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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!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to these Kendall students who earned recognition in the county Symphony in Color competition, sponsored by the Gamma Rho chapter of Tri Kappa philanthropic sorority:
  • Evan Fisher, first grade, Most Promising Award
  • Leyna Greenwood, first grade, First Place for first grade
  • Johnny Ortiz Juarez, second grade, Second Place for second grade
  • Liam Weaver, second grade, Third Place for second grade
  • Madelynn Boogar, fourth grade, Second Place for fourth grade
We are so proud of these talented young artists and are grateful for the work of their outstanding art teacher, Karen Fry, to provide opportunities for our students every day!

Art works chosen in the local competition, which is open to all elementary students in the county, will continue on to the state level Symphony in Color competition. More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual statewide competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

State level judging is taking place this week.

State Gold Ribbon winners' art works will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theatre from Feb. 21 through March 24. Following that, all 100 finalists' art works will be on display at the Indiana State Museum from March 30 through May 5.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • "Fanfare" from "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
  • "Jupiter" from "The Plants" by Gustav Holst
  • "From Earth to the Moon and Beyond", written by James Beckel, former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "Main Title" from "Star Wars" by John Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six Marion High School students earned the highest regional honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition. Two other students were also recognized for their outstanding work.
 

 

Emily Phillippe, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for her digital art work titled "Side-Tracked", seen below. She also earned Silver Keys for her digital art work titled "Connected", and for her paintings titled "Guardian", "Joyful", "Hardware", and "Calm Waters"; and Honorable Mentions for her digital art work titled "Glowing", her paintings titled "Great Kiskadee", "Cadillac Mountain", "Sunflower", and "Silent Tears", and her photography "Seeing Double" and "Seeing Through Me". 


 



Logan Carrico, an MHS junior, earned a Gold Key award for his photography titled "Jonathan", seen below. He also earned three Silver Keys for his pieces titled "Isak", "An Empty Room", and "Anna", along with an Honorable Mention for his work "Camille".



 


 

Sianna Hobbs, MHS sophomore, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "Avery", seen below. She also earned a Silver Key for her mixed media piece "Queen of Hearts", and an Honorable Mention for her drawing / illustration piece titled "Fame".





Kira Humes, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "This is Melodrama", seen below. and Honorable Mentions in the same category for her pieces "Thorns and Stings", "Living in the Blue", "Dawn", and "At A Glance".

 


Hailey Teeguarden, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her art work titled "Halsey", seen below. She also earned an Honorable Mention in the same category for her work "Downeaster Alexa".

 

Lauren Morrow, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key for her sculpture titled "Forever in Stone", seen below.


 

Additional awards: 
 

  • Sophia Porter, MHS senior, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her piece titled "Koi Pond" and an Honorable Mention in the same category for her piece "Roulette".
  • Emma Waterman, a sophomore in the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership with MHS, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her work "Winter's Dream: A Primitive Trio".
  • Bayley Grieve, MHS sophomore, earned Honorable Mentions for her paintings titled "Longing", "Turgoise Waters", and "Thinking Through the Sleep".

 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all art works will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 9 through April 6. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years. This is the fifth year in the last six that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, in 2017, and in 2018

Congratulations to all of these students and to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson. We are proud of you!