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Activity Week Results 2018

Notre Dame Regional High School Students Break School Record

Raising Over $300,000 during Activity Week

The Annual Activity Week held at Notre Dame Regional High School began on Friday, September 21st and ended on Saturday, September 29th . The purpose of Activity Week is to involve students, staff, parents and the community in raising funds to reduce the operating budget of the school.

Many activities and promotions took place including: raffles, magazine subscriptions, candy, mums, pizza, trash bags, and fruit. Monday through Thursday each class hosted a public dinner serving an average of 1,200 people each night. In addition to the all school items and public dinners classes sold a variety of class specific items and held additional fundraising events. All of these items and events came together to generate the largest Activity Week profit in the school’s history: $301,731.49!

The Senior Class of 103 students provided the largest profit per capita raising a total of $130,111.41 bringing in $1,263.22 per student. As the winners, Senior Class candidates Hank Traxel and Genevieve Kulla were crowned King and Queen at the Activity Week Dance on Saturday night.


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ND Junior Wins at Fair

Clayton Kirchdoerfer and his animals made a grand showing on September 9th, at the 2018 Southeast Missouri District Fair. His titles and awards for this year include: 4H Division 2018 Champion Jersey, 4H Showmanship Award, Jr. Champion for Hefers, Grand Champion in Milk Cows, and Champion for All Categories.  

Congratulations Clayton!

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2018 Top Dawg Awarded

ND Senior, Gabe Meadors, was crowned 2018 Top Dawg at the talent competition on Sunday night.  The competition traditionally kicks off Activity Week.  Gabe is the son of Dr. Mark and Bethany Meadors of Cape Girardeau.  He is active in Cross Country, Track & Field, and Concert Choir.  Gabe was escorted by Paige Emmenderfer.

Thanks to all the Senior contestants who performed and entertained! Thank you Julia Williams and Bailey Beussink for organizing the show. Caroline Heckemeyer and Lily Parker did a GREAT job as MCs. And a huge thank you to parents and faculty who helped make the night a success!

You put on an entertaining and great show to kick off Activity Week.


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Throughout her college education, Myriah Bernard has been looking to combine her interest in diplomacy and love for world cultures. Thanks to her hard work and a shared Uber ride, next month, she’ll be doing just that as a student delegate at the 42nd World Federation of United Nations Association’s (WFUNA) Plenary Assembly and 3rd Global Youth Forum in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Since July 22, Bernard has been working as an intern for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. One day, during a rideshare from work, she was joined by United Nations member Ralph Johnson. They discussed her interest in working for the U.N. someday, and Johnson informed her of the Plenary Assembly.

“He gave me his information in case I had any questions, and said he thought it would all work out for me,” said Bernard. “A week later, I received an email that said I had been nominated by Ralph as a youth delegate.”

Bernard will be one of 5 students from the U.S. serving at the event in October. She says the youth forum is only in its third year, and she’s honored to be one of 15 students across the country to have served.

“It’s going to be really interesting to hear different minds come together from all over the world and try to find that happy medium,” said Bernard. “For example, the way we look at an issue is going to be very different from the way Ukraine looks at an issue. What we think of as an issue might not even be an issue in Ukraine.”

The WUFNA Plenary Assembly is held every 3 years, and hosts over 50 United Nations Associations from across the world. Here, representatives establish goals for the organization, as well as update and approve their constitution and by-laws. Some specific topics discussed will include establishing an international data sharing system on human trafficking activity, free primary education, and policies regarding the non-separation of refugee families.  

“This isn’t a normal U.N. meeting that focuses on specific topics like education and human rights,” said Bernard. “This specific event is focused on supporting the U.N. on a higher level, such as tackling the upcoming year and working out challenges they face in their daily activities.”

Student delegates will also have the opportunity to vote in an executive board for the Youth Advisory Council, for which Bernard hopes to be elected.

Bernard will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University in December with degrees in political science and communication studies, and a minor in global studies. The following month, she will leave for Ethiopia to serve in the Peace Corp for two and a half years.

“For the first three months, I’ll have in-country training where I’ll learn all the languages and cultural practices and about my specific job,” said Bernard. “I’ll also be practicing language here on my own during these next few months, so I’ll go there with at least some language under my belt.”

Bernard said receiving support from her family and friends back home, along with watching her dreams play out, makes her hard days a lot easier.

“My advice is to never feel like your dreams are limited to possibilities. Everything is possible - it can happen. You just have to keep trying and don’t settle,” said Bernard. “And I think that it’s cool that I can actually give that advice now.”

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