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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Fifteen Marion High School students will participate in this year's Young Entrepreneurship Program, the Grant County Economic Growth Council announced recently.

YEP, launched locally by the Growth Council in 2011at Marion High School to empower Grant County's future business leaders, offers local students an enriched entrepreneurial education and encourages them to think creatively and optimistically about starting a business here. At the conclusion of the program each year, teams present their business plans to a panel of judges in a competition, vying for scholarships up to $3,000 and other prizes. Judges determine the winning team based on overall business concept, viability, marketability, and presentation.

>> Check out this promo video featuring MHS alumni who previously participated:

"The Young Entrepreneurs Program primes the next generation of business professionals in Grant County and plants a seed in the mind of our brightest young people for starting a business locally," said Growth Council Executive Director Tim Eckerle.

This year, YEP received a record number of applicants.

The 15 MHS students chosen to participate in YEP this year were:
  • Patricia Arielle Manio
  • Elijah Beal
  • Emily Erickson
  • Kaylan Williams
  • Julia Cardwell
  • Mark Mooney
  • James Beyioku
  • Mea Lindsey
  • Mallorie Shearer
  • Aaron Hanson
  • Gzi Fears-Neal
  • Noah Miller
  • Emily Myers
  • Tyra Lindsay
  • Monica Guillen. 
Fifteen students from Mississinewa High School will also participate in YEP this year.

In the 10-week program, students meet twice a week for two hours after school. Session topics include business climate, competitive analysis, marketing, financial plan, and more.

The mission of the Grant County Economic Growth Council is "to facilitate investment and reinvestment through job creation and retention." One vehicle used to achieve economic development by the Growth Council are programs designed to foster an environment of entrepreneurship. Click here for more information about YEP. 

Good luck to these students as the craft GIANT dreams for the future!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Over the summer, incoming Marion High School senior Noah Graham got to experience the world of politics and government as a delegate to Hoosier Boys State.

More than 600 young men from around the state participated in the week-long experience hosted by Trine University. Delegates, organized into “cities” and “counties,” create simulated governments, from local up to state level, including executive, legislative, and judicial systems.

Incoming MHS senior Noah Graham strikes a mayoral pose after his election as mayor of his "city" at Hoosier Boys State this summer. (Photo provided)

The mission of Hoosier Boys State is to provide young men an opportunity to learn how politics impacts our daily lives. Noah got an inside look at the strategy, compromise, and negotiations that go into running a government.

“I was running for positions not even an hour into day one, and I helped get many people from my city and county into state positions,” he said.

Noah ran for both mayor of his city and judge for his county, and won both positions. The delegate who was elected governor ultimately appointed Noah a Supreme Court justice.

In addition to the mock government, delegates had the chance to take classes and got to watch an appeals court in action on campus.

Only a select few students from across the state get the chance to attend each year, and alumni of Hoosier Boys State include former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Sheperd.

Boys State also takes place in 47 other states, and notable past delegates in other states include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Michael Jordan, retired NBA player.

It’s an experience that certainly lays a foundation for a lifetime of civic  engagement, and we congratulate Noah on his accomplishments!

Delegates learned about the art of deal-making at Hoosier Boys State. (Photo provided)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several Marion High School students competed at the 44th annual Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics National Convention in Orlando, Fla., this month, bringing home 12 awards.

MHS was represented by 24 students at the convention, which ran from July 20 through 25. The team placed 20th out of 55 teams nationally. Marion was the only Indiana team competing. More than 800 students from across the country and Germany competed.

Bucholz High School, from Gainsville, Fla., won its eighth consecutive national championship. 

Here's a look at the national awards the Giants brought home:
  • The Theta State Bowl Team, composed of junior Zachary Spitzer and sophomores Micah Hoeksema, Nicholas Spitzer, and Megan Griffin, finished third, behind Florida and Alabama.
  • Senior Janet Huffman finished fifth in the Alpha Topic Test - Mathematics in Rides.
  • For the second year in a row, Marion placed in the poster competition. This year, the poster, with the theme "It's a Math World After All", was designed by seniors Patricia Manio, Lan Nguyen, Samantha Diedrich, and Alyssa Ngo. The poster scored 10th place.
  • Seniors Alex Ott and Tejas Srikanth placed 18th in the Alpha Gemini competition
  • In the Theta Gemini test, sophomore Danielle Manio finished 19th.

Other Mu Alpha Theta members competing were graduated seniors Vinai Oddiraju, Andrew Spitzer, Steven Ngo, Ted Fry, Korbett O'Banion, Amogh Sehgal, and James Walts, seniors Austin Ott, Myla Townsend, Catherine Morton, and juniors Abishek Sehgal and Elijah Beal.

Oddiraju also finished his term as Region 3 Representative and National Secretary/Treasurer.

It's the MHS Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society's third year competing at the national convention. For a look back at last year's competition, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School's Bill Green Arena is one of the largest high school arenas in the world. Walton Performing Arts Center is one of the finest theaters in the country. Now, Marion Community Schools is turning heads yet again with a brand new state-of-the-art turf field at Dick Lootens Stadium.

Our students deserve the best opportunities. This new field will be an amazing home turf for our student athletes and many other organizations, including JROTC and marching band.

It's a great time to be a Marion Giant!