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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (May 10, 2013) — Acts of kindness - and the positive change they can spark - were on prominent display at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally.

Marion High School's Bill Green Arena was packed for the first-of-its-kind event. Carnival games, including a bounce house, obstacle course, dunk tank and more, offered fun for all ages, and fair food, balloon animals and face painting added to the festive atmosphere. 

The highlight of the evening, though, came during the Chain Reaction Ceremony, when kids from all seven MCS schools carried paper chains that wrapped around the floor of the arena, signifying individual acts of kindness that have been done in their schools this year. It was a visual representation of the effect that those kind acts can have on individual lives, schools, and the whole community. 



McCulloch Junior High School students carry the paper chain representing acts of kindness done in their school during the Chain Reaction Ceremony at the Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally on May 9, 2013, at Marion High School. To see more pictures from the event, click here.


Also featured at the ceremony were MHS JROTC cadets, along with musicians from MHS and McCulloch Junior High School, speakers from MHS's FOR TAXII club, as well as district administrators.

Marion Community Schools hopes the focus on positive words and actions will help people remember that they can have a real impact on their world every day, even with a small, simple act of kindness.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Dozens of students and teachers were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its May 8, 2013, meeting.

Those honored were:



Nominees for the Mary Clark Hanley Teaching Excellence Award for 2012-13: Laurie Gates, Justice Elementary School; Deborah Seeler, Riverview Elementary School; Diana Dollar, Frances Slocum Elementary School; Leah Sirk, Kendall Elementary School; and Kara Carter, Allen Elementary School. Carter, Sirk and Seeler were named winners of the award. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. 




Justice Intermediate School students who placed in the top 100 out of more than 3,000 students participating in the Sumdog math competition in the northeast Indiana Region: Austin Guess, Robert Diaz, Joey Sutton, Kaeli Wert, Emily Phillippe, Kayla Dubuque, Zoe Tucker, Kaleb Starr, and (not pictured) Alexis Crader, Jaelyn Cruzan, and Hannah Patel. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, Justice Intermediate School Principal Melissa Richards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan. (To download a print-quality version of this photo, click here.)




Chevis Weaver, a Marion High School senior, who earned first place at the state Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) competition in the category of employability skills - job interviewing. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS JAG instructor Jenita Hurst.




Marion High School senior Ashley Douglas, who won second place out of 55 students in a Chinese language competition for article recitation.  Learn more here. Also pictured are Superintendent Steve Edwards, board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MHS Chinese teacher Kayla Hsu.




Members of the MHS JROTC Raider Team: Colton Johnson, Michael Walters, Kyle Franks, Tommy Swaggert, Moara Armagh, Abbrielle Sell, Wyatt Todd, Jessenia Trujillo, Jacob Johnson, David Bilbee, Devon Tarlton, James Franks, Brooke Johnson, Noland Stewart, Joziah Miller, Tyler Mackessy, Abbi Swafford, Carissa Albertson. The team earned several top finishes recently at a regional competition featuring teams from Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.




MCS employees with 35 years of experience: Jane Sauer, Judith Warner, Denise Stanley, Deborah Butts, Ron Nichols, Joy Shivers, John Butcher, Deborah Russell, Lori Longenecker-Babb, Darrell Wisser, Kent Cocking, James Sonnefield, Debra McDonald, and Gail Ball. Learn more here. Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Steve Edwards, along with School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards and Marion High School Principal Lennon Brown were surprised with a prestigious award Thursday night at a staff appreciation ceremony.

Both were awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash, which has been presented by Indiana governors since the mid-1940s, usually to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or the governor, according to the state government's website. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow.



From left, Greg Taylor, state senator and Marion High School graduate; Lennon Brown, Marion High School principal Lennon Brown; Steve Edwards, Marion Community Schools superintendent; and Kevin Mahan, state representative, pose for a picture after Taylor and Mahan presented Brown and Edwards with Sagamore of the Wabash awards, the highest honor given by the governor of Indiana.


The presentations were made during a staff appreciation dinner at Meshingomesia Country Club put together by the Friends of Marion High School, a community group that has helped support and propel the widespread improvements at the high school - the very changes that helped garner Edwards and Brown the award.

In just a few years, Edwards and Brown, along with other school leaders, have turned Marion High School from a failing school in danger of state takeover to a school that is widely talked about as an astounding success story.

Edwards and Brown both came out of retirement to take their respective positions at Marion. Upon hearing news of their awards, both turned the spotlight onto the staff, the teachers, and the community, who have made the changes possible.

State Rep. Kevin Mahan presented the Sagamore to Edwards, and state Sen. Greg Taylor, a Marion High School graduate, presented the Sagamore to Brown. Both awards brought the entire audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
The award takes its name from the term used by Native American tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the chief would turn for advice, according to the state's website.

Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and politicians. There is no record of the total number which have been presented, as each governor has kept his own roll, just as each has reserved the right to personally select the recipients.

Also honored at the event were retiring Marion High School teachers, including Dave Tippey, also a Marion High School alumnus, who expressed his gratitude to Edwards, Brown, and the Friends of Marion High School for helping bring MHS back to a state to be proud of.
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.