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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A Marion High School student recently earned a national award in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

Aimee de las Alas, an MHS senior, earned a Silver Award in the drawing / illustration category at national level competition for her piece titled “AIM.”, seen below.


She earned a Gold Key for this piece at the regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the highest honor given, and an automatic entry at the national level.

Congratulations to Aimee on this outstanding national honor!

She also earned regional awards for two other pieces: a Silver Key for “Vitamin S”; and an Honorable Mention for “Dive In”, seen below in that order.



 
 



Zoe Case, an MHS senior, earned a regional Gold Key award for her digital art work titled "Connection", the first image seen below. She also earned three regional Silver Keys for her pieces titled "Soul", "The Face of Resistance", and "Panther", which appear in that order below.
 








 




Greer Decker, MHS senior, earned several regional awards in the photography category: Silver Keys for two pieces titled “Cancer” and “Wings”, and Honorable Mentions for “Trapped” and “The Oracle”; these pieces are seen in that order below.











 

Ayawna Kemp, MHS junior, earned a regional Silver Key for her sculpture titled "Tropopause", seen below.

 


Ethan Eltzroth, MHS junior, earned a regional Honorable Mention in the ceramics / glass category for his piece titled "Summer House", seen below.




 

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all art works will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, through April 8. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

According to the FWMoA website, the high caliber of entries into the Fort Wayne competition has propelled the region to be one of the top regions for national awards given in the past few years. This is the fifth year in the last six that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, and in 2017

Congratulations to all of these students and to their outstanding teachers, Tashema Davis and Nate Larson. We are proud of you!


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Do you know a Marion High School alumnus who deserves recognition? Nominations for the MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductions are being accepted through May 9, 2018.

The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations must be made in writing and must be received by in the Office of the Superintendent, District Offices at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St., Marion, or by email to pgibson@marion.k12.in.us, by May 9.

For nomination forms and more information, including details on previous inductees, click here to visit the Hall of Distinction section of our website

Inductees will be honored during MHS Homecoming weekend. The formal induction dinner is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. More details will be provided as the event nears.

For more information, contact Patricia Gibson, Marion Community Schools communications director, 662-2546, ext. 121, or email pgibson@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WHAT: “The Diviners” presented by the Marion High School Speech & Drama Association

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday April 13, and Saturday, April 14

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

COST: $6 for adults; $5 for students


Marion High School Speech & Drama Association’s spring play may have a familiar feel to it. “The Diviners” is set in the small (but mythical) town of Zion, Ind., the citizens of which have plans and goals and visions of a better day for their town.

But though the town is filled with good intentions, their hopes run into tragic circumstances, and leave the townspeople with more questions than answers. Audiences will find plenty to think about and identify with in this moving, emotional story as well.

The play is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at the Walton Center at Marion High School.

“The Diviners” was written in the early 1980s by Jim Leonard Jr., who was born in Fort Wayne, graduated from Hanover College (where “The Diviners” was first produced) and for a time lived in Bloomington, where he co-founded the Bloomington Playwrights Project. He also has long been instrumental in the New Harmony Project, an influential Indiana playwriting workshop.

The play won him first prize at the National College Theater Festival. (Incidentally, Woody Harrelson, at the time a freshman at Hanover, was cut from the cast of “The Diviners”!)

Leonard has also been involved with movies and TV shows, including Dexter, for which he was nominated in 2011 for a Writers Guild Award as a consulting producer.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students. They will be on sale starting at 6:45 both show nights. Seating is general admission.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News WIWU-TV's Crossroads program recently featured the Marion Regional Career Center's aviation program. 

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News A young artist at Kendall Elementary School was recently named one of only 36 gold ribbon honorees in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition, and several other Marion Community Schools students were chosen among the 100 finalists in the competition.

Kellsie Lee, in fourth grade at Kendall, earned a prestigious gold ribbon. Her artwork will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis through March 26.


A panel of judges selected 100 pieces as finalists, out of more than 30,000 submitted by students around the state. The full display of finalists' work will be open from April 2 through May 4 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

All six of the artists submitted from Kendall Elementary were chosen as finalists (including the gold ribbon winner, Kellsie). Several other students from Marion earned that designation as well. The finalists from Marion Community Schools elementaries are:
  • Kolton Andrick, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Amayah Habegger, first grade, Kendall
  • Hailey Mauller, first grade, Frances Slocum
  • Mya Mezick, fourth grade, Frances Slocum
  • Nicholas Smith, third grade, Kendall
  • Da’Vion Speikes, fourth grade, Kendall
  • Karmen Thompson, third grade, Frances Slocum
  • Valencia Vasquez, first grade, Kendall
>> Click here to see a photo gallery of the students' artwork

Marion Community Schools congratulates all of these young artists on their awards, and expresses gratitude to art teacher Karen Fry for the opportunities and guidance she provides all year long to our students!

More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections:
  • Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 (“Emperor”), by Ludwig von Beethoven
  • “Invitation to the Dance” Op. 65, by Carl Maria von Weber, arranged by Hector Berlioz
  • “Music for the Royal Fireworks” by George Frideric Handel
  • Second Movement of Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“The Clock”), by Joseph Haydn
  • “What the Wild Flowers Tell Me” by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Benjamin Britten