- Produced by Kat Robertson
- Edited by Ozzie Bushery
- Produced by Ellie DePorter
- Interviews by Cody Fletcher
- Filmed and edited by Ozzie Bushery
The rest of our lives will begin soon and with it comes fear and anticipation. College possesses the freedom we have all yearned, but it also posses the possibility of failure if we are not carefully prepared. Mrs. Rachel Mobley’s College and Career Awareness/ACT Prep class for tenth graders will expel that fear all high school students hold. Most students fear that they will be rejected by colleges, but through the self-analysis and reflection of writing compositions, students will realize their strengths, choose colleges in accordance to those, and learn how to apply for them. They will be taught the necessary degrees for those careers and the financial responsibilities of those careers. Nine different guest speakers from nine different fields of work, will offer personal insight and advice about those job areas. Another part of getting into college is taking the ACT. Students in the class will be allowed to practice for it through an online program. The program will pinpoint weaknesses for improvement and strengths for mastery. Furthermore, it will create endurance and time management skills within the students. Upon entering the eleventh and twelfth grade—the time to formally take the ACT—these students will have had their scores dramatically improved and their chances of success in the college application process improved. For these students, college will no longer hold fear and success will be attainable.
- Marian Cook
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for Jesus’ coming. Art is an expression of feeling and creativity— and in Ms. Schuster’s Art I class, the two were interconnected for a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Advent season. Ms. Schuster stumbled upon the idea when Father Rick Chenault proposed a resolution for all students at a Tuesday mass: that they make this their best Advent season yet. Through art, her students have been promoting Advent while also exploring its themes. Ms. Schuster began by giving them readings on Advent that focus on issues troubling modern society. The issues were then followed by reflection and propositions of possible resolutions. Each day had a theme, and whatever theme spoke the most to a student, he or she illustrated it. New art skills were also being taught along with the themes, skills such as overlapping, shaping, shading, and creating depth and texture. Illustrating these aspects of Advent required brainstorming and reflection; therefore, the students were making Advent meaningful and personal.
- Marian Cook
It’s time for the annual Holy Spirit Book Fair! From December 9th to December 13th, the High School library will be open for people to come and support the school by buying books for friends or family for the holidays. The Book Fair will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, but on Tuesday it will be available until 6:00 pm.
An online preview of books available at the fair can be found here.
From now until December 21st, there is also the option to purchase books online. Orders placed online will ship free to the school. Shopping through the online site also provides an expanded book selection, including Storia ebooks!
- Ozzie Bushery
- Photographs by Dawn Horn
There are nearly a million things one can do to prepare for Christmas— write letters to Santa, watch Home Alone, decorate the Christmas tree, or listen to the Nat King Cole Christmas album on repeat. None, however, is as preparatory as the season of Advent, which is derived from a Latin word meaning “coming.” This year, from December 1st to Christmas Eve, Catholics will rigorously pray and fast to prepare themselves for the anniversary of Jesus’ birth and his second coming at the end of time. Although that date remains a mystery, Advent nevertheless prepares those for when they will meet Jesus at their death. So while the red and green lights will be hung, purple will also dominate the scenery, and Advent wreaths will be set out along with the Christmas wreaths. Holy Spirit School will also partake in those four Sundays. There will be Advent prayers and Advent wreaths in each class to rightfully align our hearts and minds with Christ.
The commercialism of Christmas always draws the attention from Christ; the Advent season, however, reminds us of his presence and what the true meaning of Christmas is all about: him.
- Marian Cook
On Friday, November 15, Mark Black, a double lung and heart transplant recipient, traveled all the way from New Brunswick, Canada to speak to Holy Spirit students from fourth to twelfth grade about how to overcome adversity. Mark Black was born with a heart condition that required him to undergo open heart surgery before his first birthday. His condition stunted his growth. His height became something for his classmates to pick on. He quickly learned not to let the things people say discourage him. He eventually went on to university to study English and education. At the age of 23 his heart began to fail him. He was taken to the hospital and told that he needed a double lung and heart transplant or face certain death. He waited, cooped up in a hospital, for six months before a set of lungs and a heart were ready for him. Now it has been 10 years since is transplant surgery and he is still going strong. He uses his experiences with adversity to motivate thousands across North America.
- Sapphire Ajoloko and Kadesia Ash
On November 2 Holy Spirit earned 7th place in their first ever BEST Robotics competition. The team, supervised by Mrs. Deborah Samaniego, demonstrated their ingenuity and quick-thinking when they discovered their robot didn’t meet all the requirements upon check-in. The team had to make necessary changes on the fly. Despite the last minute redesign, Holy Spirit’s robot was able to achieve several competition goals. The group did especially well in the presentation of the robot thanks to Seniors Rohit Fonseca and Noah Sutton. Holy Spirit’s robotic team was featured in the Tuscaloosa News, and received several compliments from competition judges. The school plans to enter again next year.
- Donny Mims and Sarah Robertson
- Photograph by Deborah Samaniego
On Friday, November 15th, and Saturday, November 16th, the Holy Spirit Drama department will perform Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in the elementary school gym at 7 PM. Tickets will be sold at the door ($7 for adults and $5 for students). In this fresh one hour interpretation, the story of Alice is relived through charming performances and whimsical, nostalgic dialogue that we all hold dear. Come support the fine arts!
- Cody Fletcher
- Photographs by Donny Mims