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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Cadets from the Marion High School JROTC program have advanced to the second level of the Army JROTC Leadership Bowl and Academic Bowl competitions.

More than 2,400 teams representing JROTC programs from high schools across the country and around the world entered these contests. The Giants were one of only two JROTC programs from the state of Indiana to have teams advance in both disciplines.

“This is the fourth time cadets from Marion High School have advanced to the second round in both of these categories,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the program’s Senior Army Instructor. “It speaks well of our cadets and the leadership development and general education they have received thus far.”

The Marion cadets will now compete in the second round against the remaining 60 other teams in their division, all hoping to advance to the Army JROTC Leadership and Academic Championships, the JROTC Tri-Service Leadership and Academic Bowl’s Championship. All of these competitions will be held this June in Washington, D.C. The second level of testing will begin in March.

The Giant Battalion’s Leadership Team is composed of cadets Kaleb Starr, Lucas Riley, Tyron Rice, Jessica Pickell, Kylee O’Neil and Kayleina O’Donnell.  The Academic Bowl Team is composed of cadets Josiah Hamilton, Levi Hofmann, Abigail Baird, Jillayne Bass, I’Yela Hornaday and Jaron Hofmann.

“It is exciting to advance to advance to the second round of the competition,” Cadet Starr said.

The Leadership Bowl tests cadets’ knowledge about leadership, in addition to other JROTC subject matter. Cadets are also tested on their knowledge of current events. The Academic Bowl tests cadets knowledge of common academic subjects.

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowls are sponsored in part by the College Options Foundation. One of the main goals of these bowls is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several Marion High School musicians earned top awards at the state finals of ISSMA Solo & Ensemble recently:

Piano soloist:
  • Tristan Galeon, an MHS junior, earned a gold medal with distinction
Instrumental soloists:
  • Carynna Aguila, a sophomore, earned a gold medal with distinction on her flute solo
  • Saralena Bergsma, a junior, earned a gold medal with her flugelhorn solo
  • Travis Metzger, a senior, earned a gold medal with his alto saxophone solo
  • Soren Bruehler, a sophomore, earned a silver medal with his trombone solo
Marion Community Schools congratulates these students on their great accomplishments, and expresses gratitude to the teachers who work every day to help these students develop their talent and skills!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School bands will present a band festival on Monday, March 4, and a joint choir concert on Friday, March 8.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! Both shows will start at 6 p.m., and both will take place at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. Both events are free and open to the public.

McCulloch's Jazz and Contest bands and MHS's Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band will be featured at Monday's band festival, and jazz and honor choirs from McCulloch along with the Innovations and Marionettes from MHS will be among ensembles featured at Friday's choir concert.

We hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School graduate and MHS Arts Hall of Fame inductee Samuel Levi Jones will be featured in “Left of Center,” an exhibit of his art at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts at Newfields this spring and summer.

The exhibit opening is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 15 at IMA. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 1.

IMA describes Jones’ work as providing a striking visual commentary on the duplicitous and oppressive nature of American power structures. The exhibited works in “Left of Center” particularly examine how injustices pervade systems of education, criminal justice, healthcare, and the broader American historical narrative. The exhibit offers an in-depth look at how Jones’s deconstruction of biased sets of encyclopedias, law books, medical texts and football equipment manifest extraordinary abstract paintings and sculptures.

After graduating from MHS in 1997, Jones continued his education at Taylor University, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He then earned and a bachelor of fine arts from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. He later received his master of fine arts in studio arts from Mills College.

Samuel Levi Jones (Photo provided to Marion Community Schools by the artist)

>> Click here to learn more about the artist

Jones prepping materials for use in his artwork. (Photo provided to Marion Community Schools by the artist)

Though Jones has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, the IMA exhibit is the first major museum survey of his works.

Newfields, which incorporates the IMA as well as Fairbanks Park, the Gardens, the Lilly House, and the Elder Greenhouse, is located at 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. The “Left of Center” exhibit is included in the regular price of admission to IMA. Click here for more information about the exhibit on the IMA website.   


>> Click here to view the MHS Arts Hall of Fame information about Samuel Levi Jones

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann shot his best score ever to earn fifth place in our region for the Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship. His score placed him 26th in the nation when scores across all regional competitions were tallied.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann, at right, gets ready to compete in the “pressure cooker” final during the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship. 

Hofmann, a junior at MHS, competed in the regional match at Camp Perry, Ohio, facing off against the top 90 cadets in the precision air rifle category around the country. His finish was the highest placement ever for a Marion High School marksman in an Army JROTC National Championship.

Over the course of two days, each marksman shot daily in the three positions of standing, kneeling and prone (lying flat on the ground). Their scores were then tallied for placements. Hofmann earned a score of 1,143 out of a possible 1,200. Because of his strong scores, he advanced into the final “pressure cooker” shoot-off along with the top seven other marksmen in the region. 

“I was so nervous; I knew I was close to making it into the pressure cooker,” he said. “The concentration was so intense.”

During the pressure cooker, all competitors take one shot at a time in the standing position, trying to move up in the placement order. Hofmann was able to move up one position in the ranking to finish fifth.

Hofmann and teammate Hailey Teeguarden, a senior at MHS, were the only JROTC cadets from the state of Indiana to qualify to compete in the regional matches for the Army JROTC National Championship.

“What is really amazing is that this is the first year we have fielded a precision rifle team,” said Senior Army Instructor Lt.  Col. Farlow.  “In previous years we have only competed in the entry-level sporter category. So to have two athletes qualify for the Nationals is quite an accomplishment and speaks well of their abilities.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The JROTC marksmanship team has five remaining matches this school year, including two separate State Championship matches by different sanctioning bodies.