|Weekly Newsletter Archive|
Posted September 22, 2014
On Thursday, Sept. 18, McNicholas High School inducted 22 seniors into the Science National Honor Society. Seniors who have a non-weighted grade point average of 87 percent, non-weighted average in science courses of 92 percent, have taken or are taking four years of science including biology, chemistry, physics, and at least one advanced placement science course, and have pursued science outside the classroom in some way (taking a science fair project beyond the local level, volunteering in a science or health related field, participating in Eco Club, etc.) are eligible for induction. This year’s class includes:
The purpose of the Science National Honor Society is to encourage participation in and recognition of scientific and intellectual thought, to advance the students’ knowledge of classical and modern science, to communicate with the scientific community, to aid the civic community with its comprehension of science, and to encourage students to participate in community service and, in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits mankind. Members are expected to help with science fair panels and science fair judging at McNicholas and other schools.
Posted September 9, 2014
The Science Department has been selected for the 26th consecutive year to receive the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. STEM Education embraces science, technology, engineering, and math in an effort to prepare students to be successful in the 21st century work environment. Current science teachers Mrs. Regina Goines, Ms. Debbie Bonekamp, Ms. Lauren Wulker, Mr. Jon Spurlock, and Mr. John Chadwell received this award for their work during the 2013-14 academic year.
Goines, who is also the department chair, said that they consistently receive the award because the department strives to offer students many opportunities to practice science, technology, engineering, and math outside the classroom as well as in their academic classes.
"The opportunities that our students take advantage of are amazing. We have an established science fair for our biology students, Science National Honor Society, Robotics Club, camps, and extra science experiences that qualify us for the award," Goines said. "We work really hard to expose our students to outside science opportunities, we help them navigate the application process, and they come back excited and turned on to the principles of STEM," Goines said.
The McNicholas Science curriculum includes environmental science, biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and physics, with Advanced Placement classes available in biology and physics. McNicholas alumni volunteer annually as mentors to current students as they consider colleges, majors, and future careers relating to science or medicine.
During a pep rally on Aug. 28, McNicholas students cheered on their classmates in the first ever Coney Chomp Challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
After the Archdiocese asked Catholics to not participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge due to a conflict with Catholic teaching and some of the ALS Association’s research funding, McNick students asked what they could do to help the cause without going against the doctrine. Through the creativity and concern of the students, the new challenge was created.
“Our students are caring and always thinking of others, and so they kept coming up to us asking what they could do,” Director of Communications and Marketing Shannon Kapp said.
Kapp asked the student body for suggestions and received ideas including a hot dog eating contest and a penny voting system. These ideas, along with others, were combined with Skyline Chili’s sponsorship of the Crosstown Showdown to create the Coney Chomp Challenge.
Before representatives from each class devoured their conies, Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events Shawn Young introduced McNick alumnus Chris Brockman’81 to the students so they could see someone who would be affected first-hand by their involvement.
“When you know someone with ALS and you realize what a terrible disease it is, it makes you grateful for anything you can do to raise awareness,” Young said.
Half of the money raised from voting went to Team Gleason, an organization started by Steve Gleason, a former player for the New Orleans Saints. Team Gleason is dedicated to providing individuals with help from technology and raising awareness so that a cure can be found. The other half went to Rocket Relief, an initiative started to give relief to disaster victims.
To learn more about Brockman and his fight, visit his blog.
Posted September 10, 2014
McNicholas High School is pleased to announce that senior Aaron Diemler has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist. Diemler is among the 16,000 semifinalists announced Wednesday, Sept. 10 by officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Diemler joins these academically talented high school seniors with the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.
Diemler has been involved with the Improv Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Spanish National Honor Society while being on honor roll and dean’s list at McNicholas. He is undecided about a college and a major but feels that this honor gives him more possibilities.
“Being honored as a National Merit Semifinalist definitely affects my college plans,” Diemler said. “It makes many colleges seem much more attainable. The honor has made my options much more open than they previously were.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the first Board of Limited Jurisdiction at Archbishop McNicholas High School will meet. This board is a result of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s effort to align the structure and function of boards at each of its high schools. The Board of Limited Jurisdiction replaces the School Advisory Board at McNicholas.
Fifteen members from unique and diverse backgrounds constitute the McNicholas Board. The members bring a great deal of professional experience and organizational management skills to their service to McNicholas as well as years of involvement serving on other boards. The board is comprised of a mixture of alumni, current parents, and past parents, and all members share a desire for the school to grow and succeed. Board Chairman John Jorden will lead the group.
“We are embarking on a new mission as a board to help McNicholas on its quest for continued excellence,” Jorden said. “Our newly-appointed board members are extraordinarily well-qualified, and they are committed to offering their talents and resources to help the school in every way possible.”
Board members are:
|Chris Ayers ’89
Kerry Byrne ’83
Mike Clark ’84
Jene Galvin ’61
John Jorden, Chair
Sr. Judi Keehnen ’59, emeritus
The McNicholas Board will continue using McNick 360, the school’s strategic plan, as a guide for moving forward. McNick 360, crafted in 2013 under the direction of a 10-member steering committee as well as eight working
committees, sets the strategic priorities for McNicholas High School for the next five years and was approved by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.
“McNick is poised for future growth, and we are eager to provide guidance to help achieve the initiatives outlined in our strategic plan, McNick 360,” Jorden said.
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, McNicholas High School inducted fourteen seniors into the math honor society, Mu Alpha Theta. Seniors who have completed 3 years of honors math with an un-weighted math grade point average of 90 percent and weighted overall grade point average of 87 percent are eligible for membership in Mu Alpha Theta. Members tutor students in mathematics throughout the school year and participate in statewide math competitions. This year’s class includes:
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scriptures (Old Testament)
- The Mission of Jesus Christ (Christology)
- Jesus Christ's Mission Continues in the Church (Church History)
- Life in Jesus Christ (Catholic Morality)
- Sacraments as Privileged Encounters with Jesus Christ (Sacraments)
- Responding to the Call of Jesus Christ (Vocations)
- Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society (Social Justice)
- Interreligious and Ecumenical Issues (World Religions)