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News for Marion High School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

With the 2013-14 school year just around the bend, Grant County schools are completing summer renovations and making plans to continue work once students are present.

At Marion Community Schools, work including a $731,300 full roof replacement at Frances Slocum Elementary School, a $31,400 partial replacement at Riverview Elementary School and projects such as cameras, lighting, painting and wireless Internet infrastructure are set to be completed on budget before school starts Aug. 13.

MCS Director of Support Services Troy Freeman said “all the things critical for school to start have been completed” thanks to “good planning and good execution,” including most of the upgrades to athletic facilities at Justice Intermediate School and Marion High School, which cost $162,500. Minor work will continue into fall at Marion High’s Dick Lootens Stadium football field.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion Community Schools students showed off their math skills to a national audience recently, competing at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention.

Nineteen members of the Marion High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, attended the convention in San Diego July 21-26.

At the conference, about 600 students from around the country participated in a variety of competitions as individuals and teams. The Giants finished 18th overall out of 45 schools.

Several Giants earned individual awards:
  • James Walts and Andrew Spitzer earned second place in the Math Video competition.
  • Alyssa Ngo earned fourth place in the Alpha Chalk Talk Speech competition.
  • The MHS team placed ninth in the Math Poster competition.
  • Zach Spitzer placed 10th in the Theta Gemini competition.
  • Isabelle Case placed 14th in the Shortcuts competition.
  • Samantha Diedrich and Myla Townsend placed 15th in the Gemini competition
In addition, MHS senior Vinai Oddiraju was elected Mu Alpha Theta Region 3 representative for the 2013-14 school year. (There are four Mu Alpha Theta regions in the United States.) Oddiraju was also elected Mu Alpha Theta national secretary/treasurer for the 2013-14 school year.

The conference also featured workshops, social events and other activities – including trips to area attractions - as well as award ceremonies.

This is the second year MHS has sent a group of students to the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention. Last year’s took place in Boston.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society for students in high school and two-year colleges. In June 2012, the membership totaled 93,300 in more than 1,950 schools. Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.

Marion High School Mu Alpha Theta members pose for a group photo. They are: front row, Zach Spitzer, Alyssa Ngo, Vinai Oddiraju, Alex Ott, Patricia Manio; middle row, Janet Huffman, Amogh Sehgal, James Walts, Andrew Spitzer, Isabelle Case, Myla Townsend; back row, Austin Ott, Ted Fry, Abishek Sehgal, Christian Kelley, Nathaniel Porter, Tejas Srikanth, Samantha Diedrich, Steven Ngo.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Marion Community Schools families have a great opportunity to trade in dress code compliant clothes they no longer want or need and in exchange pick up free clothes at the DCC Swap Shop!

Families of MCS students of all ages are welcome to participate in this year’s DCC Swap. Gently worn clothes and belts that comply with the MCS dress code will be accepted for donation. (To see the details of the 2013-14 dress code, click here.) MCS reserves the right to inspect items and refuse any that are stained or too worn.

Clothing can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2013, in Room 217 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., or at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St. Vouchers will be given for each item of clothing donated. (A donated shirt, for example, would earn the giver a voucher to exchange for another shirt.)

Vouchers can then be used to shop at the Swap Shop, set for 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Room 217 at Marion High School. Entrance to the building will be through Gate 6 and the front entrance. (Both sessions take place during MCS 2013-14 school registration. For more information on that, click here.)

Clothes at the Swap Shop can only be “bought” with vouchers given in exchange for donated clothes. No cash transactions will be made.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This year, Marion Community Schools is looking to simplify the registration process for families, offering a 24 hours of in-school registration: On July 22 and 23, 2013, registration will be open at all MCS schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With our universal registration system, parents can register all of their children, from kindergartners through high schoolers, with one visit to one of their schools.

However, all schools will also be open for school visitation during that time, so families and students can go explore their buildings even if they’ve already registered online or at another school. (For information about online registration, click here.)

One exception to universal registration is for those students who have never before been registered with Marion Community Schools. Those families must register at their home school. (For those first-time registering families who are not sure which school their elementary student will attend, our online tool Infofinder I features a search-by-address function.)

Also, Marion High School students registering for Tucker Career and Technology Center programs should do so at Marion High School during the regular registration times on July 22 and 23. Students from other county schools registering for Tucker can do so from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Tucker.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dozens of Marion High School seniors were honored recently for their academic success at the MHS Academic Honors Banquet.

This year, 56 seniors earned an invitation to the event by earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher. Those students honored at the banquet on May 24, 2013, were:

3.5-3.99 GPA
  • Tyler Anderson
  • Elizabeth Bell
  • Rakel Bowser
  • Kirsten Brown
  • Nathan Carter
  • John Douglas Collins
  • Hannah Conrad
  • Nathan Cook
  • Tori Danser
  • Mitchell Diedrich
  • Ashley Douglas
  • Kayla Endsley
  • Jeffrey Harrold
  • Emon Jones
  • James LaDage
  • Miela Lampkins
  • Luke Lance
  • Benjamin Martens
  • Diana Miramontes
  • Jordan Niccum
  • Michael Nikolulis
  • Chantria Phuong
  • Mariah Powell
  • Kala Ragon
  • Arianna Reynolds
  • LaBradford Robinson
  • Erika Rogers
  • Joshua Sheron
  • Tori White
  • Michael Wolfe
4.0 + GPA
  • Jaleecia Bell
  • Sarah Bournique
  • Dylan Chambers
  • Nithia Chowattukunnel
  • Kyle Clark
  • Michael Culley
  • Corey Deaton
  • Kasey DeMichael
  • Morgan Dodson
  • Alesha Flores
  • Erin Furnish
  • Stephanie Gunter
  • Mackenzie Hale
  • Jaimee Maddox
  • Amram Marks
  • Yasmine McGee
  • Corrin Morton
  • Anna Mui
  • Brittany Olson
  • Riley Orrell
  • Brittany Raver
  • Jenna Rawlings
  • Chari Redwine
  • Frances Sebastian
  • Faryal Sharif
  • Tyrone Smoot
  • Logan Street
  • Taylor Zoch

Marion High School would also like to thank the Grant County Manufacturers Council, Tim Eckerle and  Jack Sciaudone, without whom this banquet would not have been possible, and Josie McClung and the Marion High School cafeteria for preparing and serving the banquet meal.