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Congratulations Susan Davis-Ali, PhD, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumna

Susan-Davis-Ali CropSusan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Susan moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies.

Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

On Friday, September 28, 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 Jim Verdin, Mariemont High School Distinguished Alumnus

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James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers.

Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project.

Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community involvement. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans.

Jim passed away on August 8, 2018 at the age of 82.  His daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

On Friday, September 28, 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.

2018 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 sixth 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 2018 recipients are Susan Davis, class of 1982, and James Verdin, class of 1955. The sixth class of recipients was selected from nominations submitted to a committee of Mariemont School Foundation (MSF) board members.

On Friday, September 28, 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.

Susan Davis-Ali, PhD (Susan Davis) graduated from Mariemont High School with the class of 1982. She was a class officer for two years, a loud and proud cheerleader for 4 years, and was actively involved on the yearbook staff. After an undergraduate career at Miami University, Susan furthered her education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. She moved to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, and for over a decade was a successful business executive in test development. However, in 2006, Susan followed her passion and started her own e-platform leadership development and coaching company called Leadhership1 (the “her” is for the company’s focus on women’s leadership). Susan’s area of expertise is in the retention and advancement of women technologists, and she developed a program that is used with women all around the world who work for large technology companies. Susan also serves as the Chief Social Science Advisor to the Anita Borg Institute – the premier nonprofit organization serving women technologists. She published a book called How to Become Successful Without Becoming a Man and was a weekly career advice columnist for USA Today. In her “spare” time, Susan volunteers for non-profits that serve the homeless in St. Paul, MN, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children Kate (19) and Andrew (14). She returns to Mariemont often to visit her family in her childhood home on Fieldhouse Way and she still calls Mariemont “home.”

James R. Verdin (Jim) grew up in Mariemont and graduated with the Class of 1955. He was President and CEO of The Verdin Company, a 175 year old family business located in Cincinnati. Verdin manufactures and sells bronze bells, tower and street clocks, electronic carillons and organs. Jim was instrumental in creating the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels for the Ohio Bicentennial. The foundry cast bells in each of Ohio’s 88 counties as a gifts to the counties. Along with church bells and clocks, Verdin creates many unique installations using bells, clocks and towers. Nationwide, Verdin is involved in projects honoring veterans and first responders with custom bells and bell towers. The bell that opens and closes the New York Stock Exchange was recently cast by Verdin in Cincinnati. Greater Cincinnati projects include the “Foot Piano” at Smale Park; the glockenspiel in Covington, KY; and the World Peace Bell in Newport, KY. In Mariemont, the clocks in front of the Mariemont Inn and atop the Parish Center are Verdin clocks. The Emery Carillon in Dogwood Park was also a Verdin project. Jim was also a founder of three Pendleton Art Centers. Cincinnati is the largest, with more than 250 working artists in the warehouse in Pendleton-OTR. Other Pendleton locations are Middletown, Ohio and Rising Sun, Indiana. He has been honored many times for his involvement in the arts, preservation, business and community. Most recently, Jim and The Verdin Company were honored by the State of Ohio for their work in honoring and hiring veterans. Jim’s daughter and family reside in Mariemont.

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.

Village Scavenger Hunt Registration Now Open!

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Registration is now open for this fun, family-friendly event to be held Saturday, September 8th, from 4 to 7pmREGISTER NOW!

Teams will rally through the villages of Fairfax, Mariemont, Williams’ Meadow and Terrace Park in a crazy scavenger hunt, collecting points for various stops and challenges.  The competition will end at Mariemont Junior High School with a celebration party, raffles, and announcement of the winners!

Is your family up for the challenge? Test your family’s teamwork and competitive spirit.  Or maybe you’re a rec or school team looking for a fun way to build team unity. Grab some friends and hit the road in this awesome adventure!  (Add a teacher from the district and your team is only $1!)

Do you know a community business that would like to be a stop on the race course? There are many sponsorship opportunities and we’re looking for event stops. If you know of a company or business that would like to be involved, please contact Chandra Buswell at chandrabuswell@yahoo.com  or Janine Cutcher at jccutcher@hotmail.com.

Brought to you by The Mariemont School Foundation

Scholarships & Awards Presented on Mariemont High School Recognition Day

MHS Recognition Day 2018As the 2017/18 school year draws to a close, students in the class of 2018 were recognized for their many accomplishments in academics, athletics, arts, leadership, and service.

The Mariemont School Foundation is proud to administer several scholarships on behalf of generous donors. We had the opportunity to celebrate the following students in this year’s Mariemont High School recognition day, celebrated on May 14, 2018:

  • LO.V.E Scholarship (SURF Program): Corinne Fanta, class of 2017 and attending the University of Tampa, was awarded a Summer 2018 undergraduate research fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The LO.V.E scholarship, established by the Erhardt family, honors their daughter, Olivia’s, life, her love of science, and her desire to help others in need. Learn more on our LO.V.E. Fund page.
  • Damon Troy Smith Memorial Fund Scholarship: Johnny Carroll will be participating in the Global Student Leadership Summit in Summer 2019 in Paris, France as the recipient of this award. This fund was established by Jack & Barbara Smith, in memory of their son, Damon Troy.
  • Steve McKee – Mike Fordyce Scholarship: Kelechi Akagha received this 4-year scholarship award. The award is given by Mike Fordyce in honor of Steve McKee and in appreciation for the original Steve McKee scholarship he received as a Mariemont High School senior. The scholarship is presented to students like Kelechi who demonstrate a commitment to varsity athletics and strong character.
  • Robert A. Martin Science Scholarship: Jackson Northrop was honored with this award for his enthusiasm and scholarship in science. The award was established in honor of Robert A. Martin, a biology, chemistry, and physics teacher at Plainville High school from 1939 who became principal of MHS in 1953. The award is presented and funded by David Martin, class of 1954.
  • David Deeter Memorial Scholarship: Davis Chu received this award for his commitment to video arts and technology. The Deeter Memorial Scholarship is presented by family in memory of David Deeter, the founder and first president of the Mariemont School Foundation.
  • Julia Donnelly Memorial Scholarship: Alexandra Kauffman received the Julia Donnelly Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her exceptional writing skills, involvement in communication arts, leadership by example, and social awareness. This scholarship was established in Julia’s memory by her family and reflects Julia’s characteristics as an outstanding student and gifted writer who passionately participated in the arts and other extracurricular activities.
  • Trinity Scholarship: Michael Campbell was recognized with this 3-year scholarship award for demonstrating the principles of the Kindness, Courage, and Respect Retreats throughout his school years in the district.
  • Hank Kleinfeldt Memorial Scholarship: Jude Hart was selected to receive this memorial scholarship for his strong commitment to community service and a giving spirit, like Hank Kleinfeldt. This scholarship was established in Hank’s memory by the Class of 1994.
  • Fairfax Youth Organization Scholarship: Brett Gilbertson was selected for this honor for his strong character and participation in Fairfax Youth Organization sports. The award is presented out of a fund donated by the former Fairfax Youth Organization.

Corinne Fanta 2018 Recipient of The LO.V.E Fund Fellowship

Corinne FantaCorinne Fanta, a 2017 graduate of Mariemont High School, is the 2018 recipient of the LO.V.E. Fund Fellowship Scholarship. The Olivia V. Erhardt Memorial Fund, otherwise known as “the LO.V.E. Fund,” was established by the Erhardt family in conjunction with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the Mariemont School Foundation to honor Olivia’s life, her love of science and her desire to help others in need.

Olivia participated in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in 2015, and the LO.V.E. Fund was launched to help other young scholars in the Mariemont City Schools community. The fund allows Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to extend a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship position to a Mariemont High School graduate in a research lab that otherwise could not fund such a position. For the Mariemont City School District, the SURF program renders the experiential learning and career exploration the schools embrace through the Warriors BEyond flagship program.

Olivia’s parents, Mark & Joan Erhardt share “(we) are very touched by the continued support of CCHMC, Mariemont High School, and The Mariemont School Foundation in making the fellowship so successful. Olivia’s participation in the SURF program was a real game changer for her and we are so glad that others can get the same opportunity to work with top researchers at CCHMC.”

This year, 1,380 students applied to the SURF program, including 31 students from the Mariemont community. This prestigious program is welcoming 129 students this Summer, with 10 participants from Mariemont, including Corinne. “We are excited to welcome Corinne to the program, as a fellow Mariemont High School alum and someone who knew Olivia,” said Sherry Thornton, PhD, program director of SURF.

Corinne is a sophomore at the University of Tampa, where she is majoring in Nursing and is interested in pursuing a PhD in Nursing in the future. With her selection for the LO.V.E fund fellowship, Corinne will participate in the SURF program this summer. Her mentor will be Dr. Lilliam Ambroggio in the Division of Hospital Medicine at CCHMC.

You can help the Erhardt family honor Olivia and help another Mariemont student experience one of the premier undergraduate research programs in the area by making a contribution to The LO.V.E. Fund. Find more details on our LO.V.E. Fund page.

Now Accepting Nominations for Distinguished Alumni

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The Mariemont School Foundation and the Mariemont High School Alumni Association are seeking nominations for the Mariemont Distinguished Alumni Award. Visit our Distinguished Alumni page for more details and nomination forms. Nominations are due May 31, 2018.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Mariemont High School alumni who have been graduated at least 10 years and who have notably distinguished themselves by their significant 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 endeavor or pursuit, including post-high school athletics. Nominees may be living or deceased.

Nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of Mariemont School Foundation trustees, Mariemont High School Alumni Association members and district officials. The number of recipients each year is at the discretion of the committee. Nominations will remain on file for five (5) years.

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be recognized during the Mariemont High School Homecoming weekend in the fall of 2018. A permanent dedicated space at Mariemont High School also honors recipients.

Contact: Brian Nichols, Mariemont School Foundation
Phone: (513)272-7509
Email: info@mariemontfoundation.org

Harlan Cohen to Speak at Mariemont Schools

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Mariemont City Schools will be welcoming renowned speaker Harlan Cohen to the district on April 10. Cohen will be speaking from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Mariemont Elementary auditorium. All parents and guardians are welcome at the event.

Cohen considers himself an expert on life transitions. He is a New York Times bestselling author of six books, a nationally syndicated advice columnist and a speaker who has visited over 400 college campuses.

During his visit to the district, Cohen will be expanding his talk to focus on teaching children to be resilient during transitions. Harlan will be speaking to our 6th, 8th, and 12th grade students separately on April 11 to help them with their upcoming transitions.

His speaking engagement is made possible through the Mariemont School Foundation and is funded by the annual Warrior Run.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Student Services Tricia Buchert at 513-272-7519 or by emailing tbuchert@mariemontschools.org.

Items Needed for Auction to Benefit MSF!

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Will you be doing some spring cleaning over the next few weeks?  Please consider donating your unwanted items (valued at $150 or more) to Everything but the House for auction to benefit the Mariemont School Foundation!  You can find all the details, including types of items accepted and dropoff dates, in the Auction Flyer

FAB Affair Auction Items Announced!

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The FAB Affair live auction will again include an awesome array of packages, from street naming rights and high school parking spots to sports and music experiences. Visit the Auction Items page to see a full list and details. Have your eye on something big? Work with a group of friends to make it happen! Pick your favorite and come to FAB prepared to bid! 

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