Mrs. Terri Miller of Admissions couldn’t believe her eyes when she and her husband spotted a small, feathery creature on the newly opened Sr. Dorothy Stang Memorial Field this past Sunday.
“My husband and I were taking a walk to see the new field. I happened to look over on the fence and it was right at eye-level, and I said, ‘Is that a parakeet?’”
The bird was a beautiful Columbia blue, Mount Notre Dame’s official school color. The field that the creature was so drawn to was named in honor of a lover of animals and the environment, Sr. Dorothy, an MND graduate and Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who was martyred in Brazil in 2005.
As Mrs. Miller walked towards it, she noticed its wings were clipped, but it did it’s best to flutter around the fence. Continue reading
Mr. Nate Pucke, Theater Director, Mr. Beiting, Artistic Director, and Mr. Ben Hunt, Technical Director, held auditions for the fall play Les Miserables September 2-4 and revealed the final cast list last Friday.
Those who were assigned parts were instructed to respond via email if they choose to accept or decline their role.
Les Miserables has been labeled a complex and controversial show for high school theater because it contains some risqué scenes and was produced for a mature audience. The movie which was released in 2012 (in U.S.) by Universal Studios and was rated PG-13 by the MMPA for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. Continue reading
MND’s newest exchange student, Alice Bidorini arrived in the U.S. on August 14 and spent spent 4 days in New York City before arriving in Cincinnati on August 18. Bidorini joins the school community all the way from Milan, Italy.
She has enjoyed much travelling with her family, but this is her first experience beyond Europe.
Bidorini says, “I came here because I love America and American people. I would like to experience the real American life.”
Throughout her school year here, Bidorini will have many opportunities to have new experiences.
“I hear about many places Cincinnati has unique – like Skyline and Graeter’s – I want to try those.” Bidorini exclaimed.
She is looking forward to the year, but will miss her family – especially her brother Niccolo’ (age 25), whom she is very close with. Continue reading
United We Won is a competition among the grade levels to see which class has the most spirit. Events such as pep rallies, sports games, fundraisers, and a variety of contests throughout the year can earn classes points. The class with the most points at the end of the year is declared the winner.
The competition has been around since 1977 when nearby Regina High School closed down and many of the students enrolled at MND. Continue reading
A question many young adults and teenagers find themselves asking is: Can guys and girls be just friends? Or is there always going to be something there?
As kids get older and transition into becoming teenagers, many of them find their friend groups getting closer but smaller. There’s a core group of friends that always hang out together more than with their other friends. It can be a mix group of boys and girls or it can be just a group of boys or just a group of girls. Most people don’t have any issues over mixed gender friendships within a group setting.
However, when a girl and a boy are good friends, suspicions often arise. Are they really just friends? Is that possible? Continue reading
There have been countless debates throughout history arguing the platonic coexistence between men and women as a façade. Whether it be in some sort of movie like When Harry Met Sally or simply as a widespread theory, it has been a topic somewhat consuming to many young minds.
To quote When Harry Met Sally, “No man can ever be friends with a woman that he finds attractive.”
Is it true; does attraction get in the way? I think so, and here’s why. Continue reading
On May 2, Mount Notre Dame was honored to have author Andrea Cheng and her mother, Mrs. Mary Kartal visit the freshman class. Cheng is the author of several books, including Marika, a novel based on her mother’s life as a young Jewish girl living in Hungary during World War II. The book shares both Marika’s experiences of anti-Semitism and her search for personal identity as her family divides.
Every year in religion class, the freshmen read the story as part of their study of Judaism and meet with not only the author, but the main character.
Cheng and her mother have been visiting the school for eleven years, sharing the story of Marika and answering questions about life as an author.
Cheng first started talking at schools when Marika was chosen for Cincinnati’s “On the Same Page” reading program. Before she knew it, she was traveling all around the country discussing the book.
She has loved doing so, getting new insight and questions on the book with each visit. One may think sharing the same thing for eleven years would get old, but not for Cheng. Continue reading
This week, juniors will hear from Retreat Director, Ms. Maggie Prosser about their options for senior retreat: Kairos and R.O.P.es. Deciding which retreat to select requires a fair amount of discernment on the part of the individual, but retreat alum can be very helpful in that process.
The two retreats have much in common. They are both made up of three full days, and are completely planned and implemented by 4-6 students and 4-5 teachers. They also follow the same general structure and themes. So what is different then?
Students may have heard about the Kairos retreat from other friends or family members who have attended. They may have even formed some expectations of what comes from the Kairos retreat. Originally, Kairos started as a program called “The Christian Awakening” for adults in the 1970s. Over time, the program was adapted to better suit younger people who are in a different place in their life and spiritual journey. The Kairos retreat first started in Brooklyn, New York and then trickled out to Louisville, Kentucky and other cities.
In Novembers of 1995, Kairos arrived at MND. This past February was the school’s 47th Kairos! Continue reading
When 9 year old Kamryn Renfro decided to show support for her friend, Delaney Clements 11, by shaving her head, she never thought she would be punished for it. Renfro decided to shave her head one day after hanging out with Clements.
Clements had been going through chemo for a while and was just starting to lose her hair. Renfro didn’t want her to feel alone in her battle against cancer and decided to bare a bald head as well. Renfro’s mom felt an immeasurable amount of pride for her little girl and the maturity she was showing at such a young age. But she never expected the reaction that she got from the school.
Before Renfro returned to school, her mom decided to send an email to her teachers to let them know in advance of her daughter’s altered appearance. She was surprised to find that the school board was angry with her decision and was told that a girl with a shaved head is a violation of the school dress code. She would not be allowed back on campus until her hair grew back. Continue reading
It’s happening. Go on HULU or USA Network.com. Buy a few boxes of tissues. Gather ‘round with your friends and family because another beloved T.V. show is coming to a close. We’ve been anticipating the end of so many great shows this year like the nine-year-long and wonderfully funny sitcom, How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM). Like HIMYM, there is another notorious show we can’t bear to say goodbye to which has us screaming with laughter for about 30 minutes longer. That’s right, the hilarious mystery and original comedy, Psych aired its final episode after eight years and eight seasons.
For many, the final episode, “The Break Up” lived up to all that fans, or “Psych-O’s” as they call themselves, were hoping for.
Shawn (James Roday) fulfilled our dreams when he proposed to Juliet (Maggie Lawson) in San Francisco where he decided to move to be with her. The last case Shawn and Gus (Dule Hill) took part in, reminded Shawn a lot of what he was about to do; leave Santa Barbara and Gus. Continue reading
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is an award winning Broadway musical that revolves around the unlikely friendship between the abnormally green skin colored Elphaba, commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West, and the popular and seemingly perfect Glinda, commonly known as the Good Witch of the North. The musical is based on the book written by Gregory Maguire Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which parallels the classic movie and book The Wizard of Oz.
The show has been running ever since it first premiered in October 2003 with original cast members Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, making it currently the 11 longest running Broadway show.
Junior Kate Jennings has seen Wicked in both New York City and Cincinnati and said, “Some differences were just the quickness/ preparedness of singers switching acts but other than that the plots and costumes were the same! Both wonderful!” Continue reading
The National Cancer Institute made estimates for 2013 that there would be 1,660,290 new cases of cancer and 580,350 deaths due to cancers. The American Cancer Society of the United States adds that 2 of 3 people diagnosed with cancer each day will survive at least 5 years, in part because of the research and prevention efforts of organizations like themselves.
This rate is significantly better than the rates were 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago. When someone gets cancer, it’s not just them that is affected, but also their family and even friends. Time is always speeding along and these loved ones and friends are usually happy to get as long as they can with the cancer patient. They are thankful for the positive memories they build with their loved one. Cancer and other chronic illnesses are devastating, yet prominent in today’s world, so we must find ways to help fight the ever-present battle. Continue reading
The MND community gathered in the gym yesterday to begin the 40 days of Lent with Ash Wednesday mass. Junior Faith Lynd was inspired by the service, and feels more than ready to begin her own Lenten walk.
“The readings were really relatable to my own life. I get excited during the Lenten season because I can become closer to God, and show my love to him by giving up what I love most,” Lynd stated. Continue reading
March is the hectic time with spring sports starting up, the work pile at school is building, and jobs are becoming more and more stressful as the weather gets nicer. It is easy to let our Catholic obligations during this time of the year to slip through our fingers, however it is important to take this time of lent to remember that our world is not just us. So, let’s reflect on why lent is important and how it became to be what it is today. Continue reading
Spring-time is about fresh air and new starts. It’s the time of year when many high school students begin thinking about landing that summer job. But how can you make sure you snag just the right one?
First, you will want to start by making a list of activities that you enjoy as well those that you despise. This step will help you discover yourself and what kinds of tasks you are willing to complete in a job. Keep in mind that even the best job still might involve doing some things you don’t like very much. Look at it as an opportunity for growth, rather than an indication that you are heading toward a summer of boredom or doom. Continue reading
During Catholic Schools Week, MND’s Parish Partners invited students to nominate an MND teacher for the Terrific Teacher Award. The student had to submit an essay of at least 150 words describing why they believed that person was a “Terrific Teacher.”
PawPrints would like to congratulate the below honorees:
Mr. Grayson FitzHugh ~ Assistant Athletic Director
Nominated by Molly Bonino ‘17
Mrs. Michelle Hodge ~ Director of Volunteer Leadership
Nominated by Rachel Bronner ‘14
Mrs. Eileen O’Donnell Lipps ‘65 ~ Director of Spiritual Development
Nominated by Betsy Grout ‘15
Ms. Karen Sizemore ~ Physical Education & Health / Chairperson
Nominated by Kristi Duncan ‘14
Ms. Mandy Spears ~ Ministry & Religious Studies
Nominated by Catherine Evers Smith ‘16
Mrs. Marcia Sullivan ~ Ministry & Religious Studies Department
Nominated by Rachel Bronner ‘14
The honorees and their nominating student will be honored on April 10.