Academic Excellence

2015-2016 School Year

MHS Merit Scholars Mason High School has the most National Merit Finalists in school history. The 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program named 23 MHS students as National Merit Finalists: Julianne Berry, Alexander Chung, Andrew Gao, Clare Hagen, Prajwal Hegde, Kedi Hu, Wenrui Huang, Caleb Kim, Kevin Liu, Divya Manoharan, Dennison Min, Vighnesh Ramesh, Amith Rao, Jeet Shah, Daniel Song, Radhika Upadhye, Divya Vinod, Sriharsha Voleti, Anthony Wang, Hao Wu, Singyi Yen, Alvin Zhang and James Zhu. Twenty-nine Mason High School seniors were named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program: Nina Bredemeier, Clayton Bryant, Joshua Damge, Michael Darby, Ria Datla, Sanjana Datla, James Enouen, Leah Ford, Joseph Foy, Jacob Grove, Rachel Hunter-Rinderle, Sonya Kapoor, Kylie Krueger, Sandy Lee, Sia Madichetty, Nicholas Marino, Meera Mathur, Danielle Morey, Maegan Murphy, Shreya Nalluri, Erin Patrick, Katarina Schneiderman, Michael Shu, Emma Statt, Alec Sucaldito, Austin Woodruff, Kevin Yang, Charlie Yu, and Gary Zhao. Mason High School seniors Alejandro Rivera, Sarah Senne and George Valcarcel, were selected as National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. Qualifications for recognition were based on critical reading, mathematics and writing scores on the 2014 PSAT and a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, recipients of this honor must be Hispanic or Latino in origin. Perfect ACT Mason High School students Erin Rockstroh and Emma Statt earned perfect ACT scores. The Mason High School Academic Quiz Team finished the school’s first 18-0 undefeated GMC season. MMS Science Olympiad The Mason High School and Mason Middle School Science Olympiad teams won the Cincinnati Science Olympiad Regional Tournament March 5. Both teams then headed to the State Science Olympiad Tournament on April 9. The Mason City Schools Destination Imagination Teams had an amazing showing at the regional competition held at Miami University on March 19. Four teams placed first, and many teams won special awards and recognitions - including the Spirit of DI Award, The Renaissance Award, and the Da Vinci Award. The first place finishers advanced to the 2016 Ohio Destination Imagination State Tournament on April 16. Eight Mason Middle School students’ science research scored among the best of the best to qualify to compete at State Science Day hosted by The Ohio State University on May 14. These scientists brought in over $7,000 in awards at the University of Cincinnati Regional Science Fair. ​​The MHS Speech and Debate Team achieved a new record-breaking number of national qualifiers to attend the National Speech & Debate Association’s (NSDA) National Tournament in Salt Lake City this past June. Seven MHS students qualified and four others were chosen as alternates to the nation's top speech and debate competition. Four Mason Middle School students and a Mason High School student represented the Comets in Ohio’s National History Day Competition on April 30 at Ohio Wesleyan. National History Day in Ohio is a year-long program where students choose a topic, tied to an annual theme, and create historical papers, dramatic performances, creative documentaries, museum-like exhibits and websites. Their projects are based in primary and secondary source research and reflect their analysis of the historical topic. The Mason High School HOSA Club won 12 events at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition. These Biomed students qualified for the International Leadership Conference, which was held in Nashville this past June. MHS Science Fair Nineteen Mason High School students presented their Science Fair projects during the 2016 UC Science and Engineering Expo on March 19, and earned $10,960 in prizes and scholarship awards. Nine MMS students also competed and won over $7,000. The Mason High School and Mason Middle School Science Olympiad teams completed a fantastic season.. The MHS team placed fourth and the MMS team finished ninth at the state competition, which was held Saturday, April 9 at the Ohio State University. Mason Middle School sent five of its seventh grade writers to the Power of the Pen Regional Competition: Faye Cuasay, Katie Maier, Mariah Norman, Abraham Sturgill, and Ann Vettikkal, and four eighth grade writers including Lily Geiser, Megan Li, Leah Lorenz, and Aranpreet Sajjan. Mason High School sophomore Peter Zhu qualified for the USA Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO). Zhu is the first MHS student to do so since Tong Zhan, who graduated from Mason in 2009. Qualifying for the USAJMO is an amazing feat. There were only about 500 American students who earned the honor of taking last year's test. Mason High School AP Chemistry students won three out of the four Ralph E. Oesper Second Year Chemistry Olympiad Awards at the April American Chemical Society professional meeting. MHS sophomore Jeffrey Huang finished in first placed and received a $400 award. Tying for second place were fellow MHS sophomores Alex Wang and Atneya Nair who each received a $200 award. Mason High School senior Vinay Naik is the State Champion in Informative Speaking in Speech and Debate at the 2016 Ohio High School Speech League (OHSSL) State Tournament. Naik finished in first place out of 64 state qualifiers from schools across Ohio. Western Row second grader Maya Ahlers placed third in the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Imagine Engineering Program. Two Mason Intermediate School “Destination Imagination” teams won their divisions at the 2016 state tournament, and qualified for the Global Finals that were held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nine Mason High School students - Sydney Braine, Ria Datla, Rachel Hunter-Renderle, Nidhi Iyanna, Sydnie Kong, Rhadika Upadhye,  Jenny Wan, Emily Wang and Shirley Yang - received the NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing from the Ohio affiliate. This award recognizes high school young women for their computing-related aspirations as well as leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Two teams from Mason City Schools won full scholarships to the AGA Summer Go Camp at the YMCA Camp Campbell Gard in Hamilton. The scholarships were earned by finishing first in their assigned division at the American Go Honor Society annual team tournament in early April. Mason Intermediate fifth grader Ansh Alluru was named one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Sallie and Sruthi For three years, Sruthi Parthasarathi went head-to-head with the nation's top middle school math minds. In 2016, after the the Mason Middle School eighth grader won third place at the state MATHCOUNTS competition, she once again qualified to represent Ohio at the National Competition in Washington D.C., that was held on May 7-10.  It is rare for a student to qualify for nationals all three years of eligibility.

Mason City Schools was chosen as one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada who were honored by the College Board with placement on the 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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