Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
One goal inspired Sam and Susan Hais to go to law school: justice. Decades later, that same goal remains the driving force of their law firm, Hais, Hais, Goldberger & Lambson. “What really matters to us is achieving the Holy Grail in the law field, which is justice,” Sam says. “We believe justice is a right, not a privilege.”
If Maryville University isn’t top-of-mind when you’re thinking about St. Louis’ great universities, you might want to re-think that list, says university president Mark Lombardi. “St. Louis deserves another great university; and the good news is, they’ve got one—it’s Maryville University.”
The middle-school years are tough, even under the best of circumstances. That's when kids are most susceptible to negative influences, with some easily falling prey to drugs, alcohol and gangs.
Story: Ten-year-old Joe Shostak has a problem with anger management. His Little League baseball manager tells him so after seeing him get in a fight with a loud-mouthed player from another team. There are problems at home, too, as Joe’s parents have separated over money issues.
From tailored suits to custom-made shirts and accessories, today’s local businessmen really are dressing up again. And that means a strong spike in sales for men's specialty shops like Savile Row Custom Clothiers in Clayton.
During a 50-plus year high school coaching career, Ron Holtman has garnered numerous wins and countless respect in the St. Louis athletic community.
The fact remains that more women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. In response, the local chapter of the American Heart Association is working to ensure the disease is no longer a silent killer.
The Kirkwood School District and Kirkwood School District Foundation dedicated the new Alvin Miller Track, named in honor of Alvin Miller, a 1983 KHS graduate regarded as the best athlete in the school’s history. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football and two in track and field. He captured four individual track and field state championships in 1983 and still holds the three school track and field records. Pictured: Julie Beattie, Romona Miller, Alvin Miller, Lauryn Miller, Ariel Miller and Kevin Beattie.
Walter Knoll Florist’s Chuck Knoll and Press Club board members gathered to create centerpieces for the Press Club’s Media Person of the Year gala? The Oct. 4 event, to be held at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, will honor KSDK-TV’s Leisa Zigman. It also will recognize photojournalists Jim Forbes and Robert Cohen of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for extraordinary coverage of the 2011 Joplin tornado. St. Louis’ own Fleishman-Hillard will receive an award for its worldwide contributions to journalistic excellence. Proceeds benefit journalism/communications scholarships, as well as enterprise investigative journalism fellowships, and the St. Louis Library Media Archives. Pictured: Chuck Knoll with Press Club board members Alice Handelman and Ellen Soule.
C.J. Jones is the top youth 800-meter runner in the nation. And he has the medals to prove it. Jones, a soon-to-be junior at Cardinal Ritter, spent his summer collecting national championships. He brought home four—count ‘em, four—national titles between the last week of July and the first week of August. He even set a new national record.
RICK GRAEFE / JOURNAL Charles Jones, Junioe leads the pack of 800 meter runners at Saturday's Class 3 Missouri Track and Field Championship in Jefferson City. Jones won the event in a Class 3 record time of 1:49.96
If Samantha Levin could have been on the next plane to St. Louis, she’d have booked her flight and flown back in a heartbeat. She was worn out, beaten down, tired and drained.
Haley Pryor is a pole vaulter, but she knows all about clearing hurdles. The recent MICDS graduate claimed the Class 3 pole vaulting state championship the first Saturday in June at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City. She did it despite competing on a balky left leg that, at one point, made it hard for her to walk, much less run. “She looked terrible at practice,” MICDS coach Jim Lohr says of Pryor’s workout the day before the state championship. “She was struggling.”
Emmanuel Price was done with the triple jump. OK, done isn’t strong enough. The triple jump was dead to him, D-E-A-D. A dynamic athlete from a track family, the University City senior jumper and hurdler had had it with the triple jump. “I wasn’t getting any better,” Price, 18, says.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
If you blinked, you missed it: Amos Bartelsmeyer opened the Class 3 Sectional 2 track and field meet at MICDS with a virtuoso performance in the 3,200 meter relay. The anchor leg for the Rams, Bartelsmeyer was handed the baton (by his freshman brother, Tilman) in third place and well behind first-place Clayton. Bartelsmeyer could have easily cruised around the track, qualified for this weekend’s state meet (top four sectional finishers advance) and saved his legs for his individual events (the open 800 and 1,600) on a day that felt more like July than May. It could have been so easy.
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SATURDAY, MAY 12
Alex Groesch has fleet feet and nimble fingers. A sprinter for the St. Louis University High track and field team, Groesch is an accomplished cellist. He somehow finds the time to balance his athletic, musical and academic endeavors while performing at a high level in each (he’s carrying a 4.1 grade point average). “I stay up super late,” Groesch, 17, says. “I stay up as late as it takes.”
Jehu Chesson has tasted the track. He’s face-planted on the track. He’s bled on the track. He’s clipped his toes, ankles and everything in between on the hurdles. He’s gone head over heels. And every time Chesson, 18, has picked himself up, dusted himself off and gone back to work. “Every young hurdler learns. You have to overcome your fear of the hurdle. You’re going to hit it. You’re going to fall,” says Chesson, Ladue’s standout track athlete. “The willingness to get back up, that’s the hardest part.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Come Monday, many of the area’s top prep golfers will take their shot at the biggest tournament of the spring, the Webster Cup. Now in its 15th year, the Webster Cup will tee off at 9 a.m. at Crescent Farms Golf Club with a field of 22 teams all chasing the regular season’s top prize.