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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A member of Marion High School’s Class of 2018 can claim an achievement few others can: a perfect score on the ACT test.

Elizabeth Wuertley, MHS senior, learned of her achievement last month. According to the ACT organization, on average only 0.1 percent of test takers earn a perfect score. (That means out of every 10,000 test takers, only 10 would be expected to earn a perfect score, based on ACT's historical data.)

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Elizabeth earned a composite score of 36, the highest possible, signaling a mastery of those skills.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda called the achievement “significant and rare.”

Marion High School congratulates Elizabeth on this outstanding achievement!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Friday (Oct. 20), the Marion High School JROTC Giant Battalion will face physical and mental challenges at Marion’s Matter Park.

Nearly 150 cadets are expected to participate in competitive field day events hosted by representatives from the Marion Police and Fire departments, Ball State University ROTC, Indiana Wesleyan University, along with recruiters from the U.S. Army, Indiana National Guard, and U.S. Navy.

The Giant Battalion has 65 new cadets who have never experienced a JROTC field day. In addition, 60 cadets from Warsaw High School will be joining the Giants.

“This will be a great field day,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Marion JROTC senior Army instructor. “We have great support from the community and outside organizations, plus the cadets from Warsaw will join us. There are tremendous benefits to both programs by having our cadets integrate and interact. It should be a good time.”

All of the older cadets know what they’re in for when they attend field day. For the first year cadets, it will be an adventure! And the all-day event will certainly be a challenge for all of the cadets.

“We deliberately partnered with other service-oriented organization so the cadets could see and get to know individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others,” Farlow said. “I want the cadets to understand that giving back to their community is important, and the organizations participating with us are dedicated to serving others.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.

“This is the first time in a number of years we’ve had any students selected to perform with this band, and to have eight students selected is quite an honor,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff.

The musicians selected:
  • Jaelin Lindsay, sophomore, clarinet
  • Jerimiah Planck, senior, euphonium
  • Carynna Aguila, freshman, flute
  • Lauren Morrow, junior, flute/piccolo
  • Ty Metzger, freshman, tenor sax
  • Victor Lee, junior, trombone
  • Saralena Bergsma, sophomore, trumpet
  • Geordaun Shaw, junior, trumpet
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians were notified earlier this month, and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Nov. 18, Honor Band members from around the state will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 19, they will perform together at 4 p.m. at Dekalb High School in Waterloo. This performance is open to the public.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Earning their highest score of the season, Marion High School JROTC’s marksmanship team defeated West Broward (Fla.) High School in an Orion National Air Rifle League matchup last week.

The Giants are 1-1 and currently fourth place in the Distinguished Division of the Orion National League. Hailey Teeguarden led the Giants with a top score of 257 out of 300. The Giants rifle marksmanship team is the defending state champion, and is currently competing in the eight-week round-robin regular season of the Orion League, competing for a division title. The top 16 teams across all divisions will advance to a post-season, comprising two single elimination tournaments, to compete for the league title.

The Orion league matches are modeled after Olympic rifle competitions but adapted to high school athletes. Cadets fire precision air rifles from three different positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground). Each athlete takes 10 shots in each position, and each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 30 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

Other members of the team who were scored in the Giants’ win are Rhianna Gary, Levi Hofmann, and Jade Kendall.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Raiders battled 13 other teams, the oppressive heat, and eight grueling competitive events last Saturday at Camp Atterbury to win the Indiana State JROTC Raider Championship.



MHS JROTC cadets compete in the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.


The competition, hosted by the Indiana Army National Guard, pitted the best Raider teams from across the state in a series of physically demanding events designed to test the strength, stamina and teamwork abilities of the competing cadets. At the end of the competition, Marion’s varsity team dominated all other teams by placing first in six of the events and third in the remaining two events.

“This competition demonstrated to everyone that the Marion Giants are without question the best Raider team in the state,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Giants’ coach. “Not only did our cadets win, but they won decisively, with no other team even coming close to their level of performance.”

Each 10-person Raider team representing JROTC programs from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps from across the state competed in the following events:

• 1-mile cross country run
• 1-mile run with 25-pound backpacks
• ½-mile litter carry (weighing 100 pounds) with weighted backpacks and ammo cans
• Buddy carry for 10 minutes
• Fitness test (90 seconds of pushups and 90 seconds of sit-ups)
• Military obstacle course
• 1-rope bridge construction and crossing
• Terrible tires (moving 25 car tires, five truck tires and two tractor tires 150 yards for time)



MHS JROTC cadets compete in the obstacle course at the Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.
 

“It was a very rewarding experience to win the first Raider Championship,” said Thomas Schenck, Marion High School senior and Marion’s Raider team captain. “My team has been training intensely since the beginning of the season. So to go on and crush the other teams all day long was very rewarding for our team and me. I hope we can continue this level of performance for the rest of the season.”

As the competition continued throughout the day and temperatures rose, fatigue set in on many of the teams. After nearly two straight hours of competitive events, Marion’s varsity team rotated to the fitness test, where the Giants proved they were the strongest team. The eight cadets achieved a score of nearly 300 more repetitions than their closest competitors.

Marion seniors Joseph O’Donnell and Adriana Aleman cranked out the highest number of repetitions for the males and females respectively. Teammate Audrey Dickerson, an MHS junior, earned the second highest female score by finishing only one point behind Aleman.

“It was really great to see that all our hard work as a team paid off,” Aleman said. “It was also great to see my personal hard work validated by winning the top female fitness score.”



Adriana Aleman competes in the fitness challenge at the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury. She earned first place in the female category.
 

But Marion’s domination at the competition did not end with their varisty team. Marion’s JV team finished in third place overall, defeating most of the varsity teams present at the competition.

“It feels amazing that we can go out and beat the varisy team from 12 other schools,” said Kaleb Starr, MHS sophomore and member of the Marion JV team. “It shows the strength of our Raider program.”

The Giants have several upcoming regional competitions yet this fall. Their season will culminate the first weekend in November when they compete against the best teams from across the country at the JROTC Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. Last year the Giants placed eighth in the nation at this competition.

Other members of Marion’s state championship team were Eric Asher, Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, Gavin Collins, Troy Smith, and Haley O’Neil.

Individuals and organizations interested in helping to sponsor the Raider Team’s trip to the National Championship should contact the Marion High School JROTC at 765-664-9051 x. 2455.



Haley O'Neil competes during the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.