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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Prior to Friday night’s football games, the parking lots of Grant County area high schools were filled to bursting with tailgaters showing their school spirit.

The county-wide tailgating event was developed in collaboration with local State Farm agents to promote participation in the Celebrate My Drive competition. The competition, which aims to spread awareness about safe driving habits for teenagers, involves making a safe driving commitment at between Oct. 18-26. Prizes include a $100,000 grant or a local concert by Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Congrats to the MHS boys' soccer team, who are regional champs! A win in OT on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, over Noblesville earned them a trip to semi state. Way to go, Giants!

Did you know the Marion Giants are the only team in Grant County to have advanced to semi state in boys' soccer? The team did it in 1997, and they did it again this year! Click here to check out the coverage in the Chronicle-Tribune.

MHS fought hard against the Cavaliers of Fort Wayne Canterbury on Oct. 26, 2013, but lost 5-2. Read coverage in the Chronicle-Tribune here.

We're proud of your great season, Giants!

>> To keep up with all the MHS teams throughout the year, click here to visit the Athletics Department website.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The MHS Spell Bowl team's recent victory at an area competition earned them a trip to state. Way to go, Giants!

The team competed on Oct. 14 at Western High School. Not only did they take first place in their class, earning them the state berth, but they beat all teams competing - by a margin of 14 points!


Congratulations to the team members, seen above: Elijah Beal, Truman Bennett, Ted Fry, Micah Hoeksema, Danielle Manio, Patricia Manio, Lan Nguyen, Vinai Oddiraju, Andrew Spitzer, Nicholas Spitzer, Zach Spitzer, and Noah Todd.
The team will compete at the state level on Nov. 16 at Purdue University. Good luck, Giants!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

With competitions now in full swing, the JROTC at Marion High School is aiming to learn skills to succeed.

The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program began three years ago under the direction of retired Lt. Col. David Farlow and now has 150 students participating. As the Senior Army Instructor, Farlow said he sees himself as a coach, mentor, and source of encouragement for the students.

“It teaches them personal responsibility,” Farlow said. “Then it gives them leadership skills and the opportunity to really develop who they are.”

— More from MCS: To learn more about the Marion High School JROTC program, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion High School’s Junior ROTC program’s senior Army instructor was selected by the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Seventh Brigade as the Instructor of the Quarter.

Lt. Col. (ret.) David Farlow was selected for “exceptional outstanding achievement” from among the nearly 500 JROTC instructors representing 216 high schools within the brigade. 

MHS Principal Lennon Brown, who nominated Farlow for the award, made the presentation in front of one of the instructor’s classes. 

In his letter of recommendation to Cadet Command, Brown provided a litany of accomplishments the JROTC program has achieved under Farlow’s leadership and direction.

“Within the walls of our school I see young people wear their uniform with pride," Brown said. "I see the willingness of their leadership to help reinforce their instruction. I see central office administrators, school board members, city officials, service organizations, parents and patrons proud of our students and their leadership. I see an individual [Farlow] that is willing to support our school, and expand opportunities for not only cadets, but all students.”

Farlow has served as the JROTC program’s senior Army instructor since its inception.

The program is now in its third year and has earned a reputation for actively supporting school and community events in addition to competing against other JROTC programs at Raider, Marksmanship, Drill and Color Guard competitions.

“I am truly humbled to have been nominated for the award,” Farlow said. “Of course it is easy to do well when you have such fine cadets to work with, an outstanding assistant instructor in Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, and the support and backing of the school system’s teachers and administrators. It is truly a recipe for success.”

In his closing remarks in the letter of recommendation, Brown stated:” Am I proud of this program, yes. Happy with the growth of our students, yes. Excited about the positive reflection of our school to the community, yes.  Extremely proud of Lt. Col. Farlow and his leadership of the Marion High School JROTC program, you bet.”

The JROTC program has 148 cadets enrolled this year and seeks to motivate them to become better citizens.