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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WHAT: “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”, this year’s MHS Black History Club play

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

WHERE: Walton Performing Arts Center, Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

COST: $7



MARION — You know the story of Muhammad Ali, but do you know the story that came before? Later this month, you’ll have the chance to explore the famous icon’s early years, in the Marion High School Black History Club’s presentation of “And in This Corner: Cassius Clay”.

The play is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Walton Center at Marion High School.

“And in This Corner” was written by Idris Goodwin, a contemporary playwright who has won many awards and accolades for his work. This vibrant historical drama focuses on the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Ky. In it, Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man would know as Muhammad Ali. It’s a classic story of an unlikely hero, but it also explores how remarkable communities help to create heroes.

The main actors in the play include brothers Jalen and Jordan Hill, a freshman and a senior, respectively, who play Cassius Clay in different stages of his life. Other cast members include Taliea Wells, senior, who is playing Clay’s mother, Odessa; Brett Cope, senior, playing Joe Martin, Clay’s trainer; James Bell, a junior, playing Eddie Green, Cassius’ best friend; Manual Davis, senior, playing Corky Baker, a neighborhood bully; along with seniors Kaleb Evans, Jacob Speikes, Jalon Spurgon, Joseph O’Donnell, Maria Porter, and Toosie Jackson, along with sophomore Darzuan Weaver.


In addition, several members of the Marching Giants will be performing in a parade for the play.

The cast also includes a wide range of ages, from a second-grader to adults in the community, among 25 extras adding life to the play.

The MHS Black History Club has put on a play every year since 1980. The play is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club, and proceeds help fund their annual spring college tour to historically black colleges and universities. This year’s trip is to the Atlanta area.

Tickets can be purchased from any Black History Club member or from Bobbie Owensby, MHS teacher and sponsor of the club, as well as director of the play. They will also be available at the door the night of the play.

Anyone who wants to donate to the spring college trip or help in any other way can contact Mrs. Owensby as well, by calling her at the high school, 664-9051, ext. 3234.

>> Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page and get reminders about the play
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of McCulloch Junior High School students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions over the past two weekends, and many brought home top ratings for their performances. 

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, instrumental regional competitions were held on Jan. 27, and vocal/piano competitions were held Feb. 3. 

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

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

Vocal soloists:
  • Mia de las Alas, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Cassie Evans, eight grade, Group II gold medal
  • Natalyia McKinney, eighth, Group II gold medal
  • Kaden Rinker, seventh, Gropu III gold medal
  • Jaden Sebastian, eighth, Group III gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Joseph Cheung, Kaytlyn Richard, and Christian Vermilion, seventh graders, Group III gold medal
  • Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, and Shaylee Vermilion, seventh graders, Group III gold medal
  • Mia de las Alas, Marcus Bounds, and Cassie Evans, eighth graders, Group III gold medal
  • Kaylin Burke, Chloe Hawkins, Culeeya Jones, Kaytlyn Richard, and Faith Riggs, seventh graders, and Jaden Sebastian, eighth, Group III gold medal
  • McCulloch Jazz Choir (Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Brooklyn Evers, Gregg Marble, Zamaria Matherly, Angel Mosier, seventh graders, and Mia de las Alas, D’Qwan Bowers, Cassie Evans, Robert Herrington, Jaden Sebastian, eighth graders), Group III gold medal
  • McCulloch Honors Choir (Danika Ayers, Kaylin Burke, Joseph Cheung, Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Kaytlyn Richard, Faith Riggs, Kaden Rinker, Eli Robinson, Christian Vermilion, Shaylee Vermilion, seventh graders, and Mia de las Alas, Marcus Bounds, Cassie Evans, Jaden Sebastian, eight graders), Group III gold medal
Instrumental soloists:
  • Kelli Faulkner, seventh grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Landen Hammond, eighth grade, trumpet, Group III gold medal
  • Libby Miller, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Kadence Monroe, eighth grade, flute, Group III gold medal
  • John Reynolds, eighth grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Cherokee Russ, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Makayla Starr, eighth grade, trumpet, Group III gold medal
  • Faith Keaffaber, eighth grade, clarinet, Group III silver medal
  • Chloe Hawkins, seventh grade, flute, Group III silver medal
  • Mario Jimenez, seventh grade, trumpet, Group IV silver medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Brass trio of Landen Hammond, Gabe Holland, and Makayla Starr, eighth graders, Group III gold medal
  • Woodwind trio of Genell Horton, Michelle Mellendorf, and Ashli Robbins, eight graders, Group III gold rating
  • Trumpet trio of Nolan Baker, Al Marin, and Tamar Mims, seventh graders, Group IV gold rating
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 8, 2017

Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

All eight MCS music teachers will be performing solos, and then will join for a combined piece at the end of the concert. MCS art teachers will have their own personal work out on display as people are going in to be seated for the concert.

We hope to see you there!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Did you know Marion High School has a spirit shop? If you're looking for the perfect gift for the Marion Giants fan or student in your life, look no further!

Come out to the MHS spirit shop on Dec. 13 or 14 between 3 and 7 p.m. and pick out the perfect gift! The Marion High School Alumni Association will be staffing the shop during these times.

Proceeds help fund the many ways MHSAA helps to support Marion High School and Marion Community Schools. (They've given tens of thousands of dollars directly to school and extracurricular programs over the past few years, and they've raised more than $200,000 for the Giant Dreams Endowments at the Community Foundation of Grant County to help provide for the needs of Giants today and long into the future!)

If you can't come to the shop, you can place orders for some of the gear online: www.mhsalum.com/giants-spirit-shop. (NOTE: Delivery may not be guaranteed before Christmas. Please contact the individual printers for more information.)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is proud to announce that choir students from three of our schools have earned a spot on the 2018 IMEA All-State Honor Choirs.

Congratulations to Myles Kohn, a sophomore at Marion High School, Mia de las Alas, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff, a fifth-grader, and Emily Luckey, a sixth-grader, on this outstanding achievement!

Myles is the first MHS choral student in recent years to have earned a spot in the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Mia joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fourth year in a row choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Junior High Honor Choir. Caleb and Emily are making history as the first Justice Intermediate students to ever audition for the IMEA Elementary Honor Choir, and the first Justice students selected for the choir.

Students submit a recorded audition in the fall, which is then evaluated by three judges and compared against hundreds of other students from across the state. This is an elite group, as each of the honor choirs includes only about 150 singers, some of the best in the state.

The choirs will gather together for two days of rehearsal on Jan. 11 and 12, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The elementary and junior high students will perform on Jan. 12 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne, and the high school students will perform there on Jan. 13.

The All-State Honor Choir is a great opportunity for these talented students, and will give them the chance to learn and grow as musicians. We are so proud of all three of these students, and their teacher, Christina Huff!