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Mariemont High School Grad Publishes First Novel

Mariemont High School Grad Publishes First Novel

Image below: Ben Cober (left) and Greg Zimmerman, his partner in writing the book.

Ben Cober, a Mariemont High School 2003 graduate, recently published his first science fiction fantasy adventure, Encounter IX.

According to Ben, “it's the kind of tale that makes Odysseus wish he had a rocket ship; it's Master & Commander meets Interstellar meets Avatar” and says that growing up in Williams Meadow and “playing deep in the woods behind our houses, building forts, following creeks to their sources and exploring nature…did wonders for building confidence, creativity, collaboration, and a love of science and the outdoors.”

After graduating from Mariemont High School with a scholarship from the Mariemont Arts Association, Ben Cober studied theater at Butler University. Transferring in 2005, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism Management from the University of Illinois, where he was highly active in the Illinois Sailing Club and Illinois Leadership Center, earning recognition from both the College of Applied Health Sciences and the university. He returned to Cincinnati where he worked in grant writing and public relations for the Cincinnati Museum Center and was a contributing writer for CiN Weekly. Ben attended Indiana University in 2010 to earn a duel MBA in marketing and management from the Kelley School of Business, where he also served on student government and with the Indiana Sailing Club. Upon graduation, Ben joined tourism architecture firm PGAV Destinations as the director of business development and research, and today lives in Washington.

He was very active during his time at Mariemont City Schools and credits the supportive teachers and environment for his success.

“I am forever grateful to the art teachers who exposed me to a variety of mediums, movements and techniques; science teachers who made me curious and excited about the natural world; English teachers who relentlessly pushed me to hone my writing and exposed me to great stories; and play directors who opened me up to great storytelling, confidence and more collaborative guidance. Without that army of educators, Encounter IX would've never happened.”