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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

As the nation paused Wednesday to reflect on the tragedy of Sept. 11, local schools also commemorated that devastating day.

Near the flags in front of Marion High School, the JROTC led a remembrance of Sept. 11 Wednesday morning — the first year the JROTC has been responsible for such an event.

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about the Marion High School JROTC program, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Planes and pancake sales took off at the 23rd annual Fly/In Cruise/In Saturday.

Airplanes, hot rods and even tractors were on display throughout the grounds of the Marion Municipal Airport for the free event, which drew crowds whose cars packed the lawns surrounding the airport.

Marion High School marching band member Erin Bailey, who has worked the event’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for four years now, said this year’s turnout was the biggest she’s seen yet.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

The Marion High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, was well-represented at the Mu Alpha Theta National Convention in San Diego July 21-26; 19 Giants participated, and several came away with individual awards.

Doug Porter is a math teacher at Marion High School, and he’s been the sponsor for this math team for over a decade. He’s also a 1990 graduate of MHS, and, as a senior, he founded the MHS chapter of this math honor society.

The event in San Diego was actually the 43rd convention, but Porter said he never believed there would be enough interest at MHS for a group to attend.

“I never thought kids would give up a week of their summer vacation do work on math, but the response was overwhelmingly positive after the first year,” he said. “We’ve taken 19 kids each year, and we had several kids go both years.”

— More from MCS on this story: To learn more about Mu Alpha Theta's success at the national math honor society's 2013 national convention, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion Community Schools students were honored by the MCS Board of School Trustees during its Aug. 28, 2013, meeting as Teachers Choice Art Award winners during the 2012-13 school year.

Their winning artworks will be displayed for a year in the Board Room at the Education Service Center, 1240 S. Adams St.

Those honored were:
  • Mya McKillip, for work done in grade 1 at Allen Elementary School, and Kelsi Nantz, for work done in grade 3 at Riverview Elementary School; their art teacher was Twana Johnson.
  • Kassidee Dearing, for work done in kindergarten at Frances Slocum Elementary School, and Jayce Flemmons, for work done in grade 1, at Kendall Elementary School; their art teacher was Karen Fry.
  • Jaycee Cox, for work done in grade 5 at Justice Intermediate School, and Latrell Guerrero, for work done in trade 6, at Justice; their art teacher was Lori Gates.
  • Ethan Nguyen, for work done in grade 7 at McCulloch Junior High School, whose art teacher was Tashema Davis.
  • Trista Jones, for work done in grade 8 at McCulloch, whose art teacher was Darrell Wisser.
  • Sahman Seerha, for work done in grade 10 at Marion High School, whose art teacher was Ellery Diaz.
  • Maris Bounds, for work done in grade 11 at Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, for work done in grade 12 at Marion High School; their art teacher was Debi Shepler.

Marion Community Schools is proud of its young artists and is pleased to be able to display their artwork prominently all year.



The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Maris Bounds, whose work as an 11th-grader at Marion High School earned her an award, Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), and Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School). Also honored were Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Latrell Guerrero, (for work in grade 6, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, Katie Morgan, and Harry Hall, along with MHS Art Department leader Noelle Lehman, and art teachers Twana Johnson, Karen Fry, Lori Gates, and Darrell Wisser.




The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 28, 2013, meeting honored several students who earned Teachers Choice Art Awards, and whose art will hang in the Board Room for the year. Pictured is Latrell Guerrero, whose work as a sixth-grader at Justice Intermediate School earned him an award. Also honored were Kassidee Dearing (for work in kindergarten, Frances Slocum Elementary School), Mya McKillip, (for work in grade 1, Allen Elementary School), Jayce Flemmons, (for work in grade 1, Kendall Elementary School), Kelsi Nantz, (for work in grade 3, Riverview Elementary School), Jaycee Cox, (for work in grade 5, Justice Intermediate School), Ethan Nguyen, (for work in grade 7, McCulloch Junior High School), Trista Jones, (for work in grade 8, McCulloch Junior High School), Sahman Seerha, (for work in grade 10, Marion High School, Maris Bounds, (for work in grad 11, Marion High School), and Mitchell Diedrich, (for work in grade 12, Marion High School). Also pictured are MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay, School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.

 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several Marion High School seniors and graduates were honored by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its Aug. 14, 2013, meeting for their excellent performance on Advanced Placement exams last school year.

Those honored were:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)
  • Steven Ngo, MHS senior
  • Vinai Oddiraju, MHS senior
  • Brittany Olson, MHS Class of 2013
  • Andrew Spitzer, MHS senior
  • Taylor Zoch, MHS Class of 2013

AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)
  • Michael Culley, MHS Class of 2013
  • Corey Deaton, MHS Class of 2013

AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Nithia Chowattukunnel, MHS Class of 2013
  • Edward Fry, MHS senior
  • Amram Marks, MHS Class of 2013
  • Zea Miller, MHS senior
  • Anna Mui, MHS Class of 2013
  • Lila Persinger, MHS senior
  • Frances Sebastian, MHS Class of 2013
  • Faryal Sharif, MHS Class of 2013
  • James Walts, MHS senior

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees at its April 14, 2013, meeting honored several Marion High School students who earned AP Scholar awards for their performance on AP exams in the 2012-13 school year. Pictured are Zea Miller, Lila Persinger, and James Walts, all seniors this year at MHS who earned AP Scholar awards. Also honored were other AP Scholars, Nithia Chowattukunnel, Amram Marks, Anna Mui, Frances Sebastian, and Faryal Sharif, all members of the MHS Class of 2013, and Edward Fry, an MHS seniors; AP Scholars with Honors, Michael Culley and Corey Deaton, both members of the MHS Class of 2013; and AP Scholars with Distinction, Steven Ngo, Vinai Oddiraju, and Andrew Spitzer, all MHS seniors, and Brittany Olson and Taylor Zoch, both members of the MHS Class of 2013. Also pictured are School Board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan, along with MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay.
 

Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a 2008 study, the AP Program’s website says, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. 

Marion Community Schools is proud of its AP Scholars from the 2012-13 school year, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students.