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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team came to the Motor City with something to prove: that they are still the best Raider Team around. And the Giants demonstrated this by decisively defeating all the other teams who gathered for the Urban Raider Challenge hosted by Detroit Public Schools last Saturday.

The Marion cadets earned first place finishes in seven of the eight competitive events, thus easily earning the championship title.

“I wasn’t sure where we were in terms of preparedness, given this was the first competition of the spring season,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for the MHS JROTC. “We lost a few of our varsity Raiders over the winter and only had three weeks of practice to prepare for this match. But the cadets clearly rose to the challenge.”

Marion High School JROTC cadets Lucas Riley, DJ Smith, Nicholas Elliott, and Tayler Garriott participate in the Buddy Carry during the Urban Raider Challenge. With their other team members, the cadets had to carry each other 50 yards back and forth during the allocated 10 minutes to accumulate the most carries. The Giants easily won this event and were the overall competition champions.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Kylee O’Neil, Daniel Yancy, Emily LeBlanc, and Israel Ibanes construct a one-rope bridge during the Urban Raider Challenge. These cadets helped the Marion junior varsity team capture the third-place finish overall.

The Giants Raider Team won the title of best small school in the JROTC Raider National Championship last fall. With the win Saturday in Detroit, they have now defeated 64 other teams and remain undefeated during this school year.

“I was really proud of how well our team competed,” said team captain Audrey Dickerson, a senior at Marion High School. “This win is a great way to start off the spring season.”

Marion High School Raider Team captain Audrey Dickerson flips a tractor tire 30 yards as part of the Gauntlet event during Urban Raider Challenge. Dickerson and her team members easily won this event and won the overall competition. 

Raider competitions are designed to challenge cadets’ physical strength and stamina as well as their ability to problem solve and work as a team. The competitions are exhausting, with four to five hours of continuous physical activity.

The Giants junior varsity Raider team also competed Saturday and earned a third place finish overall.

The Marion cadets will host a Raider Competition at home on April 27. More than 20 teams from across the Midwest will attend this event, which is open to the public to watch and cheer on the Raiders. The Giants will then compete May 11 in Indianapolis for the Indiana State Raider Championship, where they are the returning champions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Student Senate's annual Senior Citizens Prom is coming up in May.

The 30th annual event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Entrance will be on the northeast side, Doors 7 and 8. This fun event includes snacks, music / dancing, bingo with prizes, crowning of a king and queen, and is free to all senior citizens in Marion.

In years past this event has drawn a crowd, and we hope to see that spirit return this year!

For more information, contact MHS teacher and Senate sponsor Kris Burke at 664-9051, ext. 2101, or email

The Senate is also seeking new donors to continue to make this great event possible. If you or your organization or business would like to be a sponsor, contact Burke at the phone number or email above.

If you want to be a part of this special event, please contact us today!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The NRA Foundation has awarded the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team a grant totaling $4,598 to fund new equipment purchases.

"We are very excited that the NRA Foundation is making an investment in our community through their support of our youth marksmanship program," said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for MHS JROTC. “Every year we teach nearly 100 cadets how to properly handle and safely operate an air rifle. Then they learn the joy that competitive marksmanship can bring.”

The Marion JROTC Rifle Team has accumulated several honors, including state and regional championships, as well as entrance qualifications to compete at various national championships.

“Our Rifle Team continues to do well each year, racking up titles and championships,” Farlow said. “But what I think is more important is that all of our cadets learn about gun safety. Quite simply, this makes our community safer. And I am pleased that the NRA Foundation is willing to support our efforts to teach young people weapons safety.”

The grant will provide the marksmanship team with new equipment to be used in precision category competition, the highest level of air rifle competition, and the same level in which college and Olympics athletes compete. Equipment to be purchased with the grant includes a new precision air rifle, three precision shooting outfits, sighting scopes and stands, and other needed range equipment.

About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. For more information, visit

About The NRA Foundation
Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearm and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shootings sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context.  More information about The NRA Foundation can be found online at

About Friends of NRA
Friends of NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters. Learn more about Friends of NRA at
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News ILEARN is the annual test the state of Indiana requires students take starting in grade three. (It replaces the ISTEP.)

Tests are given in grades three through eight, and also for high school courses Biology and U.S. Government. For information about when your student will be testing, contact your school building office.

>> Click here to view an ILEARN fact sheet for families from the Indiana Department of Education

>> Haga clic aquí para ver una hoja informativa de ILEARN para familias del Departamento de Educación de Indiana

For more information, you can visit the IDOE's website.

  • Make sure your student gets plenty of rest during testing periods.
  • Make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast (either at home or at school, where all of our students have free breakfast available).
  • Encourage your student to do the best that they can, and to work with their teacher every day to improve. 
  • If you feel your student is feeling extreme testing stress or anxiety, please reach out to your student's teacher, principal, and/or social worker. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's been a record-breaking year, with Marion High School sending three teams to semi-state!

Remember all the exciting details and more by ordering the 2019 yearbook. You can order by May 31, at $60 each. Go to: (use code #8502 for MHS)

(For families with graduating seniors, look for the options to buy a memorable, personalized photo and message as well!)