A big sis, with a big heart

Senior Jessie Gries with her "little sis," Charly, at The Pottery Place in Kenwood Towne Center on January 30. During this event the little sis’ got to paint their own tile. This was the first time the little sis’ and big sis’ were able to see each other since the November activity. Gries remarked, “It is the goal of the program to inspire in the little sis’ a sense of pride in themselves and in their accomplishments, so they can go on to be even more successful in the future.”

Senior Jessie Gries with her “little sis,” Charly, at The Pottery Place in Kenwood Towne Center on January 30. During this event the little sis’ got to paint their own tile. This was the first time the little sis’ and big sis’ were able to see each other since the November activity. Gries remarked, “It is the goal of the program to inspire in the little sis’ a sense of pride in themselves and in their accomplishments, so they can go on to be even more successful in the future.”

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

What happened to Home Ec?

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 the early 1900s, and was originally a class to prepare young women to be homemakers, but can be useful to students even today.

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

Alum Spotlight: 2015 grad learns to live with chronic pain

Each day, we see girls walking through the hallways with crutches and a cast, wearing braces and sporting scars from surgeries. It’s pretty obvious; they’ve clearly been injured, and are on the road to recovery. We see their injuries, and empathize with their pain.

But, what about those whose pain is not as easily seen?

Many people, including students in the halls of MND, live with an invisible illness.  It’s much less likely for these students to be offered support – emotionally and physically.  Instead of asking what we can do to make their lives easier, we often judge and wonder, “Are they faking it?”

If there is no visual proof of an injury, it can’t really be real, right? Continue reading

I Walked Away

Standing in front of a building that no longer needed me and halls that I didn’t get enough of, I realized how much things were about to change.
The fear of leaving my safe place is paralyzing,
My feet seem to be cemented to the concrete I stand so firmly on.
How could it already be time for me to leave?
There was so much more to be done,
More to be said,
More to be felt,
More to experience.
I close my eyes tight and wish to go back,
Back to the beginning,
Start it all over,
Do it all again.
I open my eyes, hopeful. Continue reading

Popular

Being popular is not all it’s cracked up to be
Living up to standards that are unrealistic
Molding to the ways of those who hold the power
Doing things you don’t necessarily enjoy or want to do
Hanging out with plastic people, living plastic lives, thinking plastic thoughts, doing plastic things
Not knowing
Not talking
Not being
Not growing
Not living
Not creating
Living in the shadows
Never letting your true colors shine
Always looking to those around you before you formulating opinions
Never standing up for others
Always backing down
Wearing what you’re told is socially acceptable
Saying things that you don’t find funny
But your friends do, so it’s alright
Right? Continue reading

She’s a “Bizzy” bee

Elizabeth “Bizzy” Volz, freshman, loves to play soccer.  She can’t even think of a time in her life when she wasn’t playing the sport.

Soccer is a family affair for the Volz family.  Sisters Maddie ’15 and Kenzie ’16 both played for MND and her parents have also participated in the sport.

This year Volz took on the position of outside back / defender on MND’s JV team.   She also plays for a club team called Ohio Elite.

Elizabeth Volz’s nickname of Bizzy, is quite fitting for her.  It was given to her by a babysitter as not only a play on her name, but also as a way to describe her.  Continue reading

Twenty-seven students took a trip down to the University of Dayton on November 5th for the Model UN Conference. Senior Aleeyah Nurredin received an Honorable Mention for her work in the General Assembly as Rwanda. Janae Gerwe, class of 2017, commented on her favorite part of the conference. “We were going to solve terrorism by building a water-park.”

Twenty-seven students took a trip down to the University of Dayton on November 5th for the Model UN Conference. Senior Aleeyah Nurredin received an Honorable Mention for her work in the General Assembly as Rwanda. Janae Gerwe, class of 2017, commented on her favorite part of the conference. “We were going to solve terrorism by building a water-park.”

Sydney Mukes for LSU

Senior Sydney Mukes is celebrated at the Fall Athletic Signing with other MND athletes. Mukes will be playing volleyball for LSU next year.

Senior Sydney Mukes is celebrated at the Fall Athletic Signing with other MND athletes. Mukes will be playing volleyball for LSU next year.

Sydney Mukes, senior, has a passion for volleyball.  At 6’0, she played outside hitter and was a defense specialist for  MND’s State Champion team.  She was one of few freshmen that started at the varsity level.

Mukes has been playing volleyball since 4th grade at Saint Margaret of York School in Loveland.  Shortly after joining the SMOY team, she also joined Club Hawk and then later changed to another club team called, Elevation where she continues to play now.

Erin McCarthy, senior, played on the team with Mukes.  They’ve known each other since the 8th grade, and she has seen her grow stronger and better.

“Sydney demonstrates leadership by communicating on the court and playing with confidence. She brings energy to every practice and match that leads the team to wins. She isn’t just focused on herself, but she cares about every person in the gym and makes us a closer family,” said McCarthy.  Continue reading

Cougar Volleyball Heads to State Again

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Student fans cheer on the volleyball team as they battle it out at the 2014 Final Four match. The team returns to the Nutter Center this week to do it again. Senior Erin McCarthy is asking everyone to come out again this year. “Come support us! Our fans help motivate us,” she said.

The varsity volleyball team is state bound for a third consecutive year, competing against Toledo St. Ursula Academy this Friday at Wright State’s Nutter Center.

School Administrators have decided to release students at 11:50 Friday so that fans can travel to the game and support the Cougars.

Students can purchase tickets from the athletic office starting Nov. 10 for $8 and the Final Four T-shirts will be sold for $10 on Nov. 11.  Buses will also be available to take students to the game, and for $20 fans will get a spot on the bus, a ticket to the game, and A Chick-Fil-A Sandwich and water bottle. Continue reading

Guest Author: Lost

Lost in the world. Lost in my mind. So many to please yet so many denied. So many win but more will lose. I decide and I get farther into this maze. Farther into this trap of a mind. Why is it that what we do matter after all we are just tiny specks of dust in the wind that flow around this universe. Taking a look from outside this world we are like the skill cells that you need to see with a micro scoop or the nucleus of the cell where you need a more powerful one. So why does it matter what we do? Oh gosh why does it matter if we disappoint or deny anyone anything? Why can’t we be fair and equal in this world full of chaos? Now I’m even more lost in this mind of mine. It’s like a maze with no end. No dead ends no way to know if you made the right choice until it’s too late to turn back and the brush has trapped you in until you come to another cross roads. And you have to choose again left or right. Yes or no. win or lose. Love or hate. Stay or move. What do you choose when your lost in your mind? When you’re lost on a giant planet that doesn’t really matter. We are all just tiny nucleus of a skin cell that we can’t really see anyways. So why not make the world full of cause? It’s not like we are good at peace anyways. Why not just live freely. We only get so much time to begin with. Why keep score if it doesn’t really matter in the end. We try to please all and yet deny so many. We are trapped in an infinite maze that just keeps going. After all we are just specks of dust in the wind in an infinite universe. We don’t really matter. There that’s the end of the Maze. To see that what we do doesn’t matter and to just live freely. To live freely as specks of dust. We are like ants crawling from place to place. No one knows where they’re going and yet it seems we all have a destination. A destination where we really don’t want to go. But we as many before have and all will fallow after us. You see we are like each other in that aspect of things. We all die. Just like specs of dust get eroded in the wind to disappear altogether. We are forgotten and yet saved. Throw away like trash and yet kept with the teaser. Is life more valuable than this? Than the world? No. we are worth everything and yet nothing. We are the things you don’t see and yet we make ourselves known to this universe. We run on faith and yet we want logic. You just can’t find all the answers and we never will. Yes or no. win or lose. Fly or fall. The Maze has started again. You think you have found the end just to pounder more. You travel farther into this twisted maze never to see the same wall twice and yet they all look so similar to the last. Eventually they will all just blur together if you don’t stop and study the details of life every once in a while. Just stop and see how the cracks lay together of the wall of the maze known as life. That’s the end of the maze. We need to slow down and look around. And there you go spiraling off into more questions.

Submitted by Creative Writing teacher, Mrs. Kathy Louder, on behalf of Hannah Jones ’17

 

Welcome to the sisterhood

The hallway outside Service Director, Mr.Forman’s office is unusually quiet, except for the occasional bursts of laughter from the surrounding classrooms, that draw freshman Kelly Taylor’s attention for a second before she turns back with a smile.

For freshman Taylor, this lively environment that MND possesses both in and out of the classroom was pivotal in her decision to come here.

Taylor straightened herself and her eyes lit up as she shared how she had been a part of the Mount Notre Dame community from young age, starting with summer camps in elementary school. Continue reading

Freshman faces fears, sparks a new interest

Do you hear the screams of others, feel the sweat dripping down your face, rapid heartbeat, and the touch of a stranger on your back?

Halloween is here.

One might not expect a quiet freshman soccer player like Lauren Ritter to have a love of scary things.  On the field, she works hard on the front line to score goals, but off the field she likes to experience an adrenaline rush of a different sort, one that comes from overcoming her fears.

Ritter was not always an adrenaline seeking child.

She thoughtfully said, “When I was younger, my brother would have something scary on, and when I walked through the room I would tell him to turn it off. But now I enjoy it.” Continue reading

Silence for the Unborn

Over 60 students across all grade levels participated in the Respect Life Club’s annual Day of Silence on Wednesday. The Day of Silence is a national prolife event done to raise awareness about the respect and dignity of every human person. “This day was very important to me because I knew God was calling me to stand up for all the unborn babies.” said freshman Shannon Reel.

Over 60 students across all grade levels participated in the Respect Life Club’s annual Day of Silence on Wednesday. The Day of Silence is a national prolife event done to raise awareness about the respect and dignity of every human person. “This day was very important to me because I knew God was calling me to stand up for all the unborn babies.” said freshman Shannon Reel.

The halls were a little less rowdy on Wednesday.

This was due to the many students who choose to participate in a national Day of Silence that raises awareness about abortion.

According to the National Right to Life website, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States since 1973. However, those numbers have plummeted to the lowest rate ever!

Members of the MND community are hopeful that efforts to bring awareness like this are part of the solution.

This was freshman Shannon Reel’s first time participating in the day.

“They (Unborn) might not have a voice, but I do,” she said. Continue reading

Freshmen, Clare Hall and Autumn Obermeyer complete a lab on organisms and cells under the guidance of Mrs. Jenny Goss.  "This was an introductory lesson where students learnt to use the microscope correctly and looked at common things under the microscope," said Goss.

Freshmen, Clare Hall and Autumn Obermeyer complete a lab on organisms and cells under the guidance of Mrs. Jenny Goss. “This was an introductory lesson where students learnt to use the microscope correctly and looked at common things under the microscope,” said Goss.

Seniors Alex Herbert and Abby Aubrey put the final touches on their first quarter physics project. The assignment is to create a working Pendulum Wave designed and built completely by the students. The partners are almost ready to present their final product to their teacher, Dr. Matt Fletcher.

Seniors Alex Herbert and Abby Aubrey put the final touches on their first quarter physics project. The assignment is to create a working Pendulum Wave designed and built completely by the students. The partners are almost ready to present their final product to their teacher, Dr. Matt Fletcher.

Sophomore Payton Drefcinski, an MND ambassador, prepares to welcome the 39 college reps for today’s College Fair. The College Fair is an annual event part of College Week Live, and allows students to obtain information about colleges by speaking directly with college admission counselors. Drefcinski is most excited to meet the representative from Butler University to discuss their Criminal Justice program.

Sophomore Payton Drefcinski, an MND ambassador, prepares to welcome the 39 college reps for today’s College Fair. The College Fair is an annual event part of College Week Live, and allows students to obtain information about colleges by speaking directly with college admission counselors. Drefcinski is most excited to meet the representative from Butler University to discuss their Criminal Justice program.

Bellarmine University Admissions Counselor, Laura Ruble, is excited to a part of Mount Notre Dame’s annual College Fair. She is ready to recruit prospective students for Fall admission of 2016. She is is new to the job, only having worked in that position for four weeks, but has had experience in their office for over a year and a half.

Bellarmine University Admissions Counselor, Laura Ruble, is excited to a part of Mount Notre Dame’s annual College Fair. She is ready to recruit prospective students for Fall admission of 2016. She is is new to the job, only having worked in that position for four weeks, but has had experience in their office for over a year and a half.

Guest Author: The Empty Chair

He sat on the cold cement, back pressed up against the cinderblock. His eyes stared listlessly to the hall in front of him. The thoughts in his head were confined, just like him, he hadn’t been able to think about anything other than that night for years. The thoughts were like tumultuous waves, as soon as they would pull back and offer him some reprieve, they came rushing and screaming towards him again, endlessly, endlessly. He hadn’t spoken a word freely to anyone in the many years he’d been in here, not a word since the verdict was handed down, the judge’s gavel hitting the podium like the nail in his coffin. He didn’t dare think about that night. That night that changed and ended his life in the same beat. Too many nights he could feel the guilt that never left like an oppressive heat wave, stealing his breath and crushing his lungs. Too many nights the tears formed an ocean in his cell, his lips silently forming prayers of repentance to his maker with the ground chafing his knees and his cold hands folded together. Too many nights, the cool caress of death was the only thing to look forward to. He wasn’t scared. He was ready. So when the guards came into his room that day, the day that every day before it had been ticking away to like a bomb, he felt nothing. He was as empty as the sky after a storm, as weightless as a feather. He was led into the room, the final doorway he would see, the guard’s hands clenching around his arms the last human contact he would feel, the empty chair the last place he would lay his head. As the restraints were pulled taut around his arms and legs and the cool metal pricked his skin, he thought of the sky, of the ocean, and then nothing. 

Submitted by Creative Writing teacher, Mrs. Kathy Louder, on behalf of Megan McDonell ’16

 

 

 

Sophomore Khyla Porter releases her first car on the track in her Integrated Science class.  Her teacher, Mrs. Mary Beth Rieth provided the toy cars and tracks for students to see how speed, velocity and acceleration correlate.  “I believe they thoroughly enjoyed the activity as it is fast-paced and fun, comparing the acceleration of three different kinds of Hot Wheels,” she said.

Sophomore Khyla Porter releases her first car on the track in her Integrated Science class. Her teacher, Mrs. Mary Beth Rieth provided the toy cars and tracks for students to see how speed, velocity and acceleration correlate. “I believe they thoroughly enjoyed the activity as it is fast-paced and fun, comparing the acceleration of three different kinds of Hot Wheels,” she said.