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Mars Hill Academy Students Earn Honors on National Greek Exam

March 17, 2017

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy students recently received awards of achievement on the National Greek Exam.  Receiving Blue (Highest) awards were ninth graders Kyle Chu of Cincinnati and Etienne Pienaar of Mason. Earning Red (High) awards were ninth graders Samuel Jero of Cincinnati and Gita O’Brien of Liberty Township.  Earning Green (Merit) awards were ninth graders Joshua Kuechly of Cincinnati, Jonathan Palmer of Mason, and tenth graders Samuel Bennett of West Chester and Matthew Williams of Cincinnati.

“This is the fifth year Mars Hill Academy has participated in the National Greek Exam,” said Dr. Christopher Jero, MHA’s Greek teacher.  “Thanks to a strong Latin foundation, which is an integral part of our classical and Christian curriculum, our students have been able to learn a lot of Greek in a short time.  Our students have worked hard and deserve the recognition the NGE has awarded them.”

Greek is offered to MHA students beginning in ninth grade, following five years of Latin instruction which begins in fourth grade. 

Photo: Mars Hill Academy students earned honors for their achievement on the National Greek Exam. 


MHA Celebrates Student Achievement on National Latin Exam

March 9, 2017

MASON, OH – Sixteen Mars Hill Academy students received top honors on the 2017 National Latin Exam (NLE).  Fifth grade student Clay Heap of Mason achieved a Perfect Score.

Students earning the Gold Summa Cum Laude Award are sixth graders Abby Bowling of Hamilton, Marianne Erickson of Mason, Sarah Harris of Lebanon, Elise Lockett of Mason, Carrie Merhout of Liberty Township, Joshua Miller of Cincinnati, Ellen Reynolds of Cincinnati, Janie Wehmeyer of Cincinnati, and Caleb White of Liberty Township; seventh graders Megumi Fukuda of Mason, Daryn Hancock of Liberty Township, and Noelle Min of Mason; eighth grader Michaela Estruth of Mason; and ninth graders Kyle Chu of Cincinnati and Etienne Pienaar of Maineville.

Sixty-three percent of the Mars Hill Academy students in grades 5-9 who took the NLE received awards. Students at MHA begin their Latin studies in fourth grade as part of the school’s classical and Christian curriculum, with participation in the NLE beginning in fifth grade.  The NLEs were created to promote the study of Latin and to encourage the individual student.  Students do not compete with other students on a comparative basis, but are evaluated solely on their own performance on the exam.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy celebrates students who received Gold Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. 


Mars Hill Academy to Present "Pride and Prejudice"

March 3, 2017

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy presents “Pride and Prejudice,” the drama by Jon Jory based on Jane Austen’s classic novel. Show times are Friday, March 24, 7 pm; Saturday, March 25, 2 pm and 7 pm; Friday, March 31, 7 pm; and Saturday, April 1, 2 pm and 7 pm.  All shows are at The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.  Tickets are $12, available online through The Fitton Center at

The beloved romantic drama centers on an 18th century English gentleman’s wife and his five unmarried daughters. The Bennets’ lives are turned upside down when Mr. Bingley, a wealthy bachelor, and his friend Mr. Darcy take up residence in a nearby mansion. Sparks fly when Elizabeth Bennet meets the proud Mr. Darcy, who disapproves of her family and social standing. Is it his pride and her prejudice…or her pride and his prejudice? Brought together by a series of events beyond their control, the couple must reconsider their first impressions.

The show features 28 Mars Hill Academy students with a double cast for certain roles.   Anna Edwards of West Chester stars as Elizabeth Bennet and Jacob Oedy of Lebanon stars as Mr. Darcy.  Andrew Cunningham of Liberty Township plays Mr. Bennet; Jolene Estruth of Mason plays Mrs. Bennet; Daniel Taylor of Liberty Township is Mr. Bingley, and Grace Bennett and Rachel Dudley, both of West Chester, share the role of Jane Bennet.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy’s “Pride and Prejudice” cast features David Taylor as Mr. Bingley, Jacob Oedy as Mr. Darcy, Rachel Dudley as Jane Bennet and Anna Edwards as Elizabeth Bennet.


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