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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Feb. 8, 2019

Marion High School's next Parent University will focus on technology. 

We want to hear from you! We are considering providing all high school students a computer device beginning fall 2019, and we would like to talk with parents and guardians of students currently in grades 8 through 11 about this idea.

We hope to see you at this event, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the MHS Media Center / Library.
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 Dozens of Marion Community Schools students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions over the past two weekends, and many brought home top ratings for their performances. In addition, several Marion High School students have advanced to the state level competition later this month.

Each year, the Indiana State School Music Association puts on regional and state level Solo & Ensemble competitions for instrumentalists and for vocalists and pianists. This year, vocal/piano regional competitions were held on Jan. 26, and instrumental competitions were held Feb. 2. Several Marion High School musicians advanced to state level competition, which is set for Feb. 16 for vocal and piano, and Feb. 23 for instrumental.

Marion Community Schools congratulates these students on their great accomplishments, and expresses gratitude to the teachers who work every day to help these students develop their talent and skills.

Here’s a look at the young Marion musicians who competed recently, and their awards:


Marion High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Airen Pike, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mia de las Alas, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Evelyn Detamore, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mark Evans, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • John Flowers, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Austin Guess, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jayden Holder, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Myles Kohn, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Lara Short, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Anna Wuertley, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Kabriel Robinson, junior, Group I silver medal
  • Kaitlyn Tu, sophomore, Group I silver medal
  • Jaden Sebastian, freshman, Group I silver medal
  • Cierra Polm, sophomore, Group II gold medal
  • Aylayla Young, sophomore, Group II silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
Instrumental soloists:
  • Carynna Aguila, sophomore, flute, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, flugelhorn, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jillayne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Abby Baird, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Kadence Monroe, freshman, flute, Group I silver medal
  • Takota Russ, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Jackson Vice, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Airen Pike, freshman, oboe, Group II silver medal
  • Kaley Ervin, freshman, flute, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Flute trio, Kadence Monroe, and Abby Montgomery, both freshman, and Lauren Morrow, senior, Group III silver medal
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble


McCulloch Junior High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Christian Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Shaylee Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Tori Beal, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Emily Luckey, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Isabel Khalouf, seventh grade, Group III silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Nathaniel Aguila, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Joseph Cheung, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Kaylin Burke, Danika Ayers, Kaden Rinker, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • 8th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Kaylin Burke, Emily Fisher, Shaylee Vermilion, Chloe Hawkins, Gracey Johnson, Faith Riggs, Gema Santos, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Gregg Marble, Kaden Rinker, Christian Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Tori Beal, Emily Luckey, Laylani Hammons, Isabel Khalouf, Jerica Overmyer, Caroline Russell, Omyzhanae Thomas, Ja’Ana Bucklew, Alyssa Dunham, Lillia Fisher, Damari Harshaw, Alandra King, Chloe Phillips, Nathaniel Aguila, Connor Dyer, Jackson Emert, Aidan Ruley, Daniel Terhune, Isaiah Williams)
  • 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III gold medal (Layla Boyd, Kaylin Burke, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Brooklyn Evers, Kelli Faulkner, Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Gregg Marble, Tamar Mims, Dessie Norwood, Faith Riggs, Kaden Rinker, Jerrica Cheung, Gabryel Timmons, Christian Vermilion, Shaylee Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III silver medal (Tori Beal, Lillia Fisher, Emily Luckey, Chloe Phillips, Aiden Ruley, Caroline Russell, Daniel Terhune, John Wells, Isaiah Williams)
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MJHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble

Instrumental soloists:
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, piccolo, Group III gold medal; and flute, Group III silver medal
  • Leila Rodriguez, eighth grade, flute, Group III silver medal
  • Ariell Wright, eight grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Kelli Faulkner, eighth grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Halle Larson, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Kaydence Chambers, seventh grade, trombone, Group III gold medal
  • Rylan Smithley, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Ella Browder, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Evan Ray, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Dan Terhune, seventh grade, tuba, Group III gold medal
  • Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, snare drum, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Trumpet trio, Nolan Baker, Tamar Mims, and Al Marin, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Percussion trio, Evan Miller and Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, and Kalique Malone, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Ella Browder, Evan Ray, Nate Jones, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Clarinet trio, Kaylee Miller, Audrey Perry, and Ella Topping, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Neveah Weaver, Jackson Emert, and Kaylee Poe, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal