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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School senior Chevis Weaver recently won first place at the state JAG competition in Indianapolis.

He topped 24 other finalists on April 19, 2013, in the employability skills category - job interviewing. All finalists advanced to the state level by placing  first or second in their respective categories in the regional round of Jobs for America’s Graduates competition earlier.

With his win, Chevis also earned a $500 scholarship. He was honored recently by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees. (To view a picture from the meeting, click here.)
Jobs for America’s Graduates, a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing high school dropouts, has been working with teens for more than 30 years, helping hundreds of thousands of young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.

At Marion High School, it is a year-long leadership course available  to juniors and seniors. It is funded here by the Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board, under the umbrella of WorkOne, Indiana’s workforce development system.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 18, 2013) — The success of Marion High School’s JROTC program is costing the program’s leader his hair.

Cadets from the JROTC program at Marion High School will shave senior Army instructor Lt. Col. David Farlow’s head on Friday, April 19, 2013. Farlow had challenged the JROTC Raider Team to do well at a recent competition in Evansville. To motivate them, he offered his hair.

“This year the various JROTC teams have done well, with several third place finishes,” Farlow said. “I wanted to motivate the cadets to do better, so I told them if they finished in first or second place, they could shave my head.”

It must have worked, because the Giants came home with two second place finishes and another third place finish at the April 13, 2013, competition in Evansville.

The Cadets will cut Farlow’s hair Friday during school.

“If losing some gray hair can help to motivate these kids to success, I have a full head to offer,” Farlow said. “Leadership provides motivation and direction. Going bald for a few days is a small price to pay to see these great young people succeed.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Rachel’s Challenge and other anti-bullying efforts are inspiring, equipping and empowering us to make positive changes in our 
schools and community. 
To celebrate the efforts of MCS students and staff to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion, a special year-end event is planned: the FOR TAXII Kindness Rally, set for 5:30 p.m. May 9, 2013, at Marion High School, on the practice football field (in the gym in case of rain). 
Don’t miss out on the fun!

Features 5:30 - 8 p.m. include:
  • carnival games
  • balloon animals
  • Johnny Law
  • bounce house
  • fire truck tours
  • human hamster ball
  • dunk tank (principals and other administrators will take the plunge!)
  • food (including nachos, popcorn, sno cones, cotton candy)
  • free child ID cards with pictures, fingerprints; produced on-site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Company        
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony will feature:
  • JROTC presenting the flag
  • Performances by Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs
  • Messages from district administrators
  • Recognition for staff working on bullying prevention
  • Presentation of kindness chains from each school, which will be linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools
View the flier by clicking here.

(For a black-and-white version to print, click here. For a color poster to print and distribute, click here.)

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 15, 2013) — The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team earned several top finishes recently at a regional competition featuring teams from Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan.

At their final Raider competition of the year on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Evansville, Ind., the 10-cadet team earned two second place awards and one third place award.

"We have been training hard all year for our competitions," said Raider team captain Cadet Wyatt Todd.  "It was great to get out and see how we would compare against other schools."

The Giant cadets competed in eight different events designed to challenge them physically. The battle for first place in the Team Tug-of-War event came down to a local competition between the Giants and cadets from Blackford High School. After a valiant effort, the Giants eventually lost to the more experienced Blackford team, coming home with the second place trophy.

"The tug-of-war event was a blast," Matt Franks said. "We knew we would have to work as a team to place in the event. We fought hard."

MHS JROTC cadets pull their way to second place in the Team Tug-of-War event on April 13, 2013, in Evansville.

The Giants also earned a second place finish in the mystery event, in which Cadet Jessinia Trujillo scampered up a rock-climbing wall. Cadets earned a third place finish in the basketball 3-point shoot off.

"It is great to see our cadets compete," Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor, said. "But it is even better to see them growing as part of a team and learning that through hard work and determination they can accomplish great things."

MHS JROTC Raider Team poses for a photo with their trophies on April 13, 2013, in Evansville.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A Marion High School senior soccer player has again earned recognition for his academic successes.

Cory Deaton was recently named a regional finalist in the annual Indiana Association of School Principals and Indianapolis Star Academic All-Stars competition. This honor comes on the heels of his being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 2012 High School Scholar All-America Team, which recognizes success on the field and in the classroom.

Each high school in Indiana can nominate one senior for the Indianapolis Star competition, based on SAT/ACT scores, grade-point average, extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and involvement. From this year’s 257 nominees, a committee of educators and civic leaders chose 90 finalists, including Cory. From those, 40 were selected as the 2013 Academic All-Stars.

All 90 finalists were honored at a luncheon April 10, 2013, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, and the 40 chosen as Academic All-Stars were also eligible for scholarships and additional awards. All 90 were also honored in a special publication of the Indianapolis Star.