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A MAGAZINE ABOUT THE BOLD, BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL, BLESSED WOMEN OF NOTRE DAME
NOTRE DAME JUNIOR ACADEMY 10th ANNIVERSARY
Teaching Girls They Can Make an Impact Living the SND Charism 2016-17 Presidentâ€™s Report MAD for PLAID Fundraiser
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Notre Dame Academy Grades 7-12 3535 W Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623
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from the president... Dear Fellow NDA Supporters,
I am honored to join our alumnae, our dedicated faculty and staff,
students and families and all those who support NDA in continuing our mission to educate young women to make a difference in our world. The Guiding Principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame call us to be the Transformation of Society. The Sistersâ€™ commitment to a faith-filled education for young women in Toledo began 114 years ago on Bancroft Street. At that time, NDA began as an all-girls school for grades 7-12. More than 10 years ago, we began to plan for grades 7 and 8 in addition to our high school, bringing us full circle to our beginnings on Bancroft Street. I am happy to say that we are celebrating our tenth anniversary of our 7th and 8th grade here at NDA on Sylvania Avenue! This year we have a record number of girls enrolled as we continue to transform the lives of these young women. I have been truly blessed to work with so many wonderful students, faculty and staff, families and our alumnae over the past 15 years. NDA has been my spark of divine light for many years and it brings joy to my heart to have the privilege to help transform the young women of NDA. With prayers and blessings,
Mrs. Kim Grilliot President
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NDJA students envisioned their goals and posted them in the flowers in their classroom
Seventh grader Paloma DeLaFuente-Steeb is a NDJA representative on student council and is in Pen Ohio (formerly Power of the Pen). Her favorite subject is math. "The teachers are helpful and can make anything fun," she said about NDA, "and the girl power is amazing here!"
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ANNIVERSARY of the
NDJA CELEBRATING 10 YEARS:
N OTRE D AME ACADEMY 3535 W Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623 p 419.475.9359 www.nda.org twitter @NDA_eagles instagram @nda_eagles Facebook: Notre Dame Academy Grades 7-12 Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame An International Baccalaureate World School
Notre Dame Junior Academy Entering its second decade with the highest enrollment ever
NDJA CELEBRATING 10 YEARS:
NDJA Pre-IB Building foundations for lifelong learning NDJA CELEBRATING 10 YEARS:
Teaching Girls They Can Make an Impact NDJA faculty builds compassion and exploration into lessons
LIVING THE SND CHARISM
That All May Enjoy the Blessings Alumnae’s teaching reflect SND Principles PRESIDENT’S REPORT
2016-17 Accomplishments Thank you to our generous supporters MAD FOR PLAID
Supporters give over $230,000 for scholarships at NDA’s only fundraiser CLASS NOTES
Milestones, Births, Engagements, Marriages and Obituaries... and a quick look back! NDA ALUMNAE GATHERINGS
We’re Connecting with NDA Alums... In Seattle, New York, DC, Toledo, Columbus, Chicago, Cleveland and Orlando!
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NDA Academic, Athletics, Arts and Campus Ministry News
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otre Dame Academy is excited to
celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Junior Academy. Founded in 2007, the Junior Academy had 12 eighth graders and 30 seventh graders enrolled during the inaugural year. This yearâ€™s Junior Academy enrollment is the highest ever with 73 seventh and eighth graders. By the end of this academic year, the Junior Academy will have
graduated 255 girls. All Junior Academy
students are given the opportunity to
take high school level courses. 95%
go on to take honors, Advanced
Placement and International
Baccalaureate courses. NDJA girls learn early to be leaders and are mentored by their older Eagle sisters. NDJA GIRLS GO ON TO TAKE HONORS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES
about attending the
NDJA was that I was able
to enjoy the incredible
me for a
environment for an
higher level thinking.
social and academic
NDJA was the basis of my time management skills. Maureen Hickey ’15 NDJA alum
additional two years. I love NDA with all my heart and the JA gave
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What I appreciate most
me advanced academic opportunities as well as a nurturing social and spiritual experience.
Natalie Walter ’11 NDJA alum
Sarah Kate Dangelo ’13 NDJA alum
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AVERAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED BY A UNIVERSITY TO NDA GRADS WHO ATTENDED THE NDJA
AVERAGE TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO NDA GRADS WHO ATTENDED THE NDJA This is the total scholarships from all colleges to which the student applied 5
Builds Foundation for Lifelong Learning
nspired by the successful outcomes of NDA’s International Baccaulareate (IB) program, Notre Dame Academy extended the teaching of IB skills into the 7th and 8th grades in fall 2017 by initiating the NDJA Pre-IB program. The NDJA Pre-IB approach uses IB-centered Approaches to Learning (ATL) to help students to develop into the type of learner described by the IB Learner Profile (LP). ATL are the skills students are taught. LP describes what they become in the process of using those skills. Approaches to Learning ATL skills help NDJA students prepare for learning independently and with others by teaching the skills that students need in order to become self-regulated, intrinsically motivated learners. These skills empower students to succeed in subjects and prepare them for further success in rigorous academic programs like the IB Diploma Program and other NDA courses. NDA teaches ATL skills through process-focused disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching. While ATL skills are not formally assessed in NDJA, they contribute to students’ achievement in all subjects. Teachers cover a wide range of content, developed through key and related concepts and global contexts as a vehicle for teaching effective learning strategies.
ATL skills are the means for students to become lifelong learners characterized by the IB Learner Profile, learners who are able to grow, adapt, and respond to global needs over their entire lives. NDJA students learn to develop and recognize IB Learner Profile traits in themselves through, specific teacher feedback encouraging them to reflect more deeply about what they are learning and how they best learn.
NDA’s Pre-IB global- and process-focused approach to teaching lays the foundational learning skills that will benefit a student 6
and those around her for a lifetime.
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Teacher leads students in identifying how they can personally use the IB Learner Profile (LP) and Approaches to Learning (ATL). 8th graders take required PreIB course which includes capstone project in a subject of individual interest.
Building foundation for upper level courses by taking college prep and honors courses. Upperclassmen take IB classes to earn college credit and gain college admissions advantage.
Building awareness of ways of learning. Applying and practicing the IB LP and ATL skills.
Practicing IB, LP, and ATL skills in all classes. Using the IB approach to learning to become a lifelong learner with a global perspective.
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A well-known proverb states “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Like giving someone a fish, teaching that focuses on acquiring information has limited to short-term benefits. NDA’s Pre-IB global- and process-focused approach to teaching lays the foundational learning skills that will benefit a student and those around her for a lifetime.
COMMUNICATION COLLABORATION ORGANIZATION AFFECTIVE REFLECTION INFORMATION LITERACY MEDIA LITERACY CRITICAL THINKING CREATIVE THINKING TRANSFER
Teaching that Focuses on Acquiring
INQUIRERS KNOWLEDGEABLE THINKERS COMMUNICATORS PRINCIPLED OPEN-MINDED CARING RISK-TAKERS BALANCED REFLECTIVE
Starting fall 2018, NDA eighth graders will be required to take a semesterlong Pre-IB capstone course where they practice their ATL skills on a project of individual choice. The course begins by solidifying process skills then sets students free to explore a topic of their choice using their ATL skills and preferred learning mode.
How NDJA Teaches Pre-IB: Approaches to Learning Skills
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8th Grade Pre-IB Capstone Course
What NDJA Students Become: The IB Learner Profile
Teaching Girls They Can Make an Impact:
NDJA Faculty Build Compassion and Exploration into Lessons
hat happens when you combine Catholic values with projectbased learning? You get students stepping into the shoes of the character in a book they are reading by practicing the kindness exhibited by that character. Ms. Marisa Napoli ’13 challenged her 8th grade Language Arts class to relate to the way the friendly main character in the book Stargirl who often gives gifts to strangers, by having her students each make a goody bag and give it to a student she did not know. In the reflections submitted afterwards, the girls wrote about how they were very nervous at first but felt joyous afterwards. Miss Napoli observed, “They gained confidence by approaching someone new and making a new friend through a random act of kindness.” Language Arts teacher Mr. Chip Smith agrees that at NDA the lessons go deeper than just analyzing literary structure. “When I teach To Kill A Mockingbird, I want my students to ask what it is trying to tell them about life. I want them understand that the things we do and say can have a huge impact on others.” Cindy Roller and her class gathering data for NASA
All NDJA teachers also teach high school classes, but they understand that 7th and 8th grade students relate best to the material when they are also having fun.
Marisa Napoli ’13 Marcia Holtz ’77
Mr. Casey Feldstein, who teaches 7th Grade Ancient Civilizations, 9th Grade World History, IB History, and the NDA Summer Academy U.S. Government course, has his 7th grade students engage in a class Olympics when studying ancient Greece and Rome. Ms. Cindy Roller, who teaches 7th and 8th grade Science, 9th Biology and Mentored Study Hall, uses music to help students remember what they learn.
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My favorite thing about teaching NDJA students is their excitement for learning and their inquisitiveness. They love to ask questions! Casey Feldstein
Math Foundations, Math I, Honors Math II, and ACT Prep teacher Mrs. Michelle Kusina feels a learning environment where it is safe to new things and discover concepts themselves is key to learning. Her hands-on discovery approach teaches students that there are many ways to solve a problem. “At NDA, students feel safe making mistakes in front of each other because they won’t make fun of each other. The attitude is ‘I don’t know how to do it but I’ll try.’”
“We still keep in touch and I am so proud of her because she overcame her struggles and persevered in her pursuit of higher education,” said Ms. Roller.
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The bonds formed between NDJA teachers and their students last a lifetime. When Ms. Roller learned that one of her former students was unable to afford a summer science camp, she helped her to be a participant and provided travel to and from the camp for her. Several years later, the former student emailed Ms. Roller to let her know that she had become a science teacher.
“I love the students’ energy, spirit, and compassion!” Marcia Holtz ’77
NDA Business Education Chair, Mrs. Marcia Holtz ’77, agrees. Her classroom walls are covered with photos of the students she has taught.
Hands-on Learning in NDJA 7th and 8th grade science students will be participating in an inquiry-based research study through Bowling Green State University collecting data and investigating ways to prevent toxic algae in our area waters.
7th grade Ancient Civilizations studied early African civilizations, students did a simulation of the silent barter system in which they had to trade with their classmates without speaking. 9
NDA Artists Rise to New Heights
Raising Their Voices to Be Heard
1 NDA artists have received more recognition than ever this year. Kathryn Geldien ’19 (1), who created the image (above) for this year’s NDA Christmas card, won a Gold Key in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and will compete at the national level. Five other NDA students – Anna Gerken ’18 (2), Carissa Kolcun ’21 (3), Claire Pawlecki ’19 (4), Morgan Zickes ’18 (5), and Sadie Nadrasik ’18 (6) – won Honorable Mentions. NDA was also the only Toledo Catholic high school with works in the 2018 Regional Ohio Governor Youth Art Exhibition selected by the jury to progress to state jurying. The art of Raven Begell-Long ’19, Anna Gerken ’18, Madison Humbles ’18, Cate Orchard ’18, Danielle Schuster ’18, Megan Sosko ’19, Yasmin Wassel ’18, and Morgan Zickes ’18 move ahead to the competitive state jurying. Also, Sofia Marquez ’21 was selected to be in the 2018 Youth Art Month Exhibit of the Ohio Art Education Association.
NDA’s Student Advocates for Safe Schools (SASS) presented to fellow students how they could be instruments of change in our world by taking an active role in our society by contacting elected officials regarding issues they are passionate about. Students will left the meeting with concrete actions of how they can advocate. SASS was created by a group of students who were discussing their emotions about the Parkland, Florida shooting and their desire to do something more.
Voted BEST 2 Years in a Row!
NDA was voted Best Private School and Best High School for the second year in a row in Toledo City Paper’s Best of Toledo poll.
Raven Begell-Long ’19 -1 Anna Gerken ’18 -2,3 Cate Orchard ’18 -4,5 Madison Humbles ’18 -6
Megan Sosko ’19 -7 Danielle Schuster ’18 -8 Yasmin Wassel ’18 -9 Morgan Zickes ’18 -10
Student-Led Feminine Genius Symposium...
A leadership panel of Toledo area women leaders shared their experiences with students on how they overcame obstacles in order to become the leaders of today. The panelists were President of The University of Toledo, Dr. Sharon L. Gaber; business owner, Zobaida Falah; President of Lourdes University, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek; Founder and Managing Director of Women of Toledo, Nina Corder; Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at Andersons, Rashmi Agnihotri; Vice President/Global and Corporate Communications at O-I, Kristin Kelley; and Vice President of Marketing at The Andersons, Tasha Hussein Black. Session topics included: Let’s Lead, Mindfulness Yoga, Negative Self-Talk, Healthy Relationships & Respect. Notre Dame Academy’s Building Bridges Club also led participants in creating a community project that visually expressed how we are all unique but also are interwoven as a community.
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otre Dame Academy students developed and implemented a day-long symposium for the NDA community around the year’s theme “Embracing Our Feminine Genius.” The symposium’s keynote speaker was artist and poet Sara Abou Rashed, who came with her family from Syria to the US searching a more hopeful future. The closing speaker was Diana Patton, speaker, Social Justice and Integrative Health Advocate coach, and attorney and author of the book Inspiration in My Shoes.
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2018 Regional Ohio Governor Youth Art Exhibition
Notre Dame Academy competed at the 90th Ohio Speech and Debate Association State Finals in Sylvania, Ohio. Hope Thayer ’19 finished third in Informational Speaking, Finishing in semi-finals: Ashley Keane ’18 in Humorous Interpretation and Lauren Dionyssiou ’20 in Declamation. Finishing in Quarter-Finals: Madalyn Vesoulis ’18 in Original Oratory and Sarah Watson ’19 in International Extemp. STUDENT NEWS
State Speech & Debate Winners
Eyewitness to History NDA’s second installment of HisStory & HerStory:
NDA welcomed local business professionals for its annual Career Week. Professionals ranging from doctors and attorneys to professional musicians and entrepreneurs spoke with students on choosing a career. Interview simulations, body language awareness, speaking skills, resume, cover letter building, business dining etiquette, networking boot camp, career-related demonstrations, and network building activities also occured. The Keynote Speaker was State Representative Theresa Gavarone. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Occupational Therapist Aranti Mashalkar spoke to the NDJA.
Eyewitness to History presentation – The Social Studies Department welcomed Bob Dietsch, WWII Veteran, United States Army, (retired) and Joe Moran, Vietnam Veteran, United States Army (retired). The HisStory & HerStory series allows students to ask questions directly of an eyewitness to history, help to break down cultural, generational, and societal barriers and through storytelling help the students connect to past historical events.
NDA’s 28th Appalachia Service Trip
or over 28 years, Notre Dame Academy has packed up thousands of gifts and traveled to Harlan, Kentucky, to bring Christmas to those less fortunate. Just before Christmas, NDA students, faculty, staff and parents loaded a semi-truck bringing over 1,500 presents, 100 pounds of sloppy joes, over 1,000 handmade cookies along with other food, and supplies to spread Christmas cheer and hope. Student clubs and projects also donated to the cause.
ur varsity cross country and volleyball teams won TRAC Championships and our varsity golf team won an NWOGGL Championship. Our varsity soccer, volleyball, and tennis teams all won District Championships. Our varsity cross country and tennis teams both qualified to the state tournament. Our 8th Grade Gold volleyball team won their CYO tournament and finished as runners-up in the Diocesan Tournament.
NDA had 63 fall student-athletes achieved TRAC All-Academic recognition. We also had three seniors selected as BCSN ACE Award winners - Abigail Lumbrezer ’18 (golf), Alexis Begley ’18 (equestrian), and Marissa Dzotsi ’18 (rowing). Our head varsity volleyball coach, Jeff Pitzen, was selected as TRAC Coach of the Year and the District Coach of the Year, and our head varsity soccer coach, Chip Smith, was selected as the District Private School Coach of the Year. Finally, we had seven seniors commit to continue their sport in college: Cassandra Calamunci volleyball at John Carroll University, Ariel Cummings basketball at the University of Toledo, Jordan Diggins softball at Concordia University, Meghan Miller softball at Wheeling Jesuit University, Hannah Rubel softball at Ohio Northern University, Justice Wingate volleyball at Rockhurst University, and Lexa Bauer soccer at University of Toledo.
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Doubles tennis duo of Maddie Humbles ’18 and Gracie Bennett ’19 won the district and qualified to the state tournament. Soccer player Ashley Barron ’19 was named the TRAC Player of the Year and First Team All-State for the second year in a row, and soccer player Lexa Bauer ’18 was selected to participate in the High School All-American Soccer Game. Volleyball player Grace Dynda ’19 was named Second Team All Ohio and was an Old Newsboys Volleyball Player of the Year Finalist, and volleyball player Justice Wingate ’18 was named Honorable Mention All Ohio.
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Another Successful Fall Sports Season
That All May Enjoy the Blessings: Alumnae’s Teaching Reflects the SND Principles
he children were amazed that some kids canoe to school. It was one of the many things Jenna Shinaberry’s class at St. Joan of Arc School in Toledo, Ohio, was learning about other cultures from their sponsorship of two disadvantaged students in other countries.
I always knew I wanted to end up at a Catholic school.
Mrs. Shinaberry ’04 helped start a program at St. Joan of Arc where classes sponsor students from other countries through Unbound (unbound.org). Each class commits to sponsoring two children that are of their age. As the students in Toledo rise from grade to grade, so do the students they sponsor, and St. Joan of Arc students have an ongoing connection with those they are supporting. St. Joan of Arc students pray for the children they are sponsoring, write letters to them, and learn about their countries. Current sponsored students live in Columbia, India, Kenya, Philippines, Ecuador, and Peru. As they study the other countries, students examine how their lives are both different and similar to the lives of those they sponsor. “It opens up a lot of conversation about how we can help people who have less than us around the world,” observed Shinaberry. In her work, Shinaberry lives the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Connection across geographic and economic differences are embedded in the Sisters of Notre Dame’s Educational Principles which state “We provide religious and moral education to develop an integrated spirituality for global citizenship. We promote a spirit of dialogue with diverse cultures and religions and are open to mutual enrichment.”
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Shinaberry also shares with her students an approach to teaching religion that she learned at NDA. Just as Sister Charlene did in her theology class at NDA, Mrs. Shinaberry has her students spread out and relax at prayer time and talk to God just like they would talk to a friend. Teaching at a Catholic school was a natural path for Shinaberry, who grew up in a family devoted to Catholic education. Before coming to high school at Notre Dame Academy, she attended St. Aloysius Elementary. Her grandmother was a teacher and her mother-in-law was a principal and teacher. “I always knew I wanted to end up at a Catholic school,” she said. “Faith is such an important aspect of our everyday lives. I can’t imagine teaching where I can’t talk about my faith.”
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President’s Report 2016 -2017
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NDA Board of Directors
2017-2018 Dear Fellow NDA Supporters, Mrs. Mary Westphal ’74 Executive Director, NW Ohio, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Mr. Matt Anderson Product Manager, Plant Nutrient Group, The Andersons Ms. Sarah Bednarski ’96 Director of Marketing and Communications and University Spokesperson Bowling Green State University Sr. Joanne Mary Frania, SND ’57 Retreat and Spiritual Director Sr. Mary Carol Gregory, SND ’58 Provincial Councilor, SND Mrs. Kim Grilliot President, NDA Mr. David Koenig VP Government & Institutional Banking Fifth Third Bank Mr. John Kraus Director of Leasing Controller, Rail Group, The Andersons Mr. Bart Kulish President, MTS Seating Mr. Rob Loeb Senior VP, UBS Financial Mrs. Susan Payden VP, Investments Trinity Health Dr. Brian Randolph Professor/Associate Dean of Engineering University of Toledo Mr. Joseph Rideout Attorney Partner Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP Dr. Robert Ruse President, TTL Associates, Inc. Ms. Dina Skelding ’84 DBL Ventures - owner Mr. Richard Sterling VP Finance, KBS, OLLC
Mr. Jeff Wisniewski Senior Counsel, ProMedica
As the current chair of the Notre Dame Academy Board of Trustees, I have the privilege of observing first-hand the depth of NDA’s impact on young women. As a 1974 graduate of NDA with a daughter, Elaine, who graduated in 2012, I have seen the evolution of this Catholic all-girls school over a 44-year span. Honestly, I marvel at how relevant NDA remains today in preparing young women to be the leaders of tomorrow. Guided by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame, NDA continues to inspire, guide and educate each student to become the best that she can be. With the celebration of the Junior Academy’s 10-year anniversary, it is humbling to consider the impact that NDA has had on preparing 7th and 8th grade girls for high school and beyond. Couple that with the NDA core commitment to educating young women in grades 9 through 12 and we can see a vision that supports and encourages young women to work hard, dream big and make a difference in the world. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend our deep appreciation to the parents who have entrusted their daughters to us, to the donors and friends who support NDA with time, talent and treasure and to the NDA administration and faculty for their exemplary leadership. Together we are continuing a strong tradition of excellence and preparing our students to be Women of Vision.
In Notre Dame,
Mary J. Westphal ’74 Chair, NDA Board of Trustees
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Kim Grilliot pictured left
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Letter from the President
n my first full year as president, as we continued to pursue
non-ĂĽviolence and justice, NDA began the 2016-2017 school year with the theme Mental Health: Mercy and Healing. We had programming throughout the year that helped our students understand mental called to the responsible care of creation. Notre Dame also began the SportsLeader (sportsleader.org) program last year because we wanted our young women involved
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health with compassion, bringing to their attention that we are all
in athletics to experience God as part of their athletic program. This program has strengthened our athletic program through the Catholic Virtues that are now part of their everyday practices and their competitions. Our athletic program has been transformed into a winning program in the hearts of our athletes. Our young women give numerous service hours to our Toledo area community, Appalachia, and this past year in the Dominican Republic. Again, the Sisters of Notre Dame call us to believe that we are called to transform society by our non-violence, compassion, justice and responsible care of creation. In Notre Dame,
Mrs. Kim Grilliot President
Notre Dame Academy’s Only Tuition Scholarship Fundraiser
Mad for Plaid!
Above, left to right: 2018 Mad for Plaid Co-chairs Barb Stengle, Dana Loeb and Amy Levine ’89
Below, a live painting performance by Stacy DelVerne ’89
ad for Plaid is Notre Dame’s signature fundraising event that helps support over 600 young women receiving scholarship assistance. Because of the vision of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and the generosity of so many of you – parents, alumnae, past parents and friends of the school – many young women are able to attend Notre Dame Academy. Mad for Plaid was held on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at The Pinnacle in Maumee. We welcomed 330 guests and raised over $237,000 (net) for scholarship assistance. The evening included a Silent Auction; Truffle Treasure Raffle and a live Scholarship Auction. Entertainment included a student Art Gallery, performances by NDA speech and debate, theater and vocal students and a live painting performance by Stacy DelVerne ’89, alumnae and her daughter.
We welcomed 330 guests and raised more than $237,000 (net) for scholarship assistance. Thank you to all who attended and helped plan a memorable evening! 20
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They are not spectators but faithful doers for all of human kind.
(about the Savages)
Savage Family and Foundation Diamond Eagle Award Recipients
Above, left to right: Kim Grilliot Sue Savage Bob Savage Patti Savage-McNamara ’85 Kelly Savage ’86
More than 60 years ago two gentlemen co-founded the Toledo financial-services firm called Savage & Associates. The late John Savage and his brother Robert (Bob) Savage built this company with the belief in people and the difference they could make in the lives of others.
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The Diamond Eagle award is the highest honor bestowed by Notre Dame Academy. It recognizes distinctive support of Notre Dame Academy and the wider community and carries with it the gratitude of the entire Notre Dame Academy family and the Sisters of Notre Dame. This year’s Diamond Eagle was presented to the Savage Family and Foundation.
Today Savage & Associates is one of the largest and most successful financial services firms in the United States having served thousands of clients. Yet, because of John and Bob’s likeminded philosophy of giving back and growing the community, they impacted countless charities. This has carried on for decades in each of the generations of Savages. They are not spectators but faithful doers for all human kind. This is illustrated by their many accomplishments throughout our community. Notre Dame Academy in particular has three generations of Savage women who walked the halls of the Academy, including 27 alumnae, one current student and 4 prospective students. The unprecedented generosity of the entire Savage family has been vital to advancing Notre Dame Academy. 21
It's easier than you might think. The purpose of an endowment fund is to financially sustain the mission and work of a charitable organization. The principal of an endowment is kept intact and only the annual earnings, typically income and a portion of the capital growth, are used to fund current needs. Notre Dame Academy has established its endowment so that we can continue to carry on our important work in the years to come. You can make a significant contribution to further our mission…and it’s easier than you might think. Here are a number of charitable gift and estate planning strategies that can benefit you and build our endowment.
WHY GIVE TO OUR
CHARITABLE LIFE ESTATES
CHARITABLE LIFE INCOME PLANS
Do you own a home, vacation property or farm? A gift of your property is one way you can help build our endowment. With a charitable life estate, you can make your gift to us today and continue to use and enjoy the property during your lifetime. This gift is as simple as deeding your property to us with a provision in the deed that permits your continued use. You are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction, and the property is removed from your estate. In the future, our organization can sell or make use of the property for our mission.
Charitable life income plans such as the charitable gift annuity and charitable remainder trust enable you to make a future gift to endow our work while protecting or enhancing your current financial security. In exchange for your charitable gift, you reap multiple benefits:
BEQUESTS A bequest is one of the easiest gifts you can make to sustain our endowment. To most people, the most familiar type of bequests are gifts made through a provision in a will or trust. You can make a bequest of a dollar amount, a specific asset, or a percentage of or the residue from your estate. Our supporters like the fact that bequests are gifts that are made through an estate plan and are revocable, meaning you still have the opportunity to change your mind.
Receive lifetime payments (for you and your spouse). Generate a current income tax deduction. Bypass all or a portion of the capital gains on appreciated assets. Make a future gift upon your passing to endow our work.
BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS In addition to “traditional” bequests made through your will or trust, you can use beneficiary designations to endow our work. It is typically easier to make a gift by completing a beneficiary designation form provided by your account administrator than it is to visit your attorney and update your will. The benefits of making a gift to our endowment through a beneficiary designation are numerous: AVOID PROBATE—The assets you give away will not go through the costly and time-consuming probate process. TAX SAVINGS—If you have a taxable estate, your estate will receive a charitable deduction, saving estate taxes, and will avoid income taxes on certain assets such as retirement plans and annuities. REVOCABLE—Beneficiary designations are revocable and can be modified at any time during your lifetime. EASY TO DO—Simply fill out a brief form provided by your account administrator.
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... and a quick look back!
Milestones Sr. Mary Jo Toll, SND ’62 is helping to organize NUNS ON THE BUS TOUR - an awareness tour that focuses on a specific issue, this year’s being migrants and refugees.
Sr. Mary Dean Pfahler, SND ’66 will be moving to California to serve as a spiritual director at the University of Southern California Vocations Alive Initiative. The goal is to help college students who want to grow in their spiritual life and discern their life call. She will join fellow SND and former NDA faculty member, Sr. Jenny Zimmerman. Sr. Mary Rose Moser, SND ’67 has been appointed the national postulant director. Sr. Patricia Marie McClain, SND ’79 received the 2018 John A. Thomas Servant Leadership Award. This award recognizes those who exhibit exceptional leadership, have served 10 years as a Catholic school principal, and demonstrate exceptional commitment and competence. Marcia (Maher) Pisanti ’84 took first place in two categories at the NPC Women’s Physique Great Lakes Ironman 2017 competition.
Lindsay Webb ’93 was appointed as Lucas County Treasurer, Lindsay had previously been serving as a Toledo Councilwoman and an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo. Sarah Bednarski Hartigan ’96 accepted a new position at Bowling Green State University as the Director of Marketing and Communication and University Spokesperson.
Brigitte (Polcyn) Green ’97 works as a clinical supervisor for the Center for Adolescents and Families at the national Youth Advocate Program where she oversees the mental health, substance use, juvenile justice, and intensive home-based therapy programs.
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Diane (Meyers) Highland ’65 recently retired after 47 years in international education. Diane has served in the Peace Corps, and taught in many places including Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Micronesia. She also taught in the Intensive English program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Illinois - Chicago.
Kristina (Kerscher) Keneally ’87 was installed as Senator for the Australian Federal Parliament. She is an Australian politician who represents the New South Wales Labor Party.
Shayla (Bell) Moriarty ’02 was inducted into the John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame for women’s baskeball. She graduated with the JCU Class of 2006.
Aleksandra W. Gadzala ’02 was recently appointed Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. She is a geopolitical risk consultant and founder and CEO of Magpie Advisory, a specialist consultancy providing advisory and research services in geopolitical risk and social impact strategy. She is also editor of Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China and an independent director with the Berkeley Research Group, where she focuses on global investigations and strategic intelligence. Gadzala holds a PhD in politics from the University of Oxford (Merton College), an MPhil in politics, also from the University of Oxford (Merton College), and a BA (cum laude) from Northwestern University. 23
Loren (Keating) Gasser ’03 is the Wellness Coordinator at the West Toledo YMCA where she oversees the Group Fitness program and the new Weight Loss Challenge. Melissa (Work) Marin ’03 became the manager of a new team she created in February 2018. She is the Outreach Services Manager at OverDrive, focusing on helping libraries promote eBooks and digital audiobooks to their communities. Kate Ravin ’03 has been living in various countries in Africa since 2011, working in refugee protection and social protection for different UN agencies. Kate is getting married in April 2018 and plans to move to Washington, D.C. Adrianne Varwig ’03 was promoted to Director of Digital Accounts at the company, EvolveMKD (a PR firm). Dr. Darcy Wagner ’03 recently moved to Sweden and started as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. Hafsa Kanjwal ’04 completed her PhD from the University of Michigan in History and Women’s Studies. She has accepted a position as an assistant professor in South Asian history at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Brittany Barnes ’07 received the Gayle Webb Outstanding New Professional Award from the Association of Fraternity/ Sorority Advisors. This award was established in 1990 and recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Fraternity/Sorority advising by an association member during his/her first two years of professional employment. Brittany is the Associate Director of Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life at Purdue University. 18 24
Michelle Carey ’07 was presented with the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum Award from the University of Toledo, an award presented to a UT graduate who is 35 years or younger in recognition of outstanding achievement in her or his field of endeavor, while providing leadership and noteworthy service to the Alumni Association. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of which she was class valedictorian in 2013. Claire (Bailey) Dixon ’07 has accepted a position as the Associate Director of Leadership & Education for Beta Theta Pi. Markie Miller-Daine ’07 received her Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. Lindsey (Cavese) Scherting ’07 graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law, passed the Bar Exam, and is now employed by ProMedica Health System. Dr. Jennifer Yonkof, MD ’07 exhibited her own research in Boston at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She was also recognized for her oral presentation in December 2017 on her research, “Early Transplant Improves Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Granulomatous Disease: Results from (USIDNET).” Jennifer is currently finishing her residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland in Pediatrics and just accepted an Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.
Lindsay Cavese ’07 on her wedding day, pictured with fellow NDA alumna, Elizabeth “Hash” Barton ’07 Lauren (Czaplicki) D’Antonio ’08 earned her Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Duke University. Caitlyn Destatte ’12 graduated from Fransiscan University and is now a campus missionary for St. Paul’s Outreach in Minnesota. Lindsey Myers ’13 graduated from Kent State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design. She also graduated as a student athlete in Cross Country and Track. She is working at Under Armour in Baltimore, Maryland as a Production Artist. Jordan Cady ’15 was accepted to nursing school at The University of Toledo. Taylor Lonas ’15 was selected as a student leader to be featured in the 15th edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus book. Taylor is a political science major at The Ohio State University and is also a student intern with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. Maureen Hickey ’15 is in her junior year at the University of Toledo and is in the pharmacy program. She is the President of the Catholic Student Association and co-President and founder of the UT Club Swim Team and is a Presidential Ambassador. Maureen studied in Ireland in the summer of 2017, as well as travelling to Rome and Nicaragua earlier in the year.
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Madysson Parks ’15 participated in a medical mission trip to Tena, Ecuador.
Gwyneth Ledrick ’17 was presented with honorable mention All-American accolades following her performance 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Gwyn finished 13th in the 200 meter breaststroke. She is currently a freshman at John Carroll University. Emily Delvecchio ’16 is serving as a Communications and Multimedia Intern at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach in Washington, D.C. which serves as a line of communication between Columban Missionaries serving in 15 countries around the world and policy makers in Washington, D.C. Stephanie Ravas ’17 received a resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives for being selected as the State of Ohio 2017 Youth of the Year for the Knights of Columbus.
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Kaayla McIntyre ’15 reached 1,000 career points as a junior University of Toledo Women’s basketball player becoming only the 28th player in Toledo Women’s Basketball history to do so.
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CLASS NOTES Keep in Touch!
1980s Births Amy (Smythe) Lang ’97 and Jason Lang welcomed a daughter
Sierra Hairston ’12 welcomed a daughter Deidra Lewis ’12 welcomed a son, Zachariah
Ann Marie (Wojciechowski) Jasin ’00 and David Jasin welcomed a son, Nolan Gregory Tracy (Radecki) Mikosz ’00 and Michael Mikosz welcomed a son Rachel (Sheets) Grisak ’01 and Chris Grisak welcomed a son, Lincoln Jaclynn (Powers) Belville ’02 and Justin Belville welcomed a daughter Shayla (Bell) Moriarty ’02 and James Moriarty welcomed a son Kathryn (Navarre) Fields ’02 and Brandon Fields welcomed a daughter
Engagements Nora Devlin ’03 to James Fitzgerald
Christine (Rideout) Schirra ’03 and Jeremy Schirra welcomed a daughter, Darby Frances Kari Yglesias-Petrey ’05 and Joseph Petrey wlecomed a son Kylie (Bombrys) Yike ’06 and Zachary Yike welcomed a daughter, Lana Lynn
Kate Ravin ’03 to Victor Steenbergen Angela Reyna ’03 to Raymond Jeziorowski Caroline Christy ’06 to Chris Habrowski Rachael Thrun ’06 to Charles “Chip” Reeves
Allison Keane ’15 to Patrick Evans
Marriages Jennifer DeMario ’04 and Brad McCulloch Dana Winfield ’02 and Ryan Vingris Rebecca Barchick ’03 and Zac Turpin
Erin (Eckles) Chow ’06 and David Chow welcomed a son, Elliot Francis Chu-An
Megan Wheeler ’04 and Jared Child
Chelsea (MacRitchie) Luck ’06 and Michael Luck welcomed a son, Noah Alexander
Claire Bailey ’07 and Roger Dixon
Laura (Smith) Swiatek ’06 and Kevin Swiatek welcomed a daughter, Emily
Jennifer Barchik ’08 and James Brabbins
Katie (Hoschak) Beczynski ’07 and Derrick Beczynski welcomed a son, Henrik
Kelsey Purcell ’09 and Andrew Welter
Allison (Aumiller) Arhns ’09 and Brian Arhns welcomed a daughter
Taylor Modrowski ’11 and Andrew Christy Megan McNamara ’11 and Nick Rightnowar Cipriana Gonzales ’12 and Gregory Bramlett Rachel Brunner ’13 and Rohit Sahai Tiffany Allore ’14 and Dylan Higgins
Jessica Martin ’03 to Julius Valdez
Pamela (Newman) Garcia ’02 and Daniel Mary Bockstahler ’09 to Jonathan Quincy Garcia welcomed a daughter, Marisol Ellen Comes ’09 to Nathaniel Hogrebe Teresa (Pangle) Grodi ’02 and JonMarc Meredith Savage ’10 to Jason Timberg Grodi welcomed a daughter, Philomena Marie Kimberly Myers ’12 to Samuel Kunkle Rachel (Jones) Geddes ’03 and her Dana Trowbridge ’12 to Brad Laux husband welcomed a son, Graham Edward Christina Ohlinger ’13 to Eric Safford Rosanna (Violi) Hoelzle ’03 and Paul Hoelzle welcomed a daughter, Victoria Jillian Fournier ’15 to Jordan Mitchell Allison (Steele) Kuhr ’03 and Brittanie Kuhr ’09 welcomed a daughter
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In Memoriam Barbara (Malloy) Lammers ’43 Sr. Therese Marie (Bernadette) McCloskey, SND ’44 Sr. Mary Louisa (Ruth) Heinl, SND ’45 Lorraine (Birsen) Mowry ’46 Margaret (Katona) Balasz ’47 Shirley (Pfeifer) Sperr ’47 Dolores (Heinl) Mack ’49 Josephine (Tripodi) Kneisley ’57 Nancy (Gisel) Harmon ’58 Judith (Lajuenesse) Weber ’58 Jeanne (Behan) Wojtkowiak ’60 Mary Alice (Ludden) Hojnacki ’62 Zita Zitkuti ’63 Mary Bridget Utrup ’65 Roseann Swiergosz ’68 Linda (Okuley) Bonawitt ’71 Jeanne (Revells) Tenney ’71 Barbara Blaine ’74 Melinda (Showman) Pleskovic ’86
Jennifer Hemmert ’05 and Victor Orians Lindsey Cavese ’07 and Andrew Scherting Jessica Batanian ’09 and Grant Grisier Alexandra Adamski ’10 and Samuel Evola
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Save the Date
2018 NDA Reunion
Celebrating the classes of...
1968 • 1973 • 1978 • 1983 • 1988 • 1993 • 1998 • 2003 • 2008 • 2013
Friday, June 22, 2018
6:00 p.m. • Notre Dame Academy
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Toledo Historical Bus Tour
Formal information to follow.
Questions, please call; Nikie Kunz ’94 • Advancement Event Coordinator 419.725.1279 • email@example.com
NDA Alumnae Gatherings President Kim Grilliot and VP of Donor Relations Tolani Afolabi have been getting together with alumnae around the country, connecting with bold, brilliant, beautiful, and blessed NDA women in Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Toledo, and Orlando. NDA in Seattle WA What a wonderful time visiting with the Seattle Alumnae. L to R: Christine (Skowronek) Berry ’79; Kim Grilliot, Tolani Afolabi, Joyce (Keller) Thompson ’58; and Cynthia (Eisinger) Berry ’78; Not pictured was Barbara (Ashburn) Avery ’62.
To join us at one of the future gatherings listed below or to put together one in your area, call NDA’s advancement office at 419.475.9359.
NDA in New York NY L to R: Meredith Savage ’10, Tolani Afolabi and Joanna Baker ’12.
June 7 President’s Reception @NDA June 22 Reunion Celebrating Classes 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013
NDA Young Alumnae Event Pictured L to R: Jessica Rutkowski ’16, Christy Ohlinger ’13, Amy Ohlinger ’15, Ann Marie Scazzero ’15, Claire Haudrich ’16, Emily Kraus ’16, Lindsey Bronder ’16, and Kim Grilliot.
NDA in Orlando FL Pictured L to R: Tolani Afolabi, Michelle (Berger) Rublaitus ’95, and Kim Grilliot.
NDA in Washington, D.C. Pictured in the group photo L to R: Tolani Afolabi, Sarah Schill ’07, Elizabeth Ghandakly ’02, Chrystal Okonta ’06, Jennika (Kirkbride) Frith ’01, Sr. LaReine-Marie Mosely, Kim Grilliot.
NDA Night at the Rockets 1. These amazing basketball fans cheer on the Rockets, L to R: Shayla (Bell) Moriarty ’02, Sr. Carol Gregory, SND ’58, Diane (Comes) Clark ’75, and Lisa (Comte) LeStrange ’81. 2. Enjoying the NDA gathering L to R: Ann (Culpert) Comes ’78, Kelly Savage ’86, Megan (McNamara) Rightnowar ’11, Kerigan McNamara ’13.
3. Rocky and alumnae L to R: Annette (Ziems) Napoli ’82 with daughter Marisa Napoli ’13. 4. We love our smiling NDA Alumnae, L to R: Taylor Smietanski ’11, Carol (Binder) Smietanski ’81, and Lisa (Comte) LeStrange ’81