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Anyone visiting the Lourdes art wing lately will find new energy, inspiration, and teachers sparking creativity in students. You may come across a classroom watching Bob Ross or a student making a gorgeous piece of pottery, all directed by new art instructors Janelle Forsthoffer and Angela Severson. Both women display loving natures, a keen talent to push their students, and an exceptional taste in art.
Walk into the Lourdes locker bays any given morning, and you will see students holding drinks from Starbucks or Caribou, or even the odd Dunn Bros. cup. The obsession with “coffee”–often simply a sugary, chocolatey drink that tastes more like hot chocolate than a dark roast--is common everywhere in America. Even adults and middle schoolers are in on the craze. But in Rochester, this coffee craze can be satisfied by some unique options, like St. James Coffee, just across the street from Pax Christi Church.
This past Presidential election was the most polarizing yet, one where people truly began to be defined by who they had voted for. The Electoral College played a recurring role for both major candidates. It was first bashed by businessman Donald Trump, when it appeared not to be in his favor, whilst promoted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the election and then attacked by many of her supporters-- although not by Clinton herself--after the election. Some even called for the Electoral College to reject the accepted standard and give Clinton the presidency because she had 2.8 million more votes than Trump in the popular vote.
Throughout childhood, we are told tales of the great lives of the saints, men and women who devoted their lives to being servants of God, striving for a purpose beyond themselves. For those of us educated in a school system grounded in the Franciscan tradition, the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi are ingrained in our minds from a very young age. Their devotion to poverty and faith inspires millions around the world and in the Rochester community, where the legacy of Francis and Clare can be found in St. Mary’s Hospital, Assisi Heights, and the Rochester Catholic Schools.
Just about anyone who has ever played sports at any level and was upset about losing a game has heard the statement, “It is just a game!” from either a parent or a coach. But if they are just physical activities, why is the experience of playing them so cherished by participants, especially at Lourdes High School?
John Dao is a junior ceramicist who has not only excelled in his artwork, but also for the stories behind each piece he has created. In order to fully understand his inspiration and affinity for his ceramic creations, he explained what he does best: putting history and ideas into physical forms.
After over three months of work, Rochester Lourdes’ debate season, perhaps its strongest ever, ended in January. The season began in September and October with students debating the topic of Constitutional Rights for students in school compared to the rights of ordinary citizens in public.
Holding a season record of 18-7, the Lourdes boys’ basketball team is led by seniors Carter Greguson, Daniel Galkowski, and Noah Hillman. Their leadership has propelled the team to notable victories over rivals such as Goodhue, Pine Island, Bloomington Kennedy, and Lake City, but players agree that much of their success is because every team member equally values his role on the team.
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