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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Members of Marion High School choral groups will be helping to make spirits bright this holiday season.

They will be caroling at Brookdale Assisted Living Center on Monday, Dec. 11, and at the VA Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

We're proud of our talented choir students and their director, and we're pleased to see them share their talents with our community!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

We hope to see you there!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In their first competition of the year, the Marion High School JROTC Drill team earned multiple top placements — including two first-place finishes — last weekend at the University of Toledo.


During drill team competitions, cadets perform precision drill movements under the watchful eye of Army drill sergeants. Saturday, in addition to the two top finishes, the Giants brought home pairs second- and third-place finishes as well.

“What a great start to our competitive season,” Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Jon Smith, the Giants’ Army instructor, said. “With nearly half the team being freshman, our performance showed that we have the depth and abilities for this and future years.  I am proud of how our cadets performed. “

The Giants competed against eight other schools in multiple events, including:
  • Color guard (regulation)
  • Unarmed squad regulation drill
  • Armed squad regulation drill
  • Unarmed squad exhibition drill
  • Individual exhibition
  • Duet exhibition
The regulation events require the cadets to perform a specified routine mandated by the Army’s drill regulations. During exhibition events, cadets are free to develop their own routine, but it must last a specified length of time. During the competition, several drill sergeants and Senior ROTC cadets watch the movements of each cadet, looking for any minor infraction or mistake.

Cadet DJ Smith earned first place in the individual exhibition event, his highest finish ever in this category.

“As soon as they announced the second-place finisher, I knew I had won,” he said. “It felt great.”

Smith also partnered with Cadet Austen Robbins for a top finish in the duet exhibition category.

The Toledo competition also allowed teams composed of only first-year cadets to compete in the various events. The Giants’ first-year color guard team, composed of Hayleigh Cravens, Kaitlin Alcantar, Jessica Pickell, and Korbin Elliott, earned a third-place finish.

Other top finishes for the Giants were:
  • Second place, individual exhibition, Cadet Joseph O’Donnell
  • Second place, unarmed squad exhibition
  • Third place, veteran color guard
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC’s senior Army instructor lost a bet with his cadets, and now has to eat the world’s stinkiest fish. 

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow bet his Raider team that if they placed in the top five on any event during the JROTC Raider National Championship in November in Molena, Ga., he would eat surströmming, a Swedish canned fermented herring, said to be one of the strongest-smelling foods in the world.

The Giants’ all-female Raider team rose to the challenge, earning fifth place in the physical team test component of the national competition. So now, Farlow will eat the smelly fish in front of his team at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the JROTC Department at MHS.

“Leaders provide purpose, direction, and motivation,” Farlow said. “So to provide some motivation for the Raider Team, I agreed I’d eat that nasty stuff if they earned a top five placement. So now I have to pay up. Yuck!”

But Farlow is not alone. Fred Johnson, who volunteers as the Raiders’ assistant coach, will also join in.

“I will be sure to have a full stomach before I try to eat that stuff,” Johnson said. “I know whatever is in my belly will likely come up.”

There are multiple challenge videos on the internet showing people attempting to eat surströmming.  The smell of the fish usually overcomes all who make the attempt.

“I want to be there so bad to see him (Farlow) try to eat the fish,” said Raider team member Hailey Teeguarden. “I may have to stay on the opposite side of the room to watch though.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is proud to announce that choir students from three of our schools have earned a spot on the 2018 IMEA All-State Honor Choirs.

Congratulations to Myles Kohn, a sophomore at Marion High School, Mia de las Alas, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff, a fifth-grader, and Emily Luckey, a sixth-grader, on this outstanding achievement!

Myles is the first MHS choral student in recent years to have earned a spot in the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Mia joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fourth year in a row choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Junior High Honor Choir. Caleb and Emily are making history as the first Justice Intermediate students to ever audition for the IMEA Elementary Honor Choir, and the first Justice students selected for the choir.

Students submit a recorded audition in the fall, which is then evaluated by three judges and compared against hundreds of other students from across the state. This is an elite group, as each of the honor choirs includes only about 150 singers, some of the best in the state.

The choirs will gather together for two days of rehearsal on Jan. 11 and 12, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The elementary and junior high students will perform on Jan. 12 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, and the high school students will perform there on Jan. 13.

The All-State Honor Choir is a great opportunity for these talented students, and will give them the chance to learn and grow as musicians. We are so proud of all three of these students, and their teacher, Christina Huff!