Honors ensembles harmonize in first combined concert


Sonia Rayka| Staff Writer To choral director Elaine Santos, the combined Beethoven concert was nothing less than an ode to joy. On March 23, the music department joined forces to perform the Fourth Movement from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the first time all three Honors ensembles have performed together. According to Santos, it was initially a challenge for the choir because [...]

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Upperclassmen pose in NHS Prom Fashion Show


Ashton Nichols | Staff Writer Watch a slideshow of the fashion show.National Honor Society hosted the annual Prom Fashion Show on Thursday, March 26 which raised money for students who cannot afford prom themselves. With sponsors of Kostovos, Aveda, Francesca's, and Presidents Tuxedo, NHS raised over $1,600 for the cause. anichols.chronicle@gmail.com

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High-performing Mathletes headed to state


Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer The path is bright and the road is clear for the Math Team, as they head to state this Saturday, March 28. After the mathletes won first place out of 67 teams at the 2015 Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympia competition, 11 of these MHS students make their way to the state competition at [...]

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Freshmen week unites underclassmen

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Isabel Marotta | MBC News Reporter Be your best self. During OGT week, freshmen at Mason High School participate in activities encouraging students to be their best selves. Through games, speakers, homerooms, and assemblies, this week was an opportunity for freshmen to grow and discover who they are. Jeff Schlaeger, Sib Advisor, set up many activities for each morning of [...]

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gears girls toward science

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Juliana Discher | Staff Writer Watch a video montage of the day's events.Women only make up 13.4 percent of the engineering workplace, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. By holding “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at Mason High School since 2009, event leaders hope to demolish this gender gap. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was held [...]

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Call to council


MHS aide Jim Fox appointed to Mason city council Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief Working in public service for 37 years, Mason High School aide Jim Fox knows what it’s like being at the forefront of running the city of Mason. And this year, he is reprising his role as councilman, filling Tom Grossmann’s spot, who was recently elected Warren County [...]

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Contracts and compromises

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Mason Education Association and School Board reach agreement over contracts after turbulent summer relationship Abbey Marshall | Staff Writer After months of negotiation, the Mason City Schools Board of Education and the Mason Education Association came to a compromise regarding teacher contracts. At the school board meeting on February 10, the Board announced a two percent teacher raise on a [...]

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Doctor’s discovery


Sauer's math research published in professional journal Arnav Damodhar | Staff Writer Photo by Photo Editor Madison Krell Like Pythagoras and Euclid, Dr. Johnothon Sauer too has left his footprints in mathematics. Honors pre-calculus and algebra teacher Dr. Sauer has evolved the field of abstract algebra, an advanced level of algebra that focuses on the format of system using letters [...]

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Test stress


Students opt-out of PARCC testing Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Count 326 students out. As of March 2, these students chose not to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test—an endeavor supported by Action for Mason Education co-head Kenna O’Sullivan. “Ideally I would love to see all students opt-out,” O’Sullivan said. “The freshmen have to all be [...]

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Military road show


American Soldier Adventure Semi opens traveling exhibit in Mason Gina Deaton | Online Editor It's an adventure within 848 square feet. The American Soldier Adventure Semi (AS4) is an 18-wheel, 30-ton tractor trailer measured at 16 feet wide, 53 feet long, and 13.5 feet tall that sat in the back parking lot of Mason High School on Tuesday, March 3, open to students and the community. [...]

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Students soar at UC Science Fair

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Kelly Noriega | Staff Writer Listen to Nikita Kesav explain her project's premise and where she will head from here. On March 14th at the 11th annual UC Science and Engineering Expo, Mason Middle School and High School students presented their projects. Results from the fair are listed below. Students that were Broadcom Masters winners: Niraj Komatineni and his partner Scott [...]

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38 students headed to UC Science Fair

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Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer You won’t see any baking soda volcanoes at the UC Science Fair. A combined total of 38 MMS and MHS students will present their science projects this Saturday, March 14, at the 11th annual UC Science and Engineering Expo. These students will be showcasing their experiments with students across southwest Ohio. In order to qualify for [...]

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Teachers defeat academic team in battle of the brains


Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer For Mason High School’s academic team, the student has yet to become the master. Watch a clip of the showdown. Video by Staff Writer Kelly Noriega. On March 4, the academic team faced a group of teachers in a match of questions ranging from novels by Ernest Hemingway to World War II history. Each team [...]

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Philharmonic orchestra excels at state competition

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Erin McElhenny | Staff Writer The Philharmonic Orchestra competed at their state competition last weekend. State for orchestra is different than when sports compete at state. The orchestra began by playing a three piece set to a panel of judges; they were scored a one--the best score. Then they were given a song they had never seen before and given [...]

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Speech and Debate takes record 32 competitors to state


Jessica Sommerville | Staff Writer Talk about eloquence. 32 competitors—a new school record—will head to the state Speech and Debate tournament this Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7. Watch sophomore Ananya Tawde explain the reasoning behind the team's success. The team’s coach, Melissa Donahue, returned to the team after a hiatus and was instrumental in shaping the team for state, [...]

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Swimming teams make a splash at state meet


Sonia Rayka | Staff Writer The girls and boys swimming and diving teams went out with a big splash at the state meet on February 28, ranking third and tenth in Ohio, respectively. According to coach Mark Sullivan, the meet left him impressed with standout performances by several athletes. “A lot of our kids tend to peak at the districts [...]

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