Teams qualify for regionals

For the sixth consecutive year, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School’s mock trial teams have advanced to regional competition after prevailing in district trials. Two of their teams, Team Gold and Team Blue, will compete in the regional trials on Feb. 19 and 20.

Because of the pandemic, this year’s mock trial competition is entirely virtual, with teams competing on a series of days instead of a single trial date. All teams focused on a single case that focused on prosecutors’ duty to disclose exculpatory evidence during plea negotiations.

NDCL students won 10 individual awards in the district trials. Best Attorneys were senior Connor Marrott, juniors Mallory Sah and Sarah Boyle and freshmen Tuscani Orris and Ryan Shemitz. Best Witnesses were senior Madison Rogers; sophomore Bailey Rice; and freshmen Erin Lee, Hailey Karban and Jessica Mekhel.

Lions feature ‘Mane Event’

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin will host their Lion’s Mane Event on March 27, featuring live-streamed entertainment, bidding opportunities and mission moments of Notre Dame Schools in a “happy hour format.”

Auction items include a John Carroll University tuition grant, VIP wine tasting for 10, a “Golf All Summer” package and a hot air balloon ride for two, with more items added every day.

Guests who support the event as “Gold Sponsors” will receive a party pack for two so they can enjoy the event from the comfort of their homes. Party packs, which will only be available for the first 100 sponsors, will include a deluxe charcuterie board, bread and olive oil, wine for the virtual wine tasting, a chocolate sampler, plus a few surprises. Reservations will be available on

Feb. 16.

NDCL also encourages the public to make a 100-percent tax-deductible donation to the event as a “Blue Sponsor” or by contributing to the Holy Family Fund during the auction. Both opportunities will open online on Feb. 16.

Spirit week cures winter blahs

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s annual Spirit Week proved to be the perfect remedy to the wintertime blahs with activities, class competitions, lunchtime treats and a virtual pep rally that crowned the Class of 2021 as this year’s spirit champions.

Despite the presented challenges of the coronavirus, the leaders of NDCL’s Student Activities Board and their advisers reworked traditional spirit week activities in a COVID-19-safe way.

The coin war between classes raised $5,300, far surpassing the $1,000 goal and setting a new school record. Proceeds from the friendly class competition will fund NDCL’s new chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

NDCL educators worked with the student leaders to organize the mission-driven spirit week, including Ericka Bella, Lexie Danch, Maura McGinty-O’Hara, Halle McKeon, Ben Lozar and Pete DeMichele.

NDES values Catholic schools

Catholic Schools Week gave Notre Dame Elementary School the opportunity to recognize the importance, value and contributions of a Catholic education last week. NDES took part in events and activities to celebrate and engage students, families and the community.

The school kicked off the week with a live-streamed Liturgy, celebrated by first- and eighth-grade students; NDES collected more than 2,500 books for the Women United of United Way Geauga County; teachers surprised their students by dressing like them in school uniforms; the school honored their “Parents of the Hour” with Zoom calls from their child’s classroom; NDES recognized the Sisters of Notre Dame by producing a video for them, which was shared with sisters from all over the region; NDES treated their teachers to coffee and donuts in their classrooms in the morning and a luncheon; and students had lunch catered by Chick-Fil-A with a Hawaiian-themed dress-down day, playing Bingo and popcorn and a movie. Catholic Schools Week concluded with students, faculty and staff wearing tie-dye shirts.

The Notre Parent Association provided the faculty and student lunches with the help of parent volunteers.

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