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McNicholas High School is pleased to welcome Mr. Gerardo Arias to our campus as an artist-in-residence throughout the month of March. Arias is the lead painting instructor and arts educator at the Batahola Norte Cultural Center in Managua, Nicaragua, and will be overseeing the creation of two distinct murals that will be a lasting visual reminder of our rich legacy as a Catholic school.
During a visit to the United States last spring, Arias visited with Theology classes to share his witness and to encourage students to prayerfully discern God's calling for their lives.
McNicholas is grateful for the generosity of Sue and Pat Keefe, parents of 1995 McNicholas graduate Dan Keefe, for their
generous support, and for the hospitality offered by the Dowell-Howko and Cabell families during Arias' visit with our community during the month of March.
For more information, visit the McNicholas Milestone to read "Nicaraguan artist contributes time and talent to McNicholas" by Maddie Sorenson '14.
On Monday, Feb. 24, McNicholas students participated in Digital Citizenship Day, a day dedicated to teaching students to navigate their digital world responsibly.
The day, organized by Director of Educational Technology Katie Ritter, began with a presentation by Steve Smith of Cincinnati Bell about the dangers and ramifications of a negative online presence. Students then proceeded through their normal class schedule, where each department put their traditional curriculum aside to focus on a specific area of digital citizenship.
“The day was a blur, but it went exactly as planned. It was a true testament to the teamwork and dedication that our faculty and staff have to each other and to our students,” Ritter said.
During math classes, students discussed cyberbullying while religion classes focused on sexting, Snapchat, and online personas. The Fine Arts Department taught students about copyright and fair use in the online world while English teachers taught email etiquette and highlighted the importance of online privacy.
English teacher Katie Caster said, “The students seemed genuinely shocked by the repercussions of not protecting their privacy on social media; some left my room questioning if what they post could endanger them,” Caster said.
Science classes participated in a department-wide research and poster contest about the lifecycle of electronic products and responsible disposal of e-waste, while health and P.E. classes talked about the effects of technology abuse on the body. This included a game of dodge ball to emphasize the importance of disconnecting from technology at times.
The librarian and SAIL teachers taught sessions about critical website evaluation while business and technology classes looked deeper into the ramifications social media can have on the hiring and scholarship selection process.
“I hope students walked away from Dig Cit Day knowing how powerful the devices in their hands are; they have the power to inspire others or ruin lives in the click of a button. No picture, no post, no tweet, no snap now is worth losing out on an opportunity in your future. It will follow you,” Ritter added.
Social studies classes hosted guest speakers from the legal profession who educated students about laws associated with cyberbullying, sexting, and irresponsible technology use and foreign language hosted guest speakers from the HR industry who talked about the positive and negative impact social media can have on the hiring process.
“A really important piece of information that I gained from the Digital Citizenship Day was to keep all of my personal accounts and social networking private…I also learned that whatever you put out there on the internet will never go away, no matter what you try to do to get rid of it,” said senior Ann Rack.
Ritter was especially grateful for Smith and the other the guest speakers: Matthew Wallace, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office; Scott Griffith, School Outfitters; Jennifer Kinsley, Chase College of Law; Andrea Smythe, Cincinnati Police Officer; John Greiner, Graydon Head; Brett Renzenbrink and Matt Worth, Strauss Troy; Anthony Reese, Union Township Police Department; Josh Welsh, Matt Shoulta, Lauren Lonce, Jeff Thomas, and Chris Styles from Total Quality Logistics.
“This was the best program we’ve had for our students in the 42 years I’ve been at McNicholas,” social studies teacher John Kirchgassner said.
That evening, Ritter, along with several colleagues, held a parent session at 7 p.m. addressing the day’s topics and educating parents about students’ online lives. “I was happy to see how many parents showed up to the parent portion of the day. We, as teachers, cannot model and teach responsible digital citizenship on our own - it must be a team effort between teachers, students and parents,” Ritter said.
For the future, Ritter said she’d like to add some more empowerment sessions like Using Tech to Make a Change while still reiterating responsible use. “Now we can build on the basics and the foundation they received,” Ritter said.
Ritter has also made the presentation from the Digital Citizenship Night available for parents who couldn’t attend. It can be found by clicking this link. In addition to her work at McNicholas, Ritter also writes a blog called Talk Tech with Me.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, McNicholas welcomed back two of its sports legends for the annual Father-Son Breakfast. Cincinnati high school basketball coaching icon Jerry Doerger and current Bengals punter Kevin Huber were the featured speakers for the event. The breakfast is an annual event sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA).
Doerger first arrived at McNicholas in 1975, marking the beginning of an era that would span 28 years. During his time at McNick, Doerger held an overall record of 380-261, leading the varsity basketball team to the State Final Four Tournament five times. His 542 career wins and never-say-never attitude earned him a place in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011, and a spot in the McNicholas Hall of Fame in 2011. His coaching career also includes Moeller High School, Clermont Northeastern High School, Lakota East High School, and Xavier University.
Doerger was introduced by former McNicholas athlete and current parent Chris Stegman, who played on Doerger’s basketball team 25 years ago.
“One of the things that really stands out about Coach Doerger is his passion,” Stegman said. That very same passion was returned as Doerger was welcomed to the stand by the men of McNicholas, a handful of whom had played on his team as far back as the ‘70s.
“I led a great part of my life here,” Doerger said. “I met so many good people, and they make me feel proud – there’s no better reward than that.”
Doerger split up his talk into time frames, allowing for “10 minutes of funny, 5 minutes of serious, a bit of patriotism, and maybe a pep talk – I’ll probably end up trying to inspire you a little bit.”
Inspire he surely did. During his speech, Doerger touched on a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from Jeff Smith, one of Doerger’s players from the Class of 1985 who died of cancer in 1990, to his coaching anthem, “The Impossible Dream.” He ended the talk on a note of faith, reciting to the crowd a portion of his daily prayer.
“Do things that are hard to do and the power will come,” Doerger reminded his audience. “All things are possible with the strength of God.”
Huber, a McNick grad of '04, was the second speaker in attendance for the breakfast. He is the current punter for the Cincinnati Bengals, and a former member of the University of Cincinnati football team. In college, he led the nation in net punting average in the 2007 and 2008 campaigns, which included winning the official National Punting Title in 2007.
First drafted in 2009, Huber was the 5th round pick in the NFL draft by the Bengals, the first kicking specialist taken that year. He holds the distinction of being raised in Cincinnati, having attended high school and college in the Queen City, and being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Surprisingly for a successful NFL player, he did not start playing football until he was older.
"I didn’t start playing until 7th or 8th grade - I was always a soccer player," Huber said.
Interestingly enough, he did play basketball at McNick under Doerger for two years before moving his focus to football. He went to UC without a scholarship, walked onto the team, and barely had a chance to play until his junior year, when he won the National Punting Title. He did admit that it was often difficult to keep going under the pressure of school and sports, but he didn’t want to give up.
"People always told me that I couldn’t do it, that I couldn't be a punter in college,” Huber said. “I went on and became an NFL punter." He ended his speech with words that could inspire not only athletes, but all those who were in attendance.
"Stick to what you're going to do, no matter what anyone tells you. You can be anything you want to be. If someone says sit down, get back on it – stand back up.”
At McNicholas High School, Mardi Gras is about welcoming the Lenten season and celebrating students who have committed themselves to selflessly serving their school and others. Seniors Scott Frenzel and Riley Whitehouse were crowned as the 2014 Mardi Gras king and queen at the yearly, traditional pageant held Sunday, Feb. 16.
This year’s theme was “Luminosity.” To provide focus for the theme, guests heard stories of students, alumni, and faculty who have continued to spread their light to the world through service.
Frenzel is the son of Kathi and Chuck Frenzel and is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish. He is a four year honor roll student and has completed over 145 service hours. His key involvement at McNicholas has included Liturgy Choir, School House Rockets Musical Theatre Troupe as well as six theatrical performances, International Thespian Society President, Thespian Rookie of the Year, Thespian Male Rising Star Award, and two consecutive years winning the Critic’s Choice Solo Mime award at the Ohio State Thespian Conference. He has participated in numerous leadership conferences, has been a four year Service Club and Spirit Club member, is a co-founder and three year Improv Club member, three year International Club member, four year Relay for Life participant, freshman and senior retreat leader, peer mentor for freshmen, Student Ambassador, three year Student Council member, and been a member of multiple dance committees. Frenzel is also a member of French National Honor Society and National Honor Society.
Whitehouse is the daughter of Janie and Robert Whitehouse and is a member of St. Veronica parish. She is a four year Dean’s list student and has completed over 100 service hours. Whitehouse is a four year member of the Varsity Golf Team, and a four year basketball and football cheerleader and Rocket Award recipient. She has been involved in Concert Choir and the Talent Show as a performer, and has been a participant in numerous leadership conferences. Her club activities include a two year member of Service Club, three year member of Cooking Club, four year Student Council member, one year Student Council President, four years as class president, Math National Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta), and National Honor Society. She is a Eucharistic Minister, was a senior retreat leader, peer mentor for freshmen, McNicholas Ambassador, and a Relay for Life leader. She is the recipient of the Kodak Young Leader Award and the St. Joseph Community Service Scholarship.
The Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball is the highlight of the Archbishop McNicholas High School year, and celebrates the service of 40 senior court members and 16 junior and sophomore honor guard members. Those honored have participated and served in the school and community throughout their high school experience; Votes by their peers and faculty accumulate over four years.
The Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded McNicholas High School, brought the Mardi Gras tradition from their hometown of New Orleans to the school in 1952. Since then, it has been a rich tradition that is truly unique to McNicholas. Following the ceremony, a formal dance was open to all McNicholas High School students.
McNicholas welcomes Manager of Alumni Relations
Posted February 20, 2014
Archbishop McNicholas High School is pleased to announce that Shawn Young has been named the Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events. In this position, Young, a 1982 graduate of McNicholas High School, is responsible for planning and implementing programs and projects that engage alumni, working with the Alumni Association Board, and building and ensuring strong relationships between alumni and McNicholas.
The Manager of Alumni Relations and Special Events position at McNicholas is the result of the completion and approval of McNick 360, McNicholas’ strategic plan, finalized in 2013, outlining goals for the next five years in the areas of academics, advancement, Catholic identity, enrollment, facilities, finance, governance, and student life.
“This job seemed like the perfect fit for me because I’m still in contact with so many from graduation year and the surrounding years,” Young said.
For the past 26 years, Young has been a Social Studies teacher at McAuley High School and worked for one year as a Social Studies teacher at McNicholas during the 2005-2006 school year. He has held leadership positions on committees for McAuley High School, Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, and with Boy Scout Troop 694.
One of the first steps Young plans to take as Manager of Alumni Relations is to try and locate those graduates for whom McNicholas has no contact information. “I plan to use my background in history to research and find those who have lost touch over the years. I want them to know they are welcome to stop by anytime, call, or email,” Young said. He also hopes to begin monthly get-togethers at local establishments to gather alumni together to reconnect.
Young holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Northern Kentucky University, and lives in Anderson Township with his wife Kelley (Armstrong) Young, also of the Class of 1982, and their two sons, Taylor and Ian.
“I have many ideas and plans. I want McNick to be the center of the community for so many people. I want our alumni to know that they are welcome here, and I can’t wait to welcome them back,” he said.
Young can be contacted at 513.231.3500 ext. 5850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman invited to perform with Cincinnati Ballet
Posted February 20, 2014; Written by Sarah Ruwe '14
Freshman Sarah Bradley was invited to perform on Sunday, March 9 with members of the Cincinnati Ballet Company, which is considered one of the most prestigious companies in the region.
Bradley said that ballet has always been a big part of her life. “I started [ballet] when I was three years old, and I’ve loved it the entire time,” Bradley said. ““I’m part of the [Cincinnati Ballet] Academy, so when they ask, I get to perform with the company.”
The Cincinnati Ballet Otto M. Budig Academy is the only pre-professional ballet school in the region. Bradley is a level seven dancer, which is the highest level of skill. In the past, Bradley has performed in numerous shows with the Cincinnati Ballet, including Don Quixote and multiple performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
This particular show is a featured performance for the dancers of the Cincinnati Ballet Company II and the Trainees. They will be performing with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra doing selections from pieces like Swan Lake and Paquita. One of the women who was scheduled to perform is unable to make the show, and Bradley was invited to dance in her place.
“I was shocked and excited [when I found out],” Bradley said. “I’m excited to get the chance to see what it’s like to be a Trainee or a CBII.”
Bradley plans to continue ballet and pursue it professionally, and this performance is a major step for her in fulfilling that dream. She said she’s hoping to become an official member of the Cincinnati Ballet in the near future. “I’m hoping that within the next two years I can become a junior trainee for Cincinnati Ballet,” Bradley said.
She has many dreams for the future as a dancer. “I really love Swan Lake, so my dream role would be Odette. My dream company to dance for would be the San Francisco Ballet Company,” Bradley said.
McNicholas holds annual Science Fair
Posted February 18, 2014
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the McNicholas Science Department held its annual science fair. The fair featured projects presented by students currently enrolled in Biology and AP Biology classes.
Congratulations for the following award winners who were also invited to continue on to the District Fair at the University of Cincinnati on March 15. Those who place in the UC competition will advance to the State Fair at The Ohio State University.
Life Science Awards
Honorable Mention in Life Science
Physical Science Awards (three way tie for first place)
Honorable Mention in Physical Science
Governor’s Award for Advanced or Alternative Energy Research
Governor’s Award for Advanced Materials Science Research
Governor’s Award for Environmental Protection
Governor’s Award for Information Technology
National Association of Biology Teachers Honors
McNick at Night fundraiser set for March 8
Posted February 14, 2014
McNicholas High School will be hosting its 16th annual McNick at Night event on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Receptions in Eastgate. The event is McNicholas’ largest fundraiser. All proceeds from McNick at Night directly benefit McNicholas High School and support the school in ways that tuition alone cannot cover.
The evening includes an open bar, an elegant hors d’oeuvres buffet, raffles, games, and high-caliber entertainment provided by Theatre Director, alumna, and veteran Broadway actress Teresa De Zarn and Choir Director and opera performer Chris Albanese. The McNicholas Jazz Band and Band Director Keith Nance will also provide music to begin the evening.
A key element which contributes to the success of the evening is a silent and live auction led by a professional auctioneer. “While we rely heavily on the business community to donate items for the auction, we also count on the support of the McNicholas family and individuals like our dedicated parents, alumni, and friends. The support of the community for McNick at Night is what makes it a success,” Development Assistant and committee member Jenifer Tiettmeyer said.
The committee chairs include Michele Byrne Thomas, Class of 1975, and Chris Gatio Haynes, Class of 1974, as well as the Executive Director Dave Jackson and Tiettmeyer. Other volunteers include current parents Lori Rehl, Luann Rowekamp ‘73, and Tracey Garrison ’86. “This annual event provides a great opportunity for the community to become more fully engaged while having fun at the same time,” Jackson said.
The Grand Raffle for 2014 will be a reverse raffle with a grand prize of $2,500. Only 300 tickets will be sold and are available for $50 per ticket, and the winner will be announced at McNick at Night. To attend, purchase raffle tickets, or to make a donation, please contact Jenifer Tiettmeyer at 513-619-5814 or email@example.com. For more details, click here.
Twin divers head to state
Posted February 11, 2014
In the Division II Southwest Ohio District diving meet at Miami University on Monday, Feb. 11, seniors Abby and Maddie Mitchell qualified to dive at the State Meet in Canton on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Abby finished 3rd with a score of 387.70 and Maddie finished 5th with a score of 382.35.
The girls were featured in a Cincinnati.com article titled "McNick twins head to state for diving."
Sophomore Salvatore Marino finished 10th, leaving him two spots short of a State appearance, but he ended his season well, breaking the boys 11 dive school record with a score of 246.65.
Five Rockets sign to play college sports
Posted February 2, 2014
McNicholas High School held its Signing Day Event for five student-athletes on Thursday, Feb. 6: Alexis Burdick for soccer at the University of Toledo, Savannah Carmosino for soccer at Wright State University, Bryan Corpuz for football at the University of Dayton, Meghan Sweeney for soccer at Central Michigan University, and Liz Wittwer for soccer at Northern Kentucky University.
Originally scheduled to coincide with the NCAA’s National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, McNicholas had to postpone its event due to inclement weather.
Burdick, a Union Township resident and four year McNicholas varsity soccer athlete, was named 1st Team GCL Coed Central and has won the state championship three times with her club team, Kings Hammer Academy. "My coach Ben [Kirkpatrick] has really helped me grow as a player," Burdick said. "This was his first year as our coach, and he pushed us at practice but also cared about us off the field. He didn't just care about how we played; he took the time to teach us life lessons."
Parents Shaun and Sheri Burdick are looking forward to watching Alexis play at the next level. "I'm excited to see the physical play," Sheri said. "That part increases exponentially in college, and I can't wait to see her rise to the challenge."
Like her soccer teammates, Carmosino has a full list of accomplishments from her four years as a varsity soccer player with McNicholas as well as with her club teams. During Carmosino’s career as a Rocket, she was named to either 1st or 2nd Team GGCL Central all four years, and earned All-State Honorable Mention her junior year. In the tournament game against Indian Hill in the fall, Carmosino had two goals and two assists; one of her two goals was the game-winning goal against the Indian Hill Braves, who McNicholas had never defeated before that game.
Carmosino, who is a New Richmond resident, said she chose to become a Wright State Raider because she really liked the architecture of the campus, the coaches, and that it was close to home. She also added she hadn’t really thought about Wright State. “[The Wright State coaches] were at our game against Alter because they were going to recruit a player on Alter’s team,” she said. Instead, they watched Carmosino and offered her a spot on the team.
She said she credits her parents, Rob and Dawn, and her trainer Tony Capurro with helping her most along her journey from high school to college athlete. Planning to major in business, Carmosino received a four-year athletic and academic scholarship and said she is looking forward to the “freedom college will offer and meeting new people.”
Carmosino’s parents said they are glad she’ll be close so they can see most of the games. “All we’ve done is watch our kids play their games and now we get to continue that,” her father Rob said.
Mother Dawn Carmosino said she is looking forward to Savannah “focusing on one area and being on her own on her own two feet.”
Corpuz, an Anderson Township resident, was a three year McNicholas Varsity football athlete. Corpuz is the son of Arnel and Vickie Corpuz. He received the title of GCL Central Offensive Lineman of the Year for both his junior and senior years. "I'm going to miss the support of the McNicholas community and companionship of the team, but I’m excited to form new bonds and friendships that will help me adjust to college life," Corpuz said.
After receiving more than fifteen roster spots from various colleges, Corpuz decided that the University of Dayton was the best fit for him. "Being on campus felt right, and the academic aspect had everything I was looking for," Corpuz said. He has been accepted into the finance program, but is still looking into engineering as a possible major.
Sweeny, a four year McNicholas varsity soccer member and Anderson Township resident, has been recognized with many awards including team captain both her sophomore and senior years and MVP of the McNick Cup in 2012. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and about the game [at McNick], and I’ve gotten to play with my best friends,” Sweeney said. “I’m really looking forward to taking it to the next level.”
Sweeney said that after being recruited and visiting campus, Central Michigan felt like the right school for her. “To have [Central Michigan] find me and want me really stood out,” she said. Sweeney said she’s already had the opportunity to meet many members of her future team. “We all went up for a visit together and got to hang out for the day. I really like all my teammates and the coach,” Sweeney added.
Parents Todd and Amy Sweeney said the whole family is proud of what Meghan has accomplished and are looking forward to traveling to Meghan’s games to watch her play. “We’re looking forward to watching her compete at the next level, and seeing where this new coach can take her,” Amy said.
Wittwer, a three year McNicholas varsity midfielder, has chosen to take her talents to the soccer field at Northern Kentucky University, following a lifelong passion for the sport that first began when she was only three years old. After thirteen years of playing, Wittwer, a Batavia resident, became the recipient of the All-Southwest Academic Award for excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Additionally, she has played a total of eight years for the Beechmont Elite club team, where she has attained status as second in overall assists.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how far I can progress, and seeing how far I can challenge myself in college,” Wittwer said. Regardless of what the future holds, Wittwer affirmed that she will look back fondly on her time at McNick. “I’ll definitely remember all the special times I’ve had with my friends. The memories we’ve shared together are what I think I’ll remember most of all,” she said.
Wittwer’s father, Ted, has served as both her mentor and club coach for the past thirteen years, and like his wife Krista, shares much of the same excitement as their daughter. “We’re very proud,” Ted said. “It’s been very neat to see her go from a ten-year-old girl on the field to where she is today.”
Mock Trial successful in District Competition
Posted February 10, 2014; Written by Gabby Quesnell '15
On Friday, Jan. 31, the Mock Trial Team finished in the top 10 in the District Mock Trial Competition at the Hamilton County Court House. The team took all available awards: 2 Best Witnesses and 2 Best Attorneys. For the prosecution, Grant Tore won Best Attorney and Sarah Standiford won Best Witness. For the defense, Sarah Hickman won Best Attorney and Brian Gauch won Best Witness.
Every year, the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) creates a fictional case for students to improve critical reading skills and acquire an understanding of court proceedings and the Constitution. This year, students will be interpreting the Fourth and Fifth Amendments in a question of a student’s right to protest.
Mock Trial practices began in October. They learned about the case and began to write direct question, cross examination questions, opening statements, and closing statements. Once the writing is complete, they begin to practice the trial. Each season, the team meets after school at least once a week for up to four months to prepare.
Junior Reagen Powers has been on the team for three years. “I love Mock Trial because we work really hard all season just for that one trial,” Powers said. “When we finish the trial, the amount of accomplishment I feel is always worth the work from the beginning.”
Mock Trial Moderator Frank Lowden said, “Everything Mock Trial does for these students is immeasurable.”
McNicholas seniors judge Guardian Angels Science Fair
Posted February 10, 2014; Written by Hayley Coldiron '14
On Friday, Jan. 24, four McNicholas Science National Honor Society members served as judges for the Guardian Angels School sixth and eighth grade Science Fair. Seniors Savannah Baurichter, Hayley Coldiron, Grace Hiltz, and Sarah Wuerfel judged students on use of the scientific method, knowledge of their topics, and presentation skills. Based on the scores from that day, the top five highest-scoring sixth graders and top seven highest-scoring eighth graders advanced to the Regional Science Fair at the University of Cincinnati.
Guardian Angels has a prestigious Science Fair program, as the school was recently awarded with the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM and Student Research. Guardian Angels was the only grade school in Cincinnati that received this award in 2013. The McNicholas Science Department has also received this award for 25 consecutive years, and was excited to be part of the GA fair this year.
Junior high science teacher Michelle Gallagher, recipient of the C3 Outstanding Teacher Award, coordinated the event. “It is important for 6th and 8th graders to participate in the science fair because it is important for students to learn the process of science at an early age so that they are able to continue to use these processes in high school and college,” Gallagher said.
Baurichter enjoyed seeing the students have an interest in science at a young age, just as she did. “I was thoroughly impressed by their knowledge and understanding of their projects,” Baurichter said. “One topic that really stood out to me was the testing of soil pH from different areas around Ohio, and the effect that it can have on the pH alteration of water. The information collected can be useful with today’s issue of chemical runoff.”
Wuerfel agreed, stating that she was impressed with the students’ confidence and ability to answer questions she asked. “My favorite part was switching places with the student,” Wuerfel said. “I have been the student presenting before and it’s nice to be the one giving the feedback and advice.”
Gallagher considered the event a success. “It was great having students from McNick coming to see what we are learning in the sixth and eighth grades,” Gallagher said. “We love to hear from high school students to see what we need to work on to help prepare our students to be successful in high school and college.”
McNicholas celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Posted February 2, 2014
During the week of Jan. 26, Catholic schools across the nation celebrated the 40th year of Catholic Schools Week. The theme for this year's celebration was "Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service."
On Monday, Jan. 27, students in Catholic high schools in greater Cincinnati addressed questions to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr via a live-streamed webcast held at Badin High School (McNicholas served as the host school for the event in 2013).
The Music Department also hosted Catholic Schools Band Day. Over 90 band students from surrounding Catholic elementary schools spent the day with the Rocket Band learning music for a collaborative concert that was held that evening at 7 p.m. in the main gym. Mr. Jerry Robinson, an Ohio music educator for over 30 years, was the guest conductor and students from St. Veronica, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Guardian Angels, and St. Bernadette elementary schools participated. Click here for raw video from the event made possible by McNicholas band parent Robin Harrington.
The McNicholas Liturgy Choir was invited to perform at the Catholic Schools Week Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown on Tuesday, Jan. 28 but due to inclement weather, the event was canceled.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, McNicholas celebrated as a community with an all-school Mass at Guardian Angels Church. After Mass, faculty and staff celebrating 5-year anniversaries at Catholic Schools were recognized: English teachers Katie Caster and Emma Colella both with 5 years; social studies teacher Tim Monahan for 10 years; Librarian and Webmaster Anne Jones for 15 years; Assistant to the Principal Pat Farwick and Director of Finance Jean Gelvin both with 20 years; SAIL teacher Val Combs and science teacher Regina Goines both with 30 years; and art teacher Willy Corbett for 35 years.
During lunch on Thursday, Jan. 30, teachers were treated to a catered lunch and students received ice cream treats.
For the past 15 years, the final day of Catholic Schools Week has been designated as McNicholas' Day of Giving. Students and faculty/staff support Catholic education by opening up their piggy banks and coin jars for Penny Day. Over $6,000 was collected for 2014, bringing the total from the past 15 years to over $90,000 for those struggling to receive a Catholic education. The day also included the annual Blood Drive for Hoxworth Blood Centers. The collection for the day totaled 77 pints and 4 double-reds.
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