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President's Blog

President John Gabriel shares his insights about the events,
people, and future of Nerinx Hall.

Mr. Gabriel welcomes your comments at 314-968-1505 ext. 119 or jgabriel@nerinxhs.org.

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Nerinx Hall's Varsity Soccer Team  4/23/2017 
Congratulations are in order to Nerinx Hall’s varsity soccer team for an outstanding start to their 2017 season. The team currently sports a record of 11 wins and 2 losses and is currently ranked sixth in the STL Today/Post Dispatch poll. The squad’s first loss this year occurred in the St. Joseph’s Tournament to a strong Granite City team that is currently ranked fourth in the large-school poll. 

Complicating matters for the Markers on that Saturday morning was the fact that five starters missed the game because they were taking the ACT. Despite the shortage of players for that game, the Markers put consistent pressure on Granite City throughout the second half but were unable to score. The team’s only other loss this season came at the hands of third-ranked small school Columbia, also by a 1-0 score.

Highlights for the first half of the season are already plentiful, including a solid 3-1 win in the rain against Cor Jesu; a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Incarnate Word (currently ranked first in the STL Today small-school poll); and a 2-0 shutout against fifth-ranked large school Collinsville earlier this week. The Markers’ showdown against neighborhood rival (and first-ranked large school) Webster Groves High School was scheduled for Saturday – and therefore, after this article went to press. And the Markers are scheduled to face perennial district rival St. Joseph’s Academy on Monday, April 24.

While all of the squad’s players have contributed to the team’s hot start, I want to mention several standouts. Senior forwards Maggie Winter and Abby Host, and mid-fielder Gracie Mannion, all serve as team co-captains. Junior forward Gabby Smith and junior midfielder-forward Jill Hausmann have helped to spearhead the Markers’ aggressive attack. Sophomore midfielder Emma Christanell has been a major contributor this season. Senior Tierney Lanter and junior Margaret LaVigne have anchored a solid team defense. And freshman goalie Liz Kelly and sophomore goalie Sarah Ruttencutter have been outstanding in front of the net.

Coach Brian Haddock’s Marker soccer teams have always been competitive in district play. This year’s varsity soccer squad, however, has something more than a competitive spirit going for it. The girls really enjoy playing with each other and their selfless spirit has become contagious. Come out and support our soccer team this spring as they continue what has already proven to be a special season. I know that you’ll enjoy seeing them in action.

In the coming weeks, I’ll write about our track and lacrosse teams and their respective seasons.
Mock Trial Team  4/9/2017 
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Nerinx Hall’s Mock Trial Team, their Head Coach Jim Monafo, their Assistant Coach Erin Burton ’06, and their moderator, Paul Balfe, for their outstanding performance at this year’s State Tournament. The team participated in their first state tournament, which was held on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, at the Eagleton Federal Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. 

What makes this accomplishment even more impressive is the fact that Nerinx Hall’s team is only in its third year of existence. Being recognized as one of the top 16 teams in the State of Missouri is certainly no small task. And the team responded well to the pressure of state competition, defeating Marshfield in the first round of competition on Friday. Saturday, the Markers faced a tough Priory squad. Although Nerinx Hall received the nod for the judge’s verdict, the two other scorers gave the match to Priory. Ultimately, the Markers finished the competition in 10th place.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to list the members of this year’s team. From the freshman class was Sophia Lawrence. This year’s sophomores were Faith Whatley-Blaine, Brianna Chandler, Grace Younger, Emily Huber, Cate Brueggestrass, and Hailey Chrapek. The lone junior on this year’s team was Grace Schmidt. This year’s seniors were Nina Monafo, Kai Weeden-Carlock, Emma Potts, Mariana Gusdorf, Ellie Rabenberg, Imani Tyson, Kayla Arnett, and Taylor McGee.

Even though his daughter Nina will be graduating from Nerinx Hall in May, Jim Monafo plans to resume his coaching duties for the Markers next fall, as does his assistant, Erin Burton. Although the team will lose a strong senior class to graduation, the squad is confident that its returning members will do well next year. Regardless of the results next year, their performance this year is something all of us associated with Nerinx Hall can look to with pride.
Mini-Marker Day  4/2/2017 
Last Friday, Nerinx Hall played host to 203 young women who participated in this spring’s Mini-Marker Day. These visitors ranged in age from fourth graders to seventh graders and were invited by current Nerinx Hall students to experience our school on a first-hand basis.

I arrived on campus Friday morning at 7:30 to see three students standing near the front driveway on Big Bend Boulevard. Ignoring the drizzly, chilly weather, they were loudly welcoming our visitors as they entered the front circle. When the visitors walked into the school, they were directed to the Knaup Lobby adjacent to the Heagney Theatre to meet their hostess for the day and to pick up a gift bag that welcomed them to Nerinx Hall. Despite the huge number of visitors present Friday morning, the entire process was smooth and positive.

Adding more than two hundred visitors to an already cozy campus is challenging. But our students couldn’t have been more welcoming or attentive to their guests. I saw a group of visitors in the gymnasium later in the morning getting ready to participate in a series of activities designed to engage and entertain them. At lunch, our already-crowded cafeteria swelled to completely full. But the smiles and the positive attitude that I had seen all across campus that morning were still present at lunch.

The day concluded with a pep rally in the gym. Not only did the dance team perform for our guests, but the Robotics Club also got the opportunity to show off their recently completed robot. It was a loud and exciting conclusion to an extremely positive day – both for our guests and for our current students, as well. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank Admissions Director Monica Sullivan and her Assistant Director, Kathleen McSorley, for their hard work and organizational talent in making this event such a success.  Their efforts certainly put Nerinx Hall in its best light. And I also want to thank our faculty members and our students for making our guests feel so welcomed and included. Mini-Marker Day was a great opportunity for Nerinx Hall to show off its assets to potential students. It was also an opportunity to feel proud about the community that already exists here on Lockwood Avenue. 
Mini-Marker Day  4/2/2017 
Last Friday, Nerinx Hall was host to 203 young women who participated in this spring’s Mini-Marker Day.   These visitors ranged in age from fourth graders to seventh graders and were invited by current Nerinx Hall students to experience our school on a first-hand basis.

I arrived on campus Friday morning at 7:30 to see three students standing near the front driveway on Big Bend Boulevard.  Ignoring the drizzly, chilly weather, they were loudly welcoming our visitors as they entered the front circle.  When the visitors walked into the school, they were directed to the Knaup Lobby adjacent to the Heagney Theatre to meet their hostess for the day and to pick up a gift bag that welcomed them to Nerinx Hall.  Despite the huge number of visitors present Friday morning, the entire process was smooth and positive.

Adding more than two hundred visitors to an already cozy campus is challenging.  But our students couldn’t have been more welcoming or attentive to their guests.  I saw a group of visitors in the gymnasium later in the morning getting ready to participate in a series of activities designed to engage and entertain them.  At lunch, our already-crowded cafeteria swelled to completely full.  But the smiles and the positive attitude that I had seen all across campus that morning were still present at lunch.

The day concluded with a pep rally in the gym.  Not only did the dance team perform for our guests, but the Robotics Club also got the opportunity to show off their recently completed robot.  It was a loud and exciting conclusion to an extremely positive day – both for our guests and for our current students, as well. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank Admissions Director Monica Sullivan and her Assistant Director, Kathleen McSorley, for their hard work and organizational talent in making this event such a success.   Their efforts certainly put Nerinx Hall in its best light.  And I also want to thank our faculty members and our students for making our guests feel so welcomed and included.  Mini-Marker Day was a great opportunity for Nerinx Hall to show off its assets to potential students.  It was also an opportunity to feel proud about the community that already exists here on Lockwood Avenue.