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Notre Dame Regional High School is proud to announce our 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.  

Ryan Bass 09 - soccer/baseball
Austin Greer 09 - basketball/baseball
John Unterreiner 09 -soccer/basketball
Dylan Drury 09 - baseball
Logan Davis 09 - cross country/track
Erika (Reinagel) Westrich 09 - softball
Mark Himmelberg 08 - soccer/basketball/baseball

Bill Davis (Coach) - cross country/track

Hall of Fame game will be on Saturday February 16th at 2pm.  Congrats to this years amazing group of athletes and coaches.

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Restaurants and Relationships

November 1, 2, 3 at 7:00 PM

King Hall

Restaurants and Relationships is an evening comprised of three one-act plays which reveal the development of relationships through the use of restaurants and food. The cast of twenty actors is directed by Miss Cynthia R. King and student assistant director Chelsea Ryan. Tickets are available on line or at the door. All seats are $10.


Act One, One Egg by Babette Hughes, is a hilarious witty farce in which two young people, meeting in a restaurant, are brought together by the difficulty of ordering one egg for breakfast. Lots of sure fire laugh lines and a perfect surprise finish.

Act Two, Something to Eat by Norman L. Rhodes, drops in on the Sunday afternoon of a young urban couple who can't decide where to go to eat. Every place he suggests she's against. She finally agrees to name a restaurant -- and those she suggests do not appeal to him. The conflict is a familiar one.

Act Three, Check Please by Jonathan Rand, showcases a series of first dates gone wrong. Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime, or a number of other unusual personalities. This series of blind dinner dates couldn't get any worse -- until they do.

Cast includes: Aaron Deken, Andrew Jedlinski, Nick Kelley, Benjamin Schumer, Nick Sullivan, Breanna Breeden, Jalee Brumbaugh, Claire Conaway, Samantha Gardner, Caroline Heckemeyer, Mallary Ives, Audrey Jaco, Cheyanne Joiner, Zoe Koetting, Lily Parker, Lily Kay Pennington, Anna Schuchardt, Molly Sellers, Julia Walker, Kaylin Zoellner


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On top of numerous military decorations, Notre Dame graduate Kimberlee Joos was a recipient of the Alumni Merit Award during homecoming weekend at Southeast Missouri State University.

Joos graduated from Notre Dame in 1987, and from Southeast in 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. While in college, she was involved in the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), which allowed her to enter into the U.S. Air Force in 1992.

Although Joos began her service in the Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, she rose through the ranks over a 23-year career, serving in more complex missions as she earned more responsibility. In 2013, Joos was appointed as the 17th Training Wing Commander, a position in which she ran a nearly 6,000-person Air Force base in San Angelo, TX for two years. She retired in 2015 as Colonel.  

She’s been stationed in many locations across the globe, including Japan, Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Why She Served

Joos joined the Air Force largely for financial reasons. In addition to her governor’s scholarship from SEMO, she discovered the possibility of receiving another scholarship through ROTC to further aid her in paying for college. She specifically chose the Air Force for sentimental reasons: to follow her father, Jimmy’s, footsteps.  An interest in travel wasn’t out of mind, either.

“I think a lot differently now than I thought as a 20-year old. When I was in my twenties, I was looking for a way to see the world and to help pay for college,” said Joos.

But why she decided to enter is much different from why she decided to stay.

“I love the United States of America. I’m really passionate about the country and our democracy and how we do things, especially as a military,” said Joos. “We ended up being a powerful ambassador to this way of life and our form of government, and I think all of that is pretty awesome.”

What kept Joos motivated day-to-day were the people she worked with as she traveled up in rank.

“I then had people who worked for me, and I felt like I was a better person working for them,” said Joos.

Briefing the Secretary of Defense

One significant event during Joos’ career included briefing the Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry, in 1995 after a U.S. F-16 pilot was shot down during the Bosnian War.

“I got to basically tell him what happened, based on all of our ways of collecting information. At the time, I was 26 years old, and here I am, a couple of years out of SEMO, and I’m standing in front of the Secretary of Defense,” said Joos. “That was a situation I never thought I would be in, especially that quickly.”

On Her Retirement

“You hope that everywhere you’re at in your life, you’re serving in the capacity that God wants you to be serving in,” said Joos.

This idea was heavily considered when she approached the end of her military career.

“So, as I got up in rank and in responsibility, it was amazing,” said Joos. “But I got to a point where, even though I loved what I was doing, I just felt pulled to do something else.”

This is where she made her decision to retire. She now spends time with family in Texas, and volunteers at various organizations, including the Texas Veterans Commission and St. Lawrence Church in Denton, Texas.

Although, this isn’t the extent of how Joos offers her talents. After a 5-month certification process, she recently earned the title of Master Gardener in the state of Texas.

“I grew up on three acres outside of Kelso, Missouri, and my mom, Leona, was the most amazing gardener. We had a huge vegetable garden every year,” said Joos. “She taught me so much about gardening, and I inherited her passion for growing things.”

Joos serves as secretary for the Denton County Master Gardeners Association, an organization that provides education on sustainable horticultural practices.

How Notre Dame Readied Joos For Her Future


Joos credits much of her solid foundation in academics and character to Notre Dame, which continues to reinforce these virtues.

“As you get out into the world and you’re not surrounded by people who can give you advice on how to handle really complex situations, you’re kind of on your own, based on the foundation you were given,” said Joos. “As things got more and more complex as I went up in rank, I really found that the way I’d been prepared was a huge benefit that I think went to a lot of my success.”

She said Notre Dame also prepared her to be a good leader, a quality she thinks is within everyone. Joos defines good leadership by two qualities:

“I know one of the very first things that a leader has to do at all times is to do the right thing, even when no one’s looking,” said Joos. “And, leaders don’t always worry about finishing first-  they should instead worry about making sure everybody finishes.”

Serving Her Country Through The Catholic Faith

During her time in the military, Joos said although she couldn’t talk much on her religion, she always tried to be an example of Christ to everyone she met.

“In the military, because of our nation’s freedom of religion, not everybody I worked with was Catholic, or even Christian. So I couldn’t necessarily outwardly talk about my Catholic faith,” said Joos. “But what I could do was demonstrate it in my actions.”

So, Joos tried to be that example of Christ to everyone, through all she did.

“I hope that people who would watch me would see me and go, ‘Wow, she’s setting a great example. What drives her? What’s her source of joy? What’s her source of morality?’” said Joos. “And, of course, that force was Christ.”

Military Decorations


According to the Texas Veterans Commission, Joos’ military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

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NHS hosts Blood Drive

National Honor Society hosted a Blood Drive today with a goal of 50 units.  The drive brought in 54 usable units saving 162 lives! 

Thank you NHS and all those who donated today!

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Food Drive a Huge Success

The Oct. 23 FOOD DRIVE sponsored by Backstage Blue and Thespian Honor Society Troupe #6344 yielded 73 boxes - 1,888 pounds! - of food for St. Mary Cathedral’s Food Pantry. 



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Notre Dame Regional High School participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Community Walk held October 6, 2018 at Cape County Park.  ND was represented at the walk by four staff members and eight students. Our team raised $1,170.00 for suicide prevention, and donations continue to be added!

Make a Donation

Thank you for all your support of this worthwhile cause!

Staff:   Ruth Ann Hester, Amanda Mueth, Amy Worley, Mallory Siebert
Students:   Brent Glenzy, Ashley Hanners, Leia Blissett, Kassidy Leimbach, Macy Mabry, Madeline Hulshof, Hudson McVay, Zach Bell

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Cape Girardeau, Mo -- The principal, Brother David Anthony Migliorino, O.S.F., of Notre Dame Regional High School announced that Hannah Dodson has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

Hannah is the daughter of Dr. Rob and Heather Dodson of Cape Girardeau. She is on the girls Volleyball team and manages the boys Volleyball team.  Hannah is a member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC.  “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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Last week Chaffee High School Red Devils hosted the ND Bulldogs in their annual “pink out game". Three people were honored from the Chaffee community for either currently having or recently beating cancer.  Each player chose a person to recognize by playing in their honor or in their memory.  The Booster Club made a $150 donation to this worthy cause.


#6 Connor Overfield in honor of Connie Eichorn

#1 Allison Lynch in memory of Yvonne McVay

#3 Grace Lemons in honor of Doyle Parmer

#27 Taylor Bledsoe in honor of Cindy Bledsoe

#23 Sophie Hagan in memory of Becky Parkinson

#4 Ashley Carrow in memory of Char Byers

#22 Riley Burger in memory of Patricia Riley

#14 Kristen Barwick in memory of Charles Barwick, Sr.

#2 Kalie Compas in honor of Brenda Boester

#5 Carolina Heisserer in honor of Tammy Werner

#8 Caroline Lochmann in memory of Colleen Fernandez

$12 Halle Heuring in memory of Mary Gardiner

#17 Hailey Kutz in memory of Sherry Gilbert

#10 Audrey LeGrand in honor of Michelle Scherer

#7 Carolyne Cork in memory of Joe Burton

#24 Brittany Porter in honor of Jackie Porter

Manager, Nash Lochmann in honor of Barb Tomaszewski

Manager, Tanner Peters in memory of Kevin Essner


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