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Confidence guiding a cohesive Notre Dame soccer team


The Notre Dame High School soccer program is off to one of its best starts ever, thanks to a mix of talented players, from freshmen to seniors.

"We have an interesting blend of young and old," Notre Dame coach Dave Robben said.

Several talented freshmen are making an impact, he said, with seniors providing leadership while sophomores and juniors are making contributions to the winning formula. "It's just a very cohesive group right now," Robben said.

Senior leaders help Notre Dame High School to success

8 MARCH 2016 -- KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- Notre Dame High School basketball players, including seniors Madeline Ronshausen (11) and Sydney Kremer (21) join other players for the playing of the National Anthem before the Rebels game against MICDS during the MSHSAA Class 4 sectional at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo. Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The Rebels lost to MICDS 65-45, finishing the year 16-12.

Photo by Sid Hastings.

It's two successful seasons in a row for Notre Dame High School's basketball team, and much of the credit goes to the team's four seniors.

Leading Notre Dame to back-to-back district titles was the team's two top scorers, Madeline Ronshausen and Sydney Kremer. Notre Dame defeated Lutheran South 68-54 for the district championship March 3, but lost in the sectionals round of the state championships March 8 to Mary Institute-St. Louis Country Day School 65-45. For the second year in a row, Notre Dame exited the playoffs courtesy of MICDS. Notre Dame finished 16-12 on the season.

A sense of excitement for alumni administrators

Lisa Johnston |
Corey Quinn, a graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School, is the school’s new president. He joked with Jamel Scott on pizza day in the cafeteria.

Meghan Bohac, Corey Quinn and Jennifer Sudekum felt a sense of excitement upon entering high school for the first time.

New experiences, new classmates, new friends -- from different areas, whether from St. Louis City or somewhere in St. Louis County.

And at fabulous locations, too -- De Smet Jesuit for Quinn in 1986, St. Joseph's Academy for Sudekum in 1989 and Notre Dame for Bohac in 1994. Much different from grade school.

"Compared to grade school, this is a huge facility," Bohac said. "There's more space. More classrooms. More teachers. More students. So many things are bigger."

Exchange program opens students to culture of Japanese 'sisters'

Twelve students from Notre Dame School in Kyoto visited their sister school in St. Louis, Notre Dame High School. Using Japanese calligraphy, Rie Kitamura and Rie Oshnishi wrote Esmeralda Hernandez’s name, which in Japanese, translates as “blessing.”

At Notre Dame High School last week, the normal chatter of teenage girls was replaced with a lot of smiling and giggling between students and their visitors from Japan.

Twelve junior- and senior-high students from Notre Dame School in Kyoto were visiting as part of an annual cultural exchange between the sister schools. The Kyoto school was founded by American School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 to help rebuild the community after World War II.

Nun Buddies: SSNDs and Notre Dame High students forge special friendships through partnership

Allison Moser exchanged the sign of peace during Mass with Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, Oct. 22 in the chapel at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay. Moser is a junior at Notre Dame High School. Students spent Foundation Day with their “nun buddies,” the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The sweet treats at Christmas and the handmade blankets are just a few of the perks, but the lasting benefit of the Nun Buddies program at Notre Dame High School are the friendships between students and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The all-girls private Catholic high school initiated the program about seven years ago as a way of pairing students mainly with about 80 School Sisters of Notre Dame who live and/or work at the community's motherhouse in Lemay. The program is unusual in that the school and motherhouse are located on the same campus.

FAITHFUL FAN | Basketball spotlight shines on local Catholic schools

Joseph Kenny

Attention has turned to basketball in St. Louis as the college game's "March madness" tournament time begins. All eyes are on a top-flight St. Louis Billikens team and an exciting Missouri Valley Conference tournament in St. Louis.

But St. Louis has become a hot place for high school basketball as well, and several Catholic school programs are at the top of the list as state playoffs begin.

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