2014 News

Milford Schools Foundation honors distinguished alumni

Posted on: November 12, 2014

MIAMI TOWNSHIP – In high school, they were band geeks, wallflowers and daredevils who once climbed the local water tower.

However, as adults, they became everything from war heroes to nationally-known authors and award-winning educators.

See the Cincinnati.com article.

2014 Night of the Stars

2014 Night of the Stars

Posted on: September 19, 2014

Tags: Night of the Stars

Saturday Evening, November 1, 2014

RSVP Event Center

453 Wards Corner Road, Loveland, Ohio 45140

5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

$45.00 per person

Master of Ceremonies

Chuck Ingram – 700WLW – Class of 1978


Dow Rogers – Class of 1941

Walker Fesmire – Class of 1947

John Cooper – Class of 1966

Melissa (Noakes) Borger – Class of 1981

Joe Cadle – Class of 1981

David Shepherd – Class of 1981

Tom Watson – Class of 1983

Sarah Curry Rathel – Class of 2001

Posthumous Honoree

Katie Broecker – Class of 2000

2014 Spring Mini-Grants Awarded

Posted on: July 28, 2014

FUNDED – $14,597.62

  • High School ($1,320.00)

    • Bernard, Lottie – 9-10 MD Unit – $320.00

    • Gregory, Christy – Eagle Mascot Uniform – $750.00
      Athletic Boosters are going to pay the other $750.00

    • Luessen, Christopher – Visual Arts – $250.00

  • Junior High ($4,277.00)

    • Baker, Kris – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Bare, Ken – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Bullis, Kandance – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Cooper, Lauren – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Edwards, Rebecca – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Elkin, Shane – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Ferguson, Shane – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Ferrell, Jennifer – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Grothaus, Alan – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Haney, Joshua & Ulrich, Michael – Robotics Club – $500.00

    • Moore, Pamela – Replacing of novels – $150.00

    • Noeth, Sarah – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Parker, Becky – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Rieck, Craig – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Ryan, Sarah – Chrome books – $279.00

  • Meadowview ($1,058.00 )

    • Cox, Brooke – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Fisher, Christopher – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Powers, Myra – Mobly Max to the Max – $500.00

  • Mulberry ($3,466.60)

    • Darland, Julie – iPad – $507.00

    • French, Pat – Honors Enrichment – $301.60

    • Lotz, Vicki – Music 1-6 replace instruments and buy non pitched percussion for instruction – $750.00

    • McAfee, Allison – Advancing technology in classroom – $450.00

    • Moore, Amanda – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Pharo, Cindy – K-6 Speech & Language Materials – $500.00

    • Samuels, Adam – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Schribner, Ashley – Art Canvas – $400.00

  • Pattison ($1,759.96)

    • Becker, Christine – Lumens Ladibug Camera – 439.99

    • Hurff, Heather – Lumens Ladibug Camera – 439.99

    • Spinelli, Candice – Lumens Ladibug Camera – 439.99

    • Wolfe, Amy – Lumens Ladibug Camera – 439.99

  • Preschool ($431.06)

    • George, Katie – Preschool Expansion – $431.06

  • Seipelt ($698.00)

    • George, Katie – Speech and Language Intevention – $428.00

    • Horner, Kristen – Starfall Account – $270.00

  • Smith ($1,587.00)

    • Cramer, Julie – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Delotell, Jen – Chrome books – $279.00

    • Hill, John – Hands on equations – $750.00

    • Wiler, Jennifer – Chrome books – $279.00

The 2014 Fall Classic Golf Event

Posted on: July 3, 2014

The 2014 Fall Classic Golf Event will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at the Hickory Woods Golf Club.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:00am. The event will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 12:30. After golf a buffet dinner will be served, prizes drawn, and awards presented.

Please see the 2014 Fall Classic Golf Event for more details and to register for the event.

Corbin Hooker – Boyd E. Smith Scholarship Winner

Posted on: June 8, 2014

Congratulations to Corbin Hooker, recipient of this year’s $5,000 Boyd E. Smith Scholarship presented by the Milford Schools Foundation at this year’s Dinner of Excellence.

Corbin Hooker will attend Vanderbilt University to study political science and chemical and bio-molecular engineering. He was also accepted to Georgetown University and he is currently on the wait list for Yale University and Harvard University. Corbin has been a Milford student for 12 years. He is the Valedictorian for the class of 2014.

Milford pupils to send experiments into space

Posted on: May 29, 2014

About 50 Milford Exempted Village Schools fifth-grade pupils will be sending experiments into space next year, courtesy of a test program to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

As the winning teams were announced May 28, a crowd of hundreds in Milford High School’s cafeteria cheered and applauded. Students representing “the Right Stuff” from a new generation of space pioneers proudly marched up to a podium to accept medals and certificates of achievement.

“My favorite part was the adrenaline of waiting to see who was going to get to go into space,” fifth-grader Ty Dominguez said. The 11-year-old’s team from Meadowview Elementary will explore how microgravity affects an egg that hatches on earth when its experiment flies to suborbital space aboard XCOR Aerospace, a commercial spacecraft that plans to start offering space flights in 2015.

“Science fairs are fun, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard kids cheering each other at a science fair,” fifth-grade teacher Steve Heck said. After his induction into Ohio’s Veterans Hall of Fame two years ago, the command and instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 years was inspired to create the Arete STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project linking the commercial spaceflight industry and K-12 students.

Heck’s vision? To help students design STEM experiments to fly into space while making spaceflight available at no cost to schools. He eventually hopes to expand the program to students elsewhere in the state, including those in parochial schools and students who are home schooled.

The spacecraft resembling NASA’s shuttle initially will make flights of an hour to 90 minutes. About six to eight minutes of flight time will be in microgravity, or zero gravity.

At Milford schools, Heck said Superintendent Robert Farrell was “a driving force” behind the Arete STEM Project and the science and math teacher at Mulberry Elementary credited Farrell with providing the necessary tools make it work.

The independent, nonprofit Milford Schools Foundation partnered with the Duke Energy Foundation and other community partners to raise money for the STEM education program that will be part of the district’s fifth-grade curriculum next fall. No district funds were used.

Heck said it’s only fitting that the program be based in a state that was home to the Wright brothers and astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

“I remember where I was when John Glenn (orbited the earth in his Mercury capsule),” Heck said. “I remember sitting in front of a black and white TV watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. We’re going to recreate that time when kids were excited about science.”

After Milford teachers received STEM training, the district’s 548 fifth-grade pupils visited iSPACE in January. The local nonprofit is dedicated to creating hands on experiences that inspire students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, and creates awareness of careers in those areas.

The purpose of the visit was to help motivate students in science, technology, engineering and math, promote team work with their peers and develop inquiry based skills.

At the district’s six elementary schools, 137 teams of fifth-graders were formed in the spring to create an experiment. Each team was given a 10-centimeter cube, about the size of a small tissue box, to work with, but the rest was up to them.

“The students learned so much from this, especially teamwork,” said Bridget Moore, a fifth-grade teacher at Boyd E. Smith Elementary. “They had to look up information and find out what researchers had done in their same field.”

“Many of these kids were matched up with kids they'ed never even talked to before,” Heck said. “It was amazing to watch them work on these projects for three weeks.”

The original teams were narrowed to Best in Class entries as chosen by homeroom teachers. From those, representatives of iSPACE chose the top 10.

At the May 28 program, Bev Ketron, iSPACE education director, called for a round of applause for all of the students involved in the STEM project.

“I congratulate all of you on inspiring us and your parents and your grandparents,” Ketron said. “This is more than just a field trip to outer space. Our future looks very bright with all of the potential scientists, researchers and engineers that are in this room.”

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Top 10 teams

“Egg in Microgravity,” Team 13 at McCormick Elementary: Aaron Coors, Ethan Creer, Seth Eastham, Collin Murphy and Pierce Will

“Neil Armfish,” Team 6 at Pattison Elementary: Ethan Holman, Vishnu Rajkumar, A.J. Evans, Dylan Mullarkey

“Egg Project,” Team 21 at Meadowview Elementary: Nick Bohlander, Ty Dominguez, Heidi Cook, Janie Tudor, Michael Cotton and Gabe Carman

“Gravitational Water Transfer,” Team 8 at Boyd E. Smith Elementary: Mia Dearing, Anya Moeller, Josh Panko and Joel Sagraves

“Ladybugs in Microgravity,” Team 15 at Mulberry Elementary: Natalie Earl, Chase Lemle, Meghan Gentry, Ryland McGahey, and Andrew Palmer

“Compass Magnetic Field in Salt Water, Oil and Air,” Team 2 at Seipelt Elementary: Liddy Dow, Tiffany Lau, Spenser Hore and Ian Golden

“Microgravity Density Experiment,” Team 11 at McCormick Elementary: Malachi List, Kyle Dolby, Johnny Mei, Brett Rininger, and Harley Healey

“Testing the Heart Rate in Space,” Team 18 at Meadowview Elementary: Samantha Jones, Gabriel Ditullio, Jocelyn Howard, and Nicholas Luciano

“Substances Mixture,” Team 7 at Pattison Elementary: Riley Eggemeyer, Laura Winterod, Olivia Ossola, and Carley Eggemeyer

“Worms in Space,” Team 14 at Mulberry Elementary: Hector Camacho, Jacob Bateman, Jaquey Bean and Emily Nelson

Alternate Team

“Does Gravity Affect Magnetism,” Team 1 at Seipelt Elementary: Olivia Craycraft, Vince Ringland, Eryn Poe and Nick Pruitt

Center Bank Donation

Posted on: March 20, 2014

We would like to thank Center Bank for their continued support of the Milford Schools Foundation. Center Bank recently conducted a customer survey and committed to donated $10 for every customer survey that was completed. So, we would like to thank all of the Center Bank customers that took the time to complete the survey and raise $1,560 for the Foundation. This was truly a beneficial event for all involved. Jim Parker and Jean Ackermann were presented a check today from Angela Hawkins on behalf of Center Bank.

Proud to be an Eagle?

Posted on: March 13, 2014

Tell us more.

Results are already pouring in from the new alumni survey that Milford Schools Foundation launched this week.

In the process of doing research for awards and scholarships, Foundation members have discovered over the years that there are only piecemeal collections of information about Milford grads. When the question arose, “Where are they now?” it was tough to find an answer.

The Foundation decided to sponsor a survey to begin collecting alumni information to be housed in one main database. This information will be used only by the Foundation and by the administration of the Milford school district to support future alumni activities.

If you haven’t ready, click the link to be taken to the survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3FS8RJF) Tell us more about why you are proud to be an Eagle!

Milford 5th Graders Take on Space

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Mulberry Elementary teacher Steve Heck and the Milford Schools Foundation have helped bring the excitement of space and science to Milford 5th graders this school year.

A grant from Duke Energy has provided new resources and opportunities that include:

  • Teacher training at iSpace in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • iSpace mission visitation by all Milford 5th grade students (548 students)

  • Formation of 137 student-design teams whose experiments may be selected to go to space

Throughout January, fifth graders visited iSPACE, located on the Scarlet Oaks Campus of Great Oaks. iSpace is designed for students in grades Pre-K through 12 with an emphasis on hands-on learning in the areas of STEM.

“The iSpace visit was to help motivate students in STEM, foster student team work, and develop inquiry-based skills in students. And, to have some fun with science too!” shared Heck.

Boyd E. Smith teacher, Bridget Moore added, “My students and I LOVED the field trip to iSPACE! I have never been on a field trip where 100% of the students were engaged 100% of the time and LEARNED so much!”

The next STEM-related project for 5th graders will be the formation of student-design teams. A total of 137 teams will be formed throughout all elementary schools and then given the task to create an experiment. For their experiments, students will only be given a 10-centimeter cube and the rest is up to them.

“The experiments can be whatever they want – anything they can imagine,” Heck said.

The ultimate goal is to select the 10 finalists whose experiments will be flown into space by XCOR Aerospace on-board their LYNX spacecraft. The winners will be announced on May 28, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the Milford High School Cafeteria where all teams will have their experiments on display.

  1. Funding for this project has been made possible through the Milford Schools Foundation and the generosity of local businesses including: Siemens, 3M, ITI, Duke Energy, WalMart, and McDonalds to name a few.

Special thanks to Jim Parker, Milford Schools Foundation; Andy McCreanor, Executive Director/CEO of Executive Service Corp of Cincinnati; and Steve Heck for coordinating this program. Steve Heck is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force and an astronaut for Citizens in Space. In addition, he is in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, a NASA Endeavor Fellow, and serves as the national K-12 Education and Public Outreach representative for the Commercial Spaceflight Federations’ Suborbital Applications Researchers Group.

2014 Spring Mini-Grants Applications Open

Posted on: January 15, 2014

The Grant Application Form for Spring 2014 is available now on the Grants page, and must be submitted by February 10, 2014.

Nominate Distinguished Milford High School Alumni

Posted on: January 13, 2014

The Milford Schools Foundation has established an Outstanding Alumni Award. This award honors graduates who have distinguished themselves in many diverse fields of endeavor after leaving Milford High School. They have done this through career achievements, service, or contributions to society in one of the following areas: Arts/Humanities, Business/Industry, Community Service, Science/Education, Public Service, Military Service, Athletics, or Special Recognition. In the past, these honorees have represented seven generations of MHS history. These alumni are honored at the annual Night of The Stars banquet in the fall.

The goal is to make the entire community aware that the Milford Schools produce outstanding graduates. Also, through a Senior-Alumni Assembly, the foundation wants to increase the awareness of our current students to the limitless potential that awaits them in their own careers.

The Milford Schools Foundation is accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards. Any Milford High School graduate who has excelled in his/her personal or professional life is eligible. Nominations for this year’s awards should be sent to Mrs. Mary Anne Will, Foundation President at either of the following:

  1. mawill@cinci.rr.com

  2. Mrs. Mary Anne Will
    2902 Traverse Creek Drive
    Milford, OH 45150

Please enclose the nominee’s name, contact information, and a brief explanation of why you are suggesting that we honor this MHS graduate. Nominations must be received by the Milford Schools Foundation by Friday, February 28, 2014.