Extracurricular Update

This section will provide updates on extracurriculars.  Information is provided by the various groups, and will be included when it is available.  The most recent reports will be listed first.  Enjoy!

5/16/13
Activites BOE report

Spring Band and Choir Concerts and the Senior Talent Show were outstanding events.  Choir students went to LaComedia yesterday to see “The Sound of Music”.   Today at 4 pm is a Music Theory Composition Recital in the choir room.  Last week, these students participated in the May Festival Youth Chorale and sang the Mozart Requiem there:  Natalie Brady, Laura Caudill, Max Hartley & Moriah Slaughter.  Congratulations!

MHS Key Club teamed up with The Ninth Grade Community to raise $1253.00 for “Faces Without Places”, an organization which provides education and other needs to homeless children in the Cincinnati area.  The group showed its appreciation with a recent visit to the NGC and personally thanked everyone.  Morgan Barter and Amanda Dominique organized this fundraiser

MMT recently conducted an Activities Survey to assess student interests and types of activities in which students would be most likely to participate.  Results will be used to offer activities for next school year.

The year is winding down but we have a lot of fun summer camps and conditioning opportunities that have been scheduled.  With hard work and commitment over the summer, the Fall season will be off to another great start!

4/18/13
Activities BOE report

Show Choir & Triple Trio Spring Concert is Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm and the Senior Talent Show is scheduled for May 8th.  Also, the Spring Band concert is set for May 7th in the MHS Main Gymnasium!  Best wishes to Winter Drumline competing in the WGI World Championships beginning today at the University of Dayton Arena!

MMT Cooking Club recently had a guest chef teach them some new kitchen skills!  The last Cooking Club meeting is Wednesday, April 24th.

The spring season is in full swing!  Come out and support our students!

March 21, 2013
Activities BOE Report

Student Council had its second blood drive of the year on February 26th with 33 units of whole blood collected.  They are seeking donations of gift cards from local businesses for the staff “free raffle” during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The Concert band and Symphonic band participated in the OMEA District 14 Concert Assessment on Friday at Harrison High School where they both received an overall Superior rating. The symphonic band was entered in the highest degree of difficulty and was the only band in district 14 that was entered in that division. They received a superior rating from every judge!

Winter Guard competed in the International Mid-East Regional held at Xavier University recently where they placed 4th in the National Open Class.

The Drug-Free Coalition continues its activities with Cooking Club and Ultimate Frisbee throughout the spring season.

February 21, 2013
Activities BOE Report

The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” was very successful last weekend.  Auditions for the Spring play are going on now and the cast list will be posted Friday.  Concert & Show Choir are finishing up next week and Choir auditions are coming up soon.  Concert Choir, Concert Band and Symphonic Band are preparing for OMEA Large Group Competition.  Bands are performing Friday, March 15th at Harrison HS and Concert Choir is Saturday, March 16th at Princeton HS.

The Athletic Boosters are preparing for the 3rd annual ‘Flight Night’ featuring Sean Casey and Todd Benzinger.  Tickets are $50 for regular admission or $100 for VIP admission.  Held at the Oasis Golf & Convention Center on Thurs. March 14 at 6:00 pm, this event is sure to be entertaining!  Get your tickets from the Athletic Dept. and join in on the fun!

MMT Ski Club finished their season Thurs. Feb. 7.  MMT Cooking Club has served up some great food and will continue to cook twice a month through April.  Dodge Ball League sign-ups are going on now for league play to begin in March and Ultimate Frisbee has begun to practice for their Spring season.

With the spring season just around the corner, many programs have begun conditioning and have tryouts scheduled.  It’s going to be another fantastic season!  Go Eagles!

January 24, 2013
Activities BOE Report

Band and Choir students are preparing for OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, Jan 26th at Mariemont HS.

The musical cast is busy preparing for “Little Shop” performances in February.  The guard has their first competition this Saturday.

The New Voices program is in the final stages. The students have a Final Exhibition of all of their photographs, and the photographs by the Residents they worked with at City Gospel Mission. The Exhibition will be held at First Covenant Presbyterian Church on February 2nd at 1pm.  Student representative Liz Knueven was part of the 15 students who participated in New Voices and will share her experiences.

The Reflector is having a contest for the cover of the senior edition magazine.  Top 5 entries will be voted on by the senior class and the finalist will receive a $20 gift card.

MMT Ski Club began Thurs. Jan. 17 and is off to a fun start!  Cooking Club held a planning meeting yesterday and will continue twice a month through April.  Dodge Ball League and Fitness Club sign-ups will be held the end of January and early February.

The Athletic and Band Boosters are having a Pancake Breakfast Sat. Feb. 2 from 8-12 in the MHS Cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and includes sausage, all you can eat pancakes and a beverage.  The Milford Band will be providing musical entertainment.  What a deal! So come out and have breakfast and support the booster groups!

It’s an exciting time for all our programs!  Best wishes to everyone for a strong winter finish.

December 20, 2012
Activities BOE Report

Student Council sponsored the first blood drive of the year, with 58 students and faculty volunteering and 41 units of blood collected.  They are currently doing the “9 Days of Christmas” with little gifts for teachers/staff in their mailboxes each day for the two weeks leading up to Winter Break.

Spanish Club has adopted 2 families this year that are in great need.  This year’s families are immigrants from Guatemala, designated by Su Casa as families in need.  Parents and students will personally deliver the presents on Christmas Eve.

On Sat., Dec. 1 our High School Photography Club completed a service learning project for Milford Miami Ministries. A total of 15 students volunteered to provide free family portraits to area families in need. 10 area families attended the event. One mother shared that she does not own a single professional picture (not even a school picture) of any of her 3 children, because they could not afford the packages. Our students utilized their skills while engaging with the community.

The high school choirs performed their Winter Concert on Monday, Dec 10th to a packed house. The Show Choir had additional performances at the Mulberry Elem. Breakfast with Santa and Primetimers luncheon at Milford United Methodist Church. The Junior High Choirs gave two performances of their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec 11 and Wednesday, Dec 12. These choirs also performed at local nursing homes.

The Milford Key Club has participated in several volunteer events. They were part of a yard sale that raised almost $300 to benefit the community and collected canned goods, clothing and financial donations, totaling almost $400, for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. They helped Seipelt Elementary with their Halloween Bingo event and Santa’s workshop. The members went to Milford Preschool and volunteered to babysit children so their parents could go holiday shopping.  Also, nursing home residents received holiday cards that the members made.

Ski Club, sponsored by The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township, begins Jan. 10 for 4 weeks.  Dodge Ball League and Ultimate Frisbee will begin in the spring.  Plans for a Cooking Club and Fitness/Workout Club are also underway.

It’s been an exciting winter so far and will certainly continue after the break!  Fly like an Eagle!!

November 15, 2012
Activities BOE Report

Marching Band placed third in the AAA Class at the Bands of America Indianapolis Regional.  Kelsey Brown is playing bassoon in the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble; her name was inadvertently left off the list last month.

The following students have been selected to represent MHS in the Overture Competition:

Creative Writing: Elicia Delgado, Ida Lauritzen
Dance: Kelsey Krenwinkel
Vocal Music: Moriah Slaughter

The cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” has been selected and they are beginning rehearsals.

Members of the Concert and Show Choir will be leaving for Disney on Friday, November 16 and will be participating in the “Disney Sings” workshop on Sunday.  They will also performing a concert at the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney Marketplace on Monday.

New Voices was mentioned in an Article by City Beat magazine, quoting one of our senior students, Josh Montgomery.  “It puts a completely different perspective on homelessness in Over-the-Rhine and a whole new appreciation for the things I have now,” says Josh Montgomery, a senior at Milford. Taking pictures became secondary for him to the experience of bonding with his photography partner.

The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township has completed registration for Ski Club, scheduled to begin in January, and is supporting plans for an Ultimate Frisbee team to begin in the spring.  Information on a dodge ball league will be coming soon.

With activities, practices and events underway, it’s sure to be an exciting winter season for Milford!  Go Eagles!

October 19, 2012
Activities BOE Report

The Milford High School Talent Show is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $2 at the door and it’s sure to be a fun show!

These students have been selected to be a part of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble:  Erin Gottsacker, Tyler Brown, Kate Gardine, Joseph Luke and Billie Richardson.  Aaron Carpenter has been selected to be a part of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Prep Brass Choir.  What an honor for these talented students!

Our Marching Band recently competed in Mason at the Mid States Regional and earned Reserve Grand Champion.  Prior to that, they competed at the Simon Kenton Invitational Mid-states Band Association and received Overall Outstanding Music Performance, Overall Outstanding Visual Performance, Overall Outstanding General Effect, Overall Outstanding Color Guard and were named Grand Champions!  At the Bands of America Louisville Regional Competition, with 20 Bands from 6 states, they were 7th Place in Finals and 2nd Place in AAA Class!  Way to go Eagles!

The Concert and Show Choir students going on the Disney trip in November have been selected to perform on stage at Disney. They will perform on the Waterside Stage at the Downtown Disney Marketplace on Monday, November 19th at 3:45 pm. Both groups are busy preparing for their Fall Concert on November 8th at 7:30 on the MHS stage.

District 14 OMEA Honors Choir Concert is being held this Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 pm at Sycamore High School.  Miss Blake is also holding auditions for the Overtures looking for talent in dance, theater, vocal and instrumental performance.

Key Club is underway with meetings twice a month.  This student-led group is looking at a number of volunteer opportunities in which to participate.

This year was the first year that Photography Club did the homecoming dance pictures. The students set up a studio, collected money, printed, and distributed photographs for over 250 students. It was a huge success. Our students used this as our first ever fundraiser and raised over $500. These funds will be distributed back to the community in December, as we have partnered with Miami Ministries and Christ Presbyterian Church to offer free family photographs to families in Milford who are in need. Our students are very excited for this service opportunity.

The Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township has announced plans for a Ski Club to be offered to all Milford High School students.  Scheduled for Thursdays in January, this club is open to all skill levels.  A Parent/Participant Informational Meeting is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 24th at 7:00 pm in the MHS cafeteria.  Other opportunities for students to get involved will be announced once details are finalized.

It’s been an active Fall and plans are being made for a busy Winter, too!  It’s sure to be another exciting season!

September 20, 2012
Activities BOE Report

Fall clubs and activities are getting underway and gaining momentum as school has been in session.

National Honor Society has recently tapped 100 new students; announcements to be made shortly.  This brings the total of juniors and seniors to 158!

In Choir, 7 students were selected for the 2012 Dist 14 Honors Choir.  They are Madeline Richards, Jessica Duncan, Abigail Benans- Hillard, Alexa Dominguez, Greg Burson, Daren Kummer and Ethan Berard.

Marching Band is hard at work and sounding great!  Having recently competed, they are gearing up for future competitions and, of course, are terrific on Friday nights! We have two students that have been selected as members of the Ohio Music Educators Association All- State Band. They will perform with the band at the OMEA State Conference this winter. The students are Erin Gottsacker (clarinet) and Joseph Luke (trombone). This is an incredible honor for these students, as they were selected from an audition pool of hundreds of students from all Ohio High Schools.

In Drama, preparations are underway for the school play: “You Can’t Take It With You”. It is sure to be a fantastic production!

Student Council is working diligently for next week’s Homecoming.  They’ve created a great Spirit Week including plans for an exciting homecoming parade.

As we get further into the school year, a variety of activities will kick-off with a joint effort and support of the Partners for a Drug-Free Milford Miami Township and Milford Schools.  Updates will be provided as plans get finalized.

Everyone is gearing up for a great year!

May 17, 2012

Band
2010 Milford graduate Mason Gatch has been selected as the Head Drum Major of hte University of Louisville Marching Band.  Mason was Drum Major at Milford and is a Music Education major at the University of Louisville.

The Band Boosters have started a Music Booster Consortium designed to allow area groups to share information and learn from each other.  Andrea Brady started this group after hearing great reports back from several parents who had talked to other booster groups and districts about their music programs.  The first meeting was held on May 1, with nine groups participating so far.  Minutes will be posted on the band booster website soon.

HS Choir
Show Choir competed at Music In the Parks competition on Saturday, May 12 at Kings High School.  The Senior Talent Show went really well last week.  Concert Choir and Show Choir are busy preparing their music for graduation!

MJHS Choir
The Triple Trio and Beritenors competed at the OMEA District Solo & ensemble Contest on April 21 and received top ratings.  We also had two soloists with top ratings – Kelsey Brown and Caroline Hakel.  Concert Choir will competed in the Music in the Parks competition on May 12 at Loveland Middle School, and then spent the rest of the day at Kings Island.  Choir concerts will be held in the MHS auditotium on May 22 & 23.  Concert Choir, Triple Trio and Baritenors will perform at the SEM retirement homes on May 23.

Milford Color Guard
The color guard recently held try-outs for the 2012 fall season.  There will be 36 members on the fall team, making it the largest color guard in the school’s history.

April 19, 2012

Band
High School spring concert featuring the Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will be held Tuesday, May 8 in the High School gym at 7:00

Jr. High/elementary spring concert featuring the 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade band will be held Tuesday, May 15 in the High School gym at 7:00.

2010 Milford Graduate Mason Gatch has been selected as the Head Drum Major of the University of Louisville Marching Band. Mason was Drum Major at Milford and is a Music Education major at the University of Louisville.

Choir
The Spring Choir Concerts: Concert Choir, Women’s and Men’s Choir and Freshman Chorus was last Thursday, April 12.

Show Choir Concert is Thursday, April 26 7:30pm.

The Clermont Festival Chorale will perform on the MHS stage on Friday, April 27 (MHS students, faculty and alumni are involved)

Senior Talent Show- Wed, May 2- 7pm Saturday

May 12- Show Choir will compete at Music In the Parks (associated with Kings Island) time TBA

MJHS Choir
Milford Junior High School Concert Choir will be held on May 22nd and May 23rd @ 7 PM, MHS Auditorium

Drumline
The Winter Drumline will finish up their season on April 19th in Dayton.  Their final competition of the season is WGI, World Guard International, which includes Indoor Winter Percussion and Winter Guard.  They will compete at the University of Dayton Arena in preliminary competition at 10:45 am with groups from all over the country.  Semi-finals will be Thursday evening.

The Winter Drumline has had a very successful year.  This years line was pretty young.  Of the 25 members there were only 4 Seniors and 4 Juniors.  There were 10 Sophomore’s, 6 Freshman, and 1 8th grader.  They have come a long way since December when the season started.

Milford Color Guard
The Winter Guard ended their season on a high note.  The junior high, junior varsity, and varsity all took home either first or second place medals at the Tristate Championship competition.  The varsity is 28th in the nation out of approximately 60 teams that compete at the Scholastic Open level, which is a more advanced class than what most of the other local teams compete within.  We are very proud of our girls for their fantastic season!!

March 22, 2012

Drama Club
Congratulations to the drama club, which presented 8 performances of the musical Bye Bye Birdie in February and March.  Despite having one of their performances cancelled because of the tornado, the run was a success and the show was great.

High School Band
On Saturday, March 10 the symphonic and concert bands both earned straight superior ratings from all judges at the OMEA large group District 14 contest. The symphonic band performed class AA (highest level) music, and the concert band played class B pieces. The concert band is primarily ninth grade students. A superior rating is the top rating.

Drumline
Milford High School’s Winter Drumline has 25 members this year, up from 16 last year.

Mr. John Espy, Assistant Band Director, is the Director for Winter Drumline.  Mr. Espy hopes to add a JV line in the near future.  The program is growing in popularity.

The Drumline has had a busy season, competing in five judged performances at local area schools.  The members are playing percussion instruments of all kinds, such as drums, marimbas, and vibes, plus cymbals, keyboards, and bass guitar.  Nine new students joined the Drumline this year, allowing them to add performers to both the Pit and Battery, and to march cymbals for the first time in a long time.  Auditions for the group were held in early December, with rehearsals beginning just before Christmas.  Some of the new members have never played a percussion instrument before – they had heard how much fun the group has, and wanted to be a part of it.

Their performance is a mix of music and drill, allowing the students to demonstrate both their musical talents and marching skills.  Their program, “Lifted” was composed by the group’s director John Espy and Nick Angelis, Percussion Director at the University of Cincinnati, who helps out with the group.   The Drumline program is fully funded through fund raisers, donations and fees paid by the participants.

This year’s seniors are:
Mike George, center snare drum
Dane Bachman, snare drum
Jon Wallace, bass drum
Makenah Tippits,  marimba

The remaining performances:
Tri-State Circuit Championships, at Ryle High School in Union, Kentucky on Saturday, March 31st. The schedule will be available March 26th.

WGI (World Guard International) Percussion World Championships is April 18 – 21 at Nutter Center in Dayton.

All performances are open to the public.  Please come out and watch these talented kids perform, and see how much fun they have doing it!

Milford Color Guard
The Milford Color Guard Program in the midst of another great season.  After a successful 2011 season, the varsity guard was moved up to a different, more challenging class.  They have placed first in all local competitions and placed 6th in a regional competition at the Cintas Center with their “Turning Tables” show.

The JV team, which competes against many varsity groups in the area, have also done very well and are receiving very positive feedback from the judges for their show “Blackbird.”

Our junior high team took first place at the Campbell County competition for the first time in the program’s history.

All 3 teams will compete in the Tristate Championships over the next 2 weekends.  The varsity guard will compete this weekend at Ball State University and will finish their season at World Championships in Dayton Ohio the weekend of April 12-14.

Band Boosters
The Milford Band Boosters hosted a Tri-State Circuit Competition on Saturday, March 17th at Milford High School.  This is a huge undertaking, and Milford has a reputation as being one of the most organized shows in the circuit, as well as being one of the largest.

We hosted a total of 64 groups from the tri-state area.  This includes both the Drumlines and the Guards.  That is over 1000 performers, plus their directors. There were almost 1400 paid spectators who attended to watch the competition.

The entire high school was used, with the exception of the Ninth Grade Community.  If you were to have walked around the building, everywhere you looked there were kids.  We had almost 100 Milford kids volunteer to help that day.  Some of them were there all day.  They acted as guides for the visiting groups, they worked concessions, they set up, they cleaned up – they did whatever was asked of them.  Two of them even drove a judge to the airport when his ride fell through.  We also had over 90 parent volunteers who worked that day.  Again, they could be found doing any of a dozen tasks.

The Band Directors have heard back from Tri-State and from other schools what a wonderful job we did.  So once again, Milford’s reputation has us at the top!

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