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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Two Marion High School band students have been selected to perform in the Indiana Jazz Educators Association All-District Jazz Honor Band.

“This is historic, and we are so proud of our talented students for this achievement,” said MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff. “This is the first time ever that Marion High School students have been selected to perform with this band.”

The musicians selected:
  • Travis Metzger, junior, alto saxophone
  • Mayoen Bowen, senior, bass guitar
In addition, Travis was selected as the lead alto saxophone player in the band he will play with.

Each of these students was recommended by their band director, Mr. Huff, and submitted applications to be considered for the Honor Band earlier this year. Applications from students across the state were evaluated to select members of this talented group. Selected musicians were notified earlier this month, and were tasked with practicing the musical selections in preparation for the upcoming performance.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, All-District Jazz Honor Band members from around the central Indiana region will gather to rehearse together for the first time. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 12, they will perform together at Noblesville High School. (Time of performance will be released when available.)

Congratulations to these talented, hard-working students on this great accomplishment! The All-District Jazz Honor Band is a great opportunity, and will give them a chance to learn and grow as musicians.

>> These honors come on the heels of the selection of 8 students to the IBA All-District Honor Band. Click here to read more!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Oct. 30, 2017

Attention, parents of Marion Community Schools students: Coming up on Saturday, Nov. 11, you have an opportunity to learn more about the path to college from experts right here in our community!

Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech Community College are co-hosting Parent University from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in partnership with Marion Community Schools. The event is designed for parents of students of all ages who want to help their children explore what their path to college might look like.

The event will feature interactive workshops that will support parents in navigating college-related questions. Workshops will address key topics such as admissions, financial aid, academic preparation, and parenting for post-secondary success. Parents will leave this event with the resources, tools, and information needed to help their future college students thrive.

The keynote speaker will be Reggie Lipscomb, a motivational speaker who is also president of Grace House, a residential program established to help men in the process of substance abuse recovery. Lipscomb also works in the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with drug court.

“I am really excited about what the partnership with Ivy Tech and Marion Community Schools brings to Parent University,” said Carolina Forman, coordinator of multicultural access programs at IWU. “I can attest to the energy each leader has brought to the task of supporting Grant County families in their educational journeys! Regardless of whether a parent has been through college, we have a lot of tools and resources that help parents navigate the process more easily.”

The event is free and will be held in Barnes Student Center on IWU’s Marion campus. (Click here to see a map of the campus.) A free lunch will be open to all participants at noon. No registration is required. We hope to see you there!

For event reminders, RSVP to the Facebook event page. (Not required for attendance - just a way to keep up on any updated information, and to get calendar reminders!)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WIWU-TV recently featured the Marion High School JROTC program. Check out the great report here:

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay was among the featured speakers Monday at an educational leadership summit at Grace College in Winona Lake.

The Educators' Leadership Learning Summit (TELL) brought together high school administrators, principals, athletic directors, and coaches from across Indiana, providing a platform to inspire educators as they work with student athletes. The summit, which featured several top state educators and motivational speakers, was designed to spark new learning ideas, stimulate deep discussion and provide networking opportunities among attendees.

“This is a great opportunity for educators who work with high school athletics to network and to gain new ideas and initiatives from each other,” Grace College Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe said. “Athletics plays an important role in developing students, and we all need to be encouraged and challenged to grow as leaders.”

During the event, which is designed to be an annual feature at the college, 14 elite speakers presented in a “TED Talk”-inspired format. Sessions ranged from character and leadership training to school traditions and parent involvement.

“The TELL Summit stands as a wonderful opportunity for educators to hear from industry leaders on a variety of topics that will illustrate best practices in the field,” IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said. Cox was one of the presenters at TELL.

Lindsay shared on the topic of "Purpose-Driven Performance" and he took along several Marion coaches, administrators, and other leaders

"We need all of our students to be engaged in extended-day and extended-year activities," Lindsay said. "Engagement in these activities leads to greater engagement in school, and more opportunities after high school. Coaches have a unique opportunity to reach students in a life-changing way. The TELL Summit was a GIANT opportunity for our coaches and leaders to be inspired and learn from others involved in reaching and teaching students through athletics and more. I'm grateful and humbled to have been included in the inaugural program's list of outstanding speakers."

Speakers also included: Jamy Bechler (John Maxwell coach and former Marion High School athletic director), Seth Maust (Five Star Life president), David Hoffert (Warsaw superinendent) Rob Haworth (Elkhart superintendent), Nicole Chisley (Fort Wayne Snider principal), Terry Turner (Daleville baseball coach), Deb Brown (Saint Joseph athletic director), Lenny Krebs (Warsaw girls’ basketball coach), Sandy Searcy (NFHS director), Jim Self (Hamilton Southeastern athletic director), Jeff Hester (Columbus North athletic director) and Matt Moore (Fishers boys’ basketball coach).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A member of Marion High School’s Class of 2018 can claim an achievement few others can: a perfect score on the ACT test.

Elizabeth Wuertley, MHS senior, learned of her achievement last month. According to the ACT organization, on average only 0.1 percent of test takers earn a perfect score. (That means out of every 10,000 test takers, only 10 would be expected to earn a perfect score, based on ACT's historical data.)

The ACT, a curriculum-based achievement exam, consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Elizabeth earned a composite score of 36, the highest possible, signaling a mastery of those skills.

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda called the achievement “significant and rare.”

Marion High School congratulates Elizabeth on this outstanding achievement!