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Jackson teacher to throw out first pitch at Cards game


A Jackson teacher is beyond excited about an upcoming once in a lifetime experience. She gets to throw out the first pitch at Saturday night's St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

Beth St. John is the choir director at Jackson Junior and Senior High. Her teaching and personality impressed the St. Louis Cardinals Organization, and tomorrow night Mrs. St. John will bring the heat.

"It's a little nerve wracking, my mom immediately said you need a pitching coach," St. John said.

Her proud father gets that job.

Beth has been loosening up that throwing arm in the back yard as she plays catch with her dad.

She's getting ready to take the mound major league style.

For eight years in a row the Jackson choir directed by St. John has performed at Busch Stadium. They sang the National Anthem at a game last week. 

St. John was nominated by someone with the St. Louis Cardinals' organization as one of six educators in the state to receive the Missouri Lottery Star Classroom Award.

"I was floored to be honest," said St. John. "She said congratulations on your major league debut, and I said oh my gosh this is awesome."

She earned a spot on the mound throwing out the first pitch. The lefty and super fan is pumped.

"I've been going to Busch since I was a kid, something my family loves to do as we are die hard fans," said St. John. "I'm definitely going to put this down as one of those big events in my lifetime. I can't wait to represent Jackson, hopefully I won't embarrass anyone or myself in the process."

St. John says she will also receive a jersey with her name on the back, plus free tickets to the game.

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