Seniors commit to college athletic programs

During the fall national signing day, McNick recognized three students who are committing to play a sport in college. On November 11, Haven Dwyer, CJ Mullis, and Lauden Brooks committed to playing collegiate softball, track, and baseball, respectively. Haven Dwyer has committed to playing softball at Purdue University Fort Wayne as a pitcher. Dwyer began … More Seniors commit to college athletic programs

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Rockets have spoken: Top five favorite Thanksgiving Foods of McNicholas

Thanksgiving is a time for family, fun, and food.  During this special holiday, many different dishes are prepared and served, each with their own unique taste.  In a recent Milestone poll, students and faculty were asked to vote for their favorite Thanksgiving foods based on the following choices: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, ham, … More Rockets have spoken: Top five favorite Thanksgiving Foods of McNicholas

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McNick hosts online Shantytown due to Covid-19

On Nov. 18, 2020, McNick students had the opportunity to participate in a virtual Shantytown. Although Shantytown is normally held in person and known to involve students sleeping in cardboard boxes on campus, this year it was moved online as a result of the Coronavirus. “The [Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless] actually had reached … More McNick hosts online Shantytown due to Covid-19

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with these easy, sharable treats

Thanksgiving is a time filled with family, gratitude, togetherness, and most importantly food, one of the staples of this holiday. The turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pies are a part of major traditional foods that coincide with this family gathering. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the family gatherings may be very limited … More Celebrate Thanksgiving with these easy, sharable treats

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McNick offers new clubs for the 2020-2021 school year

By: Sammy Waterman and Charlie Everhart Bored at home after school? Longing for some social interaction? As long as you’re social distancing, we have the solution for you. Brand new clubs!   Ablaze, McMakerspace, and St. Vincent DePaul Youth Conference are three additions to the long list of clubs available for Rockets. Made to further … More McNick offers new clubs for the 2020-2021 school year

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Longest tenured teachers: A Q&A with the heart and soul of McNick

For some, McNick is just a temporary place where they go to work or to learn and then go home, but for others it’s a part of who they are, a place that they can call a second home. McNick has represented a permanent home full of memories, life-long relationships, and laughter along the way. … More Longest tenured teachers: A Q&A with the heart and soul of McNick

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Covid-19 guidelines in place for winter sports

As fall sports end, winter athletic teams are preparing to start their season. Winter sports will follow in the footsteps of fall COVID guidelines, but with the playing fields not outside like most fall sports, there will be changes in the new winter guidelines. Coaches now have to have make changes to their schedules and … More Covid-19 guidelines in place for winter sports

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‘Git’ to know McNick’s favorite substitute teacher

For the past nine years, Shawn “Git” Gillette has been a substitute teacher as well as a football coach at McNick. With Spanish teacher Tracey Canisalez and Theology teachers John Norman and Sam Roflow currently teaching online, Gillette supervises the classrooms during their classes as well as subs for a variety of classes when needed. … More ‘Git’ to know McNick’s favorite substitute teacher

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McNick updates Rocket Shop, spirit wear for new logo

Because of the recent change in the McNicholas logo, the spirit wear and Rocket Shop have been updated to fit the new logo and colors. The upgraded McNicholas Rocket Shop plans to open every Thursday from approximately 2:30 to 7:30, as well as during home basketball games. However, unlike previous years, spirit wear can now … More McNick updates Rocket Shop, spirit wear for new logo

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Did you miss Open House? Here’s what you can find at McNick.

On October 25th and 26th  2020, McNicholas High School hosted their annual Open House, where the school showcased the highlights of their classes. However, if you missed it, here’s the rundown of what this school has to offer. At the root of all Catholic education is Theology. The 6 teachers in the department help each … More Did you miss Open House? Here’s what you can find at McNick.

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COVID safety precautions revisited

McNicholas High School has done a relatively great job dealing with the coronavirus thus far. Only twenty members of the McNick community have tested positive with the knowledge that all of these cases have arisen from off campus transmission. There has been zero transmission on campus due to McNick’s extensive efforts at keeping the faculty … More COVID safety precautions revisited

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Thanksgiving: Show your thanks this year by staying safe

With the air becoming cooler and the leaves falling from the trees, it is clear that Thanksgiving season is upon us. Friends, family, and food are all staples for this holiday, but this year has been one unlike any we’ve experienced before, which raises an important question: What does Thanksgiving look like in a pandemic? … More Thanksgiving: Show your thanks this year by staying safe

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Behind the design: Seniors share inspiration behind parking spot designs

At the beginning of the 2020 school year, seniors were given the opportunity to paint their parking spots in the upper lot.  Students were given time to submit a design and fill the parking lot with their own colorful, unique designs. Lauren Cox “Whenever I create any piece of art, I draw inspiration from the … More Behind the design: Seniors share inspiration behind parking spot designs

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Women in leadership: There’s still work to be done

Disclaimer: *This article is an editorial and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of McNicholas High School administration, faculty, or students.* In an October 28th Milestone survey about women in positions of leadership, respondents named the following women as inspirations, ranging from political leaders to the teachers among us: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, … More Women in leadership: There’s still work to be done

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Editorial: Opposing abortion is not enough to truly identify as pro-life

The term “pro-life” has become so heavily affiliated with opposing abortion that many people, including those who consider themselves pro-life, forget to acknowledge the various social issues that also advocate for the protection and preservation of human life. According to Rev. P. Del Staigers of St. Veronica and St. John Fischer parishes, “The bishops have … More Editorial: Opposing abortion is not enough to truly identify as pro-life

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Social Dilemma: Does technology connect or isolate?

In today’s society, technology is embedded in the lives of nearly every human being. Technology began nearly two million years ago when the first stone tools were made. Now, it has evolved into something almost bigger than ourselves. From iPhones to Tesla model cars to television, technology has provided many useful benefits around the world … More Social Dilemma: Does technology connect or isolate?

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Covid protocols allow in-person instruction to continue

McNick just wrapped up the end of the first quarter and in such a time of uncertainty and question due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not very clear just a few short months ago whether there would even be an opportunity to be in school. School — something that has been the normal for as … More Covid protocols allow in-person instruction to continue

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Ambassadors adapt to new shadow day experience

Many students think fondly of their shadow experiences at McNick, remembering who they followed around and all the classes they saw that day. One’s shadow experience is often a pivotal factor in their high school decision process. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the admissions department needed to alter shadow experiences to ensure the safety of … More Ambassadors adapt to new shadow day experience

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Band and Covid 19: The effect of the pandemic on the halftime show, competitions

When the Mid-State Band Association cancelled competitions for schools for the fall, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association changed the halftime duration from 12 minutes to 6 minutes at football games, the McNicholas band decided during the summer of 2020 to remove marching and visual effects from their show and have the band simply … More Band and Covid 19: The effect of the pandemic on the halftime show, competitions

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Seniors choose colleges: Top three schools Class of 2020 will be attending

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to an end, the Class of 2020 prepares for the future. McNicholas students will be attending a variety of different schools, but the three schools with where the most students from McNick will be attending are the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, and Northern Kentucky University. The University of … More Seniors choose colleges: Top three schools Class of 2020 will be attending

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Staying safe amid the pandemic: How to make your own mask

As Governor Mike DeWine begins lifting the stay at home order and allows more public spaces to open, it’s important to still take measures to remain healthy and help keep others safe. Some public spaces will require occupants to wear masks, or even if it isn’t required for your safety and the safety of others, … More Staying safe amid the pandemic: How to make your own mask

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#BlackLivesMatter: One student’s perspective to bring positive change

On May 25, 2020, 46-year-old George Floyd died in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, after video showed police officer Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck. Police had been called after Floyd apparently tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes. In the graphic video of the altercation filmed … More #BlackLivesMatter: One student’s perspective to bring positive change

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The Milestone Staff’s top picks for staying busy in quarantine

By Hallie Kim, Olivia Rohling, and Kristen Van Huss As the Milestone staff continues to complete our homework and find creative ways to stay in contact with friends and family while social distancing, we’ve also been brainstorming ideas to keep us occupied as our time in quarantine continues. Some of the Milestone reporters compiled some … More The Milestone Staff’s top picks for staying busy in quarantine

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How to: Homemade cinnamon apple muffins are simple and delicious

If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied while staying at home, making homemade muffins is pretty simple to do, and has a fulfilling result at the end of the process!  I found this recipe recently, and found it pretty straightforward to follow. Gather all ingredients This recipe calls for two cups of diced … More How to: Homemade cinnamon apple muffins are simple and delicious

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Registered nurse discusses changes in hospitals due to COVID 19

Hospital policies have changed with the outbreak of COVID 19, all formed to protect the lives of the patients as well as the staff. One such policy is having staff members and patients wear masks. “We wear masks and face shields for our protection and the patient’s protection. Every patient that walks in the hallway, … More Registered nurse discusses changes in hospitals due to COVID 19

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Defeating breakfast: How to bake French toast in a mug

Even though it is a well-known fact that eating breakfast gives you energy throughout your whole day, a common problem is the lack of time or lack of energy students have to make breakfast. Breakfast is the one meal many have been trying for years to make simpler and quicker. For example, Nature Valley’s breakfast … More Defeating breakfast: How to bake French toast in a mug

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Underclassmen share thoughts, opinions on termination of in-person classes

When I learned that March 13 would be my last day of school for, what was at the time, just three weeks, I suppressed the thought. As I went through my day and as I went to each of my classes, I tried to shut out the idea that I wouldn’t be at my favorite … More Underclassmen share thoughts, opinions on termination of in-person classes

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McNick library hosts author for online book discussion

On Thursday, April 24, the McNick library welcomed author Deborah Wiles to an online book discussion held through Zoom. During the discussion, Wiles discussed her books, as well as her experiences as a writer, and students were able to ask questions.  Wiles answered questions about her life, her writing, her decisions to include primary sources … More McNick library hosts author for online book discussion

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Stay home, keep others healthy: Social distancing doesn’t exclude personal exceptionalism

On March 12, Ohio governor Mike DeWine and Director of the Ohio Department of Health, Amy Acton ordered all schools to be closed for three weeks after the confirmation of Ohio’s fifth case of COVID-19. This would soon inspire further restrictions for social gatherings such as a temporary ban on visitors in hospitals, jails, nursing … More Stay home, keep others healthy: Social distancing doesn’t exclude personal exceptionalism

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Seniors provide perspective on school closing

On March 30, Governor Mike DeWine declared that due to the continued spreading of the coronavirus, schools will be closed through the month of April. Consequently, McNick will be continuing online schooling. The closure affects all students, but seniors feel as though they are missing out on more than just school. In the month of … More Seniors provide perspective on school closing

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McNick continues online classes for month of April

As of Monday, March 30, Governor DeWine extended the closure of schools until May 1, due to a continued spread of the coronavirus. He plans to reassess the situation after that.  As a result, McNick will be continuing the online classes that began March 18. While the situation has been met with a rather grudging … More McNick continues online classes for month of April

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Women’s History Month: Lady Rockets shout out those who inspire them

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I asked a few lady rockets to shout out the strong women (teacher, coach, mom, grandma, sister, etc.) they look up to and the impact they have made on their life. Senior Maggie Scott gives a shout out to track coach Cat Lest (’09) “I admire her … More Women’s History Month: Lady Rockets shout out those who inspire them

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Coronavirus impacts U.S. international students

International students in the U.S. will return early to their home countries, ending their school year because of Coronavirus. Currently, Coronavirus is spreading all around the country, and all of the United States’ schools, including colleges, are closed until Coronavirus completely disappears.  Therefore, students are doing homeschooling or video conferencing to catch up with classes … More Coronavirus impacts U.S. international students

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Fur-ever friends: Students, faculty show off their companions

On the list of lovable things in life, pets are surely near the top. McNicholas students and faculty share their dogs, felines, and everything in between, with whom they are able to spend more time with now that we’re social distancing due to COVID-19. Type of pet: Dog Name: Brady Nicknames: Brad, Roo, Ray, Bean, … More Fur-ever friends: Students, faculty show off their companions

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The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews

The following is a fictional story that will be published through the McNicholas Milestone in installments. All characters, settings, and dialogue are purely figments of the imagination. PART FIVE: THE SMUGGLER Jillian’s eyes caught mine from the entrance of the tent before I could avert my gaze. A half-smile tugged at the corners of her … More The Disappearance of Johnathan Andrews

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Keeping yourself busy: Top documentaries to watch while stuck inside

Now that we’ve all been working from home for the past week and half and our weekends consist of travel only from our bedrooms to our living rooms, many have probably exhausted most of the trending series and movies on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Disney.  However, there might be a few you missed.  Think about … More Keeping yourself busy: Top documentaries to watch while stuck inside

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Fourth quarter burnout: Students share tips on staying focused

Fourth quarter has just arrived and so have longer days, warmer weather, and the online schoolwork that has come about as a result of the coronavirus.Many McNick students say that they find it more difficult to stay on top of school work as we move into the fourth quarter, and that issue is compounded by … More Fourth quarter burnout: Students share tips on staying focused

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McNick to move to virtual lessons on March 18th

On Thursday, March 12, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that starting Mon. March 16, all Ohio public and private schools, K-12, will be closed through Friday, April 3, out of concern of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With this news, McNick looks to online options to continue learning. In response, McNicholas will use Microsoft … More McNick to move to virtual lessons on March 18th

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How to: Setting up Microsoft Teams for online instruction

Starting Wednesday 18, 2020, McNicholas will be transitioning into online classes as a result of the recent COVID-19  outbreak. Classes will be held using Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration service that allows for group chats, video conferences, and online meetings. To set up Microsoft Teams and join classes, follow these steps: Step One: Open … More How to: Setting up Microsoft Teams for online instruction

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Spread of coronavirus brings precautions

By Hallie Kim, assisted by Milestone Staff As of Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. there are four confirmed cases of coronavirus, COVID-19, in Ohio with 21 people testing negative and 24 who are showing symptoms of “respiratory distress,” according to the Ohio Department of Health. On Tuesday, March 9, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio and made recommendations … More Spread of coronavirus brings precautions

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