Exploring Zaragoza

Pictured is a view from Castillo de Loarre (translated Castle of Loarre) just outside of Zaragoza. Together, this year’s Spanish Exchange group of juniors Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith has already visited the famous Pilar Cathedral in Zaragoza, Castillo de Loarre just outside of Zaragoza, and Zaragoza’s very modern shopping mall, which is the third largest in Europe. Gries states, “Estoy enamorada de Zaragoza!” (Translated: “I’m in love with Zaragoza!”)

Pictured is a view from Castillo de Loarre (translated Castle of Loarre) just outside of Zaragoza. Together, this year’s Spanish Exchange group of juniors Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith has already visited the famous Pilar Cathedral in Zaragoza, Castillo de Loarre just outside of Zaragoza, and Zaragoza’s very modern shopping mall, which is the third largest in Europe. Gries states, “Estoy enamorada de Zaragoza!” (Translated: “I’m in love with Zaragoza!”)

This marks the ninth year that MND has paired with Santa Maria del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain for a foreign exchange program. After Mr. Delgado of Moeller went to Spain and visited the Marian school there, Moeller began an exchange program with them. Santa Maria del Pilar was eager to provide the exchange opportunity to their female population as well and invited MND to join the program they had begun with Moeller. MND began sending students in January 2006 and has now sent 40 students to Spain. Mrs. Julie Yorn, World Language Chair, has accompanied students to Spain 4 times – 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

“I believe it is a valuable experience for students and individuals to travel abroad,” states Mrs. Yorn. “Not only can they learn and experience a lot, but it can open them to many opportunities.”

This year Mrs. Karen Day, Associate Head of School and Dean of Academic Development, accompanied MND’s 4 students, Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith, to Spain on Jan. 7, 2015. The students are all juniors in Honors Spanish 3. Mrs. Day has returned to the US, but each student will spend the next 5 weeks with families in Zaragoza. They are set to return on Friday, February 13. While in Spain, our students will get to immerse themselves in the school, cuisine, and culture of Spain. They may also get opportunities to explore the landmarks and cities around them. Continue reading

Engineering students win best in state

(from left) Seniors Maddie Dolan, Olivia DeLuca, Ellie Privitera, Chris Clark, Megan Burns, Molly Savage won Verizon Wireless Best in State for the app they created. "Do it" focuses on the issue of procrastination. "This honor is well deserved." STEM coordinator Michele Shafer stated.

(from left) Seniors Maddie Dolan, Olivia DeLuca, Ellie Privitera, Chris Clark, Megan Burns, Molly Savage won Verizon Wireless Best in State for the app they created. “Do it” focuses on the issue of procrastination. “This honor is well deserved.” STEM coordinator Michele Shafer stated.

Six Mount Notre Dame engineering students have received Best State winner from a Verizon Innovative App challenge. This submission moves these students into the regional competition. Students Megan Burns, Chris Clark, Olivia DeLuca, Maddie Dolan, Ellie Privitera and Molly Savage designed an App, called Do It, which focuses on the issue of procrastinating. The apps blocks and tracks the users’ most used applications and websites (such as Facebook and Instagram), as well as calls and texts at the user’s discretion. The function can be turned on and off at any time. Mrs. Michele Shafer, STEM coordinator, shares “These six Mount Notre Dame students exemplify our vision to empower young women to transform the world. I am impressed by their desire to be leaders in STEM fields and also by their strength of character. Their Best in State submission for the Verizon App Challenge is a direct result of their creativity, academic excellence, critical thinking and effective communication – the same traits that I witness each of them embrace daily as they approach learning at MND. This honor is well deserved!”

You Are MND – MND Experience Day 2015

Created by the Digital Communications I 2014-2015 class.

Kicking Towards Gold

Sam Leshnak ’15 poses with three teammates behind the sign of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. She was invited to the first ever Youth National Goalkeeper Training Camp in December 2012. Since then she has received several call ups and now trains on the U-20 WNT. Leshnak says, “In the future, I see myself with a gold metal wrapped around my neck, with tears of joy.”

Sam Leshnak ’15 poses with three teammates behind the sign of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. She was invited to the first ever Youth National Goalkeeper Training Camp in December 2012. Since then she has received several call ups and now trains on the U-20 WNT. Leshnak says, “In the future, I see myself with a gold metal wrapped around my neck, with tears of joy.”

Not only did the MND soccer program have a winning season, but their success has continued beyond their home field. Their team members and alumni team members have been getting special honors across the country. These members include Rose Lavelle ’13 and Sam Leshnak ’15.

Lavelle was a star player when she attended MND and her success has continued on the college level. Attending Wisconsin University, Lavelle plays soccer as a midfielder. She was recently named to the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team (WNT). She is to attend the US Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California this week, Jan. 3-10 for the first training camp of the year. US coaching staff will be watching the camp and will conduct the January 2015 NWSL Draft.

Leshnak, senior, contributed a lot to the success of the team this season as goalie with 90 saves in the league and 11 in shootouts. Led by Coach Keri Heedum, MND varsity soccer went 4-1 in GGCL and 10-4-3 overall. Leshnak was the GGCL Player of the Year.

Leshnak was recently selected for the US U-20 WNT and will report to the US Soccer National Training Center January 24-31.

“I got my first call-up when I was about 14, for the U-14 National Camp July 2011 in Portland, Oregon. It was tough because I wasn’t used to the away part of my family, but 5 days wasn’t too bad.” Leshnak explains. October 2012 she was called up to the U-15 National Team Training Camp, but could not attend due to a broken hand. She was defeated by this because she believed she had lost her chance of continuing towards the WNT.

However, Leshnak continues, “Next thing I knew I was invited to the first ever Youth National Goalkeeper Training Camp in December 2012 in Chula Vista, California at the Olympic training center!” Since then, she has been receiving steady call up. After receiving a call-up to train with the U-17 WNT in January 2013 in Carson, Cal., she got her first international start against the German U-18 team.

She exclaims, “This was huge! I’d never seen so many colleges on the sidelines in my life. It was a privilege and experience it was to play against such a great team.”

Leshnak comments, “My journey’s been pretty bumpy with lots of highs and lows. But, with help from my family and teammates I never got too low.” In the future, she hopes to cry tears of joy as a gold metal is placed around her neck. Although this is a lofty goal, she is well on her way towards it and continues to work her hardest to make that dream a reality.

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.”

Former staff member is remembered

After a 3 ½ year-long battle with pancreatic cancer, former MND staff member Mrs. Kathy Derrick passed away on September 19, 2014. Her funeral mass was held at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Pleasant Ridge, where she was a 35 year parishioner.

Mrs. Derrick spent many years as a member of the Mount Notre Dame family, where she worked as an English teacher and Library Media Specialist.  She retired in 2011.

Friends of Mrs. Derrick described her as a lifelong educator and devout Catholic.  She also enjoyed travelling, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her family and friends.

Art teacher, Ms. Shelley Brauer had been a close friend of Mrs. Derrick for many years and enjoyed spending time with her. Continue reading

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