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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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The Giants are headed back to semi-state! Let's show off our Giant Pride on Friday!

For the third time this school year, a Marion High School team is headed to semi-state in the IHSAA's state tournaments. (The football team and girls basketball team were the first and second.)

Marion Community Schools encourages businesses and organizations around the city to join us as we celebrate Purple & Gold Friday, in honor of the Giants.

The public is also invited to join in a pep rally for the team on Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Bill Green Arena (and to help us send the team off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Two Marion High School art students earned recognition at regional art competition at the University of St. Francis recently.

The USF School of Creative Arts’ 43rd Annual High School Art Exhibition is on display through March 20. Almost 250 works of art from 30 high schools in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois entered.  A total of 16 awards and 8 scholarships given. Eli Lootens won one of the Talent Scholarships, and Sophia Porter received an award of 3rd place.

Eli Lootens displays his scholarship award from University of St. Francis.

Artwork will be on display in the John P. Weatherhead Gallery in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, located just off Leesburg Road on the USF campus, 2701 Spring St. Fort Wayne, IN.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about exhibits and events, contact the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The collaboration that provides students in Marion and Grant County to take aviation and airplane maintenance classes in high school earned a special accolade from the Indiana Department of Education recently.

At their annual Awards for Excellence event Tuesday, Feb. 26 — which celebrated accomplished students, programs, and business partnerships in career and technical education throughout the state — the IDOE recognized the Marion Regional Career Center’s Aviation Academy with a Partnership Award.

Students in Marion Regional Career Center’s aviation maintenance class get plenty of hands-on learning at the Marion Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Academy is a partnership between MRCC, the Marion Municipal Airport, Air Marion, the City of Marion, and the Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation. These partners see aviation as a growing area and one of the keys to attracting new businesses to Grant County. Students can participate in a two-year program in either aviation/flight operations or aviation mechanics. Both programs are housed at Marion Municipal Airport.

The Aviation Academy is unique in this region. The partners in the program each have a specific role to play, but decisions are made collectively. MRCC is responsible for teachers, students, and everyday classroom operations. Marion Municipal Airport provides use of the terminal and organizes trained pilots to fly with the students; every student receives at least five hours of flight time. The City of Marion owns the hanger that has a classroom built into it for the program. The Jim McKinney Air & Space Foundation was created to support the MRCC Aviation Academy, and has contributed funding for the fuel required to fly students, as well as other equipment and materials.

This partnership is a win-win for all involved, as we work together to help build a brighter future for our students, our school, and our community.

Mar­i­on May­or Jess Alum­baugh expressed grat­i­tude for the col­lab­o­ra­tive effort.

“The City of Mar­i­on val­ues our part­ner­ship with Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools and the Mar­i­on Air­port," he said in a news release from the city. "The Avi­a­tion Acad­e­my pro­vides a spe­cial career path­way for our area high school stu­dents and pre­pares them for a life­time of success.”

The MRCC Aviation Academy is also assisting in the development of a four-year curriculum through the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), MRCC Direc­tor Mike Rip­perg­er noted. MRCC was cho­sen two years ago as 1 of 150 schools to assist the AOPA in this effort. Once the curriculum is finalized, it will be available to schools nationwide.

Students at the MRCC Aviation Academy choose from two pathways: aviation/?flight oper­a­tions or avi­a­tion mechan­ics. This year, there are four students enrolled in the operations pathway, and 11 in the mechanics pathway. Five students are currently in the introductory class that feeds into both pathways. MRCC plans to also offer drone flight cer­ti­fi­ca­tion options to students next year. 

MRCC currently has 16 programs in total to choose from, with the mission to develop every student’s technical, academic, and job readiness skills. MRCC also offers programs in fields such as culinary arts, health, and information technology. Even more programs will be coming soon.

Marion Regional Career Center programs are open to students at Marion High School and participating schools throughout the county. Students interested in applying should contact MRCC Student Support Staff and Community Specialist Nathan McNeely at 765-664-9091 or
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News What do you get if you mix the twists and turns of a whodunit with the over-the-top stylings of a soap opera? You get the fun-filled murder mystery comedy “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” Marion High School Speech & Drama Association’s upcoming spring play.

The long-running soap opera “The Bold and the Young” is barely holding on to its life, and to make matters worse, cast and crew members are dropping dead one by one. Which will come first, the death of the show or the death of every cast member? You'll have to come to one of our performances to find out!

The play is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students. Seating is general admission. Tickets will be on sale at the door starting 30 minutes before each show, and they are available online now. Visit to get yours today. You can print the tickets out, or you can display them on your device screen at the door.

“The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is by Pulitzer nominee Don Zolidis. The MHS performance is licensed through Playscripts, Inc.