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News for Marion High School

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!
>> Are you going? Share with your friends! Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) program is looking to connect with local businesses interested in a wide range of potential partnerships, from providing speakers during the school day, to job shadowing, to volunteer opportunities, to internship and job prospects.

Jobs for America’s Graduates is a school-to-career program that has a mission to keep young people in school through graduation. The focus is on providing work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enrollment in a post-secondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. The MHS program is facilitated through the Community Action of Northeast Indiana agency and is funded by the Northeast Indiana Regional Workforce Board.

JAG provides MHS students with specific classroom instruction aimed at helping them succeed after high school in the workplace or in continuing education. It also serves as a mentoring and counseling relationship and a connection to school- and community-based services. JAG works to provide leadership and work readiness development, job placements, and follow-up services for 12 months after a JAG student graduates from MHS.

JAG Indiana carefully selects qualified students for the program through an advisory committee composed of high school faculty, administrators, school counselors, and the JAG program manager.

A partnership with JAG can help businesses and organizations spread awareness of their unique position within our community, and of their specific employment needs, in a variety of ways:
  • Class presentations can be a marketing and even a recruiting tool: In-class speakers can promote their business, field, or industry, informing students of the opportunities available and of preparation or tools they’ll need to have during the job search and beyond. Just by talking for a few minutes about their job, their business, or their experiences, speakers can have a very real impact on our students, widening their horizons and opening their eyes to new possibilities.
  • Job-shadowing and volunteer opportunities, and even internships, can be the next step in a recruiting or exploration process. Students interested in a particular job or field can explore possibilities locally — and any relationships or networks built locally can help retain or return talented young men and women. The benefit of a JAG partnership is that support from our organization continues 12 months after high school graduation, so we will continue to work with any business or organization as a graduate transitions into the workforce.
In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results — helping nearly three-quarters of a million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue post-secondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

We hope you will consider partnering with us to improve the future for our students and our community! Please contact Tiffany VanDosen, or 260-615-0142 for more information.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Three weeks into their competition season, the Marching Giants earned their first first-place trophy!

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the marching band came out on top in their class at the field marching competition at Maconaquah High School, and also earned awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Visual. This is an amazing accomplishment, made even more impressive by the fact that this band is made up entirely of rookies (as MHS is returning to the ranks of competitive marching bands for the first time since 2005). MHS now has the only competitive marching band in the county.

Congratulations to the Marching Giants — and thank you for bringing marching band back to life in Grant County!

If you haven't gotten the chance to see the Marching Giants in action, you have an opportunitiy to do so this weekend right here in Marion. The band will perform their show Friday night during halftime of the Homecoming Game at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium. 

Next weekend the band will be back on the competition field, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, where the band will compete with other marching bands from around the area on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The following weekend, on Oct. 11, the band will return to Homestead for the ISSMA Scholastic Prelims, competing for the chance to compete at the ISSMA Scholastic State Finals.

The band was also recently featured by WIWU-TV's Crossroads program. You can watch that feature below: