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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Drama Association will present its first show of the 2018-19 season, the annual 1 Night / 1 Dollar / 1 Act show, during Homecoming Weekend.

This annual tradition part of Giants Homecoming Week, and we hope to see many friends, family, and alumni in attendance!  The play presented will be Dark Road by Laura Lundgren Smith. The show will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets are only $1!

This powerful drama gives insight into the process by which evil becomes ordinary. When Greta, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, reads that the nearby women's concentration camp is hiring guards, she sees it as a chance to find her place in the world and provide for her sister Lise.  But soon she learns the reality of her duties, and so too does she learn how to justify her crimes, heading further and further down the dark road laid by the Third Reich.

Don't miss this chance to explore important and timeless topics with our talented students. We hope to see you there!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Homecoming Week is coming soon — get ready to show off your school spirit, your Giant Pride! Our theme this year is "Home Sweet Homecoming". Keep watching this space for updates.

There are also many events open to the community. (Those are denoted in purple.)

Here's a look at the activities planned at Marion High School:

Monday, Sept. 10
  • Dress-up theme: Home Away From Home - Vacation / Tourist Day (NOTE: This is also yearbook picture day - plan appropriately and bring clothes to change if needed)
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Boys tennis hosts Anderson: 5:30 p.m. at Bill Beekman Tennis Courts
Tuesday, Sept. 11
  • Dress-up theme: Make Yourself at Home - PJ Day
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Volleyball hosts Wabash6 p.m. at Bill Green Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 12
  • Dress-up theme: Rep Your Home - Class Color Day
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Boys volleyball tournament: 7 p.m. at Bill Green Arena; to sign up to play, see your class sponsor 
Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Dress-up theme: Home Movies - Character Day
  • Boys soccer hosts Anderson: 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium
Friday, Sept. 14
  • Dress-up theme: There's No Place Like Home - Purple and Gold Day!
  • Powderpuff football games / pep rally: 2:25 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium (altered class schedule); to sign up to play, see your class sponsor
  • Homecoming Parade: 5 p.m., click here for route
  • Giants fans tailgate: Fans are welcome to tailgate in the stadium lot after the parade, likely around 5:30 or 6 p.m.
  • MHS Choir Boosters Tenderloin Fry: Rock's Concessions will be serving all-you-can-eat tenderloin plus two sides and a drink from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The truck will be set up in the MHS football stadium parking lot by Door 14 of the arena. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for kids, free for ages 4 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Marion High School Choir Program.
  • Special recognition: 6:45 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium. Come and find out more!
  • Homecoming football game: Giants host Richmond, 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium 
  • MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductees recognized at halftime of the football game at Dick Lootens Stadium. Click here to learn more about the inductees.
  • Marching Giants perform post-game: 2018 competition show, "Pillars"
  • Home Sweet Homecoming House Party Dance: starts after game at the cafetaria, runs to midnight; MHS students only; tickets are $3 and will be sold at lunch starting Sept. 3.
Saturday, Sept. 15
  • Boys soccer hosts Kokomo: 12:30 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium.
  • MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Banquet: 5 p.m., IWU's Henry West Banquet Room in Barnes Student Center; Reservations required by Aug. 31. Click here for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools congratulates Marion High School teacher Bobbie Owensby on the presentation of Indiana Wesleyan University's 2018 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service!

IWU released the following photo and statement about the award:

Indiana Wesleyan University awarded Marion High School teacher Bobbie Owensby with the 2018 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service during the annual employee convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 22. IWU President David Wright presented the award commending Owensby for her years of service as an MHS teacher, church leader and board member of The Clarence Faulkner Center.One of twelve children born to an Arkansas sharecropper, Owensby eventually moved to Marion in the 1970’s. She received her first teaching job at Marion High School in 1973 and has been there ever since, serving as a history teacher, a coordinator of African American studies and a role model for many young men and women.

Annually, Owensby gives leadership to the Black History Club. The club, attended by approximately 30-35 students each year, works to present an annual community theatre production that inspires students to learn and express their talents. Proceeds from the theater production help to underwrite the cost of the much-anticipated annual Spring Break trip to historically black colleges and universities. Graduates of the Black History Club are currently serving as politicians, lawyers, doctors, forensic scientists and community leaders both in Indiana and across the country.

In addition, Owensby has been active as a tutor and a summer enrichment program coordinator at St. Paul Baptist Church and The Clarence Faulkner Center. She serves on the board of The Clarence Faulkner Center providing leadership, as well as care, to the groups using the facility.  

“She is a woman who maintains the highest of standards of conduct while inspiring a passion for life-long learning in those around her,” said Wright. “She is a person of great character who lives as though the entire community is her family. Her impact on Marion, Indiana, and Grant County has been and continues to be profoundly good.”

In 2002, IWU introduced its annual award for community service as a way to recognize specific individuals for exceptional commitment and selflessness among their neighbors. Maidenberg, a former mayor of Marion and a former Indiana state senator, was its first recipient. The award was later named in his honor, and has been presented to 17 recipients to date. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School invites local organizations and businesses to join in an exciting new tradition: the Giants Homecoming Parade!

The theme for this year’s parade is “Home Sweet Homecoming”. The MHS cheerleaders and Student Senate are partnering to bring this great tradition to life, and we hope the community will rally around our students! If you’d like to participate or sponsor, please contact cheer coach Kelly Berry at jkberry1992@gmail.com or call 618-8144 for more information.

The parade will start at the intersection of 26th and Washington streets at 5 p.m., run west on 26th Street to Carey Street, turn north, and end at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS.

The Splash House parking lots will be the staging area for parade participants.

After the parade, join Giants fans as they tailgate before the big game against Richmond! The Homecoming game starts at 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight leaders from the Marion High School JROTC joined with 200 cadets from JROTC programs in Michigan earlier this month for extensive training at the University of Michigan.

The Giant Battalion's Cadet Command and primary staff members participated in the JROTC Advanced Studies Staff School (JCAS3) hosted in Ann Arbor, Mich., by the Detroit Public Schools’ director of Army instruction.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our cadets to learn how to plan and integrate the activities of the staff specialties in order to achieve the maximum effectiveness and efficiency of the Giant Battalion’s operations,” said Lt. Col. (Ret) David Farlow, the program’s Senior Army Instructor. “Additionally, the cadets were able to spend three days living and studying at one of our nation’s premier universities. Not only was this training great for the JROTC program, but it can also really open the cadets' eyes to the possibilities awaiting them after they graduate from high school.”

During the three days of training, the cadets rose early and conducted a full day of training designed to teach them the details of their respective functional specialty. The day concluded late in the evening with a practical exercise requiring each staff officer to coordinate and integrate their respective functionality into a combined and comprehensive solution to the problem set.

The battalion staff is composed of cadets representing the function skills of personnel management, safety and security, operations, logistics, and public affairs. The Battalion Commander is assisted by the Executive Officer to lead, guide and coordinate the staffs’ combined effort, and the Cadet Command Sergeant Major who provides advice and counsel on all the developmental issues affecting a cadet.  

“It was a great experience for me to learn more about how to do my job,” said Cadet Maj. Hailey Teeguarden, the Battalion’s Executive Officer. “I learned so much about how to better supervise and coordinate the activities of the staff.”

The training was intense and demanding but very beneficial.

“The best part of the training was when all of us had to work together and solve the problems we were presented,” said Eric Asher, the Giant Battalion’s Cadet Command Sergeant Major. “We all have ideas, and when we worked together we were really able to come up with good solutions.”

Other cadets attending the training were:
  • Battalion Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Audrey Dickerson
  • Personnel Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Cheyenne Russ
  • Safety/Security Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Jade McKoon
  • Operations Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Josiah Hamilton
  • Logistics Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Levi Hofmann
  • Public Affairs Officer: Cadet Corporal Haley O’Neil