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On November 15th, MND hosted its second annual Scholarship & Awards Recognition Breakfast, celebrating its scholarship and award recipients and their generous benefactors.

The event offers the opportunity for MND benefactors to meet with those students who are directly impacted by their financial support of MND. These benefactors believe so strongly in the mission of MND that they have created a named endowed scholarship where the interest earned on their investment is able to be used to support students. This year, 42% of MND students are receiving some form of financial assistance.

"Mount Notre Dame is blessed to have many benefactors who have established, or give to, a named scholarship," expressed Mrs. Judy Back Gerwe '78, MND President. "These scholarships grow our endowment so that we can help more and more families afford an outstanding Catholic education for their daughter. We are so appreciative of all those who support our mission."

Founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Mount Notre Dame educates and empowers young women to learn, live, lead and serve. With a current enrollment of approximately 675 students, MND continues to carry on a strong tradition of educational excellence, offering 20 Advanced Placement, 25 Honors classes and 5 College Credit Plus courses. To learn more or to schedule a visit, please contact Mrs. Donna Groene, Director of Admissions, at 513.821.3044 x164.

Sophomore Julia Feldmann Named 2017 Woman of Excellence

Congratulations to MND's Julia Feldmann '20, who was recently named a 2017 Women of Excellence by the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance. Julia was honored for her "spirit for giving" and she currently serves on the executive committee of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty's Youth in Philanthropy. Last year, Julia led YIP through their first ever involvement with "Giving Tuesday," which was one of the single most successful fund raising ventures in the history of Youth in Philanthropy. Julia was recognized at the Women of Excellence Awards Dinner & Gala held on November 17th.

Mount Notre Dame's Service + Justice program is excited to partner with its good friends at St. Vincent de Paul to offer our very first Christmas Toy Shop at MND!

Each year, in late October, St. Vincent de Paul begins taking requests from neighbors in need for assistance at the holiday season. Last year, 400 requests were made. This year, the number has grown to 700 families in need of help. MND has decided to help make the holidays a bit brighter for some of these families.

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, parents and children from nearly 70 families in need will visit MND. The kids will be entertained by MND student helpers while the parents shop for toys. Our neighbors in need will be assisted by an MND personal shopper and will pick out two toys for each of their children. They will then take their presents to our gift-wrapping station where they will be wrapped and bagged by MND student and parent helpers. On their way out, our neighbors will meet up with their children and be on their way home full of good cheer and gifts for their kids.

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MND students are working on a special school history project that includes conducting research to find all Hamilton County residents who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Italian campaign of World War II and are buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Anzio, Italy.

Their research has identified 26 Cincinnati natives who are buried at the cemetery. Using public records, interviews, and other methods, students are working to create profile pieces on each of these soldiers to tell their stories so that their sacrifices are not forgotten. MND students will honor these 26 men at the Anzio Cemetery while visiting Italy in February by having a service in their honor and placing flags on their graves. The students hope to take their research and create a small exhibit that honors the stories and sacrifices of these men.

"We would love to engage the community in this project and ask them for any information they may have about any of the soldiers on our list," said Ben Hunt, the MND Social Studies teacher who is spearheading the research. "The project has three different phases to it and we are currently Phase 1. We have a list of all the names posted on our website for folks to review. Hopefully, they can provide some insight and information on someone listed."

Phase one of the project includes students from multiple grade levels and classes working to conduct the research; In phase two, students from the MND Model UN team competing in an international conference at John Cabot University in February will visit the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery to pay tribute and place flags at each of the identified graves and markers. Phase three will be to create a lasting story for each of these servicemen. This could take the form of an exhibit that is online or printed and displayed.

If anyone has any information that may help the students with their efforts for the listed men, or have other information they would like to share, please visit or contact Mr. Ben Hunt at

Senior Sarah Ray Honored as 2017 Champion of Mercy

Sarah Ray '18 was honored on Saturday, November 4th by Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio as one of the 2017 Champions of Mercy. The award is presented to individuals or groups in recognition for their good deeds and for inspiring others to "go and do likewise." She received $1,000 to donate to a charity of her choice.

MND Gearing Up for Annual Open House

MND will host its annual Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 1-4pm. Prospective students and families are invited to learn more about MND's strong Catholic, individualized and college preparatory education and its mission to empower young women to learn, live, lead and serve.

The event boasts a wide range of activities for students and parents alike. Guests will take a guided tour of MND's campus and learn about its challenging academic programs, including 20 Advanced Placement classes, 25 Honors classes and five College Credit Plus courses. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to experience demonstrations of the Tablet PC, visit with students to learn about the nearly 50 extra-curricular opportunities, meet coaches and student-athletes to discuss the Division 1 athletic program as well as view rehearsals of MND's nationally-ranked Dance Team, award-winning theatre program, band and show choir.

"Our Open House offers a first-hand look at the academic programs which make MND a premier college prep high school and provides an opportunity for guests to experience the spirit of sisterhood that is undeniably MND," notes Donna Groene, Director of Admissions. "With programs and activities to suit every young woman, MND is proud to celebrate over 157 years of excellence in the Notre Dame Learning tradition. Come explore why MND students achieve more!"

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 513-821-3044 x164 or

MND Announces New Endowed Scholarship

MND is pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship for its students. The Roger Grein Youth Philanthropy Endowed Scholarship is a four-year renewable scholarship offered to an incoming freshman who has an interest in youth philanthropy and/or community service and who resides in "The Valley" (including Lockland, Reading, Evendale, Carthage, Arlington Heights, Sharonville, Hartwell and Wyoming). Eighth grade students considering MND are currently eligible to apply.

Mr. Roger Grein is a successful businessman, internationally recognized softball coach, one of Cincinnati's great Philanthropy Ambassadors and Founder/President of Magnified Giving, a Midwest based, not-for-profit educational organization with a mission to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy. As a long-time friend and supporter of MND, Mr. Grein has inspired countless students to give of their time, talents and treasures.

"Roger has been a tremendous friend of MND for many years," notes Mr. Todd Forman, MND Community Service Director. "He has touched the lives of countless young women by generously giving of his time and talent. Through this scholarship, the next generation of young women will have the opportunity to receive an outstanding MND education and become inspired to live a life of service to others."

Named endowed scholarships provide an opportunity for individuals and/or families to invest in the ministry of Catholic education in perpetuity by helping a family afford the tuition costs. A gift assists MND in shaping a strong future and helping the school meet the financial needs of a diverse student body. Continued contributions to this scholarship will ultimately increase the overall amount of the award.

Founded in 1860 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Mount Notre Dame educates and empowers young women to learn, live, lead and serve. With a current enrollment of approximately 675 students, MND continues to carry on a strong tradition of educational excellence, offering 20 Advanced Placement classes, 25 Honors classes and 5 College Credit Plus Courses. To learn more or to schedule a visit, please contact Mrs. Donna Groene, Director of Admissions, at 513.821.3044 x164.

MND Launches Annual Giving Fund with Impact Event

MND held its 6th annual Impact Event on September 21, 2017. Hosted by MND's Board of Trustees and President Judy Back Gerwe '78, the event is designed to launch MND's Annual Giving Fund. With a goal of raising $544,000, this year's Annual Giving Fund is chaired by Ralph and Michelle Maresco.

The event, held at the home of Mike and Julie Guenther, provides an opportunity for benefactors to join in the mission and vision of MND to educate and empower young women. Guests were updated on the current strategic plan and heard testimonials from MND alumna Heather McGonegle '99 and current student Alexa Ligons '20. The generosity of MND's benefactors helps fill the financial gap that exists between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of educating students, in addition to providing financial assistance.

"The vision for MND, along with our strong mission statement 'to educate and empower young women to recognize and develop their unique capabilities to learn, live, lead and serve' can only happen with the support of our many benefactors," noted Judy Back Gerwe '78, MND President. "We are so grateful to all those who invest in our students."

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded Mount Notre Dame in 1860 and MND is proud to be a Notre Dame Learning Community. As part of the evening's festivities, Sr. Lois Ann Meyer '55, SNDdeN presented a generous gift from the Sisters of Notre Dame in the amount of $135,000 towards MND's tuition assistance program.

MND is proud to recognize its 69 Advanced Placement Scholars as identified by the College Board after the 2016-2017 school year. Included in the 69 AP Scholars are 4 National AP Scholars, 26 AP Scholars with Distinction (including National AP Scholars), 18 AP Scholars with Honor and 25 AP Scholars.

Achieving National Status is not an easy feat.National AP Scholars must take at least eight AP exams and receive a score of 4 or 5 (out of 5) on each of them, and attain an average score of at least 4 if taking more than that. Congratulations to these MND graduates who were recognized as National AP Scholars: Kristin Dean '17, Erin Kelleher '17, Alexandra vonErden '17 and Abigail Witter '17.


NATIONAL AP SCHOLARS: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Kristin Dean '17

Erin Kelleher '17

Alexandra vonErden '17

Abigail Witter '17

SCHOLARS WITH DISTINCTION: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Lydia Anderson '18

Gabriel Atkins '17

Molly Bonino '17

Erin Cagle '18

Sydney Collins '18

Frances Corzine '18

Kristin Dean '17

Olivia DiCarlo '17

Erin Flanagan '17

Grace Hall '18

Danielle Harold '18

Faith Harold '17

Morgan Hoffman '17

Erin Kelleher '17

Jourdhel Mabunay '18

Madison Marcum '17

Alyssa Montgomery '17

Amber Reinert '18

Grace Scharf '17

Grace Schuppe '17

Natalie Steibel '18

Audrey Stevenson '18

Lauren Stevenson '18

Alexandra vonErden '17

Sarah Walsh '17

Abigail Witter '17

SCHOLARS WITH HONOR: Granted to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Ashley Becker '17

Abigail Brickner '18

Erin Brophy '17

Dorothea Coggin '17

Emily Crowe '17

Abigail Davis '17

Anne Grimm '17

Hanna Hauer '18

Madeline Klug '18

Alison Luckhaupt '17

Morgan Nagel '17

Grace Nunn '17

Sarah Ray '18

Katherine Sampson '17

Mary Scott '18

Madelyn Shea '18

Emma Wilking '18

Kaitlin Young '17

SCHOLARS: Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Carissa Beckman '18

Ashley Brooks '18

Madeline Cimorell '17

Jordan Cline '17

Payton Drefcinski '18

Janae Gerwe '17

Anna Hale '17

Julia Harmon '18

Kelly Harper '17

Elizabeth Heimbuch '17

Brianna Heverin '18

Libby Kowitz '17

Sydney Leshnak '17

Victoria Lyon '18

Honora Poch '17

Emma Rodrigo '18

Kate Rosenthal '17

Hope Schneider '18

Katherine Schneider '17

Gabrielle Smith '18

Emma Theis '17

Amy Wannamaker '17

Claire Woodard '18

Hannah Youtsler '17

Sara Zelinskas '18

MND Announces National Merit Semifinalists

Mount Notre Dame is proud to recognize its three National Merit Semifinalists. Congratulations to seniors Sydney Collins, Danielle Harold and Audrey Stevenson who were named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT. This year, 16,000 of the 1.6 million students across the United States are being honored as Semifinalists. These students are the top students in each state and represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. They will now complete the application process that will allow them to continue competing for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

"At Mount Notre Dame, we are blessed to be surrounded by students with amazing talents. These three stellar scholars are exemplars for all of us to pursue learning with passion. The MND sisterhood celebrates their achievement," expressed Mrs. Karen Day, MND Principal.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2018 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. Recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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