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MHS JROTC Raiders earn historic win at Fort Knox Regional

Posted on Sep. 24 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider team dominated the competition over the weekend as the first Indiana team ever to win the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge.

Senior Audrey Dickerson, captain of the MHS Raiders team, accepts the first place trophy at Fort Knox Regional Raider Invitational in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Giants are the first team from Indiana to ever win the competition.

Saturday’s invitational was the first competition of the season for the Giants, who competed against the best teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana and earned first place overall.

“What a tremendous way for us to start the season,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach.  “These results validate the hard work the cadets are putting in during practice. These Raider competitions are designed to test the physical strength and endurance of the cadets, and their ability to work as a member of a team. Saying the cadets become fatigued during the various events is an understatement. They are pushed to their physical limits and then asked to do even more.”

The Marion High School JROTC Raiders tackle the grueling task of rapidly moving 50 tires of various sizes 200 yards during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

The MHS Raiders also earned a first place finish during the 2-mile run and a third place finish on the obstacle course. Consistently placing in the top four in all events pushed them into first place for the competition base on their overall point total.

“I was so proud of my team and how we worked together during each event,” said senior Audrey Dickerson, Raider team captain. “I have to admit I was really surprised when they announced that we were the overall winner. That was so exciting.”

Marion senior DJ Smith negotiates an obstacle during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Farlow is expecting big things for the team this season.

“This is a strong team with some experienced Raiders,” he said. “They were last year’s state champions and placed in the top 10 during the National Championship. So they know what it takes to win. I am looking forward to seeing how well they do the rest of our season.”

Next up for the Raiders is the competition hosted by Blackford High School on Oct. 6, where they will compete against several teams from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.   

Two MHS grads named to Indiana Pacers dance team

Posted on Sep. 21 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School alumni have been selected by the Indiana Pacers to be part of their new dance team, the Pacers Hype Crew.

Class of 2017 graduate Gaby Padilla and Class of 2016 graduate Luis Hernandez are two of 18 members of the 2018-19 Pacers Hype Crew, which will perform on-court and interact with fans during Pacers home games, including preseason, regular season, and postseason, along with other events and appearances on behalf of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.


In addition, Pacers Hype Crew will be role models that make a positive impact in Indianapolis & surrounding communities, the Pacers said, participating in various community events.

“I am so incredibly excited for this amazing opportunity,” said Padilla, who is studying communications at Ivy Tech Community College. “Thanks to everyone who has supported me. I am so ready to start this new journey!”

Hernandez, an IUPUI student studying psychology and dance, said the opportunity is a special one for the Marion grads.

“I am absolutely grateful to have been given this opportunity to work with the Pacers,” he said. “If someone had told me during my senior year of high school that I would be doing this in a few years, I would not have believed them. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me grow into the person I am today.”

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools send our congratulations to these two Giants! We are always so proud to hear of accomplishments of our alumni and their commitment to positively impacting the communities they call home.

MRCC, Afena FCU join forces for internship program

Posted on Sep. 13 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center’s Cyber Security and Technology Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Afena Federal Credit Union to offer students real-life work experience. 

Students in the program have been selected to serve internships at Afena’s north and south citywide locations to provide assistance in several different areas ranging from technology to accounting. 

“With every new school year comes the promise of a new beginning: new academic subjects, new teachers, new classmates, new friends, and, of course, new opportunities to learn, grow, and develop,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor for the MRCC Cyber Security and Technology Academy. “This is just another example of our commitment to providing our students the opportunity to serve the community in which they live and work, while at the same time providing students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so that they can pursue jobs that contribute to the economy.”

This is the second year Afena has offered an internship to a high school student, and the results were fantastic for the credit union, the student and the school last year.

“Mr. Hueston does an amazing job with his students, working hard to prepare them for real world experiences,” Karen Madry, president and chief executive officer of Afena, said. “We believe this is a natural fit, and we will continue to build upon the lessons they have been taught through the MRCC program.”

Afena hopes this partnership will provide the students with the experience they need to succeed as they journey beyond high school. In addition, they hope to open students’ eyes to the career opportunities that exist in Marion.

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to work with an eager group of students who want to showcase their talents” Madry said.

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said this opportunity is in full alignment with the career center’s mission.

“One of MRCC’s goals is to offer every student an opportunity to earn real-life work experience. Partnering with Afena gives our students a chance to earn that experience” he said. “Afena joins many other citywide sites as an internship host to the students at Marion Regional Career Center.”

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or Mr. Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.

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