2022

News List

  • May

    Have Ball, Will Travel

    Viz’s very own Grace Restovich (Class of 2025) is taking her exceptional soccer skills on the road. Grace was selected as one of 20 members of the U-16 National Team, and she and her teammates will be traveling to Sweden to participate in an international tournament the weekend of May 20. Not only is Grace on the National Team, but she also was selected as the team captain. Congratulations, Grace!
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  • A Red-Carpet Affair

    The fast-approaching end of the school year is cause for celebration in and of itself, but there are lots of other celebrations going on around the Viz campus like the annual Thespian Banquet, which was held on Sunday, April 24. Planned by sophomore and junior thespians, the theme of this year’s banquet was A Red-Carpet Affair.
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  • Red Letter Day #2

    The red-carpet affair for our thespians was followed the next night by a red and white affair for our athletes. Seniors were honored at the Red and White Sports Banquet, an annual spring event celebrating graduating athletes and their support of the Viz athletic program during their years at Viz. Thank you so much to all of our students who generously shared their time and talent.
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  • Education Sensation!

    At the SLU 1818 meeting held on April 27, Heather Essig – Visitation’s SLU 1818 coordinator and Upper School science educator – was awarded the Sister M. Cathlin Casey Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given to a SLU 1818 teacher who has a “commitment to academic excellence, rigorous expectations of her students, and a contagious sense of joy.”
     
     
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  • Harnessing the Curiosity of Childhood

    One of the joys of observing a Montessori classroom is seeing small people solemnly and carefully taking various activities—excuse me, works—off of the shelves and to their workspace to engage with them. 
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  • April

    Marian "Bo" Mehan ‘70 Named to the Billiken Hall of Fame

    Viz alum Bo Mehan, proud member of the Class of 1970, was named to the Billiken Hall of Fame Class of 2022 by the Saint Louis University Department of Athletics.
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  • March

    Skills vs. Content

    When I was seven and in the throes of wrestling the times table to the ground and taking its lunch money, I remember saying to my teacher, the long-suffering Ms. Ellul, “Why do I need to learn this? I can just use a calculator.” She told me I needed to learn it because I wouldn’t always be carrying a calculator around in my pocket with me. I’m sure she feels very silly about that statement now.
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  • Awards Presentation at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

    “Strait” Talk

    Congratulations to senior Abigail “Abby” Strait who was selected as Visitation Academy’s 2022 recipient of the Archbishop John L. May Service Award. This annual award, given in remembrance of Archbishop May’s dedicated Christian service, recognizes the outstanding leadership and community service of high school seniors.
     
    In addition to her dedication to serving others, Abby also is very dedicated to her study of the Chinese language. After receiving a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Virtual Summer Intensive scholarship to study Chinese (Mandarin) for five weeks in the summer of 2020, she has been hard at work perfecting her mastery of the language. Abby has been dividing time between the Viz campus and the St. Louis University campus this year. She is enrolled in a Chinese language course at SLU, sharing a classroom with college juniors three days a week.
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  • Lucy

    The “Write” Stuff

    Congratulations to senior Lucy T. and junior Emma J.! These two aspiring writers are finalists in the 2022 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest for high school students, sponsored by the St. Louis Poetry Center. More than 100 students across the bi-state region submitted their work, and from that group, 20 poems were selected as finalists including Lucy’s poem Screens and Emma’s poem Woman.
     
    Judge and poet Srikanth Reddy, who teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago, will select the first, second, and third-place winners along with honorable mentions and decisions will be announced in early April. Good luck to Lucy and Emma!
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  • Meredith with Mrs. Jennifer Haney, Middle and Upper School Music and Choir Director

    Well Played!

    On Saturday, March 12, sophomore Meredith Zaegel competed in the MSHSAA District Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Parkway Central High School. Viz is in Class 4 which includes 20 Districts, so there were plenty of competing soloists at this year’s event. Meredith’s violin performance earned her an Outstanding/Silver rating. Congratulations, Meredith!
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  • Twice as Nice

    Visitation Academy’s Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair, Mr. Martin “Marty” Strohmeyer, is the well-deserved recipient of two teaching awards.
     
    Mr. Strohmeyer was named The Judith Rethwisch Outstanding Thespian Teacher of the Year at the Missouri Thespians State Conference held at Union Station in January 2022. This award is given to a theatre teacher whose unselfish efforts and countless hours really do mean something to those who care. The award is named after Judy Rethwisch, now retired Affton High School theatre teacher, who served as the Missouri State Director from 1984-1993 and was instrumental in establishing Missouri Thespians.
     
    If that wasn’t enough, Mr. Strohmeyer also just learned that he will receive the 2022 Creativity and Innovation in Teaching award from the Missouri Alliance of Art and Education which recognizes educators for their creativity and innovation in teaching visual or performing arts classes in the state of Missouri. The award will be presented to Mr. Strohmeyer at the Missouri State Capital on March 23. Congratulations, Mr. Strohmeyer! Viz is lucky to have you.
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  • The Value of Time

    I’ve spent the past several months trying to figure out how to create more time in the day. Since I’m still here and not living the life of an idle billionaire on an island in the tropics, it seems safe to assume that I haven’t managed it.
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  • February

    High Five!

    Our Vivettes faced off against the Bears from Ursuline Academy in the annual Challenge Cup basketball game and walked away with a win. Viz holds on to its winning streak with this fifth consecutive victory. It was an exciting game, with outstanding play on both sides, but in the end, the Vivettes edged out the Bears 58-30. In the process, junior Kate Restovich scored the 1,000 point of her career. Way to go Kate, and congratulations to all the players!
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  • Giving It Our All

    Thank you to the Viz community members who participated in the Visitation Academy blood drive to benefit the Red Cross on Monday, February 14. And a big shout out to junior Campbell P. who organized this important initiative. A total of 41 individuals - including 31 first-time donors - donated 30 productive units of blood. The blood donated will help up to 90 patients in need at Red Cross partner hospitals throughout the region. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and help in making this event a success.
     
    To find other Red Cross donation sites, click here. There is a significant shortage of blood, and every donation is a tremendous gift.
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  • Up for the Challenge

    The Varsity basketball team will undoubtedly leave it all on the floor as they face perennial rival - Ursuline Academy - in the annual Challenge Cup basketball game. Our Vivettes are defending a four-year winning streak against the Bears. Can they pull out consecutive win number five? We’ll find out when the action tips off at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22.
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  • Have You Ticked All the Boxes for Safari?

    Get ‘Em While You Can!
    Our raffle is in full swing. Don’t miss your chance to win a lululemon MIRROR Pro package or signed Yadier Molina catcher’s mask. Purchase your raffle tickets today: one ticket for $25 or five tickets for $100. Raffle tickets will be sold via our auction software, GiveSmart, through 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Ticket purchases are open to any registered user – you don’t have to be present the night of Safari to win these great raffle items.
     
    Connect With Us Remotely
    Even if you can't join us in person on February 26, you will still be able to bid on all the fabulous items in the Silent and Premier auctions remotely, buy raffle tickets, and make your Fund-A-Need: Tuition Assistance donation! Please note, Live auction items will only be available for bidding in person. Click here to register to participate remotely!
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  • “Bee” Who You Are and “Bee” that Well

    Students from the Lower and Middle Schools donned their thinking caps for the annual spelling bee on Wednesday, February 9. Each grade level from Grade 4-8 held spelling tests to determine who would compete in the spelling bee. All the contestants - 14 total - did a great job, but ultimately Campbell S., Grade 8, was named “queen bee,” and walked away the winner. Campbell will continue on to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch semi-final spelling bee March 5 at Lindenwood University. Bridget M., Grade 6, was the runner up. Congratulations to all the contestants!
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  • Dr. Beth Human, Academic Dean of Visitation Academy

    From the Dean’s Desk

    I was delighted to join Viz this past summer as the Academic Dean, and I’ve been enjoying the process of getting to know students and families as the year has progressed.
     
    You might wonder what exactly an Academic Dean does. When I first saw the job posting, I went to the most obvious source of enlightenment — etymology. The title dean has a long narrative in ecclesiastical and educational history, originally designating a priest who led a chapter of ten other clergy. (The Latin word for it was decani, signifying ten. Decani also is technically the name for the side of the church that doesn’t have the choir on it, but it seemed unlikely to me that I’d been hired to be a side of a church. It’s quite outside my skill set.) Over the years, the title has evolved to mean someone in a position of leadership, usually responsible for a cathedral or a division of an academic institution.
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