Megan Orzechowki ’16 encourages youth to “take a leap of faith”!

Notre Dame Academy alum, Megan Orzechowski ’16 has been named as Youth Group Leader at All Saints Catholic Parish in Rossford, Ohio.

“When I was asked to be the leader of the Youth Group my immediate response was, yes!”  Megan explained. “My family and I have always had a strong faith but being able to attend NDA allowed me to continue to build my faith and make me stronger spiritually.”

Megan admits that her faith-based education and the opportunity to participate in service mission trips also led to accepting this position.  “My service trips to Appalachia with both my parish and NDA allowed me to get involved and experience the trip as a volunteer. Being a Youth Leader I can organize the mission trips and be involved as a leader to encourage and inspire the kids of my parish to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. If I can help one of the kids grow stronger in their faith and serve others while creating an open and safe place for them to be, I will be happy.”

Megan has hit the ground running as the youth group leader and has already implemented “Frisbees and Freeze” nights where all youth in grades 7 – 12 are welcome. The group has also served at a local community center and helped parishioners with their spring cleaning. What is most surprising to Megan is not surprised the interest of her group by the youth, but the support and the involvement of the parishioners.  “I get emails, phone calls, or stopped after church by parishioners who want to help the youth group in any way we need support!” Megan said. “It is so amazing and a true blessing. I am so excited to where God will lead our group!”

Megan attends Owens Community College where she was accepted in the assistant physical therapy assistant program. Upon graduation, Megan aims to enroll in the University of Findlay physical therapy program to specialize in pediatrics to become a Doctor of Physical .

2018-2019 Supply List Announced

 

To view a complete listing of school supplies  grades 7- 12 —

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Notre Dame Academy 8th Graders Chosen for University Scholarship Program

Notre Dame Junior Academy eighth graders Jordyn Bailey and Niah Lee were both accepted into the TOLEDO EXCEL Scholarship Incentive Program. This program targets academic achievers from underrepresented backgrounds and provides college prep programming throughout high school with a scholarship to the University of Toledo upon completion.

“I heard about the program from my mom and I pursued it because I was intrigued!” Jordyn said. “I feel honored to be accepted because only fifty 8th graders were accepted.” Both girls are excited about the week long residency on The University of Toledo’s college campus. “I know other students who went through this program and they had a great experience. I am looking forward to meeting other students in the program.” Niah said.

TOLEDO EXCEL, is a scholarship incentive program at The University of Toledo that strives to prepare students for success in college. TOLEDO EXCEL involves students in pre-college academic programs to increase their self-esteem, cultural awareness of diversity, and civic involvement. Students in the program also receive opportunities for summer institutes, tutoring, academic retreat weekends, campus visits, and financial aid. In addition to the intensive academic year programming, each TOLEDO EXCEL student also performs a minimum of 25 hours of voluntary community service each year, providing assistance to various organizations and agencies.

NDA Named All-Sports Champions – 15th Consecutive Time!

Notre Dame Academy has earned our 15th consecutive All-Sports Championship!
NDA earned their seventh straight Three Rivers Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship making 15 All-Sports Championships in a row!  NDA won 2017-18 TRAC Championships in Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Gymnastics and Softball.   NDA’s top athletic program offers our high school students athletic opportunities in 16 different sports and six different sports at the 7th and 8th grade level.  Notre Dame Academy was be the first all-girls school in Ohio and the first school within the Diocese of Toledo to partner with SportsLeader, a Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches and student-athletes. This past school year, NDA had ​11 student-athletes commit to playing college sports.

Congratulations to all of our NDA student-athletes & coaches!

NDA Yearbook Staff Receives Yearbook of Excellence Award for the Fourth Time

Congratulations to NDA’s Journalism Department Chair, English teacher, and yearbook advisor Mrs. Julie Sells and her student yearbook staff! Through their hard work and innovative style NDA has been named a Jostens 2017 National Yearbook Program of Excellence. This is the fourth time, in the past six years, that the yearbook staff has earned this honor for their production of the NDA yearbook, The Regina.

For the past seventeen years, Mrs. Sells has created and directed the annual production of The Regina. “These awards are really an acknowledgement of NDA,” she said, “I appreciate how much NDA’s administration and board members support our Journalism Department. Our journalism lab allows NDA students to learn, create, and publish.”

When she first started directing the production of the yearbook in August 2001, the process was to send print pictures to a publishing plant. Within a few years, the yearbook changed to a desktop publication, so everything from that point has been submitted online. This change allowed the yearbook staff to design more creatively. They could see page designs immediately instead of waiting weeks. With today’s electronic capabilities, augmented reality has been integrated into the yearbook allowing pictures to literally come to life!

Every year, Mrs. Sells and her yearbook staff select a theme to carry through the yearbook, but they keep it a secret all year long. Students always try to get her to spill the secret!  One of her favorite days of the year is the day yearbooks are delivered to the student body and she hears the excitement as the girls see the cover and theme for the very first time. “I especially remember the 2004 yearbook!” she said. “The cover was hot pink and I heard girls in the hall yelling, ‘It’s pink, it’s pink!’ I want them to feel that excited every year!”

In the future, Mrs. Sells sees more and new technology incorporated into yearbook production, but hopes the actual print book does disappear. “I think a yearbook is one of those books that you want to hold,” she explained. “It is a personal experience as you hold and look through the book and reflect. Looking at a digital yearbook online is not quite the same. It’s like looking at your family’s photo album; the yearbook is the photo album of your NDA family.”

Watch the videos below to see how yearbook staff used augmented reality.

 

 

FREE practice High School Placement Tests offered to rising 7th and 8th Graders

Practicing the HSPT (High School Placement Test) is a great way for students to get comfortable with the format before they take it in eighth grade. This is just a practice test, but taking this practice test may help your student earn a scholarship when she takes the actual test. Notre Dame Academy awards a renewable Honors Scholarship of up to $3,000 a year to eighth graders who score 80% or higher. There is no fee charged for the practice test.

Register today!

June, June 22    9am-12:30pm
Arrive at 8:45am,  Bring two #2 pencil and calculator, Register at  https://tinyurl.com/practiceHPST
Question? admissions@nda.org or 419.475.9359