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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Next month, the fifth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); a pasta dinner; and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be four for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

Pasta dinners will be available, including pasta with choice of red or white sauce, salad, garlic bread, a drink, and a cookie, for just $4!

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

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All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 19, 2017

The Marion High School Speech and Drama Association is bringing the modern musical “Disney’s High School Musical” to local audiences later this month. This is a fun, family-friendly show that you won’t want to miss!

MHS students will bring Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical to life on stage at the Walton Performing Arts Center, as Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, April 27, and Saturday, April 29. Tickets are general admission, and $8 for adults, $5 for children/students.

Disney's High School Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all summer session students, and transportation is also provided.

Summer session will run Monday through Thursday from June 5  to June 29. 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), pick up a registration form in Student Services to complete and turn back in as soon as possible.

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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Here's a look at the Class of 2017 student awards, as determined by the votes of your classmates:

Class Clown:
  • Quinn Lootens
  • Alyssa Evans
Best Smile:
  • Cameron Black
  • Gaby Padilla
Best Personality:
  • Noah Shigley
  • Anne Conrad
  • Alijah Havery
  • Jaszmen Johnson
Most Athletic:
  • Ian Reynolds
  • Abby Eltzroth
Teacher's Pet:
  • Truman Bennet
  • Anne Conrad
Best Eyes:
  • Darrick Jones
  • Rhoni Rumple
Worst Driver:
  • Jeremiah Horvath
  • Anabell Meagher
Most School Spirit:
  • Adam Betz
  • Tae'lor Tyner
Most Gullible:
  • Ryan Gandee
  • Karly Riggs
Best Hair:
  • Marcus Cook
  • Annie Enyeart
Most Photogenic:
  • Nick Spitzer
  • Ellie James
Biggest Case of Senioritis:
  • Austin George
  • Emma Clevenger
Most Creative:
  • Ianne Sierra
  • Courtney Hiles
Best Friends:
  • Tim Leavell & Cameron Black
  • Daija Inman & Jaeda Manuel
Best Dressed:
  • Antonio Ontiveros
  • T'miya Thomas


Become President:
  • Truman Bennnet
  • Anne Conrad
Win American Idol:
  • Deshaun Colemon
  • Ellie James
Become famous:
  • Tim Leavell
  • Stacia Tyson
Win an Olympic medal:
  • Ian Reynolds
  • Camille Wheels
Be rich:
  • Nick Spitzer
  • Abby Eltzroth
Flirt their way out of a ticket:
  • Antonio Ontiveros
  • Karly Riggs
Take over the world:
  • Gavin Goins
  • Alyssa Evans
Marry their high school sweetheart:
  • Ian Reynolds
  • Jenna Mauller

Teacher Superlatives

Here's a look at the awards the Class of 2017 presents to some of their favorite teachers:

Most likely to brighten your day:
  • Mr. Dave Tippey
  • Mrs. Karen Luney
Most likely to have more homework than you:
  • Mr. Doug Porter
  • Mrs. Angela Sellers
Biggest chatterbox:
  • Mr. Tony Moreillon
  • Mrs. Kristi Phillippe
Most sarcastic:
  • Mr. Mark Hyman
  • Mrs. Carie Martin
Most likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize:
  • Mr. Justin March
  • Mrs. Bobbie Owensby
Class clown:
  • Mr. Cean Rench
  • Mrs. Marsha Vermillion
Most school spirit:
  • Mr. Tyler White
  • Mrs. Diana Gardner
Most likely to call you out:
  • Mr. Robert Burchell
  • Mrs. Sherry Grogg
Best dressed:
  • Mr. Terry Lakes
  • Mrs. Tashema Davis
Most inspiring:
  • Mr. Dave Tippey
  • Mrs. Karen Luney

>> All of these winners will be immortalized in the 2017 Cactus yearbook. Order yours today! Click here for more information.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School’s Academic Giants were the only team in the state to earn a perfect score in math in the recent regional Academic Super Bowl competition, propelling them on to the state competition. The MHS science squad also advanced to the state level.

The Marion High School Academic Giants math team celebrates their perfect score of 25 at the Area Super Bowl Competition on April 18, 2017. Members are, standing, (left to right): Micah Hoeksema, Elizabeth Wuertley, and Truman Bennet; and seated in front, Nick Spitzer. (Photo provided by Matt Bennet)

The Giants competed with 48 other schools at Area Competitions around the state on Tuesday for the right to advance to the state competition. The top five teams in each subject advance.

“This is the third year in a row for our math team to make it to state,” said MHS math teacher Doug Porter, the math team’s coach. “We think this is our year — we want to bring home the title!”

The Giants were fourth in the state in 2016, and were state runners-up in 2015. It is also the second year in a row the science team has advanced to the state competition.

The two groups will compete at Purdue University on Saturday, May 6. The science team will compete at 10:30 a.m., and the math team will compete at 1:30 p.m.

Marion students compete in Class 2 in the Academic Super Bowl Senior Division. The four class divisions are based on school size. Academic Super Bowl Senior Division competitions consist of five subject matter rounds (English, fine arts, math, science, social studies) and a sixth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The French Revolution”.

The Giants earned first place in math, and fourth place in science, earning state berths in both. They were just one place shy of a state berth in English, coming in sixth.

The students who will be competing for the Giants at the state competition are:
  • Math team: Truman Bennet, Micah Hoeksema, Nick Spitzer, and Elizabeth Wuertley
  • Science team: Tristan Galeon, Catie Griffin, Megan Griffin, Drake Gunyon, Samantha Hauke, Micah Hoeksema, Kyle Hummel, Nihal Natgesh, Kendral Quill, Caleb Spitzer, Nicholas Spitzer, Elizabeth Wuertley
The math team is coached by Doug Porter, and the science team is coached by Robert Burchell and Layne Maki.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students, and wish them good luck at the state level!

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.