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On Friday, October 11th, Bishop Blair came to our school to have mass and talk to the seniors. He challenged the seniors to ask provocative questions. Various seniors asked questions about different topics. There were questions about abortion, sex, the media, gay marriage, breast cancer and more. Bishop Blair explained how we would put Jesus’ method into practice and how to be a better Christian. He explained liberation theology since that is what we were learning about in class. He was very thoughtful and attentive to each question that was asked. Overall, it was a good experience for all the seniors.
The Firelands Conference Cross Country meet was held at the Norwalk Reservoir this past Saturday. For the high school portion, the girls team took home a fourth place finish, while the boys took home a sixth place finish. Lexie led the Flyers girls team with a 10th overall finish. For the St. Paul junior high team, both the boys and the girls did a tremendous job and took home a first place finish. Jared led the junior high boys team with a 3rd place finish.
Without cheerleaders, what would a game of St. Paul football be like? Who would get the crowd going? Who would get the student section pumped up? The cheerleaders are the heart of all the cheering that goes on at the games. Senior cheerleader Maggie Simon says that there is so much more to cheerleading than just cheering. You build such strong friendships during cheer season. Maggie says that is the best part about being a cheerleader. “You’re with each other all the time. The practices and the sleepovers are always fun,” she added.
Father Nathan Bockrath has started a new trend in our high school, a trend that will hopefully grow larger and larger in the coming weeks. He has started doing the holy sacrament of Reconciliation every Thursday from before school at 7:30 to whenever he feels everyone is done coming for the day. This is open to all faculty and students of St. Paul. Jesse Gross took the option to go to this sacrament. He explained it as “a nice opportunity for all students to grow in their faith every week with our new pastor Fr. Nathan.” He also said “it takes a lot of weight and stress off of my shoulders.”
On Friday, October 11th, the St. Paul students were able to show their spirit during the pep rally and homecoming skit. The band got the students and faculty pumped up for the weekend by playing the fight song in the convocation center. Later, the speech and drama class performed a humorous skit. The skit was about lost trick-or-treaters (which were the homecoming attendants) who had to be rescued. Everyone was able to get a good laugh in and got prepared for the exciting weekend to come.
This past weekend was a busy weekend for St. Paul High School. Saturday, the high school held their annual homecoming parade before the homecoming game. Each class participated in making a float to represent their class and this years homecoming theme, “Fall Ball.” The parade included the St. Paul Marching Brass and the attendants in their fancy cars, as well as the floats. The students showed some school pride with cheers repping their school and while the parade was in action, students handed out candy to kids.
This years attendants included:
Freshman- Derek and Kaeleigh
Sophomore- Abay and Paige
Junior- Larry and Andrea
Senior- Jesse and Bella, Elise, Olivia, and Sarah
Attendants lined up on the football field in recognition alongside their fathers. Each attendant was followed by a little girl handing them flowers. Everyone waited for last year’s queen, Allie Fitzgerald, to crown the queen for 2013-14. The winner for this years homecoming queen was Sarah Cannon with Jesse Gross as king.
During the week of October 7-11, the Jr. High/High school students and staff of St. Paul participated in the annual homecoming week festivities known as “Spirit week”. On Monday, the theme was Flyer attire. Tuesdays theme was superhero day. On Wednesday, the students dressed up as twins for twin day. Halloween day was the theme for Thursday. Dress up day was on Friday. There were some crazy ideas during spirit week, and almost every student participated each day. “Spirit week is always something to look forward to,” stated one of the students. It is a tradition at the school to celebrate the week of homecoming by having a different theme every day of the week, voting on homecoming class attendants, and at the end of spirit week, we all gather to the convocation center gym for a pep rally and skit. Spirit week is a very fun week for the staff and students!
The freshman class recently took a field trip for biology class. The biology classes went to the Easler Farm and the Land Lab. At the Easler Farm, the students were divided into seven groups of seven and had twelve adult chaperones guiding them through their adventure. Between all of the groups, they caught approximately sixty fish, twenty-five frogs, and six snakes. Later, they went on a forest walk and were told to pick up twenty microscopic organisms. The next stop was the Land Lab, where they looked at structural identifications and certain species of organisms. The students were excited and eager to learn more about nature and enjoyed the field trip thoroughly.
The St. Paul Flyers defeated the Western Reserve Rough Riders 49-7 on September 28. This was the first time the Flyers defeated the Rough Riders in three years. St. Paul, led by Coach John Livengood, had a very strong offensive running game. Their running game has always had success, which was shown against the Riders. St. Paul definitely had some big revenge to get. In the 2012-2013 season, the Flyers had to share the conference title with the Rough Riders.
The St. Paul Flyers and the Western Reserve Rough Riders are a big rivalry game every year. The Riders usually have more players on their football team because they are a bigger school, but St. Paul has always been known for their toughness and their ability to not give up.
We would like to congratulate Megan on her successful season. She made it all the way to districts and we are proud of her. As Megan said she is proud of her accomplishments this year in golf, especially being the only girl golfer. She practiced on men’s tees all season which in the long run ended up helping her reach a score of 82 on the women’s tees. Megan did a great job in preparing herself and getting mentally ready. She had the support of the school and we continue to congratulate her in her success.
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