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Notre Dame kicked off the Christmas season this week with a cookie contest, tree decorating and our 5th annual Christmas in Pardini tree lighting! Family and friends braved the drizzly weather to enjoy hot cocoa, treats and performances by Notre Dame's vocal and dance groups.

Congratulations to Melia '22 who created the winning artwork for our 17th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to welcoming a sell-out crowd to campus on February 1 as we raise funds for co-curricular programs. Thank you, in advance, to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who make this event such a success every year.

The more than 100 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf  wrapped up their 2019-20 fall season recently with an awards ceremony. Eleven students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance.

Fast Fashion opened on the San Jose State University campus this week and included the art of Notre Dame students Mikaela Brennan '20 and Marley Gerhart '21. Curated by artist and professor, Dr. Jonathan Fung, Fast Fashion invites viewers to contemplate their carbon footprint and the environmental impact of their clothing purchases.

Recently Alexia Gutiérrez '20 received a commendation from the San Jose City Council and Mayor Sam Liccardo for her work to make golf and STEM more accessible for Latinx youth through her organization, Latinx Golf.

Students in biology and environmental science classes recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they were able to examine the effects of climate change and learn ways to live more sustainably in our changing environment. Through hands-on exhibits and experiments, they gained a better understanding of the way different biomes function and how they influence our lives as humans.

Notre Dame's AP French Language & Culture students recently visited Stanford University's Auguste Rodin sculpture collection to experience, in person, the art they had been studying in class.

Shreya Garg '20 and Jocelyn Swift '22 recently participated in a panel discussion as part of the Common Ground Speaker Series. The event, attended by more than 400 people, included a screening of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives, followed by a moderated discussion.

Recently the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Office of Hispanic Apostolate hosted the fifth annual Saints in the City: an awards banquet honoring the youth of the Diocese of San Jose who have carried the torch of discipleship with fearless faith, enduring hope, and bountiful charity. Sophie Ciechanowski '20 received the Saint Francis of Assisi Award.

Celebrating Halloween 2019

October 31, 2019

In addition to a whole bunch of Frida Kahlos and #1 dads, and the usual cuteness of animals, devils and superheroes, we had a construction worker who even brought along her specially enhanced drawings for the Center for Women's Leadership! Sorry Emma, the water slide isn't in the budget!

Women of Impact 2019

October 31, 2019

Notre Dame's 11th annual Women of Impact luncheon honored Kim Rivera and Rita Beamish '70, who shared inspiring stories of women's leadership with the more than 750 guests in attendance at the San Jose Convention Center.

On Thursday, October 24th, the Notre Dame chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 57 new members.  Students were selected by the Scholarship Committee for demonstrating a high standard of excellence in their character, scholarship, leadership and service.

Notre Dame alumna Sahithi Madireddy ’19, who is currently attending MIT, was named one of ten winners of the “Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story” national essay challenge. The competition was designed to spur conversations among youth about mental health and encourage them to seek support for themselves and others. Current Notre Dame junior Samskruthi Madireddy ’21 received an honorable mention for her entry.

The Notre Dame spirit of sisterhood, community and service came together in beautiful symmetry last week as athletes, cheerleaders, classmates and friends worked towards a common goal - raising money for Sister Circles that will help ensure the continued diversity we all value so much. For the second year, students are raising money that will fund the education of an incoming student the year after they graduate.

More than 250 freshman students and family members gathered recently to celebrate Notre Dame's sixth Freshman Family Liturgy, presided over by Father Victor Trinidad of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Notre Dame's robotics team, the Janksters, competed at CalGames recently. The event provided both rookies and veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and bond as a team. Dean Mulla, a long-time Jankster mentor, was recognized as Mentor of the Year for his dedication and support of the robotics program. Congratulations!

Faculty, staff and families gathered in Julie Billiart Hall recently to bless the Class of 2021 on their Notre Dame journey as they become upperclasswomen. With blessings from their mentors, they were presented with sunflower necklaces and reminded to always turn towards goodness and the good God just as the sunflower turns towards warmth and light.

The spirit of generosity ruled court recently as Notre Dame hosted Dig Pink, a volleyball competition between Notre Dame San Jose and Harker, to raise money in support of breast cancer research. JB Hall became a pink oasis as teachers, parents, coaches, players and fans gathered as a community to support the Dig Pink volleyball match.

In their first interdisciplinary, all-class field trip, the Class of 2023 visited San Jose’s Japantown, bringing to life core ideas from Notre Dame’s Education for Justice & Leadership curriculum and the freshman summer reading book, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.

As the 2019-2020 school year starts to pick up the pace, so do the extra-curricular activities that go along with it. With representatives from 34 clubs and interest groups and many other co-curriculars present, the recent club fair marked the first time students were exposed to all the opportunities for involvement at Notre Dame.

To further their discussion around inclusion and exclusion, a key theme for the year, the entire junior class recently ventured to Angel Island. Now a California State Park, Angel Island served as a “holding place” in the early 1900s for primarily Chinese immigrants after strict immigration laws severely restricted them from entering the United States. It functioned as both an immigration and deportation facility, at which some 175,000 Chinese and about 60,000 Japanese immigrants were detained, generally from two weeks to six months, before being allowed to enter the United States.

Forty juniors joined the Class of 2023 for one of Notre Dame's time-honored traditions, Freshman Sleepover. The big sisters took charge of the event, helping the newest members of the ND sisterhood with games and activities that, ultimately, lead them to voting on the colors and mascot that will identify them throughout their high school years and even as they join the more than 8,000 alumnae in the ND network! We're excited to introduce the Purple & Mint Green Jaguars!

More than 150 students from 17 Bay Area schools gathered on the Notre Dame campus recently to compete in parliamentary debate. Click on the title above to view a video and learn more!

Two Notre Dame seniors, Shruti Sridhar and Maya Nayak, were recognized over the summer for the work they have done in the community through non-profits they founded. The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards are given at both national and local levels. Local winners are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.

Notre Dame seniors Annie, Kayla, Srija, Shruti and Katelyn recently joined a prestigious group of high school seniors recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Because of their truly superb performance on the PSAT, all five young women will be considered for National Merit, college and corporate-sponsored scholarships if they move to finalist status, notification of which is made in the spring.