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Creative Writing contest winners

The Respect Life Apostolate, in conjunction with the Office of Catholic Education and Formation, recently honored the winners of the annual Respect Life Creative Writing Contest at an awards ceremony April 21. The contest is for eighth grade students in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to reflect, pray, research and write about the Gospel of Life and the virtue of chastity. Hundreds of eighth graders from 45 Catholic schools, PSR programs and homeschool programs submitted entries. Of these entries, 25 finalists were recognized, and 10 received either a scholarship toward their freshman year tuition at a Catholic high school or to attend the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference or Generation Life Pilgrimage. To see the list of finalists, pictured at right, and read their winning entries, see https://stlreview.com/3KYwgy9.

Clavius Project

The Clavius Project announced a new partnership with Saint Louis University, made possible by a $612,000 grant from the Thomas R. Schilli Foundation to Saint Louis University. The grant will bring robotics and STEM enrichment programming into underserved schools across St. Louis through a partnership with SLU and its Ignatian Service minor. The announcement was made on April 30 at St. Louis University High (SLUH) at the 8th Annual Clavius Project Robotics Jamboree, which included students from 28 schools throughout the region. The new partnership will enhance the Clavius Project, bringing additional resources, STEM programming, and tutoring into underserved middle schools. SLU students participating in the Ignatian Service Learning minor that will launch in fall 2022 will contribute weekly volunteer service hours to implement the Clavius Project in schools. Started at SLUH in 2014, the Clavius Project is a collaboration between students, faculty and staff to bring STEM education to urban St. Louis middle and elementary schools. Through the after-school Clavius Project, middle school students learn robotics, coding and 3D printing. At the Jamboree, students showcased their capstone robotics project and participated in robotics skills competitions at SLUH.

Polyhymnia performance

Polyhymnia women’s choir will present “God has Gone Up: Choral Music for the Ascension” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Church of the Little Flower, 1264 Arch Terrace in Richmond Heights. The performance will feature works from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi and William Byrd. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Polyhymnia is a St. Louis-based, Catholic women’s choir comprised of professional singers and musicians. The group’s mission is to promote the classical arts in parish communities through liturgy, performance and mentoring.

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