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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 dgroene@mndhs.org.

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.

FULL LIST OF ALL MND COLLEGE BOARD ADVANCED PLACEMENT SCHOLARS:

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.

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!

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