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Class of 2016 Lilly Scholar offers advice to MHS seniors

Posted on Aug. 22 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
By Gabriela Padilla

Marion High School’s own 2016 graduate Zach Spitzer won the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship this past year. Zach will be attending Notre Dame this coming fall and majoring in chemical engineering.

The nomination process for the Lilly scholarship locally is handled by the Community Foundation of Grant County. In addition to the Community Foundation scholarship application, the 2016 Lilly scholarship application process involved writing an essay that shared personal experiences and what they hoped to gain from this scholarship.

Finalists for the scholarship nomination, including Zach, then went through an interview, and were asked to write an essay that had a surprise topic.

“It was definitely a long process, but ultimately receiving this scholarship was such a huge honor and a huge help toward paying for college,” Zach said.

The Lilly scholarship provides coverage for tuition and book fees.

Zach said he felt many emotions when he won the Lilly scholarship, but mostly excitement. Now that he's leaving for college, he said, that feeling is mixed with others.

“It’s bittersweet, because you will leave some people and things behind here at home, friends you’ve known for years,” he said.

Zach’s first day of college starts Aug. 29. As he moves into the next phase of his education, he had some advice for seniors looking for scholarships: “Make sure you get to as many opportunities as you can.”

There are many scholarship opportunities aimed at students with specific experiences, interests, and plans.

“Look around!” Zach said. “You won’t win everything you apply to, so have a solid backup plan, lots of options.”

As for applying to colleges, don't miss out, he said.

“If you’re not sure where you want to go, apply to several,” he said. “It helps to have a lot of options to choose from. Scholarship offers from schools themselves may play a big part in your decision process, but you won’t have that information and opportunity unless you apply.”


>> If you are interested in applying for the Lilly Scholarship, click here to visit the Grant County Community Foundation's webpage 

>> To view other scholarship opportunities, click here to visit the MHS Guidance Department's Scholarship Page

Yearbook cover design competition: Enter today!

Posted on Aug. 16 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Calling all artists: The MHS yearbook staff wants one of YOU to design the cover of the 2016-17 yearbook!

The winner of this competition will receive a free copy of the yearbook, and will have a special feature inside the yearbook too!

Who can enter?

Any MHS or MRCC student can submit a design. (You do not have to be a member of the yearbook staff.)

How do I enter?

  • Create a design on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of standard printer paper
  • Turn in to the yearbook staff room, Room 1-1, with your name on the back of the paper

What is the deadline for entries?

All entries must be turned in by Monday, Aug. 29.

MRCC now offers Microsoft Imagine Academy training, certifications

Posted on Aug. 09 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Regional Career Center is now a Microsoft Imagine Academy, able to provide students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

MRCC joins an exclusive group of programs certified as Microsoft Imagine Academies, a group that includes only about 15,000 school programs in the world.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education and secure jobs that contribute to the economy and their communities,” said Travis Hueston, MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy instructor. “Our membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy program enables us to provide a road map to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials, keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and setting our students up for future success. Not only will this program provide our students with more than $35,000 worth of free computer certifications, but it will also include another $25,000 worth of IT software upgrades for the Academy.”

MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy is open to all participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their counselor or the Marion Regional Career Center at (765) 664-9091.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers, and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with cloud and infrastructure management using Microsoft technologies. 

“Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

At MRCC, Microsoft Imagine Academy will provide a convenient and flexible learning environment where students can get hands-on experience with the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academics. The Academy fits into MRCC’s already robust IT education options, as the career center offers every IT pathway the state Department of Education allows. Students in MRCC’s IT pathway programs can earn 9 to 12 dual college credits, depending on which pathway they choose.

MRCC’s membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy was made possible at no additional cost to the school corporation thanks to a grant from Microsoft, facilitated by the Indiana Department of Education.

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