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

Six of Grant County’s finest young minds received recognition for their accomplishments at the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Banquet Thursday.

The event, at Meshingomesia Country and Social Club, honored six students who are finalists for full-ride college awards presented by the Community Foundation and Lilly Foundation.

Two winners will be announced April 1. The remaining students will receive Robert R. Board and Janice M. Board Scholarships for $4,500 renewable each year, as opposed to a one-time $2,000 award previously.

Marion High School senior Nithia Chowattukunnel thanked math teacher and tennis coach Doug Porter, her older brother and her parents.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students were recognized for success in academics and fine arts March 13, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Ethan Nguyen, McCulloch Junior High School seventh-grader, who earned a first place at a regional science fair at Ball State University last month and will go on to compete at the state and national levels. Learn more about Ethan’s accomplishment here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.



Zoe Stiles, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, and Annie Moore, a third-grader at Frances Slocum Elementary School, who both earned Gold Ribbons at the state level in the annual Symphony in Color contest that blends symphonic music and visual arts. Also honored but not pictured was Heidy Garrido, a first-grader at Kendall Elementary School, who was a Symphony in Color finalist. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with art teacher Karen Fry.



Christian Kelley, an junior at Marion High School, who earned a Gold Rating at the annual Solo and Ensemble contest last month, and Kodie Young, an MHS sophomore who earned a Silver Rating at the same competition. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with band teacher Wayne Garrett.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

MARION (March 13, 2013) — Ten Marion High School students recently cleared their first hurdle in the annual Envirothon competition, which promotes and tests awareness of various environmental issues.

MHS’s two teams earned first and second place March 13, 2013, at the regional Envirothon competition held at Camp Buffalo, north of Monticello, Ind. That means both teams will advance to the state-level competition, set for April 30, 2013, at Camp Illiana in Washington, Ind.

Led by science teacher Betty Drinkut, MHS’s Team 1 – with competitors Sarah Bournique, Ashley Douglas, James Walts, Kyle Nelson, and Allyssa Ngo – earned first place. Team 2, - with competitors Vinia Oddionju, Steven Ngo, Andrew Spitzer, Ted Fry, and Zach Spitzer – earned second place.



Team 1: Sarah Bournique, Ashley Douglas, James Walts, Kyle Nelson, and Allyssa Ngo



Team 2: Vinia Oddionju, Steven Ngo, Andrew Spitzer, Ted Fry, and Zach Spitzer


According to the Indiana Envirothon website, the competition’s “goal is to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the environment.”

The Envirothon includes hands-on field experiences and direct interaction with natural resource professionals. Areas included in Envirothon are soils/land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and a current environmental issue changed annually. The 2013 issue is Sustainable Range and Pasture Management: Balancing Traditional and Non-Agricultural Uses.

The top three teams from each regional competition – of which there are six in Indiana – will go on to compete at the state level. The top team at the state competition will compete in the North American Envirothon, a multi-day event that draws teams from the U.S. and Canada.

In Indiana, the Envirothon is sponsored by Sponsored by The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts; IASWCD Auxiliary; Indiana Farm Bureau Inc., Hoosier National Forest.



Mrs. Betty Drinkut, who led the MHS Envirothon teams to victory at the regional competition, pauses for a photo with the plaques the teams earned for first and second place.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion High School JROTC Color Guard earned third place recently at the Maiden Memorial Armed Forces Day JROTC Drill Meet at Northwest High School in Indianapolis. Two cadets also also earned individual honors.

— To learn more about Marion High School's JROTC, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (March 4, 2013) — Marion High School JROTC cadets earned several high honors last weekend at a drill meet in Indianapolis.

Twenty-one Giant cadets participated in several different military style marching events at the Maiden Memorial Armed Forces Day JROTC Drill Meet held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Northwest High School in Indianapolis. Marion’s varsity color guard placed third in a field of 21 teams, and two other Marion cadets placed second and third out of more than 200 cadets in the individual knock-out competition.

Responding to rapid-fire commands under the watchful eye of 10 Army non-commissioned officers, MHS cadets Michael Walters, a senior, and Moara Armagh, a freshman, demonstrated their military bearing and precision movement during the individual knock-out competition, earning them a second and third place, respectively. 

“I was certainly shocked and didn’t expect to place,” Cadet Armagh said. “I concentrated and just listened to the commands and responded. I was in the mode.”

Color guard Commander Tommy Swygart, commenting on the team's earning third place, said: ”It was awesome. We made mistakes, but overall we were really accurate in most of our movements. Winning is our reward for the dedication of our team members.”

Other members of the winning color guard included cadets Colton Johnson, Michael Walters and Kyle Franks.

The Giant battalion sent two color guard teams and also competed in both armed and un-armed squad drill.

“It was only our second event this year, but we are seeing tremendous improvement in the cadets’ abilities to perform,” said Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Jon Smith, the MHS JROTC program’s Army instructor. “Marion is quickly emerging as a program that can produce teams that compete with anyone. That speaks highly of the dedication of our cadets, given we are only in our second year.”

Commenting on his individual and team’s placement in the competition, Cadet Walters said: “I was certainly surprised. It gives us reasons to excel and strive to continue to do better.”

The crill and color guard teams will get their chance to do that when they travel to Concordia High School on April 23, 2013, for their final competition of the year.