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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School football team has a new coach, and he's a familiar face.

Ryan Vermillion, an MHS graduate, now MHS special education teacher, was officially named the Giants' new football head coach on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. You can learn more about him at!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 1, 2013) — The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team was among the top finishers in its first competition over the weekend.

The 10-member team placed third at the Raider invitational at Hobart High School on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The team competed against several more experienced teams at the invitational, Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for MHS JROTC, said.

MHS JROTC cadets pose for a photo with their third-place trophy at their first-ever Raider Team competition.

The competition tested the teamwork, physical stamina, and field craft of each Raider. During the competition, cadets took an exam to test their JROTC knowledge and also completed various physical challenges:
  • Constructed and crossed a one-rope bridge.
  • Moved seven tires weighing between 100 and 400 pounds the length of a football field.
  • Carried a litter (stretcher) weighing 150 pounds for 1 kilometer while wearing 30-pound backpacks.
  • Did as many push-ups and sit-ups as they could in three minutes.
  • Conducted terrain orientation to find designated points.
  • Ran 2.5 miles.

MHS JROTC cadets compete in physical challenges during the Raider Team invitational at Hobart High School on March 30, 2013.

“They were tired Cadets when the day’s events were over but stood proud while being presented their first-ever trophy and medallions for a Raider event,” Farlow said. “The Cadets continue to excel.”

Cadets who competed were:
  • Wyatt Todd, team commander
  • David Bilbee
  • Noland Stewart
  • James Franks
  • Jacob Johnson
  • Joziah Miller
  • Tyler Mackessy
  • Devon Tarlton
  • Jesenia Trujilio
  • Brooke Johnson
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 1, 2013) — Marion High School senior Nithia Chowattukunnel has earned the distinction of being one of only four Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship runners-up in the county, and has been awarded a Grant County Community Foundation Board Scholarship of $4,500 for four years.

Two of this year’s Lilly finalists – Abram Fleming and Christine Harper, seniors at Mississinewa High School and Oak Hill High School, respectively - on Monday, April 1, 2013, were named as the county’s 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship nominees. They will receive the Lilly scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees for for years to an Indiana college of their choice, plus an annual book stipend.

Nithia, along with the five other finalists, were honored at a banquet on March 14, 2013.

She plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington and major in pre-med.

The other three runners-up are Jennifer Daniel, senior at Madison-Grant High School; Joel Kiers, senior at The King’s Academy; and Logan Dooley, senior at Eastbrook High School.

All of the runners-up will be eligible to earn additional Community Foundation scholarships as well, according to the organization, which administers 120 funds that provide scholarships to local students.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools' Unified Basketball teams just finished up a successful 2012-13 season.

Unified Basketball is an extra-curricular opportunity for students with identified cognitive or physical disabilities. Participants play on a basketball team with their age-appropriate peer helpers. McCulloch Junior High School and Marion High School both fielded teams that competed against the other county schools.

The Marion High School Unified Basketball team, from left: Coach Beth Jones, Jason Bryant, Jeff Herring, Jesse Browning, Moesha Goolsby, Dakota Navarro, Jartisha Colvin, and Bethan Bridenthal, peer tutor.

This year, McCulloch teacher Fred Colhepp and Marion High School teacher Beth Jones were the team’s coaches. They worked with the students on basic basketball skills, but more importantly taught them about teamwork by encouraging them to do their best while participating in this fun activity.

Team members were given Marion Giants uniforms to wear during games. The teams traveled by bus to the away games and hosted one home event.

Just like at a traditional school basketball game, the teams were announced individually and the national anthem was sung by one of the players. Student referees were called in to officiate each of the games.

One of the most exciting things that happen at a Unified Basketball game is when a player makes a basket. Everyone in the crowd cheers, no matter what team they are rooting for.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Six of Grant County’s finest young minds received recognition for their accomplishments at the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Banquet Thursday.

The event, at Meshingomesia Country and Social Club, honored six students who are finalists for full-ride college awards presented by the Community Foundation and Lilly Foundation.

Two winners will be announced April 1. The remaining students will receive Robert R. Board and Janice M. Board Scholarships for $4,500 renewable each year, as opposed to a one-time $2,000 award previously.

Marion High School senior Nithia Chowattukunnel thanked math teacher and tennis coach Doug Porter, her older brother and her parents.