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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.

This is the second year in a row that eight MHS students have been selected for this honor.

The musicians selected are:
  • Jillaynne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone
  • Jessica Evans, senior, trumpet
  • Jaelin Lindsay, junior, clarinet
  • Shawntaia Matherly, junior, bass clarinet
  • Geordaun Shaw, senior, trumpet
  • Jade Wood, junior, flute
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians are now tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Nov. 17, Honor Band members from around the state will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 18, they will perform together at 4 p.m. at Dekalb High School in Waterloo. This performance is open to the public.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders earned another win Saturday, remaining undefeated this season.

The Marion High School JROTC Raiders varsity team members receive their first-place awards at the Concordia High School Raider Invitational on Oct. 13 in Fort Wayne. Team members are, from left, Juan Rodriguez, Josiah Hamilton, DJ Smith, Hailey Teeguarden, Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, Audrey Dickerson. 

The Giants competed Saturday against 16 other teams from Indiana and Ohio during Concordia High School’s Raider Invitational hosted in Fort Wayne. The A Team (varsity) ended the day in first place. The B Team came in fourth. The Giants had four teams competing.

The seven-person co-ed teams competed in nine different events designed to test the strength, endurance and teamwork of the Raiders. Each team was required to compete with at least one female Raider.

“Our teams competed so well,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach and senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC. “We have faced several great teams this season. Our cadets just keep on striving for excellence.”

The Giants are undefeated this season in three major regional competitions, having bested 44 other teams thus far.

“I was very proud of our teams,” said MHS senior Audrey Dickerson, the Raider Team captain. “All the hard work is really paying off now.”

The A Team earned first-place finishes in three of the nine competitive events. In one of those events, the “Ruck-Run”, a two-mile run with 25-pound backpacks, the Giants finished nearly three minutes ahead of their closest competitors. The A team also placed second in three other events.

JROTC Giants work to flip large tires 50 yards, part of the Raider Invitational hosted by Concordia High School in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Giants have one remaining regional competition, this Saturday at Hobart. This will be a difficult meet for the Giants as they have never won at Hobart.

The Giants will then compete for the JROTC Raider State Championship in Indianapolis on Oct. 27.

But the really big challenge on the horizon is the JROTC Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga., Nov. 2-4. There the Giants will face the top 100 teams from across the nation.

Individuals and organization can help to sponsor an MHS Raider to attend the National Championship by sending donations to the Marion HS JROTC HOOAH Parents, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, IN 46953.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC recently completed a promotion board for cadets seeking to advance in the ranks to either sergeant or staff sergeant. At the conclusion, senior Anyssa Shultz was recognized as the best cadet to appear before the board.

“I was shocked!” said Shultz after being informed she had performed the best from among the 11 cadets to appear before the promotion board. “I really crammed for the board. I studied everything I could find in the cadet reference.”

The promotion boards are led by the senior ranking cadet non-commissioned officers. Each cadet is quizzed on their knowledge of JROTC subjects and their ability to maintain their military bearing (composure). The subject matter for the board covers physical fitness training, military drill and ceremony, uniform wear and appearance, along with other general information.

JROTC is a leadership development course, and cadets are expected to seek advancement through the rank structure. Passing the sergeants and staff sergeants board is a big hurdle for cadets seeking to advance.

“Attending a board can be very intimidating for a cadet,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “These boards are a great way for cadets to learn to perform under pressure similar to what they might experience in a job interview. Many cadets gain self-confidence after the successful completion of a board.”

Shultz stood out in that process, he said.

“I was very impressed with Cadet Shultz’s poise and knowledge of the subject matter,” said Smith, who supervises the cadets conducting and attending the promotion board. “It really showed that she had studied and practiced in preparation to attend the board.”

The JROTC Department conducts a promotion board two to three times each semester. This year the cadet leadership decided it would be beneficial to recognize the best cadet to attend each board. The Cadet of the Quarter has their photo on display, so all will know of the honor they have received.

Cadet Shultz is the first to receive such recognition. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News UPDATE!

The MHS Key Club is pleased to announce that the MHS Caring Closet will be opening earlier than planned!

Thanks to the generosity of community members, staff, and students, the Caring Closet is well stocked and ready to go.

Any Marion High School student in need of personal hygiene products or who lacks food on the weekends because s/he depends on school breakfast and lunch can access the Caring Closet supplies in Room 2-46 before school, after school, or during periods 5-7.

>> Click here for an order form that can be filled out

We will continue to accept donations throughout the school year. For a list of suggested items, scroll down!

We also still have the match challenge ongoing from an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, contact Marsha Vermilion, or call her at the school, 664-9051. 

Originally posted Sept. 26, 2018

The Marion High School Key Club is starting a Caring Closet to help students who find themselves in need. Many of us take the basics for granted, but going without them is a reality for too many. The Key Club wants to help fill those gaps!

The service-focused student organization aims to have the Caring Closet open by Nov. 5, and will accept donations throughout the school year to keep it running. Donations will be accepted during school / office hours. Marion High School students and staff can drop donations off with Ms. Vermilion, Key Club sponsor, in Room 2-46. Anyone outside the school who would like to help, including MCS staffers, families, and community members, can drop donations off at the District Office at MHS, inside Door 22 to the west of the main entrance.

>> NOTE: We have an anonymous local sponsor who would like to match up to $300 from another local business or sponsor! If you are interested in participating in this match challenge, contact Marsha Vermilion, or call her at the school, 664-9051. 

Here's a list of suggested items, to give you ideas of what to bring in. (Donations are not limited to these items. This list is just to give you a general idea of what sorts of things are most needed!) Eventually, the club would like to have fresh fruits available as well, but for now shelf-stable items are requested.

Personal care items such as:
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Soap (hand, body, dish, and laundry)
  • Menstrual hygiene products
  • Wound-care ointments and sprays (Bactine, etc.)
  • Bandages (Band-Aids, etc.)
  • Combs, hairbrushes
  • Lip balm

Shelf-stable food such as:
  • Pull-top or other easy-open canned or packaged vegetables, beans, meat or fish, soups, stews, etc.
  • Individual fruit cups or packages of dried fruit
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy / nut / seed milk
  • Bottled or canned water
  • Plastic silverware
  • Peanut butter or other nut or seed butters
  • Jams and jellies
  • Oatmeal
  • Nuts (cashew, almond, etc.) or seeds (like pumpkin or sunflower)
  • Crackers
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Cereal / granola
  • Rice and other grains (steam and eat and boil in bag pouches are nice!)
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Dried herbs / spices / seasonings
Also, instead of throwing away those paper bags (from groceries, restaurants, or even gift bags), consider donating them to the Caring Closet for conveniently distributing items to students who need them!

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. It’s core values also include caring and inclusiveness. At Marion High School, the Key Club takes on projects each year to make a positive impact on their school and their community. For more information about how you can help support our students’ efforts, please contact club sponsor Marsha Vermilion,, or call her at the school, 664-9051.

Marion Community Schools and Marion High School are proud of our students’ compassion and activism in support of fellow students and their families. Learning goes beyond the classroom, and this is just one example of the opportunities offered at MCS for students to grow into real-world, life-ready Giants, ready to make a difference in the world.