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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team earned several more victories early this month while competing at the Indianapolis Public Schools Drill Competition.


The Giants continued their successful season by securing two first place finishes, a third and a fifth place finish in the four events in which they competed against teams from 12 other high schools.

The Giants brought home first place finishes in the squad armed exhibition and the squad regulation drill events. They pulled a third place finish with a color guard team and a fifth place finish in the unarmed exhibition event.

“In three of the events our teams faced their toughest routines ever,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith. “And in each one they delivered their best performances to date.”

The teams’ preparation is paying off, Cadet Audrey Dickerson, a junior, said.

“I was very confident in our teams for each of the events,” she said. “We have been practicing hard and have now competed several times this season.  We know the routines, and we know how to preform them well.”

The Giants Drill Team has continued to improve and progress over the past couple of years. In the first year of competition, MHS one only a single trophy. This year, the Giants have earned more trophies than in all previous years combined, with 17 and counting.

“It is always great to win in Indy,” said senior Joseph O’Donnell, who also placed ninth from among the 200 plus cadets in the individual knockout precision drill competition. “We know so many of the cadets from the other schools, since most of them are from Indiana and we see them at summer camp and other competitions.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs will present a band festival on Friday, March 9.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School bands will present a band festival on Monday, March 5.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

>> Going? Join our Facebook event page and share with your friends!  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC earned top placements at two competitions in two states this weekend, one for the drill team and one for the rifle team.



Marion High School JROTC’s drill team poses for a photo with their trophies at the University of Kentucky on Feb. 24, including top finishes in the individual and duet exhibition events. 


The drill team traveled to the University of Kentucky, and the rifle team was in Fort Wayne for the Tri-County Championship.

Competing in the duet exhibition event in at University of Kentucky drill competition, cadets DJ Smith and Austen Robbins extended their number of first places finishes to four in the last five competitions. Joseph O’Donnell earned a first place finish in the individual exhibition event. Smith also earned a third-place finish in the individual exhibition event.



Marion High School JROTC cadets DJ Smith and Austen Robbins spin their rifles to a first-place finish at the University of Kentucky drill competition. The duo has earned four first-place finishes and a second place in the first five competitions this season.
 

Meanwhile, the rifle team soundly defeated the other five teams in the sporter class at the Tri-County Championship. Levi Hofmann and Taylor Sorah earned the match’s first and second placements overall. Josiah Hamilton earned the top finish in the kneeling event. And first-year shooter Evan Browder also shot his career best at the match.

“We faced the toughest teams yet this year at the Kentucky competition,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Giant’s drill team coach. “Two of the teams there are top contenders at the national championship every year. So to have our exhibition teams place so well is amazing. These guys are really good.”



Marion High School JROTC rifle team poses for a photo after another victory at the Tri-County Championship on Feb. 24 in Fort Wayne. 
 

O’Donnell wasn’t expecting his first ever top finish.

“It was so surprising!” he said. “I was honestly hoping I could place as high as third. I felt like all my hard work was finally paying off.”

Sgt. Maj. Smith said he sees bigger successes in the future.

“I think DJ Smith and Robbins could be national-level contenders, based upon how well they have consistently placed in the very top during the past five competitions,” he said. “They are really fun to watch as they march about spinning and throwing those drill rifles about.”

The rifle team continued their successful season.

“I don’t want to sound cocky, but I was very confident our team would do well at the Tri-County meet,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the rifle team coach. “We had shot against all of these teams throughout the season. I knew if we shot our averages we should easily win. It helped that Hofmann had a career high-score to push us easily over the top.”

Hofmann expressed similar confidence after competing.

“I really felt good while shooting in the first position,” he said.  “Things were going great throughout the match. I knew my score was going to be good.”

Earlier this year the Giant’s rifle team competed in two national-level competitions and placed 13th and 38th in the nation. They were also this year’s Indiana JROTC State Runner-Up Champions.

Both teams will be at it again this weekend as the rifle team competes in the Civilian Rifle Program’s Indiana State Championship. The drill team will travel to Indianapolis for their sixth competition of the season.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Air rifle marksmen from Marion High School competed in the U.S. Army JROTC Rifle Marksmanship National Championship this past weekend, the second national-level championship the Giants have competed in this year, and the second year for this particular competition. The cadets improved their standing over last year by moving up 11 places higher in the final placements.

The five-member rifle team competed against 61 other Army JROTC teams from across the country and around the world, with teams coming from as far away as Germany, Korea and Japan. In their second year to qualify for the championship in as many years, the Giants placed 38th.



Marion High School JROTC cadets pause for a photo during a practice session at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s range at Camp Perry, Ohio. Cadets Jade’Lynn Kendall, Hailey Teeguarden, Taylor Sorah, Josiah Hamilton, and Levi Hofmann competed in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship.


“This was a tremendous finish for our team,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the senior Army instructor and coach for the Marion cadets. “We literally shot against the very best teams from the nearly 2,000 Army JROTC programs. To first of all qualify to attend, and then to improve our standings by 11 positions over last year, really speaks well of our marksmen.”

Shooting at the state-of-the-art Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) range at Camp Perry, Ohio, the Giants competed against dozens of team there, in addition to Army teams competing simultaneously at Anniston, Ala., and Phoenix. The 61 teams in the championship all had to defeat hundreds of other teams to earn the opportunity to compete at this level.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet Taylor Sorah takes aim during the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship. 
 

“I was so nervous,” said Jade’Lynn Kendall, who shot for the first time in the JROTC championship. “There we cadets from everywhere at our match. I even met kids from Alaska.”

During each day of the two-day competition, the cadets fired a series of 20 qualification shots in each of the three firing positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Their scores from each day were totaled and compared against every other shooter and team.

In their second appearance at the JROTC National Championship, Cadets Taylor Sorah, Levi Hofmann, and Hailey Teeguarden also improved their individual placements over last year by finishing 104th, 107th and 134th from among the 258 competitors.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden pauses to concentrate on her next shot during the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship. 
 

“I really like competing at the CMP range,” Teeguarden said. “Even though national competitions are very stressful, and it is knit-picky to follow all the shooting rules. But it is really fun and I like going.”

Cadet Josiah Hamilton also competed at the JROTC championship for the first time. Speaking of the experience Hamilton said: “It was a blast! I had so much fun with my team and during the competition. I hope we qualify to come back next year. “

The Giants still have several major competitions left in the competitive season. Next up, the Giants face nine other teams from the Fort Wayne area during the Tri-County league championship.