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Celebrating Madeira's Excellence

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We are proud to present just a few of the outstanding students, staff members, parents and community members who help make our district excellent!

Congratulations to the 31 Top Seniors of the Class of 2017, who will graduate with a 4.0 or above GPA. The graduates to be and their post secondary choices were announced at the May 2 Academic Day of Signing. 

Sam Aaron, Salutatorian (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Peter Baldan (Indiana University), Sam Bass (University of Cincinnati), Jacob Bellayuto (The Ohio State University), Mckenna Blackwelder (The Ohio State University), Ava Bruffey (University of South Carolina), Eric Cummings (Purdue University), Samantha Eberly (Work and Continuing Studies, Calista Falcone (University of Cincinnati), Michelle Fischer (The Ohio State University), Abby Fisk (College of Wooster), Gretchen Hartz (University of Cincinnati), Brittany Ladd, Salutatorian (Wright State University), Chris Landgrebe (University of California, Berkely), Mary Lorusso (University of Dayton), Duncan Maier (Northwestern University), Peter Nelson (University of Michigan), Tony Pape (Ohio University), Erin Parker (The Ohio State University), Kelsie Parker (The Ohio State University), Sarah Parker (The Ohio State University), Raleigh Potluri, Valedictorian (The Ohio State University), Liam Powis (The Ohio State University), Nick Ramos (University of Alabama), Gabriel Roig-Francoli (University of Cincinnati), Robert Rusk (University of Cincinnati), Lauren Tschieder (Xavier University), Jacob Waters (University of Cincinnati), Lexin Yuan (Carnegie Mellon University) Not pictured: Abbey Gray (Gap Year) and Rachel Ray (University of Cincinnati).

Baccalaureate ceremonies for the graduates will be held Thursday, May 25 in Medert Auditorium at 7:30 PM. The Class of 2017 Graduation will be held in Ruth Romano Courtyard at 7:30 PM Saturday, May 27. Both locations are at Madeira High School, 7465 Loannes Drive.  

Congratulations to all our graduates and their families!

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The Madeira Schools Foundation’s Distinguished Awards program was established to honor and recognize alumni, citizens and staff members who have made significant contributions to society, become respectable leaders, and been recognized as positive role models. Congratulations to this year's recipients and student scholarship winners who were recognized at the Foundation’s annual luncheon on May 16.

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Distinguished Award recipients (pictured l to r): Jay Adrick (Friends of the Foundation Award), Larry Sheakley ‘68 (Distinguished Alumni/Citizen Award). Not pictured: John Taylor (Distinguished Staff Award)


Scholarship recipients (pictured l to r): Maddie Laake (Pat Wood Scholar), Lexin Yuan (Matthew Simpson Art Award Scholar), Jacob Waters (John D. Rahe Scholar), Sam Aaron (Sushila Nayar Math & Science Scholar), Mckenna Blackwelder (Andrea Dennis Scholar), Lauren Curee (John D. Rahe Scholar, Stephen M. Kramer Scholar, Michelle Glass Schneider Scholar) and Natalie Stringer (John D. Rahe Scholar). Not pictured: Ava Bruffey (Nina Bechtel Knox Scholar).


Dr. Tracy Alley was selected as Madeira's 2017 Madeira 'Educator of the Year' from all the exemplary Madeira faculty and staff members nominated by parents, community members, students and other staff members. A teacher and coordinator of the district’s Gifted Programs at both Madeira Elementary School and Madeira Middle School, Tracy represented Madeira at the Hamilton County Education Foundation's 'Celebrate Excellence' award ceremony  May 12. We are proud of Tracy, and our entire team of educators who make Madeira the great district it is.

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Master of Ceremonies Clyde Gray and Dr. Tracy Alley at the 2017 Celebrate Excellence event

The Madeira School Board annually presents the 'I Make a Difference Award' to dedicated and involved individuals who regularly go beyond the expected to 'make a difference' in our schools. The newest recipients were honored for their dedication at the May 15 school board meeting. Thank you to these tireless volunteers who have given so much of their time to the students at Madeira, and truly have made a difference!

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Pictured Row 1 (l to r): Rick Kolkmeyer, for his efforts to create Madeira Mustang and Amazon lacrosse teams; Mary Jo Pfaffinger, for her tireless commitment as the district's EMIS Coordinator and data specialist; Hollis Bass, for her involvement with SHAC (School Health Advisory Committee), Walk to School Day and other health and wellness events. Row 2: Dave Raheem, for exuding a passion for life for the children who ride his bus; and Bob Hill, for going out of his way for students who ride his bus. 

Congratulations and farewell to the 2017 district retirees, we wish you nothing but the best in your retirement, and thank you for your years of dedication to the students at Madeira!

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Pictured (l to r): Cindy Cadet, Rick Schneider. Not pictured: Kathy Harper, Kathy Staubach.

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