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Mars Hill Academy Third Graders Experience Pioneer Life

November 14, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy third graders recently celebrated the pioneer era of American history as depicted in the book, Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  In celebration of completing the book, they held a “Prairie Day" celebration which began with a trip to the “cabin in the clearing,” an 1800’s cabin located in Keehner Park, West Chester.  Dressed in period costumes, students made homemade butter, created dolls from cornhusks, and played 19th century games such as “jump the river” and “red rover.”  The day ended with an old-fashioned hoedown and sing-a-long.

“Prairie day is one of our third graders’ favorite days of the year,” shared Mars Hill’s third grade teacher Mrs. Traci DeBra. “We immerse them in the period and let their imaginations run with hands-on crafts, activities, music and authentic food.”

Photo: Mars Hill Academy third graders visited an 19th century cabin in Keehner Park, West Chester, as part of their Prairie Day celebration.  Students dressed in pioneer era clothing to celebrate the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books.


Mars Hill Academy 7th & 8th Graders Present "The Jungle Book"

November 10, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy will present “The Jungle Book” on Fridays, November 11 & 18, at 7 p.m. and Saturdays, November 12 & 19 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at MHA.

Coming of age is one of the oldest themes in literature.  Gilgamesh, Enkidu, Huckleberry Finn all share the same experience.  Another character in this pantheon is Mowgli, the young boy who, pursued by a man-eating tiger, wanders into the jungle and is rescued by a she-wolf.

MHA seventh and eighth grade thespians will explore what it means to be a man, to be virtuous, and to be a human.  This production is unique in that the small cast will play multiple characters, and the actors never leave the stage.

Tickets for the show are on sale now for $10 and $15.  They can be purchased online at

Photo: Mars Hill Academy's cast of "The Jungle Book" brings Rudyard Kipling's classic tale to the stage.


MHA Varsity Volleyball Team Wins State Championship

November 9, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy's girl varsity volleyball team clenched their second OCSAA (Ohio Christian School Athletic Association) state title this Saturday with a five-set win over the undefeated Ohio Valley Christian Defenders.  The Lady Highlanders' last varsity state title was in 2012.  

The Highlanders sputtered at the outset dropping the first set, but quickly recovered to take sets two and three, 25-20, 25-18.  Beautiful, well-disciplined team play was on full display but things took a turn in the fourth, sending the championship match to a fifth and final set to 15 points.  The Highlanders managed to regain their composure and roared out of the gate to a 6-0 lead.  Tough serving, in-system passing and powerful finishing at the net restored the team’s confidence.  The Highlanders would not look back, winning 9 of the last 17 points to secure the state title at 15-8.

First year Head Coach Sam Ricketts attributed the winning performance to "beautiful team play" and "experience with high pressure situations."

"Our girls have learned how to respond to difficulty because they were challenged all during the regular season.  The pressure was not new to them," Ricketts commented.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy’s girls varsity volleyball won their second Ohio Christian School Athletic Association state title.


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