"The experience of a lifetime!" That's how Mason High School band director Bob Bass described the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony's performances at Chicago's famed Symphony Center on March 6. Along with bands from United Township High School, the MHS bands participated in The Best of the Midwest II concert in Orchestra Hall in front of a crowd of over 1,000 friends, family members, and music patrons. The trip, paid for by band members and their families and through fundraising efforts, also included a concert for students at Oak Park River Forest High School.
A collaboration between Mason High School bankers and artists resulted in a generous gift on behalf of a brave Mason High School teacher who is battling breast cancer. The Comet Savings & Loan, the high school's student-run bank, and the MHS Art Department recently held their third annual art auction.
"Pride of the Green" Only OH Sudler Shield AND Flag Winner Last November, the William Mason High School Marching Band achieved a first in program history at the Bands of America Grand National Championships--winning a coveted spot in Finals competition and placing tenth in the nation. The program's acclaim continues to grow with the official announcement that the MHS Marching Band has won the prestigious 2011 Sudler Shield.
Congratulations to staff members of the Mason High School student - produced newspaper, The Chronicle, who recently received several awards. "This is a tremendous group of students," said The Chronicle advisor, Dale Conner. "They work hard to cover all aspects of school life at Mason High School in an unbiased, balanced, and honest manner."
MHS's Laura Palmer threw out a challenge to her freshmen English classes...How has an author's work --novel, nonfiction, poetry-- changed your view of the world or yourself? Freshman Jessica Cress took the assignment to heart and wrote a stirring letter to Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, that earned her recognition as an Ohio semifinalist in the national Letters about Literature contest sponsored by Target. Out of 655 entries, Cress's letter made it into the top 25.
"In Mason, you feel that 'fire in the belly' where there is a high degree of ambition, energy and achievement, and that's what makes MHS students such a great match for Miami University," said MU President Dr. David Hodge to the 149 Mason seniors who were accepted to Miami - more future Red Hawks than any other high school in the country. The university provided a breakfast to the MHS seniors who were accepted, and Dr. Hodge answered students' questions.