D&D makes a comeback at McNick and in modern culture

A group of teenagers sit gathered around a table. They all have paper and pencils next to them, scores of dice, and are focused on one in their group who details the dungeon they’re about to enter. These modern-day teens are playing Dungeons and Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game published in 1974. Dungeons and Dragons … More D&D makes a comeback at McNick and in modern culture

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Rockets recognized at annual awards banquet

On April 9, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Student, Educator, Volunteers, Young Professional, and Business of the Year at their annual awards dinner. McNicholas claimed six of the winners: · Student of the Year: Carly Fehr · Educator of the Year: Theology teacher Mary Beth Sandmann ‘79 · Volunteers of the Year: … More Rockets recognized at annual awards banquet

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McNicholas High School hosts Career Day

On April 5, McNicholas students participated in Career Day, an opportunity to learn more about how to prepare for a future career and to learn about what certain career paths entail. Students were joined by those in the work force, many of whom are McNick alumni. They shared information about choosing college majors, finding a … More McNicholas High School hosts Career Day

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Some Rockets express trust amidst widespread fear of automation

Note: Dominic Daley is a licensed student pilot, but is by no means an expert. As a prospective job applicant, he hopes that automation does not remove pilots from the cockpit. He has been taught the importance of flying by hand, and has not yet been trained on any kind of autopilot system. For many … More Some Rockets express trust amidst widespread fear of automation

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Music of the Month: Singing through April

A common thread among the students at McNicholas is their love for music. In monthly installments of “Music Monday,” Milestone staff reporter and co-editor Madison McClellan will be providing recommendations for new songs to add to your playlist throughout the school year. This month the musical selection has been focused on calming tunes to help … More Music of the Month: Singing through April

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Class of 2019 visits National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

While April 2 was a day of standardized testing for most McNicholas students, the seniors, along with their homeroom teachers and other staff members, spent the morning exploring the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on the banks of the Ohio River. Senior Myles Bailey mentioned that Saint Thomas More alumni in McNick’s Class of 2019 … More Class of 2019 visits National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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March Book Review: No Exit will leave you guessing till the end

Disclaimer: The following review may contain some spoilers revolving around the plot and background. The review is simply my own opinion, you may disagree. This year, I will be reviewing books based on their genres. This month’s genre is Mystery. In these reviews, I will rate the books on a starring system using an appropriate … More March Book Review: No Exit will leave you guessing till the end

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How the New Zealand attacks reflect the greater geopolitical climate

Terrorist attacks have almost become a staple in the media in the past couple of decades. Many people see other countries and ideologies as the threat, citing international terrorism like 9/11. As humans, we are instinctually fearful of those that do not look like us or talk like us, so it almost seems to make … More How the New Zealand attacks reflect the greater geopolitical climate

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Thespians earn top honors at state conference

On March 29, three dozen McNicholas thespians, along with a handful of chaperones, embarked for the Akron School for the Performing Arts at Firestone CLC in Akron, Ohio, for the annual Ohio Thespian Conference March 29-31. According to the Ohio Thespian website, The Ohio Thespian Conference is an annual trip attended by “more than 1500 … More Thespians earn top honors at state conference

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Sr. Helen Prejean speaks on death penalty, social justice topics

By Madison McClellan and Vinny Ramundo Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents, spoke to the McNicholas community and invited guests on March 20.  Prejean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, McNicholas’s founding order, is an activist working to abolish the death penalty in all 50 states. … More Sr. Helen Prejean speaks on death penalty, social justice topics

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Theater announces spring musical: Seussical the Musical

McNicholas High School theater will perform Seussical the Musical April 11-13 at the Anderson Towne Center. According to director Teresa De Zarn, it is “a musical compilation” of Dr. Seuss storylines by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Seussical’s characters are pulled from many of Dr. Seuss’s well-loved and known stories, but it mainly centers on … More Theater announces spring musical: Seussical the Musical

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Should curse words be contained: Rockets weigh in on curse word etiquette

Curse words have become common in everyday society — in movies and tv, walking down the street, heck, even in McNick. Should curse words really be so common? When we were children our parents and teachers taught us that cursing is inappropriate and shouldn’t be used, even when we’re in pain. We were taught that … More Should curse words be contained: Rockets weigh in on curse word etiquette

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Rocket Roundtable: America reacts to Trump’s first veto

In the nearly 243-year history of the United States of America, its first 44 presidents have issued a grand total of 2,574 vetoes.  On March 15 of his third year occupying the White House, Donald Trump issued veto #1.  The vetoed legislation would have reversed Trump’s national emergency declaration that will allocate funds to continue … More Rocket Roundtable: America reacts to Trump’s first veto

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“Back to Our Roots” Part II: Students discuss cultural backgrounds

Though McNick is a way to relate Rockets to one another, many are rooted in different ethnicities throughout the world. McNick students are filled with different backgrounds and the McNicholas Milestone has chosen to feature some of our students whose cultural backgrounds are a strong part of their family life. Anthony Ramundo Anthony Ramundo, junior, … More “Back to Our Roots” Part II: Students discuss cultural backgrounds

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Ten ways to spend spring break without ever leaving the house

Spring break is only days away, and while some may be heading to a vacation destination, others may be stuck at home. Whether you simply don’t have a car or have become trapped in your own house by a supervillain, the Milestone can help keep boredom away with a compiled a list of activities to … More Ten ways to spend spring break without ever leaving the house

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Four fast ways to instantly improve your writing

Writing is a skill that is highly stressed in an English classroom, but can often seem daunting. Whether you are writing an analytical essay on the last book your class read, applying to colleges, or composing a story, here are a few tips and tricks to easily improve the quality of your writing. 1. Cut … More Four fast ways to instantly improve your writing

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“Back to Our Roots” Part I: Students share family cultural backgrounds

Though McNick is a way to relate Rockets to one another, many are rooted in different cultures from around the world. In a two-part series, the Milestone will share students’ stories filled with how their families continue to follow the culture of their backgrounds. Aidan Guessford, Class of 2020 Junior Aidan Guessford’s grandmother on his … More “Back to Our Roots” Part I: Students share family cultural backgrounds

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Czech students join McNicholas for second semester

For six months, juniors Tessa Krskova and Lucie Horakova will exchange the comforts of home and school in the Czech Republic to live in the United States to study and immerse themselves in American culture. “It’s a really good experience for your future life and it creates a lot of good memories,” Horakova said. “It … More Czech students join McNicholas for second semester

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Book Review: The Rosie Project will steal your heart this February  

Disclaimer: The following review may contain some spoilers revolving around the plot and background. The review is simply my own opinion, you may disagree.  This year, I will be reviewing books based on their genres. This month’s genre is Romance.   In these reviews, I will rate the books on a starring system using an appropriate … More Book Review: The Rosie Project will steal your heart this February  

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Newman Centers offer unique opportunity for college students

By: Madison McClellan, Vinny Ramundo, and Ellie White Colleges are communities filled with people of many backgrounds, diversities, and religions.  Catholic Newman Centers are present and active on many campuses nationwide.  These are parishes that function primarily as a place for Catholic students to continue their faith journey together in welcoming, vibrant communities centered in … More Newman Centers offer unique opportunity for college students

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Understanding introverts: A guide for extroverts

Introverts are often pegged as being shy or even anti-social due to their quiet, sometimes reserved nature. Because of this, they can feel misunderstood, as they have grown up in an extroverted world. If you have introverted friends, they could be times when they can be difficult to understand, as they are not quick to … More Understanding introverts: A guide for extroverts

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Students commit to collegiate athletic programs

By Dominic Daley, Katie Limberg, Madison McClellan, Vinny Ramundo, and Ellie White On Feb. 6, senior athletes Nate Chambers, Bryce Kellerman, Michael Schaeper, Maggie Schoolfield, and Chris Walter signed National Letters of Intent to play their respective sports at the college level starting with the 2019-2020 school year. Three of the five will be attending … More Students commit to collegiate athletic programs

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Junior wins Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Essay, and Multimedia contest

On January 14, junior Erin Callahan won the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Essay, and the Multimedia Contest sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The competition was a state-wide contest for 6-12 grade students that recognized a piece of work from a student in each grade level. “So [the contest] was all … More Junior wins Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art, Essay, and Multimedia contest

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Students choose the 5 must-see movies from the 1980s

From black-and-white silent pictures accompanied by an orchestra, to modern-day film, where it is next to impossible to distinguish CGI from actual footage, movies have endured through history. Perhaps one of the great eras of cinematography was the 1980s, giving viewers some of the timeless household titles that are beloved by many. Based on a … More Students choose the 5 must-see movies from the 1980s

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McNick celebrates Day of Giving with penny, blood drives

On Feb. 1, McNick will take part in its annual Day of Giving as students participate in the annual Penny Day and Blood Drive. The goal for the day is to collect $5,000 through students bringing pennies and other change to classes for their teachers to count before beginning class. During the past 20 years, … More McNick celebrates Day of Giving with penny, blood drives

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Music of the Month: Jamming out through January

A common thread among the students at McNicholas is their love for music. In monthly installments of “Music Monday,” Milestone staff reporter and co-editor Madison McClellan will be providing recommendations for new songs to add to your playlist throughout the school year. This month the musical selection has been focused on calming tunes to help … More Music of the Month: Jamming out through January

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Eating your way through academics: Let The Milestone determine your favorite subject from your favorite foods

Personality Quizzes are a pop culture favorite that involve answering questions to reveal hidden facts. Everyone needs to know what city fits them best, right? The McNicholas Milestone has joined the trend by compiling a quiz to determine how your favorite foods determine your favorite subject.   Take the quiz here.  

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Spending Christmas in a full house: What it’s like to spend the holidays with siblings

The holidays are a time of joy and cheer, and to meet with family near and far; but what would it be like to spend the holidays with your other half? Rocket siblings share their experiences of growing up together, and spending the holidays as twins, triplets, and quadruplets.    Freshmen   There are two sets … More Spending Christmas in a full house: What it’s like to spend the holidays with siblings

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Students struggle to balance school, life

High school students’ lives can be congested with extra-curricular activities, jobs, and school. Often students just don’t have enough time to do all the homework and get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. According to The Milestone’s Balancing School and Life Survey from Dec. 5, students responded that clubs and sports take an average of … More Students struggle to balance school, life

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McNick’s new fundraiser: Rockets introduce Rock-It Raffle as Walk Day replacement

McNick has made the move to forgo using Walk Day as a way to bring in funds and is transitioning this year to the newly rolled out Rock-It Raffle. The raffle will involve students selling books of 10 tickets at $5 a ticket to raise money for the school.  There will be a grand prize … More McNick’s new fundraiser: Rockets introduce Rock-It Raffle as Walk Day replacement

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Small vs. Large Colleges: Finding the right school for the next four years

Seniors have a decision to make by May 1 about where they will be attending college. For many, a major factor in that decision is to consider the differences between large universities and smaller liberal arts colleges. Small schools can sometimes be overlooked because the student population is small, there are fewer majors, and the … More Small vs. Large Colleges: Finding the right school for the next four years

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12 ways to spend the 12 days of Christmas Break

With exams quickly approaching and stress overwhelming everyone, many students are longing for the 12 days of Christmas Break and to be able to relax and enjoy the time away from schoolwork. To avoid wasting your time off, the Milestone has compiled a list of 12 ways to spend your 12 days of Christmas Break. … More 12 ways to spend the 12 days of Christmas Break

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Winter Sports teams launch into season

With the change of the seasons and the chill of the air, it is a switch from outdoor fun to indoor play, starting the 2018-2019 winter sports season. McNick is home to seven winter teams, including Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Basketball Cheerleading, Bowling, Dance Team, Swim Team, and Wrestling. Men’s Basketball  The Men’s Basketball Team … More Winter Sports teams launch into season

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Shoeboxes of Love; Student Council sponsors Gifts for Hope 2018

As a school dedicated to service, McNick continues to give to those in need during Christmas through Student Council’s Gifts for Hope campaign. This is the 5th year for the Gifts for Hope collection drive for gifts for underserved teens in the Cincinnati area.   “Gifts for Hope is a service project where shoe boxes filled with supplies for teens are given to Hope Emergency where they are distributed to … More Shoeboxes of Love; Student Council sponsors Gifts for Hope 2018

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Annual Talent Showcase features 11 acts

The annual Talent Showcase is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30 in the Jeanne Spurlock Theatre.  Beginning at 7 p.m., eleven acts ranging from singing to dancing to stand-up comedy will take the stage. According to Thespian president and Talent Showcase coordinator senior Ellie White, singing is the popular act for this year’s show. Masters of … More Annual Talent Showcase features 11 acts

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Shantytown 2018: The invisible outcast

On Monday, Nov. 19, approximately 50 McNick seniors arrived back on campus around 5 p.m.  No, this was not to watch a basketball or volleyball game or attend a theatre performance; these seniors returned to participate in Shantytown.  This city-wide program, coordinated by the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, is designed to bring attention to the … More Shantytown 2018: The invisible outcast

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The dos and don’ts: How to survive Thanksgiving Day

by Ellie White and Michael Schaeper Thanksgiving Day, a time to celebrate what your thankful for and then a time to get into a battle of wits with your Uncle Jerry. Worried about your family’s peaceful dinner turning into a shouting match between two relatives or worse, you and a relative? Well, the Milestone is … More The dos and don’ts: How to survive Thanksgiving Day

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Wenstrup speaks about ‘other side of war’ for Veterans Day

On November 9, U.S. Representative Colonel Brad Wenstrup spoke to the McNicholas student body and staff as part of the annual Veterans Day program.  After sophomore Andy Farmer’s rendition of the national anthem, Wenstrup began the assembly by talking about how he wanted to change up his normal Veterans Day talk by speaking on what … More Wenstrup speaks about ‘other side of war’ for Veterans Day

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Mallaley Chases Golf State Championship

Junior Sydney Mallaley competed in the state golf tournament on Oct. 12 and 13 at The Ohio State University’s Gray Golf Course. Mallaley was the only qualifier from the women’s golf team to make it to the state golf tournament. Willy Corbett, women’s head golf coach, described Mallaley as being “very competitive and dedicated.” During … More Mallaley Chases Golf State Championship

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McNicholas integrates new security system

As Rockets arrived this school year, they found new elements at school: key card scanners and security cameras. The scanners and cameras were installed over the summer as part of McNick’s new safety plan. Funding became available through the state, so McNicholas applied. “The state of Ohio put out a grant and we were one … More McNicholas integrates new security system

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Studying classic lit important part of teen development

Every year, high school students across the nation  are given the task of reading classic literature in their English classes. It is a commonality for students to pick up a book like The Scarlet Letter or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, read them, and then trudge through writing a paper to attain an acceptable letter … More Studying classic lit important part of teen development

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