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Mariemont Students Among Top Business Students in the Country

Ten students in the Mariemont High School/ Great Oaks High School of Business™ satellite program scored among the top business students nationwide on rigorous exams to test their business knowledge.

The exams are part of the High School of Business program, a national accelerated business administration program. Sarah Morgan placed first in Marketing; Wilson Compton placed third and Alexander Wilson placed fourth in Business Economics; Emily Ferguson tied eighth in Finance; Will Hobart and Katie Newman tied sixth, Morgan Rowe placed seventh and Anthony Dimichele tied eighth in Management; Will Hobart placed third in Business Strategies (Entrepreneurship); and Jacob Crabtree and Parker Gilmore tied eighth in Wealth Management.

“Once again, we at Mariemont High School are very proud of how well our High School of Business students have competed locally as well as nationally,” said Dr. James Renner, principal at Mariemont High School. “This is a testament to their strong work ethic, the rigorous and enriching curriculum, and diligence on the part of their teacher.”

The school ranks in the top nine nationally in the number of students scoring in the top 20. Nationally there were only 30 schools with at least one student in the top 20 nationwide and only nine with at least six students in the top 20.

Students participating in High School of Business™ complete hands-on business projects. The program includes observational internships, opportunities to earn college credit and local oversight via a steering team of business professionals, school personnel, parents and former students.

This accelerated program is designed for college-bound students with interest in business administration careers, such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship and management. Click here for more information about the national organization or contact Debra Baas, business instructor, for more information about the program offered at Mariemont High School.

From left to right: Jacob Crabtree, Anthony DiMichele, Parker Gilmore, Alexander Wilson, Emily Ferguson.

From left to right: Jacob Crabtree, Anthony DiMichele, Parker Gilmore, Alexander Wilson, Emily Ferguson.

Two Local Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Two Mariemont High School seniors recently signed national letters of intent to participate in athletics at the collegiate level. Corinne Fanta signed with the University of Tampa for cross country and Rebekah Justice signed with Iona College for basketball.

Rebekah is a four-year varsity starter at Mariemont High School, two time 2nd team CHL and two time second team all city. She was 1st team CHL and all city and honorable mention all southwest Ohio as a junior.

“Rebekah has been the inside scoring attack for the past three years and the team has had great success,” said Tom Nerl, district athletic director. “She has been a great asset to her team, as a leader both on and off the court.”

Corinne was a regional finalist in cross country and has been named a CHL champion. Nerl said she “took off her sophomore year, following Coach Thomas’s lead, and never looked back. She’s an incredible athlete.”

Corinne said she knew she wanted to run at the collegiate level before she knew anything else. She plans on studying allied health at the University of Tampa, where she said she fell in love with the school and everything else clicked.

“Corinne is probably the most self-motivated student athlete I have worked with in all of my years of coaching,” said Terri Thomas, coach of the Mariemont High School cross country team. “She does her best to make her team better, and she is incredibly driven and well rounded. I have never seen anything like it, and I mean that from my heart.”

Corinne Fanta, her mom, Amie, her brother, Chad, and Coach Terri Thomas enjoy the moment with the entire girls cross country team.

Corinne Fanta, her mom, Amie, her brother, Chad, and Coach Terri Thomas enjoy the moment with the entire girls cross country team.

From left to right (front): Carson Fields, Rebekah Justice, Audrey Theye. From left to right (back): Coach Spreen, Coach Weilbacher, Amanda Lewis, Danielle Bryant, Ashley Rothert, Coach Franklin

From left to right (front): Carson Fields, Rebekah Justice, Audrey Theye. From left to right (back): Coach Spreen, Coach Weilbacher, Amanda Lewis, Danielle Bryant, Ashley Rothert, Coach Franklin

Next stop: STATE!

IMG_0569Another Mariemont High School record was shattered in track & field at the regional semifinal meet. The girls team of Lauren Croll, Carson Fields, Shelby Cresie and Aislynn Hartman qualified for finals, breaking the 2008 record of 50.99 with a 50.42. Other MHS regional finalists include Corinne Fanta (mile), Charlie Jordan (800m), Carson Fields (100m and 300 hurdles) and Ryan Fields (200m).

Next stop: STATE!

Mariemont High School Honor Roll 2014-15

Mariemont High School recognizes 362 students for academic achievement in the 3rd quarter of the 2014-15 school year. This quarter, 178 students were placed on honor roll, with GPAs of 4.0 or higher, and 184 students were placed on merit roll, with GPAs of 3.2 or higher.

Approximately 71% of the high school population made either the honor or the merit roll this quarter. The sophomore class has the greatest number of students receiving academic recognition this quarter, with 102 students placing on either honor or merit roll; and they had the greatest percentage of students receiving academic recognition with 74% of the class receiving academic achievement.

Congratulations to all of the students listed below!

9th Grade Jonathan Ballard, Jack Barnes, Bradley Barrett, Cassidy Bollman, Sophia Borgerding, Andrew Brandser, Jacquelyn Brokamp, Danielle Bryan, Celia Caesar, Davis Chu, Hannah Coates, Alexander Copetas, Isabella Cottone, Kayla Dewey, Abigale Dodson, Sarah Feeney, Lucille Hanley, Jude Hart, Brandon Henize, Analise Hinebaugh, Kaleigh Hollyday, Alexandra Kauffman, Harrison Keith, Daniel Keyes, Gracelyn Lyons, Conor Mackey, Shannon Mathews, Nicholas McCarthy, Nate Moehring, Bailey Murphy, Molly Mysogland, Jackson Northrop, Erin Ramey, Chloe Reavill, Stephanie Renner, Sydney Seeger, Emery Shelley, Miller Steele, Lauren Stinnett, Lindsay Stricker, Mollie Sullivan, Grace Teghtmeyer, Colton Urbanski, Zachary Weinland, Graham Wells, William Weston, Alexander Wilson, Michael Wuertemberger

10th Grade Cohen Bailey, Eli Bales, Dawson Battison, Matthew Burgess, Erin Cash, Lauren Croll, Connor Day, Courtney Dunning, Corinne Fanta, Emily Ferguson, Parker Gilmore, Savannah Giordullo, Gordon Goodwin, Jake Goodwin, Grace Haffner, Riley Hayes, Fiona Kane, Eleanor Kapcar, Helen Kemper, Amanda Lewis, Jack Mathis, Mackenzie McNeil, Rebecca Michels, Madeline Moriarty, Prescott Overbey, Nina Payiatis, Benjamin Phelan, Michael Reber, Madison Smith, Anna Stehling, Audrey Theye, Jacob Trester, Nathalie Weiss, Lila Willis, Nina Willis, Emma Worple

11th Grade Brooks Adams, Michael Barrett, Sarah Bell, Ty Bucher, Margaret Caesar, Jacquelyn Carney, Mollie Coates, Wilson Compton, Brennan Crowley, Sadie DeCamp, Jonathan Dill, Julia Dolle, Ryan Duever, Leah Dupre, Madeline Falknor, Lillian Gatch, Elizabeth Geary, Hadley George, Lauren Getgey, Chase Gunner, Lindsay Harden, William Hobart, Nicholas Huber, Connor Jacob, Nicholas Kauffman, Zachary Keith, Elijah Koreman, Gabriel Koreman, Donna Le, Charles Manzler, Elliott Mongenas, Sarah Morgan, Thomas Nelson, Kathryn Newman, Wyatt Peterman, Roe Pitstick, Natalie Popowics, Madeline Renie, Lauren Renner, Lauren Robinson, Gabriel Safier, Ellen Sayre, Christopher Spooner, Spencer Stutenroth, Abigail Takas, Matthew Teeters, Chance Tudor, Natalie Turton, Logan Urbanski, Aaron Urevick, Bailey Vianello, Merrell Welage, Shea Wells, Grace Westfall, Collin Widecan

12th Grade Madison Arends, Christopher Benson, Connor Bortz, Anderson Christopher, David Cowart, Micaela Duever, Sarah Gaburo, Claire Gilmore, William Grimmer, James Grissom, Steven Hassey, William Hayes, Morgan Hemmer, Shannon Hogan, Haley Jacobs, Mackenzie Kaschalk, Brooke Kelly, Caleb Keyes, Madison LeMay, William Majchszak, Graham McCarthy, Caleb Middlebrook, Ashley Moulton, Albert Nowitzki, Jennifer Saxton, Haley Schooler, Addison Shelley, Daniel Simons, Parker Sullivan, Samantha Telgkamp, Hunter Thiers, Madelyn Timmers, Mary Uehlin, Alexander Vago, Walker Van Hook, Haley Weston, Nicholas Weston, Gretchen Wittry, Kayla Wood


9th Grade Ellery Bledsoe, Kelsey Brown, Megan Caldwell, Michael Campbell, Hailey Chambers, Robert Curran, Jeffery Dingle, William Doran, Quinn Driggett, Conner Engle, Abigail Ewart, Sari Gall, Kyra George, Brett Gilbertson, Mark Griesmer, Jacob Gunner, Nicholas Harden, Anna Herlinger, Max Hobart, Lance Hollander, Madeline Hook, Mackenzie Huber, Sydney Huber, Kasey Jones, Lindsay Kaminer, Benjamin Klawitter, Madelyn Kromer, Andrew Krafft, Stratton LeMay, Daisy Lewis, Henry Lewis, Kyle Mason, James Michaelson, Robert Michels, Matthew McGrory, Jakob Motto, Lena Murauskas, Sydney Nicholson, Elaina Normile, Bradley Quick, Myles Reed, Elsa Reiter, Courtney Robinson, Thomas Rothert, Garrett Soltysik, Cameron Stephens, Katlyn Timmers, Lily Toman, Charles Tripp, Jacob Van Lieu, Bradley Westmeyer, Brooke Woellert

10th Grade Emma Adams, Hannah Bardenhagen, Drew Battison, Bryan Biggs, Janie Bortz, Grace Brittingham, Anna Brokamp, Wilson Bucher, Jacob Crabtree, Victoria Crabtree, Ethan Crouse, Christina Cruz, Robert Dennerll, Anthony DiMichele, Connor Dougherty, Norman Dudley, Brandon Easter, Carson Fields, Neil Findley, Andrew Fiorenza, Luke Garrison, Andrew Goheen, Lillian Grantham, Malakai Greenberg, Alexis Groh, Adrianna Henderson, Gabrielle Henkel, Noelle Hill, Ella Hobart, Bryan Holland, Kyle Howe, Ethan Kennedy, AnnaClaire Lackney, Eleanor Long, Joseph Long, Santiago Martinez, Walker McManus, Chase Meade, Seth Medlin, Meagan Meece, William Meyer, Joseph Molski, Lily Nguyen, Kyle Nienaber, Gunnar Nixon, Clare Oberton-Vester, Emma Phillips, Samuel Rubin, Isabelle Saulnier, Devin Scarborough, Clara Scholtz, Charles Schooler, Hayden Seeger, Carolina Skillman, Charlotte Snare, Grace Stacy, Charles Taylor, Madison Telgkamp, Hanna Tenhundfeld, McKailah Therrien, Jonathan Uchtman, Joseph Veeneman, Henry Wagner, Andrew Walter, Chase Williams, Charles Zack

11th Grade Madison Andrus, Jackson Beeler, Samantha Byrd, William Ciolino, Mackenzie Dingle, Reid Fakes, Jesse Glaser, Olivia Griesmer, Brennan Hand, Luke Higginbotham, Madeleine Hoffer, Charles Jordan, Nicholas Klawitter, Hannah Krieger, Joseph Kromer, Michael Lockhart, Julia Long, Emelie Mano, Grace McGraw, Jade McIntyre, Cassandra Mills, Robert Neugent, Adam Romick, Maggie Sanks, Lilith Saylor, Martin Schram, Sierra Sims-Smith, Jeffrey Timmers, Colin Theye, Madison Weisenberg, Jamie Westmeyer, Daniel Woodruff

12th Grade Celia Ahrens, Thomas Coates, Mary Deadrick, Erdal Fere, Robert Gerberick, Alexis Gilliland, Christine Gohman, Jonathan Hanley, Maeve Harrington, Joseph Hu, Jerome Jasper, William Krafft, Sarah Laumann, Macjilton Lewis, Laura Littiken, Julia Lynch, Keirstin Mason, Andrew Melling, Henry Motto, Connor Osgood, Nicholas Payiatis, Rebekah Pearson, Lindsey Siegfried, Steven Sipe, Gavin Smith, Carly Stelzer, Sarah Stewart, Sakke Tiitinen, Emma Toman, Makayla Valentine, Erica Weeks, Julia Whittelsey, Anne Wirthlin, Audrey York

New Basketball Coach at Mariemont City Schools

Mariemont City Schools Announces New Head Basketball Coach

On April 21, Jim Leon will be recommended to the Mariemont Board of Education as the new head basketball coach of the Mariemont City School District’s boys basketball program. Leon has coached over 30 years, beginning his coaching career at St. Antonius grade school, and then coaching high school basketball at Summit Country Day, followed by Western Hills, Woodward, Clark Montessori and St. Ursula Academy.

Jim Leon“Coach Leon has enjoyed a successful and respected coaching career in Cincinnati, and we’re excited to add Jim to our coaching staff to lead our Warriors basketball program,” said Tom Nerl, athletic director at Mariemont City Schools. “Jim’s personality, knowledge and passion for the game, and his enthusiasm for working with student athletes, made him the ideal candidate for our community.”

Coach Leon holds a winning record, with 321 wins and 185 losses across 21 seasons as a head basketball coach. Twenty of his players have received Division I college scholarships, and he has coached three McDonald’s All-Americans. He has worked at a basketball clinic in Cincinnati with Michael Jordan; he was an assistant coach for Magic Johnson at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit in 1992; he hired Mick Cronin, head coach at UC, for his first coaching job at Woodward in 1991; and in 1992 he hired former assistant coach Monte Mathis, who is now an assistant coach with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He also led his team to a state championship in 1988; final four in 1989; and state runner-up in 1990. He holds 13 straight league titles and five city championships. He said he loves working at the high school level, even though he has had college-level offers in the past.

“I love being around these young student athletes to see a team come together with confidence and skill,” said Coach Leon. “It’s all about teaching and learning together, learning to win and lose with character. I love to motivate the athletes and it’s great fun to grow together. It’s been my whole life.”

Pending board approval, Coach Leon plans to get started right away, meeting the players and their families and building his coaching staff. “I am looking forward to this chance to coach in a small community. I want to be visible and helpful while creating a family atmosphere with the team and in the community,” said Leon. “We’re going to work hard together to make an impact on the CHL, the city and the state.”

Coach Leon is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and Xavier University. He and his wife and daughter reside in Kenwood.

Mariemont High School Hall of Fame

The Mariemont High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for the “Doc” Kusel Athletic Hall of Fame. Named after a long-time athletic director and coach of Mariemont High School, the Athletic Hall of Fame had its initial class in 1971. The inductees of the annual classes of inductees have their names displayed on the Kusel Stadium concourse, and the inductees pictures and accomplishments are displayed in the school’s Hall of Fame Walkway.

Former athletes who are considered for nomination to the Hall of Fame must have a minimum of five years elapse since their graduation from Mariemont High School. Former athletes, coaches and school administrators are considered for induction, as well as individuals with a long record of service to the athletic department.

Nominations should be emailed to athletic director Tom Nerl at or mailed to his attention at Mariemont High School, 1 Warrior Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227. Nomination information should include the the following about the individual: 

  • full name
  • year of graduation
  • current contact information
  • high school athletic and academic achievements
  • years of participation in athletics
  • the level of the sport played (varsity, junior varsity, freshmen)
  • verification of any all-league, all-city, all-district, or all-state recognition

Verification can also include copies of yearbook articles, certificates, press releases or articles.

Once an individual is nominated for consideration, his or her name will remain on the ballot for subsequent years. The selection committee is comprised of former athletes, former and current coaches, and other representatives from the community.

For nominations to be considered for the 2015 induction class, the submission deadline is May 1, 2015, although nominations are accepted throughout the year. The Class of 2015 inductions will take place before the varsity home opening football game against Oakwood on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6:30pm.

Inaugural Warrior Club Breakfast

Mariemont High School students Lindsay Harden and Will Hobart talk about Warriors Beyond, the district's flagship program for student opportunities offered beyond the traditional curriculum. They will be participating in a Global Leaders Summit in Europe this summer.

Mariemont High School students Lindsay Harden and Will Hobart talk about Warriors Beyond, the district’s flagship program for student opportunities offered beyond the traditional curriculum. They will be participating in a Global Leaders Summit in Europe this summer.

The inaugural Warrior Club breakfast was held at Mariemont Junior High School on March 25, and included student performances and presentations about student-driven initiatives, involving community service and extended learning opportunities. The Warrior Club is open to Mariemont City School District residents that no longer have children attending school in the district and/or are age 55 or older.  For more information about joining the Warrior Club, please visit the Mariemont City School District website or call the district office.

Mariemont High School students Kyle Nienaber, Gretchen Wittry and Santi Martinez perform a  number from this year's spring musical, "Singin' in the Rain."

Mariemont High School students Kyle Nienaber, Gretchen Wittry and Santi Martinez perform a number from this year’s spring musical, “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Mariemont High School Principal enjoys a conversation with Donald and Peggy Keyes.

Mariemont High School Principal enjoys a conversation with Donald and Peggy Keyes.

Mariemont High School Teacher Authors High School Textbook

A Mariemont High School teacher can now add “book author” to his list of accomplishments. David Wolfford recently authored a book published by AMSCO/Perfection Learning entitled “United States Government & Politics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination.”

This book explains the American political system and is designed to enhance student performance on the AP exam. The essentials of government and politics in this textbook are drawn from Mr. Wolfford’s research projects, political reporting and 12 years of experience teaching in a high school classroom.

As a teacher of both the AP and the college prep levels of U.S. Government and Politics at Mariemont High School, Mr. Wolfford is very familiar with the College Board curriculum and high standards expected of student comprehension on the subject.

“Nothing is more boring to a teenager than a text book, and a lot of times these types of books are written by someone that isn’t very familiar with the target audience,” said Mr. Wolfford. “What motivated me to write this book was the fact that I know what these students need to know, and I geared the design, graphics, pictures and content toward the very audience that I understand.”

Mr. Wolfford received his Master’s degree in Constitutional and Legal History from the University of Kentucky through the university’s History Graduate Program. His work has been published a variety of scholarly and popular publications on the local, regional and national levels, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Ohio Valley History, Kentucky Monthly, Telescope, and The Lexington Herald-Leader. He has also written an online American History course, chapters in Armchair Reader: Civil War, and in The Encyclopedia of History series.

“David is a talented and well-respected teacher both at the high school and in our district. We are very proud of his achievements both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. James Renner, principal at Mariemont High School. “As is exemplified by David’s accomplishment, our staff is dedicated to high-quality instruction, and they encourage each other to be the best possible instructors for our students in all capacities.”

For more information about David Wolfford, please visit his online portfolio at Interested parties can purchase the textbook for $18.95 via the Perfection Learning website,

About Perfection Learning

Founded by two educators in 1926, Perfection Learning provides high-quality, innovative curriculum solutions to K-12 schools across the country and internationally. All of the major programs support the Common Core State Standards. In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.

Mariemont Students Selected in Photography Contest

Lila Willis

Lila Willis

Congratulations to Mariemont High School students Gretchen Wittry and Lila Willis, whose photographs were selected as finalists for the 35th Annual College & High School Photography Contest, co-sponsored by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum magazine. Over 17,000 photographs were entered from the United States, Canada and around the world.

Because Gretchen and Lila’s photos were selected as finalists, they will be published in the November 2015 issue of Photographer’s Forum Magazine and exhibited at Brooks Institute. All contest finalists will also be published in the hardcover book, Best of Photography 2015.

Gretchen Wittry

Gretchen Wittry

Lady Warriors Raise Money for Layup4Lauren

Mariemont High School’s Lady Warrior basketball team presented a check for $2,350 to The Cure Starts now during the January 27 home boys basketball game, exceeding their goal of $2,200, a goal based on Lauren’s jersey number – 22.

Members of the Lady Warriors attended Lauren Hill’s “One More Game” at Xavier University in November, and collectively decided to have a fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now, Lauren’s foundation.

The Melbourne Sparks were in the USA playing basketball for three weeks and Mariemont was one of the many stops on their schedule. The game against the Melbourne Sparks was turned into a fundraiser for The Cure Starts Now in an effort to help Lauren Hill reach her goals of a million dollars raised.

“When we started planning the Australian game, everything just kind of came together,” said Shana Rothert, a parent of one of the team members. “Everyone was so inspired by Lauren and her determination, and we wanted to do something to help. All of the girls were very moved by Lauren’s courage and strength in the game at Xavier.”

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