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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.

The Life and Leadership Series Returns!

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The Mariemont City Schools and the Mariemont School Foundation are proud to announce the The 2015/16 Life and Leadership Series Speakers. The 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 Series includes content funded by Foundation donors and grantors and is currently centered around three Spotlight areas:  Wellness, College Planning and Leadership.  The vision for The Life and Leadership Series is to expand the content and spotlight areas to meet needs and interests of students and families, as funding for the program allows.

The Life and Leadership Series is one of those extras that the 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.  

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Don’t Miss the First Annual Village Scavenger Hunt!

Gather your friends and neighbors for the first annual “Village Scavenger Hunt”, a Road Rally through the Mariemont City School District!

VillageScavengerHuntThis fun, family-friendly event to celebrate our great schools and communities will be held on Saturday, August 15th, from 4:00 to 9:00pm.

After a spirited kick-off event at the Starting Line (Kusel Stadium at Mariemont High School), teams will rally through the villages of Fairfax, Mariemont, Terrace Park and Williams Meadow in a crazy scavenger hunt. Teams will collect points for various stops and challenges — competing to win bragging rights and the coveted Road Rally trophy.

The competition will end at the Finish Line party that will include inflatables, life-size games, popcorn, cotton candy, food for purchase, and of course, the announcement of winners!

You will not want to miss this “Amazing Race” type of event that is being sponsored by the Mariemont School Foundation.

Pre-Registration is required to compete in the Scavenger Hunt/Road Rally. These tickets must be purchased by Friday, August 14th. Tickets to the event are $25 per participant or $100 per car. If you do not want to race, but want to join in on the Finish Line Party, the cost is $10 per head – walkups for the Finish Line party are welcome! Register by August 1st to receive an event t-shirt.

Click HERE for more information and to register to attend this fun-filled evening!

Frank Palmasani on Conquering College Costs

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The Life and Leadership Series presents Frank Palmasani, Conquering College Costs

Thursday February 5th at 7:00pm, Mariemont Elementary AuditoriumFrank Palmasani will outline 30 steps you can take to save thousands of dollars in college costs. The seminar will combine the latest information about scholarships, financial aid, student loans, and the college search process when financial issues are a factor. This presentation is relevant and important for all district parents. It’s never too early to start thinking about paying for college!

Frank Palmasani, author of “Right College, Right Price

Frank_PalasaniFrank Palmasani is the author of “Right College, Right Price” and creator of the “financial fit” online program. He has been dedicated to helping families find affordable college options for more than 30 years, delivering seminars to both counselor and parent audiences.

Mr. Palmasani has been featured on TV and radio shows throughout the country on the college debt crisis.

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 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

Thank You to our Donors and Sponsors!

Thank You

The 2014 Make it Happen Program was a tremendous success! Thanks to your generous donations we:

  • Funded 8 Teacher Requests, 2 at each school
  • Raised $7615 in Total Donations
  • Including $2450.00 in Matching Funds from our Business Sponsors
  • Will Impact over 800 Students!

A Special Thank You to Our Business Sponsors

The Make it Happen Program could not be successful without the generous support of the following local businesses. To learn more about each sponsor, click on their logo. Please consider them If you are in need of the products or services they offer. Be sure to tell them that the Mariemont School Foundation sent you!

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We are very grateful to the following individuals at each of these businesses. If you run into them around the district, please thank them for their generous support of our schools:

Quarter Bistro, Adam Ralston
elan Technologies, Jay Vollmer
Financial Management Group, Dave Wilder
Miller Insurance, Shane and Lisa Miller
Time Timer, Dave and Heather Rogers
CLU Consulting, Mark Gall
Sell Your Mac, Nick Renneker
Mariemont Alterations, Vida Savicius
Etegent Technologies, Tom Sharp & Stuart Shelley
Harlyn Properties, Chad Osgood

 

Mark your calendars! Maria Furtado to speak at Mariemont High School

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The Life and Leadership Series presents Maria Furtado, Finding Fit in the College Search.

Wednesday October 22nd at 7:00pm, MHS Auditorium. As a part of our Spotlight on CollegeMaria Furtado will present to students in grades 9-12 and their parents about reducing stress in the college process by focusing on finding the best fit and match in the college search.

Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges that Change Lives.

maria-furtado100-140 Maria Furtado is the Executive Director of Colleges that Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL). Colleges That Change Lives, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. We support the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college.

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 2014/15 Life and Leadership Series, and to provide your support.

Business Sponsors Make it Happen for MCS Teachers and Students!

middle school girls and ipadTerrace Park 6th grade Make it Happen request funded!

Sixth grade students at Terrace Park Elementary will now have a set of 5 classroom iPads that can be used for special projects in Social Studies thanks to donations from the community, the TPE PTO, and the generosity of two businesses.

Helping to incentivize donations were Mark Gall of HLU Consulting, who provided a $250.00 matching grant and Nick Renneker of SellYourMac.com, who provided an equipment match of two free iPads with the purchase of three ($450.00 value.) If you know either of these Terrace Park residents, please take a moment to thank them for their support of our schools, teachers and students.  Take a moment to learn more about their businesses below!

Thank you to our Business Sponsors!

SellYourMacSellYourMac.com (SYM) is a privately owned reCommerce and IT Asset Transition Service Company committed to reusing, repurposing and recycling used Apple products. It is the mission of SYM to help reduce the amount of e-waste hitting landfills and help individuals, schools and other organizations offset the high costs of upgrading their electronic devices through the purchase and sale of used Apple computers, iPhones and iPads.  Click on their logo for more information and directions to their retail store.

HLUlogo.smallHLU Consultants is an independent insurance consulting and brokerage firm that works with businesses, private equity firms and associations to provide tailored employee benefit solutions around unique cost containment strategies. Click on their logo for contact information.

Previous Business Sponsors

The Mariemont School Foundation Make it Happen Program is grateful to all of the business sponsors who have supported our teachers and students over the past year.  Please let these businesses know that you appreciate their support of our schools!

Visit our Sponsor Pages and websites and please consider them if you are in need of the products or services they offer. Be sure to tell them that the Mariemont School Foundation sent you!

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Congratulations to Distinguished Alum Harry N. Walters, Class of 1954

Walters2cropDistinguished Alumnus Harry N Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Veterans Coalition, Inc. Other founders were the American Legion, the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, Amvets and The Paralyzed Veterans of America. Mr. Walters also owns his own consulting company, Harry N Walters Consulting Inc.

Mr. Walters graduated from Mariemont High School in 1954 and attended West Point where he played fullback, blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins.  After serving in the U.S. Army for four years, Mr. Walters began a successful career in the paper industry with Kimberly Clark Corp. which culminated in the purchase and later sale of his own paper mill, Potsdam Paper Corp., in 1983.

A long list of high profile public service roles followed, including Assistant Secretary of the Army and Administrator of Veterans Affairs.  Both of these positions were appointments by President Ronald Reagan with approval by the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Walters resumed his professional career in 1987 as President and CEO of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation, then CEO of DHC Holdings and a founder of Lafayette Equity Fund. In 2007 he established Veterans Coalition, Inc., a 501(C)3 charitable company, that sponsored a two year study to produce a long term strategy for the Veterans Health Administration. Veterans Coalition has sponsored many efforts in the veteran community since 2007.

Please join us this Friday for the Mariemont High School Homecoming and help welcome the 2014 Distinguished Alumni!  Mr. Walters and his fellow honorees will be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 5:30 pm, and will be formally recognized at Kusel Stadium, before the Warriors take on the Taylor High School Yellowjackets. Please be in your seats by 6:30 – the recognition will begin promptly at 6:35.

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