The Monarch Experience

The Monarch Experience

By The Mancona
The Monarch Experience is a light-hearted, yet reflective look at various education and pop culture topics hosted by an enthusiastic 8th grade English Teacher, Mr. Ancona. Each episode features a different group of students that take on topics in Education, analyze pop culture phenomenons, and teenage life.

Whether you're a fellow educator looking for a podcast that focuses on amplifying student voice, a student looking for a podcast that mirrors your beliefs, or a fan of informative, often hilarious conversations, The Monarch Experience is can't miss.
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25: Transitioning to High School

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25: Transitioning to High School
Two fantastic students from the class of 2019 return to talk specifically about the transition into high school. Harry (from Homework and The Umbrella Academy Review) and Danielle join Mr. Ancona and talk about their experiences adjusting to high school from 8th grade, advice for current 8th graders, how the pandemic and school closures affected their Freshman year, and a most embarrassing Freshman story or two! 
34:53
May 17, 2020
24: The Jagan Mosely Experience
Current NCAA Big East Sportsman of the Year winner, Georgetown Hoya, and former Memorial student, Jagan Mosely, joins Mr. Ancona for an incredible conversation about reflecting on his time at MMMS, what its like playing for 2 HOF coaches, what his journey has been like so far- and how his basketball journey will continue after college, and the famous dunk against Seton Hall that made ESPN's top 10. Jagan goes into detail about failure and why people tend to struggle with it. Being a fan favorite, Jagan explains how important it is to him to give back to his fans and why  he values that so much, plus more!  Follow Jagan @J_Mosely Follow The Monarch Experience @TheMonarchXP Add on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast 
47:44
May 3, 2020
23: Graduating High School: An Alumni Experience with Max and Kush
Kush and Max have some pretty hilarious, but life-changing moments during their time at Marlboro Memorial Middle School that helped shape them into the successful young men they are today. In the first of many more alumni episodes to come, Mr. Ancona talks with two former students, Max S and Kush C, who are set to graduate Biotech High School this Spring, about the initial transition to HS, balancing sports and academics, how Covid-19 has affected their graduation, prom, and other senior activities. While they look back fondly on their last 4 years, they talk about anticipating going on to college and how that will affect them, while also offering some valid advice for current middle school students as they get ready to enter the next phase of their lives.  Follow on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add on SnapChat at The Monarch Experience Podcast
43:27
April 19, 2020
22: Entertainment Recommendations
Are you not entertained?! Spring Break is approaching and with so much time already spent catching up on your favorite shows and video  games, we've got you covered if you're looking for suggestions! Join Yash, Aishika, Jordan, and Jason as we chat about books, graphic novels, TV shows, streaming series', video games, and movies to keep you occupied- and entertained!  Follow on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
39:09
April 5, 2020
21: Stuck Inside
Virtual Learning definitely has both benefits and drawbacks, but in this very special, and very virtual, episode of The Monarch Experience, Mr. Ancona talks with Yash, Dhruva, and Rini about how they have been adjusting to life at home. Between trying to establish routines, picking up new hobbies, and trying not to get distracted, this conversation serves as a reminder as to how well students can adjust to challenging times.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Add on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Dhruva's Playlists: Listen to Drippin by Dhruva Lepakshi on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dhruva-lepakshi/sets/drippin/s-l6YCP Listen to Hindustani Fire by Dhruva Lepakshi on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dhruva-lepakshi/sets/hindustani-fire/s-4XX0B Listen to Vibes by Dhruva Lepakshi on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dhruva-lepakshi/sets/vibes/s-TopEUlFBV5s Listen to HYPE by Dhruva Lepakshi on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/dhruva-lepakshi/sets/hype/s-7nawTl7L9Rw
33:23
March 30, 2020
20: MLB 2020 Season Preview
Despite all sports being delayed indefinitely, Spencer, Brandon, and Mason break down the Houston Astros cheating scandal, discuss their thoughts on the controversial rule changes in baseball, talk Yankees and Mets expectations for the year, and make our picks for division winners. If you're missing baseball, or sports in general, this conversation will sure to be a much needed distraction.  Follow on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Follow on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
52:27
March 16, 2020
19: Applying to High Schools
Middle school leads to high school, high school leads to college, college leads to a good job, and a good job means you'll be happy. That's the message and pressure that a fair number of middle school students receive from an early age. In a raw and shocking conversation, 8th graders Madison and Sara talk about the pressures and the process of applying to high schools. They hold nothing back as they discuss the sacrifices they and other students have made, the sometimes unfair expectations parents put on children, and the things they wish their teachers were more aware of.  This is definitely an eye-opening conversation that 6th and 7th graders should hear as they begin the process of applying to high schools, and a reflective look for 8th graders on the journey they went through.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Add on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
54:27
March 2, 2020
18: Tik Tok Takeover
Sienna, Alana, and Angelina take over this episode!  Seemingly overnight, the once known Musical.ly app transformed into the global takeover, Tik Tok, and Sienna, Angelina, and Alana join this episode of The Monarch Experience to talk about their Tik Tok strategy for gaining authentic followers. They discuss some big 'no-no's' that are quite controversial when it comes to alienating your audience, like baiting people into viewing your videos with false promises! They rant on certain celebrities ruining Tik Tok, and what everyone gets wrong about 'the hype!' Whether you are a content creator looking for more eyes to see your posts and expand your brand, or if you're someone looking to gain more followers,  Sienna, Angelina, and Alana offer a hilarious, yet informative take on how to increase your social media presence.   Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP
34:30
February 17, 2020
Monarch Moments- Our Least Favorite Social Media App
In the first installment of the mini "Monarch Moments" episodes, join 8th graders Sienna, Angelina, and Alana as they discuss their least favorite type of social media, why teens dislike Facebook, oversharing photos, and how dare you leave me on "opened". Plus, Mr. Ancona has a confession to make about the thing that irritates him the most about people on Snap Chat. Also, who's Karen?! Add on Snap Chat: @The Monarch Experience Podcast Follow on Twitter @TheMonarchXP
10:27
February 5, 2020
17: Battle of the Quads 2019
It's an 8th grade tradition at Marlboro Memorial Middle School: Battle of the Quads! After the 4th annual Battle of the Quads at Memorial, 3 winners from quad N join Mr. Ancona to talk about everything BOTQ. Taylor, Michael, and Lola talk about their strategy with Coin Wars and Toys for Tots, how they planned an organized their winning dance, their team mentality and how positivity strengthened them. And just when they felt they had victory within their grasp, a BOTQ first occurred. Plus hilarious, embarrassing, and motivational stories from the entire 2 month process leading up to the day of competition.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Add on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
40:19
January 27, 2020
16: Participation Awards
If everyone gets an award, does that make everyone a winner, or does it make no one a winner? In the latest episode of The Monarch Experience, Mr. Ancona chats with Masha, Greg, and Danielle about whether or not trophy culture is ruining society or if it fosters encouragement and participation. Are there long-term detriments to handing out participation trophies? Do current generations get unfairly blamed for the abundance of participation trophies handed out? Surprisingly, the origins of participation trophies date further back than you'd believe! There's plenty of insight and humor in this episode, and even if you don't receive a trophy for listening, you'll be glad you participated in the experience!  Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP
52:15
January 5, 2020
15: The Secret Benefit of Pets
Think that having a pet is just having an animal roaming around the house? Think again! In this newest episode, Michelle, Jason, and Mr. Ancona explore how having a pet can help people with ADHD refocus themselves, people with diabetes regularly check their insulin levels, and how owning a pet can not only be beneficial physically, but emotionally as well, as pet owners tend to be less lonely and have various coping mechanisms to stress.  Share fun pictures of your pet on Twitter with @TheMonarchXP or on Snapchat @ The Monarch Experience Podcast
46:53
December 4, 2019
14: Bad Reputations
It's easy to get a bad reputation. And what's worse is once you get one, it's almost impossible to get rid of. Join Collin and Dominick as they explain how teenagers unfairly get bad reputations, what goes through one's mind when making a decision that will lead to a bad reputation, how adults think they are helping but their advice isn't as great as they think it is, and much more on this CAN'T MISS episode of The Monarch Experience. From talking about bad decisions students make in the lunchroom to the science as to why people act out in front of a crowd, Collin, Dominick, and Mr. Ancona hold nothing back in this honest, raw conversation.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
43:14
November 19, 2019
13: The Influence of K-Pop
Think you know K-pop? Sara, Alice, Cassie, and Rebecca definitely do! Join them as they chat about what makes a K-pop idol different from American musicians, how K-pop became so popular in the US, how South Korea's politics play an enormous factor in the making of the music,  stereotypes, and how this plays a role in the recent passing of Sulli. Plus,  Mr. Ancona convinces himself he's a fan of the music by comparing it to professional wrestling! All this and more!  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
51:44
November 3, 2019
12: A Middle School Survival Guide: How To Make It Through 6th Grade
Sometimes Middle School is rough, and sometimes being a Middle School student is even harder! In this episode, Madison (she's back!), Suhani, and Prisha break down how they are managing to survive middle school and how they made it through the ever difficult transition of starting 6th grade. You're not alone; they discuss hilarious failures of theirs, what their first impressions were, and if the Middle School Monster is real or not. And then, if that's not enough, they provide some fantastic life advice. This is not just an episode for 6th graders though, as they break down skills, strategies, and survival tactics necessary to conquer Middle School!  Snap @The Monarch Experience Podcast an image or video of you listening to this episode in the most unique location and win a prize.  Twitter: @TheMonarchXP
40:03
October 23, 2019
11: The Power of Positivity
Want to be awesome? Want to be able to overcome anxious thoughts and fears of failure? If you feel like negativity surrounds you, this is the episode you MUST listen to. In the season premiere, Michelle, Disha, and Mehreen break down the contagious nature of being positive, how it can help you visualize and achieve your dreams, and how affirmation statements can help boost your self-esteem and outlook on life.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXP Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
51:00
October 9, 2019
10-Moving Up To High School
As Graduation nears, Angelina, Marina, and Chloe reflect on their time in Middle School, what they anticipate High School to be like, and why they think some friendships tend to fade once they enter High School. And after 3 years of being presented with information about drugs, alcohol, and other influences , they talk openly and honestly about how teens can easily succumb to negative influences in their lives if they aren't careful, why teens tend to make bad decisions, and why society sometimes 'rewards' these behaviors. It's our last episode of the 2019 school year and you won't want to miss this one!  Subscribe on iTunes! Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
52:55
June 5, 2019
9: The Umbrella Academy Review
Join us as a returning Harry and Victoria bring Eleni along for an honest review of Netflix's hit series, The Umbrella Academy. We pull no punches as we review the series, discuss the character arcs, the never-ending bizarre relationships, the writing of the show, the popular and crazy fan theories, and what we think will happen next season. Is Reginald an alien? Did Klaus have enough of a redemption story? Is Luther likable? Is Mr. Ancona too emotionally attached to Pogo?  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on SnapChat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
54:07
May 20, 2019
8: Gossip, Drama, & Rumors
Did you hear? The guests on The Monarch Experience's most downloaded episode ever are back! And this time they are talking about why people are so drawn to gossip, how it could be a bonding experience for people, how to avoid rumors, and how teens and adults can stop gossip from spreading.  Add The Monarch Experience Podcast on SnapChat. Follow The Monarch Experience on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Tag @TheMonarchXP and Retweet your favorite episode for a $10 gift card!
47:00
May 10, 2019
7: 2019 Basketball Champions
They experienced having the winning team in 2018 celebrate on their home court, only to return the favor the following year. Join 8th graders Luke and Ryan as they detail their experience with heartbreak after going so far, only to end up losing the championship last year, to the wild ride of a season they had this year leading up to the championship win defined by their team's aggressiveness, loose mentality, and tight camaraderie. This episode has funny stories, how they celebrated their championship win, and an honest conversation from Luke and Ryan about their head coach, Mr. Styler, and his coaching philosophies.  Follow us on Twitter @TheMonarchXP Add us on Snap Chat: The Monarch Experience Podcast Subscribe and leave a 5 star rating on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-monarch-experience/id1451832396
31:27
April 30, 2019
6: Gaming and Streaming
There's possibly no bigger generational gap than teens that play and stream online games and the parents that don't understand the power of it. Join Brandon (Brandonbest555), Kimberly (CookieCaffine), and Evan (SoundWave328) as they explain the impact of streaming various types of gaming on multiple platforms and how teens can actually make money off of it! If you are a gamer, online streamer, or simply a fan of content creation, this is an episode you won't want to miss!  Retweet your favorite episode of @TheMonarchxp on Twitter and receive a $10 Jostens gift card. Send The Monarch Experience Podcast a Snap of you listening to this episode and be featured on our Snap Story! 
46:28
April 15, 2019
5: Coming to America: Students From Other Countries
In one of our best episodes yet, Nihal, Haaniah, Sayuri, and Roman talk about their experiences coming from another country and the challenges they faced assimilating to American schools. Experience Haaniah's shock when she saw American malls and how casual people dressed; you'll be sure to second guess what clothing you wear next time you go to the mall. Also, Nihal holds nothing back as he explains how teachers really are in India. From Roman's belief that the school in Ukraine was milking the parents for money by claiming parts of the school broke to Sayuri's magical school that offered virtual reality classes, this episode is not one that you want to miss! Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXp Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
57:34
April 1, 2019
4: Homework Policy
Do you think homework is useless? Does homework reinforce skills learned in class? Harry, Alice, and Jason break down whether or not homework belongs in schools anymore, how it affects students' time and personal lives, the 'types' of teachers that assign homework, and more!  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXp Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
48:23
March 18, 2019
3: Popularity and Cliques
Want to learn how to be popular? This episode may - or may not - have all of the answers as 8th graders Sika, Marco, and Janel explore why people have the need to be popular, how it affects teens growing up, what long term effects it has, social media's impact, and much more in our 3rd episode! Plus, an opportunity to win free money by listening!  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXp Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
47:44
March 4, 2019
2: Stress! At the Middle School
Feeling stressed?! Well, Sid, Fadilah, Mehreen, and Disha have got you covered as they break down the stresses of being a teenager both in and out of school, how to deal with these stresses, and why parents and teachers mean well, but often don't help matters.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXp Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
44:08
February 21, 2019
1: Standardized
In the very first episode of The Monarch Experience, Sammi, Madison, and Victoria break down the importance (or lack thereof) of standardized tests such as the Common Assessment and PARCC.  Plus, they address ways schools can make taking these tests more tolerable.  Follow on Twitter: @TheMonarchXp Add on Snapchat: The Monarch Experience Podcast
41:56
February 6, 2019