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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is proud to announce that four Marion High School juniors have been selected as Rising Stars of Indiana:
  • Hunter Durbin
  • Kathryn Erickson
  • Leilanu Jackson
  • Zoe Orrell
The Indiana Association of School Principals honors high school juniors across the state for their academic achievement, aiming to put a spotlight on them and boost their scholarship opportunities going into their senior year.

The Rising Stars program is a complement to the Indiana Academic All-Stars, which recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom, and who are also leaders in their schools and communities. Class of 2018 honorees will be announced in March.

MCS congratulates our Rising Stars and we, along with IASP, offer support and encouragement as they continue to grow and achieve. We look forward to seeing their continued accomplishments and leadership in our schools and community.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team battled Saturday against the best JROTC teams at the JROTC State Championship match, and came home state runner-up.


The six-member team earned the second place finish as they conclude the fall marksmanship season. Two of the Giants’ marksmen also earned top accolades during the match.

Shooting a solid performance, Marion senior Taylor Sorah tied for first place in scoring, but the bullseye count knocked her down to second place. Sorah also earned the highest score in the kneeling position and took second place in the standing position.

The Rifle Team members shoot air rifles at targets 33 feet away. They shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground). Bullseyes are approximately the size of a quarter coin, and millimeters can separate a shooter from winning or losing. The competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

“I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the Championship,” Sorah said. “But I was so excited to see some of our younger shooters do so well at the match. Some of them shot their highest score ever.”

Marion sophomore Levi Hofmann earned a third place finish in the standing position and finished fourth overall.

“It has been a great fall season for our Rifle Team”, said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow the team’s coach and the JROTC’s senior Army instructor. “We have some really great marksmen on the team. Regrettably, our shooting didn’t come together today as we had hoped. But there are plenty of other high-level matches coming up during the spring season. So we will have to better focus and prepare.”

The Giant’s Rifle Team will find out Friday if they qualified for the U.S. Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship this February. Additionally, they have an excellent chance of qualifying to attend the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s National Championship as well. Those results will be released Dec. 18.


The Giants have consistently produced a top-level Rifle Team over the past several years, earning multiple state championships and trips to national competitions. Farlow credits much of the success to his assistant coaches, community support, and of course the cadets.

“Our team is truly blessed to have two fantastic volunteers in David Kuester and Lee Hatten helping to coach the team,” Farlow said. “They both work well with the cadets. But we are also fortunate to have a great community willing to help sponsor our Rifle Team and assist us with additional training opportunities.”

Organizations including Deer Creek Conservation Club and Realty, the American Legion, and others have sponsored cadets to attend summer marksmanship camps and other related events.

Other members of the varsity Giants Rifle Team are Rhianna Gary, Hailey Teeguarden, Josiah Hamilton and JadeLynn Kendall.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Did you know Marion High School has a spirit shop? If you're looking for the perfect gift for the Marion Giants fan or student in your life, look no further!

Come out to the MHS spirit shop on Dec. 13 or 14 between 3 and 7 p.m. and pick out the perfect gift! The Marion High School Alumni Association will be staffing the shop during these times.

Proceeds help fund the many ways MHSAA helps to support Marion High School and Marion Community Schools. (They've given tens of thousands of dollars directly to school and extracurricular programs over the past few years, and they've raised more than $200,000 for the Giant Dreams Endowments at the Community Foundation of Grant County to help provide for the needs of Giants today and long into the future!)

If you can't come to the shop, you can place orders for some of the gear online: www.mhsalum.com/giants-spirit-shop. (NOTE: Delivery may not be guaranteed before Christmas. Please contact the individual printers for more information.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The MHS Guidance Department reminds seniors that application deadlines for many scholarships are coming up.

The winter break is a great time to review scholarships and complete / compile what you can. Then, when you get back after break, stop by the Guidance Department if you need records or any additional assistance!

>> Please click here and check out our Scholarships page and look for scholarships you are eligible for today! 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to MHS senior Kaylynn Scher, who has been named a 2017 Lilly Endowment Scholarship winner!

The Lilly scholarship provides coverage for tuition and book fees for Indiana colleges/universities. The nomination and selection process for the Lilly Scholarship locally is handled by the Community Foundation of Grant County. Two scholarships are awarded in Grant County.

The scholarship recognizes academic success, along with leadership and civic involvement.

Kaylynn follows in the footsteps of several outstanding Giants from recent years, as this is the fifth year straight that a Marion High School student has won the Lilly Scholarship. (To see the full list, click here.)