Catholic schools Excel in Region NHD Contest

Catholic schools
Excel in Region NHD Contest
Sue Brown
Director of Marketing
and Community
[email protected]
Six Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis have won 80% of Region
5’s top places in this year’s state-level National History Day (NHD) competition!
The top three entries in each category from each of nine Missouri regions will advance to state competition at the University of Missouri at Columbia on April 26.
A true example of “best practice” instruction, NHD students, under the supervision of
their teachers, research a topic of their choosing based on their interests and NHD’s
annual theme—this year, “Rights & Responsibilities.” At competition students, independent of their teachers, present and defend their work done in the form of their
choice. Categories include individual/group exhibits, performances, historical
research papers, documentaries and websites.
Phone: 314.792.7304
Fax: 314.792.7315
Cell: 314.479.1283
Congratulations and best wishes for success at state and on to national competition in
Washington, DC in June! The names of all Catholic elementary and secondary school
student winners from the following schools can be found on page 3.
Special gratitude and congratulations to the teachers of each school who support these
students in their work—
Junior Division Teachers—Grades 6-8
Mr. Bob Stevens—Holy Infant Catholic School (pictured above with his students)
Mrs. Christy Connor—St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic School
Mrs. Juliann Hesed—St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School
Ms. Linda McGuire—Our Lady Catholic School
Senior Division—Grades 9-12
Ms. Megan Burian, Mr. Gabe Vitale and Mr. Kevin Knickman—Cor Jesu Academy
Ms. Melissa Wencker and Mr. Rick Wood—St. Pius X High School
To learn more about National History Day, visit
Ash Wednesday—March 5, 2014
Time to repent, and believe the Good News!
Congratulations to
E. Schwartz, who entered
and won the METC
(Midwest Educational
Technology Conference)
Show-Me a Movie Contest
for Show-Me Your
She was honored at an
awards reception for her
video, entitled, “The Art of
Design,” created under the
supervision of her technology
teacher and Viz alumna,
Ms. Sarah Spaunhorst ’03.
Notre Dame High
School took
home the third
place Team Trophy in the Small
Schools Division
of the regional Worldwide
Youth in Science and
Engineering (WYSE)
academic challenge
competition for high school
Individual award winners
include: Jackie M.
(Sophomore), 1st Place in
Computer Science; Lauren
L. (sophomore), 2nd place
in Computer Science;
Danielle R. (senior),
2nd Place in Physics and
Amanda J. (senior),
3rd Place in Physics.
Most Sacred Heart
Catholic School’s
enrichment class has been
studying the life of Saint Louis
IX, King of France as the City
of St. Louis celebrates its 250th
They are learning what an
honor it is to have our city and
archdiocese named for such a
holy man. Students have
studied the advice of Saint
Louis to his son, and some
classes have decided Saint Louis was a "Super Man." So, after listening, and taking
notes, the third grade created super capes covered with pictures and facts about Saint
Louis. They are “flying high” with new knowledge and appreciation of our
Eight students from St. Paul Catholic School in Fenton won first
place at CBC’s Trivia Night earlier
this month at which some 350
contestants competed for prizes.
Pictured left to right, back row,
Kyle, Joseph, Nathan, Preston and
Jacob; front row left to right, Nick,
Joe and Blake—each won a $25.00
gift card to Wherenberg Theatres!
Holy Spirit Parish School of Religion’s (PSR) “Family, Faith
and Fun Night” for first graders is the one night when parents are invited to come
sit in on their child's class, and participate with them! On this special occasion, Holy
Spirit catechist Mrs. DeWitt introduced Flat
Louie to her special class.
Similar to “Flat Stanley,” the travels of the
Catholic schools’ character representing Saint
Louis are reported as they are sighted. The
students enjoy learning about his adventures,
which has created a sense of unity among schools
and PSR’s, as well as fostered a curiosity about
this holy man who is our patron.
Holy Spirit PSR eighth
graders enjoy pizza with Flat
Louie. (See related article at
In sidebar at left, Flat Louie enjoys pizza with the eighth grade girls before the
PSR “Right Start Program.” Pictured left to right, Becky, Emily, Megan, Rachel,
Katie, Rachel and Maria.
Saint Mary Magdalen
Catholic School's preschool students visited Powell Hall
recently to
view a
of The
Day, an
based on
the classic
story by
Ezra Jack Keats, with music from
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed
by STL Symphony musicians.
Part of the “Kiddie Concert”
series, the program introduces
young children to live symphony
performances to build an early love
and appreciation of music. The
three- and four-year-olds also
participated in learning activities
associated with the performance.
Pictured above, Paul identifies
when the music is “fast” and
when it is “slow.”
From page 1, Winners of the Regional NHD Competition...
Junior Division (grades 6-8)
Individual Exhibit—St. Raphael the Archangel—Rana Najeeb (third place); Holy
Infant—Madelyn Hernandez (second place); Holy Infant—Ashley Liberto (first
Group Exhibit—All places to St. Raphael the Archangel—Sydney Karius and
Johanna Brewer (third place), Ben Khotsyphom and Abby Wingron (second
place), and Ray Goedeker and Will Perryman, (first place)
Individual Performance—St. Margaret of Scotland—William Nelson (second
place); Holy Infant—Charles Steenberge (first place)
Group Performance—St. Raphael—Mary Goeddel, Noelle Hogrebe, Hannah
Horas and Clare Neal (third place); Holy Infant—Gabrielle Webb and Payton
Schumacher (second place); Holy Infant—Sophie Lodes, Sofia BeLisle and Katie
Miromonti (first place)
Individual Documentary—Holy Infant—Sophie Laposha (third place); Holy
Infant—Catherine Mansfield (second place); St. Raphael the Archangel—Lilly
Mitchell (first place)
Group Documentary—Our Lady (Festus)—Lexi Lowery, Miranda Childers and
Lauren Uthoff (first place)
Individual Website—Our Lady—Samual Ortmann (third place); Holy Infant—
Andrew Hediger (second place); Holy Infant—Anna Powell (first place)
Group Website—All places to Holy Infant—Paul Dannegger and Thomas Licata
(third place); Joseph Dickson and Brendan Miller (second place); Max Arnold and
Jonathan Ferrari (first place)
Senior Division (grades 9-12)
Historical Paper—Cor Jesu Academy—Deanna Schmidt (second place)
Individual Exhibit—St. Pius X High School—Jenna Joachimstaler (third place);
Cor Jesu Academy—Olivia Warner (second place); Cor Jesu Academy—Sarah
Pribe (first place)
Group Exhibit—Cor Jesu Academy—Kirsten Kimble, Lizzie Pfitzinger and
Caroline Damico (second place); St. Pius X HS—Alex Linderer, Grace Elbl,
Gillian Holzer and Alex Edwards (first place)
Individual Performance—St. Pius X HS—Gregory Alcazaren (first place)
Individual Documentary—Cor Jesu Academy—Rachel Freitag (first place)
Group Documentary—Cor Jesu Academy—Paige Look and Ellie Lunte (third
place); St. Pius X HS—Samantha Loucks, Ashley Politte and Asha Chand (second
place); Cor Jesu Academy—Erin Siebert and Elizabeth Rchtien (first place)
Individual Website—Cor Jesu Academy—Emily Mollet (second place); Cor Jesu
Academy—Claire Munsell (first place)
Students in Mrs. Whitman's kindergarten class at St. Charles
Borromeo Catholic School began their VBRD (Virtue Based
St. Margaret Mary
Alacoque Catholic
School kindergartners, above,
locate one of 250 birthday cakes
hidden throughout the school by
the eighth grade class to celebrate
the 250th anniversary of the City
of St. Louis!
Restorative Discipline) meeting this week by
discussing what it means to put God first in our
lives. It’s never too early to learn the Greatest
Commandment, which leads to true happiness.
They concluded their meeting by making a cross
to wear with the words, "Put God First!"
After eighth graders
at St. Margaret
Mary Alacoque Catholic School
read The Diary of Anne Frank, they viewed a film
about Kindertransport, (a rescue mission of Jewish
children by the United Kingdom) visited with a
survivor at the Holocaust Museum, and participated
in a special Holocaust Experience.
Great pictures
from some of
our schools...
This week, we pray for the
repose of the soul of...
St. Alban Roe
Catholic School’s
Sr. Rita Ann Frey, ASC,
former Principal of St. Joseph
Catholic School in Zell,
fourth graders (at left and
above) in costume and prepared to perform at the Wildwood school’s annual
Famous Missourians Wax
May her soul, and all
the souls of the
faithful departed,
rest in peace.
Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Webster Groves focused on
Second lecture in three-part
series sponsored by the
Archdiocese of St. Louis—-
love for their February 14 Mass. Seventh
graders displayed signs of “love” in ten
languages in honor of the feast day of
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who invented
a Greek alphabet and translated Paul’s
letters, the Gospels, and other books into
their native language.
At right, Holy Redeemer students form a
symbol of love that is universally understood!
March 11, 2014, 7-8:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Popiel
Missouri History Museum/
ATT Room (125)
Topic: “Philippine Duchesne
Women Religious in
Saint Louis:
Building Community
1818 to 2018 and Beyond.”
FredBird and former Cardinal pitcher,
Mr. Joe Cunningham made a recent
visit St. Joan of Arc
Catholic School to present the
Cardinals’ “Doin’ It Right” program.
During the 50-minute assembly, students
and teachers enjoyed a film promoting
the programs three messages—Don’t do
drugs, Stay in school, Participate in
Sports and stay fit!
The free, interactive program is designed
for grades K-6 with children participating in games and chances to win prizes,