Dr. Molly Grumich Named Nerinx Hall Principal for 2017-2018  Friday, March 10, 2017 
Dear Nerinx Community,

I’m pleased to inform you we have concluded the principal search and enthusiastically introduce you to Dr. Molly Grumich as the next principal of Nerinx Hall.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Grumich has served as a teacher and administrator at Incarnate Word Academy, including the last five years as principal. Dr. Grumich holds a Doctorate of Education degree in Administration from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech/Theater Education from Missouri State University.

Dr. Grumich’s blend of experience, knowledge, and strength of character make her an ideal fit. I know she will work hard to learn our Loretto charism and I am excited to have her energy and insight join our team.

The decision to hire Dr. Grumich was based on the unanimous recommendation of the Principal Search Committee. Additional feedback was provided by a selection of students and parents. Faculty and Board Members had the opportunity to meet with the two finalist candidates and also contributed valuable feedback to this decision.

I offer my sincere thanks to the Principal Search Committee -- faculty members Eileen Fuchs, BVM ‘77, Lori Hunt, Kevin Toben, Alison Rollins ‘05, Sarah Hoeynck ‘03, John Meyer, alumna Katie Lombardo Medeiros ’95, Board Member Lisa Braun ’77 (mother of sophomore Laura Smith), and current parent Sara Barnett (mother of freshman Paige) – their hard work and enthusiasm were instrumental in making this decision.

I’d like to especially thank the students who met with our final two candidates and offered important feedback to the process. Those students were: freshmen Mia Fields and Madeline Martinez, sophomores Claire Golden and Taryn Carr, juniors Sophia Mulwa and Tierney Lanter, and seniors Emilie Garza and Mariana Gusdorf.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Grumich to the Nerinx Hall community.


John Gabriel, President

Fall Musical: Urinetown  Thursday, November 10, 2016 

Fall Musical Tickets

Tickets to the fall musical, Urinetown are available online only. Tickets for all performances are $15.

Click here to purchase tickets. Type Urinetown in the search box. If you prefer, call 866-967-8167 and a representative will be happy to help you. 

Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 pm

Pre-Musical Reception Supporting Fringe Festival Travelers

Saturday November 19, 2016 | Lockwood House | 5-7 pm

Join us for food, drinks, and a little potty humor at a pre-musical reception to raise money for our students who are traveling to Scotland this summer to perform at the renowned Fringe Festival. Reception tickets are $30 per person and include beer, wine, and appetizers. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by November 15, 2016 to Cherie Messina at or 636-484-0546. Performance tickets sold separately.

Mil Receives Inaugural Field Hockey Association Legacy Award  Friday, November 04, 2016 
Nerinx Athletic Director and retiring Varsity Field Hockey Coach Nancy "Mil" Milward recently received the first-ever Legacy Award St. Louis Field Hockey Association. The award recognizes an outgoing coach or official and long-standing member of the association who has shown excellent commitment to the sport of field hockey through their years of service and efforts in growing the game, as well as having a positive impact on the sport itself and the field hockey community.

In addition to Mil's storied career as Nerinx Hall's field hockey coach, she has represented St. Louis and our region on a number of Local and National Stages including being a member of our St. Louis Field Hockey Association since 1982.  Additionally, Mill has served as the Midwest Field Hockey Tournament Director for a number of years and currently runs the Senior All Star Game since its inception in 2000.  

Mil was appointed Field Hockey coordinator for the Missouri Women’s Athletic Association from 1988-2012 after which she was promoted to president of the MWAA, a position she currently holds.  Mil took her investment in the sport to the national level as a USA Field Hockey Association Junior Hockey Rep, a Member of the National Federation of High School Sports Rules Committee, an Olympic Festival Volunteer in St. Louis, and Site Director for the 1996 Olympic Field Hockey Games in Atlanta, GA.

Mil has remained committed to the growth and equality of girls and women’s sports over the years.  Her coaching has gone beyond the turf with involvements in soccer, basketball, track, swimming and diving, lacrosse, cheerleading, and tennis.  It is because of her commitment to female athletics and steadfast approach, Mil has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors over the years.

Congratulations, Mil!
Celebrating Mil's Field Hockey Career  Thursday, October 06, 2016 

After cheering the Markers on to a 2-1 victory over Villa Duchesne, Nerinx field hockey players and fans, past and present, gathered to celebrate Varsity Field Hockey Coach and Athletic Director Nancy "Mil" Milward's 35-year field hockey career.

How do you measure 35 years of coaching for Nancy “Mil” Milward?  Assistant Athletic Director and Junior Varsity Field Hockey Coach Jody Patterson ‘95, Varsity Assistant and Freshman Coach Angela Lombardo Kovarik 03, and Freshman Coach Barb Lombardo have done the calculations. Here’s an excerpt from their comments at the celebration for Mil:

  • 638 players Mil has coached
  • 180,000 square inches of field Mil has mowed, groomed, and cared for
  • 413 career wins
  • 7 average number of times Mil moved or reset buttons from the old plaid kilts
  • 214 batches of cookie brownies Mil has baked for players
  • 172 field hockey sticks Mil has regripped
  • 192 hours of morning runs
  • 725 games Mil has coached
  • 33 road trips to places like Sauk Valley, Chicago, Louisville, Kansas City, Missouri State, Indiana, and Richmond
  • 44 candy apples Mil made for players each season
  • 47 field hockey t-shirt designs approved
  • 700 laps around the field in the gator or with the wagon preparing for field hockey games
  • 7,000 the number of coolers of ice Mil filled for games and practices
  • 66 bottles of sunscreen and hats Mil has used for sun protection
  • 97 hours spent in field hockey meetings promoting the sport

Nancy “Mil” Milward began coaching field hockey at Nerinx in 1982. It is impossible to calculate the number of hours of dedication and love she’s given the field hockey program at Nerinx Hall.  Thank you, Mil!

Principal Jane Kosash Announces Retirement  Wednesday, October 05, 2016 

This morning, Principal Jane Kosash announced she would be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

"Jane's dedication to Nerinx Hall and her understanding of the Loretto mission are unparalleled. She has influenced the lives of hundreds of young women during her years at Nerinx, and we will always be grateful for her contributions to our school. Needless to say, she will be missed by colleagues, students, parents, and alumnae."

--President John Gabriel

Mrs. Kosash has dedicated most of her professional career to Nerinx Hall including 17 years as principal. She’ll be spending more time with her husband John, two children and their spouses, and two granddaughters.

Please read on for more from Mrs. Kosash:

“As an alumna, former teacher, mom of an alumna, and principal, Nerinx Hall has been and will continue to be a significant part of my life. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work alongside Nerinx’s dedicated faculty and staff; bright and spirited students; and supportive parents and families. I am especially grateful to the Sisters of Loretto for being such a positive influence and having such a profound impact in my own life and in the lives of Nerinx students.

It won’t be easy leaving this most amazing school, but I do look forward to spending more time with my family and, of course, will always be a loyal Marker!

--Principal Jane Kosash

We thank Mrs. Kosash for her service and leadership. We look forward to sharing in this final year with her and wish her a happy retirement.

We’ll provide more information about our search for a new principal in the coming weeks.

Markers come up with a fitting tribute on Milward's big day  Wednesday, October 05, 2016 

By Steve Overbey |

Nerinx Hall senior Emma Sonderman thought long and hard.

She consulted with her field hockey teammates on numerous occasions.

And the group still could not come up with a suitable present for veteran coach Nancy Milward, who is retiring after 35 years at the helm.

Then, out of the blue, it hit the girls.

"The best way to honor her would be to play our best game ever," Sonderman said.


Two Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists  Wednesday, September 14, 2016 

Congratulations to Stephanie Fox and Maggie Moran for being named National Merit Semifinalists.  About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U. S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. 

These academically talented students will now apply for Finalist status and have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.  In order to be named a Finalist, students and their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the Semifinalist's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. 

We are extremely proud of their great accomplishments and wish these seniors the best of luck in their application to be named a National Merit Finalist! 

And, of course, a hearty congratulations to their parents!
Librarian and Alumnae Alison Rollins '05 Wins Prestigious Poetry Fellowship  Thursday, September 01, 2016 

Nerinx Hall Librarian and alumna Alison Rollins '05 was awarded a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship the the Poetry Foundation.  Congratulations, Ms. Rollins!  We are so proud!

Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about Ms. Rollins here

Welcome New Faculty & Staff  Saturday, August 06, 2016 
We are pleased to welcome several new faculty and staff members to Nerinx Hall. The credentials of the new faculty and staff are quite impressive and our already amazing faculty and staff will be even better with the addition of these professionals.  Please read on for more details.