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Congratulations Christopher Martin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

martinheadshot (crop)Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa. Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years. In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.

Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history. GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change. He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM). Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

We look forward to welcoming Chris back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On Friday, October 6th, all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Congratulations Gayle Gleckler, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni

Gayle GlecklerGayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960. She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts. She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.

Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world. She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns. Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books. Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.

In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation. Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

We look forward to welcoming Gayle back to the Mariemont City Schools as a part of the 2017 Class of Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni! On FridayOctober 6th,  all of this year’s distinguished alumni recipients will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success.   At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the start of the Homecoming Game at Kusel Stadium.

Presenting: Helping Anxious Kids with Dr. Andrew Sweeney

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As part of our district’s Life & Leadership Series, Dr. Andrew Sweeney will be presenting “Helping Anxious Kids:  Continuing the Conversation” on Tuesday, October 3rd 6:30 to 8pm in the Terrace Park Elementary Library . This presentation is geared toward Kindergarten through 2nd grade students, however, all parents are welcome. Dr. Sweeney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes Child and Adolescent Psychology, Psychological Assessment and Animal-Assisted Therapy. For more information about him, please visit http://www.bassetpsych.com/providers.  Any additional questions? Please contact, Suzie Lehman at slehman@mariemontschools.org

2017 Scavenger Hunt a Great Success!

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Thank you to all the teams and businesses that participated in this year’s Scavenger Hunt on September 9!  Over 30 teams participated and a great time was had by all.  Congratulations to our top 3 teams:

  1. Wonder Willetts
  2. The Millers
  3. Go Blue or Go Home

And a big THANK YOU to all our businesses for participating:

  • Stihl, Michaelson Homes, & Kyle Gearhart
  • Time Timer
  • Tri-State Running Company
  • Little Miami Fire Department
  • Trevor Furbay
  • The Wardrobe
  • The Dilly
  • The Birch
  • Snappy’s Pizza
  • Orange Leaf
  • 50 West Cycling
  • Mac’s
  • Miller Insurance
  • Starbucks
  • Groovy Gumball
  • The Mango Tree
  • The Sweeterie
  • Rooted
  • Eye Care on the Square
  • Lawnscapers
  • Etegent Technologies
  • Mariemont Capital

2017 Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected

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The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes Mariemont High School graduates of at least 10 years who have notably distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and/or remarkable accomplishments in their chosen career; skill, trade or business; in civic duties; in military service; in philanthropy; in volunteerism; in the arts; in the sciences; in education; in religion; or any other field, endeavor or pursuit.

The 2017 recipients are Gayle Gleckler, class of 1960, Advertising Executive, Writer, Artist; Christopher Martin, class of 1974, Astrophysicist and Professor; and Maritza (Crabtree) Stapanian (dec.), class of 1967, Astrophysicist and Air Force Major. The fifth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, October 6, these truly distinguished alumni will spend the day at Mariemont High School, where they will meet the faculty, visit with students and share their stories of success. At 5:30pm, they will be featured as honored guests in the school district’s annual Homecoming Parade. Finally, the Distinguished Alumni will be formally introduced and honored before the Homecoming football game at Kusel Stadium.

Gayle Gleckler graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1960.  She was active as class Vice-President, editor of the Warpath, a member of the Pep Club, and in the visual arts.  She attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor of Design degree.  Gayle went to New York and quickly made her mark in the advertising world.  She was responsible for Clairol’s “I’m gonna wash that gray right out of my hair” and many other ad campaigns.  Gayle co-wrote “Lord of the Flatbush”, a film starring Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler and has written and illustrated several books.  Her paintings are shown in galleries in New York City and along the East Coast.   In her “free” time, Gayle volunteers for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and AdVets for WarVets Foundation.  Gayle and her husband enjoy travelling the world and use their experiences to inspire their next artistic endeavor.

Christopher Martin was a member of the class of 1974.  He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Honors in Physics and was Phi Beta Kappa.  Chris received a PhD in Physics from the University of California Berkeley before teaching Physics at Columbia University for 6 years.  In 1993, he became Professor of Physics at the California University of Technology (Caltech), where he has taught ever since.  Christopher’s research includes his role as Principal Investigator for GALEX, a NASA Small Explorer mission, which involves an orbiting space telescope observing galaxies in ultraviolet light across 10 billion years of cosmic history.  GALEX’s observations are telling scientists how galaxies evolve and change.  He conceived and designed the Cosmic Web Imager at Caltech, where astronomers can obtain the first three-dimensional pictures of the inter-galactic medium (IGM).  Christopher has received numerous awards for his work, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

Maritza Stapanian (Crabtree) graduated Valedictorian of the class of 1967.  Upon graduation, Maritza studied at the Space Physics Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with Honors.  She subsequently was admitted to the Planetary Science Program at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where she earned a PhD.  The conclusions from her doctoral thesis helped to update the time horizon calculations for the creation and evolution of individual stars, our galaxy and solar systems.  After earning her PhD, Maritza enlisted in the US Air Force where she had a distinguished career with assignments in programs highly critical to national security.  She received numerous Air Force honors including the Commendation Medal (twice) and the Meritorious Service Medal (three times).  Martitza’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer led her to actively support scientific research of the disease.  She died in Cincinnati in October 2001.

The Mariemont School Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that enhance educational excellence in the Mariemont City School District. Your support of its Annual Fund Drive is critical to the success of the organization. For more information contact Molly Smyth, MSF Trustee, at 513-271-3316. Nominations for the sixth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.