Looking Back, by Moira Metz

As they near the end of the school year, Seton High School students are beginning to reflect on how their year has turned out. They recall how they performed in their classes, what school events they attended and enjoyed, and how the school and they themselves have changed over the course of the school year. The seniors, who will graduate in just a few days, reflect not only on the school year but on their entire high school career.

The Seton Connection asked some freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to reminisce on their school year, and asked seniors to reflect on both senior year and their high school years at Seton in general.

Trish Wissel, Sophomore:

Best memory of the school year:

“My best memory was probably going to the Softball Strike Out Cancer game, because I got to cheer on my friends playing, and I got to hang out with my friends, and teammates.”

Worst memory of the school year: 

“For me, soccer was probably my worst memory. Not bashing Seton Soccer, I just got burnt out.”

What class did you enjoy most this year? 

“I think English was probably the most entertaining class I had because it made me think about what I want to pursue, and helped me gain skills that I’ll need later in life.”

What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this year?

I remember one day in Ms. Heaney’s government, we were doing a project, and this girl and I were using glitter, and long story short, glitter was literally everywhere for a month.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it? 

“It was a struggle worth pushing through.”

Do you feel you have changed this year?

“I feel like I’ve really grown as a person, and have become a little bit more well-rounded. I feel like I’m more confident with myself and who I am.”

What is one thing that you would change about this school year? 

“If I could change anything, it’d be to have tried harder in all things, especially with my friends.”

Something that sticks out in your memory from this school year: 

“This year during softball, a grade school friend drove me home just about every day, and I just remember towards the end, with the windows down and the radio playing, and talking with her. It was just a very calming memory.”

What are your plans for the summer? “This summer I plan on taking more time for myself, spending more quality time with friends and family, and looking for a job.”

Sabra Charles, freshman

Best memory of the school year:

“The Leadership Seminar 1 class taught by MR [Marianne Ridiman]. We learned so many valuable life lessons, and I gained a new friendship and closeness with the girls and MR.”

Least favorite memory:

“When I had to take my very first exams around Christmas. It was so stressful, and I had to learn new organization and study skills.”

What class did you enjoy most this year?

 “Chorus. I love to sing and bell 7 always has the most fun.”

What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this year?

“This year I had Mr. Collins for English. I was thoroughly shook when he pulled out his horn and started blowing it.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it? “I would describe this year as ‘Everything I hoped high school would be.’”

Do you feel you have changed this year?

 “This year I have grown more confident and have become a better leader.”

What is one thing that you would change about this school year?

 “If there was one thing that I would change, I would have gotten more involved the first couple of weeks of school.”

Some things that stick out in your memory from this school year:

 “The color run, Spirit Day, masses, the musical, and mentor groups stick out in my head.”

What are your plans for the summer? What do you look forward to in the following school year?

“This summer I will be participating in the Tri-Health summer program. Next year I am looking forward to being in more choirs at Seton and the musical.”

Grace Frame, Junior

Best memory of the school year: 

My best memory would probably have to be junior retreat because it gave me the opportunity to create a closer bond with the girls in my grade.”

Worst memory of the school year: 

“I don’t have any bad memories.”

What class did you enjoy most this year? 

“The class I most enjoyed this year would probably be Spanish. Mrs. McQuillan’s teaching style helps you to really remember what is being taught. She implements lots of games to help us learn and remember the material that is being taught.”

What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this year? 

JonJon coming to Seton to learn the dance team’s pom routine after they came back from nationals.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it?

“Quick.”

Do you feel you have changed this year?

 “I have changed this year by learning how to manage my time a lot better that I had before. My attitude towards a lot of things have definitely changed (for the better) due to the new friendships I have made and the old friendships I have.

What is one thing that you would change about this school year? 

“One thing I would change about this school year is to incorporate more interesting/fun assemblies that would include speakers, activities, etc.

Something things that stick out in your memory from this school year:

“Prom, Christmas Dance, the ACT.”

What are your plans for the summer? What do you look forward to in the following school year?

“I look forward to relaxing and going to the beach with my family. In the following school year, I am looking forward to becoming a senior and seeing what senior year has in store for me like figuring out where I will go to college, what I will major in, and what I plan to do for the rest of my life.”

As for the Senior Class of 2018, reflecting is on a much broader scale: they reminisce about their past four years at Seton High School. They do their best to remember freshman year, fondly recall happenings from sophomore and junior year, and cherish their last memories from the 2017-2018 school year. Four years may not seem like much, but to these seniors, their brief years at Seton High School has felt like a lifetime.

Libby Mannix, Senior:

What has been your best memory related to Seton High School this school year? What about in the past four years?

 “My favorite memory from this school year was presenting my senior project product to the track team. I made a documentary about cross country and looking at people’s reactions as they watched it made all of my hard work worth it. My favorite part of the past four years was going on an educational tour of Italy over the summer of 2016. I learned so much and met some of my best friends on that trip.”

What has been your worst memory this year? Worst memory of Seton ever?

My worst memory this year is not becoming a captain on cross country. My worst memory of Seton ever was almost getting in a car crash after junior year Christmas dance because an ice storm hit.”

What class did you enjoy most this year? Why? / What class did you enjoy most in the past four years? 

BC Calculus with Lois Childers hands down. Our class is like a little family that honestly somehow makes calculus fun and I love it. That class is probably the reason I am going to major in a math related field next year. I also thoroughly enjoyed my art classes all four years because, again, the people in my class feel more like family and make the school day more fun.”

What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this school year? Of the past four years?

“This year: when Katelyn Barnes and Lilly Witte put Mr. Brauch’s face on all of the clocks. Whenever someone would ask the time we would say ‘Brauch O’clock.’ I also remember I think it was sophomore year when someone drove into the telephone pole outside and the power went out so we all went home early.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it? If you could describe your high school career in the same way?

“School year: ‘bitter-sweet.’ High school: ‘went by too fast.’”

How have you changed in the past few years, if you feel you have?  “Over the past 4 years I have defiantly become more comfortable in my skin. I have met people that exemplify the kind of person I want to be and I am constantly trying to better myself to be more optimistic than I was when I entered the doors as a freshman. Freshman year everything was a numbers game: likes on a picture, amount of friends etc. Now none of that stuff is as important to me as keeping family and friends close, and maintaining good personal character.”

What is one thing that you would change about this school year? About something in your past four years? “I wish our senior class did a senior lock-in. I wish I took more honors classes my freshman year, and that I tried to get involved in student government.”

List some significant things you remember about this school year and of the past four years. “Ed Sheeran concert, egg drop on Brian’s head in physics, PROM, GGDs [Garage Getdowns].”

What are your plans for the summer? What do you look forward to in college? “I am traveling a lot this summer. I am going to Captiva Island with some friends as a mini senior trip, then I am going to a lake in Tennessee with my family and cousins. Then with my immediate family I am going to San Francisco! Between all of that I plan to go to graduation parties, pick out stuff for my dorm room, go to orientation, and just enjoy the last few months together with all of my friends.

I am mainly looking forward to studying abroad in college! I also cannot wait to meet new people, try new thing, and just be more independent.”

Libby Mannix is attending Ohio State University, majoring in Data Analytics.

 

Tricia McHale, Senior:

What has been your best memory related to Seton High School this school year? What about in the past four years?

“My favorite memory related to Seton during my senior year has been the tailgate for Green Week and just having fun with all of the seniors! The Ed Sheeran concert and entire contest during my sophomore year was the best part of my four years, as it was just a great night to have fun and then we had a shortened walk the next day.” 

What has been your worst memory this year?

“There were some tough moments during the senior project and my paper for my final English exam, but I made it.”

 What class did you enjoy most this year? Why? / What class did you enjoy most in the past four years?

“My favorite class this year has been my AP Calculus class, and I am astounded that I am even saying this, but in a good way. I’ve learned so much material and grown closer with my class—thank you Mrs. Childers! Over my four years, it’s a tie between AP US History and AP Government because they showed me the subjects I truly enjoy. One thing I regret is not taking more social studies classes at Seton.”

 What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this school year? / Of the past four years?

“I can’t think of any crazy memory from my senior year, but I still remember the day a metro bus hit a telephone pole on Glenway so we lost power and had to leave school.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it? If you could describe your high school career in the same way?

“I’ve ended up in the place I’m supposed to be. I feel like this applies to all of my Seton career, especially my senior year.”

 How have you changed in the past few years, if you feel you have?

“I have definitely become a more confident person in school and all of my life, and learned to care less about what others think.”

 What is one thing that you would change about this school year? About something in your past four years?

“I would take every moment to enjoy with my classmates and friends, like going to a game or show because they are my last moments with these people.”

 List some significant things you remember about this school year. / Of the past few years.

“This year, my main memories were getting to hang out with my little sisters at the Big/Little Sis Picnic, the first senior tailgate during Green Week, dancing with alumnae from a reunion going on during the Garage Get Down Kairos, senior project research paper, Christmas Dance, Prom, senior project presentations.

Over the past four years: Freshman mass, meeting my Big Sister, first Garage Getdown (USA theme), Great Expectations, Ed Sheeran, ACT/SAT.”

 What are your plans for the summer? What do you look forward to in college?

“Over the summer, I will be working and getting items ready for my dorm room, which I’m excited to decorate! I am most looking forward to the independence and flexibility of my schedule in college, as I will have less classes each day and more time in between class.”

Tricia McHale is attending Ohio State University, majoring in marketing.  

Lizi Eisenman, Senior:

 What has been your best memory related to Seton High School this school year? What about in the past four years?

“My best memory related to Seton this school year would definitely be leading Kairos. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I was so honored and blessed to share it with my fellow classmates. My best memory in the past 4 years would either be when we all went to Ed Sheeran sophomore year or being the lead in our drama club show that year as well.”

What has been your worst memory this year?

“My worst memory this year was waiting until the night before the research paper rough draft was due to write it (Staying up until 4 and getting 2 and a half hours of sleep is definitely NOT worth procrastination.) My worst memory of Seton ever was probably sophomore year math- hands down the worst thing in my academics.”

What class did you enjoy most this year? Why? What class did you enjoy most in the past four years?

“The classes I enjoyed the most this year were Psychology and Physics. I really enjoyed understanding everything in Psychology more as it has always fascinated me and I loved Physics because it was taking the knowledge that I thought was useless after I learned it in math the last three years and applying it to everyday activities/things we wouldn’t see as needing math. The class I enjoyed the most over the last four years was Ceramics. It was the first (and only) art class I had taken at Seton. I loved getting to use my artistic side that I never fully recognized and used the last four years.”

 What was one crazy or funny thing that you remember from this school year? / Of the past four years?

“One funny thing I remember from this school year was performing for Show Choir and totally butchering and forgetting my dance moves and the words to the song we were performing in front of the school. A funny thing I remember from over the past 4 years was last year when we performed our 80’s medley in front of the school for (I think) a shadow day and I grabbed Mr. K’s leg and he had no idea I was doing it and he will not let me live it down to this day.”

If you could describe this school year in one word or sentence, how would you describe it? If you could describe your high school career in the same way?

“Senior Year: ‘Short.’

“High School Career: ‘Unforgettable.’”

 How have you changed in the past few years, if you feel you have?

“I feel like I have grown tremendously as a person both spiritually and mentally. I feel capable of anything I put my mind to. I also feel more confident in myself: in appearance and in general, something I feel I would not have been able to do as well anywhere but Seton.”

 What is one thing that you would change about this school year? About something in your past four years?

“One thing I would change about this school year was taking the “easy way out” and taking harder classes/challenging myself more. I also would have liked taking more Art classes at Seton over the last 4 years since I have found it to be a passion of mine recently.”

 List some significant things you remember about this school year. / Of the past few years.

“Freshman Christmas Concert, Freshman Dance, Ed Sheeran concert, Drama Club productions, musicals, Lip Sync Concert, Green Week Senior tailgate, Green Week, Spirit Day, JonJon, Prom (Seton and Elder), Christmas Dance, Seton Helping Saints Walks.”

 What are your plans for the summer? What do you look forward to in college?

“This summer I’m going to a couple concerts, hanging out with my friends that are leaving for college and aren’t staying local, as well as going on vacation with my whole family and going on a trip to LA with some of my closest friends. I also will be working a lot and helping direct theater camps. I’m looking forward to the freedom and independence that college brings.”

Lizi Eisenmann plans on attending the University of Cincinnati as an Exploratory major, and hopes to end up transferring to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a major in Music Business.

We at The Seton Connection wish the Class of 2018 best of luck on their journey beyond Seton High School, and we hope for an exciting and safe summer for the rest of the students! See you next year!

 

Senior Project: Advice and Benefits By: Rylee Jung

Senior Project: the phrase that drops the stomachs of all seniors and fills the junior class with dread. However, Senior Project does not have to be a dark rain cloud over senior year! With concrete advice, tips, and good questions, the Senior Project can be a rewarding experience that will benefit the student greatly. Even though there are some changes to the Senior Project next year, the overall goals and benefits of the project will remain the same. The Seton Connection has questions from juniors who are rising to the challenge, answers and other advice from successful seniors, and the many benefits that a Senior Project gives to all its participants!  

There is a lot that goes into a Senior Project and it can sometimes be overwhelming to think about all the different aspects that have to go into a successful project. Al Kovacic, 2018 Senior Project coordinator, explains that a successful project involves: “choosing a topic that the student is passionate about; making a plan for time management throughout the year; utilizing her resources, especially people like her mentor; [and] having an open mind set for growth through the learning process.” These themes will be repeated throughout the advice and benefits section of this article because these are the key things that are needed for a successful Senior Project. Following the guidelines that these terms set will give the student the most benefit and growth throughout the project. Likewise, senior Grace Hertzfeld adds that some more key elements to a Senior Project are “being able to satisfy all the requirements…and making a clear and concise plan to follow.” Goal setting is really a huge part of what the Senior Project is about. Being able to break down those goals into short term and long term will make the project as a whole more attainable. Hertzfeld also adds that “when choosing your project, consider what you will write your research paper on, what your product may be, and how you will fulfill the 15 fieldwork hours.” As she said before, you must choose a project that meets all of the requirements, so have these requirements in mind as you are choosing! The themes of time management and utilizing resources and growing throughout the project are coming up. These are the main goals of the Senior Project. Realizing how to manage your time wisely is a vital skill that everyone will need in order to keep an organized life. The growth that a student has throughout the Senior Project is not something that can be taught in a conventional classroom, so one must really put all they have into getting the most benefit.  

 As juniors prepare to embark on their own Senior Project journey, they rightly have questions they need to be answered! So first, some quick Senior Project facts. Does your mentor have to be in the field of your Senior Project? No they do not! The purpose of a mentor is to guide you through your project and connect you with people who can help you. How many judges do you have to give your final presentation in front of? There are five judges for the final presentation. There is one head judge that will be a Seton teacher and then four are Seton teachers as well and outside adults. How long does your presentation have to be? About nine to ten minutes, but no longer than ten! How many pages does your research paper have to be? The research paper has to be eight to ten pages, not including the works cited page! Current seniors have also come forward to give advice based off their own experience with the Senior Project. Tricia McHale emphasizes that juniors should “choose a project which you genuinely feel you have an interest in because you will be spending your free time invested in the process. Don’t try to take on a project because you think it will be cool or impress people if it is not exciting to you.” The Senior Project is about personal self-growth, so choose something that interests you! Grace Hertzfeld adds that juniors should “choose a realistic project that interests them enough to spend a year on. Break your project down into one assignment at a time and don’t overcomplicate it.” Remember you only have a certain time frame to work on and complete your project, so be able to finish what you started! Obstacles will come but Tricia McHale explains that “remaining in the past and not moving forward would be the only way in which my project would be unsuccessful.” Overall, completing a Senior Project comes down to self-motivation, discipline, and doing something great for yourself or the community! 

Despite grumblings of students about how much the project requires, it has numerous benefits. These benefits will carry students into college and all the way through their career! According to Al Kovacic, the main benefits of the Senior Project include: “the confidence a student gains in her ability to learn something new and to create her own project from conception to fruition, soft skills like talking to people she doesn’t necessarily know well, professional communication, networking, and time management, and learning how to confidently do academic research and write a college-level paper.” As explained, the Senior Project is meant to prepare and teach. It builds confidence in students so they know that they are capable of networking and building their own reputation, they are capable of doing independent research and writing it in an organized way, and they also know that they can give a lengthy presentation in front of a board of people to explain what they have learned. However, there are so many other things that one can learn that is unique to her Senior Project. For example, senior Grace Hertzfeld learned how to buy a house for her Senior Project. In her experience she, “gained a lot of knowledge regarding the housing market, the financial crisis of 2008, and the process of buying a house…I achieved my initial goal of preparing myself to make an educated decision when the time comes to purchase my first home.” Projects like Grace’s prepares a student for life even more by decoding complex process such as buying a house. These vital skills can only be gained through an independent process of self-growth that the Senior Project requires. Everyone who participates in the Senior Project has a new skill or strengthened value that comes out of it and will carry them through whatever school or career path they choose.  

The Senior Project, as daunting and stressful as it may seem, is a highly beneficial experience for students. It teaches individual lessons that classrooms just cannot. If you feel nervous or unprepared to take on your own Senior Project, talk to a senior! As their own projects are coming to a close, they are bound to have some knowledge to share with you. However, keep in mind the changes that will be made for next year’s project. These include the project being more academic based, the whole project will take place in the second semester, and there will be no product requirement! Remember that the ultimate goal of the Senior Project is to prepare you for what is next and to give you the skills and empowerment you need to do great things in the world.  

Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian by, Emily Mohs

Valedictorian and Salutatorian are two individuals who have the overall highest academic achievement in their specific class, and who also give a speech at the final graduation ceremony. This year in the class of 2018, Lilly Witte was named Valedictorian and Maria Striebich was named Salutatorian. Many students do not know the amount of hard work and dedication that is put into receiving this award. It is a great honor to be presented with these awards at graduation.

            Both of these students have contributed a lot of time and energy into their academics at Seton High School, yet they also participate in several other activities Seton provides. Lilly Witte is a part of my clubs here at Seton including StrongHer, Saints for Life, Seton Helping Saints, and Student Government. Witte discloses, “Class wise I have taken just about as many AP classes as I could fit in my schedule and challenged myself to do well in all of them. I also challenged myself to go outside of my comfort zone and meet new people, join as many clubs as I found interesting, and volunteer whenever I had the chance.” Maria Striebich has also participated in many other school activities besides academics. She is part of many clubs such as Saints for Life, and has also participated in volleyball and track and field all four years at Seton. Striebich exclaims, “I have also challenged myself by taking a lot of AP classes, but also in other ways by joining clubs I didn’t think I’d join, going outside of my comfort zone by making connections with people I’d never spoken to, and doing other activities outside of the Seton community.” Both of these students agree that their success was not only achieved by academics, but by getting involved with clubs, sports, and volunteer opportunities within the Seton community.

            These two students have had a lot of success throughout their four years at Seton. Their hard work and dedication in Seton’s academics, sports, clubs, and other things have shown immensely. They both agree throughout this entire process they have had a lot of support from different individuals. Witte describes, “My parents have always pushed me to be the best I could be and have always encouraged that I take my studies seriously.” Many of Seton’s students consider their parents to be one of their biggest supporters; however, Maria Striebich has another important influence in her life. Striebich implies, “My brother has had a huge influence on me because I watched him work so hard throughout high school and in college. He has always been there to help me whenever I need it.” It is important for you to find someone to look up to throughout your four years at Seton. These people can provide specific advice that can lead to great things in your overall high school successes.

            Both Maria Striebich and Lilly Witte have shown tremendous success throughout all four years at Seton. Students should be more influenced to look up to these individuals and to take in all the advice they give. As for these two individuals, they have big plans for the future. Maria is attending The University of South Carolina next year to major in biology. She also wants to go out of her comfort zone and take the time to study abroad at USC. Lilly plans on attending the University of Notre Dame. She is currently undecided on a major, but she is looking at social sciences, possibly political science. Both of these ladies plan on continuing to carry the knowledge they learned from Seton and incorporating it to their everyday college life.