Solo and ensemble competition

Notre Dame Elementary School recently had four students compete in solo and ensemble competition. Solo and ensemble is a music competition open to seventh- and eighth-grade students that is run by the state music association. This is an optional event where students can perform a solo and receive a rating from a professional musician adjudicator.

Each soloist had to prepare their work outside of class time. Sister Susan Clark, SND, was available to provide accompaniment to all soloists. Andrea Ivanko, Dylan White, Erika Beinhardt and Owen Tomsic all received a superior rating (the top score) on their instrumental solos. In addition to their band instrument solos, both Dylan and Andrea chose to further challenge themselves by competing with a piano solo and earned an excellent rating with their piano solos.

NDCL juniors earn PSAT qualifications

The National Merit Scholarship Program has notified seven Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin juniors that they are among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who took last fall’s Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Because of their outstanding performance on the PSAT, Emily Callahan, Spencer Jacobson, Elliott Martin, David Oppenlander, Mary Grace Raddell, Justin Satterlee and Sarah Uhran will qualify as National Merit commended students, semifinalists or finalists. Those prestigious designations will not be announced until September.

“This is our largest group of National Merit qualifiers in more than a decade,” Principal Joseph A. Waler said. “They’ve placed in the top 3 percent of all students who took the PSAT nationwide.

“I am so proud of these students, our teachers, and our academic program,” he added. “Their outstanding achievement opens up many doors of opportunity for them and serves a crystal-clear indicator of the strength of our college-preparatory curriculum and instruction.”

Students explore engineering

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin students in Ashley Kelm’s engineering principles class toured Lincoln Electric’s world headquarters in Euclid recently. Students listened to a presentation about the technology that supports and propels Lincoln Electric as the world leader in arc welding, robotic welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment, and brazing and soldering alloys. Jon Kelm, an engineer who leads Lincoln’s Digital Control Group and Mrs. Kelm’s husband, hosted the students for their tour.

Junior selected for FAIT Academy

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin junior Adam Schlereth recently received word that he is among just 45 students selected to participate in the FBI’s Future Agents in Training Academy this summer.

The FAIT Academy provides students with hands-on training in investigative tactics, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, capturing criminals and solving cases. Participants will learn about various careers in the FBI as they interact with FBI employees in a series of engaging presentations at the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office downtown.

Visit with Sisters of Notre Dame

A first-grade class at Notre Dame Elementary School enjoyed a visit to the Sisters of Notre Dame Health Care Center. The students read their Young Author books to them, the Sisters signed the books and gave each child a blessing. They also sang Hail Mary Gentle Woman and prayed together.

Tewari awarded scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Hawken School senior Neil Tewari of Pepper Pike has been awarded the Aon Scholarship from Aon Corporation, an international, strategically-diverse company headquartered in Chicago. Neil plans to study computer science.

Food truck expo

The Notre Dame Elementary School fifth-grade challenge students invited all students and staff to a Food Truck Expo on April 10. Each student learned about entrepreneurship and chose a food from a different country. They researched the food, came up with a business plan and opened their own food truck business.

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