School News

Sophomore Wins Mount Saint Joseph Writing Contest

MND Sophomore Abby Casavant won First Place in the Poetry Category in the Mount St. Joseph University Writing Contest. Up to ten entries are permitted per school with a total of 38 schools participating this year. There were 3 categories (personal essay, fiction, and poetry).

Drop - By Abby Casavant '21

Am I an iceberg?

Icebergs are







An iceberg holds

Firm in its mold.

An impression,

A recollection.

An iceberg is studied.

What's under its surface?

What is its purpose?

What does it think?

Why doesn't it sink?

An iceberg drifts on.

Full of Wisdom.

Waiting for freedom.



When it melts,


It's slow,


But steady,




Flowing in crystalline water.

I am an iceberg.

But one day,

I'll be a drop.

MND Earns 7th Division 1 Girls Basketball State Title

MND earned the OHSAA Division I Girls Basketball State Championship with a 52-31 victory over Pickerington Central on March 16th at OSU's Jerome Schottenstein Center. It is MND's second state basketball title in three years.

The Cougars (27-2) made history in defeating the reigning-champion Tigers, collecting the program's seventh career state title, tied for the most in OHSAA history with Pickerington Central and Columbus Africentric Early College.

MND held its fifth annual Thomas Geier Creative Writing Contest on March 5th and March 6th. The contest, which seeks to reward and encourage creative writing among eighth grade students entering MND in the fall, is named in honor of former MND faculty member and current Board 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.

Participants 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. Maria Kilgore (All Saints) was named the first place winner and Nora Daley (Walnut Hills) and Emma McKenna (St. Margaret of York) both received honorable mentions.
All three girls received a tuition award.

"We had quite a few noteworthy entries this year," noted Mr. Geier. "Judging was not easy. Thanks to all of the contestants for their creative efforts!"

A record number of MND students participated in the seventh annual Night for the Fight event held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the University of Cincinnati's Fifth Third Arena. The overnight cancer-awareness event benefitting CancerFree KIDS involved teens from over 50 schools and approximately 1,400 students across the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. The event seeks to encourage the next generation to join the battle against pediatric cancer through activities meant to educate, motivate and inspire.

Students from MND continue to lead the way, with a seven-year streak of having the most participants as well as raising the most money. This year, 320 MND students took part in the event.

Mr. Todd Forman, MND's Community Service Director and co-founder of the event notes, "We are so excited to see this event grow from its humble beginnings.Inspired by the passing of the father of then MND student Kelly Higgins, and the death of my nephew Jeffrey Thomas Hayden to pediatric cancer, this event provides critical funding for pediatric cancer research, with most of the funding being invested at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.We hope to continue to help CancerFree KIDS inspire the next generation of doctors, nurses, caregivers and philanthropists for years to come."
MND Students Named National Merit Finalists

MND is proud to announce that seniors Ginny Edwards, Erin Mahan and Caroline Rueter are Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They will now be considered for one of approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 PSAT. Less than one percent of those students were selected as Finalists.

National Merit Scholarship winners for the class of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

Senior Named Candidate in U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

MND is proud to announce that senior Caroline Rueter has been named a candidate in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Approximately 4,500 candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million high school seniors.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

MND Principal, Mrs. Karen Day commented, "Caroline is an amazing student and leader. She has worked hard to advance her knowledge both in academic coursework and experiential learning. She has also dedicated much of her time to collaboration with other students, helping to pull together teams to work on a common goal. Caroline is an exemplary student leader!"

A distinguished panel of educators will review submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select the finalists and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen.All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program.

MND Launches Mobile App for Prospective Students

MND has unveiled its new mobile app which is geared towards prospective students. The app conveniently showcases all that MND has to offer right on your mobile device. Prospective students can view information regarding academics, athletics, clubs and service as well as get a glimpse of student life through fun photos and videos. The Mount Notre Dame App is available for download via the iTunes Store and Google Play. Students are asked to obtain their parents' permission prior to downloading.

MND Graduation Gowns Find New Life in Haiti

Members of MND's Class of 2018 made a unique impact on students in Haiti by donating their graduation gowns. Fifteen MND graduates chose to donate their caps and gowns to Made to Love, a gift shop and non-profit located in Hamilton, OH that sells handmade Haitian artisan goods. All profits go directly back to Haiti for scholarships to help children go to school.

The MND caps and gowns were sent to school children in Charrier, Haiti where they were worn by the graduating class on June 16, 2018. With very few Haitian children able to afford an education along with the economic and physical hardships they endure daily, it was a moment of extreme pride and accomplishment for the students.

Kelly Snyder '18 led the charge among her fellow MND classmates in donating their caps and gowns. "I know how special and honorary graduation is for students," Kelly noted. "My MND classmates and I would agree that if we could do anything to help someone else experience this feeling, we'd do it in a heartbeat. Especially for students in Haiti, who may cherish the memory forever."

MND hopes to have the cap and gown collection become an annual tradition.

Students Named National Merit Seminfinalists

MND is proud to recognize its three National Merit Semifinalists.Congratulations to seniors Ginny Edwards, Erin Mahan and Caroline Rueter who were named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2017 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 one percent 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 $31 million.

"The MND Learning Community is so proud to celebrate the academic accomplishments of these three students. Not only are they model learners – they are amazing young women who exemplify what it means to learn, live, lead and serve. We are blessed to be able to share the MND learning experience with them," expressed Mrs. Karen Day, MND Principal.

MND also celebrates four students who have been named Commended Students. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.6 million students. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Congratulations to seniors Julia Barnes, Julia Evans, Elizabeth Pung and Maria Stein.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2019 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.Recipients will join more than 338,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

MND is proud to recognize its 91 Advanced Placement Scholars as identified by the College Board after the 2017-2018 school year. This is the largest number of AP Scholars in school history. Included in the 91 AP Scholars are 6 National AP Scholars, 40 AP Scholars with Distinction (including National AP Scholars), 22 AP Scholars with Honor and 29 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). Congratulations to these former and current MND students who were recognized as National AP Scholars: Sydney Collins '18, Frances Corzine '18, Danielle Harold '18, Erin Mahan '19, Natalie Steibel '18 and Lauren Stevenson '18.

AP Scholar status is based on the number of AP tests a student takes and how they score.During the 2017-2018 school year, 42.4% of MND's student body took an AP test.Overall, 483 tests were given to 286 MND students.

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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.

Sydney Collins '18

Frances Corzine '18

Danielle Harold '18

Erin Mahan '19

Natalie Steibel '18

Lauren Stevenson '18

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

Julia Barnes '19

Mariah Bradley '19

Abigail Brickner '18

Erin Cagle '18

Sydney Collins '18

Frances Corzine '18

Rachel Creeden '19

Rebecca Dean '19

Payton Drefcinski '18

Ginny Edwards '19

Julia Evans '19

Catherine Gilkey '19

Caroline Gott '19

Leah Gutwiller '19

Grace Hall '19

Danielle Harold '18

Caroline Hauer '19

Hana Hauer '18

Madeline Klug '18

Chloe Kretschmar '19

Jourdhel Mabunay '18

Erin Mahan '19

Elizabeth Pung '19

Sarah Ray '18

Amber Reinert '18

Emma Rogiers '19

Caroline Reuter '19

Emma Schuppe '19

Mary Scott '18

Natalie Steibel '18

Maria Stein '19

Audrey Stevenson '18

Lauren Stevenson '18

Minh-Thu Truong '19

Colleen Trzybinski '19

Lauren Ulland '19

Rachel Wiehe '19

Emma Wilking '18

Ashley Yeoman '19

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.

Samantha Beck '18

Erin Bell '19

Kara Burns '19

Isabella DiCarlo '19

Emily English '19

Julia Harmon '18

Jenna Hertenstein '18

Sydney Jefferson '18

Rebecca Kemper '19

Katherine Kenny '19

Gabrielle Marcum '19

Elise Meyer '18

Emily Moore '18

Hannah Renneker '18

Emma Rodrigo '18

Madelyn Shea '18

Madyn Sullivan '19

Nicole Tonyan '19

Cara Wagner '19

Rebecca Wiggins '19

Hayley Winslow '19

Sara Zelinskas '18

SCHOLARS: Granted to students who receive grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Carissa Beckman '18

Ashley Brooks '18

Kristen Devolve '19

Emily Ernst '19

Ashley Fasola '19

Lillian Fisher '18

Veronica France '18

Lauren Fuller '18

Armania Heckenmueller '18

Brianna Heverin '18

Devon Hoffman '19

Allison Kendall '19

Victoria Lyon '18

Rebecca Lyons '19

Katrina Maresco '19

Caitlin Minneci '19

Dorie Nickell '19

Madeline O'Connell '19

Bailey Porter '19

Faith Preston '18

Bailey Purdon '19

Calli Rinaldo '18

Anna Schnegg '18

Hope Schneider '18

Angela Sebald '18

Gabrielle Smith '18

Lara Taylor '19

Claire Woodard '18

Melanie Wysong '19