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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This holiday season, as carols tell of a special star that shone long ago, Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on a special show that explores the wonders of the night sky.

The public is invited to “Seasonal Stargazing: Winter and Season of Lights,” set for the weekend before Christmas. Showings will be as follows:
  • 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21
  • 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22
Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building.

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 58.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

This week capped off an important 10-week period for 26 young people from Grant County, as they found out whom among them would snag scholarships and other prizes at the seventh annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Banquet.

The Young Entrepreneurship Program was created in 2011 by the Grant County Economic Growth Council to inspire entrepreneurship. The 26 students involved attended either Marion High School or Mississinewa High School and had formed nine groups, each of which developed a business idea.

Marion students earned second and third place: The Alley, a business to help students with their social and academic lives, came in second. Third place went to Marion Athletic Arena, an idea for an indoor sports facility.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Armed with white boards, dry erase markers, a list of 3,500 words, and team spirit, 13 Marion Giants prepared to compete in the 29th Annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl State Finals. On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, the team traveled to Purdue University for the state competition, where they represented Marion High School very well, and ended in seventh place!

Our students were among 9,800 spellers involved in the competition season, and the team was among 10 in the Class 1 (large schools) division competing in the state finals. (40 teams altogether competed at the state level, out of the 834 teams that competed in regional contests. MHS earned their spot at state by earning first place at their regional competition. Click here to read more about that win.

"Making it to compete at the state level was a tremendous accomplishment in itself," said team sponsor Danielle Christenson, an MHS English teacher, "and placing seventh was remarkable." 

We are very proud of our Giant spellers!

The 2013 Spell Bowl team members are: 
  • Andrew Spitzer
  • Nicholas Spitzer
  • Zach Spitzer
  • Patricia Manio
  • Danielle Manio
  • Truman Bennet
  • Micah Hoeksema
  • Korbett O’Banion
  • Vinai Odiraju
  • Noah Todd
  • Ted Fry
  • Lan Nguyen
  • Elijah Beal
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The group that met in a Marion High School study room earlier this week wasn’t there to review for exams or work on a class project. The four local business people were studying pitches from budding entrepreneurs.

Marion High School students who participated in the 2013 Young Entrepreneurs Program, or YEP, presented business plans to the four judges this week. Another set of participants from Mississinewa High School presented to another group of judges the same night. The proposals of two teams from each school were selected to advance to the final round of competition, which will take place Wednesday.

The Grant County Economic Growth Council started the program, now in its third year, to encourage entrepreneurship among younger people and provide them with business basics.

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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.