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REMINDER: Pick up your 2014-15 yearbooks

Posted on Aug. 21 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The MHS 2014-15 Cactus yearbooks are available for pickup in Room 1-1 every school day for 30 minutes before start of school.

If you ordered one last year, please be sure to come by and get your copy.

We also still have a few copies available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis, for $60 each.

YOU'RE INVITED: Public forums to discuss MCS reconfiguration proposals

Posted on Aug. 19 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools has set community forums to discuss the reconfiguration proposals under consideration.

The scheduled forums are:
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at McCulloch Junior High, 3528 S. Washington St.
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Riverview Elementary, 513 W. Buckingham Dr.
  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Clarence Faulkner Community Center, 1221 W. 12th St.
  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Walton Center at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.
All community members are invited to attend. MCS officials will present information regarding the reconfiguration proposals currently under consideration, as well as why these changes are needed. We will discuss some of the exciting opportunities the changes will bring, as well as some of the challenges that will need solutions. We hope to hear directly from the community regarding priorities and feelings about the various proposals.

2015 MHS graduate earns highest national honor from College Board

Posted on Aug. 11 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A member of the Marion High School Class of 2015 has earned another national recognition for her extraordinary academic successes, this time for her outstanding achievement on multiple Advanced Placement exams. More than 20 MHS students also earned recognition for their achievement on multiple AP tests in various subjects, several of them for the second year in a row.

Every year, the College Board, which administers AP exams, awards students who have excelled on multiple exams. This year, Alyssa Ngo, who graduated in May from MHS, was named a National AP Scholar, awarded to those students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams — an achievement accomplished by only a fraction of students across the country, and the highest national AP honor given by the College Board. This comes a year after she was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, an award given to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are so proud of Alyssa’s accomplishments, and we wish her continued success as she heads to the University of Notre Dame this fall. Alyssa was also named a National Merit Scholar and a Lilly Endowment Scholar, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in academic scholarships.

Several other MHS students and recent graduates earned AP awards as well, and their achievements put MHS well ahead of the state and national mean scores on AP test scores in several subjects. Many of the members of the Class of 2015 who earned honors this year did so for the second year in a row.

Here’s a complete look at our AP honors this year, reflecting scores on tests taken in the spring:

National AP Scholar
(earning scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams, with an average score of at least 4 on all exams taken)
  • Alyssa Ngo, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2014)

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)
  • Morgan Bounds, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2014)
  • Isabelle Case, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named in AP Scholar in 2014)
  • Catherine Morton, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named in AP Scholar with Honor in 2014)
  • Alyssa Ngo, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2014)
  • Noah Todd, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2014, and also a National Merit Scholar for 2015)
  • Lane Vermilion, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar with Honor in 2014)

AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)
  • Elijah Beal, MHS senior

AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Joel Bragg, MHS Class of 2015 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2014)
  • Anne Conrad, MHS junior
  • Samantha Diedrich, MHS Class of 2015
  • Evan George, MHS Class of 2015
  • Sasha Glickfield, MHS Class of 2015
  • Austin Hendricks, MHS Class of 2015
  • Micah Hoeksema, MHS junior
  • Patricia Manio, MHS Class of 2015
  • Noah Miller, MHS senior
  • Lan Nguyen, MHS Class of 2015 (who also was named an AP Scholar in 2014)
  • Luke Shigley, MHS Class of 2015
  • Zachary Spitzer, MHS senior
  • Tejas Srikanth, MHS Class of 2015
  • Bradley Stiles, MHS senior
Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a 2008 study, the AP Program’s website says, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. (Click here to learn more about the honors.)

Marion Community Schools is proud of its AP Scholars from the 2014-15 school year, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students.

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