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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News YOU can help the MHS Key Club share some Valentine’s Day love with our community! Starting Monday, Feb. 6, bring in donations to help local food pantries fill plates with food, and hearts with love.

The canned / non-perishable food drive will run through Monday, Feb. 13. Bring your contributions to the MHS main office, the media center (library), or to Room 2-46.

Please note: Items past their expiration date will NOT be accepted.

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 needed! Think about the kinds of things YOU would like to eat and share with others, but remember to try to keep it healthy, too!)
  • Cereal / granola (low-sugar items like Cheerios are great!)
  • Canned soups and stews
  • Pasta
  • Sauce (marinara, enchilada, other assorted cans and pouches of sauces that help make meal prep quick and easy)
  • Canned fruits and vegetables (those little plastic cups of fruit like apples, peaches, etc., with no sugar added are great!)
  • Dried fruits (apricots, plums, cherries, raisins ... lots to choose from!)
  • Applesauce (individual serving sizes are nice ... and low- or no-sugar is best!)
  • Canned or dried beans (black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas/garbanzo beans ... so many good choices!)
  • Peanut butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • Jams and jellies
  • Rice (brown rice is a great option)
  • Oatmeal
  • Other grains (like wild rice, quinoa)
  • Cornmeal / cornbread mix
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Nuts / seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower (unsalted is more healthy!)
  • Crackers (whole-grain is best!)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) juice boxes (100% fruit juice is best)
  • Shelf-stable (non-refrigerated) soy or almond milk
  • Tea bags (green and herbal teas are great)
  • Vegetable oil (olive oil, canola oil)
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Toiletry items (toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other personal care items)
  • Cleaning items (laundry detergent, dish soap)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Every year, the Community Foundation of Grant County awards a variety of scholarships to Grant County students, some of which are available only to Marion High School students. We urge all seniors to fill out this application!

The deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31, but some scholarships require reference letters and other additional information. Don't wait until the last day to start! 

And if you've started your application, NOW is the time to complete it. 

>> Click here for more information
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Seven Marion High School seniors got a boost to their post-high school education plans recently, as they were awarded $12,000 in scholarships during the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Celebration.

The Rev. Larry Batchelor, left, and MHS teacher Bobbie Owensby, right, present the 2017 MLK Scholarships on Sunday, Jan. 15, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. MHS scholarship winners pictured are, from left, Jada Flowers, Stacia Tyson, David Anderson, Taylor Gregory, Arrington Kohn, and Jada Adaway. (Camille Wheels not pictured.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, which have been given out by Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliancefor more than 20 years, are awarded to seniors in the area who are active in the alliance’s church, and exceeding academically. This year's winners from Marion High School and their awards are: 
  • Jada Flowers: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study biochemistry at Indiana University or Purdue University
  • Stacia Tyson: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice, forensic science, and Spanish at North Carolina A&T University
  • Camille Wheels: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study finance and Spanish at Drake University
  • Jada Adaway: $1,500 scholarship; plans to study pharmacy, still weighing school options
  • David Anderson: $1,500  scholarship; still weighing post-secondary plans
  • Taylor Gregory: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study elementary education at Indiana State University or Ball State University
  • Arrington Kohn: $500 scholarship; plans to study social work and early childhood education, still weighing school options
A Madison-Grant High School senior also received a $1,500 scholarship.

Awards were presented during a celebration at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15. This annual event honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and importance of education. More than $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded over the years.

At the awards ceremony, contributions to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized, including several from the member churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

We are very proud of these scholarship winners! 

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees also honored these winners at their meeting on Jan. 24: 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In the past few years, the Media Center at Marion High School has undergone an amazing transformation, from a staid space with somewhat limited uses into a vibrant center for exploration, collaboration, and innovation. Now, MHS is aiming to win a grant from a national educational company to fund continued technology investments — and YOU can help us win!

From Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Jan. 27, a video produced by Marion High School students and staff will be posted on the Follett Challenge site, and anyone in the world can vote once per day to make us one of 10 People’s Choice video winners, a prize worth $8,000. We need you to help us earn this prize! Please make a plan to vote every day next week, and to share this opportunity with your family and friends, too!

MHS students work on the Follett Challenge video in late December 2016.  Vote once a day per email address Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday,  Jan. 27.

The People’s Choice award is just the beginning, though. Your votes will also play a role in Marion High School’s chances to win goods and services from Follett Corp. worth up to $60,000. The public voting will factor in as 20 percent of our final score in the grant competition. We just can’t do this without YOU!

These prizes would enable MHS to continue the incredible reinvention of the Media Center into a 21st Century learning commons that promotes and facilitates not only technology-driven education but also collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and more. These skills are not only important for success in the classrooms of Marion High School, but they are truly life-changing skills that will benefit our students no matter where their paths lead after graduation.

We are excited to be part of the 2017 Follett Challenge, and we hope you will enjoy our video and vote for us every day of the competition

Our video was inspired by the smash hit musical Hamilton. You don't want to miss it! (And 

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A total of $200,000 in goods and services is up for grabs in the Follett Challenge. The 10 People’s Choice video award winners will receive $8,000 each. One semifinalist in each category (elementary, middle school, and high school) will each receive $30,000. Those winners will be announced on Feb. 28. The Grand Prize winner, chosen from the semifinalists to receive an additional $30,000, will be announced April 28.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Attention seniors: The deadline for any final changes to the list of names as they will appear on the Class of 2017 diplomas is only a few weeks away.

The next few months will be a busy time for our seniors as they finish out their high school careers strong, and prepare for life after they leave MHS. There are several steps seniors need to go through to be ready for commencement ceremonies, and you will hear about those in a variety ways, including the regular daily announcements, the online calendar, and right here on the MHS News Blog.

Currently, seniors should be checking the FINAL diploma list, which has now been posted in Student Services and in the display case across the hallway behind Student Services. Seniors: Please verify that your name on the list is spelled correctly and is exactly how you want it to appear on your MHS diploma. The deadline to make any final changes is Feb. 13. If you need to make any changes, please see Mrs. Wisser in Student Services by then!

MHS Class of 2017 Commencement is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, in Bill Green Arena.

Now is the time to be tying up all the loose ends on college and scholarship applications, too. If you need information or any other help, please see your guidance counselor!