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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

Mount Notre Dame Staff, Board of Trustees, and many other interested constituents recently completed a new strategic plan, Achieve More, to guide the school through 2022. It was determined that increased philanthropic support is needed to successfully implement the pieces of the plan that include facility upgrades and endowment to secure our future.

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MND Appoints Assistant Principal for Academics
MND is pleased to announce that Mr. Ben Hunt will join the Leadership Team as the Assistant Principal for Academics for the 2018-2019 school year. Hunt, who has served as a Social Studies teacher at MND for 7 years, was hired to further strengthen MND's commitment to providing academic excellence as the school experiences increased enrollment

Hunt will partner with Principal Karen Day and the faculty to deliver rigorous and cutting-edge curriculum for MND students so they are well prepared for their post-secondary plans. Additionally, Hunt will oversee the continued development of academic-based programming such as College Credit Plus and Advanced Placement® coursework, Research and Information Literacy skills, Fine Arts expansion and MND's Billiart Scholar Honors Program while also teaching a few courses himself.

"Mr. Hunt's expertise in the classroom when paired with his strong work ethic and collaboration skills make him an ideal member of our administrative team," notes Principal Karen Day."Ultimately, MND students will benefit from an additional empowered leader dedicated to building programs that support student learning."

Hunt is a graduate of Archbishop Moeller High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education and History from the University of Dayton. He then attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned his Master of Arts in History in 2013. Hunt also holds administrative licensure in the State of Ohio.

MND is pleased to announce the promotion of longtime varsity assistant Mr. Chris Lovett to Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at the school. Lovett, 31, replaces Joe Burke, who had to step down due to job-related commitments after leading the Cougars for the past nine seasons. Burke, who led MND to four Division 1 State Volleyball Championships during his tenure as head coach, will serve as the assistant varsity coach this year.

"Joe Burke has done a fabulous job with our volleyball program over the years. His dedication and commitment to the program is the reason that MND Volleyball is one of the best programs in the State of Ohio each year," said MND Athletic Director Mark Schenkel. "We are very excited to have Chris Lovett take over the volleyball program. The years of experience that he has coaching in our program and his knowledge of the game should make for a smooth transition."

Lovett has served as the MND varsity assistant coach for the past nine years. He is a graduate of Moeller High School where played volleyball and was a member of the Crusaders back-to-back state championship teams in 2004 and 2005. Lovett got his start in coaching at the University of Dayton, where he served as an undergraduate assistant for the women's volleyball team. Lovett graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med in 2009 from the University of Dayton and holds two Masters' Degrees, one from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration and the other from the University of Cincinnati in Health Education/Health Promotion.

Lovett has coached for the Elevation Volleyball Club since 2009 and, in 2015, coached the 14-under National Team to a Fifth-Place finish at the USAV National Championship. Lovett and his wife, Kaitlin, currently reside in Over-the-Rhine.

MND Celebrates the Class of 2018

MND held its Commencement Exercises for the 158th Graduating Class – the Class of 2018 – on Tuesday, May 29th at the Sharonville Convention Center.During the ceremony, students listened to the valedictory address by Sydney Collins who was ranked first in her class, and the farewell address by Senior Class President, Veronica France. Approximately 79.5 percent of the graduating class received scholarship offers – a total of 577 scholarships equaling more than $21.4 million.

Principal Karen Day commented, "As a principal, I could not be prouder of our 161 graduates.Saint Julie Billiart said, 'teach them what they need to know for life' and our newest alumnae are prepared for their next journey.They are empowered and faith-filled young women who are poised to transform the world through their talents and gifts."

The following awards and medals were presented to members of the senior class:

  • St. Julie Billiart Christian Leadership Award – Reilly Haas
  • Medal for Academic Excellence – Sydney Collins
  • Excellence in English – Elizabeth Carroll
  • Excellence in French – Audrey Stevenson of Anderson
  • Excellence in Information Technology & Business – Elizabeth Nartker
  • Excellence in Latin – Mary Scott
  • Excellence in Mathematics – Elise Meyer
  • Excellence in Performing Arts – Amber Reinert
  • Excellence in Religious Studies – Sarah Ray
  • Excellence in Science – Natalie Steibel
  • Excellence in Social Studies – Madeline Klug
  • Excellence in Spanish – Hope Schneider
  • Excellence in Visual Arts – Madelyn Shea
Local Musician Writes Song Based on MND Students

Local musician, Eliot Sloan of Blessed Union of Souls fame, recently finished up production of "The Sum of Us", a song he wrote based upon the reflections provided from our MND sophomores after their retreat this past year. MND students also did great job recording the background vocals used on the track! Here is a link to the video now available on the MND You Tube page:

Students Increase Global Awareness Through Art

MND art students had the privilege of participating in a project that not only demonstrated their artistic skills but also their compassion. The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect and loss of parents. Photos of children and teens are received from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in several different countries every year.

Students in Mrs. Beth Wurzelbacher's Art Foundations classes were presented with photos of teenagers from Russia and were tasked with drawing portraits that mirrored the photos as closely as possible. Once completed, the portraits were shipped to Russia and presented to the recipients. MND students included a photo of themselves to further solidify the shared bond of this unique experience.

According to the Memory Project, the portraits are intended to help the recipients feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their wellbeing, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For MND students, it was an opportunity to creatively practice compassion, kindness and global awareness.

MND Art Department Chairperson, Mrs. Shelly Brauer notes, "This was such a worthwhile project and a way to incorporate our teaching into an effort that is bigger than our school and our country". Since 2004, the Memory Project has organized more than 100,000 portraits for children in 43 countries.

Junior Caroline Rueter Earns Perfect ACT Score

MND is proud to announce that junior Caroline Rueter earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score.In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores.

In a letter to Caroline recognizing her exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executing Officer Marten Roorda stated, "Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While the test score is just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals".

This is the second MND student to achieve a perfect ACT composite score this year. Junior Julia Evans earned a score of 36 earlier this year. ACT test scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

MND Celebrates Seniors During Showcase of Excellence

On April 26th, MND held the Class of 2018 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.

Seniors were nominated by their classmates as well as by members of MND's faculty and staff.Seniors selected to represent their class in the area of Academic Development include: Lydia Anderson (University of Notre Dame), Sydney Collins (Duke University), Danielle Harold (University of Notre Dame) and Natalie Steibel (University of Pittsburgh). Seniors selected in the area of Spiritual Development include: Mary Angela Guye (Xavier University), Reilly Haas (John Carroll University), Jenice Mario (Undecided) and Sarah Ray (Xavier University). Seniors selected in the area of Student Development include Veronica France (Ohio State), Julie Harmon (Ohio State), Sydney Jefferson (Miami University) and Emma Rodrigo (Ohio State).

MND Principal Mrs. Karen Day commented, "At MND, we celebrate empowerment as lived out in academic, spiritual and personal development which enables our students to learn, live, lead and serve in ways that positively impact our community and our world.We are blessed to showcase these twelve young women as representatives of the excellence across the 161 members of the Class of 2018 and their gifts have graced our community."