June 7, 2017
MHS Class of 2017 Offered over $16.3M in Scholarships
Graduation 2017

On May 21, 880 students - the largest class in school history - graduated from William Mason High School during the school's 131st commencement ceremony held at the Cintas Center.

The Class of 2017 was one of the most successful in Mason history. Eighty-seven percent of the class will attend college in the fall, and more than 326 students received over $16.3 million in academic, arts and/or athletic scholarships and awards. There were 22 National Merit Finalists, 34 National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, 315 summa cum laude graduates, 96 magna cum laude graduates, 85 cum laude graduates, and 413 students who received Ohio's Honors Diploma.

School Board President Matt Steele made welcoming remarks, and Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline encouraged students to not be afraid of change.  MHS English teacher Tim King was chosen by the Class of 2017 to deliver the Faculty Address. His inspiring remarks reminded students that "Love" is spelled T-I-M-E. Watch Tim King deliver his commencement address.

Read more about the commencement ceremony.
Reutter Named Recipient of Celebrate Excellence Award
Celebrate Excellence

Mason Middle School science teacher Jay Reutter was recently chosen as the recipient of the Celebrate Excellence Award sponsored by the Hamilton County Education Foundation.  The award recognizes excellent professionals in public education.

Reutter's innovative leadership, collaborative efforts to help other teachers grow professionally, and love for learning let to him being recognized with the award.

"Over the years, Jay has transformed into not just a great teacher of science but a great leader among his peers.  When our school underwent a huge transition from teaming to a more traditional middle school schedule, Jay initiated a grassroots effort to identify concerns and develop a plan of action and ultimately planning and implementing a House System for our staff and students.  He saw this as an opportunity for staff and students to build relationships, participate in community service, develop leadership skills, and promote positive academic and social behaviors," said Tonya McCall, MMS Principal.

Read more about Celebrate Excellence.
Mason Honors Students' Commitment to Serving Country in Blue Star Ceremony

Blue Star Ceremony
Seventeen members of the William Mason High School Class of 2017 were honored for their decision to serve their country during a Blue Star Ceremony in the school's auditorium on May 15.

"We are so proud of each one of you," shared Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent during her opening remarks to the students and their families and classmates. "Thank you, on behalf of everyone here, for your dedication, commitment and willingness to serve your country to protect our freedoms."

Students honored at the ceremony included: Bailey Bowen, Andrew Braun, Jack Finnegan, Joseph Grimes, Logan Nawrocki, Liam Parigen, Alex Martinez, Matt Ramirez, Kristina Reisbord, Matt Singer, Andrew Sohnlein, Eric Thomas William Turner, Adrew Tran, Vernon Vodenik, Brandon Williams, and Alex Zimmerman .

Read more about the Blue Star Ceremony.
Project Excellence Recognizes Two MCS Teachers

Project Excellence Winners
This spring, Mason Early Childhood Center first grade Intervention Specialist
Katie Brosnan and Mason Middle School science teacher Laura Tonkin were honored at the Area Progress Council's 30th Annual Project Excellence dinner at the Warren County Career Center.

Brosnan was nominated for the award by paraprofessionals and parents. "Katie demonstrates exceptional abilities in creative instructional strategies, continuous improvement and leadership. Katie goes above and beyond, working late nights and weekends to come up with creative ways to teach our special needs students. She is a fantastic role model for everyone, and she is a caring, motivational leader who inspires all who enters her room," shared paraprofessional Michelle Lowery .

Tonkin was nominated by fellow MMS science teacher, Kristyn Keriazes ."Laura has transformed her room this year to focus even further on what is best for the students. She is employing new personalization strategies that allows each learner to use their passions to enhance their learning. She bravely takes risks and tries new instructional techniques. She is excited about helping students reach their potential, and takes her own time to help explain her theories and processes with other teachers," explained Keriazes

Read more about the Project Excellence honorees.
MHS Val & Sal Both Headed to Pennsylvania

Chen and Singh
The Class of 2017's Valedictorian and Salutatorian have a lot in common. Hard working, ambitious, and bright, Valedictorian  Xindi Chen  and Salutatorian  Aditya Singh  will both attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
Students, families and friends attending the William Mason High School Class of 2017's graduation ceremony were treated to two powerful speeches by Chen and Singh during the school's commencement ceremony.

Valedictorian Xindi Chen, of Mason, is the daughter of Yachuan Chen and Yingjie He. She plans to major in biomedical engineering and will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

Salutatorian Aditya Singh, of Mason, is the son of Omopal and Usha Singh. He plans to study at the Wharton School of Business at Penn.

Read excerpts from the Val and Sal speeches.
Mason Kiwanis Recognizes Students of the Year

Kiwanis Students of the Year
On May 18, the Kiwanis Club of Mason presented its Student of the Year award to six students in area schools.

The students of the year are: Mason Early Childhood kindergartner Claire Mickelson who was nominated by her teacher Michelle Hastings , Western Row third grader Lacey Doll who was nominated by her teacher Corri Doenecke , Mason Intermediate sixth grader Bekah Hufnagel who was nominated by her teacher Whitney Decker , St. Susanna student Brooke Woods who was nominated by her teacher Nancy Thomas , Mason Middle School eighth grader Guru Ram who was nominated by his teacher Lauren Richardson , and Mason High School senior Tori Berry who was nominated by her teacher Stephanie Nally .

Read more about the Kiwanis Student of the Year award.

Mason Schools Foundation Recognizes Teachers for Going "Above & Beyond!"

MSF Above _ Beyond
The Mason Schools Foundation recently recognized two Mason educators for going "above and beyond!" Mason Intermediate School fourth grade intervention specialist
Christa Yoda, and band director Dr. Micah Ewing were surprised with $200 minigrants and recognition in front of their students and peers.

"The Mason Schools Foundation is honored to recognize these amazing teachers in a year with a record number of heartfelt nominations!" said Mason Schools Foundation President Mindy Patton. "Ms. Yoda and Dr. Ewing's efforts go way "above and beyond" and we are grateful for all that they do for our Comet Family!"

Read what nominators said about Yoda and Ewing.
MHS's HOSA Club Wins 18 Events at State, Biomed Students Qualify for International Leadership Conference

This second-year club is busy setting records - and building a legacy. Last year, Mason High School students organized a new school-sponsored organization geared for students interested in the health professions and committed to community service.  Some of the MHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals club's activities includes participating in competitions.

MHS won 18 out of the 32 events, and 36 MHS students qualified for HOSA's International Leadership Conference on June 20-25.

"Every school has their officers, every state has their officers and every country has their officers. This year two of my students, Matthew Minick and Sriya Suraapaneni , applied for a State officer position. They went through a rigorous process that included testing, interviews, speeches and a question/answer session. I am very proud to announce that they were elected to represent Ohio as Vice President and Reporter," shared MHS Biomedical Science Teacher and HOSA advisor Susana Maldonado.

Read more about who qualified for the HOSA International Leadership Conference.

Mason Stars Catch Awards 

Peter and the Starcatcher
Mason High School Theater's production of
Peter and the Starcatcher garnered 14 nominations for excellence awards from the Greater Cincinnati Cappies - the critics and awards program for high school theater - at the Aronoff Center on May 26. Mason students also gave an outstanding performance of the opening scene from Peter and the Starcatcher before the enthused crowd.

Mason took home six awards at the gala.  Winners included: Jordan Rose and Andrew Thompson for Sound, Matthew Berman for Featured Actor, Spencer Walsh for Comic Actor, Katie Kenniston for Supporting Actress, Drew Stidham for Leading Actor, and Collin Aldrich, Emma Jenkins, Emma Miller, Natalie Price, Suzy Troughton, Sydney Dye, Divyaam Satija, Kayla Williams, Jessica Boehlmann, Katie Pinnetti, and Gerardo Contreras won best Ensemble for their performances.  
MMS Wins Outstanding School Award at State Science Fair 
State Science Fair

Eleven Mason Middle School students participated in the State Science Fair, hosted by The Ohio State University on May 13.  The team won the Harold C. Shaw Outstanding School Award from The Ohio Academy of Science!

"We are so proud of these students.  Each student took a passion for science and translated it into amazing projects.  These students represented Mason with the utmost class.  The future of science and engineering is bright with these students leading the way!" shared MMS Science Fair Coordinator and eighth grade science teacher Jay Reutter .

The eleven students included Laalitya Acharya, Sankalp Agrawal, Vaishnavi Kavoori, Anrav Mantro, Rhea Mehta, Ayushe Nagpal, Ria Narang, Arvind Prasad, Gayatri Rajan, Amulya Surabhi, and Sanjay Swamy.
Students' Art Chosen for Year-Long Display in Mason District Offices 

Art Students
Several Mason City Schools students' masterpieces were recently designated a part of the Mason Central art collection that will be displayed throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline invited each artist and his or her family to a special reception in the students' honor on May 10.

Students whose artwork will be displayed during the 2017-2018 school year include: Elleni Akinboyewa, Grace Bagadiong, Evan Bair, Lindsay Chapman, Ayesha Chaudhry, Tyler Chumney, Aarya Deodhar, Sasha Fennimore, Brie Gilkey, Ruby Glassmeyer, Sydney Grebe, Hannah Johnson, Devansh Maladkar, Alyssa Manguiat, Katie Middleton, Tanner Pearson, Claire Patton, Allie Tobergte, Francesca Voyten, Kendall Watkins, Ben Yin, Emma Zhao, and Michelle Zuo .

Read more about the student artwork on display.
MHS AP Chemistry Students Win Awards: Hong and Huang Qualify for Nationals 

AP Chem teachers and students
Students from AP Chemistry classes across the tri-state recently competed in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry Olympiad test.  The top five scorers are honored at a recognition dinner and receive a monetary prize ranging from $400 to $100. Mason High School AP Chemistry students earned four out of those five possible awards!

MHS sophomore Jenny Hong finished in first place, and junior Allen Yang finished in second. Tying for third place were junior Richard Liu and senior Sam Varner . These four students were honored at an American Chemical Society Dinner. Jeffery Huang was a second year competitor and actually scored the highest. However, a student cannot receive a monetary award two years in a row.  

Aimee Hansen and Monica Schneider teach AP Chemistry at Mason High School.

Read more about the ACS Chemistry Olympiad test.
Lions Club Honors Mason Students

Lions Club Citizenship Award
The Mason Lions Club recognized three Mason City Schools students and a St. Susanna student at its annual Citizenship Awards Night on April 17.  Following a dinner in the students' honor, each child received a plaque and $50. 
This year's recipients included Mason High School's Emily Wang , Mason Middle School's Meghan Hartley , Mason Intermediate's Olivia McCann , and St. Susanna's Alex Van Pee . The Lions Club worked with school counselors throughout the selection process, and the honored students each selected a teacher to introduce them and share why they were chosen to receive the award. Dee Dee Messer presented Wang with her award, Hayley Kennedy presented Hartley with her award, Trish Devore presented McCann with her award, and Thomas Parker presented Van Pee with his award.

Read more about the Lions Club Citizenship Awards.
Manoharan Presents Research at State History Competition 

Rishi Manoharan
Mason Middle School seventh grader
Rishi Manoharan participated in the State History Day Competition with his research paper Bhagavatpada Sri Adi Shankaracharya: Reviving Hinduism and Advaita Vedanta . The State History Day competition was held at Ohio Wesleyan University on April 29 and was related to the 2017 National theme "Taking a Stand in History."

Manoharan qualified for the state competition at the District 8 History Day competition which was held earlier this spring at the University of Cincinnati.

MMS History Day participants included:
Benicio Machado - Documentary- The Winter War of 1939
Claire Patton - Exhibit - Sarah Josepha Hale: Godmother of Thanksgiving
Manwinder Singh - Website- T he Indian Independence movements: The Mutiny of 1857
Shivum Chokshi - Website - General MacArthur Taking a Stand for the Reconstruction of Japan After World War II
Heather Long - Exhibit - Allies Take D-Day To The End

Read more about the State History Day Competition.
MHS Students Qualify for National Math Olympiad 

Math Olympiad
Two Mason High School students completed their first Math Olympiads like champs! The underclassmen qualified for the USAMO and the USAJMO -
The United States of America (Junior) Mathematical Olympiad - which took place April 19 and 20.

MHS freshman Sruthi Parthasarathi qualified for the USAMO, and sophomore Richard Liu qualified for the USAJMO, respectively.

"To qualify for this event, students had to do well in both the AMC 10/12 and the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination)," explained MHS math teacher and Math Team Advisor Colleen Everett . "The AMC was a 15 question, 75 minute examination and the AIME was a 15 question, three hour examination."

Read more about the Mathematical Olympiad.
K-Kids Give Back to Community 

K-Kids proved once again that it's never too early to start giving back to the community!

K-Kids, a service club affiliated with Mason Kiwanis for fifth and sixth graders at Mason Intermediate, completed more than ten community service projects during this past school year. These projects included a cash drive for the Mason Food Pantry, which raised more than $1400. Students also made fleece blankets for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, and winter themed place mats for senior citizens at Otterbein community.

They also completed projects that benefited their own school by making snowflakes with positive messages to decorate the halls of MI, purchased donuts for teachers and signed a large note, made cards and gave cookies to custodians and cafeteria workers to say thank you, took out teachers' recycling bins as time allowed, held a skating party fundraiser, made Veteran's Day cards, and made flower pens for Kiwanis

The K-Kids advisors for the 2016-2017 school year were Joan Davis, Chantele Gilman, Michelle Krugh, and Leslie Molnar.

Read more about  K-Kids at MI.
High Fives to...
Track State Winners

MHS runners  Ellie Brush, Maddie Ullom, Faith Min, and Lily Hallum , who just happen to be the fastest 4x800 Relay Team in State and Stadium History! The girls shaved off 14 seconds from their time to set the new record of 8:56:62 at the OHSAA State Championship. The girls are coached by Kelly Affatato . Read the Cincinnati Enquirer's coverage.

... MHS Class of 2014's Gabe Dubois, who brought home 6th place for the Missouri Tigers in the College Bass Fishing National Championship!

...these dedicated public servants who have been instrumental in "Growing Greatness Together!" Good luck in retirement: Susan Bass - MMS Band teacher. Bob Blair - Bus Driver, Jacque Bowers - MHS Special Education Aide, Susie Brunk - Bus Driver, Karen Case - Bus Driver, Debra Conley - WR Special Education Aide, Darrell Duncan - MHS Custodian, Debbie Easter - Bus Driver, Bob Ellerman - MHS Custodian, Rita Gaffin - Child Nutrition Point of Sale Specialist, Desiree Hagood - Bus Driver, Mary Hammiel - Student Information System Administrator, Debbie Harbison - MHS Custodian, Bill Hauk - Bus Driver, David Keith - Bus Driver, Donna Lambert - MHS Special Education Aide, Bill Maess - Bus Driver, Kate Miller - Bus Driver, Kent Mullikin - Maintenance, Pat Nurre - Accounting Clerk, Brian Piispanen - WR School Psychologist, Pam Rodway - MMS Media Aide, John Roeder - Bus Driver, Bill Schlueter - Bus Driver, Kari Testerman - WR 3rd Grade Teacher, Janet Trammel - MHS Child Nutrition Worker, Randy Trapp - Bus Driver, Kathy Vest - Bus Driver, and Chris Vitale - Bus Driver.  


 ... the 2016-17 Mason Athletic Teams, who once again earned the GMC All Sports Trophy. In the ten years that Mason has  been a part of the Greater Miami Conference, the Comets have won the title each year. Now that's #Consistently Great!


... the MHS Marching Band, who beautifully represented the deep appreciation we have for our nation's fallen heroes during the City of Mason's Memorial Day Parade.   Watch the band's performance on the Mason Bands Facebook page.

... MHS Class of 2013's Joel Brown, who after battling AML twice and having a life-saving bone marrow transplant from his sister, Ali, in 2011, has now graduated from Bowling Green University and has started working as a Patient Care Assistant on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Jewish Hospital. We are so very inspired by this Comet!


 ... Staff from the Mason City School District and the City of Mason Police & Fire Departments who conducted an active assailant drill on May 30. The drill was an important way to test and evaluate the emergency response capabilities of Mason Safety Services, along with the preparedness of Mason City Schools, during a violent incident. Several learnings from the drill are being put into place to make our community safer.

Happy Summer

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