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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Members of the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team squared off against the best shooters from across the nation during the Army JROTC Air Rifle National Championship — the first time the Giants have earned the privilege to compete at this level.

The five-member team faced 52 other teams comprising 275 cadet marksmen during the championship, which ran Feb. 16 through 18. 

“Our team has been shooting really well this year,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Rifle Team coach. “It was an honor and quite an accomplishment for us to advance to the National Championship.  Even though we are the Indiana JROTC State Champions, we have never shot at this level against such top competitors.”

The Marion team comprised cadets Kayleigh Smith, a senior, Taylor Sorah and Rhianna Gary, juniors, Hailey Teeguarden, a sophomore, and Levi Hofmann, a freshman.

“It was intense to say the least,” said Sorah, the Giants’ team captain. “There were a lot of really good shooters here.”

The National Championship was conducted at three regional locations over the past two weeks: Camp Perry, Ohio; Anniston, Ala.; and Las Vegas.

The Giants finished in 11th among the 20 teams at Camp Perry, and 42nd from among the 53 Army teams in the National Championship. Gary and Teeguarden finished as the 24th-place and 27th-place shooters, respectively, at Camp Perry. Both of them set personal high-score records during the championship.

“I was very proud of my shooting,” Gary said. “It felt amazing to know that I have the capability of shooting that well all along. I just needed to change my mindset to shoot better, and I did.”

The Giants have four more high-level rifle matches left this season.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Support our Unified Basketball team and our Champions Together program by purchasing a 2017 Grant County Unified Basketball T-shirts!

Some sizes are currently available for pickup from the MCS Special Services Department. Other sizes are available to order. Please contact Lisa Graham,, for more information.

Sizes S through XL are $15; 2XL is $17; 3XL is $18. All proceeds go to support the Champions Together program here at Marion Community Schools, and Special Olympics Indiana. Champions Together is a partnership between Special Olympics and the IHSAA. Click here to learn more!

Unified Sports is about teamwork, the joy of competition, and friendship. Please consider a donation to this great organization.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Check out the latest episode of WSOT's Giant Showcase monthly TV show featuring Marion Community Schools news!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, a prestigious designation earned only by about 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who apply each year.

The MCS School Board honored Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema as NMSC semifinalists in September 2016.

Juniors across the U.S. apply for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT as juniors. Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema, seniors at MHS who have earned the finalist designation (earned by only 15,000 students nationwide), are now in line for potential college scholarships sponsored by corporations and colleges across the country.

Anne Marie plans to study Spanish and international relations. She is still weighing her college options. Micah plans to attend Taylor University in Upland, where he will major in biology / pre-med and Spanish.

We congratulate Anne Marie and Micah and wish them continued success as they move into the next phase of their lives!

They are the fifth and sixth NMSC finalists at Marion High School in the last four years. They follow in the footsteps of Class of 2015 NMSC finalists Alyssa Ngo and Noah Todd, along with Class of 2014 NMSC semifinalist Vinnai Oddiraju.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that the Marion High School band program is a recipient of a GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, along with a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation!
The GRAMMY Foundation facilitates grants, in cooperation with other organizations, to support outstanding efforts in high school music education, and to award deserving high school music programs with critically needed funding in selected communities around the country.

The GRAMMY Foundation expressed support and gratitude to the MHS band program for its role in “shaping the future of music”, and in “bringing the power and joy of music to the next generation.”

Through the GRAMMY in the Schools program, the GRAMMY Foundation aims to draw public attention to the critical importance of maintaining music education as a core element of school curricula. At Marion Community Schools we believe that music education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. Grants and community support enable us to continue to improve opportunities for young musicians in our community. We are grateful to be the recipient of this $2,000 grant.

Even in a time of reduced spending, Marion Community Schools has increased its commitment to fine arts. Marion High School has the only competitive marching band program in the county, McCulloch Junior High School is the only school in the state to have earned the JME Total Department All Music Award from the Indiana State School Music Association two years in a row, and we have added staff at Justice Intermediate to provide more opportunities to the young musicians there. We believe in the power of arts education to change lives. Creative solutions and partnerships are essential to provide for all the needs that come with a growing music education program.

If you would like to support the MHS band program, there are several ways to do so, through a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association:
  • You can give an earmarked donation to the Marion High School Alumni Association, which will then pass it along to the band program. MHSAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donation is tax-deductible when allowed by applicable laws. You can give online here, or you can email if you would like to make other arrangements, or for more information.
  • You can take a look at our Wish List and provide a donation directly to a specific need. These donations are also funneled through MHSAA, so they may be tax deductible. Click here for more information.
  • You can give to the Giant Arts Endowment at the Community Foundation of Grant County, which will provide funding for arts education throughout Marion Community Schools for years to come. You can give online here.
If you’d like more information about the band program’s specific needs, you can email MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff at