Each year at Honors Convocation, graduating seniors are honored for their accomplishments. Normally held in May, this year the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus necessitated that the event be held virtually.
Nicole Zoellner, a 2017 Cor Jesu graduate, was interviewed on radio station WBGZ in Alton to discuss her current summer internship at Phillips 66. This is Nicole’s second summer working for Phillips 66.
Dear Cor Jesu Academy Community and especially our alumnae,
First and foremost, I want to say – I am sorry. I am so very deeply sorry for the painful experiences some of you have had as students and now as alumnae of Cor Jesu Academy.
Our hearts are breaking as we understand more clearly how many of your hearts were broken in different ways during your time at Cor Jesu. Like many people and institutions in the country right now, we feel as though we are at a pivotal moment of waking up – of truly opening our eyes, ears and hearts to the very real trauma and wounds of people of color in our community AND to the very real ways in which Cor Jesu has explicitly or implicitly contributed to those wounds.
Rising senior Allison competed in the Case Study Competition during the 2020 Harvard Global Health and Leadership Conference the weekend of May 23rd – May 24th. She was assigned to a group with three other students from across the country. The group was given three hours to formulate a policy on allocating resources to support mental health services for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Allison and her team were awarded third place in the competition.
Rayna competed in the Academy of Science Honors Division at the Saint Louis Science Fair where she received a blue ribbon (1st Place) was named a semi-finalist in the honors division and received several special awards.
Each year, Cor Jesu recognizes the five seniors who complete their Cor Jesu education with the highest cumulative GPAs in their class. The announcement is usually made at an all-school assembly, but this year it had a slightly different look. Sr. Veronica announced the Top 5 seniors at an all-school Zoom meeting and flowers were delivered to each senior’s home.
Senior Mary Messina was awarded the Congressional Silver Medal in January. Due to the COVID-19 virus, formal congressional recognition ceremonies are on hold, but we wanted to recognize Mary for this outstanding accomplishment.
Please join us as we “meet” on Friday to celebrate our last First Friday Liturgy of the school year. Note that there is a change and we will now be streaming the Mass from the Cathedral Basilica - http://cathedralstl.org/live/.
Although our freshman won’t be going out in the community on Friday, April 24, we are inviting the freshman class to explore ways that they can safely participate in a day of service and share their time and talents with those in need in our community.
Senior Charlotte Steuby has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year for the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the University of Illinois. Charlotte’s entry in the competition, a recipe for orange and blue cornflakes, was ranked first in the food science category.
Through the generosity of Watlow, four Cor Jesu students have received full ($600) scholarships to attend a week-long engineering camp at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO or Saint Louis University Parks College this summer.
Senior Isobel Dernlan has been selected to the 2020 Missouri Scholars 100 and has also been selected to participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program Russian Language and Culture program.
While Cor Jesu’s classrooms may not be in use, our computers are working hard in the effort to fight the coronavirus. Cor Jesu is joining in the Folding@home project to map the proteins of the coronavirus.
After several months of prepraration, students from Cor Jesu participated in the 20120 Missouri High School Activities Association’s Solo & Ensemble Music Festival at Parkway Central High School on Saturday, March 7.
On Friday, March 6, 2020, Cor Jesu celebrated its annual Mass of Remembrance for our deceased alumnae. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Jack Siefert and was followed by a reception in the library for family and friends.
Congratulations to the Cor Jesu Racquetball team. They competed at the 2020 USA Racquetball High School National Championship in Portland Oregon on February 26 – March 1 and placed 4th out of the 25 girls’ teams competing.
Catherine Hannon was awarded first place for her paper on Susan Blow at the Region 5 National History Day competition. The competition was held at UMSL on Saturday, February 29. Catherine qualified for the state competition held in April.
On Friday, February 21, six Cor Jesu students participated in the annual TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition. This was Cor Jesu’s first year competing in this competition and the girls took third place in their division.
Congratulations to Maggie Regina and Amy Stukenholtz. Both Maggie and Amy have had their artwork accepted into the St. Louis Artists’ Guild Emerson Young Artists’ Showcase. Their work will be on display March 12 to March 18.
Catherine Hannon has been named as a Distinguished Finalist for the state of Missouri in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, the largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.
Sr. Barbara Thomas, ASCJ, Provincial Superior for the Mary, Queen of Apostles (United States) Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cor Jesu Academy, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new president for Cor Jesu Academy.
Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., will become the school’s second president, succeeding Sr. Barbara.
This year the charities Cor Jesu will be supporting are the Wendpouire Project, the Covering House, the CJ Summer Appalachian Service Trip, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart mission in Benin, Africa and the CJ Endowment Fund.
Congratulations to senior Hannah Calandro, Cor Jesu’s awardee for the MLK Model of Justice Award for 2020. This annual award is presented to high school students who have demonstrated through their attitude and their work, a commitment to serving humanity in the broader community. These students have made justice a central part of their life and have committed themselves “to the noble struggle for equal rights.”
The 16th Annual Funderwear Challenge is from January 6 - 14! Funderwear is CJ’s annual competition with St. Joseph′s Academy to see who can bring in the most pairs of adult socks and underwear to benefit St. Patrick Center, culminating in a sporting event between the two schools. Last year both schools combined were able to collect more than 20,000 pairs of socks and underwear for the St. Patrick Center!