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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to report its highest enrollment since 2014. MRCC is currently serving 334 students from seven schools in the surrounding area. The students are spread throughout 20-plus program areas in career and technical education.

MRCC Student and Community Specialist Nate McNeely attributed the growth to MRCC’s commitment to its students.

“We are committed to continually enhancing the student experience through the development of skills and partnerships in high-demand career areas,” McNeely said.

MRCC has added multiple programs since the move from the Tucker building to Marion High School (starting in the 2016-17 school year).

“I believe a major reason for the growth in our classes is our teachers,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger added. “Our teachers are consistently going above and beyond to make sure they are providing the best possible learning environment for all students, and several of them are doing so while still working in their field.”

Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Eight Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Honor Band.

This is the second year in a row that eight MHS students have been selected for this honor.

The musicians selected are:
  • Jillaynne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, trumpet
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone
  • Jessica Evans, senior, trumpet
  • Jaelin Lindsay, junior, clarinet
  • Shawntaia Matherly, junior, bass clarinet
  • Geordaun Shaw, senior, trumpet
  • Jade Wood, junior, flute
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 are now tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

On Nov. 17, Honor Band members from around the state will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 18, they will perform together at 4 p.m. at Dekalb High School in Waterloo. This performance is open to the public.

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders earned another win Saturday, remaining undefeated this season.

The Marion High School JROTC Raiders varsity team members receive their first-place awards at the Concordia High School Raider Invitational on Oct. 13 in Fort Wayne. Team members are, from left, Juan Rodriguez, Josiah Hamilton, DJ Smith, Hailey Teeguarden, Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, Audrey Dickerson. 

The Giants competed Saturday against 16 other teams from Indiana and Ohio during Concordia High School’s Raider Invitational hosted in Fort Wayne. The A Team (varsity) ended the day in first place. The B Team came in fourth. The Giants had four teams competing.

The seven-person co-ed teams competed in nine different events designed to test the strength, endurance and teamwork of the Raiders. Each team was required to compete with at least one female Raider.

“Our teams competed so well,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach and senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC. “We have faced several great teams this season. Our cadets just keep on striving for excellence.”

The Giants are undefeated this season in three major regional competitions, having bested 44 other teams thus far.

“I was very proud of our teams,” said MHS senior Audrey Dickerson, the Raider Team captain. “All the hard work is really paying off now.”

The A Team earned first-place finishes in three of the nine competitive events. In one of those events, the “Ruck-Run”, a two-mile run with 25-pound backpacks, the Giants finished nearly three minutes ahead of their closest competitors. The A team also placed second in three other events.

JROTC Giants work to flip large tires 50 yards, part of the Raider Invitational hosted by Concordia High School in Fort Wayne on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Giants have one remaining regional competition, this Saturday at Hobart. This will be a difficult meet for the Giants as they have never won at Hobart.

The Giants will then compete for the JROTC Raider State Championship in Indianapolis on Oct. 27.

But the really big challenge on the horizon is the JROTC Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga., Nov. 2-4. There the Giants will face the top 100 teams from across the nation.

Individuals and organization can help to sponsor an MHS Raider to attend the National Championship by sending donations to the Marion HS JROTC HOOAH Parents, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, IN 46953.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC recently completed a promotion board for cadets seeking to advance in the ranks to either sergeant or staff sergeant. At the conclusion, senior Anyssa Shultz was recognized as the best cadet to appear before the board.

“I was shocked!” said Shultz after being informed she had performed the best from among the 11 cadets to appear before the promotion board. “I really crammed for the board. I studied everything I could find in the cadet reference.”

The promotion boards are led by the senior ranking cadet non-commissioned officers. Each cadet is quizzed on their knowledge of JROTC subjects and their ability to maintain their military bearing (composure). The subject matter for the board covers physical fitness training, military drill and ceremony, uniform wear and appearance, along with other general information.

JROTC is a leadership development course, and cadets are expected to seek advancement through the rank structure. Passing the sergeants and staff sergeants board is a big hurdle for cadets seeking to advance.

“Attending a board can be very intimidating for a cadet,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “These boards are a great way for cadets to learn to perform under pressure similar to what they might experience in a job interview. Many cadets gain self-confidence after the successful completion of a board.”

Shultz stood out in that process, he said.

“I was very impressed with Cadet Shultz’s poise and knowledge of the subject matter,” said Smith, who supervises the cadets conducting and attending the promotion board. “It really showed that she had studied and practiced in preparation to attend the board.”

The JROTC Department conducts a promotion board two to three times each semester. This year the cadet leadership decided it would be beneficial to recognize the best cadet to attend each board. The Cadet of the Quarter has their photo on display, so all will know of the honor they have received.

Cadet Shultz is the first to receive such recognition.