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Ten ND students and two faculty members attended the TRACTION Conference ~ "Teens Taking TRACTION to Prevent Traffic Crashes" July 22-24, 2018 at the Drury Plaza in Cape.  This conference was sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation / Highway Safety and Traffic Division.  These students are members of the SADD Club at Notre Dame and came up with an action plan at the conference to promote safe, sober driving and seatbelt usage at Notre Dame.

Seniors:   Brent Glenzy, Kristen Shrum, Ashley Hanners, Sydney McClintock, Kassidy Leimbach, Jamie Barnes
Junior:    Maddie Hulshof
Sophomores:   Ellie Fennewald, Avri O'Daniel
Freshman:     Brock Hulshof
Staff Advisors:    Angie Schaefer and Ruth Ann Hester

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Classes have begun at Saint Francis Xavier in Sikeston with a little help from some ND students. Current ND students and Saint Francis Xavier Alumni assisted during the 1st Day of School by opening car doors, escorting students to class, helping parents carry school supplies, and welcoming families to a new school year.  What a great example to the grade school students! 

A big thank you to Drew Barber (2021), Madelyn Elledge (2020), Jack Klueppel (2020), Maggie Eby (2020), Bella Ruth Steward (2022), Vincent Klueppel (2022), Paige Barber (2020).

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In July, Notre Dame graduate Aaron Arnzen participated in his first bikepacking race: the 2018 Trans South Dakota. Not only did he finish second overall, but along with the first place competitor, broke the previous record held for the 740-mile race by almost an entire day.


At 8 a.m. on July 20, Arnzen took off from the Black Hills in South Dakota with 23 other bikers. He’d been training since February to handle the self-supported nature of the race. 


“You know, so many things go into it. Being able to ride your bike a lot, of course,” said Arnzen. “But especially things like nutrition, hydration, shelter, and how and where you’ll take care of each.”


The race was also untraditional in the sense that riders would not be traveling on smooth pavement.


“We were biking on gravel roads, B-roads, service roads, and even a bit of single track, which required mountain biking,” said Arnzen.


Considering these circumstances, he used a gravel bike, which classifies as a mountain bike, but with a road bike frame. This wasn’t his only form of transportation for the whole 740 miles, though. When Arnzen hit Pierre, the state capital of South Dakota, as part of the course, he paddled 5 miles down the Missouri River.


“We basically had to pop off the wheels of our bikes, and attach them to a packraft, an inflatable boat,” said Arnzen.


In terms of rest, Arnzen didn’t get much. He said there were many ways to approach sleeping and the accommodations necessary to do so.


“It’s much more enjoyable sleeping in the day and riding at night, considering the heat,” said Arnzen.


He brought along a bivy to sleep in and a pyramid tent, which fit both him and his bike and withstood a bit of harsh weather, including hail. The first night, he set up the bivy nearly a mile down from Mount Rushmore and slept for only four hours. The second and third nights, Arnzen crashed at hotels for short 4-5 hour visits. A fight for the top 3 positions caused Arnzen to ride through his last night.


Only 8 miles behind the biker in first place, Arnzen took a quick 2 hour nap before biking his last 160 miles, and finished at 2:02 a.m.


Arnzen completed the race in 4 days, 18 hours, and 2 minutes, an hour and a half behind first place. The previous course record averaged around 5 days and 8 hours.


On saving time, Arnzen had to get creative, and recommended doing things on your bike that you would typically do while standing.


“You can save a few minutes here and there, and if you do that a couple of days in a row, maybe save an hour or two,” said Arnzen. “It’s fun as well, like, ‘Hey, can I brush my teeth while I’m riding?’”


And, he wasn’t completely alone.


“The cool thing about these events - although there are things at stake and it’s at the core a race - everybody’s in it for each other,” said Arnzen. “Of course, you’re not going to put yourself in a burdening position to help, but if someone can help out, they’re by all means going to do so.”


Arnzen plans on competing in the Colorado Trail Race and the Arizona Trail Race next year, and hopes to make it to the Tour Divides - a 2,800-mile race which follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico - in the summer of 2020.


“This race was a great stepping stone, and good event to either say ‘never again” or ‘I’d do it again,” said Arnzen. “I took a shot into the unknown. Be willing to try new things and learn from them, instead of being turned down from negative results.”


Arnzen graduated from Notre Dame in 2012, and currently works at Cyclewerx in Cape Girardeau.

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In mid-August, 2014 graduate Brady Dixon will be on his way to California to compete in the 2018 U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship golf tournament. 

His third year vying for a spot, the Mounds native earned his place through a Kansas City qualifier on July 16. He finished in the second qualifying spot out of 64 other golfers. 

He started his first round of the day with a couple of early pars. He made his first birdie on hole 4 followed by back-to-back birdies on holes 6, 7, 8, and he closed the first nine at 5 under par. An eagle at the end of the first round put him at 7 under, finishing the first round with a score of 65. 

After a break for lunch, he started on hole 10 in the second round and made his first birdie on 12. He said that gave him some momentum.

“It was nice to see a putt go in that early in the round,” said Dixon. 

He birdied on 17 and on 5, followed by a bogey on hole 8. Making par on hole 9, Dixon closed the round at 70 with 2 under par. This brought his total to 9 under par for the tournament.

But there was still somebody that could catch him. He did meet some relief when that player’s caddy told Dixon it looked pretty promising for him.

“On the guy’s last hole, his caddy said I was going to make it, because he couldn’t catch me,” said Dixon.

It was nevertheless nerve-wracking while he waited about an hour for the other players to wrap up.

“Once everything became official, it was pretty surreal,” said Dixon. “But everybody was congratulatory, and I was excited for the two of us who made it!” 

Dixon will fly out to California on Aug. 10 for 2 days of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. After that, the field cuts from 312 to 64 players for match play, and if they advance to finals, 2 will be qualified to compete in the Masters Tournament in May of 2019. 

He said depending on his performance at the national championship, he may consider continuing his professional golf career.

“If I play well that week, I’ll try to pursue something a little further,” said Brady. “Really, it just depends on that week.”

But, he doesn’t have too many expectations. 

“It’s just about playing golf,” said Dixon. “I’ll be excited to take everything in and play as well as I can.”

This isn’t the first time he has earned nationwide recognition. In October of 2017, Dixon and his teammates made it onto the Golf Channel and the Today Show (click here to view video) when a video of theirs went viral on Instagram. It showed Dixon hitting a ping-pong ball across the top floor of their house, down the stairs, and into a red Solo cup. 

Dixon played 4 years on varsity at Notre Dame Regional High School, and 4 years in Division 1 college golf at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He graduated from SIU-Edwardsville with a bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science, and has applied to a Physician Assistant program. 

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Mission Trip 2018

Thank you to the faculty and students who participated in the Mission Trip this summer.  The group went to Alabama where they worked with Resurrection Catholic School, Salvation Army of Montgomery, Milton Road Residence, and Montgomery Children’s Specialty Center.  Included in the week were visits to local cultural centers including the Rosa Parks Museum. 

View Resurrection Catholic's Article


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Several ND Faculty members attended the CORE Academy: Next Generation Teaching & Learning Conference at Southeast Missouri State University: Mrs. Angela Schaefer, Mrs. Betsy Anders, Mrs. Shelly Powderly, Mrs. Tanya Davis, Mrs. Cindy Maher, Mrs. Gail Timpe, Mrs. Josie Menz, Mr. Ben Hinton, Mr. Richard Bohn(not pictured). Learning never stops...even during the summer!
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Thanks NAHS!

National Art Honor Society finished the year with a mural at St. Mary's.  Thank you for sharing your talents - Mr. Doug Dirnberger, Kassie Fluchal, Molly Rulon, Maria-Louisa Coello, Samantha Snyder, and Claudia Kern! Next time you are at St. Mary's, check it out!
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Congratulations to Girls Soccer! The girls will play Thursday, May 31 in the State Championship contest.  The game will be shown at ND in Drury Hall.  Doors open at 3:30, game is at 4:00.  Popcorn will be provided.  Good Luck Lady Bulldogs!!

Can't make it to ND? You can view the game at the link below.  Cost is $10.

View Championship Game

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Notre Dame Track & Field had an outstanding season culminating in State appearances from numerous athletes. Carly Pujol earned a first place State finish in Pole Vault and Riley Burger repeated as State Champion in Triple Jump.  Congratulations to coaches and athletes!! Good luck to our Senior Athletes!!

School Records:
Pole Vault  Carly Pujol  12-6

4x800    Haley Smith, Megan Jansen, Natalie Timpe, Claire Morrill  9:45.01

Javelin    Carter Dame  153-9

Triple Jump    Evan Bruenderman   44’1.25”

400    Natalie Timpe  59.26

800    Claire Morrill   2:17.33

Conference Champion:
Allie Burnett   300 Hurdles

District Champion:
Girls Team won Districts for the 2nd time in a row.

4x800m Relay     Haley Smith, Megan Jansen, Kennedy McGhee, Claire Morrill

4x400m Relay    Claire Morrill, Riley Burger, Megan Jansen, Natalie Timpe

800m    Claire Morrill

Long Jump    Riley Burger

Triple Jump    Riley Burger

Pole Vault    Carly Pujol

Sectional Champion:
Girls Team won sectionals for the first time in school history! 

Pole Vault    Carly Pujol

Triple Jump    Riley Burger

400m    Natalie Timpe

4x400m Relay    Claire Morrill, Riley Burger, Megan Jansen, Natalie Timpe

State Qualifiers and Performances:
Girls finished 6th as a team with 35 points.  Highest finish in school history.  

High Jump    Justice Thoma  11th

Triple Jump     Evan Bruenderman  12th

Triple Jump    Riley Burger  1st - State Champ 

Long Jump    Riley Burger  4th - All State

Pole Vault    Carly Pujol  1st - State Champ 

100m   Carly Pujol   12th

400m    Natalie Timpe   8th - All State

800m    Claire Morrill    3rd - All State

4x400m    Claire Morrill, Riley Burger, Megan Jansen, Natalie Timpe     6th - All State

4x800m    Megan Jansen, Natalie Timpe, Haley Smith, Claire Morrill      9th

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The Theatre Department held their annual Banquet on Friday evening recognizing students in the Thespian Honor Society.  Congratulations! 


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