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The daughter of a pediatrician from Poplar Bluff, 2011 graduate Mary Katherine Montgomery has been immersed in the healthcare system from a young age. While she intimately understood the importance of medical delivery, there was one facet she always wanted to explore: access. 


Montgomery, known as ‘MK’ to her friends and family, recently earned her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Yale. But health education, especially for youth, is where she has found her stride. 


Before starting grad school, Montgomery fulfilled her interest in equity and health disparities while working as a seventh grade science teacher with “Teach For America” in Baton Rouge, LA. Here, she thought a lot about how to achieve long-term, sustainable solutions that would allow kids across the country to thrive. 


“I’ve realized that there’s a whole slew of things that determine outcomes for children. Two of them are education and healthcare,” said Montgomery. “But oftentimes, there are other systemic things that are entrapped with one another, and I was really fascinated by this system.” 


One instance, Montgomery said, was with one of her students originally from New Orleans. He had been displaced to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina, and still had a cleft palate which was never fixed. She said this had impacted his development, growth, and was now affecting his peer interaction. 


“I realized that when his family was displaced from the storm, his entire network of people who are supposed to help you make sure that these things get taken care of, weren’t around,” said Montgomery. “And when that happens, a lot of kids fall through the cracks.” 


She said this was a “tangible example” of when one system breaks. 


“I thought about my students in the classroom, and how getting the highest grade on the next test and things like that were going to be great for them. But in the long term, there were so many systems at play outside of my classroom that they were still going to face, and they would potentially fall through those cracks,” said Montgomery. 


This has caused Montgomery to focus on pushing change and measuring outcomes by intertwining healthcare, law, and education. She hopes that with her understanding of each system, she will be able to show others how to think about them as “interconnected, as opposed to individual pieces.” 


“I’m thinking about how traditionally, when we follow these systems, we get really great at being professionals within those spaces. And we don’t have a lot of folks who can build the bridges between those systems, because they just don’t have the same comprehensive knowledge or understanding of each of those different faceted areas,” said Montgomery. 


In her endeavors, Montgomery recently worked with a group of other MPH candidates and local neonatologist, Dr. Alan Barnett, on an HPV vaccine campaign in the southeast Missouri region. They delivered the project manual, which promotes disease prevention, on June 1. 


Other projects include her work with All Our Kin, a non-profit organization which creates child care programs for vulnerable children. Montgomery has also informed state policy in pediatric care at the Yale Child Center. 


Montgomery is slated to return to school next fall at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to receive another Masters, this time in education, policy and management. 


Career-wise, Montgomery doesn’t have a specific goal. But she’s expressed interest in combining healthcare and education at a local level, and eventually hopes to work with people who are thinking about doing the same on a broader scale across the country. 


Montgomery is also interested in policy, where she said she can make the most change. 


“There’s a lot of opportunity in healthcare and education, and how we set them up in the political arena,” said Montgomery. “Sometimes it looks like government policy, and sometimes it looks like non-governmental organizations like foundations.”

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Congratulations to our 99 graduating seniors! 86% of the 2019 class received academic scholarships in excess of 7 million dollars. 15% achieved Missouri Bright Flight recognition. We had one National Merit Commended Student, one Missouri Top 100 Scholar, and one U.S. Naval Academy Appointment. We can't wait to see what you will do!  Good luck on all your endeavors! 
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Bent Creek Golf Course
Friday, June 21, 2019
7:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. sessions


Limited to 25 teams each session
$125 per player, includes Golf Cart, 18 Holes, Lunch, Beverages, Mulligans, and Skins

Must be 21 or older to participate.

Format: 4 person scramble

Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.

Questions?: Tracy Dumey at 573-335-6772 x310

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Pin Flag (16 AVAILABLE) - $500
Golf Towel Sponsor - $1,500
Fairway Sponsor - $1,000 
Sand Trap Sponsor - $1,000 
Golf Cart Sponsor - $1,000 
Beverage Cart Sponsor (2 available) - $500
Closest to the pin Sponsor - $500 
Longest Drive Sponsor - $500 
Hole Sign - $150

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Bulldogs at Busch Win

It was a winner on Sunday - Cardinals topped the Reds 5-2 and NDHS prevailed over Collinsville HS 9-6. Even though the weather was a little chilly, it was a fun day to see so many families at Busch Stadium. And the HOT DOGS...!!

THANK YOU to all who purchased tickets and t-shirts! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our student athletes to play at Busch Stadium and it would not be possible without your support. Each successful outing at Busch Stadium allows this tradition to continue for future student athletes.

Go Cardinals - Go Bullodgs!


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2019 Bulldogs at Busch

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War of Roses

April 11, 2019
Cape Concourse Building
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
$50 includes:  4 Rosé Tastings & 4 Bourbon Tastings, Heavy Hor D’eourves, Wine Glass, and door prize entry

Purchase Tickets

The NDHS Education Fund Foundation presents War of the Rosés, an exciting bourbon &  wine tasting adventure.  36 Restaurant & Bar LLC will present 4 distinct Rosé Wines and Thompson Schoch Financial Advisors will guide you through 4 bourbons from the Four Roses bourbon family.  It will be a truly difficult decision to choose your favorite to win the war.

The event will take place on April 11, 2019 at the Cape Concourse Building from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include:  4 Rosé Tastings & 4 Bourbon Tastings, Heavy Hor D’eourves, Wine Glass, and door prize entry.  There are only 100 tickets available for this event.

Sponsorships are available.  Contact Alex Jackson at for the details. 

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Class of 2016 ND graduate Renee Peters came with our Southeast Missouri State University representative Thomas Romine to the junior College Knowledge Night event on March 26th. Renee spoke about how prepared she felt for college after attending Notre Dame as well as her ability to attend the university without incurring student loan debt. She is currently majoring in Agriculture while concurrently completing an accelerated MBA program. We appreciate Renee taking time to talk to our students and parents about her experience, and we are so proud of her continued success! Thank you, Renee and Thomas!

If you have questions about the college search process, please visit the Guidance Office.

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Blood Drive

NDHS National Honor Society will host a Blood Drive in Drury Hall from 8am-2pm. 

Reserve a time by clicking this link RED CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome!

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
NDHS Bulldogs vs Collinsville HS Kahoks
following the Cardinals

Join the Notre Dame Family to see the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium then stay and watch as our own Bulldogs take the field against Collinsville.

All tickets $30, Right Field Loge, Sections 231, 232, 233, and 234

Purchase Tickets

It’s a BIG giveaway day at Busch Stadium!

Kids Road Alternate Yadier Molina Jersey - All kids ages 15 and younger





Tote bag is designed around the new road alternate "St. Louis" jersey. First 30,000 fans, ages 16 and older. 

Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays - two hours prior to every home game, enjoy games, prizes and free Prairie Farms frozen treats (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza. AND 
Prairie Farms Kids Run the Bases - Kids, 15 & under, get to run the bases postgame.
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April 28th, Cardinals vs Reds at 1:15pm; ND Bulldogs vs Collinsville Kahoks

Attend the game like a VIP while enjoying the perks and hospitality of the most premium area Busch Stadium has to offer, the Cardinals Club! The Cardinals Club, aka "the Green Seats" is located directly behind homeplate and features access to an exclusive club which includes an upscale pregame buffet and full-service bar, as well as in-seat food and beverage service during the game.

Package includes:
*(4) Cardinal Club seats ($1,000 value)
*Parking Pass
*(4) on-field passes to watch Cardinal batting practice
*(2) on-field passes for the High School game to warm-up with the Bulldogs
*(2) tickets to sit in the dugout for the High School game with the Bulldogs

Bids will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, 3/31/2019.  Starting Bid is $2500. The minimum bid will be increased once per day to the current highest bid received. Active bidders will be notified when the minimum bid is increased. On Sunday, 3/31/2019, the minimum bid will be increased as new higher bids are received. Active bidders will be notified when they have been outbid. All bids are time stamped to ensure a fair bidding process.  Thank you and Good Luck!!!


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Jake Edwards, Class of 2016, spent a week in Honduras.  Jake contacted Brother David with his thanks and has asked for continued prayers. Thank you, Jake, for all you are doing. We are proud of you!

'The past week I spent in Honduras was truly eye-opening.  We were able to help over 1500 people at our clinics and provide other services for the southern half of the country.  I'm so grateful for the generation donation that you made in my name for this mission.  Lives and hearts were touched this past week, and I cannot thank you enough.  Please continue to pray for an end to the health disparities in Central America and also for those who work to relieve them.
You are in my prayers.
In Christ,


Jake Edwards Honduras 2019
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