By: Christina Troll

The Nightwatch shirt featured for the event. [CRHS]
 Nightwatch is an annual event to draw in eighth-graders from West Deanery Schools so that they can meet each other before going to high school together. This year the event was on Friday, January 6. The eighth-graders engaged in a wide variety of activities. Some of these included ice breakers, a dance, and a boy’s basketball game.

When students first walked in, they wrote their names on a sign-up sheet so that the workers, some of the Student Ambassadors, knew who was in attendance. Then they were given a name tag and sat at a random table, in order to meet new people. They were given pizza to eat and purple or blue Gatorade or water to drink. The eighth-graders also received t-shirts. After eating came the ice-breakers. Each small group, lead by the Student Ambassadors, did different ice-breakers, some of which included the human knot and a relay race.

Then everyone went up the watch the boy’s varsity basketball game against Monrovia. This game was the Silent Night game, where everyone stayed silent until the Raiders scored 10 points. That was when everyone went crazy. According to Caroline Troll, “The eighth-graders were mostly cooperative during the silence and many of them really enjoyed the game.” After the game ended with a win for the Raiders, the eighth-graders searched the school in a scavenger hunt. Then they went back to the cafeteria where a lip sync battle was held. The teachers won above all of the other groups. The night ended with a dance around 11pm.


Prayers for Fort Lauderdale

February 8, 2017

By Jesse Almaraz

Passengers were stranded at the Fort Lauderdale airport. [CNBC]
We at Cardinal Ritter High School work to adhere to the Corporal Works of Mercy and our traditional Catholic values. When something tragic happens we turn to our faith and steadfast belief in God. Such tragedies, like the unfortunate incident at the Fort Lauderdale airport by a lone attacker against five innocent travelers and countless others, encourage us to send our thoughts and prayers to those affected in Florida.

While witnesses at the Ford Lauderdale scene were clearly shaken, the injured were soon rushed to the hospital to be treated.   Not only were five lives taken away but 13 people were injured. Now roughly a month out from the tragedy, we will continue to keep all of the people affected at Fort Lauderdale airport in our hearts and prayers, as well as their families and friends. The families need and deserve peace.


Music on the Move

February 8, 2017

By Syrli Hernandez and Erin Rickman

Ms. Leyba [pictured] and Mr. Mayo are hard at work improving the music department. [CRHS]
One thing that everyone loves is music. Whether it’s jamming out in the car or singing in the shower everyone likes listening to music. Although many people like music, most never join activities like choir or band. In the part there has always been an appreciation for music at Cardinal Ritter. Next year choir and band are  bringing the excitement ‘bach’ to music. Mr. Mayo and Ms. Leyba are improving the program by adding new classes and clubs.

Some of the new classes include a music history course, bach to rock, and new chorus classes all taught by Mr. Mayo. The music history course and Bach to Rock both courses are both courses that cover different music eras. Mr. Mayo will also be adding another chorus class so choir can be more convenient for all students wanting to sing. Another class that is being added is general music course for the junior high kids so that they can have a little bit of experience better joining into any music classes. This will help the students decide which ensemble is best for them and will allow the students to experience more with them.

Ms. Leyba and Mr. Mayo are also adding new clubs such as the Jazz Band and an a capella choir. These will help improve the music department and also encourage other students to join. The students who join will be able to enjoy their love in Jazz music while hanging out and having fun with friends.  The a capella choir will be conducted by Mr. Mayo and it will be a club full of Harmony and Melody. These clubs will students to expand their love for music and have fun with friends. Mr. Mayo and Ms. Leyba are working extremely hard to grow the music program.


Shout it Out

By Colleen Harshey and Emily Wilkinson

March 12, 2016

microphoneFor two weeks, there was a board outside the office where students could submit anonymous comments on many topics to be published in this article. Here are some of the ones we received!

What is your favorite thing about Cardinal Ritter?

  • That we can be who we want to be
  • The joy of Mrs. Hoy
  • The beautiful community
  • Feels like home


Give a compliment to a classmate!

  • Rachel Atkinson is a great leader in many ways
  • My students are absolutely awesome -a teacher
  • Ximena is my BFF
  • Emma K – we appreciate you!
  • Zach Yetter is the coolest


Give a compliment to a teacher!

  • Mr. Cain is always the best
  • Shout out to Mr. Crapo for a cool class


What theme would you like to see at a football or basketball game this year?

  • Tie-dye
  • 80s
  • Disney


What do you think the best lunch is at Cardinal Ritter?

  • Penne pasta
  • Fish sandwich
  • Quesadilla
  • Chilli
  • Calzones


Summer Reading: Missing 411

March 12, 2016

By Sam Adams

The Missing 411 book series by David Paulides is a great summer read. [Sasquatch Chronicles]
It’s always nice to have a good book to read to supplement whatever summer activities are planned. While summer usually includes trips to warmer climates and fun, relaxing outdoor activities, there are always opportunities to read during travel or down time. For English classes at Cardinal Ritter, students are assigned a summer reading book. But there is plenty of time during the summer to read other interesting books as well. A book series perfect to start over the summer is called Missing 411 by David Paulides.

Paulides is a former police officer who is now an investigative journalist. He has written four of these books: Eastern United States, Western United States, North America and Beyond, and the Devil’s in the Detail. This book series explores the unexplained disappearances of North Americans that have never been solved.

David Paulides’ work began while he was doing research in a national park when an off-duty park ranger shared that he was concerned about the questionable nature of missing people in the park. The rangers knew about Paulides’ involvement in law enforcement and requested that he research the missing cases to find any leads. Since then, he has uncovered evidence that previously seemed impossible to find. When Paulides was interviewed about his writings, he shared that he had to step out of his normal comfort zone when trying to discover the culprit of any strange disappearances, something few people are willing to do.

Most of those  people mentioned in Missing 411 have vanished within the forests and national parks of North America. Unfortunately many of the cases are of missing people under the age of 10, but Paulides continues to investigate the disappearances. He also uncovers issues with the system of recovering missing people. One major topic he discusses in his series is that most national parks will fail to keep a record of missing people. Paulides had to do complete individual research because of the lack of records at the parks. Through his books, Paulides never directly blames an individual for these disappearances. He believes that there is something very strange within the wilderness of North America and people do need to be educated so they can protect themselves and have an awareness of their location and situation.

If you’re interested in mystery, check out non-fiction mystery this summer with the series Missing 411 by David Paulides.


Runathon a Raider Success

Posted on May 12, 2016

By Shelby Wilhoite

Cardinal Ritter hosted the Runathon this year involving much of the Ritter community. [Cardinal Ritter]
The Runathon is one of the many traditions that Cardinal Ritter has every year. Each year students are asked to raise a certain amount of money to continue supporting Cardinal Ritter students. During this school-wide event students run or walk around the neighborhood located behind Cardinal Ritter. The school provides a field day for students to enjoy after the trek. Field day activities this year included bounce houses, football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and tug-of-war. The staff even took a pie to the face for $1, including Mr. Hunt, Mr. McClain, Dr. Cruz, and Mr. Jansen. Lunch was graciously provided by the school’s Booster Club for the event.

Abby Downard enjoyed her time during the event by stating, “I think getting us all together brings us closer as a school. It’s a day for us to enjoy ourselves.” Bailey Norton echoed similar feelings  about enjoying Runathon this year, exclaiming, “I think it was the best Runathon yet!”  This year the goal was $45,000, allowing Cardinal Ritter students and staff to take Carb Day off on May 27th. The Runathon was held on May 6th with sunny weather throughout the day and plenty of fun events for all. This year the goal was met with 100% participation from all the students at Cardinal Ritter. Good job Raiders!


Wire (less)

Posted on March 11, 2016

By Sam Johnson

Issues with the internet this semester have left students and teachers in a bind. [Bright House]
During the week of February 17th,  Cardinal Ritter had an issue involving the internet. Many people were in upheaval over the lack of internet. I was able to interview a member of the Tech Squad, Josh Smith, as well as Mr. Bell, the Technology Coordinator of Cardinal Ritter. They first claimed that it appeared to be a software problem, double checking their hardware to make sure that wasn’t the problem. All was not well, however. Said Josh, “The problem turned out to be more insidious than we had anticipated…”

It turned out that the school’s internet provider, Bright House Network, was not providing the school with the correct hardware  needed to effectively run internet throughout the building. Bright House Network had recently updated their hardware and the modem used to run internet at the school was not sufficient. The disconnect between the equipment held at the school and the newly updated technology by the service provider caused fits for teachers, administrators, and students.  The school was only able to use the internet in spurts and not nearly to full capacity because of the insufficient support provided.

Although internet is now restored at the school, there are still issues that concern students and their use of internet at Cardinal Ritter. Josh and Mr. Bell further encouraged the students to focus their use of the internet towards academic activities to ensure that these internet issues stay resolved. 


Lottery on the Mind

Posted on March 11, 2016

By Emily Wilkinson, Shelby Wilhoite and Sam Adams

Odds of winning the Powerball: 1 in 292 million [Powerball]
On Wednesday January 14, 2016, three lottery winners were announced. This wasn’t an ordinary lottery. The winning amount of the ticket would be $1.5 billion but the winner of the ticket(s) were due to receive $528.8 million after taxes. The winning tickets were sold in California, Florida, and Tennessee. The odds of winning were 1 in 292 million. After researching some facts about the lottery, we decided to go around the school and interview some teachers. We asked them: “What would you do with your money if you won the Powerball?”

We first asked Mr. Cavanaugh. He said that he would continue to teach without salary.  He also said that he would travel as much as possible, donate to various amounts of charities, and consult with financial services on how to generate more money. We also interviewed Mr. Powers who said he would buy a zoo (not surprising). Ms. Lynch said she would pay off all of her student loans and buy a private jet, flying to Jamaica every weekend.

Although people deserve their vices in winning this much money, we learned how much our teachers loved their jobs. Even with the prospect of an incredible amount of money readily available to them, our teachers shared a desire to carry out their passions while having some well deserved fun in the process. Yes, money is a necessary aspect of life. But, it’s important to note how our teachers viewed money in realizing that it’s not the most important aspect of life.


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