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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team had their best performance this season while competing against 10 other schools in a regional event recently hosted by Xavier University’s ROTC program. 

The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team competes in the armed exhibition event at Xavier University Saturday.

At the end of the competition on Saturday, when the placements were announced, the Giants had garnered more top three finishes than any other school present, making it their best competition yet this season.

“Our team is really progressing nicely this season,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the JROTC program’s Army instructor and team coach. “Three of our event commanders have been struggling thus far, but they really pulled it all together for this competition, and the results testified to their training and execution.”

Cadet Audrey Dickerson is one of those emerging leaders. She diligently trained and prepared her team for the unarmed squad exhibition, and they earned their first top-place finish at the Xavier competition. The squad also included Lunden Colley, I’Yela Hornaday, Joanna Hildago, Tyron Rice, Tayler Garriott, Kayleina O’Donnell, Eric Asher, and Kylee O’Neil.

“I had confidence in my team members going into the event,” Dickerson said. “While competing we had a few hiccups, but we brought it together and finished strong. I think we are ready for our next competition at Purdue University.”

The drill competition at Purdue university is considered by the Giants to be their toughest meet. There, they will face more than 30 schools, many of which compete at the national championship.

At Xavier, the Giants earned second place finishes in the exhibition duet and color guard events. The Giants also earned third place finishes in the squad armed regulation, squad un-armed regulation, color guard, and the individual exhibition events.

Marion High School JROTC cadets demonstrate precision, timing, and poise during the drill competition hosted Saturday at Xavier University. 

Cadet Tyron Rice bested nearly 200 other cadets to secure a fifth place finish in the individual knock-out competition. In knock-out, cadets conduct stationary drill movements under the watchful eye of a dozen drill sergeants. Cadets are removed (knocked out) from the competition for even the slightest mistake. As the number of cadets reduces, those remaining have even closer scrutiny from the drill sergeants.

“Nerve-wracking! Simply nerve-wracking,” Rice said about the knock-out competition. “I was shaking so badly, and that is why I was eventually knocked out.”

The Marion High School JROTC female color guard squad competes at Xavier University on Saturday.

Aside from the cadets having to learn and demonstrate various drill routines, these competitions teach cadets how to prepare and train for big events, and then to handle the stress and pressure of competing, Smith said.

“Being able to perform under intense pressure is a skill that will benefit these cadets as they progress into adulthood,” he said.

The Giants Drill Team travels Saturday to compete at Purdue University.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center instructor Travis Hueston, who leads MRCC’s information technology program, has been nominated as an ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion is an individual who has created or led a program that positively impacts their organization and community through improved readiness for college and career opportunities.
“During the past few years, Mr. Hueston designed, developed, and implemented a new information technology program at MRCC,” said Dr. Kristine Condon, a senior member of the IT program’s advisory board. “The curriculum is mapped to specific third-party credentials, such as Microsoft Office Specialist and related products. During the first week of class alone, nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors build and maintain their own computers, network servers, install and maintain hardware and software, and begin the process of earning third-party credentials.” 
Even beyond the hands-on work, though, the students are getting a head start on college. Through a dual credit partnership with Vincennes University, students who complete the program can earn fully transferable college credit.
“In addition,” Condon noted, “Mr. Hueston has developed and maintained meaningful partnerships with area businesses and industries, which provides students with hands-on internship experience and professional soft skill development.”
Many of Hueston’s students are deployed as support technicians within the Marion school district. This saves the district's IT department valuable time and resources and provides the students with invaluable professional experience. In addition, the program recently began public tech assistance hours in partnership with Marion Public Library.
“These applied academic strategies are key tools to preparing students for upper-division and career readiness,” Condon said. “In addition to teaching students about hardware and software logistics, this next generation of IT professionals is developing business-appropriate communications skills and learning the attributes of responsibility, goal-setting, and collaboration with colleagues, customers, and the public. Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exceptional model for other career and technical education programs to follow.”

MRCC's IT program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative, and it is a Microsoft Imagine Academy.
Marion Community Schools congratulates Hueston on this recognition! We are grateful for community partnerships, and for our outstanding faculty members and the opportunities they work hard to provide to our students. ACT is set to announce the College and Career Readiness Champions by April 2.

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from sending schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should talk to their high school counselor or call MRCC for more information, 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marching, spinning rifles, precision movements, focus, and synchronization were on display Saturday in Kentucky while two Marion High School JROTC cadets preformed their duet exhibition drill routine under the watchful eyes of Army Drill Sergeants. Every movement was scrutinized.  When the duo exited the competition floor, the audience knew they had just witnessed the champion performance.

Austen Robbins, an MHS senior, and DJ Smith, a junior, easily won the duet exhibition event; this was the second time the duo has earned a first place finish in as many competitions.

Twenty-two other Marion cadets joined in to compete in a series of drill and color guard routines against 13 other schools at the regional competition held at Bullitt High School, just a short distance from Fort Knox.  At the end of the day, the Giants also had earned two other top-place finishes.

“For a team with only three seniors — a very young team — we did really well,” said the team coach, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith. “Our first- and second-year cadets are really stepping up. Only a couple of minor mistakes kept us from several other wins. We know what to work on going forward. “

DJ Smith said he was confident during his first-place performance.

“I felt like we were doing very well. Everything seemed to be going fine,” he said, adding that it felt “amazing” to take the top finish. He also earned a second place finish in the individual exhibition event.

Jerit Wigner, a junior, earned the other notable finish for the Giants in the individual “knock-out” event.  Competing against nearly 300 other cadets, Wigner had to conduct stationary drill movements under the watchful eye of a dozen drill sergeants. Cadets were removed (knocked out) from the competition for even the slightest mistake. As the number of cadets reduced, those remaining had even closer scrutiny from the drill sergeants.

“I was so nervous I was shaking,” said Wigner, who placed fourth overall. “In fact, the drill sergeant knocked me out for my hand shaking while I was saluting.”

The Giants will travel Saturday to Xavier University for their next meet.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Winter Spirit Week is Feb. 5-9!

Student Senate wants YOU to help celebrate winter activities at MHS.
  • Missed-Alarm Monday: Wear your favorite (appropriate) pajamas
  • Purple and Gold Tuesday: Wear your Giant pride, and don't forget to turn out for the Mississinewa basketball game in the evening!
  • Meme/Vine Day Wednesday: Dress like your favorite meme/Vine character
  • Throwback Thursday: Dress as someone from your favorite time period
  • Class Color Friday: Wear your class color ready and be ready to participate in some class competitions at the pep session Friday afternoon. Then come out to the McCutcheon game Friday night!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center's Culinary Arts students have a special offer for you for Valentine's Day: Order special treats to share (or to enjoy yourself)!
Your choices:
  • Red velvet cupcakes, $1 each
  • Chocolate covered strawberries, which come in sets of 5, $5 per set
>> Order deadline is Feb. 9. Call 664-9091 (the MRCC office) to place your order, or if you are collecting orders from a group (at your workplace or organization) you can click here to download a form to fill out and turn in by Feb. 9.

All items will be available for pickup at the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave., on Feb. 14.