|Weekly Newsletter Archive|
Posted December 3, 2013
McNicholas High School’s vocalists, musicians, and performers will again host three musical events during the Christmas season.
On Sunday, Dec. 15, the McNicholas Liturgy Choir and Campus Ministry Team will host the second annual Lessons and Carols celebration at 7 p.m. at Guardian Angels Church. The event, which was introduced to the Liturgy Choir curriculum in 2011 by Choral Music Director Chris Albanese, combines Catholic Scripture and choral music.
“Lessons and Carols is a very special experience,” Albanese said. “It’s an incredibly unique way of experiencing multiple cultures in one evening. Just being there is like stepping into another world.”
In addition to traditional Christmas carols, attendees can expect to hear a variety of music from cultures around the world, from Kenyan hymns to Old English melodies. The music at Lessons and Carols is traditionally accompanied by select readings from Scripture, as well as related prayers read by student lectors.
On Friday, Dec. 20, the McNicholas Band will present their annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. in the McNicholas Main Gym. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble playing traditional Christmas tunes as well as other music the band has been practicing.
Admission for both Lessons and Carols and the Christmas Concert is free and open to all ages.
In addition to the Christmas Concert and Lessons and Carols, McNicholas will also host their second annual Madrigal Dinner on Dec. 6. A Madrigal Dinner is a form of dinner theatre that involves Medieval-era dining and a variety of performances ranging from singing to acting, juggling to Shakespeare. The script for the McNicholas Madrigal Dinner was written by Albanese and will be performed by a total of 21 students from the McNicholas choir and theatre. Due to the popularity of this event and limited seating, tickets sold out the day they went on sale. Albanese hopes to add more performances for 2014, so more can experience the Renaissance-style event.
Posted November 25, 2013
Congratulations to sophomore Nick Emig for earning first place in the American Chemical Society Illustrated Poem Contest. Sophomores Adam Neltner and Keely Meakin received Honorable Mention.
As part of every National Chemistry Week (NCW) celebration, the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsors a national contest for students. Entrants were asked to submit an illustrated poem that highlighted the importance of chemistry and health and fit with the 2013 theme: Energy Now and Forever.
The goal of National Chemistry Week, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, is promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. Emig, along with teacher Mrs. Regina Goines, will be honored at the Awards Banquet dinner in April 2014 at the Northern Kentucky University.
Posted November 25, 2013
On Saturday, Nov. 23, thirteen sophomore students spent their Saturday evening volunteering at the 9th Annual Nick Erdy Foundation Dinner, Dance and Auction Benefit that was held at Norlyn Manor in Batavia.
The students were proud to be a part of such an amazing event and they represented their school with pride. The students who volunteered were Ricky Bachman, Luke Baker, Conner Barnes, Ryan Byrne, Jacob Cheek, Chris Clark, Adam Hisch, Ben Roberts, Will Kamphaus, Jack Schoose, Nick Staderman, Evan Stegman and Jacob Vaughn.
The Nick Erdy Foundation was established in 2005 in honor of Lance Corporal Nicholas Erdy, McNicholas Class of 2002, who gave his life in service to our country on May 11, 2005. To date, the foundation has contributed more than $100,000 to fund a variety of scholarships which have been established at the schools where Erdy attended and also in the community where he grew up. McNicholas High School is one of the honored recipients of these scholarship funds.
The foundation also contributes donations to organizations that provide much needed aid to our returning injured Marines and their families as well as to the Lima Company Memorial which was created to honor the 23 fallen, Ohio-based Lima Company Marines with whom Erdy proudly served. The traveling memorial, part of which can be seen in the background of the photo of the students, was on display at the event this year. For more information about the Nick Erdy Foundation, visit the foundation's website at nickerdyfoundation.org.
Posted November 18, 2013
Works of art created by several McNicholas art students will be on display through the holidays at Indigo Casual Gourmet Café in Hyde Park located at 2637 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208. The works on display were created by seniors Ellen Uhl, Emily Feldkamp, Gannon McHugh, and Emily Fortin, juniors Ploy Sithisakulrat and Luke Sulken, and freshmen Molly Jorden and Noah Kohl.
The works were chosen to represent the variety of methods and materials used by the students from all grade levels and studio art classes.
Over the last few years, Indigo’s Restaurant has had several area artists display their artwork, including McNicholas alum Erika Luedke ’11. Luedke is presently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah Georgia. Other recent McNick alum to showcase their work at Indigo include: Sarah Casenneli ‘07 , Natalie Corbett ’07, and Patty Chal-Corbett ’00.
Posted November 18, 2013; Written by Sarah Ruwe '13
On Monday, Nov. 11, many local veterans visited McNicholas for the second annual Veterans Day Breakfast.
During this event, veterans from World War II to present day service were honored and had the opportunity to share their stories with McNicholas students, faculty, and community members. Veterans were invited from American Legion Halls 484 and 318. In addition, alumni and family members of current McNick students were invited. Jim Hay ‘77, Chair of the Military Memorial Committee, who sponsored the event, said they had a great turn out.
“[We had] close to 100, counting all the guests, students, and staff,” Hay said. “We probably doubled the size in this second year, so it looks like we’re off to a new tradition.”
The event began with a welcoming speech from Principal Patty Beckert and an opening prayer. This was followed by a performance by the McNicholas Choir singing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America.” Finally, Computer Technology teacher Barb Gillming played a video tribute that three of her Video Editing students, Johnny Adams, Austin Gardner, and Aaron Tople, made for the event. After the formal ceremony was complete, the veterans, faculty, and students were treated to a continental breakfast and had time to share in each other’s company.
Military Memorial Committee member Ken Serger ’69 said that the Veterans Breakfast is a great event for the students and the veterans. “I think it’s great that McNick reaches out to vets,” Serger said. “It’s a great way to say ‘thank you’ to our veterans, and it’s a great way for students to get involved in functions and build awareness of things that typically wouldn’t be part of high school curriculum.”
Hay agreed, saying he hoped it would be an eye-opening experience for some of the students in attendance. “I would hope that our young men and women maybe appreciate that freedom isn’t free, and to meet some of the people who have helped and are helping to make it a privilege.”
Senior Andrew Hay said he really enjoyed spending time with the veterans during the event. “I think the vets were really happy to be recognized and to talk to us about their experiences. I really liked hearing their stories.” Andrew said he spent most of his time with his grandfather and a few of the other veterans. He said his favorite story was Jim Robinson’s, who is a World War II vet who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
Jim Hay said that after this year’s high attendance, the Military Memorial Committee is definitely planning to continue this tradition, and they are looking forward to an even larger turn out next year.
Posted November 18, 2013
Maintenance man Mike Woodruff has been chosen as one of only 10 finalists in the Cintas Corporation's national Janitor of the Year Contest. Sponsored by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS), this first ever Janitor of the Year contest aims to shine a spotlight on those who truly rule the school - the janitors!
"When we don't know who to ask about something, we ask Mike, and he has the answer," said SAIL teacher Val Combs, who was one of many faculty and staff members who nominated Woodruff.
Woodruff has served McNicholas High School for over 20 years, and he is the consummate professional...extremely hard-working, resourceful, and kind. He is always available to lend a hand to others, no matter how much he has on his own to-do list, and it is always with a smile and a "Good Morning, Sunshine."
He is the one person in the building who knows how everything works, what key goes to which lock (and there are hundreds!), and where everything is located. McNicholas is grateful for all Woodruff does for the school -for the facilities, for the faculty, for the students, and for the overall community.
The 2013 Janitor of the Year will receive a $2,500 cash prize along with $2,500 in Cintas products and services for his or her school - not to mention bragging rights. To cast your vote for Woodruff, please visit this link. Voting will be open through Monday, Dec. 2, and the winner is chosen strictly though votes.
"We've received some amazing stories of heroism, compassion and friendship," said Dave Mesko, Senior Director of Marketing, Cintas Corp. "The top 10 finalists for this year's award are ambassadors for their schools and true figures in their communities. We are thrilled to share their stories and look forward to seeing who the public selects as their favorite." Thank you in advance for voting!
Posted November 18, 2013
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 33 juniors and seniors were inducted into the McNicholas Altiora chapter of National Honor Society, joining the 43 current members.
The induction was led by moderators, English teacher Mrs. Katie Caster and Social Studies teacher Ms. Michelle Semancik. English teacher Ms. Ashley Markesbery gave the congratulations speech to the newly inducted members. NHS officers Catherine Adams, Grace Hiltz, Daniel Sandmann, and Grant Tore also assisted with the ceremony.
National Honor Society is a nationally recognized organization. The four pillars of NHS are scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A committee of teachers, who remain anonymous, review the applications and choose the students that represent all the pillars.
The induction ceremony is a candle light service. The students say the NHS pledge, sign the NHS book, receive a certificate, and light a candle representing the four pillars.
Once a student is accepted and inducted into the program, there are certain responsibilities the student must uphold. They must maintain a weighted 90% GPA, complete 10 service hours in addition to those required for graduation, assist with tutoring throughout the year, attend NHS meetings, and maintain good character.
Posted November 12, 2013
Senior Tyler Gumbert has been nominated for the WCPO/Tristatefootball.com Player of the Week. In McNick’s first ever home playoff game at Penn Station Stadium, Gumbert recorded 12 total tackles and had and interception return for a touchdown against previously undefeated Urbana. Click here to vote for Gumbert.
Fans can vote once an hour per IP address, and voting ends on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9 a.m. The Rockets are 9-2 overall. They face Clinton-Massie on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Kings High School in the Regional semi-final game. Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale in the McNicholas Athletic Office (located in the convent building) Wednesday- Friday 7:30 am - 3:30 pm & Thursday & Friday in the cafeteria during lunches (check in at the main office first if you plan to come during lunch). Tickets are $7 presale, $9 at the game. McNicholas receives a percentage from pre-sale tickets sales, so please purchase your tickets at McNicholas.
Please remember this is a OHSAA playoff game. There will be no reentry. Make sure you bring everything you need with you into the game. No signs or noisemakers. Only OHSAA passes will be accepted. Children not in school will not need a ticket.
To view Community Press reporter Mark Motz’s video interview with Gumbert, click here.
Posted November 11, 2013
The McNicholas High School Band, under the leadership of Director Keith Nance and Assistant Director Lauren Burkart, has received numerous awards this fall for their "Music of Motown" halftime show. Performing music from the Temptations, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the band has earned top awards in the following five competitions:
The Field Commander for the 2013 Rocket Band is senior Brianna Dowell-Howko, who is joined by senior band leaders Jacob Woeste, Alex Ventre, and Michael Massie. The band will now move into concert band season and are currently preparing for the annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 20 in the McNicholas main gym. The concert will feature the percussion ensemble, jazz orchestra, and the concert band.
If you missed the band's show this year, WLWT recorded the Rocket Band's performance during halftime of the Oct. 18 football game against Roger Bacon. To view the footage, please click here.
Posted November 11, 2013
Congratulations to Hannah Straub and Amy Powell, who were just named as winners in the Catholics United for the Poor All Saints Day Essay Contest. Straub is the 9th grade winner for all schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Powell is received the award from all of the submissions from McNicholas. In the essays, students discussed a saint who inspires them and how that saint might be serving today.
Posted November 11, 2013
On Saturday, Nov. 2, eighteen members of the Rockets for Life Club participated in the Cincinnati Right to Life 5K Run for Life at Lunken Airport Playfield. McNicholas had the largest organized group to participate in the inaugural year for the event and Mark Flatt came in 9th, completing the race in 19 minutes. Congressman Brad Westrup was also at the event and took the time to talk with the McNicholas students and take a picture with them.
Rockets for Life participants included Mitchell Hartwell, Mary Schmitt, Sarah Wilkinson, Sarah Croweak, Liz Coffey, Sydney Evans, Claire Daly, Kayla Abbitt, Brian Cabell, Kevin Grannen, Brian Gauch, Caleb Brunner, Anthony Luster, Lily Deller, Grant Tore, Kelly Breitenbach, Lillie Motz, and Madison Hartwell.
A special thanks to former McNicholas moms, Jennifer Becker and Kate Tucci, who supported the Rockets for Life by helping with the cost of registration and for purchasing t-shirts for the students.
For more info about the 5K Run for Life, click here.
Thanks to the generosity of the McNicholas community, Service Club was able to deliver over 500 items of warm clothing to St. Vincent de Paul from their 15th Annual "Warm Clothing Drive." The vast majority of donations were coats, with the rest being sweatshirts, hats, scarves, and gloves.
October is Respect Life Month and Homeless Awareness Month. During this time, Service Club sponsored Shanty Town and the Warm Clothing Drive to draw attention to "the least of these" in Matthew 25.
For the past two years, McNicholas students were permitted to dress in costume on Halloween for a $2 donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Nearly 300 students and faculty/staff came to school in costume and helped raise over $600 for MDA. The money will be used for the MDA's annual summer camp program.
Alum chosen as CP Inspires Foundation Honoree
Posted November 5, 2013
Sam Becker, Class of 2013, was chosen as the CP Inspires Foundation Honoree this year for his work through the school to raise awareness surrounding Cerebral Palsy.
Last year over $3800 was raised for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy unit in conjunction with the first and only varsity basketball game he was able to play in during his high school career. Becker will be speaking and recognizing nominees who have the chance to be next year's CP Inspires Honoree. Consider supporting Becker and CP by attending the celebratory ceremony November 9 at Kings Island Resort and Conference Center at 10:00 a.m.
The foundation is requesting attendees to RSVP via their website www.cpinspiresfoundation.org for planning purposes. Also, the Foundation encourages all McNick students to wear their CP shirts that were sold during last year's fundraising basketball event in support of Sam.
Posted November 5, 2013; Written by Sarah Ruwe '14
While many high school students spend their weekends attending sporting events and watching Netflix, freshman Sarah Bradley spent the weekend of Oct. 26 performing in the classic ballet Swan Lake with 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 7 dancer, which is the highest level of skill. Besides dancing as a lady in waiting and a swan in Swan Lake, Bradley has performed in a number of ballets with the company. So many, in fact, that she said she couldn’t even count. One of her favorites is The Nutcracker, which she has performed in every year since she was six. In last year’s performance, she was offered a company role for the first time.
Bradley said she has loved performing with the Cincinnati Ballet because it is an amazing opportunity.
“It’s just fun getting the experience, performing on such a large stage like the Aronoff and getting to work with the professional dancers,” she said.
Bradley plans to continue ballet and pursue it professionally. 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, including starring in Swan Lake again, but in a different role. “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.”
The Varsity Football Team has been nominated to be this week's Gold Star Chili Team of the Week as a result of their 38-14 win over Badin on Saturday, Nov. 2. Vote for the Rockets at TriStateFootball.com once per hour, per IP address through Friday at 9 a.m.
The Rockets captured their second straight GCL Central title and are gearing up for their first-ever playoff football game on the McNicholas campus where they will face the undefeated Urbana High School on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Coach Mike Orlando said, “On behalf of the football team, I wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all those that came out to support us this Saturday…I am not sure if we have ever had a better, more attentive crowd at the Penn. Wow, what a great atmosphere! We hope that we can pick up where we left off next Saturday.”
Tickets are $7 presale and $9 at the gate. McNicholas sports passes are not accepted. Everyone age 6 and above must purchase a ticket to gain entry. Presale tickets can be purchased in the Athletic Office Wednesday, Nov. 6 through Friday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Posted November 4, 2013
Senior A.P. Art students Gannon McHugh and Sarah Emig have been chosen to participate in the College of Mt. St. Joseph's "Selections 13," a biennial exhibition since 1993 of art works created by area high school juniors and seniors throughout the tri-state area.
The show will be held in Studio San Giuseppe, the college art gallery, from November 10 - December 6, 2013 "Selections 13" is designed to honor deserving individuals and salute the excellent art programs in the area.
Posted November 4, 2013
Senior Jacob Woeste has been recognized as a Honda/OSU Math Medal Scholar. Each year, The Ohio State University and Honda awards 18 scholarships to Math Medal recipients from the Central and Southwest regions of Ohio. The $3,000 scholarship for OSU’s College of Engineering was created in by the Honda/OSU partnership in 2005. According to OSU’s website, the goal is to recognize superior math scholarship and offer an incentive for students to pursue engineering careers through education at The Ohio State University and employment at Honda of America.
Posted November 3, 2013; Written by Hayley Coldiron '14
On Thursday, Oct. 24, twenty-five McNicholas seniors participated in Shantytown, a homelessness-awareness event sponsored by Service Club. The students slept in boxes outside on the school campus for a night and participated in activities to gain a deeper understanding of how homelessness affects an individual.
"This is the third year we have participated in Shantytown," Community Service Coordinator Sam Roflow said. "The event is held in October because the Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless has declared October as Homeless Awareness Month."
The students kicked off the event by walking to a local Kroger to buy their breakfast and dinner. One of the rules of the night was that each student could only spend one dollar on each meal. "Everything we found that fit into our budget was unhealthy, and if we wanted to buy apples, we had to buy the bruised ones," senior Madison Hartwell said. "It was fine for one night, but having to eat like that every night just isn't right."
Once they returned to the McNicholas campus, the students interacted with a guest speaker. Julie Muething, English teacher and volunteer for Faces Without Places, brought Community Awareness Coordinator for Faces Without Places Megan Rahill to the event to talk to the students.
"Faces Without Places is an organization that works mainly with children in Cincinnati Public
Schools who are experiencing homelessness,” Muething said. ”We help them with school work and make sure they transition easily when they move between shelters.”
Rahill brought a documentary called In Their Voices and gave the students hypothetical situations to better understand how children experiencing homelessness live. "We were asked to think about what we would take with us in a backpack if we had to leave our homes at that age, and none of us thought about a toothbrush or a birth certificate, but these kids did," senior Hartwell said. "Our hypothetical activity is their reality."
The students participated in other activities throughout the night such as watching a film about homelessness called Being Flynn and setting up their boxes before they ended the night with a prayer service for those experiencing homelessness.
"I decided to participate in Shantytown because I thought it would be a small step I could take to lead to a greater understanding of how people experiencing homelessness live,” senior Grant Tore said. “I learned that there are families out there that are split up, and there are children struggling to keep up with classwork because they don't have a stable home. Shantytown was a simple way to raise awareness of this and make homelessness more visible."
Posted October 23, 2013; Written by Sarah Ruwe '14
The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati brought the touring show In the Shadows of Edison: The Nikola Tesla Story to McNicholas on Monday, Oct. 21.
The play, written and directed by Chris Stewart, is one of the Children’s Theater’s Art Reach plays and is performed by their touring group at schools all over the city. Theater Director Teresa De Zarn and Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair Mel Gaskins organized the performance. De Zarn said she originally planned for the show to only be performed for the theater students, but Principal Patty Beckert asked to open up the opportunity to everyone.
Gaskins agreed, since it’s a cross-curricular play. “Being a part of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, we wanted to bring learning and art together in one event,” Gaskins said.
The play is about Nikola Tesla, a famous scientist and inventor who was mentored by Thomas Edison. His best-known inventions include the Tesla coil, the X-Ray, and RADAR. According to the Cincinnati Children’s Theater website, the play focuses on Tesla’s time in New York City working for Edison, and the feud that eventually erupts between the two colleagues known as “The War of Currents.”
Most of the students thought the play was really interesting, and many of them knew very little about Tesla prior to the play.
“It introduced me to a new character in history that I didn’t know about,” senior Cameron Roesel.
Sophomore Emma Kapp agreed. “I thought it was interesting. I didn’t really know anything about Tesla, so it was really informative.”
One surprise that the students enjoyed was that the cast allowed audience members to join them on stage in two scenes. “I liked that they incorporated the audience into the performance,” senior Mary Schmidt said. “I was nervous going to go up there, but it was fun being up in front of the school.”
De Zarn said that she thought it was a great opportunity for all the students to see the performance. “Since it covers science, history, and literature, there are so many departments that benefit from [seeing] it.” De Zarn also said this was a great way for McNicholas to support a local organization. All the money to fund the special performance was raised through a jeans day collection. “We are supporting a local theater group,” De Zarn said. “It’s a win-win situation.”
Vote for Browning for Player of the Week
Posted October 28, 2013
Sophomore Sam Browning has been nominated for the WCPO/Tristatefootball.com Player of the Week. Browning scored two touchdowns, one on a 45-yard interception return and one on a 46-yard fumble recovery, in the Rockets 38-22 win over Purcell-Marian on Oct. 25. Click here to vote for Browning.
Fans can vote once an hour per IP address, and voting ends on Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m. The Rockets are 5-1 in the GCL and 7-2 overall. They face the Badin Rams (5-1 in the GCL and 8-1 overall) at home in The Penn on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.
Posted October 22, 2103
The Science Department has been selected for the 25th 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 2012-2013 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.
"Receiving a Governor's Award for Excellence sends a clear signal that these schools and teachers value student-originated, inquiry-based science education as outlined in the Ohio Science Education Standards and in the National Science Education Standards," said Lynn Elfner, the Ohio Academy of Science's CEO.
"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.
Posted October 18, 2013
Seniors Matthew Estes, Andrew Pearson, and Ellen Uhl were recently named as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise.
Commended Students place among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.
Rocket Band announces raffle winner; takes first place in competition
Posted October 18, 2013
Thank you to all who purchased a raffle ticket from the Rocket Band for the chance to win tickets to the Oct. 27 Bengals game. Band Director Keith Nance drew the winning ticket belonging to Tom DuMont before the Oct. 12 Band Competition in Wilmington. Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Rocket Band raised almost $4,500. The Music Boosters appreciate the support given by the McNicholas community. A special thank you to Hyde Park Landscaping for donating the Bengals tickets.
At the Wilmington Band Invitational on Oct. 12, the Rocket Band took 1st place band and percussion in Class A.
Percussion also finished 4th overall out of 10 competing bands.
October 14, 2013
The month of October is deemed Respect Life Month, and the McNicholas Rockets for Life Club have a number of events planned to celebrate the sanctity of human life. The goal is for the club to show that life is a sacred gift from God from conception to natural death.
The club has already participated in a number of events: an Evening for Life, at the Sharonville Convention Center, where they heard from speaker Julia Holcomb conceived a child with Aerosmith rock star Steven Tyler who then persuaded her into abortion, and National Cupcake Day, where all students received cupcakes at lunch to celebrate the birthdays of all children who never had that chance. They also held an all-school pro-life poster contest, and they viewed the film, October Baby, which focuses on a college freshman's life that is turned upside-down when she learns she was adopted after a failed abortion attempt, and held an all-school poster contest.
On Oct. 13, the club, as well as anyone else who wishes to attend, plans to carve pumpkins with Xavier University Students for Life. The pumpkins will be carved with crosses representing nearly 800 children lost to abortion every day.
Other events throughout the month include participating in the Pro-Life Day of Solidarity, where students will be silent all day to be in solidarity with the children who have lost their lives to abortion. Club members will wear red arm bands identifying them as participants and will carry fliers explaining why they are silent and to educate others about the plight of the children lost every day to abortion.
Throughout the month, the group is participating in the National 40 Days for Life. According to Rockets for Life Club moderator Tracey Canisalez, the group will join others to pray outside of Planned Parenthood.
On Oct. 17, the Rockets for Life Club will hold a meeting after school in room 309 in the convent and invite anyone interested in becoming a member to attend. Plans are currently underway for the trip to Washington, D.C. in January on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade to protest the landmark decision.
Posted October 14, 2013
On Saturday, Oct. 5, McNicholas celebrated its 3rd Homecoming in Penn Station Stadium. The theme "Students by Day, Superheroes by Night" was chosen by the Class of 2015, who plans Homecoming each year. The Varsity Football Team claimed a victory of 31-10 over Chaminade-Julienne. Sophomore Adam Hisch had 193 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns, with 202 all-purpose yards to lead the Rockets. McNick forced 2 fumbles and had an interception in the end zone as they held CJ under their scoring average. Senior Dominic Gabriele added a rushing touchdown and freshman kicker Cole Carmosino added a 23 yard field goal to seal it for the Rockets.
The Rocket Band was joined by 14 alumni for the National Anthem and the fight song. Many of the alumni also played with the band in the stands during the game. The alumni in attendance included Grant Barry '11, Maggie Behan '09, Lauren Burkhart '08, Sean Fitzpatric '08, Kyle Grogan '12, Anna Heineke '13, Kevin McClellan '10, Matt Quitter '12, Alex Roa '13, Bret Rossmann '13, Nathan Semancik '10, Brandon Stout '13, Michael Voet '11, and Evan Yannetti '13.
At halftime, seniors Liz Coffey and John Grimsley were crowned Homecoming Queen and King, and the Class of 2014 won the annual float competition. The annual dance, open for the first time to freshmen, was held from 8 p.m. to midnight in the main gym.
Posted October 10
Archbishop McNicholas High School is pleased to announce that David Jackson has been named Executive Director. In this position, Mr. Jackson will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the school, which include the areas of finance, technology, fund development, alumni relations, marketing, communications, student recruitment, and enrollment.
Jackson brings over 30 years of business experience to McNicholas. His experience ranges from being an entrepreneur and small-business owner to holding staff positions in financial and investment roles for large private sector companies. Prior to coming to McNicholas, Jackson spent a decade building his own business. His corporate experience includes assignments at leading Fortune 500 companies including Alpharma, Inc., Thomson Financial, Macmillan Inc., and PepsiCo. “Decision-making can have a positive and immediate effect on the student body. There is a certain level of enthusiasm and excitement in the school setting that is often lacking in traditional business circles. In the school setting, you have the sense that your efforts are helping to change the lives of our youth and propel them toward a future of excellence,” Jackson said.
The Executive Director position at McNicholas is the result of the recent completion and approval of McNick 360, McNicholas’ strategic plan outlining goals for the next five years in the areas of academics, advancement, Catholic identity, enrollment, facilities, finance, governance, and student life. Jackson said he was drawn to the newly-created position for many reasons. “I have been searching for an opportunity where I could utilize my many years of business background – both corporate and as an entrepreneur – to make a substantial difference in an organization that can have a profound and lasting effect on people’s lives. Archbishop McNicholas High School is just such an institution – inspiring mind, heart and spirit,” Jackson said.
Jackson holds a B.A. from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. in Finance and Investments from George Washington University. He has also served as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate working on various legislative programs related to commerce, business and banking. Jackson has also served on local and regional boards including the Louisville Ballet and the Boy Scouts of America.
Jackson lives in Amberley Village with his wife Teresa and son Will. “I have set some very aggressive goals in the areas of development and admissions and am very excited about the potential we have to build McNicholas to a new pinnacle of excellence. I am very committed to help ensure that the school remains one of the very best options for co-ed, Catholic, secondary education within the region. I have a passion to build upon its strong legacy and I invite our students, families, and alumni to rally around our renewed journey.”
Posted Oct. 10, 2013
Congratulations to Athletic Assistant Susan Rohlfs who has been chosen to receive the Ohio Valley Volleyball Officals Assocation Outstanding Contribution Award.
OVVOA Secretary Karol Warden said, "Each year the 150 OHSAA volleyball referees in the Southwest District choose a coach, player, score keeper, linesperson, timer, libero, tracker, athletic director, or school administrator that is enjoyable to work with and does a outstanding job."
Rohlfs will receive her award at a dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Mount Notre Dame High School. Lakota East Libero player Cailyn Wachtel, Princeton High School Coach Heather Sloane, and Ursuline Athletic Director Diane Redmond will also be recognized.
Posted Oct. 10, 2013
The Varsity Football Team has been nominated to be this week's Gold Star Chili Team of the Week as a result of their 31-10 victory over Chaminade-Julienne during the Oct.5 Homecoming game. Vote for the Rockets at TriStateFootball.com once per hour, per IP address through Friday at 9 a.m. All winners will be recognized with an award at the TSF Year in Review Shows in January.
Posted October 10, 2013; Written by Sarah Ruwe '14
The McNicholas Theatre Department will perform Over the Tavern by Tom Dudzick from Nov. 7-9 at 7 p.m. in the Jeanne Spurlock Theater.
This comedy is about Rudy, a young boy being raised Catholic, and his dysfunctional family. Director Teresa De Zarn said that it is a very well-written comedy that she is sure the audience will enjoy.
“I like to start the season with something fun,” De Zarn said. “It’s a precious look at what happens in a family. The audience will enjoy the humor.”
Over the Tavern features a small cast of seven characters. The starring students are junior Max Bartel as Eddie, senior Adam Dill as Georgie, senior Scott Frenzel as Chet, senior Madison Hartwell as Sister Clarisa, senior Mary Ingram as Ellen, senior Kaitlyn Shaefer as Annie, and junior Chris Wells as Rudy. Three students are in charge behind the scenes: sophomore Taylor Ashmore is the Assistant Stage Manager, sophomore Maddie Buhr is the Stage Manager, and senior Caroline Castleman is the Production Stage Manager.
De Zarn said that the cast members are having a great time with this show. “They all have great characters. They’re really enjoying the relationships [between the family members].”
Hartwell said the show is very entertaining. “It’s really funny because each member of the family has their own problems, and it all escalates at once,” she said. Hartwell also said that she really enjoys her character, the nun Sister Clarissa. “It’s a really fun character to play because it’s not how I act at all; she is really strict.”
Wells said his favorite part about Over the Tavern is that the audience will be able to relate to the plotline and to his character of Rudy especially. “I’m definitely excited [to play Rudy]. It’s my first main role and he’s a very intense character to play. He’s very headstrong. He picks something to believe and he believes in it firmly,” Wells said. “I like it because it relates directly to something I think a lot of people have trouble with in real life.”
Tickets to the show will go on sale in mid-October, two weeks prior to opening night. The cost is $8 for students and $10 for adults. To reserve or purchase tickets, please contact De Zarn at 513-231-3500 ext. 5137 or email@example.com.
Posted October 7, 2013; Written by Hayley Coldiron '14
Twenty-five McNicholas seniors traveled to Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky for the school’s annual Appalachia retreat on Sept. 24. This six day retreat focused on serving the impoverished area of Appalachia through the ministry of presence and volunteer labor.
This retreat was first offered to McNicholas seniors in 1981 by religion teacher John Norman. “It helps our students see that the work of the church is broad,” Norman said. “It reaches into remote corners of the country, and students learn to appreciate the people of Appalachia, build community, and see what that community can do together.”
Throughout the week, students volunteered for various agencies such as Lend a Helping Hand Food Pantry, People's Self-Help Housing, and the Golden Living Center, a senior center.
“I was surprised by how different living conditions are, even just two hours away from Cincinnati,” senior Melissa Scheidler said. “I realized how great the need to give back is, and I was incredibly thankful to be surrounded by such a supportive community, especially at the People Self-Help Housing construction site. We couldn’t have done everything if we hadn’t done it together.”
One woman the students served was Edith Smith, affectionately known as ‘Wild Woman.’ Volunteers have visited her farm since 1989, sharing in her Appalachian knowledge and hospitality. After their ministry of presence, students participated in volunteer labor by doing yard work on her farm. During McNicholas’ visit, Smith welcomed her 11,000th volunteer, senior Scott Frenzel. Smith gave Frenzel a few trinkets from her farm, including a four leaf clover and a wooden cross necklace.
“It’s an honor to know that I was Mrs. Smith’s 11,000th visitor,” Frenzel said. “I wear the necklace she gave me every day. It reminds me that you never know the impact you can have on someone.”
Director of Campus Ministry Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth believes that this retreat is a great way for students to discern God’s will for their lives. “It is my hope that the students gained a new perspective on how to live our faith. Each year, the students come back with a sense of what really matters in their lives, as well as a clearer view of how they want to spend their time and expend their energy,” Hutchinson-Smyth said.
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