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A student publication for the MND community

MND’s Out of This World Mixer

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Sophomores Maggie Szabo (left) and Leah Black (right) captured
in the middle of dancing!

By: Abby Beckham ’20

Mount Notre Dame held a mixer in the gym Apr. 13 for all students and their friends from other schools! The theme of the mixer was galaxy and many students went all out with the theme. Sophomore Maggie Szabo says, “My favorite part of the mixer was how the theme was galaxy because with the lights out our outfits with glowsticks really stood out.”

Szabo, being a transfer student this year, appreciated how the mixer let her bond with her new MND sisters with their friends from different schools. “Meeting new people was so much unexpected fun and I hope that MND does the same thing next year with maybe a different theme! It was a great opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and meet more friends, next year hopefully if our school chooses to do another mixer I can have more friends come.”

Managing End-of-Year Stress

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A group of MND upperclassmen work hard during their study hall. Many of these students are stressed about upcoming AP exams and school assignments. Junior Elizabeth Elin commented, as she bent over her work, “I’m so stressed for this huge calc test AND I have so many projects to do!!”

By: Cara Wagner ’19

Every MND student understands that the end of the school year usually means exams, deadlines, “Senioritis” for some, and most of all: stress. From Freshmen to Seniors, many are worried about AP Exams, MND exams, friends, summer plans, and much more. However, many MND girls have lots of support to deal with their stress, especially from friends and teachers.

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Meet Cara Wagner ’19

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Cara!

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Cara Wagner, Class of 2019.

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Meet Mackenzie Vaughn ’20

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Mackenzie!

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Mackenzie Vaughn, Class of 2020.

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Meet Ciara Tucker ’20

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Ciara!

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Ciara Tucker, Class of 2020.

 

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Meet Liv Long ’19

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Liv!

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Liv Long, Class of 2019.

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Meet Kamille Harris ’20

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Kamille!

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Kamille Harris, Class of 2020.

 

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Meet Clara Conover ’20

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Clara!

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Clara Conover, Class of 2020.

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Meet Olivia Bennett ‘18

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Olivia!

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Olivia Bennett, Class of 2018.

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Meet Lindsey Benhase ’19

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Lindsey!

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Lindsey Benhase, Class of 2019.

 

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Meet Abigail Beckham ’20

With the year coming to a close, it’s time for readers to meet the writers behind PawPrints. Lindsey and Kamille interviewed all 9 MND students with some fun questions to get to know everyone. Read on to learn more about Abby!

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Abigail Beckham, Class of 2020.

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Good News: In The Community

By: Liv Long ’19

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As summer approaches, babies are being born! Sophomore Ciara Tucker’s dog had puppies during the week! To celebrate this, she held a wedding for her two Golden Retrievers, named Forbin and Bowie. The event included tasteful treats and snacks such as cake, sparkling apple cider, and pink lemonade. It was a black-tie event, and there were many cute dog photo-ops! Forbin was all dressed up in fur and tie and Bowie looked beautiful with her flowers. A speech was given by the Forbin’s best man, Anthony Lucero. He said, “It’s kind of a bittersweet thing, because, you know, you’re a dog and you can get married and I can’t even get a text back.” Many of the speeches included lots of dog puns. The puppies were born on the 17th and are ready to take on the world!

Good News: Fuzzy Friends

By: Liv Long ’19

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Recently, a video has surfaced on YouTube of a donkey named Tiny Tim. He lives in a caring house like a pet dog would- playing fetch with his owner and partaking in bad dog habits like drinking from the toilet. When his current owner found him, she actually mistook him for a rabbit! Sadly, he only weighed around 10 pounds at birth, unlike the usual 60 pounds for a baby donkey. The vet discovered that the poor donkey’s liver wasn’t working properly, and he might not even survive. His owner decided that the best thing for him was to take him home to live in the house and give Tiny Tim all the care and attention he needed. Thanks to the motherly love he received, he grew stronger every day. She knew that he wouldn’t be able to be reintroduced to the outside because of his size, so instead he house trained him. His owner says he was actually a lot easier to train than a dog! Not only this, but now he is able to do tricks such as spinning and laying down on command. Today, his favorite hobbies include hanging out with his owners and having pillow fights. (A video of Tiny Tim can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIQKlHSD89E.)

Good News: In The Media

By: Liv Long ’19

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Lately, a viral video of a boy yodeling in Walmart has blown up on the internet. His name is Mason Ramsey, and he took up the hobby because of his grandfather. After his video gained popularity, (now at over 14 million views on YouTube) he was asked to go onto The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There, he disclosed his dream about wanting to be a country music star and perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Ellen surprised Ramsey and was able to make this happen for him! He performed there Saturday the 14th, alongside Ricky Skaggs, David Ball, and many other famous country performers. Walmart has also scheduled a Facebook Live session for Ramsey, where he’ll be broadcast to their 34 million friends as he yodels in the store once again. But, that’s not all! He also performed at Coachella and shared the stage with stars like Post Malone. His dreams of becoming a country music star have started to come true.

Spring Break: Staycation Edition

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Thousands stand for the National Anthem at the 2016 Cincinnati Reds Opening Day. The Opening Day game will take place on March 29, 2018 at 4:10 vs. the Washington Nationals.

By: Lindsey Benhase ’19

Spring Break is right around the corner, so time is ticking on getting your plans together. If you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars going to the beach, then stay in Cincinnati and explore the many spring events our city offers.

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Second Year and Second Place

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Nora Riley, 2020, states “I love being involved in show choir because I get to create great bonds between all the girls involved in it!”

By Ciara Tucker

Mount Notre Dame’s show choir recently placed second in their second competition.  Since its creation last year Mrs. Venia has developed the club into a place where students can grow vocally and work together to created songs and concerts for both their families and the MND community.   Show choir has preformed at various events at MND throughout the school year including open house, the talent show and of course the annual Christmas concert.

Mrs. Venia says this program put “hours and hours and hours into this show.”  The theme this year is fame, featuring songs throughout the ages from “Fly Like and Eagle” to “Handclap.”   Although show choir is a new institution at MND, it has been built on an incredible foundation of MND’s performing arts, and Mrs. Venia hopes Show choir will continue to grow in the years to come.  Show choir gives students a chance to harness their musical and dance talents in a supportive environment.

“Everyone works really hard in class and I think we’ve grown a lot,” Mrs. Venia said when reflecting on the feats of show choir this last school year.  With the guidance of a choreographer and Mrs. Venia as their vocal coach, show choir students have worked hard and take pride in creating beautiful shows for the MND community.

Life in Cincy to Zaragoza!

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Leah and Belen, her host sister, visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Madrid.

By: Abby Beckham ’20

Mount Notre Dame sophomore, Leah Black took advantage of MND’s Spanish student exchange program; a five week stay in Zaragoza, Spain. While in Zaragoza, Leah attended Colegio Santa María del Pilar, which is very different than MND because students rarely travel to different classrooms. Instead, the teachers travel to their student’s classrooms.  Leah says, “My favorite thing about Spain was the city and the people. The city was so easy to navigate, and everything was walking distance! There was no need to drive unless you wanted to, everyone either walked, biked, or took the tram. Many of people were interested about life in America and getting to know us.” She goes on to say her least favorite thing about Spain is the weather because it was so windy that it always made it feel much colder than it was. Leah continues, “My hardest adjustments to Spain would definitely be their eating schedule, they eat five decent sized meals a day. Secondly, the time difference was also hard to get used because they are six hours ahead of Ohio. Lastly, the biggest adjustment was definitely speaking and hearing Spanish. Sometimes I would blank out and be really confused what I was hearing, or I would bump into someone on the tram and say excuse me and then I would say it in Spanish.”

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In Memory of Stephen Hawking

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Stephen Hawking was diagnosed at the age of 21 with ALS, and was expected to live 5 years.  He survived a remarkable 55 years with the disease, and passed away March 14, 2018.

By Liv Long

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.” Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, a man compared to Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Nikola Tesla. He passed away on March 14th, 2018, in Cambridge, at age 76. Hawking lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS.) This is a rare neurological disease involving the nerve cells that oversee controlling the movement of muscles. It is caused by genetics and does not have a cure.

He was known for his renowned work at Cambridge University and his research on black holes. Hawking wrote 12 best-selling books, including A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell. Wanting complicated science and his work to be comprehendible to everyone, not just other theoretical scientists, his book A Brief History of Time was written for average readers with no background in science. This is why it sold over 10 million copies and is translated in over 10 different languages. His most incredible work ranges from proving that time had a beginning to discovering that black holes are truly not black, as Einstein had believed. Continue reading “In Memory of Stephen Hawking”

From Research to Resolutions: Model UN Explained!

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Juniors Cara Wagner and Bella DiCarlo and Senior Tess Forman discuss ideas with other students during a moderated caucus. Members of the MND Model UN team attended a Model UN Conference at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Senior Tess Forman comments, “This conference allowed me to connect with people from other countries and helped me push myself to step out of my comfort zone and get involved.”

By: Cara Wagner ’19

When I walked into that first Model UN meeting last September, I had virtually no idea what to expect. I knew little about the club and I had never even heard of Model UN before. We held a simulation at the meeting in which I timidly sat back and watched in awe as older, more experienced club members skillfully debated country policy with short speeches. I left that meeting both excited for this club and convinced that I would never understand the ins and outs of committee.

Speaking with my friends around MND, I have learned that most people are just like I was at that first meeting. Today, after 6 Model UN conferences, lots of hours researching, and a passion for the activity I never realized I would gain, I know a lot about Model UN.

But, if you’re like the general population, you’re probably wondering “What IS Model UN?”

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The Moon Landing… Faked?

 

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By: Liv Long ’19

Everyone knows that Apollo 11 was the first spacecraft to take man to the moon. It was even broadcast live on July 20th, 1969, to the American people… Or was it? There is ample evidence to prove that the footage viewed by the people didn’t actually take place on the moon. Sure, the US landed on the moon in 1969, but the live broadcast showed to the American people has questionable content.

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The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagements photos were taken at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Garden

By: Kamille Harris ’20

Meghan Markle is an actress that was born and raised in Los Angles, California. She graduated in 2003 from Northwestern with two degrees; one in theater, and another in international relations. At the beginning of her acting career she did small parts here and there. For instance, she was a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal. Then she started to get parts on popular TV shows such as General Hospital, 90210, CSI: NY until eventually she landed a main role in the popular TV legal-drama, Suits.

Prince Harry is the second son of Charles Princes of Wales and Princess Diana. He went to college at Eton College. After he graduated, Prince Harry spent time traveling the world. He participated in multiple charity work activities and working at a home for orphans that are victims of AIDS. From his visit to the orphan home, he filmed a documentary that raised over $2 million for the British Red Cross Lesotho Fund. When he came back from traveling, he enrolled in Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he went through 44 weeks of training. Serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was in several combat missions. As of present day, Prince Harry is currently fifth in line to the English throne.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up in July of 2016 by mutual friends. They hit it off but kept their relationship under wraps for a while. Finally, in November of 2016, Prince Harry confirms that he is dating Meghan Markle. The public was not happy about their relationship. They had to  racism and sexism from the internet, and there have also been legal battles to try and keep some of the stories out of the public eye. Meghan’s mother faced reporters trying to illegally enter her home. Also, the papers had bribed Meghan’s ex-boyfriends for stories about her. Despite the hardships, their relationship develops. The couple started holding hands, hugging, and kissing in public. Even though there is not a protocol about showing affection in public, it still should be under moderation. As their relationship gets more and more serious, Meghan started integrating royal mannerisms into her life. In April of 2017, she shut down her lifestyle blog and other social media accounts. She did this because as a Royal, you don’t post on social media; there are people that do it for you. Then in November of 2017, Markle quit her hit show, Suits and moved into Kensington Palace with Prince Harry. On Nov. 27, 2017 the couple finally announced their engagement.

Meghan and Prince Harry are officially engaged and will be married on Saturday May 19, 2018. The couple will get married in an hour-long ceremony. This is unusual because British Royals usually get married on weekdays instead of weekends. The wedding will be at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth ll’s main homes. Before the big day takes place, Meghan Markle is going to be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England. She also starting the process of becoming a British citizen. The wedding date is quickly approaching, and it will be broadcasted for the world to watch.

Trivia Ninjas

The Varsity Academic Team, coached by Mr. Benn VanOudenallen, worked hard to prepare for the February 24 tournament. Pictured with Mr. Vann, from left to right are seniors Jenna Ehrler, Natalie Steibel, Francie Corzine, and Gabi Smith.

By Ciara Tucker 2020

As tournament season enters full swing one of the lesser-known Mount Notre Dame teams recently competed for a chance to compete at state.  MND’s varsity academic team attended a tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday February 24.  The team played a fantastic three matches but was unable to move on to the state competition in March.  Academic team answers critical questions and uses reasoning skills to beat other schools in this Jeopardy-like competition.

Mount Notre Dame has both junior varsity and varsity academic teams who meet Thursdays and have weekly matches for their season.  In these matches they compete against both public and private local school like Moeller and St. X.  The students, and “Coach Van” have a lot of fun practicing for matches while expanding their intellectual horizons.

“I really like being on academic team because of the community that surrounds you. All of the girls on it are so great because each person has their strengths where you might have a weakness,” says junior Madyn Sullivan.  Students can join academic team reserves through a try-out their sophomore year and JV and Varsity their junior and senior year.  This team helps cougars get to know and bond with girls in other grades through healthy competitions and joking answers.

Senior Gabi Smith says, “I joined academic team junior year. I tried out on a whim and didn’t really know what to expect.  But slowly, I came to love the little family that’s come to be and I’m sad to see it go come the tournament tomorrow.  Though we’re not top in the division, we’ve had some greats wins and I know the current JV is going to do so well next year! It’s bittersweet, but I’m super happy that I got to be a ‘trivia ninja’ in my experience here. Meeting that which involved doughnuts and nerdy humor allowed students to learn in a laid back and casual manner.  Academic team is full of empowered young women who want to expand their horizons and are willing to put the extra mile into their work.

Cougars and Panthers

By: Olivia Bennett ’18

Marvel is back with yet another superhero movie! The highly anticipated film, Black Panther, debuted on February 16, and has already made over $242 million!

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Winter Olympics for Dummies

By: Lindsey Benhase ’19

alpineAlpine skiing is modern skiing with both downhills and slaloms. It is offered in both men’s and women’s.

biathlonThe biathlon combines cross country skiing and marksmanship (skiing and shooting). It is offered in both men’s and women’s.

bobsleighInvented by the Swiss in 1860, bobsledders make timed runs in a gravity-powered sled. Offered in two-women and two-men teams.

ccsThe oldest type of skiing, originally used to get around in Norway. The first competition was recorded in 1842.

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RoMaNceD: Blue Birds Searching for Love

Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!

By: Cara Wagner ’19

This beloved teacher’s proposal story is not only humorous but sounds like it is straight out of a romance film! A call from mom, a scavenger hunt, and some misadventures later, she was married on July 18, 1992 at St. Martin of Tours Church in Cincinnati. She loves her husband, Andrew, and they have been married for 25 years.

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RoMaNceD: Fountain Square

Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!

By: Ciara Tucker ’20

They say that people do the impossible for those they love. A certain Mount Notre Dame teacher and University of Dayton graduate can attest to that fact more than most.  Their relationship has endured periods of separation and an utter lack of understanding from mother nature, yet he persevered, and made his relationship stronger for it. Even though times were challenging, their 5-year wedding anniversary is coming up Oct. 26.

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RoMaNceD: Swept Up, Up, and Away

Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!

By: Clara Conover ’20

This couple met during their high school years when they both participated in Mount Notre Dame Theatre. From the stage to the steeple, they’ve been together for almost 13 years now.

After ten years of dating, this man decided to propose to his soon-to-be wife, Ellen, on her birthday. They lived in Los Angeles at the time. He put the ring into their DVD player and suggested they watch Up, their favorite movie, instead of going out. When she went to put the DVD into the DVD player, she discovered the ring. When she turned around, she saw him on one knee, asking her to marry him.

This couple incorporated the movie Up into both the proposal and the wedding.

Their first dance was to the song “Swept Away” by the Avett Brothers.

RoMaNceD: Grande Finale

Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!

By: Ciara Tucker ’20

It has been said that true love is loving someone for their quirks, not in spite of them.  This sentiment rings true in a Mount Notre Dame religion teacher’s proposal story over 18 years ago.  This couple’s story begins, like most do, on what seemed to be a regular day. She just got home from hanging out at her best friend’s house when she got a call from her future maid of honor who said her brother wanted to take her on a date.  The college student accepted the offer, hopeful for the endeavor.  Her husband still can recall in detail exactly what she was wearing and doing the first time he saw the love of his life.

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RoMaNceD: University of Notre Dame

Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!

By: Cara Wagner ’19

One summery Friday night in August, this bride-to-be sat talking for hours on a date at the Madtree Brewery in downtown Cincinnati. Little did she know that this man would become the love of her life, and soon, her fiancé. She met Steve on a dating app called Bumble. Their first date would only be the beginning of a lifelong relationship!

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The New Instagram “It” Girl

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Is this a picture of a real person, or a computer generated SIM?

By: Mackenzie Vaughn ’20

The new Instagram social media “it” girl has everyone confused if she is real or not real. With her SIM-like features, she doesn’t look real, but in photos she is with real people. So, the question almost everyone is asking is, “Is lil Miquela real?”

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