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Multiculture-All

by Ciara Tucker

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Excited after their September 8th well-attended meeting are Multicultural Student Union members Pariss Ruffin, Sydney Jefferson, and Amber Lewis. “We first need to understand others to understand ourselves,” states  president Jefferson.

Mount Notre Dame has added a multicultural student union to its extensive array of extracurricular activities. 

“This club is meant to bring the multicultural aspects of MND’s community to the forefront, as well as serve as a safe space for all MND students to discuss sensitive issues,” according to the club’s founding president, Senior Sydney Jefferson. 

When she and the rest of the leadership team introduced the Multicultural Student Union to the student body on August 22, 2017, Jefferson wanted to make sure people knew the club was for students of all races, socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. 

According to Jefferson, “Events last year made it apparent that a space like this was necessary.”

Since then she has worked tirelessly to make her dream of a more open and accepting MND a reality. Founding the union was no easy task – Jefferson had to present her idea in front of the entire faculty. In the end, they welcomed the idea

Mrs. Kelly Albany Crosby, a staff moderator for the club, feels that, like the staff, the MND community is a very special place that will welcome this club with open arms.  So far, this has proven to be true; at the student activities fair on August 31,2017, 90 students signed up to be a part of the Multicultural Student Union.

According to Jefferson, “The meetings will be a place to discuss sensitive issues, but will also be an accepting environment with cool shirts and games.” 

The club will address issues that MND students deal with every day and provide them with a place to talk about these issues without fear of judgment.  Jefferson plans to address controversial subjects with respectful and open debates and discussions among students who desire to feel heard and accepted.  

According to Jefferson, “To understand others, we first need to understand ourselves.”

The multicultural student union sets up a platform for all MND students to begin a path to self-discovery where they can learn more about those around them. 

Jefferson hopes to recruit new students through word of mouth, presenting the club at the student activities fair, and sending a group email to the freshman class.  She hopes to gain a large following among freshmen and sophomores to ensure the club survives and continues to benefit the MND community at large. 

This club works to allow students to express what diversity means to them and to the community at large.

 Long time peace activist William Sloane Coffin Jr. once said, “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to live without.”

In this spirit, the Multicultural Student Union cannot stress enough that everyone is welcome to attend the meetings and celebrate the diversity of MND for the good of the school and society. 

Mrs. Albany-Crosby believes that these meetings should be a space for students to ask questions, and learn about other people and cultures and share their experiences. 

Although the student board will be leading these meetings Mr. Nick Hosmer & Mrs. Albany Crosby will serve as moderators. The Multicultural Student Union has the potential to strengthen the already established Mount Notre Dame sisterhood.

 

 

New Year, New Freshmen

By Olivia Long

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Over the summer, freshmen Mikaylah Sova, Claudia Banke, Lily Fritz, and Abby Casavan joined Moeller’s Marching Band and had their first halftime performance on Sep. 8.

As a new year is ushered in, so are the new freshmen. The beginning of the school year is already very hectic, and even more so when starting at a new school. Freshmen Claudia Banke, Lily Fritz, Abby Casavant, and Mikaylah Sova shared a little bit about their experience transitioning into high school. They are four new students and are a part of the Moeller Marching Band. All the girls had heard about MND through family or friends, and shadowed with a few different people. When shadowing, the outstanding things they noticed were the tablets, the friendly community, and of course the food. They all agreed that the students and teachers were welcoming. Banke chose MND because she is a legacy, Casavant had family there, and Fritz and Sova had their hearts set on it.

The transition from middle school to high school isn’t always easy.

Fritz commented, “One of the hardest things to adjust to was the length of classes.”

Sova says, “I struggle to get enough sleep.”

Casavant, new to wearing a uniform, misses having the freedom to wear whatever she wants, and wishes she had more opportunities to talk to new people. When asked what they thought about flex, they all enthusiastically agreed that they loved it, and wished it was longer. They all enjoy hanging out in the foyer during free time even though it’s crowded. As for the cellphone policy, the girls have mixed opinions about it. Two of them don’t mind it, while the other two miss being able to have their phones on all day.

Not only are the freshmen new, but so are PAWS and the dressy uniform. Casavant, Banke, Sova, and Fritz also have mixed opinions about PAWS.

Banke says, “I love it!”

The consensus was positive, and Casavant weighed in with, “It is potentially useable, but I don’t think that I’ll put it into action.”

The dressy uniform, on the other hand, was unanimously not the girls’ favorite thing to wear. As for favorite classes, thankfully none of them said lunch or study hall. They like AP Human Geography and Global Perspectives with Mr. Ben VanOudenallen, Health with Mrs. Sally Knoll, and Honors Algebra II with Mrs. Kim Drefcinski. Finally, their favorite lunches are lunches two and three, and they love the quesadillas and pasta bar.

Overall, they love being here and will be glad to say one day that they graduated from Mount Notre Dame High School.

 

Greyhounds and Graces

By Cara Wagner

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Rejoicing with MND religion teacher Mrs. Dodds, Mrs. Butz experiences Freshman Retreat. Mrs. Butz joined the MND community as a religion teacher at the start of the school year. She was extremely thrilled to find a welcoming sisterhood here at MND! (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Dodds)

Greyhounds. Cooking. Social Justice. You might be wondering what these words have in common. They describe the life of one of MND’s newest teachers: Mrs. Butz! Mrs. Butz currently teaches Faith and Foundations to freshmen and will be teaching one Comparative World Religions class next semester. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the MND family! What excites her the most is the sisterhood of MND and its commitment to growing every student’s “whole person.” Coming from an all-girls school background, she wanted to be part of a similar community, and she has found that here at MND.

“I’m super excited to be here…really, really excited. I’ve found that all-female community, a supportive staff, and people [at MND] are just so enthusiastic!”

Mrs. Butz is passionate about women’s rights, especially the representation of women in government, as well as many other social justice issues. She wants all young women to be able to share their opinions, and be confident that their voice matters. Mrs. Butz also cares deeply about animals; she and her husband foster old Greyhounds after the dogs have retired from racing and teach them how to function as normal dogs. You can also find her outside of class in the kitchen, sharing her love of cooking with friends and family.

So, how did this animal-loving, social justice warrior become an MND religion teacher? It all started in high school, where she enjoyed participating in campus ministry and retreats, especially Kairos.

“I really enjoyed going on Kairos,” Mrs. Butz reflected on her high school years. “I loved my religion classes. I had teachers that really listened to us, really cared, and I think I wanted to become that for someone.”

This passion for her faith and sharing that faith with students continued into her years at Xavier University. Her journey led her to become a youth minister, morality teacher, and finally to Mount Notre Dame.

Her message for high school girls is to make the most of high school because it goes incredibly fast. She wants all girls to be able to make a difference and make the most of their MND experience.

Mrs. Butz’s advises, “Get out there, get involved, and do everything you can.”

She wants MND girls to remember that there is a whole community of sisters around them, and they can always reach for their dreams

When asked about Mrs. Butz, freshman Maria Zierolf and Anna Rosian described their teacher as very nice, caring, and bubbly. They love the way Mrs. Butz understands that their time is valuable, and never assigns too much homework as while still providing great resources for them to learn.

Anna commented, “She knows we have other classes…. She’s just like a good friend.”

If you see Mrs. Butz in the hallways, make sure you give this kind, empowered woman a big MND welcome! Who knows, she might even inspire you to change the world.

 

Solar Eclipse: Hot or Not?

 

By: Caroline France ’20

 

Review: What is the best first car?

Many students begin looking for their first car when they receive their license or when they get ready to head off to college. A lot of people often start off completely clueless as to what car they would like to buy. There are over 200 models of cars to choose from, and to look at every car on the market is incredibly tedious. Continue reading “Review: What is the best first car?”

Review: Looking past the ‘Surface’ of these ‘Pro’ tablets

The Microsoft Surface and the iPad Pro have quickly risen up as the new “it” thing in the technology world. Every other commercial on TV seems to be advertising one of these two things.

Many viewers have been wondering, which one is better? Continue reading “Review: Looking past the ‘Surface’ of these ‘Pro’ tablets”

Ashley Browning, senior

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“I’m really organized. I forgot my planner today of course, but I have a calendar as my background to stay on task.”

The student section is once again overflowing with graces and blessing at the state basketball game on March 18. MND fans have a reputation for being supportive of their athletic teams as well as being respectful of the opponents and space. “My favorite thing about being in the MND student section is singing our school song at the end of the game,” exclaimed senior Moira O’Conner.
The State Champion basketball team celebrates their win against Notre Dame Academy of Toledo on March 18. This is the 6th state win for MND basketball. Team Manager Julia DeVita shared, “I was beyond proud of how this team stuck together during the tournament. Everyone did their part and now we are State Champions!”
Mr. Mark Schenkel, Athletic Director, presents junior Julia Hoefling with her State Championship medal on Saturday. It has been 8 years since the Cougars earned the State title in basketball. Hoefling said she couldn’t stop smiling. “It didn’t feel real at all. It was one of the best feelings ever.”
English teacher, Mrs. Julie Hagerty is happy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. Mrs. Hagerty is from Ireland, and shared with students how different American celebrations are from those in Ireland. She said that in Ireland it is more a religious holiday than anything else, and that many of the traditions American’s are familiar with originated here, not there. “The only people wearing green are American tourists,” she said.

Humans of MND

Olivia Combs’17

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“My little sister is my favorite person in the entire world. I have no idea what I’m going to do without her next year”

Annual blood drive brings in 73 donations

Junior Armania Heckenmueller is a first time blood donor. Students at the school continued the long tradition of the spring blood drive with over 100 appointments scheduled. “I felt that it was the right thing to do,” said Heckenmueller.

On March 10, MND hosted its annual Blood Drive. Students over the age of 16 were invited to sign up to give blood in their religion classes. Approximately 113 people signed up to help save the lives of those they didn’t even know. Students were also asked to pick what time they were available to give blood. Continue reading “Annual blood drive brings in 73 donations”

Jefferson heads to State Championship in shot put

Students lined the halls to cheer on junior Sydney Jefferson as she prepares for State in indoor shot put. Track teammates as well as members of GAA joined Jefferson in the send-off. She left later that day for the University of Akron where she will compete with hundreds of other students.

Junior Sydney Jefferson, the first athlete from the school to ever qualify for the State Championship for indoor shot put, will compete at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the University of Akron.  If Jefferson passes through the first round, she will move on to make 3 throws in the finals.   Continue reading “Jefferson heads to State Championship in shot put”

Mr. Todd Forman, Community Service Director

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What’s the hardest part of being the Community Service Director?

“Well my chair is really uncomfortable…

No, I’m just kidding. I think the hardest part is knowing what I want to do versus what I have the time and energy to do. Because while I love the trips, I don’t necessarily enjoy the behind the scenes work.”

Don’t Just Give Up, Fill Up

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Sophomore Sarah Nagy and Director of Spiritual Development Mrs. Kelly Albainy-Crosby have both taken the pledge for the Best Lent Ever and are deciding to not only “give up” but “fill up.”

March is a 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 slip through our fingers, however it is important to take this time of lent to remember that our world is not just us. Continue reading “Don’t Just Give Up, Fill Up”

MNDT seniors gather in the foyer after their final performance of Macbeth. The theatre program puts on a winter show every year that’s only to upperclassmen. “I felt like our cast bonded so much more than any other cast I’ve been in. There was something just really special about this show, and it was such a great last play for me,” said senior Jo Ward.
Students from the Marketing Principles class stand on the warning track behind home plate at Great American Ball Park during their February 22 field trip. Teacher, Mrs. Krista Brehm has been taking students on this field trip for the last 5 years, and said that was the best visit yet. “The students hear a marketing presentation, tour the park, and learn about sponsorship and promotion related to the Cincinnati Reds,” said Mrs. Brehm. She added, “They will be creating their own promotion based on a current player or a player from Reds History.”

MND holds “Hand in Hand with Haiti” event

Students were given the task to work as a team to fill 2 buckets of water, one clean and one dirty, and carry it half a mile from the Sisters of Notre Dame Convent back to MND. They learned team work and then also what Haitians had to do to purify and clean their water. It taught the students how to be grateful and appreciative of the water they use every day.

Nearly 75 students across all grade levels experienced “Hand in Hand with Haiti” this past weekend, a unique experience held in the school’s gym and cafeteria to help students understand life and struggles in Haiti.

Students were encouraged to let go and step outside of their comfort zone as they learned and lived through what it’s like in the country of Haiti, including the challenges they face with food, shelter, and water. Students and guests also learned how they could make a difference in the lives of the people there. Continue reading “MND holds “Hand in Hand with Haiti” event”

Returning to MND after participating in the Spanish Exchange Program in Zaragoza, Spain, sophomores Maddie Campbell, Erin Mahan and Shannon Reel are quick to share memories from their experience.  The five MND and four Moeller students will host their Spanish sisters and brothers in September.  “It was so hard to leave,” said Mahan.  “Five weeks is the perfect time to make real friends and our families were so amazing.  In math class I was talking about the family that I had to leave behind, and I just started crying,” she said.
Returning to MND after participating in the Spanish Exchange Program in Zaragoza, Spain, sophomores Maddie Campbell, Erin Mahan and Shannon Reel are quick to share memories from their experience. The five MND and four Moeller students will host their Spanish sisters and brothers in September. “It was so hard to leave,” said Mahan. “Five weeks is the perfect time to make real friends and our families were so amazing. In math class I was talking about the family that I had to leave behind, and I just started crying,” she said.
Mr. Ben Hunt and the Local History class enjoy the view of the queen city at the top of Carew Tower on February 7. Students visited the Findlay Market and Vine Street taking turns sharing the information they had gathered prior to the field trip about the city to their classmates. Mr. Hunt plans the trip because “It gives our students an outside experience about their city.”

Things get real when atheist plays Jesus

libby-movie-reviewWhen TV star and Hollywood bad-boy, Gavin Stone, portrayed by Brett Dalton of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., gets arrested for drunken disorderly conduct, he is required to complete 200 hours of community service at a local church.

When he discovers the church is hosting auditions for their annual Passion play, he pretends to be a Christian to get the role of Jesus for his community service hours. Continue reading “Things get real when atheist plays Jesus”

Spirit Week Trivia #4: Whose classy room? Pt. 2

Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher.  Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!
Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher. Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!

Spirit Week Trivia #3: Whose feet look sweet?

Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher.  Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!
Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher. Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!

Spirit Week Trivia #2: Whose classy room?

 

Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher.  Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!
Write your answers on the paper given to you by your homeroom teacher. Submit this paper to the bag outside room 236 by 3:00 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win a prize!

Spirit Week Trivia #1: Who’s hip on hydration?

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The current site of Mount Notre Dame, before the 2011 renovations. Built in 1965, the Columbia Ave. building has experienced many changes. “Learning the history of MND helps to place you into a larger context. It also provides experience of reflecting on the now in light of the then,” said Convent Archivist, Sr. Kimberly Dalgarn.
The current site of Mount Notre Dame, before the 2011 renovations. Built in 1965, the Columbia Ave. building has experienced many changes. “Learning the history of MND helps to place you into a larger context. It also provides experience of reflecting on the now in light of the then,” said Convent Archivist, Sr. Kimberly Dalgarn.

On the corner of Benson and Columbia Street, lies a brick brown building filled with many empowered women, decades of history and priceless memories. Mount Notre Dame has been educating young women for over 150 years, and in midst of preparing young women for life, the school has undergone many changes. Continue reading

Humans of MND

Mrs. Vanessa Diegmueller, Technology Specialist

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“I truly truly believe that God has this great plan for me, and I let him live and lead my life for me. I do believe in his divine order that things are happening not necessarily the way I want them to happen, but the way that his plan has them happening for me. He’s given me many many tools to be able to live my life the way he’s planned it for me.”

Humans of MND

Maggie Hodge, senior

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“My mom is exactly like me.  I hear that all the time.

I was the last person she opened up her eyes to. I got 4 years to say goodbye, but also got to see my mom slowly deteriorate in a sense.  I think its hard remembering her as the person she was before she was sick. That makes it more difficult.”

Biology teacher’s journey in faith

ruthOne young college graduate took a leap of faith that led her to join the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur almost 43 years ago. Just 7 years later she became a member of the Science Department at Mount Notre Dame, where she is known as beloved biology teacher, Sr. Ruth Bedinghaus.

“Sister Ruth encouraged me to work harder in science classes, and I enjoyed biology freshman year with her,” said senior, Hannah Gordon. Continue reading “Biology teacher’s journey in faith”

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