What it Takes to be a CCH Blogger

Even though quarter 4 just started, I’m taking this opportunity to actively recruit new bloggers for the 2017-2018 school year.

But before I get into the particulars about what I’m looking for, I thought I’d have some of our current bloggers inspire you! Here’s what they have to say about being a blogger for Cougars With Quills:

Victoria: To be a blogger, you need motivation to write. If you don’t, you’ll be left sitting at a blank computer screen, unable to form a sentence that you like. But if you actually have the motivation and intent to write, then it is no longer a task, it’s enjoyable. The words effortlessly flow onto the page. Then afterwards, you appreciate it much more.

Charlène: Many would think that blogging is for those who will change their entire schedule to be able to be in an English Honours class and are always seen with their nose in a book. Perhaps to some, the stereotype may be accurate, but a basic knowledge of English vocabulary (thks mrs hartman four korrecting me) and a love for rants will suffice. By joining Cougars With Quills you will learn how to eat four to five slices of pizza without anyone noticing how much of a pig you truly are, and laugh unexpectedly at hilarious jokes. Honestly, if you are hesitating, just give it a try. In my last two years on the team, I discovered the art of writing freely without the pressure of grades and had the chance to create connections with teachers. Between interviewing previous CCH valedictorians, writing Mr. Wikenheiser’s life story, and ranting on how fantastic my exchange in Japan was, my experience being a blogger was anything but dull.

Chloe: As a member of the CCH blog for the past three years I can assure you that joining Cougars With Quills is by far the best decision you will ever make. It will completely change your life, as you will subsequently become incredibly good looking, popular, and rolling in mad cash. Okay, well, maybe not… but what I CAN assure you is that you will receive copious amounts of free food, endless laughs, and of course the ability to freely express your thoughts on the World Wide Web. Pretty cool right? And did I mention that “Two Guys Pizza” is a frequent staple at all blog meetings?

So what have I learned from being a part of the blog over the last three years? Well to start, be yourself. Yes, as cheesy as it is, have confidence in how you express yourself; don’t be afraid to say exactly what’s on your mind. (Well, maybe not exactly.) Second, never underestimate the power of procrastination. It can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it results in a lack of creative juices, other times, you surprise yourself with just how well you can write in the crammed span of 30 minutes. Either way, don’t stress too much; Mrs. Hartman has always been super accommodating and understanding in regards to our busy teenage lives. That being said, send your posts in on time. Lastly, I’ve learned to look at writing as more than just a chore, or something to earn me marks. That’s right! I genuinely enjoy writing these posts. It’s given me the opportunity to voice what I’m thinking without really having to connect to any “assignment topic”, and there’s something very real and enjoyable about that. Anyways, my advice for those of you thinking about joining the blog is short and simple: DO IT.

The Cougars With Quills team is actually quite small (no more than nine bloggers in total), but these nine students need to be dedicated, self-motivated, and responsible members. Because a lot of our work is done in the cloud (we only have about four face-to-face meetings in the school year), a basic knowledge of Google Docs and Drive, a cell phone number, and a reliable attitude are all the tools you need.

If you’re interested in joining the team for next year, please come see me at Campus West, or email me at hartmant@holyspirit.ab.ca.

  • Mrs. Hartman

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Vimy Ridge 2017

You’ve heard about it all year, but you may not know exactly what the Vimy Ridge Trip is all about. After having an interview with the wonderful Mrs. Kirkvold, I am prepared to share all the information with you.

A group of 43 travelers (37 of which are students) are taking a trip to France for many activities, primarily, as the name suggests, to focus on following the footsteps of many soldiers in Vimy Ridge. 

There are numerous items on their itinerary that the group will get the privilege to do over the course of the nine days. Incidentally, they left yesterday, on the 3rd of April. They flew directly to London and from there, they will go for two days seeing various locations: The Strand, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden, just to name a few.

After that, they will travel to Dover and catch a ferry to cross the English Channel. They will then spend time in the Normandy area visiting Juno Beach and the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. In addition, the students have chosen soldiers to pair with and do research; many of them from the Lethbridge/Alberta region.  

Following that, they will head to the Vimy region and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, The Artios Expo in Arras and the Vimy 100th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony on April 9th. Lastly, they go to take in the sights of Paris to visit the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Overall, it looks like quite the adventure.

The purpose of the trip itself, as Mrs. Kirkvold put it, was “to carry the legacy of remembrance, and understand, to a greater depth, the sacrifice of these young people. As well, we want to provide our students with an opportunity that will be so much more than what they would receive in the classroom setting. Again, they will walk in ‘their’ footsteps”. 

As a veteran trip-goer, Mrs. Kirkvold and the other adult supervisors are most excited to see the students go through an emotional journey that will inspire them to be able to tell their own story, as well of one of a soldier.  

Be sure to ask our fellow students about their exciting expedition when they come back on the 11th of April.

  • Victoria

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Victoria Digout-Ford is a grade 11 student at CCH. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, babysitting, acting, and binge-watching whatever is on Netflix. Her favourite thing about CCH is getting the chance to hang out with her friends and sing in the school choir.

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Coming Soon

I’ll begin this blog post with a “not so well-worded” statement that, quite frankly, describes exactly what I have been thinking as of recently. “HOLY CRAP I’M ACTUALLY GRADUATING!” I mean, I knew it was coming, but after these past three years it somehow managed to sneak up on me. So here I am, one month away from grad, concerned with what shoes I should wear and how to style my hair, when really I should be concerned with what the heck I am going to be doing with my life next year!

The reality of it is, we are all so close to being done with this chapter of our lives. Some of us (like me) might be unsure of what’s ahead while others have already found the path in which they will travel down. Either way, despite everyone’s difference, as of recently there has been a certain indescribable “unity” amongst the grade twelve students here at CCH. Perhaps it’s because we’re all so excited finally be done, or maybe, despite all the stresses of the last three years, we’re all a little sad to leave this place. For the longest time I could not have been more excited about the future that lay ahead, but now that it has finally arrived, I can’t help but feel a little apprehensive.

The truth is, there’s something I don’t mind about waking up at 6:00 just to try and catch the bus in time for school (mainly because I’m a loser that still hasn’t gotten her license). I just might miss those blue plastic chairs I’ve come so used to sitting on over the past twelve years. I’ll even miss having teachers constantly reminding you of due dates and what to study, because this truly is the end of having someone who will hold your hand through the “hardship” of school.

Despite much of my unnecessary complaining about homework, deadlines, and of course trigonometry, I will truly miss this place and although I do not want to leave, a tearful goodbye is coming at the end of the next few months.

  • Chloe

dsc_0892Chloe Devoy is a grade twelve student at CCH. She enjoys writing, skating, and running for the cross-country team. Her favourite thing about CCH is being part of the extra-curricular activities.

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Welcome Japanese Students!

March at CCH is well known as being the busiest time of the year. With the show in full swing, the end of basketball season, the start of all the spring sports as well as graduation quickly approaching (OMG!), we can safely say that students are busier than ever. However, while rushing to your Calculus class or your co-curricular activity you may notice several new faces. They may look somewhat disoriented, in shock of the students’ wardrobes and amazed by the snow covering our lawns. Yes, these are indeed the Japanese exchange students that arrived last Sunday from Sendai, Japan.

Eighteen students and three teachers will be joining our community for the next three weeks. They are students from Saint Ursula High School, Catholic Central’s sister school. For most of these students, it is it their first time in Canada or even outside of Japan. They will have to accommodate to the culture, our language and the time difference. (15 hours – yikes!)  Although it is one of the greatest adventures one can live, it is not simple!

Last summer, Mr. Cox, Mrs. Kroker, nine other students and I left for Japan for two weeks to experience the life of the Japanese. After visiting Kyoto and taking the bullet train at 320km/h, we were placed with Japanese families. We had to accommodate to having rice for breakfast, lunch and supper, wearing some type of uniform to school, going to school on a Saturday, paying in thousands for a meal, and having the courage to participate in Japan’s favorite sport: karaoke. We also had to understand how the toilet works. Yes, you read that right: the toilet. I believe that Canada should import Japanese toilets as they are the most magical thing ever. With over fifteen different settings, they can play music, heat the seat, be used as a bidet and other eccentric possibilities.

However, my fondest memory of Japan is the people. They are the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. They did everything for us Canadian students to feel at ease, and help us fall in love with their country. When I questioned my host father why the were Japanese so thoughtful, he wrote me in a letter about the practice of sado and the principle of Ichigoichie:

“In Japanese, Sado describes the manner to drink tea, one of the most sacred practices of my culture. In this custom lays the most important principle: ichigoichie. It is the idea that if you welcome an individual, they are perhaps a person you see for the first time and also for the last time. Therefore you must welcome them with your best hospitality.” –Norio Murooka

For the next three weeks, between their trip to Waterton and their first hockey game, I hope that the Japanese students will be able to recognize the kindness of Canadians. They are people we may meet only once but, as they believe, every encounter is special and may lead to a new understanding of life and one’s view of the world. Our CCH community must treat them with its best hospitality, as we always do to newcomers. 

  • Charlène

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Charlène Golsteyn is a grade twelve student at CCH. She enjoys overbooking her schedule with the many clubs, events, and sports offered at CCH. If she is not doing something with the school, you might find her drawing portraits of her (kinda) cool friends, playing around with E. Coli, or simply talking to her best friend while on the floor eating Nutella by the spoon. Her goal this year is to accomplish everything on her top secret bucket list and leave behind a legacy.

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Charlie Brown Right Around the Corner

When it comes to musicals, look no further than the Eggplant! A fabulous annual tradition of Catholic Central, every year’s play adds another victory onto an ever-growing legacy. This year’s production, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, is just around the corner and raring to go, showing from March 10th to March 18th.

Telling the story of Charles M. Schultz’s popular comic strip character, Charlie Brown and his gang, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  brings the comic characters to life at a whole new level. The talented actors of our school have been running non-stop to make this show a great one, so don’t let their hard work go to waste and grab your tickets!

To get a small feel of the play and a few of the lead actors themselves, let’s take a look at their responses to a few questions. Below, I’ve interviewed four members of the cast, asking each the same three questions.

Interviewer: What is your favorite thing about the play, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown?

Brad Hawkins (Charlie Brown): Oh, the music I love so much.

Bailey Dyck (Snoopy): It is just a happy, fun and cute show, and it just leaves the audience feeling good afterward.

Aiden Boon (Lucy): The comraderie of the cast, and how we’re all kind of little kids at heart. It’s nice to be able to reflect that in the show where we can portray how close we all are.

Isaac Gokarn (Linus): The people involved. Cast, orchestra, crew, everyone. The show family.

 

Interviewer: What aspect of theatre do you enjoy the most?

BH: Probably singing and acting.

BD: I’d say dancing and acting is my favorite, and just performing in general.

AB: I wish I could say dancing, but I’m terrible at it. I just really love everything about it, seeing a project come together in the end, how each individual plays a part in making this amazing thing come true.

IG: Singing, I’d say.

 

Interviewer: What do you think the moral of this Charlie Brown story is?

BH: That even though you’re put down or sad, your friends will be there for you and you got to just push through it.

BD: I feel like the overall general message is you can find happiness in anything. For Snoopy, it’s suppertime.

AB: No matter how big or small an accomplishment is, happiness and love is everywhere, and you gotta look for it to see it. Open your eyes to find it, you know?

IG: To be accepting of everyone, I guess. Everyone has their faults,but try to see the good in people.

These charming young men and women are all set to give you a mind-blowing experience! Tickets for Catholic Central’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown are available for sale now at Campus East’s main office. Get them now for $15 each before they’re out!

  • Addison

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Addison Gatner is a grade ten student at CCH. In her spare time she enjoys murder mystery parties, acting, singing, reading, writing and fangirling. Currently, she is experimenting with supernatural fandom. Her favourite things about CCH is having the library right next door to Campus West and the Honours classes.

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