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AGB Delivers Food and Toys

Students in Athletes Give Back helped deliver food and toys over the weekend. 



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Robotics Hosts Meet

Notre Dame Robotics Team, MotorDame, hosted Robofest on Saturday under the First Tech Challenge Program. Teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game. (website) Ten teams competed in the morning and six in the afternoon. Teams play 5 rounds of ROVER RUCKUS, this year's game platform. MotorDame finished 5th in the morning and 4th in the afternoon meet.  

Team members are Stephen Anderson, Sam Brucker, Zachary Graham, Glenn Keesee, Brock Lange, Grant Lange, Abigail Michael, Adam Moeser, Joe Prost, Luke Riley, and Victor Thomas. Coaches are Mr. Jeff Worley, Mr. Ben Hinton, Mr. Robert Michael, and Miss Mary Beth Vollink. 

Congratulations NDHS Robotics!

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Clubs Spread Christmas Cheer

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and WinGS (Women in Gods Service) spread Christmas cheer at the Jesus in Disguise food pantry in Benton by caroling and handing out cookies. They were joined by Seasons of Giving club who helped with food distribution. 

Thank you ND students!

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Alumni Ordained This Weekend

Congratulations Andrew Williams ('08) on your ordination to the priesthood.  Andrew was ordained on Friday night and celebrated his first Liturgy on Saturday.

We are so proud and wish Andrew all the best!


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Notre Dame Regional High School took 1st place and won $10,000 in division 2 of the Pepsi Challenge with 15 lbs of caps! 

Schools were asked to collect the special edition maroon caps on all types of Pepsi MidAmerica products. Schools were divided into divisions according to their size. Each division had a $10,000 1st place prize, $5,000 2nd place prize, and $2,500 3rd place prize.

Caps were turned in at ND during Activity Week, lunches, and during ball games.  Thank you Mr. Alex Jackson for coordinating this throughout first semester.

Thank you all who helped us collect caps!

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The Season of Giving

Notre Dame families continue to give back.  Clubs brought in canned and boxed food before the Christmas Dance last week to see their candidates crowned.  SADD members Jamie Barnes and Jasmin Maisuria were crowned on Saturday night.  The clubs brought in over 1,200 items. Athletes Give Back packaged those items for families at Franklin Grade School. 

In keeping with tradition, Mr. Ben Edwards challenged students to bring in toddler socks and other baby items for Birthright. If the students met their goal, they were promised a dance routine by faculty member, Mrs. Barb Tomaszewski and sophomore, Hayden Jansen. Over 2,000 items were received and the dance received a standing ovation after Liturgy on Friday. Nice job, Mrs. T. and Hayden!!

Thank you NDHS families for your overwhelming generosity during this Advent season. 










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NDHS Coach Jeff Graviett is Inducted Into 2019 MHSBCA Hall of Fame

Notre Dame Regional High School‘s Athletic Director Jeff Graviett, has been inducted into the 2019 Missouri High School Baseball Coach Association (MHSBCA) Hall of Fame.  He also serves as the head baseball and softball coach at Notre Dame.

Graviett graduated from Chaffee High School in 1994 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State Univeristy followed by a Master of Arts in Administration from William Woods University.  He has been coaching at Notre Dame Regional High School since 1997, and took over as Athletic Director in 2017.

Graviett said he was just a teenager when he began his coaching experience.

“I started out about 15, and my dad coached my brother’s 9-10 year-old team.  I remember coming home from high school baseball practice one day, and my dad hollered at me, ‘Hey, come on out here!  I think you can do this,’” said Graviett.

Graviett brought what he had most recently learned out on the high school baseball field at his own practice to his younger brother’s team’s practice.  Graviett knew he loved to play the game, but he really loved teaching the game.

“I just started watching how my dad and the kids worked together, and he’d ask for my help more and more.  By the time I was 17, I was coaching with him,” said Graviett.  “I almost got more out of seeing kids succeed at something I helped them do.”

On the role of a baseball coach, Graviett said you want your kids to be laid back, and you want to be able to take the pressure off, first and foremost.  But, it’s also important for a coach to focus on your own mindset.

“You’ve got to have short-term memory, and you can’t dwell on everything.  That’s the mental part of it,” said Graviett.  “Try not to get too excited, too early.  I always say it’s harder to be a basketball coach than a baseball coach, because of the way you get your kids excited in basketball.  In baseball, it’s a little more laid back.”
Some of Graviett’s most memorable baseball memories include the first year his team made it into the state championship game in 1999, during which his team made an unbelievable run, just falling short.  This was also his first year as head coach at Notre Dame.  The two state championship games of 2009 and 2015 are also very notable for Graviett.

“The ’09 game was really special, because we got into the final four the year before in 2008 and got hammered in the semi-final game, and won the state championship the next year,” said Graviett.  “That was phenomenal.”  

Although Graviett has worked with many different coaches over the years, he was especially fond of his freshman baseball coach at Chaffee High School, Bob Coons.
“He was the guy who would come out every single day in the summertime, and do batting practice with the kids,” said Graviett.  “His dedication to the game and his drive to win had an impact on my life early on.”

Graviett will attend an induction ceremony for the MHSBCA on January 19th in Jefferson City.  In addition to the honor, he will receive a plaque and a “Hall of Fame” ring.  He is the only active coach in the region to be inducted into the MHSBCA Hall of Fame.

During almost 21 years as head coach at NDHS, his record is 405-130.  He has snagged 11 district titles, attended 6 final fours, and his team has won 2 state championships.  He was inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame in 2016, and into the 2018 Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He was named Missouri High School Baseball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association in 2009.

In addition to his many successes professionally and on the field, Graviett mentioned his family.  He has been married to the love of his life, Angie, for over ten years.  Together they have been blessed with 4 wonderful children – Garrett, Kirstan, Miranda, and Blake, and two adorable grandsons - Luke and Colton.

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NHS Toy Drive

National Honor Society sponsored the annual Toy Drive today. Students were asked to bring in two unwrapped toys with the added bonus of a dress down day! In true Notre Dame spirit, students far exceeded expectations with their generosity.  Club Sponsor, Mrs. Cindy Maher, states that over 3,000 toys were collected.

The toys will be delivered Friday after school by students to the Jaycee Toybox collection. 

Thank you to all who donated!

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Business Law Class

Business Law Class participated in a "Dog Fight" hosted by First Missouri State Bank.

Thank you for judging -- 
Gunnar Knudtson : First Missouri State Bank Business Development
Patrick Hulshof: Owner/Operator Hulshof Farms
Jeff Brune: First State Community Bank Business Development
Colleen Glastetter: Digital Content Specialist St. Francis Hospital 
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