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Marion High School Hall of Distinction 2016 inductees named

Posted on May. 27 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction. The eight alumni inductees and one honorary inductee include GIANTS in the fields of medicine, law, athletics, journalism, and education, along with a fallen hero who served our country with distinction and honor in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The selection committee chose the nine inductees from a field of nominees under consideration. Nominees remain under consideration for a period of up to three years.

The 2016 inductees are:
  • Capt. Brandon A. “Bull” Barrett, Marion High School Class of 2001, killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Barrett was an outstanding athlete, avid outdoorsman, a loyal and dedicated friend, and a natural leader, whose passionate commitment to the Marine Corp and to his troops was insurmountable. Scholarships and funds continue to be given in his name to support Marion Giants, and his service and heart continue to inspire all who knew him in life, or hear of his legacy.
  • Sharon Dunwoody, Marion High School Class of 1965, professor emerita at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and award-winning researcher in the field of science communication.
  • Diane Janowicz, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1992, an infectious disease and HIV/AIDS specialist at IU Health and faculty member and fellowship program director at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who spearheaded the clinical response to the major HIV outbreak in the rural community of Austin in southern Indiana last year.
  • David Kiley, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1978, an OB/GYN who has earned recognition and respect as an expert in the field and a leader in patient-centered care. In 2004, he was part of a team of doctors who beat 20,000 to 1 odds to save the life of a pregnant woman suffering from a catastrophic heart disorder, and the life of her child as well.
  • James D. Luttrull Jr., Marion High School Class of 1974, longtime Grant County prosecutor and criminal justice professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, who is involved in a wide variety of community and volunteer activities and organizations, including First Light Child Advocacy Center, St. Martin de Porres Community Center, and has been a leader in addressing child abuse locally and nationally.
  • Zach Randolph, Marion High School Class of 2000, who after leading the Marion Giants to their seventh state championship in 2000, then helping to lead Michigan State University to the Final Four, was drafted into the NBA in 2001 and has gone on to an outstanding career that has included three turns as an NBA All-Star and multiple appearances in the NBA playoffs. He has also earned recognition for his contributions to the community of Memphis, where he has played for the Memphis Grizzlies since 2009, and where he is affectionately known as “Z-Bo Clause” during the holiday season, when he is known for providing direct, personal assistance to hundreds of families each year. He also continues to assist children and families in his hometown in various ways.
  • Avis Martin Stewart, Marion High School Class of 1970, longtime teacher, coach, and administrator, first at Marion Community Schools, then at Richmond High School, then at Earlham College, where he has helped promote goodwill and cooperation between the college and the community, and played key roles in Earlham capital projects and nonprofit undertakings in the Richmond community.
  • Joe Sutter, Marion High School Class of 1969, Trester Award winner who led the Marion Giants to the state finals, then played professionally in Europe, and who went on to build an outstanding physical therapy practice in Virginia, and then to share his expertise as a clinical educator. He has long been a participant in the federal early intervention program, which helps children ages 0 to 3 and their families overcome physical and developmental challenges, often correcting issues that can become much larger problems later in life. He has also maintained strong ties to the world of sports, providing physical therapy to a wide range of athletes, from local high schools to professional teams. In addition, he has been involved in civic associations other philanthropic endeavors that have had a positive impact on his community in Richmond, Va.
Honorary inductee:
  • Kerry Clevenger, longtime local business owner, longtime coach, team sponsor, and an ardent and generous supporter of athletes playing for the Marion Giants and for other athletic leagues and organizations in Marion and Grant County, from Little League baseball and other youth sports, to AAU basketball, to club soccer, and more.

The 2016 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Meshingomesia Country Club, 2225 Lagro Road, Marion, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 23.

In addition, inductees will be honored during the Giant Challenge weekend, set for July 22-24.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.

JROTC Boosters Golf Scramble: Sign up or sponsor today!

Posted on May. 23 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Coming up next month, a great opportunity to support the MHS JROTC Giant Battalion: the third annual MHS JROTC Hooah Parents Booster Club Golf Scramble.

The JROTC is a leadership program designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. It focuses on responsibility, respect, and teamwork. The MHS JROTC competition teams have earned regional and national awards, and the program gives students many opportunities to excel, and to earn recognition for their work and accomplishments. This fundraiser will help provide for the needs of the program.

The golf scramble entry fee is $50 per person; armed service veterans get a $5 discount, making their entry fee $45. Your entry fee will entitle you to 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart, and dinner. There will also be many prizes and gifts. The scramble will 

You can register to play any time between now and the shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Arbor Trace Golf Club, 2500 E. 550 North. (Registration the day of runs from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the club.)


Don't want to golf? You can still support the JROTC!

Several sponsorship levels are available, and these are open to anyone! Promote your business, honor a special person in your life, or maybe even just show off your Giant pride!

The JROTC Boosters are also still seeking door prizes, and other donation options are available.

For more information, see the flier/registration form linked above, or contact Scott Mesack, 667-5033, or Kris Mesack, 667-9309, or email hooahparents@outlook.com.


MHS class wins city slogan competition

Posted on May. 12 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Congratulations to the MHS marketing class for winning the competition for the city's new slogan!

From left: Diana Gardner, MHS media specialist; Conner Moritz, sophomore; Nigel Small, senior; Mayor Jess Alumbaugh; Casey Reaves, sophomore; Kaleb Evans, sophomore; Jonathan Walts, freshman; News Herald Publisher Doug Roorbach; and Mike Robertson, MHS marketing teacher. 

Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh recently announced the city's new slogan is "City of Champions." This choice, he said, was inspired by the proposal submitted by Marion High School students. Though their submitted slogan was "Home of Giants", in their proposal they highlighted recent basketball championships earned by Marion High School and Indiana Wesleyan University, along with many other notoble awards, distinctions, and people who have roots in Marion. This, Alumbaugh said, was what inspired the final slogan choice.

The city ran a survey for people to select their favorite slogan proposal from the 15 finalists. The MHS class proposal was the winner of that vote. Alumbaugh, however, opted to create a more inclusive slogan.

"The word 'champion' not only represents success or victory, but it als means to fight for a cause, or someone who fights for a cause. There are thousands of examples of champions in our community: champions of character, champions of integrity, champions of service, champions of change, and so much more."

The mayor visited the class on Wednesday, May 11, to award them the $100 prize for winning the competition. The prize was sponsored by the News Herald, and owner and publisher Doug Roorbach was on hand for the award ceremony as well.

"We're excited to start sharing all the wonderful examples of 'champions' in this community," Alumbaugh said. "These are not just sports-related champions, but people or groups who are doing good work that would otherwise go unnoticed."

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