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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

McCulloch Junior High School honor choir students had a special opportunity to sing at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday, in celebration of the third annual Indiana Arts Education Day.

At the invitation of Indiana Music Education Association, the group performed in the fourth-floor atrium during a reception. They also had the opportunity to meet State Rep. Melanie Wright, herself an educator, along with State Sen. Andy Zay who represents part of Grant County, and Marion’s very own MHS Class of 1988 alumnus, Sen. Greg Taylor.



Indiana State Senator Andy Zay, who represents part of Grant County, poses for a photo with McCulloch Junior High School inside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 14. The students were invited to perform in the state capitol as part of the third annual Indiana Arts Education Day. 
 

Under the leadership of MJHS choir director Christina Huff, the group included students Kaylin Burke, Emily Fisher, Shaylee Vermilion, Chloe Hawkins, Chloe Phillips, Faith Riggs, Lillia Fisher, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, and Christian Vermilion.

In addition to their performance, the group was also able to tour the Statehouse. The students were very sharp, remembering dates and quoting facts about Indiana's history while they were on the tour, Huff noted afterward.

“Our social studies teachers would have been proud,” she said.

Art and music education advocacy days take place all over the United States.These displays not only broadcast students talents and capabilities but also help in shining a light on the importance of the arts in education. The event in Indianapolis on Thursday was hosted by the Indiana Art Education Network. The Indiana Music Education Association and Indiana State School Music Association were also represented.

At Marion Community Schools, we believe that music and art education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. McCulloch Junior High School is recognized by the Indiana State School Music Association as one of the top junior high music programs in the state, having won ISSMA’s top award, the JME Total Department All Music award four years in a row — the only school in the state to do so. In addition, Christina Huff was named the Indiana Music Education Association Teacher of the Year for her outstanding work.

Marion Community Schools and McCulloch Junior High School congratulates these students and their teacher on a job well done!



Click the links to learn more about the music and art education opportunities at Marion Community Schools!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on a special show that explores weather and climate, along with the local night sky in spring and summer.


The public is invited to MHS for “Supermoons and Seasons”. The show will last approximately one hour. Showings will be as follows:
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, March  3
Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Come early for a spot on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 750 W. 26th St.

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 54.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School JROTC Cadet D.J. Smith continued his domination in drill competitions, winning the Purdue University competition for the second year in a row, earning an invitation to the National Championship.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet D.J. Smith spins his way to his third consecutive first place finish in regional drill competitions.


The Giants Drill and Color Guard Team also claimed two other third-place finishes at this regional competition. JROTC teams from across the Midwest compete in this annual contest. Cadets compete in a series of events designed to test their precision, skill, and teamwork.

One of the highlights of drill competitions is the individual exhibition event. In this category, the cadet marches while spinning, tossing and catching an 8-pound drill rifle. Doing so requires a great deal of skill, and strength to expertly spin the rifle.

This victory at Purdue is Smith’s third consecutive first place award this season in the Individual Exhibition category.

Commenting on the victory at Purdue, D.J. Smith said: “It felt amazing. Especially since it is the second time I have placed first there.”

Because of D.J. Smith’s stellar performance, he has been selected to compete at the JROTC National Championship in Daytona, Fla., this spring.

“D.J. is without a doubt the best exhibition driller within our brigade, which includes the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Drill and Color Guard Team coach, and Army instructor for MHS JROTC. “He has worked so hard these past few years to improve his skills, and the results speak for themselves. In fact, he has a great chance to win at the National Championship.”

The Giants placed in a couple other events at the Purdue competition as well. Cadet Joanna Hidalgo led an all-female Color Guard team to win a third-place finish. And Cadet I’Yela Hornaday led the unarmed exhibition squad to a third-place finish.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet I’Yela Hornaday leads her squad to a third-place finish at the regional Drill and Color Guard competition hosted by Purdue University.




Marion High School JROTC Color Guard marches to a third-place finish at the Purdue University Drill Competition. Team members include cadets I’Yela Hornaday, Joanna Hidalgo, Lunden Colley, and Cheyenne Russ.


The Cadets have two remaining Drill and Color Guard competitions this season prior to D.J. Smith heading off to the National Championship.

>> Individuals interested in helping to sponsor Cadet Smith’s travel to the National Championship should email Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for MHS JROTC, or call 765-664-9051 x2455.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News You can now pre-order your Marion Giants girls basketball regional champions T-shirt at the Marion High School Athletic Office by stopping by or calling to place your order, 765-664-2941.  

>> Order deadline: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13

The shirts will be available to pick up after 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. Money is due at pickup.

PRICES:

Short sleeve:
  • Small, Medium, Large, X-Large: $10. 
  • 2XL, 3XL, 4XL: $12
Long sleeve: 
  • Small, Medium,Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL: $15 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Seven Marion High School seniors set a record for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. This high achieving group all earned grade point averages ranging from 4.21 to 4.96!  In total, the students were awarded $16,500 in scholarships for their post-high school educational plans.

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships have been given out by the Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance for nearly 30 years. Their mission is to award seniors in the area who are active in the alliance churches and are excelling in academic achievements. All this years winner’s were from Marion High School, and their awards are:
  • Leilanu Jackson: $3,000 scholarship
  • Azira Fisher: $3,000 scholarship
  • Tiara Virges: $2,500 scholarship
  • Mario Speed:  $2,000 scholarship
  • James Bell:  $2,000 scholarship
  • Tamia Gibson:  $2,000 scholarship
  • Vivica Watkins:  $2,000 scholarship
Friends, family and members of the community gathered for the celebration held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Feb. 3. This annual event honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., while also emphasizing education and rewarding local students’ successes.

During the awards ceremony, contributors to the MLK Scholarship fund were also recognized. This included several of the Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance churches, along with thousands of dollars contributed by Indiana Wesleyan University and the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

We would like to send our warmest congratulations to these Giants for their achievements and hard work. We wish them success and the best of luck as they continue their education!