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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Band Boosters will have a fundraiser at the Giant Bistro from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
The Giant Bistro, 2215 S. Western Ave., is run by the Culinary Arts program at Marion Regional Career Center. Fundraisers for Marion Community Schools groups and community groups is a common way that MRCC and the Giant Bistro gives back to the community.

Come out this Friday to support the Band Boosters as they raise funds to support the band program, including the purchase of new uniforms for the Marching Giants and other needs.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team placed 13th during their second-ever trip to a national-level competition.

The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team finished 13th at a national championship hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. Picture from left are team members Jade’Lynn Kendall, Hailey Teeguarden, Coach David Farlow, Taylor Sorah, and Levi Hofmann. 

The team of four Marion cadets was among only 30 teams from across the county to qualify for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Junior Rifle National Championship. The AMU championship was open to any youth shooters, not just JROTC cadets.

“It was a great honor and speaks well of our team to have qualified for attendance at the AMU championship,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor and Rifle Team coach. “Our team has shot well all year so it was exciting to break into the ‘big league’ to shoot against the best from across the country. I am so proud of them.”

The Marion tem was comprised of cadets Taylor Sorah, senior; Hailey Teeguarden, junior; and Levi Hofmann and Jade’Lynn Kendall, both sophomores.

“It was a good change of pace to go and shoot in Georgia on a military base,” said Sorah, the Giant’s Rifle Team captain. “We learned so much from the more experienced shooters there.”

And an experience it was. The Giants had to shoot in two different relays in as many days. During each of the relays, the marksmen shot in the three standard positions of standing, kneeling, and prone. However, the number of qualifying shots for each position was twice what the Giants were used to shooting in competitions.

“During these longer matches, physical and mental fatigue can affect the shooter,” Farlow said. “Also, the cadets had to learn to deal with the pressure of shooting in such a high-level competition. It can be nerve-wracking.”

Teeguarden said participating in the championship was another opportunity for growth for the team.

”It was really neat to see so many other teams there who were clearly much better than us,” she said.  “I learned so much by just watching the better marksmen; learning what they do and how they prepare for the match was a great benefit.”

Marion High School JROTC Cadets Jade’Lynn Kendall, Hailey Teeguarden, Taylor Sorah, and Levi Hofmann take aim during the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Junior Rifle National Championship at Fort Benning, Ga. 

This was the Giants’ first visit to the AMU Championship. However, they competed last year at the Army JROTC National Championship held at Camp Perry, Ohio. The cadets will return again to shoot in the JROTC National Championship competition next week.

The Marion Rotary, Marion High School Alumni Association, and other individuals provided generous donations to help cover some of the costs for attendance to the AMU match.

“We simply could not have been able to make this trip without the generous donations,” Farlow said. “I know our team is truly grateful for the support from the community.”

In addition to the Army JROTC National Championship match, the Giants have several other upcoming competitions, including the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Indiana State Championship and the American Legion’s Indiana Youth Shooting Championship.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion High Schools students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions over the past two weekends, and a dozen students have advanced to the state level competition. Many other students brought home top ratings as well.

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, instrumental regional competitions were held on Jan. 27, and vocal/piano competitions were held Feb. 3. The state level vocal competition, which is set for Feb. 17.

Marion High School congratulates these students on their great accomplishments, and expresses gratitude to the Mr. Huff and Mr. Conway, who work every day to help these students develop their talent and skills.

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

Vocal soloists:
  • Mark Evans, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Maria Porter, senior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Kabriel Robinson, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Michael Seybold, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Anna Shigley, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Kaitlyn Tu, freshman, Group I gold medal advanced to state
  • Evelyn Detamore, freshman, Group I silver medal
  • John Flowers, sophomore, Group I silver medal
  • Jonathan Walts, junior, Group I silver medal
  • Kaleb Evans, senior, Group I silver medal
  • Myles Kohn, sophomore, Group I silver medal
  • Kennedy Harris, junior, Group I bronze medal
Piano soloists:
  • Tristan Galeon, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Carynna Aguila, freshman, Group II gold medal
  • Jackson Vice, freshman, Group II gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Mark Evans, Myles Kohn, and Kabriel Robinson, sophomores, and Saenya Bell, senior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Tori Daehn, Emily Fannin, Anna Wuertley, freshmen, Group I silver medal
Instrumental soloists:
  • Carynna Aguila, freshman, flute, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Saralena Bergsma, sophomore, flugelhorn, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Soren Bruehler, freshman, trombone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jillayne Bass, freshman, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Takota Russ, freshman, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Sophie Schenck, junior, trumpet, Group I silver medal
  • Austin Guess, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group II silver medal
  • Abigail Baird, freshman, alto saxophone, Group III silver rating
  • John Flowers, sophomore, marimba, Group III silver medal; and trumpet, Group IV gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Alto saxophone trio of Navia Cushingberry, Evelyn Detamore, and Takota Russ, Group II gold medal
  • Brass trio of Elizabeth Wuertley, senior, trumpet, Anna Wuertley, freshman, trombone, and Soren Bruehler, freshman, trombone, Group III gold medal
  • Mallet trio of Jackson Vice, Carynna Aguila, and Emma Maki, freshmen, Group III silver medal
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team had their best performance this season while competing against 10 other schools in a regional event recently hosted by Xavier University’s ROTC program. 

The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team competes in the armed exhibition event at Xavier University Saturday.

At the end of the competition on Saturday, when the placements were announced, the Giants had garnered more top three finishes than any other school present, making it their best competition yet this season.

“Our team is really progressing nicely this season,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the JROTC program’s Army instructor and team coach. “Three of our event commanders have been struggling thus far, but they really pulled it all together for this competition, and the results testified to their training and execution.”

Cadet Audrey Dickerson is one of those emerging leaders. She diligently trained and prepared her team for the unarmed squad exhibition, and they earned their first top-place finish at the Xavier competition. The squad also included Lunden Colley, I’Yela Hornaday, Joanna Hildago, Tyron Rice, Tayler Garriott, Kayleina O’Donnell, Eric Asher, and Kylee O’Neil.

“I had confidence in my team members going into the event,” Dickerson said. “While competing we had a few hiccups, but we brought it together and finished strong. I think we are ready for our next competition at Purdue University.”

The drill competition at Purdue university is considered by the Giants to be their toughest meet. There, they will face more than 30 schools, many of which compete at the national championship.

At Xavier, the Giants earned second place finishes in the exhibition duet and color guard events. The Giants also earned third place finishes in the squad armed regulation, squad un-armed regulation, color guard, and the individual exhibition events.

Marion High School JROTC cadets demonstrate precision, timing, and poise during the drill competition hosted Saturday at Xavier University. 

Cadet Tyron Rice bested nearly 200 other cadets to secure a fifth place finish in the individual knock-out competition. In knock-out, cadets conduct stationary drill movements under the watchful eye of a dozen drill sergeants. Cadets are removed (knocked out) from the competition for even the slightest mistake. As the number of cadets reduces, those remaining have even closer scrutiny from the drill sergeants.

“Nerve-wracking! Simply nerve-wracking,” Rice said about the knock-out competition. “I was shaking so badly, and that is why I was eventually knocked out.”

The Marion High School JROTC female color guard squad competes at Xavier University on Saturday.

Aside from the cadets having to learn and demonstrate various drill routines, these competitions teach cadets how to prepare and train for big events, and then to handle the stress and pressure of competing, Smith said.

“Being able to perform under intense pressure is a skill that will benefit these cadets as they progress into adulthood,” he said.

The Giants Drill Team travels Saturday to compete at Purdue University.
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.