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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Thirteen cadets from Marion High School’s JROTC program recently participated in summer camp at Camp Atterbury, a week of physical and leadership challenges designed to push them beyond what they thought they could do. Once Marion cadet was named the best cadet in his platoon, and three others were named to the Top 10.

Marion High School JROTC cadets Eric Asher, Angel Morales, Jade McKoon, Ashley White, and Paige Asher pause for a photo during the water operations at JROTC summer camp at Camp Atterbury.

Cadets were selected for recognition by their cadre/instructors for recognition from their respective platoon. Because of his superior performance and attitude, Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph O’Donnell was selected as the No. 1 cadet from his platoon of approximately 55 cadets. He was one of only four selected for this honor from the 200 cadets, representing 19 Indiana JROTC programs.

The three Marion cadets selected to be among the Top 10 Honor Graduates from their respective platoon were Adrianna Aleman, Jerit Wigner, and A’Yela Hornaday. 

Cadet Aleman was also recognized for her superior performance while serving as the Cadet command sergeant major during the camp. Cadet Josue Martinez received the Commandant’s Medal for his ability to overcome fear while rappelling off the 60-foot tower.

“It is truly quite an accomplishment for our program to have so many cadets recognized by the camp cadre/instructors for these honors,” said Command Sgt. Maj. (retired) Jon Smith, Army Instructor at Marion High School. “It speaks to the strength of our program and the quality of our cadets. In my opinion, all of our cadets who attended camp are exceptional. The Marion cadets were only small percentage of the total cadet population at camp but earned multiple top cadet recognition.”

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Jerit Wigner overcomes his fears while rappelling off a 60-foot tower at JROTC Summer Camp at Camp Atterbury.

The mission of JCLC is to provide an environment conducive to practical application of good citizenship and leadership techniques taught during the school year. The cadets faced many physical challenges, including rappelling, obstacles courses, land navigation, and a leadership reaction course. Additionally, they learned water safety and survival techniques.

“Camp was a great experience,” said O’Donnell, who has attended two previous JCLCs. “I was surprised and honored to be selected as the No. 1 cadet from my company.”

The cadets rose at 6 a.m. each morning and conducted a full day of training, then ended with two hours of athletic competition each evening. Their bunks, personal area, and barracks were inspected each day to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness. They learned how to function as part of a team, completing most tasks in squad-sized elements comprised of about a dozen cadets.

Other cadets from Marion High School attending JCLC were Paige Asher, Eric Asher, Ashley White, Jade McKoon, Audrey Dickerson, Kaleb Starr, Angel Morales, Tayler Garriott, and Lucas Riley.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Five members of the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team improved their skills and earned awards at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Three Position Junior Air Rifle Camp.

The camp focused on developing the advanced marksmanship techniques to help the cadets improve their skills.  Part of the training included teaching the cadets how to handle the pressures of competition. The week-long camp concluded with a match in which the Marion cadets earned many of the top finishes.

Cadet Taylor Sorah, an incoming senior at MHS who serves as the Giant’s rifle team captain, soundly defeated the other 39 competitors to earn the first place finish in the match.  Levi Hofmann, an incoming sophomore, placed third; Hailey Teagarden, an incoming junior took fifth place; and Rhianna Gary, an incoming senior finished in eighth place. These four were among only eight shooters to advance into the final shooting relay, reserved for the very best marksmen in the competition.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Taylor Sorah takes aim during the final relay of the rifle competition hosted at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohia. Sorah soundly defeated all other marksman during the competition.

“I was determined to beat my placement in the final match,” said Sorah, who placed third last year at the Rifle Camp. “I focused on what I was taught during the camp. And it worked.”

It was great to see the cadets’ progress, said Lt. Col. (retired) David Farlow, the Giants coach.

“Our cadets performed superbly at the camp and during the competition,” he said. “They actively learned the lessons taught during the camp, which greatly improved their skills. Then, in the final competition they demonstrated that they could put those skills to the test during the high pressure of competition.”

Jadelynn Kendall, an incoming sophomore, was among the few first-year shooters to attend the camp.  She dramatically improved her skills, achieving a personal high score while at the camp. She also placed 16th during the final competition.

“I was so surprised to see how much I really improved,” Kendall said at the end of the camp. “I was a bit nervous being with all of these more experienced shooters.”

Marion High School JROTC Rifle Team members take aim during the Civilian Marksmanship Programs Junior Rifle Camp at Camp Perry, Ohio. The cadets learned advanced marksmanship skills while attending the week-long camp.

Kenadall was not the only Marion cadet to set a personal record during the camp. Teeguarden also shot her personal best, and Hofmann improved his score by 70 points.

“I love coming to Rifle Camp,” said Gary, who attended her last camp as a junior shooter. “I am even more determined now to work hard this year so our team can return to the National Championship.”

The cadets were able to attend the camp in part due to the generous scholarships provided by the Deer Creek Conservation Club and Deer Creek Realty Corp.

The rifle team members shoot air rifles at targets 33 feet away. They shoot from three positions; standing, kneeling, and prone. Millimeters can separate a shooter from winning or losing.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Online registration for the 2017-18 school year at Marion Community Schools is now open! 

Families with students who were enrolled at an MCS school last year can register their students online.

>> Click here to register using the PowerSchool Parent Portal

The online registration process can be completed at any internet-connected computer (including the public stations available at Marion Public Library). However, computer/internet access and staff assistance will also be available during our onsite registration days, set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (This will be the location for registration for all MCS schools, K-12. Staff from all school buildings will be available on those days at Marion High School.) Please enter at Door 4 on the 26th Street side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street. 

Those with students who are new to MCS (including kindergartners) should plan to attend our onsite registration days to provide needed documentation and information, including proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill with your name and address), and the name and contact information for the school your student most recently attended, along with any health/allergy information.

>> Click here for a flier with registration information, school supply lists, and a school year calendar

Textbook fees and deposits can also be paid online as part of the registration process, or at the onsite registration days (where you can avoid the online payment processing fee).

A note for students registering for classes at Marion Regional Career Center: MHS students will register for MRCC classes during the regular registration process outlined above. However, MRCC has separate times set for county students who will attend in the fall: between 8:30 and 11 a.m. or 12:30 and 3 p.m. on July 12 and 13 at Marion High School. Please enter at Door 7 on the east side of the building. Parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please do not park in the circle off 26th Street.

More information about MCS enrollment is available online at, in the “Enrollment” tab.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2017 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction. The five alumni inductees include GIANTS in the fields of business, dentistry, and education.

The selection committee chose the five inductees from a field of nominees under consideration. Nominees remain under consideration for a period of up to three years.

The 2017 inductees are:
  • Art Faulkner, Marion High School Class of 1958, a well-known, highly respected philanthropist and humanitarian in the Marion community, who retired as a department director at Marion General Hospital and who served for years on the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
  • Richard Harris, Marion High School Class of 1965, longtime owner of Matthews Buick (until 2014), active community leader, and philanthropist.
  • Dave Tippey, Marion High School Class of 1969, outstanding science educator at Marion Community Schools and Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Courtney Gorman, D.D.S., ABO, Marion High School Class of 1979, longtime owner of Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics, with offices in Marion and throughout central Indiana, sought-after educator and speaker, active community leader, and philanthropist.
  • Latondra Newton, Marion High School Class of 1986, chief diversity officer and senior vice president for the Walt Disney Company, following a long career with Toyota Motor Corp. in various leadership roles, ultimately as group vice president for social innovation, chief diversity officer for North America, and project general manager of the corporate citizen division.

The 2017 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 29.

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.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. More information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, is available at in the Alumni section.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is a Summer Food Service Program participant. Free breakfast and lunch is available to the public (to anyone 18 or younger) as follows this summer:

All meals will be served at the cafeteria at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Monday through Thursday, June 5 through June 29.
  • Breakfast for the public will be served from 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.
  • Lunch for the public will be served from 12:30 a.m. to 12:40 Monday through Wednesday and 11:30 to 11:40 on Thursday.
Giant Summer Academy and MHS summer session students will also be provided free breakfast and lunch, but there will be separate meal times for them: 7:30 to 8 a.m. for breakfast, and between 11 and 12:30 p.m. for lunch Monday through Wednesday, and 11 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, or sack lunch on field trips.

The Summer Food Service Program for Children was created to serve nutritious meals to children when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available. Under this program, free meals are provided to all eligible children ages 1 to 18 as well as people with disabilities, regardless of age, who participate in a special education program.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

>> Click here for a flier to post or make copies available in your office or business, or to hand out to those who need to know