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ND Enjoys Summer Travels

Notre Dame had an eventful summer.   Mrs. Layton, Mrs. Tomaszewski, Mrs. Worley, and Mr. Hinton, with students from ND, took a trip to Peru; Ms. Strohmeyer hosted this year’s Annual Joan Strohmeyer Mission Trip in Tuba City, Arizona, along with Mrs. Schaefer, Mr. Boeller, Mr. Landewe, Mr. Rowland, and Mr. Kuper; Ms. Siebert spent her summer in Spain; and Mrs. Timpe and Mr. Keusenkothen, along with students, attended Steubenville.

Mrs. Layton’s group had the opportunity to take 16 students, along with a few parents, on a trip to Peru. The group visited Lima, Cuzco, Uros Islands, and Machu Picchu: one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The trip itself wasn’t a walk in the park. According to Layton, “It was rugged.We did stay in hotels for the majority of the trip, but that didn’t mean it was easy.”  At 14,000 feet, experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness wasn’t uncommon. “It was strenuous due to altitude sickness, but it was still awesome,” Layton said.

The group hiked for the majority of the trip. “Lots of hiking at the Sun Gate in Machu Picchu. We had to have a guide, and we only had two hours to stay as the site was closely monitored-- they didn’t want a lot of people staying for too long,” Layton said. Alongside the exhausting symptoms of altitude sickness and the strenuous hiking, there was a lot of culture shock.

One thing to know was that it seldom rains in Peru; however, when the group visited, they did experience some misting. “The first day in Cuzco, our guide, Rod, said, ‘This is the first time it rained since I was eleven.’ And he was talking about the mist!” Layton said.

The food in Peru was exotic compared to the meals the average American is used to. “The food was amazing,” Layton said. “This may be a little controversial, but we tried alpaca steaks and kebabs, and the Inca specialty: guinea pig… It was all delicious,” Layton said.

Ms. Strohmeyer led the Annual Joan Strohmeyer Mission Trip to Tuba City, Arizona. According to Strohmeyer, the origin of the mission trip was in 1996 when she was working at St. Vincent’s Grade School in Cape Girardeau.

“My mom and dad went on vacation with this priest who had a pastor friend from Tuba City, and they suggested  I should bring my youth group so they can experience this awesome place,” Strohmeyer said. The Annual Joan Strohmeyer Mission Trip, named after her late mother, was founded.

Tuba City, Arizona is a small town in Coconino County on the Navajo land. According to Strohmeyer, this year’s group had the opportunity to see some dinosaur tracks and the Grand Canyon, which was only half an hour away.

Mission trips are often a place where community comes together through service and prayer. “You feel like you’re really doing something—and that’s a great feeling!” Strohmeyer said.

It’s also an opportunity to get close with people participants might not have had the chance to be close with. “Every year, we have students coming with us for the first time during their junior or senior year, and they often say they regret not going on all four years,” said Strohmeyer. 

Dulac, Louisiana will be the location of next summer’s trip. Sign-ups will be available during an informational meeting announced sometime this year.
 
Ms. Siebert travelled to Spain to work as an au pair to teach kids English. According to Siebert, this was her first time traveling out of the country. “I went to San Sebastian, Spain, which is a tourist destination. There are three different beaches and, in the time I was there, multiple celebrities visited the area, including Woody Allen, who is currently shooting his newest film,” Siebert said.

Siebert stayed in Spain for a little over a month and lived with the Rodriguez family.  Experiencing Spain this way was better because she lived like the locals and fully experienced the Spanish culture through the Rodriguezes.

“My sole purpose for being there was to help the kids with their English, while also caring for them during the day,” Siebert said. She taught the three kids through different activities that included reading books in English, watching videos in English, and practicing their English-speaking skills constantly.

Siebert also met a friend of the family who was German and also an au pair. “We had her over for a dinner party one night. Between the family, the German au pair, and myself, there were four different languages being spoken at one table,” Siebert said.

Siebert’s stay in Spain was an eye-opening experience and sparked her desire to continue learning more Spanish once she returned home. “I can truly see the value in speaking multiple languages and being able to communicate with others,” Siebert said.

Steubenville is a three-day high-energy youth Catholic conference held all over North America. The conference is filled with great music, wonderful presenters, and a few thousand Catholic teens. Mrs. Timpe had the opportunity to be a group leader for this year’s Steubenville in Springfield, Missouri.

A lot of students from ND annually attend the conference, but Timpe recommends more go. “Teens get to encounter Jesus personally, in Word and Sacrament. The focus is on choosing Christianity as a joyful decision. When you get 5,000 teens in a room that is already brimming with energy, then add Jesus, the effects are amazing,” Timpe said.

The conference is geared to mainly youth and is specifically developed for high school students, but there are adults and college students who attend to act as chaperones or small group leaders. “There are conferences put on for college students, for example ‘Seek’, and three different adult Steubenville encounters,” Timpe said.

Timpe’s job as a group leader was to keep everyone in check for their safety. “Once I got there, my job was to get us where we needed to be, and keep track of everyone,” Timpe said.

“My favorite thing was watching so many teens living out their faith. Every time I leave, I have a renewed faith in the future of the church,” Timpe said. This was Timpe’s 9th year attending the Steubenville conference as a group leader. According to her, she would have gone as a student if she had known it existed. “I think it would have been an incredible boost to my faith before going off to college,” Timpe said.

by Jona Vercide, Staff Writer for the ND student newspaper The Hi-Lites

 

 
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Notre Dame has two new programs for seniors this year.  One of those is the connectCAPE Program and the other is the A+ Program. 

ConnectCAPE consists of senior job shadowing provided by the Cape Chamber of Commerce. 

The student participating gives their top three areas of career interest and then the Cape Chamber of Commerce connects them with a chamber member in that area who is willing to have them shadow their job. 

This program allows students access to real-world settings, an opportunity to explore career options, and the ability to learn from someone who is currently working in the student’s area of interest.

The main requirements are good school attendance and a good disciplinary record. Although, certain fields do require students to be 18 or older.

There are two four-hour sessions with each  shadowing experience, along with a post-shadow survey. The deadline to sign up has already passed, but the program is an annual program which means it will be available next year.

The A+ Program,  offers scholarship money toward community colleges and many other Missouri schools. A full list of schools is available from Mrs. Mueth in Guidance. 

The requirements include: a 2.5 GPA, a 15-17 on the math portion of the ACT (varies with the student’s GPA), and 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring another student. The 50 hours must be supervised by a member of the Notre Dame faculty or staff.
 
Students are able to start tutoring or mentoring once they finish their sophomore year and have until three weeks before graduation to earn hours.  If interested in either of these programs, see Mrs. Mueth in the Guidance Office.

by Bryson Kielhofner, Staff Writer for the ND student newspaper The Hi-Lites

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Together We are ND!

I will never forget Friday night August 18, when I heard the news: Brother David would be leaving ND. I was devastated.

But time goes on.  Brother David was reassigned to St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island and we’ve already begun this year without him.

But we are not lost as a school. As a matter of fact, we’re on the right path. The path Brother David set for us in his twenty years of service as our principal.
 
What Brother left for us was a school strengthened and united by tradition, legacy, and most importantly: faith.  We all individually can carry on those values.

Brother David said in an interview, “ND is kept together through God and prayer. How can a school named after our Holy Mother fail?  It’s not going to happen.”

We are also gifted with the best leader to help us do just that, Interim Principal, Mr. Tim Garner.  Garner has served Notre Dame for nearly 20 years and is an alum of Notre Dame. During his years as an ND student, he was very active playing baseball and acting in musicals, including Into the Woods. 
 
Garner studied at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Garner went on to study Administration at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. He received his Master’s in Administration in 1999. 

We’re moving into a new era with new leadership. As long as we keep ourselves on the same path we will never fail in carrying out Brother David’s mission: keeping our school spirit and faith alive.

Activity Week is right around the corner. What better way to raise our school spirit than to sell more than we ever have before? 

Our sports are also a good opportunity to show off our colors and go crazy with spirit. Brother David visited almost every game he could in every sport. We can do the same.

When people see how we perform as a school this year they will know what we mean when we say, “Together...We are ND”. 

by Mason Galemore, Editor in Chief of the ND student newspaper The Hi-Lites

 

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At 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, over 250 students at Notre Dame Regional High School kicked off their annual freshman-senior lockin. At 6 a.m. the next morning, they headed home after a night full of fun, bringing back with them the comfort of being able to recognize a few new faces. 

According to faculty organizer Angie Schaefer, the all-nighter originated as an action plan in 1988 created by the Notre Dame Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention team. 

“It was designed as a way to help our freshmen coming from a variety of feeder grade schools to get to know one another in an evening of games and activities,” said Schaefer. “We also bring in speakers that have a message of alcohol and drug prevention.”

This year’s speaker was Missy Lane of Jackson, who shared her story of driving while intoxicated and the consequences that followed. Brad Lively, a patrolman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, also dropped in to discuss various laws that will apply to students when they’re of legal age to drive. 

Senior Perri Poe said although the talks were similar to those that took place at her freshman-senior lockin, she still thought they were a good refresher.

“It was definitely one of the lower points of the night, I guess you could say. But it’s good to be serious and really get the point across to make sure we’re safe throughout the year,” said Poe.

As is typical of the lockin, seniors were tasked with the planning and implementation of activities. This structure allows the class to both take on a leadership role at the school and develop a mentoring relationship with incoming students. The summer before the lockin, they gather for several planning meetings and decide on a theme. The 2019 theme? The popular 90’s sitcom, Friends.

“A lot of us knew the background of Friends, and we thought everyone kind of knows about it anyways. So it wasn’t specific. It was more general so everyone could relate to it,” said Poe.

One way they incorporated the theme was while students were writing down personal short-term and long-term goals. One goal was on a coffee mug, and the other on a gold frame - similar to the one seen in Friends - which were then posted onto a large replica of the show’s iconic purple door. 

Poe’s little sister, Ava, was a freshman this year. She happened to be in Perri’s small group during several outdoor games, including earth ball, wiffleball, frisbee, and flag football. Other activities included verbal games, such as “Never Have I Ever” and “Truth or Dare.” The most popular attraction of the night was the sudsy slip and slide, which, before his new appointment, Brother David Migliorino joyfully operated year after year. 

Ava admitted her trepidation upon arriving at the lockin, but said that feeling didn’t last long as there was “really no time to be nervous.”

“I saw my friends and then I saw my sister, and [the activities] were nonstop,” said Ava. “I got to meet a lot of new freshmen, but I also got to meet a lot of the seniors. After that, if I didn’t know where I was going at school, I got to see the people I met at lock-in and ask for help.”

In comparison to the ample orientation events Notre Dame hosts for incoming freshmen, Ava said the lockin outshined them all. 

“We got to get a lot closer with people because we were there all night. The other activities are just a few hours or during a class, and with less people. Like Peer Helpers - there’s maybe 30 people in that,” said Ava. “At lockin, you get to meet more people you didn’t know before.”
 
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