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A student publication for the MND community

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”

A typical day for the Main Office

Mrs. Darlene Santel works at her desk, getting ready for a new day at MND
Mrs. Darlene Santel works at her desk, getting ready for a new day at MND

It’s a typical Thursday morning at Mount Notre Dame.  Some girls are cheerful and excited for the day, while others lay in the foyer trying to catch a few extra minutes of sleep.  Looking around, one area in particular catches my attention – The Main Office.  It’s one of the busiest places in the school throughout the day.   Today is no different.  I decided to move in a little closer to see what really goes on here.

At about 7:15a.m., I notice a few girls walking in and out, but other than that, the office is quite bare.  However, peeking into the office about 10 minutes later, I have to maneuver myself around a plethora of girls standing with backpacks in tow. Continue reading “A typical day for the Main Office”

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.”

Flex time is a necessity for all types of students

 

Students gather in the foyer to enjoy or snack or talk with friends before heading off to their second block class.

The various energies flooding the halls of MND as I exit my homeroom are not at all hard to pick up on. There are two types of commotion that fill the school for the coming fifteen minutes; both highly regarded and valued. Flex time is used by MND students in a wide variety of ways, and is deeply treasured by the girls that depend on it every day.

As soon as announcements are done, girls pack the hallways and go on their way to accomplish whatever they can and want to. Depending on what it is students set out to do, the environment can be either stressful or relaxing. Continue reading “Flex time is a necessity for all types of students”

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.”

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