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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets brought home two top finishes from the JROTC Regional Drill Competition hosted by Purdue University last weekend — recording the highest placements ever for the Giants at this competition.

The Giants were among 30 schools and private academies from the five states competing in this annual event designed to test the precision movements and synchronization of the cadets in a variety of events.

An MHS color guard team led by cadet Jackie Chueng, a senior, earned a second place finish, the highest placement ever for a Marion team in any event at the Purdue competition. The team also included cadets Stephanie Charlton, a senior, Joseph O’Donnell, a junior, and Miller Betz, a sophomore.

“I am so proud of my team,” Cheung said. “We have been practicing a lot, and it really showed today.”

Two additional MHS color guard teams earned fifth and sixth place in this event.

“This is by far the toughest event we attend each year, and we continue to get better,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Giants’ coach. “With schools and private military academies from several states, and with more than 200 total teams competing in the various events, we more than held our ground. We also won more hardware than we have ever earned at Purdue.”

Cadet DJ Smith, a sophomore, earned a third place finish in the solo exhibition event — the first time a cadet from Marion has ever finished in the top three in this event. Smith demonstrated his creativity, precision and athleticism by spinning, throwing, and catching his drill rifle while marching about, all under the close scrutiny of the drill sergeants grading the event.

“I was so nervous, but knew I had to keep going,” Smith said.

Overall it was a great experience, Sgt. Maj. Smith said.

“Our results are even more impressive when you consider that two of the schools attending this competition are usually top finishers at the JROTC National Championship,” he said. “Our teams competing in other events performed very well, and everyone stuck together as a team. I am very proud of all 15 cadets that came this year. HOOAH!”

The Giants will travel this Saturday to compete at the University of Kentucky.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally published on Jan. 25, 2017

A family faces tough decisions in the MHS Black History Club's play, Livin' Fat. We invite YOU to come and watch the story unfold!

The play is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Walton Center at Marion High School.

Livin' Fat launched the career of Judi Ann Mason, one of first female African-American television sitcom writers. She wrote it at the age of 19, and with it earned a comedy award sponsored by the Kennedy Center. Her work caught the eye of TV producer Norman Lear, who hired her as a writer for the classic series Good Times. She went on to write for several other series, including A Different World and Beverly Hills 90210, and was also one of the writers of the movie Sister Act 2 starring Whoopie Goldberg. She continued writing plays as well, and earned the Kennedy Center's Lorraine Hansberry Award for her play A Star Ain't Nothin' But  a Hole in Heaven.

Through Mason's lense, big ideas become personal choices with far-reaching consequences. Livin' Fat, set in the 1970s, tells the story of the Cooper family. While working as a bank janitor, David Lee, finds a packet of cash dropped by fleeing robbers, takes it home and begins buying his financially strapped family the things they've long wanted but couldn't afford. But the unexplained gifts worry righteous mother Biddie and father Calvin, who becomes convinced David Lee robbed the bank and wants him to return money — even if it means going to jail.

The cast members are:
  • Stacia Tyson, an MHS senior, playing Mary Lee Cooper (Big Mama) 
  • Tae'lor Tyner, an MHS senior, playing Biddie Steen Carter (Mama)   
  • Manual Davis, an MHS junior, playing Calvin Ray Carter (Daddy) 
  • Leilanu Jackson, an MHS sophomore, playing Candy Carter
  • Amonte King, an MHS junior, playing Eberneezer Goodson (Boo) 
We hope you'll join us for this special production! Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase advance tickets, call 664-9051, ext. 2234.

And make sure to get here early to enjoy the '70s fashion show featuring students and community members, before the play gets started!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School recently accepted a donation for our academic teams from Via Credit Union, part of a friendly competition among the Via staffers. We are grateful for this great community partner and for this gift that will benefit our students!

Some members of the MHS Academic Giants accept a donation from Via Credit Union President/CEO, David Abernathy.

Each quarter, the local financial institution promotes wellness, and each quarter staffers track their workout minutes, then a winner at the end is awarded a gift card or gift based on the theme of the wellness initiative.

During the last quarter of 2016, ViaCU’s branches competed against each other to benefit area schools. Employees tracked their workout minutes, and each branch represented a local high school. The branch with the most workout minutes at the end of the wellness initiative received the opportunity to present a check for $100 to the winning school. The group that won the competition was the Marion Giants Team!  Therefore, ViaCU presented money to the academic teams at Marion High School.

Thank you to ViaCU!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School students competed the last two weekends in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble district competitions, and many of them advanced to the state round! 

Vocal / piano

The vocal and piano competition was held Jan. 28 at Southside Middle School in Muncie. Every single Giant who competed advanced to the state level, by earning a gold rating in the toughest division (Group 1). Congratulations to these Giants! They are:
  • Jada Adaway, senior
  • Allie Durbin, senior
  • Saidah Edwards, freshman
  • Kaleb Evans, junior
  • John Flowers, freshman
  • Triston Galeon, freshman, piano solo
  • Amonte King, junior
  • Myles Kohn, freshman
  • Lindsay Ngo, senior
  • Maria Porter, junior
  • Kendra Quill, junior
  • Casey Reaves, junior
  • Kabriel Robinson, freshman
  • Anna Shigley, freshman
  • Ianne Sierra, senior
State competition is set for Feb. 18 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. Congratulations and good luck to all of these students!


The instrumental competition was held Feb. 4 at Eastbrook High School. Six MHS students competed, several doing so for the first time. They all took on challenging music, and did well!

Two students advanced to the state competition, by playing pieces in the toughest division (group 1) and earning gold ratings:
  • Sophie Schenck, sophomore, trumpet solo
  • Ethan Roberts, senior, percussion
They will compete at the state contest on Feb. 25 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Here's a look at the rest of the competitors' results:
  • Saralena Bergsma, freshman, solo, group 1; silver rating
  • Austin Guess, freshman; saxophone solo, group 3; gold rating
  • Abigail Baird, freshman; solo, group 3; silver rating
  • Cheyann Vick, sophomore; solo, group 3; silver rating
Congratulations to all of these students. We are proud of you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News TICKET DEADLINE EXTENDED! You can now buy your tickets through Wednesday, Feb. 8! 

The MHS Student Senate invites all MHS students to the Winter Wonderland Dance.

It will last from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in Bill Green Arena. (Enter Door 15.)

This will be a semi-formal dance. (Wear your best!) 

Tickets are $7 for one, or $10 for two. They will be on sale at lunches and in Room 1-12. You MUST buy a ticket in advance. They will NOT be available at the door!