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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marching, spinning rifles, precision movements, focus, and synchronization were on display Saturday in Kentucky while two Marion High School JROTC cadets preformed their duet exhibition drill routine under the watchful eyes of Army Drill Sergeants. Every movement was scrutinized.  When the duo exited the competition floor, the audience knew they had just witnessed the champion performance.

Austen Robbins, an MHS senior, and DJ Smith, a junior, easily won the duet exhibition event; this was the second time the duo has earned a first place finish in as many competitions.

Twenty-two other Marion cadets joined in to compete in a series of drill and color guard routines against 13 other schools at the regional competition held at Bullitt High School, just a short distance from Fort Knox.  At the end of the day, the Giants also had earned two other top-place finishes.

“For a team with only three seniors — a very young team — we did really well,” said the team coach, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith. “Our first- and second-year cadets are really stepping up. Only a couple of minor mistakes kept us from several other wins. We know what to work on going forward. “

DJ Smith said he was confident during his first-place performance.

“I felt like we were doing very well. Everything seemed to be going fine,” he said, adding that it felt “amazing” to take the top finish. He also earned a second place finish in the individual exhibition event.

Jerit Wigner, a junior, earned the other notable finish for the Giants in the individual “knock-out” event.  Competing against nearly 300 other cadets, Wigner had to conduct stationary drill movements under the watchful eye of a dozen drill sergeants. Cadets were removed (knocked out) from the competition for even the slightest mistake. As the number of cadets reduced, those remaining had even closer scrutiny from the drill sergeants.

“I was so nervous I was shaking,” said Wigner, who placed fourth overall. “In fact, the drill sergeant knocked me out for my hand shaking while I was saluting.”

The Giants will travel Saturday to Xavier University for their next meet.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Winter Spirit Week is Feb. 5-9!

Student Senate wants YOU to help celebrate winter activities at MHS.
  • Missed-Alarm Monday: Wear your favorite (appropriate) pajamas
  • Purple and Gold Tuesday: Wear your Giant pride, and don't forget to turn out for the Mississinewa basketball game in the evening!
  • Meme/Vine Day Wednesday: Dress like your favorite meme/Vine character
  • Throwback Thursday: Dress as someone from your favorite time period
  • Class Color Friday: Wear your class color ready and be ready to participate in some class competitions at the pep session Friday afternoon. Then come out to the McCutcheon game Friday night!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center's Culinary Arts students have a special offer for you for Valentine's Day: Order special treats to share (or to enjoy yourself)!
Your choices:
  • Red velvet cupcakes, $1 each
  • Chocolate covered strawberries, which come in sets of 5, $5 per set
>> Order deadline is Feb. 9. Call 664-9091 (the MRCC office) to place your order, or if you are collecting orders from a group (at your workplace or organization) you can click here to download a form to fill out and turn in by Feb. 9.

All items will be available for pickup at the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave., on Feb. 14.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC batallion’s first-year cadets recently participated in a seven-day training focused firearms safety.

The hands-on training taught each of the 41 participants how to handle firearms safely, and also gave them an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of marksmanship. A generous grant from the National Rifleman’s Association Foundation provided part of the funding for this important opportunity.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Josiah Gillett and Hayleigh Cravens learn the basics of weapons safety and marksmanship during their first year in the program.

“It is all about safety first,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC’s senior Army instructor. “Our training teaches cadets everything they need to know to stop gun-related accidents from ever occurring. We then teach them the basics of how to accurately shoot the air rifles.”

The cadets learned to shoot the same air rifles used by the MHS JROTC rifle marksmanship team that is currently ranked as one of the top teams in the nation.

Following the seven days of instruction, the cadets participated in a qualification match to determine who in the group was the over-all best marksman. The cadets took aim in the standing position and shot 10 times at the qualification targets 33 feet away.

“I was so nervous while I was shooting,” said freshman Kaylee O’Neil, who shot an amazing 60 out of a possible 100 points during the qualification competition, earning the top finish. “It was fun to learn how to shoot the rifles. I think I may join the rifle team.”

Marion High School JROTC first-year cadets spent seven days learning how to properly and safely handle a firearm. They also learned the basics of marksmanship.

Fellow freshman Trevor Raih said marksmanship was more difficult than he anticipated.

“I thought it was going to be easy to shoot the rifles,” he said. “I was certainly wrong. It takes a lot of concentration to be a good shot.”

Weapons safety and marksmanship is part of the JROTC curriculum, but in order to expand the training opportunities, the JROTC department submitted a grant last fall to the NRA Foundation requesting the additional funding needed to offer the weapons safety training to all first year cadets.

“People need to understand and respect firearms,” Farlow said. “If this training can eliminate just one gun-related accident, it was well worth the time.”

The Giants Rifle Marksmanship team has been invited to compete this year for two separate national titles. The first competition starts Thursday in Georgia, and the other will be in Ohio in mid-February.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Crystal Cutler, Jillayne Bass, Dustan White, and Kaitlin Alcantar take aim during weapons safety and marksmanship training.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six Marion High School seniors got a boost to their post-high school education plans recently, as they were awarded $11,500 in scholarships during the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Celebration.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, which have been given out by Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance for about 30 years, are awarded to seniors in the area who are active in an alliance church and are excelling academically. This year's winners from Marion High School and their awards are :

  • LaShaunte Wallace: $3,000 scholarship; plans to study dental hygiene at Indiana University
  • Ta’Nyia Betts: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study business administration at Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Jacob Speikes: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study entrepreneurship at Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Stephen Johnson: $1,500 scholarship; plans to study anthropology at Indiana State University or Indiana University-Kokomo
  • Manual Davis: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice at Central State University
  • Alexis Moore: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice at Ivy Tech Community College
An Anderson High School senior also received a $1,500 scholarship.

The awards were presented during a celebration at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 21. This annual event honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and also emphasizes the importance of education and celebrates local students’ successes.

Ivy Tech Community College's Marion Campus President Alex Huskey, who also serves as pastor at New New Bethany Church of God in Christ, also presented Ivy Tech Community College scholarships to two additional MHS seniors:

  • Jamie McFarland, who plans to study to be a surgical nurse
  • Erica Batchelor, who plans to study dentistry
At the awards ceremony, contributions to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized, including several from the member churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work and success. We wish them luck as they continue their education next year at their chosen colleges!