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Giants advance to second round in Brain Game tourney

Posted on Oct. 30 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Giants will advance to the second round of the Brain Game tournament after convincing wins in their first two matches.


Marion High School competed against two other schools during the Oct. 29 taping of the Brain Game at the WTHR studios in Indianapolis. The students competing were seniors Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, and Lane Vermilion, and sophomore Truman Bennet. Sophomore Micha Hoeksema was an alternate. In their first match, the Giants defeated Broad Ripple High School 22-5. In their second match, played later the same day, the Giants defeated Columbus North High School 30-8.

The matches are set to air on WTHR at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The show's format consists of approximately 120 questions from many topics; each right answer is worth one point. Each match pits two teams from area high schools against each other, vying for the right to continue on in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament season consists of five rounds; 48 teams will compete in 47 matches, which will be shown in 31 episodes over the coming weeks. 

>> Think you're up to the challenge? Take the Brain Game online quiz!

This set of wins puts the Giants among only 16 teams to advance to the second round of competition. MHS will compete again in February.

Eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals round, four to the semifinals, and then two compete in the final game. The top eight teams in the tournament earn cash prizes for their schools from the competition's sponsor, Westfield Insurance.

Rep. Brooks praises GROW Nurses, TCTC

Posted on Oct. 24 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
During a visit earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks was impressed with what she learned about the GROW Nurses program, through which Tucker Career and Technology Center partners with Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech Community College.



U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks speaks with TCTC student AJ Flournoy in the health sciences lab during her visit on Oct. 7, 2014. (Marion Community Schools)
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She expressed the hope that the program will help fill the growing need for high-quality, dedicated health professionals, and said that its just such partnerships that can make a difference for students and communities. 
 
The program, which aims to help foster opportunities and eliminate barriers for local students interested in entering the nursing field, is facilitated by Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ivy Tech Community College is also a partner in the program. It aims to bring prospective students into the healthcare educational system and then have them progress in a stair-step fashion through the educational opportunities available to them right here in Grant County, including TCTC’s health science program (through which students can earn CNA certification); Ivy Tech’s ASN program; and IWU’s RN/BSN, master’s and doctoral level programs.
 
GROW Nurses has provided equipment and learning experiences to Marion Community Schools students, and it is an invaluable partner for us. MCS is grateful for community support and outstanding partners like IWU and Ivy Tech, and is happy to be able to work directly with them to provide unique opportunities to our students.

During her time at TCTC, Rep. Brooks heard from current and former students, along with educators at all three schools, and got a brief tour of Tucker's health sciences lab, as well as the rest of the facility.

She encouraged those heading up GROW Nurses to utilize her office's network of contacts when seeking funding in the future.

Giants set to compete on WTHR's Brain Game

Posted on Oct. 24 2014 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
A team from MHS has been invited to compete on the Brain Game, a weekly quiz bowl for high schoolers that airs on Saturday evenings on the Indianapolis TV station WTHR.

The Giants will compete on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the WTHR studios in downtown Indianapolis, and the taped show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The team is made up of seniors Alyssa Ngo, Noah Todd, and Lane Vermilion, and sophomores Truman Bennet and Micah Hoeksema.

The show's format consists of approximately 120 questions from many topics; each right answer is worth one point. Each match pits two teams from area high schools against each other, vying for the right to continue on in the single-elimination tournament. The tournament season consists of five rounds; 48 teams will compete in 47 matches, which will be shown in 31 episodes over the coming weeks. 

>> Think you're up to the challenge? Take the Brain Game online quiz!

The Giants will face off against Broad Ripple High School in the first round. If they win that match, they'll face Columbus North High School that same day. The winner of this first round will then go on to compete in the second round of the competition. (The first round consists of 16 games, each with three teams competing in a set of two matches.)

Sixteen teams advance to the second round, eight to the quarterfinals round, four to the semifinals, and then two compete in the final game. The top eight teams in the tournament earn cash prizes for their schools from the competition's sponsor, Westfield Insurance.

Good luck, Giants! (And Giant fans, remember to tune in or set your DVR to watch them on TV! Their show is set to air at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, barring any WTHR programming changes.)

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

 
  • Fall Break: Oct. 23-24.
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 27-28.
  • Winter Break: Dec. 19-Jan. 2 (includes teacher record day on Friday, Dec. 19, when students do not attend)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 19; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Presidents Day: Feb. 16; no school unless needed as a snow make-up day. We will communicate with families if make-up day is needed.
  • Spring Break: March 23-27.
  • Marion High School Prom: May 2.
  • Last day of school for students: May 20 (unless more snow make-up days are needed; we will communicate with families if more make-up days are needed).
  • Class of 2015 Graduation: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Bill Green Arena, Marion High School.
 
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