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2016 Mariemont HIgh School Distinguished Alumni Selected

Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumni Selected
Recipients Include a CEO of the Shedd Aquarium, a Community Volunteer, and an Entrepreneur
 

The Mariemont Alumni Association and the Mariemont School Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of Mariemont High School’s fourth 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.

2016 MHS Distinguished Alumni

The recipients are Ted A. Beattie, class of 1963, President and CEO, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium; Marie Huenefeld, class of 1959, former longstanding Mariemont Board of Education member and community volunteer; and James Monroe III, class of 1973, founder and CEO of the Thermo Companies. The fourth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee including Mariemont Alumni Association (MAA) and Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, October 7, 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 Game at Kusel Stadium.

Ted A. Beattie graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1963. He attended the Ohio State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in public relations. From 1978 to the present Ted has held numerous leadership roles at zoos and aquariums across the country, including the Cincinnati Zoo, Brookfield Zoo (Chicago), Knoxville Zoological Gardens, and Forth Worth Zoo. The Shedd Aquarium hired Ted as its President and CEO in 1994, a role that he held for more than two decades until his retirement earlier this year. Under his leadership, the prestigious aquarium has experienced record growth and enormous change. It now draws more than two million visitors annually, making it the most visited aquarium in the country. Ted is also the recipient of numerous honors and accolades. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Ted to serve on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. And in 2005, he received the R. Marlin Perkins Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for extraordinary service. Ted and his wife Jill split their time between Lakeside, Michigan and Osprey, Florida.

Marie (Caroselli) Huenefeld was an active member of the class of 1959, participating in athletics, the arts, and journalism. She attended Ohio University and graduated with a degree in journalism. Marie is a lifelong volunteer. Numerous volunteering experiences after college led her to become a trustee of the Association of Volunteers of the Convalescent Hospital for Children. The association has raised millions of dollars for the Convalescent Hospital and the Medical Center and Marie continues her active role on that board today. She is also a member of the Convalescent Hospital Board of Trustees, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, and the Cincinnati Horticultural Society. For more than four decades, Marie has served on 12 other city and community non-profit boards. In 1987, voters elected Marie to the Mariemont City School District Board of Education, where she served as president four times. She retired from the school board in 2015 and was honored with the inaugural Marie Huenefeld Friend of Mariemont Schools Award. She was a Cincinnati Enquirer Women of the year in 1999. Along with her volunteer activities, Marie has played an active role in the family business, Dee Sign Co. Marie lives in Mariemont and is the proud mother of two Mariemont graduates, Braden and Kirk.

James (Jay) Monroe III is a graduate of the class of 1973 and attended college at Tulane University. Jay exemplifies the spirit of the American entrepreneur. In 1984 he and his wife used $40,000 — the proceeds of the sale of their New Orleans home — to start Thermo Companies, a business selling electricity to utility companies. Jay later raised millions in debt and equity to finance the construction of Thermo’s first power plant in Colorado. After building four power plants, Thermos began investing in natural gas exploration projects. Jay and his partners operated these businesses for 20 years and used the profits to build sizable companies in commercial and resort real estate, financial services and aircraft leasing, industrial distribution and telecommunications. Currently, Jay’s largest telecommunications business interest is in the satellite industry, where Thermo holds a majority interest in Globalstar. Globalstar is a publicly traded provider of satellite phones and communications infrastructure to the 3 billion people in world without cellular or landline access. Jay is currently Globalstar’s Executive Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Jay and his wife split their time between Denver and New Orleans.

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 fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Award will be solicited in the spring. Visit http://mariemontschoolfoundation.org/ for more information.

 

Harlan Cohen Book Sales

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Harlan Cohen, Author of The Naked Roommate will speak at the  MHS Senior Transition Seminar.

May 17th, 2016
MHS Auditorium
8:15AM Parent Presentation
9:00AM Senior Presentation

Pre-purchase book sales have ended.. Pre-purchased books will be available for pickup at the seminar on the 17th.

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The Mystery Begins Here

The FAB Affair returns for it’s 6th year as a fundraiser to benefit the Mariemont City School District!

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The Mystery Begins…

Saturday March 5th
The Location is a Secret…

Guests will meet at two locations within the district at 5:30pm
to board busses that will take them to a surprise location.

The evening will include appetizers, dinner, drinks (beer, wine, and liquor),
Mystery Basket raffles and a live auction. You won’t want to miss this exciting night!

Click HERE to reserve your spot quickly – this event is limited to the
first 300 people who purchase tickets. 

Finding your College Fit with Meredith Graham

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The Life and Leadership Series presents… 

Meredith Graham, Director of College Counseling

Tuesday February 2nd at 7:00pm Mariemont Elementary Auditorium

Find Your College Fit!

Whether you are in the middle of the college search process or several years away, finding a college that will be a good fit for you is important. Meredith’s talk will center on helping students understand themselves better so that they can choose a college that will work for them.

Meredith Graham, Director of College Counseling, Collegewise

Meredith-GrahamMeredith spent seven years as an associate director of admissions at Cornell University. She also earned a master’s degree in higher education and worked as an academic advisor at Purdue, all after studying chemistry at The College of Wooster. A scientist and a counselor at heart, Meredith is also the author of the Collegewise publication, STEM’s Many Branches: College Planning for Students Considering Majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

College & Career Planning Center (CCPC)

The Mariemont City School’s College and Career Planning Center helps students navigate their post-secondary education and career options. The CCPC is a Resource Center staffed with a dedicated college counselor and resources such as test prep support and Naviance, a web-based career and college search tool. The CCPC counselors, programs and resources allow students and parents to feel confident and comfortable with the post-secondary choices. Click here to visit the CCPC website.

The Life and Leadership Series

The The Life and Leadership Series is a collaboration between the District and the Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to our school community. The programs included in this series build upon the existing robust offerings throughout the District, creating an even more vibrant and well-rounded experience for our students and families. The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the Mariemont School Foundation provides in accordance with our Mission:  to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that preserve, enhance, and sustain educational excellence.

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2015/16 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

Make it Happen Matching Promotion Begins Today

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Beginning today, Donations to open Make it Happen teacher requests will be matched dollar for dollar by local businesses and organizations!

MIHRazooSquareThe Make it Happen program is a crowd-funding initiative to support teachers and students across the district. The focus for the 2015 requests is experiential learning opportunities for the classroom. The idea behind the Make it Happen Program is that small donations, when contributed by many donors, can create a significant impact.

How can you help?  Click on the button to the browsebuttonright to browse open requests and make a tax free donation. It only takes a minute! If you have family or friends that you think might want to support a request, please forward this email.

Thank you to our generous Match Sponsors!

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Let’s Make it Happen for Mariemont Teachers & Students!

What is Make it Happen?

The Make it Happen (MIH) Program is a crowdfunding campaign directly supporting a teacher’s classroom through donations from the entire Mariemont City Schools community.  Your donation directly impacts students by funding engaging challenges, relevant applications and authentic learning opportunities!    

What’s new this year?

All projects this year are geared toward the district’s Warriors BEyond program that offers exciting enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum.  The Mariemont staff has generated  innovative  ideas to bring hands-on 21st Century learning activities DIRECTLY to your students.  

Please take a look and consider donating today.  We are accepting donations through the Mariemont School Foundation Website using the Crowdfunding service Razoo.com.

 

How can I help?

Consider a Make it Happen program donation as a means of recognizing a special teacher or favorite school.
  • You can browse current MIH requests here.
  • Watch your email and the Foundation or School Facebook pages for information about requests you might be interested in supporting.
  • Help promote requests that are important to you by sharing them with your network.
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Together we can Make it Happen for our Teachers and Students!

The Admissions Game with Peter Van Buskirk

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The Life and Leadership Series presents… 

The Admissions Game® featuring Peter Van Buskirk

Thursday October 8th at 7:00pm, MHS Auditorium

Learn what will happen to your application behind closed doors:

Become a member of an admission committee
Review four candidates’ credentials
Debate their strengths and weaknesses
Vote to determine who gets in

Peter Van Buskirk, Author, Motivational Speaker and former Dean of Admissions

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College & Career Planning Center (CCPC)

The Mariemont City School’s College and Career Planning Center helps students navigate their post-secondary education and career options. The CCPC is a Resource Center staffed with a dedicated college counselor and resources such as test prep support and Naviance, a web-based career and college search tool. The CCPC counselors, programs and resources allow students and parents to feel confident and comfortable with the post-secondary choices. Click here to visit the CCPC website.

The Life and Leadership Series

The The Life and Leadership Series is a collaboration between the District and the Foundation to bring high-quality national experts and experiences to our school community. The programs included in this series build upon the existing robust offerings throughout the District, creating an even more vibrant and well-rounded experience for our students and families. The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the Mariemont School Foundation provides in accordance with our Mission:  to support the long-term success of our students and community through initiatives that preserve, enhance, and sustain educational excellence.

Click here for a complete schedule of the 2015/16 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

Please Welcome Mark W. Lippert , Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

LippertWebClipCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Mark W. Lippert!

 

Mark W. Lippert is a member of the Mariemont High School class of 1991. Mr. Lippert graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with both a B.A in Political Science and an M.A. in International Policy Studies.  From 1999 through 2005, he served as an advisor and a professional staff member for several Senate committees, advising Senators Patrick Leahy, Tom Daschle and others.

Mark followed as the foreign policy advisor for then-Senator Obama, working on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Mr. Lippert has served as Deputy Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff for the National Security Council, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense.  In September 2014, he was confirmed as the United States Ambassador to South Korea.

His military service includes active duty deployments as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy to Iraq and Afghanistan with Seal Team One, and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, respectively.  Mark and his wife, Robyn, have one son, James William Sejun.

This Friday, October 2nd,  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 to Michael L. Fordyce , Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

Fordyce WebshotCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Michael L. Fordyce!

 Michael L. Fordyce is a graduate from the class of 1969.  Mr. Fordyce was a standout athlete at Mariemont High School, where he earned 10 varsity letters and held records in cross country and track. He attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating cum laude with a degree in business.

Mike advanced in his professional career, becoming the chief administrative officer for the Catholic Health Initiatives, a national healthcare system of 72 hospitals and 42 long-term care facilities where he served for 21 years. In 2008, Mike became the President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, the position he holds today.

Craig Hospital specializes in neurological rehabilitation and research and has been ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the United States for the past three years (and top 10 for 25 years). Mr. Fordyce’s philanthropic pursuits include a deep commitment to various health care industry initiatives and the establishment of the Steve Mckee-Mike Fordyce Scholarship for Mariemont High School seniors.

Please join us ON FRIDAY October 2nd for the Mariemont High School Homecoming and help welcome the 2015 Distinguished Alumni.   Mr. Fordyce and his fellow honorees will be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, and will be formally recognized at Kusel Stadium.

Introducing Donn M. Davis, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

DonnCropCongratulations to Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus Donn M. Davis!

Donn M. Davis graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1981 where he was Senior Class President. He graduated from Miami University with a BS in in finance and then earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Donn started his career as an attorney at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, specializing in media and technology transactions. At 29 years old, he became the youngest team attorney in Major League Baseball negotiating player contracts for the Chicago Cubs. From 1992 to 1998, he served in senior roles at Tribune Company, where he was President of Tribune Ventures.

From 1998 to 2003, Donn was a senior executive at America Online, including President of the AOL Interactive Properties Group. He then became CEO of Exclusive Resorts, building it into one of the first successful “sharing economy” companies. In 2005 Donn co-founded venture capital firm Revolution LLC with Steve Case and serves as its Managing Partner. Mr. Davis and his wife Sharon live in Great Falls, Virginia with their three children, Cameron, Cooper and Tess.

Please join us Friday October 2nd for the Mariemont High School Homecoming and help welcome the 2015 Distinguished Alumni.   Mr. Davis and his fellow honorees will be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, and will be formally recognized at Kusel Stadium.

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