Sets New School Record Members of the MHS Speech & Debate Team had another successful showing at the 85th Annual Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio, on March 2 & 3, 2012. The team set a new school record for the total number of State finalists in one season as well as the number of competitors in a final round! Mason also tied for 8th place out of 65 Ohio teams in Team Sweepstakes. "We were so proud that MHS brought home the hardware," shared Melissa Donahue, speech & debate advisor.
Five Mason High School students came out on top after taking the annual American Legion Americanism and Government Test. Seniors Sahir Rama and Molly Simeur, junior Alex Severson, and sophomores Kaitlyn Barnes and James Gao earned high scores on this optional test, administered in the fall. John Looker, Commander of the Joe Barr American Legion Post 194 in Mason, presented certificates and cash prizes to the five winners on March 20, 2012.
Mason High School seniors Thomas Probel and Christopher Rueda joined other outstanding musicians from across the nation March 15-17 as part of Music for All's 2012 Honor Band of America. They were selected from hundreds of applicants from across the country for membership in this prestigious honors ensemble and were the only two musicians selected to represent Ohio. Rueda was also named first chair clarinetist.
...the 2,245 MHS Students named to the Honor Roll 2nd trimester. 1,158 students earned highest honors, 678 students earned high honors, and 409 students earned honors. Visit the district website news to check out who is on the list! ... Western Row third grader Claire Northcut who won the Dayton Daily News-Dayton Dragon national anthem contest and will perform on opening night, April 5. Check out the Pulse Journal's coverage of Claire's accomplishment. ...
"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.