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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the two cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due next Monday, Nov. 21. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cards will be available for pickup the week of Dec. 5. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will be bringing their entertaining, engaging show to Bill Green Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 30, to face off against a team of local “all-stars”. This team is known for high-flying dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines. The Ambassadors — all college grads who are committed to remaining drug free — are also great role models with a positive message for young people.

More information about the game in the evening of Nov. 30 at MHS's Bill Green Arena, including where to get your tickets, is available at

The Ambassadors will also be bringing a special program to some of our schools earlier in the day. Click the links below to learn more!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team competed in Nationals last weekend, finishing eighth out of 82 teams!

The Raider Nationals, in Molena, Ga., last weekend, involved tough obstacles that included a 1-mile run, carrying various objects, crawling under ropes, and vaulting over objects.

“They did awesome,” Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach and the MHS JROTC senior Army instructor, told the Chronicle-Tribune. “By all measurable standards, the JROTC is the best it has ever been.”

Cadets Stephanie Charlton, a senior, and Joseph O’Donnell, a junior, were chosen to particpate individually in the Ultimate Raider competition. Stephanie placed 10th in the nation, and Joseph placed 20th! The two cadets had to run almost 2 miles with a 35-pound backpack, and finish by climbing over an 8 foot wall without assistance.

“I felt our team did a great job and being able to achieve eighth best team in the nation,” Joseph said. “It was awesome. I was honored to be able to go back and compete again this year and to be selected to represent our team in the Ultimate Raider Competition.”

In 2015, the MHS JROTC Raider Team finished 14th at Nationals.

These challenges require endurance, physical strength, and a lot of teamwork. The MHS Raiders can’t wait to go back and compete again!

“I loved it!” said Cadet Joey Lawrence, assistant team captain and MHS senior. “I’d go again if I could. I was really impressed with our team. We came together and had great teamwork.”

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools are very proud of these cadets and the hard work they put in! Way to go, Giants! 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Gabriela Padilla

Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh has named Marion High School senior Truman Bennet the Marion Champion of the Month, and award presented by the city of Marion.

This award has been given since July to one individual each month.

“(This award is for) the people who are doing good work in our community, the individuals who influence others in a good way, and the ones who believe in Marion enough to fight for Marion,” Mayor Alumbaugh said.

Truman's recent academic accomplishment, a rare perfect score on an AP Calculus test, has brought a lot of attention and excitement to Marion. He is also very involved in clubs, and activities here at MHS and in the community. He is also one of five MHS seniors to be named a finalist for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

He was featured on WBAT’s Good Morning Grant County morning show with Mayor Alumbaugh on Friday, Nov. 4.

Congratulations, Truman, on this award!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student has been named the state leader for an international network of support groups for teens with scoliosis, Curvy Girls.

Emily Phillippe, a freshman at MHS, has been dealing with the challenges of having scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, since she was 7 years old. When she was 12, she found Curvy Girls Scoliosis Support Group to help her deal with the challenges of wearing a back brace 20 hours per day. At age 13, Emily’s curve progressed, even though she was braced. Emily needed spinal fusion surgery. Now, at the age of 14, Emily is fully recovered and is starting a chapter of Curvy Girls in her own town. She wants to help other girls dealing with this condition.

Curvy Girls brings girls together to raise awareness and support one another at monthly meetings, hospital visits, and brace-wear shopping trips. Because teens with Scoliosis typically feel self-conscious about their appearance, and because they often have to wear a hard plastic torso brace up to 23 hours a day, they tend to isolate and may experience depression. Support groups provide an important opportunity to share concerns and information.

Curvy Girls of Indiana is a chapter of international groups started in 2006 by then-14-year-old Leah Stoltz of Long Island, N.Y. Since being featured on national television’s TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards Show in 2009, Curvy Girls has grown to 42 chapters throughout the world.

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a medical condition of unknown cause in which a preteen or teen has an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. On an X-ray, the spine of an individual with a scoliosis may look more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Conventional treatment is through bracing and/or surgery. Scoliosis progresses 10 times more frequently in girls than boys, and some girls have to wear a hard plastic torso brace for up to 23 hours a day. In an attempt to halt curve progression and avoid spine surgery, bracing is continued throughout the growing years.

“Scoliosis affects us both physically and mentally,” Leah said. “While the back brace supports our bodies, Curvy Girls is our emotional brace. We need to help our girls feel better about themselves from the inside out.”

Emily welcomes girls with scoliosis to contact her so that together they can continue to make a difference. Visit and learn more about Emily and Curvy Girls of Indiana, or email