Notre Dame celebrates its ‘lifers’

Marist Academy’s lower school, which educates children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, officially opened in Waterford in 2003, joining Notre Dame's existing middle and upper schools. It was a rather bold move by NDPMA administrators at the time because the closing of Catholic elementary schools in southeast Michigan was becoming frighteningly commonplace.

But Notre Dame’s lower school has flourished ever since — even more so after moving to its current location on Giddings Road in Pontiac. And each year, as graduation looms for Notre Dame Prep, the school celebrates its seniors who have attended Notre Dame since entering that lower school or at least since the sixth grade at Marist Academy.

Colloquially known around campus as “lifers,” the 59 seniors listed below and pictured above and below will walk across the Notre Dame stage on May 19 with 141 of their classmates and receive a Notre Dame diploma — a diploma that for them will represent at least seven years of a Marist/Notre Dame education that no doubt have prepared them well for college and for life.

  2019 Notre Dame Lifers  
Sara Avery
Connor Beaudoin
Gabriella Bendtsen
Gabriel Birchmeier
Brad Blakeslee
Anthony Bologna
Mary Bonema
Selena Cade
Bryce Caldwell
Ethan Carino
Alexandra Case
Liam Conkey
Kevin Cragg
Mikaela Crute
Logan Currie
Lukas Cusac
Alexander Deck
Maria Famularo
Jamie Finn
Jacob Galloway
Brian Gebara
Eliana Gebara
Austin Greif
Andrew Hannoudi
Garrett Hegbloom
Carson Heimbuch
Ian Hoke
Mitchell Housey
Dawson Hubbard
Cooper Isham
Juliet Jacoby
Michelle Khan
Grace Khouri
Rachel Kloss
Jack Krausmann
Vincent Larsson
Keegan Lewerenz
Ryan Lindsey
Joseph Lopez
Natalie Lyijynen
Eric Marx
Matthew McDerment
Philip Moran
Sydney Newby
Erin Patterson
Natalie Risi
Tobias Roth
Deirdre Schiefer
Luke Seaman
Julia Silver
Maximilian Stowe
Chase Stuk
Kaitlyn Wacker
Christopher Walter
Nolan Weimer
Logan Wenneshiemer
Nathan White
Matthew Wood
Addison Young
2019 Notre Dame 
'Gold' Lifers
Connor Beaudoin
Brad Blakeslee
Alexandra Case
Mikaela Crute
Logan Currie
Jacob Galloway
Austin Greif
Carson Heimbuch
Juliet Jacoby
Eric Marx








Matthew McDerment
Sydney Newby
Deirdre Schiefer
Nathan White
Matthew Wood









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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. Notre Dame Prep 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 Marist Academy enrolls students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. NDPMA is an International Baccalaureate "World School" and is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers. It 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