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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders continued their winning season in Hobart on Saturday by defeating teams from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana in a regional competition. The MHS cadets have now defeated all 57 teams they have faced in four regional competitions.

The Giants head to the Indiana JROTC Raider State Championship in Indianapolis on Saturday, and they’re hoping to extend their undefeated season.

At the Hobart High School Raider Invitational on Oct. 20, 2018, Marion JROTC cadets Juan Rodriguez, Tayler Garriott, Lucas Riley, Tyron Rice, DJ Smith, and Josiah Hamilton run to victory during the litter carry event, along with teammates Audrey Dickerson and I’Yela Hornaday who cannot be seen in this photo. 

“All I can say is that these cadet Raiders are on FIRE!” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor and coach for the Giants. “This is without a doubt the best Raider team we have had since our program began eight years ago.”

The win at Hobart was especially sweet for the Giants.

“We have never finished first at Hobart in the six years we have competed there,” Raider team captain Audrey Dickerson said. “The last two years we came in second place, both times losing by one point. So to finally beat them at their home is a big win for us.”

The Giants earned their victory by placing first in six of the nine competitive events: One-Rope Bridge, Litter Carry, Tire Relay, Buddy Carry, and Cross Country Run.

Tayler Garriott, a member of the MHS JROTC Raiders team, easily takes first place on the 2.5-mile cross country run Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, during the Hobart Raider Invitational. 

The Giants dominated the 2.5-mile cross-country run. Cadets Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, and DJ Smith claimed the top three finishes from among the 120 cadets running the race. Kayleina O’Donnell was also the fastest female runner, earning a 27th place finish. Cadet David Cannon, a member of the Giant’s B Team, placed fifth overall on the run.

Further demonstrating the strength of the Marion Raider program, the Giant’s B Team finished the day with the third place title, defeating 10 other teams’ varsity units.

Juan Rodriguez carries DJ Smith during the Buddy Carry at the Hobart Raider Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The Marion HS pair and their team won this event and the overall competition to remain undefeated this season against 57 other teams. 

The Giants are last year’s Raider State Champions and hope to secure that title again Saturday. They will then head to Georgia for the JROTC All-Service and All-Army Championships on Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.

Those who would like to sponsor a cadet to the National Championship can do so by mailing their donation to Marion High School JROTC, 750 W. 26th St. Marion, IN 46953.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC is undefeated so far in their season in the Orion National Air Rifle League at 4-0, after an upset win and their highest score of the season.

The Giants are ninth overall in the league’s Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division, and sixth within their JROTC conference.

Shooting their highest score of the season, the Marion High School JROTC marksmanship team recently defeated the JROTC from Henderson County, Kentucky, led by Hailey Teeguarden, with 361 out of a possible 400 points. Coming into the competition, the Marion team had been averaging 13 points less than their competitor, but they were able to overcome and secure the win, 1343 to 1293.

The team also includes cadets Levi Hofmann, Josiah Hamilton, and Abigail Baird, and is coached by retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor.

The National Air Rifle League, sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. Matches in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division are standing air rifle matches, almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympics. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

The league has two parts, an eight-week regular season going on now, followed by a single conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions. For more information on the league, including complete standings, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to report its highest enrollment since 2014. MRCC is currently serving 334 students from seven schools in the surrounding area. The students are spread throughout 20-plus program areas in career and technical education.

MRCC Student and Community Specialist Nate McNeely attributed the growth to MRCC’s commitment to its students.

“We are committed to continually enhancing the student experience through the development of skills and partnerships in high-demand career areas,” McNeely said.

MRCC has added multiple programs since the move from the Tucker building to Marion High School (starting in the 2016-17 school year).

“I believe a major reason for the growth in our classes is our teachers,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger added. “Our teachers are consistently going above and beyond to make sure they are providing the best possible learning environment for all students, and several of them are doing so while still working in their field.”

Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.

This is the second year in a row that eight MHS students have been selected for this honor.

The musicians selected are:
  • Jillaynne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone
  • Jessica Evans, senior, trumpet
  • Jaelin Lindsay, junior, clarinet
  • Shawntaia Matherly, junior, bass clarinet
  • Geordaun Shaw, senior, trumpet
  • Jade Wood, junior, flute
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians are now tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Nov. 17, Honor Band members from around the state will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 18, they will perform together at 4 p.m. at Dekalb High School in Waterloo. This performance is open to the public.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.