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2019 Spring Food Drive

Thespians and Backstage Blue hosted a food drive on Wednesday. Students and Faculty brought in 69 boxes and 1,820 lbs of canned food.  This surpasses last year's drive. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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This February, Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, and two schools from the east coast -- St. Francis Prep in Queens, New York and St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island -- came together once again for the Franciscan Volunteer Program. 

The annual event was started in 2001 by Br. Damian Novello, OSF.  The Franciscan Volunteer Program is sponsored by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn to bring the high schools staffed by the Brothers together for service. During these seven days, students participate in different service projects throughout the region at a variety of organizations, such as food pantries, shelters, or anywhere help is needed. 

Each year since 2002, Notre Dame’s campus minister and theology teacher, Sarah Strohmeyer has attended, rotating between the duties of program director and chaperone. The program is hosted by a different school each year tied to the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, and for 2019, Br. David Anthony Migliorino, OSF and Notre Dame took their turn as hosts. 

Over 40 people participated in the Franciscan Volunteer Program this year. Nine students and two chaperones attended from St. Francis Prep, 11 students and two chaperones attended from St. Anthony’s, and 12 students and one chaperone, science teacher Jerry Landewe, attended from Notre Dame. Br. Mark Waldmann, OSF, a chaperone from St. Anthony’s, along with Br. Michael Sullivan, OSF, and Br. Etienne Jaeckel, OSF, went with different groups of students to service projects all week. 

The Notre Dame family was also called on to help support the students.  Notre Dame faculty members Laura Halter and Gail Timpe helped coordinate meals and student lodging needs.  Faculty, student groups, community members, and alumni brought in and served meals to the volunteers throughout the week.  

Strohmeyer says a key part of hosting the students from New York is exposing them to rural poverty. 

“This is something that they don’t always realize -- it’s different here,” said Strohmeyer. “And through this, we also show our own students areas which they can serve every day.”

The students served over 10 locations this year through cleaning, serving meals, and building structures such as a storage shed for Mac’s Mission Animal Rescue in Jackson and a fence for Birthright in Cape Girardeau. Other locations included the Cape Senior Center, The People’s Shelter, St. Mary’s Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, and Salvation Army in Cape Girardeau; the Jesus in Disguise Food Pantry in Benton; and the SEMO Food Bank in Sikeston. They also picked up trash along Route K and made 53 “ugly quilts” for the Ugly Quilt Project at St. Vincent’s in Cape Girardeau. 

Christian O’Grady of St. Anthony’s said he was unable to participate when the Franciscan Volunteer Program was held in New York in 2018, but was excited when the opportunity came up this year to travel to a place to which he had never been. Although it was cold and rainy when he arrived, he enjoyed seeing the Arch in St. Louis when traveling down.  

“I expected to see more cows, and the area was not what I expected to find,” said O’Grady.

Making ugly quilts was one of O’Grady’s favorite projects.

“We were able to make 53 quilts, so 53 people are going to have warmth during the cold months,” said O’Grady. “The project also gives out basic toiletries, hats, and more. It makes us appreciate what God has given us, and that we are able to help people stay warm.”

Notre Dame senior David Dugan is no novice to service projects, having been on Notre Dame’s summer Mission Trips in the past. But this was his first year participating in Franciscan Volunteer Program.

“Unlike other Mission Trips, like our recent one to San Antonio, it’s an opportunity to do something in my community,” said Dugan. “I really like service, because it makes me feel good, and it brings out the best in me.”

Strohmeyer says, all-in-all, Franciscan Volunteer Program is a great time to bring all three schools together.

“It’s wonderful to live out that charism to be of service,” says Strohmeyer. “It’s important to expose the kids to profound experiences of service -- we hope it will inspire them to be of service in their area.” 

Thank you to the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, Drury Southwest, Mid-America Hotels, and all of our community partners for making this year's Franciscan Volunteer Program a success!


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As an athlete at Notre Dame, John Unterreiner split his time between soccer, basketball, and track.

In soccer, Unterreiner lettered his sophomore, junior, and senior years, respectively 2006, 2007, and 2008. He was a part of two state champion soccer teams in 2006 and 2007. In basketball, he was a part of the 2007-08 Basketball State Championship team.

“We had a very good couple of years across a lot of sports, so it was a lot of fun,” said Unterreiner.

Unterreiner currently holds the Notre Dame record for career assists in soccer. He was also named Academic All State in 2009.

After graduating in 2009, Unterreiner shifted his focus from his athletic career to studying criminal justice. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and received in Bachelors in Criminal Justice in 2013, and went on to receive his Masters in Criminal Justice Administration in 2015.

Unterreiner is now an instructor at Southeast in the criminal justice, social work, and sociology departments. He teaches many classes, including introduction to courts, law enforcement, and juvenile justice. He married Monica Henggeler ’09 and has two sons, Watson & Clark.

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After 42 years of coaching, Bill Davis covets 10 final four cross-country state finishes, a first place finish in 2005, ample accomplishments, and has plenty of stories to tell.

He wasn’t particularly an athlete in high school, with the exception of going for baseball his senior year -- he was a relief pitcher. He also tried for basketball, but decided he was “too short.”

He began his coaching career in 1975 as an assistant coach in football and track at Doniphan High School. In 1978, he began coaching track at Kelly High School, where he also started a cross-country program in 1995. Davis came to Notre Dame in 2001 to coach cross-country, and eventually restarted the track program after it was dropped in the early 1980’s.

One of the highlights of his career at Notre Dame included building the track.

“When I came in, I knew I wanted to get that going,” said Davis. “Tony Buehrle was instrumental in that project.”

In cross-country, Davis said it took a few years to get going.

“We took kids to state a few times at the beginning, but we never could score enough to make final four,” said Davis.

In 2003, things took a turn for the better: cross-country boys received 2nd in state. The following year, they received fourth place. But in 2005, the boys took home a state championship. Over the next four years the boys Cross Country team placed in the final four in state. In 2010, cross-country girls finished 2nd in state. Davis said this is where they hit a lull, until 2014 when boys received 2nd at state, and in 2016, the girls received 2nd once again.

Davis can recall many great moments over his time at Notre Dame, and the majority of them took place during summer running for cross-country. One story stands out to him.

One early morning in June, students were running various distances on the course in front of school. Davis said one was a freshman boy, and it was his first time on the course. He instructed him to run a simple 10 minutes, with no regard to speed.

Several minutes in, the boy bore his guts to the course.

Davis said he took a good look at the stuff, and used it as an opportunity to impart a bit of wisdom.

“‘Mmm…biscuits and gravy,’” said Davis.

He said the student looked at him, and asked, “How can you tell?”

“I told him, ‘Well, look at it. It’s not even digested!’” said Davis. “I advised him against eating a big breakfast before coming out to early summer running.”

When Davis was asked if he favored one sport over the other, he said he would have to pick cross-country.

“Everybody’s doing the same distance, and the sport created more of a family atmosphere,” said Davis. “It will always be my first love.”

Bill Davis retired early this year with a coaching & teaching career at Notre Dame spanning a little over 17 years. He recently celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary with Tanya Amrhein Davis ’74. He is the father of two Notre Dame Regional High School alumni Hannah Davis ‘03 & Logan Davis ’09 and currently resides in Scott City.

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Erika (Reinagel) Westrich was known to be a top-tier athlete during her time at Notre Dame. She participated in several sports -- basketball, track -- but most importantly: softball.

She ran track and field for two years, played basketball for 3 years, and started in centerfield in varsity softball all four years.

Several highlights are streaked across her high school career.

In the Fall of 2007, Westrich set the currently held record for highest batting average of 0.558. Until 2010, Westrich held the record for most hits in a season with 53 hits. As a freshman in 2005, her team set the record for most bases stolen bases as a team.

One of Westrich’s favorite memories took place in 2008 of her senior year.

“It was the semi-final game at state, and we played 14 innings. It was a relief to win,” said Westrich. “We ended up losing the championship game that year, but it was still memorable. I’ll never forget that one.”

In softball, she received all-district honors in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. She received all-region honors in 2005, 2007, and 2008. She a part of the all-state softball team in 2005, 2007, and 2008 as well as part of the team that received SEMO all-conference honors in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Her athletic achievements continued past her high school graduation in 2009. Westrich went on to play softball for another four years at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette, Missouri. She contributed to teams honored as Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Champions and received the HAAC Gold Glove award in 2012 and 2013. She was honored as a Softball Scholar Athlete by NAIA Daktronics in 2012 and 2013. In 2017, her 2011-2012 team was inducted into the CMU Hairston Hall of Fame for outstanding accomplishments.

Westrich currently works as a family nurse practitioner at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She has been married to Austin Westrich for three years, and the couple is expecting their first child in May.

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Dylan Drury played both basketball and baseball during his time at Notre Dame.

He played basketball as a freshman and into the next season, but suffered an eye injury halfway through his sophomore year -- thus ending his basketball career.

Drury played baseball all four years, and lettered for each. He contributed to all-state teams his junior and senior years. They placed third in 2008 and won the state championship in 2009. He was an all-district champion his sophomore year in 2007.

One significant moment in his high school career stood out to Drury:

“We got beat pretty badly my junior year at the state playoffs. We set some state records on how badly we played,” said Drury. “But we came back the next year victorious.”

He went on to play baseball for one year at West Virginia University, and transferred to Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he played baseball for another year. He worked for Drury Hotels for several years before starting school at Southeast Missouri State University. He is currently working on a degree in business administration.

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During his time at Notre Dame, Logan Davis spent most of his days on the running course and the track.

He was the coach’s son, but Davis had an individual passion for both track and cross-country. He ran on the varsity team all four years for both sports.

Some of his athletic achievements in cross country include making all-state for three years, being recognized once as an all-conference champion, and contributing to state-qualifying teams that placed all four years. In track, he was a multi-year conference champion in the 1,600 meter and the 3,200 meter.

After graduation, Davis ran on Division 1 cross-country and track teams at St. Louis University for four years. He received his Bachelors in International Studies and Spanish, and a Masters in Business Administration.

He now works in business development at Jost Chemical Company in St. Louis. He’s spent a lot of time traveling after graduation, having visited 11 countries in recent years. He says he’s on to his 12th country in a few weeks. He is newly married to Madeline (Alexander) Davis.

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At the start of his high school career, Bass didn’t exactly have his heart set on attending Notre Dame. 

“I can still remember the day before my first day at Notre Dame. My dad pulled me out of school during my first day at Jackson High School,” said Bass. “I yelled, screamed, stomped my feet and threw a fit, expounding: ‘I’m not going to Notre Dame!’ I was a freshman in high school, and by golly, I knew what was best for me.”

Spoiler alert: he not only attended, but found much success in his athletic career. Over the course of those four years, he won three state championships, set a school record for shutouts, and, in his words:

“Enjoyed more trash talk than I could have ever wished for! Shout-out to my dad for being right.”

Bass split his time in athletics between soccer and baseball. In soccer, he played on junior varsity his freshman year, and lettered the next 3 years. He started on third base in baseball, played on junior varsity his freshman and sophomore years, and lettered the next two years.

He received all-conference honors for baseball in his junior and senior years, as well as all-district honors for soccer his sophomore, junior and senior years. His junior and senior years, he contributed to the baseball team’s state appearances in 2008 and 2009. They claimed a state championship in 2009. During his sophomore, junior, and senior years, he contributed to the boys soccer team’s state appearances. The boys soccer team claimed a state title in the Fall of 2006 and 2007 and took third in 2008.

In 2009, Bass was honored by the MSHAA as Missouri’s “senior goalkeeper of the year.”

Notre Dame taught Bass life lessons he still carries with him today. Don’t worry, though, he still has the rings, too.

“I learned how to be a gracious winner. Admittedly, it took me until after we won state for the third time, when Mr. Kuper told me I couldn’t use it as an excuse to be tardy anymore,” said Bass.

He also used the feeling of failure and falling short to drive more success in the future.

“Even if you miss a PK (penalty kick) in the semi-final of state on your quest to win a 3-peat, and you let the whole team down, always remember you will have other opportunities to succeed.” said Bass. “And every stumbling block is something to learn from.”

Most importantly, he learned about sacrifices.

“I always thought I was the one working hard in trainings, in watching tape, and in games. It wasn’t until later I considered the sacrifices of others as an essential driver in my success,” said Bass.

Bass went on to play soccer for four years at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. He now works as a manager of the governance IT department at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida.

“I want to thank Brother David Migliorino, all of my teachers, teammates, and coaches, including Coach Wittenborn, Coach Vollink, Coach Worley, Coach Graviett and Coach Garner. I also want to give a very special ‘thank-you’ to my family, to those still here, and others with me in my heart for supporting and believing in me every step of the way,” said Bass.

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FBLA at Districts

Notre Dame was represented by 17 FBLA members in District competition at Southeast Missouri State.

Here are the results:

Hannah Dodson - 2nd place in Public Speaking
DJ Lynch & Hank Traxel - 2nd place in Hospitality Management
Jasmin Maisuria - 3rd place in Job Interviews
DJ Lynch & Hank Traxel - 3rd place in Entrepreneurship

Moving on to State:

Natalie Timpe - 1st place in Public Service Announcement

Moving on to State in Objective Tests:

Parker Pfeiffer, Brent Glenzy, Austin McGill, Hannah Dodson, Kristen Barwick, and Alice Burge.

Congratulations and thank you Mrs. Timpe, club moderator!

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Bulldogs at Memphis

Notre Dame was well represented in Memphis this weekend as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs took on the St. Louis Blue Knights. After a fire drill that sent everyone out in the cold, the boys posted a 52-40 win. No fire - just a malfunction with some equipment. The Lady Bulldogs took victory 66-15. The Cheer and Dance teams kept the crowd going. 

Those who stayed for the NBA game saw a great game with the Grizzlies pulling out the win over the Pelicans 99-90. 

A huge thank you to all who purchased tickets and supported this memorable event! 

Dance Team Performance


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