Masek the mascot: Meet Marian’s 2021-2022 mascot

ClareDegan On May 19, 2021, junior Anne Masek was chosen as the Crusader Mascot for the Class of 2022 at the Senior Honors Assembly. “When I found out I was chosen, there was a huge adrenaline rush, and I could not stop smiling,” Masek said. “I could not believe I was selected, and it was […]

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Immersive education & upcoming trips

Immersive learning outside of the classroom gives students real-life experiences that cannot be replaced. These activities excite students about topics, allowing them to form meaningful connections between the material taught in school and life. Giving students the ability to engage in exciting and educational field trips will diversify their experiences and expand their perspectives about the world.  Trips 2021 – 2026 […]

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Tensions within Greek Life influence college decisions

ElleianaGreen You made it. Outlasting the rounds of recruitment, you’re proud to meet the people you’ll call family for the next four years. In a crowded field surrounded by bright and hopeful faces, you finally don’t feel alone. You’ve found a home, and definitely your future bridesmaids. After all of your difficult decisions in your […]

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Suicide prevention month promotes awareness and increases support

AshleyJohanek Now is the time to advocate for suicide prevention. Suicide claims more than 48,500 American lives each year making it the tenth leading cause of death according to the CDC. To narrow that even further, between the ages of 15 to 24, it becomes the second leading cause of death globally. Despite the devastating […]

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Reduce, reuse, recycle trends?

LivBirnstihl With every new decade comes a wave of trends and style choices unlike anything seen before. From accessories to various articles of clothing, the concept of “fashion” is ever changing. That being said, is “new” fashion ever really new? With the recent social media revolution making it easy to spread information and communicate efficiently, […]

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Own your ‘Hot Girl Summer’ all year long

Opinion by MelinaPiperis With life in Omaha returning to normal, I designated the summer of 2021 my Hot Girl Summer. This title, however, was not of my creation.  In August of 2019, rapper and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion released “Hot Girl Summer,” a single featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. While the song itself […]

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Mental health over medals, Olympic gymnast teaches powerful lesson

Opinion by AnnaRasgorshek  Content warning: This story briefly mentions sexual abuse Simone Biles left the Olympic floor after a scary case of the “twisties” on vault.  “The twisties”—When your brain and body disconnect, you suddenly do not know where you are in mid-air. The twisties are incredibly dangerous for gymnasts—especially Biles, who is performing at […]

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Bluvas earns scholarships for future as Distinguished Young Woman

FionaGautschi As students spend hours scouring the internet for scholarship opportunities, there are many local and national programs to aid in covering costs for education. Senior Abigail Bluvas was able to earn scholarships and learn valuable skills through the Distinguished Young Women Program. Bluvas initially found out about the program through her friend Hanna Pohlman […]

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Money, Crypto, and You

ElizaTurco Cash really is worthless. The federal reserve estimates every $1 bill costs only 6.2 cents to print. A briefcase full of 100k, like in the movies, would only have $6,200 worth of linen. And if you tore it up, even a little, you’d have nothing. Yet, if that briefcase contained a stainless steel frame […]

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Students to kick off this year ‘Footloose’ style

KenzieDarrow The new school year typically starts off with auditions for the fall musical. This year Marian will be putting on the production “Footloose”. Marian performed “Footloose” in the fall of 2011. The musical is based on the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer and the remake that was released in 2011 starring […]

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Dominican Republic leaves lasting impact on student, staff community

AshleyJohanek After more than 2,000 miles of flight, 16 students and two faculty members reached the Dominican Republic. From May 28 to June 8, these girls spent time learning about the culture and the people, while serving those around them. Though their time in the D.R. was different than previous years, they made the most […]

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Network staff gathers for ideas, ice cream

Members of the 2021-22 Network newspaper staff gathered at school on July 17 to get a jump start on the upcoming school year. Every staff member brought an ice cream sundae topping to share. With everything from marshmallows and Twizzlers to homemade brownies and gummy bears, seniors were able to create original ice cream sensations. […]

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Forensic Science 101 camp students solve the case, learn detective skills

By Maddie Adam           On Monday June 14, seventh and eighth grade girls from schools around Omaha filed into chemistry teacher Mrs. Stacy Tunink’s room to participate in a forensics camp. This was part of Marian’s “Summer Sampler,” a chance for elementary and middle school students to experience what the high school has to offer.            To […]

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Burn magazine showcases Spring 2021 student creativity

QuinnFindley Burn is Marian’s literary magazine that showcases creative, original art and writing submitted by students. The magazine comes out once a semester and is made and published by students. But the magazine doesn’t include every piece of art, photograph, poetry, prose, creative writing, short film, or song thrown its way; the staff of Burn […]

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Senior Eva Watson organizes first Trivia Night

RyleeGregg The pandemic has stripped Marian of many traditions. Not having them to look forward to has certainly put a damper on the school year for everyone, students and teachers alike.  When senior Eva Watson was lamenting the cancellation of many events in the past year, she and her mom came up with the idea […]

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Freshman Stella Miner Sets State Cross Country Record

By J1 Reporter Elleiana Green Overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear, freshman Stella Miner joined Marian’s Cross Country team midway through the summer looking for an opportunity to make friends 1,400 miles away from her home in Princeton, New Jersey. Little did Miner know at the time, joining the team was just the beginning of her […]

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Marian students manage increasing levels of stress

Staff Editorial Stress is a common part of life for most high school students. From grades to activities, not to mention jobs and college applications for seniors, we have a lot on our plates to juggle. Often, all we can do is pray it doesn’t come tumbling down. The only positive thing that our staff […]

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Blue Ribbon Award validates staff, student efforts

RyleeGregg The day Principal Sullivan came on the announcements blaring the Husker Football tunnel walk song, the entire school sat in confusion. She went on to announce that Marian won, for the third time, one of the highest honors possible for a high school. And it’s arguably a bigger deal than a Husker Football win. […]

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How the 2020 election impacts teens, even if unable to vote

NaomiDelkamiller Right now our halls are filled with plaid skirts and respect, but some- day each of us will find ourselves in an environment where that layer of safety and protection is gone. Government teacher Mrs. Jillian Roger will no longer be there playing “devil’s advocate” to balance the conversation, and Mrs. Amy McLeay won’t […]

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Servites Stay Strong During Pandemic

RyleeGregg March 2020 meant many different things to different people. Lives were put on hold as everyone made arrangements to stay at home due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. For the Marian community, many students had to turn their homes into a place of learning and cope with online school. For the Servants of […]

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New Director of Diversity and Inclusion ready to tackle challenges in community

LexiKetcham Marian has recently hired Miss Devin Owens as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Owens was born and raised in Omaha, where sheattended Brownell Talbot, Holy Cross and Morton Magnet Middle School.She graduated from Benson High School in 2012 as the presiding classpresident. She started at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, but ended […]

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Farewell to the Class of 2020 – InDepth May 2020

How far will the senior class go? (current as of May 15’s Declaration Day Video) • Arizona Grand Canyon University MayaReed SarahRollag University of Arizona EleanorHenderson • Arkansas University of Arkansas HannahFrodyma • California California Polytechnic State University KaitlinTiojanco Loyola Marymount University AkerAjak SaraLighthart University of California Berkeley DaisyOwen University of California Santa Barbara JaquelineSmith […]

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Holly’s Easy Small Batch Brownies

Check out the video, gather your ingredients and bake a small batch of brownies today! 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1/4 cup flour 2 scoops of ice cream Recipe from Dessert for Two By […]

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Marian teachers keep motorcycles in style

By J1 Reporter Jessica Brusnahan When most of today’s students think of motorcycles at school, images from 70s and 80s movies (Say Anything and Grease, anyone?) come up. But this isn’t the case for science teachers Matthew Winterboer and Linda Brock.  Winterboer began riding motorcycles in college and continued throughout his time in the Navy. […]

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Schmidt makes virtual statistics class feel real

ChloeHerbert Math teacher Mrs. Lisa Schmidt adapted quickly to teaching her AP Statistics class remotely. With daily agendas on Canvas that outline each of her class’s objectives, learning activities, assignments and a quote of the day, Schmidt’s organization makes for stress-free stats classes. She has incorporated technology with Edpuzzle videos, Khan Academy assignments and even […]

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Servants of Mary Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety With New Precautions

By J1 Reporter Sam Pelan     COVID-19 has made a big impact worldwide and in the Marian community. It affects everyone, but it is especially dangerous among people with compromised immune systems, those with existing health conditions, and the elderly.  There are “six or seven sisters with serious pulmonary and cardiac issues, so we have […]

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Omaha Catholic school community continues morning prayer

By J1 Reporter Molly Smith Every single day, the Marian staff and students stand together as a community to lift their hearts in prayer. When schools were ordered to close, the Campus Ministry team knew that they “wanted to keep the morning prayer in place to start Marian’s school day,” said Mrs. Anna Kolterman, the […]

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Robotics state champs denied ‘world’ of opportunity

By J1 Reporter Maddie Genoways 16754. Sounds like a prison inmate, right? But in reality, this was the title given to Marian’s turnaround Robotics team and the contestant tag given to the most valuable member of the team: Bam Bam.  Bam Bam is about a foot and a half tall, has four wheels and a […]

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Harvard Model Congress educates, inspires students to lead

OliviaSullivan A group of 17 juniors and seniors traveled to Boston, Mass. to participate in Harvard Model Congress. The conference took place from Feb. 19 to 23 and the group was accompanied by social studies teachers Mrs. Jillian Roger and Mrs. Katy Salzman.  Harvard Model Congress is a non-profit organization organized and staffed entirely by undergraduate […]

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Sorting skort quiz: which Harry Potter house do you belong in?

Quiz by DiannaSledge Answer some Marian-themed questions and we’ll tell you what Harry Potter house you’re in. What time are you getting to school? a. 6:30 b. 7:00 c. 7:15 d. 7:44 What’s first on your agenda? a. Music b. Art c. Study Hall d. P.E. What’s your favorite subject? a. English b. Math c. […]

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Black & Brown Legislative days inspire civic engagement

AkerAjak Many students had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Black and Brown Legislative Training and Legislative Day on Feb. 13 and 27. The training consisted of multiple speakers talking to the students about Nebraska’s government and how to practice civic engagement. It started with a speed dating activity that senior Shruthi Kumar especially […]

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Do you know Marian up and down? Crossword answers

Graphic by SarahCronin Across                                            Down 2. Brabec                                        1. Candle 6. Slump          […]

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Student Services can serve as hub for group work

LibbySchimonitz Marian’s construction of the Haddix Academic Center came to an end at the beginning of this school year. Following its completion, Marian’s Student Services, which was previously a student hub for group work, quiet work and general assistance from counselors, became a desolate area used by only a few students. “Every table down here […]

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Future college athletes train to be better prepared

MaggiePeklo Training and conditioning for athletes is not unfamiliar. Four Marian students, seniors Parker Stafford and Liv Mathews and juniors Abby Russel and Abby Jacobsen, train with personal trainer and nutrition expert Coach Greyson “G” McDaniel. Stafford has been training with McDaniel in order to build her strength and endurance, so she can be a […]

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Servants of Mary utilize Military Ave. for change

BellaSyslo If you ever happen to catch yourself cruising down Military Ave. on a Thursday morning, don’t be shocked to see a flock of Servites camped out on the corner of Military and Aurora Dr. The Servants of Mary devote an hour of their time to “witnessing” current issues every second Thursday of the month […]

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A little woman’s thoughts on ‘Little Women’

Review by ChloeHerbert While there’s certainly a lot of attention on Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” the neglection of character development central to the nineteenth century novel makes it heartless and unsatisfying. Following the lives of the March sisters — maternal Meg, fiery Jo, kindhearted Beth and attention-seeking Amy — “Little […]

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Shining light on trap shooting, its importance to the Marian community

AlidaFarrens Accuracy, speed and concentration are just a few skills necessary in order to be a successful trap shooter. Trap shooting has become an excellent way for Marian students to meet girls who share a common interest: shooting shotguns.  For junior Grace Walsh, shooting guns and going turkey hunting are regular activities she does with […]

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Inclusivity opportunity broadens students’ perspectives

AkerAjak For the first time at Marian, seven students were given the opportunity to go on a four day retreat called IncluCity.    Junior Lauren Harris, one of the students selected, said, “It was a life-changing experience. It changed my whole perspective on what diversity really is.”  The camp was held at Carol Joy Holling […]

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Freshman Samantha Flores expresses creativity through makeup

LydiaLarson Makeup at Marian isn’t seen as a common thing. In fact, 74 percent of students who responded to the November & December survey said they do not wear makeup to school. Freshman Samantha Flores isn’t among that number. She wakes up at 5:30 in the morning to do an entire face of makeup every […]

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Step-by-step: how to make North African dish, shakshuka

HollyMcCutcheon Shakshuka is a North African dish that translates to “mixture” or “shaken.” Though the name might sound intimidating to beginner cooks, it’s a relatively simple dish that can be whipped up in as quickly as 30 minutes. Shakshuka is commonly a breakfast dish but can also be eaten as a hearty dinner. This meatless […]

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Mandarin teacher helps students, spreads positivity

OliviaSullivan Mr. Jun Shao, Mandarin teacher, is not only new to Marian, but to the United States as well. He arrived in Omaha at the beginning of August, just in time for school to start. Omaha has made a positive impression on him. “I think this is a quiet city. It’s beautiful. Not so crowded. […]

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One senior’s weekend: standardized testing, running a marathon

LilyWeindel While taking the ACT may seem comparable to the challenge of running a marathon to most, senior Addison Dunbar did both within just 24 hours. She and her mother, Courtney Fox Dunbar, ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on Oct. 27. But before the duo could run through Georgetown University, Downtown D.C. […]

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Piernicky bakes by the thousands

LibbySchimonitz  The holidays are a fun time for every student. They get out of school for a couple of weeks, don’t have to worry about class work once finals are finished and they get a break from their teachers. What most students don’t think about during the holidays is the fact that, yes, teachers celebrate […]

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Marian is building diversity, inclusivity in culture

MaggiePeklo On the morning of Friday, Oct. 11, Marian held its first ever Donuts for Diversity event. It was organized by seniors Liv Mathews and Amaya Bang Hendon. About 50 people attended, and they discussed inclusivity and diversity among the Marian community and society as a whole while enjoying donuts. “I, as a minority who […]

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Girls do good deeds: Lawler shares generosity, books

AlidaFarrens Marian girls are known for doing amazing acts of kindness, but there are few students who go above and beyond typical service work. Freshman Colette Lawler and her family are a perfect example of how to perform impactful acts of kindness in your own backyard.  Lawler grew up on a farm in Maryland where […]

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Sexual Harassment Policy update aims to protect students, staff

ChloeHerbert In response to a sexual harassment infraction between a former Marian coach and former student in 2013, that was brought to the school’s attention last winter on social media, Marian’s administration said that an update to the school’s sexual harassment policy that reaffirmed student-staff boundaries was necessary. “All of our teachers have to complete […]

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Varsity softball team practices philotimo, places 5th at State

BellaSyslo The Varsity Softball team set out for their 2019 season with one word in mind: philotimo. The Greek word has no English definition, but impacts the world beyond imagination. Sophomore Danielle Schlader describes philotimo as “putting others before yourself and not worrying about what you need, but what your teammates need from you.” Philotimo […]

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Spoiler alert: High school isn’t an ’80s movie

Opinion by LivBirnstihl I grew up surrounded by countless movies glamorizing the high school experience, so when a dance number didn’t await me at Marian, I was definitely shocked. It’d be bold to assume that “High School Musical” was actually plausible, but why was I brought up to believe it would be? As I’ve gone […]

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