In their own words

New marketing mailers focus on the student experience at Notre Dame.

A former student from St. Lawrence. Two from Holy Family. One from St. Hugo, one from St. Joseph, one from Marist Academy, and two from Great Lakes Academy and Scripps Middle School (Lake Orion), respectively. Add in one recent graduate of Michigan State University and what do you get?

You get a cadre of current or former students from NDP who are not only proud to be Notre Damers, they are more than willing to talk about it.

In a series of direct-mail pieces developed for the Notre Dame admissions department, these Fighting Irishmen and women comment on their school and how it has been such a positive influence on their young lives so far.

We've republished their photos and quotes from the mailers below in a more web-friendly format. Take a look!

“Every year at NDP I see noticeable growth in myself. I always learn something no matter what I’m doing or who I’m with, and that has made me a better person than I was before.” Sonya Simmons ’19 (Great Lakes Academy)

“My experience at Notre Dame has been challenging but rewarding. Through the diversity of academic opportunities and extracurricular activities, it has helped shape who I am today and one day hope to be.” River Shea ’19 (Scripps Middle School)

“Notre Dame Prep has surpassed my expectations in all areas. Academically I have been challenged and will be well prepared for college. Socially I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. Faithfully I have strengthened my relationship with God. NDP is the perfect fit for me.” Joseph St. Andre ’20 (St. Hugo)

“At Notre Dame I have found a home. The countless opportunities and resources have allowed me a safe space to grow as a student, as a friend, and as an individual.” Kaitlyn Wacker ’19 (ND Marist Academy)

“Through Notre Dame’s challenging classes and supportive atmosphere, I have been able to grow and accomplish much more than I could have ever imagined.” Evaristo Garcia ’19 (Holy Family)

“NDP has motivated me to become the best possible version of myself spiritually, academically and athletically. I feel confident that I will be well-prepared for college and beyond.” Megan Galvin ’19 (St. Joseph)

“Notre Dame Prep has provided me with an experience like no other. It has given me multiple leadership opportunities, challenged me academically, pushed me competitively, sparked new friendships, enhanced my Christian faith, and helped me become the person I am today.” Rachel Bologna ’20 (Holy Family)

“NDP has given me the opportunity to grow spiritually, athletically and academically in a way that I had never thought possible.” Matt DeAngelis ’20 (St. Lawrence)

“I am forever grateful for my experience at NDP. It enabled me to step out of my comfort zone, developed within me an ethic for hard work, and instilled in me a strong moral compass. Those things have shaped the individual I am today. Living the school mission as a Christian person, upright citizen and academic scholar truly strengthens you and the world around you.” James Durkin ’14 (NDP) '18 (MSU)

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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