News from Mason City Schools 04/17/2012



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Mason City Schools Brothers to Represent Ohio at National MathCounts Competition

Mason Intermediate sixth grader Peter Zhu and Mason Middle SchoolJames and Peter Zhu  eighth grader James Zhu are more than brothers. The siblings are also some of the nation's top math minds and are half of the four-member Ohio team that will compete in the national MATHCOUNTS competition on May 11 in Orlando, Fl.


Read more about MATHCOUNTS.

Peter Zhu was coached by Mason Intermediate MATHCOUNTS advisor Mike Michalak and James Zhu was coached by Mason Middle School MATHCOUNTS advisor Sallie Carney.

MHS Marching Band to Receive Sudler Shield

"Pride of the Green" Only OH Sudler Shield AND Flag WinnerMHS Band

Last November, the William Mason High School Marching Band achieved a first in program history at the Bands of America Grand National Championships--winning a coveted spot in Finals competition and placing tenth in the nation. 


The program's acclaim continues to grow with the official announcement that the MHS Marching Band has won the prestigious 2011 Sudler Shield.  According to director Robert Bass, "This international award is THE highest honor a marching band program can receive."

In 2008, the MHS Wind Symphony received the Sudler Flag of Honor.  As the recipient of both the Sudler Flag and Shield, Mason is now one of just fourteen schools across the world, and the only Ohio band, to win both awards.  Bass becomes one of only eight directors to receive both awards.

Read more about the Sudler Shield.

MHS's Kumar to represent Ohio in Prestigious STEM Symposium

Aarti Kumar's modest seventh grade science fair project about batteriesAarit Kumar  has blossomed into a passion that may someday provide a cure for Alzheimer's disease. During the April 11 Mason City School Board meeting, Kumar shared a snapshot into the research she will be presenting at the 50th National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in Bethesda, MD from May 2 to May 9.   

Kumar spent eight months working at the University of Dayton examining the fruit fly and developing a model of treatment to reverse the Alzheimer's process because the fruit fly's genes are very similar to humans'.


Read more about Aarti Kumar.

National Geographic Magazine Selects MI 5th Grader for Montana Expedition

Mason Intermediate fifth grader Katherine Wendeln is headed to Katherine WendelnMontana  as one of the next generation of National Geographic explorers.

Wendeln, one of fifteen winners nation-wide, demonstrated a passion for exploration through a photo and 300-word essay she submitted, which was selected from more than 1,000 entry submissions from the United States and Canada. 

Read more about the Montana Expedition.

MHS Theater to Present the American Classic, Cole Porter's Anything Goes

On April 26, 27, 28, & 29 High School Performing Arts will present theAnything Goes  musical, Anything Goes in the school's Auditorium. Curtain on April 26 is at 7 pm, on April 27 & 28 at 8pm, and on April 29 at 3 pm.  

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, children, and seniors.  All senior citizens are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal on April 25 at 7pm free of charge.  

Tickets will be available at the door one hour before curtain, or online at  Links and additional information can be found at


Anything Goes features a cast of over 50 Mason High School students and features Alyssa Cousineau as Reno Sweeney, David Baker Gill as Billy Crocker, Ben Tilley as Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, Danielle Tuell as Hope Harcourt, Alex Rebah as Moonface Martin, and Leah Hall as Bonnie.  The show is stage-managed by Hannah Greve, assistant directed by Kelley Hammeran and Mimi Castanias, and assistant technical directed by Jacob Stites. This show is sponsored by Hoxworth Blood Centers.

12 Mason Students Advance to State-Level National History Day Competition

Four Mason High School students and eight Mason Middle SchoolMHS and MMS History Day  students will compete at the state level National History Day competition on April 28 at the Ohio State University. Each student received a superior rating at the regional competition over Spring Break.

Three freshman students advanced;  Clayton Lewis with an individual exhibit titled "Athenian Democracy: Redefining the Political Spectrum", Melissa Groenewold with an individual documentary film titled "
Leymah Gbowee:A Women's Revolution", and Sonia Yeolekar with an individual research paper titled "The Rebellion of Boudica". Mason junior, Mohamed Elzarka, advanced with an individual web site titled "Rethinking Roman Progress: Improving a Nation".

Mason Middle School students advancing to state competition include Sneha Gundavarpu, Aditya Jog, Jocelyn Kang, Lizzy Kong, Annie McBeath, Mekhala Rao, Akhila Sonti, and Sriharsha Voleti.

The teams are coached by Dan Langen, MHS social studies teacher, and Erin White, seventh grade social studies teacher.

Mason Mayor Connects with 3rd Graders

He leads the City of Mason, and has no problem at all engaging hisMayor Nichols  youngest constituents. Mayor David Nichols recently read Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor to third grade students in Katie Wackler and Kelly Gholz's classes.  


Mayor Nichols talked with students about the importance of reading, and he also answered a few questions about his role as mayor.  Kayla Lux asked him what he thought is the best part about being mayor.   


"Helping people.  Always help people when you can," said Nichols.

High Fives to...

 ...MHS Class of 2008's Katharine "Katie" Parrott,  who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.  Katie was a National Merit Scholar and will graduate from Kenyon College in May with degrees in German Literature and English.  She is the daughter of Doug and Cindy Parrott and spent her entire public school career in Mason City Schools.  She studied German for 4 years as a student of Melissa Jurewicz. Way to go, Katie!


...the 2,232 MHS Students named to the Honor Roll 2nd trimester. 1,158 students earned highest honors, 685 students earned high honors, and 480 students earned honors. Visit to check out who is on the list!


...the 1,247 MMS Students named to the Honor Roll 2nd trimester. Visit to check out which 7th and 8th graders made the list!


...MHS math teacher Steven Mays, who recently was featured in a live podcast about his innovative teaching practice, "The Flipped Classroom." "I implemented this teaching strategy into my classes this year and I love it.  Flipping my classroom has led to a deeper understanding of Statistics for all of my students and I look forward to making this an even more effective teaching strategy in the future," said Mr. Mays. Check out the podcast by going to

Western Row's Alt Dreams Big

Western Row Elementary speech and language pathologist Jeff Alt Walk for Sunshinealways tries to impress on his students that good speech and language will help you achieve whatever you dream; and you need to dream BIG!

Not only does he have these mottos posted all over his classroom, he tries to lead by example by following his  own goals and dreams. In his tenth year as a Mason speech & language pathologist, some of his biggest dreams have come true.   


Read more about Jeff Alt.
MHS Recognizes April Rotary Royalty

Congratulations to the 42 Mason High School students who wereRotary Royalty     recognized as April's Rotary Royalty by the Mason Deerfield Rotary Club.  


Read more about the Rotary Royalty Program.

The following students were nominated for the Rotary Royalty program in April: Madison Armbruster, Lauren Baker,

Kedar Balakrishna, Margaret Bostwick, Ryan Burgdorf, Ian Campbell, Jade Canfield, Jacob Carson, Abigail Christian, Annie Clark, Melanie Cole, Alora Contant, Goirick Das, Hannah Dowrey, Emily Eckes, Nicholas Gess, Samantha Gruber, Hope Gutknecht, Gabrielle Halko, Abigail Hauser, Samuel Jackson, Benjamin Jones, Allison Kenneally, Hollyn Lana, Jaina Lane, Michelle Lipton, Anthony Lokar, Rebecca Martin, Madison McConkie, Cedric Moore, Keegan Muff, Adam Osika, Christopher Pilone, Brianna Poirier, Andrew Reinert, Zachariah St. Pierre, Joseph Szymkowicz, Rickey Terrell, Ashley Vanover, Lauren Vonderhaar, Samuel Webb and Blake Winton.


MMS Band Students Earn Bravos

Ninety-six Mason Middle School student events recently performed at the Ohio Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Students were evaluated by professional adjudicators and were given a rating that ranged from a I to a V with a I being the highest level of achievement.  


"Every single Mason event received one of the top three ratings with 74 of our events receiving a I (Superior) rating!  We are so proud of the over 100 students from MMS that worked so hard to prepare for this event," said Kyle Young, MMS band director.


See the list of 7th and 8th grade OMEA performers.

"Ugly Duckling" Comes to MECC

MECC first graders oohed, aahed and ah ha'd as they experienced theUgly Duckling at MECC  magic of live theater in the school's cafetorium.  On April 12, ArtReach, a division of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, presented "The Ugly Duckling".


Read more about "Ugly Duckling". 


MMS April Students of the Month

Mason Middle School is proud to announce the April Students of theMMS Students of the Month  Month.

They are: Diana Aguilar, Sneha Ameya, Natalie Anderson, Jennifer Asher, Jake Bradley, Sarah Brossart, Thomas Burt, Matt Busch, Madison Giessler, McKenzie Goudy, Christopher Hessler, Lauren Hester, Michael Jones, Jocelyn Kang, Elijah Kelly, Emily Kienzler, Sara Kinkaid, Claire Kohler, Ashley Kramer, Heather Lang, Jacob Langbein, Sophie Lebowitz, Kimmia Lyon, Andrew MacLean, Logan McCormick, Brendan McHugh, Maddie Paraskos, Brianna Porter, Josh Rennekamp, Billy Rook, Matthew Russell, Jason Satterthwaite, Katarina Schneiderman, Sydney Sinchek, Evan Smith, Corey Sullivan, Michael Thamann, Sriharsha Voleti and Spencer Walsh.

About Mason Middle School Students of the Month
Students of the Month are selected for showing good character. This month's character spotlight was Integrity. One boy and one girl from each team are selected every month. Students celebrate their accomplishment with their teachers, principals and parents during a breakfast in their honor that is sponsored by the Mason Kiwanis Club. 

MI April Students of the Month

Mason Intermediate is proud to announce the April Students of the Month.

4th Grade:Hibah Adhami, Ananya Aggarwal, Priya Bandaru, Tanya MIS SOMBernardino, Zach Bitner, Madison Boone, Sankarshan Chaudhari, Vaibhav Cherukuri, Nick Conti, Aleena Crank, Sean Crogan, Allie Deines, Ana d'Hyver, Sarah Epstein, Andy Gao, Sarah Hasan, Samantha Howard, Max Jarrell, Vili Ketola, Josephine Kraimer, Parker Lamb, Jack Margeson, Emily McAtee, Kaaviya Muruganantham, Shriya Penmetsa, Kyle Privett, Andrew Reigelsperger, Sean Rice, Quinn Robinson, Ben Satterthwaite, Teddy Tolliver, Carter Tull and Soumya Vytla.

5th Grade:
Grace Anastasia, Elizabeth Anick, Patricia Beya, Nicholas Browning, Mark Callaway, Michael Calvani, Isaiah Crowley, Vikram Deepak, Ryan Doerrer, Justin Duckwall, Aliyah El-Naggar, Lizzy Fontanilla, Rylie Fraley, Luke Helm, Sidharth Iyer, Felix Karthik, Joe Koenig, Allison Lake, Abby Markworth, Logan Miller, Andrew Morstadt, Sarthak Nagar, Elric Nijakowski, Jet Parr, Maddy Polto, Kayla Ringwald, Priya Sharma, Charley Sipe, Seth Spears, Ryan Stocker, Sriya Suraapaneni, Ben Tavella, Kayla Taylor, Amanda Wells and Wayne Zhu.

6th Grade:
Jenna Caimano, Lexie Canova, Jenna Cavanaugh, Tanner Cibula, Morgan Comello, Austin Croy, Jordan Curtis, Liam Donovan, Conner Gagliardo, Karina Goldthorp, Lauren Han, Kate Kaufmann, Matt Kienzler, Kyle Kretzer, Hannah Lea, Aniya Longmire, Fiona Love, Samantha Luna, Thomas Marriner, Nick McArthur, Justin Miller, Ritika Mistry, Eddie Monahan, Uma Mylavarapu, Brady Neal, Gaby Pathrose, Rebecca Peters, Ashley Saylor, Rukmini Sharma, Matthew Simpson, Anya Thumma, Lindsay Welage, Kayla Williams, Tina Xie, Koki Yamashita and Jacob Zinnecker.

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