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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It was well known around the Midwestern JROTC Drill community that DJ Smith from Marion High School was a force to be reckoned with. He earned first place finishes in all five of the regional competitions he entered this year. But stepping up to compete at the National Championship on May 4 in Daytona, Fla., was a dream of his. With big dreams, come big rewards: Cadet Smith is now the National JROTC Drill Champion!

Smith competed in the Individual Armed Exhibition category, in which competitors spin, flip, throw, and catch a 9-pound drill rifle while marching precision steps under the watchful eye of graders from the various military branches’ ceremonial units. Smith initially faced 70 other drillers in his category before advancing as one of 12 to the final medal round.

“I was very nervous knowing there were so many other great drillers there,” said Smith, a senior at MHS. “I knew if I messed up at all I was out.”

After the preliminary round, Smith was seeded in second place overall. He knew he was going to face the best of the best.

What was going through his mind as he stepped up to the drill pad for his final routine as a high school JROTC cadet? He recalled: “Don’t drop! Just don’t drop the rifle.”

For the next 2 minutes and 50 seconds, Smith spun the rifle in front, behind, and over his head as he went through the routine he had practiced hundreds of time.  The rifle flipped through the air, spinning five times before he caught it behind his back. He executed the routine flawlessly.

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As he finished, he thought to himself: “That’s it! That was the most perfect routine I have ever done.”

And then, he had to wait for the official awards ceremony later that night.

Sitting among thousands of other JROTC cadets representing the best drill teams from across the nation, Smith waited for the results.

“When they called the second place winner, I knew that I had won,” Smith said. “I just felt it.”

And when his name was called, DJ Smith became the first cadet from Marion High School to win a national championship.

“I felt like I actually accomplished what I needed to do” Smith said. “I could go home with my head held high.”



Marion High School JROTC Cadet DJ Smith (left) stands with his national championship trophy after winning the JROTC National Drill Championship in the Individual Armed Exhibition category. 
 

MHS JROTC Army Instructor retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, who coaches the Marion Drill Team, speaks with pride of Smith’s accomplishment.

“DJ Smith is the best individual exhibition driller we have ever had,” CSM Smith said. “It is amazing to think that a kid from Marion, Indiana, just won a national championship. And he truly deserves it.”

DJ Smith would like to thank all the individuals and organizations who made donations to help him fund this trip. He has enlisted in the U.S. Army as a cannon crew member-artillery and will ship off to basic combat training in June, after graduating with the Marion High School Class of 2019.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team lived up to the National Championship title they earned earlier this academic year by concluding the year with an undefeated season against 83 other teams. 



Members of the Marion High School Varsity Raider Team negotiate an obstacle while tied together at the ankles during the Raider Challenge at MHS on April 27, 2019. The Giants beat 16 other teams to win the competition and ended their season undefeated against 83 other teams. 


The Giants hosted their final competition of the school year on April 27 and bested the 16 other teams representing JROTC programs from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.

“What an amazing year for our Raiders,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for the MHS JROTC program and coach for the Raider Team. “These young people have trained hard all year. It is incredible to think that they have beaten 83 other teams in regional competitions and won the Raider National Championship. What a year!”

During the event at Marion High School, the Raiders spent five hours conducting continuously strenuous events that included: a 2-mile cross country run; a 1-kilometer litter carry (125 pounds) with 25-pound backpacks; “Terrible Tires”, where they had to move 30 tires of various sizes 100 yards; a 10-minute buddy carry; and several other events all designed to test the strength, stamina, and teamwork of the Raiders.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet D.J. Smith exemplifies determination as he carries eight car tires 100 yards during the Marion Raider Challenge at MHS on April 27, 2019.


“We may not have been the biggest, strongest, or fastest team, but we have teamwork,” said Raider team captain Audrey Dickerson. “We have only each other, so we worked to be the best together we could be.”

When asked why this year’s team has performed so well, Farlow had a simple answer: “Leadership.”

“In terms of athletic ability our team is no better than those of recent years,” Farlow commented. “The key difference is that Team Captain Dickerson has found a way to mold them into a cohesive unit that can perform under the pressure of competition. She built teamwork.”

The Giants’ Raider B Team earned a fourth place finish April 27, defeating numerous other varsity teams.

The Varsity Raiders included: Audrey Dickerson, Haley O’Neil, Kylee O’Neil, Cheyenne Russ, Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, Lucas Riley, Kaleb Starr, Nicholas Elliott, Joshua Nacke, Joshua Harris, and David Cannon. The B Team included: Hailey Teeguarden, Jade McKoon, I’Yela Hornaday, Jessica Pickell, Kaeda Smith, Makayla Starr, Daniel Yancy, Josiah Hamilton, D.J. Smith, Cory Rice, Gabe Holland, and Landon Morris.



Marion High School JROTC Cadets Kaleb Starr, Nicholas Elliott, Lucas Riley, Haley O’Neil, and Tayer Garriott rapidly construct a one-rope bridge during the Marion Raider Challenge on April 27, 2019. These cadets and teammates turned in the fastest time, helping them to win the overall competition and end the Raider season undefeated against 83 other teams. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Congratulations to Marion High School Principal Keith Burke for being selected as the Indiana Association of School Principals High School Principal of the Year for District 6. District 6 includes Grant, Delaware, Henry, Wayne, Randolph, Jay and Blackford County.

IASP annually recognizes outstanding school leaders in each of 12 Indiana districts who have demonstrated excellence in leadership at the building level, district level, and community level, as well as the state level. These principals are acknowledged by their peers for exemplary contributions they have made to the profession. IASP will hold a conference this fall where all honorees are invited to attend, and a state principal of the year will be named.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for your accomplishments and also by your peers,” Burke told the Chronicle-Tribune. “(But) I think individual awards are a little overrated. I’m really excited and truly honored, but it’s as much an award for the school as for the principal.”

Keith Burke has worked over two decades in various Indiana public schools. He has received multiple awards including National Community School Principal of the year in 2006 while he was working at IPS Washington High School.

Since Keith Burke joined Marion High School in 2015, he has had outstanding success and commitment to Marion Community Schools. Marion Community Schools thanks Mr. Burke for his work and congratulates Mr. him on this GIANT achievement!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

In celebration of our 2019 Marion High School graduates, College Wesleyan Church will be hosting a community baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 19.

All MHS Class of 2019 students and their families are invited. (This is a separate event from graduation and participation is optional; we are passing on information provided by the planners, a group of parents and community members.) This is an opportunity to offer thanks for our graduates’ accomplishments, celebrate their education milestone, and bless them as they venture out on their own. The service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at College Wesleyan Church, 200 E. 38th St., Marion.

ATTENDANCE IS VOLUNTARY. Those who choose to participate should arrive by 5:45 p.m. in their gown (no caps please) and black shoes. 

>> In addition, please send a senior picture to Kismet Porter, kporter@marion.k12.in.us, by Friday, May 3, to be included in the special video  presentation for this ceremony.

Marion Community Schools would like to congratulate our Class of 2019 graduates on this Giant achievement and wish them all the best of luck for their futures! We thank our community for providing this opportunity.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student recently earned a national award in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Hailey Teeguarden, an MHS senior, earned a Silver Award in the drawing / illustration category at national level competition for her portrait, "Halsey", seen below.

She earned a Gold Key for this piece at the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the highest honor given, and an automatic entry at the national level.

Congratulations to Hailey on this outstanding national honor!

She also earned an Honorable Mention in the same category for her work "Downeaster Alexa".
 


 

Five other Marion High School students also earned the highest regional honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition. Two other students were also recognized for their outstanding work.
 

Emily Phillippe, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for her digital art work titled "Side-Tracked", seen below. She also earned Silver Keys for her digital art work titled "Connected", and for her paintings titled "Guardian", "Joyful", "Hardware", and "Calm Waters"; and Honorable Mentions for her digital art work titled "Glowing", her paintings titled "Great Kiskadee", "Cadillac Mountain", "Sunflower", and "Silent Tears", and her photography "Seeing Double" and "Seeing Through Me". 


 



Logan Carrico, an MHS junior, earned a Gold Key award for his photography titled "Jonathan", seen below. He also earned three Silver Keys for his pieces titled "Isak", "An Empty Room", and "Anna", along with an Honorable Mention for his work "Camille".



 


 

Sianna Hobbs, MHS sophomore, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "Avery", seen below. She also earned a Silver Key for her mixed media piece "Queen of Hearts", and an Honorable Mention for her drawing / illustration piece titled "Fame".





Kira Humes, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "This is Melodrama", seen below. and Honorable Mentions in the same category for her pieces "Thorns and Stings", "Living in the Blue", "Dawn", and "At A Glance".

 


 


Lauren Morrow, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key for her sculpture titled "Forever in Stone", seen below.


 

Additional awards: 
 

  • Sophia Porter, MHS senior, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her piece titled "Koi Pond" and an Honorable Mention in the same category for her piece "Roulette".
  • Emma Waterman, a sophomore in the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership with MHS, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her work "Winter's Dream: A Primitive Trio".
  • Bayley Grieve, MHS sophomore, earned Honorable Mentions for her paintings titled "Longing", "Turgoise Waters", and "Thinking Through the Sleep".

 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all art works will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 9 through April 6. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years. This is the fifth year in the last six that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, in 2017, and in 2018

Congratulations to all of these students and to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson. We are proud of you!