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MND Celebrates a Year of Community Service

MND held a celebration of service on May 9th to recognize the exceptional contribution that MND students made in the community during the 2016-2017 school year. The event not only recognized students who have committed themselves to service but also offered a sneak peek into MND's diverse service program for next school year.

Students submitted nominations of classmates who embody the mission of MND – to learn, live, lead and serve - and who have embraced the role of servant leaders. Those who received awards include senior Maddie Neubecker (Liberty Township), sophomores Derrya Mathis (Liberty Township) and Minh-Thu Truong (Liberty Township) and freshmen Isabella Geraci (Kenwood) and Emma Mitsch (Evendale).

"I love being involved in service at MND because it brings so many girls out of their comfort zones," expressed senior Caroline DeGroft (Mason). "This year, I had the most humbling role – Chairman on the Service Board – consisting of eight other girls that became my best friends. Seeing the changes we made in the lives of others was the biggest blessing. If it weren't for MND's service program, I wouldn't have found the happiness and passion for life that I have today."

Community service is integrated into the MND experience in such a way that every student participates in service during her four years. MND's Community Service Program provides a variety of avenues for students to engage in service, including service through clubs, immersion experiences and service-learning opportunities such as the Senior Capstone Project.

Youth Philanthropy Council Awards $7,000 to Local Nonprofits

MND's Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) held its 12th Annual YPC Awards Ceremony on April 27th. YPC is a student-directed organization committed to learning about philanthropy and the role it plays in a healthy and vibrant community. The YPC Awards Ceremony provides a forum for students to share what they have learned about selected nonprofit organizations and determine which will benefit from money provided from gifts to Magnified Giving, an agency that works with over 3500 students from 81 high schools in the Greater Cincinnati area.

YPC's theme this year was "Rewritten–Telling Stories of Hope", with a focus on funding local nonprofit organizations that serve people suffering from mental health and addiction issues. The agencies that were awarded financial support at this year's ceremony included First Step Home ($1,000), The Nest Recovery Homes ($2,000) and Tamar's Place ($4,000).

"Youth Philanthropy Council has taught me to look at the world with a hopeful and positive outlook," expressed senior Sarah Riesenberger of Mason. "No matter how young you are or how extreme the issues are, the difference you can make is vast and will touch a number of lives you cannot fathom. "I know philanthropy will be something that I maintain as a priority through the rest of my life because it is a way that I can make a hands on difference in my community."

For the past 12 years, MND has had an active and growing YPC. During this time, MND's YPC has granted nearly $80,000 to local, regional, national and international organizations in conjunction with Magnified Giving. Approximately 55 young women at MND are currently learning how to use their time, talent and treasure to help others through their participation in YPC.

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."

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