17 for ’17: Seventeen of the most popular Notre Dame website news stories of 2017

Online interest in Notre Dame remains high as website traffic tops 1.2 million.

As the year 2017 comes to close today, it’s probably a good time to look back at another outstanding year of news at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. In reviewing the most popular stories in 2017 on the Notre Dame school website, a few things stand out.

News articles about student achievement dominated as more eyes viewed stories of individual or collective accomplishments, whether they were in the classroom, the art room, the stage or the playing field. Stories about school growth, especially in regards to bricks and mortar, also saw many readers in 2017.

In fact, one story in particular stood out among all of the more than 250 others. And that is when Notre Dame announced its campaign to build a new science, art and technology wing back in March.    

Plus, not only did the school and its faculty, staff and students by nearly every measure have a stellar year overall once again in 2017, the website that represents Notre Dame online experienced very significant traffic, which speaks to the interest NDPMA continues to receive from both inside and outside our community.

Overall, NDPMA.org once again saw more than a million total page views during 2017 — actually 1,222,753 to date. This total traffic number does not include visits to Haiku or any other password-protected sites affiliated with the school or its website.

So what this means is that the Notre Dame community and all it represents continue to be highly sought after by those interested in a quality, Catholic and independent school education. It also means that a lot of the great things that our students, faculty and alumni are doing in Pontiac — and in the world — do not go unnoticed.

Seventeen of the top online articles for 2017 on Notre Dame’s website, beginning with the most popular:

1. Notre Dame announces $7.5 million science, art and technology building expansion

2. Notre Dame secures $1 million gift for ball fields

3. Notre Dame Prep announces new head baseball coach

4. Soaring to new heights at Notre Dame

5. Winning super raffle ticket numbers released

6. Notre Dame announces largest gift ever to school for science, art and technology expansion

7. Notre Dame announces 28 valedictorians for 2017, all with a 4.352 GPA or higher

8. 2017 grads leave NDP with ‘astounding’ record of achievement

9. Notre Dame alum earns national recognition for philanthropy

10. A stroke of bad luck and some pretty great music

11. Notre Dame names Andrew J. Guest new head of school

12. Notre Dame, UGA and Oxford

13. Notre Dame Prep once again named best Catholic high school in Michigan

14. 2017 grad gives speech, receives award at DAR Continental Congress in D.C.

15. Notre Dame senior gets NHS scholarship

16, Notre Dame student-artists shatter Scholastic record

17. Home-grown business

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org