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Notre Dame Academy

May 2013

Big Hearts, Great Minds = The Class of 2013 Making a Difference! Mrs. Colin

Th e time has arrived for the Senior Class issue of the Medallion – it doesn’t seem possible. Th e year has fl own by and the last four years seem to have gone by even faster. It is never easy to say good-bye to a graduating class, especially when the class is made up of such intelligent, caring, self-less individuals. We look forward to so many wonderful celebrations recognizing all that you have accomplished. You have achieved so much in the classroom, on the stage, in the athletic

Will Miss NDA

arena, in the art room. You are attending excellent colleges where you will continue to excel. But most importantly, you are

friend Natasha for the best lyrics ever!), remember who you are. Remember all that your family has instilled in you, rely on your faith, stay true to your character. Share many smiles along the way to doing good with your talents! St. Julie would be proud, you have “hearts as wide as the world!” and you will make a diff erence with them.

Friends

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good people. As you live your life with your arms wide open (thanks to our

Words of Wisdom from Faculty ost d, and, m r a h , g n lo ly.” “Laugh frequent , y l l a no i c e esp pitummi -Mrs. Ca

“Eat plenty of snacks, bu t not too many snacks.” -Mrs. Holmes the you get, n o i t a c u in re ed “The mo es you will have oic more ch life.” ce -Mr. Joy “Work hard, st ay focused, and achieve as much as possible.” -Mr. Bianchi

Top 5 Reasons Why Seniors

“Enjoy every m oment of the n ext four years. worry too hard Try not to about what you want to “be” w grow up: eventu hen you ally your passi ons will find y perfect path. S ou on the ay “yes” when ever possible to tunities (the ch n ew opporance to go abro ad, to research favorite profess with your or, to explore a new friendship the time to enjo ), but take y all of the little things, too: stay too late with y ing up our friends, get ting lost on an in your new ci adventure ty, having a ram bling conversa quad with som tion in the eone interestin g... most of all: YOU. You all stay true to have the ability to make an imp community an act on your d in the world. “Go forth and on fire!” set the world -Ms. Simes

Campus Ministry

NexDine School Lunches

“Never turn down an invitation to do something you wouldn’t normally do (as long as it falls in line with your values.)” -Ms. Arrendol

Senior Locker Room

INSIDE THIS ISSUE! Senior Timeline and Collage: A Blast from the Past ......................................................................................................................................................2 & 3 A Senior Hero: Daryl Denelle............................................................................................................................................................................................4 A Special Message to Our Senior Editors .........................................................................................................................................................................4 -1-


Senior Timelin

A Blast fro

First Day at NDA as Barack Obama is a Cougar Inaugurated

Sophomore Soiree

Freshman Year

‘Boom Boom Pow’ by the Black Eyed Peas Reaches #1 on the Billboard Chart

Spring Fling

Osama Bin Laden is Killed

Sophomore Year

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ is Released

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Royal Wedding


ne and Collage

om the Past

Junior Prom

Tights Rule Enacted

Barack Obama is Re-Elected

Junior Year

Junior Retreat

Graduation

Senior Year

Ed Sheeran Performs at NDA

‘Gangham Style’ is the most watched video on YouTube

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160th Anniversary of Notre Dame Academy


A Senior Hero: Daryl Denelle Sally Stover ‘15 Medallion reporter, Sally Stover, took the time to interview Daryl Denelle, a senior at NDA. She will be hading off to Villanova University in the fall of 2013. Best of luck Daryl! Sally- Tell me something about yourself, like a fun fact! Daryl- I live in Duxbury. I have a service dog named Zita. She is 8 and a yellow lab. I am going to Villanova. I love to read. I learned to drive my wheelchair at three years old. I have two siblings. A 15 year old biological sister and a 10 year old adopted brother from Korea. I have three horses. I have another Labrador named Ace, and a munchkin cat named Dunkin. Munchkin cats have two inch legs. I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type two. Type one is the number one killer of children under 2 so I am pretty lucky. No one else in my family has it. But both my mom and dad are carriers. Sally- What are some challenges you face daily with being in a wheelchair, how do you overcome them? Daryl- I am completely unable to do many physical activities, such as dressing myself, getting in/out of bed, and even opening a water bottle. However, I am not shy and I feel comfortable asking anyone for help. Some people are intimidated by my wheelchair and might believe that I have some type of mental delays. But really I only have very weak muscles, so people are sometimes surprised when I am so “normal”. I just try to be nice and understanding with people,

and am not afraid to ask for help. You can’t be shy! Sally- Has there ever been a time where you have been frustrated with your situation? Did you overcome this frustration? Daryl- When I was younger, I got very easily frustrated when anything went wrong. I also felt that it was unfair. However, I now know that I can’t fix everything. I am very flexible and nothing really phases me. Once when I went to NYC, we could not find even one handicapped taxi. My aunt freaked out, but I stayed calm and just told her we would have to walk to dinner. Sally- Is there anyone you look up to? How is this person an inspiration? Daryl- I look up to my mom. She is such a strong person. Even after having a daughter with SMA and knowing that she could have another, she still gave me a little sister. My mom really trusts that everything will turn out okay. She also loves to help people and is very optimistic. I love that about her. Sally- Do you have any advice for anyone overcoming any type of obstacle?

! e k h c t u o fl t s o n t o s i Be t a ! l 3 u t 1 A Special Message To Our Senior a 0 r 2 Editors g f o n o s s C a l C Daryl- When overcoming obstacles, it is important to remember that sometimes you have to do uncomfortable things. Don’t expect things to come easy. You have to really try. Also it is important to have a good support system, like friends and family. You need someone to turn to if all else fails.

To Senior Editors Julianne and Samantha~

We cannot tell you how much we have appreciated working with you both this year. We feel that under your direction, Medallion has grown in size, quality, and readership. Your leadership has been inspiring to us, as well as to the younger reporters and feature writers your direct. The vision and passion that you brought to Medallion this year will long be remembered and something we will strive to duplicate in the years to come. We speak for the entire editorial staff as we wish you good luck as you head off to college next fall, we hope you continue to pursue your journalism talents, and please stay in touch! We will miss you both.

Editors

Mrs. Pepe and Mrs. Callahan Advisors, Medallion

Julianne McShane ‘13 Samantha Mastrogiacomo ‘13 Isabella Walko ‘14 Mariah Ward ‘14 Advisors — Mrs. Pepe and Mrs. Callahan

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