Seton Catholic School Student Writers

Posted Online: Dec. 08, 2012, 4:40 pm
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Believe in Yourself
By Lauren Rubio
Eighth grade
The microphone was on, and standing there was a man looking prepared to speak. Little did we know, his words would change our lives. On Oct. 19, 2012, in the Seton Middle School gym, Ron Glodoski, a bully speaker, came to our school to tell us some things about bullying. Everyone expected this assembly to be boring, just another person talking and talking. No one expected this man's words to really touch our hearts.
Ron Glodoski talked about his own life first. How his parents died from alcohol and drugs, and the many people he had seen or talked to that had done the same. Why do we need to stop or prevent bullying? Such small words people say can hurt a lot more than you think. You don't know people's stories; think before you speak.
"Don't believe everything people say, it's not true." This was the main point he wanted to get across. People say such mean things to you, and don't think about how much it hurts to hear it. Because of this, he told us mostly teens go through this and deal with it by drinking, doing drugs, cutting, or committing suicide. Just because of a temporary problem doesn't mean you should make a permanent solution.
We shouldn't pick on each other because of our body, hair, personality, or race. All of us are equal, and no one is less or better than someone else.
Ron's speech was so inspiring to me because my life hasn't been the easiest. The problem is people keep assuming things and judging people because they aren't perfect. But no one is, and they don't realize that. I remember what Ron said, "All these bad things people say are garbage, no one is useless, ugly, or trash … It's all lies."

Math Counts
By Isabel Zimmerman
Eighth grade

Most eighth graders don't know much about the Pythagorean Theorem, but I do! That's because I'm in an extracurricular math class -- Math Counts. Seton School offers this activity to eighth grade students to expand their knowledge of all things math. The team practices every Tuesday and Sunday, and eventually we'll go to compete against other schools in a math showdown.
We practice a lot. Every Tuesday and Sunda, the group of students goes and practices for an hour and a half. It sounds like a long time, but the first half is simply asking questions about previous assignments. The second half we always learn something new.
"It's horrible!" Thomas McGehee exclaims jokingly. Thomas goes to the practices diligently and plans to compete at the competition. During February, Seton gets a chance to shine at the Math Counts competition. We'll compete against other schools in a fast paced battle of the brains. If we place high enough in the competition, we might even make it to state!
However, trophies aren't the only reason to join. Some of the students that come to practices only participate so they feel more prepared to go on to the looming threat of high school and beyond. My brother is a Math Counts alumnus, and he knows much more than what he just learned in math class.
Math Counts is a great way to learn more about math in an environment where you aren't graded, so you can be prepared for any equation life throws at you.

Singing for Seton
By Abby Just
Eighth grade
When the piano starts to play, my toes start tapping and I'm ready to express my talents. Since fourth grade, I have been in the Seton Catholic School Choir. This wouldn't be able to happen without Mrs. Keller and her amazing music room, where we practice every Monday.
Two times a year we have our concerts. We have Vespers, which is our Christmas concert that will always get you in the Christmas spirit, and Spring which is our more exciting, up-beat concert. Eighth grader Ashley Hoffman says, "I love the Vespers and Spring concerts because it's a great way to show how hard we've worked."
Another great thing we do in choir is sing at Sacred Heart Church every Friday in the choir loft. The priests at Sacred Heart, and the students and teachers at Seton love to hear our beautiful voices fill the church with song.
I do choir because I love to sing. Choir is a great way to get involved at Seton and express my talents. Vice principal Mrs. Cornelis says, "I am so impressed with how beautiful your voices are, and the Vespers concert is my favorite because it always get me in the mood for Christmas."
I love choir and always will because it is so fun and a great way to share my singing talents with others. I recommend choir to anyone who likes to sing because it is a great way to get involved at Seton.

Lego League in the Making
By Alec Carton
Seventh grade
Have you ever had to build a multi-functional robot out of Legos and a remote brain? Seton Catholic School is introducing a new program where we learn to build and program a robot with teamwork. The Robo Bros. is the Seton First Lego team, where we learn to build and program a Lego robot while practicing team building exercises.
We practice every Friday from 3:15-5 p.m. in the Seton Middle School basement where our mentors and coaches teach us computer and engineering skills and more on how to work the robot.
It takes a lot of things to build and program the robot. First, we need to get someone with a laptop to download the program to their computer. Then, we have to learn how to use the program so we can use the robot correctly. Once we can use the robot, we have to find a model. Then we are ready for the tournament at Jordan Catholic School.
Another thing the coaches want to do is teach us engineering, computer, and team building skills. We use engineering skills to build the robot correctly. We use computer skills so we can program the robot to do the correct things. The third skill you use is teamwork because nothing works if you can't work together.
There are many skills you need to succeed in First Lego League. If you like Legos, computers, or engineering, you will love this mini-sport. This is going to be the greatest activity ever. I said the first day on the team, "Lego League is the best after-school activity out there!"

One Body in Christ
By Annalise Connolly
Seventh Grade
Religion class at Seton is not just a subject. Religion helps us live good faithful lives as we grow on our spiritual journey. Seton students, starting in preschool all the way through eighth grade, learn about the Catholic faith.
Elementary students attend Mass on Thursday and middle school students attend Mass on Friday. All students can participate in Mass. Some students altar serve, sing in the choir, or read in the Mass. Homeroom classes take turns in preparing the Mass so that everyone gets the chance to participate. In the spring, the eighth graders take the kindergarteners to Mass so they will be prepared for Mass next year. Through Mass we hear Gospel stories about Jesus' life, teachings, and how he wants us to live.
In religion class, we are taught how to use the Bible, many different prayers, and good morals. Students also learn more about God, others, and themselves. Many students enjoy the coloring and artistic projects, deep thinking assignments, and the great teachers, but most of all they enjoy being able to freely learn about God.
Mass and Religion class are great things offered at Seton Catholic School because "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). When we come together as a school in the name of God, we become one body in Christ.


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