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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MHS fielded two teams in the Envirothon competition, which promotes and tests awareness of various environmental issues. The teams placed first and second at the regional level and went on to earn third and fifth places at the state level, competing against 17 other teams.

MHS science teacher and Green Society sponsor Betty Drinkut has guided Envirothon teams the last several years. This year, there were enough students who wanted to participate that MHS was able to field two  teams. They earned the two top spots at the regional competition in March, earning the right to compete at the state level April 30, 2013, at Camp Illiana in Washington, Ind.

Recently, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees honored the students for their stellar performance. (Click here to see a photo from the meeting.)

Team 1, which placed first at regional and third at state - just five points behind the first-place team - was made up of James Walts, captain, Sarah Bournique, Ashley Douglas, Kyle Nelson, and Alyssa Ngo.

Team 2, which placed second at regional and fifth at state, was made up of Zach Spitzer, captain, Andrew Spitzer, Ted Fry, Vinai Oddiraju, and Steven Ngo.

Alternate was Tyler Anderson.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

MARION (May 1, 2013) — Marion High School juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn a sobering lesson Thursday morning, as Code Prom brings the dangers of drinking and driving to life.
 
Emergency officials, including police, EMT, firefighters, and the Samaritan medical helicopter, will be responding to the MHS football stadium sometime after 10 a.m. Thursday morning with lights and sirens blaring, but it will be in the name of education.
 
Juniors and seniors will gather to witness the mock emergency, which will vividly illustrate a scene that is all too common: people injured or even killed in an accident involving a drunk driver.
 
The MHS prom is coming up this weekend, and the school, along with Marion Fire Department, is putting on Code Prom in an effort to make students think twice before adding alcohol into the mix. This will be MHS’s first Code Prom since 2006.
 
Students will gather in Walton Performing Arts Center before the mock emergency scene to watch videos that set the stage. After the mock emergency, they will return to the Walton Center for a mock funeral, a follow up on the drunken driver, and a presentation on the teens who have been killed in accidents in Grant County since 2000.
 
Any student found to be in possession of, using, transporting, or selling alcohol or other illicit drugs at any school-related function, including prom, will be subject to suspension or expulsion from school, in accordance with Marion Community Schools policy. Cases may also be referred to Marion Police Department, and charges may be filed. The same penalties may be applied if a student is found to be under the influence of such substances, even if the consumption took place prior to the school-related function.
 
Athletes found to be in violation of this policy can also be subject to suspension or permanent banning from participation in Marion High School athletics.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 29, 2013) — Marion Community Schools will celebrate the efforts of its students and staff to combat bullying at a special end-of-the-year event, the Kindness Rally, and the public is invited to come join in the fun.
 
The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 9, 2013, at the Marion High School gym. Features will include carnival games, fair food, a human hamster ball, bounce house, dunk tank (where principals and other administrators will take the plunge), fire truck tours, free child ID cards with pictures and fingerprints (produced on site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Co.), and more.
Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be three for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions) will be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.
 
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony is set. The ceremony will feature the MHS JROTC presenting the flag, along with performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs, and messages from district administrators. Staff working on bullying prevention will also be recognized, and kindness chains from each school will be presented, then linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools.
 
Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate these changes at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

That sense of incomplete destiny many had is hopefully quenched as James Blackmon becomes the varsity basketball coach for Marion High School.

We join with most in the community in wishing him a successful and long career guiding the Giants boys’ team on the basketball court and providing the leadership that will enhance the character and future of the children he will coach.

— Keep up with the latest MHS athletics news at mariongiantssports.com! —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School senior Ashley Douglas showed off her language skills recently at a Chinese language competition. She came in second out of more than 50 students from around the area.

Students at the Chinese I level competed in article recitation during the competition in April 2013. 



Ashley Douglas, an MHS senior, poses for a picture with her second-place trophy after a Chinese language competition.

 
 
Ashley was honored recently by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees. (To see a picture from the meeting, click here.)