Importance of Fundraising by Emily Mohs

Why is the Seton High School community thriving today? Seton has always been known for its spectacular fundraising events held every year, such as Celebrate Seton and Setonsation. Students are asked to participate in these events in various ways, whether it being working the event or sending in donations. Without these events, Seton would not be the school it is today. The funds are used for recruiting, lowering tuition costs, and granting scholarships. Essentially almost all of the money is incorporated back into the student’s lives. It is crucial for those attending the Seton High School to participate in these events every year.

One of the major, most talked about events here at Seton is Celebrate Seton. Celebrate Seton is a mini festival for all ages that are involved in the Seton community. The day is filled with games, raffles, performances, and prizes. All of the money collected during this event is given right back to Seton. Noelle Schwartz, an event planner at Seton, states, “Most of the fundraising raises money for tuition assistance, scholarships and school programs.” Several students were asked to participate in this day in many different ways. All student government girls were required to work the games and be an active part of the day. Other students were asked to bring in sweets and desserts for the greatly talked about cake booth. Many others were just asked to be a part of the day by coming to the event. All age levels of the Seton’s Dance Team performed, as well as the girls involved with the Seton Chorus. Overall, this event was a great success for the school.

The next major event that has an impactful contribution to the Seton community is Setonsation. The staff and students have been preparing for this event for several months. Every student has been asked to sell at least two chances for a chance of being put into a raffle to win a brand new car. Schwarz implies, “Students should care about their school.  Every penny raised at Setonsation goes back to them and the school.  I would hope the students would care more than anybody to help make this event successful, because ultimately it affects them the most.” Students also have the chance to win a five-hundred-dollar shopping spree to Kenwood Towne Center. All of the preparation leads up to the night of Setonsation, which includes a mass, fun games, raffles, and silent auctions. Many alums participate by donating items to be auctioned off to those who attend. Noelle Schwarz describes, “We as a Seton community hope to raise over $300,000.  In the weeks leading up to the event we have thousands of items donated, sponsorships, and ads purchased.” There is tremendous anticipation and excitement that leads up to this event. Every year, the school enjoys hosting this special day and seeing how much everyone’s hard work has paid off after weeks of high hopes.

Students are a crucial part of what makes Seton such an excellent school to attend. Everyone needs to be willing to participate in the major fundraising events such as Celebrate Seton and Setonsation because most if not all of the money received is incorporated back into their own lives. These events are a major part of what determines the school’s future, and how many new students attend the school. Students can help the Seton community grow and thrive through these processes.

 

 

 

“Seton High school’s Dance program takes on UDA Nationals” by Audrey McQuillian

This year Seton high school’s dance team was named the 2018 national champions at the Universal Dance Association (Nationals) in their small varsity pom routine, and placed 3rd in small varsity hip-hop. Seton’s dance team has continued to improve and improve throughout its years. Many people throughout the years have participated in some way. This year mayor John Cranley named February 25th in Cincinnati “Seton Dance Day;” the city of Cincinnati and Seton High school can honor and recognize all those who have participated in Seton dance for years to come.  While winning nationals is a large achievement for Seton’s dance program, the connection between the dancers is what defines the Seton’s dance program.

Many Seton graduates have in some way changed as a person from Seton’s dance program. Senior Carly Berning discusses how Seton dance has impacted her life, “I grew up dancing with Seton, and every season comes with about a million new life lessons. When I was in grade school and on the junior team, I adapted to phrase positive mental attitude. This phrase really stuck with me. I had talked to one of my coaches about what my goals for the season would be. I suggested that I wanted to learn how to take constructive criticism rather than taking all of their corrections to heart. This could improve my personal dancer. Then that turned into me using the phrase positive mental attitude every single practice of the rest of my dance career with Seton. I always work hard to get my team to stay really happy and upbeat.

Seton dance has influenced the lives of so many people, but it also takes full commitment, time, and effort. Every year Seton’s dance program takes time to honor each senior for their commitment to Seton dance. Caroline Jackson discusses her senior year, “I started dancing in 6th grade. My senior year was by far my favorite year, but not just because we won nationals. This year was different for me because I felt more in control with my own anxieties than I ever had been throughout my dance career. I was able to enjoy all the moments this year without my anxiety interfering with this season. I did have some moments when my anxiety got the best of me, but without the three years’ prior, the amazing coaches, and the amazing team I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this year as much as I have.” Seton’s dance program makes sure to make their seniors feel special. Caroline Jackson continues to explain the feelings she felt when she was announced a national champion, “I was so excited; I knew this team deserved this win so much. This team never gave up and always pushed through the most difficult obstacles. Everyone on this team went through the season with clear eyes and full hearts.”

These girls spend many hours perfecting their routines for nationals. All these girls put their heart and soul into this program. Winning nationals was a well-deserved title for these girls who put in so much dedication into their passion.

Poetry Out Loud by: Moira Metz

This January at Seton High School three students from each grade participated in the all- school round of Poetry Out Loud, a national competition for reciting poetry. First, students competed in their English classes, trying their best to not only recite their selected poem’s multiple lines with accuracy, but also trying to speak the poem with clear annunciation and strong emotion. Those who each class decided had the best combination of emotion, accuracy, and overall powerful recitation moved on to be judged by teachers, who then determined who would move on to compete against the rest of the school finalists. These finalists, three per grade, competed by reciting in front of the whole student body. The winners of this competition were: Sammy Riegler, junior, first place; Rylee Jung, senior, second place Mya Moser, senior, third place. These three, as well as the rest of the competitors, recited their poems passionately and exceptionally. Sammy Riegler will move on to compete against local finalists, and Seton wishes her all the luck in the world.  She competes Friday, February 23.  But one might ask: why might poetry be so important to a high school student? The Seton Connection tried to find out.

Poetry Out Loud was created in 2005 by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. Its mission? To “help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life” (“Poetry Out Loud”). Just as Seton does, schools all over the country encourage their students to participate in the contest by memorizing and expressively reciting a poem of their choosing, the best of the reciters moving on through school, local, and state rounds and onto eventually competing at a national level against students from across the United States.

Seton High School’s first experience of Poetry Out Loud was just a few years ago, beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Mrs. Karen White, Seton’s current principal, had been made aware of the national contest in previous school positions, so she encouraged the English department to bring the contest into the curriculum, “I think it is important to our curriculum because I believe it fosters an understanding and love for poetry that otherwise might not happen for high school students,” says Mrs. White. Poetry Out Loud “tends to be an outlet for student who might not otherwise choose to perform in front of their peers. The students who tend to be involved and win are those that otherwise might like to be in the background. Even those who may not otherwise want to really study it, can get excited about learning poetry.”

To understand a student’s perception of poetry and the Poetry Out Loud contest, The Seton Connection spoke with senior Mady Nutter, who happens to be focusing on poetry for her senior project. Mady wants to focus on this topic because “poetry and writing in general has allowed me to free and express my thoughts, and in the realm of mental health, I wanted to invite other people to perhaps experience a similar feeling of liberation from the thoughts and ideas we so often keep hidden inside us.”

           As you can see, it’s easy to get excited about poetry at Seton at the moment. Though there are some students who might not completely enjoy participating in the Poetry Out Loud contest, it does allow students to enrich their literary education in a way that they might not have been able to without the opportunity, and there are many who enjoy the experience of deepening their love of poetry. It may also strengthen students’ ability to publicly speak, while hopefully growing a deeper appreciation for the art of poetry. Whether they’re participating in Poetry Out Loud or contributing to Mady Nutter’s senior project or (hopefully) allowing themselves some time to enjoy a bit of poetry on their own, Seton students have many opportunities to experience the joy of poetry in all its beautiful, artistic glory.

 

See below for the rest of Mady Nutter’s interview!

 

Q&A with Mady Nutter

The Seton Connection: What do you like about poetry?

Mady Nutter: Writing poetry allows me to reveal truths within myself that I didn’t even realize I needed to discover.  I love just writing down my thoughts and seeing what poetic product comes from it.  However, when I read poetry, I like to discover other people’s truths that can help shape and prompt a personal discovery for me.  Whether it’s a poet expressing a story similar to something I’ve gone through, or even giving a completely different perspective of something I’ve gone through, I find the creative revelations of truth to be the most appealing aspect of poetry.

How important do you think it is for students to familiar with poetry? How relevant do you think it is to our education?

 Like other literature we study in school, I think poetry not only has the ability to teach us different styles of writing, but a different type of voice through which we can express ourselves.  This voice is so rarely cultivated within young writers especially, and I think the study of poetry can aid students in the discovery of their unique and personal tone, topic, and form.

How do you feel about the Poetry Out Loud contest at Seton?

Personally, I love seeing the interpretations of the different poems performed, and overall think it’s a really great competition.  However, I feel as though some students may be able to connect deeper to a poem that they are able to create, rather than recite a poem they have simply found.  I find that poetry is most effective and carries much more gravity for an audience when it’s personalized for the poet or speaker.

 

Favorite type of poetry?

I really don’t have any preference in regards to the form or type of poetry, but I really like spoken word.  I love to hear the poet’s voice rather than read their words.  Sometimes the biggest thing that moves me about poetry is not what a poet says, but how they say it.  I really think their personal tone, inflection, and rhythm is what makes a greater impression on me than any specification made in regards to the poem’s form.

 

Favorite poet?

I’m a big fan of Rupi Kaur or another poet on Twitter and Instagram that goes by the name Miriella Marie.  I admire them because they are able to artistically verbalize the thoughts and feelings so many of us have, but struggle or feel afraid to express.

 

Favorite poem or poem collection?

 

Ahh! My favorite poem ever? That’s so hard! I have no clue. Maybe like ‘One Fish, Two Fish?’ [Referring to One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.]

 

My favorite poetry collections are “the sun and her flowers” by Rupi Kaur and “No Matter the Wreckage” by Sarah Kay. You should check them out, they rock.

 

How can someone contribute to your senior project?

 

Anyone can contribute to my senior project by submitting their poem(s) to the google form I am in the process of creating and attaching to an email containing all the information about my project.  However, I made a point of speaking with every English class in the school to inform people about my project, so keep writing, and you’ll just have to submit your poem by the end of February!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Nutter, Mady. Personal interview. 30 January 2018.

“Poetry Out Loud.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/poetry-out-loud.

White, Karen. Personal interview. 5 February 2018.