Saying goodbye to 2021-2022, looking ahead to 2022-2023

The 2021-2022 school year is coming to end but the 2022-2023 year is right around the corner. When McNick students return and freshman begin their first high school courses, some things will have changed around the school. From new classes and teachers to improvements within the school, McNick will be new again. Most of what … More Saying goodbye to 2021-2022, looking ahead to 2022-2023

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Faculty, staff share senior pics for decade(s) flashback

In honor of the Class of 2022’s recent graduation and the current juniors ready to fill their shoes as the senior class, The McNicholas Milestone thought it would be fun to post the senior pics of all those who work to make McNicholas the brilliant place that it is for current and prospective students. Twenty-seven … More Faculty, staff share senior pics for decade(s) flashback

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Alumni offer advice for students of tomorrow 

It is almost impossible to accept that the Class of 2022 aren’t freshmen, sophomores, or even juniors. They are nearly graduated seniors, about to embark on the challenges of the real world with none of it being possible without the adults in their lives that kept pushing them such as parents, teachers, and even older … More Alumni offer advice for students of tomorrow 

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Corbett’s 47 years in high school coming to an end

   Writer’s note: In June, art teacher Willy Corbett will leave his canvases and paintbrushes behind when he retires after 43 years as an educator. Coach Corbett was one of the first teachers I met when I came to McNick as a freshman when he was my golf coach in the fall. He’s a funny … More Corbett’s 47 years in high school coming to an end

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Rockets after 2:30: Students still active after a full day of classes

For many McNicholas students, the day doesn’t end at 2:30 when the final bell rings. In addition to homework, Rockets have after school jobs and activities that fill the hours between the end of school and when they can finally get some rest before their alarm signals the time to do it all again.   … More Rockets after 2:30: Students still active after a full day of classes

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Business at OU, UC top choices for Class of 2022

It definitely doesn’t feel like it’s been nearly four year since the Class of 2022 came walking into McNicholas High School for the first time, but here we are in the year of 2022, just two months away from graduation and the past is definitely not on the seniors’ minds right now. All they can … More Business at OU, UC top choices for Class of 2022

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Rockets share their love for “Mr. Keith”

It’s not easy keeping a school clean and presentable at all times when nearly 600 students, faculty, and staff fill every room for multiple hours each day, but the maintenance crew for TDG Facilities manages to do just that. Crew member Keith Crooks, who has been with TDG for eight years, has become a favorite … More Rockets share their love for “Mr. Keith”

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Roll the dice over to the spring showing of Guys and Dolls

For this year’s musical, the McNicholas Thespians will present the classic Guys and Dolls Thursday, March 10 – Saturday, March 12 at the Anderson Center. The show has been performed on the McNicholas stage in the past, but this will be the first time it has been performed under the direction of theater teacher Teresa … More Roll the dice over to the spring showing of Guys and Dolls

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Winter sports wrap-up seasons with strong tournament showings

Basketball: Boys Record: 10-13 Highlight: “[The] biggest highlight for me is our guys turnaround of the season after starting 1-10 with the toughest schedule McNick probably has ever had. Kids kept battling and believing and never quit.” – Coach Tim Monahan “I would say my favorite memory has been winning the CJ game because there was a great student section, … More Winter sports wrap-up seasons with strong tournament showings

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Mardi Gras 2022: Seven questions with Maid, Captain

Just a few days ago, the McNicholas gym and lobby was transformed into a “City Shining on a Hill” to celebrate this year’s 70th Mardi Gras Pageant and Dance. In 2021, the celebration was limited to a pageant only, but for 2022, the dance returned for students. Due to Covid 19, the pageant was optional … More Mardi Gras 2022: Seven questions with Maid, Captain

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Catholic Schools Week only three days due to ice storm

McNicholas kicked Catholic Schools week off on January 31. Catholic Schools week is a week-long celebration for Catholic Schools and their education. Each day of the week had a theme, teacher/subject appreciation, and activities during lunches. The main themes for the 2022 Catholic Schools Week were “faith, excellence, and service.”   On Monday January 31, McNick … More Catholic Schools Week only three days due to ice storm

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Bengals break 31-year drought to head to Superbowl LVI

Cincinnati. In the early 1970’s, it was full of excitement and promise with their sports teams. The Reds beginning to transfer to The Big Red Machine, and a new football team just starting out named the Cincinnati Bengals. Overall the Bengals haven’t had much success as a franchise in the NFL since they played their … More Bengals break 31-year drought to head to Superbowl LVI

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Selecting electives: Students, faculty share faves

Although second semester just started at the beginning of January, it’s already time to begin thinking about classes for the 2022-2023 school year. Counselors met with students the week of January 31, and scheduling forms are due turned it to CREW teachers on Wednesday, Feb. 16. One of the perks of high school over elementary … More Selecting electives: Students, faculty share faves

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Everything you need to know about the history of Mardi Gras

On Sunday, February 20, McNicholas will celebrate its 70th Mardi Gras.   In 1953, the Sisters of Saint Joseph organized a festival to raise money for the school and decided to celebrate its success. Originally from New Orleans, the Sisters of St. Joseph decided to make it Mardi Gras-themed, and as they say, the rest is … More Everything you need to know about the history of Mardi Gras

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Christmas ‘How To’: Peanut butter blossoms make the perfect cookie for Santa

Christmas is celebrated by decorating the tree, giving and receiving presents, and baking Christmas cookies with friends and families to set out for Santa! A delicious cookie to set out for Santa are peanut butter blossoms. This is a family recipe that I have been making with my family during Christmas time every year. Allergic … More Christmas ‘How To’: Peanut butter blossoms make the perfect cookie for Santa

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Losing a ‘bonus holiday’: Rockets who share birthdays with holidays miss extra time celebrating

For most people, celebrating their birthday is like a “bonus holiday” but for others who have a birthday near a major holiday, their birthday becomes blended with the holiday celebration.  In a recent Milestone survey, Rockets who have birthdays near or on a holiday shared their thoughts on how this has felt for them over the years.   For most of the Rockets who answered the survey, … More Losing a ‘bonus holiday’: Rockets who share birthdays with holidays miss extra time celebrating

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Mental health days need to be recognized and acknowledged as separate from sick days

There’s no doubt about it; the constant schoolwork, peer pressure, and activities of a student’s life can be stressful. When feeling overwhelmed, it could be beneficial for a student to take a break from the demands of everyday life and give themselves time to rest and de-stress. “It is extremely important that we take care … More Mental health days need to be recognized and acknowledged as separate from sick days

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Despite Covid, Christmas traditions start to return to ‘normal’

During Christmas 2020, many students were unable to celebrate as they usually would. Instead they had to spend their Christmas wearing a mask or only celebrating with their immediate family. “We pretty much just did the same thing as last year, except we were all masked,” sophomore Amanda Braig said. “We were going to drop … More Despite Covid, Christmas traditions start to return to ‘normal’

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McNick’s basketball season prepares for tip-off

Basketball season is about to start for McNick. The Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team plays Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Mariemont, and the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team plays Friday December 3 against Carroll at 7:30 p.m. Tim Monahan, head coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team, said they want to build from last year’s … More McNick’s basketball season prepares for tip-off

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Top 10 Thanksgiving activities that are a must for students

The Thanksgiving holiday not only brings together families but the diverse activities that they do together on Thanksgiving. In a recent Milestone survey, students shared their top 10 activities to enjoy during this part of the holiday season. 1. Visit Extended Family With Covid being around for so nearly two years, many students haven’t been … More Top 10 Thanksgiving activities that are a must for students

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Saint Joseph Scholars take field trip to Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub

On November 11 and 18, St. Joseph Scholars students left McNicholas for a field trip the Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub. St. Joseph Scholars moderator and English teacher Julie Dill planned and moderated the event. “I am always looking for opportunities for scholars to go out into the community and have experiences that enhance their … More Saint Joseph Scholars take field trip to Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub

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Community tops gratitude list at McNick

Thanksgiving is the holiday when people gather around turkey and stuffing with their families but is also a time when show what they are grateful for.  In a recent Milestone survey, students shared what they are grateful for at McNicholas and why.  Many people said they are grateful for their friends, teachers and the community at McNick. Sophomore Remington Holder said he’s grateful for the teachers. “I am grateful for … More Community tops gratitude list at McNick

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Thanksgiving ‘How To’: Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins make the perfect sweet treat

Thanksgiving is celebrated by sitting around a table with family and friends and enjoying time together with the ones you love. Another way to celebrate is by making delicious chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! These muffins are a quick, easy, and delicious treat. They are homemade and fun to make for a tasty ending to a … More Thanksgiving ‘How To’: Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins make the perfect sweet treat

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McNick honors veterans on Nov. 11 

McNicholas once again welcomed many veterans during its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, Nov. 11. This year’s guests included alumni as well as those who traveled with former McNicholas students and the Gary Sinise Foundation in April 2019 to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Veterans were again able come into the school, unlike in 2020, when students had to watch a pre-recorded video … More McNick honors veterans on Nov. 11 

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Math tutoring program offered to all students

McNicholas recently added a math tutoring program that is available for access to all students who are seeking help with their math courses. Students can go to tutoring for assistance on better understanding of a topic, getting caught up, studying for tests or quizzes, and homework help. Julie Miller, the tutor, is located in the … More Math tutoring program offered to all students

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C.R.E.W. launches Gifts for Hope

On Friday, November 12, C.R.E.W. leadership met to launch the annual all-school philanthropy Gifts for Hope. Junior Autumn Strebel and senior Ashley Jarrold are heading the event. History teacher and C.R.E.W. leadership moderator Todd Naumann, Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment Jennifer Tumser, and Director of Student Life Mike Orlando are also assisting with the … More C.R.E.W. launches Gifts for Hope

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Service more important than ever for students

This upcoming holiday season, many people are getting into the spirit of the holiday and volunteering. Although this time of the year inspires many people to give their time to others, it isn’t the only time that people are in need. According to Theology teacher Teresa Davis, students should volunteer to reach out and help … More Service more important than ever for students

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McNicholas Band marches to the end of a successful season

The McNicholas Marching Band ended their competition season on Sunday, Nov. 7 where they placed 15th out of 29 bands at the Mid-State Band Association’s Championships at Simon Kenton High School in Kentucky. The band competed in five competitions in addition to playing at every home football game half-time show.   At the West Clermont Band Invitational, the Rockets placed 1st Class A and won best band, music, … More McNicholas Band marches to the end of a successful season

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The Big Read: A bookclub throughout the United States

Librarian Mrs. Chelsea Almer recently announced a “Big Read” selection for November. Students have until November 15 to read Five Total Strangers Almer will hold a discussion of the book on Nov. 15 at 2:40 p.m. in the library. Snacks will be provided. The Big Read is a program that is sponsored by Sora, the … More The Big Read: A bookclub throughout the United States

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Theatre to perform All Together Now! for fall show

On November 12-14, 2021, the McNicholas Theatre Department will perform Music Theatre International’s All Together Now! Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased here. The show will be directed by theatre teacher Ms. Teresa De Zarn. Other technical directors include Ms. Xan Jeffery as the musical director, McNicholas alumnus Nick Robben as … More Theatre to perform All Together Now! for fall show

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Fall sports season concludes, some continue tourney play

Fall sports at McNicholas have been working hard to place well in their leagues. The teams included boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ volleyball, girls’ tennis, football, and cheer. An account of their records, highlights, predictions, and something exciting over the season from coaches or captains have … More Fall sports season concludes, some continue tourney play

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Dance Team should return to McNicholas

The Dance Team, also known as the Rockettes, has traditionally been one of the winter sports offered at McNick. The team has been strong for many years and received many awards, some for state and national competitions. They have performed in the Orange Bowl, the Anderson Township Tree Lighting, an NKU basketball game, the Eastside … More Dance Team should return to McNicholas

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Makerspace finds new home in STEAM hallway

The McNicholas Makerspace, a room for student use that houses many different technologies such as a 3D printer, VR, a poster printer, a laminator, programs not installed on students’ tablets, arts and crafts, and even LEGO’s, was recently moved from its former home in the English hallway to the junior hallway – or STEAM hallway … More Makerspace finds new home in STEAM hallway

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Clubs begin planning meetings, hosting events

This is the third edition of a three-part article in the Milestone. McNick Broadcasting Broadcasting Club is headed by Mr. Matt Wehrman. Broadcasting involves learning about interviewing skills, working with visuals, and putting on a show in front of the camera. “We also do sports reporting, so we put out various interviews with players and … More Clubs begin planning meetings, hosting events

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Clubs begin planning meetings, hosting events

This is the second edition of a three-part article in the Milestone. Hands Across Campus Hands Across Campus is also run by theology teacher Ms. Teresa Davis. “Three years ago, three students went to Mr. Mueller and said, ‘hey, Mr. Mueller, we need a diversity and inclusion club at McNick, and he said, ‘okay’… He … More Clubs begin planning meetings, hosting events

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Students and staff share Halloween plans, favorites

Halloween, a favorite holiday of many, is Sunday, Oct. 31. In a recent Milestone survey, students as well as facultyshared their favorite candy, movie, characters as well their plans for the day made for spooking. Favorite Halloween Candy Out of 67 responses, 28 responded that Reese’s candy was their favorite candy. Freshman Eric Reinhart said … More Students and staff share Halloween plans, favorites

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October brings awareness to ADHD  

October is a month full of awareness; it is the month set aside for Respect Life, Breast Cancer Awareness, German Americans, and Attention Deficit (Hyper) Disorder (ADHD). Those with ADHD have struggled with focusing and trying to remember things their whole life, but that’s only what people see on the outside. Aside from focus issues, those with ADHD are very creative and find ways to help themselves adapt.   There are two types of … More October brings awareness to ADHD  

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Halloween “How To”: Homemade pumpkin sugar cookies make the perfect non-candy treat

Halloween is celebrated by telling spooky stories, trick-or-treating with friends and family, carving pumpkins, and choosing that perfect costume. Another fun way to celebrate Halloween can be baking cookies! These sugar cookies are homemade and a fun dessert to make on Halloween with friends and family for a break from another Kit Kat or Reese’s … More Halloween “How To”: Homemade pumpkin sugar cookies make the perfect non-candy treat

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Eco Club speaks out about recycling importance

Every day students eat in the cafeteria and every day students don’t see the recycling bins. It only takes a quick check to know if your disposables can be recycled or not, yet many students choose not to. According to the Ecology Club President Jason Munzel, ways for people to be more recycling-aware are small … More Eco Club speaks out about recycling importance

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Cereal drive raises over 200 boxes

The 2021 McNicholas Cereal Drive recently concluded. Hosted by Hands Across Campus, the drive ran from September 27 to October 8 and collected 251 boxes of cereal. The boxes will be distributed evenly to three different food pantries: Guardian Angels in Mt. Washington, St. Leo’s Parish in North Fairmount, and SEM pantry, also in Mt. Washington. In addition to the cereal drive, there will be a canned protein food drive during Catholic Schools Week and a hygiene … More Cereal drive raises over 200 boxes

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Rocket community continues to celebrate Hispanic Culture

For the past month, McNicholas has celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. Starting September 15 and ending October 15, it is the celebration of those from Hispanic heritage and the recognition of their contributions to society. “The origination of Hispanic Heritage Month came in the 1960’s by a decree from the president, President Johnson. However, for us, … More Rocket community continues to celebrate Hispanic Culture

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The Olympics bring the torches to McNick

The Olympics have stopped by McNicholas High School, providing inspiration for Homecoming weekend. Starting on October 4, McNicholas students will celebrate Homecoming Week with outfits each day to match the Homecoming theme. “It’s one of the best weeks I feel like here. Spirit weeks are fun, they get everybody high spirits, ready for the big … More The Olympics bring the torches to McNick

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Student journalists join Milestone staff for 2021-2022 school year

Five students have joined the journalism staff for the 2021-2022 school year. Freshmen Kennedy Kramer, Jack Sampson, and Ava Wille, and junior Charlie Louis join returning staff member sophomore Amanda Braig to complete the McNicholas Milestone staff for 2021-2022. In a series of Milestone interviews, the students spoke about their experiences and plans for the … More Student journalists join Milestone staff for 2021-2022 school year

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Teachers offer book club just for freshmen

At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, Librarian Mrs. Chelsea Almer, SAIL teacher Ms. Hannah Schwab, and English teachers Mrs. Julie Dill, and Ms. Gretchen Thomas decided to begin a book club just for freshmen. They will act as moderators for the club. According to Almer, the Freshman Book Club’s goal is to help … More Teachers offer book club just for freshmen

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