Artistic Excellence

2015-2016 School Year

Mason High School Marching Band won the Bands of America Bowling Green Regional Competition on Sept. 26, 2015.

On November 6, 7, 13 and 14, Mason High School Theater presented Theophilus North in the school’s Studio Theater.

CSYO Orchestra

Thirty-seven Mason High School band and orchestra students were selected as members of the prestigious Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. The CSYO, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, includes the top-tier CSYO Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the CSYO Concert Orchestra.

The Mason High School Marching Band finished fourth at the 2015 Bands of America Grand National Championships on November 12-14.

Photo Club Contest Winner Mason High School junior Sarah Thompson won Best in Show at the inaugural West Chester Photo Club's contest for area high school students. Junior Destyni Dulin won first place in her grade category, as did senior Sarah Senne.

On January 29 & 30 and February 5 & 6,  Mason High School Theater presented Romeo and Juliet  in the school’s Studio Theater.

Band Rose Parade The William Mason High School Marching Band rang in the new year with a 5.5 mile trip down Colorado Boulevard in the 2016 Rose Parade. After over a year of planning and fundraising, Ohio’s top band traveled to Pasadena to perform in front of their largest audience of over 79 million parade fans.

Mason High School visual art students put on an outstanding performance in this year’s Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  This was an extremely successful year for MHS as 25 percent of its entries made it into the Regional show. Forty-six MHS students won a grand total of 60 awards in this year’s competition. Eleven of Mason’s student artists were awarded a total of 12 Gold Keys in their individual categories. Winners of the Gold Key, amounting to top honors in a particular art category, include: Avery Abraham, Conner Blumberg, Zack Boutwell, Heidi Cervantes,​ ​Lauren Fournier, Jenny Hong​, Taylor Kling (who won two Gold Keys),​ ​Kate Madigan, Taylor McSwain,​ Emma Morrissey,​ and ​Cole Tibbs.

Mason Middle School students Kimberly Dinh, Kobi Morgan, Ridham Raval, Olivia Rui, Raina Skidmore, Vanessa Stroud, Tiya Yempati, and Annie Zhang had their artwork accepted into the prestigious 2016 Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition. Together, these MMS students earned 10 prestigious art awards. This very competitive show encompasses work from grades 7-12.

Eight MHS students were named semifinalists at the Overture Awards Scholarship Regional Competition on January 9, the region’s largest solo arts competition for high school students. These talented MHS students include Noah Bradford (Visual Art), Brandon Cole (Theater), Sanjana Datla (Dance), Kedi Hu (Visual Art), Jocelyn Kang (Instrumental), Danielle Morey (Vocal), Jessica Sommerville (Creative Writing), and Lauren Zell (Creative Writing).

Two MHS students were named finalists at the Overture Awards Scholarship Semi-Finals Competition on January 29 and 30 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. These talented MHS students include Jocelyn Kang (Instrumental) and Jessica Sommerville (Creative Writing).

MMS Tomorrow's Artists Today Four Mason Middle School students’ art was featured in the 2016 Tomorrow’s Artists Today Exhibition at the Middletown Arts Center. Annie Lui and Meghana Meruga each had one piece chosen, and Kathryn Gross and Emi Tao each had multiple works hand-selected for this juried exhibit.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognized three staff writers of Mason High School’s student newspaper, The Chronicle, on February 5. Out of approximately 1,835 submissions, The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center selected MHS juniors Juliana Discher, Jonathan McCollough and Jessica Sommerville.

One hundred twenty Mason City Schools students were selected to perform with the Ohio Music Education Association District 13 Honor Bands, including 73 Mason High School students and 47 Mason Middle School students.

Mason Middle School seventh grader Jacob Kown's artwork was accepted into the 36th Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) Young People’s Art Exhibition. This is an art exhibition by Ohio students encompassing grades kindergarten through eighth.

Mason Middle School seventh grader Ava Scherocman’s artwork was selected to be displayed in the 2016 Youth Art Month Art Exhibition.  This exhibition includes 125 exemplary works of art by Ohio students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

On February 25, 300 top band and orchestra students from Mason High School traveled north to perform in Cleveland’s renowned Severance Hall. MHS Orchestra Director Stephanie Jones and Band Directors Robert Bass and Avious Jackson collaborated to showcase both of their nationally recognized programs in what is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls.

MHS junior Jessica Sommerville won the top prize for creative writing at the 2016 Overture Awards and won $4,000. Fellow MHS junior Jocelyn Kang was a finalist in the Instrumental Music category, and earned a $1,000 prize.

Students in Mason High School visual arts teacher Aaron Roberts' Design Studio Internship create artwork for real-life clients who need design assistance.  MHS interns created a shirt graphic in support of the Ohio K9 Memorial as part of their client projects.

An essay by Mason High School sophomore Alex Wang was selected as a winning piece in the 2016 Innovate Essay Competition held by Princeton Innovation Magazine. Wang's essay drew upon his experience in band and speech and debate. He chose to write about the invention of the microphone - noting its impact to amplify sound, and in turn ideas.

On April 28, 29, 30, and May 1, Mason High School Performing Arts presented My Fair Lady in the MHS Auditorium. Curtain on the April 28 performance is at 7 pm, on April 29 and 30 at 8pm, and on May 1 at 3 pm.
Mason Middle School student Tiya Yempati earned national recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  A panel of creative professionals identified the seventh grader as one of the most talented young artists in the nation for her charcoal, pastel and paper work, "Race Does Not Determine What You Celebrate." As a result, Yempati was awarded a Silver Medal for her art.

MI Design Lab

​Mason Intermediate School fifth grade​rs in Gifted Intervention Specialist Vicki Chappell and Lynne Hutchinson's ​nine ​class​es​ ​designed a Learning Space for the​ir school as part of a city-wide Design LAB Challenge.

At the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Mason High School sophomore Emma Morrissey received a Gold Medal for her Digital Art piece "Metamorphosis," which was MHS' first Gold in Digital Art, and fellow sophomore Heidi Cervantes received a Silver Medal for her Digital Art piece "The Mango Parrot."

Students from Mason Early Childhood Center, Western Row Elementary and Mason Intermediate School were selected to paint rain barrels as part of the fourth annual Rain Barrel Art Project, an initiative designed to educate the community about water conservation and pollution caused by storm water runoff.

Mason High School freshman Taylor Kling can add published illustrator to her young resume. Kling was the chosen illustrator of the book In the Land of “Soon Come”  that was written by Cincinnati educator Barbara Coyle.

Students whose artwork will be displayed during the 2016-2017 school year in Mason District Offices  include: Calleigh Bonnell, Hailey Brinkman, Avery Brown, Michelle Chen, Ben Cimini, Emma Conyers, Ira Cuasay, Allison Dagenback, Aron Dornhecker, Nolan Duvelius, Tyler Friesen, Kathryn Gross, Kaitlyn Hawthorne, Linda Hua, Tessa Joseph, Fatimah Kadhim, Taylor Kling, Sydney Maines, Nadia Myrie, Reva Reddy, Mikayla Schehr, Sarah Senne, Lucia Smith, McKenzie Snyder, Cole Tibbs, Grace Wang, Ben Wang and Payton Wood.

Mason High School Theater’s fall production of  Theophilus North garnered 16 nominations for excellence awards from the Greater Cincinnati Cappies - the critics and awards program for high school theater.

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