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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School students have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists, a prestigious designation earned only by about 1 percent of the 1.5 million students who apply each year.

The MCS School Board honored Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema as NMSC semifinalists in September 2016.

Juniors across the U.S. apply for the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT as juniors. Anne Marie Conrad and Micah Hoeksema, seniors at MHS who have earned the finalist designation (earned by only 15,000 students nationwide), are now in line for potential college scholarships sponsored by corporations and colleges across the country.

Anne Marie plans to study Spanish and international relations. She is still weighing her college options. Micah plans to attend Taylor University in Upland, where he will major in biology / pre-med and Spanish.

We congratulate Anne Marie and Micah and wish them continued success as they move into the next phase of their lives!

They are the fifth and sixth NMSC finalists at Marion High School in the last four years. They follow in the footsteps of Class of 2015 NMSC finalists Alyssa Ngo and Noah Todd, along with Class of 2014 NMSC semifinalist Vinnai Oddiraju.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that the Marion High School band program is a recipient of a GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, along with a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation!
The GRAMMY Foundation facilitates grants, in cooperation with other organizations, to support outstanding efforts in high school music education, and to award deserving high school music programs with critically needed funding in selected communities around the country.

The GRAMMY Foundation expressed support and gratitude to the MHS band program for its role in “shaping the future of music”, and in “bringing the power and joy of music to the next generation.”

Through the GRAMMY in the Schools program, the GRAMMY Foundation aims to draw public attention to the critical importance of maintaining music education as a core element of school curricula. At Marion Community Schools we believe that music education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. Grants and community support enable us to continue to improve opportunities for young musicians in our community. We are grateful to be the recipient of this $2,000 grant.

Even in a time of reduced spending, Marion Community Schools has increased its commitment to fine arts. Marion High School has the only competitive marching band program in the county, McCulloch Junior High School is the only school in the state to have earned the JME Total Department All Music Award from the Indiana State School Music Association two years in a row, and we have added staff at Justice Intermediate to provide more opportunities to the young musicians there. We believe in the power of arts education to change lives. Creative solutions and partnerships are essential to provide for all the needs that come with a growing music education program.

If you would like to support the MHS band program, there are several ways to do so, through a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association:
  • You can give an earmarked donation to the Marion High School Alumni Association, which will then pass it along to the band program. MHSAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donation is tax-deductible when allowed by applicable laws. You can give online here, or you can email if you would like to make other arrangements, or for more information.
  • You can take a look at our Wish List and provide a donation directly to a specific need. These donations are also funneled through MHSAA, so they may be tax deductible. Click here for more information.
  • You can give to the Giant Arts Endowment at the Community Foundation of Grant County, which will provide funding for arts education throughout Marion Community Schools for years to come. You can give online here.
If you’d like more information about the band program’s specific needs, you can email MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff at
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News YOU should be a Giant. Why? We'll let some of our best and brightest tell you: 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The phones at the MCS District Office are currently not working. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. We are working to have the issue fixed as quickly as possible.

Please reach us via email. You can click here for our staff directory, which includes email addresses.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Three Marion High School students earned the highest honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition. 

Greer Decker, an MHS junior, earned four Gold Keys, for her works titled "They're Here", "Doll Face", "The Battle", and "Unexpected End", which appear below, from top down. She also earned an Honorable Mention for her work titled "Long Forgotten", which appears below, at bottom.


Shyan Artis, an MHS senior, earned a Gold Key award for her drawing titled "Blue" (below left), and she earned a Silver Key for her drawing titled "Shyan" (below right).


Courtney Hiles also earned a Gold Key award for her sculpture "Today's Dress" (below top), and earned an Honorable mention for her sculpture "Lazy Day Chair" (below bottom). It was the second year in a row Courtney earned a Scholastic Art award. She earned in Honorable Mention in 2016.


The museum’s scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all artworks will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 12 through April 9. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

All pieces that earned a Gold Key will be part of a competition in New York this spring. According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years.

This is the fourth year in the last five that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, and in 2016.