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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 22, 2019

This February, hundreds of students from our region will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 30th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or will be available online soon at http://circlethestate.imeamusic.org/tickets.

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 9 through March 2) — exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

Middle schools and junior highs participating in the Honeywell Center performance include Crestview (Huntington North), Lakeview (Warsaw), Marion, Mississinewa, Oak Hill, South Adams, Tippecanoe Valley, and Wabash.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of the day Feb. 9 rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the middle school clinician is John Wenning, retired choral director from Huntington, and the elementary clinician is Melissa Garcia, a conductor from the Indianapolis Children's Choir..

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion students who will be participating in this year’s Circle the State With Song festival are:

Kendall Elementary:
Caylynn Bishop
Madelynn Boogar
Selah Craig
Alaina Emert
Kietalynn Garcia
Tristen Hall
Naomi Hyde
Michael McCray
Jethe Paduga
Danielle Purdy
Arabella Stanley
Aries Stanley
Aaliyah Thien

Frances Slocum Elementary:
Aden Balderas
Na’Kyjia Birchett
Eleanor Bruehler
Arya Dorsey
Eli Gardner
Isaac Harrison
Micah Hawkins
Mary Herrington
Andrianna Krause
Abraham Reeves
Chloe Smith
Damien Taylor

Allen Elementary:
Ethan Bragg
Jakira Jones
Natalie Rodriguez
Esteban Santiago-Stricler
Jaelyn Watson
C'risma Weatherly

Riverview Elementary:
Aliya Cruz
Joseph Gibson
Lucy Jenkins
Madelyn Kirkwood
Maizey Kuch
Zynaida Ortega

Justice Intermediate:
Nathaniel Beck
Layla Bohde
Whit Booher
Chloe Byrd
Shaun Caldwell
Grace Chandler
Abigail Crouch
Layla Ensor
Jacqueline Gallegos
Kady Graves
Zachary Hehle
Caleb Huff
Sara Lootens
Damien Martin
Rylee Nicodemus
Hailey Ramos
Jimmy Ramos
Michelle Rasor
Noah Rhodearmer
Raven Sollars
Zoey Wayman
Ahlissa Wynne


McCulloch Junior High:
Nathaniel Aguila
Danika Ayers
Tori Beal
Ja’Ana Bucklew
Kaylin Burke
Joseph Cheung
Joseph Delgado
Alyssa Dunham
Connor Dyer
Jackson Emert
Emily Fisher
Lillia Fisher
Jenessa Gerstorff
Laylani Hammons
Damari Harshaw
Chloe Hawkins
Grace Johnson
Isabel Khalouf
Alandra King
Victoria Liscano
Emily Luckey
Gregg Marble
Jerica Overmyer
Chloe Phillips
Faith Riggs
Aidan Ruley
Kaden Rinker
Caroline Russell
Daniel Terhune
Omyzhanae Thomas
Christian Vermilion
Shaylee Vermilion
Isaiah Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Grant County Unified Athletics invites you to come out and think SPRING! You'll create your own fun decorative canvas at this special fundraiser that supports the Unified Athletics program in Grant County schools.

Unified Athletics is an extra-curricular opportunity for students with identified cognitive or physical disabilities, who play on teams with their age-appropriate peer helpers. Teams from Grant County schools compete with each other in basketball, bowling, and track.

At the Champions and Canvas fundraiser, you'll be able to customize your canvas with colors and items that match your decor in your home or office, or to make as a gift for someone else who would appreciate a sign of the coming season! All supplies will be provided, and there will be step-by-step instruction by Sally Bergsma. Tickets are $30 per person.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in the Atrium at Tree of Life, 1500 S. Western Ave., Marion.

There will be refreshments available, and there will also be booths from each of the five Grant County schools' lifeskills classrooms, featuring items they are selling to support their individual classroom needs. There will be original works of art, baked items, and spirit wear designed by the students.

Come out and enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship as you support this outstanding organization that provides opportunities for our students!

Tickets are available from the Marion Community Schools Special Services office, or contact Lisa Graham at 765-677-4456 or lisa_graham@olemiss.k12.in.us to purchase tickets or with any questions.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As part of a leadership class, 10 JROTC cadets from Marion High School recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they had the opportunity to undertake a military-style staff ride, a learning experience rarely available to the average high school student.



Marion High School JROTC cadets pause for a photo by the Indiana memorial at Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. The cadets have an in-depth understanding of the battle and its effects after undertaking a military-style staff ride, a historical study and analysis of the battle.
 

A staff ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that is used as professional development by the U.S. Army for its leaders. A staff ride examines the dynamics of battle and the human dimension as well. It can illustrate how terrain, unit cohesion, leadership, technology, and more affected a historical battle, and therefore provide a framework for battle analysis. It also promotes the study of military history and heritage.

To prepare for the staff ride, the cadets had to research a particular portion of the Civil War Battle at Gettysburg. While walking the ground on the battlefield in Pennsylvania, each cadet had to describe the actions of the opposing leaders and how the events in fighting were affected by the various leaders’ decisions and the challenges with the terrain and communication.

“A staff ride is a great learning experience,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC. “It is a tool that can be used to examine how internal and external factors, communication and timely decisions affect what actually happens. We can learn from the experiences of others.”

Speaking of her experience on the staff ride, MHS junior I’Yela Hornaday said: “It hit hard when we saw that people actually went there and lost their lives to fight for something they strongly believed in.”

Cadet JD Smith commented that he didn’t realize how exciting it could be to actually walk the battlefield, live the history, and learn from the staff ride experience.



Marion High School JROTC cadets recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they conducted an in-depth historical military study called a staff ride, analyzing the actions of leaders during the three-day battle that changed the course of the Civil War. Here, the group stands by the sign welcoming visitors to the historic site and museum. 
 

The MHS cadets then traveled on to Washington, D.C., where they spent two days visiting the U.S. Capitol, the monuments on the Washington Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Holocaust Museum.

“The memorials and monuments [on the Mall] were beautiful,” MHS senior Haley O’Neil said. “They also showed all of the sacrifice people have made for all of us.”

Probably the most somber experience for the cadets came as they toured the Holocaust Museum. There, they followed the journey of a Holocaust victim, not knowing if their person survived or died until near the end of the tour.

At one point in the tour, junior Josiah Hamilton, was captivated by a picture of a little boy and girl.

“It was like looking in a mirror,” he said. “It could have easily been my sister and me. I thank God that I was born in a different time and age.”



Marion JROTC cadets pose for a photo outside the U.S. Capitol building during their class trip to Washington, D.C.



Marion JROTC cadets listen to their tour guide inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

 

The cadets on the trip were Cheyenne Russ, Anyssa Shultz, Haley O’Neil, Hailey Teeguarden, I’Yela Hornaday, Jade McKoon, Angel Morales, Kaleb Starr, Josiah Hamilton, and DJ Smith. All agreed they learned a great deal about their country from the trip.

This trip was made possible in part due to a generous Grant from Round Robins Bingo.



 

Did you know that the MHS JROTC is open to any Grant County high school student?

>> Click here for more information

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Provided by the Marion Community School of the Arts

The Community School of the Arts is excited to present The Lion King Jr. at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale based on the classic Disney film.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by visiting CSA, 305 S. Adams St., between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact CSA at 765-662-6263 or visit csa-marion.com.

Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with CSA to bring amazing theater experiences to the community.