Junior Will Steger Wins Archdiocese Scholarship for Essay
Priory Junior Will Steger has been awarded a scholarship from the Archdiocese of St. Louis for his essay on the mission of the Annual Catholic Appeal and Christian Stewardship. Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, has invited Will and his family to the Cardinal Rigali Center on December 6 for an award presentation ceremony. In a letter to Will, he wrote, “High School students often spend so much energy on their future that they forget they are called to be Christ to the world now. You have tremendous gifts! The gifts of our youth – your enthusiasm, your energy, and your talents – are urgently needed in the Church today. Thank you for your willingness to share them.”
Will wrote how important it is for everyone to donate and participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal, and how if all Catholics in St. Louis donated just a dollar, we’d raise a lot of money. He is positive that people would be even more generous than that, though, so imagine what we could accomplish. He wrote about how important it is to donate to the Appeal, because the money goes to help schools and build communities. Money isn’t the only thing we should donate; it’s just as important to donate your time. Will spoke about his own volunteer work with Aim High this past summer. He enjoyed helping other kids, teaching them English and reading.
He wrote and submitted his essay a few months ago, after his theology teacher presented the opportunity in class. When the Archbishop’s letter arrived in the mail last week, Will didn’t even realize what it was. “I’ve been receiving a lot of information from colleges, so I didn’t even open it. Later, I was going out with a friend, and as I was getting in the car my mom yelled, ‘Will, wait! Did you even read this?’ I told her I hadn’t, so she made me. She’s really happy that I won. I’m happy too, and kind of surprised!”
Will’s favorite class is computer science, which is what he wants to major in. He likes to make plans for starting companies, after he took a web application development class last year. He has launched one company so far, Gustavo Clothing Company (@gustavoclothingco on Instagram), which sells t-shirts. He ran cross country in the fall, and is training for wrestling this season. He’ll participate in track in the spring.
He’s looking forward to the December 6 awards presentation with Archbishop Carlson. His parents, Jim and Janet, and his sister will accompany him.