Notre Dame Students Win Honors at NKY Science Competition

Students from Notre Dame Academy won honors at the Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky last month.

Sophomore Natalie Janzaruk won Best of Fair and will attend the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May.

The students at NDA are directed by Bill Stamm and will compete at the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair this weekend.

At Notre Dame Academy, science research is an elective course that focuses on individual science research projects in the areas of mathematics, natural science, engineering, computer science and behavioral science.

NDA’s students prepare a formal research proposal and complete and present original research. Students from every grade level can apply for NDA’s science research course and must complete a minimum of 144 hours of original research each year that they participate.  

“Notre Dame Academy has had a long tradition of success in STEM related areas,” said NDA Principal Jack VonHandorf. “At

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Doors review: sci-fi movie anthology chews over one brilliant idea

One of the worst myths about creative work is that the only difficult thing about it is finding that initial killer idea, the standout spark that gives a project its energy. Actually, ideas are fairly easy — it’s the execution that’s hard. Just getting a good idea onto the page or onto the screen in a way that makes it feel different from thousands of other, similar ideas is hard enough. Executing it in a way that lets it live up to its full potential is even harder. Do it right, and even without a substantial production or marketing budget, you might end up with the kind of underground success that builds a substantial following via slow-build word of mouth. Do it wrong, and you end up with something like the baffling indie science fiction movie Doors, which starts with an energetic idea, then dissipates it with a series

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Education shifting from crisis management to recovery as pandemic persists | COVID-19

TRAVERSE CITY — Casey Petz calls March 13, 2020, a “day that will live in infamy” for students, educators and families across Michigan.

Petz, the Suttons Bay Public Schools superintendent, and most others did not know that an expected two- to three-week school shutdown would spiral into the rest of the school year — canceling graduations, proms and many other cherished school memories.

Each friend who was missed, each milestone that passed, each day away from class, each auditorium and stage left empty, each game that went unplayed — each loss lashed students, and left lasting marks.

This doesn’t include the trauma and fear for those who contracted COVID-19 or knew someone who did. That stark wake-up call often made the pandemic real and frightening for students.

Some have healed. Others are still reminded by the scars. Either way, the grief remains.

Petz said the negative energy of grief is

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