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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News After an induction ceremony coming up next week, more than one in every 11 Marion High School students will be a part of a prestigious national mathematics honor society.

The MHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta will add 33 new full members and three associates during an induction ceremony oat 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the high school. That will bring the total number of members and associates to 92 students — nearly 10 percent of the about 1,030 students in all four grades at MHS this year.

Mu Alpha Theta members pose for a Marion Community Schools promotional video during the summer of 2014.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society for students in high school and two-year colleges. In June 2014, the membership totaled 105,000 in more than 2,100 schools. Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.

Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible for full membership in Mu Alpha Theta if they meet the following requirements:
  • They have completed the equivalent of two years of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra and/or geometry.
  • They have completed or are enrolled in a more advanced mathematics course.
  • They have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average in their mathematics courses.
High school students are eligible to be Mu Alpha Theta associates (not full members but likely candidates for membership) if they have completed one year of algebra, or its equivalent, with distinction and are currently enrolled in a higher math course. They can participate in all Mu Alpha Theta events and competitions, but cannot vote or hold office. After one year, they must either be inducted as a full member or exit the organization, depending on their continued performance in mathematics courses.

MHS Mu Alpha Theta members have distinguished themselves on the national stage as well, having earned awards at the organization’s national convention and competition. In summer 2014, 12 members of the MHS chapter brought home awards from the competition in Orlando, Fla. The previous summer, seven members brought home awards, and the whole team brought home another, from the competition in San Diego, Calif. In addition, an MHS member was elected as a national Mu Alpha Theta officer in 2013.

The success of MHS’s Mu Alpha Theta chapter is fueled in part by early high school credit opportunities at McCulloch Junior High School, where students can earn high school credit for both algebra and geometry in seventh and eighth grades.

Thanks to these opportunities, dozens of students now enter their freshman year at MHS with credit for these college preparatory math classes already on the books — and with another significant hurdle cleared: passage of the math portion of the graduation qualifying exam. They can then continue on to take advantage of MHS’s robust mathematics offerings, including several dual credit courses through which they can earn college credit before graduating high school.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News More than 100 Marion High School JROTC cadets will face unknown physical and mental challenges on Friday, Oct. 17, as the Marion Police and Fire Departments, the Indiana National Guard, recruiters from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and instructors from the ROTC programs at Ball State University and Indiana Wesleyan University host a series of competitive events at Matter Park. 
“The intent is to present the Cadets with physical and mental challenges that will stress the Cadets’ leadership skills and ability to work as a part of a team,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the program’s senior Army instructor. “The cadets will no doubt get hot, dirty, and wet, but have a great time. And through the process they will grow and develop various skills and abilities the JROTC program teaches.”

Cadets are expecting a great day. 

“This is one of the highlights of the year for cadets,” said MHS senior Austin Wimsatt, the JROTC Battalion executive officer.  “It is fun, challenging and a chance to really push ourselves to the limit.” 

The youngest members of the battalion are ready to go too.

“I can’t wait to go!” freshman Joseph O’Donnell said. “It think it will be exciting!”

The all-day event will truly be a challenge for the cadets, but that is not the only goal.

“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 The Choral Department's "Opening Night: A Night at the Movies" is this Saturday, and you are invited to come join in the fun!

"Opening Night" is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. The show will feature songs from movies throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Tickets are on sale now at the front desk of MHS! The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets will also be available the night of the show at the Walton Center box office.

The choral department is excited to also highlight the changes happening in the choral program this year. Opening Night will be the first opportunity for audiences to see these changes:
  • 26th Street Innovations is now a 44-member troupe with the ability to have multiple small groups from within it.
  • Concert Choir is now an all-girls singing group.
  • Also, the choral department will introduce Virtuoso, a 11-member a cappella troupe to the stage.
YOU are invited to come out and see how things continue to grow and change in the Marion High School Choral Department!

>> Are you going? Share it with your friends! Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Tucker Bistro, run by TCTC culinary students, will reopen next week.

The restaurant at Tucker Career and Technology Center, 107 S. Pennsylvania St., will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday starting Oct. 8, 2014.

The menu features breakfast fare all day, as well as lunch offerings, including weekly soup and dessert specials.

The Bistro also can host private parties and business meetings any day of the week (even on days when it isn’t open to the public). For such events, the staff can also cater to special requests beyond the standard menu. Call the Bistro, 664-9091, ext. 121, to schedule your event.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
The Marching Giants have made quick progress and found much success this season, their first competition season in nearly a decade. Now YOU have the opportunity to watch the band's award-winning field show for free right here at MHS!

The Marching Giants perform during a competition at Bluffton High School.

The free community performance is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Dick Lootens Stadium. The Marching Giants would like to invite all Marion Community families, staff, and the entire community to come out and enjoy the show! 
This is a chance for the band to say THANK YOU to the whole community for the amazing support they've had as they returned to the ranks of competitive marching band. We hope to see you there!
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