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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is proud to announce that choir students from three of our schools have earned spots in All-State Honor Choirs.

John Flowers, Myles Kohn, both juniors at Marion High School, who have been selected for the Indiana Choral Directors Association’s All-State Honor Choir; and to Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders, who have been selected for the Indiana Music Educators Association’s All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir. Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students on this outstanding achievement!

This is the second year in a row for this honor for both Myles and Caleb. Christian joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fifth year in a row that choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Caleb and Michelle are helping to build the tradition at Justice, which is sending students for the second year in a row.


Students submit a recorded audition in the fall, which is then evaluated by three judges and compared against hundreds of other students from across the state. This is an elite group, as each of the honor choirs includes only about 150 singers, some of the best in the state.

The choirs will gather together for two days of rehearsal on Jan. 18 and 19, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The will perform on Jan. 19 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne.

The All-State Honor Choir 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 all three of these students, and their teachers, Christina Huff at Justice/McCulloch, and Bryce Conway at MHS!
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 Marion High School seniors to fill out this application!

The submission deadline is Jan. 31, but some scholarships require reference letters and other additional information. Start now!

>> Click here for more information 

— For more information on scholarship opportunities, click here to check out the Guidance Department's scholarship page —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Five Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Jazz Educators Association All-District Jazz Honor Band.

For two of these students, this is the second honor band they’ve been selected to this year. For two others, it’s the second honor band selection this year.

“We’ve more than doubled our representation from last year in the IJEA Honor Band, reflecting our students’ continued hard work. We are so proud of our talented students for this achievement,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff.

The musicians selected:
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Maylen Bowen, senior, bass guitar (second year selected by IJEA)
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, piano
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone (also selected to this year’s IBA All-District Honor Band)
Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians have been notified and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, All-District Jazz Honor Band members from around the central Indiana region will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 11, they will perform together at Pendleton Heights High School. (Time of performance will be released when available.) These five MHS students are the only students selected from Grant County!

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Jazz Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

Earlier this month, the Indiana Bandmasters Association's All-District Honor Band selections were announced. In addition to the two who were also named to the IJEA Honor Band, six students were. (Click here for the full list.) In total, MHS has 13 selections, and 11 different students, in the honor bands announced so far this year. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders continued their winning season in Hobart on Saturday by defeating teams from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana in a regional competition. The MHS cadets have now defeated all 57 teams they have faced in four regional competitions.

The Giants head to the Indiana JROTC Raider State Championship in Indianapolis on Saturday, and they’re hoping to extend their undefeated season.

At the Hobart High School Raider Invitational on Oct. 20, 2018, Marion JROTC cadets Juan Rodriguez, Tayler Garriott, Lucas Riley, Tyron Rice, DJ Smith, and Josiah Hamilton run to victory during the litter carry event, along with teammates Audrey Dickerson and I’Yela Hornaday who cannot be seen in this photo. 

“All I can say is that these cadet Raiders are on FIRE!” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor and coach for the Giants. “This is without a doubt the best Raider team we have had since our program began eight years ago.”

The win at Hobart was especially sweet for the Giants.

“We have never finished first at Hobart in the six years we have competed there,” Raider team captain Audrey Dickerson said. “The last two years we came in second place, both times losing by one point. So to finally beat them at their home is a big win for us.”

The Giants earned their victory by placing first in six of the nine competitive events: One-Rope Bridge, Litter Carry, Tire Relay, Buddy Carry, and Cross Country Run.

Tayler Garriott, a member of the MHS JROTC Raiders team, easily takes first place on the 2.5-mile cross country run Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, during the Hobart Raider Invitational. 

The Giants dominated the 2.5-mile cross-country run. Cadets Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, and DJ Smith claimed the top three finishes from among the 120 cadets running the race. Kayleina O’Donnell was also the fastest female runner, earning a 27th place finish. Cadet David Cannon, a member of the Giant’s B Team, placed fifth overall on the run.

Further demonstrating the strength of the Marion Raider program, the Giant’s B Team finished the day with the third place title, defeating 10 other teams’ varsity units.

Juan Rodriguez carries DJ Smith during the Buddy Carry at the Hobart Raider Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. The Marion HS pair and their team won this event and the overall competition to remain undefeated this season against 57 other teams. 

The Giants are last year’s Raider State Champions and hope to secure that title again Saturday. They will then head to Georgia for the JROTC All-Service and All-Army Championships on Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.

Those who would like to sponsor a cadet to the National Championship can do so by mailing their donation to Marion High School JROTC, 750 W. 26th St. Marion, IN 46953.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC is undefeated so far in their season in the Orion National Air Rifle League at 4-0, after an upset win and their highest score of the season.

The Giants are ninth overall in the league’s Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division, and sixth within their JROTC conference.

Shooting their highest score of the season, the Marion High School JROTC marksmanship team recently defeated the JROTC from Henderson County, Kentucky, led by Hailey Teeguarden, with 361 out of a possible 400 points. Coming into the competition, the Marion team had been averaging 13 points less than their competitor, but they were able to overcome and secure the win, 1343 to 1293.

The team also includes cadets Levi Hofmann, Josiah Hamilton, and Abigail Baird, and is coached by retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor.

The National Air Rifle League, sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, is a national team league for high school teams and junior rifle clubs. Matches in the Junior Rifle Club Precision Distinguished Division are standing air rifle matches, almost identical to the air rifle events in the Olympics. Each athlete shoots 40 shots in the standing position, the most difficult position in rifle competitions. Each shot is worth a maximum of 10 points. The sum of points scored in the 40 shots is the athlete's total. The team score is comprised of the best four athletes from each team.

The league has two parts, an eight-week regular season going on now, followed by a single conference title game for the top two teams in the JROTC and Junior Rifle Club divisions. For more information on the league, including complete standings, click here.