Dog Date Ideas

By Allison Toomer

  1. There are beautiful dog parks, such as Hot Springs Bark Park, places to treat your canine companions, such as Hounds Lounge Pet Resort and Spa, or nature trails like the ones at Pinnacle Mountain Park if you want to get some exercise while exploring the outdoors with your pet.

The Best Dog Parks

  1. Paws Park at Murray is a fenced, off-leash park for you and your pet to run around and meet other dogs.
  2. Burns Park Dog Park is also a great open area for your dog that has tubs of water and sprinklers for them to play in and cool off on hot, summer days.
  3. Fort Smith Dog Park is an off-leash, exercise and socialization spot with over 40 acres of land for you and your pet to explore.

Treat Your Dog

  1. The Bark Bar is Arkansas’ first indoor/outdoor, off-leash dog play area and bar. They offer discounted memberships provide a safe space for your pet to play.
  2. Bow Wow and Meow, located in Maumelle, is a shop where you can buy baked dog treats for your canine companion. They also create specialty “pupcakes” and cookies for your dog’s birthday.

Feel the Burn (with your dog)

  1. Allsop Park has a trail that runs along a stream, with plenty of trees and wonderful scenery for you to walk or jog with your dog.
  2. Petit Jean State Park also has wonderful scenery and challenging hiking trails for you and your dog to enjoy this spring.
  3. Pinnacle Mountain State Park has many trails with varying difficulties, however the climb to the top is always worth the wonderful view,

Gold Star Family Memorial

By Allison Toomer

A Gold Star Family is one that has lost a loved one in military service, leaving behind a family without a father, mother, brother, sister, son, or daughter. There are so many families throughout our country who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, several even in our own school.  

In order to honor these families, the members of the Marine Corps League, the Co-Chairs and the Committee Members decided to hold a competition between Arkansas JROTC programs in order to raise money for the Gold Star Family Memorial. The school JROTC program that raises the most money will be given a small replica of the monument that will be built on Arkansas’ state Capitol grounds by Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Medal of Honor recipient. The Gold Star Family Memorial being built in Little Rock is one of many monuments that pay tribute to the Gold Star Family members and families of the soldiers who have sacrificed their life for our freedom.

The Catholic High School JROTC program has gotten involved in this fundraising competition for the monument against  other JROTC programs in Arkansas. They have used class competitions, pork sales, Golden Corral Donation set-ups, car washes, raffles, media coverage, bracelet sales and various donations sites to raise funding for the memorial. Catholic’s JROTC program’s current grand total is $15,539.37 – an average of $95.92 per cadet. This current grand total consists of $9,967.04 in donations, the class totals,  $5,572.33 worth of pork sold, and raffle tickets. In total all the Junior cadets have raised $1,926.00, the Senior cadets have raised $1,172.50, the Freshman cadets have raised $607.21, and the Sophomore cadets have raised $364.00. Mount’s cadets have also gotten involved in this program raising $720.74

The Gold Star Family Memorial Dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on  Veterans Day 2018.


“Although many of the monuments are being built across the United States, this monument will become the first of its kind to be erected on the grounds of a State Capital,” says Sergeant Major R.S. Jernigan. If you would like to help the Catholic High School JROTC program meet their goal of $25,000, please donate today.

All checks are made out to The Gold Star Family Memorial.

The Solar Eclipse

By Caroline Potts, sophomore writer & Allison Toomer, sophomore cartoonist

American scientists had anticipated the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, since 1932. Through accurate studies of the movement of the solar system, scientists, who dreamed of observing the Sun’s corona, predicted the eclipse in The New York Times several decades ago.

Most teenagers, on the other hand, heard the term “solar eclipse” only a few short weeks before the occurrence of the event. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on Earth. The recent eclipse of August 21 was, therefore, underappreciated by many due to little understanding of the natural phenomena; however, this only ensures that the solar eclipse of 2024 will truly be an opportunity to admire the wonder in a new, appreciative light.

Rather than viewing the eclipse through a notecard from the Mount St. Mary Academy parking lot, Cecelia Rech dreams of viewing the eclipse of 2024 from the top of Pinnacle Mountain while enjoying a picnic lunch with friends. Hailey-Belle Thiltgen, on the other hand, hopes to view the eclipse of 2024 from the top of Mount Everest.

Like these students, you can experience the eclipse of 2024 as not just a brief topic of discussion in science class but as a lifelong memory.  Where do you want to be for the 2024 solar eclipse?

Allison Toomer, one of Mount’s very own, had a unique experience during the eclipse that’ll certainly be funny to explain in 2024.