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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Mardi Gras Captain and Maid to be honored on Feb. 17

On Feb. 17, McNicholas High School will hold its 67th annual Mardi Gras Pageant and Ball, a tradition started by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Per tradition, this event will honor forty seniors as the court, 8 juniors as the honor guard, and 8 sophomores as the honor guard whom their respective classes elect. The … More Mardi Gras Captain and Maid to be honored on Feb. 17

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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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How to survive as the family technology expert

Our parents didn’t grow up with smartphones, tablets, and stream boxes like many current high school students have. Some of them had computer lab classes and a bit of coding practice, but nowhere near the level of experience gathered by students who use a tablet every day in every class, unless of course they have … More How to survive as the family technology expert

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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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January book review: Dive into the fantastical world of An Ember in the Ashes

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 around their genres. This month’s genre is Fantasy In these reviews, I will rate the books on a starring system using an appropriate … More January book review: Dive into the fantastical world of An Ember in the Ashes

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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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Schools convene for videoconference with Archbishop

On Monday, Jan. 28, seven McNicholas seniors took part in the annual Catholic School’s Week videoconference.  Students from more than a dozen Archdiocese of Cincinnati high schools joined together via videoconference with prepared questions for Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.  Susan Gibbons flanked Schnurr in the livestream at Elder High School.  The Archbishop began the conference with … More Schools convene for videoconference with Archbishop

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McNicholas updates dress code policy regarding shorts, skirts

The updated dress code took effect with the first day of the second semester requiring all shorts and skirts “to extend at least below the fingers as a student stands with their arms straight down.” This update to the Student Handbook stems from issues occurring earlier in the school year during Homecoming Week regarding the … More McNicholas updates dress code policy regarding shorts, skirts

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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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Rocket Roundtable: America faces pressing issues in 2019

As the sun set on 2018 and rose on 2019, America unfortunately did not solve all its issues overnight.  In this edition of ‘Rocket Roundtable’, members of the McNicholas community discuss their opinions on what they consider the most pressing issues facing America in this new year. With President Trump entering the back half of … More Rocket Roundtable: America faces pressing issues in 2019

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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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Pro-Life is pro-science: Students refuse to conform to culture of indifference

The 2019 March for Life’s theme was Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science.  This centered conversation at the 46th installment of the largest annual human rights demonstration on the undeniable scientific evidence that the pro-life case stands on.  In this age where medical technology is making exponential advances right before our eyes, it is … More Pro-Life is pro-science: Students refuse to conform to culture of indifference

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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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School software system update: Spotify blocked

Upon returning to McNick for second semester classes, students discovered that Spotify, a popular music and podcast streaming platform, had become inaccessible with school internet. Director of Technology, Andy Ey, has been fielding questions from both students and faculty/staff regarding the change.  According to Ey, there was no actual change in existing policy.  Instead it … More School software system update: Spotify blocked

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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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Therapy dogs help relieve student anxiety

The Counseling and College Readiness Department partnered with Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati to bring in two therapy dogs to help students de-stress during exam week.  Diana Dawson and Jennifer Mayhall, representatives of the organization, were in the library during both lunches on Dec 18 with therapy dogs Dobby and Mozzie. Canines for Christ … More Therapy dogs help relieve student anxiety

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McNicholas shares information on new mental health programs

At the end of October, the student body completed a survey about student culture that covered everything from student morale to stress factors to overall mental health.  From the results of that survey, McNicholas is now initiating new programs that resolve around mental health. According to a second survey by The Milestone on Dec. 5, … More McNicholas shares information on new mental health programs

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December book staple: Spend winter break with this retelling of a holiday classic

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 around their genres. This month’s genre is Christmas. In these reviews, I will rate the books on a starring system using an appropriate … More December book staple: Spend winter break with this retelling of a holiday classic

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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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November book review: Graphic novels that deserve attention

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 around their genres. This month’s genre is graphic novels. In these reviews, I will rate the books on a starring system using an … More November book review: Graphic novels that deserve attention

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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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Rockets prefer college football over the NFL

For many, the fall season not only means the return of school, but the promise of months on end basking in the great American traditions of College Football Saturdays and NFL Sundays.  A poll of 100 random students and staff members, who gave their names and positions on the issue, revealed that 58% of all … More Rockets prefer college football over the NFL

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Baptist, Catholic voices united; Observations from Fall Appalachia 2018, Volume 3

Evening of Thursday 9/13/18 We pull into the small parking lot for Glory Bound Baptist Church and are immediately greeted by parishioners at the door for the Thursday evening service. Our experience at Glory Bound is like nothing I’d ever been a part of.  Our group outnumbers the locals in the already small church, and … More Baptist, Catholic voices united; Observations from Fall Appalachia 2018, Volume 3

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Rockets experience the power of presence: Observations from Fall Appalachia 2018, Volume 2

Morning of Thursday: 9/13/18 I quietly climb out of my top bunk bed to not wake my roommates.  This is not a very successful effort as I end up waking up half my room, at least for the moment, as I use my flashlight to find my notebook and sweatshirt before I make my way … More Rockets experience the power of presence: Observations from Fall Appalachia 2018, Volume 2

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