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Faces of MND

Tori Lyon ’18 and Leah Pillar ’19

img_2310Throughout 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!”

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Madi Mullinger ’18

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.

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Kayla Manuel ’18

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“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.”

Cell Phones Ring of Freedom with New Policy

Taking advantage of the new cell phone policy, juniors, Grace Hauck and Tori Beckelhimer use their phones during lunch to look up the latest high school volleyball standings. Beckelhimer and Hauck are both on the MND volleyball team and have been practicing hard for the end of the year tournament. “We love this new cell phone policy especially during lunch,” junior, Grace Hauck shares.
Taking advantage of the new cell phone policy, juniors, Grace Hauck and Tori Beckelhimer use their phones during lunch to look up the latest high school volleyball standings. Beckelhimer and Hauck are both on the MND volleyball team and have been practicing hard for the end of the year tournament. “We love this new cell phone policy especially during lunch,” junior, Grace Hauck shares.

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”

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.
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.
During Mrs. Beth Wurzelbacher’s Art Foundations class, Julia Romano, junior, works on a rough sketch. This project calls for the students to turn a drawing into something that they will later paint onto their own hand. Romano decided to create a snake.
During Mrs. Beth Wurzelbacher’s Art Foundations class, Julia Romano, junior, works on a rough sketch. This project calls for the students to turn a drawing into something that they will later paint onto their own hand. Romano decided to create a snake.

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Changes made to Ohio Math League Contest

Bridget Sypnewski, Senior board member of Math club, prepares an opening math problem to kick off the first Mu Alpha Theta meeting. Members of the club attempt to be the first to solve the problem in order to get food first. The answer is revealed after multiple people have received food and all others are then allowed.
Bridget Sypnewski, Senior board member of Math club, prepares an opening math problem to kick off the first Mu Alpha Theta meeting. Members of the club attempt to be the first to solve the problem in order to get food first. The answer is revealed after multiple people have received food and all others are then allowed.

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”

Penn Station declares MND “Most Spirited”

Athletic Director Mr. Mark Schenkel, Dean of Student Development Mrs. Judy Metcalf, and Retreat Director Ms. Maggie Prosser, in the cougar suit, went to Fox19 to receive the check from Penn Station East Coast Subs. It was presented to them by D Lo from Kiss107, Fox19 Sports Director Joe Danneman, and Deb Osterfeld from Penn Station.
Athletic Director Mr. Mark Schenkel, Dean of Student Development Mrs. Judy Metcalf, and Retreat Director Ms. Maggie Prosser, in the cougar suit, went to Fox19 to receive the check from Penn Station East Coast Subs. It was presented to them by D Lo from Kiss107, Fox19 Sports Director Joe Danneman, and Deb Osterfeld from Penn Station.

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””

Welcome “Back” Judy Back Gerwe ’78

Mrs. Gerwe and her youngest daughter, Julia, visit Newport with her other daughter’s grandchildren, Nick and Joe. The four enjoyed the beautiful view of the Nina and the Pinta docked in the Ohio River.
Mrs. Gerwe and her youngest daughter, Julia, visit Newport with her other daughter’s grandchildren, Nick and Joe. The four enjoyed the beautiful view of the Nina and the Pinta docked in the Ohio River.

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″

Seniors are “Out of This World”

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Soccer player reaches out to kids through Capstone Project

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”

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Suicide Prevention Day

suicideOn September 10, people all over the world will make a commitment to raise awareness about the risks for suicide as part of World Suicide Prevention Day.

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”

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