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Marion High School Hall of Distinction 2016 inductees named

Posted on May. 27 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director

Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce the 2016 inductees to the Marion High School Hall of Distinction. The eight alumni inductees and one honorary inductee include GIANTS in the fields of medicine, law, athletics, journalism, and education, along with a fallen hero who served our country with distinction and honor in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The selection committee chose the nine inductees from a field of nominees under consideration. Nominees remain under consideration for a period of up to three years.

The 2016 inductees are:
  • Capt. Brandon A. “Bull” Barrett, Marion High School Class of 2001, killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Barrett was an outstanding athlete, avid outdoorsman, a loyal and dedicated friend, and a natural leader, whose passionate commitment to the Marine Corp and to his troops was insurmountable. Scholarships and funds continue to be given in his name to support Marion Giants, and his service and heart continue to inspire all who knew him in life, or hear of his legacy.
  • Sharon Dunwoody, Marion High School Class of 1965, professor emerita at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and award-winning researcher in the field of science communication.
  • Diane Janowicz, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1992, an infectious disease and HIV/AIDS specialist at IU Health and faculty member and fellowship program director at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who spearheaded the clinical response to the major HIV outbreak in the rural community of Austin in southern Indiana last year.
  • David Kiley, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1978, an OB/GYN who has earned recognition and respect as an expert in the field and a leader in patient-centered care. In 2004, he was part of a team of doctors who beat 20,000 to 1 odds to save the life of a pregnant woman suffering from a catastrophic heart disorder, and the life of her child as well.
  • James D. Luttrull Jr., Marion High School Class of 1974, longtime Grant County prosecutor and criminal justice professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, who is involved in a wide variety of community and volunteer activities and organizations, including First Light Child Advocacy Center, St. Martin de Porres Community Center, and has been a leader in addressing child abuse locally and nationally.
  • Zach Randolph, Marion High School Class of 2000, who after leading the Marion Giants to their seventh state championship in 2000, then helping to lead Michigan State University to the Final Four, was drafted into the NBA in 2001 and has gone on to an outstanding career that has included three turns as an NBA All-Star and multiple appearances in the NBA playoffs. He has also earned recognition for his contributions to the community of Memphis, where he has played for the Memphis Grizzlies since 2009, and where he is affectionately known as “Z-Bo Clause” during the holiday season, when he is known for providing direct, personal assistance to hundreds of families each year. He also continues to assist children and families in his hometown in various ways.
  • Avis Martin Stewart, Marion High School Class of 1970, longtime teacher, coach, and administrator, first at Marion Community Schools, then at Richmond High School, then at Earlham College, where he has helped promote goodwill and cooperation between the college and the community, and played key roles in Earlham capital projects and nonprofit undertakings in the Richmond community.
  • Joe Sutter, Marion High School Class of 1969, Trester Award winner who led the Marion Giants to the state finals, then played professionally in Europe, and who went on to build an outstanding physical therapy practice in Virginia, and then to share his expertise as a clinical educator. He has long been a participant in the federal early intervention program, which helps children ages 0 to 3 and their families overcome physical and developmental challenges, often correcting issues that can become much larger problems later in life. He has also maintained strong ties to the world of sports, providing physical therapy to a wide range of athletes, from local high schools to professional teams. In addition, he has been involved in civic associations other philanthropic endeavors that have had a positive impact on his community in Richmond, Va.
Honorary inductee:
  • Kerry Clevenger, longtime local business owner, longtime coach, team sponsor, and an ardent and generous supporter of athletes playing for the Marion Giants and for other athletic leagues and organizations in Marion and Grant County, from Little League baseball and other youth sports, to AAU basketball, to club soccer, and more.

The 2016 inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony and banquet set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Meshingomesia Country Club, 2225 Lagro Road, Marion, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Ticket information will be provided closer to the date of the event. Inductees will also be honored at the Giants’ homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 23.

In addition, inductees will be honored during the Giant Challenge weekend, set for July 22-24.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. 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.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

The nomination period will be reopened next year. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.

MCS School Board honors 30 students with perfect IREAD-3 scores

Posted on May. 26 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees on Wednesday honored 30 students who achieved perfect scores on their IREAD-3 test this school year.

The MCS School Board poses for a photo with MCS students who achieved perfect IREAD-3 scores in the 2015-16 school year, along with their teachers.

The IREAD-3 test is administered to all third-graders in Indiana schools that receive public funding, to gauge reading proficiency. The state has not yet released school-wide IREAD-3 results publicly, but individual scores are available to families, and these families gave MCS permission to celebrate their students’ perfect scores.

MCS has had students achieve perfect scores on this test in the past, but the number of students reaching that level this year is more than double the number of students with perfect scores in any previous year. We are so proud of these students for their hard work and their achievement! And we are grateful to their teachers this year, and all of the teachers who have helped guide these students for years. We are proud of their hard work, care, and talents!

Here’s a full list of those honored at the regular board meeting on May 25, 2016, grouped by the school they attended in the 2015-16 school year:

Allen Elementary
  • Brynna Gee
  • Ezra Weaver
  • Kyliegh Yeakle
Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Caleb Hawkins
  • Michael Herrington
Kendall Elementary
  • Michael Barnett
  • Cyler Perry-Sherron
  • Colin Rayment
  • Sophie Richards
  • Isabella Marin
  • Savannah Shaffer
  • Sydney Slaton
  • Andre Washington
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Emma Bento
  • Rebecca Harris
  • Khaimen Monteiro
  • Matthew O’Banion
  • Cali Whitton
  • Emma Miller
  • Trey Adaway
  • Lily Daugherty
Riverview Elementary
  • Cassius King
  • Jorge Ramirez
  • Jesse Simpkins
  • Simara Jarrell-Mann
  • Troy Brown
  • Mikenzie Chambers
  • Thalia Williams
In addition, Kendall Elementary School third-grade teacher Jenny Jindrich was honored because every student in her class passed IREAD-3. We are proud of her and her students!

District office, career center, preschool staff moving

Posted on May. 26 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Over the next several weeks, the Marion Community Schools district offices will be relocating to a different section of the Marion High School building, to make room for the new Marion Regional Career Center. 

District offices are moving to the southwest corner of MHS, at the front of the building. 

We ask for your patience once again as we undertake this move. The best way to reach an individual staffer during this time will likely be email. Click here for our staff directory

The Marion Regional Career Center (formerly known as the Tucker Career and Technology Center) will be moving from the building at Ind. 18 and Pennsylvania Street to the east side of Marion High School where the district offices were located in the 2015-16 school year. This move will open up exciting new opportunities for more MHS students.

During this move MRCC staff will likely be best reached by email as well. Click here for our staff directory. 

In addition, much of the Little Giants Preschool staff is relocating this summer in to our elementary schools. During this move, email will likely be the best way to reach them. Click here for our staff directory.

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • MHS Class of 2016 Commencement: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, Bill Green Arena @ MHS. 
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