Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Kurt Wohlschlaeger, a junior at Vianney High School, is in the spotlight because of his service to his fellow students.

As the junior president of the student council, Kurt acts as a liaison between the students and the administration. With the council busy planning various activities, he conveys any concerns the administration may have, keeps everyone updated on the council's progress and organizes work groups for council activities.

Kurt is one of five students selected to serve as a peer counselor. He will help students solve problems and be available to anyone who needs someone to listen. That new position is a natural extension of Kurt's involvement in campus ministry. Since freshman year, he has taken part in and helped plan the all-school Masses. "Campus ministry has given me a better understanding of myself and my religion," says Kurt. "It has given me interaction with people I would not have interacted with otherwise." After attending Living in Faith Experience, a camp this summer in San Antonio, Texas, Kurt came back eager to improve the acceptance among the grade levels and increase involvement in school Masses. Kurt also is assistant editor of the yearbook, a computer editor for the school newspaper and a member of the lettermen's club. He has played on the football and wrestling teams since freshman year. Kurt, who has a 4.19 grade-point average, has made first honors every semester. He was the school's ambassador to the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation leadership workshop in March. Kurt, 16, lives in Oakville with his parents, John Sr. and Patricia Wohlschlaeger, and his younger brother, Eric, 13, who attends St. Francis of Assisi School. He has two older brothers, John Jr., 22, who attends Kansas State University, and Greg, 20, who attends Central Missouri State University. Here is what Kurt says: After high school I plan to: go to college for pre-med and go on to medical school. The next item of clothing I would like to buy is: a new Vianney ball cap. The best book I ever read was: "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. I listen to: classic rock. I'm most proud of: being a HOBY ambassador because it was a reflection of what people thought about me at school. …

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