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Mariemont Rankings fall in Cincy Magazine

Each year Cincy Magazine ranks the top 50 Cincinnati area communities. Mariemont’s ranking this year is number 43 with Indian Hill, Terrace Park and Madeira ranked number one, two, and three. Newtown was #26 and Fairfax #39. Rankings for the past nine years are listed in the column below.

2006 – #3
2007– #8
2008 – #3
2009 – #19
2010 – #12
2011 – #14
2013 – #20
2014 – #28

2015– #43

These rankings may seem arbitrary, but this type of publicity makes one worry about future property values in Mariemont and how our Village Government is functioning. It begs the question, who will step forward with the management skills, leadership and vision to reverse this trend?

2015 Memorial Day Essay Winners

The essay winners stand with the Kiwanis members who have served our country.  Left to right (top): Roger Stafford, Jim Downing, Mike Pope, Jim Gilchrist, Don Keyes, Dick Wendel Left to right (bottom): Olivia Simpson, Trip Fries, Ally Scheeser (not pictured: Ellese Lowery)

The essay winners stand with the Kiwanis members who have served our country.
Left to right (top): Roger Stafford, Jim Downing, Mike Pope, Jim Gilchrist, Don Keyes, Dick Wendel
Left to right (bottom): Olivia Simpson, Trip Fries, Ally Scheeser (not pictured: Ellese Lowery)

During a May Kiwanis Club of Mariemont meeting, the writers of the winning Memorial Day essays read their written works of art. All of the winners are currently in 6th grade in the Mariemont City School District, and all of the winners will read their essays during the Memorial Day ceremony in each district community.

“This is an opportunity for kids to investigate for themselves what this holiday really means,” said Ericka Simmons, principal at Mariemont Elementary. “It allows our students to realize their writing and research skills, while gaining an understanding about an important part of our collective history as a nation.”

The essay winners are Trip Fries from Terrace Park Elementary; Ally Scheeser from Mariemont Elementary, representing Mariemont; and Ellese Lowery from Mariemont Elementary, representing Fairfax. Olivia Simpson, from Mariemont Elementary, was named runner up.

“I feel honored to see the lasting impact that writing these essays has made on our students,” said Ann Williams, teacher at Terrace Park Elementary. “They go home and ask their parents about family members and their own family history. After Memorial Day, the students come to school and tell me they get it now, they understand the importance of the holiday.”

The essays focus on the bravery of all of those that have protected or currently protect our country, the sacrifices people have made for freedom and other patriotic anecdotes and historical facts, including the celebrations of and reflections on the life and impact of a soldier or veteran.

Trip Fries’ Essay
Ally Scheeser’s Essay
Ellese Lowery’s Essay
Olivia Simpson’s Essay

The Barn: Summer Art Camp 2015

July 6 – 24 – Quality week-long morning & afternoon art classes! Fees start at $30/week

Learn new skills – expand your creativity – be a “maker”!



During the online registration process, you can sign up multiple campers & even preorder your camp Tshirt! You can add your child’s name to the waiting list if a class has filled.
Click on the class name below for complete description:

Grades 4 – 7



July 6 – 10 10am – noon Weave a Colorful Scarf
July 13 – 17 10am – noon Mandalas
July 13 – 17 4 – 6pm Mixed Media & Wearable Art
July 20 – 24 4 – 6pm Exploring Fiber Arts


 Grades 8 – 12


July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting
July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Learn to Sew: Messenger Bag
July 6 – 10 1 – 3pm Improv Workshop
July 13 – 17 1 – 3pm Drawing & Painting Portraits
July 13 – 17 2 – 4pm Weaving Workshop
July 20 – 24 4 – 6pm Monoprinting Press Workshop



Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Elementary Students

Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Elementary Students

(left to right): Samantha Flerlage and Abby Scheeser

Kiwanis Recognizes Elementary Students for Outstanding Community Services

The month of May is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis, and this week the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to students from Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary.

This year, the Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Samantha Flerlage at Terrace Park Elementary and Abby Scheeser at Mariemont Elementary.

Samantha is a 6th-grade student, who has accummulated 44 hours of community service this school year. She has volunteered with her church’s Sunday school program, Girls on the RunMatthew 25: Ministries and around her school and community. According to 6th grade teacher and Builders Club advisor, Ann Williams, “Samantha is always happy and optimistic.  Samantha once told me that she likes to give back what the community has given to her.” Samantha raised over $800 for Children’s HopeChest, which will help feed orphans in Ethopia. “I am so thankful that the community cared so much and was so generous,” said Samantha.

Abby Scheeser, a 6th grade student at Mariemont Elementary School, has spent countless hours serving her community, both around Mariemont and abroad. She raised money for her church, volunteered at a soup kitchen in Covington and recently went on a mission trip in Cancun, among many other activities that she does in and out of school. “She is a role model for her classmates and the younger students alike,” said Sy Miller, 5th grade teacher. “She just wants to make a positive impact on her community however she can, and she really puts her heart into everything she does.”

Congratulations to these two students and role models for us all!

We would like to extend our thanks to Don Guerney and Jack Smith, the Kiwanis members who help with the Builders Clubs in both of our elementary school buildings. Builders Club is dedicated to community service, and is where the students get an opportunity to get involved with leadership opportunities. The Builders Club members in both elementary schools assist in various ways around the school building and the community. Click here for more information about our local Kiwanis chapter. “Your presence is felt, is known and is greatly appreciated. We’re grateful for the impact you’re having on our schools,” said Ericka Simmons, principal of Mariemont Elementary, about Kiwanis.

Mariemont Swim Club Forms are out

The Mariemont Swim Club forms are now out! The downloadable pdf is here. Season Family Memberships for Mariemont Residents are $290-315, Single Adults $130-140, Juniors $75-85 and Seniors $100-110. One day guest passes ranged between $5-7.

Mariemont Schools Press Release

Students Recognized for Being Responsible

DSC00223 (1)The motto of our school district is to create scholars of today, leaders of tomorrow. As part of that mission, Mariemont High School focuses on leadership qualities to help students understand what it takes to become a leader. Each month, one leadership quality is highlighted and teachers can nominate students who have shown this quality during the month.

For the month of April, the leadership quality of the month was responsibility.

The names of the nominated students were put into a drawing and three names were drawn as winners. The Mariemont High School Campus Life team rewarded the winners with a Chipotle lunch that is brought to them during their lunch time at school. The three students that were selected are:

Liz Geary was nominated by Mrs. Leszczuk for her work with her service dog.
Corrine Fanta was nominated by Mrs. Thomas because Corrine is “the definition of responsibility.”
Ryan Fields was nominated by Mrs. Arp because “he is often seen helping a fellow classmate navigate through daily events and situations within the school day.”

Congratulations to all of the students that were nominated. You are role models both in our school and in our community!

Kiwanis Recognizes Mariemont Junior High Students

DSC_0015This month is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis. This week, the group presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to Kristen Keyes, a Mariemont Junior High School 8th grade student and recognized the Mariemont Junior High Stock Club, “Warrior Stocks,” that placed 1st in the regional competition and 3rd in state.

According to the Mariemont Junior High School Builder’s Club advisor Nicole Parr, Kristen Keyes “just has an awesome attitude all of the time. She is such a hard worker, both in the classroom and in the community. Kristen is committed, reliable and does everything with a smile on her face. I know she is involved in a lot of things – from performing arts to volunteering with her church – but she always finds time to help despite being involved in so much.”

The MJHS Builders Club has 25 active members, and in addition to the students volunteering collectively with many events and activities, they also pursued their own community service projects, through places of worship, with their families and within the Greater Cincinnati community.

Mariemont Junior High School Principal Molly Connaugton presented an award to the “Warrior Stocks” members. Annie Doran, Jossey Frye, Jacquelyn Kauffman, Abby Miller Melanie Weiss and Claire Wilder, lead by the Kiwanis of Mariemont Stock Market Game leader Roger Stafford, truly excelled this year.

The national Kiwanis Stock Club program’s goal is to help students develop investment interest and education. The Stock Club program at the junior high would not be possible without the generosity of Kiwanis. “Our partnership with the school district is instrumental to the success of everything we do for these children,” said Barb Anderson, Kiwanis member. “We just want to help young people be all they can be.”


Summer Drawing with Charlie Berger

Summer Drawing with Charlie Berger:

Intensive Classes & Immersion Workshops

Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center

May through September, 2015

Each month offers one 3-hour class and one 5-hour workshop

Intensive Classes 9am – noon Saturdays (May 16, June 6, July 11, August 15 & Sept. 19) Single class fee: $20

For serious beginners & intermediate artists. Build your skills in the fundamentals of professional line quality, rich tonal value & effective composition. Work from terrific well-lit subjects. Develop a more secure foundation for your paintings.
Immersion Workshops 9am – 2pmSaturdays (May 30, June 27, July 25,August 29 & Sept. 26) Single workshop fee: $30
Continuous drawing with a short lunch break. Time & space to grow and develop in any drawing medium. Work from photos or the still life. Benefit from ongoing evaluation and critique.

Enjoy a discount when you sign up for any three classes or workshops!

To register:

Contact the instructor – details below

Class size is limited to allow greater personalized instruction.

Charlie Berger is a Cincinnati artist & Mariemont resident who has taught drawing throughout Cincinnati,
most recently at UC’s School of Design, College of DAAP, and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
He truly enjoys working with creative adults, combining compassion, humor & insight to
help each person build confidence & develop their artistic strengths & abilities.
Click here for downloadable pdf with complete info.
Contact Charlie:
(voice or text)

Mariemont Junior High Students Win Stock Market Game

MJHS_STock_Club_2A team of 7th grade students from Mariemont Junior High School received first place in the Southwest Ohio Middle School Division competition, in which 133 teams competed. The team also placed 3rd in the state, competing against 938 teams. The team “Warrior Stocks” consists of Annie Doran, Jossey Frye, Jacquelyn Kauffman, Abby Miller Melanie Weiss and Claire Wilder, lead by the Kiwanis of Mariemont Stock Market Game leader Roger Stafford.

“The mission of our Kiwanis Club is serving youth, and one of our initiatives is to advance the level of financial education in our schools,” said Roger. “Fifteen years ago we began by helping the Mariemont Junior High form teams, because we believe that every citizen, starting at the earliest age, can benefit from understanding the important role of the capital markets in their lives.”

The Stock Market Game (SMG), which is a vehicle for teaching students about public and private companies and stockholder relations, lasts 10 weeks and each team has $100,000 to invest in a virtual portfolio. Students learn how to research what a company does, its products, its growth rates and its profitability. Kiwanis members Roger Stafford, Jeremy Gates, Jack Smith and Donald Keyes also gave short lessons about investing during lunchtime meetings with the student teams.

“We never recommend specific companies in which the students should invest. Instead, we suggest they follow the news and look at companies that make their favorite products: their food, their clothing, their electronics. We recommend they invest in what they know,” said Roger.

Over the past 15 years, the MJHS Stock Market Game has grown, this year to 10 teams in 7th grade and five teams in 8th grade, with a total of, 81 participants. Kiwanis recognizes two teams in each grade – the top earner and the best portfolio, based on growth and diversification

The members of “Warrior Stocks,” along with the winners in eight other divisions at both the high school and middle school levels, were invited to the University of Cincinnati to receive their awards and compete in the Portfolio Challenge, in which each team had to explain the logic behind their portfolio, where they went for research and what they learned. The two winners travel (all expenses paid) to New York to present to executives at Goldman Sachs, Lazard and Legg Mason and tour the New York Stock Exchange.

Upon entering high school, many students with SMG experience join the Green Envy Investment Club, sponsored by Kiwanis and the OKI Chapter of Better Investing. The club is a legal Ohio partnership and students own stocks under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. Students join Better Investing and learn methods for effective investing strategies.

For now, the “Warrior Stocks” girls are simply enjoying the experience.

“I am thrilled that this amazing team of young ladies had such impressive results with the Stock Club Game,” said Molly Connaughton, principal of Mariemont Junior High School. “Words cannot express how proud I am of them or how grateful we are for the leadership, knowledge and friendship Kiwanis shares with our students.”

About The Stock Market Game
The SMG is an outreach of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation (501c3), which represents hundreds of securities firms, banks and asset managers. The Foundation is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds. Annually, 600,000 4th-12th grade students and their teachers take part in this financial education program.Click here for more information.

The Barn: Bi-Okoto Drumming Workshop

Mariemont Preservation Presents

“Bi-Okoto Drum Workshop”

10:30am Saturday, May 2 at The Barn

Bi-Okoto is “the only outstanding authentic African Dance Company in the tri-state area”. Their mission is to preserve, promote and share the rich cultural heritage of Africa and Africans using drums, music, dance & languages. They have earned a reputation as one of the country’s finest professional African traditional dance companies & cultural organizations, currently touring in 48 states in the US.
We are proud to offer a hands-on African drumming workshop for families with children in pre-school on up. What a fun, engaging way to learn about another culture with your children!
Admission is only $5, click here to reserve your seats!Bi-Okoto2

Summer Carillon Concerts 2015

dogwood park fieldDick Gegner and Rick Watson are doing an extra duet recital, this on June 7, specially arranged for members of the Cincinnati and Dayton American Guild of Organists chapters who will be the special guests that evening.
On June 21, Amy Johansen is performing as a guest recitalist: Amy is University Carillonist (as they call carillon players there) of the University of Sydney, Australia. She is also University Organist. Her husband, Robert Ampt, is Municipal Organist of Sydney, presiding over the famous large organ in the Town Hall. Amy is an American, and has lived for some years in Cincinnati. While in Cincinnati she studied at the College Conservatory of Music, after earlier receiving her bachelors from the University of Florida. She later studied organ later in both England and France, and studied carillon with the former Sydney University Carillonist.
On April 25, she performed the world premier of a piece composed by Geert D’hollander, (now the carillonneur of the Bok Singing Tower in Lake Wales, Florida), in commemoration of what is known in Australia and New Zealand as “Anzac Day”. This marked the centenary of the landing of the combined Australia – New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in World War I, April 25, 1915.
The program can be found here: Summer Concerts 2015