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Seniors Honored During Showcase of Excellence

On April 28th, MND held the Class of 2017 Showcase of Excellence. During the event, the MND community honors seniors who demonstrate outstanding characteristics in alignment with MND's three pillars of development: Academic, Spiritual and Student Development. They are amazing young women who are representative of the excellence amongst the entire Class of 2017.

Seniors selected to represent their class include: Ashley Becker (Xavier University), Molly Bonino (University of Cincinnati), Kristin Dean (Centre College), Caroline DeGroft (University of Dayton), Olivia DiCarlo (U.S. Naval Academy), Taylor Fothergill (University of Kentucky), Kelly Harper (Kent State University), Mia Lynd (Xavier University), Kate Sampson (The Ohio State University), Macy Taney (University of Cincinnati), Ali vonErden (Miami University) and Abby Witter (Miami University).

USA TODAY High School Sports has announced the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ohio Girls Basketball Team. MND's Coach Scott Rogers has been named the Ohio Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

Rogers guided the Cougars to the Division I state title this past season, culminating with a 54-44 triumph over Toledo Notre Dame Academy in the state final. It was Mount Notre Dame's first championship since 2009 and the sixth in program history.


MND will have seven Advanced Placement (AP) faculty members grading AP tests this summer for the College Board. Faculty members include Mrs. Jennifer Boggess (AP Psychology), Dr. T. Matthew Fletcher (AP Physics C), Mr. Robert Knollman (AP World History), Mrs. Susan Magnus (AP US History), Ms. Christine Mencer (AP Spanish), Mrs. Catherine Schildknecht (AP European History) and Mr. Bennett VanOudenallen (AP Human Geography). Having seven AP teachers chosen from one school to grade for the College Board is a testament to MND's strong Advanced Placement program. Approximately 11,000 teachers across the nation will be grading this summer.

"I find the opportunity to process and collaborate with so many likeminded people to be intellectually thrilling," expressed Mr. Bennett VanOudenallen. "AP Graders are experienced educators who have a sharp focus on the chosen subject matter so the cross-pollination of ideas always translates to a better experience for our students the following year. What makes MND so special is that many faculty members have been selected to venture out and collect these awesome techniques and materials. It creates an amazing team to co-innovate with once we all come back from our respective conferences."

MND currently offers 20 AP courses. Seventy-one MND students were recognized as AP Scholars after the 2015-2016 school year.

Terrific Teachers and Angel Educators are individuals nominated by current MND students. They are members of the faculty and staff from MND (Terrific Teachers) or from other schools and parishes (Angel Educators) who have inspired our students through their dedication and enthusiasm for their work, and for the ways that they care for all dimensions of the students they serve – academic, personal, and spiritual.

This year, MND students honored the following individuals:

Terrific Teachers:

Mrs. Shelly Brauer

Mrs. Krista Brehm

Dr. Sandy Carroll

Mrs. Sarah Dodds Doepker '95

Mrs. Jan Godbey

Mr. Kyle Imbronyev

Ms. Kasey Jackson

Mrs. Sally Knoll

Ms. Jennifer Koutnik

Mrs. Cheri Lehrter

Mrs. Kathy Louder

Mrs. Sue Herdeman Magnus '69

Mrs. Terri McMillen Miller '81

Mrs. Nora Posge

Mrs. Mary Beth Rieth

Mrs. Catherine Schildknecht

Mrs. Michelle Shafer

Ms. Mari Beth Smith

Ms. Lindsey Stamer

Mrs. Shannon Watson

Ms. Anne Weidner

Mrs. Terri Hill Wingerberg '81

Angel Educators:

Mr. Tony Acito (Saint John the Baptist – Dry Ridge)

Fr. Chris Geiger (St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School)

Mrs. Christine Gladden (Royalmont Academy)

Mrs. Penny Herr (The Summit Country Day School)

Mrs. Pam Kelso (Saint Gabriel Consolidated School)

Mrs. Emily Owen (Sacred Heart School)

Mr. Scott Sievering (Loveland Middle School)

Mr. Nick Vose (Walnut Hills High School)

Mrs. Atra Williams (Blue Ash Elementary)

Mr. Derrick Wood (Saint Gabriel Consolidated School)

Ms. Kathy Young (Sacred Heart School)

Congratulations to all, and thank you for everything that you do to nurture the students in your care!

Congratulations to the following MND staff members who celebrated working anniversaries with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this year:
15 Years of Service: Jan Godbey, Teacher; Kathy Louder, Teacher.
20 Years of Service: Christine Mencer, Teacher.
25 Years of Service: Diane Barney, Director of Finance, HR and Operations; Karen Day, Associate Head of School & Dean of Academic Development; Diane Homoelle, Human Resources; Bob Knollman, Teacher.
35 Years of Service: Maryhelen Browning.

Thank you for your years of service!

MND held its third annual Thomas Geier Creative Writing Contest on March 7th and March 9th. The contest, which seeks to reward and encourage creative writing among 8th grade students entering MND in the fall, is named in honor of former MND faculty member, Mr. Thomas Geier. In his 39 years at MND, Mr. Geier served as the English Department Chair and taught a wide range of classes, including AP English, British Literature and Creative Writing. He also served as MND's Academic Dean and co-authored several plays that have been performed by the MND Theatre group.

This year, a record 29 participants took part in the contest. They could choose from several writing prompts and were allowed up to 90 minutes to complete their work.Judges looked for inventive and entertaining content as well as skillful use of language. Hailey Kollstedt of Maineville (St. Margaret of York) was named the first place winner and Kasey Wallace of Montgomery (St. Gertrude) and Bella Smith of Morrow (St. Margaret of York) both received honorable mentions. All three girls were given a tuition award.

On March 13, 2017, MND held its Senior Capstone Showcase Evening. As part of MND's signature Capstone initiative, seniors are empowered to create a service project that demonstrates leadership and initiative while benefitting a non-profit organization. The senior year Capstone Project involves a significant investment of time and talent as the seniors combine both service and leadership to impact agencies and individuals' lives.

All of MND's 151 seniors completed their projects, aiding over 100 non-profit organizations and countless families in Cincinnati and beyond. The Senior Capstone Showcase Evening provided an opportunity for each senior to share her experience and celebrate the difference her project made in the community. This year, over 100 professionals served as panelists for the event, representing the business, education and social service communities. Panelists provided verbal and written feedback to the seniors on their work and asked questions related to their projects.

"Serving as a panelist is such a privilege and honor," expressed Myla Hodges-Perry, MND Class of 1999. "The young ladies that are being cultivated at MND are truly on their way to becoming world changers. The servant leadership that is being taught and modeled allows these students to boldly trot on the road of success and to make phenomenal impacts in any sector of society. I am a proud alumna!"

Now in its sixth year, MND's Capstone is the culmination of a four-your journey for MND students under the MAP (My Action Plan) program. The MAP program, unique to MND, is designed to engage students with experiences during their high school years that will foster leadership skills and empower them in all areas of their lives.

Students Win Poetry Awards from Mount St. Joseph

MND sophomore Erin Bell (Mason) was named the first place poetry winner in the 2017 Mount St. Joseph Writing Contest.In addition, sophomore Chloe Kretschmar (Reading) earned an Honorable Mention for her poetry submission.The contest, hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities, is an annual competition for sophomore students in the Greater Cincinnati area.Students may submit pieces from three categories – fiction, personal essay and poetry – for an opportunity to win cash prizes.

"We are so proud of our young writers," noted MND English teacher, Mrs. Julie Hagerty. "Erin and Chloe, with their excellent skills in creative writing, are continuing the winning tradition of MND students in this and other writing competitions."

Students Shine at State Latin Convention

MND students had the privilege of participating in the 67th State Convention of the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) in Columbus, Ohio February 24-26. OJCL is the state organization which promotes the study of the Latin language and classical civilization. Seven MND students attended the event where they celebrated the study of Latin though a number of competitive and social activities.

Twenty-three schools were represented throughout the state at this year's convention.The top ten students in both the lower and upper divisions were recognized in each category. All seven of MND's students placed in the top ten in at least one category. Congratulations to Mariah Bradley (West Chester), Thu Gibson (Liberty Township), Aubrey Huber (Miami Township), Sophia Sharpshair (Sharonville), Minh-Thu Truing (Liberty Township), Cara Wagner (Colerain) and Abby Witter (Batavia).

Out of 15 Latin I Certamen teams, MND placed fourth in the state and earned an invitation to try out for the state Certamen team to represent Ohio at nationals this summer. In addition, MND placed eighth in academic per capita points.

This was the first convention for Ms. Lindsey Stamer, MND's Latin teacher. "I am full of gratitude that our students had the opportunity to participate," expressed Ms. Stamer. "It was inspiring to see so many young people walking together in the sandals of the ancient Romans!"

Enrichment Latin courses were brought back to the MND curriculum in the 2003-2004 school year. MND introduced a full Latin sequence to its Foreign Languages program in the 2006-2007 school year. Since that time, more than 1,000 students have taken MND Latin courses in preparation for a strong post-secondary pathway.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Jo Seibert for winning the 2017 Grande Raffle! A total of 360 tickets were sold so the pro-rated prize was $7,200.

The 2017 Grande Gala was quite a success! Final numbers are still being totaled, but a special thanks to everyone who helped make the event such great one for MND. Thank you to everyone who sponsored the event, purchased raffle tickets, attended the event, donated gifts, supported the gift gathering parties, volunteered before, during and after the Gala, and many other ways too numerous to mention.

All the proceeds of the Gala directly benefit the students of MND.

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