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Review: Kill the shoe, not your feet

Nike F5 Lite Run 3
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”

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.

While nearly everyone dreads exam week, it doesn’t have to weigh you down.  Consider some of these tips to reduce your stress level and increase your chances of scoring big.

Get focused.  You may think you are an excellent multi-tasker, but binge-watching Gilmore Girls and snapchatting your friends while you look over your notes just isn’t a good idea.  Turn off the distractions and maybe reach for them as a reward or when it’s time for a break.  You’ll most likely end up spending less time staring at a screen and the information is more likely to stick. Continue reading “Free yourself of exam stress”

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”

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”

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.

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.”

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”

Humans of MND

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”

Humans 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!”

Humans of MND

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 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”

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.

Student leaders promote service

A large number of students are greeted by service board member, junior MaryAngela Guye, to the Service Activities Fair during an extended lunch period September 19.  The service fair showcased the service projects the board members put together including newest additions of The Afterschool Team, The BeYOUtiful Project, The Acts of Kindness Team, Tutoring/Mentoring Program, and the Helping Our Heroes Squad. Guye joyful shared, “I’m really interested to see these new opportunities come. It’s exciting to see so many people here.”
A large number of students are greeted by service board member, junior MaryAngela Guye, to the Service Activities Fair during an extended lunch period September 19. The service fair showcased the service projects the board members put together including newest additions of The Afterschool Team, The BeYOUtiful Project, The Acts of Kindness Team, Tutoring/Mentoring Program, and the Helping Our Heroes Squad. Guye joyful shared, “I’m really interested to see these new opportunities come. It’s exciting to see so many people here.”

Humans of MND

Kaelyn Bachman ’17

“What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?”

“Designing the set for Letters to Sala.”

”What was so big about that for you?”

“Whenever I would ask Mr. Hunt a question on what he thought, he would say ‘It’s your set; it’s your choice.’”

Community celebrates Olympian

Olympic medalist, Rachael Adams, speaks to the MND community about her journey to success. Adams played volleyball while attending MND, graduated in 2008, and continued her education and volleyball career at Texas University. Adams said, ““You guys see me. I have a medal on. I have 'USA' on my chest, and I’m an Olympian. But it wasn’t always easy for me,” to explain to the students that even Olympians go through tough times.  Photo: Karen Day
Olympic medalist, Rachael Adams, speaks to the MND community about her journey to success. Adams played volleyball while attending MND, graduated in 2008, and continued her education and volleyball career at Texas University. Adams said, ““You guys see me. I have a medal on. I have ‘USA’ on my chest, and I’m an Olympian. But it wasn’t always easy for me,” to explain to the students that even Olympians go through tough times.
Photo: Karen Day

On August 29 alumna and 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, Rachael Adams, visited MND to be congratulated on her success and to inspire current students to aspire to do great things. The school held an assembly in honor of Adams in which students wore red, white, and blue to show their support. Several media crews including WLWT attended the event.

Ms. Rachel Klosterman, Alumna Relations Manager and classmate of Adams, spoke to welcome Adams back to where her journey in volleyball began. Adams went on to play at the University of Texas after graduating in 2008 from MND.

In celebration of Adams, Mrs. Judy Back Gerwe, Head of School, along with the Board of Trustees declared September 2 to be Rachael Adams Day. Adams had the honor to assign her own rules for the day which included that the whole school be out of uniform later that week.

An important component of the welcoming speeches was that of head volleyball coach, Joe Burke, who was the assistant coach to Donna Mechley during Adams’ years at MND. During his speech he spoke so sincerely that many students teared up while listening to how honored he was to have coached Adams.  Adams attributed much of her success on the court to him.  The touching speech included a comment from the coach on how much impact players have had on his life. Continue reading “Community celebrates Olympian”

Student visits America as freshman

Studying abroad and experiencing a new culture, Carr Navarro spends the first semester of the school year in America. Navarro is staying with Jen Devolve, freshman, for her second year in a row. “I love America,” exclaims Navarro.
Studying abroad and experiencing a new culture, Carr Navarro spends the first semester of the school year in America. Navarro is staying with Jen Devolve, freshman, for her second year in a row. “I love America,” exclaims Navarro.

Joining the freshman class this semester, is International Student, Carr Navarro from Zaragoza, Spain. This is Navarro’s second trip to America following her stay with her host family, the Devolve’s as an eighth grader.

Reflecting back on her first trip to America, Navarro said that leaving her family was the hardest part for her. Navarro is an only child and is used to always having her parents around. Continue reading “Student visits America as freshman”

Humans of MND

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.”

Consider Home Economics

During fibers class, juniors Grace Hohman, Kelly Snider, and Catherine Gilkey continue their work on knitting a scarf for the upcoming deadline. The class has inspired many students to develop a skill that might otherwise have been learned in a Home Economics class.  Olivia Alexander likes that the school offers these alternative classes saying, “It's a nice break from the computer and paper work,” and would like to see more classes like it.
During fibers class, juniors Grace Hohman, Kelly Snider, and Catherine Gilkey continue their work on knitting a scarf for the upcoming deadline. The class has inspired many students to develop a skill that might otherwise have been learned in a Home Economics class. Olivia Alexander likes that the school offers these alternative classes saying, “It’s a nice break from the computer and paper work,” and would like to see more classes like it.

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 schools across the country in the early 1900s, and was originally a class to prepare young women to be homemakers.

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 “Consider Home Economics”

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”

New teachers for 2016-2017

Representing St. Vincent de Paul, Mr. Nick Hosmer happily share his passion for service work. Mr. Hosmer is new to the religion department, however prior to that he worked at St. Vincent de Paul. He says, “It is a blessing for me to be here."
Representing St. Vincent de Paul at the annual Service Fair, Mr. Nick Hosmer happily shares his passion for service work. Mr. Hosmer is new to the religion department, however prior to that he worked at St. Vincent de Paul.
He says, “It is a blessing for me to be here.”

Five people joined the Mount Notre Dame teaching staff for the 2016-2017 school year from across five departments.

New teachers include Mrs. Kasey Jackson, Dr. Sandy Carroll, Mr. Nick Hosmer, Mrs. Elizabeth Venia, and Ms. Lindsey Stamer. Continue reading “New teachers for 2016-2017”

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.

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