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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Chevis Weaver, a senior at Marion High School, conquered 25 other finalists from around the state to capture first place in his concentration during Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) competition last month.

Weaver competed in the employability skills category — job interviewing. Other areas of focus included options like public speaking and creative writing.

Weaver said he signed up for JAG for the first time this year, and he “fell in love with it.”

It’s a year-long leadership course taught at the high school, accessible only to juniors and seniors, covering a variety of different areas relating to leadership — which then become options students can select for competition.

— More from MCS on this story: Chevis Weaver's win earned him recognition from the School Board, too. Click here to learn more. —
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION — Thousands of pieces of art were put on display recently at Marion High School during the All-City Art Show.

Marion Community Schools students from kindergarten through 12th grade contributed to the show, which filled the lobby of the F. Ritchie Walton Center for the Performing Arts. A steady stream of visitors attended a public reception May 18, 2013, to view the art. 

A visitor peruses the All-City Art Show May 18, 2013, at the F. Ritchie Walton Center for the Performing Arts at MHS. To see more photos, click here.

Winners at the high school level were also revealed during the reception. Marion High School students’ art is judged every year by a local artist. This year’s judge was a retired art teacher from the area, Margie Smith, who retired from Mississinewa schools.
Mitch Diedrich, an MHS senior, earned "Best of Show" with his ink drawing, a portrait titled "Local Hero." Several other pieces of art earned students prize ribbons.

Visitors pause to examine the artwork that won "Best in Show" - an ink drawing by Mitch Diedrich, a Marion High School senior - at the All-City Art Show May 18, 2013, at the F. Ritchie Walton Center for the Performing Arts at MHS. To see more photos, click here.

Top awards also include prize money, sponsored by Tri Kappa, a philanthropic organization that has chapters throughout the state of Indiana, including in Marion, the Gamma Rho chapter. The sorority was founded in 1925 on the principles of charity, culture and education, said local member Charmayne Saylors, and the group hosts a number of fundraisers every year to fuel the many gifts and scholarships the provide.

"Tri Kappa is pleased to continue this recognition of local high school artists," Saylors said.

This year's awards to winners at the All-City Art Show totaled $845, Saylors said, including $100 awarded to the Best of Show winner. Winners also receive encouraging letters from the group.

MCS is grateful for Tri Kappa’s long history of supporting the arts at Marion High School. 

Artworks on display included paintings, sculptures, weaving and more. To see more of the artwork, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
From the Chronicle-Tribune

Marion senior Kasey DiNichael’s friends have told her for years that she looks just like Reese Witherspoon’s character Elle Woods from the 2001 movie “Legally Blonde.”

Audience members will get to see the resemblance for themselves this weekend as Marion High School presents 2007’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” with DiNichael in the starring role.

“I’ve loved the movie forever … so I really wanted the part,” she said Wednesday. “I definitely was thinking this would be a great opportunity for me to go out with a bang.”

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
For the third year in a row, GM has made an outstanding impact on Marion High School with a $10,000 donation.

Marion Community Schools Superintendent Steve Edwards accepted the donation May 17, 2013, during GM’s Really Big Show, an annual event showcasing GM’s products and other area businesses and organizations.

The award is in support of academic excellence at MHS, including Advanced Placement and dual credit offerings.

Marion Community Schools is grateful for the ongoing support of GM’s Marion Metal Center.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Marion Community Schools’ online student registration will be open for the 2013-14 school year.

Parents who wish to use online registration can do so through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. (Any parent who does not already have a PowerSchool account set up must first contact his or her child’s school to get login information.)

Parents can use the online registration system to register their child or children for any MCS school. Each child must be registered separately.

Online fee payment will also be available.

MCS is also working to make in-school registration more convenient for families. On July 22 and 23, 2013, registration will be open at all MCS schools from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With our universal registration system, parents can register all of their children, from kindergartners through high schoolers, with one visit to one of their schools.

However, all schools will also be open for school visitation during that time, so families and students can go explore their buildings even if they’ve already registered online or at another school.

One exception to universal registration is for those students who have never before been registered with Marion Community Schools. Those families must register at their home school. (For those first-time registering families who are not sure which school their elementary student will attend, our online tool Infofinder I features a search-by-address function.)

Also, Marion High School students registering for Tucker Career and Technology Center programs should do so at Marion High School during the regular registration times on July 22 and 23. Students from other county schools registering for Tucker can do so from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 22, 23, 24, and 25 at Tucker.