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Meet Nikki Hostnik, Priory’s new Associate Director of College Counseling

Nikki HostnikSaint Louis Priory School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nikki Hostnik to the position of Associate Director of College Counseling. Nikki will assume the case load of Mrs. Barbara Sams, who departed this summer.

Nikki comes to Priory from Drury University, where she served as Regional Director of Admissions. She’s excited to work on the secondary school side, and brings valuable college admissions experience to Priory. She said, “My goal for my students, beside the obvious mission to help them find the school with the best fit, is to help them navigate the college application process. It can be an extremely stressful process, with a lot of anxiety around applications and expectations. I want to make this the very best possible experience it can be.”

Her ties to Priory are many. She made her first communion in the Abbey Church, as a member of St. Anselm Parish. Her oldest brother, Greg Lugo, is a Priory alumnus from the Class of 1975, graduating a year before Headmaster Father Gregory Mohrman. “I keep running into interesting people from Priory because of his ties,” she said. She and her husband John, and their daughter Garner, are now members of St. Anselm, so “we’re here every Sunday!” Fathers Augustine and Francis read at her father’s memorial Mass, and Father Francis’s parents were friends with her parents from their college days. She’s the proud aunt of a current Priory student, and one who just graduated.

Nikki hasn’t lived her whole life in St. Louis, though. She earned a double B.A. in Political Science and Latin from University of Vermont, where she fell in love with New England. She met her husband John, who is from Connecticut, through work in New York City. “We lived in Connecticut for almost 15 years,” she said, “but he jokes that he always knew we were coming back to St. Louis someday.” With Nikki’s large family here and their daughter an only child, it was inevitable.

She speaks fondly of her time at Drury, and plans to return for graduations for years to come. “I want to see those kids on whose lives I had an impact,” she said. “There’s a Priory alum graduating Pre-Med from Drury next year, too! After you work so hard with them through the admissions process, you feel invested in every student …current Drury students remember how I helped when they were seniors in high school. They still reach out for help or just to say hello.” She likens that feeling to what she’s already experienced at Priory, and talks warmly about the tight-knit, familial community.

She sits on the Executive Board of the Missouri Association for College Admissions Counselors (MOACAC), where she worked with Mrs. Sams on a variety of professional development projects. She’s excited to translate her experience from the university admissions side to Priory. “I was always trying to find students who were just the right fit for Drury,” she said, “and it will be interesting to be on the other side, finding the right fit — academically and otherwise — for each one of my students.”

In her spare time, Nikki loves to spend time with John and 13-year-old Garner, who is a rising 8th grader at Villa Duchesne. The Hostniks enjoy traveling together, and being with their three dogs, Max, Sheldon, and Sandy. Sandy is a nine-week-old puppy, so she keeps the family busy. She enjoys reading, and returns again and again to her classical favorites: Catullus, Horace and Ovid. “I still have my original books from when I studied them in high school and college,” she said. “My daughter laughs at me because I keep returning to them. I love the poetry of Catullus, and how it still applies to our interpersonal relationships now.” She says her dream career is to be a professional student, always learning, and this drives her excitement to help students find the best colleges for them.

Nikki Hostnik began her full-time work at Priory on Aug. 1. She can be reached at or (314) 434-3690 x144.

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