Notre Dame Students Attend Summer Programs

Learning and networking doesn’t end in May! Many Notre Dame students attend a variety of state and national summer programs and conferences. From a dive program in the Florida Keys to witnessing government in action through Missouri Girls and Boys State, our students are active in growing and learning during the summer months. Here is a glimpse of what our students were up to during the summer of 2021.

Alex Austin had a busy summer taking Fundamentals of Law & Intelligence and National Security courses through the American University High School Summer Scholars program for college credit. He shadowed Judge Rob Barker of the 33rd Judicial Circuit during civil, criminal, municipal and juvenile dockets. Austin also participated in the Sea Base Dive Program in the Florida Keys with Boy Scout Troop 2. Through this program, Austin obtained an Advanced Scuba Certification and helped restore coral reefs as part of a service project.

Paige Campbell attended Auburn University’s Youth Nursing Camp. Campbell was able to practice technical skills through a rotation of nursing related stations in Auburn University’s labs and simulation center.

Evan DeJournett participated in the Jackling Introduction to Engineering Summer Camp at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. This camp allows students to learn about multiple subsets of engineering like software development, aerospace, state-of-the-art engineering materials, and product development and testing.

Madeline Hendrickson attended Space Camp through the Aviation Challenge Mach II at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Program trainees learned about aeronautics, propulsion, flew in a drone simulator and more. Hendrickson was also a participant in the Steubenville Youth Conference.

Christopher Ladwig was a VAVS (Veterans Administration Volunteer Services) participant through the VA’s Summer Volunteer Program at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Zachary Ochs was Notre Dame’s nominee for the Missouri Leadership Seminar. This seminar accepts one sophomore student from each Missouri high school, and the seminar focuses on leadership, community, personal growth and networking.

Ella Shaffar represented Notre Dame in the Missouri Scholars Academy hosted by the University of Missouri Honors College. The program gives participating students opportunities for personal development and learning with a curated curriculum for gifted students.

“Democracy in action” is the trademark of Missouri Boys State. Four Notre Dame students attended the 81st session of the program at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Liam Arnzen, William Hodges and Victor Thomas were senior attendees, and Jonathan Dohogne was a junior nominee.

American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State was also held at the University of Central Missouri. Attendees spent a week engaged in the politics of local, county and state governments. Notre Dame’s Elise Edwards was elected municipal judge, served as assistant prosecutor, and was one of 15 participants selected to perform in the annual talent show. Victoria Hurley was elected county commissioner of the 79th session of Girls State. Claire Southard & Taylor Klipfel represented Notre Dame as senior attendees.

Notre Dame had eight students attend the MoDOT / Cape Girardeau Police Department TRACTION Conference. Students included Brock Hulshof, Hayden McVay, Abigail Michael, Lillian Michael, Sunna Mungee, Kate Prost, Anna Schuchardt and Mia Timlin.

We salute these students for staying active, experiencing personal growth and building their resumes!