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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School’s Academic Giants were the only team in the state to earn a perfect score in math in the recent regional Academic Super Bowl competition, propelling them on to the state competition. The MHS science squad also advanced to the state level.



The Marion High School Academic Giants math team celebrates their perfect score of 25 at the Area Super Bowl Competition on April 18, 2017. Members are, standing, (left to right): Micah Hoeksema, Elizabeth Wuertley, and Truman Bennet; and seated in front, Nick Spitzer. (Photo provided by Matt Bennet)


The Giants competed with 48 other schools at Area Competitions around the state on Tuesday for the right to advance to the state competition. The top five teams in each subject advance.

“This is the third year in a row for our math team to make it to state,” said MHS math teacher Doug Porter, the math team’s coach. “We think this is our year — we want to bring home the title!”

The Giants were fourth in the state in 2016, and were state runners-up in 2015. It is also the second year in a row the science team has advanced to the state competition.

The two groups will compete at Purdue University on Saturday, May 6. The science team will compete at 10:30 a.m., and the math team will compete at 1:30 p.m.

Marion students compete in Class 2 in the Academic Super Bowl Senior Division. The four class divisions are based on school size. Academic Super Bowl Senior Division competitions consist of five subject matter rounds (English, fine arts, math, science, social studies) and a sixth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The French Revolution”.

The Giants earned first place in math, and fourth place in science, earning state berths in both. They were just one place shy of a state berth in English, coming in sixth.

The students who will be competing for the Giants at the state competition are:
  • Math team: Truman Bennet, Micah Hoeksema, Nick Spitzer, and Elizabeth Wuertley
  • Science team: Tristan Galeon, Catie Griffin, Megan Griffin, Drake Gunyon, Samantha Hauke, Micah Hoeksema, Kyle Hummel, Nihal Natgesh, Kendral Quill, Caleb Spitzer, Nicholas Spitzer, Elizabeth Wuertley
The math team is coached by Doug Porter, and the science team is coached by Robert Burchell and Layne Maki.

Marion High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students, and wish them good luck at the state level!

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News On Friday, May 5, 400 friends, family members, and others will gather in the cafeteria of Marion High School to honor the JROTC cadets at the annual formal banquet

The banquet will recognize the individual and collective accomplishments of the cadets throughout this school year. Representatives from numerous social and fraternal organizations such as the American Legion, American Veterans (AMVETS), Daughters of the American Revolution, military branch recruiters, and others will be on hand to present 73 separate awards recognizing academic excellence, leadership development, and physical fitness.

In addition to the awards presentation, the cadet leadership will be announced and an official change of command ceremony will transition the cadet leadership.

The banquet, planned by the cadets under the supervision of their instructors, will feature the pageantry of a military ball. As cadets and guests enter the cafeteria they will proceed through an official receiving line and pass under a saber arch. The cadets will wear their dress uniforms for this final event of the school year. The receiving line opens at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 5, in the MHS cafeteria (enter Door 4).

“During the banquet, we deliberately take the time to pause and ceremoniously remember the great accomplishments the cadets have achieved throughout the year,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Senior Army Instructor. “These Cadets have grown, matured and developed over the course of the year. At the Banquet, we show them off to the family members, friends and community members. It is truly a great experience for all who attend.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC will host its largest-ever Raider Challenge this Saturday, April 22. More than 200 cadets will compete in 10 events designed to test their level of physical fitness, strength, and team work at the MHS athletic complex.



Raiders compete in 2015 at Marion High School's Raider Challenge.
 

“During Raider competitions, the cadets will face a series of traditional and other ‘crazy’ events that are designed to push cadets to their physical limits while challenging them to work as a member of a team,” said Lt. Col. David Farlow, Marion High School’s senior Army instructor. “Working in 10-person teams, the cadets will face many challenges, including a 1-kilometer litter carry, an obstacle course, a spider web, the terrible tires, and many other challenges. The cadets will no doubt get hot, dirty, and wet, but they will have a great time.”

The Marion event is the only Raider Challenge hosted by a JROTC program in central Indiana. With 18 teams coming from Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, it promises to be an exciting event.

For assistance, the Marion JROTC obtained the help of non-commissioned officers from the Indiana National Guard and U.S. Army Recruiters to serve as the graders for the Raider events.

“I am so excited,” said MHS senior Joey Lawrence. “Throughout the year we have gone to other schools for Raider competitions. But this event is in our home, and we are prepared to win!”

The Marion JROTC cadets will field two teams for the competition in addition to providing all the support requirements to facilitate such an event.

The competition will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium at Marion High School and is expected to conclude by 3 p.m. Members of the public are welcome as spectators, and there is no admission charge.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2017 inductions are being accepted through May 10, 2017.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

>> Click here to learn more about the Hall of Distinction, including past inductees

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to pgibson@marion.k12.in.us, by May 10.

Click here for nomination forms and more information. Forms are also available at all MCS school buildings and the District Offices (inside Marion High School).

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 30. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email pgibson@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News McCulloch Junior High School’s academic team was the top scorer at a regional invitational on Thursday, and brought home the gold in three separate categories as well.



The McCulloch Academic Team displays their awards from the April 6, 2017, invitational. Members are, front row (left to right): Carynna Aguila, Halen Munday, and Mia De las Alas; second row (left to right): Annika Sharlow, Evelyn Detamore, and Soren Bruehler; and top row (left to right): Marisa Wallace, Jaron Hofmann, and Vikram Oddiraju. (Not pictured: Savannah Fry.)


Marion students competed with teams from a dozen schools from around East Central Indiana in the Academic Super Bowl invitational at Delta Middle School in Muncie on April 6, 2017. Academic Super Bowl competitions at the junior level consist of four subject matter rounds (English, science, social studies, and math) and a fifth interdisciplinary round. Each year a theme is selected, and questions at the competitions center around that topic. This year’s topic is “The French Revolution”.

The Giants earned first place in English, science, and the interdisciplinary round. They were also among the top teams in social studies (second place) and math (fourth place). With this excellent performance, they earned the title of overall points winner as well.

The students who competed April 6 are: Carynna Aguila, Soren Bruehler, Mia De las Alas, Evelyn Detamore, Savannah Fry, Jaron Hofmann, Halen Munday, Vikram Oddiraju, Annika Sharlow, and Marisa Wallace. Coaches are Mike Halliwell (English/social studies), Brooke Detamore (science), and Alex Hornett (math).

Next up, the McCulloch team will compete in the state competition, set for April 29. McCulloch Junior High School and Marion Community Schools offer their congratulations to these outstanding students and their coaches, and wish them good luck at the state level!

The Academic Super Bowl competition is offered by the Indiana Association of School Principals. The IASP offers academic competitions to honor intellectual achievement, showcase students, and give their families an opportunity for involvement.