Legal Lions sweep their way to states

For the fourth consecutive year, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s mock trial team has advanced to the Ohio Mock Trial State Competition. The return trip to Columbus comes after the Legal Lions won both trials in regional competition at the Lake County Courthouse Feb. 15, beating strong teams from Mayfield High School and Mentor High School.

NDCL swept all four individual awards in both trials. Judges named senior Tommy Shero of Mentor the best witness for the defense and best attorney for the prosecution. Junior Pierce Thomas of Chester won the best defense attorney award while sophomore Connor Marrot of Concord won best prosecution witness award.

The Lions will now prepare to compete on March 7-8 at the Franklin County Courthouse. The state finals will be argued in the Ohio Statehouse on March 9. English teacher Victoria Frabotta and Social Studies Department Chair Molly Schneider advise the team.

Juniors set new practice scores

Members of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s class of 2020 set new school records on every component of the full-length practice ACT they took last month as part of NDCL’s multi-faceted effort to prepare students for the statewide administration of the ACT next month.

NDCL scored the practice ACT in-house and returned detailed score reports to every junior on the same day they took the exam. Teachers also received comprehensive data on student performance so that they can target instruction to areas of relative weakness.

Work on scout requirements

Bear Cub Scouts can work on their Fur, Feathers and Ferns Required Adventure 9:30-11 a.m. on March 16 at Woods Edge in Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. Scouts will work on requirements 1-5.

Cadette Girl Scouts can work on their Trees Legacy Badge, 2-3 p.m. on March 16 at Woods Edge in Swine Creek Reservation. The Geauga Park District program will cover requirements 1, 2, 4 and 5. Registration is required for both programs at 440-286-9516 or

Students explore community maps

Under the guidance of Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Davis, Notre Dame Elementary School first-grade students are studying neighborhoods and communities and how they can be represented by maps and models. Students are in the process of creating their own homes and additional buildings with the aid of NDES’s laser cutter, obtained through the generosity of the McGinty Family Foundation. This collaboration demonstrates how technology can make the project easier by creating nets for the students to use as buildings.

St. Valentine’s Day Celebrations

On Feb. 14, students across Notre Dame Elementary School enjoyed parties and fun in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped to make the day so special for students.

Make recycled artworks

Bring the family to the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell, to create make and take projects from recycled materials 1-4 p.m. on Saturday (March 2) during the program discARTed Family Day. While there, visit the discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition. The free program is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For more information, call 440-286-9516 or visit

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