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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction.

The selection committee chose seven inductees:
  • Max R. Long, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1933, World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Marines, and earning two Silver Stars and the Navy Cross, for his work evacuating the beaches at Iwo Jima and Saipan. He returned to Marion after the war and practiced medicine here for nearly 50 years, including serving as the Marion Community Schools physician for 32 years. (Inducted posthumously.)
  • John F. Boxell, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1957, otolaryngologist / head and neck surgeon who practiced in Chattanooga, Tenn., for more than 35 years, and professor at University of Tennessee College of Medicine; also provided free clinic and surgical services for underserved and uninsured populations.
  • Paul Usher, Marion High School Class of 1963, past president and CEO of Marion General Hospital for eight years, after 20 years as CFO, and six years prior to that in financial services, retiring in 2016; during his tenure leading MHG, the hospital experienced significant growth, in a time when many other smaller community hospitals were begin bought out by conglomerates, and solidified itself as an important community partner through philanthropic giving.
  • David Colescott, Marion High School Class of 1976, an inspiring and determined leader on the basketball court for the Giants, then at University of North Carolina, and then in the business world, serving as VP of Sales and Chief Customer Officer for Hanes Brands Inc.
  • Troy Bentley Overton, Marion High School Class of 1980, West Point graduate; U.S. Army aviator, and judge advocate general who provided legal services to troops in Afghanistan; deputy attorney general of California. (Inducted posthumously.)
  • Tonya (Riddle) Cornett, Marion High School Class of 1987, innovator brewmaster, first woman to win the title of Small Brewpub Brewmaster of the Year at the World Beer Cup (2008), the world’s largest commercial beer competition, brewmaster at Bend Bewing Co. in Oregon for 10 years, now head of research and development at 10 Barrel Brewing.
  • Bobbie Owensby, honorary inductee, Marion High School social studies teacher for decades; sponsor of Black History Club which has expanded horizons for more than one generation of students with its spring break HBCU trips, annual plays, and more; respected and beloved community leader.
The 2019 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, 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. 13.

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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School summer session gives students the chance to recover credits needed to graduate, but it also allows students to get ahead on core classes and gain flexibility in their schedule moving forward.

Summer session classes include the core classes of Algebra I and English 10 (which will feature traditional in-class instruction), as well as virtual learning opportunities for any course required for graduation. They are open to all incoming 9th- through 12th-graders.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all summer session students. (NOTE: No bus transportation will be provided this year.)

Summer session will run Monday through Thursday from June 3 to June 20. There are two time options to choose from:
  • 8 to 11 a.m.
  • 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.
If you wish to attend either (or both), click here for the registration form (or pick one up in Student Services) to complete and turn back in as soon as possible. Must be returned by May 17.

NOTE: Summer participation in JROTC, Choir, Band, and other athletics may count toward your PE credit if a waiver is completed and turned in to Student Services, along with the registration form above. Click here for the PE Waiver form.

Breakfast and lunch will be served free at the following times for MHS summer session students:
  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.
Please see your guidance counselor if you have questions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Green Society and environmental science classes spent a few weeks creating bracelets from recycled pop and water bottles collected at the school, to be used at the Earth Day Celebration at Matter Park on Tuesday.

Visitors to the MHS booth could paint the plastic bracelets to wear, or could also make seed starter necklaces, with soil and flower seeds made into a beaded necklace to wear and to watch grow.

Students participating at the Earth Day event included Kira Humes, Carissa Daehn, Emily Early, Angel Tanner, Stormi Garrott, Keith Miller, and Mia de las Alas, however all club members and environmental science students aided in preparing the materials for the celebration.



Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last week, Marion High School’s Academic Giants Interdisciplinary Super Bowl Team earned one of the top five scores in the state in regional competition, propelling them on to the state competition. 

The Giants competed with 58 other schools at regional competitions around the state on Tuesday for the right to advance to the state competition. The top five teams in each subject advance.


At the regional competition Marion in which Marion participated, the Giants earned first place in both Interdisciplinary and Math. (Interdisciplinary features questions in math, science, English, social studies, and fine arts). When compared to scores around the state, the Math Team fell just short of earning a state berth.

The Interdisciplinary Team will compete at state finals at Purdue University on Saturday, May 4. 

The students who will be competing for the Giants at the state competition are: Carynna Aguila, Evelyn Detamore, Hunter Durbin, Tristan Galeon, Nihal Nagesh, Vikram Oddiraju, Sophie Schenck, and Marisa Wallace.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students, and wish them good luck at the state level!

Marion students compete in Class 2 in the Academic Super Bowl Senior Division. The four class divisions are based on school size. Academic Super Bowl Senior Division competitions consist of five subject matter rounds (English, fine arts, math, science, social studies) and a sixth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The Fertile Crescent”.

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Spirit Store at Marion High School has new store hours.

The Spirit Store, located across the hall from the main office, inside Door 1 on the 26th Street side of the building, will be staffed on Monday and Wednesday from 8:15 to 9 a.m. and Friday from 4 to 5 p.m.

In addition, the Spirit Store can be open any time Monday through Friday on request during the hours of 8 to 11 a. m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for your shopping convenience. (Come to the main office to request entry).

Please stop by and check out the new apparel that has arrived!