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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School math students have achieved a feat unheard of in at least a decade in Marion.

Senior Nicholas Spitzer and junior Elizabeth Wuertley have advanced to the second round of the American Mathematics Competition, the first step on the path to the International Mathematical Olympiad.


In all, 80 students at MHS participated in the American Mathematics Competition, half taking the AMC 10 (for freshmen and sophomores) and half taking AMC12 (for juniors and seniors). Nationwide, more than 150,000 typically take these tests, which consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. Approximately 5 percent of those taking each test qualify to advance to the second round — putting Nicholas and Elizabeth in elite company!

Next up, they will take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam, a 3-hour test consisting of 15 open-ended questions, on March 7. The top scoring students on the AIME are invited to take part in the USA Mathematical Olympiad, a nine-hour test taken over two days, consisting of 6 essay/proof examinations.

A few dozen students are typically selected based on the results of that test to take part in a summer program in preparation for the International Mathematical Olympiad — in which only a select few students compete on the U.S. team. The IMO brings together teams from more than 100 countries each year. The U.S. has won this competition for the past two years.

This national competition series is facilitated by the Mathematical Association of America and is dedicated to developing the next generation of problem solvers through friendly competition. We are so proud of Nicholas and Elizabeth, and we wish them continued success in the competition!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Members of the Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team squared off against the best shooters from across the nation during the Army JROTC Air Rifle National Championship — the first time the Giants have earned the privilege to compete at this level.

The five-member team faced 52 other teams comprising 275 cadet marksmen during the championship, which ran Feb. 16 through 18. 

“Our team has been shooting really well this year,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Rifle Team coach. “It was an honor and quite an accomplishment for us to advance to the National Championship.  Even though we are the Indiana JROTC State Champions, we have never shot at this level against such top competitors.”

The Marion team comprised cadets Kayleigh Smith, a senior, Taylor Sorah and Rhianna Gary, juniors, Hailey Teeguarden, a sophomore, and Levi Hofmann, a freshman.

“It was intense to say the least,” said Sorah, the Giants’ team captain. “There were a lot of really good shooters here.”

The National Championship was conducted at three regional locations over the past two weeks: Camp Perry, Ohio; Anniston, Ala.; and Las Vegas.

The Giants finished in 11th among the 20 teams at Camp Perry, and 42nd from among the 53 Army teams in the National Championship. Gary and Teeguarden finished as the 24th-place and 27th-place shooters, respectively, at Camp Perry. Both of them set personal high-score records during the championship.

“I was very proud of my shooting,” Gary said. “It felt amazing to know that I have the capability of shooting that well all along. I just needed to change my mindset to shoot better, and I did.”

The Giants have four more high-level rifle matches left this season.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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