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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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Watch the GIANT TRADITION boys basketball video here!

Posted on Dec. 16 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Here's a fun history lesson: Did you know that Marion High School boys basketball has seven state championships to its credit? Did you know three of those came back-to-back-to-back in the 1980s? Did you know 24 MHS boys basketball players have been named Indiana All-Stars? Or that we have four Mr. Basketballs? Those amazing facts and more are played out in spectacular fashion in the GIANT TRADITION 2014-15 boys basketball pregame video!

 
And we certainly encourage you to turn out to watch the next episode of Giants history as its written right here in MHS's Bill Green Arena! Click here for schedule and ticket information and more!

JROTC Marksmanship Team ends season undefeated against Indiana teams

Posted on Dec. 16 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The MHS JROTC Rifle Team finished its season last weekend undefeated against all other Indiana teams it faced.


Cadets on the MHS Rifle Marksmanship Team competed Saturday, Dec. 13, against 24 other teams from across the state and around the Midwest at the Indianapolis Invitational Tournament. At the end of the day, the Marion A Team finished as the No. 1 team from Indiana, and took third place overall (behind two teams from Ohio). The Giants missed out on second place by only four points out of a possible 1500.

MHS cadets Daniel Sparks (senior), Lee Hatten (senior), Ruben Murillo (senior), Abbrielle Sells (junior), Kayleigh Smith (sophomore), and Taylor Sorah (freshman) composed the winning Giant team. Sells finished as the top marksman from Indiana, earning the highest score of any cadet from our state, and the third-highest score overall. She also took third place in both the prone and kneeling position competitions.

“The Rifle Team has done exceptionally well this year, beating every team from the state of Indiana they have shot against in shoulder-to-shoulder (in-person) competitions,” said retired Lt. Col David Farlow, MHS senior Army instructor and team coach.  “No Indiana JROTC program (Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine) was able to beat the Giants — making the Giants UNDEFEATED against the 32 other Indiana teams they competed against this season.”

The rifle competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The cadets fire precision air rifles from three different positions: standing, kneeling and prone (lying flat on the ground) at targets 33 feet (10 meters) away. The bulls-eye targets are approximately the size of a quarter coin. A mere difference of 1/8 of an inch can separate the winner from the loser. The highest possible score is 300.

Cadet Hatten, who tied his personal high score at the Indy competition, said, summed up the victory: “It felt pretty good to help the team out for a win. We have worked hard together this year and it is good to see the results.”  

Principal Brown honored with Key to the City of Marion

Posted on Dec. 11 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
In a special surprise ceremony Thursday at Marion High School, Principal Lennon Brown was awarded the Key to the City, the highest honor that can be bestowed by the city of Marion.



MHS Principal Lennon Brown speaks after being presented with the Key to the City on Thursday at the school.


City Council member Jim Brunner made the special presentation in lieu of Mayor Wayne Seybold, who is in Australia with the Marion team competing at the International Children's Games. The award was given at a reception in Mr. Brown's honor during a meeting of the Parent Involvement Committee.

The award was the latest in a long string of accolades that have poured in for Mr. Brown, who has led the turnaround efforts at Marion High School, once on the brink of state takeover and now an "A" school according to the state Department of Education, and one of the best high schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's rankings



Mr. Brown was presented this award, the Key to the City of Marion, reading: "For your dedicated service in making Marion a better place."
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Mr. Brown, who will retire as principal at the end of December, is also an honorary inductee in the MHS Hall of Distinction, and was given the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor the governor of Indiana can bestow.

The PIC group was one of several community and parent organizations who rallied to help turnaround efforts at MHS over the past several years, working closely with Mr. Brown and other administrators and educators.

During Thursday's reception, several members of PIC and others praised Mr. Brown for his skill, his integrity, and his compassion. As usual, though, Mr. Brown emphasized that the teachers and staff, families, students, and community played just as important of a role in the turnaround efforts. 

“I would like to thank this community for their support of this school, this teaching staff, this administration,” he told the Chronicle-Tribune. “I would like for them to hold on to that and never ever let that go. This school, these kids, they need this community, and I think this community needs them.”

Coming up this Saturday, there will be another opportunity for students, staff, and community members to honor Mr. Brown and say thanks for all he has done for MHS, for Marion Community Schools, and for the community of Marion. The Marion Giants are planning Lennon Brown Night, and we hope to see you all there! For more information, click here.

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