Mars Hill Academy students in grades 1-8 won top honors in their classroom competitions for MHA's annual Laurel Wreath recitation contest. Reciting memorized literary selections, poetry, and Scripture, students are judged in the areas of expression, stage presence, and clarity of voice. The laurel wreath was a symbol of honor and excellence in ancient Greece. The greenery was worn by victors in battle, champions on the athletic field, and 'heroes of the spoken word.'

Winners included:

  • First grade: Lanie Weiland of Mason, Elliana Spiers of Maineville;
  • Second grade: Lewis Reynolds of Cincinnati, Nate Sachs of Lebanon (not pictured), Emma May of Mason;
  • Third grade: Chloe Kirk of Cincinnati, Adelaide Weiland of Mason;
  • Fourth grade: Anna Tipton of Loveland, Anna Bowling of Hamilton;
  • Fifth grade: Lauren Burns of Cincinnati, Grace Lewandowski of Pleasant Plain;
  • Sixth grade: Anna San Marco of Loveland, Blake Kimble of West Chester Twp.;
  • Seventh grade: Joshua Miller of Cincinnati, Grace Beatty of West Chester Twp.;
  • Eighth grade: Marcel Pienaar of Maineville, and Rachel Tipton of Loveland.

Mars Hill Academy is Cincinnati's only private, independent K-12 classical Christian school. One of only 42 schools nationwide accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), Mars Hill Academy offers a proven educational method used for millennia to build sharp minds and a love for learning. For more information, please call 513-770-3223 or visit