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  Issue #338
  January 20, 2017
Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.
Core Values
Notre Dame Schools will engage students from preschool through high school
in an exceptional Catholic education. We will focus on loving, respecting,
and educating all to discover and develop their God-given talents. We will challenge our students to respond faithfully to Jesus' call to transform the world by consciously doing good and bringing hope to the hearts
of all. 
Legal Lions sweep Mock Trial competition
Both NDCL Mock Trial teams swept their way to four separate trial victories in Friday's district competition at the Lake County Courthouse in Painesville.
This year's case focused on the timely issue of defamation of a public official by a news station. In the fictional scenario tried by the students, the governor of the State of Ohio lost a re-election bid after a news agency reported a false story that the governor had killed a former rival in a heated argument. After losing the election, the governor filed suit against the agency.


GOLDEN MOMENT: Team Gold's Kayla Powell, Patrick Moorman, Emily Harris, and Sidney McInnerney celebrate with Lake County Common Pleas Judge Richard Collins, Jr., after winning their trial.
STRONG DEFENSE: Chris Jerme, Randy Cumley, Briana Cowman, and Tom Fogarty's intense trial faces give way to broad smiles after Team Blue beat Mayfield High School.

APPROACH THE BENCH: Lake County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell congratulates Team Blue's Hannah Taylor, Antonia Mysyk, John Delahunty, and Carter Callender.
NDCL's Team Blue, arguing for the defense, defeated Mayfield High School. Team members include seniors Tom Fogarty, Chris Jerme, Randy Cumley, and junior Briana Cowman. The judges named Tom the best attorney in the trial.
On the plaintiff's side, the Team Blue members senior John Delahunty, juniors Antonia Mysyk, and sophomores Carter Callender and Hannah Taylor beat a team from Mentor High School. Antonia was named best attorney, and Carter won the best witness award.
Team Gold's arguments for the defense won the day in a trial against Lake Catholic High School. Senior Patrick Moorman took the best attorney award, with sophomore Emily Harris earned the judges' nod for best witness. Other members of the successful Team Gold defense included sophomore Kayla Powell and Sidney McInnerney.
Team Gold also won the plaintiff's side, defeating Cornerstone Christian Academy. Junior Madison Mitchell won the best attorney award. Her teammates included junior Jessica Iacco and freshmen Andrew Gadomski and Emily Callahan.

Team members owe much of their success to the expert advice provided by their dedicated and generous volunteer legal advisors, including Mr. Matt Lallo '02, Mr. Shawn Maestle (father of senior Emma, junior Morgan, and freshman John), and Mr. Martin Delahunty (father of Jackie '16 and senior John). Mr. Jeff Black (father of alumni Jeff, Catherine, and Justin) and Mr. Dennis Fogarty (father of Connor '13, senior Tom, and freshman Dan) provided legal assistance as needed.  
The Legal Lions' network of professional support also included Ms. Michelle DeBaltzo '88 and Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Deena Calabrese '89. Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica once again officiated over scrimmages in her courtroom in preparation for district competition.
Social studies teacher Mr. Alex Dowger and English teacher Ms. Victoria Frabotta '86 advise the team, which has already begun strategizing for the regional trials at Cuyahoga County's Old Courthouse in downtown Cleveland on February 10. Top teams from the regional competition advance to the state finals in March in Columbus.

Annual scholarship raffle gets underway
It might not be as lucrative as the Powerball, but NDCL's annual scholarship raffle offers far better chances at winning—and a guaranteed way of providing tuition assistance for NDCL students and their families
Just click the button above to buy your tickets online. Be sure to enter the student seller's name!
You can also promote the raffle by texting, emailing, or tweeting this link:
The raffle, which features top prizes of $10,000 and $2,500, runs through March 3. Tickets sell for just $5.00 each.
All raffle proceeds help fund scholarships and tuition assistance for current students, more than 40% of whom benefit from this important and increasingly needed aid. By making it possible for more families to afford an NDCL education, the drive promotes a strong enrollment that fuels our vibrant academic and extracurricular opportunities for all students.    
The raffle drive offers attractive incentives for student ticket sellers. Seller of the grand-prize-winning ticket will get $1,000, while the seller of the winning second-prize ticket will walk away with $500. The top ticket seller in each grade level will earn $250.
And there's an additional incentive that's sure to spur ticket sales: Students will be eligible to dress down on every Blue Day on which they turn in at least one sold ticket and $5.00.

Robotics improves in tourney competition
NDCL's steadily growing robotics team dramatically improved its performance over last year by finishing 13th in a field of 28 tough teams from throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania at the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament at Cuyahoga Community College East earlier this month.
The FIRST Tech Challenge requires teams of students to design, build, test, and program autonomous and driver-operated robots that must perform a series of tasks in head-to-head competition with other teams.
Celebrating the team's growth and performance are (front, left to right) sophomores Kyle Hoffmann and Jacob Woodhouse, freshman Allison Daher, sophomore Gabriel Williford, and junior Alex Echanove; (middle) freshman Pierce Thomas, juniors Jimmy Romano and Ashley Champa, and adviser math teacher Mrs. Ashley Kelm; and (rear) junior Sam Canter, adviser science teacher Mr. Nathan Smith, and sophomores Brendan Welsh, Andrew Kresic, and Frank Newsome.

Donate now to the Lion’s Mane Event class packages raffle
Thank you to all who have made a donation to the NDCLE Class Package Drive!
We really need everyone to participate in order to create the fabulous packages that have become our standard. With that in mind, we have extended the donation time to January 20.
Take a moment to look at the class packages, then consider pooling your efforts with a friend to make a joint donation. Or if it’s easier for you, make a monetary donation. You can make your donation online or by sending a check to the school office. If you choose to send a check, please print a copy of the donation form and send it along with your check made to NDCL.
Cleveland rocks . . . and so do you!

Mothers’ Prayer Group meets Wednesday
The NDCL Mothers' Prayer Group meets in Annunciation Chapel at 8:00 AM on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 8:00 AM in Annunciation Chapel. The next prayer day is January 25.
Please join us in praying for the students, faculty, and staff of NDCL.  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Paula Liberatore or call her at 440-479-9764.

Application process now open for prestigious
internships this summer at Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives’ paid internship programs give northeastern Ohio middle and high school students the opportunity to learn and work alongside world-renowned caregivers at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, regional hospitals, and family health centers. Through their experiences in these programs, students gain exposure to healthcare fields and careers, cultivate their 21st century skills, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge.
Over the past several years, NDCL has become a regional leader in the number of students awarded these prestigious internships. Last summer Cara Pannell '16, senior Madeline Spicer, and junior Michelle King joined a long line of NDCL interns at the Clinic. Cara was a second-year public health intern, Madeline completed her second creative learning internship, and Michelle served as an applied medicine intern.
The application process for the Clinic's internship program is highly competitive with rigorous selection criteria. Our school counselors have developed a very effective program to help our students successfully navigate the application process.
Counselors will contact eligible students and their parents soon, but it is not too early to learn more about the amazing benefits of an internship by visiting the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives website.

Counselors meet with sophomores to share PreACT results, career information
This week all sophomores attended presentations in the Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Commons to learn more about their unique personalities and how their gifts and interests relate to possible career paths. Students also reviewed their PreACT scores and took an in-depth personality assessment using our online Naviance program.

OSU launches free leadership program
for students who are current juniors

The Ohio State University announces the launch of the Buckeye Student Leadership Academy (BSLA). Held from June 26-29 on OSU's main campus, BSLA is a special program for rising high school seniors (Class of 2018) who are high-achieving, first-generation, rural and/or underrepresented minority students. This free program gives participants the opportunity to experience life on campus, attend personal development workshops, meet with faculty, work on group projects, and learn essential leadership skills.
Interested juniors must submit the online application by February 13.

Baseball team sponsors pasta dinner on Jan. 28
Join the varsity baseball team for its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 28, from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Stadium Grill in Mentor.  Proceeds of the event help offset expenses for the team's Easter trip to Florida, where they will face quality teams from across the United States in preparation for the upcoming season.  
Tickets, at $15 each, include an all-you-can-eat dinner of pasta, meatballs/sausage, salad, appetizers, and desserts. The event also features raffles, sideboards, and more.  
Purchase tickets in the Athletic Office or at the door.