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Kyle Klahs , ’10Kyle graduated Summa Cum Laude with the class of 2010. He was involved in Football and Basketball. He is the younger brother of Phil Klahs (’08) older brother of Sawyer (’12), Lilly (’15), Abby (’17), Luke (’19) and Keagon (’21).
Kyle went to Westminster College in Fulton, MO and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. majoring in Biology, minoring in Psychology. He was selected for the Still Scholar Program at the beginning of my Junior year of undergrad, which meant he was accepted at ATSU-KCOM with the stipulation to keep a high GPA, a set number of physician shadowing hours and other involvement the remainder of his undergrad. Kyle immediately applied for and received admittance into the United States Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He completed his Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) after the first year of medical school. He was able to come back to STL for his third and fourth year to do clinical rotations at Des Peres Hospital (Now St. Luke’s at Des Peres). Last summer he spent three months auditioning for Orthopedic Surgery at Army hospitals across the country. Kyle found out in December he was matched to one of the twenty Orthopedic Surgery slots the Army offers in El Paso, TX at the combined program William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University of Health Sciences. He was promoted to Captain upon his medical school graduation and began a five-year residency in Orthopedic Surgery that started in June.
There will be five St. Pius X Alumni going through ATSU-KCOM in 6 years. Leslie (Wilson '09) Davis graduated from ATSU-KCOM last year and is currently doing her Pediatric Residency at Cardinal Glennon. Emily Govro (’09) will graduate next year from ATSU-KCOM. Tom Argana (’13) will begin this year, and Lilly Klahs (’15) was accepted into the Still Scholar program and will begin next year!
Jennifer Johnson Cano, '02
“When I got here I loved to sing and make music, but not in front of people. It was Mr. McCreary who encouraged me to sing solos, sing at Mass and in state competitions. And I never got a 1 rating in those competitions! I guess the lesson is to keep trying.” (On how her interest in music grew while at St. Pius X.)
Ms. Cano has now made over 100 appearances at The Metropolitan Opera in roles ranging from Hansel in Hansel and Gretel to Emilia in Otello and from Meg Page in Falstaff to Wellgunde in Das Rheingold. She has also recently sung with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times has cheered, “Dramatic intelligence and imagination suffused every note of Ms. Johnson Cano’s performance. Endowed with an attention-grabbing dark mezzo, its depths bracing like strong coffee, she seems to thrive in the role of a storyteller.” Opera News has called her “a mesmerizing actress… she allows emotion to propel her voice into glorious moments.” The Boston Globe praised “her voice is radiant and intense… the effect was devastating.”
Before her rise to international opera renown, she called St. Louis home, growing up in Festus, MO. While attending St. Pius X High School, she participated in OTSL’s Spring Training Vocal camp, part of the Monsanto Artists-in-Training program. Later, as a music student at Webster University, she spent summers as an usher OTSL before ultimately auditioning for the company’s highly selective Gerdine Young Artist (GYA) program. In 2008, after winning The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions while an OTSL GYA, Ms. Cano stepped in for another singer to take on the role of Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffman at the last minute, which earned her rave reviews from local and national press. In June, she will make her title role debut in her hometown in Gluck’s ravishing and romantic Orfeo & Euridice.