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National Merit Finalist Senior Joseph Cermak, of Middlefield, has been named a National Merit finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program.Less than 1 percent…

National Merit Finalist

Senior Joseph Cermak, of Middlefield, has been named a National Merit finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program.

Less than 1 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit competition qualified as finalists. Joe is now eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million to be awarded in the spring.

“The finalist determination is the last step in the National Merit selection process. While we never had any doubt that Joe would reach this point, it’s great news for him, his family and NDCL to have the official word from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation,” commented Principal Joseph A. Waler.

“We’re all very proud not only of Joe’s accomplishment, but also of the positive impact he has had on our school community for the past four years,” Mr. Waler added.

Last fall, Joe qualified as a National Merit semifinalist by scoring exceptionally well on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To earn finalist status, he submitted a successful application detailing his academic records, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors and awards.

Glunt Swims Her Way to States

Congratulations to junior Victoria Glunt, who competed in two events at the state swimming meet last week at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Victoria finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle and 15th in the 100-yard freestyle. She has been a state tournament qualifier every year for the past three years.

The entire NDCL community sent Victoria off in style with a clap-out on Feb. 19.

ACT Prep Program

NDCL’s teachers have launched ACT Up!, a new program designed to give juniors an important edge on the ACT.

“We know that strong ACT scores can help unlock the doors of college admission and scholarship offers,” said Assistant Principal Denice Teeples. “That’s why our teachers have developed ACT Up! — to give our students every possible advantage in the college admission and scholarship process.”

Mrs. Teeples explained that ACT Up! offers a number of important benefits specifically designed for NDCL’s juniors, including: diagnostic testing on Feb. 25 and 26 to identify each student’s areas of relative strength and weakness; focused group instruction by NDCL teachers that targets the needs of students; and access for a full year to Schmoop, a comprehensive online ACT prep resource.

Juniors can take full advantage of all the program’s benefits at absolutely no cost to them or their families. Commercially available test prep programs cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

For more information, read the ACT Up! promotional flyer or contact Mrs. Teeples.

Science Olympiad Bronze

Congratulation to seniors Joe Cermak, of Middlefield, and Zach Geizer, of Montville, took a bronze medal in Write It-Do It event at the Mentor Science Olympiad Invitational last weekend.

In addition, three other teams placed in the invitational: senior Allison Kuhar, of Concord, and junior Vicki Yoo, of Painesville, took fifth place in Boomilever; sophomores Patrick Galaska and Justin Schlereth, both of Chardon, and junior Allison Kuhar took sixth in Bungee Drop; and junior Amanda O’Reilly, of Middlefield, and senior Zach Geizer took seventh in Astronomy.

Congratulations to the entire team on a great showing competing against 51 teams from four states, including the state champion teams from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Science teachers Pauline Cheeseman and Guy Savastano and tutor Tammy Eicher coach the Science Olympiad team.

Mission Thanks Students

Community Oscar Arnulfo Romero (COAR) in Zaragoza, El Salvador, recently sent a letter of gratitude to Spanish teacher Sheilah Morgan and her students for translating letters from El Salvadoran children to their English-speaking benefactors.

“Thanks to your students, our sponsors can read the letters personally written by their sponsored-children in El Salvador,” wrote COAR Director of International Programs J. Atlee Horner III. “Your staff and students directly help in our efforts to offer children safe housing, a good education and regular healthcare. We could never maintain this program without your students help.”

Founded by missionaries of the Cleveland Diocese in 1980, today COAR provides education and foster care to hundreds of children as well as medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services to the entire Zaragoza community.

Link Crew “Olinkpic” Games

NDCL’s McGarry Gym was full of team pride last Friday morning as Link Crews competed in three high-energy events: body spelling, teacher trivia and the freestanding tower challenge.

The Olympic theme was developed by junior and senior Link Leaders to increase team-building and friendly competition among the Link Crews.

Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew trains members of the junior and senior class to be Link Leaders. As positive role models, Link Leaders motivate incoming freshmen and help them discover what it takes to be successful in high school.

Assistant Principal Vince Bonacci, Rachel Siegel, director of college counseling and support services, and science teacher Nathan Smith are the adult leaders of Link Crew. This is the program’s first year at NDCL.

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