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JROTC Drill Team turns in their best performance at Purdue U.

Posted on Feb. 21 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team has continued to improve this year with each successive competition. Earlier this month, they faced the stiffest competition thus far at Purdue University. Not only did the cadets turn in their best performance of the season, they performed the best they ever have.



The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team earned four top place finishes at Purdue University on Feb. 10, 2018. This was the best performance the team has achieved in six years. 


“The drill and color guard team pulled out our best performances of the season and of the past six years,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, who has coached the team for six years. “Purdue is arguably our toughest meet each year. We made great strides at this competition.”

The Giants entered teams in six of the competitive categories and ended up taking first place in four of those events, along with two third place finishes. The Giants placed first in color guard, armed squad exhibition, individual exhibition and duet exhibition. The Giants also earned a third place finish with a second color guard team and earned a third place finish overall in the competition.

Commanding the all-female color guard, which garnered first place, Cadet Joanna Hildago described her team’s win: “Awesome! I was so nervous during the event but my team was doing really well. It was our best routine ever!”



Marion High School JROTC’s all-female color guard team takes first place at the Purdue University Drill Competition on Feb. 10. Cadets Joanna Hildago, Audrey Dickerson, I’Yeal Hornaday, and Lunden Colley were one of the four teams from Marion to take first place honors at the competition.


Cadet DJ Smith continued to dominate other competitors, winning in the individual exhibition event in the fourth competition of the season. Smith also teamed with Austen Robbins to take first place in the duet exhibition event.



Marion High School JROTC cadet DJ Smith reports in to a drill sergeant at the beginning of his exhibition routine during the drill competition hosted by Purdue University on Feb. 10.  Smith’s routine, along with three other Marion teams, earned first place finishes. 



Cadets DJ Smith and Austen Robbins earn a first place finish in the duet exhibition event for Marion High School at the drill competition hosted by Purdue University on Feb. 10, 2018. This was the third time the duo has earned a top finish this season.
 

The victories continued throughout the day as armed squad exhibition team lead by Joseph O’Donnell took the floor.

“I felt very confident in my team going into the event,” O’Donnell said. “We turned in a clean routine with few, if any, mistakes in spite of us all being nervous. It was the best feeling to hear our team announced and knowing we won at Purdue!”

During drill competitions, U.S. Army Drill Sergeants serve as the graders. They watch to ensure the cadets perform the specified movements properly, but also scrutinize each movement looking for the slightest infraction. One minor mistake can mean the difference between winning and losing.

“I am so proud of what we have accomplished so far this season,” Command Sgt. Maj. Smith said. “We are really seeing the benefit of all the hard work and dedication. I had several coaches for other teams come up and congratulate us on how well our cadets performed.”

Next up for the Giants is the competition hosted by the University of Kentucky ROTC program on Feb. 24.

MHS Black History Club presents: ‘And in This Corner: Cassius Clay’

Posted on Feb. 09 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WHAT: “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”, this year’s MHS Black History Club play

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center, Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

COST: $7



MARION — You know the story of Muhammad Ali, but do you know the story that came before? Later this month, you’ll have the chance to explore the famous icon’s early years, in the Marion High School Black History Club’s presentation of “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”.

The play is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Walton Center at Marion High School.

“And in This Corner” was written by Idris Goodwin, a contemporary playwright who has won many awards and accolades for his work. This vibrant historical drama focuses on the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Ky. In it, Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man would know as Muhammad Ali. It’s a classic story of an unlikely hero, but it also explores how remarkable communities help to create heroes.

The main actors in the play include brothers Jalen and Jordan Hill, a freshman and a senior, respectively, who play Cassius Clay in different stages of his life. Other cast members include Taliea Wells, senior, who is playing Clay’s mother, Odessa; Brett Cope, senior, playing Joe Martin, Clay’s trainer; James Bell, a junior, playing Eddie Green, Cassius’ best friend; Manual Davis, senior, playing Corky Baker, a neighborhood bully; along with seniors Kaleb Evans, Jacob Speikes, Jalon Spurgon, Joseph O’Donnell, Maria Porter, and Toosie Jackson, along with sophomore Darzuan Weaver.


In addition, several members of the Marching Giants will be performing in a parade for the play.

The cast also includes a wide range of ages, from a second-grader to adults in the community, among 25 extras adding life to the play.

The MHS Black History Club has put on a play every year since 1980. The play is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club, and proceeds help fund their annual spring college tour to historically black colleges and universities. This year’s trip is to the Atlanta area.

Tickets can be purchased from any Black History Club member or from Bobbie Owensby, MHS teacher and sponsor of the club, as well as director of the play. They will also be available at the door the night of the play.

Anyone who wants to donate to the spring college trip or help in any other way can contact Mrs. Owensby as well, by calling her at the high school, 664-9051, ext. 3234.

>> Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page and get reminders about the play

MHS Band Boosters fundraiser this Friday (2/9) at Giant Bistro

Posted on Feb. 08 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Band Boosters will have a fundraiser at the Giant Bistro from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
The Giant Bistro, 2215 S. Western Ave., is run by the Culinary Arts program at Marion Regional Career Center. Fundraisers for Marion Community Schools groups and community groups is a common way that MRCC and the Giant Bistro gives back to the community.


Come out this Friday to support the Band Boosters as they raise funds to support the band program, including the purchase of new uniforms for the Marching Giants and other needs.

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