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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.

MND student article featured in Pax Christi USA publication

MND student Chloe Kretschmar '19 recently had her reflection published in the latest edition of Peace Currents, the monthly newsletter of Pax Christi USA. Chloe and several other MND students attended a leadership conference hosted by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Boston, MA., this past summer. You can read her reflection by clicking HERE.

MND Opens New Concession Building

On August 22nd, Mount Notre Dame officially opened its newly constructed concession building with a ribbon cutting and acknowledgement to Mr. George Keppler, MND Board of Trustee Member, who served as the project manager.

The 1,600 square foot structure transforms both the athlete and spectator experience. Athletes have access to the state-of-the-art training room which features a whirlpool and multiple trainer tables. "It is great that we are able to have a training room literally feet from the field to benefit our athletes, coaches and trainers," noted Mr. Mark Schenkel, MND Athletic Director. "It allows us to provide quality training and rehabilitation services for our student athletes".

In addition to serving the needs of MND's athletes, the addition of the concession building to the field complex provides several upgraded amenities for the convenience of guests. A fully equipped concession stand as well as multi-stall restrooms with changing tables allow Cougar fans and visitors to comfortably enjoy MND athletic events. The building also provides storage capabilities for both athletic and field maintenance equipment.

Mount Notre Dame President Mrs. Judy Back Gerwe '78 shared, "It is exciting to complete the Athletic Field Complex that was started in 2014. The concession building foundation was laid, including electric and plumbing access, but the funds were not available to build at that time. We were finally able to make it happen and are excited to offer our players and fans the comfort and space they need. I am sure the new concession building will be used and enjoyed by many athletes and spectators."

MND is pleased to announce a new endowed scholarship for its students. The Thomas Geier Literary Arts Endowed Scholarship, established by former MND faculty member Mr. Thomas Geier, is a renewable scholarship offered to an incoming freshman who has graduated from a Catholic elementary school and who excels in Literary Arts. Eighth grade students considering MND will be eligible to apply in the fall.

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.

"I am delighted that this scholarship will now be available," expressed Mr. Geier. "When I retired from teaching in 2014, I wanted to leave a legacy that would help deserving young women afford a Mount Notre Dame education. That dream is now a reality."

Named, endowed scholarships provide opportunities for individuals and/or families to invest in the ministry of Catholic education while helping fund a student's tuition. 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 and 24 honors classes. To learn more or to schedule a visit, please contact Mrs. Donna Groene, Director of Admissions, at 513.821.3044 x164.

MND Celebrates the Class of 2017

MND held its Commencement Exercises for the 157th Graduating Class – the Class of 2017 – on Tuesday, May 30th at the Sharonville Convention Center. During the ceremony, 150 students listened to the valedictory address by Abigail Witter of Batavia who was ranked first in her class, and the farewell address by Senior Class President, Alexandra vonErden of West Chester. The following awards and medals were presented to members of the senior class:

  • St. Julie Billiart Christian Leadership Award – Kelly Harper of Golf Manor
  • Medal for Academic Excellence – Abigail Witter of Batavia
  • Excellence in English – Morgan Hoffman of Loveland
  • Excellence in French – Olivia DiCarlo of Liberty Township
  • Excellence in Information Technology & Business – Molly Bonino of Mason
  • Excellence in Latin – Honora Poch of Montgomery
  • Excellence in Mathematics – Dorothea Coggin of Fairfield
  • Excellence in Performing Arts – Taylor Mattos of Maineville
  • Excellence in Religious Studies – Ashley Becker of Sycamore Township
  • Excellence in Science – Abigail Witter of Batavia
  • Excellence in Social Studies – Molly Bonino of Mason
  • Excellence in Spanish – Macy Taney of Liberty Township
  • Excellence in Visual Arts – Alyssa Montgomery of Liberty Township

Approximately 81.3 percent of the graduating class received scholarship offers – a total of 536 scholarships equaling more than $20.7 million.

When reflecting on the Class of 2017, Associate Head of School and Dean of Academic Development, Mrs. Karen Day commented, "While it is bittersweet to see the Class of 2017 graduate, I know that these young women are prepared to become future leaders at college and in life!They are forever a part of the MND sisterhood and will carry on our legacy in the world."

French Students Earn Recognition

Congratulations to our 41 students who received awards in the National French Contest, Le Grand Concours 2017! The results are as follows:

Winning a Certificat d'Honneur, Mention Honorable are:

French Level 1 :

Ava Denegar

Olivia Marklay

Gaelle Keel

Rachael Horst

Sydney Herzog

Lilly Fisher

Maddi Evans

Kaitlin Young

Sydney Mueller

Katie Tippenhauer

French Level 2:

Kristeena Bright

Sydney Brigger

Emma Falci

Maggie Coggin

French Level 3:

Abigail Johnson

Emma Wilking

Armania Heckenmueller

Nicole Perozek

Nicole Aquilio

French Level 4:

Ileana Vu

Winning the Certificat d'Honneur, Lauréat National, and a bronze medal are:

French Level 1:

Liz Rolfes

French Level 2:

Ashley Fasola

Steph Carrington

Allie Kendall

Chloe Kretschmar

Emma Schuppe

Bailey Purdon

French Level 3:

Claire Woodard

French Level 4:

Olivia DiCarlo

Winning the Certificat d'Honneur, Lauréat National, and a silver medal are:

French Level 1:

Alexa Bertaso

Caroline Graue

Faith Harold

French Level 2:

Erin Bell

Maria Stein

Colleen Trzybinski

Lara Taylor

French Level 3:

Jenna Ehrler

French Level 4:

Lydia Anderson

Audrey Stevenson

Winning the Certificat d'Honneur, Lauréat National, and a gold medal are:

French Level 2:

Ginny Edwards

Caroline Rueter

Congratulations to all of the participants and winners in this year's

National French Contest!

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.


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