After working at the school for 46 years, De Smet Jesuit High School biology and physical education teacher and varsity soccer and baseball coach Greg Vitello announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Throughout his years at the school, Vitello has coached swimming, football, track and field, baseball and soccer. He coached two Major League Baseball players and five United States National Soccer Teams players. He also is a member of several halls of fame, including the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and the St. Benedict College Hall of Fame.

Friends and families affected by type 1 diabetes networked, learned and were inspired at a recent JDRF T1D & Me Retreat at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Elite Ironman triathlete Jay Hewitt spoke about his success despite begin diagnosed with the disease 23 years ago.

Give Kids a Smile (GKAS), an organization that has provided more than $6 million in free dental services to area children in need, recently announced Dr. Scott Nolen as a GKAS Hero for his work with the organization. Dr. Nolen, of Travis & Nolen Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, P.C., has volunteered at almost all of the 24 dental clinics sponsored by the organization in the last 12 years.

The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment recognized 15 area youths for their hard work and persistence at the first-ever Workforce Youth Leadership Awards, held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Each student paired with a business and civic leader at the lunch, which also included an etiquette workshop.

Coca-Cola executive Rick Mauger recently retired after 36 years with the company. Several of his clients traveled from across the country to attend the retirement celebration, which was held at the Ronald McDonald House in West County, where Mauger volunteers. Pictured: Javier Goizueta, Rick Mauger and Mike Slocum

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