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Spreading Holiday CheerNDCL students, faculty and staff purchased and donated presents for families at Metro Catholic this holiday season.Fifty children experienced the joy of opening…

Spreading Holiday Cheer
NDCL students, faculty and staff purchased and donated presents for families at Metro Catholic this holiday season.
Fifty children experienced the joy of opening presents Christmas morning thanks to the generosity of the NDCL community. In addition, every child will also receive a teddy bear through the money raised by the Christian leadership and service classes.
Seniors Emma Pearce and Katie Tercek, Director of Campus Ministry Greg Welch and campus minister Beth Davis delivered the van full of packages to Metro Catholic this week.
NDCL Football Program Receives $2,000 Check
Recently, NDCL received a $2,000 check from the Cleveland Browns Foundation. NDCL head football coach Ben Malbasa and the entire NDCL football team earned the award for their 16-6 victory over the Chagrin Falls Tigers on Sept. 5 in the Cleveland Browns’ High School Game of the Week.
Extra Life Event Raises Funds for Rainbow
Since most teenagers can easily play video games for hours on end anyway, NDCL sophomore Patrick Galaska, of Chardon, thought, “Why not get a group together and help raise money for a charity while gaming?”
With this thought in mind, Patrick organized NDCL’s first Extra Life event on Dec. 6 and 7.
Patrick’s mother Dolores first heard about the national event on the radio.
“I thought it would be a great idea and asked Mr. Waler if I could get a group together here at NDCL,” Patrick explained.
Twenty-eight NDCL students collected sponsors and hunkered down in the library/media center to play board games and video games for 25 hours. Together, they raised over $1,500.
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring Victoria Enmon, who tragically lost her battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, the 25-hour video game marathon has grown to raise over $4 million annually. All the money raised goes directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each group’s choice. NDCL selected Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
“This was such a cool way to raise money and awareness about Rainbow and also help raise money to help sick kids,” Patrick said. “An event like this speaks to kids today and to NDCL’s core value of community.”
Patrick thanks Principal Joseph A. Waler for his support, Director of Campus Ministry Greg Welch for chaperoning, technology director Phil LeMay for his help with the equipment and all the NDCL gamers who attended.
He also thanked the following businesses and persons for their generous donations of food for the hungry gamers: Zeppe’s Pizza and Mangia Mangia in Newbury and Guy’s Pizza and Giant Eagle in Chardon. The Argento family bought subs on Friday night, and the Galaska family provided breakfast on Saturday morning.
“Through the efforts of everyone involved, together, we made a large impact on the lives of local kids and their families who need our help,” Patrick concluded.
KOC Scholarship Awarded
Congratulations go to junior Rachel Krevh, of Willoughby Hills, who has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship through The Ohio Charity Foundation, Inc. and the Ohio Knights of Columbus.
For the past 18 years, the Knights of Columbus have awarded scholarships for Catholic high school tuition to outstanding students throughout the state.

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