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MVS has recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with two 2022 Circle of Excellence Awards. The school’s advancement department was honored with two national awards, earning a Silver Award in the Annual/Regular Giving Campaigns category and Bronze Award in the Special Events/Online Fundraisers category.
The Silver Award in Annual/Regular Giving was given for MVS’ fall 2021 Annual Fund campaign, “The MVS Annual Fund Allows Us To Say YES!” This multi-level campaign included a series of educational and promotional videos filmed by Dayton-area videographers Agape Media, as well as live experiences, email marketing, and phone campaigns. CASE judges praised the campaign’s data-driven approach to guide messaging, as well as the variety of videos and integrated solicitations.
The Bronze Award in Special Events/Online Fundraisers was given for MVS’ 2021 “Un-Gala,” themed “Outside the Box.” When the pandemic forced last year’s MVS Annual Gala to an online format, MVS responded with an innovative event that included at-home bidding over multiple days, take-home Party Boxes, a digital program designed by Dayton-area business Oregon Printing, and a Big Night livestream auction, again filmed by Dayton’s Agape Media. CASE judges commented, “The variety of party packs, auction items that emphasized experience rather than things, and the overall event theme celebrated the perseverance and resilience of [the MVS] school community.”
CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards are the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards honor colleges, universities, and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their organizations with resourcefulness and ingenuity.
“Our CASE Circle of Excellence Awards celebrate the creative, resourceful, and innovative ways advancement professionals around the globe champion their institutions’ success,” says CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham. “Advancement has never been more important to support and strengthen education. These 2022 Circle of Excellence recipients—from institutions and teams of all sizes and shapes, from regions across the world—showcase how advancement empowers teaching and learning, ignites institutional progress, and helps communities thrive. I hope you take the opportunity to explore these award winners and become inspired.”
In 2022, CASE received more than 4,500 entries from 636 institutions in nearly 30 countries. Of those, volunteer judges 626 exemplary entries for bronze, silver, gold, or Grand Gold recognition.
Winners were selected based on several factors, including overall quality, innovation, use of resources and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff.
Congratulations to the MVS upper school quiz bowl team, who finished seventh in the 2022 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT)! The event, which was held in Chicago, Illinois on April 23-24, featured 55 teams from 25 states. The MVS team was comprised of Lakshmi Jain ’22, Andrew Holzinger ’23, Arshaan Kahlon ’24, Caroline Shoup ’24, and Ben Dannemiller ’25.
During Saturday’s prelims, MVS won 8 of their 10 games, earning the 8th seed in the 25-team double-elimination playoffs. On Sunday, MVS defeated Treasure Valley (Boise, ID) 255-200 and Tower Hill (Wilmington, DE) 340-220 before a 230-355 loss to top-seeded St. Mark’s School of Texas A (Dallas) dropped them to the bottom bracket. MVS bounced back with a 360-190 win over St. Paul Academy (MN) before falling 275-355 in a tight battle with third-seeded Toledo School for the Arts (OH).
Team captain Andrew Holzinger was named a Tournament All-Star for finishing in the top ten individual scorers, tallying 69.50 points per game in the prelim rounds.
Way to go, team!
The Miami Valley School is proud to announce the MVS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022:
The Miami Valley School Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2004 to honor former MVS athletes who participated in an outstanding way in interscholastic athletics during their high school years. To be eligible, a student must have played one or more sports for MVS and must have graduated 10 + years before the date of their selection. Also considered for the Hall of Fame are coaches, athletic directors and others who have served a significant role in the MVS athletic program.
The Miami Valley School is proud to announce that James Patchett ’98 has been selected as MVS’ Distinguished Alumnus for 2022.
James is the CEO of A&E Real Estate in New York City. He has previously served as President & CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Chief of Staff in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and Vice President of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
For 18 years, The Miami Valley School has honored a former student as its Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna. Nominations are made by members of the MVS community and awards are given to accomplished and self-sustaining alumni who are compassionate global citizens.
MVS congratulates Ainsley Chambal ’22, Ben Conrad ’22, Gracie Ding ’22, and Ronnie Rajotte ’22 on being named National Merit Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Their achievement means that 12% of the MVS senior class has earned Finalist distinction in the 2022 NMSC competition. All four were previously designated National Merit Semifinalists during the fall semester. The National Merit Finalists are chosen from all students who took the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year and represent less than 1% of test-takers nationwide.
On February 19, Ars Nova, the MVS upper school a cappella choir, competed in the Midwest Quarterfinal of the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA). The competition, which was held at Harrison High School in Harrison, OH, featured nine groups from three states. Ars Nova placed first in the competition, clinching a berth in the Midwest Semifinal on March 19. Congratulations to Ars Nova and their director, Kat Smith!
MVS ninth grader Katelyn Smittle has qualified for the Division II state meet for swimming and diving after her performance at districts at Miami University on February 19. Katelyn notched two silver medals at districts and set two new school records with a 2:08.56 in the 200 IM, bettering her sectionals time by over a second, and a 5:09.63 in the 500 freestyle, dropping over three seconds from sectionals. The Division II state meet will begin this Thursday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, OH. Good luck, Katelyn!
MVS senior Julia Peters has earned a place in the 2022 Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Sacramento, California! Her ceramic work Garden Teapot will be seen by thousands of visitors all over the world when it is displayed from March 16-18. The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition occurs during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference.
Julia’s entry was selected by the contest jury after examination of 893 entries. Her work will be now be included among the best in the United States. Congratulations, Julia!
The Miami Valley School is pleased to welcome Stephanie Yenn as its new Associate Director of Alumni & Community Relations. Stephanie comes to MVS from WDPR Discover Classical, where she served as Director of Development. She has also previously worked at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteered with a variety of local organizations, including the American Cancer Society, where she helped to establish Relay 4 Life in Centerville and Oakwood. Stephanie writes, “I’ve long been impressed by The Miami Valley School and the role it plays in the Dayton region, and I’m excited to build relationships in the MVS community!”
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