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

While faculty and staff at Marion High School said they lent direction to many freshmen, some upperclassmen said the first day of classes was slow and even boring.

Assistant Principal Sylvia Flowers called the day a “smooth start,” and she said students found their classes, there were no issues with busing and transportation and there were no problems with student disruptions.

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

Faculty in Marion Community Schools hustled Monday to get ready for students this morning as the 2013-14 academic year begins.

Anthony Williams is in his first year as principal of Allen Elementary School, and he said the process has been “really smooth, because we have a lot of veteran teachers in this school.”

However, they also have numerous new teachers and staff members — almost 50 percent are new — so the veteran teachers have had to take a leading role, he said.

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

In a good day for bargain seekers, Marion Community Schools auctioned off inventory at three different locations Saturday.

“It’s really just an opportunity for us to get rid of surplus material, put money back in the general fund and prepare for the future,” Freeman added. “It makes more sense for us to use our space to educate children.”

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

With the 2013-14 school year just around the bend, Grant County schools are completing summer renovations and making plans to continue work once students are present.

At Marion Community Schools, work including a $731,300 full roof replacement at Frances Slocum Elementary School, a $31,400 partial replacement at Riverview Elementary School and projects such as cameras, lighting, painting and wireless Internet infrastructure are set to be completed on budget before school starts Aug. 13.

MCS Director of Support Services Troy Freeman said “all the things critical for school to start have been completed” thanks to “good planning and good execution,” including most of the upgrades to athletic facilities at Justice Intermediate School and Marion High School, which cost $162,500. Minor work will continue into fall at Marion High’s Dick Lootens Stadium football field.