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The Winter Extravaganza brought in over $85,000 this past weekend. THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor Saint Francis Healthcare and all our sponsors, donors, and volunteers! Here is a video from our students letting you know that all our technology wouldn't be possible without your support! Give now at!.


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Catholic Schools Week 2019

View pictures of the week's events!

Monday - Future Day

-College shirt day.  Wear college apparel with dress code bottoms or Dress for your future occupation.
-Home and School hosts breakfast for the Faculty.

The Guidance Office hosted its biennial Career Day on January 28th.  Thirty-one professionals from the local community volunteered to spend the afternoon with our students, providing them with a glimpse into a typical day in their respective career field.  We are so grateful to everyone who gave of their time and talents! 
A big THANK YOU to:
Geri Beussink ‘77
Natalie Brewer ‘11
Kevin Brost ‘13
Kyle Campbell ‘12
Brad Deken
Dr. Rob Dodson ‘91
Ryan Eftink ‘95
David Enderle
Lindsay Grojean ‘14
Kim Hagedorn
Darin Halter
Tanner Hiett ‘10
Mike Higgins ‘95
Jamie Koehler ‘77 & Jeanie Haertling
Lana Lange
Teresa Machicao-Hopkins
Daniel Mansker
Del McKinney
Kevin McMeel
Katie Michael ‘98
Brian Rhodes & Alan Long
Taylor Seyer ‘13
Dr. Kelly Smith
Amy Sutherlin
Ben Traxel
Madawn Traxel
Dennis Vollink
Lindsey Wagoner
Dr. Timothy Wencewicz ‘02

Tuesday - Student Appreciation Day 

-ND Dress down day - wear blue/white/black/gray ND shirt
-Pep Assembly Schedule @ 2pm

Wednesday - Academic Excellence 

-A celebration of the academic accomplishments of our students.
-A top student is recognized in each academic discipline with an award from Marian Charities
-NAHS (National Art Honor society) and Tri-M (Music honor society) inductions.

Thursday - Grandparent’s Day 

-Students invite their grandparents to lunch here at school, chili and beef vegetable soup is on the menu.

Friday - Faculty Appreciation Day 

-All school mass with Bishop Rice at 10:15am
-Student council sponsors and hosts a lunch for the faculty.

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Mark Himmelberg was a top-tier athlete during his time at Notre Dame High School, splitting his talents between soccer, basketball, and most notably, baseball. If he had to recall his favorite memories of playing sports at Notre Dame, he would likely choose his involvement in two soccer state championship games in 2006 and 2007, and a baseball playoff in 2008.

“The games were all so fun, and so were the seasons leading up to them,” said Himmelberg.

But the 2007 soccer season stands out to him more than any. This was the year the team dedicated their season to Bruce Brinkmeyer, who passed away while they were entering the playoffs.

“That was a great season, and we ended up coming out on top,” Himmelberg said, in reference to the 2006 soccer state championship. “And, I was fortunate enough to score the winning run at the state championship game that year.”

Himmelberg  also received all-state honors for baseball in 2008.

But, Himmelberg humbly admitted he didn’t do a single sport very well, and that he just happened to be part of several very skilled teams during his high school career.

“I was passionate about being an athlete at Notre Dame, and I was just happy to be a part of it all,” said Himmelberg.

After graduating Notre Dame, Himmelberg attended Rockhurst University in Indiana, where he played baseball for four years as a starting pitcher. After a fifth year in college, he received his Masters in business administration, and his license as a certified public accountant (CPA). He then moved to Bentonville, AR to work at the company headquarters for Walmart. He is now married with two kids, and works as a pharmacy consultant.

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March for Life 2019

Notre Dame was represented by eleven students and two faculty members at the March for Life in Washington DC.  Students joined Bishop Rice and others from the Springfield-Catholic Diocese. 

The March for Life began in 1973 and coincides with the anniversary of the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade.  The Mission of March for Life is to "End abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square". Visit for more information.

Thank you to all who supported these students on this pilgrimage and for your prayers for their safe travel.

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Friday of Homecoming Week was another busy day!

The assembly honoring the Senior Class was so special. Thank you Brayden Noel and Abby Wilson for sharing your stories and inspiring the underclassman. Coach Kirk Boeller shared memories of his time as an athlete at NDHS and SEMO with words of wisdom for all in attendance. Brother David spoke directly to the Class of 2019. The ceremony concluded with a sweet rendition of "Forever Young" by Eli Oberle, Hannah Dodson, Lily Parker, and Nick Kelly.  

Homecoming came to a close Friday night with a win against Saxony Lutheran. 

The Senior Class won the class competition by a narrow 1.5pt margin to the Sophomores.  Seniors Megan Heisserer and Carter Dame were crowned Queen and King. 

Dress Down day on Monday for a job well done, NDHS! Great memories!!

This week Notre Dame is celebrating Homecoming Week. This year's theme is HOLIDAYS.

Senior:  Christmas
Junior:  Chinese New Year
Sophomore:  Halloween
Freshman:  Fourth of July

Students decorated their hallways over the weekend and did a spectacular job of representing their Holiday! Classes will be judged on their hallway decor and each class will compete in games during our afternoon assemblies. The winning class will receive an off-campus double lunch.  
Seniors nominated an athlete from each sport for the Homecoming Court. The Court and Senior Class will be honored at the Senior Homecoming Assembly on Friday at 10:15am.
The week concludes with the girls basketball game on Thursday night, boys basketball on Friday, and the Homecoming dance following Friday night's game with the crowning of the King and Queen voted on by the student body. The varsity games can be viewed LIVE at

It's a fun week of bringing the students together and celebrating our Senior Class and our student athletes!

Schedule for Assemblies:
Monday, Jan. 14 - Dice Game (New) - 20 students per class will be preselected to play
Tuesday, Jan. 15 - Assembly – Tug of War
Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Assembly – student produced class videos
Thursday, Jan. 17 - Assembly – class dances / Girls Homecoming Game vs Jackson
Friday, Jan. 18 - Homecoming assembly honoring the senior class / Boys homecoming game vs Saxony / Dance in King Hall after the game, casual dress / Homecoming crowning at 10:15

Homecoming Court

Queen’s Court, Girls’ Sports
  • Bailey Beussink – Cross Country
  • Maddie Dill – Cheer
  • Rachel Essner – Volleyball
  • Clare Fennewald – Tennis
  • Caroline Heckemeyer – Swimming
  • Megan Heisserer – Basketball
  • Connor Overfield – Softball
  • Lily Parker – Dance 
  • Carly Pujol – Track
  • Grace Urhahn – Golf
  • Abby Wilson – Soccer

King’s Court, Boys’ Sports
  • Carter Dame – Basketball
  • Alex Dow – Cross Country
  • Evan Dowdy – Wrestling
  • Riley Harden – Track
  • Nate Hulshof – Golf
  • DJ Lynch – Soccer
  • Gabe Meadors – Track
  • Luke Riley – Swimming
  • John Scherer – Volleyball
  • Dawson Snider – Baseball
  • Andrew West – Tennis



Hallway Decor:


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Early Prevention Impacts Community (EPIC) is a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to address the issue of youth substance abuse in our community.  Notre Dame has been awarded the designation of being an EPIC School.  The EPIC School designation is a way to recognize area schools for their efforts in building a healthy and safe school community.  For a school to receive this distinction, the following criteria must be met:  written policies and procedures related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, age appropriate prevention programming on campus, empowering students to lead and participate in activities beneficial to the school and/or community, and teacher and staff professional development training opportunities related to substance abuse prevention.

Pictured are SADD Club Moderators Angie Schaefer and Ruth Ann Hester receiving the EPIC award plaque and check from EPIC Coordinator Jessica Belanger.

For more information, visit the EPIC website:


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“If all this were true, then it’s really important.”

2018 was a busy year for Fr. Andrew Williams, having been ordained a deacon on May 25, and ordained a priest on Dec. 14 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Over a phone call with Fr. Williams, who, at the time, was on his way to see an also newly ordained friend, Fr. Joseph Stoverink, I talked with him about his upbringing, his call to the priesthood, and his time at Notre Dame.

What was your upbringing like in a Catholic family?

I was raised in a pretty practicing Catholic family. We always went to mass, and the only times we ever missed were when we got snowed in, in which case, our mother would make me and my siblings sit around and sing hymns! My parents were involved with marriage prep for other couples and with bible studies, so we definitely had that influence on us. In eighth grade, I was brought into youth group by Teresa Legrand, who was the youth minister over at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cape Girardeau at the time. She invited several students to the Steubenville conference, and I just remember being very impressed by the joy and comfort felt by the other people there. I knew that whatever they had, it was something I was interested in.

When do you think you were initially called to the priesthood?

The call to priesthood started very early on; my father’s best friend was Fr. Rick Jones, and knowing him growing up put the idea in my head that this was possible. Also, we had so many young associates who were freshly ordained come through at St. Mary’s, and the impression that made on me as a young man was a very favorable one towards the kind of energy that a young priest should have. I was probably a sophomore at Notre Dame when I first mentioned to my mom that I thought I wanted to be a priest. The vocation director for the Springfield Diocese at the time made a visit to our house, and asked me: ‘Do you pray? How are things at school?’ He also pointed out that there weren’t any high school seminaries in the area, and he asked if I would be okay with staying at Notre Dame for the time being. I said I would, and we agreed to get back in touch after two years.

What were some of your interests in high school? I mean, was religion your focus, or did you study anything else seriously?

I think I was interested in theology from the time I was in grade school. I actually just told the St. Mary’s grade school through a homily that, around 6th grade, I realized that if what we were talking about was true, if the religion thing and all these stories and teachings about God and the Church were true, then it was really important. If this was true and people are going to live by it, then this is the most important thing. That was the realization I had, and it carried me into high school. I was involved in campus ministry with Miss Sarah Strohmeyer, and Mr. Danny Strohmeyer was also influential on me. He was another example of a young man in my life who was interested in theology. I was part of science club, gaming club, National Art Honor Society, NDTV, and, of course, theatre. But I always had an interest in theology, which was something I didn’t necessarily share with a lot of people.

Do you know where you’ll be assigned, or do you have yet to be assigned to a parish?

I have yet to be assigned, because I’m going back to school for one more semester. I’ve already completed my Master of Divinity, which is a 6-8 year program, and now I’m going to finish up my extra degree on scholarship by the diocese for a Sacred Theology Licensure (STL). I just need to take three classes this semester, finish my 60-page thesis, and then take the STL exam. It’s an oral exam which will test my general knowledge of the 2,000 years of Christian thought. The STL is meant to help me be of more service to the diocese; by studying spiritual theology, hopefully, I’ll be able to assist the Bishop in either writing documents, preaching at retreats, and giving spiritual guidance to people.

Do you have any advice for those considering entering the seminary, or those who are discerning?

I would tell anyone in high school to pray, and to take this seriously. I spent time every day at Notre Dame’s chapel. And, remember that the faith we’re presented with as kids has been tailored for us being kids - they have to explain it in a way for children. If someone never studied science again, except from what they learned when they were in grade school, they would grow up thinking that science was only these childish things they learned as a kid, not realizing that there was a whole other world of science that happens once you continue to study it. The same is true with our faith, our Catholicism, and our Christianity. But you have to keep going, or else you’ll grow up thinking that the childish way this was explained to you is all that there is. I would also remind them that there’s a whole lot of pain that, if we allow God into our lives by prayer, He will be present with us. And there really is a lot of comfort and support that comes from the relationship with Christ and the parish community that, when we allow that to just disappear from our lives, a lot of things become very difficult. Lastly, there’s no life worth living, that we aim at, that is going to be easy. Whatever path you choose - married life or priesthood - they’re all pretty difficult. But they’re also full of joy!

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All-School Liturgy was held today for the Feast of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Father Andrew Williams ('08) was co-celebrant with Father Rick Jones ('81). This was Fr. Andrew's first Liturgy at his alma mater as he was ordained on December 14, 2018. The school presented him with a chasuble depicting the life of Mary, including the Wedding at Cana, The Visitation, The Nativity, The Annunciation and The Coronation.  After Liturgy, students participated in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trivia with Brother David.

The Patron Saint of Catholic Schools, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley and grew up in a wealthy family in New York. She married William Seton and they had five children. By the time she was 30, Elizabeth was widowed, penniless, and had five small children to support. She opened a school for girls in Maryland, marking the start of the Catholic parochial school system in the US. In 1809, she took her vows becoming Mother Seton and founding the Sisters of Charity, the first community for religious women in the United States. 

In 1975 she was canonized by Pope Paul VI, making her the first citizen born in the US to be given the title of "Saint." 

"Be Children of the Church." - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Faith lifts the staggering soul on one side,
Hope supports it on the other.
Experience says it must be,
and Love says let it be.” - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton





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