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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards and Marion High School Principal Lennon Brown were surprised with a prestigious award Thursday night at a staff appreciation ceremony.

Both were awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash, which has been presented by Indiana governors since the mid-1940s, usually to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or the governor, according to the state government's website. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow.

From left, Greg Taylor, state senator and Marion High School graduate; Lennon Brown, Marion High School principal Lennon Brown; Steve Edwards, Marion Community Schools superintendent; and Kevin Mahan, state representative, pose for a picture after Taylor and Mahan presented Brown and Edwards with Sagamore of the Wabash awards, the highest honor given by the governor of Indiana.

The presentations were made during a staff appreciation dinner at Meshingomesia Country Club put together by the Friends of Marion High School, a community group that has helped support and propel the widespread improvements at the high school - the very changes that helped garner Edwards and Brown the award.

In just a few years, Edwards and Brown, along with other school leaders, have turned Marion High School from a failing school in danger of state takeover to a school that is widely talked about as an astounding success story.

Edwards and Brown both came out of retirement to take their respective positions at Marion. Upon hearing news of their awards, both turned the spotlight onto the staff, the teachers, and the community, who have made the changes possible.

State Rep. Kevin Mahan presented the Sagamore to Edwards, and state Sen. Greg Taylor, a Marion High School graduate, presented the Sagamore to Brown. Both awards brought the entire audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
The award takes its name from the term used by Native American tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the chief would turn for advice, according to the state's website.

Among these who have received Sagamores have been astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, and politicians. There is no record of the total number which have been presented, as each governor has kept his own roll, just as each has reserved the right to personally select the recipients.

Also honored at the event were retiring Marion High School teachers, including Dave Tippey, also a Marion High School alumnus, who expressed his gratitude to Edwards, Brown, and the Friends of Marion High School for helping bring MHS back to a state to be proud of.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MHS fielded two teams in the Envirothon competition, which promotes and tests awareness of various environmental issues. The teams placed first and second at the regional level and went on to earn third and fifth places at the state level, competing against 17 other teams.

MHS science teacher and Green Society sponsor Betty Drinkut has guided Envirothon teams the last several years. This year, there were enough students who wanted to participate that MHS was able to field two  teams. They earned the two top spots at the regional competition in March, earning the right to compete at the state level April 30, 2013, at Camp Illiana in Washington, Ind.

Recently, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees honored the students for their stellar performance. (Click here to see a photo from the meeting.)

Team 1, which placed first at regional and third at state - just five points behind the first-place team - was made up of James Walts, captain, Sarah Bournique, Ashley Douglas, Kyle Nelson, and Alyssa Ngo.

Team 2, which placed second at regional and fifth at state, was made up of Zach Spitzer, captain, Andrew Spitzer, Ted Fry, Vinai Oddiraju, and Steven Ngo.

Alternate was Tyler Anderson.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

MARION (May 1, 2013) — Marion High School juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn a sobering lesson Thursday morning, as Code Prom brings the dangers of drinking and driving to life.
Emergency officials, including police, EMT, firefighters, and the Samaritan medical helicopter, will be responding to the MHS football stadium sometime after 10 a.m. Thursday morning with lights and sirens blaring, but it will be in the name of education.
Juniors and seniors will gather to witness the mock emergency, which will vividly illustrate a scene that is all too common: people injured or even killed in an accident involving a drunk driver.
The MHS prom is coming up this weekend, and the school, along with Marion Fire Department, is putting on Code Prom in an effort to make students think twice before adding alcohol into the mix. This will be MHS’s first Code Prom since 2006.
Students will gather in Walton Performing Arts Center before the mock emergency scene to watch videos that set the stage. After the mock emergency, they will return to the Walton Center for a mock funeral, a follow up on the drunken driver, and a presentation on the teens who have been killed in accidents in Grant County since 2000.
Any student found to be in possession of, using, transporting, or selling alcohol or other illicit drugs at any school-related function, including prom, will be subject to suspension or expulsion from school, in accordance with Marion Community Schools policy. Cases may also be referred to Marion Police Department, and charges may be filed. The same penalties may be applied if a student is found to be under the influence of such substances, even if the consumption took place prior to the school-related function.
Athletes found to be in violation of this policy can also be subject to suspension or permanent banning from participation in Marion High School athletics.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 29, 2013) — Marion Community Schools will celebrate the efforts of its students and staff to combat bullying at a special end-of-the-year event, the Kindness Rally, and the public is invited to come join in the fun.
The Kindness Rally is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 9, 2013, at the Marion High School gym. Features will include carnival games, fair food, a human hamster ball, bounce house, dunk tank (where principals and other administrators will take the plunge), fire truck tours, free child ID cards with pictures and fingerprints (produced on site courtesy of New York Life Insurance Co.), and more.
Tickets to be used for the carnival attractions will be three for $1, and proceeds will fund continuing anti-bullying efforts throughout the school system. The Marion High School FOR TAXII Club (Friends of Rachel / Teens Against Xtreme Inappropriate Interactions) will be selling T-shirts and bracelets as a fundraiser.
At 6:30, the Chain Reaction Ceremony is set. The ceremony will feature the MHS JROTC presenting the flag, along with performances by the MHS and McCulloch Junior High School choirs, and messages from district administrators. Staff working on bullying prevention will also be recognized, and kindness chains from each school will be presented, then linked together to represent the changes happening at our schools.
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 these changes at the Kindness Rally!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

That sense of incomplete destiny many had is hopefully quenched as James Blackmon becomes the varsity basketball coach for Marion High School.

We join with most in the community in wishing him a successful and long career guiding the Giants boys’ team on the basketball court and providing the leadership that will enhance the character and future of the children he will coach.

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