Monsignor Plunkett Distinguished Scholars Pave Their Futures By: Pete Sykora •Steven Gong plans on attending the University of California San Diego to study mathematics to build a solid foundation for himself so that he may later study Engineering in hopes of becoming an Electrical Engineer. •Suzy Maloney plans on going to the University of Dayton to major in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Spanish. She hopes to be a part of ETHOS (a service club for engineers), intramurals, and study abroad in Spain. In the future, she hopes to work at an innovative company like Tesla or Google while traveling around the world. •Ryan Kenneally plans on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and making a career out of his time in the service as an Officer in the Navy. •Amber Lewis plans on going to the University of Illinois at Chicago where she will major in Psychology and minor in Linguistics. In the future, she would like to do something to improve the circumstances of at-risk youth. •Lance Pollitz plans on going to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study Biology (eventually going into Cellular and Molecular Biology). After college, he hopes to become a medical researcher studying pathogens and bacteria in the hopes of making ground breaking discoveries. •Natalie Murillo plans on going to the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign and majoring in Mechanical Engineering in hopes to be able to travel in her free time to new places around the world while maintaining an Engineering career. •Harry Zhang plans on going to University of California Davis to study Biomedical Engineering.
•Kelly Murray plans on attending The University of Virginia for Nursing where she will work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner in the future.
An Experience at BPA Nationals
A New Approach To Study Hall By: Peyton Carmicheal A new feature coming to ICCP next year is improved study halls. Study hall is changing next year because the school wants to provide an environment where students can effectively and efficiently focus on their school work. The new study halls can be beneficial for student-athletes, students with a part-time job, and students involved in multiple clubs. If you are wondering why the study halls are being changed, Mr. Davidson, Director of Curriculum, states, “The changes being made for next year are the results of observing how students use the study hall period, the need to provide students with access to technology, and much dialogue between students, faculty and administration.” Study halls will now take place in the Dyer Family Resource Center. The new study halls will be divided into two areas: an independent study area and a group study area. If the student wishes to work in solitude, they have the choice to; and if students want to work and collaborate together, they also have that option. While explaining what benefits there are, Mr. Davidson reveals, “With both Mr. Andrusyk and a study hall teacher available during the 46 minute period, we hope to provide the proper focus, assistance, and resources needed. The computers located in the Dyer Center provide immediate access for students to write papers, do research, and access their assignments on Google classroom.” Since students use their study halls in a competent manner, the school has no problems with the addition of the new study halls. Faculty hopes the change will encourage the students to further develop their education in a way that suits them.
Class Feature: AP Chemistry
By: Katarina Vorne
By: Fran Capannari
On May 1st-5th, Business Professionals of America (BPA) hosted its 52nd annual National Leadership Conference, an event where top qualifiers are sent from each state to compete and learn valuable skills in business, networking, and leadership. This year, IC Catholic Prep sent a student to the event for the first time in five years, Katarina Vorne.
Embracing the values of a small school, AP Chemistry is the smallest class in the school with just eight people. Throughout the course, the students had the many benefits of it being a small class. Ms. Palandri taught the course to just eight students. As a small class, they were able to work as a class to solve difficult problems, Ms. Palandri was always able to answer the students’ questions, and all had the opportunity to participate in class.
The conference kicked off with an exciting opening ceremony. Representatives from each of the 23 states associated with BPA, along with one from Puerto Rico, proudly presented their state flags during the ceremony. Throughout the following days, certification courses were offered to students in office skills such as utilizing the Microsoft Office and Adobe suites. The real focus of the conference, however, was on the dozens of different contests in which qualifying students competed. Top competitors from across the country participate in business administration competitions in areas from video production to spreadsheet applications. Despite these intense competitions, the students attending the conference are also welcome to many social events. The SoCal Bash, for example, featured a block lined with food trucks, games, and even a DJ at one end for students to have the valuable opportunity to meet and build a nationwide network of connections. Throughout the conference, students also participated in BPA traditions such as trading pins with students from different states. Saving the best for last, the dazzling Grand Awards Session wrapped up the week, complete with stage lights, smoke, and even a professional production team! Finalists for each competitive event were called to the stage to receive their awards while the six thousand participants cheered in congratulations. To top it all off, as the awards session drew to a close, fireworks from neighboring Anaheim Disney illuminated the sky, ending the weekend with excitement.
Throughout the year, the students learned eight units and performed many labs. One of their favorite labs was when they designed airbags. In this lab, they designed solutions using ideal gas laws to make the ziplock baggies inflate to the perfect amount. One unit that stood out to nearly all the students was the kinetics unit. During this unit, everyone seemed to fully understand the material. With two AP Calculus students in the class, Annie Guinan and Tommy Sloan, they were able to further study the relationships between the kinetic rate laws and the graphs that are studied in AP Calc. Tommy Sloan mentioned, “The graphs we studied and the rate laws had similar relationships that I had already learned in AP Calc.” Thanks to the small class size, all the students would work together and help each other out throughout the year. As the AP Chemistry exam approached, the entire class worked together to review. Ms. Palandri created a Google Doc for the class to write what was understood and not understood. Each day, the class reviewed new free response questions and multiple choice questions. After practicing former AP questions, the class felt prepared. Coming out of the exam, the students felt that they did well due to all the preparation they had all year. In conclusion, the tight knit AP Chem class, with the help of their teacher, had worked together and prepared all year to succeed on their exam.