Cathedral High School Volume 98 Issue 6 Thursday, April 18, 2019 5225 East 56th Street Indianapolis, Indiana @irishmegaphone irishmegaphone.com
Building Bridges to the Future
During a presser with the newspaper staff, President Dr. Robert Bridges provides an overview of the plan to “keep working to stay ahead of the pack,” he said. Photo by Grace Kowalevsky
Administration Seeks to Take Cathedral to the Next Level n Jameson Browne
In the coming five years, changes will be made in how students are taught at this school so that we can sincerely and honestly call ourselves the “Catholic High School of the Future.” President Mr. Robert Bridges, explained that the school is in its third year of a five-year strategic improvement plan. He said that there are plans in order to improve all aspects of the school to meet the vision statement. Bridges said, “The big goal is to transform our school a little bit at a time so that in five years we can call ourselves the Catholic School of the future.”
What we say vs. what we do
In the fall, an accreditation team visited the school to see if “what we say we do is what we really do,” according to Vice Principal of Academics Mr. Dennis Thomas. The team consisted of 16 members who spent a few days at the school finding what we do well and what we can work to improve. Thomas said he enjoyed the process because he knew how much could be learned from the team’s visit. “The work that we did will help us become a better school and prepare for the future. What we say we are doing has to be what we are doing and be aligned with our mission and goal,” Thomas said. Bridges noted that the team said the school community was “welcoming, inclusive and diverse” and that this sentiment was obvious during the team’s visit.
Specific areas for review During two meetings on late start days, educators brainstormed these subjects for review and improvement for making the school the Catholic School of the Future
But the school was challenged to meet the vision statement stating that Cathedral is, indeed, the Catholic school of the future. Bridges noted that during the two most recent accreditation visits, each of which took place seven years apart, the team made similar observations but then noted that the school, in many respects, remained tradition. Learning and teaching styles will be changed to meet the needs of students and keep them engaged. “We have to change what’s going on in the inside first,” Bridges said. The new Innovation Center will be a place for students to gather and advance their studies. Bridges said that the glass building will have a dining center and a cafe as well as new classrooms, which will open up opportunities to take new classes. Another change will involve teachers as they will have chances to team up and teach classes together. Instead of 12 different department chairs, there will be four directors: arts and humanities, STEM, Holy Cross integration and a Freshman Academy. “It’s not just going to be the new building here. It’s going to be what’s happening on the inside,” Bridges said. Bridges did note that the Freshman Academy would not be a separate facility, but would involve a coordinated process that would ensure that the school was meeting the academic and social needs of the freshmen across the entire curriculum. He said that given the number of different schools from which ninth-graders enroll, this was especially im-
Portrait of a graduate Technology and classroom use Freshman and/or senior academy Interdisciplinary studies Athletics and sports performance academy
portant. Even with all this change coming, Bridges knows that the 101-year-old school has to maintain its traditions and its roots. “We have to keep the basics solid and together,” Bridges said.” In order to keep students more engaged, teachers will attempt to relate to them more often. “We have to keep our eye on what’s going on but we can’t keep following it around,” Bridges said.
Most schools are trying to catch us
Though the school is always trying to improve, Bridges feels that Cathedral is leading the way. “Most schools are trying to catch Cathedral. We have to keep working to stay ahead of the pack,” Bridges said. Bridges acknowledged that some things at the school have to stay the same. “We talked about going into the future, but we love the traditions,” he said. “We have to let some things go in order to make room for the new.” Growing in both faith and education is a necessity for students. Bridges knows that we can’t change the Catholic teachings but we can change how we react to them. “To the teachings of the church, that’s how we change. It can affect us all differently,” he said. Everyone experiences mass in our own ways as we grow in our faith. The school will continue to help students grow in both faith and education in order to be the Catholic High School of the Future. n
Nontraditional class time (Online, extra term, summer school, zero period, early graduation
Mindful and innovative discipline techniques
Campus appearance/ cleanliness of buildings and grounds
Core competencies Faculty leadership model Plan to combat stress/ anxiety
The arts and the Catholic School of the Future
Faculty and staff worked in groups, with each group writing a goal for its specific area. Those goals then were uploaded to a document for review for possible inclusion in the school’s strategic plan and for further discussion. Source: Dr. Robert Bridges
Vice Principal: Lanyard Requirement is Here to Stay n Andrew de las Alas
Vice Principal Mr. Jere Kubuske shakes the hand of a lanyard-wearing freshman at Winterfest. Photo by Jonas Hollis
With breaches in school security occurring across the nation, the idea of keeping students and faculty safe, new measures were seen as a necessity. The now standard lanyard program was a key example of discernible safety features. Vice Principal Mr. Jere Kubuske said, “For its ultimate purpose of being able to identify our students and trying to keep the school as safe as possible with people coming in and out of the building, it has been successful.” He said, “The fact that we’re still here in
the fourth quarter and we have all our navy, green, orange and yellow lanyards on is a major sign.” Kubuske said one of the major steps in the program is a bigger emphasis on students wearing the lanyards, specifically lanyards with IDs. He said, “We as a school need to find more opportunities for an ID to be useful, like checking in and out of resource, or for sporting events.” Kubuske said new implementations will start on the administration’s end, but overall, he said he feels their a fur-
ther re-commitment to the lanyards in general will be on tap next August. He said next year, the orange lanyards worn by sophomores could be changed, possibly to light blue or black. However, he said that it doesn’t necessarily make sense to change colors every year, because of pricing. Kubsuke added that the student forums, including Cookies with Kubuske, have been beneficial from his perspective. He said, “If students have ideas or problems with solutions, they should come.” n
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“Sometimes I think what God
wants me to do is just be more thankful.”
Flanked by senior Colin O’Dell, left, and senior Stuart Gomez, right, Fr. Jeff Godecker prepares the Eucharist during a Mass in the Welch Activity Center during the first semester of the school year. Photo by Lauryn Woods
Back to Serve Dead for five minutes after experiencing a heart attack, Fr. Jeff Godecker’s recovery takes on special significance during Holy Week. About his medical ordeal and recuperation, he answers questions posed to him by reporter Ava Amos. Q. Would you say that your surgery has strengthened you? If so, in what way?
A. Well, it certainly has made me more appreciative and more thankful in terms of doctors’ abilities to heal and make me better. I mean everything is working right. It’s largely a question of thanks and being more aware of the care that people have given me over there in New Zealand and then the care and the prayers that I got from everybody over here at Cathedral and Immaculate Heart where I was pastor and Fatima where I live. It’s just been great. People have been really responsive like since I’ve been home by bringing food and stopping in and checking on me and all those kinds of things, so that’s where I’d see the strength. Physically, I’m hopeful that I will get back to where I was before the surgery. We’ll see. I’m not there yet.
Q. How has your faith grown since the surgery?
A. The whole incident of just kind of dying, which I was dead for about five minutes, and then having that doctor behind me, and then being able to get through that surgery. It reminds me that I’m not really in control. I’m not in control of life, I’m not in control of death. They’re way beyond me and so I have to trust that God takes care of me in some way whether I live or die. And trust is just another really good word for faith.
Q. Did you ever experience any fears or doubts going into surgery? A. Not a lot. I think some of it was I had way too many drugs to be honest. That calmed down my anxieties, and yeah I would have some anxieties. They would come and go. When I finally realized what was happening I think maybe the biggest anxiety was that I was 8,000 miles away from home. And didn’t know anybody, or thought I didn’t know anybody. I actually met somebody that I knew from over here. So yeah, not a lot, you just do what you have to. I’ve always been that kind of person, I just do what I have to do. And trust in the doctors that they know what they’re talking about. In many ways it’s so interesting because it’s such a difficult experience, the surgery. It’s very invasive and the recuperation period is a long time. I’ve got at least a couple more months to get back to something near normal, but you just have got to put one foot in front of the other. I would say just going back to the anxiety, probably my biggest anxiety was when can I go home.
Q. Did you feel God’s presence with you during the surgery?
A. Again part of that’s the drugs, for a few days after the surgery I had morphine, I had fentanyl, I had oxycodone, you don’t really think about God too much, your mind is kind of woozy, so to speak. I think where God entered into that picture was prior to the surgery. You just surrender and whatever is going to happen is going to happen. And God is in that mix someplace. I did ask for and receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick prior to the surgery and that was important to me. You know when you’re in pain or you’re drugged it’s hard to pray. It’s one of the reasons why people need to pray for people who are sick, and I think one of the things that got me through is there were so many people praying for me. So when I couldn’t
pray because I was either depressed or drugged up or just full of pain, it’s all those other people that got me through this.
Q. How did it feel coming back to Cathedral?
A. It was wonderful, I mean I just particularly like the Ash Wednesday Mass. I really love coming over here with the students. For an old person what’s really valuable to me in terms of students is first of all, just that youthful energy that you have when you get 1,000 people in the gym. I think students here are very responsive, and it’s just a good experience all the way around. But I did really feel good about coming back.
Q. How do you feel about your miracle recovery, and what does it mean to you so close to Easter?
A. That’s a really good question. Easter is going to be a really interesting experience for me, I think. It’s not the same as resurrection. The Resurrection is a whole different thing but to have died for five minutes, and I knew none of that, the only way I know that is from people that have told me that. I have no memory of dying but it is a miracle, but the word I’d rather use is that it’s a mystery. It’s hard to understand but the fact of the matter is it happened. You know why am I still here? That’s a really good question, but it certainly was providential to have that doctor behind me. So I don’t know, I’ll let you know on the other side of Easter. One of the things that happens to you when you have open heart surgery is one of the reactions is tears. Tears come really easy. Now I’ve noticed that thats not as true as it was, but I cried a lot and most of the time that I cried had nothing to do with the pain, it just had to do with how good is this. How good is this care, it really touched me emotionally.
Librarian Issues Reminder Regarding Reading Program n Anna Pohl
For the fifth year, the school library has encouraged students and staff to read for pleasure with its “5 by 5/5” program. Participants read five books by May 5, as indicated by the name of the program, and are rewarded with lunch in the library. Librarian/media specialist Mrs. Jennifer Herron said a Qdoba lunch is often popular, although she is open to suggestions. Although the lunch is a motivating factor, Herron said not all students and staff who originally sign up complete their goal of five books. Currently, she said she has about 60 individuals signed up. Herron said 30 to 40 participants ultimately attend the luncheon. Although the lunch provides a special meal, Herron said, “The biggest benefit is getting to know students through talking about books. It’s an instant reader’s advisory for me.” When participants update their list of completed books, she is able to add to her list of recommended reading material. At the lunch, Herron said she reviews the list of books read by participants, further encouraging a habit of reading outside of class. For more information about the program and the May 5 event, students may contact Herron in the library.
Q. Do you feel God has given you a second chance?
A. In some ways yes. I sometimes say, “God this is my second time around because I just didn’t get it right the first time.” A lot of people are saying it’s obvious God still has something for me to do, which I agree, but you know sometimes I think what God wants me to do is just be more thankful. I do think that in some ways he wants me to continue to do what I have been doing. So I’m slowing down a little but I’m going to continue to be involved in ministry. Sometimes when I’m with a person one-on-one and were just chatting I’ll think to myself “This is why I’m still here. This is the reason I’m here.” And I suspect that may happen again. Second time around, it does in some ways feel that way.
Q. How has your recovery progressed? A. Pretty good, it’s been pretty steady. I feel much better than I did a month ago. I just started cardiac rehab, which is a lot of things like treadmills and stationary bicycles, and some strength training for the upper body. One of the things that’s really awful is that when you do do it that much as an older person, you lose all your muscle. So I still have that part to go, I’ll actually probably start that (March 29), so that I can get a little muscle back in my arms. But it’s been good I’ve not had a lot of issues. Most of my tests have shown that everything is working. It’s easy for me to get fatigued and stairs are a difficulty for me.
Choir members greet each other during the Ash Wednesday Mass. Fr. Jeff Godecker cited the value of this Mass as part of his recovery. Photo by Jonas Hollis
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During the week before spring break, junior Lauryn Woods catches up on her reading in the library. On May 5, the library will provide lunch for students who participated in the fifth annual 5 by 5/5 reading incentive program. Photo by Grace Kowalevsky
For students and educators who travel back and forth to Fishers every day, Binford Boulevard is often used as their route. The street is in the process of undergoing a major repaving project. Orange cones were in place during the week before spring break. Photo by Jameson Browne
Binford Boulevard Undergoes Major Repaving Project n Jameson Browne
Two years ago, the pothole-strewn East 56th Street from Emerson Way to Interstate 465 was completely repaved and restriped and bike lanes were added. That work causes some traffic congestion before and after school but the final result was well worth the hassle. Now similar road work shifts to just west of the campus. The Indianapolis Department of Public Works plans to spend $5.5 million in order to patch potholes on Binford Boulevard, familiar route to many students and teachers if they live in Fishes or on the Northeast aide. The plan is to improve 16 street intersections and resurface the street between 38th and 75th streets. Junior Matt Welch, who drives on Binford to and from school every day, appreciates these fixes more than most. Welch said, “These improvements will make it much safer driving in the dark so I’m not swerving to miss potholes.” According to information posted on The Indianapolis Star website, the Department of Public Works crew has filled 117,217 potholes so far this year as of the week before spring break. Focusing on Binford should greatly help students after the work is finished. “It will be nice being able to drive without worrying about getting a flat tire from hitting a big pothole,” Welch said. “These potholes have been a real hazard for me and other drivers because of the danger of swerving to avoid them,” Welch said. He’s hoping that the fixes near his home will be made soon so he can drive at ease. “There have been some bad ones that I thought would’ve given me a flat but I have been lucky enough to avoid that.” Welch said. The danger is still there, though, so Welch knows the caution with which he must drive to save himself time and money. He said, “I really have to be careful and take my time in order to keep myself and other drivers around me safe.” Soon avoiding potholes on Binford won’t be a concern.
Binford Boulevard, from 38th to 75th streets, is in the process of being repaved; the project will also included improvements at intersections
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Upcoming Fundraiser Will Have Positive Impact on Both Current and Future Students, Educators n Anna Pohl
Throughout the school’s centennial celebration, there has been an emphasis on fundraising. Although the school hosts multiple events throughout the year with the purpose of raising money for tuition assistance, teachers’ salaries and other notable causes, this significant birthday has brought about further plans to boost school pride and funding. The Day of Giving is scheduled for April 30 to promote awareness of the school and raise money, said senior director of philanthropic operations Mrs. Abbe Ernstes. Put more simply, Ernstes said, “I work in fundraising.” Hosting a day of giving is a recent trend in the philanthropic world, Ernstes said. “The goal of the Day of Giving is to build pride, to build your brand and to increase participation.” Throughout the past month several colleges including Indiana University have conducted similar events, inspiring administration to host an event here. “It is all about participation,” Ernstes said. “A gift of any amount counts and is appreciated.” The school has set a goal for students to donate $1,100 which is approximately the amount if each student donated one dollar.
Donations can be made online at gocathedral.com/alloutirish or brought in on April 30 via cash or check. Donations will be met dollar for dollar by a donor, Ernstes said. This will double the amount raised during the event. Donations can be made during students’ lunch or class periods on April 30. “We’re asking students to give in memory of or in honor of someone, and they can write a message to that person,” Ernstes said. If the goal is met, students will dress down the following day. On the day of the celebration, however, students will be asked to wear All Out Irish themed outfits, Ernstes said. Besides donations and fundraising, all social media accounts will be engaged in advertising events at the school. “It’s an opportunity to engage just in a different way,” Ernstes said. Ernstes said the school is trying to have a Snapchat filter available for that day. Students will also be asked to send in photos to be posted on school social media. In addition to photos, Ernstes said the school will use Facebook Live every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.. “We’re going to show what a day is like at Cathedral in 2019,” she said. The day will begin with early morning football workouts, and will
show the lacrosse game scheduled for 8 that evening. Ernstes said teachers will be asked to encourage students to participate in the day and to demonstrate school spirit themselves. “We’re really asking them to help show their Irish pride that day,” she said. Principal Mr. Dave Worland said he is excited for the event. He said the timing comes just before May when school events become hectic, allowing full participation by students and staff. “I just think it comes at a perfect time,” Worland said. “I encourage everybody who is part of Cathedral to get involved,” he said. “It’s all about Irish pride and a gift of any amount,” Ernstes said. She said the money will contribute to the Centennial Fund which supports the building of an innovation center, the school endowment which goes to professional development, teacher salaries and tuition assistance, and toward funding for Brunette Park. However, the Day of Giving is designed to do more than raise money for the school. “Days of Giving are fun and exciting,” Ernstes said. She said the school asks students to make a donation of any amount, display their school pride in fun outfits and retweet and share on any social media platform. Ernstes said, “It is all about participation.” n
“It’s all about Irish pride and a gift of any amount.” SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPIC OPERATIONS MRS. ABBE ERNSTES
Marketing Office Helps Spread the News about School Events, Activities n Angel Luo
On the first floor of Kelly Hall, a recently remodeled suite of offices may rarely attracts the attention of students who walk by it every day, but what goes on in that office affects those students every day. “We have our hands in every part of our school,” director of marketing Ms. Grace Rodecap said. The marketing group assists admissions with student enrollment and helps with the fundraising events for the advancement team every year. The printed papers, magazines and commercial posters students and families receive are all works designed and completed by the marketing team to provide information for the school. From organizing and planning events throughout the year to setting up table signs and name tags during events, the marketing team contributes much to the success of each of the school’s activities Rodecap, along with her professional colleagues, Ms. Autumn Martin ‘06, both the graphic designer and project manager, and Mr. Tyler McClure, the webmaster, work with the students and faculty members as well. Besides helping with projects for specific events teachers create, they also examine and approve all of the posters, signs and T-shirts designed by students, even interviews with visitors or re-
porters outside of the school, before they are published or produced. Moreover, the department addresses questions from the media and answer queries from the visitors on the school’s website and regulates the advertising system online. Explaining details about the tasks of the department, Rodecap and Martin continued using examples of activities they have completed this year. Both Martin and Rodecap agreed that the Open House was one of the most important events of each school year and that the 100-Year celebration was the most special. Rodecap described her first month experience as a crash course about the school, its culture and traditions. But she said that it was a rather wonderful and memorable time for her to learn more about her colleagues, the student body and the school’s history. The department not only wishes to promote and reinforce the school already outstanding reputation, but also wishes to make each event special for everyone at the school. “Because we support so many portions of the school, we need to tell stories about every part of the school. It is so important that we don’t leave anyone out of the history,” Martin said about her role. Including the president’s newsletters, parent newsletters
and promotional brochures and materials, the department spends time on these projects honoring individuals and announcing One significant change this year involved the school’s official website. The department worked with new styles and templates for the web page, refined some of the old systems and updated new information. Getting some positive feedbacks from students, Rodecap said she is glad that changes made the website easier to navigate and that the department is open for more advice for more refinements. “The website is the best place for parents and students to visit, especially those who just learned about Cathedral,” Martin said. Rodecap said that the brand new website is not only the best way to provide information about the school, but also an opportunity to treat the internal audience, including parents, students and faculty members happy and excited about being a part of the school. This is also why the department keeps updating and improving the website, she said. Aside from using their creativity and passion to work for the school, the marketing department members also expressed their love to the school. Both Martin and Rodecap’s favorite part about the school is the
atmosphere and the people. As a mother and an employee of the school, Rodecap said, “I was treated by the kindness and the warmth of the Catholic environment. I am able to pray with my colleagues every day. This year, especially, my son enters as a freshman. I see transformation taking place.” Rodecap also said that a leader once told her to “put your family first, and mean it,” which brought her to tears because that pulled her closer to her own family and to the big family the school created. She said she appreciates what the school provides to each family and the love the school encourages and that each individual gives. Martin, a Cathedral graduate, also appreciates the school the same way, but in addition, she is thankful for the art programs. “(My art teacher at the time) really showed us how much we could do with art and how creative we could be with it. I am thankful for the willingness of Cathedral to take those risks and dive into different areas which lead to better future education,” Martin said. Martin said that the department always welcome students to stop by to chat or ask questions, seating on a comfortable spot, the office couch. Now when students see those glass doors that might seem slightly unfamiliar at first, they should know that those doors are wide open and welcoming to all. n
Alumnus Chase Santamaria ‘18 Shares Secrets to Being the Boss of Semester Exams
Chase Santamaria ‘18 plays guitar for classmates as part of a school project. “There are easy ways to fit studying into your day without losing any part of the other three components (spiritual, physical and emotional)” Santamaria said. Cathedran file photo
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How have you prepared for finals in the past? In the past, I would usually look through each of my classes to see which ones I needed to study for the most as at the end of the day, we all prioritize specific classes. Once I found those classes, I would simply start reading from the textbook and sometimes take notes on what I read if the content was harder to understand. In math classes, I would pull out old tests and quizzes and redo them to know that I can actually complete all of the content I might be questioned about. What are common mistakes made when studying for finals? I would say easily the biggest mistake made studying for finals is stressing far too much about the tests themselves and not trusting yourself that you know what you are doing. While I get that finals are a very important part of the class, as long as you are taking notes and paying attention in class, there really is no need to stress about the content. Prepare in advance, go to the teacher for private help on specific questions, and trust your instinct. How do you balance extracurricular activities with studying? We all need balance in our lives, or else we will often find that
there is something missing that is hindering our opportunity for happiness. Finding a strong balance between our spiritual, physical, mental and emotional well being might be one of the most important things we do in high school as these are all necessary in truly finding who you are once you go to college. With that being said, there are easy ways to fit studying into your day without losing any part of the other three components. For the next few weeks, try to treat the day like a 9 to 5 work day. Focus on studying in the free time that you have during the school day, and then after school, treat yourself by hanging out with friends or going to your club or sport activity. Do you find it easier to study in groups or with friends? I find it much easier to study with a very small group of friends who have the same priorities as you. In high school, the IB kids would often study together as we all had similar classes and goals to achieve the IB diploma. As a result, when we said we would study together, we did not mess around until the work was done. After that, we would go out to restaurants and enjoy our time together. However, if you do not have a group of friends that is truly dedicated to studying, I recommend studying by yourself as it will prove beneficial in the long run.
Students and family members can connect to the school via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and the school’s recently redesigned website
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Senior Emma Doyle Designs Her Own Curriculum in Independent Study n Quinn Leous
The graphic design program offers an area of interest for students that they may not be able to experience in a traditional classroom. Senior Emma Doyle has been involved this since the beginning of her freshman year, and she explained that some of the topics covered in the course could be viewed differently than classwork in a typical math or history class. She said the class’s artistic aspects could be applied to many different fields, especially business. Doyle said, “We do a lot of marketing here in this class, pretty basic things such as logos and packaging that you could definitely see in the real world. A lot of people take this class if they think they’re going into business or something like that because almost every degree that involves business has at least some marketing aspect to it, especially because knowing what consumers look for is really important for a business as well. We also do a lot of artistic projects, too.” The graphic design classroom in Cunningham feels like an innovative space for young minds. There is a sense of creativity present that
doesn’t seem to be there in some other more traditional classrooms. With so many different visuals and projects around the room and laptops always up and running, the classroom presents itself to students as an area where they have all of the resources necessary to be creative in their own ways. One aspect of graphic design that sets itself apart from many other classes is the individualism present in a creative workspace. While individual work in other classrooms, teachers typically do not give the kind of responsibility they can be given to students in graphic design. Even in the basic graphic design courses, the students are some creative leeway on what they are going to create. Doyle said, “Graphic Design 1 and 2 are a little bit more structured just because you’re learning the software. But in both, especially Graphic Design 2, they have structured projects but they have a lot of freedom with it. Usually if you ask Ms. Desetaus you can take it in any direction you want. Since I’m in an independent study, I really enjoy the freedom of looking up ideas and finding inspiration and doing projects.
“Sometimes I do some of the projects that the other graphic design classes are doing, just so I can have a basis since sometimes it’s difficult to think of your own projects. But I like to take everything in a lot of different directions so I enjoy that,” said Doyle. Doyle has extensive experience with graphic design at the school beginning her freshman year. She talked about how she took photography as a ninth grader with a previous teacher, and that teacher told her that she’d be pretty good at graphic design so she decided to take Graphic Design 1. She has completed both Graphic Design 1 and 2, and is now currently in an independent study. “Once I started taking Graphic Design 1, I just got really interested in the class and it kind of stuck. So I just kind of stuck with it and now I have been taking it for seven semesters,” said Doyle. Her independent study is mostly self-driven and individualized, but throughout all three of these classes, Doyle has created an extensive list of projects. Doyle explained what kind of projects she’s been working on and how she’s felt about them. “Right now the other classes are doing a package and I did that sophomore
year. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a good way to be introduced into the business side of things. I’ve made my own logo in the past, I’ve made a magazine cover, I’ve made a media kit for a national park, and I’ve done a map as well. I’ve done a postcard, as well as a brochure, I’ve done mandalas, which are flowers that were displayed around the school. And also I did a painting that looks like it would’ve been painted, but instead I created it completely on the computer. So typically I like to do a lot of different things. Usually I like to do more artistic projects rather than marketing, especially because I just like the freedom of doing the art stuff more,” Doyle said. The senior explained that while graphic design obviously is an interest of hers, she does not believe that she will study it after high school. Doyle’s said, “I’m planning on going into psychology in college, so it’s like a totally different pathway. But this could always be sort of a back up plan for me if psychology doesn’t end up working out. I just feel like once you know the software, it’s just kind of a skill that you will know for a while. n
National Honor Society Recognizes Students’ Academic and Service Merit
The class of 2018 is inducted into the National Honor Society. Senior Ava Sweeney said “NHS has provided me with many opportunities to serve other students, which assisted me in enhancing my leadership and teaching skills. Participating in NHS is also a great way to help Cathedral.” Cathedran file photo
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION SUNDAY, APRIL 28 ARRIVE 4:30 P.M. CEREMONEY BEGINS 5:00 P.M. LOCATED IN THE WELCH ACTIVITY CENTER
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Since its creation in 1921, the National Honor Society has served to recognize high school juniors and seniors who have shown excellence in scholarship, service, leadership and character. It was the first such organization to be established nationwide, quickly emerging as one of the country’s leading education groups. Every year, over 1 million high school students participate in NHS activities, which has included dozens of Cathedral students every year since the school first opened a chapter decades ago. On April 28th, the juniors who have applied and been admitted will be honored in the Welch Activity Center as they are officially inducted into the NHS. Those students who were admitted are required to sign a contract stipulating that for the remainder or their high school years they will maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6, meet the NHS service and leadership requirements, and overall uphold the values and
morals that the society preaches. The NHS chapter is moderated by faculty members Mrs. Lisa Ford and Mr. Joshua Payne-Elliott, who are responsible for overseeing the activities of current NHS members and aiding the application process, among other duties. Ford said, “I have been working with NHS for close to 20 years. I believe in the organization, because it is focused on the whole person, much like Cathedral or the Holy Cross core values. It is much more than academic honors or the honor roll.” Mrs. Ford is naturally heavily involved in the event in the WAC, which she asserts is a special evening. “The induction ceremony is not only an opportunity for the student, but also for their families to be recognized as being models of character, service, leadership and scholarship. It is the formal process of accepting their responsibilities as members,” Ford said. One of the special aspects of the upcoming induction is that all of the current senior members who will soon
Promposals Become Center of Attention n Catie O’Connor
Promposals are a new trend, something that Mr. John O’Hara ‘02 says were not a big deal when he was in high school here, but they were when he returned as a teacher in 2011. He said he asked his prom date, Lauren Berg ‘02, to prom just by showing up with flowers at her house. O’Hara said, “Nobody had smart phones or cell phones really. We had no way to share anything. I honestly think there’s only 12 pictures of myself from high school times total.” Vice Principal Mr. Jere Kubuske said his experience in high school in a small town in Ohio was similar to O’Hara’s, and that promposals were not the major event that they are now. In recent years, promposals have become more of a tradition. Where flowers or a simple ask was the standard in the past, posters and puns are now the expected way for someone to ask their potential date. One senior, Allen Morales, went especially big for asking his friend, senior Sarah Kent. He hired a mariachi band and surprised her in her front yard. He said that hiring the band cost $100 and was planned by him, his mom and senior Katie Carr. Morales said he was nervous to ask Kent, but had decided to because “she’s a homie.” At the same time Morales asked Kent, a potential promposal scandal was taking place. Kent’s friend, senior Victoria Gallant, had been given Morales as her target in the ongoing game of senior splash. Kent knew Morales was headed her way, but did not know the reason. Morales asked to prom
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Kent and all went smoothly, and then the next scene went down. In his words, “After asking, Sarah invited us inside to look at her bird, Sarah walked in first, then Katie, and then as I was opening the door I felt a squirt of water on my ear, then I turned around and saw Vicky and Charlie Brady, and then just bowed my head down for like five minutes.” Morales said, “I never got to hold the bird.” But despite the deception, there are no bad feelings between Gallant and Morales. He said, “We have no beef.” Since Morales’s promposal, several more have taken place. Junior Garrett Wright asked his girlfriend, junior Lily Wagoner, by delivering her favorite shake from Steak ‘N’ Shake, peanut butter chocolate. Wright said, “She loves Steak ‘N’ Shake that was why I asked with it.” Junior Nico LoPresti asked his girlfriend, junior Cole Spau, on the beach over spring break. He said, “I’m trying to get those free tickets.” His promposal was a series of signs that read, “I shore can sea myself going to prom with you.” He said that he planned it himself with the help of her mom. LoPresti said Spau was pretty surprised. Junior Class co-moderator Mrs. Lisa Blamey sent an email with links to promtickets. This year’s prom is at the Crane Bay on April 27 and will incorporate a Las Vegas theme. Junior Will Kennedy, one of the Class of 2020 officers, said, “There are going to be columns in the place that light up and are blue and red. We’re going have a big Las Vegas sign.” n
graduate will also be present, as they symbolize the passing of the torch to the next year of leaders. One such senior, Ava Sweeney, shared her reflections on being an NHS member and her own induction last year. “NHS has provided me with many opportunities to serve other students, which assisted me in enhancing my leadership and teaching skills. Participating in NHS is also a great way to help Cathedral,” she said. “The induction ceremony was a good way to see all of my peers who would be in NHS with me, and to celebrate our achievement and look to the future.” Every year, dozens of students apply and are accepted to become members, which provides them a sizable number of peers to help hold each other accountable. Anya Neumeister, a junior who has accepted into NHS, shared why she applied and her expectations for the induction. “I chose to apply for NHS because it is an opportunity to serve the community at Cathedral by
providing services such as tutoring,” Neumeister said. “I think that the induction ceremony while a special celebration of the accomplishments of the many students, while also emphasizing the importance of maintaining these standards in the future.” During the induction, the new members will be processed two by two into the Welch Activity Center accompanied by music, where they will individually receive their official certificates. Students will then be honored with the school’s traditional Irish blessing, and then proceed out the way they entered as the music resumes. Accompanied by their families and all of the senior members, this process will serve as a way to honor and recognize these new role models. Cathedral’s high participation rates in the NHS year after year show that the students take the opportunity seriously. After all, as Ford said, “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something like that?” n
European Student Reflects on Brexit n Charlie Vielee
The European Union is a pact between many European countries that strives to promotes peace in the world. According to europa.eu, the EU fundamentals are built on the beliefs of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights for all people. It works tirelessly to end discrimination between countries and to create a more unified world. The United States has a fairly good understanding of what Brexit is and how it will affect the lives of the people inside of the United States. However, there are far greater issues that will affect more people than just the United States. To better understand the effects that Brexit has on foreign countries, Senior Tim Michael de Boer was interviewed on how Brexit is affecting his family. Two possibilities described by de Boer are known as a “hard” Brexit and a “soft” Brexit. Personally, de Boer said that he is annoyed by the efforts that the British Government has been putting forth. Tim said “They haven’t come up with a safe leaving in the three years they have planned it. If it is a hard Brexit, it will affect everyone in Europe so nobody wants a hard Brexit.” As a German citizen, de Boer feels as if the British Government has been more focused on how Brexit is going to affect the country of Britain rather than how this will affect every other country in the European Union. Personally, if Germany was considering exiting the European Union, de Boer would vote against it. The EU provides a lot of support and funding from other countries that
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Germany would be unable to attain if not for the EU. To have a more personal view on the effects of Brexit on Germany, de Boer gave examples using his father and his mother. His father is a finance director in Northern Europe who has had to deal with stock issues of British goods. The stores are being overfilled with supplies because the British companies are wanting to sell everything quickly. This is because if a hard Brexit is put into place, the economies all around Europe will be drastically hurt. As for de Boer’s mother, she works for a wine company. She has been stressed because she has been needing to formulate a plan for the worst case scenario. Brexit is causing massive stress on the people of Europe because so far, there is no indication that the British Government has been setting up a plan for a soft Brexit even though a hard Brexit would cause stress on multiple countries that are not just in the vicinity. When asked about the differences between the effects of Brexit on Europe and the United States, de Boer said, “I am not an economist but I think that it will affect the entire world’s economy.” However. Britain feels as if staying in the European Union would cause the country to be worse off. Countries staying in the European Union support each other and after Greece going bankrupt, Britain feels as if the country has lost a lot. So Britain feels as if they are better just protecting and supporting themselves. n
APRIL 18, 2019
AP Computer Science Principles Class Offers Students Lifelong Career Readiness
Senior Nathan Schoenfeld works at a computer during his AP Computer Science Principles class. “Computer science assists in taking your passions to a new level, and it becomes a whole new dimension,” CPS teacher Mrs. Ria Pereira said. The class offers students the opportunity to learn about the world of data. Photo by RJ O’Neal n Charlie Vielee
One of the newest Advanced Placement courses offered by the College Board is Computer Science Principles, a class intended to introduce a more diverse enrollment to STEM. And that is exactly what has occurred here. This class is being offered for the second year and has resulted in a good split between the diverse student body. The first year, four seniors -- two males and two females -- took the class. There has been some growth this year and now 11 students are currently taking the class. Even this year there is almost an even division between boys and girls, with six boys and five girls. This year there are even a sophomore and junior in the class. CSP teacher Mrs. Ria Pereira said, “It is good to see that it is growing.” Even though there has been some solid development in the class, there is still only the one class offered to students here. However, Pereira expects to see more growth in popularity of this class in the future. Pereira said, “They have removed the fright of computer science. (Students in the class) talk about the internet and data and how to code and share images.” Students have become more intertwined with the world of technology yet some still do not possess the full understanding of how to be safe on the internet. Pereira teaches
the ins and outs of the internet. Whether it comes to making safe passwords or coding and sharing images, AP Computer Science Principles provides students with the knowledge of how to be more adept with technology. AP Computer Science Principles is not just a class for programming. As a matter of fact, the College Board first offered CSP as an alternative to a programming-based course. Pereira said for those students taking this class, they do not need to leave behind their passions for other subjects. The class teaches how to take an interest to another level that goes beyond what students already know. In this class, students can take whatever desire and make a project out of it. Whether it be business, fashion or medicine, there will be a way to incorporate it into this class. Pereira said, “Computer science assists in taking your passions to a new level and it becomes a whole new dimension.” Combining this class along with the other core classes that are required will allow students to develop a deeper understanding and become more empowered in what they know and say, she said. When some people hear about the class AP Computer Science Principles, their minds may go to math and running complicated programs. However, AP Computer Science does not delve too deeply into complex math. In fact, the only pre-
requisite to take this class is Algebra I. Pereira said, “As long as the student has the knowledge of working with variables and solving for x, (that) will be sufficient. You do not need to graph or envision it.” And the programs used in the class itself are not all that difficult. Students will have the time to learn what they need to know and will have the help of the other students as well as Pereira. Pereira said, “What I admire most is that (the course) opens their minds up. It is more than just programing, and there is something for every person to get out of.” One of those students whose mind was opened is Nandi Hawkins. To prepare for the AP test in May, Nandi and the class made chaser games and Mad Lib programs that would allow for them to be more creative in the processes that they learn. Nandi is thrilled that she decided to take the class . She said that the class has helped open her mind up to what she wants to do later in life and in college. Nandi said, “I never would have thought that I would know enough programming skills to create a playable game on my phone and computer.” Overall, Nandi really enjoys the class structure and size. The learning environment is fantastic for what needs to be done and the size of the class also adds to the learning experience. n
In his Office, Principal Displays Selected Students’ Works from their Art Classes n Quinn Leous
Principal Mr. Dave Worland has made a new addition to his office, as he has put up numerous student art pieces to enhance his office space. Worland explained that he felt the need to renovate his office and workspace, as he noted there were some items that seemed out of place. One of these items was a picture given to him in 2002 by his former faculty at Lafayette Central Catholic. “The picture meant a lot to me, and it was a full scale picture. But when I looked at it, I realized that it didn’t really match in here. Because I thought to myself, that was from my previous job, and it didn’t really relate to anything here at Cathedral. So I decided I was going to take that home, but the problem was it took up a whole wall, so you can imagine that there was a need for something to take its place,” said Worland. Worland then thought of the idea to replace the picture with student art. Some of his inspiration came from Assistant to the Principal Mrs. Shannon Braun, who had previously placed some in her office herself. “I was like what the heck. This is a school office, so there should be student art placed around it,” Worland said.
Worland came into contact with multiple fine arts teachers and eventually was sent about 200 art pieces to choose from. After looking through, Worland chose four pieces that incorporated one central theme: water. Worland said, “Of all the pieces I looked at, my favorites all happened to revolve around water. I always think that water is kind of soothing for people when they come into my office.” He proceeded to describe his probable method of switching out the art. “I’m definitely going to keep these pieces up for the next several months, likely for 12 months. But then I plan on switching them up every year. Since we have so many young artists doing great things, I’ll put the current ones up somewhere else where everyone else can see them and switch to a new theme.” Worland wanted to emphasize how talented the art students are and how well they are being taught by their instructors. Worland said, “I was positively blown away by how great all of our students’ artwork was when I was looking through it all. I just didn’t know how talented these kids are. I am pleased with the project and am going to encourage other faculty members to do the same thing.” n
Four art pieces created by students hang in Principal Mr. Dave Worland’s office. “I’m definitely going to keep these pieces up for several months, likely for 12 months. But then I plan on switching them up every year,” Worland said. Photo by Grace Kowalevsky
Camp Cathedral Gears Up for Another Summer of Enrichment and Opportunities*
Ms. Ria Periera helps two camp participants in a robotics camp. Camps such as this help students “build relationships and introduce them to Cathedral.” Photo submitted. n Andrew de las Alas
Summertime is a great opportunity to take some personal time. Reading, going to the pool or just plain sleeping are all definite favorites. And for some elementary and middle schoolers, the place to spend time for a week or two is on the Hill in the form of Camp Cathedral. Ms. Grace Rodecap said via email that the school offers more than 50 enrichment camps, as well as various sport camps. Camp Director Mr. Anthony Ernst said that the “main purpose is to bring in families who are unfamiliar and introduce them to Cathedral.” Ernst also said it helped to “build relationships and get them interested in what Cathedral has to offer.” Since it’s inception in 2007, Camp Cathedral has served as a ground zero for welcoming any potential families to cathedral. Ernst said “Our summer camps range from Disney dreams and lost world of dinosaurs to robotics and Minecraft-style programming.” But Ernst said exposure to the campus, facilities, faculty and coaches are on the main components of a camper’s experience. He said “I teach freshmen and I see a whole lot of kids that attend the summer camps at the beginning of each new
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school year.” Boosting the number of campers seems to correlate to the number of students. Ernst said “My goals of management have been to create a more professional experience for our camp families.” In the past few years, Ernst said, “We have had a more thorough marketing strategy, through print media, through mailers, radio ads, the billboard at the bottom of the hill and online content in terms of social media. More so even than that, the quality of the camps has gone up in the last six years, the organization has grown dramatically.” Expanding not only the quantity but the quality is one of the key aspects to “nurturing relationships” according to Ernst. Customer service as a focus is important to try to build relationships and achieve the end goal of retaining campers. Ernst said, “It’s getting people up on the hill and getting them interested in Cathedral and exposing them to the qualities of a Holy Cross education.” Kara Williams ‘16, who has worked at Camp Cathedral, said via email that “the fact that the campers wanted to come back again and again showed me that they were embracing Cathedral and the amazing people who make the school and camp what it is.” The evident liveliness imbued into the program has continuously shown that the idea of exposure to a new concept
helps people formulate positive perceptions. Mr. Duane Emery, Vice President for Enrollment Management, said that Camp Cathedral is “phenomenal” because “it gets young people and their parents on campus.” Emery said Camp Cathedral is important especially to the enrollment department since the school isn’t a Diocesan school. Emery said “people are likely to engage [with the school] because they are getting a valuable service along the way.” Compared to Open House, the camp is a much more active experience, and is expanded to a broader range of age groups along the way. The camper’s information is collected and their families are put in the admissions funnel. Emery said contact information is used to send updates or invites to things like CYO and theater nights, additional information nights and eventually notifications to take the placement test at school. The learning opportunities displayed through Camp can help point to the future of the school. Emery said he hopes for more STEM oriented camps, which could serve as a little preview to the future Innovation Center where STEM classes will be located. Compounding all the work by people like Ernst and Rodecap, Camp Cathedral serves as a microcosm for campers. A nurturing environment to kindle improvement made Emery say, “They can take Cathedral for a test drive.” n
Students interested in partaking in a visual arts class can choose from over 20 different options available at the school
APRIL 18, 2019
Putting Our Holy Cross Values into Practice: Spring Mission Trip 1
1. Juniors Alexa Gaines and Maddie Alerding play with Friarson Elementary students with a parachute. 2. Students load food into boxes at the Lowcountry Food Bank. 3. Freshman Sir Johnathon Thompson sets a volleyball at Friarson Elementary school. 4. Junior Ayden Alerding plays tug-of-war with the Friarson Elementary school students. 5. Senior Abby Thomas places food in a box at the Lowcountry Food Bank.
6. Freshman Gabi Hill enjoys the sun on the tennis courts. 7. Groups of students, including Senior Sam Haselby and Junior Katie Darragh, help by breaking down cardboard boxes and opening up new shipments. 8. Jacque McNulty cleans up a storage room at Friarson Elementary school. 9. Sir Jonathon takes a break by playing volleyball with the Friarson Elementary students. Photos by Caroline Steiger
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This year for the Spring Mission Trip students of all grade levels went to South Carolina to assist the local communities
APRIL 18, 2019
Playing at Victory Field has become a fairly common occurrence for the baseball team, including the ‘17 State team. Cathedran file photo
Baseball Team Sets its Sights on Third Straight Trip to Victory Field
Members of last season’s baseball team gather on the field for the presentation of the State runner-up trophy. Cathedran file photo
Varsity roster 2 / Cole Vassilo 3 / Carson Caito 4 / Alex Maley 5 / Bo Sanders 6 / Mitch Bertrand 7 / Peyton Schofield 10 / Cade Conlon 12 / Derek Haslett 15 / Sam Greene 18 / Kyle Cortner 20 / Daylen Hall 24 / Sam Phillips 25 / Chris Gallagher 28 / Cam Clark 32 / Luke Hellman 35 / Gabe Landeros 38 / Aiden Muska 42 / Camden Jordan 44 / Kevin Collins
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n Annika Garwood
The baseball team is coming off of a competitive previous two years of post season play. In 2017, the team went into the State game under head coach Mr. Ed Freije ’99 undefeated and looked to capture its third state title (2001, 2007). “Evan Uhland’s (’17) solo homer off Penn’s pitcher led off the top of the eighth inning, broke a 3-3 deadlock and helped Cathedral complete a perfect 29-0 season,” said the IHSAA State website. The team became the fourth undefeated state champion and first since 2007. Last year the Irish were seeking a repeat title under second-year Coach Freije, and in State game against Fishers eventually loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but the side was retired and Alex Scherer ’18 struck out to end the threat. “In the seventh, Cathedral put two men on, but Fishers pitcher coaxed Cathedral’s Number-3 hitter, Jared Poland ’18, to pop to shortstop, then got Collin Greene ’18 to fly out to center field for the final out,” said the IHSAA website. The team
The softball team has had a successful start to the season with a record of 9-1 Varsity Assistant Coach Mrs. Linda Bamrick said major accomplishments so far for the Irish include a 9-1 win over Brownsburg, a team the Irish have not beaten in several years. She also noted the team’s 15-3 win over Carmel. The team is currently ranked sixth in Class 4A and has outscored its opponents 123-29.
Principal Mr. Dave Worland congratulates Jared Poland ‘17 after the team won the State title. Cathedran file photo
would lose a hard fought game 4-3 to claim State runner-up status. This year, the Senior Class is experienced with its history in the State tournament, which could help provide the background for more success in the tournament. The team is led by 10 experienced seniors. Senior Peyton Schofield is committed to play at the next level University of Charleston Southern. Both Derek Haslett and Sam Phillips are committed to play at Wabash College. In preparation for their tournament run, Freije said that the team tries to play a well rounded schedule of some of the top programs around the state. According to Freije, the team tries not to add any internal or external pressure. “Cathedral High School has high expectations for all of their programs and each year is a different year with a different group and mix of people. Our primary focus always remains to work hard, develop, compete at the highest level we can, grow
The City tournament quarterfinals will played April 27, with the semifinals May 3 and the City title game on May 4. All City games will be played at Brookside Park.
The women’s tennis team, under Head Coach Mr. Mark Noe, is 2-0 on the season with their wins from defeating Hamilton Southeastern 4-1 and Guerin 5-0 Catholic.
throughout the season and be in a position to compete for Championships.” The team’s main focus is to continue to work hard, “grow together as competitors and great teammates, compete day in and say out, and find the best lineups that work for us,” said Freije. Regarding the seniors and the benefit of having them on staff for three years, Freije said, “Our seniors have been around Cathedral baseball for four years and have experience in the program and in other programs as well. It’s important that they continue to work hard, develop, and produce when opportunity presents itself. “They help lead and set a tone for the younger guys and the younger guys continue to push them and compete with them day in and day out.” As of Monday, the team was 6-3 on the season, losing to Noblesville, Columbus East and splitting a doubleheader with Fort Wayne Homestead. The men look to begin the battle of returning to the State championship beginning on May 22 when Sectional play begins. n
Currently, the team is ranked Number 1 in the most recent state poll. “We are learning as we play and progress. Staying positive and team building are essential. We need to keep working hard and smart to reach our personal and team goals,” said Noe about the focus of the season. The next home match for the women is on Monday against University at 4:30 p.m.
After a 13-7 start to the season, the men’s volleyball team is well on its way to achieving both success and brotherhood, according to Head Coach Ms. Rhonda Low. “Our teamwork continues to develop. We are in a great position for this time of the season,” said Low. Go to irishmegaphone.com and click on Sports to read about other Irish teams.
Astronomy Teacher Explains Significance of Photograph of Black Hole in Space n Ava Amos
In his classroom in the basement of Kelly Hall last Friday before school, astronomy and physics teacher Mr. Adam Hibshman shows off the image a black hole. He said he will explain to his classes the importance of the photo and the factors that led to scientists being able to capture the image. Photo by Ava Amos
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On April 10, astronomers announced the latest outer space discovery. They had finally captured an image of a black hole in the galaxy. Astronomy and physics teacher Mr. Adam Hibshman tells more about this photograph and provides his perspective on this historical event. He said that he thinks this event is significant in a lot of ways, but not in the way the people would expect. “A couple of days before (the photo) came out, everybody, especially on the internet, was very excited that we were finally going to see a picture of a black hole. “But knowing what I know about astronomy and physics, I knew that we weren’t going to be able to see whatever people thought that meant. What we were going to be able to see is what’s called the event horizon, or actually the accretion disk of the black hole,” Hibshman said. He said that one of the factors that is significant about the photo is “the scientific endeavor that made this possible is kind of incredible.” What’s seen in the image is a ring with an orange glow around it, especially at the bottom because the force of the spinning black hole spins the debris around. The glow comes from debris from the galaxy falling into the black hole at about three-quarters the speed of light. That materials moves so fast that it actually catches fire and that’s what presents the orange glow. “(The debris) is circling something called the event horizon. The event horizon is the point which if anything, including light, goes in, it can’t come out because gravity is too strong,” he said. How the image came to be involved astronomers taking a picture of something very small from a very far distance and capturing an image for the first time of the matter falling into the black hole. He said that at the distance away of the black hole, it was like trying to take a picture of a golf ball on the moon.
“(Astronomers) had to get eight different telescope organizations to agree to all take pictures of this same object for a specific period of time. And then they took all those back in 2017, and there’s a young woman who wrote an algorithm that took all the data and was able to create this picture,” Hibshman said. It takes a very long time to put all of the data together to create this image. He said that the computer science and ingenuity that went into taking all of the data and putting it together is incredible. “They asked all the eight different telescope organizations to work together, and instead of the telescope being the size of an individual telescope, when you have a network of them, the size of the telescope is basically the distance of the two farthest telescopes apart,” he said. He added that scientists put together two telescopes on both sides of the planet, which means that the telescope is effectively the size of the earth. What he will teach in his class is information on the black hole, the process of how astronomers were able to capture this picture, scientific discovery and techniques astronomers use. “The other thing that’s cool about this is every year when new astronomy stuff happens in the world, I get to update my class. So next year for example, when we’re learning about how astronomers collect data and learn about the cosmos, this will be a great example,” he said. He also will talk about how astronomers do their jobs. “They work together across the international scale, the process data, the do a lot of computer science, they try to confirm things like Einstein’s general theory of relativity,” Hibshman said. Finally, Hibshman said that he thinks this particular discovery is also inspirational for both scientists and non-scientists because “the fact that we can get people from all over the world to agree inspires me a lot.” n
The varsity baseball team in 2017 wrapped up an undefeated season by beating Penn in the Class 4A State championship game at Victory Field
Thursday April 18, 20193
MEGAPHONE CO-EDITORS IN CHIEF Anna Pohl Madi Tran PHOTOGRAPHERS Will Browning Grace Kowalevsky OPINION EDITOR Nic Napier SPORTS EDITOR Annika Garwood REPORTERS Andrew de las Alas Ava Amos Toby Bradshaw Jameson Browne William Browning Jackson Hern Emma Kress Quinn Leous Angel Luo Nic Napier Caitie O’Connor Charlie Vielee Maddie Wirth MODERATOR Mr. Tony Willis PRINCIPAL Mr. Dave Worland PRESIDENT Dr. Rob Bridges
Editorial: Every Student Donation Counts on April 30 Irish, be prepared for the Irish Day of Giving on April 30. This day will be a day full of having fun, showing off your Irish pride and giving for the betterment of our school. This idea comes at the perfect time as we come to the end of yet another wonderful year here. This idea, produced by philanthropic operations and modeled after what many colleges and universities have carried out in order to focus on one day of giving, is an excellent way to get students excited about Irish pride as well as set up a donation method so that students can easily give back. The day will surely be exciting with social media capturing all the events that happen on campus and before and after school as well. Facebook Live will be used so parents and others can see through the eyes of the students. It will truly allow for those outside of Cathedral to get a nice glimpse into the daily life on our campus, from early in the morning to late in the evening. And kudos to our own Mr. Ken Barlow ’82, who will serve as one of the hosts for the online coverage that day and who always represents us well.
Editorial: Recognizing the National Honor Society
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The money for which the students are asked to donate will go to the new Innovation Center, the endowment fun and Brunette Park. Students usually groan at the idea at having to donate money, however it should be noted that fundraising is how the school keeps building and growing. Without the donations from the students, their parents, Cathedral educators and the alumni, all the awesome events that take place all the support provided to students simply would not take place. It is vital for us to fully participate in these fundraising events and to show our support. And we note that the annual tuition for one student does not fully cover the cost for that student. Several hundred dollars more for each individual is needed to create what is often called the Cathedral experience, and that gap is covered by donations. So Irish, come to school prepared to show your Irish pride on April 30 with all-out Irish gear and a $1 (or more) donation. Given that whatever amount students donate that day will be matched up to $5,000, We promise it will be worth it.
National Honor Society was created to recognize high school juniors and seniors who have shown strong character, dedicated themselves to areas such as service and leadership and have exemplified themselves as true role models within their high school. Usually when we think of National Honors Society, we think of the students who have done tremendously well in school and have had a positive impact on those around them. It is important to note the achievements of these students, but we should also recognize the time and effort spent by our administrators who help run NHS here on campus. Our NHS chapter is moderated Mrs. Lisa Ford and Mr. Joshua Payne-Elliot. They help communicate with the students about
events, oversee the application process and guide students along their NHS journeys. Both Ford and Payne-Elliot have done a wonderful job with the program and should be commended for their efforts. Without their hard work and dedication, NHS would not be possible. Just last week Ford announced that incoming NHS students can receive one NHS point for donating blood on April 15. The induction ceremony hasn’t even occurred, and she is already helping those students reach their NHS goals. We thank both Mrs. Ford and Mr. Payne-Elliot for their contributions to NHS and wish them and all the new members the best as they prepare for the April 28 induction ceremony.
FACE OFF: THE VOTING AGE SHOULD BE LOWERED TO 16 FOR ALL LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL ELECTIONS
AVA AMOS: YES Since the early 2010s a handful of communities, mostly in Washington, DC, have already lowered the voting age to 16 for local elections and other cities are considering it as well. Teens were already voicing their strong opinions, staging protests around the country, pressuring lawmakers for action on gun violence in response to Parkland shooting. So why shouldn’t they also have a voice in office too? The voting age is 18 because when the amendment was passed the nation had been absorbed in the Vietnam War for years, and people began to think that if young men and women were old enough to fight in war then they were definitely old enough to vote, and thus the Constitution was amended. Currently four other cities, three of which are the Maryland cities Takoma Park, Greenbelt and Hyattsville, have allowed 16and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections. Many states also allow 17-year-olds to vote in state and presidential primary elections if they turn 18 before the general election, given that the purpose of the primary is to nominate candidates for the general election. Many teens have very well thought out positions and frankly, in many cases, they’re leading the adults. As a result of their parttime and summer jobs, many 16-year-olds are taxpayers who cannot vote for their own elected representation according to pbs.org. “Allen (a teen who supports lowering the vote age), has reintroduced his bill at a time when a youth movement is unfolding across the country, with students and teenagers
are participating in advocacy, activism, and even government itself,” according to PBS. The national voting rights advocacy group FairVote supports this bill. FairVote representative Dave O’Brien said that 16- and 17-year-olds are affected by the same policies or even policies in a different way than older voters are. “Sometimes, they’ll be affected by those policies longer,” like the environment, the national debt and decisions about war. “It seems only right that they should have some sort of input into it,” he added. There are a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds who walk around the streets every day with adult responsibilities. They don’t only have their own jobs, they’re a part of helping run and support their families. Some may even have kids of their own, so why shouldn’t they have a voice in helping to shape the world that they live in? Also political parties have had trouble getting 18- to 24-year-olds to show up on Election Day, so starting the voting process earlier will encourage lifelong voting. A FairVote analysis of the 2013 election in Takoma Park showed that about 17 percent of 16- and 17-year-old eligible voters cast a ballot in the local election. That’s about double the 8.5 percent of eligible 18-year-olds, according to PBS. This shows that 16- and 17-year-olds are more engaged and have shown that they will vote repeatedly which is a very good thing. If they are getting engaged now, they will most likely become lifelong voters, which provides yet another reason for the voting age to be lowered to 16.
JAMESON BROWNE: NO The United States Constitution should not be amended to give 16-year-olds the right to vote. Making this change would add more pressure on young people and many of their political ideas simply would be influenced by their household, resulting in no major differences in the outcome of elections, even those that are close. Giving 16-year-olds the ability to vote would also give political campaigns the ability to target and contact teenagers in order to encourage them to vote for their candidate. These extra advertisements could bother these younger kids who are in the midst of focusing on high school and what the next stage in their lives will entail. Another reason 16-year-olds should not be able to vote is because their decisions would be greatly influenced by the households in which they live. Parents may often try to force their political views on their children, especially at this younger age. This results in 16-year-olds not always having their own unique views and ideas on who they should vote for. Influencing potential voters in this way would change the outcomes of elections in ways that might not be fair if some of these kids do not even know what they are voting for. Additionally, many young people may feel that they do not know enough to vote or they are just too lazy to vote in the first place. And it is worth pointing out that Indiana doesn’t make it particularly to easy to vote. For young people used to doing everything on their phone, driving to a polling place on Election Day may not be an activity that many of these potential new voters
would do. Given the opportunity to vote, many 16-year-olds would not take this chance simply because they are not sure what they are voting for. So what would be the point in giving them this opportunity if not all of them would take advantage of it? At this age, it would be very common for these kids to not to take the time to register or vote purely because of their disinterest. They will not be motivated enough to spend time on this opportunity and might feel like their vote does not make a difference. Only 40 percent of citizens ages 18 to 24 took the time to register and vote in 2016, so what can we expect from 16-year-olds? More maturity and development of their own ideas is needed for voters, especially because these elections decide the future of our country. As they grow older, these kids will be given the time and resources to develop their own ideas that will allow them to make a decision based off of what they think is right, not what their parents or political campaigns are encouraging them to do. Finally, a 16-year-old is not a legal adult. He or she cannot sign a contract or own property. Voting is a right and responsibility carried out by adults. Legally, a 16-year-old is not an adult so therefore should not have the right to cast a ballot in any state, local or federal election. Let high school juniors worry about who they are taking to the prom, not for whom they are casting a vote for President of the United States, United States Senator or even member of the City Council.