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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Music Department's Holiday Extravaganza concert that had been scheduled for this afternoon at the Walton Center is, unfortunately, canceled due to current road conditions and the forecast for the day.

Student safety is our top priority. We will look at the calendar to see if we can reschedule the concert.

Please share this information with anyone you know who was planning to attend this concert.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Rifle Marksmanship Team continues their dominance over other programs from across the state and around the Midwest, and the team’s success can be attributed in part to the tremendous support they receive from community groups and individuals.

Generous donations have helped the Marion cadets receive advanced training and equipment necessary to propel the Giants from good to great.

On Thursday, the Deer Creek Conservation Club of Grant County and the Deer Creek Realty Corp. became the latest organizations to present donations to the JROTC Marksmanship Team, both giving $800. These donations are intended to provide scholarships for cadets to receive advanced marksmanship training during a summer camp experience at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Junior Shooter Camp.

“This is the second year that Deer Creek has sponsored a cadet’s attendance to the camp,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the JROTC senior Army instructor. “It is amazing to see how this small investment can pay huge dividends in a shooter. Each of the cadets who attended the marksmanship camp significantly improved their skills.”

Those skills were on display Wednesday as the Marion cadets soundly defeated the cadets from Blackford High School with team scores of 1,237 to 817. This victory follows a succession of wins as the Giants remain undefeated this year in shoulder-to-shoulder matches. 

The training and the gifts that make it possible aren’t just about marksmanship, said Deer Creek Conservation Club’s Barry Baker.

“We see in these young people the development of not only outstanding marksmanship, but also as individuals with positive values so closely revered by our club,” he said.

Dennis McHarry from the Deer Creek Realty Corp. echoed those sentiments and added: “With our support we feel we have invested in the next generation of great leadership for our community and our country.”

Cadet Taylor Sorah, the MHS JROTC Marksmanship Team captain and top shooter, said the gifts truly make a difference.

“I learned so much at summer rifle camp,” she said. “All four of the cadets who attended camp improved so much.  But none of us would have been able to attend without the scholarships. Thank you so much to those who donated to support us.”

The community support is key to the success of the program, Farlow said.
“The JROTC program as a whole, and the Rifle Team specifically, have benefited from the continued generosity of community groups and individuals,” he said. “These young people are learning, growing and achieving. And our community is truly helping to develop the next generation of leaders through these donations.”

The Rifle Team travels this Saturday to Indianapolis to compete in the Indiana JROTC State Marksmanship Championship.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Christmas will be brighter for a few local families thanks to the Riverview Elementary PTO and Riverview Elementary staff and students!

The PTO spearheaded a “Jar Wars” fund drive (when classrooms take part in a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money) to help purchase gifts for some Riverview families in need. The fund drive brought in $1,000 in one week!

Riverview teachers helped wrap up the gifts this week, and they will deliver them next week to the three families were selected to receive these special gifts.

We are proud of our staff, students, and families for reaching out to others in need. We are grateful for our PTO, who makes so many great things possible. And we are proud to be a part of a community where caring for each other is just what we do!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Media Specialist Mrs. Gardner is now a featured writer on the Follett Corp.'s community blog network!

Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content. It has been working with schools for more than 140 years, and now partners with 80,000 schools across the country. Their community blog network connects educators across the country with resources and other people using Follett's educational resources. 

At Marion High School, staff and students have access to ebooks and audio books via the Follett E-shelf. Mrs. Gardner has discovered that the appeal of audio books goes far beyond the typical commuter looking to pass the time with a good story. 

She's previously blogged about her conversations with MCS School Psychologist Karima Moubarik regarding the potential for audiobooks to help with ESL teaching and learning.

Now, she's sharing with educators across the country about another conversation that stretched this potential even further, to students with other reading and learning challenges. 

>> Click here to read her blog article for the Follett Corp., and find out more!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Precision was put to the test Saturday at University of Toledo’s annual JROTC Drill and Color Guard Competition, and the Giants were among the best, bringing home multiple top finishes.

Fielding a team of 12 cadets competing in a series of events, Marion High School earned a second-place finish in the unarmed squad exhibition drill and two third-place finishes in the color guard and exhibition duet events. 

“This is a great start to our Drill and Color Guard competitive season,” said Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Jon Smith, the Giants’ Army Instructor.  “Now with a competition under their belts, the cadets have a better idea of what it will take in terms of practice and commitment to become a first-place finisher. I am sure they will rise to the challenge.”

Forty-six teams competed in multiple events designed to test the skill and precision of the cadets. In addition to those events in which the Giants placed, they also competed in the squad armed regulation drill and the solo exhibition. 

The unarmed exhibition drill team, under the leadership of Cadet Stephanie Charlton, an MHS senior, conducted a series of precision movements under the watchful eye of the graders. 

“I am proud of our team’s performance,” Charlton said. “Especially, since it (Toledo) was the first-ever competition for many of the cadets.” 

Cadets Austen Robbins and DJ Smith represented the Giants in the exhibition duet event. 

Other cadets competing at Toledo included: Miller Betz, Josue Martinez, Jackie Cheung, Anyssa Shultz, Joseph O’Donnell, Joanna Hidalgo, Ashley White, Haley O’Neil, and Audrey Dickerson.

The cadets have several more competitions scheduled in the second semester.