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National award puts MHS among top schools in the country



U.S. News and World Report has awarded Marion High School a bronze medal in its rankings of more than 19,000 public high schools across the country. This puts MHS in the top 27 percent of high schools in the country!

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JAG program seeks business partnerships, speakers

Posted on Sep. 30 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) program is looking to connect with local businesses interested in a wide range of potential partnerships, from providing speakers during the school day to job shadowing, to volunteer opportunities, to internship and job prospects.

Jobs for America’s Graduates is a school-to-career program that has a mission to keep young people in school through graduation. The focus is on providing work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enrollment in a post-secondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. The MHS program is facilitated through the Community Action of Northeast Indiana agency and is funded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Board.

JAG provides MHS students with specific classroom instruction aimed at helping them succeed after high school in the workplace or in continuing education. It also serves as a mentoring and counseling relationship and a connection to school- and community-based services. JAG works to provide leadership and work readiness development, job placements, and follow-up services for 12 months after a JAG student graduates from MHS.

JAG Indiana carefully selects qualified students for the program through an advisory committee composed of high school faculty, administrators, school counselors, and the JAG program manager.

A partnership with JAG can help businesses and organizations spread awareness of their unique position within our community, and of their specific employment needs, in a variety of ways:
  • Class presentations can be a marketing and even a recruiting tool: In-class speakers can promote their business, field, or industry, informing students of the opportunities available and of preparation or tools they’ll need to have during the job search and beyond. Just by talking for a few minutes about their job, their business, or their experiences, speakers can have a very real impact on our students, widening their horizons and opening their eyes to new possibilities.
  • Job-shadowing and volunteer opportunities, and even internships, can be the next step in a recruiting or exploration process. Students interested in a particular job or field can explore possibilities locally — and any relationships or networks built locally can help retain or return talented young men and women. The benefit of a JAG partnership is that support from our organization continues 12 months after high school graduation, so we will continue to work with any business or organization as a graduate transitions into the workforce.
In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results — helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

We hope you will consider partnering with us to improve the future for our students and our community! Please contact Tiffany VanDosen, tvandosen@marion.k12.in.us or 260-615-0142 for more information.

Marching Giants earn first place!

Posted on Sep. 23 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Three weeks into their competition season, the Marching Giants earned their first first-place trophy!

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the marching band came out on top in their class at the field marching competition at Maconaquah High School, and also earned awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Visual. This is an amazing accomplishment, made even more impressive by the fact that this band is made up entirely of rookies (as MHS is returning to the ranks of competitive marching bands for the first time since 2005). MHS now has the only competitive marching band in the county.

Congratulations to the Marching Giants — and thank you for bringing marching band back to life in Grant County!

If you haven't gotten the chance to see the Marching Giants in action, you have an opportunitiy to do so this weekend right here in Marion. The band will perform their show Friday night during halftime of the Homecoming Game at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium. 

Next weekend the band will be back on the competition field, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, where the band will compete with other marching bands from around the area on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The following weekend, on Oct. 11, the band will return to Homestead for the ISSMA Scholastic Prelims, competing for the chance to compete at the ISSMA Scholastic State Finals.

The band was also recently featured by WIWU-TV's Crossroads program. You can watch that feature below:


Four MHS seniors earn prestigious National Merit Scholar awards

Posted on Sep. 22 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, a prestigious designation earned only by about 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who apply each year. Two others earned the designation of "Commended Students" — a designation earned by only about 2 percent of applicants.

Juniors across the U.S. apply for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT as juniors. Alyssa Ngo and Noah Todd, seniors at MHS who have earned the semifinalist designation, now have the opportunity to apply to be named National Merit Scholarship finalists (a designation earned by only 15,000 students nationwide), which would put them in line for potential college scholarships sponsored by corporations and colleges across the country.

Alyssa and Noah recently spoke with Chronicle-Tribune about their accomplishment.

“This is one of the highest honors that any high school student can hope to achieve academically in the United States,” Alyssa told the C-T. “It’s less than one percent of high school seniors. They send your name out to all the colleges so every single college has a list of every single person who was a finalist. Once we apply to college, they’ll recognize our names so it’s huge.”

The two will find out in the spring if they've advance to the finalist round. In the mean time, they are busy completing college applications and preparing for their future.

“It’s not that bad really. It’s kind of fun,” Todd said of the application process, during the C-T interview. “It’s like going shopping for your favorite whatever, you just look at all these different colleges and you look at what they have to offer and what they can do for you. You just pick eight or nine and then apply to all of them. I think it’s kind of fun because you get to tell them all this stuff about yourself. You get to write an essay and I really love writing things. You literally cannot do it wrong, you just tell the college about yourself.”

Alyssa admitted she feels more stress over college applications than Noah does.

“I’m looking forward to getting accepted and then not having to worry,” she told the newspaper. “I feel like once I send in my application, after that it’s out of my hands.”

Last year, the MHS Class of 2014 included one National Merit Scholarship finalist, Vinnai Oddiraju, who is beginning his college career at Duke University. (In addition, members of the Class of 2014 earned more than $5 million in scholarships! Click here to learn more.)

We congratulate Alyssa and Noah and wish them continued success in the highly competitive National Merit Scholarship process!

Two other MHS seniors commended by NMSC

Two other MHS seniors also earned an honor received by only about 2 percent of those who apply for a National Merit Scholarship. Lane Vermillion and Evan George were among about 34,000 out of 1.5 million students who earned the designation of "Commended Student."

These students do not continue on in the scholarship competition, but they can add this prestigious designation to their resumes and portfolios.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," NMSC said in their release announcing Lane's and Evan's awards. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."

We are proud to also be able to congratulate Lane and Evan for their awards!

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