Saying Goodbye To A Pillar Of McNamara

Sage Ware ’20

Staff Writer

The Mustang team is losing one of it’s greatest leaders, Dr. Marco Clark. This year marks the last of Dr. Clark’s 23 year journey in the McNamara community, and we will be sad to see him go. For years Dr. Clark has served McNamara by making the impossible possible for many families, and helping students to get their education. However, life will soon be changing for Dr. Clark, seeing as after this year he will be moving to Austin, Texas. There he will work as the Executive Director of the Holy Cross Institute at Headquarters, also known as St. Edwards University. A major part of his job will be traveling to all of the Holy Cross schools in the United States and other countries, to support them in the Holy Cross mission. Saying goodbye to this home will be difficult, and Dr. Clark reports that he will certainly miss the people and the element of family that McNamara carries. When asked what the greatest lesson he has learned from McNamara, he stated that “Good change, sustainable change, takes time…As you age you realize that the things that last the longest take time.” Dr. Clark also said, “I see myself as a change agent.” 

People may wonder what initially drew Dr. Clark back to Bishop McNamara, after having graduated in the class of ‘85. Prior to this career, Dr. Clark wanted to be a teacher and a football coach. In fact, he worked as a coach for DeMatha High School from 1989 until 1997. However, after realizing that McNamara was having enrollment issues, he decided to take this opportunity to serve a school that has been transformational for him and his life. Through his decision to join this community, Dr. Clark has made many memories. His favorite of which have been various underdog stories, watching people overcome adversity, and finally being able to hand those students a diploma. Dr. Clark also finds joy in Bishop McNamara’s Project Pride program, and says “All people need in life is a chance.” The happy memories Dr. Clark gained, have been rewards of a job that requires much. Dr. Clark describes the hardest part of his job as witnessing failure; both his own failure and the failure of those around him. Yet he continues to give of himself and work for the benefit of children around the world, all while constantly relying on God to lead him through life. 

Time for some Fall Treats!


Jordyne Boykins ’22

Staff Writer

That time of year is finally here! Fall! Time to curl up on the couch with a blanket and watch some Halloween movies. What better then some delicious fall treats to go with that! Well I have some recipes for you. 

You’ll need:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) of soften butter 
  • ½ cup of brown sugar 
  • ½ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg 
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla 
  • 1 ½  cup of all purpose flour
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of vanilla instant pudding mix 
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • ½ cup of fall colored M&Ms 
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips 

First, Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, in a large mixing bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat in vanilla and egg until mixture is smooth. In a small bowl (separate bowl) combine flour, instant pudding mix, baking soda and salt together. Then slowly add to the first mixture until well combined. Add the chocolate chips and MnMs to the mix. Scoop the cookies by spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Football has a redeeming season

Last year, Bishop McNamara went one whole football season with zero wins. Coaches, students, and players were devastated.

Now, many people still want to know why, even as the team began winning more games in 2018.

Varsity quarterback Miles Miller ‘19 said, “Winning a few games this year feels great compared to last year.” He said this year they had a better team with better chemistry. He said his players had to depend on and trust each other more, as well as the coaching staff had to trust the players.

According to several players, last year’s varsity team just was not in the right place. They wouldn’t work together as a team, and that put a strain to how they played.
Since then they learned from their mistakes and applied what they learned as “One team, One family, and One McNamara.”

Varsity football head coach Mr. Keita Malloy said he felt good when his team was up, and bad when they were losing. As a coach, it is always difficult knowing his team put in all the work they had and then the turnout was not what was expected or planned.

BMHS Baseball: How Far Will They Go?

Lindsey Bayes ’21

Staff Writer

Bishop McNamara’s baseball season is just around the corner, and a strong team is beginning to form. The high competition level among these young athletes was set early, and is consistently rising as the February 20th tryouts approach. Varsity Head Coach, Anthony Sosnoskie has been evaluating his rosters and has high expectations for this season. Sosnoskie said, “All teams take shape during the season, but there are different layers to build on after ten months of prep. Whether it’s off-season workout plans or in season work, we are preparing. As a coach, you start to look at what we do well, what we don’t do well, and how we can improve.” From October through December, the team has been working hard on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom. The baseball program has also been involved in various community services, which include volunteering at the District Heights Fire department and participating in Wreaths Across America.

During the offseason, the baseball teams have also been working with Sean Fraser, a yoga instructor in Maryland. Fraser said, “The biggest benefit, is mental strength. When Michael Phelps is about to swim at the meet you best believe he is focused, and not distracted. This is why meditation is important. When you are able to focus all of your attention on the present game, exam, challenge, or problem you can usually figure out a solution more clearly and quickly.” First baseman of the Washington Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman has also turned to yoga. “It’s the hardest thing I do for an hour. But after I’m done, it’s definitely worth it. By the end of last offseason, I really started to notice myself getting better at it and how much better I felt in my body”, Zimmerman said in an interview with an MLB reporter. Other teams in the MLB have also been promoting yoga, such as the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs.

This season, Sosnoskie plans on carrying sixteen to eighteen players per roster, which brings up the question, “Will cuts have to be made before the start of the season?” The answer to this question has remained unclear, but at the moment, there are about thirty-five players who plan to tryout. One thing is certain and that is the competition for playing time between the returning and newer players. Coach Sosnoskie said, “There’s always competition out there everyday. If I had to write a line-up today, I don’t know what it would look like. I’m just waiting for the cream to rise to the top. Michael Scott has caught a lot of varsity games. There are also a lot of freshman who are competing to get out there and catch some as well. Miles Peterson is one who comes to mind.” Even with the competition among these athletes, Sosnoskie has said that they are a very close knit team that come to play every day.

With the season quickly approaching, the players have set their goals and are ready to leave it all on the field. First Baseman, Jared Mammano said, “Goals for myself are to play the game how it’s supposed to be played, not to let any moment get bigger than me, and to just do my job.” Catcher, Miles Peterson said, “My biggest goal is to get a batting average over .300 and a pop-time under 1.9 seconds.” Everyone on the team is able to accomplish their goals with the support of their teammates and the coaching staff, which is compiled of Anthony Sosnoskie, Andy Schindling, L.J. Hoes, Micah Headd, Mike Wright, Jordan Martinez, and Aaron Graves. The first game of the season is an away game on Saturday, March 10th at 12 p.m. against Sidwell Friends. Come out and support your Bishop McNamara baseball program.



Everybody Gets Behind a Winner

Jordan Brown ‘19


Starting off the season ranked #10 in the nation, the Bishop McNamara girls’ basketball team has been having quite a successful season this year. Coached by Frank Oliver, the girls currently hold the rank of #3 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and #5 in the state of Maryland, according to MaxPreps. On February 13, the girls defeated the #2 ranked team in the nation, Paul VI, 63-58. With two key players leading the helm, Jakia Brown-Turner and Aliyah Matharu, both scoring over 1,000 points, the team has depth to compliment the team’s two stars. Although the team is doing well there has not been a huge turnout in terms of fans support at the games. You would think the school community would come out and support the girls’ basketball team. A team that actually has been having success year after year. Credit to Coach Oliver with pulling in transfers and recruits from everywhere. But the amount of fans at the girls games do not compare to everyone who shows up to the boy’s games. When students were asked if they had been to a women’s basketball game this year, they would quickly answer no, but when the question was if students had attended boys’ basketball games, the answer would be “definitely” and “of course!” The question is why? Are the girls’ games too late? Are they not as interesting as the boys? Is it simply because the players are girls? Why is the McNamara community not supporting our women’s basketball team?

The varsity girls basketball games begin before the varsity boys games, so the time can not be the problem. This season, Jakia Brown-Turner scored a career high of 45 points against Monsignor Scanlan, so it is not that the girls are not interesting. The girls are capable of putting up huge scoring outputs. The girls team currently holds twice as many conference wins as the boys. So, what is the real reason people do not go to their games as much as they do the boys? Steven Scott II said, “Not to be sexist, but [girl’s basketball games] don’t interest me. I want to see dunks, jump out the bleachers yelling, saying bang time!” Yes, it is a very rare to none case to see a dunk in a high school girls basketball game. A team with players that are able to dunk does not define how well they work together on the court as chemistry becomes a problem. Camryn Royster believes “The boys might be good individually, but that does not contribute to how they play as a team. The girls play together more than the boys do. They deserve more hype, not only because of their rankings, but because they are good as a whole, individually and as a team.” Based on how our school community hypes up the players on the boys basketball team, you would not think their team results this season would be what they are now. For some reason, the team that is ranked #49 in the state of Maryland is receiving more attention than the team ranked #47 in the nation.

Some complained their reasoning for not attending was the competitiveness in the game. “Even when you are watching the girls demolish somebody, you want to see a game with a come back, so it is competitive. But when there is a game where you are blowing them out all four quarters, you lose interest. If you are beating a team and they come back, the game becomes more interesting to watch,” which is fair, as the girls beat Archbishop Carroll by 99-29. “The scores at the boys games are closer, so the game will be more exciting than seeing the girls blow out a team by 80 points.” Wanting to see a game where both teams compete, rather than watching the boys team lose to Dematha by 34 points is understandable.

Despite the school fan base, the head coach, Frank Oliver, is confident in his young, versatile team and their hard work paying off to earn them a WCAC championship. “Our goal is to win a championship. We have a great team and if we win the championship, it will change the culture of the school. People will start to believe, come to the games, and support the girls. Everybody gets behind a winner. If we win the championship this year, I think there will be more interest in the girls team. We do have a lot of support though, people I do appreciate, dedicated, die hard fans. I think if we deliver a championship we will have the bleachers packed every game.” Right now, the girls’ basketball team is not focused on the fans in the stands, but the goal of a WCAC championship. The fans will come later. Like Coach Oliver said, “Everybody gets behind a winner.”

Be sure to support the girls as the WCAC playoffs begin, with our Lady Mustangs playing Saturday, February 24th at Dematha Catholic High School in the quarterfinals against Good Counsel.

Essential Ways to have an Incredible Freshman Year

Taylor Pennington 19′

Freshman year can either be a really challenging year or more of an easy chapter of your life. Either way, it’s a new experience filled with fun and entertainment, with memories to last a lifetime. With these simple steps, you’ll have a fantastic year in no time!

  1. Ask Questions: At certain points in class, you might feel overwhelmed. Just remember that at the end of the day you survived. Although in that current moment you might get anxiety and want to walk out the class, all you have to do is breathe and ask some questions about the topics you are unfamiliar with. After you ask a couple of questions, I promise you that you’ll be just that much closer to acing the test.
  2. Stay Open-Minded: This tip can go for anything. Stay open-minded about people you meet because they likely could be your future friends. Stay open-minded about different clubs and school activities because chances are if you go you’ll have a very fun time. If you stay open-minded and try new things then you’ll definitely make some exciting memories or dive into a new experience.
  3. Stay organized: Staying Organized is the key to having a successful school year. When you’re organized you’ll be much more prepared for assignments which in turn will make you ready for assessments. You won’t be able to get anything done successfully without being organized.
  4. Stay focused: Being focused will help you to achieve your goals and be in time for certain deadlines you may have. This tip also includes completing your homework the day it was assigned. When you do that you’ll feel so much more prepared and less stressed.
  5. Have fun: This is the most important tip. You should have fun in all aspects of the year. Spend time with your friends and participate in activities also show tons of school spirit.


Lindsey Bayes 21′

“How does Mass benefit me as a student? Why must I attend Mass if I’m not Catholic?” Not everyone here at Bishop McNamara is Catholic, but we all come together once a month, as a community to be in the presence of Christ. Why is Mass important, you ask? Mr. Paul O’Brien, theology teacher said, “It’s crucial to our Catholic identity. If the central prayer at action is not a part of what we are doing here, then what are we doing here?” This perfectly summed up the reasons for everyone’s attendance and participation at Mass. We go to a Catholic school. Why are we here if we are not willing to participate in Catholic practices? Whether a student is Catholic, Christian, Muslim, or non-Christian, they may benefit from Mass in some way. Anastazio Caballero ‘21, said, “It opens our eyes to a different point of view and a different style of our faith.” This is another great reason behind the required attendance at Mass. Some students do not attend Mass to be in the presence of Christ, but instead, to witness a different style of prayer.

When asked, several faculty members stated that the point of Mass is to bring everyone together as a community to pray, but if students who feel uncomfortable in Mass are required to attend, how are we building community? Most students have shown their support in the required attendance of Mass, but there are some who do not feel comfortable in Mass because of their different religious backgrounds. It could be a lack of understanding, a commitment to their own personal faith, or the feeling of being an outsider. What if we could all come together to pray in a nondenominational way? Mr. Brower, Dean of Students stated, “I would like to see more opportunities for us to have an ecumenical prayer.” If one educator is open to this idea, perhaps there are more. Imagine a peaceful place where we could all express our own individual religious beliefs. Not everyone has a religious identity, but we all may benefit from religious expression.

There are so many wonderful opportunities here at Bishop McNamara, you might overlook the fact that Mass is a requirement. Especially, if you are not familiar with the Catholic faith. Everyone must acknowledge that Mass is required and it is a safe place where you may find family, pray with friends, and build your relationships with God.


The Mona Center

Zane Mosby 20′

Bishop McNamara’s brand new 4.5 million dollar student center is the latest edition to the growing list of changes at the school. The student center is dedicated to the late Andy Mona class of 82. The cafeteria official opened to students, faculty, and staff on Friday, September 8th. On Thursday, September 14th space was officially dedicated by Cardinal Wuerl. The event was significant for the school having an esteemed member of the archdioceses of Washington come for mass and a special ceremony, along with NBC 4 news covering the cafeteria earlier in the day.


The Mona center began construction halfway through last school year in January, lunch was held in the fine arts gym. Many students are happy to be back in a proper a proper cafeteria, not to say that the news ones haven’t developed problems. An apparent problem that has already arisen is the lines. Due to the new P.R.I.M.E. Time schedule the entire student body can occupy the cafeteria at once creating long lines that seem to last the entire period. The administration has suggested that students should wait to go to lunch later to combat this. Senior students have also been voicing their complaints that there is not a proper senior lounge area like the previous cafeteria.


The long-awaited Andy Mona center is here and of to a great start. Students and faculty are enjoying the new space so far.


Prime Time Is Our Time

Cayla Cade 19′

Prime Time was very hectic during the first week but now students are starting to become adapted to the new change. They have more time to eat and do homework, unlike last year. Anna Irwin ‘20 states, “It’s easier to take my time to eat lunch”. Last year, students felt as if they were being rushed. The lunch period is more organized than the past years.

A few teachers, such as Mr.Vazzana feels as if the day makes more sense. They like having a break. However, some do feel as if their students are sleepier and the same students are constantly missing their class because of their sports. Teachers have a duty, whether it is the first half or second half of PRIMETIME. They might help out in the resource center, Andy Mona center, lead the freshmen Anchor group or have hallway duty. PRIMETIME is more of a college scene, according to Mr. Vazzana. Several students believe that there should be more office hours for teachers. Since that has been a problem a lot of people eat during that time at once.

Many students think that it’s best to divide the time we eat by upperclassmen and lowerclassmen. Other students stated that they wish we still had a bell to dismiss us to go back to class. While a couple of students feel as if the bells were unnecessary. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the time. There is always room for improvement and feedback. Mr. Vazzana thinks it is best if the students were put in focus groups and discuss their feedback every quarter. As everyone knows, there are a lot of places where you can eat such as the Andy Mona center, Fine Arts building, or the bleachers. A lot of the students think it is best to bring lunch because of the long lines and a lot of the students like Brianna Davis ‘19, think it would be better if the microwaves were put on the other side of the cafeteria, away from the lunch line. Overall, Prime Time has been a great addition to our school.

Stresses of College

Spencer Anderson 18′


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College. What a term of paranoia and constant stress for those just entering the 12th grade. Seniors in high school often feel pressured to apply to colleges and even in some cases, they feel rushed to get an application in. Students and counselors across McNamara were interviewed and all of their responses beat around the same bush. Students deemed the college application process stressful and fast-paced, whereas the counselors feel the same tension and anxiety just as the students. Although some counselors see it more as busy rather than a hassle, as one counselor stated: “I feel the highs and all the lows of each student when they are accepted and or if they are denied”. It is safe to say college is a stressful process for the upcoming class of 18’ but it can all be a much smoother process with the help of counselors, teachers, and administrative staff. It will be interesting to see how things shake up this 2017-2018 school year but the Mustangs are destined for nothing but success!