Mock Trial Team Places Second
Notre Dame Preparatory School achieved second place in the annual Maryland State Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Citizenship Law Related Education Program in cooperation with the Maryland Judicial Conference Public Awareness Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, and Maryland State Department of Education.
Participating students included: (Lawyers) Grace Sullivan, Marianna Ghirardelli, and Nicole Bulgarino; (Witnesses) Grace Chubb, Ruby Baden, and Lizzy Baummer; (Bailiff) Hannah Stack; (other team members) Erin Dodson, Lilianna Callahan, Maura Schlee, Hannah Rossbach, Ashley Drumm, and Ally Goucher. Thank you to our wonderful lawyer coaches The Hon. Kathleen G. Cox and John P. Cox, Esq.
Kudos for Scholastic Art & Writing Award
We are pleased to announce that eighth grader Leonie Baschat was awarded a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her flash fiction piece. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level! Congratulations, Leonie!
In the Annual Letters about Literature compeition, the following NDP students placed:
- Level 2 Division (grades 7 & 8): Emma Kozak ‘21 – Split Second; Sofia Rest ’21 – Night
- Level 3 Division (grades 9-12): Molly Brady ‘18 – To Kill A Mockingbird; Caroline Campbell ’20 – Ninth Ward; Alexandra Charney ’18 – “If”; Angela Estavillo ’18 – The Killing Sea; Hiya Sawhney ’18 – Ishmael
- NDP had the most finalists of any school in Division 3!
- Congratulations to all of the students and the English Department!
Young Artists Showcase
Three pieces by NDP students were included in the Young Artists Showcase exhibit sponsored by the Timonium Optimists and Towson Arts Collective. Zarina Davies ’17 won a third place in the photography category for her photo Displacement, which she made for the AP Studio with WE Service class. Haley Metzger ‘18 exhibited an expressive self-portrait drawing called I Dream, Therefore I Am, and Tavi Steckel ‘20 exhibited a watercolor narrative still life called Per Mia Nonno.
Love Your Tree
In the annual Love Your Tree competition, sponsored by the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders, NDP student Gretchen Beernink ’19 won first place in the high school awards (see poster above). Tavi Steckel ‘20 and Megaela Minutella ’17 received honorable mentions for their posters.
NDP Youth & Government Powerhouse
At the Maryland Youth and Government Pre-Legislative Conference, 12 of NDP’s 33 participants won top positions! Special thanks is extended to Y&G moderators Mike Ellis and Mary O’Hara. Congratulations to the following NDP students who will be our leaders for the Maryland State Annapolis Conference this April:
- Governor—Grace Sullivan ‘17
- Lt. Governor—Grace Chubb ‘17
- Speaker of the House—Hannah Schiavone ‘19
- Clerk of the Senate—Katie Lorenz ‘19
- Supreme Court Chief Justice—Ally Ewers ‘17
- Head Lobbyist—Taylor Andrews ‘17
- Transportation & Finance Chairperson—Lilliana Callahan ‘19
- Environment & Natural Resources Chairperson—Erin Dodson ‘19
- Health & Welfare Chairperson—Caroline Borja ‘19
- Secretary of Crime & Judiciary—Annabelle Somarriba ‘19
- Secretary of Commerce & Government Matters—Nicole Bulgarino ‘17
- Secretary of Transportation & Finance—Maura Schlee ‘19
NDP Teacher Wins National Award
Click here to read an article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun/Towson Times.
Mrs. Mary Agnes Sheridan, NDP’s Middle Level STEAM coordinator and mathematics teacher, has been selected as a recipient of a most prestigious, national honor—the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award! Mrs. Sheridan was one of 42 teachers selected from more than 150,000 Catholic elementary and secondary school educators nationwide for this prestigious award. James Pavlacka, director of Leadership Development at the NCEA remarked, “The excellence that these teachers display is an inspiration to all of us who work in Catholic education.” Mrs. Sheridan will receive this award at the NCEA 2017 Convention in St. Louis in April, 2017.
The “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award honors educators who demonstrate a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills, and results. Mrs. Sheridan’s love for her students, her commitment to excellence, her visionary leadership, and her deep Catholic faith make her a tangible expression of the NCEA's Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. As one of her colleagues expressed, “Mary Agnes embraces and proclaims the school mission to ‘educate and empower girls to become women who transform the world.’ She strives to answer God’s call ‘…to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God’ in all that she does.”
We are grateful to Mrs. Sheridan for living out her teaching vocation at NDP. The integration of her outstanding leadership, her passion for teaching and learning, her ability to inspire her students and colleagues, and her daily witness to her Catholic faith makes her an outstanding teacher, exemplary role model, and wonderful community member. “Mrs. Sheridan truly has an infectious love of mathematics as well as a graceful approach with her students,” wrote an NDP parent. Another parent described Mrs. Sheridan’s commitment to her students in the following words: "Mrs. Sheridan is really an angel in disguise. If there is such a thing as a Math Angel that would describe [her] very well."
We are proud of Mrs. Sheridan and thank the NCEA for their recognition of her. She is a treasure to us and to Catholic education. As one of our sixth graders wrote, “I feel safe in speaking for all students when I say that we at Notre Dame Preparatory School are lucky and blessed to have Mrs. Sheridan in our lives.”
NDP Student Artwork Shown at Walters
"My Openness to Experience," a drawing by Julia Marine '20, is on exhibit at the Walters Art Museum as part of the Maryland Art Education Association exhibit. Julia is NDP's 2016 Gateway Talent in the Visual Arts scholarship recipient.