Congratulations to MVS seventh grader Emma M., who won third place in the Dottie Yeck Good Life Award essay contest sponsored by the Washington-Centerville Public Library! Over 600 area students in grades 7-9 entered the contest. In her essay, Emma describes how her favorite activities (theatre, dance, and choir) and support from parents and friends help her lay a foundation for her life and pursue her goals of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon. Well done, Emma!

On Tuesday, November 14, the MVS upper school jazz band had the Rose Theater swinging as they played a double bill with the Wright State University Jazz Ensemble, with opening performance by the WSU Saxophone Quartet!
The MVS band had the opportunity for a group clinic prior to the concert with Stephen Wadsack, director of the WSU Jazz Ensemble, and Prof. Wadsack also sat in with the MVS group for two tunes.
The concert was organized by MVS Director of Bands, Kyle Semmelroth, who is himself a graduate student at Wright State, along with Mr. Wadsack. Congratulations to both bands on a great show!
MVS upper school Mandarin classes enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Cincinnati Asian Arts Festival in the Liberty Mall Square. 24 Mandarin language students and Chinese international students represented The Miami Valley School by hosting a tent to share Chinese culture with the local community.
Activities included origami making and paper plate decorating. Visitors also enjoyed samples of bubble tea made by the students. Students Alex Rak and Rita Tian performed the song “只要平凡”, which loosely translates to “Just Want a Peaceful Life,” with a guitar & vocal performance. Other presentations included Japanese, Filipino, Indian, Thai, and Chinese dances and various instrumental performances.
The Mandarin students enjoyed the immersive experience they gained by interacting with many native Chinese speakers and visiting the various other stands representing different Asian cultures! Thank you Gu Laoshi, Mr. Walker, Mr. Manning, Mrs. Leppla, Ms. Wright, Mrs. Dettmer, Mrs. Lewis and Dr. Munhofen for supporting the upper school Mandarin program!

The Miami Valley School has retained its #1 spot in the 2024 Niche Best Schools Rankings, earning honors as the #1 overall high school in the Dayton region as well as the #1 private high school and #1 private K-12 school. MVS is also ranked as the #1 school in the region for STEM and #1 school in the region for college preparation.

Niche, a Pittsburgh-based data company, compiles its Best Schools list based on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education; teacher salaries and rankings; racial and economic diversity; and surveys from Niche users, among other metrics. Congratulations to the entire MVS community!

Two MVS seniors earned National Recognition Awards from the College Board for their performance on last year’s PSAT/NMSQT:


Both Nicholas and Kai are MVS “lifers,” having attended the school since kindergarten! Congratulations!

Recently, five MVS seniors earned recognition through the National Merit Scholarship Program for their performance on last year’s PSAT/NMSQT:

For another consecutive year, MVS has the highest percentage of National Merit Semifinalists in the Dayton area, with almost 6% of the senior class earning Semifinalist recognition.


Gather your foursome and hit ’em straight at the 8th Annual MVS Golf Outing in memory of Andrew Z. Arnett ’04! The outing will take place on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace. Individual and group sign-ups welcome, or just join us for lunch! Sponsorship opportunities also available. For event information and registration, click here!


On May 24, the MVS community gathered for the 37th annual Academic & Athletic Awards ceremony, honoring outstanding achievements by upper school students. Congratulations to our award recipients!


The Duncan W. Alling Book Awards

English Department Awards

Betsy M. Hughes Creative Writing Award: Mia Florkey ’23

Award for Excellence: Tanisha Pallerla ’23                  

Barbara Cleary Love of Literature Award: Torin Schulte ’23     

Visual & Performing Arts Department Awards

Linda Kretzler Excellence in Art Award: Isidore Peterson ’23

Excellence in Performing Arts Award: Sophia Shaker ’23 

Excellence in Instrumental Performance Award: Hannah Marlowe ’23

Love of the Arts Award: Sean Yen ’23

World Languages Department Awards   

Excellence in Language Award: Lekha Choudary ’23

Peter Camm Love of Language Award: Fortunate Peterson ’23

Mathematics Department Awards

Maria Ferraro Excellence in Mathematics Award: Dhruv Sadhu ’23

Love of Mathematics Award: Andrew Holzinger ’23  

Excellence in Computer Science: Frances Peters ’23                

Science Department Awards

Bryan Czarnota Excellence in Science Award: Kayleigh Cook ’23

Ashwi Birdi Love of Science Award: Lukah Varghese ’23

Social Science Department Awards

Excellence in Social Science Award: Hannah Sabagh ’23

Frances E. Inbody Love of History Award: James Diehl ’23


Upper School Awards of Distinction

Shelley Lazar Community Service Award: Lekha Choudary ’23

Parent Association Making an Impact Award: Aadya Gujja ’24 & Ainsley Rowland ’25

Brereton Family Award of Distinction: Rylee Boyer ’25

Experiential Learning Award: Lya Boeger ’23 & Gabriele Muratori ’23 

Student Leadership Award: Mia Florkey ’23

Sharyn D. Jackson Spirit Award: Hannah Marlowe ’23

Saidel Scholar Award: Caleb Meeker ’27

Head of School Award: Charis Jarvis ’23

Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizen Award: Jacob Barnard ’24, Yuvi Gupta ’26, Molly Van Kirk-Butler ’25

Recognition of Military Enlistment: Raef Sanner ’23

Montgomery County Scholarship Award: Fortunate Peterson ’23

National Merit Scholarship Program Awards: Lekha Choudary ’23, Andrew Holzinger ’23, Hannah Marlowe ’23, Dhruv Sadhu ’23, Lukah Varghese ’23


Athletic Awards

MVS Outstanding Athlete Award: Tanisha Pallerla ’23 & Justin Patterson ’23

MVS Scholar Athlete Award: Lekha Choudary ’23 & Dhruv Sadhu ’23 

MVS Courageous Student Award: Ashley Ohlemacher ’23

Billy Glisson Memorial Award: Michael Gifford-Boyer ’23

OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award: Andrew Holzinger ’23, Hannah Marlowe ’23, Gabriele Muratori ’23, Tanisha Pallerla ’23

OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award: Tyler Benedict ’09

Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award: Lukah Varghese ’23 & Lucía Skalicky Luqui ’24

NFHS National Award of Excellence: Charis Jarvis ’23 & Torin Schulte ’23



On May 19, three MVS eighth graders competed in the Power of the Pen State Tournament after having qualified at the District and Regional competitions earlier this year.
Aleks ’27, Harpreet ’27, and Raaidha ’27 represented MVS in three 35-minute rounds of creative writing.
Harpreet qualified for a fourth, 30-minute final writing round and ended up placing ninth overall!
“2500 students from around all of Ohio began this competition earlier this year at the district division,” said MVS Power of the Pen coach and English teacher Debbie Voetberg. “These three emerged from that group to compete at the highest level, and now, Harpreet is in the top 10 of all 8th grade writers in the state. I am so proud of all they have accomplished!”

Congratulations to two MVS student-athletes who have signed letters of intent to pursue their sports at the next level! Ashley Ohlemacher ’23 will attend the University of Minnesota and participate in rowing, while Zayna Usman ’23 will attend Dartmouth College and play squash. Both student-athletes were celebrated at special signing day ceremonies in MVS’ Lofino Atrium attended by MVS faculty, coaches, friends, and family.

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