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

Congratulations to Marion High School Principal Keith Burke for being selected as the Indiana Association of School Principals High School Principal of the Year for District 6. District 6 includes Grant, Delaware, Henry, Wayne, Randolph, Jay and Blackford County.

IASP annually recognizes outstanding school leaders in each of 12 Indiana districts who have demonstrated excellence in leadership at the building level, district level, and community level, as well as the state level. These principals are acknowledged by their peers for exemplary contributions they have made to the profession. IASP will hold a conference this fall where all honorees are invited to attend, and a state principal of the year will be named.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for your accomplishments and also by your peers,” Burke told the Chronicle-Tribune. “(But) I think individual awards are a little overrated. I’m really excited and truly honored, but it’s as much an award for the school as for the principal.”

Keith Burke has worked over two decades in various Indiana public schools. He has received multiple awards including National Community School Principal of the year in 2006 while he was working at IPS Washington High School.

Since Keith Burke joined Marion High School in 2015, he has had outstanding success and commitment to Marion Community Schools. Marion Community Schools thanks Mr. Burke for his work and congratulates Mr. him on this GIANT achievement!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

In celebration of our 2019 Marion High School graduates, College Wesleyan Church will be hosting a community baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 19.

All MHS Class of 2019 students and their families are invited. (This is a separate event from graduation and participation is optional; we are passing on information provided by the planners, a group of parents and community members.) This is an opportunity to offer thanks for our graduates’ accomplishments, celebrate their education milestone, and bless them as they venture out on their own. The service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at College Wesleyan Church, 200 E. 38th St., Marion.

ATTENDANCE IS VOLUNTARY. Those who choose to participate should arrive by 5:45 p.m. in their gown (no caps please) and black shoes. 

>> In addition, please send a senior picture to Kismet Porter,, by Friday, May 3, to be included in the special video  presentation for this ceremony.

Marion Community Schools would like to congratulate our Class of 2019 graduates on this Giant achievement and wish them all the best of luck for their futures! We thank our community for providing this opportunity.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student recently earned a national award in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Hailey Teeguarden, an MHS senior, earned a Silver Award in the drawing / illustration category at national level competition for her portrait, "Halsey", seen below.

She earned a Gold Key for this piece at the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the highest honor given, and an automatic entry at the national level.

Congratulations to Hailey on this outstanding national honor!

She also earned an Honorable Mention in the same category for her work "Downeaster Alexa".


Five other Marion High School students also earned the highest regional honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition. Two other students were also recognized for their outstanding work.

Emily Phillippe, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for her digital art work titled "Side-Tracked", seen below. She also earned Silver Keys for her digital art work titled "Connected", and for her paintings titled "Guardian", "Joyful", "Hardware", and "Calm Waters"; and Honorable Mentions for her digital art work titled "Glowing", her paintings titled "Great Kiskadee", "Cadillac Mountain", "Sunflower", and "Silent Tears", and her photography "Seeing Double" and "Seeing Through Me". 


Logan Carrico, an MHS junior, earned a Gold Key award for his photography titled "Jonathan", seen below. He also earned three Silver Keys for his pieces titled "Isak", "An Empty Room", and "Anna", along with an Honorable Mention for his work "Camille".



Sianna Hobbs, MHS sophomore, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "Avery", seen below. She also earned a Silver Key for her mixed media piece "Queen of Hearts", and an Honorable Mention for her drawing / illustration piece titled "Fame".

Kira Humes, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "This is Melodrama", seen below. and Honorable Mentions in the same category for her pieces "Thorns and Stings", "Living in the Blue", "Dawn", and "At A Glance".



Lauren Morrow, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key for her sculpture titled "Forever in Stone", seen below.


Additional awards: 

  • Sophia Porter, MHS senior, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her piece titled "Koi Pond" and an Honorable Mention in the same category for her piece "Roulette".
  • Emma Waterman, a sophomore in the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership with MHS, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her work "Winter's Dream: A Primitive Trio".
  • Bayley Grieve, MHS sophomore, earned Honorable Mentions for her paintings titled "Longing", "Turgoise Waters", and "Thinking Through the Sleep".


The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all art works will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 9 through April 6. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years. This is the fifth year in the last six that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, in 2017, and in 2018

Congratulations to all of these students and to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson. We are proud of you!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2019 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction.

The selection committee chose seven inductees:
  • Max R. Long, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1933, World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Marines, and earning two Silver Stars and the Navy Cross, for his work evacuating the beaches at Iwo Jima and Saipan. He returned to Marion after the war and practiced medicine here for nearly 50 years, including serving as the Marion Community Schools physician for 32 years. (Inducted posthumously.)
  • John F. Boxell, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1957, otolaryngologist / head and neck surgeon who practiced in Chattanooga, Tenn., for more than 35 years, and professor at University of Tennessee College of Medicine; also provided free clinic and surgical services for underserved and uninsured populations.
  • Paul Usher, Marion High School Class of 1963, past president and CEO of Marion General Hospital for eight years, after 20 years as CFO, and six years prior to that in financial services, retiring in 2016; during his tenure leading MHG, the hospital experienced significant growth, in a time when many other smaller community hospitals were begin bought out by conglomerates, and solidified itself as an important community partner through philanthropic giving.
  • David Colescott, Marion High School Class of 1976, an inspiring and determined leader on the basketball court for the Giants, then at University of North Carolina, and then in the business world, serving as VP of Sales and Chief Customer Officer for Hanes Brands Inc.
  • Troy Bentley Overton, Marion High School Class of 1980, West Point graduate; U.S. Army aviator, and judge advocate general who provided legal services to troops in Afghanistan; deputy attorney general of California. (Inducted posthumously.)
  • Tonya (Riddle) Cornett, Marion High School Class of 1987, innovator brewmaster, first woman to win the title of Small Brewpub Brewmaster of the Year at the World Beer Cup (2008), the world’s largest commercial beer competition, brewmaster at Bend Bewing Co. in Oregon for 10 years, now head of research and development at 10 Barrel Brewing.
  • Bobbie Owensby, honorary inductee, Marion High School social studies teacher for decades; sponsor of Black History Club which has expanded horizons for more than one generation of students with its spring break HBCU trips, annual plays, and more; respected and beloved community leader.
The 2019 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 13.

The MHS Hall of Distinction 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. 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.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School summer session gives students the chance to recover credits needed to graduate, but it also allows students to get ahead on core classes and gain flexibility in their schedule moving forward.

Summer session classes include the core classes of Algebra I and English 10 (which will feature traditional in-class instruction), as well as virtual learning opportunities for any course required for graduation. They are open to all incoming 9th- through 12th-graders.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all summer session students. (NOTE: No bus transportation will be provided this year.)

Summer session will run Monday through Thursday from June 3 to June 20. There are two time options to choose from:
  • 8 to 11 a.m.
  • 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.
If you wish to attend either (or both), click here for the registration form (or pick one up in Student Services) to complete and turn back in as soon as possible. Must be returned by May 17.

NOTE: Summer participation in JROTC, Choir, Band, and other athletics may count toward your PE credit if a waiver is completed and turned in to Student Services, along with the registration form above. Click here for the PE Waiver form.

Breakfast and lunch will be served free at the following times for MHS summer session students:
  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.
Please see your guidance counselor if you have questions.