McNicholas Theater to present Laughing Stock

The McNicholas Theater will present Laughing Stock by Charles Morey beginning January 24 for their winter play. Laughing Stock follows the comical story of a struggling playhouse and the over-the-top people who work there as they attempt to perform three plays. Sophomore Connor Wray plays Jack Morris, a young actor taken under the wing of … More McNicholas Theater to present Laughing Stock

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New year’s resolutions: How to trick yourself into running a 5K

When searching for a new year’s resolution, one has a plethora of options including deciding to hit the gym. If you are dedicated to the cause of embarking on a journey of enlightenment through attempting to hone your body with a new found drive to exercise, yet you actually have no drive to exercise, here … More New year’s resolutions: How to trick yourself into running a 5K

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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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Christmas cookies: A common denominator of many holiday traditions

The Christmas season is shrouded in traditions like putting up the Christmas tree, hanging the stockings, and baking countless trays of cookies. Whether the cookies are for Santa or to enjoy with family and friends, embark on a cookie baking adventure with a few new recipes steeped in love and memories to share this holiday … More Christmas cookies: A common denominator of many holiday traditions

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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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Christmas gifts on a budget: 10 gifts under $10

Christmas is fast approaching, which means beginning the hunt for the perfect present for a friend or loved one in hopes of expressing love and appreciation. This task can seem overwhelming when shopping for every family member, as well as every close friend. This Christmas, grab your coat and hat and head out to the … More Christmas gifts on a budget: 10 gifts under $10

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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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Service Club collects warm clothing, shoes to donate

For the past 20 years, McNicholas’s Service Club has sponsored the Warm Clothing Drive and Soles for Souls shoe collection to benefit hundreds of persons in need in the Cincinnati area. Community Service Coordinator and Theology teacher Sam Roflow said he implemented these service projects at McNicholas due to hearing stories from his wife. “My … More Service Club collects warm clothing, shoes to donate

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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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Students inducted to National Honor Society

Fifty-two students were inducted into the McNicholas Altiora Chapter of National Honor Society in an all-school ceremony on Nov. 9. These students joined the 37 current members. Class of 2005 graduate Christa Hyson returned as the guest speaker for the event. National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes students with grade point averages  of … More Students inducted to National Honor Society

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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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Christmas music causes stress, draws away from importance of Thanksgiving

As Halloween marks the end of October and the turning of the calendar to a new month, stores begin gearing up for the holiday season with countless displays of Christmas trees and Santa Claus, while in the background, one can make out the faint humming of “Jingle Bells.” Americans have seemingly skipped the entire month … More Christmas music causes stress, draws away from importance of Thanksgiving

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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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