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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, all five Marion Community Schools robotics clubs were finalists in the VEX IQ tournament in Gas City, and our Justice Intermediate School Sixth Grade Tech Giants advanced to the state finals.



Thirty teams from around the state competed in the elementary level tournament, held at Northview Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 11. The top 10 teams advanced to the event finals round, and five of those were Marion teams!

Two teams from Justice Intermediate School (fifth and sixth grade), along with teams from Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview elementary schools, have been working for months to design and build their robots, and to practice the required skills that would be tested in the tournament.

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides students with open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. The Marion robotics clubs foster teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills. Opportunities like this help prepare students to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers!

This year’s challenge is called Crossover, and teams use their robots together with one other or alone to score points by completing specific maneuvers, as outlined by the challenge rules. The Justice Sixth Grade Tech Giants earned a Teamwork Champion Award and advanced to the state level competition, set for Feb. 25 at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Here's a video of that final match-up in which they earned their state berth:


 
We are proud of these students, and of the teachers who have sponsored the robotics clubs and spent countless hours working with these students outside of regular class time. We wish the Justice Tech Giants good luck as they continue on in competition!



The Teamwork Champions! Justice Sixth Grade Tech Giants advanced to state-level competition. Pictured are Gabby Aguilar, Haden Montgomery, Alex Powell, Xavier Stewart, Beck Vermilion, and Christian Vermilion, along with Mary Miller, Justice Intermediate teacher and Tech Giants sponsor.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last weekend, several dozen Marion Community Schools students joined with thousands of students from across the state in the annual Circle the State with Song choral festival.



McCulloch Junior High has participated in the festival for the past several years. For the second year in a row, though, students from Justice Intermediate School and all the MCS elementary schools took part. In addition, one McCulloch student, Michael Seybold, earned the honor of singing a solo!

The festival – which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 11 through Feb. 25) – 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.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students from across the state come together and work with a guest clinician on the day of the performance. Nearly 5,000 students from elementary schools, middle schools, and junior high schools around the state participate in this annual festival series, which is in its 29th year. The Indiana Music Educators Association puts on the event.

Marion Community Schools’ young artists performed at the CSWS festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. The students spent the day in rehearsals, and then put on a public performance in the afternoon.

"This was a great opportunity for our students," said Christina Huff, choir teacher at McCulloch Junior High School. "They held themselves to high standards, behaved professionally, and sang beautifully."

The students who participated in Circle the State With Song 2017 are:

McCulloch Junior High
Sopranos
  • Kari Bilbee
  • Tori Daehn
  • Jazzlyn DeBoard
  • Evelyn Detamore
  • Cassie Evans
  • Briana Huston
  • Makayla Kephart
  • Emma McAbee-Reher
  • Kaylie Nantz
  • Kylee O’Neil
  • Isis Phifer
  • Kaitlyn Tu
Altos
  • Timothy Bento
  • Navia Cushingberry
  • Mia de las Alas
  • Emily Fannin
  • Robert Herrington
  • Lizzie Nielander
  • Jessie Pickell
  • Amyah Richardson
  • Czarina Sierra
  • Anna Wuertley
Baritones
  • Marcus Bounds
  • Greg Johnson
  • Austen Mills
  • Alex Rayment
  • Michael Seybold
  • Jackson Vice

Justice Intermediate
Part 1 / Soprano
  • A’Miyah Adams
  • Chloe Bell-Mitchell
  • Nazdhia Dominguez
  • Brooklyn Evers
  • Emily Fisher
  • Lillia Fisher
  • Victoria Hardnett
  • Damari Harshaw
  • Chloe Hawkins
  • Alandra King
  • Emily Luckey
  • Stephany Miksch
  • Angel Mosier
  • Dessie Norwood
  • Destiny Reed
  • Ruby Saylor
  • D’nei Smith
  • Teysia Walker-Gray      
Part 2 / Alto
  • Danika Ayers
  • Lalah Boyd
  • Lexi Colbert
  • Noah Compton
  • Shalyn DeBoard
  • Keionna Foard
  • Destiny Gillespie
  • Savana Harvey
  • Gracey Johnson
  • Princess Jones
  • Alicia LeBlanc
  • Kalique Malone
  • Greg Marble
  • Hailey Markley
  • Karli Purvis
  • Faith Riggs
  • Aidan Ruley
  • James Russell
  • Kelsie Shoup

Allen Elementary
  • Chloe Kaski
  • Christian Harland
  • Kinadeigh Smith

Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Josephine Gibson
  • Nevaeh Grace
  • Michael Herrington
  • Jacen Rose

Kendall Elementary
  • Ava Adams
  • Nathaniel Beck
  • Ethan Boogar
  • Ciara Caldwell
  • Grace Chandler
  • Abigail Crouch
  • Makayla Munday
  • Michelle Rasor
  • Colin Rayment

Riverview Elementary
  • Dacia Boyd
  • Caleb Huff
  • Darionna Wrigh
We’re so proud of our talented students, and of our choral and music teachers as well for the opportunities they give to our students not only at special times such as this, but every day! At Marion Community Schools, we recognize the life-changing potential of arts education, and we are continuing to invest in these important programs.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Last week, several students from the Giant Wildcat Academy were featured as speakers during the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education's annual conference in Indianapolis.


GWA is a partnership between Marion Community Schools and Indiana Wesleyan University that gives select students with disabilities (ages 18-22) the opportunity to explore the world and life beyond the walls of Marion High School. With the help of IWU student mentors, GWA students learn to be more independent, increase their social circle, and learn how to live an abundant life. GWA students learn life skills, experience the college atmosphere, and can work as volunteers in various capacities on the IWU campus. 

At the ICASE conference, some of our students, mentors, and staff talked about the program and the special opportunities it offers. It was a great experience! For some of our students, it was the first time in a hotel, or the first extended trip away from Marion.

We are grateful to ICASE for the opportunity, and we are so proud of our students, mentors, and staff!

>> For more information about GWA or how you can get involved, click to email Renee Arenibar, or call 765-618-4144. IWU students interested in becoming peer mentors can obtain applications in the IWU Teachers Education Office in Goodman Hall.





Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School students competed the last two weekends in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble district competitions, and many of them advanced to the state round! 

Vocal / piano

The vocal and piano competition was held Jan. 28 at Southside Middle School in Muncie. Every single Giant who competed advanced to the state level, by earning a gold rating in the toughest division (Group 1). Congratulations to these Giants! They are:
  • Jada Adaway, senior
  • Allie Durbin, senior
  • Saidah Edwards, freshman
  • Kaleb Evans, junior
  • John Flowers, freshman
  • Triston Galeon, freshman, piano solo
  • Amonte King, junior
  • Myles Kohn, freshman
  • Lindsay Ngo, senior
  • Maria Porter, junior
  • Kendra Quill, junior
  • Casey Reaves, junior
  • Kabriel Robinson, freshman
  • Anna Shigley, freshman
  • Ianne Sierra, senior
State competition is set for Feb. 18 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis. Congratulations and good luck to all of these students!


Instrumental

The instrumental competition was held Feb. 4 at Eastbrook High School. Six MHS students competed, several doing so for the first time. They all took on challenging music, and did well!

Two students advanced to the state competition, by playing pieces in the toughest division (group 1) and earning gold ratings:
  • Sophie Schenck, sophomore, trumpet solo
  • Ethan Roberts, senior, percussion
They will compete at the state contest on Feb. 25 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

Here's a look at the rest of the competitors' results:
  • Saralena Bergsma, freshman, solo, group 1; silver rating
  • Austin Guess, freshman; saxophone solo, group 3; gold rating
  • Abigail Baird, freshman; solo, group 3; silver rating
  • Cheyann Vick, sophomore; solo, group 3; silver rating
Congratulations to all of these students. We are proud of you!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several McCulloch music students recently competed in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contests, and most of them brought home the gold!

In the annual competition put on by the Indiana State School Music Association, students play or sing alone or in small groups for judges, who then award gold, silver, or bronze ratings. Competitions are held around the state. 

Vocal / piano


Our young singers and piano players competed on Jan. 28 at Southside Middle School in Muncie. 

Here's a look at the students who competed and their awards:
  • Carynna Aguila, eighth grade; piano solo; gold rating
  • Jackson Vice, eighth grade; piano solo; gold rating
  • Cassie Evans, seventh grade, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Evelyn Detamore, eighth grade, vocal solo; gold rating
  • Kaitlyn Tu, eighth grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Natalyia McKinney; seventh grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Michael Seybold; eighth grade; vocal solo; gold rating
  • Emma McAbee-Reher; seventh grade; vocal solo; silver rating
  • Mia de las Alas, seventh grade, and Emily Fannin and Anna Wuertley, both eighth grade; vocal ensemble; gold rating
  • Tori Daehn, Briana Huston, and Michael Seybold, all eighth grade; vocal ensemble ; gold rating
  • Cassie Evans and Robert Herrington, both seventh grade, and Briana Huston, eighth grade; vocal ensemble silver rating

Instrumental

Our young musicians competing with other instruments attended the contest held Feb. 4 at Eastbrook High School:
  • Carynna Aguila, eighth grade; flute solo; gold rating
  • Ashya Bradberry, seventh grade; alto sax solo; gold rating
  • Soren Bruehler, eighth grade; trombone solo; gold rating
  • Landen Hammond, seventh grade; trumpet solo; gold rating
  • Faith Keaffaber, seventh grade; clarinet solo; gold rating
  • Takota Russ, eighth grade; alto sax solo; gold rating
  • Jillayne Bass, eighth grade; alto sax solo; silver rating
  • Makayla Starr, seventh grade; trumpet solo; silver rating
  • Takota Russ, Carynna Aguila. Evelyn Detamore, all eighth grade; alto sax ensemble; gold rating
  • Kylee O'Neil and Raenah Hyde, both eighth grade, and Courtney O'Neil, seventh grade; flute trio; gold rating
  • Emily Fannin, Marisa Wallace, Desirae Rankins, all eighth grade; woodwind trio; gold rating
  • Kaylie Nantz and Chloe Wilkes, both eight grade, and Emma McAbee-Reher, seventh grade; woodwind trio; gold rating
  • Anna Wuertley and Soren Bruehler, both eighth grade, and Jaden Gillespie, seventh grade; trombone trio; gold rating
  • Jackson Vice, Emma Maki, Carynna Aguila, all eighth grade; marimba trio; gold rating
Congratulations to all of these students! We're proud of you!