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Mass for LifeBishop Richard G. Lennon led the entire NDCL community in prayer during an all-school Mass for Life on Jan. 22, at 9:15 a.m.…

Mass for Life

Bishop Richard G. Lennon led the entire NDCL community in prayer during an all-school Mass for Life on Jan. 22, at 9:15 a.m. in McGarry Gym.

In addition to celebrating Mass with the entire community, Bishop Lennon met with a group of 16 NDCL students earlier in the morning. He also participated in a separate conversation with school counselors and campus ministers.

Because of his deep love for young people and his strong dedication to Catholic education, Bishop Lennon has made the commitment to visit all 20 high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland this school year. This year marks the third time he has made pastoral visits to all Catholic high schools since he became Bishop of Cleveland nearly eight years ago.

“We are pleased to have our visit coincide with this important day of prayer for life,” said Director of Campus Ministry Greg Welch. “While most of the NDCL community will be observing this day at school, more than 50 NDCL students and adult chaperones will be participating in the annual March for Life in Washington.”

Linking Leaders Ceremony

The Pat and Janet O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts was filled with people and pride on Jan. 15 as NDCL honored 39 incoming freshman scholarship recipients during the annual Linking Leaders Ceremony.

NDCL juniors Maria Znidarsic, of Mentor, and Collin O’Neill, of Chardon, both of whom earned NDCL scholarships when they were in the eighth grade, addressed the crowd of more than 200 people, including parents, grandparents and elementary school teachers and principals.

“These 39 students plus seven other scholarship recipients who were unable to attend the ceremony are representative of a very talented incoming class,” commented Director of Admissions Michael Suso`03. “We’re counting on them to be leaders who will make an impact on this community for the next four years and beyond.”

Grant Received From Diocese To Enhance Theology Classes

NDCL has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Diocese of Cleveland’s Rooted in FaithForward in Hope capital campaign to develop creative ways of sharing the Catholic faith through the use of technology in the school’s theology classes.

For too long, the theology teachers and students have been limited in their use of technology because hardware and software purchased with state funds cannot be used for religious instruction.

“This grant will advance our mission by giving students and teachers the technological resources they need to enrich and enhance their study of our faith in ways that will engage them not only with the content but with each other and the world,” said Principal Joseph A. Waler.

Mr. Waler envisions all sorts of exciting technology-enhanced possibilities, including conducting classroom video conferencing, collaborating with experts and peers to promote social justice, studying primary source documents and creating of multimedia faith reflections, to name just a few. Theology teachers have already begun researching the best ways to leverage the use of technology in the faith formation of young people.

“We are not introducing technology into our theology classes just for novelty’s sake,” Waler stressed. “We see this project as a contemporary, effective means for evangelizing our students through the use of media that they–and we–have come to expect in nearly every area of our lives.”

Business Students Meet With Chief U.S. Economist

On Jan. 17, students in NDCL’s Business in the 21st Century classes visited The City Club of Cleveland to hear Dr. Susan Helper, chief economist of the U.S. Commerce Department, speak about American manufacturing and the U.S. economy.

The students had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Helper following her presentation. Business and technology teacher Nancy Vondrak coordinated the visit.

Mock Trial Team Practices with Judge David Fuhry

NDCL’s mock trial team visited Judge David Fuhry’s courtroom at the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas this week to present their prosecution and defense cases in preparation for next month’s competition.

Judge Fuhry is the father of three NDCL graduates: David ’01, Stephen ’04 and Marty ’08. Theresa Sherman, the judge’s law clerk, graduated from NDCL in 2006.

Mock trial team advisers are social studies teacher Alex Dowger and English teachers Ben Malbasa and Vicki Frabotta. The team’s outside legal counsel includes Matt Lallo ’02, Shawn Maestle and Nick Giegerich.

Bloodmobile at NDCL Feb. 7

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit NDCL on Feb. 7 to accept blood donations from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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 Friday. Visit to register.

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