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Statement from Marion Community Schools

Posted on Dec. 16 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Friday evening, Marion Community Schools became aware of inappropriate conduct of a high school staff member, and our administrators immediately addressed the issue. The person involved is no longer employed by MCS.

At Marion Community Schools, we are committed to a safe, orderly, and healthy learning environment for all students and stakeholders. Our intent is to create and perpetuate a student-friendly, student-centered culture, that prepares our students to become the best they can be in lifelong service to others.

We cannot comment further on specific personnel matters or investigations.

Two MHS cadets advance to JROTC Marksmanship National Championship

Posted on Dec. 14 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets Hailey Teeguarden and Levi Hofmann have qualified to advance to the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in the precision category.  They are the only Army JROTC cadets from Indiana who qualified to advance to the National Championship to be held in February.

The two have previously competed in the National Championship the past two years in the sporter category, which is a lower level of shooting. The precision category is the highest level of air rifle competition, the same level that college and Olympics athletes compete in.

“I was so excited when I heard that Levi and I qualified. Shooting at the Nationals is fun but very stressful. This will be my last year to have a chance to compete,” said Teeguarden, a senior.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden takes aim in the standing position and Cadet Levi Hofmann takes aim from the kneeling position during a precision air rifle match. Both have qualified to compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the rifle marksmanship team coach and JROTC senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC, commented: “Qualifying to compete in the precision category is quite an accomplishment for these cadets. They just transitioned into this higher category of shooting a few months ago, so being able to advance to the championship is huge!”

Teeguarden and Hofmann will also shoot in early January in a qualifying round, seeking to qualify to attend the Junior Olympics.

The JROTC Rifle Team has done very well over the past several years, and these two cadets have contributed much to the success of the team. Hofmann earned the title of best JROTC marksman in the state last week during the Indiana JROTC State Championship.

MHS JROTC cadet is marksmanship state champion, team is runner-up

Posted on Dec. 10 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann earned the title of Indiana JROTC Rifle Marksmanship State Champion on Saturday, helping the MHS rifle team on their way to state runner-up.

This is the second time that Hofmann, a junior at MHS, has won the state JROTC Marksmanship Championship.

“It felt good to win the championship again,” said Hofmann, who is also the captain of the rifle team.  “I think our team did relatively well with all things considered.”

The Giants took on 27 other JROTC teams in the competition, held in Indianapolis.

Other members of the Giants varsity team are:
  • Abigail Baird, junior
  • Josiah Hamilton, junior
  • Jaron Hofmann, freshman
  • Tyron Rice, sophomore
  • Hailey Teeguarden, senior

Pictured are, from left:  Tyron Rice, Abigail Baird, Coach Dave Keuster, Levi Hofmann (the match’s top shooter), Josiah Hamilton, Hailey Teeguarden, Lt. Col. David Farlow, and Jaron Hofmann.

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, who coaches the team and is the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor, spoke very highly of Levi Hofmann’s shooting abilities.

“Levi has shot very well since he joined the team as a freshman,” Farlow said. “His skills continue to improve every year, as does his confidence in his shooting ability. I expect great things from him as our season progresses.”

The rifle team members shoot air rifles at targets 33 feet away. They shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground). Bullseyes are approximately the size of a quarter coin, and millimeters can separate a shooter from winning or losing. The competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The MHS rifle team’s season continues through March, with the Giants competing in multiple state, regional, and national competitions.

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