NDCL hosts commencement

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin held their 30th Annual Commencement at the end of May, which the school said will be remembered as their most creative and perhaps their most joyous send-off for any graduating class in school history.

Because of social distancing required by the COVID-19 pandemic, NDCL moved the ceremony from the Mentor Fine Arts Center to the Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre. Members of the senior class chose the drive-in option after considering seven different ways to celebrate the end of their high school days.

Families decorated their cars with signs, streamers and even a huge commencement cap and graduation cake. Crews from the Munson Fire Department hoisted a huge American flag from their ladder truck, and deputies of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office assisted with event management and traffic flow.

The event featured a video presentation with all of the time-honored elements of NDCL commencement ceremonies, including prayer led by seniors Mary Grace Raddell and David Beebe as well as the Ave Maria and Alma Mater sung by a Zoom choir of seniors under the direction of Music teacher Adam Pysell (Class of 2005). Principal Joseph A. Waler delivered the commencement address – his first since coming to NDCL 14 years ago.

NDCL seniors set ACT records

The Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Class of 2020 posted the highest overall ACT scores in school history, according to score reports compiled from all exams taken by the 180 members of the school’s most recent graduating class.

The recent grads posted mean (average) scores of 25.5 in math, 25.6 in science, 26.6 in English and 27.3 in reading. Every one of these scores represents a new school record. The ACT reports scores on a scale from 1-36. National averages in all subjects range from 20-21.

To put NDCL’s performance in perspective, Principal Joseph A. Waler noted that the U.S. Department of Education sets a mean ACT score of 24.3 to identify the top 15 percent of all high schools in the nation.

“The Class of 2020’s record-setting performance on the ACT reflects our students’ commitment to academic excellence as well as the professional expertise and relentless dedication of our faculty,” Mr. Waler said. “By challenging and supporting our students to achieve at higher levels, we are opening up doors of opportunity for them in college, career and life.”

NDCL wins Top Workplaces 2020

For the second consecutive year, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School has been named a winner of the Top Workplaces Award by The Plain Dealer.

Earning the Top Workplaces 2020 honor is a distinction with only 175 companies in the Plain Dealer’s broad distribution region making this year’s list, which appeared in the newspaper’s June 28 edition.

The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measured several aspects of NDCL’s workplace culture, including leadership, communication, morale and mission effectiveness.

“NDCL’s Top Workplaces honor recognizes and celebrates our shared belief that by working together and learning from each other, we create transformative energy that ripples through our school community to benefit our students and their families,” commented Principal Joseph A. Waler. “And this year we learned that not even a pandemic can stop that power.”

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