The Saints' Express Spring, 2018

In this Spring Issue: Interview with Mr. Morris | 8th Grade Volleyball vs. Teachers | CYO Basketball Roundup | Movie Review: Black Panther | March Madness! | Book Review: The Running Dream | Introducing "The St. E's Food Crew" | Student Interview | Washington Capitals play in Annapolis! | Winter Olympics Roundup | Student Tech Corner

Volleyball Showdown: Class of 2018 vs. Teachers

By: Aiden Burke

Each year during Catholic Schools Week, the eighth grade plays against the teachers in volleyball in front of the whole school.

On the big afternoon of the game, eighth graders get excited (and anxious) for the big game that would happen in just an hour.

First, the eighth graders got dressed in their crazy costumes. Then, we would run out onto the gym floor and yell chants, throw the volleyball, and fire up the large crowd of students. Next, we would make a human tunnel and the announcer would call our names. We run out to the crowd of St. Elizabeth students and parents cheering us on. Finally, the game would begin, three teams of eighth graders would line up on the court and on the sidelines.

On the other side of the volleyball net were the teachers. The first game started and it was intense! The crowd was cheering, the eighth graders were yelling, and the teachers were focusing.

By the end of the first game, the teachers won by just a little. The second game came up and everyone was acting the same wild and intense and just by the last second the teacher beat us. And finally, by the end of the third game the game was close, and it all came down to Mr. Morris' seventh serve!

Everyone was on the edge of their seats when Mr. Morris hit it out of bounds and the eighth grade won the third game! Everyone was cheering, jumping and going wild!

Everyone had an amazing time at the volleyball game and a fun Catholic Schools Week! The Class of 2018 will never forget it.

Faculty Interview: Mr. Morris

Mr. Morris

By: Katie Maloney and Evelyn Meale, St. E's Class of 2018

Q: What's your favorite activity to do out of school?

A: I play a lot of sports. I like to play basketball, volleyball, golf, and I like to go running. I am actually training to run 3 half-marathons this year.

Q: Do you have any pets? If so what do you have and what are their names? Did you grow up with a pet?

A: I have two dogs. They are both labs. One is a black lab named Zoey which I have had for 12 years, and I have a yellow lab named Jake that have had him for about 6 years.

Q: What's your favorite grade to teach in math?

A: I like teaching all of the grades. There are things I like about each of the grades. I like teaching the concepts of Algebra one and that’s probably my favorite course to teach.

Q: What's your favorite thing about teaching at St. E's?

A: The school community. Here, we have a wonderful group of students and families.

Q: What's your favorite sport to play and watch?

A: My favorite sport to play is baseball. I played all through high school. I love watching baseball and college basketball.

Q: What's your favorite position in volleyball? What do you like most about volleyball?

A: I am an outside hitter in volleyball. I played in college at the University of Maryland, but not on the varsity team. They don’t have one. What I like most about volleyball is that even if you have never played, you can still play it and have a great time.

Q: What are you going to miss most about the eighth-grade class this year?

This is a very fun, loving class. You guys are able to just have a really great time with anything we do in class or outside of class. We have a lot of fun. You guys brighten my day with the joy you share with one another.

Q: What's your favorite store to shop at?

A: L.L Bean and Under Armour.

Q: What's your favorite topic to teach in math?

A: I like a lot of the topics in Algebra, but I really do like fractions the best.

Q: If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?

A: I thought about a career as a Park Ranger. I also minored in history and social studies, so I thought about being a historian, too.

Q: Do you feel any rivalry with 8C?

Mrs. Chandler and I set up friendly competitions between 8C and 8M to build a community in eighth grade, but the both of us love all the eighth-grade student's no matter which class they are in.

A: What's your favorite tradition at St. E's?

Q: I love the Candle Mass. I think it's a wonderful way to send off our eighth graders with a message of faith.

Thank you for your time, Mr. Morris. We appreciate all you do here at St. E's!

Middle School Book Review

Book Review: The Running Dream

By: Grace Finnegan

Over Christmas break, I received the book, The Running Dream, as a present. I had read it multiple times, and every time it has been phenomenal. I would recommend this book to people of the age of 11 and over.

This is a really good book to cheer you up, and it promotes hard work and determination in all that you say and do!

This book is mostly about a girl named Jessica, and she loves to run. It is her life, her purpose, her everything. Then suddenly, tragically, she is in a car accident. When she wakes up two days later, she finds that her leg was crushed beyond repair, and had to be amputated just below the knee. Just hours before the accident, she set the league record for the 400-meter race. (It is one lap around the track) While at the hospital, she has other worries. A prosthetic leg, insurance, and school. She finally comes home from the hospital, she is not allowed to go upstairs, and has to reside in the living room day and night.

During this period, Jessica falls into a deep sadness. She wants to go back to school, but she is scared that something will happen to her or people will treat her differently. One day, she finally works up the courage to go. Her best friend, Fiona, makes her Queen for the Day and pushes her wheelchair all day and throws her a party at lunch. Jessica couldn't have asked for a better first day.

Meanwhile, Jessica is getting fitted for a prosthetic leg. She is really excited, but then she finds out that the one she has to wear for the first two weeks is just a pipe. She is disappointed until she finds out that it is just temporary.

The next day, her former track coach calls a meeting of the runners and invites Jessica to come along. Kyro, her coach, introduces his new idea called "Help Jessica Run". He did his research and found out that a new prosthetic running leg would cost $20,000!

Can Jessica and the track team do it? Will Jessica ever gain acceptance within her track team or her school for that matter? I highly suggest that you read this book and find out.

Happy Reading!

Food Review

"Eat Mor Chikin!"

By: The St. E's Food Crew (Connor Murphy and Dylan Valencia)

Many people have a favorite fast food restaurant and there are many kinds to choose from.

Chick-fil-A is a popular fast food restaurant near St. Elizabeth School at 12001 Rockville Pike in Rockville. Chick-fil-A serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can even order catered food from it. The menu has chicken sandwiches, wraps, biscuits, French Fries, chicken nuggets, fruit cups, salads, milkshakes, and more.

They only serve chicken, not beef, unlike McDonalds and Burger King. It’s so popular that if you go there during lunch the line to order wraps around the restaurant. When it get so busy employees go around the line and take orders from an I-Pad. There's a play area for little kids, too!

Chick-fil-A was founded in 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia. The owner, Truett Cathy, was a Christian and decided the store would be closed every Sunday so employees can have a day off to go to church and rest.

Today there are more than 2,200 restaurants in the United States. Lots of people recognize the famous Chick-fil-a cows who paint on bill boards, have horrible spelling, and are always telling you to "Eat Mor Chikin".

Student Interview

A Special Olympic Visit

By: Liz Frisbie

Some time ago, hockey player Mollie Murphy and her team got visited by the United States very own Olympic Women’s Hockey Team. So, I asked her some questions. She had very interesting responses.

Q: Why did the Olympic Women's Hockey Team visit your team?

A: The Olympians came because my hockey coach tried really hard to get them to come. He used to coach one of the players named Haley Skarupa.

Q: What did you do with them?

A: My teammates and a lot of other people went to meet and skate with them at Ketler (where the Capitals practice) in northern Virginia.

Q: Was their visit a surprise?

A: No, their visit was not a surprise because Kush our head coach told all of the Pride teams before we went to skate with them.

Q: Did they teach you any new moves?

A: No, they didn't teach us any moves, we just got to get on ice. We had stations, so there were about two or three at each station.

Q: Did you get any souvenirs?

A: If by souvenirs you mean holding their gold medals and getting signatures, then yes.

Q: How many people got meet the team?

A: It wasn't just the Pride teams that got to go meet them. A lot of people went to meet them. But the thing is, the boys couldn't skate with us.

Q: Did you get to meet the whole team?

A: Yes, we did get to meet the whole team.

Q: Did they do/say anything inspirational?

A: No, they didn't say or do anything inspirational. But, it was pretty inspirational for us because we were literally right next to them.

Q: Did they get to see your team play?

A: No, unfortunately they didn't get to see us play.

Q: What was your favorite part of the visit?

A: My favorite part of the visit was my team and I getting to skate with them and talk with them.

CYO Sports

CYO Basketball Roundup

CYO Girls Basketball

By: Marina Saad

After a countless number games, the 8th grade Girls CYO basketball season has finally come to an end. We had a remarkable season with 9 wins and only 1 loss. In most of our games, we beat our opponents by over 10 points.

We scored around 55 points and won by about 30 points in one game. Our team won all our regular season games and every playoff game up to the finals. Unfortunately, we lost to our biggest competition, Mary of Nazareth. We played well and put all our energy on the court, but we couldn’t pull through in the end.

Although we lost, all our hard work was rewarded as we proudly accepted our second-place trophy. Winning was important, but being a strong, passionate team meant even more to us.

A few weeks later, we had our second chance at victory when we competed in the St. Elizabeth CYO Co-Ed Tournament. We played our first game against St. John the Evangelist and St. Raphael Friday evening and we won. We were one step closer to winning the entire tournament.

Saturday afternoon, we played our second game against St. Jane De Chantal and won again. We had made it to the finals once again and were determined to win the whole thing!

During our third and final game against Holy Redeemer, we played strong until the end and won! We were finally the champions. Our team rejoiced as we all put on our neon green, winners’ sweatshirts.

We had our ups and downs during the season, but in the end each one of our players was so glad to be a part of our 8th grade team. We will all miss our team next year as we go off to high school, but we all know that will always be a team no matter where we go.

CYO Boys Basketball

By: Marcos Egan

This year, both the CYO Girls and Boys basketball teams played extremely well. At the beginning of the season, the Boys' team had a few loses, but after we had a few practices, we started to win most of our games.

We had practice once a week every Thursday, and most of our games were on were on Saturday morning. We ended up losing in the semi-finals, but we won the consolation bracket to get third place. After we won in the consolation bracket, we had our first game of the St. E's Co-Ed tournament.

Our first game was at around 8 p.m. on a Friday in the St. Elizabeth gym. We won our first game, and most of our team stayed to cheer on the other competitors that were participating in the tournament. The next day, we had a game early in the morning so even though we were tired, we still beat the other team by about 40 points.

After we won that game, we had a guaranteed spot in the finals. We were all so excited, and we had our eyes on the trophy after we won the semifinal game.

We kept a 20-point lead for almost the entire game. We ended up winning the game, and we won the tournament. We celebrated with the trophy for a while and then we had to return it to the coaches.

Winter Olympics Review

2018 Winter Olympics Roundup

By: Preston Worch

The 2018 Winter Olympics made a bunch of history this year in a variety of sports: Snowboarding, Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Bobsledding, Freestyle Skiing, Biathlon, Curling, Luge, and many more.

Norway stepped up to the plate this year with a strong thirty-nine medals, Germany in second with thirty-one medals, and Canada came in third with a strong twenty-nine medals. The United States of America did pretty well with a strong twenty three medals.

some countries made history in certain sports. the United States did so in curling, winning their first Gold medal against Sweden. Two very young Americans, Chloe Kim, and Red Girard, won Gold in Snow Boarding. Also, Shaun White showed up big in the Snowboarding competition with a Gold medal.

In Women's Figure Skating, Mirai Nagasu, of the United States, landed a huge triple axel. This made history of the Olympics because she’s only the third person to ever do that in competition. Women’s USA Hockey team won Gold in a shootout!

There were some amazing moments and some history. Lindsey Vonn had her final Olympics this year and got a Bronze medal. Norway’s came out strong and won in almost every single sport. They were a very young team with great talent.

I think this year’s Olympics was one of the best ones yet! I'm looking forward to many more!

March Madness

March Madness!

By: Adrian Magdaleno

We are about one week away from the incredible March Madness Tournament!

Each year, the best teams in the country compete to claim the national title. This year, we have many strong teams going in for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

This year, strong teams look for the Championship. Fan favorites such as UNC, Kentucky, Villanova, Kansas, and Gonzaga look to get a championship with strong lineups this year. Meanwhile, power teams such as Arizona, Oregon, and Louisville look for upsets against other top teams.

After a tough loss in the Big Ten tourney, it seems unlikely that Maryland will get into the tournament. However, they look to come back strong next year with most of their lineup returning. However, the strongest competitors for the championship include Kentucky, Villanova, Gonzaga, and Kansas.

Kentucky has a very strong lineup this year after gaining a large amount of 3-5 star recruits. They are one of the most powerful teams as of front court dominance. Another team that should be avoided is Virginia. With a very hot streak this year, they have one of the best teams in the NCAA.

This year, many upsets are possible. All of these top teams have an underdog team they should look to avoid in the tournament. Anything can happen in March. Win all or go home.

My prediction to win it all: Kansas.

Good luck to all!

Movie Review

Movie Review: Black Panther

By: Javier Correa and Peyton Fitzpatrick

Recently, Javier Correa and Peyton Fitzpatrick went to see the new film, Black Panther. They liked the movie so much they decided to share their perspectives with our Saints' Express readers.

Peyton: What is Black Panther about?

Javier: Black Panther is about T’Challa, King of Wakanda, who rules four African tribes. As the movie goes on, Klaw steals some Vibranium and T’Challa tries to capture him. Later in the movie, his long lost cousin, Killmonger takes the throne from T’Challa.

Peyton: Would you give it a good rating?

Yes, I would give it a good rating, because of all the special effects, awesome story line, and all the suspense across the movie.

Peyton: How much did it cost to make?

Javier: Black Panther cost a staggering $200 million to make and that doesn’t even include all the advertising and marketing involved.

Peyton: How much did it make in the box office?

Javier: It made over $1 billion dollars in the box office as of their release.

Peyton: If you were to describe this movie in one word what would it be?

Javier: Exciting!

Peyton: Would you want them to make a second movie?

Javier: Yes, I would want them to make a second movie that includes new characters, new places, and new adventures.

Peyton: What stood out about the movie?

Javier: What stood out about the movie to me was all the amazing scenery and special effects.

Javier then asked the question to Peyton.

Javier: Would you give the movie a good rating?

Peyton: I would give it a 10, because it was action pack, it had a great story line, and had some of the best scenery.

Javier: If you were to describe this movie in one word what would it be?

Peyton: Incredible!

Javier: What stood out about the movie?

Peyton: The amount of action was so exciting and nerve racking.

Javier: What was one of your favorite scenes from the movie and why?

Peyton: My favorite scene from the movie would be the final scene. All of Wakanda came together to fight one other tribe and the new (evil) king. There were planes, animals (rhinos), and so much more.

Javier: What is Vibranium and why is it so important in the movie?

Peyton: A giant meteor of Vibranium, the strongest metal in the universe, fell into a mountain in Wakanda. It is what powers their cities, technology, and weapons. It what the bad people want and what the good people want to protect.

Javier: Where does the movie take place?

Peyton: The movie takes place in Wakanda, a fictional city in central Africa, where a giant meteor of Vibranium crashed into a mountain.

Student Tech Corner

Students "Flip" the Winter Olympics!

Students from grades 4-8 share their research findings covering selected sports from the recent Winter Olympic games in South Korea. Click here to see how they used the app, Flipgrid, to share what they have learned.

Professional Sports News

NHL Stadium Series: Capitals vs Maple Leafs

By: Nicholas Garner

Attending the Washington Capitals Stadium Series game in Annapolis, Maryland, was one of the best games I have ever been to.

It all started four hours before we got to the Navy Academy stadium along with thousands of people and a huge field with a ton of activities for tailgating.

After playing some fun games my family and friends, we went to eat lunch at a local Irish restaurant.

We saw about ten Washington Capitals players on our way. Some were nice and some were quiet. The whole time my heart was pumping saying hello and good luck.

It was amazing to see some of my hockey heroes in person. My brother and friend, Kelly, went back to order food and heard noises like, bang pow boom. We walked over to see where the noises were coming from. We found a ice hockey puck shooting game and we went one after another trying to beat each other. Then we ate and walked back to the stadium. It was about 20 minutes before the game when we walked in. We saw thousands and thousands of people as we walked to our seats.

We were freezing, chilly, and cold, but we were all too excited to let that affect us. Then the game started and it was fast, quick, rough, insane. It was so fun with a great 3-1 lead just destroying the other team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Capitals won 5-2. It was a great fun and one of the best games of my life!

Let's Go Caps!


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