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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”

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”

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.

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”

Humans of MND

Grace Wilson, senior

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“What is something special that your family does for Christmas?”

“On Christmas Eve my family gets into our pajamas and takes a picture.”

Humans of MND

Mrs. Colleen Holthaus, Athletic Assistant

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“What is your favorite Christmas Tradition?”

“My favorite Christmas Tradition is going to afternoon mass with my extended family.”

SND Historical Marker
On December 8, 2016 students and faculty recognized the 175 years of work the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have committed to the Cincinnati area and U.S. by blessing a historical marker and installing it in front of the convent. Mr. Ben Hunt and his “Discover Local History” class began work on the Ohio Historic Marker by researching and developing a proposal last school year. With many donations from the students, faculty, staff, and alumnae the historical marker was made possible. “I am very excited that the fruits of our labor will finally be displayed,” said Mr. Hunt.

Humans of MND

Mrs. Kathy Louder, English Teacher

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“Is there a story behind that paperweight?”

“My mom used to feed the squirrels in our yard right from her hand. Now my world is sprinkled with little squirrel items as a reminder of her gentleness. Truth is, there’s a story behind most things. Just ask.”

 

Metal turned to money

tabs-displayMr. Todd Forman, Community Service Director, recently initiated the creation of a new display for the pop tabs that students collect and turn in to Campus Ministry for The Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House supports families that have children seeking medical treatment. The organization serves as a “home away from home” for many families, and is a place for them to rest and be together during a very difficult time. Continue reading “Metal turned to money”

Review: Return to Stars Hollow

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The revival season of Gilmore girls is a top trending show on Netflix this fall. The show debuted on November 25 and has been making its way into social media across the U.S., even being featured in the magazine Seventeen’s instagram posts. “The way Emily’s grieving of Richard was portrayed was so beautiful. I think she is my favorite character from the revival season,” says Ms. Martis.

Gilmore Girls is a hit television show created by Amy Sherman-Paladino that ran for 7 seasons following its debut in October 2000.   

It is a coming of age show with single mother Lorelai raising Rory, who attends a rich ivy-league school on her journey to go to Harvard.

Throughout the show are multiple mother-daughter relationships beyond the two lead characters: Lorelai’s relationship with her own mother as well as Mrs. Kim and Laine, Rory’s best friend. Continue reading “Review: Return to Stars Hollow”

1776 proves full female cast has what it takes

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Attempting to convince the congress to vote for independence, John Adams, played by senior Taylor Fox, sings with persuasion to birth a new nation. MNDT has proven to be a very successful program, nominated for 43 Cappies awards in the past four years. “Being an almost all girl cast I feel like it brought us closer,” shared junior, Grace Hall.

The Production of 1776 displays the struggles, the arguments, and the blazing heat that the First Continental Congress faced when deciding to branch off from their mother country, Great Britain. Continue reading “1776 proves full female cast has what it takes”

Humans of MND

Cailyn Kohus ’20

Multitasking, Cailyn Kohus, freshman, engages in conversation with her new friends during flex time. Kohus attended Western Brown for grade school and was the only person from her grade school to come to MND.

“I miss all of my friends because I came here knowing nobody,” Kohus explains.

Free yourself of exam stress

Senior Olivia Combs enjoys the company of her beloved dog Marty while she studies.  Combs has had lots of practice figuring out what works and doesn't work when preparing for exams.  "When studying, I always try to keep one of my dogs sitting in my lap. If I start to feel myself getting worked up over a math problem I can't solve or finding a mnemonic to memorize a series of things, I can just pet my dog and have him give me kisses for encouragement," she said.
Senior Olivia Combs enjoys the company of her beloved dog Marty while she studies. Combs has had lots of practice figuring out what works and doesn’t work when preparing for exams. “When studying, I always try to keep one of my dogs sitting in my lap. If I start to feel myself getting worked up over a math problem I can’t solve or finding a mnemonic to memorize a series of things, I can just pet my dog and have him give me kisses for encouragement,” she said.

As the holiday season approaches, students across grade levels are getting excited for Christmas break.  It can be tempting to slack off on school work and become distracted by the glittering lights and activities of the season.

However, before the fun can begin, students at MND must face the reality that exam week comes first. Continue reading “Free yourself of exam stress”

Review: Long awaited prequel does not disappoint

Senior, Hannah Gordon, happily discusses her views on the new movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Gordon is a proud Ravenclaw who has a passion for the Harry Potter series. She says, “With Fantastic Beasts, I love that we get to see another side of the universe, a new culture of wizards.”
Senior, Hannah Gordon, happily discusses her views on the new movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Gordon is a proud Ravenclaw who has a passion for the Harry Potter series. She says, “With Fantastic Beasts, I love that we get to see another side of the universe, a new culture of wizards.”

On November 18, the long awaited prequel to the Harry Potter Series hit theaters in the United States.

Harry Potter is one of the largest book franchises in existence today. With a theme park in Florida, along with its own website, Harry Potter has proved that it is not going anywhere anytime soon. With the release of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this past year, the franchise has been getting a lot of attention.

Since its release, Fantastic Beasts has become the number one movie in the world, along with bringing over eight million dollars to the box office. Continue reading “Review: Long awaited prequel does not disappoint”

Students help Africa through engineering

The engineering class performs tasks using the Sisters of Notre Dame's solar panels stored in a garage near the convent. The class has had the opportunity to work with a 3D printer and are currently studying drones. Senior, Dorie Coggin says, " I really like the programming aspect of engineering, and I really enjoy the 3D printing too."
The engineering class performs tasks using the Sisters of Notre Dame’s solar panels stored in a garage near the convent. The class has had the opportunity to work with a 3D printer and are currently studying drones. Senior, Dorie Coggin says, ” I really like the programming aspect of engineering, and I really enjoy the 3D printing too.”

Last year, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur installed solar panels that are used to improve water quality, provide electricity, and education in struggling African communities.

The Sisters have asked the MND engineering students help trouble shoot the problems they have faced daily in Africa. By learning how the solar panel system works and simulating the problems the sisters run into in Africa, students will be finding ways to solve those problems through the technology and resources of MND. Continue reading “Students help Africa through engineering”

Behind the scenes of Thanksgiving

Catching up with family members over well cooked turkey, sophomore Kristen Devolve and freshman Jen Devolve enjoy the company and the food. All the food that was served was homemade by the Devolve family with the exception of the turkey. “When Thanksgiving is at my grandma’s house there are almost 60 people there, it is crazy,” exclaims Devolve.
Catching up with family members over well cooked turkey, sophomore Kristen Devolve and freshman Jen Devolve enjoy the company and the food. All the food that was served was homemade by the Devolve family with the exception of the turkey. “When Thanksgiving is at my grandma’s house there are almost 60 people there, it is crazy,” exclaims Devolve.

Trick-or-Treating has ended and the Christmas spirit has begun, but a special holiday commonly dedicated to football and eating food is often overlooked. Thanksgiving is a holiday where families gather together and give thanks for their blessings after watching an exciting game of football.

Just like other holidays, different families have different ways of celebrating. The traditional turkey and pumpkin pie feast is a popular one that is thought to be similar to what the early pilgrims ate. Other families go out to restaurants or order take out to bring home. Continue reading “Behind the scenes of Thanksgiving”

MND Mannequin Challenge

Many current students, faculty and staff decided to have some fun after school on Friday, November 18 and attempt their own Mannequin Challenge.  The theme behind the video was a “good luck” message for 8th graders across the city who would be taking the High School Placement Test (HSPT) the next morning.

 

MNDT presents 1776

Mount Notre Dame Theater opens tonight with their production of 1776.  According to Director, Kyle Imbronyve, 94 students were directly involved with the production.

Senior, Emma Theis, who is featured in this promotional video, will take on the role of Benjamin Franklin.  Theis has been in 13 MNDT shows, and ranks her experience of 1776 among the best. Continue reading “MNDT presents 1776”

Review: Relatable struggles attract students to One Tree Hill

Growing up in close contact with his uncle, Lucas wears a sweatshirt from his uncle’s business almost every other day. Lucas’ uncle, Keith, tragically died which left Lucas without a father figure. “Growing up, I only had one person to look after me, Keith Scott,” says Lucas.
Growing up in close contact with his uncle, Lucas wears a sweatshirt from his uncle’s business almost every other day. Lucas’ uncle, Keith, tragically died which left Lucas without a father figure. “Growing up, I only had one person to look after me, Keith Scott,” says Lucas.

One Tree Hill is a TV series that focuses on the lives of high school students living in Tree Hill, South Carolina. The heart of the series are half-brothers, Nathan (James Lafferty) and Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) who have their differences but eventually become best friends through the hatred towards their father.

One Tree Hill is a show that will make you cry tears of sadness and joy. As the show goes on and characters develop, some relationships change as well which plays with every watcher’s heart. This show is so attractive, especially to high school students, because it shows the common struggles and emotions people face from high school and beyond. Continue reading “Review: Relatable struggles attract students to One Tree Hill”

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