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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”

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”

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”

Large attendance expected at annual Open House

Waiting patiently for Open House to begin, Student Ambassadors are ready to give tours to visiting families. In 2014, there were 377 grade school students attended; the most the school has had in recent years.  Mrs. Donna Groene, Director of Admissions, says, “MND students are our best ambassadors. Their love for the school is contagious!”
Waiting patiently for Open House to begin, Student Ambassadors are ready to give tours to visiting families. In 2014, there were 377 grade school students attended; the most the school has had in recent years. Mrs. Donna Groene, Director of Admissions, says, “MND students are our best ambassadors. Their love for the school is contagious!”

MND hosts their annual Open House on November 6 for grade school students and parents to explore the school more thoroughly.

According to the Admissions Department, this year the school expects to have around 325 grade school students attend. With accompanying family members, the total visitors could exceed 1,000 people.

The most grade school students to have attended MND’s open house is 377 which was in 2014. Continue reading “Large attendance expected at annual Open House”

Freshmen and seniors treated with bonding event

Painting their winning pumpkin are seniors, Katie Schneider and Morgan Nagel, along with freshman, Peyton Fay. The group wrote the school year theme “Do small things with great love” on the background scene. Ms. Martis while judging said, “It is very overwhelming and there are so many good ones.”
Painting their winning pumpkin are seniors, Katie Schneider and Morgan Nagel, along with freshman, Peyton Fay. The group wrote the school year theme “Do small things with great love” on the background scene. Ms. Martis while judging said, “It is very overwhelming and there are so many good ones.”

Seniors and freshmen met after school in the courtyard on October 25 to decorate a pumpkin and converse with one another. Two seniors were paired with two freshman to decorate a small pumpkin using paint, stickers, sparkles, glue-on eyes and ribbon. Continue reading “Freshmen and seniors treated with bonding event”

Niehaus walks on toward victory

Making her way through the hallways, sophomore Kelli Niehaus is greeted with cheers and applause as the community celebrates her second trip to the Tennis State Tournament as a singles player.  Last year Kelli placed fourth in the State Tournament.  “I am excited to go back this year to try to go further in the tournament, but feel a lot of pressure as my older sister competed and won as a sophomore.”
Making her way through the hallways, sophomore Kelli Niehaus is greeted with cheers and applause as the community celebrates her second trip to the Tennis State Tournament as a singles player. Last year Kelli placed fourth in the State Tournament. “I am excited to go back this year to try to go further in the tournament, but feel a lot of pressure as my older sister competed and won as a sophomore.”

Review: Kill the shoe, not your feet

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Nike F5 Lite Run 3

The name Nike comes from the Greek goddess of victory. This name was chosen for shoe and apparel company Nike Incorporated and has existed for over 50 years since its founding in 1971. The company has experienced much success throughout the years especially through its shoe department. The Nike F5 Lite Run 3 is one of its many types of shoes that now are being sold in stores across the world. Continue reading “Review: Kill the shoe, not your feet”

Humans of MND

Mrs. Darlene Santel, Main Office Manager

What was the happiest moment of your life? “I have had many happy moments!  The first one would have been when I married my high school sweetheart.  We have been married for 44 years now.  The second would have been the birth of my two daughters.  The third would be the birth of my four grandchildren.
What was the happiest moment of your life?
“I have had many happy moments! The first one would have been when I married my high school sweetheart. We have been married for 44 years now. The second would have been the birth of my two daughters. The third would be the birth of my four grandchildren.

Pope opens discussion

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This summer, Pope Francis opened up discussion on women becoming deacons in the Catholic Church. In the August 2 press release, the Pope shared that he is creating a “Commission of Study on the Diaconate of Women.” This study consists of six women and six men to determine whether or not women should be allowed to be ordained as deacons within the Catholic Church. Continue reading “Pope opens discussion”

New teacher makes a splash

Teaching her Latin III class early one morning, Ms. Stamer happily listens to her students. Ms. Stamer attended St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and was the only girl on the school's water polo team. Senior AP Latin student, Abby Witter says, "Ms. Stamer is such an amazing teacher.  I love how approachable she is—I always feel like I can ask her any question."
Teaching her Latin III class early one morning, Ms. Stamer happily listens to her students. Ms. Stamer attended St. Joseph University in Philadelphia and was the only girl on the school’s water polo team. Senior AP Latin student, Abby Witter says, “Ms. Stamer is such an amazing teacher. I love how approachable she is—I always feel like I can ask her any question.”

She jumped in the pool not quite knowing what she was getting herself into. Up and down she swam as her friend Luigi threw her the ball. She shoots, she scores!

Ms. Lindsey Stamer is the new Latin teacher, and few students know that in her free time she plays water polo on a local team, The Ohio Squirrels. She attended St. Joseph University where she immersed herself in lots of extracurricular activities, eventually influenced by her friend, Luigi, to join the water polo team. Continue reading “New teacher makes a splash”

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Shannon Reel ’19

 “What do you miss most about grade school?”

“Oh gosh, nothing. I guess I just miss how it wasn’t very hard and the classes were easier.”

“Do you miss any of your friends?

“Well, I had a lot of friends that are boys that I miss. But a lot of my friends that were girls came here. I don’t miss the co-ed part, because you can be yourself here. I really like the MND environment.”

Lively alumna brightens MND

While planning the MND Fashion Show, Ms. Rachel Klosterman and Mrs. Jenn Eling Thamann find time for jokes and laughter. Ms. Klosterman loves her job and being able to give back to the MND community by working with alumnae and coordinating events. Mrs. Thamann mentions, “My favorite thing about Rachel is her positivity.”
While planning the MND Fashion Show, Ms. Rachel Klosterman and Mrs. Jenn Eling Thamann find time for jokes and laughter. Ms. Klosterman loves her job and being able to give back to the MND community by working with alumnae and coordinating events. Mrs. Thamann mentions, “My favorite thing about Rachel is her positivity.”

Smiling big and bright every day, Ms. Rachel Klosterman loves coming back to the warm and welcoming hallways that she once walked through, but this time as the Alumnae Relations Manager. Ms. Klosterman plans events like the MND Fashion Show while maintaining an awesome style herself. She enjoys her job very much and loves being around all the students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading “Lively alumna brightens MND”

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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

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Chatting with friends during her free time, Madi Mullinger, junior, always is trying to make people laugh. Madi attended All Saints for 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 for less

Like many MND students, sophomores Caroline Gott (left) and Rachel Creeden (right) find that sharing dresses not only saves money, but is fun. This year, Creedon plans to wear Gott's dress to Fall Ball.
Like many MND students, sophomores Caroline Gott (left) and Rachel Creeden (right) find that sharing dresses not only saves money, but is fun. This year, Creedon plans to wear Gott’s dress to Fall Ball.

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. Continue reading “Fall Ball for less”

New arrangement stirs mixed reviews

The new table arrangements in the cafeteria have sparked conversation throughout all grades, both positive and negative as seniors, Emily Crowe, Madeline Neubecker, Gabriel Atkins, Ashley Becker, and Sarah Walsh demonstrate. The tables prior to this year were arranged in rows, however now they are arranged in clusters. Junior, Mia Mendez says “I like the tables because I don’t have to yell.” In contrast Abby Reed, junior, says “It’s hard to have a conversation across the table.”
The new table arrangements in the cafeteria have sparked conversation throughout all grades, both positive and negative as seniors, Emily Crowe, Madeline Neubecker, Gabriel Atkins, Ashley Becker, and Sarah Walsh demonstrate. The tables prior to this year were arranged in rows, however now they are arranged in clusters. Junior, Mia Mendez says “I like the tables because I don’t have to yell.” In contrast Abby Reed, junior, says “It’s hard to have a conversation across the table.”

Over the summer administration made the decision to change the arrangement of the cafeteria tables in order to build community, however students have mixed opinions on the new setup.

In a survey at lunches a majority of seniors said they dislike the table arrangements and that it provides less seating. Senior, Abby Davis, suggests there is dislike because the seniors have grown to know each other better and have larger groups they would like to sit with at lunches. Continue reading “New arrangement stirs mixed reviews”

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Junior, Olivia Bennett says her greatest accomplishment so far is making good grades.  Despite the fact that her career interest is in fashion merchandising, her favorite class is chemistry.  “Our teacher is amazing,” she said.  “She gives us a really good education.”

Candy counter benefits athletics

During specified lunches, the athletic office allows student athletes to get service hours by working the candy counter. Sophomores, Anna Keene and Liv Long managed the candy counter during lunch 3 on September 20. All athletes at MND have to complete 5 hours of sports related service, and candy counter is one of the opportunities given.
During specified lunches, the athletic office allows student athletes to get service hours by working the candy counter. Sophomores, Anna Keene and Liv Long managed the candy counter during lunch 3 on September 20. All athletes at MND have to complete 5 hours of sports related service, and candy counter is one of the opportunities given.

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