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.

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.”

mnd var tennis

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

Author visits freshmen religion students for eleventh year

Author Andrea Cheng has been visiting MND to talk to freshmen for eleven years now.  She shared how much she enjoys speaking to groups where all the students have read the book.  "I like to get insight from the students, and people are really interested in it," Cheng said.

Author Andrea Cheng has been visiting MND to talk to freshmen for eleven years now. She shared how much she enjoys speaking to groups where all the students have read the book. “I like to get insight from the students, and people are really interested in it,” Cheng said.

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

Selecting Your Senior Retreat: Thoughts on Kairos and R.O.P.es

Kairos is one of two senior retreats that is offered at MND.  Participants of the 47th Kairos included a few juniors who will become leaders for their senior class next year.

Kairos is one of two senior retreats that is offered at MND. Participants of the 47th Kairos included a few juniors who will become leaders for their senior class next year.

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?

KAIROS

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

Student suspended from school for shaving head in support of friend: How would MND react?

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

One last case: Psych finale

The hit T.V. show Psych is coming to an end in the very last episode, The Break-Up, with such a fitting title. The main cast of Psych (from left), Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara, Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer, James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Kirsten Nielson as Karen Vick, Dule Hill as Gus, and Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter.

The hit T.V. show Psych is coming to an end in the very last episode, The Break-Up, with such a fitting title. The main cast of Psych (from left), Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara, Corbin Bernsen as Henry Spencer, James Roday as Shawn Spencer, Kirsten Nielson as Karen Vick, Dule Hill as Gus, and Timothy Omundson as Carlton Lassiter.

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.

SPOILER ALERT!

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 awesome

The curtain before the show starts. The audience settles down for the show to begin. “Some of my favorite songs are the very last ones “For Good,” sung between Elphaba and Glinda, “Popular,” and “Defying Gravity,” said Jennings.

The curtain before the show starts. The audience settles down for the show to begin. “Some of my favorite songs are the very last ones “For Good,” sung between Elphaba and Glinda, “Popular,” and “Defying Gravity,” said Jennings.

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

Cancer Kills but We Can Take Action

Melissa Deters and partner Cassie Hoesl pose with Mr. Hopkins at their LLS event. Hopkins is a close family friend of Melissa's that has had cancer for the third time. Melissa says, "He is so strong and was a huge help to get us together with LLS."

Melissa Deters and partner Cassie Hoesl pose with Mr. Hopkins at their LLS event. Hopkins is a close family friend of Melissa’s that has had cancer for the third time. Melissa says, “He is so strong and was a huge help to get us together with LLS.”

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

Faith’s faith journey continues through Lent

Junior Faith Lynd is proud to wear her cross of ashes for the start of Lent.  She is planning to drink more water instead of pop.  “I love soda, so it is sacrifice to give it up,” she shared.

Junior Faith Lynd is proud to wear her cross of ashes for the start of Lent. She is planning to drink more water instead of pop. “I love soda, so it is sacrifice to give it up,” she shared.

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

Students begin the Lenten season living with less

Senior Emily Johangetes practices her Lenten sacrifice by eating healthier. Emily and many others in the school community have decided to make their sacrifice not only challenging, but healthy. “I am eating healthy for Lent. Even though it will be hard, I know it will be good for me”.

Senior Emily Johangetes practices her Lenten sacrifice by eating healthier. Emily and many others in the school community have decided to make their sacrifice not only challenging, but healthy. “I am eating healthy for Lent. Even though it will be hard, I know it will be good for me”.

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

Snagging the summer job for you

Millions of American teens across the country will embark on a personal journey as join the workforce for the summer. Jobs  you do in your teen years, you can benefit and learn from the experience or even make connections. Each spring, hundreds of Cincinnati teens apply to Kings Island, the largest amusement park in the Midwest.

Millions of American teens across the country will embark on a personal journey as join the workforce for the summer. Jobs you do in your teen years, you can benefit and learn from the experience or even make connections. Each spring, hundreds of Cincinnati teens apply to Kings Island, the largest amusement park in the Midwest.

    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

Terrific Teachers at MND announced

Last year, Rachel Bronner nominated teacher Ms. Lauren Krasniewski as a Terrific Teacher.  Bronner and Krasniewski enjoyed a brunch hosted by Parish Partners.  This year's winners were just announced today.

Last year, Rachel Bronner nominated teacher Ms. Lauren Krasniewski as a Terrific Teacher. Bronner and Krasniewski enjoyed a brunch hosted by Parish Partners. This year’s winners were just announced today.

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.