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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Seven Marion High School seniors got a boost to their post-high school education plans recently, as they were awarded $12,000 in scholarships during the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Celebration.

The Rev. Larry Batchelor, left, and MHS teacher Bobbie Owensby, right, present the 2017 MLK Scholarships on Sunday, Jan. 15, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. MHS scholarship winners pictured are, from left, Jada Flowers, Stacia Tyson, David Anderson, Taylor Gregory, Arrington Kohn, and Jada Adaway. (Camille Wheels not pictured.)

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, which have been given out by Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliancefor more than 20 years, are awarded to seniors in the area who are active in the alliance’s church, and exceeding academically. This year's winners from Marion High School and their awards are: 
  • Jada Flowers: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study biochemistry at Indiana University or Purdue University
  • Stacia Tyson: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study criminal justice, forensic science, and Spanish at North Carolina A&T University
  • Camille Wheels: $2,500 scholarship; plans to study finance and Spanish at Drake University
  • Jada Adaway: $1,500 scholarship; plans to study pharmacy, still weighing school options
  • David Anderson: $1,500  scholarship; still weighing post-secondary plans
  • Taylor Gregory: $1,000 scholarship; plans to study elementary education at Indiana State University or Ball State University
  • Arrington Kohn: $500 scholarship; plans to study social work and early childhood education, still weighing school options
A Madison-Grant High School senior also received a $1,500 scholarship.

Awards were presented during a celebration at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15. This annual event honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and importance of education. More than $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded over the years.

At the awards ceremony, contributions to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized, including several from the member churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

We are very proud of these scholarship winners! 

The Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees also honored these winners at their meeting on Jan. 24: 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News In the past few years, the Media Center at Marion High School has undergone an amazing transformation, from a staid space with somewhat limited uses into a vibrant center for exploration, collaboration, and innovation. Now, MHS is aiming to win a grant from a national educational company to fund continued technology investments — and YOU can help us win!

From Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday, Jan. 27, a video produced by Marion High School students and staff will be posted on the Follett Challenge site, and anyone in the world can vote once per day to make us one of 10 People’s Choice video winners, a prize worth $8,000. We need you to help us earn this prize! Please make a plan to vote every day next week, and to share this opportunity with your family and friends, too!

MHS students work on the Follett Challenge video in late December 2016.  Vote once a day per email address Monday, Jan. 23, through Friday,  Jan. 27.

The People’s Choice award is just the beginning, though. Your votes will also play a role in Marion High School’s chances to win goods and services from Follett Corp. worth up to $60,000. The public voting will factor in as 20 percent of our final score in the grant competition. We just can’t do this without YOU!

These prizes would enable MHS to continue the incredible reinvention of the Media Center into a 21st Century learning commons that promotes and facilitates not only technology-driven education but also collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and more. These skills are not only important for success in the classrooms of Marion High School, but they are truly life-changing skills that will benefit our students no matter where their paths lead after graduation.

We are excited to be part of the 2017 Follett Challenge, and we hope you will enjoy our video and vote for us every day of the competition

Our video was inspired by the smash hit musical Hamilton. You don't want to miss it! (And 

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A total of $200,000 in goods and services is up for grabs in the Follett Challenge. The 10 People’s Choice video award winners will receive $8,000 each. One semifinalist in each category (elementary, middle school, and high school) will each receive $30,000. Those winners will be announced on Feb. 28. The Grand Prize winner, chosen from the semifinalists to receive an additional $30,000, will be announced April 28.

About Follett Corp.: For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K-12 schools and colleges. Now, Follett serves more than half of the students in the nation, working with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology and services. It is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to pre-K-12 schools in the nation, distributing books, textbooks, ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital resources. Follett is also one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for physical and digital asset management, data storage and analysis, and more. To learn more about Follett’s pre-K-12 business, visit

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With the closure of the Tucker Career and Technology Center building (and subsequent move of career and tech classes to Marion Regional Career Center on the Marion High School campus), Marion Community Schools has equipment that is no longer needed. It will be auctioned off on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 9 a.m.

Notable items include a Ford F-800 bucket truck, shop equipment including lathes, hydraulic presses, jack stands, welders, power tools, and more; an electric fork truck; kitchen equipment including a walk-in cooler; a Heidleberg offset printing press; a Visualiner alignment system; classroom equipment including desks, chairs, cabinets, and more.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is transitioning to a new phone service, and we are having intermittent phone outages. If you are having trouble reaching your school building, it is likely that the phones may not be working correctly. Please reach out to us by email, or call the district office (662-2546) for assistance.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

The MHS Key Club’s first project of the year is underway: It’s a warm winter gear drive — and YOU can help!

Did you get new winter gear for the holidays, and now you have mittens, gloves, or scarves that are in good shape, but you just don’t need them any more? Or maybe you’re looking to clean out your closets, where you have too many scarves, gloves, or mittens you don’t wear often? If you don't need them anymore, pass them along to someone who does! You can donate new or gently used winter items to the MHS Key Club.

Youth and adult items are welcome. The Key Club plans to deliver the donated gear to our elementary schools for kids or families in need, and keep some at the high school, too. 

>> HOW YOU CAN HELP: Starting Jan. 4, there will be donation boxes in the MHS main office, the MHS Media Center (library), and in Room 2-5 (district office), and Room 2-46 (Ms. Vermilion’s room). The drive will last until Jan. 23.

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club has approximately 260,000 members in approximately 5,000 clubs throughout 37 countries.

If you are interested in joining the MHS Key Club, meetings are held every other Monday in Room 2-46. The next meeting will be on Jan. 9. See Ms. Vermilion for more information.

COMING UP: Key Club is already planning ahead for their next project, a “Show Your Love” food drive. They will be donating to local food pantries after Valentine’s Day.