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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is terribly saddened to hear of the tragic crash that claimed the life of a member of Marion High School's Class of 2018.

We wish to express sincere condolences to the family of Payton Rogers, a senior at Marion High School, and our thoughts are with the family of Baleeve Gregory, also a senior, as we fervently hope for her recovery from the injuries she suffered in the crash.

Counseling will be available in the coming days at the school for students and staff. We also encourage students in need of help to reach out to any adult at their school building.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductions are being accepted through Wednesday, May 9.

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. Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to, by May 9.

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News On Friday, May 4, 400 friends, family members, and others will gather in the cafeteria of Marion High School to honor the JROTC cadets at the annual formal banquet

The banquet will recognize the individual and collective accomplishments of the cadets throughout this school year. Representatives from numerous social and fraternal organizations such as the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), Daughters of the American Revolution, military branch recruiters, and others will be on hand to present 73 separate awards recognizing academic excellence, leadership development, and physical fitness.

In addition to the awards presentation, the cadet leadership will be announced and an official change of command ceremony will transition the cadet leadership.

The banquet, planned by the cadets under the supervision of their instructors, will feature the pageantry of a military ball. As cadets and guests enter the cafeteria they will proceed through an official receiving line and pass under a saber arch. The cadets will wear their dress uniforms for this final event of the school year. The receiving line opens at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in the MHS cafeteria (enter Door 4).

“During the banquet, we deliberately take the time to pause and ceremoniously remember the great accomplishments the cadets have achieved throughout the year,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Senior Army Instructor. “These cadets have grown, matured and developed over the course of the year. At the Banquet, we show them off to the family members, friends and community members. It is truly a great experience for all who attend.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Blood, sweat and tears were on display Saturday at the Marion High School athletic complex as seventeen JROTC Raider Teams from across the Midwest gathered for the annual competition.  The Giants sought to continue their five-year undefeated winning streak while taking on teams from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of the day, no other team came close to defeating the Marion Raider team.

Marion High School JROTC cadets carry a 120-pound litter while competing at the annual MHS Raider Challenge on April 28. The Giants easily defeated 16 other teams from across the Midwest to win the competition.

Battling it out in 10 different events, the Giants nearly swept the competition by earning nine first-place finishes, easily taking first place overall in the competition. The Giant’s varsity team sweep of all the competitive events was only prevented by their own junior varsity team taking a first place spot in one event.

“We did fantastic! We crushed the entire competition,” said MHS senior Thomas Schenck, the Giants’ Raider Team Commander. “We really trained hard for this competition. Everyone knew what was at stake and the need to win on our home field. I am so proud of how we performed together. I could not have asked for a better team to lead.”

Raider competitions are grueling and designed to push cadets to their physical limits while challenging their ability to work as a team. Unlike a basketball or football game that last for about an hour, Raider competitions go on for five to six hours, requiring cadets to complete multiple events back to back. The co-ed teams run multiple miles with heavy backpacks, construct and traverse one-rope bridges, climb obstacles, carry rescue litters, and complete other physically challenging events. At the end of the competition, the cadets are exhausted.

“I think the record of our performance this year testifies that we are in fact the best Raider team in the Midwest,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Raider team coach and the JROTC program senior Army instructor. “We are the Indiana state champions. At the national championship, our girls team finished seventh, and our boys team 10th. And we just soundly defeated other teams within our region. It is a credit to our great cadet Raiders.”

MHS JROTC varsity Raider team members carry fellow cadets during the buddy carry event at the annual MHS Raider Challenge.

Several members of the winning Giants team are graduating seniors. Adriana Aleman, one of those seniors, talked about what the win at home in their final competition meant.

“Everything built up to this moment,” she said. “To decisively win at home in my last Raider competition ever is a great way to leave as a senior.”

Fellow senior Joseph O’Donnell reflected on their four years on the Raider team.

“There are no words to express what it was like to be a Raider over the past four years,” he said. “We have continued to get better and better. So this final win at home is very special.”

MHS JROTC cadets Juan Rodriguez and Audrey Dickerson run with heavy tires during the MHS Raider Challenge.  
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Marching Giants are grateful for the efforts and assistance of the Marion High School Alumni Association, which was recently awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation of Grant County. 

Funds will help pay for new marching band uniforms, a much-needed update for Grant County's only competitive marching band. The uniforms currently in use are 15 years old, and not only are they showing wear and tear, but there are too few to accommodate the continued growth of the band. 

The matching grant fundraising period runs through mid-June. 

Here is a look at the new uniforms:

Marion Community Schools has committed to pay about half the cost of the new uniforms ($25,000). MHSAA has stepped up to help raise the rest, and this matching grant opportunity is key to making that happen!

If you would like to contribute, you have several options. 
  • Donate directly to the Community Foundation (click here)
  • Give to the Marion High School Alumni Association (call 765-506-7604 for more information)
  • Contribute to the Marching Giants as a 2018 sponsor (advertising options are available - email for more information)
To learn more about the Marion High School Alumni Association and how you can join, check out