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 it is part of what sets McNick apart from other Catholic schools and is essentially McNick’s biggest celebration of the year. “I think you have to experience Mardi Gras, even if you’re not a part of it. It is one of/if not the richest tradition in McNicholas history. You can just feel the vibe in there on the chilly February Sunday nights,” Conrad said.
2. Café cookies. It was an expected answer. Anton Hoelmer said, “Every student should try café cookies.” At this point, no one can go through McNick without trying one.
3. Kairos. McNicholas High School is deeply rooted in faith, and strives to help students grow in their faith. Many retreats are offered in order to help the kids achieve this, and Olivia Gagliardo thinks Kairos can do this best. “I think that every student at McNick should experience Kairos and the amazing bonds that it allows us to make,” Gagliardo said.
4. AP classes. “[Students] should experience an AP class, because it can prepare them for a college grade level class, and they could get credit,” William Garvin said.
5. Get involved in extracurricular activities. It may seem cliché, but get involved in anything interesting. “I think that every McNick student needs to experience what it feels like to go to every school event that they possibly can – even when they know that they will not know anyone there…I just really think that every McNick student needs to take some dares from themselves while they are here so that they don’t regret not making high school all that their 10-year-old self thought it would be,” Madeline Daley recommended.
6. Go to sporting events. This is a no-brainer, especially according to Mary Zahumensky. “When I was a freshman, I first met my group of friends at sporting events because they were perfect times to branch out and talk to the people around you,” she said. Maggie Haap also added that before graduating, “Go all out for the themes with your friends!” This could be for sporting events as well as just in-school celebrations, but make sure to make those memories.
7. Smell the red underglaze in the ceramics room. “Everyone knows when the red glaze is out, and everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say it. It is a key component of the class,” Olivia Rohling said.
8. Exit the theatre through the alternate exit. “[The one] that takes you to the hallway with the front office,” Rohling added.
9. See Mr. Losekamp do a cartwheel. “No student’s experience at McNick is 100% complete without watching Mr. Losekamp do a cartwheel,” Anna Eiser said.
10. Connect with teachers. Samuel Fortin said to “really connect with a teacher; receive wisdom.”