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Latest renovations to Paradise completed

Posted August 29, 2014; Written by Nick Keri '15

As the fall sports season gets underway, McNicholas is unveiling the newly completed phases of Project Paradise, the ongoing effort to renovate the athletic facilities at McNicholas High School.

The changes include the addition of new ticket booths to Penn Station Stadium, the repaving of both the Paradise parking lot and the upper pavilion, and the addition of fencing around the practice and game fields. New landscaping around the area also adds an appealing touch, Athletic Director Rob Heise said.

“We’re hoping these changes will give the teams, not just football, a good vibe about playing at home,” Heise said. “Hopefully, it’ll give them more pride about their home field.”

Senior football player Will Allgeier also thinks it will give the players and the students a renewed sense of pride.
“It all adds a lot to an already beautiful facility,” Allgeier said. “I hope we get what we got the past couple years, and that is incredible school pride. When we’re at the Penn, there better be people on the fence to watch, because it’ll be that packed in the bleachers.”

Heise also spoke on the long-speculated and questioned idea of adding lights to Paradise. “Right now, there’s nothing definitive,” Heise said. “We think we have the donors in place, but we have to go through a lot of zoning with the city and hearings. No promises, but we think we could have them for next season.”



Class of 2018 welcomed at Mass

Posted August 22, 1014

On Friday, August 22, McNicholas High School continued the tradition of welcoming its freshman class with bagpipes and applause.


For the past 12 years, social studies teacher Frank Lowden has led the newest members of the Rocket student body into the first all-school Mass of the year playing the bagpipes.  This year’s class of 172 freshmen followed him as the rest of the student body welcomed the Class of 2018 with applause.






Marching Band prepares 2014 show

Posted August 21, 2014

The Rocket Marching Band is preparing its 2014 marching show entitled, I Can Hear Music-The Beach Boys. Featured songs in the program include California Girls, In My Room, Surfin' Safari, Be True To Your School, and Good Vibrations with featured solo performances by senior Steven Sinclair, senior James Harrington, junior Jackson Durm, and junior Kyle Timmons.

As this year's field commander, Sinclair leads the band along with two other seniors, James Harrington and William Klunk. The show is arranged and directed by Keith Nance with alumni John Espy, Lauren Backus, Nathan Semancik, and Michael Voet as well as Ben Bacus assisting.

The band will perform at all home and selected away games and appear at competitions in Bellevue, Goshen, LaSalle, Western Brown, and in the MSBA Championships. In 2013, the Rocket band was a Mid-States (OH, KY, IN) 4th place Class A finalist out of 26 bands.



Vote for Golf Player of the Week
Posted August 19, 2014

Congratulations to Ty DeBonis who has been nominated for the JJHuddle / Bucknuts Ohio High School Boys Golf Player of the Week.  DeBonis shot a 2-over par 73 to win medalist honors at the 10-team Maderia Invitational.  These weekly awards are decided by fan vote, so please click here to vote for DeBonis. Voting is live and will conclude at noon on Friday, Aug. 22. You may vote as often as you like. Winners will receive personalized awards.




McNicholas announces Sawyer Memorial Scholarship

Posted August 12, 2014

McNicholas is pleased to announce the creation of the Dolores C. Sawyer Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in memory of Dolores C. Sawyer, grandmother of McNicholas students Robert and Ryan Sawyer, and will be awarded each year based on financial need and a desire for a Catholic education. The scholarship is to celebrate Dolores’ deep Catholic faith and recognize her inability to achieve a higher education due to financial constraints.

“We are thankful and humbled by our ability to give back to the McNick family,” the Sawyer family stated when establishing the scholarship. “Our mom and dad made great sacrifices to ensure the family received a Catholic education. Our mom felt especially strong about the importance of Catholic education and the development of faith. She reminded us often it would be our faith that would sustain us in time of need and wanted us to have that foundation. We want to honor her legacy and help others pursue their Catholic education and faith.”

The scholarship provides $4,000 each year and is matched by McNicholas in the amount of $3,500 each year. The combined amount of $7,500 is available each year the student attends McNicholas. The scholarship is open to new students and transfer students. In addition to demonstrating financial need, the applicant must also provide a personal essay on the benefits of a Catholic education.




Sophomores awarded prizes in She Plays, She Wins Contest

Posted August 12, 2014

Congratulations to sophomore softball payer Christiane Hazzard and sophomore volleyball player Gracie Rudolph who received $1000 each for their teams in the She Plays, She Wins essay and video contest sponsored by Total Quality Logistics and honorary spokeswoman and Olympian Heather Mitts.

The goal of the contest was to help promote empowerment through women’s sports. Click here to read more.




Religion Department becomes Theology Department; New Bishop’s Framework begins

Posted August 12, 2014

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the Religion Department at McNicholas will be known as the Theology Department. This change will occur at the same time of the implementation of the new Bishop’s Framework throughout the Archdiocese.


According to Theology Department Chair Sam Roflow, the reason for this change is that many students associate “religion" courses with grade school, and that can lead them into trouble at McNicholas. “Our Theology courses are academically challenging, and students can do poorly just like in any other course…We want our students to know up front that our courses are academically challenging, and require work—just like all their other classes,” Roflow said.

The new Bishop's Framework Theology courses will be implemented over the next two school years. “Fortunately for us, the curriculum at Archbishop McNicholas High School has always stressed a solid Catholic foundation, so our actual Theology courses will stay relatively intact,” Roflow said.

The Theology Department has purchased new textbooks for four of the courses; the rest will be purchased for next school year. “This is an expensive proposition because we get no state funds to pay for anything in Theology classrooms, [but] we at Archbishop McNicholas High School are certainly ready to support the new changes and the challenges that come with it,” Roflow said.

The courses is as follows:

Freshmen Year

  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scriptures (Old Testament)
  • The Mission of Jesus Christ (Christology)

Sophomore Year

  • Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church (Church History)
  • Life in Jesus Christ (Catholic Morality)

Junior Year

  • Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ (Sacraments)
  • Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ (Vocations)

Senior Year

  • Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society (Social Justice)
  • Interreligious and Ecumenical Issues (World Religions)



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