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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann shot his best score ever to earn fifth place in our region for the Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship. His score placed him 26th in the nation when scores across all regional competitions were tallied.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann, at right, gets ready to compete in the “pressure cooker” final during the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship. 


Hofmann, a junior at MHS, competed in the regional match at Camp Perry, Ohio, facing off against the top 90 cadets in the precision air rifle category around the country. His finish was the highest placement ever for a Marion High School marksman in an Army JROTC National Championship.

Over the course of two days, each marksman shot daily in the three positions of standing, kneeling and prone (lying flat on the ground). Their scores were then tallied for placements. Hofmann earned a score of 1,143 out of a possible 1,200. Because of his strong scores, he advanced into the final “pressure cooker” shoot-off along with the top seven other marksmen in the region. 

“I was so nervous; I knew I was close to making it into the pressure cooker,” he said. “The concentration was so intense.”

During the pressure cooker, all competitors take one shot at a time in the standing position, trying to move up in the placement order. Hofmann was able to move up one position in the ranking to finish fifth.

Hofmann and teammate Hailey Teeguarden, a senior at MHS, were the only JROTC cadets from the state of Indiana to qualify to compete in the regional matches for the Army JROTC National Championship.

“What is really amazing is that this is the first year we have fielded a precision rifle team,” said Senior Army Instructor Lt.  Col. Farlow.  “In previous years we have only competed in the entry-level sporter category. So to have two athletes qualify for the Nationals is quite an accomplishment and speaks well of their abilities.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The JROTC marksmanship team has five remaining matches this school year, including two separate State Championship matches by different sanctioning bodies.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

In the midst of Black History Month, we’d like to honor some of our Marion High School alumni who have earned a spot in the Hall of Distinction. Becoming a member of the Hall of Distinction is one of the highest honors in Marion Community Schools.

The purpose of the Marion High School Hall of Distinction is to give lasting recognition to Marion High School graduates who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools.

Furthermore, it is the purpose of the Hall of Distinction to promote more interest in Marion High School and to display before current Marion students, the success of past graduates who have contributed in making Marion schools exceptional.


2006 Inductees

   
  • Edmund Casey, Class of 1942,  was the 1st African-American on staff at Bethesda Hospital, President of National Medical Association and a proud member of the U.S. Air Force
  • Oatess Archey, Class of 1955, was Indiana’s 1st African- American sheriff, an FBI Agent, an educator, athlete, and coach. 

2008 Inductee

  • Bill Perry, Class of 1969, acted as a Chairman of the Diversity Leadership Council for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Perry was a manager in tech and financial services for AT&T and IBM. He currently is CEO at Global Performance Solutions.

2009 Inductee

  • Clark Beck, Class of 1947, was an Aerospace engineering expert. He worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was also a professor and college administrator in Ohio, and education innovator in the STEM field.

2010 Inductee

  • Todd Nukes, Class of 2010, is currently the federal marshal for the district covering roughly one-third of northeastern Indiana.

2014 Inductee

   
  • Lennon Brown, is an honorary inductee. He served as principal of Marion High School and transformational leader.
  • James Arnett Wilson, Class of 1937, was a fighter pilot with the  Tuskegee airman and an exceptional educator.

2015 Inductee

  • Greg Taylor, Class of 1988, is an Indiana State Senator, an economic development expert, and a business and finance attorney. 

2016 Inductees

   
  • Zach Randolph, Class of 2000, is a three-time NBA All-Star, McDonald's All-American, and member of Marion Giants Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Avis Stewart, Class of 1970, was a coach, teacher and community leader. Stewart is currently the interim President of Earlham College in Indiana.

2017 Inductees

   
  • Arthur "Art" Faulkner, Class of 1958, is a respected leader and philanthropist. He served as Department Director at Marion General Hospital and served on the Marion School Board for 12 years.
  • Latondra Newton, Class of 1986, is chief diversity officer senior VP for Walt Disney Co. and held multiple high- level leadership roles at Toyota Motor Corporation.

2018 Inductees

      
  • Earl Green, Class of 1940, was the First African-American postmaster in Grant County. He also served as a County Council Member, an accomplished airplane pilot, and author of poetry and short stories.
  • Carlton Rose, Class of 1980, is President of Global Fleet Maintenance and engineering for UPS.
  • Erika Davis Sears, Class of 1998, is a plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and recovery. She is particularly proud to provide care for Veterans with hand trauma.

 


Do you know of an outstanding Marion High School alum that deserves recognition in the MHS Hall of Distinction?

>> Click here to learn more about how you can nominate them



 

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.