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At the Senior Honors Ceremony on May 12, Principal Joseph A. Waler announced that the members of the class of 2014 have been…

College Scholarships, Grants

At the Senior Honors Ceremony on May 12, Principal Joseph A. Waler announced that the members of the class of 2014 have been offered $15.5 million in scholarships and grants over the next four years from colleges and universities across the country.

“The scholarships offered to our seniors demonstrate that their hard work and the hard work of our teachers and counselors over the past four years really do make a difference. These generous and well-deserved awards open doors of opportunity for our graduates in college and beyond,” Mr. Waler said.

“Sometimes people ask, ‘It’s paying for an NDCL education worth it?’ I tell them to look into our students’ hope-filled, eager eyes. See the goodness that comes from their faith-filled, caring hearts. And, yes, check out their college scholarship award letters. You bet it’s it — every penny!'” Mr. Waler stressed.

Monday’s ceremony recognized dozens of seniors for their scholastic and other accomplishments over the past four years. The evening’s program, which includes a listing of all awards, are on the school website.

Master Teacher Designation

English Department chairperson Beth Walsh-Moorman recently achieved the State of Ohio’s Master Teacher designation.

Teachers earn Master Teacher status by demonstrating exemplary performance in five professional performance areas: leadership, collaboration, focus on students, focus on content and professional growth. Mrs. Walsh-Moorman submitted a detailed application that documented her work in each of these critical dimensions of the teaching profession.

Her application was reviewed by a committee of educators working for the Diocese of Cleveland’s Office of Catholic Education. An official from the Diocese indicated that the reviewers were very impressed by the quality of Mrs. Walsh-Moorman’s work.

“Mrs. Walsh-Moorman is truly an impact player in so many aspects of school life at NDCL,” commented Principal Waler. “She is always looking at how we might improve our educational program, especially in English, so that our students experience the very finest Catholic college preparatory education we can offer.”

Mrs. Walsh-Moorman, who is currently a doctoral student at Kent State University, has taught at NDCL since 2006. She is the mother of Katie ’14, Megan ’16 and Patrick ’18.

Summer Study Abroad

NDCL juniors Amanda O’Reilly, of Middlefield, and Ben Wozniak, of Chardon, were both selected to participate in travel aboard programs this summer.

Amanda is one of only 15 teenagers in the United States chosen to be an Outbound Exchange student in Norway. She will begin her trip in Oslo before a three-week stay with a host family.

In the final week, Amanda will go to the 4-H Norge Country camp. This camp will include the opportunity to go tent camping above the Arctic Circle.

Ben will travel to Japan this summer through the Youth for Understanding organization. He will attend an orientation from June 8 -12 in California and will stay in Japan from June 12 through July 25.

During his stay, Ben will live with a host family to experience the everyday lives of the Japanese people. He will also attend a Japanese high school for at least one week. He earned a scholarship from his father’s employer, Meppi (Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc.), which will cover all his expenses.

National Spanish Examination

Congratulations to 22 NDCL world language students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examination.

Jack Ina earned a silver medal, and Shannah Byrnes and It’sabella Carlozzi both earned bronze medals.

Earning honorable mention were: Emily Ambrose, Thomas Carballada, Alexandra Carroscia, Kylie Creadon, Alexander Dimmick, Matthew Fazio, Olivia Gorom, Abigail Heublein, Robert Johnson, Mackenzie Kicher, John Lynch, William Martin, Sophie Pountney, Nina Schulz, William Shero, Timothy Shipley, Jessica Stefancin, Trevor Ward and Rylee Zappitelli.

The National Spanish Examinations, which are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Junior Recognized For Video

Congratulations to sophomore Andrew Demeter, who received an honorable mention in the water sustainability category of the World of 7 Billion video contest for his video, “Water: Privilege or Right?”

The competition challenged students in grades nine to 12 worldwide to create short videos that would “illustrate the connection between population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability.”

Summer Program Acceptance

Freshmen Alec Gliebe and Ryan Hertz were accepted into the Xavier and Tina Williams Summer Youth Business Academy at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

Alec and Ryan will join young men and women from high schools across the country for five days of workshops, field trips and social events designed to introduce them to the field of business.

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