McNick offers livestreamed sports due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on sporting events, McNicholas has chosen to begin using an online streaming network called the National Federation of High School Sports. The NFHS Network gives fans the chance to watch their friends and family play sports without actually being in the stadium during the game.  There is a fee of $10.99 … More McNick offers livestreamed sports due to COVID-19

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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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How to: Miniature Pumpkin Pies make the perfect fall treat

Pumpkin pies are a staple of the fall season.  However, to someone who has never made pies before, they can seem to be a daunting task, and they are not the easiest dessert to bring somewhere.  These miniature pumpkin pies offer some variety to the traditional dessert, are more easily portable, and will be loved … More How to: Miniature Pumpkin Pies make the perfect fall treat

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Teachers should maintain political objectivity in the classroom

Classroom discussions are important for students to better grasp complex ideas. Students use the time and space to ask questions and speak to their peers about hot topic issues, and to form opinions about those issues. When it comes to political opinions, teachers should remain neutral in those conversations, only sharing what they know to … More Teachers should maintain political objectivity in the classroom

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McNicholas Theater to perform Ten Red Kings in November

On the sixth, seventh, and eighth of November in 2020, The McNicholas Theater Department will be performing the play Ten Red Kings by Mark Rigney. Ten Red Kings is a contemporary play that focuses on Margot Cates, a teenager who plays video games obsessively as a coping mechanism for losing her sister, Courtney.  Her mother, … More McNicholas Theater to perform Ten Red Kings in November

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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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Coronavirus brings a new set of challenges to transfer students

At the start of the 2020 school year, McNick had 15 transfer students. Students transfer for many different reasons such as better athletics, better education, and better school environments and being a transfer student has its own set of challenges, even more so during the Covid-19 pandemic. The current set of regulations and mandates make … More Coronavirus brings a new set of challenges to transfer students

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McNick should switch to using Google – not Microsoft

In 2010, when McNicholas High School first entered the technology revolution, the staff had a hard decision to make. Would they use a Google Platform or a Microsoft Platform?  Microsoft won, and McNick identified as a Microsoft school. Since then, everything has been through Microsoft, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. But why Microsoft and … More McNick should switch to using Google – not Microsoft

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Non- Catholic students offer perspective

In recent years, the number of non-Catholic students at McNick has increased. While it is a different experience for each person, these students agree that they feel included and feel that even though they are not Catholic, they still have a voice in their school. Required theology classes are one of the main areas where … More Non- Catholic students offer perspective

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Female athletes face underrepresentation in co-ed schools

Sports play a major role in the McNick experience. Of the fall athletes at McNick, 47%  are young women, yet sports such as football and men’s soccer seem to dominate the sports discussion throughout the school. According to Athletic Director Drew Schmidt, the goal of the athletic department is “to sell the best this school … More Female athletes face underrepresentation in co-ed schools

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Social media is a coping mechanism, here’s how

It’s no secret that social media usage has skyrocketed in recent years. According to statistica.com, “Instagram has roughly 130 million active monthly users within the US, and that number is expected to rise by 2022.” Worldwide, Facebook has over 2.7 billion users, and Twitter 330 million. On average, Americans are on social media sites for … More Social media is a coping mechanism, here’s how

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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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Mental illnesses turned quirky trend, sabotages legitimacy

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. The fields of psychiatry and psychology are still relatively young which allows for a lack of knowledge and understanding. Though both fields … More Mental illnesses turned quirky trend, sabotages legitimacy

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Dorm room packing made easy: A guided list of what to bring

As third quarter comes to an end and seniors at McNicholas prepare for the next phase of life, the extensive changes that accompany the shift into college life can be intimidating. One of said changes is the transition from living at home to living in a dorm or apartment. It can be difficult to discern … More Dorm room packing made easy: A guided list of what to bring

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Take up the challenge: Impact the future with student fundraiser

Now is the time to call your grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and even second cousin Judith to inform them of the current goings-on at McNicholas and show them why they should support our school. It’s time for the annual student fundraiser. Many school fundraisers, including this one, are designed to raise money so that tuition … More Take up the challenge: Impact the future with student fundraiser

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Lunches need to return to 48 minutes

Disclaimer: The following is a Milestone staff editorial and it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the McNicholas administration, faculty, or community as a whole. All interviews were conducted prior to the end of the school day on February 25, 2020. This piece is a culmination of approximately month of interviewing, researching, and collaborating … More Lunches need to return to 48 minutes

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