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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MARION (March 1, 2013) — A McCulloch Junior High School seventh-grader won first place at a regional science fair at Ball State University recently and will go on to compete at the state and national levels.

Ethan Nguyen, 12, won first place in the math/engineering category in the junior division at the East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair with his project, a trebuchet, a type of catapult. The fair was held Feb. 23, 2013, at Ball Gymnasium on the Ball State University campus in Muncie.

Students from all schools in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Tipton, Union and Wayne counties are eligible to participate in the regional fair. The junior division includes students in fifth through eighth grades.
Ethan’s McCulloch classmate, Kaylynn Scher, 13, also competed at the regional science fair at BSU with her project on the air pressure and its effect on a basketball’s bounce.

Both had previously competed in McCulloch’s science fair in October, which was adjudicated by Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University education students.

Ethan now goes on to compete at the state science fair on April 6 at IUPUI in Indianapolis, where students from across the state will compete for prizes, which have included substantial college scholarships in past years.

He also has been nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program, in which students from across the country compete for prizes, which in the past included awards of several thousand dollars.

Middle-school-age students are nominated by science fairs affiliated with the Society for Science and the Public, which partners with the Broadcom Foundation for the competition. According to the SSP website, students compete by completing an application explaining their science project and demonstrating their use of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles.

From the nominees, 300 semifinalists are selected, then 30 finalists. National finals are held in Washington, D.C. Several award winners earn prizes – including the $25,000 top prize - and their teachers are rewarded as well, according to the SSP website.

Two finalists from that national competition also compete in the Broadcom MASTERS program’s international level.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
More than two dozen students were recognized for academic and artistic successes Feb. 13, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Thao Nguyen and Mitch Diedrich (not pictured), Marion High School art students, were honored for earning recognition in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art's Scholastic Art and Writing competition. Also seen in the picture are Acting Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with MHS art teacher Debi Shepler. To learn more about these students' art awards, click here.


 

Dominic Johnson, Garrett Treadwell, Emon Jones, Lea Richard, CorDeddria Wingate, Yasmine McGee, and Amanda Jackson (not pictured), Marion High School students, were honored for earning Martin Luther King Jr. scholarships from the Marion Baptist Ministerial Alliance. Also seen in the picture are MHS graduation coach the Rev. Larry Batchelor, Acting Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. To learn more about the students' scholarships, click here.


 

Ryan Gandee, Nick Toy, Nick Spitzer, Micah Hoeksema, Stacia Tyson, Claire Earley, Megan Griffin, and (not pictured) Caleb Rutan, Lindsey Ngo, and Elizabeth Wuertley, McCulloch Junior High School band students, were honored for their performance at the annual Solo and Ensemble competition. Also seen in the picture are McCulloch band teacher Ron Ways, Acting Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. To learn more about these students' music awards, click here.
 



Grace Graham, Arrington Kohn, Stacia Tyson, Nigel Clement, Madeline Spence, Sierra Williams, Savannah Roy, Nikeela Edwards, Jennifer McAbee-Reher, and (not pictured) Elizabeth Wuertley, Chelsea Townsend, and Caleb Rigney, McCulloch Junior High School choir students, were honored for their performance at the annual Solo and Ensemble competition. Also seen in the picture are McCulloch choral teacher Christina Huff, Acting Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks, school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan. To learn more about these students' music awards, click here.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MARION (Feb. 6, 2013)  — Several McCulloch Junior High School students were be among about 5,000 young singers participating in the Circle the State with Song choral festival over the next few weeks.

The festival – which is held at 12 different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 9 through March 9) – 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.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students from across the state come together and work with a guest clinician on the day of the performance.

According to the Indiana Music Educators Association website, CSWS began in 1989 as a festival for elementary students. In 1991, it expanded to middle school and junior high students.

Seventeen McCulloch students were among about 200 students grades six through nine who performed at the CSWS festival on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash.

Choral teacher Christina Huff said the students – who auditioned with her for the chance to participate in the festival – stayed after school to learn the six pieces to be performed at the festival. CSWS participants are required to memorize the music before the festival.






 
The McCulloch students who participated are:

Sopranos
  • Jackie Cheung
  • Madeline Spence
  • Jen McAbee-Raher
  • Taleia Wells
  • Sierra Williams
  • Karly Riggs
  • Stacia Tyson

Altos
  • DeKenya Gipson
  • Darice Upchurch
  • Arrington Kohn
  • Shaylee Riggs
  • Jada Adaway
  • A’Brionne Adams
  • Saenya Bell

Baritones
  • Joseph O’Donnell
  • Truman Bennet
  • DeShawn Coleman
  • Caleb Rigney
  • Alex Flores
  •  

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MARION (Feb. 6, 2013) — Nine McCulloch Junior High School students earned top ratings for their performances in the annual ISSMA Solo and Ensemble instrumental competition.

Ten students in all performed in the competition, held Feb. 2, 2013, at Eastbrook High School. One soloist earned a Gold Rating, as did three ensembles. One soloist earned a Silver Rating.

The performers, the pieces they played, and the awards they received are:

Soloists:
  • Megan Griffin; mallet solo; “Allegretto from Ballet Egyptien” by Alexandre Luigini; Gold Rating
  • Elizabeth Wuertley; trumpet solo; “Air for Cornet” by Herman Vincent; Silver Rating

Megan Griffin poses with her mallets
and her gold medal from the 2013 Solo and Ensemble contest.

(Elizabeth Wuertley not pictured.)


Ensembles:
  • Woodwind trio: Stacia Tyson (alto saxophone), Lindsay Ngo (flute), Claire Earley (clarinet); “Rigadoon” by Purcell; Gold Rating
  • Trumpet trio: Ryan Gandee, Caleb Rutan, Nick Toy; “Rigadoon” by Purcell; Gold Rating
  • Alto saxophone trio: Stacia Tyson, Micah Hoeksema, Nick Spitzer; “Passepied” by Tellemann; Gold Rating


Stacia Tyson, Lindsay Ngo, and Claire Earley pose
with their gold medals from 2013 Solo and Ensemble contest.


 

 Ryan Gandee, Caleb Rutan, and Nick Toy pose with
their gold medals from 2013 Solo and Ensemble contest.




Stacia Tyson, Micah Hoeksema, and Nick Spitzer pose
with their gold medals from 2013 Solo and Ensemble contest.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MARION (Jan. 29, 2013) — Eight McCulloch Junior High School students earned top ratings for their performances in the annual Solo and Ensemble vocal and piano competition.

Fifteen students in all performed in the competition, held on Jan. 26, 2013, at Muncie Southside High School. Five soloists earned a Gold Rating, as did one ensemble. One soloist and one ensemble were awarded Silver Ratings.

Choral teacher Christina Huff said the students worked for weeks on their own, using CDs and YouTube videos as reference and accompaniment, and then as the competition got closer they worked with Huff one-on-one at lunch and after school to prepare.

The performers, the pieces they played or sang, and the awards they received are:

Soloists
  • Elizabeth Wuertley; eighth grade; piano; Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 2, by Clementi; Gold Rating
  • Grace Graham; eighth grade; vocal; I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables; Gold Rating
  • Stacia Tyson; eighth grade; vocal; Danny Boy, an Irish folk song; Gold Rating
  • Jennifer McAbee-Reher; eighth grade; vocal; Make Them Hear You, from Ragtime; Gold Rating
  • Nikeela Edwards; seventh grade; vocal; You’ll Never Walk Alone, from Carousel; Gold Rating
  • Caleb Rigney; eighth grade; Shenandoah; vocal; Silver Rating
Ensembles
  • Stacia Tyson, Arrington Kohn, Nigel Clement, Caleb Rigney; all eighth grade; Sing Out a Song of Peace; Gold Rating
  • Madeline Spence, Chelsea Townsend, Sierra Williams, Savannah Roy, Breanna Denney, Arrington Kohn; all eighth grade; Cover the World with Love; Silver Rating
The competition kicked off a busy few weeks for choral students, Huff said.

On Feb. 9, 17 McCulloch students will be participating in Circle the State With Song, a choral festival at which students in grades six through nine from around the state join for a special performance at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. That concert is open to the public and starts at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Admission is $2.

Several choral students will be performing at an upcoming Parent Night at McCulloch Junior High School, set for Feb. 26.

Then, on March 15, a joint concert with Marion High School is set at 7:30 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS.

On the following day, McCulloch’s 175 choral students will perform at a group competition.



McCulloch students, from left, Madeline Spence, Chelsea Townsend,
Sierra Williams, Savannah Roy, Arrington Kohn, and Kayleigh Smith
perform
at the annual Solo and Ensemble choral competition
Jan. 26, 2013, at Muncie Southside High School.




McCulloch students, from left, Stacia Tyson, Arrington Kohn, Nigel Clement,
and Caleb Rutan,
 who performed at the annual Solo and Ensemble
choral competition Jan. 26, 2013, at Muncie Southside High School
pause for a photo on competition day.