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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center instructor Travis Hueston, who leads MRCC’s information technology program, has been nominated as an ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion is an individual who has created or led a program that positively impacts their organization and community through improved readiness for college and career opportunities.
“During the past few years, Mr. Hueston designed, developed, and implemented a new information technology program at MRCC,” said Dr. Kristine Condon, a senior member of the IT program’s advisory board. “The curriculum is mapped to specific third-party credentials, such as Microsoft Office Specialist and related products. During the first week of class alone, nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors build and maintain their own computers, network servers, install and maintain hardware and software, and begin the process of earning third-party credentials.” 
Even beyond the hands-on work, though, the students are getting a head start on college. Through a dual credit partnership with Vincennes University, students who complete the program can earn fully transferable college credit.
“In addition,” Condon noted, “Mr. Hueston has developed and maintained meaningful partnerships with area businesses and industries, which provides students with hands-on internship experience and professional soft skill development.”
Many of Hueston’s students are deployed as support technicians within the Marion school district. This saves the district's IT department valuable time and resources and provides the students with invaluable professional experience. In addition, the program recently began public tech assistance hours in partnership with Marion Public Library.
“These applied academic strategies are key tools to preparing students for upper-division and career readiness,” Condon said. “In addition to teaching students about hardware and software logistics, this next generation of IT professionals is developing business-appropriate communications skills and learning the attributes of responsibility, goal-setting, and collaboration with colleagues, customers, and the public. Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exceptional model for other career and technical education programs to follow.”

MRCC's IT program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative, and it is a Microsoft Imagine Academy.
Marion Community Schools congratulates Hueston on this recognition! We are grateful for community partnerships, and for our outstanding faculty members and the opportunities they work hard to provide to our students. ACT is set to announce the College and Career Readiness Champions by April 2.

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from sending schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should talk to their high school counselor or call MRCC for more information, 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marching, spinning rifles, precision movements, focus, and synchronization were on display Saturday in Kentucky while two Marion High School JROTC cadets preformed their duet exhibition drill routine under the watchful eyes of Army Drill Sergeants. Every movement was scrutinized.  When the duo exited the competition floor, the audience knew they had just witnessed the champion performance.

Austen Robbins, an MHS senior, and DJ Smith, a junior, easily won the duet exhibition event; this was the second time the duo has earned a first place finish in as many competitions.

Twenty-two other Marion cadets joined in to compete in a series of drill and color guard routines against 13 other schools at the regional competition held at Bullitt High School, just a short distance from Fort Knox.  At the end of the day, the Giants also had earned two other top-place finishes.

“For a team with only three seniors — a very young team — we did really well,” said the team coach, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith. “Our first- and second-year cadets are really stepping up. Only a couple of minor mistakes kept us from several other wins. We know what to work on going forward. “

DJ Smith said he was confident during his first-place performance.

“I felt like we were doing very well. Everything seemed to be going fine,” he said, adding that it felt “amazing” to take the top finish. He also earned a second place finish in the individual exhibition event.

Jerit Wigner, a junior, earned the other notable finish for the Giants in the individual “knock-out” event.  Competing against nearly 300 other cadets, Wigner had to conduct stationary drill movements under the watchful eye of a dozen drill sergeants. Cadets were removed (knocked out) from the competition for even the slightest mistake. As the number of cadets reduced, those remaining had even closer scrutiny from the drill sergeants.

“I was so nervous I was shaking,” said Wigner, who placed fourth overall. “In fact, the drill sergeant knocked me out for my hand shaking while I was saluting.”

The Giants will travel Saturday to Xavier University for their next meet.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Winter Spirit Week is Feb. 5-9!

Student Senate wants YOU to help celebrate winter activities at MHS.
  • Missed-Alarm Monday: Wear your favorite (appropriate) pajamas
  • Purple and Gold Tuesday: Wear your Giant pride, and don't forget to turn out for the Mississinewa basketball game in the evening!
  • Meme/Vine Day Wednesday: Dress like your favorite meme/Vine character
  • Throwback Thursday: Dress as someone from your favorite time period
  • Class Color Friday: Wear your class color ready and be ready to participate in some class competitions at the pep session Friday afternoon. Then come out to the McCutcheon game Friday night!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center's Culinary Arts students have a special offer for you for Valentine's Day: Order special treats to share (or to enjoy yourself)!
Your choices:
  • Red velvet cupcakes, $1 each
  • Chocolate covered strawberries, which come in sets of 5, $5 per set
>> Order deadline is Feb. 9. Call 664-9091 (the MRCC office) to place your order, or if you are collecting orders from a group (at your workplace or organization) you can click here to download a form to fill out and turn in by Feb. 9.

All items will be available for pickup at the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave., on Feb. 14.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC batallion’s first-year cadets recently participated in a seven-day training focused firearms safety.

The hands-on training taught each of the 41 participants how to handle firearms safely, and also gave them an opportunity to learn the basic fundamentals of marksmanship. A generous grant from the National Rifleman’s Association Foundation provided part of the funding for this important opportunity.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Josiah Gillett and Hayleigh Cravens learn the basics of weapons safety and marksmanship during their first year in the program.

“It is all about safety first,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC’s senior Army instructor. “Our training teaches cadets everything they need to know to stop gun-related accidents from ever occurring. We then teach them the basics of how to accurately shoot the air rifles.”

The cadets learned to shoot the same air rifles used by the MHS JROTC rifle marksmanship team that is currently ranked as one of the top teams in the nation.

Following the seven days of instruction, the cadets participated in a qualification match to determine who in the group was the over-all best marksman. The cadets took aim in the standing position and shot 10 times at the qualification targets 33 feet away.

“I was so nervous while I was shooting,” said freshman Kaylee O’Neil, who shot an amazing 60 out of a possible 100 points during the qualification competition, earning the top finish. “It was fun to learn how to shoot the rifles. I think I may join the rifle team.”

Marion High School JROTC first-year cadets spent seven days learning how to properly and safely handle a firearm. They also learned the basics of marksmanship.

Fellow freshman Trevor Raih said marksmanship was more difficult than he anticipated.

“I thought it was going to be easy to shoot the rifles,” he said. “I was certainly wrong. It takes a lot of concentration to be a good shot.”

Weapons safety and marksmanship is part of the JROTC curriculum, but in order to expand the training opportunities, the JROTC department submitted a grant last fall to the NRA Foundation requesting the additional funding needed to offer the weapons safety training to all first year cadets.

“People need to understand and respect firearms,” Farlow said. “If this training can eliminate just one gun-related accident, it was well worth the time.”

The Giants Rifle Marksmanship team has been invited to compete this year for two separate national titles. The first competition starts Thursday in Georgia, and the other will be in Ohio in mid-February.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Crystal Cutler, Jillayne Bass, Dustan White, and Kaitlin Alcantar take aim during weapons safety and marksmanship training.