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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion JROTC Cadet Miller Betz demonstrated Saturday that she was the best cadet at precision military-style drill, earning first place in the knockout competition at the Indianapolis Drill Competition.

Betz, along with 12 other Marion High School JRTOC cadets, competed against hundreds of cadets from 21 other schools.  The Giants performed exceptionally well, earning more top-three finishes than any other school at the event.


 
Marion High School JROTC Cadet Miller Betz stands as the top winner from among the 200+ competitors during the drill knockout competition on Saturday at the Indianapolis Drill Competition. The Giants earned more top-three placements than any other school competing at the event.


Betz earned her first place award during the knockout competition. Under the watchful eye of a dozen non-commissioned officers from the Indiana National Guard, the more than 200 cadets were given drill commands in rapid-fire sequence. Any minor infraction caused the cadet to be eliminated from the competition — knocked out. In addition to Betz’ top finish, three other Marion cadets also finished in the top 10 of this event.

“I was so focused on following the commands I didn’t even know I was competing for the top place,” Betz said. “I was just obeying the commands and focusing on my every movement. I was so excited to find out I won.”

Chelsea Townsend earned third place in the knockout competition, Joseph O’Donnell earned fifth place, and Alex Flores finished in eighth place.

The Giants also earned second place finishes in the color guard, unarmed exhibition, and armed regulation drill events.

“This has been our most successful season ever,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the team’s coach. “The cadets have truly improved over the last few years. This competition confirms that we are now the dominant Army JROTC drill team in Indiana.”


 
The JROTC cadets who competed on the Giants Team on March 4 in the Indianapolis Drill Competition were Miller Betz, Stephanie Charlton, Jackie Cheung, Alex Flores, Joanna Hildago, Josue Martinez, Joseph O'Donnell, Thomas Schenck, DJ Smith, Kayleigh Smith, Chelsea Townsend, and Jerit Wigner. Their coach is retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith.


The Marion High School JROTC competitive teams continue to dominate other programs at state, regional and national competitions. The rifle marksmanship team is the Indiana State Champion. The raider team earned an impressive eighth place finish at the National Raider Championship. And the drill and color guard team continues to earn more top placements at regional competitions than any other Indiana school.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several Marion High School students competed at the state level solo and ensemble competition put on by the Indiana State School Music Association recently, bringing home several gold medals!

To earn a spot at the state competition, these students first had to earn a gold rating in the most difficult division of the regional ISSMA competition

The vocal/piano competition was held Feb. 18 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. The instrumental competition was held Feb. 25 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Congratulations to these talented young musicians!
  • Jada Adaway, senior, vocal solo; silver rating
  • Allie Durbin, senior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Saidah Edwards, freshman, vocal solo; silver rating
  • Kaleb Evans, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • John Flowers, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Tristan Galeon, sophomore, piano solo, "Impromptu Op.90, No.2" by Franz Schubert; gold rating
  • Amonte King, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Myles Kohn, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Lindsay Ngo, senior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Maria Porter, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Kendra Quill, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Casey Reaves, junior, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Ethan Roberts, senior, multi-tenor percussion solo, "Cruise Control" by Julia Davila; gold rating
  • Kabriel Robinson, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Sophie Schenck, sophomore, trumpet solo, "Allegro" by Vivaldi; gold rating
  • Anna Shigley, freshman, vocal solo; gold rating
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School will be modifying its schedule during ISTEP+ testing for 10th graders. Start and end times for the day will not be affected, and lunch periods will not be affected.

However, students will follow an altered schedule in which class periods will be in a different order than usual, and period start and end times may be different than usual as well.

10th graders should make sure to listen for announcements or instructions from your teachers, or visit the main office for more information. Testing will take place on Thursday, March 2; Monday, March 6; Tuesday, March 7; Wednesday, March 8; and Thursday, March 9. 

All other students should make note of the altered class order and bell schedules.

Thursday, March 2
  • 10th-graders will test during  Period 1 (9 to 9:49 a.m.) but the schedule remains unchanged otherwise.
Monday, March 6
  • 10th-graders will test from 8:45 to 10:35 a.m.
  • All other students should report to their Period 2 class first thing in the morning, then follow the following schedule: Period 2 class, 8:45 - 9:40 a.m.; Period 3 class, 9:45 to 10:35 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 10:40 to 11:29 a.m.; lunch / Periods 4-7, normal schedule
Tuesday, March 7
  • 10th-graders will test from 8:45 to 10:10 a.m.
  • All other students should report to their Period 5 class first thing in the morning, 8:45 - 10:10 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 10:15 - 10:50 a.m.; Period 2 class, 10:55 to 11:29 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 3 class, 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.; Periods 6-7, normal schedule
Wednesday, March 8
  • 10th-graders will test from 8:45 to 9:40 a.m.
  • All other students should head to their Period 6 class first thing in the morning, 8:45 - 9:40 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 9:45 - 10:35 a.m.; Period 2 class, 10:40 to 11:29 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 3 class, 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.; Period 5 class, 2:10 - 3 p.m.; Period 7, normal schedule
Thursday, March 9
  • 10th-graders will test from 9 to 9:55 a.m.
  • All other students should head to their Period 7 class first thing in the morning, 9 - 9:55 a.m.
  • After that, all students will follow this schedule: Period 1 class, 10 - 10:42 a.m.; Period 2 class, 10:47 to 11:35 a.m.; lunch / Period 4, normal schedule; Period 3 class, 1:15 - 2:05 p.m.; Period 5 class, 2:10 - 3 p.m.; Period 6 class, 3:05 - 3:55 p.m.
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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Contact Melissa Bryant at the MCS District Office inside Marion High School. (Enter at Door 22.) If you have questions, call us at 662-2546.