16 • Call 1.800.348.4732 How do you solve a Rubik’s Cube? Sebastian Tomas, president of his school’s Rubik’s Cube Club, would tell you it takes three things: attention, patience and a formula for success. Employing these same strengths, St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis launched a Marianist Urban Students Program last year to put Sebastian and nine other students on a course to succeed. Like a Rubik’s Cube that works with a slight twist, so does MUSP at St. Mary’s. The Marianists started MUSP 25 years ago to help youth from low-income families afford a Catholic high school education. But low income is not the only criterion. MUSP supports high-potential students who are at risk for dropping out or underperforming with financial aid and personal mentoring to equip them for college. MUSP operates at Marianist schools in Cincinnati, Cleveland and San Antonio. A similar program was launched at St. Mary’s but using a slightly different model. Mike England, school president, credits a generous donor’s guidance for providing the vision. During its inaugural year, MUSP students at St. Mary’s came from ACCESS Academy elementary schools in St. Louis. ACCESS schools, in partnership with theArchdiocese of St. Louis, ALL PHOTOS: MIKE BIZELLI Mike England, St. Mary’s High School president, and MUSP leaders Haley Henricks and Robin Borgmeyer meet with MUSP participants Eli Cruz and Sebastian Tomas. GAME ON! Like working a Rubik’s Cube, inner-city students at a Marianist-sponsored school join forces to turn academics and the interlocking pieces of their lives into a formula for success. By Maria Rodgers O’Rourke