School News – September 27, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Freshman Induction Ceremony
NDCL's 187 members of the Class of 2016 celebrated their role in living out and advancing the school's mission and core values during the freshman induction ceremony in the Notre Dame Educational Center Chapel on Sept. 20.
In her remarks to the freshmen, senior class president Caitlin Nieset challenged them to use their special God-given gifts and talents to make a difference at NDCL and beyond.
"No person is the same. Therefore, it only makes sense for you to be different," Caitlin explained. "Do not be afraid of who you are and all that you are capable of being. Instead, embrace it, and I promise that you will find happiness. God created you, so be you and nothing else.
"God calls us to follow Him and gives us the strength to be all that we are," Caitlin continued. "So be an excellent friend, an even better student, and most importantly, be the best follower of Jesus."
Following Caitlin's address, freshman Mia Catalano responded on behalf of her class. Drawing inspiration from the school's mission statement as well as the Student Council's theme for the year (Break Ground, Be Leaders, Be True to You), Mia compared the Class of 2016 to a great building project.
"On Aug. 15, we broke ground on the building of the Class of 2016," she said. "With the tradition of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin as the foundation, and the faculty, staff and administration acting as masons and carpenters, the project began.
"Of course no great building project would be designed to be ordinary. No great artisan would settle for ordinary. Our masons and carpenters have set out to build the extraordinary.
"My fellow classmates, here at NDCL we have been given the opportunity to become extraordinary. And at NDCL, being extraordinary means being a leader," Mia stressed.
To commemorate the occasion, President Sr. Jacquelyn Gusdane and Principal Joseph A. Waler presented each freshman with an NDCL lapel pin and a personalized framed replica of the mission mural in the NDCL lobby. These commemorative replicas feature each student's photo.
Rushing For A Cause
Senior Nick Evans plans to rack up some impressive stats this football season and help others at the same time by participating in Rush for a Cause (RFAC).
Started in 2009 by Matt Galland, a student-athlete at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, RFAC supports high school athletes suffering from catastrophic injuries. RFAC now helps young athletes across the country.
"I didn't really know about Rush for a Cause, but when I was asked to support their effort, I checked out their website," explained Nick. "I like the idea of athletes helping athletes."
If you are able, please support Nick and RFAC in their effort by making a direct donation to RFAC on the NDCL donation page or making a pledge based upon the number of yards Nick rushes during the season. The more yards he rushes, the greater your donation. Donors may place a cap on their total donation if desired.
"I am sure the NDCL community can make a difference," Nick said.
Hispanic Community Service
NDCL Spanish students volunteered at the Hispanic American Festival at St. Mary's Church in Painesville on Sept. 16. Sophomores Juliana Cirino, Katie Doubrava and Helen Slominski and juniors Chase Halter and Steven Jones set up and ran carnival games for the children.
In addition to using their Spanish language skills, the students enjoyed food and traditional dances from Mexico. At last year's festival, senior Mariah Salloum was crowned queen for selling the most tickets to raise money for the church. This year she participated in the ceremony to crown the new queen.
"The NDCL students saved the day because we did not have enough volunteers from the church to run the carnival," said Oscar Ornelas, coordinator of the festival.
Special thanks goes to Spanish teachers Senora Denise Troha, who organized the service opportunity, and Senora Elizabeth Cox, who helped with crafts and children's games.