Mr. Patrick Stackpole is a substitute teacher at Fontbonne who will be greatly missed as he prepares to leave Fontbonne soon. I was able to speak to Mr. Stackpole outside of his famously entertaining global class. Mr. Stackpole attended Brooklyn College and majored in history, which was his favorite subject when he was younger. On the side, he works as a manager of a professional wrestler. Mr. Stackpole said that after he leaves Fontbonne, he will continue to work towards his degree and most likely be a substitute teacher in public schools. His favorite type of history is American history. Mr. Stackpole is very passionate about his work. His interactive teaching methods have inspired students to be more passionate about history and current events. If he had never become a teacher, he most likely would’ve taken a city job. “I had a lot of great history teachers growing up. Global was also one of my favorite subjects. I enjoyed it so much that I thought this was a job I would like to have”, Mr. Stackpole said about his career. Mr. Stackpole thanks his great friend, Ms. Nicole Marinello, for helping him get the job at Fontbonne and giving him the opportunity to experience the school's routine and traditions. As Mr. Stackpole’s final week approaches, the faculty and students say a heartwarming goodbye to this very inspiring teacher.
One of Fontbonne’s most well-known sports, cheerleading, has become a phenomenon as one of the most competitive sports in the community. Practices four times a week consist of three hours of stunting, tumbling, dancing, and reciting chants. GCHSAA, Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association, is a competition that the team trains for all year. The cheerleaders also cheer at Xaverian football games to support our brother school. As the girls prepare for this year's competition, I had the chance to speak with the junior varsity captains, Olivia Cusumano and Angela Mancuso.
1. Would you say that cheerleading is a very intense and very time-consuming sport?
“We would say that cheerleading has definitely become a very serious part of our lives. We take this sport very seriously and are always trying to do our best. With constant practices, we are always working to be the best we can be and do our job as cheerleaders”, said JV captain, Olivia Cusamano.
2. What do you think your team's best qualities are?
“If I had to pick three of our team’s best qualities, I would say our perseverance, our dedication, and our ability to work as a team. We continue to strive for greatness and never give up. We work very well together as a team. Considering we are all very good friends, we work very hard and still have fun doing it”, said co-captain, Angela Mancuso.
3. Do you feel that cheerleaders should be treated like athletes? Why or Why not?
“Yes, we think that cheerleaders should be treated like athletes because cheerleading is now a sport. Also we train and practice hard like any other athletes. Just because we have to be smiling and peppy during our routines doesn't mean it isn't hard and isn't serious to us”, said Angela and Olivia.
4. Has being a Fontbonne cheerleader made you and your team more involved in our community?
“Being a Fontbonne cheerleader has made our team feel more connected to the Fontbonne community because we work together and build a special connection that others may not see around in school”, said Olivia. Angela continued, “Creating this special bond with our girls has made us closer as friends and more connected in our school community.”
5. Do you feel a sense of leadership to the younger girls on the team? How has being captains changed your team’s spirit and dedication to the sport?
Angela and Olivia both responded, “We feel a sense of leadership to the younger girls on the team because when they need help we assist them in any way we can. Sometimes they look to us to fix what needs improvement or ask us for advice. Being captains has changed our team's spirit and dedication to the sport because we work together and can be serious while having fun as well. We make sure that our team works together and works hard to accomplish our goals.”