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MHS student earns perfect score on ACT test

Posted on Oct. 18 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A member of Marion High School’s Class of 2018 can claim an achievement few others can: a perfect score on the ACT test.

Elizabeth Wuertley, MHS senior, learned of her achievement last month. According to the ACT organization, on average only 0.1 percent of test takers earn a perfect score. (That means out of every 10,000 test takers, only 10 would be expected to earn a perfect score, based on ACT's historical data.)

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Elizabeth earned a composite score of 36, the highest possible, signaling a mastery of those skills.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda called the achievement “significant and rare.”

Marion High School congratulates Elizabeth on this outstanding achievement!

JROTC field day will bring cadets, community together

Posted on Oct. 17 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Friday (Oct. 20), the Marion High School JROTC Giant Battalion will face physical and mental challenges at Marion’s Matter Park.

Nearly 150 cadets are expected to participate in competitive field day events hosted by representatives from the Marion Police and Fire departments, Ball State University ROTC, Indiana Wesleyan University, along with recruiters from the U.S. Army, Indiana National Guard, and U.S. Navy.

The Giant Battalion has 65 new cadets who have never experienced a JROTC field day. In addition, 60 cadets from Warsaw High School will be joining the Giants.

“This will be a great field day,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Marion JROTC senior Army instructor. “We have great support from the community and outside organizations, plus the cadets from Warsaw will join us. There are tremendous benefits to both programs by having our cadets integrate and interact. It should be a good time.”

All of the older cadets know what they’re in for when they attend field day. For the first year cadets, it will be an adventure! And the all-day event will certainly be a challenge for all of the cadets.

“We deliberately partnered with other service-oriented organization so the cadets could see and get to know individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others,” Farlow said. “I want the cadets to understand that giving back to their community is important, and the organizations participating with us are dedicated to serving others.”

8 MHS musicians selected for IBA All-District Honor Band

Posted on Oct. 12 2017 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.

“This is the first time in a number of years we’ve had any students selected to perform with this band, and to have eight students selected is quite an honor,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff.

The musicians selected:
  • Jaelin Lindsay, sophomore, clarinet
  • Jerimiah Planck, senior, euphonium
  • Carynna Aguila, freshman, flute
  • Lauren Morrow, junior, flute/piccolo
  • Ty Metzger, freshman, tenor sax
  • Victor Lee, junior, trombone
  • Saralena Bergsma, sophomore, trumpet
  • Geordaun Shaw, junior, trumpet
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians were notified earlier this month, and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Nov. 18, Honor Band members from around the state will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 19, they will perform together at 4 p.m. at Dekalb High School in Waterloo. This performance is open to the public.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

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