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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Raiders battled 13 other teams, the oppressive heat, and eight grueling competitive events last Saturday at Camp Atterbury to win the Indiana State JROTC Raider Championship.

MHS JROTC cadets compete in the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.

The competition, hosted by the Indiana Army National Guard, pitted the best Raider teams from across the state in a series of physically demanding events designed to test the strength, stamina and teamwork abilities of the competing cadets. At the end of the competition, Marion’s varsity team dominated all other teams by placing first in six of the events and third in the remaining two events.

“This competition demonstrated to everyone that the Marion Giants are without question the best Raider team in the state,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Giants’ coach. “Not only did our cadets win, but they won decisively, with no other team even coming close to their level of performance.”

Each 10-person Raider team representing JROTC programs from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps from across the state competed in the following events:

• 1-mile cross country run
• 1-mile run with 25-pound backpacks
• ½-mile litter carry (weighing 100 pounds) with weighted backpacks and ammo cans
• Buddy carry for 10 minutes
• Fitness test (90 seconds of pushups and 90 seconds of sit-ups)
• Military obstacle course
• 1-rope bridge construction and crossing
• Terrible tires (moving 25 car tires, five truck tires and two tractor tires 150 yards for time)

MHS JROTC cadets compete in the obstacle course at the Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.

“It was a very rewarding experience to win the first Raider Championship,” said Thomas Schenck, Marion High School senior and Marion’s Raider team captain. “My team has been training intensely since the beginning of the season. So to go on and crush the other teams all day long was very rewarding for our team and me. I hope we can continue this level of performance for the rest of the season.”

As the competition continued throughout the day and temperatures rose, fatigue set in on many of the teams. After nearly two straight hours of competitive events, Marion’s varsity team rotated to the fitness test, where the Giants proved they were the strongest team. The eight cadets achieved a score of nearly 300 more repetitions than their closest competitors.

Marion seniors Joseph O’Donnell and Adriana Aleman cranked out the highest number of repetitions for the males and females respectively. Teammate Audrey Dickerson, an MHS junior, earned the second highest female score by finishing only one point behind Aleman.

“It was really great to see that all our hard work as a team paid off,” Aleman said. “It was also great to see my personal hard work validated by winning the top female fitness score.”

Adriana Aleman competes in the fitness challenge at the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury. She earned first place in the female category.

But Marion’s domination at the competition did not end with their varisty team. Marion’s JV team finished in third place overall, defeating most of the varsity teams present at the competition.

“It feels amazing that we can go out and beat the varisy team from 12 other schools,” said Kaleb Starr, MHS sophomore and member of the Marion JV team. “It shows the strength of our Raider program.”

The Giants have several upcoming regional competitions yet this fall. Their season will culminate the first weekend in November when they compete against the best teams from across the country at the JROTC Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. Last year the Giants placed eighth in the nation at this competition.

Other members of Marion’s state championship team were Eric Asher, Tayler Garriott, Tyron Rice, Gavin Collins, Troy Smith, and Haley O’Neil.

Individuals and organizations interested in helping to sponsor the Raider Team’s trip to the National Championship should contact the Marion High School JROTC at 765-664-9051 x. 2455.

Haley O'Neil competes during the JROTC Raider State Championship on Sept. 23 at Camp Atterbury.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Show off your GIANT PRIDE with a spirit pin! It's the perfect accessory for spirit days, game days, and every day in between!

There's a limited quantity available, so get yours today! Only $2 each.

Contact the MCS District Office inside Marion High School. (Enter at Door 22.) If you have questions, call us at 662-2546.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Homecoming Week is almost here! It's time to show your school spirit, your Giant Pride. 

There are also many events open to the community. (Those are denoted in purple.)

Here's a look at the activities planned at Marion High School:

Monday, Sept. 25
  • Dress-up theme: Class Color Day
Tuesday, Sept. 26
  • Dress-up theme: Twin Day
  • Boys soccer hosts Yorktown: 5:30 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium
  • Volleyball hosts Arsenal Tech: 6 p.m. at Bill Green Arena
  • Fall Celebration Concert: MHS jazz and concert bands join with the Mississinewa Valley Band for a special free concert, 7:30 p.m. at MHS's Walton Center
Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • Dress-up theme: Character Day
  • Boys soccer hosts Ft. Wayne South Side: 5:30 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium
Thursday, Sept. 28
  • Dress-up theme: Sports Jersey Day
Friday, Sept. 29
  • Dress-up theme: Purple and gold!
  • Powderpuff Football game / pep rally: Friday afternoon, Dick Lootens Stadium. 
  • MHS music boosters Rock's Tenderloin Fry: All you can eat, 5 to 9 p.m. Carryout available. Click here for more information, including prices.
  • Grand opening - MHS Athletic Hall of Fame: Come check out the new displays inside Bill Green Arena honoring our outstanding athletes throughout the decades. 
  • Homecoming football game: Giants host Muncie Central, 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium 
  • MHS Hall of Distinction 2017 inductees recognized after the first quarter of the football game at Dick Lootens Stadium. Click here to learn more about the inductees.
  • Marching Giants perform at halftime. The county's only competitive marching band will perform their 2017 competition show, "Changing A Nation".
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Banquet: 5 p.m., IWU's Henry West Banquet Room in Barnes Student Center; Reservations required by Sept. 15. Click here for more information.
Sunday, Oct. 1
  • MHS Drama Association Presents: 1 Night / 1 Dollar / 1 Act: Two shorts will be presented,"Gray Area" by Ian McWethy and "Frosh in the Pit" by Alan Haehnel. Both deal with real problems of the 21st Century in light-hearted ways, but with serious undertones. For an investment of only $1 and less than one hour of time, audience members can be entertained while supporting the first MHS Drama Association show of the 2017-2018 school year. 5:30 p.m. at MHS's Walton Center.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Giant Arts in the Park is a social event you won’t want to miss! At 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, come out and enjoy good company, a beautiful setting (the Gardens at Matter Park), and great entertainment from the Marion Community Schools music programs, along with food for sale to benefit the MHS Bands.

Online auction ends tonight

In addition, this event will cap off the Marion High School Alumni Association's online auction, featuring the retired banners from Bill Green Athletic Arena (retired due to age, and replaced with beautiful new banners), along with a list of other items at nearly any price point. (You do not have to be present at this event to bid online.)

Other items up for bid include:
  • Gift certificates to several local restaurants
  • Tickets to local and regional attractions (including the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, MHS Giant Passes, Fort Wayne Mad Ants tickets, and more)
  • Sports memorabilia (Pacers, Colts, Bears, IU, Indiana All-Stars, more)
  • Golf passes
  • Hollywood items
  • Items and gift certificates from local businesses
>> Place your bids now: 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce it is now a part of the IBM Academic Initiative, a program that provides educators with the training materials, curriculum guides, software and hardware needed to teach in-demand information technology skills.

IBM, a world leader in data analytics and innovation, offers these resources to help build top academic programs, as many students graduate without the skills most employers require, particularly in the big data technology field. Academic Initiative students will be better prepared for big data careers as business analysts, data scientists, cybersecurity professionals, software engineers and more. MRCC students will also have access to dozens of software programs in the classroom, including IBM Bluemix, IBM Cognos, IBM Security, and IBM Watson.

“We look forward to all the opportunities that our Information Technology Academy students will have access to through this partnership,” said Travis Hueston, instructor of the Information Technology Program at Marion Regional Career Center. “This partnership will introduce our students to real-world challenges and enterprise-level technology, which will provide them with valuable information technology skills required by today’s employers.”

MRCC’s Information Technology Program is open to students at all participating schools in the county.  Students who are interested should contact their school counselor, or call the Marion Regional Career Center at 765-664-9091.