SEVEN Eagles Commit to play Division One Sports in College

Notre Dame Academy is so proud of their athletes. Win or lose we are behind them 100%! NDA recently celebrated SEVEN seniors who singed to played college sports.  Congratulations to :

Madeline Vining will commit to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field for the University of Toledo where she intends to study Pre-Law.  When asked why she wanted to continue her sport at the collegiate level she said, “I want to continue my running career and I am not ready to give it up. I feel that I have a lot more potential to reach my personal goals by continuing to run in college. I truly feel that I wouldn’t be the same person without my sport! My NDA coach taught me to never give up, even when things aren’t going your way,” she explained. “I will use this to continue to reach my running goals.” Madeline is a member of the NDA Ski, Fashion, and Film Studies Clubs.  She is also a Honors Math, Honors Science, Honors Spanish, and AP Psychology student. She is a four-year individual state qualifier, holds a regional title, a two-year regional team champion, a four-first team All-TRAC, and won runner of the year award.

Emily Vining will also commit to compete in Cross Country and Track and Field for the University of Toledo.  She plans to study fitness science and is hoping to work with athletes in the future. I have been running since kindergarten,” Emily  said. “I am so excited to be able to continue my sport in college, compete at the collegiate level, and meet my new teammates and coaches.” NDA coaches taught her to stay in the moment and to focus on the now, stay positive, and be mentally ready. She is a member of the NDA Film Studies and Pep Clubs. Madeline is a Honors Spanish, Honors Anatomy, Honors Pre-Calculus, Honors Fitness and Nutrition, and AP Psychology student.  She a three-time First Team All-TRAC, a three-time All-Academic TRAC, a three-time state qualifier, a three-time All Ohio Academic, a four year varsity letter recipient in cross country, and  two-time NDA Athlete of the Week. She also holds the school record holder in the steeplechase.

Kathryn Roth will commit to play golf for the University of Toledo where she would like to study an area that involves research. She loves being a student athlete and does very well balancing sports with academics. “My coach has taught me how to be patient and mentally tough,” she said. “He has helped me to become the golfer that I am today.” Kathryn enjoys the individuality of golf. “Even though you play against other golfers and with your team, you are also always competing with yourself,” she said. She is most looking forward to meeting her new team mates, traveling with the team and playing on new courses. At NDA, she is in French Club, Current Events Club, is a Student Ambassador and is captain of the NDA Golf Team. She is an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate in French and History, as well as, AP Calculus, AP Bio-Chemistry, AP English, Honors Physics, and Honors Choir. Kathryn was a TRAC All-Academic, TRAC First Team, NWOGGL First Team, NWOGGL Sportsmanship Award, Coach’s Award, OHSGCA All-Academic, NWO District Coaches Association Second Team, District First Team, NWOGGL Team Champs, and an NDA Athlete of the Week.

Pennsylvania State University will gain Miss Katheryn Rex  as a softball player for their athletic program while she studies to be a Mechanical Engineer. “Since I was little, I have wanted to play softball for a college team. I have worked very hard to get where I am with my sport and to be a player that a university would ask to play for them.” she said. “I hope that I inspire young girls to find something they love as much as I love softball.” She looks forward to representing the blue and white of Penn State while being able to travel across the nation playing the sport she loves. Katheryn is VP of the NDA Maker’s Club, is a NDA Student Ambassador, a peer tutor, and also plays volleyball for NDA.  She is a three time First Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-State, Second Team All-State, First Team All-State, three-time Team MVP, two-time TRAC First Team All-League, and TRAC All-Academic. She is an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate in Spanish and Business Management. She also takes multiple honors courses, as well as, AP Calculus and AP English.

Kailah Johnson will commit to play basketball for Alabama State University where she plans to major in medicine. Kailah is looking forward to competing in collegiate sports and is ready to meet her new coaches and teammates. “Teamwork is why I love playing basketball, she said. She admits she will miss her NDA team mates and coaches but says, “My coach has taught me to never give up, keep going hard, and be patient even when things aren’t going the best.”My coach’s advice pushes me to keep working hard and improving to become the best athlete I can be.”  She is a member of the NDA African American Club, four-year Varsity Basketball, NDA Link Crew and ran for track and field.  She has received athletic recognition for second-team TRAC, and Most Improved Player.

Grace Dynda will commit to play volleyball for the University of Dayton where she will study the field of sports medicine and sport science. When asked why she loved her sport she said, “To me the best feeling is working really hard and noticing a difference. For example, when I make a good kill or when I dig a hard ball that at first I wasn’t able to do it feels great! Volleyball is all about the mental game and when you are locked in and focused going all out, it almost feels effortless and that much more fun.” Grace as well as the other athletes looks forward to the national travel she will be involved in while playing for UD. “I will never forget our pre-game locker room dances, our wins against our rivals, and our district and TRAC championships,” she said. “My NDA coaches have taught me to focus on H.E.A.R.T. which stands for hard work, effort, attitude, respect, and teamwork.” She is a member of the NDA Asian Club, Chess Club, Link Crew, and S.E.A.L. Team. She takes honors and AP courses and is two-time TRAC Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, two-time Second Team All-Ohio, Under Armor All-American Honorable Mention and she holds the school record for most volleyball kills in a season at 438 kills.

The University of Cincinnati will add Ashley Barron to their roster soccer of players. She plans to double major in communications and business marketing. Ashley is looking forward to playing at the competitive collegiate level and working with the UC coaching staff. She is also, like the other athletes, looking forward to traveling with her team to compete. “I will miss the family bond that was created by playing for NDA,” she said. “I will also miss the love and support of everyone who came to watch us. My NDA coaches taught me that being a great soccer player is only a small part of the big idea. They also taught me to play through adversity.” Ashley is a member of the NDA Spanish Club, Link Crew and is also a basketball and track and field athlete for NDA. She is a four-time All-TRAC, second team All-District, three-time First Team All-District, three–time TRAC Player of the Year, three-time First team All-State, two-time District Player of the Year, TRAC All-Academic, Esmark All- American, United Coaches Central All-Region Team athlete.