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McNicholas crowns 2022 Mardi Gras King and Queen

McNicholas celebrated its 70th annual Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 20 with the crowning of King Conner Dute and Queen Lauren Keith. This year’s festivities looked a little different as we continue to consider safety in the midst of a pandemic, but the tradition established by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1952 continued.

The theme, City Shining on a Hill, acknowledged the many ways our community has been a light to the world, shining for all to see.  The 56 students on the court and honor guard were celebrated for the ways that their gifts have strengthened the McNicholas community and beyond.

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“King Conner is one of the kindest young men I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” SAIL teacher Mrs. Valerie Combs said. “Conner enriches the McNicholas community with his selfless dedication and leadership and sets a wonderful example for others.   He is friendly, intelligent, and humble and exemplifies our mission—a compassionate leader growing toward full stature in Christ.”

Conner is a 4-year Honor Roll student who has served his community with over 1,300 hours of service. He is a member of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and a Milford Fire Cadet. He has served his fellow students as a retreat leader, Peer Mentor, and Hope Squad member and has served McNicholas as a Student Ambassador, McNick Minute podcaster, and member of the Hands Across Campus diversity and inclusion club. Conner recently won a Scholastic Gold Key in Architecture and Industrial Design and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for his achievement on the on the American Legion Americanism and Government Test.

Math Department Chair, Mrs. Ashley Brothers said, “I couldn't be happier for King Conner. He is a truly authentic, hard-working young man.  He proudly represents McNicholas and his community, and I'm grateful that this honor allows him to receive the recognition he deserves.  

Queen Lauren is a four-year Dean’s List and Honor Roll student, a four-year volleyball athlete, a three-year lacrosse athlete, and a member of Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. She has served her fellow students as a Peer Mentor, retreat leader, member of Hope Squad, and member of the CREW Leadership Team. She has served her community with over 270 hours of service, including her work as a member of the executive team for CancerFree Kids Night for the Fight and the St. Vincent De Paul Youth Conference.

Principal David Mueller said, “Lauren's classmates and the faculty, including me, respect her well-rounded excellence as person of faith, student, servant leader, and athlete. In her role as Student Body President, she has demonstrated dedication to McNicholas, a focus on setting and achieving positive goals, and a gift for building school spirit.”

Social Studies Teacher and Student Culture Coordinator, Mr. Todd Naumann, added, “Lauren is bright, talented, and caring.  She demonstrates compassionate leadership by putting the needs of others before those of her own. Lauren has effectively led our school this year with humility, courage, and grace. Lauren is one of the most outstanding young people I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  Her recognition as Mardi Gras Queen was well deserved!”

McNicholas Mardi Gras Court 2022
    McNicholas students collect recycling

    Students in the Environmental Science classes are caring for God’s creation and learning about sustainability by taking responsibility for the school recycling program. Science teacher Mr. Eric Hickman jump started the program as part of his Environmental Science curriculum. “My goal for this class is to make students aware of environmental issues and empower them to be a part of the solutions,” Mr. Hickman said.

    Early IT contest winner holds up prize

    Congratulations to freshman Louis Smith and sophomores Eli Holland and Jonathan Byrum who earned top awards in University of Cincinnati’s Early IT Fall Competition. Louis won first place in the Programming category for his Java script program that helps builders to calculate construction costs. Eli and Jonathan, who took second place as a team in the Web Development category, were challenged to create an original website that highlights the UC Early IT Program at McNicholas. 

    Rockets enjoy Pumpkin STEM lab and creative fall fun

    McNicholas students celebrated fall and Halloween with pumpkins galore inside and outside the classroom! Mr. Steve Dalton's class participated in the yearly pumpkin catapult STEM lab, the English Department hosted a literary pumpkin decorating contest, and CREWs carved out some time for fun with their own contest.