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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (March 20, 2013) — A Marion Community Schools student tied for runner-up in the Grant County Spelling Bee, and five others were among the top 11 prize-winners.

Jinwon Pae, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, tied for second at the annual competition hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at College Wesleyan Church. She was among six Grant County students left in the competition by round four. The bee had started with 78 students.

By round five, only three students remained: Jinwon, along with two students from R.J. Baskett Middle School in Gas City, Meagan Aldridge, a sixth-grader, and Madison Jones, an eighth-grader who would go on to win the bee by correctly spelling “zealotry.”

But a front-page story in the Marion Chronicle-Tribune said Jinwon "almost stole the show." To read the newspaper's report, click here.



Kendall Elementary School fourth-grader Jinwon Pae competes in the final round of the Grant County Spelling Bee on March 19, 2013, at College Wesleyan Church in Marion as sixth-grader Meagan Aldridge and eighth-grader Madison Jones, both from R.J. Baskett Middle School in Gas City, look on. Madison went on to win the bee. To see more photos, click here.


Two other MCS students, Micah Hoeksema, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and Logan Barley, a fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School, tied for fourth place, along with Emma Make, a fourth-grader from Lakeview Christian School.

Three other MCS students, Caleb Spitzer and Hannah Patel, both fifth-graders at Justice Intermediate School, and Danielle Manio, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, tied for seventh place, along with Tristan Galeon, a fifth-grader at St. Paul Catholic School, and Seth Kemple, a homeschooled sixth-grader.

The top 11 finishers all earned prizes in the bee, which was in its fifth year at College Wesleyan Church, according to Alan Miller, director of university relations for IWU. For the third year, IWU associate professor of education John McCracken was the pronouncer.

Madison will go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-30 in Washington, D.C. An all-expenses paid trip for her and a parent or guardian is part of the prize package she received as winner.

The bee is open to all fourth- through eighth-graders in the county. Each MCS elementary school, along with McCulloch Junior High School, sent the winner and runner-up of its school bee to participate in the county bee. Justice Intermediate School sent the winners and runners-up from each grade, fifth and sixth. Along with those who made it into the top 11, MCS participants in the county bee were:
  • Katie Erickson and Zoe Orrell, sixth-graders at Justice Intermediate School
  • Brayton Ramsey and Shane Williams, fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School
  • Erin Weatherly and Kahmia Wise, fourth-graders at Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Isabelle Bento, fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School
  • Corbin Havins, fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School.
All MCS school-level bee winners were honored at the MCS Board meeting on March 20, 2013. Learn more and view pictures here.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Six of Grant County’s finest young minds received recognition for their accomplishments at the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Banquet Thursday.

The event, at Meshingomesia Country and Social Club, honored six students who are finalists for full-ride college awards presented by the Community Foundation and Lilly Foundation.

Two winners will be announced April 1. The remaining students will receive Robert R. Board and Janice M. Board Scholarships for $4,500 renewable each year, as opposed to a one-time $2,000 award previously.

Marion High School senior Nithia Chowattukunnel thanked math teacher and tennis coach Doug Porter, her older brother and her parents.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion resident Chastity Yeakle was happy to see her 4-year-old daughter Hailey bring reading to life Friday.

When the fun was over at the literacy fair, hosted by Marion Community Schools’ Head Start program, Hailey and 167 classmates received four children’s books to take home and continue to increase their love of reading.

Future fairs, however, will lack books for students to keep after federal sequester cuts take effect May 1.

“It promotes literacy with the family that they can take those home,” said Head Start Coordinator Heather Pratt. “I’m sad to see that go.”

— More on this story from MCS: To learn more about this event (and view pictures), click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

With Marion Community Schools’ enrollment dwindling and future funding uncertain, the Board of School Trustees members spoke out Wednesday against spending to construct more space for the district.

The board had few kind words for a district proposal to pay $100,000 for a new 50,000- to 60,000-square-foot storage building west of McCulloch Junior High School.

— More on this story from MCS: To read the minutes of this School Board meeting, click here. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students were recognized for success in academics and fine arts March 13, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Ethan Nguyen, McCulloch Junior High School seventh-grader, who earned a first place at a regional science fair at Ball State University last month and will go on to compete at the state and national levels. Learn more about Ethan’s accomplishment here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.



Zoe Stiles, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, and Annie Moore, a third-grader at Frances Slocum Elementary School, who both earned Gold Ribbons at the state level in the annual Symphony in Color contest that blends symphonic music and visual arts. Also honored but not pictured was Heidy Garrido, a first-grader at Kendall Elementary School, who was a Symphony in Color finalist. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with art teacher Karen Fry.



Christian Kelley, an junior at Marion High School, who earned a Gold Rating at the annual Solo and Ensemble contest last month, and Kodie Young, an MHS sophomore who earned a Silver Rating at the same competition. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with band teacher Wayne Garrett.