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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McNick continues to implement new logo

In August 2020, McNicholas introduced its new logo and colors. Principal Mr. Dave Mueller, Former Director of Communications and Marketing Mrs. Shannon Kapp, Athletic Director Mr. Drew Schmidt, parents, and board members formed a committee and researched with an outside company about colors and designs to bring about this change. “The idea was that we … More McNick continues to implement new logo

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Letter from the editor: Rohling says final goodbyes to Milestone, McNicholas

Dearest students, parents, teachers, alumni, fellow-bloggers, loved ones/liked ones, The headline of this “article” (though it is a letter) is Letter from the editor and I am the one writing it which means I am “the editor.” In the first week of my senior year in journalism, I was named Editor-in-Chief. Editor-in-Chief is the quarterback … More Letter from the editor: Rohling says final goodbyes to Milestone, McNicholas

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Sisters of St. Joseph reflect on McNick through the years

By Lauren Cox and Paula Zalar Sister Janet Roesener and Sister Joan Hartlaub visited McNick for the first time in many years on Apr. 20. The Sisters of St. Joseph played an instrumental role in transitioning the all-girls St. Joseph Academy into McNicholas High School. Hartlaub was a member of the last graduating class of … More Sisters of St. Joseph reflect on McNick through the years

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Spring sports begin wrap up, head to tournaments

As the school year comes to a close at McNick, so do the sports. The spring sports season is well underway and teams are now rolling into tournament play. Softball Coached by Terry Doyle, the Women’s Varsity Softball Team is currently sitting in second place in the GCL behind Badin with a 22-3 record and … More Spring sports begin wrap up, head to tournaments

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A day in the life: Counselor Matt Wehrman covers many bases

While most might think they know what school guidance counselors do, Matt Wehrman’s job at McNick covers many responsibilities. While the main “paying” part of his position is as a school counselor, his life also includes broadcasting, softball, among others. “I usually get here around 6:45. During that time, I’m preparing for the day. If … More A day in the life: Counselor Matt Wehrman covers many bases

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McNicholas to hold Class of 2021 graduation at Riverbend

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, there were many uncertainties about how the year would go. One of those uncertainties dealt with the Class of 2021’s graduation. Will there be a graduation for the Class of 2021? Will the graduation for the Class of 2021 be similar to the individual graduation ceremonies for … More McNicholas to hold Class of 2021 graduation at Riverbend

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Where do you want to be in 10 years: Seniors share future dreams

By Kyler Helvey and Jackson White The future can be a daunting, especially for those aren’t sure exactly where they want to go and what they want to do after high school. Instead of focusing on the immediate future, the Milestone decided to inquire about where many see themselves ten years out of high school. … More Where do you want to be in 10 years: Seniors share future dreams

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Seniors offer McNick bucket list ideas

Graduation is drawing near, but the seniors won’t be forgotten after they leave. After looking back on their time here at McNick, they submitted “special to-dos” for underclassmen. Here’s their top 10 list of things to do before graduating from McNick. Mardi Gras. Caden Conrad believes everyone should experience at least one Mardi Gras since … More Seniors offer McNick bucket list ideas

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Three seniors commit to college athletic programs

On Thursday, May 6 McNicholas held an additional athletic signing for seniors who committed to college athletic programs after what would have been the final athletic signing on Wednesday, Apr. 14. Three members of the Class of 2021 committed to continuing their athletic careers in college: Lauren Cox, Brady Horgan, and Carson Seemann. Lauren Cox … More Three seniors commit to college athletic programs

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Class of 2021 reflects on final year of high school

Disclaimer: Answers were collected via email and personal interviews between April 12 and May 6. Answers received by press time of May 6 were included. All submissions were subject to editing to ensure journalism ethics were met. High School is four years long. That’s four years full of experiences, opportunities, achievements, fallbacks, and everything in … More Class of 2021 reflects on final year of high school

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Class of 2021 Top 10 recognized for academic achievement

By Audrey Hurlburt, Cassidy Jacobs, Jackson White, Kyler Helvey, Olivia Rohling, and Paula Zalar At 7 a.m. on April 30, McNick held its 8th annual Academic Signing ceremony in the cafe for the top ten students in the Class of 2021. The top ten in alphabetical order include: Nicholas Clark, Lauren Cox, Madeline Daley, Isabella … More Class of 2021 Top 10 recognized for academic achievement

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McNick releases schedule, plans for next school year

The 2020-2021 school year is coming to an end, which means next year’s schedule has been made. With the introduction of Student Leadership Team as well as classroom changes, the following takes a look at what McNicholas High School’s 2021-2022 school year will look like. Disclaimer: This schedule plan is as of March 2021; All … More McNick releases schedule, plans for next school year

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Weekend Recap: Juniors, Seniors celebrate prom; seniors at Cincinnati Zoo

On Saturday, April 24, McNick’s Classes of 2021 and 2022 attended their prom celebration at Paul Brown Stadium that included dinner, court festivities, and of course, dancing. On Sunday, April 25, the Class of 2021 spent the afternoon at the Cincinnati Zoo feeding giraffes, eating s’mores, and hanging out as a class one last time … More Weekend Recap: Juniors, Seniors celebrate prom; seniors at Cincinnati Zoo

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Freshmen Fears: Class of 2024 faced challenging times

The first year of high school is a very challenging time for many freshman students. High school has higher levels of academics that can be challenging compared to the education of elementary schools. Along with academic changes, high school is filled with many new social pressures that can be hard to deal with as a … More Freshmen Fears: Class of 2024 faced challenging times

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McNick welcomes back teachers previously remote

By Jackson White & Kyler Helvey Not only have a number of students been forced to attend school virtually, but some teachers have as well. Due to circumstances of dealing with the pandemic, teachers John Norman (Theology), Sam Roflow (Theology), Tracey Canisalez (Spanish), and Bea Gardner (Photography, Yearbook, Mixed Media) have been teaching from remotely … More McNick welcomes back teachers previously remote

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Pets of the pandemic: Community shares pet adoption stories

The past year of the pandemic has been a very difficult year filled with many new changes and hardships that will transform the lives of many forever. Isolation and quarantine are not meant for human beings to endure for long periods of time and it is evident in the recently released mental health statistics for … More Pets of the pandemic: Community shares pet adoption stories

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Six seniors commit to college athletic programs

By Kyler Helvey, Audrey Hurlburt, and Paula Zalar McNicholas held its final athletic commitment signing ceremony on April 14. Six members of the Class of 2021 committed to continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level: Daniel Auxier, Clay Badylak, Riley Haugh, Emma McSwigan, Austin Ramey, and Mia Smith. Daniel Auxier committed to playing lacrosse … More Six seniors commit to college athletic programs

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First impressions: Native Cincinnatian rates Pittsburgh experience

As someone who has lived in Cincinnati their entire life, it’s not very often I am able to visit other cities. On March 28, I drove from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh for a college visit with my mom. Sure, I’ve been to Columbus a few times, but this was a completely new experience. For those who … More First impressions: Native Cincinnatian rates Pittsburgh experience

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Rocket Shop launches new spring collection

The McNicholas High School Rocket Shop, the one-stop shop for all Rocket High spirit wear, has just launched their new spring collection. According to Rocket Shop Coordinator Marilyn Melcher, the ideas for new spirit wear designs come from many. “We have partnered with U-Sports as a local business with alumni connections to McNicholas this year … More Rocket Shop launches new spring collection

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McNicholas welcomes new athletic trainer

With spring sports having officially started, McNick has welcomed athletic trainer Ryan Preston to the staff. Preston became head athletic trainer when previous trainer Mike McCafferty left.  While Preston joined the Rocket staff about mid-way through this school year, there are still many students, parents, and community members who have yet to meet him. Preston … More McNicholas welcomes new athletic trainer

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Self-Advocacy: Why is it so important?

Self-advocacy is skill vital to human survival. Although everyone’s definition may look different, school counselor Alaina Way thinks self-advocacy is, “Speaking up for yourself- interest[s], desires, needs and rights.” As an adult, you are your own advocate, and when students learn this skill varies by the individual. “I see some freshmen who come to McNick … More Self-Advocacy: Why is it so important?

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Milestone Mystery: Can you guess the faculty member?

McNick is filled with adults who work behind the scenes in administration, counseling, and the adults who teach us. The real question is: do you know them as well as you think? Each week, the Milestone is going to test your knowledge of the faculty at McNick, specifically one certain faculty member. Can you guess … More Milestone Mystery: Can you guess the faculty member?

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Cancel Culture: Its damaging effects and the need for growth

From political figures, celebrities, social media personalities, and even the Royal Family; the cancelation of human beings seems to have no limits; cancel culture is everywhere. This toxic trend in society has become very common, and it is having a detrimental impact on the world. These public acts of shaming have always been deeply rooted … More Cancel Culture: Its damaging effects and the need for growth

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What was the last song you listened to?

It would be hard to find someone who didn’t like listening to music, but with so many choices, everyone’s musical taste is different. Everyone has a different favorite song, favorite genre, favorite artist, and favorite band. During the week of March 22, I roamed around McNick to pull random Rockets aside to find out, “What … More What was the last song you listened to?

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The Social Dilemma alters perspective on social media

During March, seniors in Angie Noble’s AP Language class watched the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. The documentary includes the perspectives of tech experts, researchers, and activists to reveal “how social media is reprogramming civilization.” Many people, students included, are unaware how much social media influences their lives, and The Social Dilemma shows the audience … More The Social Dilemma alters perspective on social media

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A day in the life of Director of Development John Jorden

John Jorden has a job unlike many others at McNick. As Director of Development, his job covers many responsibilities. “So, to give you an idea of my schedule, yesterday I had a meeting with Mr. Schmidt and Principal Mueller to talk about how we can raise money to replace some things. Then, I had a … More A day in the life of Director of Development John Jorden

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Implicit bias explained: What it is and how we combat it

The term implicit bias has been used more prevalently within the past few years, often with a negative connotation, but not many people actually know what the term means. Ryan Wynett, Manager of Implicit Bias Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, defines implicit bias as “the attitude or stereotypes that affect our understanding, … More Implicit bias explained: What it is and how we combat it

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How to make easy St. Patrick’s Day pretzel treats

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and these treats are the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit! These delicious pretzel treats are quick and easy, taking 5 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes total to make.   Start with gathering the ingredients: regular pretzels (twists), pretzel sticks, Rolo’s candy, green … More How to make easy St. Patrick’s Day pretzel treats

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A blast from the past: Movie theaters now showing classic films

Movie theaters across Cincinnati have recently been playing classic movies from across the generations as a way to welcome moviegoers back to theaters after quarantine. This plan, which was designed to end as new movies came out in theaters, now might become a common occurrence. There are many advantages to playing these classics in theaters. … More A blast from the past: Movie theaters now showing classic films

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Loving your neighbor: What it means to be Catholic

One’s faith often serves as a special center point in their life. Of course different religions hold different beliefs and values, yet all of them share a similar set of key values to live by and live for. Theology teachers Mary Beth Sandmann, David Sandmann, and Teresa Davis all believe that the paramount virtue of … More Loving your neighbor: What it means to be Catholic

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Student and teacher burnout: How to overcome it during difficult times

The coronavirus pandemic along with the new restrictions and policies has taken a toll on everyone, especially students and teachers around the world. Schools were challenged to rethink the traditional concept of what it means to “go to school,” teachers had to learn new ways of teaching through online classrooms, and students had to learn … More Student and teacher burnout: How to overcome it during difficult times

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College athletes should be paid. Period.

A hot topic across college athletics has been whether or not athletes should be paid. It’s a question that has brought about much controversy, not only throughout college athletics, but all across the United States. Some are extremely passionate that these athletes should not be paid, and they argue that having athletes become compensated will … More College athletes should be paid. Period.

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McNick students share the inspiration behind their art

The McNicholas art program allows students from all grades to express themselves in many different ways. In art teacher Willy Corbett’s classes, students primarily use drawing and/or painting as a creative outlet. Here are some art pieces that these students have been working on throughout the school year. Sophomore Gia Guessford Despite being a virtual … More McNick students share the inspiration behind their art

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Keep it in perspective: Senior privileges are better than they seem

By Lauren Cox, Cassidy Jacobs, Olivia Rohling, and Paula Zalar Skipping the lunch line, being dismissed for Mass first, and leading the student section in cheers are just some of the senior privileges and traditions that the Class of 2021 have missed out on this school year due to Covid-19. It’s easy to feel left … More Keep it in perspective: Senior privileges are better than they seem

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Students, teachers share time spent in snow through photos

Over the course of February, Cincinnati has been given 20 inches of snow. McNicholas High School was lucky enough to have February 9th as a snow day to play around with it, as well as online days on Feb. 11th, 16th, and 18th as more opportunities to get outside and have fun. Here is how some … More Students, teachers share time spent in snow through photos

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A day in the life of a teacher: Mrs. Dill’s daily life teaching at McNick

For some, teaching is just a job, but for others, in particular Mrs. Julie Dill, it’s a part of their life. As a teacher who not only is responsible for teaching all levels of French, she also is a part of the English department, teaching AP Literature. Time is of the essence for Dill, and … More A day in the life of a teacher: Mrs. Dill’s daily life teaching at McNick

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Valentine’s Day Edition: McNick community shares who holds a special place in their hearts

Valentine’s Day is a day to spread extra love and positivity all around the world. From making cards to giving flowers and sweet treats, there are many ways people celebrate this holiday. It is a special time to express love to the ones around us. Sometimes the busy days of life get in the way … More Valentine’s Day Edition: McNick community shares who holds a special place in their hearts

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News 101: Finding an unbiased news source

The question of where one should get their news seems to have become a controversial one in recent years. With the increase of social media usage and drastic polarization of politics, it can feel like information overload, and it can be an overwhelming task trying to decipher if the information one reads is credible. In … More News 101: Finding an unbiased news source

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Hands Across Campus sponsors, celebrates Black History Month

This February marks the second-annual celebration of Black History Month at McNicholas High School sponsored by Hands Across Campus. Theology teacher and Hands Across Campus moderator Teresa Davis said, “With Hands Across Campus, our mission is inclusion and diversity, and with Black history being so anemic in America, [Black History Month] had to happen [at … More Hands Across Campus sponsors, celebrates Black History Month

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First Amendment explained: What are the boundaries in the rights of citizens?

The United States Constitution, written in 1787 and ratified in 1788, includes the first amendment (added in 1791 with the other nine amendments in the Bill of Rights), which guarantees that Americans have the right to five freedoms: speech, religion, assembly, petition, and press. Freedom of Speech Beginning shortly after ratification, however, the boundaries of … More First Amendment explained: What are the boundaries in the rights of citizens?

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McNicholas allows seniors to attend varsity basketball games

On Tuesday Jan. 19, McNick Athletic Director Drew Schmidt announced to seniors that they would be allowed to attend varsity basketball games for the remainder of the season. “[Principal Dave] Mueller and I spoke about trying to give seniors as many opportunities as we can until the school year ends to have a little resemblance … More McNicholas allows seniors to attend varsity basketball games

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Through a teacher’s perspective: Teaching in a pandemic

The 2020-2021 school year has been a roller-coaster of five months with students and teachers learning to work through a global pandemic. From March 18, 2020 until now, times have been anything but normal with the McNicholas High School community.  A vital part of making this school year a success has been the teachers. Without … More Through a teacher’s perspective: Teaching in a pandemic

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Top books to read your way through the pandemic in 2021

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky The Perks of being a Wallflower is narrated by a freshman in high school named Charlie. He navigates through the ups and downs of growing up along with confronting his past. Throughout his freshman year, he meets Sam and Patrick who help offer him support and … More Top books to read your way through the pandemic in 2021

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Sisters of St. Joseph reflect on McNick through the years

By Lauren Cox and Paula Zalar Sister Janet Roesener and Sister Joan Hartlaub visited McNick for the first time in many years on Apr. 20. The Sisters of St. Joseph played an instrumental role in transitioning the all-girls St. Joseph Academy into McNicholas High School. Hartlaub was a member of the last graduating class of … More Sisters of St. Joseph reflect on McNick through the years

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