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

Marion High School JROTC Cadet D.J. Smith continued his domination in drill competitions, winning the Purdue University competition for the second year in a row, earning an invitation to the National Championship.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet D.J. Smith spins his way to his third consecutive first place finish in regional drill competitions.


The Giants Drill and Color Guard Team also claimed two other third-place finishes at this regional competition. JROTC teams from across the Midwest compete in this annual contest. Cadets compete in a series of events designed to test their precision, skill, and teamwork.

One of the highlights of drill competitions is the individual exhibition event. In this category, the cadet marches while spinning, tossing and catching an 8-pound drill rifle. Doing so requires a great deal of skill, and strength to expertly spin the rifle.

This victory at Purdue is Smith’s third consecutive first place award this season in the Individual Exhibition category.

Commenting on the victory at Purdue, D.J. Smith said: “It felt amazing. Especially since it is the second time I have placed first there.”

Because of D.J. Smith’s stellar performance, he has been selected to compete at the JROTC National Championship in Daytona, Fla., this spring.

“D.J. is without a doubt the best exhibition driller within our brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Drill and Color Guard Team coach, and Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “He has worked so hard these past few years to improve his skills, and the results speak for themselves. In fact, he has a great chance to win at the National Championship.”

The Giants placed in a couple other events at the Purdue competition as well. Cadet Joanna Hidalgo led an all-female Color Guard team to win a third-place finish. And Cadet I’Yela Hornaday led the unarmed exhibition squad to a third-place finish.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet I’Yela Hornaday leads her squad to a third-place finish at the regional Drill and Color Guard competition hosted by Purdue University.




Marion High School JROTC Color Guard marches to a third-place finish at the Purdue University Drill Competition. Team members include cadets I’Yela Hornaday, Joanna Hidalgo, Lunden Colley, and Cheyenne Russ.


The Cadets have two remaining Drill and Color Guard competitions this season prior to D.J. Smith heading off to the National Championship.

>> Individuals interested in helping to sponsor Cadet Smith’s travel to the National Championship should email Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for MHS JROTC, or call 765-664-9051 x2455.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News You can now pre-order your Marion Giants girls basketball regional champions T-shirt at the Marion High School Athletic Office by stopping by or calling to place your order, 765-664-2941.  

>> Order deadline: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13

The shirts will be available to pick up after 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Money is due at pickup.

PRICES:

Short sleeve:
  • Small, Medium, Large, X-Large: $10. 
  • 2XL, 3XL, 4XL: $12
Long sleeve: 
  • Small, Medium,Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL: $15 

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

Seven Marion High School seniors set a record for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. This high achieving group all earned grade point averages ranging from 4.21 to 4.96!  In total, the students were awarded $16,500 in scholarships for their post-high school educational plans.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships have been given out by the Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance for nearly 30 years. Their mission is to award seniors in the area who are active in the alliance churches and are excelling in academic achievements. All this years winner’s were from Marion High School, and their awards are:
  • Leilanu Jackson: $3,000 scholarship
  • Azira Fisher: $3,000 scholarship
  • Tiara Virges: $2,500 scholarship
  • Mario Speed:  $2,000 scholarship
  • James Bell:  $2,000 scholarship
  • Tamia Gibson:  $2,000 scholarship
  • Vivica Watkins:  $2,000 scholarship
Friends, family and members of the community gathered for the celebration held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Feb. 3. This annual event honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., while also emphasizing education and rewarding local students’ successes.

During the awards ceremony, contributors to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized. This included several of the Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

We would like to send our warmest congratulations to these Giants for their achievements and hard work. We wish them success and the best of luck as they continue their education!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center’s award-winning Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy is pleased to announce it is now an official EC-Council Accredited Training Center partner.

The collaboration is aimed at providing the highest quality industry-recognized cybersecurity training and certification credentials to students such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Network Defender (CND) and several others. These career-focused credentials cover a broad scope of hands-on cybersecurity education so students can achieve the highest quality skills and credentials, differentiating themselves to employers looking to hire.

EC-Council has been a global leader in cybersecurity skills development and certification since 2001, working with top level private and public sector organizations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies across the world. EC-Council certified professionals have become some of the most sought-after professionals by organizations worldwide.

Students enrolled in the program can now qualify for opportunities to earn industry recognized certifications, also accessing study plans, projects, and community forums while gaining the assistance of cybersecurity experts from across the globe. Upon completion of the course, students can take the certification exam and proceed directly into careers in the highly lucrative cybersecurity industry, or continue their education at a college or university. Students will also earn high school and college credit for taking the course.

“There is a scary talent shortage and a lack of awareness in the cybersecurity field today,” said MRCC instructor Dr. Travis Hueston. “Cybercrime is far more aggressive than it has ever been, and individuals, companies, and organizations of all sizes are falling prey to it. Cybercriminals are using advanced technology to launch sophisticated attacks and inflict huge financial and reputational damage to organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to government agencies, and even schools. This partnership with EC-Council will help MRCC to establish itself as one of Indiana’s top trusted sources for cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Marion High School is one of the only high schools with this designation in the state.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said expanding students’ career options is always in the forefront of their efforts, with an eye toward employer needs now and in the future.

“We are thrilled to become and accredited training center in cyber security and look forward to expanding our student’s knowledge and their ability to become employable in the field after graduation or continue their education at a secondary institution, while at the same time earning traditional high school and college dual credit,” Ripperger said.

Wesley Alvarez, director of academics for the EC-Council, welcomed MRCC.

“We are pleased to welcome the Marion Regional Career Center as an EC-Council ATC Partner within the State of Indiana, he said. “Their partnerships and articulation efforts with local colleges and universities to accept credit for EC-Council courses is key to encouraging students to pursue cybersecurity focused concentrations and degrees in higher education. We look forward to supporting the development of these skills and abilities most commonly used in today’s cybersecurity workforce, at the high school level.”

The Marion Regional Career Center Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy is open to all of our participating schools in the county. Students who are interested should contact their counselor or Nate McNeely at MRCC, 765-664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion Community Schools students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions over the past two weekends, and many brought home top ratings for their performances. In addition, several Marion High School students have advanced to the state level competition later this month.

Each year, the Indiana State School Music Association puts on regional and state level Solo & Ensemble competitions for instrumentalists and for vocalists and pianists. This year, vocal/piano regional competitions were held on Jan. 26, and instrumental competitions were held Feb. 2. Several Marion High School musicians advanced to state level competition, which is set for Feb. 16 for vocal and piano, and Feb. 23 for instrumental.

Marion Community Schools congratulates these students on their great accomplishments, and expresses gratitude to the teachers who work every day to help these students develop their talent and skills.

Here’s a look at the young Marion musicians who competed recently, and their awards:


Marion High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Airen Pike, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mia de las Alas, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Evelyn Detamore, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mark Evans, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • John Flowers, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Austin Guess, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jayden Holder, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Myles Kohn, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Lara Short, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Anna Wuertley, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Kabriel Robinson, junior, Group I silver medal
  • Kaitlyn Tu, sophomore, Group I silver medal
  • Jaden Sebastian, freshman, Group I silver medal
  • Cierra Polm, sophomore, Group II gold medal
  • Aylayla Young, sophomore, Group II silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
Instrumental soloists:
  • Carynna Aguila, sophomore, flute, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, flugelhorn, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jillayne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Abby Baird, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Kadence Monroe, freshman, flute, Group I silver medal
  • Takota Russ, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Jackson Vice, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Airen Pike, freshman, oboe, Group II silver medal
  • Kaley Ervin, freshman, flute, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Flute trio, Kadence Monroe, and Abby Montgomery, both freshman, and Lauren Morrow, senior, Group III silver medal
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble


McCulloch Junior High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Christian Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Shaylee Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Tori Beal, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Emily Luckey, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Isabel Khalouf, seventh grade, Group III silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Nathaniel Aguila, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Joseph Cheung, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Kaylin Burke, Danika Ayers, Kaden Rinker, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • 8th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Kaylin Burke, Emily Fisher, Shaylee Vermilion, Chloe Hawkins, Gracey Johnson, Faith Riggs, Gema Santos, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Gregg Marble, Kaden Rinker, Christian Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Tori Beal, Emily Luckey, Laylani Hammons, Isabel Khalouf, Jerica Overmyer, Caroline Russell, Omyzhanae Thomas, Ja’Ana Bucklew, Alyssa Dunham, Lillia Fisher, Damari Harshaw, Alandra King, Chloe Phillips, Nathaniel Aguila, Connor Dyer, Jackson Emert, Aidan Ruley, Daniel Terhune, Isaiah Williams)
  • 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III gold medal (Layla Boyd, Kaylin Burke, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Brooklyn Evers, Kelli Faulkner, Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Gregg Marble, Tamar Mims, Dessie Norwood, Faith Riggs, Kaden Rinker, Jerrica Cheung, Gabryel Timmons, Christian Vermilion, Shaylee Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III silver medal (Tori Beal, Lillia Fisher, Emily Luckey, Chloe Phillips, Aiden Ruley, Caroline Russell, Daniel Terhune, John Wells, Isaiah Williams)
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MJHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble

Instrumental soloists:
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, piccolo, Group III gold medal; and flute, Group III silver medal
  • Leila Rodriguez, eighth grade, flute, Group III silver medal
  • Ariell Wright, eight grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Kelli Faulkner, eighth grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Halle Larson, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Kaydence Chambers, seventh grade, trombone, Group III gold medal
  • Rylan Smithley, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Ella Browder, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Evan Ray, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Dan Terhune, seventh grade, tuba, Group III gold medal
  • Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, snare drum, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Trumpet trio, Nolan Baker, Tamar Mims, and Al Marin, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Percussion trio, Evan Miller and Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, and Kalique Malone, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Ella Browder, Evan Ray, Nate Jones, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Clarinet trio, Kaylee Miller, Audrey Perry, and Ella Topping, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Neveah Weaver, Jackson Emert, and Kaylee Poe, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal