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Seven Years of Being Made in Madeira
Diane Nichols

Every member of the Madeira High School (MHS) Class of 2024 who is attending a college, university, career training program, or entering the military received a $300 monetary scholarship. They are the seventh MHS graduating class to receive this unique scholarship.

The Made in Madeira scholarships have been made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Homer O. Amos. A WW II Veteran and long-time Madeira resident and business owner, Mr. Amos was proud of his sons and their graduation from Madeira High School in the early 1970’s. As Madeira’s local TV repairman and laundromat owner, Mr. Amos’ shop on Camargo Road served Madeira and the surrounding area for many, many years. Mr. Amos was also an avid investor, successful in managing and growing his assets but who in many ways lived a simple and modest life. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 90, and as part of his final wishes had his estate shared with Madeira High School graduates. Mr. Amos’ initial generous gift of $750,000 provided the foundation of the Made In Madeira Scholarship which has been, and continues to be, built on for years to come.

“I know of no other public high school in the State of Ohio who is able to offer this kind of an opportunity to each and every one of their graduates,” Madeira Superintendent Kenji Matsudo stated. The scholarship funds have continued to grow as donations have been made in memory of family, friends, alumni, and former teachers by individuals or entire classes in amounts ranging from $10 to $2,500. Long-time former Treasurer and friend of Madeira Schools Barb Brewer, who passed away several years ago, left a generous gift of nearly $50,000 to the Made in Madeira Scholarship fund.

On May 2 the recent graduates received word of their scholarships at their senior awards night on May 2. They also received a Made in Madeira t-shirt. Superintendent Matsudo shared the history behind the awards with the students and the lesson they instill and then told them, “I hope that this generous Made in Madeira Scholarship given to you by a Madeira community member you never knew sparks an even greater sense of purpose for who you are and who you can become as you leave Madeira High School. Being Made in Madeira is not just about what you say, it’s about what you do. Being Made in Madeira is not about how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s not only about who you are but who you can become. Being Made in Madeira is not about getting, it’s about giving. And if things aren’t quite perfect or you’ve hit a roadblock or a bump along life’s journey ….. being Made in Madeira means that it’s never too late to change your path or course of direction because above all else, being Made in Madeira means that you never, ever give up.”

For more information contact the Madeira City School District Board Office at 513-985-6070, Mindi Hilgeman at 513- 924-3725, or see Made in Madeira.

 

Meet the Class of 2024
Diane Nichols

The District Digest spotlights our most recent Madeira High School graduates’ accomplishments and future plans. It also includes our newest I Make a Difference Award recipients, 2024 district retirees, and Madeira Schools Foundation Distinguished Award and Scholarship winners. You can also read about a special part of our Madeira story - the $300 Made in Madeira Scholarship awarded to each graduating senior who is attending college, entering the military, or enrolling in a career or technical training program.

 

You can read all about our most recent graduates at Class of 2024 District Digest. 

 

For a paper copy please leave your name and address at dnichols@madeiracityschools.org or call 513.924.3707.

Chris O'Brien Appointed as New Athletic Director
Diane Nichols

The Madeira City School District is thrilled to announce the appointment of Chris O'Brien as the new Athletic Director. With a background spanning over six years as an athletic director, O'Brien brings experience, a passion for education-based athletics, and a commitment to fostering positive relationships within the Madeira community.

O'Brien’s tenure as an athletic director has been marked by his ability to effectively manage athletic programs and inspire both students and staff. “His ability to hit the ground running is something that will help us greatly as we transition to a new athletic director,” said Madeira Principal David Kennedy. Kennedy added, “Chris O'Brien has consistently demonstrated his capability to enhance the athletic experience for students while prioritizing their academic achievements and personal growth.”

“I am excited to join Madeira and look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence in athletics,” said O'Brien. “Education-based athletics is at the core of my philosophy. I believe in developing students not only as athletes but as well-rounded individuals prepared for the future. Coaching coaches to be mentors and leaders is a crucial part of this process.”

O'Brien's approach centers on building and maintaining strong, positive relationships with all stakeholders, including students, parents, coaches, and community members. His commitment to open communication and collaborative problem-solving has been a cornerstone of his leadership style at both Oyler High School and in his most recent position at St. Bernard Elmwood Place High School.  He understands the importance of creating an inclusive and supportive environment where every student-athlete can thrive.

“Chris O'Brien's dedication to building relationships and fostering a positive athletic culture aligns perfectly with the values of our district,” said Superintendent Kenji Matsudo. “We are confident that his leadership will inspire our students and elevate our athletic programs to new heights.”

Under O'Brien's leadership, Madeira anticipates continued success in its athletic programs, with a strong emphasis on educational value and community engagement. His vision for the future includes not only winning games but also ensuring that student-athletes leave Madeira High School as confident, capable, and community-minded individuals.

Making a Difference at Madeira City Schools
Diane Nichols

Part of what makes Madeira City Schools one of the top districts in the country is its ongoing group of parents and community members who consistently donate their time and talents. Once a year, the Madeira Board of Education recognizes some of those people with its highest honor - the 'I Make a Difference Award.' 

The award is bestowed for actions that are beyond the scope of direct job responsibilities, enhance the district over a number of years, or a one-time event that significantly impacted the district. At its May 20 board meeting, the Madeira City School Board presented the prestigious ‘I Make A Difference Award’ to seven recipients who have gone beyond the expected to make a difference in the district.

Aaron Wagner created "Point of Sale" for the Madeira Elementary School PTO’s Changing Hands Sale ten years ago. This computer coding and check out system has helped make the consignment sale a huge success by easily recording sales and co-signors, and distributing proceeds in half the time. Twice a year for the past decade still monitors the sale and troubleshoots issues.  

Nate Wagner has equally contributed to the coding and problem solving necessary to keep the “Point of Sale” for the Madeira Elementary School PTO’s Changing Hands Sale active and working. He is the first student to receive the I Make Difference Award, and with his father Aaron has made an incredible impact on the MES PTO’s ability to raise funds and have an efficient Changing Hands sale.

Chuck Jonas is a Madeira grandparent who for the last 2-3 years has helped in the designing of sets for the Madeira Marching Band and Theatre Arts departments. His craftmanship and ability to design and think about how it all comes together has been remarkable.  He has traveled with the band, getting her early to help make sure everything is loaded and gotten home late after long rides in the band trucks. 

Madeira Police Chief Dave Schaefer, Lieutenant Paul Phillips, Lieutenant James Roy, and Detective Richard Byram met with Madeira Middle School (MMS) students in small classroom settings to educate them about Digital Citizenship - a term given to the safe and responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, or digital devices to engage with other people on any level. The officers helped the students understand that anything they post, email, or text can become permanent and part of their digital footprint forever. A pledge between the Police Department and all MMS students was woven into the school district’s culture playbook.

Any Madeira Schools employee or volunteer may nominate any other employee or volunteer for the award any time throughout the year. Recipients are honored by the Madeira Board of Education and their name(s) added to a permanent plaque in Madeira High School’s Perin Learning Commons. Call 513.924.3707 for more information.