MND Wins Yearbook Prize

GAA Meetings Rock

How is a snow day decided?

snow at MNDWaiting. It’s a cold night, and predictions of snow have you scrolling through twitter and refreshing your email. Will school be called off?

Waiting. It’s 5:00 a.m., and still no word. One by one, other schools are being called off, and you are hoping, wondering, what the fate of MND is.

Many desperately want the day off. Others hope school will still be session, uneasy with the idea of being one snow day closer to having digital calamity work.

Whatever the case may be, there is a lot of waiting.

While the snow may be piling up on the roads and students anxiously wait to see if they will have school the next day, the administration has much more to consider.

Because MND students live in so many different districts, whether school will be cancelled or not is determined by the administration. Other private schools who have students that primarily live in one district however, base their school cancellation on that specific district. Continue reading

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Ways to tell you are from MND

MNDVB picMount Notre Dame recently showcased all the school has to offer at the annual Open House. Students, faculty and staff put their efforts together to give visitors a glimpse into what it really means to be a part of this community.

In the spirit of this season, several people were asked the question, “How can someone tell you are from MND?” The below list represents the top responses from students, teachers, administrators and even 8th grade visitors.

1)      You just know that God is good.

After hearing an afternoon prayer, one declares, “How good is the good God!” It will forever be ingrained in our minds as St. Julie’s joyful words that end our school day and release us into the evening.

2)      You aren’t afraid to show your confidence & tell people you are an “empowered” young woman.

Our school mission statement says that “Mount Notre Dame educates and empowers young women to recognize and develop their unique capabilities to learn, live, lead and serve.”

Whether in a college interview, meeting your new professor, or interviewing for a job, our graduates can use the skills they built at school to be organized, professional, and confident.

3)      You love that no one cares how put together you are.

Getting ready for school takes no time at all, especially when a hair tie and headband is all you really need. No makeup?  No problem!  We love you just the way you are.  #nofilter  Continue reading

Volleyball beats #1 ranked team in the nation

  Mount Notre Dame Volleyball has won the Division I state semifinal, defeating Toledo St Ursula in 4 sets at Wright State Nutter Center Friday night.

The team anticipated a difficult match.  The Arrow ranked #1 in the nation on MaxPreps, a website that follows high school sports and provides ranking, stats and schedules, and the MND Cougars ranked #24.

Seldom do schools have the opportunity to make a state tournament appearance, and yet Mount Notre Dame has made the trip an astounding 12 times. Tomorrow they will return to Dayton to fight for their 8th state title.  They play Massillon Jackson at 5 p.m.

To experience so much success, athletes must be truly RELENTLESS. This is not just the theme of this year’s MND volleyball team, but the quality that has driven the Cougars to the state championship. Continue reading

Debunking MND myths

A sketch of Mount Notre Dame Academy in the late 1800s is found in an old yearbook.  It served as a boarding school for boys and girls starting in 1860 until 1935.  The site is now home to nearly 100 retired Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and neighbors the current school building that was constructed in 1965.

A sketch of Mount Notre Dame Academy in the late 1800s is found in an old yearbook. It served as a boarding school for boys and girls starting in 1860 until 1935. The site is now home to nearly 100 retired Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and neighbors the current school building that was constructed in 1965.

A “myth” can be defined as “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.”

Mount Notre Dame High School has had its own collection of myths about the school and its history.

Perhaps the most common “myth” related to MND is about a ghost that haunts the third floor.

This story has been circulating for many years and even among people not associated with the school.  It even appeared recently as a feature story on a blog called “Creepy Cincinnati.”

The October 12 posting said, “Sometime in the 40’s, a young girl is said to have committed suicide there on the 3rd floor, and it’s this floor that she is now said to haunt.” Continue reading

A living tradition that began with a letter

 

A book from the convent archives shares a typical student schedule from the late 1800s.  Students started out as boarders at the 6th Street location in downtown Cincinnati.

A book from the convent archives shares a typical student schedule from the late 1800s. Students started out as boarders at the 6th Street location in downtown Cincinnati.

It all started nearly 155 years ago with a letter.

Back then, there were still relatively few Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and they were mostly centered in Belgium.  St. Julie Billiart envisioned that one day her Sisters would travel the world to spread the goodness of God and it was time for that vision to be realized.

Their first foreign mission?  The United States of America.  Ohio to be exact.  And the city was called Cincinnati.

The Archbishop at the time, Archbishop Purcell, was answering the call from the Pope.  The Catholic Church needed to be revitalized, and Purcell saw the answer in the education f young people.

The number of incoming immigrants was growing rapidly with one problem – not enough schools.  After traveling to Europe in search for an answer, he stumbled upon the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.  His visit to their convent was merely a courteous stop, but he was amazed by what he say.   Continue reading

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Golf goes to districts

Sam Shinkle, Molly McCudden, Grace Weber, and Meghan Shea (left to right) listen attentively to Head Coach Andrew Horner before their match on September 9 and then burst into laughter as a joke is cracked. Despite Horner having a surgery half way through the season and taking recovery, the MND Varsity Golf team had a lot of fun and success this year! They advanced to districts as a team.

Student golfers Sam Shinkle, Molly McCudden, Grace Weber, and Meghan Shea (left to right) listen attentively to Head Coach Andrew Horner before their match on September 9 and then burst into laughter as a joke is cracked. Despite Horner having a surgery half way through the season and taking recovery, the MND Varsity Golf team had a lot of fun and success this year! They advanced to districts as a team.

Enquirer columnist Krista Ramsey visits students

Columnist Krista Ramsey of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with students in the Digital Communications class today. Ramsey was asked to share with the students what it is like to be a journalist as well as what her experience has taught her in regard to being successful at interviewing.

Columnist Krista Ramsey of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with students in the Digital Communications class today. Ramsey was asked to share with the students what it is like to be a journalist as well as what her experience has taught her in regard to being successful at interviewing.

On Tuesday October 7, Cincinnati Enquirer Columnist Krista Ramsey visited the Digital Communications class to discuss different fields in communications, as well as explain what a career in journalism entails.

This year is the first for the Digital Communications class at MND, and Ramsey’s advice and expertise allowed students with all different career interests to gain insight on possible job opportunities.

Ramsey discussed a recent series she has been working on titled, “Turning 14 in Cincinnati,” and led the students through her weeks long process of researching, interviewing, and writing for each of the stories.

“I knew it was a ton of work; I didn’t realize just how many steps it took to write even one article,” senior Kate Ducey shared. Continue reading

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JV coach, Kellie Kaiser, and JV golf team, Sydney Tiberghien, Henson Sullivan, Emily Webb, Mia Mendez, Casey Kowitz, Francine Gates, and Kylie Arbin (left to right) pose after their 2014 GGCL Tournament Sunday, October 5. Even with a predominantly freshman team, the team beat last year's records. Senior Emily Webb, who has played golf for MND for 4 years shares, "I really enjoyed the enthusiasm that my team brought into every match. It made my senior year more enjoyable."

JV coach, Kellie Kaiser, and JV golf team, Sydney Tiberghien, Henson Sullivan, Emily Webb, Mia Mendez, Casey Kowitz, Francine Gates, and Kylie Arbin (left to right) pose after their 2014 GGCL Tournament Sunday, October 5. Even with a predominantly freshman team, the team beat last year’s records. Senior Emily Webb, who has played golf for MND for 4 years shares, “I really enjoyed the enthusiasm that my team brought into every match. It made my senior year more enjoyable.”

Sophomore Breann Webb races down the field with the ball as several opponents approach at her heels. Webb has played both JV blue and JV white teams this season. She comments, "I love playing soccer. I've played since I was 5."

Sophomore Breann Webb races down the field with the ball as several opponents approach at her heels. Webb has played both JV blue and JV white teams this season. She comments, “I love playing soccer. I’ve played since I was 5.”

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Carly Bowling, sophomore, swings and hits the ball over the net. Bowling is a member of the varsity tennis team at MND. “I love the cute uniforms and the fact that, because it is a smaller team, we are all really close- like a family,” Bowling said.

Lost parakeet finds a home in the Admissions Office

Boyle Article 1The admissions office has a new pet, and her name is Dorothy.

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

Soon to stage: Les Miserables

Mr. Nate Pucke, MND Theater Director, first stepped onto a stage at age 8. At the age of only 31, Mr. Pucke has directed 63 shows at MND in 10 years - 67 shows after this school year. Mr. Pucke says, “My favorite part about theater is that everyone in theater is a community – that’s what makes each show so meaningful.”

Mr. Nate Pucke, MND Theater Director, first stepped onto a stage at age 8. At the age of only 31, Mr. Pucke has directed 63 shows at MND in 10 years – 67 shows after this school year. Mr. Pucke says, “My favorite part about theater is that everyone in theater is a community – that’s what makes each show so meaningful.”

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

Meet Italian Exchange Student, Alice Bidorini

Alice Bidorini is an Italian exchange student from Milan, Italy. Bidorini arrived in Cincinnati on August 18. Bidorini says, “I came here because I love America and American people. I would like to experience the real American life.

Alice Bidorini is an Italian exchange student from Milan, Italy. Bidorini arrived in Cincinnati on August 18. Bidorini says, “I came here because I love America and American people. I would like to experience the real American life.

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

Competition gets a face-lift

United We Won Competition picOn Tuesday August 26, Ms. Lauren Krasniewski, Director of Student Activities, announced a change to the 37 year-old United We Won competition.

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

Are you happy?

Is “just friends” possible?

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

Guys and girls can never be “just friends”

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

Seniors dance the night away, fund scholarships

Rogers returns as coach, leading MND basketball to become Sectional Champions

Dr. Scott Rogers has returned as Varsity basketball head coach after leaving MND in 2007 to coach his daughter at Indian Hill.

Rogers is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he played basketball. He was head coach of the MND basketball State Champion teams of 2004 and 2006, and assistant coach of the 2007 State Champion team.

The Cougars finished their regular season as league champions and began the state tournament with a 14-6 record.

The first team the Cougars took on was Amelia. The Cougars easily advanced, winning the game 89-29. Next, they took on Ross and once again the Cougars prevailed 73-45. Continue reading

Junior completes her first Flying Pig Marathon

Dorton flying pig“Those who have hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

This is the Bible verse that inspired junior Brittney Dorton that May 4 morning.

The air was full of loud cheering and anticipation as she looked at the 13.1 miles that were ahead of her. But the story does not start here at the Flying Pig Marathon. Many long months of training led up to this day.

Dorton’s experience started back on February 10, when she began her training. She prepared by running, biking, lifting weights and even doing some yoga.

“I’ll admit, one of my favorite CT (cross training) exercises was playing Just Dance with my younger sister,” Dorton joked. Continue reading