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Representatives from ND Robotics Team visited Cape Christian School for the Young Years. Thank you Robert Michael, Abigail Michael, Jeff Worley, and Ben Hinton.

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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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Valedictorian

Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Yanlin (Linda) Hu, is the daughter of Qiang Hu and Jun You.  Kyle and Emily Schott of Cape Girardeau have hosted Linda.

While at ND, Linda was active in National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Women in God’s Service (WINGS), Science Club, and Franciscan Leadership Club.  She competed as part of the Scholar Bowl Team and Tennis Team. Linda has received Academic Awards in Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, French I and II, Advanced English II, Chemistry, and Online Technology.

Linda has earned the McGill Freshman Scholarship Award and plans to attend McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She plans to major in Science (Mathematics).

From Linda: “I want to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity and thank my two host families, friends, and teachers for helping me along the way.”
 
 
 
 

Salutatorian


Class of 2019 Salutatorian, James (Jamie) Barnes, is the son of Michael and Jennifer Barnes of Sikeston. James is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish.
 
While at ND, James was active in National Honor Society, Franciscan Leadership Club, Peer Helpers, Athletes Give Back, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) where he served as Secretary. Jamie competed with the Freshman and JV Baseball Teams and JV and Varsity Volleyball Teams. Jamie has received Academic Awards in Algebra I, English I, Economics, and Biology.  He attended the American Legion Boys State.

Jamie has earned a Bright Flight Scholarship and will attend University of Missouri at Kansas City entering into the six-year medical school.

From Jamie: “To my parents, teachers, Brother David, and friends – I could not have done this without all of your support and encouragement.”
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On Sunday, May 5, the Freshman Class and the Home and School Association hosted the annual Senior Banquet. Academic awards including Senior stoles were awarded. 

The Bulldog and Lady Bulldog awards went to D.J. Lynch and Megan Heisserer for "excelling in athletic achievement, character, leadership, practice ethics, teamwork and sportsmanship over the past four years at NDHS". Congratulations!

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Congratulations to our 2019 Prom Court!

Carter Dame and Connor Overfield were crowned 2019 King & Queen!

Thank you to the faculty and parents who helped make Prom and Project Prom a huge success!!

SEMissourian PHOTOS

 

 

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from the office of Congressman Jason Smith, Missouri's 8th Congressional District:

Notre Dame senior Andrew West said he's always felt a call to serve our country. It was a privilege to nominate Andrew to attend the United States Naval Academy and celebrate with him in person this week. He's a great student who uses his free time to tutor other students and attend mission trips. He wants to make the military his career, and I'm so glad I could help him in his incredible journey.

If you or a loved one would like to know more about attending a military academy in the Fall of 2020, Jason Smith's office is now accepting applications.

Congratulations Andrew!

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Notre Dame had a big weekend. On Saturday, we helped host the Track and Field Conference in conjunction with Chaffee HS.  Thank you Coaches, parents and volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen successfully! 

Our student athletes had a great showing with many All-Conference awards and Personal Records! For full meet results visit momilesplit.com.

SEMO Conference North Individual Champions

  • Triple Jump
    • Evan Bruenderman
  • 1600
    • Blake Morris
  • 3200
    • Blake Morris
  • High Jump
    • Riley Burger
  • Pole Vault
    • Carly Pujol
  • Long Jump
    • Riley Burger
  • Triple Jump
    • Riley Burger
  • 100 Hurdles
    • Allie Burnett
  • 4x200 Relay
    • Riley Burger, Natalie Timpe, Delaney Dohogne, Carly Pujol
  • 400
    • Natalie Timpe
  • 300 Hurdles
    • Allie Burnett
 
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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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It’s the vision of Notre Dame Regional High School that their students will “Enter to learn, and leave to serve.” This ideal certainly reaches its zenith during Holy Week. 

Since Mark Koehler began the program in 1995, Notre Dame students have participated in numerous service projects and an organized retreat led by an outside group - such as the ‘REAP’ Team, or Southeast Missouri State University’s Newman Center - over a two-day period during Holy Week. But according to Paul Unterreiner, who instructs their Franciscan Leadership Class (FLC), they did things a bit differently this year. 

On Apr. 16 and 17, while service projects remained - nearly 45 projects were completed this year - over 42 seniors from the FLC volunteered to lead the retreat for the entire school, making it a student-led project for the first time. It was centered around the Stations of the Cross. 

“They worked the past month-and-a-half organizing it,” said Unterreiner. “They went through all 14 stations, with small activities tied into that.”

The stations were placed throughout the school with two stations per classroom, and two FLC leaders per station. 

Senior DJ Lynch served as a student supervisor for the retreat. He said FLC was excited to give the stations a ‘new era’ type of theme. 

“We wanted to get the message across in a way that the underclassmen would understand it more and relate to the events more,” said Lynch. “It was different from the typical Stations of the Cross we’ve done.”

As for Holy Week service, Lynch has participated in projects in the past at Christian School of the Young Years, canned food drives, and a trash pickup on Route K. FLC seniors are receiving their service fulfillment this year in planning the retreat. 

Lynch said he likes participating in the service projects, and that they allow him to reach out to the community in any way he can. 

“Sometimes it’s hard to find service projects on your own, and Holy Week makes them accessible.” said Lynch. “It allows me to have those opportunities and give back.”

Senior Paige Emmenderfer also assisted with the retreat. She said another goal in modernizing the Stations was to connect them with students’ daily lives, and how they might struggle. 

“We wanted to show them that Jesus went through the same things we do,” said Emmenderfer.

Unterreiner said he touched base with students for the retreat on a weekly basis to ensure they remained on track, but he still found difficulty in - and learned from - ‘letting go.’

“I’m not good at giving up control and delegating, if you will,” said Unterreiner. “But at the same time, I knew what our kids were capable of. Knowing that the Lord would work through these kids... that gave me a little inner peace.”

In the end, he said it was a very unique project that students loved. 

“It really tied into the heart of the pain and agony that our Lord went through during his passion,” said Unterreiner. 

Unterreiner said Holy Week is always an important time in our liturgical calendar to focus on Christ and his work of serving others. 

“It’s a great way for us to center ourselves around Him by getting out in the community, helping those in need, and seeing the face of Christ in others,” said Unterreiner.

 

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Retreat & Service Days 2019

 

Thank you to the following businesses for allowing our students to lend a helping hand.

Big Stuff Pre-School 
Cape Senior Center
Catholic Campus Ministry
Christian School for the Young Years
Cobden Elementary
Foutainbleau Lodge
Guardian Angel
Head Start - Chaffee
Head Start - Charleston
Head Start - New Madrid
Head Start - Sikeston
Horizon Enrichment Center
Immaculate Conception Church
Immaculate Conception School
Jackson Senior Center
Jesus in Disguise
Just Kids (Cape)
Kid's Academy (Chaffee)
Klaus Park
Knights of Columbus - Cape
Knights of Columbus - Kelso
Lutheran Home
Mac's Mission
Mississippi Therapeutic Horsemanship Assoc.
ND Art
ND Prom Storage
ND Route K Clean Up
ND Theatre Storage
Options for Women
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (IL)
Ratlif Nursing Home
Sack Lunches to Waiting Rooms
Sacred Heart (Dexter)
Sacred Heart (Poplar Bluff)
St. Ambrose
St. Andrew School (Murphysboro, IL)
St. Augustine
St. Denis
St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier (Carbondale)
St. Henry
St. Joseph Rectory (Cobden, IL)
St. Joseph School (Marion, IL)
St. Mary Cathedral School
St. Mary's (Anna)
St. Vincent School
Ugly Quilts

 

 

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