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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School music program has grown at an outstanding rate over the last few years, and with that comes fantastic opportunities, but also growing needs. For the Marching Giants, the need for uniforms was pressing and the cost overwhelming. 

That’s why the chance to pursue a crowdfunding matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County was a chance that couldn’t be passed up.

“We had 60 days to raise $20,000 to receive the match,” said Mark Fauser, sales, marketing and creative development director for Marion Community Schools. “Thanks to the Community Foundation and the passion of the Marion High School Alumni Association and the community at large, the mission was accomplished, sending more than $40,000 to the Marching Giants for their new uniforms.”

A Marion Community Schools band student models a prototype of the new Marching Giants uniforms.

Josh Huff, Marion High School director of bands, is thrilled at the outcome.

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support of our community, alumni, church friends, our tremendous school district, the Community Foundation of Grant County, and a host of others as the Marion Marching Giants will not only have new uniforms this fall but they will be fully paid!” he said. “The Marion High School Alumni Association continues to grow thanks to the support of amazing alumni that see a chance to pay it forward and teach present-day Giants that they matter, and that they too can make a positive impact on others.”

Marching band uniforms are heavy duty and made to last (which is why they are so expensive), but the uniforms currently in use have been around for decades. In addition, the number of uniforms was insufficient to keep up with the growth of the Marion Community Schools music program, with the incredible feeder system at Justice Intermediate School and McCulloch Junior High School. This purchase will put the Marching Giants on good footing for the next 20 years.

Marion Community Schools is proud of the music teachers who have worked to build this outstanding program that offers our talented students such GIANT opportunities.

MCS is also grateful to the MHS Alumni Association for its continued support, and to the Community Foundation of Grant County for offering this extraordinary help for this important project.

Projects funded by the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc., have been made possible by generous donors since 1984. The Community Foundation of Grant County is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports non-profit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School JROTC cadets were recently honored for their excellent work at this year’s JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.

MHS sent 17 cadets to the one-week training program at Camp Atterbury. Each cadet successfully completed a series of physical and leadership challenges designed to push them beyond what they thought they could do. Two Marion cadets were selected by their cadre/instructors for recognition as a Top 10 Honor Graduates from their respective companies of about 55 cadets each because of their superior performance and attitude: 2nd Lt. Cheyenne Russ, and 2nd Lt. Josiah Hamilton.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tayler Garriott and other cadets attempt to cross an obstacle during the Leadership Reaction Course during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge held at Camp Atterbury.

Also recognized for her superior leadership was MHS Cadet Jade McKoon, who received a Certificate of Achievement, one of only six given among the 212 cadets who attended the camp. 

“It is truly quite an accomplishment for our program to have so many cadets recognized by the camp cadre/instructors for these honors,” said Lt. Col (Ret.) David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor at Marion High School. “It speaks to the strength of our program and the quality of our cadets. In my opinion, all of our cadets who attended camp are exceptional. The Marion cadets were only small percentage of the total cadet population at camp but earned multiple top cadet recognitions.”

The mission of JCLC is to provide an environment conducive to practical application of good citizenship and leadership techniques taught during the school year in JROTC. The cadets faced many physical challenges, including rappelling, obstacle courses, land navigation, and a leadership reaction course.  Additionally, they learned water safety and survival techniques.

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Lucas Riley learns how to make a flotation device during water survival training at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury. 

“I really enjoyed getting to know the cadets and instructors from the other schools,” said Russ who has attended one previous JCLC. “I also like the leadership challenges the camp provided. It pushed me beyond my comfort zone.”

The cadets rose at 6 a.m. each morning and conducted a full day of training, including two hours of athletic competition each evening. Their bunks, personal area, and barracks were inspected each day to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness. They learned how to function as part of a team, completing most tasks in squad-sized elements composed of about 10 to 13 cadets.

“I was really surprised that I was selected as a Top 10 Cadet,” Hamilton said. “It is really an honor.”

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Tyron Rice overcomes his fear and rappels down the 60-foot tower at Camp Atterbury during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. 

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Cheyenne Russ buckles in for an Army Blackhawk helicopter ride during the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2018 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction.

The selection committee chose the 9 inductees:
  • Earl E. Green, Marion High School Class of 1940, the first African-American postmaster in Grant County
  • Charles E. “Chick” Nelson, Marion High School Class of 1948, lawyer and expert on community development and housing, former executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace
  • Carlton Rose, Marion High School Class of 1980, President of Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS
  • Brian Balsbaugh, Marion High School Class of 1991, a leader in the sports and gaming industry, representing some of the most high-profile athletes and players in the world
  • Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Marion High School Class of 1991, award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity
  • Scott and Julie Moorehead, Marion High School Class of 1996 and 1998, Scott is CEO of TCC, and co-founder the Culture of Good organization, which teaches businesses the importance of giving, and with Julie launched TCC Gives, which provides grants and other philanthropic efforts.
  • Erika Davis Sears, M.D., M.S., Marion High School Class of 1998, plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and reconstructive surgery, proud to provide care for veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries.
  • Jack Colescott, honorary inductee, longtime teacher, coach, and community leader
The 2018 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 14.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Provided by Marion Kiwanis Club

The Marion Kiwanis awarded scholarships to five outstanding students at the Marion High School Media Center on May 23:

From left, the scholarship winners are: Zoe Case, Greer Decker, Emily Lindsay, Elizabeth Wuertley, and Jo'Zya Johnson.

Lindsay was also honored as the state Kiwanis scholarship winner for this region.

Their grade point averages ranged from 4.71 to 5.0 on a 4.0 scale demonstrated on their collective transcripts, recording just under 300 grades with nothing lower than a B. Only 13 grades out of the 300 were a B with all of the remaining grades being an A. They have all earned many college credits while in high school as a result.

They will be attending five different universities: including Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ball State, and IUPUI.

They are all in the top 10 in their graduating class. All five of these students were also very active in sports, art, served on the principal’s advisory committee, served as class officers and have also been employed at several retail establishments throughout the community. Kiwanis is very proud to be able to honor such outstanding young people.