BALANCED GRAD

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May 3, 2021

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Notre Dame senior looks to a productive and well-rounded college experience thanks to his well-balanced high school.


When the Class of 2021's Brett Tice was exploring post-secondary opportunities, he looked for colleges and universities that struck a good balance between academics, school life and extracurriculars. He also looked for a location in the heart of an urban environment. He thinks he's hit the jackpot with his final choice.

"I chose Marquette University because the campus is located in the heart of Milwaukee, which will give me the curriculum I'm looking for as well as many opportunities to get involved with the community and the various organizations in the city," he said. "Also, the undergraduate size of 12,000 students will keep classrooms small so that more attention can be had with my professors."

That's something he's used to at Notre Dame Prep.

"I've found that at NDP every teacher truly cares about your success as a student and they will go above and beyond what is expected to ensure that you achieve your academic goals," he said. "Also, even though Notre Dame Prep challenged me academically, there was so much more than just schoolwork. With many different sports to play and new clubs being formed every year there's always a place to fit in and thrive."

Tice said he is well-prepared for college because of the variety of class options and extracurriculars available at Notre Dame. 

"With classes varying from AP and IB to horticulture in the greenhouse, I’ve been exposed to many different subjects and types of learning to prepare me for college," said Tice, who came to NDP from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School in Farmington. "Teachers at Notre Dame Prep also utilize many different pieces of technology, which will give me an advantage with the upswing of technology in colleges today. 

"Another way I feel that I will be ready for college is that I've developed good time-management skills over the course of my time at Notre Dame Prep. By playing sports and still having nightly homework, managing it all was a great skill that I learned throughout my four years."

Brett Tice NDP'21 played hockey for the Irish as a junior and senior. He also played for the football and ski teams at Notre Dame.


Tice's career goal is to eventually become a lawyer and he believes that after four years of business school at Marquette and his four years at NDP, he will have the skills necessary for law school and ultimately for a productive and happy life. 

"My experience at Notre Dame Prep has been such a great balance of extracurricular activities and academics," he added. "With a diverse class selection I was able to create my class schedule around the various sports I was a part of, so I didn’t become very stressed and was able to enjoy my time in and out of school."

But it wasn't always about time management and studying at Notre Dame for Tice. He said fun also was a big part of his high school experience.

"Being involved in sports has been so much fun for me at NDP," he said. "The bonds and relationships I've made with my fellow teammates throughout my four years will stick with me for years to come. I was on the football team all four years of high school, the ski team during 9th and 10th grades, and on the varsity hockey team 11th and 12th. The memories I've made while wearing the green and gold will last a lifetime. Go Irish!"

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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 Preparatory School 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 schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools 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 National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.