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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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Giants advance to second round in Brain Game tourney

Posted on Oct. 30 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Giants will advance to the second round of the Brain Game tournament after convincing wins in their first two matches.


Marion High School competed against two other schools during the Oct. 29 taping of the Brain Game at the WTHR studios in Indianapolis. The students competing were seniors Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, and Lane Vermilion, and sophomore Truman Bennet. Sophomore Micha Hoeksema was an alternate. In their first match, the Giants defeated Broad Ripple High School 22-5. In their second match, played later the same day, the Giants defeated Columbus North High School 30-8.

The matches are set to air on WTHR at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The show's format consists of approximately 120 questions from many topics; each right answer is worth one point. Each match pits two teams from area high schools against each other, vying for the right to continue on in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament season consists of five rounds; 48 teams will compete in 47 matches, which will be shown in 31 episodes over the coming weeks. 

>> Think you're up to the challenge? Take the Brain Game online quiz!

This set of wins puts the Giants among only 16 teams to advance to the second round of competition. MHS will compete again in February.

Eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals round, four to the semifinals, and then two compete in the final game. The top eight teams in the tournament earn cash prizes for their schools from the competition's sponsor, Westfield Insurance.

Giants set to compete on WTHR's Brain Game

Posted on Oct. 24 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A team from MHS has been invited to compete on the Brain Game, a weekly quiz bowl for high schoolers that airs on Saturday evenings on the Indianapolis TV station WTHR.

The Giants will compete on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the WTHR studios in downtown Indianapolis, and the taped show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The team is made up of seniors Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, and Lane Vermilion, and sophomores Truman Bennet and Micah Hoeksema.

The show's format consists of approximately 120 questions from many topics; each right answer is worth one point. Each match pits two teams from area high schools against each other, vying for the right to continue on in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament season consists of five rounds; 48 teams will compete in 47 matches, which will be shown in 31 episodes over the coming weeks. 

>> Think you're up to the challenge? Take the Brain Game online quiz!

The Giants will face off against Broad Ripple High School in the first round. If they win that match, they'll face Columbus North High School that same day. The winner of this first round will then go on to compete in the second round of the competition. (The first round consists of 16 games, each with three teams competing in a set of two matches.)

Sixteen teams advance to the second round, eight to the quarterfinals round, four to the semifinals, and then two compete in the final game. The top eight teams in the tournament earn cash prizes for their schools from the competition's sponsor, Westfield Insurance.

Good luck, Giants! (And Giant fans, remember to tune in or set your DVR to watch them on TV! Their show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, barring any WTHR programming changes.)

Giants earn individual 1st, team 2nd at Huntington U. math contest

Posted on Oct. 22 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Led by a perfect score by one of its members, the Marion High School math competition team earned second place in a regional competition this week hosted by Huntington University.

The MHS team competed at the 15th annual competition on Oct. 22, 2014, with 12 other teams from around the state. MHS sophomore Truman Bennet earned a perfect score, earning him first place as an individual out of 52 students competing, and helping propel the Giants to their runner-up finish.


The team also included seniors Alyssa Ngo, Janet Huffman, and Lan Nguyen. Alternates were junior Zach Spitzer and sophomores Micah Hoeksema, Danielle Manio, and Nick Spitzer.

The competition consisted of multiple-choice and short-answer individual competitions, along with a team problem-solving competition. Students also had the chance to explore the Huntington University campus.

Congratulations to these students!

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