Once a Comet, Always a Comet
You're launched, doing great things. But we hope you always remember your roots in Comet Country, and know that you're welcome back any time.
Over the years, there have been numerous major Mason Moments that have turned into a Mason Match for life! On Valentine's Day 2023, we reached out to our Comet alumni on social media and asked them to share how their Mason Match love has grown. From couples who have been together for over 20 years to a pair who got engaged at Western Row Elementary with the ring inside an Easter egg (a nod to how they started dating in 3rd grade) -- we were delighted to see how much love has grown out of Mason City Schools matches!
MHS Class of 2018
Mason High School Class of 2018 alumna, Sydney Bokovoy, serves as a dedicated paraprofessional for Mason Comet Care, working tirelessly to support today's Comet Kids in the very same building where her own academic journey began as a kindergartner!
During her time at Mason High School, Sydney participated in the Work Study program, honing her skills and preparing herself to become an advocate for children. She then enrolled in Warren County's Project Search, where she further developed her professional skills and prepared herself for the world beyond high school.
Sydney's journey from being a student at Mason High School to becoming an integral part of the Mason Comet Care team is a reminder that the bonds we form within the walls of our schools can last a lifetime.
"I love the empathy that the kids and I get to give each other - and the hugs," said Ms. Bokovoy.
Sydney's unwavering dedication and commitment to nurturing the growth and development of young minds serve as a shining example for all those who aspire to make a difference in the world. Thank you, Ms. Bokovoy, for what you teach our kids and all of us!
MHS Class of 2017
After graduating from MHS, Lakin Steedly attended Miami University where she studied Kinesiology and Health with a focus in Nutrition, and Dietetics with a minor in Disability Studies. As a multi-sport athlete physical and mental health has always been important to Steedly and the flexibility of being a Pediatric Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has been the perfect fit. Upon graduation she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Houston and earned her licenses and certifications in September 2021.
“Collaborating with families and other care team members to help patients achieve sustainable, long-term recovery from eating disorders is what I find most rewarding,” shared Steedly. “My passion to help a wide range of adolescents (females, males, athletes, all genders, and all body types) break free from disordered eating continues to grow each day.”
At Cincinnati Children’s Steedly creates an individualized nutritional plan tailored to each patient while supporting the normalization of eating behaviors, rejecting diet culture, and healing relationships with food.
How did Mason help prepare you?
Mason helped prepare me by providing challenging high school courses that could help give me a head start in college (such as Honors Anatomy and Physiology). In addition, my involvement in multiple extracurricular activities throughout my four years at Mason helped me balance a busy schedule and learn time management prior to my transition to college.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I would give my younger self would be... Do not to be fearful of the unknown! Be confident and don't self-doubt!
What was your favorite #MasonMoment?
My favorite moments were spent at the Mason Atrium Stadium during my four years on the Varsity Girls Track Team with Coach Affatato. In particular, my favorite #MasonMoment was at the 2017 Mason Youth Track Club meet. During my time volunteering with this club and my track teammates, I found a passion for working with children and adolescents.
MHS Class of 2013
Vineet Erasala & Manny Setegn
MHS Class of 2014
"The founders of Forbes Under 30 honorees Genetesis were way under 30 when they launched their business. Two were still in high school, in fact – and the other had just graduated.
That was 2013. Ten years later, their Mason, Ohio, healthcare company has raised $40 million in funding and earned a place on the Forbes list for Peeyush Shrivastava, Vineet Erasala and Manny Setegn.
“We are overjoyed and humbled to be included amongst this list of some truly incredible peers. We hope to do our community and team proud and greatly appreciate this recognition,” says Shrivastava.
It’s quite a success for a business is rooted in childhood.
“We grew up friends in Mason, and we knew we wanted to build something together,” says Shrivastava. “It’s kind of funny – we started the company before we actually even knew what we were going to build.” Continue Reading
MHS Class of 2010
1. "You are the average of your 5 closest friends."
Who you spend time with determines what conversations you have, what interests you share, influences what environments you find yourself and so much more. If you are not content with the direction of your life, look around and see who you are hanging out
with. This will give you a lens in to your future.
2. "Control what you can control, and you can always control your attitude."
I learned this on the baseball mound. I used to pitch for Mason and I use this quote all the time with my Marines. If your shortstop makes an error behind you, move on. Don't let that change what you are doing, focus on throwing the next strike. 90% of the games in life reside in between your ears. If you master what goes on there then you will master life. Don't waste your time worrying about things that you cannot influence.
3. "Always bet on yourself."
My father taught me this and I carry this with me everywhere. I was a small, skinny, average athlete and above average student but I kept my head up. You will fail, don't let that scare you. The worst case scenario, in most situations, is that you fail and you learn something new. Knowledge is power. Push yourself and you'll be amazed what you can achieve.
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