Anyone can do a candlelit dinner or a moonlit stroll, but if you truly want to wow your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, it will take some planning, so get started now. To help, here we present some of the area’s most elaborate romantic offerings to really sweep her off her feet!
Cor Jesu Academy students raised more than $3,000 to benefit El Palenque, a Ferguson restaurant that has struggled financially in the aftermath of unrest in the community. El Palenque recently catered a special lunch at the school; and hundreds of students, faculty and staff took part in support of the restaurant. Pictured: School president Sr. Barbara Thomas presents a check to restaurant owner Maria Flores.
Do you remember what school lunches were like? During my high school years at Cor Jesu Academy, certain days (like toasted ravioli and hot-from-the-oven chocolate-chip-cookie days) attracted more attention than others--a sure bet the line would be longer than usual.
Ladue’s own GRANT WEBER will be featured on the Lifetime Television show, The Balancing Act. Weber is the CEO of Riley’s Premium Pet Products, a local manufacturer of healthy dog treats that are good enough even for humans to eat. In fact, we’re told that most of the Lifetime crew sampled the treats during filming! Weber’s segment on the show will air on Lifetime June 4 and 11 (6 a.m. St. Louis time).
Cor Jesu's Mary Munsell
He began his career on the local high school stage and is now an award-winning Broadway star. Since his early days growing up in South St. Louis, Norbert Leo Butz has found great success on Broadway, as well as in film and television. Even with a busy schedule that includes the lead role in next month’s world premiere of Big Fish in Chicago, Butz remains close to his roots. In May, he will return to St. Louis to headline a benefit concert for The Angel Band Project, a nonprofit that uses music to encourage healing and empathy for survivors of sexual violence. The Angel Band Project was created following the murder of Butz’s sister, Teresa Butz, in 2009. With the first show on May 8 at The Sheldon sold out, a second show has been added for May 9 at the 560 Music Center. Recently, Butz took a few minutes to speak with Ladue News about his career and the concert.
CITY ACADEMY received a $1 million gift from the Crawford Taylor Foundation for endowment. The gift supports the school’s efforts to offer an expanded Early Childhood Program. With the help of this grant, plans to expand to a total of 175 students by 2014 are in place. Pictured: D’Niya Ammons, Chantell Johnson and Chontell Johnson of City Academy's new Early Childhood Program.
Unless you’ve graduated from a particular school, you may not know how or why it got its name. We delve into the history behind some local schools and the meanings of their monikers.
Chesterfield Montessori School
Cor Jesu Academy
Win-win! St. Louis husband-and-wife team JASON and JENNA SIEBERT emerged victorious during the most recent Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.
For one last time, the area’s top soccer players will take the field to compete with and against one another. The 28th annual Missouri Athletic Club Senior All-Star high school soccer game will take place Saturday at the renovated Anheuser-Busch Center. The girls all-star game kicks off at 6 p.m. The boys will start just after 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. It costs $2 to park.
If Jenn Miller was any tougher, she’d open bottles with her teeth. Miller, a midfielder, was the best all-around player for the Cor Jesu soccer team this spring, and everyone knew it. When the whistle blew, Miller had to be, more often than not, ready to rumble. Soccer is notoriously physical, and the midfield is where bodies collide, legs get intertwined and the occasional elbow introduces itself to a rib cage. In the midfield, you can turn around into someone’s chest one minute and the next be admiring those pretty, puffy clouds high in the sky.
Cor Jesu players Emily Bollinger (left), Jenn Miller (12) and Erin McGauley celebrate with the Class 3 state championship trophy following their 3-0 victory over Lee's Summit North in Saturday's championship game at Blue Springs South. (Paul Kopsky | STLhighschoolsports.com)
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Erin McGauley knows all too well what the view from the bench looks like. A superb wing midfielder for the Cor Jesu soccer team, McGauley has spent her share of days glued to the pine, watching as the Chargers made mincemeat of one opponent after another.
Cor Jesu Academy's Erin McGauley (15) pushes the ball upfield against Fort Zumwalt West High School during the MSHSAA Girls' Soccer Class 3 Sectional at CJA in Affton Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Cor Jesu topped West, 2-0, to advance to the state quarterfinals. Photo by Sid Hastings.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
Sometimes more is less. At least that’s how Brian Haddock feels. As his Nerinx Hall soccer team prepares for the district tournament this week, Haddock won’t be delving into his bag of coaching tricks, trying to give his postseason newbies a rahrah speech. Nope. Haddock prefers a more hands-off approach. “You can say all you want and draw things up on the board, but until you’re out there, you’re not ready for it,” Haddock says. “You just have to throw them into the fire.”
FRIDAY, MAY 4