Tori Lyon ’18 and Leah Pillar ’19
Throughout the noise of the MND athletic hallway, Tori Lyon, junior, and Leah Pillar, sophomore, are nonstop laughing. These two girls met on the dance team and have become very close friends throughout the years. When asked what their favorite thing about each other was, Pillar responded, “Tori has the most positive attitude I have ever seen!”
Madi Mullinger ’18
Chatting with friends during her free time, Madi Mullinger, junior, always is trying to make people laugh. Madi attended All Saints grade school and is involved in many clubs such as ambassadors. “I think my best quality is being outgoing and making new friends,” exclaims Mullinger.
Fall Ball is just around the corner, and everyone is looking for the perfect hairstyle, the perfect nail color, and of course the perfect dress! Whether one wants a simple look, or something that stands out, it’s wise to consider how to achieve such things without paying a bundle.
Often places like Macy’s or Dillard’s have dresses that look quite similar to dresses found at pricy boutiques and dress shops. For example, if someone goes to White House Black Market and falls in love with a dress that’s black and white with one strap for $150, it is quite likely a similar dress will be at Macy’s for under $60.
Junior Emily Brock shared, “I got my dress from TJ Maxx and it was only $15. I’m wearing it again this year!” Continue reading “Fall Ball for less”
Kayla Manuel ’18
“What was the happiest day of your life?”
“When summer began. I had a lot of stuff planned and was really looking forward to visiting my friends that live in Florida.”
Home Economics is a class that teaches skills such as cooking, sewing, household management, maintenance, financial literacy and etiquette. The “Home Ec” class began in schools across the country in the early 1900s, and was originally a class to prepare young women to be homemakers.
The class began to lose popularity around the late 1980s, and is now rarely found in high-school curriculums.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2014, more than 60% of children lived with 2 full-time employed parents. If the parents are too busy working to teach their kids basic life skills, how will they learn these important crafts and techniques? Continue reading “Consider Home Economics”
Administrators adopted a new cell phone policy that was executed for students during the 2016-2017 school year to help teach responsible phone usage.
According to the student handbook, students are now permitted to have their phones out in the hallways and in the lunch room during school hours. This new liberating policy prevents rebellious usage of the cell phone. Continue reading “Cell Phones Ring of Freedom with New Policy”
Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, will no longer be offering the Ohio Math League Contest extra credit opportunities for non-members this year in an effort to better reflect the abilities of it’s members.
Mu Alpha Theta is made up of math students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of math. As a nationally recognized organization, the club requires that interested students apply for membership and have a cumulative average of 90% or above in her math course.
While actual club membership has always been limited, Math League events were previously open to the entire student body. Teachers would offer students extra credit toward their math grade for participating in the monthly morning sessions.
While the idea of students gathering together before school to do math exercises might seem like a big win for the Math Department, the resulting cumulative scores did not represent the the true ability of the group. Continue reading “Changes made to Ohio Math League Contest”
This fall, when a new class of fresh-faced students will have the opportunity to become involved in a multitude of sports, clubs and other extracurriculars. One of these clubs is the Big Sister Little Sister Program, which senior Jessie Gries will leave in the hands of the next leaders and new students.
Gries is the president of the club this school year, and has been a part of the program since she was a freshman.
When thinking of what first drew her to the program, she responded, “I have always loved working with children, so when I heard about Big Sis Little Sis at the beginning of my freshman year, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it.”
The program pairs MND students with a “little sister” aged 6-10 from Reading Hilltop, Reading Central or Winton Hills Academy. The program provides the “little sis’ ” with a strong, positive, female role model and allows the “big sis’” to learn responsibility and growth.
Typically, there is a planned activity once a month, which always takes place on a Saturday. These activities range from Halloween parties at MND to going to the Cincinnati Zoo, and are always a fun time for both parties. Continue reading “A big sis, with a big heart”
On August 26, during the school year opening pep rally, the school was presented with a check for $1500 from Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurant for having the best school spirit.
The award came after 2015 graduate Lizzie Walsh was chosen as a Penn Station Athlete of the Month for becoming a National Champion synchronized swimmer.
During flex one day last school year, there was a gathering of supporters in the foyer, where Fox19 (News/TV Station) and radio station Kiss 107 came to interview Walsh and witness the school’s amazing spirit. Many students came wearing goggles and other swimwear, ready to cheer on Walsh. Each time she responded to questions by the reporters, the crowd roared in support. Continue reading “Penn Station declares MND “Most Spirited””
A 1978 graduate, Mrs. Judy Back Gerwe, begins her thirty-third year in education as the new Head of School. Many people know about Mrs. Gerwe from her education experience, but who is she as a person?
Mrs. Gerwe was born in Cincinnati, and attended All Saints Grade School and Mount Notre Dame High School.
One of her favorite childhood memories was her summers at a cottage on the White Water River with her family.
For college, she traveled to Chicago and attended the National College of Education, majoring in Elementary Education. She now lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband, Ken, youngest daughter, Julia and her cat, Tom.
Some of Mrs. Gerwe’s hobbies include traveling, crossword puzzles, and reading. She loves going to the beach, and has also visited Italy. She has never travelled to Hawaii before, but plans on going one day. Mrs. Gerwe also dreams of going on a Mediterranean Cruise, and maybe stopping by Greece on the way. Continue reading “Welcome “Back” Judy Back Gerwe ’78″
As members of the MND community learned in May 2014, Mr. Larry Mock will be retiring from his position as Head of School after this year.
The selection for the new Head of School was announced this December via an emailed letter signed by MND Board of Trustees Co-chairs Tony Reed and Tom Geier.
The letter began, “We are pleased to inform you that we have concluded the Head of School search process with the announcement of Judy Gerwe (MND Class of 1978) as the next Head of School.” Continue reading “MND graduate selected as New Head of School”
When one hears of childhood illness, the first thing that comes to mind is cancer. According to Kids V Cancer, 25% of children with cancer die each year. This means that more children die every year due to cancer than adults died in the 9/11 attacks. Cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Many of the children who overcome childhood cancer experience issues throughout their lives, such as cancers coming back when they are adults.
While cancer is very prevalent in today’s society, and many children are suffering, there are many other illnesses affecting children daily. The illnesses can range from more commonly spread sicknesses such as chicken pox, pneumonia and the flu, to illnesses that are not contagious and may be genetic such as down syndrome or cystic fibrosis.
Nearly 5,000 children are born yearly with Down syndrome, which occurs 1 in every 733 child according to Kids Health. Those with Down syndrome are generally smaller than other children, and their physical and intellectual development in usually slower. Continue reading “Soccer player reaches out to kids through Capstone Project”
According to Teen Suicide, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens. Suicide usually stems from mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance abuse, disruptive behavior disorder, borderline personality disorders, and schizophrenia. The teen years are filled with stress, confusion, academic and social pressures and changing hormone levels. People contemplating suicide feel that they have no other way out, and believe suicide is the only escape to happiness they have. Continue reading “Suicide Prevention Day”