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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2019 inductions are being accepted through Friday, April 5.

The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor. It gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by Patty Barney in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to pbarney@marion.k12.in.us, by April 5.

Nomination forms and more detailed information is available here.

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 14. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patty Barney, Marion Community Schools, 662-2546, ext. 125, or email pbarney@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be offering free athletic physicals to any Marion Community Schools student in April 2019, for students who plant to play school sports next fall.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles earned high marks in state competition earlier this month.

For the first time, MHS band program had two jazz ensembles competing in the Indiana State School Music Jazz Competition, which took place March 1 at Kokomo High School.

Jazz Band 1, which features mainly upperclassmen, earned a gold with distinction, the first time an MHS jazz band has earned that extra recognition. In addition, all five soloists received blue ribbons for their improvised solos. The soloists were Isak Lagerkvist, Victor Lee, Travis Metzger, Tristan Galeon, and Saralena Bergsma.

Jazz Band 2 competed for the first time ever and received a silver rating. This jazz combo group, directed by student teacher Zachary Tibbs, features seven freshmen and one sophomore.

“The thing I was most proud of wasn’t the ratings or the performances but rather the teamwork and support these kids showed each other,” said Josh Huff, director of bands at MHS. “They represented Marion to the highest degree!”

On March 2, the MHS jazz choir, Virtuoso, performed at the ISSMA jazz contest for choral groups — the first time in years that MHS has competed in this competition. Virtuoso received a gold rating, and soloist Lara Short received a blue ribbon.

Congratulations to all of these talented students on these outstanding accomplishments!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team demonstrated they are clearly the best Precision Division team within the five states comprising the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade. Not only did the team win the 7th Brigade Marksmanship Championship, but the Giants also produced the first, second, fifth, and sixth best shooters.



The Marion High School JROTC Precision Marksmanship Team stands with their first-place trophy from the U.S. Army’s 7th Brigade Championship at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in March 2019. Team members included Hailey Teeguarden (front) who was also the match’s top shooter, and (back row) Levi Hofmann, sixth place, Josiah Hamilton, second place, and Abigail Baird, fifth place. The 7th Brigade has 250 JROTC programs from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 


The Marion marksmen soundly defeated all others recently at Fort Knox, Ky., to become the top Precision Division rifle team from within the 250 JROTC programs in the 7th Brigade Cadet Command Brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 

Marion senior Hailey Teeguarden was the match’s top shooter with an impressive score of 290 out of a possible 300. She was joined by Josiah Hamilton (junior) who placed second with a 278, Abigail Baird (junior) with a personal high score of 275, and Levi Hofmann (junior) who also scored a 275. Cadet Baird beat teammate Hofmann by one bulls-eye to capture the fifth place finish.

The Giants beat their next closest competitors by 61 points.

“I really wanted to shoot my best in this match,” Teeguarden said. “This was an important match for us, and the entire team shot very well.”



Abigail Biard, Levi Hoffman, Hailey Teeguarden, and Josiah Hamilton mug for the camera at the 7th Brigade Championship in Fort Knox, Ky.
 

This was the first time the Marion team has ever won the 7th Brigade Championship. This is also the first year the Giants have moved up from the Sporter classification into the Precision category.

“I have to admit I am really surprised at how well the cadets have adapted to shooting in the higher category of Precision,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s head coach and senior Army instructor for Marion High School JROTC. “It really speaks well of their hard work and dedication to learn the new discipline.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The Giants have three remaining matches, including the Indiana American Legion’s State Championship, which they easily won last year.

Looking toward next year, Farlow said: “I am really excited about the prospects for this team, given we are only going to lose Teeguarden through graduation. Those three juniors, coupled with several sophomores and freshmen on our B Team, have the makings of an even stronger team.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets Audrey Dickerson and Hailey Teeguarden both were awarded the U.S. Army’s ROTC scholarships. These national level scholarships are each valued at just under $100,000.

     

Students awarded the scholarships can choose to attend any college/university that has an Army ROTC program and the money can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and fees. Additionally, the cadets will receive a monthly stipend to cover incidental costs.

“I was so happy and shocked,” Dickerson said when she learned she was selected for the scholarship. “It is a real honor.” Dickerson will attend Purdue-Fort Wayne in the fall and plans to study engineering.

Teeguarden will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to study nursing.

“My goal is to become an Army nurse and serve on active duty,” Teeguarden said. “I am so thankful for this scholarship as it will help me achieve my goal.”

The Army evaluates scholarship applicants on their academic performance, athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership.

The scholarship recipients must enroll in ROTC for all four years of college. Upon graduation, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and have to serve either on active duty or in the reserve components of the Army (Army Reserves or National Guard).

Approximately 9,000 high school seniors apply each year for the Army ROTC scholarships. Only about 2,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

“These two cadets are simply outstanding,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor for Marion High School. “They are indicative of the quality scholastic leaders our program is producing.”

The Marion High JROTC program is in its eighth year and has produced seven cadets who have been awarded ROTC Scholarships in the last five years.