Opinion: American democracy has no party affiliation; those who endangered it need held accountable

Disclaimer: *This article is an editorial and represents the opinion of the student journalist. It does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of McNicholas High School administration, faculty, or students. * On Jan. 6, 2021, during a joint session of Congress to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college win, insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol. … More Opinion: American democracy has no party affiliation; those who endangered it need held accountable

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Gretchen Thomas joins faculty as McNick’s new English teacher

With former English teacher Anne Jones transitioning to the role of Director of Communications and Marketing when school resumed Jan. 5, McNick was in need of a new English teacher for second semester. Joining the English Department is Gretchen Thomas. Born in 1997, the now 23-year-old grew up in Anderson Township, attended St. Ursula Villa … More Gretchen Thomas joins faculty as McNick’s new English teacher

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Winter sports head to second half of season with high hopes

McNick’s winter sports teams started playing in November, which brings them to the middle of their seasons and moving towards tournaments. Coaches and players from the men’s and women’s basketball teams and men’s and women’s bowling teams shared their mid-season update, reflected on their first half, and offered a glimpse of they hope for the … More Winter sports head to second half of season with high hopes

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Rocket alumni, parents among first to receive Covid-19 vaccine

As of Dec. 18, 2020 both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in the United States. In a Jan. 7 updated article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities should be offered the first doses … More Rocket alumni, parents among first to receive Covid-19 vaccine

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Finding the silver lining: 20 good things from 2020

It’s no secret: 2020 has presented us with some pretty heavy challenges — wildfires, murder hornets, a pandemic, and toilet paper shortages just to name a few. When terrible things happen to us, it is certainly easier to focus on all that has gone wrong, especially when it hurts and feels so consuming. Though it’s … More Finding the silver lining: 20 good things from 2020

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Technology makes snow days a privilege of the past

Snow days are a staple of everyone’s childhood. Nothing is better than your parents coming into your room and telling you to go back to sleep, that school called, and you have a snow day. With the ability to teach students online because of Covid, McNick has changed their policy to allow only one day … More Technology makes snow days a privilege of the past

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Video games lead to friendships transcending time, space

Video games are a way for many to de-stress after a long day of work or school. Most games are multiplayer, allowing gamers to play with their friends, or even make new ones. Some of the most popular games on Steam, an online gaming platform, are multiplayer games with either voice or text chat capabilities … More Video games lead to friendships transcending time, space

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Working from home: A Q&A with the current remote teachers of McNicholas

With Covid-19 cases surging throughout the United States, some health concerns about going to school in person have arisen. Despite measurements being taken to keep everyone safe, physically interacting with students and staff members can be dangerous to people who are especially vulnerable to the virus.  Because of this, teachers at McNicholas have been given … More Working from home: A Q&A with the current remote teachers of McNicholas

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How to have a COVID-friendly Christmas break

With the difficult times of 2020, finding things to do over Christmas break is difficult. Here are some fun ideas that are COVID-friendly and guaranteed fun. Take it outside Outside activities are a great way to be able to social distance with family while still being able to enjoy fun holiday activities. Another suggestion is … More How to have a COVID-friendly Christmas break

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10 Black-owned businesses to support no matter the season

With a population of over 300,000, the City of Cincinnati is home to hundreds of local businesses. Investing in local businesses benefits the local economy, so from new places to shop to new restaurants to dine, here is a brief list of Black-owned businesses to support in Cincinnati. 1.Black Coffee Lounge Black Coffee Lounge on … More 10 Black-owned businesses to support no matter the season

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Returning home: A Q&A with new Athletic Director Drew Schmidt

Some are lucky enough to call McNick home for 4 years. Most go off into the world where they pursue jobs and find ways to positively impact society. Others return to McNick, as a parent or in a position as support staff, a coach, a teacher, or an administrator — any way to stay involved … More Returning home: A Q&A with new Athletic Director Drew Schmidt

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McNick responds to remote learning days

In the two days following Thanksgiving break, McNick implemented two remote learning days.  Students attended class sessions remotely on Microsoft Teams, and went to classes as usual under a slightly altered schedule.  “The thought was let’s provide a little insulation from contagion coming back into the building if families are going to gather on Thanksgiving … More McNick responds to remote learning days

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Online vs in-person learning: Which do students prefer?

With the challenges of the new school due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the option for in-person and online school is becoming more popular, with the McNick community deciding which is the safest and best option for all students and for teachers to teach safely. The debate of doing online or in-person classes continues to be … More Online vs in-person learning: Which do students prefer?

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McNicholas faculty share Christmas traditions

Whether it be making Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve or driving to see the Christmas lights throughout town, everyone has holiday traditions that belong to their Christmas season.  The teachers in the McNicholas community shared the many different fun and creative ways they celebrate their holidays with their family.   French and English teacher Julie … More McNicholas faculty share Christmas traditions

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SAIL teachers share experience, advice for successful remote learning

Virtual and remote learning are new to the world of education and increasingly more crucial in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools all around the world are utilizing remote learning, hybrid schedules, and virtual classes in order to limit the spread of the virus. McNick is back full-time in person, but students still have … More SAIL teachers share experience, advice for successful remote learning

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‘Tis the season to decorate; lighting up McNicholas for the holidays

Even though it occurs in the darkest, coldest time of year, Christmas can bring joy and warmth to everyone who celebrates it.  There are endless traditions that come with this holiday, but one of the most well-known and common traditions is decorating with Christmas lights and other festive decorations.  Math department chair Ashley Brothers has … More ‘Tis the season to decorate; lighting up McNicholas for the holidays

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Five simple ways to have an environmentally-conscious holiday

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many are shopping for gifts and preparing for their holiday meals. However, waste and pollution in the United States will increase throughout December until New Years’ Day. Since global warming does not stop for the holidays, here are five simple ways to promote sustainability this year. 1. Skip the gift … More Five simple ways to have an environmentally-conscious holiday

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Rockets have spoken: Top five favorite Thanksgiving Foods of McNicholas

Thanksgiving is a time for family, fun, and food.  During this special holiday, many different dishes are prepared and served, each with their own unique taste.  In a recent Milestone poll, students and faculty were asked to vote for their favorite Thanksgiving foods based on the following choices: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, ham, … More Rockets have spoken: Top five favorite Thanksgiving Foods of McNicholas

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McNick hosts online Shantytown due to Covid-19

On Nov. 18, 2020, McNick students had the opportunity to participate in a virtual Shantytown. Although Shantytown is normally held in person and known to involve students sleeping in cardboard boxes on campus, this year it was moved online as a result of the Coronavirus. “The [Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless] actually had reached … More McNick hosts online Shantytown due to Covid-19

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with these easy, sharable treats

Thanksgiving is a time filled with family, gratitude, togetherness, and most importantly food, one of the staples of this holiday. The turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pies are a part of major traditional foods that coincide with this family gathering. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the family gatherings may be very limited … More Celebrate Thanksgiving with these easy, sharable treats

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McNick offers new clubs for the 2020-2021 school year

By: Sammy Waterman and Charlie Everhart Bored at home after school? Longing for some social interaction? As long as you’re social distancing, we have the solution for you. Brand new clubs!   Ablaze, McMakerspace, and St. Vincent DePaul Youth Conference are three additions to the long list of clubs available for Rockets. Made to further … More McNick offers new clubs for the 2020-2021 school year

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Longest tenured teachers: A Q&A with the heart and soul of McNick

For some, McNick is just a temporary place where they go to work or to learn and then go home, but for others it’s a part of who they are, a place that they can call a second home. McNick has represented a permanent home full of memories, life-long relationships, and laughter along the way. … More Longest tenured teachers: A Q&A with the heart and soul of McNick

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‘Git’ to know McNick’s favorite substitute teacher

For the past nine years, Shawn “Git” Gillette has been a substitute teacher as well as a football coach at McNick. With Spanish teacher Tracey Canisalez and Theology teachers John Norman and Sam Roflow currently teaching online, Gillette supervises the classrooms during their classes as well as subs for a variety of classes when needed. … More ‘Git’ to know McNick’s favorite substitute teacher

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McNick updates Rocket Shop, spirit wear for new logo

Because of the recent change in the McNicholas logo, the spirit wear and Rocket Shop have been updated to fit the new logo and colors. The upgraded McNicholas Rocket Shop plans to open every Thursday from approximately 2:30 to 7:30, as well as during home basketball games. However, unlike previous years, spirit wear can now … More McNick updates Rocket Shop, spirit wear for new logo

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Did you miss Open House? Here’s what you can find at McNick.

On October 25th and 26th  2020, McNicholas High School hosted their annual Open House, where the school showcased the highlights of their classes. However, if you missed it, here’s the rundown of what this school has to offer. At the root of all Catholic education is Theology. The 6 teachers in the department help each … More Did you miss Open House? Here’s what you can find at McNick.

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COVID safety precautions revisited

McNicholas High School has done a relatively great job dealing with the coronavirus thus far. Only twenty members of the McNick community have tested positive with the knowledge that all of these cases have arisen from off campus transmission. There has been zero transmission on campus due to McNick’s extensive efforts at keeping the faculty … More COVID safety precautions revisited

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Thanksgiving: Show your thanks this year by staying safe

With the air becoming cooler and the leaves falling from the trees, it is clear that Thanksgiving season is upon us. Friends, family, and food are all staples for this holiday, but this year has been one unlike any we’ve experienced before, which raises an important question: What does Thanksgiving look like in a pandemic? … More Thanksgiving: Show your thanks this year by staying safe

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Behind the design: Seniors share inspiration behind parking spot designs

At the beginning of the 2020 school year, seniors were given the opportunity to paint their parking spots in the upper lot.  Students were given time to submit a design and fill the parking lot with their own colorful, unique designs. Lauren Cox “Whenever I create any piece of art, I draw inspiration from the … More Behind the design: Seniors share inspiration behind parking spot designs

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Women in leadership: There’s still work to be done

Disclaimer: *This article is an editorial and does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of McNicholas High School administration, faculty, or students.* In an October 28th Milestone survey about women in positions of leadership, respondents named the following women as inspirations, ranging from political leaders to the teachers among us: U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, … More Women in leadership: There’s still work to be done

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Editorial: Opposing abortion is not enough to truly identify as pro-life

The term “pro-life” has become so heavily affiliated with opposing abortion that many people, including those who consider themselves pro-life, forget to acknowledge the various social issues that also advocate for the protection and preservation of human life. According to Rev. P. Del Staigers of St. Veronica and St. John Fischer parishes, “The bishops have … More Editorial: Opposing abortion is not enough to truly identify as pro-life

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Social Dilemma: Does technology connect or isolate?

In today’s society, technology is embedded in the lives of nearly every human being. Technology began nearly two million years ago when the first stone tools were made. Now, it has evolved into something almost bigger than ourselves. From iPhones to Tesla model cars to television, technology has provided many useful benefits around the world … More Social Dilemma: Does technology connect or isolate?

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Covid protocols allow in-person instruction to continue

McNick just wrapped up the end of the first quarter and in such a time of uncertainty and question due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not very clear just a few short months ago whether there would even be an opportunity to be in school. School — something that has been the normal for as … More Covid protocols allow in-person instruction to continue

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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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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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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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