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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Teachers Association will award two $500 scholarships to members of the Marion High School Class of 2018 who plan to study education at the post-secondary level.

The deadline to apply is May 4, 2018. Criteria include academic achievement and leadership, as expressed through co-curricular activities and community involvement. The application materials also require recommendations and an essay.

This is a great opportunity for our students, and we are grateful to the MTA for offering this scholarship exclusively to MHS grads!

Click here to access the MTA 2018 scholarship application. For more information, contact Natalie Wierenga,

The Marion High School Guidance Department has information on dozens of other scholarships, too. Click here to view the Scholarship Page.
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 named Indiana's 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.
“I am pleased, honored, and humbled to accept this award and to represent MRCC and my students" Hueston said. "A very special thanks to Dr. Kris Condon for the nomination and to the ACT for selecting me, and an enormous salute to all of this year’s nominees across the country who have made incredible contributions to college and career readiness.”

Hueston has applied academic strategies to his curriculum that are key to preparing students for future courses and career readiness. 

“Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exception model for other career and technical education programs to follow, in addition to students learning about hardware and software they are also learning communication skills, responsibility and goal-setting,” said Dr. Condon, a member of the programs IT advisory board.
Mike Ripperger, director of MRCC, also noted the positive impact Hueston's students are having on the school and community.

"Mr. Hueston is an outstanding teacher who cares for our students and does a great job of training our students and then providing them with real world experiences," Ripperger said. "MRCC students complete internship experiences at different buildings inside Marion Community Schools and at the Marion Public Library.”
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.
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. 

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.

The MRCC IT class visits the Amazon Distribution Center. Mr. Hueston is sixth from the right.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Provided by the Civilian Marksmanship Program

At first glance, Marion High School JROTC Cadet Jadelynn Kendall looks like any other air rifle competitor. She carries her equipment into the range, sets up her gear and takes the firing line, just like all of the other members of her MHS Army JROTC sporter rifle team. In only her second year in the sport, she’s still learning the ropes.

“I’ve always been nervous to try new things,” she said.

Despite her fears, the 15-year-old from Indiana has come a long way. Her high school years were preceded by days of hardships and growth, but her teammates and those around her have helped to give her the confidence to stand strong — both on the leg she was born with and on the prosthetic she conceals beneath her clothing.

Because though she appears the same on the outside, Jadelynn is actually unlike anyone else. She is equipped with a powerful character that, despite being constantly given extra challenges through her disability, allows her to take on the world one step at a time.

When she was only 5 years old, Jadelynn's leg was damaged in a horrific accident. Doctors and nurses worked hard to save it, but they were unsuccessful. They had to amputate. The loss of part of her body and the addition of a new prosthetic leg to fill the void left young Jadelynn in a new world of both physical and emotional struggles.

“There’s been a lot,” she said. “Most of it was relearning everything that I had already learned to do. That was hard. But once I got the hang of it, it was OK.”

“Accepting the fact that it’s not going to come back was hard too,” she admitted. “But once I accepted it, I felt a lot better.”

The acknowledgement within her mind allowed the rest of her body to move forward as well. She discovered activities she enjoyed and clung to them – refusing to let a small physical difference set her back.

She grew to love swimming and became a member of a team for a few years, and would swim without her prosthetic. The experience taught her balance as she stood on the starting block, with only one leg, to begin a race. Jadelynn has also tried volleyball to test her athleticism.

While she worked to understand her new life, others around her had to do the same – but some refused to. Jadelynn admits she was bullied in school because of her prosthetic and had to move around before she discovered a school where she could be accepted. That’s when she found Marion High School.

She found encouragement there through friends and adult leaders. She is currently a member of her school choir, and she takes a Chinese class that’s led by an instructor who, according to Jadelynn, makes learning fun.

And, of course, she joined her JROTC air rifle team through a bit of happenstance and the compassion of a leader within the school who is driven to reveal the true potential of all of his students.

While out playing for Cadet Challenge, a physical fitness test for students in the program, an instructor pulled her to the side and asked her about her leg. According to Jadelynn, he said to her, “Well, why aren’t you on my marksmanship team?” She found that she didn’t really have an answer, so she listened to what he had to say.

The man was Lt. Col. David Farlow – coach of the JROTC rifle team. He recognized Jadelynn’s strong disposition, and, without hesitation, knew that he wanted her courage to be a fixture on his team.

He explained their first meeting, saying: “When I mentioned it to her, she said, ‘I have a prosthetic leg,’ and I said, ‘So? Don’t let it be an excuse.’ And she took the challenge.”

He went on: “I don’t believe in limitations. Shooting is a sport that she can shoot in and do well. She can overcome the adversity that she has.”

Since then, Jadelynn has flourished as a member of the air rifle team. She has made new friends and loves traveling to different areas of the country from match to match. Now in her second year as a sporter shooter, she recently had the chance to go to Georgia for the first time and take a tour of the south – also trekking through Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

On top of getting to see more of the world, she has also now seen more of the good in people of the world as a member of a group of peers that has been supportive of her from the start.

“They’re really comfortable with me being around, which makes me feel more a part of the team,” she said.

Jadelynn’s newfound confidence has even made her more open to talking about her amputated leg, cracking jokes about about it with her teammates. She makes everyone laugh, trying her best to bring smiles to those around her with her humor.

“We like to think that JROTC at our school, it’s a family. And, family doesn’t necessarily always get along, but family sticks together,” Farlow said. “And so, we stick together. She has a leavening affect on our team. She’s just a gentle spirit.”

Jadelynn's will has allowed her to learn quickly in the three-position air rifle sport. She admits that the standing position has been difficult for her, and a recent knee surgery on her good leg left her unable to perform the kneeling position during JROTC Regionals at Camp Perry in February. But, with fortitude, she still competed – firing in the standing position twice instead.

Farlow explained how he stayed optimistic with Jadelynn during the match, saying: “She was really disappointed that she wasn’t going to be able to shoot in a kneeling position [at regionals]. So I said, ‘Just beat them in the standing.’ She’s a young shooter, still developing. But, she’s a great kid.”

“It takes a lot of practice to shoot,” Jadelynn said. “It’s something you really have to work at to be able to do.”

Along with intense effort and practice, Jadelynn knows a reliable coach is essential for success. With his down-to-earth rapport with his athletes and his ability to really listen to them, Jadelynn said that her coach is an impressive figure in her life who has helped her to reach where she is today.

“He’s so funny, and he cares about his cadets. He treats you well,” she said. “He does funny things, and it makes us laugh. He’ll always make you feel better when you’re in a bad mood.”

Farlow said he’s going to try to move Jadelynn into precision level next year, when she’s a junior. If she likes it, she can keep moving up in her abilities and maybe even one day join the Paralympics.

“There are opportunities for her,” he said.

And with a laugh, Jadelynn said: “I’m thinking about it."

Though she has struggled in her life from an early age, Jadelynn has found the strength to stand and not let unfortunate circumstances keep her down. She has set an example for others who may also have an ailment by showing them that with a little bravery and the determination to get the most out of life, anything is possible. And, along with perseverance, having a strong community around you is just as important.

“My friends and family – they’re amazing, and they help me,” she said. “You don’t know what you can do until you try it, and just because you have a disability, you shouldn’t just not try it. You should try it and see if you like it.”

Farlow said of his remarkable athlete: “She has the spirit of a champion. She doesn’t let anything bother her. She’s very hard working, and she’s the most pleasant young lady. She’s just a joy to have on the team.”

As for her future, Jadelynn will try to keep up with her shooting career, but what she’s really passionate about is going to college to learn more about prosthetics. With her personal experiences and resilience, she wants to be able to provide others in her situation with everything her prosthetic has given her since she was 5 years old – support.

“That’s the plan,” she said, with a smile.


Thank you to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for putting the spotlight on this outstanding Giant! 

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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.

Aimee de las Alas, an MHS senior, earned a Silver Award in the drawing / illustration category at national level competition for her piece titled “AIM.”, 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 Aimee on this outstanding national honor!

She also earned regional awards for two other pieces: a Silver Key for “Vitamin S”; and an Honorable Mention for “Dive In”, seen below in that order.


Zoe Case, an MHS senior, earned a regional Gold Key award for her digital art work titled "Connection", the first image seen below. She also earned three regional Silver Keys for her pieces titled "Soul", "The Face of Resistance", and "Panther", which appear in that order below.


Greer Decker, MHS senior, earned several regional awards in the photography category: Silver Keys for two pieces titled “Cancer” and “Wings”, and Honorable Mentions for “Trapped” and “The Oracle”; these pieces are seen in that order below.


Ayawna Kemp, MHS junior, earned a regional Silver Key for her sculpture titled "Tropopause", seen below.


Ethan Eltzroth, MHS junior, earned a regional Honorable Mention in the ceramics / glass category for his piece titled "Summer House", seen below.


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, through April 8. 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, and in 2017

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

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductions are being accepted through May 9, 2018.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to, by May 9.

For nomination forms and more information, including details on previous inductees, click here to visit the Hall of Distinction section of our website

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email