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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 14, 2018

Marion High School JROTC cadets Hailey Teeguarden and Levi Hofmann have qualified to advance to the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in the precision category.  They are the only Army JROTC cadets from Indiana who qualified to advance to the National Championship to be held in February.

The two have previously competed in the National Championship the past two years in the sporter category, which is a lower level of shooting. The precision category is the highest level of air rifle competition, the same level that college and Olympics athletes compete in.

“I was so excited when I heard that Levi and I qualified. Shooting at the Nationals is fun but very stressful. This will be my last year to have a chance to compete,” said Teeguarden, a senior.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden takes aim in the standing position and Cadet Levi Hofmann takes aim from the kneeling position during a precision air rifle match. Both have qualified to compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the rifle marksmanship team coach and JROTC senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC, commented: “Qualifying to compete in the precision category is quite an accomplishment for these cadets. They just transitioned into this higher category of shooting a few months ago, so being able to advance to the championship is huge!”

Teeguarden and Hofmann will also shoot in early January in a qualifying round, seeking to qualify to attend the Junior Olympics.

The JROTC Rifle Team has done very well over the past several years, and these two cadets have contributed much to the success of the team. Hofmann earned the title of best JROTC marksman in the state last week during the Indiana JROTC State Championship.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Friday evening, Marion Community Schools became aware of inappropriate conduct of a high school staff member, and our administrators immediately addressed the issue. The person involved is no longer employed by MCS.

At Marion Community Schools, we are committed to a safe, orderly, and healthy learning environment for all students and stakeholders. Our intent is to create and perpetuate a student-friendly, student-centered culture, that prepares our students to become the best they can be in lifelong service to others.

We cannot comment further on specific personnel matters or investigations.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann earned the title of Indiana JROTC Rifle Marksmanship State Champion on Saturday, helping the MHS rifle team on their way to state runner-up.

This is the second time that Hofmann, a junior at MHS, has won the state JROTC Marksmanship Championship.

“It felt good to win the championship again,” said Hofmann, who is also the captain of the rifle team.  “I think our team did relatively well with all things considered.”

The Giants took on 27 other JROTC teams in the competition, held in Indianapolis.

Other members of the Giants varsity team are:
  • Abigail Baird, junior
  • Josiah Hamilton, junior
  • Jaron Hofmann, freshman
  • Tyron Rice, sophomore
  • Hailey Teeguarden, senior

Pictured are, from left:  Tyron Rice, Abigail Baird, Coach Dave Keuster, Levi Hofmann (the match’s top shooter), Josiah Hamilton, Hailey Teeguarden, Lt. Col. David Farlow, and Jaron Hofmann.

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, who coaches the team and is the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor, spoke very highly of Levi Hofmann’s shooting abilities.

“Levi has shot very well since he joined the team as a freshman,” Farlow said. “His skills continue to improve every year, as does his confidence in his shooting ability. I expect great things from him as our season progresses.”

The rifle team members shoot air rifles at targets 33 feet away. They shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling, and prone (lying flat on the ground). Bullseyes are approximately the size of a quarter coin, and millimeters can separate a shooter from winning or losing. The competition uses the standardized rules established by the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

The MHS rifle team’s season continues through March, with the Giants competing in multiple state, regional, and national competitions.
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, sophomore Kylee O’Neil was recognized as the best cadet to appear before the board.

“I didn’t expect that,” O’Neil said when she was informed she had performed the best from among the nearly 20 cadets to appear before the promotion board. “I really studied hard for the board. I guess I just did really well.”

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.”

O’Neil shined through that process, said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, MHS JROTC’s senior Army instructor.

“Being selected as the best cadet to attend a promotion board is quite an accomplishment,” Farlow said. “Cadet O’Neil is clearly one of our rising stars within JROTC. We expect great things from her in the future.”

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 O’Neil is the second to receive such recognition. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School is proud to announce that two of its band students have earned spots in the Indiana Music Education Association’s Honor Concert Band.

Jaelin Lindsey, junior, who plays clarinet, and Sophie Schenck, senior, who plays trumpet, were selected to join this prestigious ensemble featuring some of the best young musicians in the state. This is the first time in a decade or more that MHS students will participate in the IMEA Honor Concert Band.

The band will gather for rehearsal starting Jan. 17, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. They will perform on Jan. 19 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne. (There will be fellow Giants from MHS, McCulloch Junior High School, and Justice Intermediate School performing with IMEA honor choirs at the same conference.)

The IMEA Honor Concert Band is a great opportunity for these talented students, and will give them the chance to learn and grow as musicians. We are so proud of these students, and their teacher, MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff!