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JROTC cadets turn in best performance ever at Purdue competition

Posted on Feb. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School JROTC Drill and Color Guard Teams had their best performance ever last weekend at the competition hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette.


Twenty-three high schools, six military academies and one college preparatory school fielded multiple teams for each of the competitive events on Saturday, Feb. 6. It was the Giants’ first competition of the year, and they earned top five finishes in five of the six events in which they competed.

Dill and color guard competitions focus on evaluating the precision and synchronization of individual cadets and teams as they perform complex military movements.

“I am so pleased with the effort and results against the toughest field we will face this year,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj.  Jon Smith, the team’s coach. “Not to mention that this was our first meet of the year. So the Cadets are off to a fantastic start.”  

Responding to rapid-fire commands under the watchful eye of 10 Army non-commissioned officers, Cadets Alex Flores and Haley Simpson demonstrated their military bearing and precision movement during the individual “knock out” competition, earning them fourth place and eighth place, respectively, among the 300 cadets competing. 

“It felt nice to finish that high in the knockout competition,” Flores said. “In previous competitions I’d get knocked out earlier, so it is good to see that I am making progress. My goal now is to be the top finisher.”

Cadets Haley Simpson and Chelsea Townsend led color guard teams that placed fourth and fifth, respectively, among the 35 teams competing in that event. The Giants also placed well in the armed squad exhibition and the squad infantry drill regulation. 

“I feel like we really accomplished something,” Simpson said in regard to her color guard team’s performance. “I feel like we will continue to improve our abilities to become an even more successful team.”

The Giants move on to their next competition at the University Kentucky on Feb. 20.

Rachel's Challenge - YOU can make a difference!

Posted on Feb. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Coming up later this month at MHS: the Rachel’s Challenge Assembly!



This powerful program focuses on Rachel’s Challenge: to reach out to others with deliberate acts of kindness. It empowers students and adults and gives them ideas and tools to help prevent and address bullying.

The goal: to challenge participants to reflect on their relationships and how they can have a positive impact on others.

Students will be challenged to:
  • Look for the best in others
  • Choose positive influences
  • Speak with kindness
  • Start their own Chain Reaction
  • Dream big
The assembly will start at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, here at the school.

GRADUATION PREP: Seniors, please check FINAL diploma list NOW!

Posted on Feb. 08 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Attention seniors: The deadline for any final changes to the list of names as they will appear on the Class of 2016 diplomas is only a few days away.


The next few months will be a busy time for our seniors as they finish out their high school careers strong, and prepare for life after they leave MHS. There are several steps seniors need to go through to be ready for commencement ceremonies, and you will hear about those in a variety ways, including the regular daily announcements, the online calendar, and right here on the MHS News Blog.

Currently, seniors should be checking the FINAL diploma list, which has now been posted in Student Services and in the display case across the hallway behind Student Services. Seniors: Please verify that your name on the list is spelled correctly and is exactly how you want it to appear on your MHS diploma. The deadline to make any final changes is Feb. 17. If you need to make any changes, please see Mrs. Wisser in Student Services by then!

MHS Class of 2016 Commencement is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in Bill Green Arena.

Now is the time to be tying up all the loose ends on college and scholarship applications, too. If you need information or any other help, please see your guidance counselor!

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