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Cathedral High School—Indianapolis, Indiana—Oct 12, 2017—Volume 97, Issue 2

Head football coach, trainer work to ensure safety, health of student athletes by sara kress Football has long been one of the nation’s favorite sports. However, in the past few years, an issue has been threatening the dominance of the game: concussions. A concussion is an injury to the brain that alters the way that it functions. Athletic trainer Mr. Mike Hunker is well versed in the complexities of the injury. “Your brain basically accelerates and then decelerates within your skull,” he said. “So then what happens is that it basically results in a change in brain chemistry because there is a metabolic change that occurs. Some of the changes include a stretching of the membranes that cover your brain cells — or the neurons of the brain — and you get certain chemicals that leak in and certain chemicals that leak out. It causes this chemical imbalance, and ultimately it results in a temporary decrease in blood flow to your brain. And then because of that, it affects your oxygen delivery and delivery of other nutrients to your brain.” Concussions can be caused by either direct or indirect forces. Hunker said, “A direct force would be when something hits your head, or you hit your head on something. Indirect forces are when there’s a force on your body that causes your head to move rapidly. A whiplash injury, for example. So notice you don’t necessarily have to have something impact your head.” Due to their effect on the brain, concussions should be considered a serious injury, according to Hunker. “The analogy that’s used a lot of times is you’re trying to drive a car without gas. You don’t have the energy that you need to function,” he said.

The varsity football team practices on Oct. 3. Head football coach Mr. Rick Streiff uses his position as a Master Trainer to teach a style of practicing known as “heads-up.” This is an effort to protect the athletes from head injuries. Photo by Mary Stempky

Athletic trainer Mr. Mike Hunker works in his office on Friday. Photo by Sara Kress

Football Head Coach Mr. Rick Streiff is dedicated to the game of football, and therefore the prevention of head injuries. Streiff said, “Concussions are a major issue in football because there’s a public perception that it’s an issue. We are now in a situation in today’s world where we are so much better and more knowledgeable than we were eight years ago, for example. The game is actually much safer now than it was eight years ago, but the public perception is still that it could be a hazard to young people.” Streiff said that he does his best to ease such concerns. He participates in a program called USA Football, in which he is a master trainer, one of 80 around the United States. “USA football is sponsored by the NFL, and it’s designed for high school and youth league coaches to be educated on a wide variety of things coaching, but (the issue of) concussions was really what kind of pushed it,” Streiff said. Streiff ’s involvement in USA Football has produced positive results. “Three years ago when I got into this program, we had 24 concussions. The second year we had 18. Last year we had 12, and as of (late September) we’ve had three on the freshman level and one on the varsity, so we’re at four about halfway through the season,” Streiff said. The skewed statistic of the freshmen concussion rate is a recognized trend in football. “We have found that freshmen get (concussions) more often, and there’s two primary reasons for that. Number one, the younger you are, the more susceptible you are,” Streiff said. “Number two, there’s more of a physical mismatch at the freshman level than almost anywhere else. You’ve got little bitty kids and some kids who’ve been shaving for three years, so you get some mismatches. In practice we do a really good job of trying to avoid those mismatches, but they get in the game and you can’t help it.” Senior Ben Treece was a freshman when he experienced a concussion at football practice. “We just went helmet to helmet,” he said. “I finished out the practice, and when I woke up the next day, I really didn’t remember much of the last day. It just seemed like a dream almost.”

thing that helps prevent concussions I think is technique. If you teach a kid how to block and tackle the correct way, that’s going to help them stay as healthy as much as possible. Then your second thing is the best fit of your helmet,” Streiff said. Streiff has implemented a practice style known as heads-up football in hopes of improving his players’ technique. It is designed to provide a better, safer way to teach tackling and blocking. Treece said, “We do a lot of stuff Monday and Thursday that’s minimal contact. The defense and the offense, when we go against each other, we don’t tackle to the ground, we just wrap it up and that’s the end of the drill. There’s an early whistle on plays so that it doesn’t get too rough.” Hunker also commented on heads-up football. “Our practices are significantly different than what they would have been five years ago or 10 years ago,” he said. “We do far less direct contact. When you think back to some of the stuff we did years ago, you think, what were we doing, but at the time we dealt with the information we had available. Now, I think we are better informed than we were five or 10 years ago.” Hunker said that he thinks education is an important step in dealing with concussions. He said, “We address the injury and the issue in parent meetings, and some of the things we address are: what is a concussion, what are the causes, what are the signs and the symptoms, how do you suspect that somebody has it, how is the injury treated. So I think a lot of it is just being aware of it and being educated. “So we have educational sessions for parents, we have educational sessions for coaches, our athletes are provided with information each year that they’re supposed to read over. We try to stay as current as possible with the best available science that’s out there when it comes to recognizing, treating, and as best as possible, preventing the injury. We really put most of our efforts into recognition and treatment.” Treece said that he believes the practice style is effective. “I just think that Cathedral’s good about our heads-up football program, because our coaches like to emphasize that they don’t want us to use our head for this drill, keep it out of contact, so I think that helps,” he said.

Practicing with minimal contact

The role of helmets

Changing public opinions

The football program reduces the risk of head injuries in multiple ways. “The Number-1

The other main aspect of concussion prevention involves the helmets. “We make sure all

Head Coach Mr. Rick Streiff

our helmets are fitted correctly. We just kind of customize the fit so that there’s less movement of the head within the helmet,” Hunker said. Treece noted that helmets play an important role in concussion prevention. He said, “After I got that concussion, my parents made sure I bought the new helmet, because normally the nicer helmets get distributed to the upperclassmen first. More starters take heavy hits in Varsity football than they would in JV football. So I bought my own helmet and I noticed a difference.” However, there is only so much that helmets can do. “There is no concussion proof helmet,” Streiff said. Hunker explained why: “It goes back to that you can get this injury from indirect impact, so regardless of what you have on your head, if you get hit and your head moves rapidly side to side or back and forth, you can still get (a concussion).” Due to the evident vulnerabilities of helmets, researchers work to improve the head protection of football players. Some turn to the animal kingdom in search of answers. Streiff said, “We played St. X in Cincinnati last weekend. They wear a device around their neck. Some people did research on those mountain goats that bang their heads and woodpeckers. They have larger jugular veins that increases the blood flow to the brain. So this device the (St. X) players wear around their necks is on their jugular, and it helps to increase the size of their jugular. So the study is, does increasing the size of the jugular increase blood flow to the brain, and does that help prevent concussions.” According to St. X’s trainer, however, the results of the experiment have been a little too inconclusive to decide whether the device has any effect on concussions, Streiff said.

Other sports

All the concern about head injuries has led to speculation about the possible decline in the sport’s popularity. “(Participation) absolutely has declined. Six or seven years ago we had 115 players on the varsity team, and this year we have 95. The last two Freshman Classes have been smaller. Normally we have 60 players, and we had in the 40s,” Streiff said. Hunker said he does not believe the trend will continue. “From all the attention that’s been brought on this, people are probably a little more wary about having their kids play.

Schutt: “Schutt is the other old school company.”

All kinds of safety in football

Streiff also stressed that football is actually safer than it used to be. “Eight years ago when all this stuff hit, if you went to the emergency room, there were three medical codes for a head injury. There were 56 for knee injuries. Now there are 33 for head injuries. So we know so much more about what’s going on, we know so much more about how to help it, fix it, prevent it. The reality is the game is as safe as it’s ever been right now,” he said. Streiff has experienced the game’s evolution towards safety. “In the old days, when I was taught, I was taught to tackle by putting my nose between the two numbers, because back then everybody was worried about having their head down and breaking their neck. So you were told to keep your chin up, put your nose between the numbers and don’t worry so much about the banging of the head. We didn’t have this issue in the 50s because everybody shoulder tackled. In the 60s as helmets got better, people began to use the helmet as a weapon, and so now we’ve gotten back away from that,” he said. Streiff articulated his hope for the future of football. He said, “There’s a lot of people doing a lot to try to figure out how can we keep this game which we all think is pretty good and make it as safe as we can.”

On the four main helmet companies

Traditional helmet manufacturers Riddell: “Riddell is probably the biggest manufacturer that’s out there; we’re a Riddell school.”

I think over time as the coaches get smarter about how to approach the game and start doing things a little bit differently and making it as safe a sport as possible, I think it’ll stabilize some. It won’t continue to decline,” he said. Hunker also pointed out that football is not the only sport with a concussion problem. He said, “(Concussions) are a major issue in all sports to be totally honest. Football probably gets singled out more because it’s the most studied and researched sport out there. A lot of it is just its popularity. In fact, of all the injuries we have seen up to this point since the start of the school year, we had one more in football than we’ve had in soccer and we’ve had two more in football than we’ve had out of car accidents.” Streiff said, “I’m hoping that through the things that we’re doing and educating parents, that if we teach kids the right way, they’ll understand there’s absolutely still a risk of injury. It’s a dangerous game from that standpoint, but the risk of injury is really no more than other sports.”

New helmet manufacturers Xenith: “Xenith is making a mark in helmet manufacturing.” SG Helmets: “We have one here in town, Simpson and Ganassi, and they make racing helmets and they’ve gotten into the football side of it.”

“The analogy that’s used a lot of times is you’re trying to drive a car without gas. You don’t have the energy that you need to function,”

Athletic trainer Mr. Mike Hunker

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With the conclusion of the first quarter, there are 11 weeks remaining before the end of the first semester. If students are struggling with their grades, they can talk to their counselors or take advantage of tutoring opportunities.

Students spend time studying in the library on Oct. 3 Photo by Mary Stempky

Principal reflects on successful first quarter, sets goals for remainder of school year by catherine jasper and jenna williams Looking outside the window, winter seems to be right around the corner. For students at Cathedral, this means they are one step closer to finals. The first quarter ended on Friday, and both students and teachers have tried to put their best foot forward. Principal Mr. Dave Worland reflected on the concluding quarter. He said, “It’s been awfully smooth; I think that the students and our faculty and our staff approached the year with a good, solid sense of awareness of how (the year) should start. There has been very few issues that have slowed us down. I’m really pleased, and I think that it has been a great start, and I’m looking forward continuing our wonderful school year.”

Changes made

Worland is satisfied with the small changes made before the beginning of the year, including “the little adjustment to our daily schedule where we went from having some long class periods and some short periods to where they’re all in the middle. We also felt lunch periods were a little short, so we added five minutes to those.” A major change Worland wants to imple-

ment for the second quarter focuses on students’ behavior. He said, “As much as I’ve been really impressed with the leadership of the Senior Class and have been really encouraged with a lot of things going on there, I’m overall concerned and I want to see a change in all of our students’ attitude and behavior when it comes to social media, digital communications, and how we relay our opinions and words that seem to be hurtful to those who are receiving it. So that has to stop. I don’t think it’s so bad that it’s an epidemic but if it happens a couple times, it happens a couple times too many.” “It has been happening more than it has in the past so I’m really going to put my foot down, monitor and correct any kinds of those behaviors and attitudes. Students were just saying some evil, hurtful things digitally.” Worland plans to take a stance against these negative actions and work to combat this issue. He said, “One thing is because our incoming Freshman Class doesn’t know how we operate yet, I want to tackle these communications with these new students so I’m going to have the opportunity probably during freshman resource periods where I go in and talk to small groups and from there I might add one or two individual sessions, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to get all 285 freshmen

in an assembly, I’m not there yet. I do believe in small groups of maybe 30 kids at a time. I will also work with our peer mentors because they are role models for our freshmen and they can help instill things not to do, things not to say.”

thing will be finished by the end of (this) week. The goal is that we will have four lanes that first week in the second quarter.” Worland did say that he would like students to remember to leave for school early enough to arrive on time.

New courses

Brunette Park potential

The first quarter also marked the beginning for new courses. Worland expressed the positive feedback he has received from faculty and students. “I’ve heard a lot of really positive feedback especially with a lot of the new courses in the STEM area, engineering and technology and computer science. Those have been really well received. We are near capacity in those classes this year. Next year I think we’re going to expand more.” “Our broadcasting class (is also near capacity). We could only handle one section this first semester, so it’s full. That’s going well, and I’m encouraged,” Worland said.


It’s no surprise that the construction on 56th Street has caused upset, both in people’s emotions and in the amount of student tardies. Worland hopes the end of the construction will fix this problem. He said, “Well, I’ve had encouraging news that the whole 56th Street

Finally, Worland spoke about Brunette Park, the school’s new athletic park. “The baseball field is ready. It has been expanded because (while) it was a good place to play Little League, the outfield needed to be expanded and the baselines needed to be broadened. If we wanted to play a game there tomorrow, we could. That goal has been accomplished.” He said, “There (are) all kinds of plans being made for Brunette Park as we speak. One positive is that our women’s cross-country team has been able to practice there. I know that we’ve had some of other sports out there to do training.” Worland also mentioned the potential of Brunette Park of being a social space for events for “students, faculty, parents and alumni.” Worland looks forward to the coming developments regarding both Brunette Park and the school as a whole as second quarter is underway.

“I think that the students and our faculty and our staff approached the year with a good, solid sense of awareness of how (the year) should start. I’m really pleased, and I think that it has been a great start, and I’m looking forward continuing our wonderful school year.”

Principal Mr. Dave Worland

Senior Class members offer advice to underclassmen on adjusting throughout year by erin o’neill

Johnson also expressed how football games became a huge part of his freshman year experience. He said, “I remember my first football game. It’s weird to think about how the people who were sitting in the freshman section at that game were so unfamiliar to me, but now they’re some of the people I’m closest to in my life. Attend any sporting events that you can and cheer on your Irish athletes.” Huff would agree. She said, “Go to all possible sporting events, even if they are far away. The game and the experience are worth it.”

The initial weeks of school are often filled with new stresses, challenges and countless unknowns, such as trying to adapt to the ever-changing schedule or finding new classrooms. While no group of students on campus is as familiar with these feelings as the Senior Class, many freshmen are likely experiencing similar emotions as they wrap up their first quarter. Senior Aurora Huff offered advice on how to thrive socially during the first few months on campus. She said, “Try to make as many friends as possible, find those certain people who you really connect with.” Huff added, “Try to join as many clubs and get involved in as many things as you can.”

Get to know peers and teachers

Senior Alan Johnson suggested that students shouldn’t be afraid to look outside of their class to meet people. He said, “A great way to feel comfortable here is to get to know your peers. Get to know students in other classes, especially the sophomores, because they will be here with you the longest.” To be successful academically, Johnson suggested that meeting with teachers is crucial. He said, “If you’re struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to come in before or after school to receive help. Doing this allows your teacher to see that you’re willing to understand the material they are teaching.” Senior Ann Mammen said, “Talk to your teachers and your counselor. They will try to help you, they’re on your side. Definitely talk

School spirit

Senior peer mentor Molly Beatty sits at a table in Loretto working with her freshman mentees. Mentors help the Freshman Class to adjust to a new school and act as a source of advice. Photo by Erin O’Neill

to your teachers if you are having trouble in a class; it will do wonders.” Mammen also said that students should try to stay organized. She said, “Don’t procrastinate on homework until the very last minute or the night before it’s due, because you’ll regret it. Also, write all of your homework in a planner; it helps a lot.” Johnson described that many tools are available to help students to be successful. He said, “Use entertaining techniques or ways of studying for tests and quizzes. Try using apps like Kahoot or Quizlet to bring some fun into studying. Most importantly, never feel discouraged if you fail a test or quiz. Failure is

only a reflection of how well you studied, and not a reflection of you. But if you study hard, your academic career will be great here.” He added, “Don’t forget about Math League, too; you will always need that extra credit.”

Football, football, football

Outside of the classroom, Mammen said that football games create a great atmosphere to make friends and meet new people. She said, “Try and go to as many football games as you can. It’s the best part of fall. My favorite part of freshman year was getting ready with people before the games.”

Mammen also suggested that assemblies and spirit weeks provide a positive way to form new connections with classmates. She said, “Participate at assemblies and have fun, otherwise you’ll regret it. Also, make sure you participate during Winterfest.” Johnson said, “My favorite part of freshman year was my first Winterfest because of Paul Zerr (’17)’s golden pants.” Huff expressed that one of her best memories from freshman year was also Homecoming, but the tradition didn’t come without some disappointment. She said, “My favorite part of freshman year was almost winning spirit stick, but not winning the stick would be my least favorite part.” Johnson added, “Get involved. There’s something here at Cathedral for everyone, whether it’s a club activity or sport. Getting involved and learning more about the things that go on inside of Cathedral will definitely help you succeed your freshman year.”

What do you think about the peer mentoring program? Freshman Emma Kress

Freshman Ellie Moores

“It’s nice to talk to an older student and to get tips.”

“I like the games we play.”

Freshman Morgan Vukovits

Freshman Andrew de las alas

“I like how we get to make senior friends.”

“It’s nice to have an older kid explain things, but it eats into homework time.”

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The school shows one of its core values, inclusiveness and diversity, through a new class, English Language Learners, which is designed for students whose first language is not English.


New course supports students whose first language is not English, promotes core value by erin o’neill “I love it, all of it,” English teacher Ms. Dana Van Deuren said of the new English Language Learners course. Van Deuren helped to pioneer this class, which aims to work on four levels of the English language: speaking, listening, reading and writing for students who, via a home language survey that comes with registration, have been “flagged as English not being their first language,” the veteran teacher said. Van Deuren saw a need for a course such as ELL to be added to the curriculum. She said, “I created the program for Cathedral; my background is very strong in literacy and special education, and I’ve had some experience at other levels in this, but not at a high school level, so I just jumped in, and I worked with this a little last year, but we didn’t have a course.”

The inspiration

Van Deuren described that one student, senior Kartik Bandal, served as the inspiration for the creation of this program. She said, “He’s the student that kind of prompted it because last year he was here as a junior, he came here straight from India, and we didn’t have a course, so I was just trying to help him (with English) little by little, here and there, whenever we had time.” She added, “He said to me, ‘I wish I had more time to learn English because I want to go to college in the United States, and I’m concerned about how well I am going to do if I don’t understand English,’ and so then I thought if we have students here, and they’re in this position, and they’re going to college and they want to stay in the United States, we have to do more instead of them just trying to pick (English) up.”

Objectives of the course

Van Deuren said the class works on literacy skills, among other objectives. She said, “Right now we are working on the writing of English, but we have had assignments on pronunciation of words and listening to dictation and trying to interpret and understand (English).” A unique aspect of the course is that students learn things that will help them thrive in other subjects. Van Deuren said, “We also work on content, so sometimes when they have a test coming up or a quiz in a class, they will bring the information with them, and I will work

English teacher Ms. Dana Van Deuren instructs a new English Language Learner class on Oct. 4 during E period. For many students, English is their second or third language. Photo by Erin O’Neill

with them individually.” Van Deuren added that theology is one of the subjects that she works on with her ELL students. She said, “Some of the things we do here at Cathedral that we just naturally take for granted, like theology, they don’t have any background on that, so that’s a whole new kind of concept.” Van Deuren also advises other teachers on how to help ELL students in their classes. She said, “I also work with the teachers to help them understand, I send information out to the teachers about the students so they kind of know what their levels are.”

Relationship with teachers

The ELL class not only helps students, but also instructors. Van Deuren said, “I think teachers appreciate having a class where they can come to with concerns. A teacher could come to me and say, ‘I’ve got one of your students in my class, what do I do to help them understand and what are their levels like?’, and then I can help the teachers too, so I think it’s kind of a well rounded program.” She added, “Part of my second semester in this program will be to work with teachers and actually train them how to teach in their classrooms for students who have English language needs.” Bandal described that being in ELL has provided him with many benefits for his other classes. He said, “(ELL) has helped me a lot

because now I am able to understand properly what the teacher is trying to explain, and I am able to adjust to their language pace.” Bandal also said that he initially thought English in India and the United States would be similar. He said, “I was wrong as (English) was totally different from my point of view.” He also added, “Each person at Cathedral spoke so fast that I had to ask them again what they were trying to tell me, as English is not my first language.” About the course, Bandal said, “That is one of the best classes I have, as Ms. Van Deuren explains (to) us each and every sentence, and what they mean, and also tells us how one word can have more than one meaning.”

Highlight of the day

Van Deuren described that the ELL class, which meets E period in Loretto, often serves as one of the highlights of her day. She said, “Every day I look forward to it because I just like their questions, and I like that they help each other and I feel like I can bring to light some things they don’t understand about English. They are just really eager to learn. Sometimes you have classes where some of the kids want to learn, and other kids don’t care, but they all care so it makes a big difference.” Although the class is small, with only eight students, the impact it has on its students is huge. Van Deuren said that the most beneficial

part for her students is “having time with each other, because I think they have a lot of things they like to talk about with each other, but they don’t get time to talk about it in (other) classes, and having a place they know they can ask questions, and just (being able) to have time to focus on the English language taught in a way that makes sense to them and how they need it taught.”

Unique atmosphere

She added, “I think it’s a really comfortable place to ask questions, and sometimes they just ask me questions, like we just had a conversation about Homecoming, and what that means, what it is, because they don’t have a concept of what Homecoming is all about.” “They learn from each other,” Van Deuren said. Not only are the students gaining something from the course, Van Deuren suggested that she has picked up a thing or two as well. “It’s been great; we’re all learning, and I’m learning too.” Despite ELL only being in its first year, Van Deuren expressed optimism that this learning opportunity will continue. She said, “My hope is that this will be something that Cathedral will continue to build on and grow, and will be part of the school forever, because as more and more students come into our school and need this kind of class, my hope is that this is not just me, that this is a program for the school, for long term.”

In America: Turning the dead into a fun holiday In China: Using a holiday to honor ancestors BY MARY STEMPKY

Senior Rachel Overstreet goes above and beyond by selling 65 raffle tickets BY MAX WIRTH Seeing the opportunity to benefit not only her fellow students as well as those affected by a natural disaster, senior Rachel Overstreet sold 65 Luck of the Leprechaun raffle tickets, exceeding the suggested minimum by 40. “I sold my tickets to basically everyone and anyone,” she said, including “old teachers, family and employers. Basically, if I had met you, I asked you.” Students have the option to choose between any extracurricular activity, and could share the wealth among a multitude of programs. “I distributed my tickets to Best Buddies, Latin Club and the Harvey Relief Fund,” she said. In wake of the devastation spread by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the Harvey Relief Fund was created to aid victims and lessen the struggle of repairing the damages. The fund received the most donations, accumulating $6,093. Overstreet took it upon herself to partake in the action. “I did give some tickets to the Harvey Relief Fund. I have family who were directly affected by the hurricane, and I wanted to help in anyway I could,” she said. Overstreet’s campaign ran through the entire selling period.

“I had sold the first 25 (tickets) within the first week, but then it took me the whole selling time for the other 40,” she said. The student body works to support the financial aid and tuition support system. “The raffle really gives power to the student to support who or what they believe in. I think in a way it helps the student form their own voice, and a chance to come together with other students to support a common goal,” she said. Diversity, a Holy Cross value, is prevalent amongst the school’s population. Diversity is not limited to race, but also the wide variety of incomes each family brings to the school. The raffle opens up endless possibilities for current and future students who need the economic support. Overstreet said, “It really is an important part of this school because it gives everyone the opportunity to come to Cathedral, and receive a unique learning opportunity.”

As Halloween — the annual event that at least in part honors the dead — draws closer, students from China have a different perspective on the approaching holiday and note that in China, a similar but more serious holiday takes place in the spring. At the end of every October, children dress up as ghosts, superheroes and princesses. Parents take them out trick-or-treating. However, halfway across the world in China, the holiday that is celebrated earlier in the year also focuses on death. It is called the Quingming festival or the Tomb Sweeping Festival. In an email, Chinese teacher Ms. Echo Wu said the tomb sweeping festival happens in the spring. The holiday was made national by the Chinese government. “(Tomb Sweeping Festival) is not similar to Halloween except that (it is) related to death,” Wu said. A stark contrast between Halloween and the Tomb Sweeping Festival lies in the seriousness of the holiday. According to John Chai, junior and co-president of the Chinese Club, the Tomb Sweeping Festival

is not about candy or costumes. “It’s a memory of relatives who (have died). You can go to their tomb and put out food that they like when they were alive,” Chai said. “It’s a more serious festival. It’s not like Halloween. You can’t go out and trick-or treat,” Olivia Han, junior and co-president of the Chinese Club said. The solemnity of the holiday comes from the importance placed upon honoring your ancestors. According to Wu, when Chinese people show respect for the dead, it is a serous occasion and is not as festive as is Halloween in the western world. “(It is) more of a family event,” Wu said. Families during this festival go to the tombs of their ancestors to pay tribute to them. There are different ways in which one can do this. According to Han, they wish their ancestors a good life in heaven. “(People) will burn whatever (the ancestors) need or (they) think (they) need,” Han said. Some of the sacrificed items include food, clothes and even paper money. According to Han, families draw an open circle in front of the tomb. According to Chai, the open part of the circle is in the direction of the

birth sign. “Twelve is to the north,” Chai said. Children hear stories of their ancestors while at the tomb. According to Wu, family members recount stories of the family to the children when they go to the tomb. This allows the younger generation to be aware of the past. “(Tomb sweeping) is important for young family members to understand the family history and then pass it down from generation to generation,” Wu said According to Chai, the festival originated in memory of a historian, “But as time goes by it’s for everyone,” Chai said. Although the Chinese may have a different holiday to commemorate the dead, they still are aware of Halloween. According to both Chai and Han, Halloween is acknowledged by the Chinese. However, they do not have any formal celebration. “(The Chinese) do not do anything for (Halloween),” Han said. Although the Chinese holiday differs much from the western holiday, Wu said that she believes people should experience it. According to Wu, she said Quingming is not the typical holiday celebrated with laughs. She said, “It is an important part of the Chinese culture.”

Halloween traditions around the world Spain, Mexico, Latin America


The Halloween holiday originated in IreA three-day celebration beginning Oct. land, and it is celebrated much like it is in 31 occurs. Dia de los Muertos involves remembering ancestors and often creating the United States today. Kids trick-or-treat in costume, light bonfires, bob for apples, an altar in one’s home in honor of them. Candles are lit, gravesites are cleaned, flow- participate in treasure hunts, go to parties with neighbors, play card games and eat ers are laid. Families take advantage of this traditional foods such as barnback, a type holiday to tell stories of their loved ones of fruitcake. and share memories. Source:

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Another opportunity for students to display their school pride will take place Nov. 9 at Open House.

Over summer, senior George Kirch creates app that allows students to find odd jobs by Andrew de las alas, Emma Kress and Whitley Walton Senior George Kirch sat in Well Coffee House in Fishers for about 20 hours this summer and worked on his computer. Kirch is just another student, another player on the football team, but by the end of his last visit to the coffee shop, he had created something: the JobSwap app. Its purpose is to give students the opportunity to do jobs around town. While it is a good way to get money, the initial purpose of this app was for a different reason. Kirch’s motivation for creating an app started through a couple of jobs he did over the summer. He and his brother, Robert, a sophomore at Butler University, began to put out advertisements to perform jobs around the house or yard such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves or cleaning.

The need for help in his neighborhood was large enough that Kirch was able to create a website for people including: himself, his brother, and some friends who were all willing and able to do jobs and help people. The website,, features information about every person who works with Kirch so that clients can understand the workers’ character. Some of those working with Kirch were the following seniors: Nick Frederick, Jack Haigerty, Jack Kafka, Seth Link and Jared Poland. Even though Kirch was the head of JobSwap, Jared Poland said, “George didn’t really boss me around.” Kirch said that meeting people who he did jobs for was a great part of working. While working over the summer, Kirch worked for Mr. Ed Tracey ‘62. Tracy’s wife, Mrs. Becky Pearson-Tracey, enjoyed collecting things, and Kirch spent time packing those things in boxes or taking them to Goodwill.

About Tracey, Kirch said, “I really do value our relationship.” Through JobSwap, Tracey contacted Kirch, who helped clear out two storage rooms. By working with Tracey, Kirch found a strong connection and fostered a new friendship. Kirch said that meeting people through work helped strengthen his relationship with his community. Kirch helped a woman whose husband had Parkinson’s Disease. He said, “It was probably my favorite time. It felt really good to help her because she couldn’t do it herself.” Both of Kirch’s parents helped him make the JobSwap app. Mr. Bob Kirch, his father, helped him develop the idea of creating an app. At first, Kirch was reluctant to attempt making an app; he had no coding experience, so his mother, Kelly Kirch ‘90, found an easy software for Kirch to work with called snappy. Kirch said the website’s simplistic and

straightforward nature made it easy to learn how to code. Kirch said, “It’s an on-demand job network that can get someone, hopefully in a couple of hours, to come and do your job for you,” about the JobSwap app. “It took 20 hours to create the app,” Kirch said, and it was released three days before the start of school. Kirch’s app is available for download, but it will not be fully running until after football season is over. Kirch is the outside linebacker on the varsity football team, so he will be busy with football until late fall. He hopes that he can do more networking for the app later on in the year. In addition to earning him some money, Kirch hopes that his app will help people who

How can students connect using JobSwap? Step 1: Download JobSwap from the App Store

Step 2: Open the sidebar and choose the hammer icon

Step 3: Create a profile to see the job offers

Step 4: Choose from a list of jobs displayed on the home screen

Group of juniors begins chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, hopes to help kids in need by madi tran

“Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.” source:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation now boasts an active chapter here. “This year we decided to start a chapter at Cathedral,” junior Cassie Kronenberger, who serves as the club’s leader said. Junior McKenna Wylam said, “The club will benefit children with life-threatening medical conditions.” English teacher Mrs. Melinda Bundy serves as the faculty moderator, and the club meets in her room in Loretto, 2316. The club will generally gather before fundraiser events. Wylam said, “We’re going to mostly meet before events, but in between events we’ll meet a few times just to keep everyone up to date and advertise our club.” The school chapter started after the influence from other local schools caused Wylam and Kronenberger to create a chapter at the school. “We have a friend who runs it at (Hamilton Southeastern) and she contacted

us and we realized we were super interested in doing it, and we thought it would be a great addition to Cathedral,” Kronenberger said. Kronenberger and Wylam both were passionate about helping out the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We realized that we all really wanted to help kids because what they’re going through is something we can’t even imagine and the fact that we can help them out and help support them is something really incredible,” Wylam said. To start a chapter at the school Kronenberger and Wylam had to contact Make-AWish directly. Rebecca Dykstra, Development Officer at Make-A-Wish, said “Two students reached out to our offices asking if starting a club was possible. After passing along a toolkit, these students were off to the races starting their own club at Cathedral High School.” The Make-A-Wish chapter here involves putting together multiple events to benefit the foundation.

Wylam said, “The main part that our members are going to be doing is planning fundraising events and then in the case of the Make-A-Wish Foundation needing assistance with completing a wish, then we would be a chapter they could come to, to get the people and the resources to help do that.” “Our big fundraising event is called the Request-a-thon and it’s put on by the Make-AWish Foundation. Little chapters and organizations act as call centers, and radio stations help out with it. We’re going to be putting (a Request-a-thon) on at Cathedral,” Kronenberger said.

Direct Impact

The club directly impacts the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Wylam said, “All of the money that is donated to us will be donated to the MakeA-Wish Foundation and our goal is to raise $8,000, and that’s the average price a wish and we want to help grant a wish for a child.”

Shadowing: A tradition that benefits school and students, showcases campus life by annika garwood For many years the school’s shadowing program for incoming freshman and transfer students is always a big deal for the Admissions Department. It is also the first major leadership event that the Freshman Class partakes in. Vice President for Enrollment Management Mr. Duane Emery said that shadowing has been at the school for decades. “I feel like it’s something that we’ve always done because it’s been around for so long.”

Sophomore shadow hosts

Sophomore shadow hosts, according to Emery, were introduced three years ago. This allowed more people who are diversely different in clubs and sports and have more experience with the school to host prospective students. “I thought it was a cool experience to get to show someone new all about Cathedral, and I get to tell them why I love the school,” said sophomore Andi Manship, who was a shadow host during her freshman year as well. Manship said that she loves meeting and talking to new people, so the experience as a whole was exciting. “I think my shadows liked it and all my friends made it a fun and comfortable experience for (the shadows).” Emery said the student body has been great and welcoming, and “exemplified the Holy Cross values of family and inclusiveness and diversity well.” He said that it’s important that all students make shadows feel welcomed and show them

what a great school looks like with rich history and deep values. ‘

Transfer opportunities

Transfer Kasey Manship, who will be joining the Freshman Class on Monday and sister of Manship, said that she was very impressed by the family atmosphere of the school. “All the students and teachers were very, very nice. What impressed me the most was how much freedom (students) got. For example, it’s cool how they go outside and do things or just stay in the classroom and have a resource.” This is typical, according to Emery, for students who are currently freshman and sophomores at other schools to shadow in the beginning of the school year. “Typically we see about 600 eighth graders and between 50 and 60 transfer students.” Manship said that sche is most excited to go to Cathedral because she feel like it will “motivate her to do better and make her into a better person.” Her sister, Andi, said that she is very excited for her sister to come to Cathedral. “Hopefully it will bring us closer and I can help her when she needs it with school. Also, I hope it makes it an easier transition for her.”

Helps the decision

Because of shadowing and the great experience Manship had, it weighed her decision to attend Cathedral. The program is often key in helping students decide whether they want to spend the next four years here. “I think my sister loved shadowing. At the

Freshman Sarah Casper and her shadow Erica Scott eat lunch—one part of the shadow experience — on Sept. 28. Photo by Mary Stempky

time she didn’t really think she wanted to go to Cathedral, but it was cool for her to be able to experience what I do everyday and be able to understand better things I talk about when I talk about school,” said Andi, regarding what her sister thought about shadowing and the benefits of it. Emery agreed with Andi. He said, “This is the goal of shadowing. Shadowing is one of those things that I always recommend to my eighth graders before they make any decisions to attend Cathedral. You really have to see what it’s like to live the life in a day as a student here at our Holy Cross school.”

The sign outside the main entrance points shadows to where they meet their host. Photo by Jenna Williams

“Shadowing is one of those things that I always recommend to my eighth graders before they make any decisions to attend Cathedral. You really have to see what it’s like to live the life in a day as a student here at our Holy Cross school.”

Vice President for Enrollment Management Mr. Duane Emery

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Student Birthdays

Favorite part about fall:

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“My favorite part of fall is Thanksgiving because my whole family comes home, and we run the Drumstick Dash. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to be together as a whole family, which does not happen often. I also like it because I get to eat a lot of pie. The last reason my favorite part of fall is Thanksgiving is because it is during the great month of No Shave November when I’m allowed to let my legs get a little hairy.” Freshman Maura Flood “My favorite part about fall is eating pie, because we have this competition in my family where we make pies and I always get to judge.” Junior Taylar Minnis “My favorite part about fall is that the weather gets a little bit colder and it’s a holiday season.” Senior David Bishop

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23 Jonalyn Jacob Luke Snyder

29 Kassidy Batt

Brittany Ford Austin Sup Malcolm Clark Hayley Watson



18 Brenden Klenke 19 Kenzie Cox Kyle Cortner Solomon Devonish

Hunter Huffine Lauren Frank Kris Shaw

24Kathleen Meyer

Nathaniel Griffin Jackie Gantz


Jenna Williams


13Jalen Hischemiller 14 KK Combs Kaylah Pitts

20Lauren Kaplan

Josh Ramsey

21 Daija Collins

Daijon Collins Andrew Fralich Kyle Klase Matthew Troy

Olivia Han

25 Sophia Venezia 26 Andrew Bessler 27 Carol Rios

Emerson Masuccio

Lauren Dubbink

Jessica Perez

28Chris Murphy Diane Houk PJ Avery

30 Ellie O’Connell 31 Lydia Estka Alex Maley Gillian Cridge Katie Darragh

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Emanuel Daniels Maggie Lengerich Rachel Overstreet Joey Bell

KayLyn Brown Jack Robinson Constanza Widel Nicholas Widel Jake Challand





Rubin Foley Luke Cerar Nate Schoenfeld Jessie Short Maura Flood


Joe Bustamante Joey Conte Megan Mattei Mario McCullough



Jake Welch

10 Emma Daly

Maya King Chris Econs Jake Foos

Nik Kolosso Olivia DeLise

“Autumn at Cathedral”

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The summer has passed And fall is here. We’ve had quite a blast, And that is clear. So let’s keep this year moving, Keep up the spirit, And as the year keeps improving, Shout loud, let’s hear it.



First quarter is over, The grades are all in. By the luck of the clover, In football, we’ll win.

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Must watch Halloween movies

Across 1. Coca Cola rival 2. “Wonderwall” Band 3. To snoop 4. A direction in theatre 5. ____ CAH TOA, math mnemonic device Down 1. Francis and John Paul II 2. Part of the body that allows hearing 3. The study of mind and behavior, for short 4. “Yes” in Spanish 5. An Indiana standardized test that assesses basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics

Twitter Poll Ten respondants voted on whether they are excited for the reboot of the Disney movie “Hocus Pocus” Finally - so pumped I only like the original


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“Casper” “IT” “Hocus Pocus” “Halloween” “The Exorcist” “Poltergeist” “Insidious” “Beetlejuice” “Twitches”

CLUB AND EVENTS CALENDAR Equestrian Team Date: Oct. 21 and 22 Location: Black Dog Farms Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carpe Diem Club Date: Day 2 every cycle Location: Room 2304 Time: Flex

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“Friday the 13th” “Halloweentown” “Corpse Bride” “The Haunted Mansion” “Ghostbusters” “The Shining” “Edward Scissorhands” “The Addams Family” “Young Frankenstein”

Math League competition/Tailgate Date: Oct.17 Location: Cafeteria/math hallway Time: Tailgate: 6:45 Contest: 7:15 Chinese Club Calligraphy Date: Oct. 30 Location: Baker board room Time: 9 to 11:15 a.m. ASL Club Date: Tuesdays after school Location: Room 2304 Time: 3:15 p.m.


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“Paranormal Activity” “The Conjuring” “Monsters Inc” “Coraline” “Carrie” “The Blair Witch Project” “Nightmare on Elm Street” “The Silence of the Lambs” “E.T.”

Trail of Terror IB Information Night Date: Oct. 18 Date: Oct. 17 Location: Shiel Student Life Location: Cathedral trail Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Center Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Freshman and JV Cheer State Competition Date: Oct. 21 Location: Westfield HS Time: 5 p.m.

Gender Empowerment Club Date: Day 7 every other cycle Location: Room 2304 Time: Flex

Band Parade Performce Date: Nov. 11 Location: Veterans Day Parade Time: 11 a.m.

Indiana Junior Classical League Date: Nov. 11 Location: Indiana State University Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fun Things to do this Fall Visit an apple orchard

Pleasant View Orchard: Located at 10721 N. 850 West, Fairland. This orchard is open Sunday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuttle Orchards: Located at 5717 N. 300 West, Greenfield. This orchard is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It also includes a pumpkin patch.

Visit a pumpkin patch

Waterman’s Family Farm: Located at 7010 E. Raymond St, Indianapolis and is open Sunday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hogan Farms: Located at 8900 E. County Rd 1000 North, Brownsburg, and open Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Visit a haunted house

Indy Scream Park: Located at 5211 S New Columbus Road, Anderson and open Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Thursday and Sunday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Hanna Haunted Acres: Located at 7323 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, Sunday to Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Visit a corn maze

Conner Prairie: Located at 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, and open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hogan Farms: Located at 8900 E County Rd 1000 N, Brownsburg and open Friday. to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

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Sophomore Gillian Cridge will compete at the women’s cross-country Regional Saturday. The women’s race begins at 11:15 a.m. at White River Elementary in Noblesville.

Sophomore Gillian Cridge swims, bikes and runs in national triathalon competitions By Lauren Smith Starting at a young age, sophomore Gillian Cridge has had a passion for triathlons. She began competitive swimming when she was 6 years old, running since she was eight and competing in triathlons since she was nine. Cridge said, “I noticed I’ve had a gift for (triathlons), and I love them, so I kept doing them but then I took a couple summers off.” She took the summer off before her freshman year because she wanted to focus on cross country, however she received a stress fracture in her sacrum, a bone in her lower back.

Racing with a team

Cridge later wanted to pursue competing in triathlons again. She said, “My friends who go to Carmel did the Youth Elite, which is the age group below the (USA Junior Elite triathlon team).” Youth Elite is ages 13 to 15, and Junior Elite is ages 16 to 19. Some of Cridge’s cross-country friends from Carmel formed a team to represent Indiana and asked Cridge to join. Cridge said, “I did one year of Youth Elite the summer before eighth grade. The ‘elite’ stands for draft-legal triathlons, which means you can get as close as you want to each other on a bike. It’s a mass start, so you start all together. There are four loops on the bike and two loops on the run for juniors, and two loops on the bike and one loop on the run for youth.”

National competitions

To compete at Nationals, all of the qualifying races are taken into consideration, and the top 75 girls from all of those races are able to move on. Her Youth Elite year, Cridge received 10th place at Nationals. Then, this past summer, Cridge made the USA Junior Elite triathlon team. She said, “It comes with a lot more opportunity, but it’s also double the distance.” She continued, “I gave it a shot, and I was actually chosen to go to Magog, Canada to compete in the North and South American championships. I ended up being eighth overall and the third American. Then at Nationals I ended up getting seventh (place).” Cridge said, “My dad and I drove up and stayed in Montreal for a day, and I trained in Montreal because it’s seven hours to Montreal and then seven hours to Magog, which is a city in Québec. When I got there, I met all with all the other athletes. There were nine junior elite girls and eight boys chosen in the United States to compete.” Cridge continued, “(That Thursday) we all rented out a ski resort because we were in the mountains and stayed there together. Then Friday we got up and did course re-cons, visited the city together and ate lunch and dinner, and there was also a pre-race meeting. Since it was all the countries in North and

South America (competing), it was in a lot of different languages, which was cool.”

International competition in Canada

Cridge and her roommate, Trinity from Utah, as well as the other girls, biked the course on Saturday and watched the guys’ triathlon. Afterward, Cridge’s race started at 7:30. Cridge said, “My race started out not so hot because my swim was really rough. It was really choppy, and I hadn’t swum in a big lake yet because in Indiana you can’t really find a giant lake or ocean to swim in. I got out of the swim at mid-pack, I would say, but more towards the back, and then when I got on the bike I was with two other Americans and we ended up working with a couple of Canadians to catch up to the two bike packs in front of us. By the end of the hike, there were about 16 of us in a pack (including) six Americans, four Canadians, two Mexicans, a girl from Brazil, a girl from Argentina and a girl from Venezuela. When I got out on the run, I ended up passing a bunch of people, and I had one of the best runs of my life. I ended up getting eighth overall.”

Sophomore Gillian Cridge celebrates her team placing second in the USA Triathalon National Championships. They celebrated by spraying sparkling apple juice on each other. Cridge has competed in triathlons since she was eight. Photo submitted

Two days of racing

The race in Canada took place July 15 and Nationals were Aug. 5 and Aug. 6. Cridge said, “Nationals was a two-day event. Day 1 is the individual and Day 2 is a relay. The day of, I was ready, and I was trying to make the world’s team, but I’m also the youngest in my age group, so it was going to be really hard. My swim didn’t go as planned, and my transition from my swim to my bike was slow because my bike got messed up, so I didn’t get the bike pack that I needed. I got off the bike in 24th (place), but I ended up getting seventh overall. My run at Nationals was actually better than my run in Magog, but I still didn’t place as high as I wanted to because my goal was to get Top 3.” Cridge continued, “Then the team relay the next day is made up of two guys that are either in Youth or Junior Elite age groups, and two girls, so it was me and actually my roommate from Magog, Trinity, because we don’t have another girl that was able to compete in our relay.” The relays are a quarter of the Junior Elite distance and one half of the Youth Elite. Cridge said, “I got first and got our team in third position. We ended up getting second (place).”

Intense training process

In order to prepare for her triathlons, Cridge dedicates a lot of her time to training. She said, “During the season, for the running aspect, I went to cross-country practice twice a week for conditioning. Then I biked with a couple of my teammates who live in Carmel, and I would either swim on my own or with Lawrence swim team because their

Sophomore Gillian Cridge poses with her team representing team USA at the North and South American Championship. Cridge is second from the right. She said this competition was her favorite because, “it was my first international race, and it’s really cool to be able to say that I’m representing team USA. Photo submitted

coach also coaches open water swimming which (helps since) all triathlons are open water.” Cridge continued, “If I needed an extra workout or need to do a brick workout, which is bike then straight into a run, I would just do that on my own or with my teammates.” For the training process, Cridge said, “My coach has everything by a number system, like how fatigued I am that week and my heart rate and stuff. He looks at everything and then puts it into this app called TrainingPeaks, which I use and (contains) all my workouts and everything.” Her training does not mandate a set number of miles. Cridge said, “I don’t go very high in volume, it’s more just intensity based.” Cridge said during triathlons she likes running the best, but while practicing it is more

fun and enjoyable to bike. Balancing training, sleep, social and school are the hardest parts. Cridge’s Junior Elite team is called Elite Multisport. She also is a member of Team USA. Cridge said, “This means for international races a select group of athletes travels and races together representing the United States.”

A future of triathalons

Cridge said, “My favorite race was the Canada one because it was my first international race, and it’s really cool to be able to say that I’m representing team USA. My goal (for the future) is to be able to compete in triathlons in college, because it’s now an NCAA sport.” And before Cridge competes at the college level, she will have plenty of opportunities to participate in other triathlons, including her next competition.

IU-bound Dittoe stays the course as she wraps up her successful four-year golf career by chandler watson

Senior Maddie Dittoe inspects the green as she lines up her putt. Dittoe follows through after her shot as she watches the ball sail through the air. Dittoe has been working with her technique coach, Mr. John Dunham, to perfect her swing. Photos by Katie Sage

About Maddie Dittoe “She’s had a really great year. We’ve had a good year out of a lot of players. She played really good golf. There’s going to be good days and bad days in this sport, and she’s been consistent through them all.”

Women’s golf Head Coach Mr. Mike Miller

When she was 8 years old, senior Maddie Dittoe picked up a golf club for the very first time. She would play in during the summer at Highland Golf and Country Club, but “it wasn’t until the summer before my freshman year of Cathedral that my love for the sport took off,” Dittoe said. Although she is both verbally committed to Indiana University and competed in State on Sept. 29, she said, “I wasn’t even that good, I shot a 116 in my first Indiana Junior Golf tournament. But I loved it and I wanted to get better. So I did.” Although she is extremely talented, Dittoe said, “It started with Mr. Coach Pat Fagan and continued with Mr. Coach Mike Miller, Mr. Coach Rick Shadiow and Mr. Coach Matt Hale. I have been lucky to have what I think are the best coaches a team could ask for with their experience.” She also credits her teammates and friends in seniors Sophia Alexander and Sydney Hruskoci. Dittoe said, “We have all pushed each other the last four years to be better players. Without them pushing me, I would not be the player I am. I have been very lucky to have a team that not only supports each other, but also makes each other better people and teammates.” Dittoe has been influenced by her father and coach in both life and golf. Two of them were her Mr. Chris Dittoe and Mr. John Dunham. She said her dad “introduced (her) to the sport and has been (her) number one fan since Day 1. There’s never been a time I’ve asked him to play with me that he’s said no. He never misses a match and is always there with a big thumbs up and a smile cheering me on.”

Dittoe went on to say that her swing coach, Dunham is “truly a golf whisperer.” She continued, “He’s not only a given me a strong swing, but he can see and tweak the littlest things that make the huge impact. He’s so positive and kind.” She went to say how fortunate she is to have him as a coach and that she appreciates all he has taught her. Making the State tournament is an accomplishment, and one that many are happy to receive. However, Dittoe would rather have her team with her. She said, “It stinks. Of course, part of me is happy I made it because getting there was what we’ve been working towards this season. But the other part of me is saddened. The dream was for the team to get to State, for us to get there together.” Dittoe has played on varsity all four years of her time here at Cathedral, which have created many memories for her. Dittoe said, “It’s been an amazing experience. Going to State as a team my sophomore year is a great memory. Going on road trips the first week of each season and staying in a hotel and watching “The Bachelor” with the team was a blast. The team winning the City championship all four years makes me proud. Riding on the bus with the team with Coach Miller as bus driver I’ll never forget. Coach Miller being part coach, part therapist I’ll always remember. The friendships I’ve created that will last a lifetime, I will always appreciate. The winning is a lot of fun, but my favorite thing I’ll take from golfing at Cathedral is bonding with the team and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.” Dittoe tied for 33rd at State and shot an 83 and then 81 over two days.

“It started with Coach Mr. Pat Fagan and continued with Coach Mr. Mike Miller, Coach Mr. Rick Shadiow and Coach Mr. Matt Hale. I have been lucky to have what I think are the best coaches a team could ask for with their experience.”

Senior Maddie Dittoe

October 12, 2017

Men’s Soccer First-year Head Coach Mr. Whitey Kapsalis’s Sectional champion team will play Greenfield-Central at noon on Oct. 14 in the first round of the Regional. The match will be played at Murray Stadium on the Carmel High School grounds. The stadium is located just north of the school and south of the football stadium and may be accessed either from East Main Street or from Smokey Row Road. If the Irish win the opener, the team will play for the Regional title Saturday night at 7, taking on the winner of the Ben Davis-North Central match.

Women’s Soccer The team earned the title of City champions on Sept. 27 with a 4-2 penalty kick victory. The Irish overpowered the Bishop Chatard squad with a sequence of late-game heroics. Sophomore Carson Kwiatkowski netted the tying goal with seven seconds remaining in the second period. Both sides scored in overtime, pushing the game into a penalty shootout. Junior goalkeeper Sophia Saucerman grabbed two Chatard attempts to secure the win. Shortly thereafter on Oct. 7, the teams met again in a rematch for the Sectional championship. Senior Camryn Wylam tied the game late in the second period, repeating the City championship storyline. However, the Irish dropped the match in sudden death penalty kicks. Head Coach Mr. Marc Behringer’s team, which entered the tournament ranked second in the state, finished the season with a record of 10-6-1.

Women’s Cross-Country The season continues with the Regional meet this Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at White River Elementary in Noblesville, which is located 19000 Cumberland Road.

10th in our Semistate but we are very close to several of the teams ranked ahead of us. We can compete for a Top 10 spot at the State meet, if we can get there.”

In competition that took place earlier in the season, the girls finished second at the State preview meet, second at all-Catholic championships, fifth at Culver Invite and earned the title of City champions for the sixth straight year.

The trio of Gracie Carr, Gillian Cridge and Audrey McKinney have led the team for most of the season. Cridge was the individual winner at Rushville and the individual runner-up at the City meet as well as being the top finisher at the State preview meet, and the All-Catholic championships. McKinney has had a breakout rookie season and was the top finisher at Flashrock and Culver. Cridge, Carr and Alatorre earned all-City honors.

Head Coach Mr. Mark Doctor said, “The team is running very well going into the tournament, but we face a tough path. We are currently ranked seventh in our Regional and

Men’s Cross-Country The Sectional champion team, which is ranked fourth in the latest state poll and is lead by junior Cole Hocker, competes in the Regional on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at White River Elementary School in Noblesville. Hocker has had stellar performanc-

Football In regular season action, Head Coach Mr. Rick Streiff ’s team celebrates Senior Night tomorrow at 7 p.m., hosting Center Grove at Tech. The JV team hosts Center Grove on campus the next morning at 10. The team drew a first-round bye in 5A Sectional 13 play, awaiting Roncalli in the second round. The northside-southside rivalry is renewed, meeting for the first time since 2012. The Irish have a 10game win streak over the Rebels.

Women’s Volleyball The two-time defending State champion Irish have accumulated a 22-10 record and goes into the tournament on a winning streak. The squad has won its last four matches, including a dominant City championship victory over Bishop Chatard. Sectional competition gets underway today at Lawrence North, with the team taking on Arsenal Tech at 6 p.m. If the team wins, it will play in the Sectional semifinal on Saturday at 10 a.m., with the Sectional championship that evening at 7.


Women’s Golf

The women’s golf team finished the season with record of 10-0 in ninehole matches, won the Sectional title and just missed qualifying for the Finals. The team was ranked 16th in the final State poll, won the all-Catholic for the fourth straight year and captured the City championship for the seventh consecutive year. Head Coach Mr. Mike Miller said, “Our team was lead by Maddie Dittoe, Sophia Alexander and Sydney Hruskoci, all four-year varsity letter winners. All three had great years and played some great golf for our team. Senior Piper Klika showed incredible improvement during the course of the year and really finished strong. Sophomore Natalie Schorr and junior Chloe Crannell rounded out our varsity and made many positive contributions.” Dittoe shot 76 in the Regional and qualified as an individual for the State Finals. Alexander was named academic all-State and Dittoe, Sydney Hruskoci and Klika were all named honorable mention academic all-State by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association. Miller said,“We had a really strong team. We had a really good year. Probably our best moment was shooting 297 as a team in the Sectional and winning the championship by 40 strokes. We really wanted to make it to State and played fairly well in the Regional shooting 317; unfortunately, three of the best teams in the state were also in our Regional, and we failed to advance as those teams played really well.”

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es throughout the season with equally impressive performances by runners and fellow team members senior Morris Kimble, junior Ryan Pehlman, sophomore Nick Hruskoci, among others. The team hopes to finish well enough to quality for the Semistate.

Men’s Tennis The Irish fell 5-0 to North Central in Sectional play.


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Opinion October 12, 2017

A story about shadowing appears on Page 4. Shadowing is a great way for students to give back to the school.

STAFF EDITORIAL: OUR OPINION Shadow hosting helps our school, provides beneficial experience for students During the first week of school, upperclassmen are taken aback by the young freshmen wandering through the halls, glancing at printed schedules and locker combinations as they scramble to find new classes. Now, as the first quarter comes to an end, even younger students have made their presence known to our school: as shadows. Shadowing has existed here for decades. “It’s one of the things that’s been around so long it seems like we’ve always done it,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Mr. Duane Emery. Though the exact date of its beginnings may be unknown, the purpose for introducing shadowing is clear: to allow students to experience what a day at this school brings. Shadowing a school is the best way to experience its culture, attitude, values and structure. It also “lets them see that the lunch is pretty good,” Emery said. This is opposed to another large event at this school, the fall Open House. However, shadowing is more crucial to future Irish students than Open House attendance. Although both experiences are beneficial and recommended, shadowing gives prospective students an idea of what their day may be like for their next four years. Emery compares the two events to looking for a new car. Open House is like browsing the car lot. Every option is presented, and buyers, or in this case families, are shown the big picture in one night. Shadowing, on the other hand, is like test driving a car. That experience focuses on details which pertain to the individual student and foretells what a future day

might look like. Just as it is encouraged to buy a car only after test driving it, shadowing is recommended so students understand the academic climate and social atmosphere. Emery agrees. “Shadowing is the one in my opinion you have to do,” he said. “You have to see what it would be like for you to be here for a day,” he said. To further improve upon shadowing experiences, the school introduced sophomore shadow hosts three years ago. The larger pool from which to choose a host have a greater diversity of classes and activities about which the prospective student could learn. Providing more diversity of classes is especially beneficial to shadows who will take accelerated classes their freshman year or would like to see their options for future years. The use of sophomores also allows for the host to be more experienced and knowledgeable about the school, which

is important for shadows interested in learning more. Though freshmen possess an understanding of the school, they have not yet completed a full quarter, whereas the sophomores have attended this school for more than a year. The larger pool of shadow hosts is also important to give adequate shadow experiences to the hundreds of students who visit. The number varies, Emery said, but typical years see about 600 eighth graders and between 50 and 60 potential transfer students. Emery said it is difficult to judge the success rate of shadowing, since some shadow knowing they will not enroll but simply want to miss a day of school. However, many are convinced by the end of the school day. “A vast majority of students say it really changed positively the way they looked at Cathedral,” Emery said. He said many students will tell him their shadow day changed their decision about coming to this school for the better.

FACEOFF: HIS OPINION Libraries Are Obsolete Chandler Watson Libraries have been around since the BC era. And for all of those years, they have been important and necessary due to their plethora of knowledge in which the buildings held. However, that is no longer the case. The internet has overtaken the library. I do not have to go down to the library to read up on Napoleon or get a copy of the New York Times. I can open up my iPad or phone and search whatever is necessary to my current needs. Which in all honesty is so much more efficient than going out of your way to a library. Oh, and you can access the internet at any moment in time whereas libraries close. It’s difficult to find the information you need when you know the library is closed. Libraries have grown to be out dated and obsolete. I believe this because we are in a technology based and technologically advanced society that not only uses techniques very effectively but depends on it for most things. Due to this, libraries are becoming more and more out of date as the years advance. We are currently in the 21st century and, well, technology is simply becoming more and more popular. Libraries are no longer where people go to get information, it is where people go to nap or to be in a quiet place. It is where people go to sometimes do school work, and people are even finding other places than libraries to be at for those things. Libraries are not what they used to be and certainly will not be again. It used to be the center of civilizations and used to be praised for all of the knowledge it held.

There are even famous libraries such as Touchdown Jesus at Notre Dame, and the library at Indiana University that is made to look like a bunch of books stacked on top of each other. And it is just so sad to think that those expensive and beautiful libraries will no doubt be almost completely useless in my lifetime. That they will have turned from beautiful pieces of art to just terrible eyesores that people will be signing petitions in order to get them removed. But that’s what is going on. As society and technology advances, the old ways of how people before us interpreted the world and how they used the world will be left in the past. And the library is honestly a way of the past. People would use a giant sculpture of a computer with shelves that you could use as a charging station more productively than they use libraries today. The very technologically advanced society that we live in today, are not only using computers and other devices more often, but we are also using physical books and magazines less and less as every day passes. I can not imagine our advances slowing down either. People have access to many more things nowadays than they did in past years. We live in a tremendously fast technology growing community and this advancement of computers and phones and what not is being applauded as it should be. It is in fact taking over in all part of life. Especially the way we receive our information. And that is why, in my opinion, libraries are not only obsolete but are in fact being used less and less as each day passes.

There are several specific instances Emery remembers in which an eighth grader was leaning against attending this school but after encouragement and a carefully arranged shadow host decided to come here. Ultimately, it is more than the outstanding academics, teachers, clubs and opportunities which convince eighth graders to enroll at this school and count the days before their high school career begins. It is the students. Emery said watching the high school students interact with the shadows is his favorite part of the program. “I love how welcoming our school is,” he said. The Holy Cross values of family as well as inclusiveness and diversity are demonstrated through the spirit of the student body, and shadows see this during their visit. It is important we reflect these traits through our actions every day, but it is especially crucial to represent them around the shadows. “If we exhibit those values, that will go a long way in making a positive impression on a student,” Emery said. The host is not the only important individual in a successful shadow visit. Those surrounding the host and the shadow also play important roles in the visitor’s ultimate choice among the numerous high school enrollment options. A large aspect of shadowing is the opportunity to experience the student life. Our actions, whether good or bad, reflect a view of the school on to the shadows. As the most important step in choosing a high school, we must do all we can to ensure it does our amazing school justice.

FACEOFF: HER OPINION Libraries Are Not Obsolete Jenna Williams “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” The great F. Scott Fitzgerald recognized that literature itself could provide comfort and a place for people, as do libraries themselves. Literature is housed in libraries, which are the physical, tangible embodiments of Fitzgerald’s sentiment. Libraries are for more than getting books. They are community centers. They host a plethora of activities, from after school programs to classes to family movie nights. My own town’s public library has an American Sign Language class, a leadership program, an art session, a book group, a Zumba class, tutoring opportunities, several computer classes and a multitude of more events just coming up in the next week. No doubt your local library, whether in Brownsburg, Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Greenwood or any other location where we call home, provides similar services. Labeling libraries obsolete is in turn deeming all of these other activities sponsored by public libraries obsolete. And are they? Of course not. They enrich the lives of the community. Libraries have always been avenues with which to help people. They provide a place for homeless people. They offer heat and shelter, internet and communication. Libraries are a safe space. For those who cannot go home after school every day, for those who need somewhere besides the streets — the library will always offer a better alternative, and that includes our own school library, which is open after school. If people don’t have the money to have a

computer at home, they can come to their local library and gain the access they need. School can be expensive. Libraries serve essentially as their own universities; they provide free education to anyone who wants it. People can use libraries to expand their own knowledge. And speaking of universities, you’ll find that the library will become one of your favorite places on campus during your undergraduate career. Libraries also connect with schools, as many classes demand text sources within their assignments. Research papers are embedded within our own school curriculum, and many teachers require book sources. Our own media center is a good example of the many things libraries have to offer. As soon as students walk in, they encounter a welcoming environment. With fish — we aren’t the only people who gather in schools — hanging out behind the front desk, three rooms for quiet study, and a large common area, anyone can come in and find a place to be productive. The people are also what make libraries special. Librarians are always willing to help and seemingly enjoy doing it. Libraries are more than just a storage place for books, but even if they weren’t that still doesn’t define them as obsolete. Fitzgerald is certainly not the only one who finds commonality in books, and libraries are the vehicles to provide such an important thing. In conclusion, I’ll steal from one of the literary greats who can articulate much more adequately than I can, T. S. Eliot: “The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

Megaphone STAFF Co-editors in chief: Catherine Jasper Jenna Williams Photo editor: Mary Stempky News editor: Tommy Callaghan Feature editor: Catherine Jasper

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Cathedral HS Megaphone October 12, 2017  

This is the second issue of the Megaphone, the official newspaper of Cathedral High School.