School News

MND held its annual Terrific Teacher/Angel Educator reception on April 19, 2018. Terrific Teachers are faculty/staff members honored for their dedication to excellence in their work at MND. Angel Educators are grade school educators honored for their dedication to excellence in their work in education. All honorees are nominated by current MND students. Congratulations to this year's honorees:

Angel Educators:
Mrs. Mary Betonte (St. Columban)
Mr. Clark Eads (Madeira Middle)
Mrs. Patty High (St. Michael)
Ms. Lauren Richardson (Mason Middle)

Terrific Teachers:
Mrs. Kelly Albainy-Crosby
Mrs. Meghan Butz
Mrs. Karen Day
Mrs. Kim Drefcinski
Mrs. Joann Felczan
Mrs. Carolyn Holman
Mr. Ben Hunt
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson
Mrs. Judy Metcalf
Mrs. Patricia Meyer
Mrs. Angela Pucci
Mrs. Georgia Rutschilling
Mrs. Kellie Siler
Mrs. Alison Volmer
Mrs. Elizabeth Venia
Ms. Paula Schute

Junior Maria Stein to Appear in Opera Showcase

MND Junior Maria Stein will be featured in The Young Artist's Preparatory Program's Opera Showcase in June 2018. YAPP is Cincinnati's premier opera apprentice program for high-school students. YAPP is composed of a group of extremely talented singers who have been working hard for nine months to prepare the annual showcase performance. The Young Artist's Preparatory Program, directed by Lincoln Chapman, is made up of 19 select young singers from 12 area high schools who have elected to study classical singing in this unique program offered by the Musical Arts Center.

Maria auditioned for YAPP in September 2017 by preparing two full length classical pieces and a monologue. Students were chosen based on their intellectual, interpretive and performing abilities, musical skills, maturity and integrity.

This year's Showcase also features six of the semi-finalists as well as the Winner of The Cincinnati Arts Association's Overture Awards held in early 2018! MND's very own Maria was one of the semi-finalists in the vocal category both in 2017 and 2018. This is a note-worthy accomplishment!

Performances take place at the Anderson Center on:

-Thursday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM
-Saturday, June 9th @ 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
-Sunday, June 10th @ 2:00 PM

Contact the MAC Office 513-321-2766 for ticket information. Congratulations to Maria on her excellence in classical music!

MND is expanding its suite of rigorous and diverse courses for the 2018-2019 school year. Further strengthening its reputation as a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, MND will be offering two new STEM related courses. Introduction to 3D Modeling will explore the fundamental concepts, principles and practice of 3D modeling where students will learn how to design and print 3D models using one of MND's three 3D printers. Forensic Science is a lab-based, cross-curricular course in which students will use scientific knowledge, complex reasoning and technology to investigate how scientists collect, analyze and store evidence.

With a mission to educate and empower young women, MND will be offering a course dedicated to the personal health and wellness of women. Women's Health will provide an in-depth focus on women's health issues and the development of skills for a healthy lifestyle, including personal safety, nutrition and stress reduction.

Students will also have a new avenue to pursue their artistic side with the addition of Music of Broadway. This course will evaluate and compare musicals from the nineteenth century to present-day while students examine composers, lyricists, producers, directors, choreographers and performing artists who have contributed to the developments of musical theater.

MND Principal, Mrs. Karen Day notes, "Saint Julie Billiart was known for saying, 'Teach them what they need to know for life.' MND's commitment to keeping our curriculum strong, fresh and innovative is one of the many ways that we live out the charism and heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur."

MND Student-Athletes Sign to Play at Collegiate Level

Congratulations to our student-athletes who signed to play at the collegiate level during MND's signing event on April 11, 2018:

Armania Heckenmueller - University of Cincinnati (Volleyball)
Sydney Jefferson - Miami University (Track & Field)
Abby Johnson - The College of Wooster (Basketball)
Lauren Taylor - Thomas More College (Softball)
Abbie Reed - Transylvania University (Swimming)
Joelle Zielinski - Bellarmine University (Softball)

MND held its fourth annual Thomas Geier Creative Writing Contest on March 6th and March 7th. 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. Rachel Hennessy (Our Lady of Lourdes) was named the first place winner and Abby Kohls (All Saints) and Keeli LaCroix (St. John XXIII) both received honorable mentions. All three girls received a tuition award.

Junior Julia Evans Earns Perfect ACT Score

MND is proud to announce that junior Julia Evans 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 Julia 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".

ACT test scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

MND is proud to announce that seniors Sydney Collins, Danielle Harold and Audrey Stevenson are Finalists in the 2018 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 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT. Only 15,000 of those students were selected as Finalists.

Senior Teagan Moravek Wins Division 1 Diving State Championship

Congratulations to senior Teagan Moravek who won the 2018 OHSAA Division 1 Girls Diving State Championship on February 22, 2018. This is MND's fourth state diving title (Lori Rizutto Rapp '88 won state titles in 1986, 1987, 1988). Teagan will continue her diving career at Virginia Tech next year. Senior Grace Menke also competed and finished 16th in the state. The MND community is so proud of all their hard work and dedication!

Mount Notre Dame (MND) is pleased to announce the hiring of Kiersten Johnson as Head Varsity Soccer Coach at the school. Johnson, 22, spent last season as the JV assistant coach at MND where she helped the team compile an 11-4-1 overall record.

Coach Johnson is a graduate of Milford High School where she was co-captain of the varsity soccer team during her senior year and was named First Team ECC All-Conference.

She continued her soccer career at the University of Toledo where she played for four years and was named the team's Offensive MVP her senior season and earned Second Team MAC All-Conference honors. She was named one of the Top 20 Players in the MAC Conference in 2016. Coach Johnson graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration along with a Minor in Business in 2017.

"Kiersten brings to MND a solid knowledge of the sport and keen insight into high school and collegiate levels of play," said Mark Schenkel, MND athletic director. "I look forward to Coach Johnson bringing her passion and knowledge of the game to the MND soccer program."

Coach Johnson also serves as a coach for Alliance Cincinnati Club Soccer in addition to holding the position of Technical and Tactical Trainer for girls ages 10-17 in that program. She also served as an assistant coach for the TFA Club Soccer Youth Academy in 2015-16.