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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.
The St. Paul Lady Flyer volleyball team took on three games last week, coming out on top in two, and losing just one. The Flyers played against Monroeville on Tuesday, Findlay on Wednesday, and the Crestview Cougars on Thursday. Not to mention, the weekend before, the went to the Convoy Crestview Tournament where they played three matches (nine games), placing second in the whole tournament. Though the week was long, it only helped the girls to improve and get ready for whats to come...post season!
In our school’s TLC class, the students have been doing monthly projects. They are various projects the students came up with to improve the spirit and fortitude of our school.
On October 1st, the junior class participated in a retreat located at St. Alphonsus Church. The retreat was lead by a group of young adults in an organization called N.E.T. (National Evangelization Team). The team reaches out to young teens and individuals about the importance of being Catholic and becoming strong in faith. The team exercised ways in which everyone could participate and have a better understanding for Christ. The team revealed experiences and stories in which everyone could relate, in attempts to strengthen their own relationships with God.
Activities the juniors participated in were some team building games such as freeze tag, phantom wink, and skits. Freeze tag was to represent what life would be like with limited to no rules, showing the emotions and feelings that the chaos would bring. Phantom wink was to lighten the mood, where students would shake hands and whoever was the “phantom” and winked at the individual, the individual would then be out. The skits had important lessons to go with the topics of discussion, but were also used for entertainment. The juniors were also separated into groups called small groups, so students could open up to each about their faith and a variety of other topics.The team continued their mission the following day with the Junior High students to also further their relationships with Jesus.
On Sunday, September 22, the TLC groups all around different kinds of areas gathered together to march at the Indians game. It was a great experience for the TLC class, but also was a great experience for all the children that attended the game. It was really interesting how mass was also hosted at the game. Many families from our school came with their children and had a blast. It was nice to see all the little kids have such a big smile on their faces because they were getting the opportunity to walk on the field. Overall everyone seemed to have a good time, and as a TLC class, it was really nice to be recognized and well-known out there.
Mr. Mike Wasiniak, our high school biology, marine biology, and anatomy and physiology teacher was ordained a deacon of the Toledo Diocese this past weekend. He participated in the deaconate ordination reception of holy orders and pledged obedience to Bishop Blair. Deacon Wasiniak will be assisting Father Bill Pifher at St. Alphonsus and St. Joseph parishes. Deacon Wasiniak was one of the seventeen men ordained in the Toledo Diocese. As a deacon his responsibilities consist of marrying, burying, and baptizing. His first scheduled baptism will be in October of his youngest granddaughter, Lily Grace. He will give homilies at mass, read the Gospel, and assist the priest on the altar. “Deacon Waz,” as his students call him, is looking forward to this new chapter of his life.
Everyone was ready for this much anticipated game with the Flyers taking on the Huron Tigers at Kalahari Field, but the game did not go as the Flyers would have liked. The final score was 48-21 as the Tigers took advantage of Flyer turnovers to take an early lead that the Flyers were not able to overcome. The Flyers, however, did a great job on Tiger standout and Division 1 football recruit Cody Thompson, holding him to about 25 yards rushing. Therefore, the other players on the Tiger roster had to step up, and they surely did. The Tigers took a 7-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage, as Spencer Maddox sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown. On the Flyers second series, they tied the game at 7-7. It was downhill for St. Paul from there. The game was 28-7 at halftime and the Flyers just could not overcome that deficit. Coach John Livengood was not happy with the final score, although he thought his kids played very hard.
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