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Marching Giants earn first place!

Posted on Sep. 23 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Three weeks into their competition season, the Marching Giants earned their first first-place trophy!

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the marching band came out on top in their class at the field marching competition at Maconaquah High School, and also earned awards for Best Music, Best General Effect, and Best Visual. This is an amazing accomplishment, made even more impressive by the fact that this band is made up entirely of rookies (as MHS is returning to the ranks of competitive marching bands for the first time since 2005). MHS now has the only competitive marching band in the county.

Congratulations to the Marching Giants — and thank you for bringing marching band back to life in Grant County!

If you haven't gotten the chance to see the Marching Giants in action, you have an opportunitiy to do so this weekend right here in Marion. The band will perform their show Friday night during halftime of the Homecoming Game at MHS's Dick Lootens Stadium. 

Next weekend the band will be back on the competition field, at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, where the band will compete with other marching bands from around the area on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The following weekend, on Oct. 11, the band will return to Homestead for the ISSMA Scholastic Prelims, competing for the chance to compete at the ISSMA Scholastic State Finals.

The band was also recently featured by WIWU-TV's Crossroads program. You can watch that feature below:


Kendall to help raise funds for city butterfly garden

Posted on Sep. 22 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Kendall fourth-graders will be helping raise funds for a special local project: a butterfly garden at Matter Park!

The Garden Club of Marion has planned out the garden, which will feature a butterfly design and will incorporate plants and trees that several species of butterflies need to survive. The new feature will be about 70 feet in diameter and will be located near the intersection of River and Overlook Roads (near the Friendship Corner playground and not too far from the Gardens of Matter Park and the Garden House).

The plan is for the new garden to host educational programming, to give local students a chance to explore gardening, as well as the impact our choices have on wildlife and the environment. The Garden Club also hopes the effort will encourage more people to include native plants like milkweed and the pawpaw tree, both of which are essential to the survival of certain butterfly species, the monarch and the zebra swallowtail, specifically.

Construction of the garden is expected to cost about $2,500, and Kendall students will be helping to raise that money. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

We can't wait to see this great new feature take shape out at Matter Park! We hope you'll consider joining us in support of the project!

Two MHS seniors earn prestigious National Merit Scholar designation

Posted on Sep. 22 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, a prestigious designation earned only by about 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who apply each year. 

Juniors across the U.S. apply for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT as juniors. Alyssa Ngo and Noah Todd, seniors at MHS who have earned the semifinalist designation, now have the opportunity to apply to be named National Merit Scholarship finalists (a designation earned by only 15,000 students nationwide), which would put them in line for potential college scholarships sponsored by corporations and colleges across the country.

Alyssa and Noah recently spoke with Chronicle-Tribune about their accomplishment.

“This is one of the highest honors that any high school student can hope to achieve academically in the United States,” Alyssa told the C-T. “It’s less than one percent of high school seniors. They send your name out to all the colleges so every single college has a list of every single person who was a finalist. Once we apply to college, they’ll recognize our names so it’s huge.”

The two will find out in the spring if they've advance to the finalist round. In the mean time, they are busy completing college applications and preparing for their future.

“It’s not that bad really. It’s kind of fun,” Todd said of the application process, during the C-T interview. “It’s like going shopping for your favorite whatever, you just look at all these different colleges and you look at what they have to offer and what they can do for you. You just pick eight or nine and then apply to all of them. I think it’s kind of fun because you get to tell them all this stuff about yourself. You get to write an essay and I really love writing things. You literally cannot do it wrong, you just tell the college about yourself.”

Alyssa admitted she feels more stress over college applications than Noah does.

“I’m looking forward to getting accepted and then not having to worry,” she told the newspaper. “I feel like once I send in my application, after that it’s out of my hands.”

Last year, the MHS Class of 2014 included one National Merit Scholarship finalist, Vinnai Oddiraju, who is beginning his college career at Duke University. (In addition, members of the Class of 2014 earned more than $5 million in scholarships! Click here to learn more.)

We congratulate Alyssa and Noah and wish them continued success in the highly competitive National Merit Scholarship process!

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