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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The marksmen of the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Teams represented themselves well during their first match of the season last week, shooting against 11 other schools in the Creekwood High School (Tenn.) Postal Invitational. The Giant’s Varsity shooters earned a third-place finish, and the first-year Shooter Team finished in second place within that category.

“Both Rifle Teams are off to a good start this year,” said Lt. Col. (Retired) David Farlow, coach of the teams and MHS senior Army instructor. “We have several first-year shooters who are learning the fundamentals early, which will pay big dividends down the road. And our Varsity shooters have improved much since last year. It should be an exciting season.” 

Team Captain Cadet Abbrielle Sells earned the second-highest match score of 251, missing the first place spot by only 1 point. And first-year shooter Cadet Taylor Sorah earned the highest number of bulls-eyes among all shooters in her category.

The rifle competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The cadets fire precision air rifles from three different positions— standing, kneeling and prone (lying flat on the ground) — at targets 33 feet (10 meters) away. The bulls-eye targets are approximately the size of a quarter coin. A mere difference of 1/8 an inch can separate the winner from the loser. The highest possible score is 300.

“It makes me really proud to think of how much improvement our team is making this year over last,” Cadet Sells said. “I am really happy to see all the new cadets coming to join the rifle team.”

And the top first-year shooter thus far is Cadet Sorah, who could only say “WOW!” when she learned of her accomplishment during her first match.

The rifle team will fire two more postal matches this week before hosting the Anderson High School Navy JROTC cadets at MHS on Nov. 5.

Varsity team members are cadets Abbrielle Sells, Daniel Sparks, Kayleigh Smith and Ruben Murillo.  The first-year shooters are cadets Taylor Sorah, David Madley, Adriana Aleman, and Austin Robbins.  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A team from MHS has been invited to compete on the Brain Game, a weekly quiz bowl for high schoolers that airs on Saturday evenings on the Indianapolis TV station WTHR.

The Giants will compete on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the WTHR studios in downtown Indianapolis, and the taped show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The team is made up of seniors Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, and Lane Vermilion, and sophomores Truman Bennet and Micah Hoeksema.

The show's format consists of approximately 120 questions from many topics; each right answer is worth one point. Each match pits two teams from area high schools against each other, vying for the right to continue on in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament season consists of five rounds; 48 teams will compete in 47 matches, which will be shown in 31 episodes over the coming weeks. 

>> Think you're up to the challenge? Take the Brain Game online quiz!

The Giants will face off against Broad Ripple High School in the first round. If they win that match, they'll face Columbus North High School that same day. The winner of this first round will then go on to compete in the second round of the competition. (The first round consists of 16 games, each with three teams competing in a set of two matches.)

Sixteen teams advance to the second round, eight to the quarterfinals round, four to the semifinals, and then two compete in the final game. The top eight teams in the tournament earn cash prizes for their schools from the competition's sponsor, Westfield Insurance.

Good luck, Giants! (And Giant fans, remember to tune in or set your DVR to watch them on TV! Their show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, barring any WTHR programming changes.)

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Led by a perfect score by one of its members, the Marion High School math competition team earned second place in a regional competition this week hosted by Huntington University.

The MHS team competed at the 15th annual competition on Oct. 22, 2014, with 12 other teams from around the state. MHS sophomore Truman Bennet earned a perfect score, earning him first place as an individual out of 52 students competing, and helping propel the Giants to their runner-up finish.


The team also included seniors Alyssa Ngo, Janet Huffman, and Lan Nguyen. Alternates were junior Zach Spitzer and sophomores Micah Hoeksema, Danielle Manio, and Nick Spitzer.

The competition consisted of multiple-choice and short-answer individual competitions, along with a team problem-solving competition. Students also had the chance to explore the Huntington University campus.

Congratulations to these students!
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.”