan – University of Missouri-Columbia: Diversity Howe, Jack – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Hruz, Matt – University of Tulsa: Academic Huelsing, Austin – St. Louis University: Jesuit Hunn, Adam – Truman State University: Academic Irvin-Muhammad, Jamil – Morehouse College: Academic Jedlicka, John – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit, Bright Flight Jedlicka, Joe – Indiana University: Academic Jost, Dan – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Jung, Andrew – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Jungels, Mason – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Keeley, Adam – Loyola Marymount University: Academic, Jesuit Keipp, Jesse – University of Notre Dame: Academic, Notre Dame Club of St. Louis Scholarship Kelley, Jack – DePauw University: Academic Kelly, Aidan – Benedictine College: Academic Kennedy, Chris – University of Kansas: Academic, Emerson Charitable Trust Scholarship Klipfel, Andrew – University of Tulsa: Academic Kloeppinger, Jacob – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic Klug, Mitch – National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Knesel, Sam – Bright Flight Koch, Joe – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Kuehner, Mark – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight Lampe, Nick – Xavier University: Academic, Jesuit, Leadership Lanari, Dominic – National Merit (State Farm Companies Foundation) Landgraf, Kevin – Marquette University: Academic Larkin, Johnathan – University of Mississippi: Academic Laughlin, Daniel – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Laurentius, Rob – Rockhurst University: Academic, Jesuit Lodato, Theodore – Webster University: Academic Lombardo, Alec – National Merit (Illinois Tool Works Foundation) Lorbert, Brandon – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Luczak, Ben – University of Missouri-St. Louis: Academic, Bright Flight Lukas, Christian – Washington University: Bright Flight Lulow, Trent – Miami University-Ohio: Academic Luongo, Joey – St. Louis University: Jesuit Maas, Bryan – University of Rochester: Academic Madden, Connor – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight Madden, Kevin – Truman State University: Academic, Leadership Margherio, Dominic – University of Missouri-St. Louis: Academic, Bright Flight Mayberger, Jeff – University of Tulsa: Academic McAuliffe, Brian – Rockhurst University: Academic, Jesuit McCullough, Zackary – American University: Academic McEnery, Brendan – University of Tulsa: Academic, National Merit (University of Tulsa) McHenry, Jack – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit, Bright Flight McHugh, Ryan – Marquette University: Academic, Jesuit, Service McLaughlin, Michael – Rockhurst University: Academic, Jesuit, Bright Flight Meehan, Danny – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Merrifield, Ryan – Niagara University: Academic, Athletic Milford, Jack – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight Millar, Danny – Wesleyan Scholarship: Academic Milliano, Joe – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight Mimlitz, Jack – University of Tulsa: Academic, National Merit (University of Tulsa) Mohrmann, Jack – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Moloney, Chip – Southern Methodist University: Academic Mueckl, Sam – Rockhurst University: Academic, Jesuit Murphy, Sean – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight
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Myers, Peter – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Nelson, Stephen – Truman State University: Academic Neyer, Matt – University of Tulsa: Academic, National Merit (University of Tulsa) Padberg, Kyle – Truman State University: Academic Palisch, Andrew – University of Dayton: Academic Pardo, Christopher – DePaul University: Academic Phillips, Kevin – Clemson University: Academic Pilla, Sam – Missouri University of Science and Techonology: Bright Flight Place, Thomas – Marquette University: Academic Pollihan, Michael – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Powers, Will – University of Tulsa: Academic Probst, Christian – Yale University: Academic Ramacciotti, Justin – George Washington University: UniGroup Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Reichold, Luke – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit, Leadership, Service, Bright Flight Rodgers, Jerry – Missouri Western State University: Academic Rolwes, Eddie – University of Southern California: Academic Rubbelke, Nathan – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Rubio, Stephen – Fordham University: Academic, Jesuit Sainz, Matthew – Bradley University: Academic, Leadership, Service Savio, Michael – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Schaller, Mark – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Schellenberg, Nathan – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight Schmidt, Daniel – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight, Webster Groves Lions Club Scholarship Schoelch, Matt – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Seiff, Tom – University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Academic, Talent Shea, Ryan – University of Dayton: Academic Simmon, Fritz – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Mike Pohlman Memorial Scholarship Simon, Paul – DePauw University: Academic Sipe, Alex – Creighton University: Academic, Jesuit Slaughter, Michael – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Smittle, Aaron – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight Stefanescu, Matei – DePaul University: Academic Stein, Jarrett – Regis University: Academic, Jesuit Stevens, Tom – University of Missouri-Columbia: Bright Flight Stinehart, Connor – Lindenwood University: Academic Stubbs, Cameron – University of Dayton: Academic Suddarth, Ryan – University of Dayton: Academic Sullivan, Sean – Fordham University: Academic Sutter, Blake – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Switzer, Jacob – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Sykora, Nick – University of Dayton: Academic Szatkowski, Joseph – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight, National Merit (Missouri University of Science and Technology), Boy Scouts of America Summer Camp Staff Scholarship Talerico, Aidan – Truman State University: Academic, Bright Flight Thornberry, Evan – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight Tlapek, Daniel – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Chick Evans Scholarship Trachsel, Cameron – Regis University: Academic, Jesuit Trebus, Geddy – University of Missouri-St. Louis: Academic Ullery, Jeff – Xavier University: Academic, Jesuit Vogel, Spencer – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic Voss, Alex – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Walsh, John – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s 3rd District Ron Dempsey Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship Warden, Zachary – St. Louis University: Academic, Jesuit Wassilak, Erich – University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign: Talent Weber, Mark – St. Louis University: Bright Flight Whitney, Will – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic, Bright Flight, Mizzou Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship, Tri-Cities Knights of Columbus Scholarship Wilhelm, Brian – Missouri University of Science and Technology: Academic, Bright Flight Williams, Dan – University of Dayton: Academic Windler, Peter – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Witthaus, Jack – University of Missouri-Columbia: Academic Zinselmeyer, Nathan – University of Evansville: Academic, Talent
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After 32 years, Whealon leaves behind a storied history photo | Mr. Matt Sciuto
Mary Whealon BY Nate EDITOR
hen Mary Whealon entered St. Louis U. High as a theology teacher in 1980, there was no ceramics class and only one other woman on staff. Now, as she sets to depart, her imprint on the fabric of the school is indelible, not just for the changes within the school but for the people she affected along the way. Whealon came to SLUH as a Sister of the Community of
Notre Dame 31 years ago after getting an itch to go back into teaching. In her first year, she taught one section of theology. The next year, she picked up one section of art. Whealon eventually went full-time, splitting her time between art and theology. In 1991, Whealon began teaching a class called Sculpture in the basement of the school. While she had a degree in Fine Arts, her knowledge of ceramics was still growing. However, Whealon eventually got her Master’s in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. And as her knowledge of the subject grew, so did the school’s commitment to it. Whealon went from teaching one section of eight students in the beginning to now, teaching ceramics full-time for the past five years. “Mary started the Ceramics department. Mary made this happen. The class used to be Sculpture. She campaigned to people, she knocked on doors and educated herself on the art of ceramics,” said fine arts teacher Joan Bugnitz, who has taught alongside Whealon for the past 20 years. “It was fun starting some-
thing. Ceramics wasn’t there, but then it was. It’s fun at a place with a lot of tradition, like SLUH, to do something new,” said Whealon. “To see kids learning and get hooked, especially on the wheel. When I first started, I was hooked and it’s nice to see the same thing happen with my students.” It was working with those students that, for Whealon, has brought the most meaning to teaching over the past 31 years. “I’ll miss teaching and actually seeing kids get better,” said Whealon. “When you teach history and you give a lecture, you’re not sure if the students are understanding you or not. But with ceramics, I can actually see if the students get it. I can see if they can center the clay. I get especially excited when I see that kids can do things without me.” Senior Brian McCauliffe and both of his brothers had Whealon for ceramics while his father had her for theology. He noted how Whealon’s vital role to the school can sometimes get overlooked because not all students see her every day.
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“I don’t think people really realize what it will be like when she’s gone. She truly exemplifies, in her case, a woman for others and I can tell when I talk to her she’s a little sad to leave. I think SLUH has a special place in her heart,” said McCauliffe. When Whealon entered SLUH, Mary Lee McConaghy was the only other female teacher. And while Whealon noted that it didn’t feel like a big deal at the time, she was proud of how the school has progressed, especially in regards to hiring female and lay teachers. “At the time you don’t even think about it, but this is a completely different school,” said Whealon. Whealon has always made sure to approach her teaching with enthusiasm and zeal, necessary for such a tactile art. Which is why, after all these years, she decided to call it quits. Whealon said that she felt increasingly tired and that teaching took more and more out of her. So now a woman whose interests range from cooking to politics will have a little more time on her hands.
“Ceramics is physically a lot of work. Clay is wonderful but it is also demanding,” said Whealon. “When I look at Mary now, I can’t believe she is retiring. Throughout all the years, her energy level has never waned,” said Bugnitz. “To run a ceramics studio takes a great commitment, of your time and of your body. Mary has done an outstanding job of that.” Whealon, who lives in SLUH’s neighborhood, said she hopes to still maintain a connection to the school where she has taught for so long, noting that she felt a strong bond to the school community and that she appreciated all the support the school has given her throughout the years. “I’ll miss the community part of the school. We had our end-ofschool faculty party yesterday. It was just a real feeling of ‘we’re in this together.’ Mr. Laughlin talked about how this community is all about love and loving each other, and I’ll really miss that part,” said Whealon.
Hubbman leaves theology After one year, Grass leaves mark on SLUH to pursue full-time job Brian Dugan BY Joe Kreienkamp REPORTER
photo | Mr. Matt Sciuto
heology teacher Jim Hubbman, who taught two sections of sophomore theology this year will depart after one year at St. Louis U. High. Hubbman helped teach some theology classes here last year and took on classes of his own this year as part of his journey into a new career. “I’d been discerning a move towards teaching, which was going to take me out of a corporate life that I had been in,” said Hubbman. With his busy Hubbman at the end-of-year Mass. schedule working as the Director of Hubbman was not sure at Communication and Marketing first whether teaching was right for the Aquinas Institute of The- for him. However, after this year ology, Hubbman was not able to he says, “It’s validated my intucompletely dedicate all his time ition that I really wanted to go to SLUH, and SLUH wasn’t posi- teach.” tioned to hire him full-time. Looking back on the year, “I would have liked to have Hubbman loved teaching and his a full-time job here, but with the students. mix of what they needed, that “I really enjoyed it,” he said “I didn’t work out here,” he said. had the chance to stand in front Once at SLUH, Hubbman of juniors and sophomores and was impressed with others on the I enjoyed them both very much. faculty that helped him adjust to They’re very different. I’d happily working in a school environment. (teach) either again.” “Mr. Linhares and Mr. GaOne of Hubbman’s students, ravaglia were very helpful to me sophomore Adam Lux, shared with the change,” he said. Hubbman’s positive attitudes toHubbman was very pleased ward the year saying, “He makes with his time at SLUH. it very easy to succeed in his class “It’s been incredible. Students while not making his class a joke.” have been pretty wonderful,” As a student, Lux felt he “got he said. “They have been great a bigger picture of (Hubbman) as to teach. My colleagues and the a person” because he was open school have really supported and to sharing what was going on in challenged me. It’s been a very his life, such as classes and his positive experience and SLUH is continued on page 12 a great environment.”
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t’s well-known that great things never last forever. As students and faculty at St. Louis U. High can now attest, that fact holds especially true when speaking of English teacher Anne Grass, who is leaving SLUH after her first year at the school. Though her time has been short, Grass has not let that stop her from becoming an important part of the SLUH scene this year. She taught three sections of junior English and one section of the senior elective Alienated Hero each semester. In late January, she went on a Junior White House retreat with about 35 members of the class of 2013. Grass was also a mentor and friend both in and out of the classroom. Junior Alec Abeln, who had Grass as a teacher and attended the same White House retreat she did, acknowledged how beneficial and fulfilling her class was. “She was engaging,” said Abeln. “One of the things we did—question of the day—was one of my favorite things this year.” At the beginning of class, Grass would write two questions on the board, and her students would select one of them to be the question of the day. What started as a way for a new teacher to get to know her new students and school became somewhat of a tradition that succeeded in connecting the class, according to Abeln. “When it came down to real
English teacher Anne Grass poses with her Alienated Hero class.
discussions, we all knew each other,” said Abeln. “We were more connected and knew little things about each other that I guess made us more comfortable with each other and let us bring our own personal experiences to the discussion. I feel like sharing that (question of the day) every Thursday made us more open.” Grass built strong relationships outside of class as well, with both students and other faculty. A social and approachable person, Grass could never walk down the hall toward her classroom without several kids saying “hi” to her or striking up a quick conversation. When asked about Grass’s greatest qualities, Spanish teacher and Grass’s good friend Katherine Toussaint said, “She just has a friendly face. She’s always ready to listen, or talk.”
Grass has also become known at SLUH for her work at her previous job at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota where many of the students live in poverty. Her reputation for pursuing social justice gives both Abeln and Toussaint confidence that Grass will do great no matter where she goes. “What’s really I think great about Anne is that she is brave enough to try and achieve her goals and dreams,” said Toussaint. “A lot of people ignore their calling. She didn’t, and that takes a lot of courage.” “She’s really cool,” said Abeln. “She’s just a really cool person. I’m not sure what she’ll be doing next, but whatever it is, I’m sure she’s going to do something great. You’re not gonna meet another Anne Grass.”
Seniors Undecided No Longer The following seniors who were listed as “undecided” in the listing of senior college choices in last week’s issue have provided updated college plans.
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In a triple overtime thriller, water polo falls at State to Parkway West photo | Mr. Matt Sciuto
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Essma loses in Sectionals, team plays Eureka next BY Stephen STAFF
Junior Chris Favier, who carried third team All District, whips off a shot. BY Justin REPORTER
fter falling only to Illinois State champion Fenwick, SLUH water polo fell to their season-long rivals, Parkway West. After an entire year of hard work and extensive training drills, the Jr. Bills came ready to play, only to find that Parkway West was not going to give them an easy win. The game started off, just as all the other matchups against West had, with a back and forth. With some quick goals and a fivemeter, the Jr. Bills stayed tied at half, repeating the same patterns seen again and again this year against West. In the second half, the Longhorns seemingly received help from a few players outside of the water for an 8-5 lead going into the fourth. With a monstrous fourth
quarter, the Jr. Bills roared back to bring the game up to 8-8 to go into the first overtime. With two three-minute overtimes to play, the already exhausted Jr. Bills found their mental toughness to keep on fighting. With a beautiful shot on a 6-on-5 from Pieter Derdeyn early in the first overtime, victory seemed imminent, but again the Longhorns got an opportunity and tied the game again. In the second overtime, the score went back and forth, each team playing conservative defense while keeping some guys on offense, resulting in goals both ways. To decide the final outcome, a third overtime was played in sudden death, where the Longhorns were able to score first, resulting in the Jr. Bills first loss to a Missouri team in two years. Despite the devestating loss,
the team found a lot of success this year. The team had never played the No. 2 or No. 3 seeds in Illinois before, but this year the Jr. Bills were able to defeat both of them by one goal each. On top of this, the Jr. Bills also managed to hold Fenwick to only seven goals, losing by only one. Last year the Jr. Bills had lost by a much more significant amount. Even though the Baudbills lost to Parkway West in the State final, they were able to defeat the Longhorns twice this year. Individually, senior powerhouse Sam Erlinger was awarded Offensive Player of the Year, and first team All-District, and the defensive backbone Pieter Derdeyn was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, and second team AllDistrict, and junior Chris Favier earned third team All-District.
Impressive rugby squad falters at State BY Clark REPORTER
his year’s St. Louis U. High rugby team (9-3) played impressively, at times phenomenally, throughout the regular season, but when it counted, the RuggerBills came up short. Despite the disappointing end to an otherwise storybook season, the Jr. Bills are proud of their achievements and are looking forward to another season of high quality rugby next year. “We’re all disappointed about not winning a State championship, but that’s not always what it’s all about,” said senior Paul Fentress. “We had so much fun absolutely dominating the regular season and although it didn’t end how we had hoped, I really enjoyed playing with all the guys on the team and don’t hesitate to call the season a success.” With a 9-1 record coming into the postseason tournament, and undefeated in the state of Missouri, the Jr. Bills were one of the favorites to take the championship. Having already de-
feated five of the tournament’s eight competitors, including a 20-15 victory over eventual State champion DeSmet, the Jr. Bills were confident they would take home the trophy. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they fell in the first round to a tough Rockhurst squad. “It obviously didn’t end the way we wanted it to,” said junior Jack Kellett. “But we had a great season. We had some great guys, we had fun, and we had some big wins.” “I think we did what we could to prepare for it,” said coach Chris Keeven of the state tournament. The State tournament was formatted into three rounds, and the halves of each game shortened from 35 to twenty-two and a half minutes so that players could handle the physical challenge of playing three games in one weekend. “In the future, I would love to see the rugby playoffs drawn out over a couple weekends,” said Keeven. “The format of the tournament really worked against us.’
He thinks that a longer playoff would also have given the team more opportunity to draw a fan base. “This was an awesome team and hardly anybody got an opportunity to see how great they were,” he said. Next year’s rugby team appears to have some “big shoes to fill,” in Keeven’s words. The team will return 18 players, the same number they retained last year, including ten rising seniors. It will also graduate 20 seniors. “We have a strong foundation to have a good year,” said Keeven. “I expect us to get back to the quarterfinals again, definitely.” The players share his enthusiasm, and it will be on their shoulders to replace the leadership that graduates with the end of this season. Juniors Patrick Mulligan and Sam Wilhelm, along with Kellett, figure to be three major contributors to next year’s squad. “I’m just looking forward to playing some more,” said Wilhelm. “It’s a fun sport and I hope a lot of guys come out next year.”
s evidenced by Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, a team needs more than just one good superstar or the shadow of a former superstar. A team needs a good consistent lineup, and that’s exactly what the St. Louis U. High tennis team has. For the first time since 2010, SLUH tennis has advanced to team sectionals. But first the team had individual districts, where two singles players and two doubles teams from each school compete for a spot in sectionals. To advance, a doubles team or player has to place first or second after a series of matches. Representing SLUH singles was junior Mike Essma and sophomore Danny Schneller. Essma started off well, beating a Kirkwood singles player 6-0, 6-0 and a Webster Groves singles player 6-1, 7-6. However, he lost to Kirkwood’s No. 1 2-6, 2-6 to place second and qualify for sectionals. Schneller beat a Webster Groves player 6-4, 6-2 but then lost to a Kirkwood player 1-6, 0-6 and to a different Webster player 6-7, 3-6 in his third match to place fourth. The doubles teams did a little worse than the singles players. Senior Tony Ghazarian and junior David Mayhall played as the No. 1 doubles team and beat Kirkwood in their first match 6-1, 6-1 but fell to Vianney 4-6, 5-7. Senior Cam Trachsel and freshman Kyle Schnell won their first match 6-3, 6-1 against Webster but came up short against a Kirkwood duo. Because the two SLUH doubles teams were set to play each other for their third match and neither of them could qualify at
that point, Mayhall and Ghazarian won by default since they were the No. 1 doubles team. At Sectionals, top singles player Essma lost to a player from Cape Central 1-6, 1-6, ending the team’s hopes of having an individual advance to State. “I thought the guys competed well. I wasn’t terribly surprised that we didn’t get anyone through (to State). I think that the sum of our parts this year is greater than the individual parts, meaning that we don’t have that ‘superstar’ like Greg (Marifian, ‘11). What we do have is a very solid lineup top to bottom, which is why I think our team is still alive,” said head coach Patrick Zarrick. But it won’t be a stroll in the park for the team at Sectionals. The Jr. Bills will have to play Eurkea, an undefeated powerhouse with some of the best singles players in St. Louis. One of Eurkea’s top singles players has been ranked as high as No. 5 in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association’s rankings, which covers five states. However, Zarrick is not too worried about Sectionals. “I think our chances are good. I know that Eureka is very strong up top, but I think that our strength in the lower seeds, three through six, can really get it in doubles. If our guys play well, I think we can win,” said Zarrick. The format for team Sectionals is the same as for team Districts: there are six singles matches and three doubles matches. The first school to win five matches advances. SLUH will take on Eureka tomorrow at 9 a.m. and the winner of that match will take on the winner of the Ladue-Cape Central match at 1 p.m.
Underclassman Sports Wrapups C Lacrosse (13-4) Ben Keeven looked solid in goal for the freshman lacrosse team. Bo Chevalier showed a lot of improvement at the end of the season. Jack Potter led the team in scoring. —AJ Bowman
players included sophomore Louis McGuire III, Nick Venhaus, and freshman setter Ryan Abeln. Sophomore Jack Pazderka played well during the St.Louis JV tournament. He was later called up to varsity. —Adam Young and Eric Pitlyk
JV Water Polo (16-1-1)
With only two returning players, the JV RuggerBills lost just two games. Both losses came against varsity teams. Key players included top scorers junior Jack Kellett and freshman John Korpecki. With the underclassmen talent, rugby looks to win State next season.
SLUH continued to show why it has one of the most talented water polo programs in the area with an incredible underclassman season. Freshman Colin Derdeyn was a brick wall on defense. Freshman goalie Arthur Larson stepped up throughout the season. Two-meter captain Matt Marcouiller scored the game-winning goal against Parkway South in the JV Championship, 7-6.
JV Volleyball (15-2) Coach James Gioia led the team to a strong year. Some key
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Jr. Bills nip Ladue for Distric title, Hazelwood West is next up BY Jack Witthaus SPORTS EDITOR
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n a week that featured several incredible district upsets, St. Louis U. High baseball remained unharmed, grabbing their 23rd consecutive District title and advancing to Sectionals where they will face Hazelwood West. In Wednesday’s district championship, SLUH edged out Ladue 3-2 at Ritenour. The Jr. Bills collected all of their runs in the bottom of the second. Junior pinch runner Joey Fisher, shortstop Matt Binz, and center fielder Michael Potter all scored. Potter collected a base hit on an exciting safety squeeze that scored Fisher. Senior second baseman L.J. Hernandez reached on an error and knocked in a run. Next at bat, senior designated hitter Mitch Klug doubled and brought home another run. However, both were subsequently thrown out trying to score. “(Klug) has added a ton to our offense in addition to his leadership in the dugout,” Nicollerat said. “Having him there all year has been good, but getting him back has been really special for us.” In the third, Ladue inserted junior bearded reliever Rob Ewald, who mowed down SLUH hitters for the rest of the game. Ewald recorded five strikeouts and didn’t allow a runner past first. “He was good,” Binz said. “He was intimidating, but I think we did all right in the beginning of the game.” Fortunately, junior ace Brian
Senior second baseman L.J. Hernandez gears up in the cage yesterday to get ready for before next Tuesday’s game against Hazelwood Central.
Howard held the pesky Rams in the tight game. Howard’s fastball sizzled, reaching 88 miles per hour at one point. He notched nine K’s in his complete game, allowing only one earned run. “Brian (Howard) has grown into a guy that keeps his poise,” Nicollerat said. “He’s really becoming a great pitcher. But wow, it was a really gutty performance.” A large crowd gathered at the Ladue game, hurling bits of encouragement as well as throwing around some trash. Potter was singled out several times at the the plate.
“It was a motivator (for me),” Potter said. “It was something we haven’t had before (this year).”
Huskies Hung The day before, the Jr. Bills dismantled Ritenour, 13-1. Juniors Andrew Quinn and Kaleb King and senior Andrew Clark pitched masterfully, allowing only two hits. SLUH swung the heavy stick, swatting 12 hits and striking out only twice in the shortened game. In the first inning, the Jr. Bills tallied five runs before Ritenour
lifted starter Carson Coffey. “It was a big run for the team,” Potter said. “It all came together and worked out great.” For the game, senior first baseman Andrew Pitts led the charge with a double, two runs, and two RBIs. Hernandez also scored twice on two singles. In the third inning, the cunning Hernandez deftly avoided infielders to get out of a pickle. Up next, Hazelwood West will host SLUH on May 22. Game time has yet to be determined. West has a good group of hitters, including Connor Manis,
2012 Missouri Class 4 Baseball Championship Bracket
Cape Central (11-14) Festus (21-5) Rockwood Summit (15-9)
Wild Districts Heavy final four favorites Francis Howell and Francis Howell Central were knocked out this week among many upsets. SLUH is the only MCC team left in the championship bracket—CBC, Vianney, Chaminade, and DeSmet all fell in Districts. These upsets may play into SLUH’s favor if they advance later in the playoffs.
Hazelwood West (16-9) Pkwy North (19-9-2) Ft. Zumwalt S. (18-11)
Rock Bridge (20-6)
Lee’s Summit West (24-5)
Senior center fielder Paul Simon has missed the last two district games due to strep throat and a bout of hand, foot, and mouth. In a text, Simon said he plans to practice with the team tomorrow. “He’ll be back when he can,” Nicollerat said. “We just want him to get well.” Junior Michael Potter substituted for Simon in the Ladue game, going two for two with a run scored and an RBI.
Pkwy South (24-6)
who is batting .338 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI’s. On the pitching side, Jered Fosdick has stymied hitters on the season with a 5-2 record and 78 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. “I think our guys will be ready to play,” Nicollerat said. “There are things we have to practice this week … but I think they are excited to play.” “We gotta stay hot,” Potter said. “West is good. (They have) solid pitching. We can do it. We gotta stay in the moment and battle hard for every at bat and every pitch.”
Helias Catholic (21-3) May 24
*NOTE: The Final Four will be played at Meador Park in Springfield, Mo.
Nixa (13-15) Willard (20-9)
Volleybills spike Districts, searching for a championship tonight BY Cullin REPORTER
fter a shaky midseason performance due to injuries and absences, the St. Louis U. High volleyball team (13-4) cruised through districts and the first round of State to the tune of a five match sweep. Last Saturday, the team matched up with Francis Howell Central, CBC, Parkway South, and Fox in a round-robin district playoff. The top two teams advanced, and the Volleybills came out No. 1, sweeping every team 2-0. After battling through Fran-
cis Howell Central, winning the first game 25-15 and the second game 25-20, the team faced CBC. They won by a narrow margin of 25-23 in the first game, and CBC put up another fight in the second game. With neither team able to pull away, SLUH and CBC fought back and forth until SLUH finally came out on top, 36-34. The Volleybills then went on to sweep Parkway South and Fox, ensuring their No. 3 seed in the State tournament. As the top two teams from the district moved on to State, Francis Howell Central accompa-
nied SLUH as the No. 2 team out of the district. On Monday, the Volleybills played in the State quarterfinals against Francis Howell. After overcoming a shaky start, the team swept Francis Howell 2-0. They won the first game 25-21, and pulled away in the second game, 25-16. “We definitely need to be more consistent,” said junior Cole Guignon. “We had nine serve outs in the first game, and no aces. That needs to change.” Despite the nine serving errors, SLUH was able to bounce back and win.
“Luke (Naegeli) and Tommy (Beckmann) really stepped up their attacking, and that’s what really helped us push past (Howell),” said junior captain Kurt Thiemann. With a convincing second game win over FHC, the Volleybills look to carry over their performance into the semifinals against Lafayette on Thursday. “We need to play consistently through every game, focus on every game, and try not to look ahead to the next game,” said junior Jack Walsh. Hopefully the Jr. Bills can do just that, and bring home a State
title on Friday. Senior Barrett Pazderka leads the team in serving aces with 32, while senior Luke Naegeli leads the team in points off serves with 160. Junior Tom Beckmann leads the team in kills with 156, and Kurt Thiemann has a team high 338 assists. Pazderka leads the team in both solo blocks (34) and block assists (56). Finally, Jack Walsh leads the team in digs with 350. If the Volleybills beat Lafayette, they will advance to play the winner of the DeSmet vs. Francis Howell Central game for the State title on Friday night.
10 Jack Mimlitz takes 52nd at State in Gilbert’s first season at the helm Prep News
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BY Adam REPORTER
ack Mimlitz finished his senior season with a run at a State championship on Monday and Tuesday, finishing 52nd out of 89 individual golfers at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar Mo. Mimlitz’s rounds on Monday and Tuesday were fairly consistent, shooting an 81 in the first round, and an 82 in the second. Mimlitz shot a practice round on Sunday afternoon to give him a good idea of what the course was like. The Silo Ridge course was in excellent shape, but the greens were very fast, causing putting problems for some of the golfers. Mimlitz, who estimated that he could shoot in the 70s if he kept his driver straight, did keep his driver straight but didn’t hit as far as some of the other players, leaving him to chip more often than he would have liked. He described his chipping as “less than spectacular” in his two rounds. The experience was good for Mimlitz, who plans to play in some tournaments this summer. “I’m going to try and hone my game,” Mimlitz said about his golfing this summer. Mimlitz plans to try and walk on at Tulsa, where he will be attending college this fall. Scott Gilbert, in his first year as the varsity golf head coach in
replacement of the late “Profe” Greg Bantle, led his team to a 101-1 regular season, a fourth place finish in the Webster Cup, and a second place finish in the MCC tournament. Gilbert’s squad won first place in the District round of the playoffs and finished two strokes short of a berth to the State Championship at the Sectional round. Mimlitz was the only individual qualifier from the SLUH golf team to go to State this year. Gilbert, in remembrance of Bantle, had the initials “GB” and the word “Profe” embroidered on the golf team’s shirts this year. The team never forgot Bantle, remembering Gilbert’s words from the start of the season when he said, “Mr. Bantle will be with us this season.” Gilbert’s squad is now setting its sights on success for next year, planning to go through the same grueling workout program in the offseason. The golfers plan to learn from the mistakes they made in the sectionals, where they were ousted from the playoffs this year. Gilbert said, “We see where our downfalls are and we know what we have to improve on next year.” Gilbert plans to speak with all of his returning players and some JV players to see how they plan to improve their game dur-
ing the summer. Gilbert wants to make sure that the guys will come out next spring improved golfers. Keeping the ball straight, driving, putting, and taking advantage of their opportunities are all things Gilbert hopes to see his players improve on. “We’re going to work on those things to make us a real strong contender,” Gilbert said. “We’ll be in the thick of things next year.” Although the team will lose seniors Jack Mimlitz, Fritz Simmon, Will Meehan, and Matt Schoelch, the team has many phenomenal returning varsity players and a lot of talent on JV coach Tom Wilson’s squad. The returning varsity team members include current sophomore Scott Schaeffer, juniors Ben Hutchison and Andy Hitch, and freshmen Alex Ciaramitaro and Dan Venker. The JV team has a lot of skilled golfers who are prepared to step up next year and play on the varsity squad, including junior Sean Campbell and sophomores Michael Mimlitz, Will Doorack, Brandon Schonhoff, and Brendan Kuess. “There were a few guys on JV this year that probably could’ve been playing varsity,” Gilbert said about the level of play from guys on the JV team. With most of the varsity team returning and the number of guys
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photo | Mr. Matt Sciuto
Senior Jack Mimlitz tees off at Forest Park.
that will be able to contend for the final few spots on the varsity squad next year, the team is looking to have another successful year next year. “Next year, we can be every bit as successful as this year if not
even more successful,” Gilbert said. The team is happy with its season and is looking forward with high hopes to the 2013 season and a run at a State championship.
Track defies expectations, ready for State Ehlman guides B Baseball BY Evan Becton REPORTER
he St. Louis U. High track team looks impressive as the 2012 season comes to a close. Even after the significant losses of last year’s seniors, the Jr. Bills had a terrific season this year by placing first in almost every meet they competed during the season. The Gottahavestate Bills outlasted powerhouse teams such as last year’s State champion, Hazelwood Central, at the Charlie Beck Invitational and SLUH’s biggest Metro Catholic Conference track rival, the DeSmet Spartans at all the conference meets (MCC Relays and MCC championships). The Jr. Bills’ success comes from the all-around athletic talent on the team. “If you look at our first meet of the year, Gateway, we are an allaround team. We only won one race, but we scored points in 14 of the 19 events. We were able to win the meet because we spread out our points so well. So we really have multiple strengths because we can score points in multiple events,” said head coach Joseph Porter. Porter’s statement speaks for itself, because the team stepped up in different areas during the year. When one squad struggled, another squad stepped up to help the team pick up the momentum to win the meet or at least get a decent place. “I’m pretty proud of what the team has done this season. Every squad has contributed in big ways. That’s something you don’t always see on a track team,” said senior jump captain Luke Hagerty.
photo | Giuseppe Vitellaro
BY Adam REPORTER
he St. Louis U. High B-Baseball team (14-7) completed a successful season under first-year coach Nick Ehlman with a win last Friday against DeSmet. Ehlman, who snagged the head coaching job when former coach Scott Gilbert took over the varsity golf team, was immediately accepted by the team as a leader and a good coach. “Coach Ehlman handled himself very well for his first year,” sophomore infielder Alex Hartanto said. Mike Cohen, a graduate of SLUH and a current St. Louis City police officer, assisted Ehlman. The two coaches gained the players’ respect as coaches and as men, propelling the talented group of players to a good season. The team’s season started off with three straight wins as the pitching and the offense rolled. The Jr. Bills’ offense in the early season was led by sophomore first basemen Brendan Haselhorst, who racked up several triples in the first couple games. The squad’s three-game winning streak ended in a 7-6 defeat at the hands of Mehlville. Two more easy wins, against Affton and DuBourg, followed the Mehville loss, rebuilding the Jr. Bills’ confidence. The BaseballBills then ran Sophomore John Esswein rounds the turn with baton in hand. into some trouble, losing three of their next five games, including A strong, senior-laden var- championships to help the Bills losses against MCC opponents sity squad led the UsainBoltBills pull away from the rest of the Vianney and CBC. The bright as they reached the end of the competition. spot during this time was the season. The sprint and hurdles cap- performance of starting sophoShot and discus captains se- tains are seniors Darion Baker, more pitcher Michael Blood, who niors Gerard Gayou and Greg Matt McCarthy, Tommy Behr, pitched a complete-game shutout Patton stepped up big at MCC continued on page 11 against Ladue, leading the team to
an 8-0 win. The Jr. Bills responded well to their 0-2 start in the MCC by crushing Chaminade and pulverizing Valley Park the next two days, scoring a total of 31 runs in the two games. The team continued to roll with wins against MICDS and Chaminade in the next week. The motivated squad then played a double-header as a part of the Seckman tournament, which included Fox, Northwest, Seckman, and SLUH. The Jr. Bills dropped the first game to Fox in extra innings, 12-10, then bounced back to win arguably the most exciting game of the year for the team despite the loss. SLUH won the second game of the double-header, beating Northwest 4-2. The Jr. Bills entered the final three games of the season, all within MCC play, motivated to finish the season on a positive note. They avenged their earlier loss to CBC with a walk-filled 1210 win. The squad then set its sights on avenging its other early season MCC loss, to Vianney. Unfortunately they lost in a game that could have been won or lost by a single play. Although disappointed, the team then focused its attention on beating DeSmet in their final game of the season. The Jr. Bills shut down DeSmet, winning 7-5 and bringing their MCC record to 4-3. The team’s successful season had many other valuable contributors to the team. Sophomore catcher Jack Robinson’s leadership helped SLUH’s infielders continued on page 11
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Lacrosse team puts successful season behind, prepares for State BY Donnie REPORTER
photo | Mr. Matt Sciuto
he St. Louis U. High lacrosse team will continue on their road to State in tonight’s quarterfinal lacrosse game against the CBC Cadets. The team will put their excellent season behind them, as they begin to focus on playoffs and achieving that second State championship title. The Playoffbills recently faced the CBC with little struggle, coming out with a clean 14-4 victory against them. The strong SLUH defense limited the CBC offense down to only four goals. The Cadets offense revolves around their star attackman Phil Mcfarland, who will be attending Marquette University this fall with SLUH senior captains Thomas Place and Sam Cannon. Cannon and his senior defenders Mark Weber and John Jedlicka along with junior defender Stephen Lordo kept CBC down to two goals going into the fourth quarter and shut down McFarland, who did not net a goal the entire game. SLUH plans to bring just as
much intensity and focus out on the field tonight on SLUH’s football turf for their last home game of the season. “The regular season is over and means nothing now,” said senior attack Jack McHenry. “The only thing that matters is how we perform as a team in the playoffs. This is where our hard work pays off.” MICDS and Rockhurst will likely pose the greatest challenge for the Jr. Bills. MICDS remains undefeated in Missouri, and SLUH’s one loss against the Rams continues to fuel their desire to meet them again in state. SLUH expects to see the Rams again in the State championship game scheduled to be played at Lindenwood on May 26. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future’ is our team quote going into playoffs,” said Cannon. The team looks to that quote as a message to be encouraged by on their run through playoffs. “All we want is that State championship. We will keep working until we get that goal,”
(continued from page 10) keep their heads in the game and keep pitchers on task. Sophomore outfielder and pitcher Mick Layton was arguably the most valuable hitter this year for the Jr. Bills, and, along with Blood, pitched extremely well this season. The speedy trio of outfielders Joe Delsignore, Mark Robinson, and Marcus Ramspott were all solid on offense and quick on the base paths. “Our team had solid individual performances, but everyone had an important role on the team,” said shortstop extraordinaire Joshua Keil.
(continued from page 10) and Dan Williams who, along with seniors Terek Hawkins and Jamil Irvin-Muhammad, junior Alex Groesch, and sophomore Raymond Wingo had great years giving the track team more depth than in recent years. The always-talented distance squad had SLU-bound senior Nathan Rubbelke, senior Joe Esswein, and sophomore standout John Esswein, who kept up the distance squad prestige by dominating the competition. The pole vault captain, senior Dan Appelbaum, had great success this season even though he fell short of his start of the year goals. And lastly the high/long/ triple jump squad senior captain Luke Hagerty, surpassed his per-
said senior captain midfielder Daniel Tlapek. Setting their expectations high, the Jr. Bills also realize that they need to continue to play one quarter at a time, and not come out overconfident no matter what teams they find themselves facing. “We are excited to have done so well during the regular season Senior defenseman Sam Cannon cradles the biscuit as he looks downfield. but none of that matters anySenior captains Mark Weber more. This is the season that truly Cannon, Jedlicka, Lordo, senior captain attackman Thomas Place, and Daniel Tlapek were awarded counts to us,” said Tlapek. The SLUH offense has a lot of senior midfielder Michael Leritz, the Second Team All Conference confidence going into their first and senior face-off specialist Chip honor along with junior Justin playoff game as they racked up a Moloney were all awarded the All Mayfield. SLUH will host CBC in their record number of all-state play- State Honor for Missouri Conferers in yesterday’s announcement. ence 1 lacrosse for their positions. last home game tonight at 7:00. sonal best from last year. “We’ve been solid in every event, which showed pretty clearly when we won MCC’s by about 40 points or so,” Hagerty said. When asked what his goal was for the year, Porter said, “Our goal is for each of our guys to get better. Run faster or jump farther or throw farther than at the beginning of the year.” The Jr. Bills have a much-improved squad from last year and will make a run at the State title at the end of May. They already placed second in districts and look to make more noise at sectionals this weekend. “We took second in arguably the toughest district in Missouri so hopefully we can carry that momentum into sectionals and state. It’s gonna be fun,” Hagerty said.
JV Lax experiences up and down year BY Andrew REPORTER
lthough the JV lacrosse season was a season of close, heartbreaking defeats, it was memorable as it will be head coach Matt Byron Austin’s last. Through Austin’s tough practices and experienced coaching, the Jr. Bills were able to finish the season with a winning record of 11-7. Austin’s team showed major improvement as the year went on because he would always encourage his players to try their hardest so one night they could play for varsity. That the tough season was defined by the close games is shown by the fact that the Jr. Bills had 89 goals for and 84 goals against. The Jr. Bills had a rough start early in the season, losing to DeSmet 9-0 and Chaminade 10-0. It was at halftime of the Parkway West game when the beaten and battered Jr. Bills decided they had had enough of these kinds of defeats and came back from a 5-1 deficit to win the game 7-6. The Jr. Bills carried this mo-
mentum into their game against Rockhurst. SLUH fought hard against their rivals from Kansas City and traded the lead many times. SLUH dragged the duel into overtime where they were finally defeated, 6-5. Looking back at the Rockhurst game, sophomore Emmett Flood said, “Beating Rockhurst had been one of our main goals for this season. Coming so close yet still not accomplishing this only motivates many of us for our next few upcoming years.” The real improvement for the Jr. Bills throughout the season can be seen in their games against DeSmet. The lack of drive by the Jr. Bills was easily seen in their first game against DeSmet in the Father Marco Cup. The Spartans controlled the game, easily handling the Jr. Bills in an embarrassing 9-0 defeat. However, SLUH came out with a new intensity for their rematch against DeSmet in their quest for State. Unfortunately for the Jr. Bills, their hardfought battle was another heartbreaking loss, 8-7.
Austin said, “The two DeSmet games were evidence to our mental tenacity. We got shellacked by SLUH-West, and instead of taking our ball and going home we came back stronger, faster, and with a sizable chip on our shoulders. We played above and beyond our potential that second game, because of our team leaders. We laid the foundation for tremendous leaders on and off the field this year.” Overall the Jr. Bills grew much as a team throughout the season. Austin always told his team, “It’s not about how you act, it’s about how you react.” The team lived Austin’s philosophy everyday in practices and games. Austin had a huge influence on his team, forcing them to play better and to do everything professionally. “He prepared us well for the future, be it lacrosse or life in general, it’s all about the little things” said sophomore Joe Salamon. As Austin reviewed his team, he said, “I’m proud of us, because we grew not only physically, but mentally as well.”
C Baseball finishes strong Dominic Himich REPORTER
Baseball finished this year with a 17-6 record. A year of ups and downs ended with a 23-3 win over Clayton on May 10. Throughout the year, the theme for the team was to “do the little things.” Whether it was supporting teammates, running to and from Forest Park every day for practice, or just fielding easy ground balls, the little things VOLUME 76 CREDIT S
made the difference this season. Starting catcher Andrew Peterson said, “This year went solid, and we had some great wins against Eureka, Parkway South, and Vianney, but we also had some tough losses like against Kirkwood and CBC.” Starting third baseman John Fitzgerald said, “We had a great year and really bonded as a team, but more importantly as friends in the class of 2015.”
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aint Louis U. High junior Will Morris didn’t know what he was getting into when he submitted his Buster Keaton-style film short “The Substitute” to film teacher Mark Cummings for his American Film Directors class. “The Substitute” centers on the struggles of substitute teacher Mr. Keaton, played by Morris, who has to deal with the various pranks and antics of his two-student class—Morris’ fellow juniors and film classmates Joel Ocampo and Robby Martineau. Desks are knocked over, dry-erase boards are mysteriously erased, and planners are hurled in the course of Mr. Keaton’s class period, which, at a little over five minutes long, is the entirety of the film. “I was totally taken by it,” said Cummings of the project, “and on a whim I sent it over to my SLUH classmate Chris Clark, from the class of 79’, who is the artistic director for this film festival, and I said, ‘Would you be interested in this for the St. Louis Filmmakers’ Showcase?’” The Showcase, which runs from July 7-12 at the Tivoli Theatre, shows films by or including
St. Louisans. Mr. Keaton, played by Will Morris, takes a moment to relax from the steady barrage of pranks directed at him throughout the rougly five minute film.
Said Clark, “Past participants have ranged from Saint Louis city public school fourth graders, up to and including adult professional filmmakers working in the area. ... SLUH has a mighty legacy of filmmakers.” SLUH graduates Brian Hohlfeld, James Gunn, George Hickenlooper, and Ken Kwapis all have had works featured, but the acceptance of “The Substitute” marks the first screening of a work by a current SLUH student. “The Substitute” will be shown with a compilation of other comedic, locally-connected short films. Of the film, Morris says that
See “The Substitute” Morris’s film is available for viewing at
at first, “We didn’t even have any idea of what we were going to do. We figured that the easiest thing to do was something school-related, something that we could film in a classroom after school one day, but it would have to have enough physical humor to it.” There was a lot of improvisation. Supporting actor Martineau said, “We just had two or three gags written, and the rest we kind of just made on the spot.” Said Morris, “I showed up and my camera was dead, so we had to steal a Gadfly camera. I don’t know if they knew we did that.” The assignment was to take an American film director and to produce a film in their style of moviemaking. Morris chose Buster Keaton, a famous comedian and director of the silent era. The challenge was to get the style right. “I watched every movie of his I could get my hands on, and took notes on the mannerisms and facial expressions and things, and
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went from there to write gags,” said Morris. “When you see Buster Keaton fall in his movies, he always has a distinctive fall, where he lands on his neck and his legs spring up, and I tried to mimic that, but I have nowhere near his ability.” Unlike his contemporary, Charlie Chaplin, Keaton was known for his serious approach to comedy and his unwillingness to smile onscreen. Of the differing personalities and styles, Morris says, “Charlie Chaplin is funny, but in a vintage sort of way, like something that would have been funny a long time ago. I see Buster Keaton as still being relevantly funny.” “To modern audiences, since about 1970, Keaton’s seen as the more modern filmmaker,” says Cummings. “He’s got this deadpan response to the world, the adversities of the world, this stoic philosophical position, and to us that seems incredibly funny.” Says Cummings, “Will just captures perfectly Buster Keaton’s body language, his facial expressions, his timing, his sense of how gags work, and the structure of gags.” Morris said that before his film class, he had never heard of Keaton, and had rarely acted, either. Although he makes movies in his free time, “I try to get other people to act in my films. I really hate acting.” Morris says the attention from “The Substitute” has changed the way he views his hobby. “This video, I wouldn’t say it was effortless, but I’ve put a lot more effort into other projects that don’t get as much attention.”
Hubbman leaves SLUH, but hopes to continue teaching (continued from page 7) art career. Lux added, “He always makes sure that he listens to everything you have to say.” As Hubbman looks down the road, he hopes to find a full-time job in teaching, which he loves. If there is one thing that Hubbman has learned about the students and teaching, it is that, “There’s no such thing as a part-time teacher. I found that out.”
Correction Last week the Prep News incorrectly states the details about the All-Star game senior third baseman Willie Floros will participate in. On June 18, senior third baseman Willie Floros will participate in PNC Bank High School Baseball Showcase at Busch Stadium. An Illinois All-Star team will take on a Missouri All-Star team. The event starts at 1:15 and is free to the public. The Prep News regrets the error.