Lilu Bunker, Tori Miller and Emily Vining are Athletes of the Week!



First up is rower and junior Lily Bunker.  Lily rows stern pair in the junior and varsity 8 boats.  Lily has helped lead both boats to multiple medals this season and she strives for success at every opportunity, whether on or off the water. According to Head Varsity Head Rowing Coach Anna Muller:  “With tremendous “zeal,” Lily accomplished her impressive goal last week of a sub-8 minutes on a 2000-meter erg test.  At the end of practices, Lily will ask how she can improve and she continues to push herself to run fast and pull hard.”

Next up is varsity track and field athlete and junior Tori Miller.  At the Nancy Erme Memorial Relays, Tori broke the NDA record in the triple jump with a jump of 33 feet, seven and a half inches. According to Head Varsity Track and Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “In addition to being a top long jumper and triple jumper, Tori runs for us in the the 200 and 400 and 800 relays wherever we need her.  Tori is one of the hardest working athletes in our program.”

Next up is varsity track and field athlete and senior Emily Vining.  At the Troy Invitational, Emily broke the NDA record in the steeplechase, a record she had set last year, with a time of seven minutes and twenty-three-point-five seconds.  At the Nancy Erme Relays Emily ran and won the 1600 meter run in a great time of 5 minutes, 16 seconds. According to Head Varsity Track and Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “In addition to competing in the steeple chase and 1600 meter run, Emily also often competes in the 300 hurdles and several relays for NDA.  Emily is a determined athlete who never gives up in a race.”


Congratulations to Lily Bunker, Tori Miller, and Emily Vining as this week’s Athletes of the Week!

NDA Travels to Washington, March for Life!

“We march every year. It supports our Catholic beliefs and we can stand up for the children,” said Freshman Natalie Rosebrock.

A busload of Notre Dame Academy students left this morning to participate in Friday’s March for Life in Washington, DC. The thirty three students in grades 9-12 are accompanied by parents, faculty members, and a Sister of Notre Dame to add their voices to the annual march against abortion. While in the D.C. area, the students will be hosted by Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, Maryland, which will provide a Mass, dinner, and adoration. Friday morning, the NDA delegation will attend the Life is Good rally and Mass then participate in the #marchforlife. The march, which had over 100,000 attendees last year, walks from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. #UniqueFromDayOne#MarchForLife2019

Guadalupe Zarate ’20 Receives Rising Star Award and Promises to Give Back!

NDA’s Guadalupe Zarate ‘20 received an achievement award called “A Rising Star” from Central City Ministry (CCMT) Schools of the Diocese of Toledo.  Achievement Awards recognize exemplary alumni of CCMT schools. “I was so honored when I found out that I would receive this award!” Guadalupe said. “I want to be able to give back because someone took the time to help me get this award and I want to be that person for someone else.”

Guadalupe received a custom glass award with her name incorporated in the piece. CCMT is comprised of the two Catholic schools that serve the central city neighborhood, Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral. Its Urban All-American Celebration is a fund-raiser that recognizes standout students, alumni and others who have contributed to the school ministry. Guadalupe is another example for a Bold, Brilliant, Beautiful and Blessed young lady who continues to “rise” at NDA! Congratulations Guadalupe. #risingstar #welldeserved


NDJA Introduces the Pre-IB Capstone Project for 8th Grade

Why should she begin her NDA academic in 8th grade? One of the many reasons is the introduction of the 8th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) Capstone Project! As part of NDA’s Pre-IB academic program, students will be mentored through a semester long-project preparing them for their academic future. Watch the video below and find our what the Capstone Project is and what it will do for your daughter!

Student’s Poetry About Invisible Illnesses To Be Published

Senior Emily Manner is now a published poet! She entered one of her poems in the Appelley Publishing National Student Poetry Contest and was chosen to be published in the Appelley Publishing 2017 Rising Stars Collection!
The poem, Silently Suffering, reflects Emily’s daily struggle with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). “I unfortunately suffer from four invisible chronic illnesses,” she said. “This poem speaks specially about dealing daily with my diagnosis of POTS. My poem helps to describe the struggles I deal with because of my illnesses that most people might not know are happening.”
Emily has been dabbling in poetry since grade school but really become passionate about poetry in high school. After hearing about this contest, she thought about all of the poems that she had written and decided this poem had the best message and could help others if it was published.
Emily takes AP English courses, IB Music, and is an Honors Choir and Honors Molecular Genetics student. She hopes to attend Bowling Green State University and study Environmental Science. She also plans on continuing to serve others and explore her passion of music.
She is involved in the Honors’ Choir, president of the NDA Knitting Club, a varsity bowler, and in the St. Francis deSales musical. Emily serves on the Migrant Ministry and Appalachia Mission Teams. She is also deeply involved in her parish St. Catherine of Sienna Parish. We invite you to read her winning poem:
Silently Suffering
Silently Suffering is what I do
I lay in pain in bed all night
Longing for sleep while my insomnia fights
Only to get up the next morning, grab breakfast and pills
While yet again my nausea kills
At lunch I must eat a good amount
Otherwise I might pass out
I cannot forget to eat some salt
For my blood pressure would drop without
I eat mints like kids do candy
And always have a water bottle handy
I stand and sit all day
While my joints cry out in pain
I do homework till my meds wear out
And my brain starts to shout
I’ll take a shower but I cannot dwell
For my body starts to swell
And go to bed puzzling
Why no one will see my suffering
For it is done silently
But violently

NDA Students Participate in French Student Exchange!

NDA partnered with St. Francis DeSales High School to not only host students from France, but to also send NDA and SFS students to travel to France and visit a French school. Julia, a french student from Annecy, France, spent ten days with freshman Riley Shelnick’s family to attend NDA daily as a student. Julia, on her last day at NDA, was emotional about her experience as a student of NDA  and her visit to the U.S.

“I have seen so many things in Toledo,” she said. “I love NDA. All of the students are so friendly and kind, and the teachers are so nice to you!” Julia really enjoyed the student-centered block scheduling that NDA uses as her french school follows another schedule pattern.

Pictured: Riley, Julia and Mrs. Shelnick leaving NDA to take Julia to the airport to go back to France. 

Au revoir, Julia. Nous allons te manquer…(we will miss you)

NDA students Meghan Wertz, Shannon Mack and Cate Orchard left yesterday for their France experience and will return on November 26th! They will visit Julia’s school in Annecy, along with students from St. Francis who are participating in this exchange!

Emily Vining, Iris Rodriguez, and Valeria Ponce, NDA’s Athletes of the Week!

We have three Athletes of the Week.  First up is varsity track and field athlete and sophomore Emily Vining.  At the Dayton Roosevelt track meet, Emily Vining ran the 2000-meter steeplechase. In the winning the event by a wide margin, Emily set a new NDA school record.  According to Head Varsity Track & Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “Emily is willing to run in whatever events the team needs her.  Whether it be a race from the 400m to the 1600m, the relays, or the 300 hurdles.  She is an extremely hard worker and a very coachable athlete.”

Next up is track and field athlete and junior Iris Rodriguez.  In her first year in the pole vault, Iris successfully cleared the height of 8 feet and gave the team some valuable points at the Dayton meet.  This is a huge accomplishment for an athlete new to the sport of pole vaulting.  According to Head Varsity Track & Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “Iris is very coachable, and strives to succeed.  We love having her as a member of our track & field team.”

Next up is Novice rower and freshman Valeria Ponce.  Valeria rows in the Novice 8 and 4 boats and she leads by example by staying focused and working hard during practice.  According to Rowing Coach Emily Mills: “”Valeria has a good, positive attitude and makes an effort to push herself to be better every practice.”

Congratulations to Emily Vining, Iris Rodriguez, and Valeria Ponce, this week’s Athletes of the Week!