Faith, family and community


One of Notre Dame’s newest alums talks about the school’s palpable sense of community as well as the support she’s received while a student.

Gabriella Gonzales, who graduated from Notre Dame Prep last month as one of the school’s 28 valedictorians, said she is very excited about the changes coming in the school’s future, especially the new science, art and technology wing scheduled to be completed in about a year. But one thing she doesn’t want to see changed whenever she comes back to visit is the strong sense of family and community she’s experienced while a student at NDPMA. 

Take a look and listen below, but first read a short summary of Gonzales’s accomplishments at NDPMA. . .

During her high school career, Gonzales was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Action for Africa, Pre-Med Club, Kairos retreat leader, Cyber Seniors, Peer Leader coordinator, co-captain for varsity golf, receiving All-State Academic, Ski Team, receiving individual All-State Academic and played softball. Additionally, Gonzales volunteered with Crittenton Hospital, helped seniors citizens understand technology at Elmhurst Manor, tutored students at Rogers Elementary and served as program leader for a service project with Walton Charter Academy. Gonzales plans to attend the University of Michigan. She graduated from Notre Dame Prep with a grade point average of 4.453.

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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