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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

On May 18, the sixth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us!

Highlights will include the Chain Reaction Ceremony; the annual Student Kindness Awards and Staff Kindness Awards; the Kindness Chain Parade (where representatives from each school march in with paper chains, with each link representing an act of kindness noticed throughout the school year); and a carnival with bounce houses, photo booth, food, and more!

The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Marion High School gym. Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions can be purchased from any Marion PK-8 school office in advance for five for a $1, and will be available at the door for four for $1; proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system.

The Chain Reaction Ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) The ceremony will feature:
  • MHS JROTC presenting the flag.
  • Performances by school music groups.
  • Presentation of Student Kindness Awards, which honor one student from each school who embodies the spirit and kindness and who consistently exhibits it to those around them.
  • Messages from district administrators.
  • The Kindness Chain Parade.
The carnival will begin immediately after the ceremony.

All schools participate in the creation of the Kindness Chains throughout the year, but each school also has various other ways of recognizing and encouraging students and staff who display kindness and have an impact on others. At some schools, this includes cards or other rewards given for specific acts of kindness. At others, it involves recognition in a bulletin board display. The Student Kindness Awards are a natural outgrowth of this recognition process. One student from each building is selected by their administrators. We believe that simple acts of kindness have the power to change our classrooms, our schools, our community, and the world. Because of that, we truly believe the Student Kindness Awards are some of the highest honors we can bestow.

Marion Community Schools is proud of our students and staff who are starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion and making positive changes in our schools and community. We hope that students of all ages and their families, along with community members, will come and help us celebrate at the Kindness Rally!

>> The All-City Art Show runs on May 18 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walton Center at MHS. Stop by and take a look at some of the art on display from our talented students!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted April 20, 2018

Marion Community Schools' All-City Art Show is coming to Marion High School's Walton Performing Arts Center once again!

All MCS buildings will be showing student artwork, and MCS choral and band programs will provide music from all ages. Come see outstanding artwork created by our own Marion Giants. You can also join in some hands-on activities!

The All-City Art Show will be open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, with awards to follow at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. Friday evening, the MCS Kindness Rally will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Bill Green Arena — stop by both if you have time! Saturday the Art Show will also feature performances by Marion Community Schools music groups:
  • Noon: Allen/Riverview Elementary Students
  • 12:30 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Band
  • 1 p.m.: McCulloch Jazz Choir
  • 1:30 p.m.: Justice Pep Band
  • 2 p.m.: Elementary Circle the State with Song performers
  • 2:30 p.m.: McCulloch Honors Choir
  • 3 p.m.: MHS Virtuoso
  • 3:30 p.m.: MHS Jazz Band
In addition, Sing on the Green, the MHS Choral Department's annual end-of-the-year show, is set for 7 p.m. May 19 in the Walton Center auditorium.

Marion Community Schools’ art programs have consistently offered students outstanding opportunities, and in the last few years several students have had their works chosen for regional, state, and even national competitions, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in Color awards and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Our art programs culminate with a wide array of courses at Marion High School, including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and more.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Program hosted their spring biathlon on Saturday. Fourteen teams competed in the running and marksmanship event. The Marion teams earned multiple first-place finishes and produced the meet’s fastest female competitors.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Tayler Garriott, DJ Smith, and Thomas Schenck encourage team member Hailey Teeguarden as she sprints the final portion of the biathlon hosted at MHS on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Teeguarden and Garriott teamed up to win the coed category.

The two-person teams competed in their respective categories as male, coed, or female teams. The cadets ran 1,000 meters and then were required to take five shots with an air rifle at a target 10 meters away. For every missed shot, the cadets had to run a penalty lap of approximately 150 meters. The cadets completed this cycle three times. After the last shooting portion, the cadets ran one final 1,000-meter lap. The individual cadets’ times were combined with their team member into one team time. The fastest overall time won.

Marion’s female team of senior Adriana Aleman and junior Audrey Dickerson earned the top placement, with a combined time of 62:13. The Marion coed team of junior Hailey Teeguarden and sophomore Tayler Garriott claimed the top finish in their category.

Aleman easily earned the title of fastest female competitor by beating all other female cadets by more than two minutes with a blistering speed of 28:10.

“It was exciting to win in my last competition as a Giant,” Aleman said. “It has been a great four years to be a cadet and compete in all the different kinds of events.”

Marion High School JROTC cadets DJ Smith, Kaleb Starr, and Josiah Hamilton take aim during the shooting portion of the Giants’ spring biathlon at MHS on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

The Giants also earned two third-place finishes in the male and coed categories as senior Austen Robbins and junior DJ Smith teamed up in the male category, and freshman Jessica Pickell and sophomore Josiah Hamilton competed in the coed category.

“These cadets are amazing” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, MHS’s senior Army instructor. “Biathlons are very difficult. Cadets must balance running speed versus being able to maintain steady breathing for accurate shooting. The cadets’ lungs were on fire and their hearts were pounding, all of which makes it difficult to shoot straight and hit the target. But each missed shot brings the penalty of more running.”

Competing in her first-ever biathlon, Dickerson commented: “It was fun. But the shooting part was really hard. I was nervous each time I shot because I really didn’t want any penalties. They are awful.”

Marion High School JROTC cadets Thomas Schenck, Austen Robbins, and Josiah Hamilton encourage Audrey Dickerson to sprint her final section of the biathlon hosted at MHS on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Dickerson teamed with Adriana Aleman (not pictured) to win the female category during the annual competition against 13 other teams.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Tayler Garriott and Gavin Collins take aim during the shooting portion of the MHS biathlon on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Team member Jessica Pickell walks to her shooting position after completing the first 1,000-meter run.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is terribly saddened to hear of the tragic crash that claimed the life of a member of Marion High School's Class of 2018.

We wish to express sincere condolences to the family of Payton Rogers, a senior at Marion High School, and our thoughts are with the family of Baleeve Gregory, also a senior, as we fervently hope for her recovery from the injuries she suffered in the crash.

Counseling will be available in the coming days at the school for students and staff. We also encourage students in need of help to reach out to any adult at their school building.
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 Wednesday, May 9.

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. 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.

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