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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 22, 2019

This February, hundreds of students from our region will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 30th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or will be available online soon at http://circlethestate.imeamusic.org/tickets.

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 9 through March 2) — 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. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

Middle schools and junior highs participating in the Honeywell Center performance include Crestview (Huntington North), Lakeview (Warsaw), Marion, Mississinewa, Oak Hill, South Adams, Tippecanoe Valley, and Wabash.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of the day Feb. 9 rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the middle school clinician is John Wenning, retired choral director from Huntington, and the elementary clinician is Melissa Garcia, a conductor from the Indianapolis Children's Choir..

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion students who will be participating in this year’s Circle the State With Song festival are:

Kendall Elementary:
Caylynn Bishop
Madelynn Boogar
Selah Craig
Alaina Emert
Kietalynn Garcia
Tristen Hall
Naomi Hyde
Michael McCray
Jethe Paduga
Danielle Purdy
Arabella Stanley
Aries Stanley
Aaliyah Thien

Frances Slocum Elementary:
Aden Balderas
Na’Kyjia Birchett
Eleanor Bruehler
Arya Dorsey
Eli Gardner
Isaac Harrison
Micah Hawkins
Mary Herrington
Andrianna Krause
Abraham Reeves
Chloe Smith
Damien Taylor

Allen Elementary:
Ethan Bragg
Jakira Jones
Natalie Rodriguez
Esteban Santiago-Stricler
Jaelyn Watson
C'risma Weatherly

Riverview Elementary:
Aliya Cruz
Joseph Gibson
Lucy Jenkins
Madelyn Kirkwood
Maizey Kuch
Zynaida Ortega

Justice Intermediate:
Nathaniel Beck
Layla Bohde
Whit Booher
Chloe Byrd
Shaun Caldwell
Grace Chandler
Abigail Crouch
Layla Ensor
Jacqueline Gallegos
Kady Graves
Zachary Hehle
Caleb Huff
Sara Lootens
Damien Martin
Rylee Nicodemus
Hailey Ramos
Jimmy Ramos
Michelle Rasor
Noah Rhodearmer
Raven Sollars
Zoey Wayman
Ahlissa Wynne


McCulloch Junior High:
Nathaniel Aguila
Danika Ayers
Tori Beal
Ja’Ana Bucklew
Kaylin Burke
Joseph Cheung
Joseph Delgado
Alyssa Dunham
Connor Dyer
Jackson Emert
Emily Fisher
Lillia Fisher
Jenessa Gerstorff
Laylani Hammons
Damari Harshaw
Chloe Hawkins
Grace Johnson
Isabel Khalouf
Alandra King
Victoria Liscano
Emily Luckey
Gregg Marble
Jerica Overmyer
Chloe Phillips
Faith Riggs
Aidan Ruley
Kaden Rinker
Caroline Russell
Daniel Terhune
Omyzhanae Thomas
Christian Vermilion
Shaylee Vermilion
Isaiah Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News All McCulloch families are invited to our Family Night Dinner, the Start of Something New!

Join us for this special event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the McCulloch Junior High School cafeteria. (Enter Door 19.)

There will be a FREE dinner, along with performances by the jazz band and choir, and an informational session.

Topics discussed will be NWEA testing and scores, ILEARN testing, PowerSchool, Upward Bound, 21st Century Scholars, and parent involvement opportunities.

If you have event questions, please contact Genny Hardwick, 765-674-6917 or gennyf29@gmail.com.

We hope to see you here!


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Provided by the Marion Community School of the Arts

The Community School of the Arts is excited to present The Lion King Jr. at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale based on the classic Disney film.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by visiting CSA, 305 S. Adams St., between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact CSA at 765-662-6263 or visit csa-marion.com.

Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with CSA to bring amazing theater experiences to the community. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest episode of The Giant Showcase is now available to view!

This month several of our principals are featured and share they some of the great things going on at our schools.

Click here to check it out!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools congratulates McCulloch Junior High School choir teacher Christina Huff on being named the Indiana Music Education Association’s Junior High Teacher of the Year.

IMEA gives this award each year to one educator at the elementary, middle school / junior high, high school, and college levels. The award signifies these educators have exemplified outstanding achievement in the field of music education, IMEA said.

Mrs. Huff will be honored at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, at the start of the All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir concert. Three Marion Community Schools students will be performing with the Honor Choir: Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders at Justice Intermediate School, and Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School.

The impact that Mrs. Huff has had on McCulloch can be clearly seen in a variety of ways, from the number of students involved and engaged in the school’s choir program (more than 135 students this year); to the number of students selected for the Honor Choir (for five years in a row now) and the annual Circle the State with Song festival; to the school’s music program being recognized as one of the best in the state, having earned the Indiana State School Music Association’s Junior High / Middle School / Elementary Total Department All Music Award four years in a row — the only school in the state to do so!

Marion Community Schools is so proud of Mrs. Huff, and we are grateful to her for her work to provide Marion students excellent opportunities throughout the year!

There are several opportunities coming up to enjoy the talents of McCulloch Junior High School’s award-winning musicians, at our holiday concerts:
  • 7th grade choir: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the MJHS auditorium
  • 8th grade choir: 6 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the MJHS auditorium
  • 7th/8th grade band: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the MJHS gym
We hope to see you there to support these young performers!