School News

MND building a new Learning Commons for 2019-20 school year

Mount Notre Dame President Judy Back Gerwe '78 announced plans to create a new educational space for students this summer located on the second floor across from the office area and College and Career Center. The space will be called the Learning Commons and will also become the new library for the school.

"We are excited about creating this new space right in the center of our school building for our students," said Gerwe. "We are so appreciative of our donors who have made this new Learning Commons come to life for our community."

Funding for this project is provided by generous MND benefactors who are investing in our comprehensive capital campaign Achieve More ... Now and Forever that is currently in the major gift phase. This is Part I of our construction. Once we reach our campaign goal, we will begin work on a new Performing Arts Center that will be located in the current theater and library space, an area that was once our school gymnasium. The Performing Arts Center will be used for theater, band, choral, and dance performances as well as parent and student meetings and events. We also hope to include the larger community in its uses.

The journey to a campaign began with the development of a new five-year Strategic Plan that was launched in the spring of 2017. Achieve More ... Now and Forever addresses two of the aspiration statements from the plan. One is "To be financially positioned to advance the mission of MND" which is the endowment piece of the campaign - Achieve More Forever. The other is "To assess the current and future facility needs of the school" which will be the facilities piece of the campaign – Achieve More Now. We have created a visionary campus master plan that will determine the most effective use of our campus over the next several years.

MND will have six Advanced Placement (AP) faculty members reading and grading AP tests this summer for the College Board. Faculty members include Dr. T. Matthew Fletcher (Physics C), Mr. Robert Knollman (World History), Ms. Christine Mencer (Spanish), Mrs. Catherine Schildknecht (European History), Mr. Kevin Stachowski (Biology) and Mr. Bennett VanOudenallen (Human Geography). Having six AP teachers chosen from one school to grade for the College Board is a testament to MND's strong Advanced Placement program. Approximately 11,000 teachers across the nation will be grading this summer.

MND currently offers 20 AP courses. Ninety-one MND students were recognized as AP Scholars after the 2017-2018 school year.

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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

Concealed.

Unrevealed.

Submerged.

Diverged.

Trapped.

Compact.

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.

Undefeated.

Unimpeded.

When it melts,

Drip.

It's slow,

Drip.

But steady,

Drip.

Drop.

Free.

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.