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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The students, teachers, staff, and administrators of Marion High School cordially invite all current and former members of the United States Armed Services and their family members to a Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony at Marion High School.

This event honoring and acknowledging the dedication, sacrifice and commitment of American veterans in their service to our nation will start at 10:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Bill Green Arena at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The ceremony, which will last about an hour, is also open to the public. Parking for the ceremony is located adjacent to the gymnasium. This event is handicapped-accessible.

Veterans are encouraged to come early and attend a welcoming reception in the school cafeteria, starting at 10 a.m.

Col. Eric Lopez will be the honored guest and speaker at this year’s ceremony. As commander of the U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade at Fort Knox, Ky., Lopez — who served seven combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan — is responsible for the Army recruiting mission in all or part of 16 states, including Indiana.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the JROTC Department, 765-664-9051 ext. 2455.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders competed this past weekend against the country’s best Army JROTC teams at the Raider National Championship, and claimed the title of best small school in the nation!


 
The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team earned the title as the Overall Champions in the Small School category during the Raider National Championship on Nov. 3-4, 2018, in Molena, Ga. The Giants placed fourth overall, defeating numerous larger schools and private military academies.


The Giants fielded two co-ed teams at the competition in Molena, Ga. The Giants A Team (varsity) competed in the two-day U.S. Army National Raider Championships and brought home fourth place — the highest placement of any small school team in the competition. The Giants B Team (JV) competed in the one-day All-Service Raider Challenge Championships and came in eighth. The Giants beat many private military academies and larger schools. Nearly 100 schools were competing.



The Marion High School JROTC Raider JV Team competed in the All-Service Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. The Giants earned an impressive eighth place finish from among the nearly 50 teams representing Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC programs. 


“Oh my gosh! What an amazing effort from our cadets!” said Lt. Col. (Retired) David Farlow, the senior Army instructor and coach for the Raider Team. “These results are the culmination of months of hard work and dedication. Our cadets faced off against the best teams from across the country, including many private military academies. The Giants proved that a small program from Marion, Indiana, can compete and win against the best Raiders from anywhere.”

This is the fourth year the Giants have competed in the Raider Nationals, and each year they have improved their standings in the final rankings.

In addition, two Marion cadets earned accolades for their placements during the Ultimate Raider Competition: senior Audrey Dickerson and junior Tyron Rice placed 21st and 25th in the nation, respectively.

During the Best Raider Competition, the cadets run nearly two miles while wearing a 35-pound backpack and negotiating various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale.



Cadet Audrey Dickerson scales a 10-foot wall after running nearly 2 miles with a 35-pound backpack during the Ultimate Raider Challenge during the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. 
 

Five events comprise the Raider National Championship, and the Giants A Team finished in the top 10 in all five!

The events and the Giants A Team’s placement in the 2018 competition were:

• 5-kilometer mountain run; sixth place
• 1-mile cross country rescue, where cadets wear 35-pound backpacks, carry a stretcher weighing up to 150 pounds, and negotiate various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale and a 30 feet long mud pit; fourth place
• One-rope bridge crossing nearly 90 feet over a river; ninth place
• Physical team test, where cadets run and carry a variety of items while negotiating an 800-meter course with various obstacles; fifth place
• The Gauntlet, where the cadets wear 35-pound backpacks and run nearly 1 mile through a wooded terrain while negotiating various obstacles, including a wall they must scale; fourth place

“I am so proud of how both teams competed this year,” said Dickerson, the Raider Team commander. “We continued to improve throughout the season. It was hard work but it was also the mental toughness coming from the heart of each Raider. These Raiders are awesome.”


 
Marion High School JROTC cadets Tyron Rice, I’Yela Hornaday, and David Cannon crawl from a culvert during the gauntlet event at the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. The Giants were the overall Champions in the Small School category and finished fourth overall, beating numerous larger schools and private academies in the competition.


Another veteran of the competition was already looking ahead.

“I really liked competing and winning this year,” said junior Tayler Garriott, who has for three years at the National Championship. “But next year is my senior year and we have to figure out how to improve to place even higher. That will be tough.”

Many individuals and organizations donated to help the MHS Raider team travel to the championship.

“We simply could not provide the cadets with such an opportunity without the tremendous support from our community and school system,” Farlow said.

The full list of cadets who competed:

A Team:
  • Audrey Dickerson
  • Juan Rodriguez
  • DJ Smith
  • Haley O’Neil
  • Tyron Rice
  • Tayler Garriott
  • Nick Elliott
  • David Cannon
  • Josiah Hamilton
  • I’Yela Hornaday
  • Kylee O’Neil
  • Kayleina O’Donnell
B Team:
  • Cheyenne Russ
  • Hailey Teeguarden
  • Jessica Pickell
  • Emily LeBlanc
  • Alyssa Townsend
  • Israel Ibanes
  • Lucas Riley
  • Josh Harris
  • Josh Nacke
  • Daniel Yancy
  • Kaleb Starr
  • Gabe Holland


The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team runs toward victory during the physical team test at the Raider National Championship. The Giants placed fifth on this event and earned the title as the Overall Champions in the Small School category in the competition Nov. 3-4, 2018, in Molena, Ga.
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 spots in All-State Honor Choirs.

John Flowers, Myles Kohn, both juniors at Marion High School, who have been selected for the Indiana Choral Directors Association’s All-State Honor Choir; and to Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders, who have been selected for the Indiana Music Educators Association’s All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir. Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students on this outstanding achievement!

This is the second year in a row for this honor for both Myles and Caleb. Christian joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fifth year in a row that choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Caleb and Michelle are helping to build the tradition at Justice, which is sending students for the second year in a row.

            

 
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. 18 and 19, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The will perform on Jan. 19 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne.

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 teachers, Christina Huff at Justice/McCulloch, and Bryce Conway at MHS!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Every year, the Community Foundation of Grant County awards a variety of scholarships to Grant County students, some of which are available only to Marion High School students. We urge all Marion High School seniors to fill out this application!

The submission deadline is Jan. 31, but some scholarships require reference letters and other additional information. Start now!

>> Click here for more information 




— For more information on scholarship opportunities, click here to check out the Guidance Department's scholarship page —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Five Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Jazz Educators Association All-District Jazz Honor Band.

For two of these students, this is the second honor band they’ve been selected to this year. For two others, it’s the second honor band selection this year.

“We’ve more than doubled our representation from last year in the IJEA Honor Band, reflecting our students’ continued hard work. We are so proud of our talented students for this achievement,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff.

The musicians selected:
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Maylen Bowen, senior, bass guitar (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, piano
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians have been notified and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, All-District Jazz Honor Band members from around the central Indiana region will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 11, they will perform together at Pendleton Heights High School. (Time of performance will be released when available.) These five MHS students are the only students selected from Grant County!

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Jazz Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

Earlier this month, the Indiana Bandmasters Association's All-District Honor Band selections were announced. In addition to the two who were also named to the IJEA Honor Band, six students were. (Click here for the full list.) In total, MHS has 13 selections, and 11 different students, in the honor bands announced so far this year.