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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.

Faculty member, Mr. Ben Hunt, has been offered a place in the second annual Summer Teacher Institute through The National WWII Museum. The Museum, an important WWII educational resource for students and teachers located in New Orleans, LA, established the Institute to provide teachers with the knowledge, skills and materials in order to more effectively teach WWII history to their students and to provide further training of other educators. This year, approximately 400 applications were received from across the nation with only 30 individuals selected to participate.

Mr. Hunt will join others in the nationwide cohort of educators to develop and share the best strategies for teaching about World War II.The institute is a two-year commitment. This summer, the cohort will travel to New Orleans where teachers will work collaboratively to learn additional content knowledge, instructive skills and curricular resources to more effectively teach World War II to students and other educators. Next summer, the cohort will travel to Normandy, France, where it will visit the site of the 1944 D-Day invasion and explore strategies for helping students think critically about historical memorials.

"It is truly an honor to be selected to work with this elite group of educators through this opportunity," expressed Mr. Hunt. "I look forward to bringing back new ideas and methods to my students and other local educators."

Mr. Hunt has taught Social Studies at MND for the last five years and pursues a variety of professional development opportunities each year.

MND Senior Earns Recognition in Regional Writing Competition

Senior Hannah Jones has been recognized for her writing in the Midwest Regional 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted across the country.

Hannah earned a regional Gold Key award for her personal essay submission in addition to receiving honorable mentions for her science fiction and poetry submissions. For regional Gold Key winners, the opportunity for recognition continues as the work will be judged on a national level by a panel of leading creative professionals. Hannah will travel to the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center on March 11 to receive her regional awards.

"I believe that Hannah found her voice while at MND," noted English teacher, Mrs. Kathy Louder. "Through her writing, she is able to convey her personal journey in such a way that the reader goes along for the ride. Hannah has learned to take risks with her writing and, as a result, it has given her the courage to share her work."

National Gold Key Medalists will be announced in March 2017 and will be honored during a special awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June 2017.

MND Juniors Accepted into 2017 TAP MD Program

MND is proud to announce that juniors Danielle Harold and Sarah Ray have been accepted into the prestigious TAP MD Program. An initiative of Cincinnati MD jobs, TAP MD is a career exploration program designed to help exceptionally talented high school students "tap" into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine. To be considered, students must not only excel academically (29 ACT and/or 1300 SAT) but must also be motivated, mature, dependable and possess a positive attitude.

MND prides itself on empowering young women to reach their full potential. Through the encouragement of faculty and staff members, students are continually challenged to seek out opportunities where they can pursue their passions.

"My hope through the TAP MD Program is to better understand what I need to do in order to reach my goal of becoming a pediatrician," noted Sarah Ray. "I am extremely grateful for the teachers at MND for their knowledge and support in helping me pursue this wonderful opportunity."

Nearly 140 students have graduated from the annual program since its inception. Previous MND students who have participated in the program include Maria Bonino in 2015 and Abby Witter in 2016.

MND Sophomore Wins First Place in State Writing Competition

MND sophomore Mira DeAnthony has been selected as the tenth grade writing winner in the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest. The contest, sponsored by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, is an annual statewide competition intended to encourage students to reflect upon Dr. King's impact on the Civil Rights movement and present day America. Nearly 900 students in grades 6-12 entered this year's competition with one winner being selected from each grade.

MND English teacher, Mrs. Shannon Watson, has taught Mira for the last two years. "Mira is an insightful, imaginative student who really uses her writing to explore and share her ideas," noted Mrs. Watson. "I'm so proud of her accomplishment."

MND's English Department encourages and requires ongoing student writing experiences and active participation in local, regional and national writing competitions. Mira will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 2, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.

MND Model UN students travel to Italy for international conference

Nine juniors and seniors from Mount Notre Dame's Model United Nations Club recently had the experience of a lifetime when they attended their first-ever international conference at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy on January 23-30.

The students went to Italy as part of the John Cabot University Model United Nations Conference for high school students from around the world. In preparation for the trip, club members were assigned different countries and spent hours researching the topic of terrorism. MND students were part of a delegation that included students from Sweden, Bosnia-Herzegovina, several Italian schools, and two International schools. Students made their presentations at the conference to the other Model UN delegates. MND teachers Mrs. Amy Bonino and Mr. Ben Hunt accompanied the students on the trip.

"Attending the Model UN conference in Italy afforded our students a global experiential learning opportunity and inspired our students to be the global citizens and international leaders of tomorrow," said Mrs. Bonino, who is also one of the moderators for Model UN Club. "MND is committed to global educational opportunities and this was an excellent experience for everyone involved in the trip."

One of the many highlights of the trip was a day spent at the Vatican in Vatican City. Students got the chance to see St. Peter's Basilica & Square, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museum.They also had the opportunity to tour the crypts below St. Peter's and go on a sightseeing tour of Rome and the city of Florence.

MND Food Drive for Catholic School Week underway

We have officially kicked off our Catholic School's week Food Drive for St. Vincent de Paul! The drive BEGINS January 26 and concludes on Monday, Feb. 6th.

The Food Drive 2017 is being done a bit differently this year. The goal if for your HR to fill as many boxes as possible with 25 specific items (see chart). This will provide SVdP with a nice, balanced variety of basic items that will help our neighbors in need.

Information about the drive along with the items we are collecting can be found at www.mndhs.org/fooddrive. You will also see a link to a printable list. Copies of this list will also be put in your teacher's HR mailbox.

Rewards (to inspire you to greatness)
Although helping our neighbors in need should not require any additional incentives, we will toss in a few prizes for the fun of it.

  • Top 2 HRs for each grade level will win a Servatti's breakfast. (min. 7 boxes per HR to qualify)
  • Top GRADE will receive a very special tasty lunch and dessert!
  • Also, this event counts for TRIPLE United We Won points.

Thanks again for your participation, and click HERE for some more Soup and Santa.

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