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).
"I was thrilled to hear Jocelyn Kang made it to finals in the Overture Awards. Jocelyn is an amazing student with outstanding musical ability. She has the love, appreciation, and understanding of music making that is well beyond her years," shared MHS Band Director Bob Bass.
“There is no one more deserving of this recognition than Jessica. She is one of the most gifted writers I've ever taught, and she is constantly working hard to learn everything she can about writing to continue improving,” said MHS English Teacher Mandi Bross. “It's an honor to even make it to the semi-finals of the Overture Awards, and for her to make it to the finals on her first try is a testament to her talent.”
Six other MHS students competed in the Semi-Finals competition along with both Kang and Sommerville, including Noah Bradford (Visual Art), Brandon Cole (Theater), Sanjana Datla (Dance), Kedi Hu (Visual Art), Danielle Morey (Vocal), and Lauren Zell
This competition ranges beyond the visual arts, including Creative Writing, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music, and Theatre. The Overtures entries for the entire high school were coordinated by MHS visual arts teacher Tina Roberts.
The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. The Final Competition will take place on Saturday, February 27, and students may win $4,000 (one awarded in each discipline) or $1,000 (a total of 18 awarded).