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

The MHS Key Club is pleased to announce that the MHS Caring Closet will be opening earlier than planned!

Thanks to the generosity of community members, staff, and students, the Caring Closet is well stocked and ready to go.

Any Marion High School student in need of personal hygiene products or who lacks food on the weekends because s/he depends on school breakfast and lunch can access the Caring Closet supplies in Room 2-46 before school, after school, or during periods 5-7.

>> Click here for an order form that can be filled out

We will continue to accept donations throughout the school year. For a list of suggested items, scroll down!

We also still have the match challenge ongoing from an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, contact Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us or call her at the school, 664-9051. 



Originally posted Sept. 26, 2018

The Marion High School Key Club is starting a Caring Closet to help students who find themselves in need. Many of us take the basics for granted, but going without them is a reality for too many. The Key Club wants to help fill those gaps!

The service-focused student organization aims to have the Caring Closet open by Nov. 5, and will accept donations throughout the school year to keep it running. Donations will be accepted during school / office hours. Marion High School students and staff can drop donations off with Ms. Vermilion, Key Club sponsor, in Room 2-46. Anyone outside the school who would like to help, including MCS staffers, families, and community members, can drop donations off at the District Office at MHS, inside Door 22 to the west of the main entrance.
 

>> NOTE: We have an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, contact Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us or call her at the school, 664-9051. 

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in. (Donations are not limited to these items. This list is just to give you a general idea of what sorts of things are most needed!) Eventually, the club would like to have fresh fruits available as well, but for now shelf-stable items are requested.

Personal care items such as:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap (hand, body, dish, and laundry)
  • Menstrual hygiene products
  • Wound-care ointments and sprays (Bactine, etc.)
  • Bandages (Band-Aids, etc.)
  • Combs, hairbrushes
  • Lip balm

Shelf-stable food such as:
  • Pull-top or other easy-open canned or packaged vegetables, beans, meat or fish, soups, stews, etc.
  • Individual fruit cups or packages of dried fruit
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy / nut / seed milk
  • Bottled or canned water
  • Plastic silverware
  • Peanut butter or other nut or seed butters
  • Jams and jellies
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts (cashew, almond, etc.) or seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower)
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Cereal / granola
  • Rice and other grains (steam and eat and boil in bag pouches are nice!)
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Dried herbs / spices / seasonings
Also, instead of throwing away those paper bags (from groceries, restaurants, or even gift bags), consider donating them to the Caring Closet for conveniently distributing items to students who need them!

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. It’s core values also include caring and inclusiveness. At Marion High School, the Key Club takes on projects each year to make a positive impact on their school and their community. For more information about how you can help support our students’ efforts, please contact club sponsor Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at the school, 664-9051.

Marion Community Schools and Marion High School are proud of our students’ compassion and activism in support of fellow students and their families. Learning goes beyond the classroom, and this is just one example of the opportunities offered at MCS for students to grow into real-world, life-ready Giants, ready to make a difference in the world.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team lengthened the list of teams they have defeated to 28 this past Saturday as they earned victory at the Blackford High School Raider Challenge. Continuing their undefeated season, the Giants bested nine other teams from Kentucky and Indiana as they continue their march toward the JROTC Raider State Championship later this month.



Marion High School JROTC cadets were victorious Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, defeating nine other teams at the Blackford High School Raider Challenge to become the overall champions. 
 

“What a tremendous victory for our cadets,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor and Raider Team coach. “This was the first year for the Blackford competition, which was aptly labeled the ‘Blackford Beat Down’ because it was so physically challenging. It was the hardest Raider competition we have ever attended.”

In spite of the challenges, the Giants placed in the top three in all graded events and earned first place in four.



The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team carries a simulated casualty during the Blackford High School Raider Challenge on Oct. 6, 2018. The Giants achieved overall victory at the competition by placing first in the litter carry and several of the other competitive events.
 

“I am so proud of my team,” said MHS junior I’Yela Hornaday, who was serving as the team commander for the first time. “They really pushed themselves and worked well together.”

The Giants were at a serious disadvantage on one event, the obstacle course. Marion High School does not have an obstacle course for the Raiders to train.

“Every time we face an obstacle course, which we do at most competitions, I just hope we have prepared as well as we can, considering our limitations,” said Farlow.  “Imagine the difficulty a football team would have if their place kicker did not have a goal post to practice on. That is kind of where we are as we compete with Raiders.”



Marion High School JROTC cadets were victorious Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, defeating nine other teams at the Blackford High School Raider Challenge to become the overall champions. 

 
That challenge doesn’t deter the cadets, though.

“I love the obstacle courses,” MHS junior Tyron Rice said. “They are the most challenging and most fun events at any competition.”

The Giants travel this Saturday for another regional Raider competition hosted by Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. There they will face teams from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.



Marion High School senior DJ Smith completes an obstacle at the Blackford High School JROTC Raider Challenge on Oct. 6, 2018. The Giants were victorious, beating nine other teams at the competition. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our IT Academy. Check it out:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC hosted their fall biathlon on Saturday. Thirteen teams competed in the running and marksmanship event. The Marion teams earned multiple top finishes, including first place in the male category.



The two-person teams competed in their respective categories as male, coed, or female teams. The cadets ran 1,000 meters and then were required to take five shots with an air rifle at a target 10 meters away. For every missed shot, the cadets had to run a penalty lap of approximately 150 meters. The cadets completed this cycle three times. After the last shooting portion, the cadets ran one more 1,000-meter lap. The individual cadets’ times were combined with their team member into one team time. The fastest overall time won.

Marion’s male team of senior DJ Smith and junior Tyron Rice earned the top placement, with a combined time of 47:42, beating their closest competitors by nearly 5 minutes.

“This was my first biathlon so it was awesome to win,” Rice said. “I can’t wait to do a repeat when we host the spring biathlon.

The MHS female team of senior Audrey Dickerson and sophomore Kayleina O’Donnell earned second place in their category. Senior Hailey Teeguarden and sophomore Tayler Garriott claimed third place in the coed category.

“Biathlons are very challenging for the cadets,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, MHS JROTC senior Army instructor. “They have to balance running speed versus being able to maintain steady breathing for accurate shooting.”

Looking back on her third biathlon, Teegaurden said: “Biathlons combine two of my favorite activities: running and shooting. And the competition itself is just challenging and fun. I love it.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Power of She: Knowing Your Worth youth conference is coming up, and all Marion girls first grade through 12th grade are invited.


The Power of She is all about being confident, kind, and strong! This free local event will include fun activities, food, and more, and there's even a special part for moms. The Power of She will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCulloch Junior High School on Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here to visit the Amara House online. 

You can also register day-of at the event. There will be a registration packet that will need to be completed by a parent or guardian.