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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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ON THE CALENDAR: Nelson Chicken Fundraiser

The Marion High School Parent Organization's 4th annual Nelson's Chicken fundraiser is coming up!

WHEN:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the MHS Stadium (Homecoming game)
CARRY-OUT AVAILABLE:  Tree of Life parking lot, 4-7 p.m.
COST:  $9 - half a chicken w/mac & cheese from Sirloin Stockade and cole slaw from Culver's
              $7 - half a chicken only
TICKETS: Please purchase tickets in advance from Kathy Murphy, 506-7440, or Rhonda Conrad, 661-9973. Limited tickets will be available the night of the sale, so get yours now!

Come out and support our MPO, students and staff!

Marching Giants improve performance in second week of competition

Posted on Sep. 15 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Congratulations to the Marion Marching Pride on their third place finish in their second competition of the season!

On Saturday, the Marching Giants traveled to Lafayette to compete in the Star City Invitational field marching band competition at Lafayette Jefferson High School. They performed in Class B and finished in third place — up from fourth the week before, and with a higher score this time out. They did this under the added pressure of an additional minute added to their show, along with some exciting new visuals incorporated into their performance!

"While the level of competition continues to get more difficult," band director Josh Huff said, "the students are understanding that their achievement level must continue to rise to that difficulty level."

We're proud of our Marching Giants and their continued progress in their first competitive season since 2005!

This weekend another group of students showed their support of the Marching Giants by joining their crew. Marion High School JROTC students helped move the band's equipment on and off the field during the competition. MHS was the only school that had students who were not in the band helping out in such a way. What a fine example these students are setting!

This coming weekend, there are two opportunities for you to see the band's show, A New Journey, which features music from the 2000 movie “Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man":
  • The Marching Giants will perform during halftime of the home football game. The Giants host Richmond starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium.
  • The Marching Giants will compete late Saturday afternoon at Maconaquah High School, just north of Kokomo. 
Come out and show your support for these young musicians — and enjoy a great show!

School Board honors AP Scholars

Posted on Sep. 12 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion High School seniors and graduates were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its Sept. 10, 2014, meeting for their excellent performance on Advanced Placement exams last school year. The graduates honored had all earned AP Scholar awards for the second year in a row.

Those honored were:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)
AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)
  • Zea Miller, MHS Class of 2014 (who was also named an AP Scholar in 2013)
  • Catherine Morton, MHS senior
  • Lila Persinger, MHS Class of 2014 (who was also named an AP Scholar in 2013)
  • Lane Vermilion, MHS senior

AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Jessica Bingham, MHS senior
  • Morgan Bounds, MHS senior
  • Joel Bragg, MHS senior
  • Isabelle Case, MHS senior
  • Edward Fry, MHS Class of 2014 (who also was named an AP Scholar in 2013)
  • Lan Nguyen, MHS senior
  • Noah Todd, MHS senior
  • James Walts, MHS Class of 2014 (who also was named an AP Scholar in 2013)



At their board meeting on Sept. 10, 2014, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees honored Marion High School students who earned AP Scholar awards: Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, Lane Vermilion, and (not pictured) Jessica Bingham, Morgan Bounds, Joel Bragg, Isabelle Case, Edward Fry, Lan Nguyen, James Walts, Zea Miller, Catherine Morton, Lila Persinger, Steven Ngo, Vinai Oddiraju, and Andrew Spitzer. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay and School Board members Pam Hutchison, Cathy Moritz, Greg Kitts, Aaron Vermilion, Katie Morgan, and Harry Hall. (Marion Community Schools)


Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a 2008 study, the AP Program’s website says, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios.

Marion Community Schools is proud of its AP Scholars from the 2013-14 school year, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students.

>> To learn more about the AP and dual credit courses offered at Marion High School, check out the Course Description Guide here.

Marching Giants earn 4th in first competition in years

Posted on Sep. 11 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Congratulations to the Marching Giants for their impressive performance at their first competition in nearly a decade!

At the "On the Banks of the Wabash" field marching band competition at Bluffton High School on Sept. 6, the Marching Giants earned fourth place — missing third place by only a fraction of a point.



Flags fly as instrumentalists march during the competition at Bluffton High School on Sept. 6.
>> CLICK HERE to view more photos from the competition!

This was the first time the band and guard had competed this year, and the first year the MHS marching band has competed in any fashion since 2005. The members of the Marching Giants are learning the ins and outs of putting on a marching band show, and their quick progress has been impressive. 

We are proud of our Marching Giants, and look forward to seeing them continue to grow!

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