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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.

Madeira Middle School Welcomes Kyle Jepson as New Assistant Principal
Diane Nichols

Madeira Middle School is excited to announce that Kyle Jepson will be the new Assistant Principal. With a strong commitment to building relationships and fostering a sense of belonging among students and staff, Jepson is set to bring his passion for community building and educational excellence to Madeira.

Mr. Jepson is a 16-year veteran educator who began his career as a Spanish teacher at both the high school and middle school levels. His involvement as a teacher also included coaching track and cross country as well as leading student leadership programs.  Mr. Jepson comes to Madeira most recently from his role as a building administrator with Princeton City Schools. 

Kyle Jepson, a proud resident of Madeira, lives in the community with his wife and children, further deepening his connection to the area. Jepson's enthusiasm for education and community involvement is noteworthy, and he is eager to begin his journey at Madeira Middle School.

"I am thrilled to join Madeira Middle School as the Assistant Principal," said Jepson. "Building strong relationships with students and staff is at the heart of what I do. I believe that when kids feel a sense of belonging, they are more likely to succeed academically and personally. I look forward to working alongside Principal Niki Huelsman to continue the great work already going on in the building."

Principal Niki Huelsman expressed her excitement about the new addition to the leadership team. "We are incredibly fortunate to have Kyle Jepson joining us as our new Assistant Principal. His passion for community building and his commitment to fostering a positive school culture will make us even better as we work to provide the best possible middle school experience for our students. Together, we will work to ensure that Madeira Middle School remains a place where everyone feels welcome and supported."

Jepson's immediate focus will be on getting to know the students, staff, and families of Madeira Middle School. He aims to be an accessible and approachable presence, ready to listen and respond to the needs of the school community. His leadership will undoubtedly contribute to a vibrant school environment where educational excellence can thrive.