Monday, January 28, 2013

Knights march for Life in Washington DC

by Vinney Harvey

One of my favorite times of the Year is when January comes around.  First off because it’s my birthday, and second it is when the march for life takes place.  The March for Life takes place every year around January 22nd.  This is because forty years ago on that date the monumental court case Roe V Wade was decided upon making abortion legal.  In memory of this fateful day hundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States come to the capital to let the government know what they are doing is wrong.

This year Mount Michael took six students, seniors: myself, Michael Budler, Joey Kucirek, Connor Moynihan Andrew Karstrom, and junior Justin Lytle along with their chaperone Father Gregorio.  Several of us are returning marchers while others are having their first march. The bus ride to D.C. is roughly 26 hours long.   Each year the long bus ride to D.C. seems to become more adaptable and I think the trick might be to take sleeping pills.  None the less the bus ride is a great way to meet new people and hang out with friends.

Before the march the Omaha diocese took part in some tourism.  One of the places that we stopped out on the way to D.C. was at the Notre Dame campus. We had mass at six in the morning at the Notre Dame church, it was a beautiful church.  We also had the opportunity to visit the Arlington national cemetery and witness the changing of the guards.  We also had the chance took go to several monuments like the Washington monument and the Lincoln memorial, along with the World War II memorial and Vietnam memorial.   It was nice to not only go to D.C. to march for a good cause but to also a learn a little more about our nation’s history.

During the trip the students from Mount Michael got to know a lot about their chaperone Father Gregorio and he to them as well.  Father was very pleased with the leadership that the Mount Michael students exemplified on the trip.

At the end of our trip came the actual march.  It was hands down the coldest day of my life but I didn’t care we were there for an important reason.  We marched around capitol hill for about five hours and then made our way back to the busses.  Connor and I were interviewed by KVSS catholic radio station about the trip.  This trip was a great time to meet new friends, learn new facts about the United States, and defend the lives of the defenseless. More Photos

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Regional Academic Decathlon Champions!

Congratulations to the Mount Michael Academic Decathlon team who won their regional competition.  There were six subject tests, and with three categories of students and three medal spots for each, that makes 54 possible medals for the regular team and 54 more for the alternate team.  Of those 108 possible medals, The Knights won 60!  The competition's most exciting event is the Quiz Bowl. In the Quiz Bowl each of the team’s six Quiz Bowl competitors must answer 10 questions. The Knights won that by scoring 35 points to Duchesne Academy’s 29.

The Knights are now back to work in preparation for the State Competition to be held at Creighton University on February 17-18.    Photos   -   Nebraska Academic Decathlon Home Page - Omaha World Herald

Back Row: Andy Johannes, Rowan Gruber, Connor Moynihan, Alex Hotovy, Cameron Engel, Gus deMayo
Front Row: Ben Pape, Thomas Kalil, Eunwoo Jee, Corey Keegan, Ben Connealy, Adam Terasinski

The team is coached by Mr. Dave Cormier.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Responsibility Retreat

The Youth Frontiers Responsibility Retreat inspires juniors and seniors to set the tone for a positive school environment.  Students acknowledge and accept their “ability to respond” and examine how their daily choices impact their classmates, teachers and the greater school community. This half-day program challenged student leaders to take responsibility to make their school a better place.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Night of Knights Kickoff: "A Knight to Remember"

The 24th Annual Night of Knights Kick-off was celebrated by the school community with a special lunch and presentation the the Palace.  This year's Guest of Honor will be Mr. John and Mrs. Ann Louise Micek, the Honorary Chairs are Mr. Dennis and Mrs. Karen Connolly.  The General Chairmen are Mr. Rick and Mrs. Jennifer Bohnhoff, Dr. John and Mrs. Pat Drahota, Mr. Jeff and Mrs. Connie Jamrog. The event will be held on Saturday April 13, 2013 for more information see the Night of Knight's webpage.      More Kickoff Photos

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Respect Retreat

The freshmen and sophomore classes recently took the day off from classroom activities for an all-day Respect Retreat presented by Youth Frontiers.   The purpose of the organization is … “to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America so that today’s young people can make tomorrow’s world better.  The Youth Frontiers Respect Retreat inspires students to respect themselves more, to respect their peers and to stand up for respect in their school.”

Comments by the students participating indicated that it was an enjoyable day and they learned a lot.  Photos