News List

  • November

    Physics teacher Michael Black making a demonstration run.

    Physics Fun

    In early November, Upper School physics students participated in a bowling ball grand prix, a fun, tactile introduction to a unit on Newton’s first and third laws of motion. Students maneuvered through a series of gates, having to change directions and keep the bowling ball under control. The far side of the course included a circular path they had to navigate, providing a great introduction to centripetal forces in a later unit. The “no touch zone” helped to introduce the idea of inertia (objects continuing in their state of motion when net forces are not acting on them). This activity gave the students’ brains a hook on which to hang their newly learned knowledge.
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  • Volunteerism in Action

    Stephanie Muigai (Class of 2024) volunteers at Vitendo 4 Africa, a local organization that helps immigrants from Africa who have settled in the St. Louis area get established and thrive in their new community. Stephanie works and plays with the children of these immigrants every Saturday afternoon. Each year, Vitendo 4 Africa recognizes individuals and businesses in the community who have, through positive actions, stood out among their peers personally, professionally, and in volunteerism. During the organization’s annual gala on November 11, Stephanie was among those recognized for her volunteerism. Congratulations!
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  • A Day Dedicated to the Arts

    Another highly successful Fine Arts Day is in the books. On Thursday, November 2, local guest artists, actors, dancers, singers, and other performers were on campus to present workshops to students in Grades 1 through 12. Grades 7-12 started the day listening to keynote speaker Brock Seals, a local artist and actor. Younger students participated in fun and interactive sessions, including Just Dance Live and Act It Out, to name just two, and were treated to a circus performance. Middle and Upper School students could choose from 24 sessions that included everything from Latin and tap dance to a song-writing clinic to making Japanese braided bracelets and learning other jewelry-making techniques to a calligraphy tutorial to stage management and acting tactics.
    At the end of the day, all students were treated to a “Trashion Show” in Marion Gym. Grades 1 through 12 students worked hard on their Barbie-themed creations over the past several weeks, using only recycled materials to bring their looks to life. It was quite an impressive show!
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  • Cross-Curriculum Collaboration

    What do you get when you take a group of AP biology students, add content from Spanish class, and mix in Campus Ministry? A whole lot of cross-curriculum collaboration. AP biology students recently completed a project centered around Dia De Los Muertos and All Souls Day. They were asked to create ofrendas (altars) to celebrate and honor a dead scientist. When choosing who to honor, students had to keep the following criteria in mind:
    • Visual themes of the holiday which usually include bright colors and motifs of flowers, butterflies, and skulls.
    • The selected scientist had to:
        • Be deceased - building an ofrenda to someone who is still alive is considered a little macabre and against the spirit of the holiday.
        • Be female (unless the individual selected was a relative of the student) and be lesser-known - no ofrendas to well-known scientists such as Einstein, Darwin, Carl Sagan, etc. were allowed.
        • Have contributed positively to human advancement.
    The beautiful collection of completed ofrendas was displayed in the Chapel at Visitation for all to enjoy.
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  • Hands-On Learning

    Anatomy and physiology students took a “Tour of the Body” field trip at Logan University, where they had the opportunity to see firsthand the organ systems they have been studying in their classes. Multiple Logan student-tour guides led students through the human body using cadavers and individual specimens. Viz students were given gloves and the chance to hold a human brain, heart, and several other organs. The experience solidified what students learned about the physiological workings of the human body because the functions are so highly connected to the anatomical structures.
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  • October

    It’s Time to Think About Decking the Halls

    The Visitation Alumnae Association’s annual poinsettia sale kicks off on Wednesday, November 1. The online sale goes until Tuesday, November 28, at noon.
    The red poinsettias (6.5" pot, five+ blooms) with a gold foil pot cover will add a beautiful pop of color to your holiday decor. The cost is $15 per poinsettia.
    Click here to place your poinsettia order.
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  • Mic Drop

    Coach Julie Jones and the Viz varsity golf team were guests on The Open Source’s podcast, Talking Game. The Open Source is a digital media company in St. Louis, MO-IL. Click here to check out what the 2023 Class 4 State Champs had to say.
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  • Way to Go, Flo!

    Congratulations to senior Flora Eidson, who finished 5th at State in individual singles tennis action. She also was named the Girls Independent Schools League (GISL) Player of the Year. What a great way to cap off her Viz tennis career.
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  • More Metro 8 Magic

    Last week, we announced the addition of five Upper School Viz students to the St. Louis Metro District 8 Choir. This week, we are thrilled to share that Celia Pursifull (Class of 2028) and Addi Sigette (Class of 2029) were selected for the Metro District 8 Middle School Choir and attended their first rehearsal at De Smet on October 9. For the first time, all Metro 8 choirs will include Viz students. Show your support when they perform at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 4. Our Middle School girls perform at 4:00 p.m., and Upper School girls perform at 4:30 p.m.
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  • Near PAR-fect Performance

    The Viz golf team qualified for State and will head to Springfield, MO, on Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, to compete in the State tournament. This is the fourth consecutive year the golf program will represent Viz at State. We also want to congratulate the individual District Champion, Avery McLaughlin (Class of 2025)! She shot a sparkling one over par (72) on the day.
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  • Scouts Honor!

    This past week, a Court of Honor was held to commemorate Maggie Cima, Class of 2025, becoming an Eagle Scout. Maggie is the first in her family to receive this high rank, as well as the first student at Visitation and the first young woman in her troop to earn this achievement. This is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations, Maggie!
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  • State Champions!

    On Tuesday, the Viz golf team won the Class 4 State Championship, which was held in Springfield, MO. The team played hard throughout the two-day tournament, ultimately topping the competition by five strokes. Shoutout to golfers Avery McLaughlin (Class of 2025), who finished 7th overall; Grace Fagan (Class of 2024), who finished 10th; Reese Robson (Class of 2025), who placed 23rd; Annie Rothery (Class of 2027), who placed 35th; and Abby Winter (Class of 2025), who placed 53rd. Congratulations to all!
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  • BE A Viz VIP

     Join us at our annual Middle School and Upper School Open House on Sunday, October 22, from noon until 4:00 p.m. – your backstage pass to all things Viz. Click here to register for this event.
    For those interested in our Lower School, mark your calendar and make plans to join us for one of the following Lower School Open House dates:
    8:30-10:30 a.m.
    Thursday, October 26
    Thursday, December 7
    Thursday, January 25
    Click here to register.
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  • It’s Good to BE #1

    The results are in, and Visitation Academy is ranked #1 in the Best All-Girls High Schools in St. Louis category by Niche.com for the ninth consecutive year. Click here to check out our school profile.
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  • Music to Our Ears

    Last weekend, five Upper School Viz students auditioned for the St. Louis Metro District 8 Choir, and all five girls made it. Congratulations to seniors Finley Hercules and Amelia Ward and sophomore Lelaina Pursifull, who will represent Viz in the SATB Choral Ensemble, and to sophomores Grace Sonderegger and Delaney Venker, who will represent Viz in the SSAA Choral Ensemble. Viz has never before had this number of vocalists in the Metro District 8 Choir. Now that’s something to sing about! Performances will be held at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 4, at 4:30 p.m.
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  • September

    Care to Dance?

    Did you know all eighth-grade students at Visitation Academy and Chaminade College Preparatory School are invited to participate in an annual cotillion program through Etiquette St. Louis? The primary objective of this program is to equip students with poise and self-assurance with an emphasis on social skills, first impressions, the art of conversation, and etiquette.
    Participating Viz students will begin a five-lesson program after school on September 26, building up to a formal dinner and dance held off campus on Thursday, November 2.
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  • Show Me Our Viz Cheerleaders

    If you missed the live performance on Friday, September 15, click here to see all the spirited action the Viz cheerleading squad brought to Television Plaza when they appeared on Show Me St. Louis.
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  • A Ceremonious Occasion

    On Wednesday, September 6, students and parents new to the Viz Upper School were officially welcomed to the community during an annual time-honored tradition - the Crescent Ceremony. During the ceremony, students are given a small crescent necklace, marking the start of their journey at Viz.
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  • On the Record

    Heidi Kraemer (Class of 2024) is now a two-time record holder. While competing through the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA), Heidi set the USA record in the 50-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke. Way to go, Heidi! In addition to participating at DASA, she runs cross country and track and swims for Viz.
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  • Riding High

    Hannah Abdeljabbar (Class of 2027) is riding high following her performance at the APHA Eastern National Championships held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, August 24-27. Hannah was named National Champion and Reserve National Champion. Congratulations!
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  • A Good Defense Is the Best Offense

    What is the best way to defend against the flu this season? Go on the offensive and get a flu shot. Viz is hosting a flu shot clinic for students and their families and faculty and staff in Jane’s Place on Friday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Additional vaccines also are available.
    Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine - $38
    Hepatitis A - $125
    Tdap - $100
    Pneumonia - $165
    Click here to log into the portal and go to the Nurse’s Station Resource Board, which contains the Christian Brothers insurance form (faculty and staff) and consent form (students and private pay). Lower School students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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  • Welcome to Camp Viz!

    The Viz Fall Festival is on Saturday, September 30. Please join us in celebrating the entire Viz community with booths, games, inflatable activities, a petting zoo, student pop-up shops, and performances from the Viz choir and Viz cheerleaders, capped off by a brilliant fireworks display at sundown!
    Here’s the Viz Camp schedule:
    Booths and BBQ – 2:00-5:00 p.m.
    Food Trucks – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Fireworks – Sundown
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  • Stars in Stripes

    Congratulations to the varsity golf team on their first outing of the season. The team posted a 30-stroke victory at the Viz-A-Tational Golf Tournament held at Sunset Country Club this past Tuesday. Two freshmen made their varsity debut, and junior Avery M. finished second overall. What a great start to the season. Looking forward to more PAR-fect performances this year!
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  • Worthy of a High Five

    Faculty and staff with five-year milestone anniversaries are celebrated at our first all-school Mass each year. Congratulations to this year’s group who has or will reach their five-, ten-, fifteen-, or twenty-five-year service mark during the 2023-2024 school year. Thank you for your dedication to Viz. High fives all around!
    5 Years
    10 Years
    15 Years
    25 Years
    Linda Benken
    Maureen Bryant
    Peggy FitzGibbon
    Ashley Harrison
    Stephanie Braun
    Diane Effer
    Caty Ladd
    Sydney Palmer
    David Colón
    Katrina Gill
    Deborah Forthaus
    Maria Hadlow
    Michelle Hanock
    Lori Horton
    Lisa Kohler
    Mark Kamp
    Heather Miller
    Patricia Rourke
    Abby Millman
    Karen Scott
    Colleen Porter
    Emily Yohn
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  • August

    Passion Runs in the Family

    The Vulin sisters, Caelan (Class of 2026) and Carolina (Class of 2030), spent time pursuing their individual passions this past summer, and the time was definitely well spent! Caelan attended the 2023 Allsup Entrepreneurship Academy, hosted from July 24 to July 28 at St. Louis University’s Chaifetz School of Business. Caelan and her team took first place in the pitch competition for their innovative business concept Canvas Corner. Canvas Corner is an integrated app platform for local artists to create, connect, and collaborate in a safe space, welcoming beginning artists to access affordable art resources and tutorials and share feedback in a supportive social setting with a buy-sell marketplace, in-person community pop-ups, and local partnerships. Caelan designed the integrated business model app, including the target audience, competitive landscape, marketing plan, and financial modeling.

    In June, younger sister Carolina attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, where she received the camp’s highest and most coveted award, “The Right Stuff Award,” given to one trainee at the close of each program. Modeled after the Tom Wolfe novel of the same name, the Right Stuff Award is given in honor of the early jet test pilots, astronauts, and all those who made sacrifices in early space programs. A Right Stuff winner exemplifies the characteristics of these brave pioneers and goes above and beyond to make their team’s week at camp a success.
    Congratulations on these well-deserved awards!
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  • Three Cheers for Our Viz Cheerleaders

    Over the summer, the Viz cheerleading squad participated in a National Cheerleaders Association-sanctioned team camp at Lindenwood University. In addition to the fantastic experience, the team left with many accolades deserving of a shout-out. These include a Herkie Award for community, unity, and sportsmanship; a national stunt safe award; the top team cheer trophy; National Federation of State High School Associations squad credentialing; and a championship bid, to name a few. They also were awarded the spirit stick all four days of the camp. Two, four, six, eight, Viz cheerleaders are really great!
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  • Celebrating as a Community

    The first all-school Mass of the year, Mass of the Holy Spirit, will be held Friday, September 1, in Buder Gym. At the celebration of a Mass of the Holy Spirit, we ask the Holy Spirit to infuse all our endeavors in the upcoming year with the fruits and gifts of the Spirit - wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and wonder and awe in God’s presence. We also will celebrate our first Community Mass of the year on Sunday, September 10, in the Chapel at Visitation. Click here to RSVP for the Community Mass.
    All are welcome! We hope you will join us for these wonderful community prayer opportunities.
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  • May

    Prepping for the Future

    Hillary Viveros, Class of 2026, has been accepted into Washington University's College Prep Program (CPP). The CPP is a no-cost, three-year immersive learning experience that serves to successfully prepare first-generation college students for college life and beyond. Fifty rising high school sophomores representing public, private, and charter schools from across the region will participate in this tenth cohort of the program, founded in 2014. Congratulations to Hillary!
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  • Water Polo Prowess

    Congratulations to Marin Hugge, Class of 2024, and her water polo teammates on their third-place finish at State on Saturday, May 13. Marin has been playing water polo since sixth grade for local club teams as well as for the Midwest Zone team at USA Water Polo events. She joined the Parkway North water polo team this season. Girls' water polo is a fast-growing sport in St. Louis, and several schools in the area have formed co-ops. This is how Marin landed a spot on the Parkway North team. She had a great season and was selected first team all-conference in the girls division (Yellow Conference) and second team all-conference in the varsity boys division (Blue Conference).
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  • A MOMentous Occasion

    Our Lower School friends started their Friday spending a little quality time with their moms during the ever-popular Muffins with Mom. The Lower School has been counting down the days until the end of the school year with an A-Z-themed list, and appropriately, Friday's Q theme was Queen for the Day. We hope all our Lower School moms enjoyed this special day and wish all Viz moms a very Happy Mother's Day.
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  • Write On!

    Congratulations to Carley Pohl, Class of 2023, who received an honorable mention in the 2023 Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest for her original work, Chapter 1: The List. The annual contest, sponsored by the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries, is open to Missouri high school students; only one entry is accepted from each school.
    When asked what inspired her to write the essay, here is what Carley said.
    "The essay I wrote, Chapter 1: The List, started off as an idea I had for my college application essay. I have always loved reading and found it such an influential part of who I am. When originally writing about this for my college essay, I drew from a moment when I was younger when I lost a list that held all the names of the books I had read and related it to how now, it isn't the names of the books that really mattered but the values I learned from each one. Then, after the encouragement of my teacher to submit my essay to the Stuckey Contest, I expanded upon my essay, diving deeper into how some of my favorite books have inspired me over the years. Through writing this, I really realized how important reading truly was to me as it is an endless opportunity to learn and grow."
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  • Zeroing In on Graduation

    It's not quite official, but the days are quickly ticking by, and the Class of 2023 will soon become Viz alumnae. To give them a sampling of what's to come, seniors were invited to stop by Reunion Zero before graduation practice on May 9. This first glimpse into what reunions at Viz look like included a pizza lunch, beverages, some furry friends, and alum swag.
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  • Closing Out the Year on a High Note

    Lelaina Pursifull, Class of 2026, received a Silver rating at the State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival held April 27-29, adding some additional bling to the medal she previously was awarded at the All-District competition. Jenn Haney, Middle School/Upper School Music Director, commented, "It's very rare for a freshman to receive this rating. Lelaina represented Viz with class and poise."
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  • Having a Field Day

    Another successful Field Day is in the books. Following an all-school Mass and awards ceremony on Friday, April 28, students from all divisions hit the outdoors for some fresh air and fun. Congratulations to this year's Middle School and Upper School St. Francis de Sales, St. Jane de Chantal, and Principal’s Award winners:

    St. Francis de Sales Award
    Given to students who Live Jesus through the Salesian virtues.
    St. Jane de Chantal Award
    Given to students who exhibit
    St. Jane's spirit of service to others in all ways, shapes, and forms.
    Principal’s Award
    Chosen by the principal in collaboration with the faculty, these young women demonstrate a consistent dedication to the Visitation community and serve as role models to all in a quiet, gentle, and humble manner.
    Grade 6
    AnnaBeth Modde
    Janie Benedict
    Kayla Karimi
    Grade 7
    Anna Friedrich
    Lila Burkemper
    Gertie McGroarty
    Grade 8
    Bella Griffiths-Hill
    Maddie Mug
    Sandra Khoukaz
    Grade 9
    Jane Hillenbrand
    Mikayla Woods
    Caelan Vulin
    Grade 10
    Katie Gasper
    Emma Locht
    Adele Finney
    Grade 11
    Annalise Crow
    Heidi Kraemer
    Natalie Ori
    Grade 12
    Carly Pohl
    Maggie Alexander
    Haley Brinker
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  • Math Is Fun!

    On Thursday, April 27, the Upper School pre-calculus 12 class hosted a probability carnival as their final project for the school year. The carnival included approximately ten carnival games that the students created using their knowledge of probability. The probability that the day provided fun, learning, and prizes – 100%!
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  • Show Me State Standouts

    The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals announced its annual Missouri Scholars 100 list. We are thrilled to share that Rebecca Selness, Class of 2023, earned a well-deserved spot on the list. This select group represents Missouri's most capable high school seniors in the Class of 2023. They are recognized for exceptional scholarship, citizenship, and reliability. Congratulations to Rebecca!
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  • Summer Studies

    Allie Kowalczyk, Class of 2024, was accepted into Boston University's Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) practicum program. She will spend six weeks this summer in Boston studying computational neurobiology. This is an outstanding accomplishment, as this is a highly selective program. Allie also received acceptance into the Notre Dame Summer Scholars Program, where she will focus on global health in under-resourced settings for two weeks in South Bend, Indiana. Way to go, Allie!
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  • Taking a Leadership Role

    Mikayla Woods, Class of 2026, was installed as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors for Girl Scout Eastern Missouri. The Board has two spots that are held by Girl Scouts. To earn this position, Mikayla had to submit a resume and participate in several rounds of interviews. She will serve a three-year term which began on April 1. Congratulations, Mikayla!
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  • April

    A Red and White Night

    On Monday, April 24, our senior athletes were celebrated at the annual Red and White Sports Banquet. A record 45 seniors were in attendance. Thank you to this group of young women for their dedication to their respective sport(s) during their years at Viz. And a special thank you to Emma Mitchell, Class of 2015, who was the guest speaker for the evening.
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  • Of Note

    Esther Appelstein, Class of 2023, was chosen to speak to a capacity audience at Powell Hall on Saturday, April 22, about her experience as a member of the St Louis Children's Choirs. She shared stories from her 11 years with the SLCC, talking about the friends she has made, her love of music, and her "desire to aim for brilliance in all facets of my life."
    After the concert, SLCC alums Emily Essig, Class of 2008, and Emma Baylis, Class of 2015, congratulated Esther and shared similar experiences with the St Louis Children's Choirs.
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  • Spectacular Service

    Please join us in congratulating the following Visitation Academy students who received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards from the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc. for their outstanding service work in 2022.
    Gold Recipients (volunteers aged 11-15 with more than 100 hours of service and volunteers aged 16-25 with more than 250 hours of service)
    • Anna Howard (Class of 2025)
    • Mary Howard (Class of 2025)
    • Mikayla Woods (Class of 2026)
    Silver Recipients (volunteers aged 11-15 with between 75-99 hours of service and volunteers aged 16-25 with between 175-249 hours of service)
    • Audrey Jenkins (Class of 2028)
    • Ava Grace McGowan (Class of 2024)
    Bronze Recipient (volunteers aged 11-15 with between 50-74 hours of service and volunteers aged 16-25 with between 100-174 hours of service)
    • Kendall Ann McGowan (Class of 2026)
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  • The Golden Ticket

    On Wednesday and Thursday, Lower School students will bring Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS to life on Viz's Costigan Theater stage. In addition to the two scheduled performances at 4:00 p.m. on May 3 and 7:00 p.m. on May 4, the cast and crew also will give a special performance just for fellow Lower School students. Good luck to all participants on stage and behind the scenes.
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  • A Blessed Celebration

    Yesterday was a special day for our Viz second graders – these young ladies made their First Holy Communion in the Chapel at Visitation. Sending our congratulations and prayers to these students and their families on this momentous occasion.
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  • Billikens and Biology

    On Friday, April 14, Visitation Academy AP and College Credit biology students were guests of St. Louis University's 1818 Biology Program. SLU provided a walking tour of campus followed by a biology panel discussion prepared for our Viz students. Panel members, including current first- and fourth-year biology students, shared their experiences and the challenges of transitioning from high school to college.
    The day also included a tour of SLU's new biology/engineering building, and Viz students were invited to sit in on a biology 1260 class taught by Dr. Ashley Milam, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology. Following Dr. Milam's class, SLU provided lunch and swag bags/t-shirts for Viz students. While on campus, the Viz students ran into some Viz graduates who were excited to see Vivettes on campus.
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  • Driving Home an Important Point

    April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so Viz was happy to welcome local first responders from the West County EMS and Fire Protection District, Town and Country Police Department, and Cardinal Glennon Transport Team to campus on April 19 to give a very informative and realistic presentation on this serious subject matter. Our junior and senior drivers truly benefitted from seeing and hearing this potentially life-saving information.
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  • Shaking Things Up

    Katie Fogertey, Viz Class of 2001 and Chief Financial Officer of Shake Shack, met with Upper School students in the Ellen Thomasson Malecek Entrepreneurial Leadership Program via Zoom on April 14. Katie, who has served as Shake Shack's CFO since 2021, answered questions submitted by students about her career path, obstacles as a woman in her position, what she is most proud of professionally and personally, and the experiences she had at VIZ that helped mold her in her journey to where she is today to name a few.
    She also offered advice to future Viz entrepreneurs as they move toward college and beyond. We are so thankful to Katie for returning to Viz to share her wisdom and experience with our current students.
    Katie was recently featured in QSR Magazine. Click here to read the article.
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  • Special Visitors

    Visitation Academy is hosting an accreditation team from the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISCAS) this week, beginning with a welcome reception in DeChantal Hall on Sunday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. Viz started the seven-year accreditation cycle in January 2022, a process designed to support member schools in fulfilling their mission.
    Since the initial kick-off, Viz completed the second phase – a comprehensive self-study process involving all school employees and key stakeholders – in preparation for this accreditation team visit. The accreditation team confirms the school's adherence to the ISACS Standards for Membership and uses the self-study report, together with on-the-ground observations and previous experience, to commend the school for its strengths and make recommendations for school improvement. Throughout the remaining years of the cycle, Viz will implement plans for school improvement and report to ISACS regularly on our progress. The goals Viz sets based on the ISACS study will align with our Strategic Plan and Visitation Salesian Network report goals.
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  • Talent on Display

    On April 12, Lower School students and parents were treated to a curriculum showcase. The open-house-style event featured student artwork, performances, hands-on activities, and project showcases from students in Grades 1-5. Proof positive that some amazing things are happening in the Viz Lower School!
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  • Shipping Out

    Congratulations to Natalie Ori, Class of 2024, who was accepted into Summer Seminar at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. From June 18-June 23, Natalie will experience all the Naval Academy has to offer through this intensive summer program focused on academics, physical training, and leadership. Natalie will have the opportunity to talk personally with current midshipmen and Naval Academy faculty and staff about what life is like at USNA.
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  • Future Scientists

    Five Visitation Academy juniors attended the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology symposium on Saturday, April 1. The event, hosted by St. Louis University, was held at Doisy College of Health Sciences on the SLU campus.
    Students were nominated and submitted research abstracts in hopes of presenting their work at the symposium. Our five Viz students, along with seven other area high school students, were selected to share their work. We are proud of each of them and excited to share that Rebecca Mooney took home a third-place award. Congratulations Rebecca!

    The girls also were treated to lunch, met with a SLU student panel, and were given tours of the Medical School campus. In addition, participants met with SLU researcher Dr. Ezekiel and toured his Cancer Biology and Cell Signaling laboratory, followed by a meeting with Dr. Heuertz and a tour of the Bacterial Biofilms and Microbiology lab.
    Here is a list of the student presentation topics:
    Victoria Brennan - Hallux Valgus Deformity
    Josephine Janisch - Cystic Fibrosis Research and Treatment
    Allison Kowalczyk - The Use of Exposure and MDMA-Assisted Therapies for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans
    Ali McDonald - An Analysis of Benzodiazepines as a Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorders
    Rebecca Mooney - Dens Invaginatus, a Rare Dental Abnormality-Treatment Options and Future Implications
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  • March

    Here's What's Cooking in the Diversity Club

    After various conversations about ways to celebrate, embrace, expand, and educate fellow students about the diversity that exists at Viz, senior Erinn Porter's idea for the Diversity Club came to fruition. Students of varying races and ethnicities are using this new extracurricular opportunity to introduce peers to their culture through food.
    On Thursday, March 23, sophomore Maia Crawford and her mom kicked things off, preparing traditional Filipino dishes in the food science kitchen, including lumpia spring rolls and rice cakes. Maia's mom also told her immigration story and the importance of food and shared meals in Filipino culture. This is the first of what will be an ongoing initiative of the Diversity Club. Senior Ava Sanford, who has grown up with Columbian influence and culture, is having a close family friend who is Columbian come in to share her heritage through food.
    The Diversity Club, which currently has 37 Upper School members, meets every other week, rotating with the Peace and Justice Club. All students are invited and encouraged to participate. The Diversity club also is planning a trip to Cherokee Street, a well-known dynamic, multicultural neighborhood in St. Louis.
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  • High School Freshmen Tackle College-Level Curricula

    Two Viz freshmen, Zoha Huda and Ava Lane-Liwo, have been accepted to Northwestern University's 2023 College Preparation Program. The pair will participate in the IN FOCUS: So You Want to Be a Doctor? seminar of the program, held July 3-14, 2023.
    IN FOCUS seminars expose students to top former and current Northwestern faculty and instructors, highlighting themes relevant today. The two-week certificate seminars are structured like a college course, featuring discussions, readings, and study, enabling a rich learning experience.
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  • It's Time to Get Your Shop On

    We are in the final stretch of the current school year, but it's never too early to start preparing for the 2023-2024 school year. Take care of all your school and PE uniform needs at the upcoming recycled uniform sale on April 19 and uniform fitting days at Just Me Apparel on April 24 and 25. Click here for Just Me Apparel uniform pricing.
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  • Not Your Average Hump Day

    This past Wednesday, Middle and Upper School students were surprised by the announcement that it was Just Because Day. The fun day – just because – included lots of interactive activities, spirited kickball games, Imo's pizza, rootbeer floats, and some St. Louis specialty treats from our FLIK food service team.
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  • Singing Their Praises

    The district 11 solo/ensemble festival was held at Parkway Central on March 10 and 11, and our Viz vocalists were amazing! Lola Bishara (Class of 2026), Abby Winter (Class of 2025), Amelia Ward (Class of 2024), and Avery Smith (Class of 2023) all received Outstanding ratings. Lelaina Pursifull (Class of 2026) and Rebecca Mooney (Class of 2024) received the highest rating, Exemplary. The girls received their certificates this past Monday when they returned from spring break.
    Lelaina and Rebecca's performances qualified them to move on to represent Viz at the State solo/ensemble festival to be held at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO, April 27-29. This degree of achievement is a first-ever for vocal solos and the first time Viz vocalists will compete at State in voice. Congratulations to all!
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  • Standout Service

    Please join us in congratulating Caroline Keller '23, Viz's Archbishop John L. May Service Award recipient. Caroline and other St. Louis area high school honorees received the award at a Mass held at the Cathedral Basilica on Monday, March 6.
    Caroline completed over 100 hours of service, primarily at St. Francis Cabrini Academy. When reflecting on the experience, Caroline said, "I love seeing the faces of the students I tutor brighten and smile when a new concept clicks. Through my volunteering, I know that I am helping these kids master their elementary school topics so that they can have greater success in both middle school and high school."
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  • The Road to Recovery

    KMOV featured Viz students and soccer players Hannah Robinson and her twin sister Hailey Robinson (Class of 2024) in a news story about ACL injury and recovery, common among adolescent female soccer players. Both sisters suffered ACL tears that were repaired by Dr. Robert Brophy of Washington University Orthopedics, who also is the medical director for St. Louis CITY SC and has worked with the Rams and the Blues.
    While Hailey is back on the field, Hannah remains sidelined three months post-op. The Robinson sisters have committed to playing D1 soccer at Southern Indiana University after they graduate from Viz. Click here to see the story.
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  • A Corridor to Education

    Viz educators are shaking things up in their classrooms and enhancing their curriculum this year thanks to the rebranded "Concept Corridor," which includes the Viz food science kitchen and makerspace area. The state-of-the-art food science kitchen boasts five prep stations equipped with all the necessary tools for students to use cooking as a learning tool. The fully outfitted makerspace is a collaborative environment for hands-on activities, complete with materials for students to unleash their creativity. It also houses cutting-edge tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, virtual reality goggles, sewing machines, and more, allowing students to deepen their understanding of various topics. The "freedom of use" model encourages both teachers and students to make the most of these inviting and innovative spaces.
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  • Check This Out

    When not in signature Viz red, junior Lilly Hoehn is wearing blue as a 16U St. Louis Lady Blues AAA club member. Sporting the #6 sweater, Lilly loves hitting the ice with her teammates as a defensive player.
    This is Lilly's first year with the Lady Blues, but her love of hockey goes back to her early childhood. She started playing hockey in third grade on a boys' team called the Rockets, moving to the Lady Cyclones for a year before joining the Lady Blues.
    Lilly also is very active off the ice, having played on Viz's varsity tennis team and JV2 basketball team this year.
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  • Crypto Cats at the Capitol

    The Crypto Cats, a team of Viz fifth graders Kelsey Herzog, Tess Kramer, Molly Lohse, Idgie Simmons, and Vada Tulyasathien, sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM), were invited by FIRST in Missouri to present at the 2023 STEM Day at the Capitol on March 2. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global robotics community preparing young people for the future and the world's leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education.
    The girls demonstrated their robot and discussed their project on grounding with visitors. The team also met with Senator Andrew Koenig to learn details of the legislative process, sat in the upper gallery of the Senate Chambers while the Senate was in session, and toured the Governor's Mansion. Additionally, the Crypto Cats were featured in a video about Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's partnership with FIRST, shown during the GSEM's Dessert First Gala. Check it out here.
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  • Dynamic Duo

    Congratulations to Viz's own Laura Gurly, Grade 3 teacher, and Lori Horton, Lower School librarian! Their proposed presentation, Using Literature, Research, and Hands-On Projects to Think Like an Entrepreneur, was accepted for the 2023 Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis (STLinSTL).
    Created and hosted by Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), STLinSTL brings together experts and master teachers to share research-based, sustainable learning practices. STLinSTL seeks to prepare educators to create meaningful changes in their practice to meet the needs of today's learners. The Viz duo will present their subject matter to fellow educators during the June 1-2, 2023, conference.
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  • Have You Heard the Hoopla?

    After defeating St. Charles West in the District semifinal game with a score of 62 to 44, the varsity basketball team went on to topple Westminster in the District championship 66 to 61. This is the first District title for our Vivettes since 2008. Way to go, ladies!
    The team advanced to the Class 4 State Sectional game on Tuesday, March 7, narrowly losing to Moberly High School 48-55. Congratulations to the entire team on a great season.
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  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    Corrine Runnels (Class of 2027) and her family went on a Catholic pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February, following in the footsteps of Jesus from the annunciation and nativity to the crucifixion and resurrection to appearances of the risen Christ.
    Corrine wanted to share this meaningful experience with her classmates. On March 7, the eighth-grade class gathered in DeChantal for a presentation, which included highlights from the pilgrimage: the peaceful Sea of Galilee region with the capital of Jesus' ministry in the town of Capernaum, the Garden of Gethsemane, and time spent at the Visitation Church to name a few. While at the Visitation Church, Corinne was invited to do a reading and the intentions during Mass. The congregation knew she was a student from a Visitation school and prayed for our community in St Louis.
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  • Talking Science

    Five Visitation Academy juniors - Tori Brennan, Josie Janisch, Allie Kowalczyk, Ali McDonald, and Rebecca Mooney - were selected to present research summaries at St. Louis University's American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Symposium on Saturday, April 1, 2023.
    The ASBMB chapter at St. Louis University is dedicated to scientific research and discovery. These ladies had to pass through a nomination, submission of research, and acceptance pathway to be invited to attend the event comprised of about 20 total students from area high schools. The students will give presentations based on scientific literature. A tour of the medical school campus at SLU, including various labs within the Clinical Health Sciences department and Doisy Research Center, will follow the presentations.
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  • All the Buzz

    A team of Viz science students – the Viz Beez - competed at the St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) at Washington University on Saturday, February 25, the largest SLABB to date. While this is an annual competition for high school students that tests knowledge in neuroscience, this was the first opportunity for the ladies of Viz to attend the in-person SLABB.
    The Viz Beez received the team award trophy for their solidarity at the event. The students made a great impression and had well-formulated questions for the neurobiology panel. The Beez - 45 students in Grades 9-12 - plan to return stronger than ever next year.
    In preparation for the event, Viz hosted its first Viz Bee on Friday, February 24, a traditional bee-style competition to test students' knowledge of all things neurobiology. Congratulations to the Viz Bee winners:
    First Place: Junior, Jane Ledbetter
    Second Place: Junior, Finley Hercules
    Third Place: Freshman, Maeve McMullen
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  • Going, Going, Gone!

    The Middle School production of Honk, Jr. is right around the corner. A few tickets remain for both shows - March 8 at 7:00 p.m. and March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Click here to get yours now.
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  • Outstanding Educator

    Congratulations to Sarah Walsh, Viz's computer science and engineering teacher and the school's robotics team moderator. She is a National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) 2023 Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois Affiliate Educator Winner!
    Sarah is one of only two individuals to receive this award in our region. Her contributions to Visitation have been invaluable. She grew the robotics team from just two students to 28, many of whom hold leadership roles. Additionally, Sarah has introduced new courses into the Upper School curriculum, including AP computer science principals, AP computer science Java, and intro to engineering, adding tremendous value to Viz's computer science program.
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  • Student Leaders

    Viz Middle School Counselor Ashely Giljum has launched an exciting new initiative in the Middle School this year, the Orientation Leader program, to help fifth-grade students with the transition to middle school. Orientation leaders will serve as mentors to the younger students and will collaborate on the creation of tailored lessons and lead large and small group lessons in May. The student-mentors also will serve as leaders during Middle School Orientation in August, assisting all students new to the Viz Middle School.
    Current seventh-grade students who wanted to be considered submitted applications. The selection team sought motivated, responsible, and well-rounded/involved applicants. Congratulations to the following seventh-grade students who were selected to fill this important leadership role:
    Lila Burkemper
    Taylor Carr
    Brigid Feldman
    Winnie Ferrick
    Anna Friedrich
    Lena Hoffman
    Audrey Jenkins
    Maddy Kozak
    Celia Pursifull
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  • What's All the Racket?

    Another Viz athletics team - racquetball - competed in State competition last weekend and did well. The varsity team finished sixth overall, JV 1 in fourth, and JV2 in seventh place.
    Here are the individual results:
    Sejal Sekhar (Class of 2023) - Third Place, Varsity Seed 2
    Regina Dennison (Class of 2023) - Second Place, Varsity Seed 3
    Jessica Martin (Class of 2023) - Fourth Place, Varsity Seed 5
    Morgan Dalebout (Class of 2025) - Second Place, JV1 Seed 1
    Audrey Sprich (Class of 2025) - Fourth Place, JV1 Seed 2
    Elena Moolsintong (Class of 2025) - Second Place, JV1 Seed 4
    Mattea Schwartz (Class of 2024)/Macy Haley (Class of 2024) - Fourth place, JV1 Doubles
    Kate Fletcher (Class of 2025) - Fourth Place, JVII Seed 1
    Evangelia Bonifacio (Class of 2025) - Third Place, JVII Seed 5
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  • February

    1,000-Point Club

    Congratulations to Annie Restovich (Class of 2023). She needed 23 points in the basketball game against Parkway Central on Tuesday, February 21, to reach the coveted milestone of 1,000 points for her career. She scored exactly 23. And the Vivettes took home a victory as well! Way to go, ladies!
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  • Pooling the Results

    The Viz swim and dive team completed their season last weekend, competing in State competition at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Team captain Amelia Dino (Class of 2023) competed individually in the 200 and 500 freestyle, capping off a strong four years in those two events.
    Amelia also competed in the 200 medley relay with Sandra Kim (Class of 2026), Caylee Moore (Class of 2024), and Madison Seabaugh (Class of 2026) and 400 free relay with Caroline Hugge (Class of 2025), Caylee Moore, and Madison Seabaugh. The team posted some impressive splits in both events. Shout out to Julia Kelpe (Class of 2023), the first Viz diver to make it into State competition.
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  • Student Visionary

    Junior Ella Kadyk is a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) St. Louis Student Visionaries of the Year campaign. Ella and her team, A New Hope, are raising funds for LLS from February 17 to April 7, 2023, and have set a goal of $50,000. All donations will support the LLS's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. If you would like to support Ella and her team in the fight against blood cancer with a tax-deductible contribution by April 7, 2023, here's how:
    • Visit Ella's fundraising page: https://events.lls.org/gat/stlouissvoy23/ekadyk
    • Mail your contribution directly to Ella at 300 Cabin Grove Lane, Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Please make checks payable to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and print Ella Kadyk in the memo section.
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  • An Inside Look at WWT

    On Wednesday, February 15, the Upper School entrepreneurship class visited World Wide Technology, a company at the forefront of technology innovation and progress. This cutting-edge organization employs several Viz alums, and entrepreneurship students got to sit down with them and ask questions about everything from being a woman in a predominately male industry to how Viz prepared them for college and beyond to what their major was in college and the road that took them to where they are today. Thanks to Katie Costigan Heyel 1993, Deveny Trautman 2012, and Kat Zaber 2017 for their expert insights and guidance. And a big thank you to Mr. Scott Miller, father of Emma (Class of 2024), who also works for WWT. He came and spoke with the entrepreneurship class and assisted in making the trip to WWT happen.
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  • Blood Drive

    Visitation Academy is hosting a blood drive to benefit the Red Cross on Monday, February 27, in Jane's Place. This event is open to Viz parents and students over 18. If you would like to participate, please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter VAofSt.Louis to schedule an appointment.
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  • Navigating the Ups and Downs of Middle School

    The middle school years, aka adolescence, tween, or pre-teen, are a pivotal time in the growth of all young women, with a lasting impact on their future. The transition between childhood and adulthood is exciting, as well as a period that sometimes leaves girls feeling vulnerable. Providing guidance, resources, and opportunities to help young women become healthy, ethical, intelligent, and productive is critical for both the student and the parent at this developmental stage.
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  • Timely Topic

    As part of a Dissoi Logoi project assigned in English class, junior Ali McDonald was required to convey her chosen issue - the different interpretations of the media's effect on mental and physical health - to an audience. Ali felt that Viz Middle School students could benefit from a presentation on this topic. During the advisory period on Friday, February 10, Grades 6-8 assembled in DeChantal Hall for Ali's engaging and interactive presentation. The topic really got the girls talking.
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  • A Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    The bitter cold outside could not compete with the warm smiles inside during the annual Lower School picnic on Tuesday, January 31. Students from Montessori through Grade 5 and their parents and-or special someone(s) enjoyed a picnic-style lunch on the floor of Marion Gym.
    Students in Grades 1-5 were surprised with the announcement that it also was Just Because Day. The "It Is Snow Much Fun At Viz" themed activities included an indoor snowball fight, snowflake making, and watching the movie Frozen, to name just a few. The girl's favorite activity was decorating gloves with jewels. The day's events also included a snow cone truck.
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  • Cyber News

    Congratulations to the Viz Middle School CyberPatriot team! (Pictured from left to right: Mia R., Mary Anne C., Zoe H., Allie F., and Olivia B.) They finished in third place in their division for the state of Missouri. The girls demonstrated outstanding technical skills, problem-solving, and teamwork, positioning them among the top teams in the CyberPatriot XV State round.

    At the Upper School level, senior Kendall Stone, CyberPatriot president, invited a guest speaker to talk to Upper School CyberPatriot team members and computer science students. Cindy Goodwin-Sak, Vice-President of Global Sales Engineering at Anomali, a cyber security company, discussed her journey in the tech field and the importance of women pursuing this career path, shared her experience, and provided sound advice on career success.
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  • Ski Amies

    Adelina Johnson and Teresa Missey (both from the Class of 2030) represented St. Louis in the giant slalom and slalom during a ski competition held last weekend in Wisconsin, and they both did great! These two dedicated skiers put in a lot of hard work and time on the road as they travel routinely to compete in their regional league, the Wisconsin/Illinois/Iowa Junior Alpine Racing Association (WIJARA). WIJARA awards the fastest skiers at each of its events. At this latest competition, Adelina took home two first-place medals and two second-place medals for her performance in the giant slalom and slalom categories. Congratulations!
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  • Tech Talk

    Congratulations to senior Kylie Beauchamp, who is a 2023 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing(AiC) honorable mention recipient. This year, 40 winners and 360 honorable mentions were selected from more than 3,300 amazing, talented young applicants across 44 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all U.S. overseas military bases.
    This award recognizes aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
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  • Up to the Challenge

    The varsity basketball team hit the hard court at Ursuline Academy on Friday, February 3, to take on the Bears in the annual Challenge Cup. The Vivettes came out on top for the sixth consecutive year with a 62 to 48 victory. Well done, ladies!
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  • What's the Word?

    After a couple of snow delays, the annual Lower School and Middle School spelling bee took place on Tuesday, January 31. Congratulations to superstar spellers Mary Anne Carroll (Grade 8), who earned first place, and Celia Pursifull (Grade 7), who finished in second place. We are BEE-yond proud of all the contestants!
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  • What a Week!

    This past week was Spirit Week; oh, what a week it was! The hallways were transformed into this year's theme, A Blast from Our Past. Students, faculty, and staff embraced the theme throughout the week through daily, paid dress-down days. All collected proceeds were donated to the organization Friends of Kids with Cancer. Spirit wear merchandise and a lively spirit assembly got the student body ready for the JV and varsity homecoming games on Friday, which was a great end to a great week!
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  • Nothing Short of Spectacular!

    Middle School and Upper School students brought their collective energy to all three performances of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon last weekend. Bravo to the entire cast and crew for a spectacular show!
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  • Two Weeks Running

    Though snow days impacted the planned events for both, the community still celebrated two important back-to-back weeks: Founders Week and Catholic Schools Week. The Founders Week celebration included an all-school Mass, a sweet treat for St. Jane's birthday, St. Francis' feast day, and some fun trivia. Catholic Schools Week featured various themed activities in the Lower and Middle Schools and a school-wide drive to benefit the St. Patrick's Center. Here's a photographic glimpse into the festivities.
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  • January

    In the Swim of Things

    The Viz swim team experienced several bests during the Hickman Invitational held in Columbia, Missouri, on January 21 and 22. The varsity relay teams dropped more than two seconds in all relay events, sophomore Libby Mooney dropped five seconds in the 100 free, and freshman Rosie McDaniel won her heat in the 200 free. A new school record was set by sophomore Ashlyn Canale in the 100 breaststroke, who posted a time of 1:08.15. Fantastic job, ladies!
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  • Getting Into Code Mode

    Students in Mrs. Lauren Hanna's Grade 6 computer science class recently finished a project in which they designed and coded their own websites. Working in teams, the girls applied the skills they learned to create websites covering various topics. All the girls did such a great job! Here are a few examples of their hard work: The 3 R's – how to help the earth and facts and tips about recycling and Food for All – the importance and the how to's of donating to local food pantries.
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  • Living Jesus

    Service is an essential element of a Visitation Academy education. Students are encouraged to be good stewards of the community and to make service a lifelong venture. Throughout the school year, Viz provides many opportunities to educate students about the ministries in our area that are in need and perform service projects to support these organizations. Here are a few that occurred in December in the Middle School.
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  • "Untiring Advocate for Justice"

    Please join us in congratulating senior Madison "Madi" Harness, Visitation Academy's 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Model of Justice Award winner. This 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. Madi was one of 21 teens in the St. Louis area that received this honor during the 47th Annual Archdiocesan Celebration on January 15, 2023, at the Cathedral Basilica.
    Madi also was featured in The St. Louis Review. Click here to read her story.
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  • Hoop Dreams

    Viz's varsity basketball team had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Knightstown, Indiana, to take the court in the gym featured in the classic 1986 movie Hoosiers. Click here to read more about this iconic landmark. Viz has been waiting for this chance for two and a half years, as the venue only hosts around 80 high school games each year. While the experience was a definite win, the Vivettes ultimately lost 46-48 to the Cor Jesu Chargers.
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  • Preparing for the Future

    More than 60 attendees were present on Wednesday, January 11, to learn from Andrew Laue, Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions for Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. His presentation, "Visual and Performing Arts at the College Level," was sponsored by the college offices of CBC, Chaminade, DeSmet, Priory, St. Joe, Villa, Viz, Westminster, and Whitfield. Attendees heard about various areas of interest to those considering pursuing a degree in fine arts. Mr. Laue has presented on the topic of the college search process for students in the arts at regional and national events.
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  • SLU's Newest Recruits

    Saint Louis University is gearing up for the 2023 soccer season, officially announcing its 2023 recruiting class which includes Viz senior Lucie Schwartz. SLU's head women's soccer coach, Katie Shields, announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the Billikens' program. All ten will have four years of eligibility beginning next fall.
    Click here to read the complete story on soccerwire.com, which includes Lucie's background in soccer and Coach Shields's thoughts about what Lucie brings to the Billiken squad.
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  • Having a Field Day!

    The Upper School Chamber Choir will be singing the National Anthem – on the playing field – at the St. Louis Ambush vs. Kansas City Comets game on Friday, January 20. Game time is 7:35 p.m. at the Family Arena. Show your support for our Viz girls and our hometown indoor soccer team at the same time. Click here to purchase your tickets.
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  • A Welcome Police Presence

    A few local men in blue visited our youngest friends in Montessori and Kindergarten on January 10. Officers from the Town and Country Police Department made a "routine stop" in classrooms to read stories and run intruder drills with students. Students also got an up-close look at their patrol car. Did the students enjoy the morning? That's a big 10-4!
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  • It's Show Time!

    The Brothers Grimm's fairy tales are turned on their heads in The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a fast-paced, rollicking ride. Our Middle and Upper School actors will combine 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel (the original darker versions, not the happy versions people have become accustomed to) to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Story of Johannes and The Girl Without Hands into one spectacular spectacle you won't want to miss. The curtain goes up on January 27 at 7:00 p.m., with additional performances on January 28 at 7:00 p.m. and January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Get your tickets here.
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  • Coding Commendation

    Viz's own Abby Van Vooren (Class of 2023) participated in the Congressional App Challenge, a nationwide coding contest run by the U.S. House of Representatives in each district. She received a letter and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Missouri representative Ann Wagner. Congratulations to Abby, and special thanks to Upper School computer science teacher Sarah Walsh for facilitating this opportunity for our students.
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  • Having a Ball!

    Another successful Visitation Academy Christmas basketball tournament is in the books. After a thrilling 44-40 win in the opening round, the Vivettes ultimately finished the tournament in sixth place. There were plenty of highlights, including a feature story on our Vivettes in the online edition of the Post-Dispatch. Additionally, Kate Restovich (Class of 2023) was selected to the All-Tournament 1st Team, and Lucie Schwartz (Class of 2023) was selected to the All-Tournament 2nd Team. Congratulations!
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  • Honoring Time-Honored Traditions

    In preparation for Christmas, freshmen theology classes investigated the Church's tradition of the Jesse Tree and then put a unique spin on it. Students specifically looked at women who had a role in Salvation history and then made ornaments in the makerspace to symbolize these women's roles. They then presented their research to their classmates and hung their creations on the class's Jesse Tree.
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  • Snow Globes and a Defense of Reflection Time

    When the new Upper School and Middle School schedules were launched this year, I was delighted to see that a five-minute reflection time was included every afternoon. Unlike the morning and afternoon prayers over the announcements, reflection time would be five minutes, where the entire Middle School and Upper School divisions pause to say and do nothing. To just be.
    For me, those five minutes of reflection are like a shaken snow globe after it is set down. The flurry of activity settles, and I am left with the beautiful, present moment at the center of it all. I concentrate on the calm of my soul and my body settling down. As the five minutes draw to a close, I do a quick inventory of the present moment, and more often than not, it is filled with grace and joy. More often than not, it becomes clear that I have so much to be grateful for and that my flurry of worry has kept me from glimpsing that joy.
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  • Hands-On Experience

    The varsity basketball team visited the St. Louis County Courts in Clayton, compliments of Dan Stoecklin, Athletic Director Paul Stoecklin's brother. Dan works the Viz home and away basketball games, keeping the official scorebook, but professionally, Dan is a latent examiner.
    During the visit, Dan showed the girls how fingerprints are collected from crime scenes and processed. The girls collected their fingerprints from different items, and Dan showed them how to search for and locate matches in the system. The girls also saw the evidence room during their visit.
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