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Entry Earns First PrizeCongratulations to NDCL sophomore Andrew Demeter who won a first prize award in C-SPAN's National 2014 StudentCam Documentary Competition.Andrew's documentary, "We The…

Entry Earns First Prize

Congratulations to NDCL sophomore Andrew Demeter who won a first prize award in C-SPAN’s National 2014 StudentCam Documentary Competition.

Andrew’s documentary, “We The People, Genetically Modified,” highlights the issues associated with genetically modified organisms. His first-place award comes with a $3,000 prize from C-SPAN.

“I first learned about the competition at NDCL from Mrs. Eby,” Demeter recalls.

Mrs. Vicki Eby is the chairperson of NDCL’s technology and business department.

“I wanted to pick a topic that affects people everyday. It was a lot of work and an extensive process, but I am really happy with the result and honored that my piece was awarded first prize,” he said.

Andrew is quick to point out the assistance he received from classmate Andrew Wright, who served as executive producer and director of photography on the project. Wright also managed lighting and sound for the award-winning entry.

“I have a new appreciation for the production process after completing this project,” Demeter explained. “I have always had to do the shooting and editing, but have now learned how to connect with people to set up interviews, do research, prepare for the interviews, create set designs and more. It’s a lot of work.”

Andrew’s video will air on C-SPAN at 6:50 a.m. and throughout the day on April 25.

Each year since 2006, C-SPAN has invited middle school students and high school students to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance.

Synchronized Skaters Garner Bronze Medal

Congratulations to juniors Carmen Cameratta and Emily Clemente, senior Maria Salomone and sophomore Hailey Wilson for earning a bronze medal at the 2014 USFS National Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., in late February.

Their team also includes eight skaters from several local high schools. The girls, who skate to music from the movie “Gatsby,” practice at the Mentor Civic Arena.

Lenten Project To Support SND Ministries

The NDCL community will raise awareness of the ministries of the Sisters of Notre Dame through this year’s Lenten service project. Seniors and Executive Student Council members Joe DeMuth, Dominic DiFranco, Katie Moorman and Katie Tercek announced during the Ash Wednesday liturgy that NDCL will host a Dance and Dodge event on March 21 from 3-11 p.m. at NDCL.

“This year, we would like to truly support the mission of our Sisters here and around the world,” said Katie Moorman. “Rather than just donating money, we thought that something fun like a dance would get everyone involved and excited to serve.”

The $15 admission will include a T-shirt, prizes and entry to the dance and dodgeball tournament. Funds raised will benefit Sisters of Notre Dame charities, including The Blessing House and the Sisters of Notre Dame Global Missions in Tanzania, Kenya, Nicaragua and India.

“The Sisters of Notre Dame do so much around the world to help those who are less fortunate,” Dominic explained. “We want to help contribute to the generous work they do by raising awareness and funds for their projects.”

Students can participate in the dodgeball tournament by putting together teams of six. Each team must include at least two girls. Teammates will be able to create a team name and customize the color of their shirts. The back of the shirts will be universal, but teams can design the front themselves.

The Dance and Dodge event is just one dimension of NDCL’s observance of Lent. The campus ministers have also planned special prayer experiences, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, simple lunchtime meals and other activities to assist the students’ experience of the holy season of the church year.

Safety Communications Training

This week, NDCL faculty and staff members joined representatives from all Chardon public and Catholic schools as well as local first responders to learn best practices for controlling and managing incidents affecting school safety.

National experts from Motorola Inc.’s SchoolSAFE Communications team conducted the full-day training session. Motorola has generously donated its state-of-the-art safety communication system, including 250 web-enabled two-way radios, to NDCL and all other schools in Chardon. The radios enhance school safety by providing direct communication between school personnel and public safety forces.

During the training session, NDCL’s Incident Command Team learned how communications systems help manage school emergencies and other large non-crisis events that impact public safety. The trainers used simulated crisis situations to give participants hands-on experience with the highly sophisticated radios and the complete SchoolSAFE system.

“Our students’ safety is our number one priority,” said Assistant Principal Vincent Bonacci. “These training opportunities help us to better understand the best communications practices and work together to collaborate on best practices.”

Mane Event Sponsorship

Support NDCL’s Lion’s Mane Event, “Roaring Twenties,” through a corporate sponsorship. Each level includes event tickets, ad space and other corporate recognition.

The sponsorship deadline is March 15.

For more information, contact Keven Krajnak, major gifts officer, at 440-279-1068.

Bloodmobile April 4

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit NDCL on April 4 to accept blood donations from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Baker Gym.

The Red Cross encourages all healthy persons who are at least 16 years old and who weigh at least 100 pounds to donate. Sixteen-year-olds need a signed parental permission form to donate.

Parents and other relatives who wish to donate blood should feel free to come to school at their convenience during the school day on April 4.

Visit to register as a donor.

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