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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be offering free athletic physicals to any Marion Community Schools student in April 2019, for students who plant to play school sports next fall.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted March 8

Next month, the seventh 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); and a carnival with bounce houses, games, a photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

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.

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 and Staff Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student and one staff member 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 and 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 By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles earned high marks in state competition earlier this month.

For the first time, MHS band program had two jazz ensembles competing in the Indiana State School Music Jazz Competition, which took place March 1 at Kokomo High School.

Jazz Band 1, which features mainly upperclassmen, earned a gold with distinction, the first time an MHS jazz band has earned that extra recognition. In addition, all five soloists received blue ribbons for their improvised solos. The soloists were Isak Lagerkvist, Victor Lee, Travis Metzger, Tristan Galeon, and Saralena Bergsma.

Jazz Band 2 competed for the first time ever and received a silver rating. This jazz combo group, directed by student teacher Zachary Tibbs, features seven freshmen and one sophomore.

“The thing I was most proud of wasn’t the ratings or the performances but rather the teamwork and support these kids showed each other,” said Josh Huff, director of bands at MHS. “They represented Marion to the highest degree!”

On March 2, the MHS jazz choir, Virtuoso, performed at the ISSMA jazz contest for choral groups — the first time in years that MHS has competed in this competition. Virtuoso received a gold rating, and soloist Lara Short received a blue ribbon.

Congratulations to all of these talented students on these outstanding accomplishments!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team demonstrated they are clearly the best Precision Division team within the five states comprising the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s 7th Brigade. Not only did the team win the 7th Brigade Marksmanship Championship, but the Giants also produced the first, second, fifth, and sixth best shooters.



The Marion High School JROTC Precision Marksmanship Team stands with their first-place trophy from the U.S. Army’s 7th Brigade Championship at Ft. Knox, Kentucky in March 2019. Team members included Hailey Teeguarden (front) who was also the match’s top shooter, and (back row) Levi Hofmann, sixth place, Josiah Hamilton, second place, and Abigail Baird, fifth place. The 7th Brigade has 250 JROTC programs from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 


The Marion marksmen soundly defeated all others recently at Fort Knox, Ky., to become the top Precision Division rifle team from within the 250 JROTC programs in the 7th Brigade Cadet Command Brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. 

Marion senior Hailey Teeguarden was the match’s top shooter with an impressive score of 290 out of a possible 300. She was joined by Josiah Hamilton (junior) who placed second with a 278, Abigail Baird (junior) with a personal high score of 275, and Levi Hofmann (junior) who also scored a 275. Cadet Baird beat teammate Hofmann by one bulls-eye to capture the fifth place finish.

The Giants beat their next closest competitors by 61 points.

“I really wanted to shoot my best in this match,” Teeguarden said. “This was an important match for us, and the entire team shot very well.”



Abigail Biard, Levi Hoffman, Hailey Teeguarden, and Josiah Hamilton mug for the camera at the 7th Brigade Championship in Fort Knox, Ky.
 

This was the first time the Marion team has ever won the 7th Brigade Championship. This is also the first year the Giants have moved up from the Sporter classification into the Precision category.

“I have to admit I am really surprised at how well the cadets have adapted to shooting in the higher category of Precision,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s head coach and senior Army instructor for Marion High School JROTC. “It really speaks well of their hard work and dedication to learn the new discipline.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The Giants have three remaining matches, including the Indiana American Legion’s State Championship, which they easily won last year.

Looking toward next year, Farlow said: “I am really excited about the prospects for this team, given we are only going to lose Teeguarden through graduation. Those three juniors, coupled with several sophomores and freshmen on our B Team, have the makings of an even stronger team.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets Audrey Dickerson and Hailey Teeguarden both were awarded the U.S. Army’s ROTC scholarships. These national level scholarships are each valued at just under $100,000.

     

Students awarded the scholarships can choose to attend any college/university that has an Army ROTC program and the money can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and fees. Additionally, the cadets will receive a monthly stipend to cover incidental costs.

“I was so happy and shocked,” Dickerson said when she learned she was selected for the scholarship. “It is a real honor.” Dickerson will attend Purdue-Fort Wayne in the fall and plans to study engineering.

Teeguarden will attend Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to study nursing.

“My goal is to become an Army nurse and serve on active duty,” Teeguarden said. “I am so thankful for this scholarship as it will help me achieve my goal.”

The Army evaluates scholarship applicants on their academic performance, athletic achievements, and demonstrated leadership.

The scholarship recipients must enroll in ROTC for all four years of college. Upon graduation, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army and have to serve either on active duty or in the reserve components of the Army (Army Reserves or National Guard).

Approximately 9,000 high school seniors apply each year for the Army ROTC scholarships. Only about 2,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

“These two cadets are simply outstanding,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor for Marion High School. “They are indicative of the quality scholastic leaders our program is producing.”

The Marion High JROTC program is in its eighth year and has produced seven cadets who have been awarded ROTC Scholarships in the last five years.