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.

MVS fifth graders Ryleigh Manuel and Emma Myers have been selected for the OAKE National Children’s Choir! Over 600 students from around the country auditioned for this ensemble, with 100 being selected to perform. Ryleigh and Emma are excited to represent MVS and Dayton, Ohio, on a national stage!
The students are currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rehearsing with their fellow singers. The National Choir will perform this weekend at the OAKE National Conference.
The mission of OAKE, or the Organization of American Kodály Educators, is to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal music literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America. The organization is named for Zoltan Kodály, a Hungarian composer who began writing for children’s choruses and became a zealous educator dedicated to reforming the teaching of music and making music an integral part of every child’s schooling.

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!”

The Miami Valley School is proud to announce that it has partnered with Dayton Regional Green to become a Green-Certified Business in the Dayton area. MVS will also participate in DRG’s “Bring Your Green” Initiative, which encourages individuals and organizations to promote environmental sustainability by completing a variety of challenges. By completing challenges, participants earn points as well as potential prizes for themselves or their group. By creating a Bring Your Green account and registering as part of The Miami Valley School, community members can help The Miami Valley School advance on the leaderboard among other green-certified businesses while also greening their own living practices.

Instructions for signing up as a Bring Your Green participant are linked here. We hope you will join us as we continue to promote environmental sustainability on the MVS campus!

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