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Notre Dame's Class of 2020 battled faculty and staff in what has become a well-loved tradition - an epic water balloon showdown! Auctioned off to the highest bidder at Notre Dame's annual 'party of the year' benefit, the rights to participate went to the freshman class this year. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, the water balloon battle raised $2,500 for tuition assistance and program development.

Well over 300 seniors, juniors and their guests enjoyed a beautiful night of laughter, dancing and great food at this year's prom. The event, attended by 89% percent of the Class of 2017 Ravens, had a Beauty & the Beast theme complete with singing greeters and giant cutlery!

Congratulations to alumna Mary Quilici Aumack '75 who was honored at the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence dinner last week. There to cheer her on and volunteer at the event were our future women of influence, seniors from the Class of 2017! Also joining us were Sister Rosalie Pizzo, SNDdeN from the Class of 1952 and board member Katie Zazueta '87!

Last week the Notre Dame community gathered for the last all-school mass of the year in the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph. This joyful liturgy included the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Working with The Tech Museum, seniors Jasmine Gupta and Mallika Yelswarapu focused their Senior Service Learning project on girls in STEM. More specifically, on creating long term support systems to help girls stay involved in STEM fields.

The Notre Dame community of parents, friends and alumnae gathered at The Glass House in downtown San Jose for Cirque de Lune - this year's annual auction - last weekend. Attendees opened their hearts and raised their paddles, giving more than $150,000 in support of tuition assistance and program development.

Notre Dame's downtown campus was filled with the newest members of our community, the Class of 2021 and their families, as they joined us for Freshman Welcome Day.

Spanish Three Honors class visited the Day Worker Center in Mountain View to learn about immigration and the lives of local day workers. The class will use this information to create “Stories of Hope,” a bilingual book about the day workers. The ultimate goal of the project is to bridge cultural divides and educate the community about the lives, struggles and joys of the day worker community.

Notre Dame’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) traveled to Sacramento to take part in the state-wide event, Muslim Day at the Capitol recently. The 6th annual event was attended by more than 600 participants from all over California. The delegation had the chance to voice their support for various legislative bills by talking to their state legislators.

At Notre Dame, all sophomores study the Holocaust across English, history, and religious studies as part of an integrated curriculum. Students read several accounts of the Holocaust as part of their studies, but the key cornerstone of that learning experience is hearing the testimony of a survivor. This year’s sophomore class heard a moving account of a childhood of hiding and loss from George J. Elbaum who was born in Poland only a year before Hitler invaded the country.

Holly Jackson '18 was awarded the Grand Prize - Best of Championship in the Synopsis Competition for her project, "Unlocking History: An Algorithm to Virtually Unfold 3D Computed Tomography Scans of Unopened Historical Documents.” Her project also recently won first place at the California State Science Fair. Also earning awards at the event were Riana Karim '17, Sharon Truong '17, Shruti Sridhar '20, Maya Nayak '20, Sophia Barwegen and Kami Richardson '20.

Since its inception in 2003, San Jose's Downtown Doors project has featured 31 student artists. This year, Pauline Nguyen '17 joins the list. Her artwork was chosen from more than 180 submissions.

A group of students and chaperones recently traveled to New Orleans as part of Notre Dame High School’s Justice Immersion Program. The months of preparation, reading personal accounts of Hurricane Katrina, watching documentaries and reviewing maps of the damage, although helpful and informative, still do not adequately portray the devastation still facing the region. In this story, Anna Giubileo ‘18 shares her reflection on the experience.

Celebrating Holy Week

April 13, 2017

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a morning walk to our downtown place of worship, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a Holy Week service featuring a recreation of the Stations of the Cross. Deacon Ruben Solorio also blessed participants of this year's justice immersion trips, asking God to "Open their hearts to be as wide as the world and let their service be a light that shatters the darkness."

As part of Notre Dame's Career & Life Success Program, students visited Santa Clara University's Law School and learned, first-hand, from women in the field of law.

Distinguished civil rights leader, author, professor and scholar Dr. Clarence B Jones spoke with juniors this week, inspiring them to demand their rights and rights for others. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's friend and colleague, he shared personal accounts of the civil rights journey. Dr. Jones left students inspired and moved with his message that "God loves you and so do I."

Notre Dame's Aliance Club hosted their own Day of Silence to stand in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ who are often silenced by discrimination, oppression and harassment.

Team 1967, the Janksters, were at San Jose State University last weekend for the Silicon Valley Regional FIRST Robotics STEAMWORKS competition. They competed with their robot, Pepper Ann, which was constructed with a quick and agile two-speed chassis, a mechanism to store and deposit fuel into the low goal, a mechanism to store and deposit gears and a climbing mechanism.

Notre Dame's Class of 2017 completed the final step of their leadership journey last week with the presentation of their Senior Service Learning Projects at the Young Women's Advocacy Summit. The event's keynote speaker, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, praised seniors for their projects and the hope they inspire.

The Notre Dame High School student body held elections this week, choosing ASB council members to represent and lead them next year. In her election speech Sapna '18, who was elected president, said "ND, you’re the outbursts of laughter, the melody that echoes when you sing your hearts out, the summation of different passions and perspectives that contribute intelligent ideas and diversity to this space."

The Notre Dame Visual & Performing Arts department is excited to present this year's spring musical, A Little Princess. Based on the book A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the musical follows Sara Crewe, a young girl who after having been raised by her father, an intrepid African colonialist, is sent from West Africa to a London finishing school.

Notre Dame's Class of 2020 completed an important first step in their leadership journey yesterday with the presentation of their Woman's Place Projects through which they study the strength and contributions of women across time, culture and industry. This year 163 women were honored by the freshman class.

Team 1967, the Janksters, recently competed at the Ventura Regional FIRST Robotics STEAMWORKS Competition with their 2017 season robot, Pepper Ann. The objective of the steampunk-themed game is for alliances of three teams to shoot balls, called fuel, into low and high goals, to put gears on spring pegs and to climb a rope, all in under two minutes and thirty seconds.

Graphic design students visited Adobe Systems' corporate office in downtown San Jose this week, just a short walk from campus. "The stories we were told and the confidence the women had in us as the future generation of workers greatly affected my mindset, and I know touched that of my peers as well," shared Anna Giubileo '18.

Spanish instructor Bayard Nielsen has been awarded the first place Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award for 2016 for his digital storytelling project, “Las Historias de Esperanza.” The Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award honors three exemplary, innovative teacher-student collaborative projects that fully integrate technology and benefit the Silicon Valley educational community. The first place award is $6,000.