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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raiders competed this past weekend against the country’s best Army JROTC teams at the Raider National Championship, and claimed the title of best small school in the nation!


 
The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team earned the title as the Overall Champions in the Small School category during the Raider National Championship on Nov. 3-4, 2018, in Molena, Ga. The Giants placed fourth overall, defeating numerous larger schools and private military academies.


The Giants fielded two co-ed teams at the competition in Molena, Ga. The Giants A Team (varsity) competed in the two-day U.S. Army National Raider Championships and brought home fourth place — the highest placement of any small school team in the competition. The Giants B Team (JV) competed in the one-day All-Service Raider Challenge Championships and came in eighth. The Giants beat many private military academies and larger schools. Nearly 100 schools were competing.



The Marion High School JROTC Raider JV Team competed in the All-Service Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. The Giants earned an impressive eighth place finish from among the nearly 50 teams representing Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps JROTC programs. 


“Oh my gosh! What an amazing effort from our cadets!” said Lt. Col. (Retired) David Farlow, the senior Army instructor and coach for the Raider Team. “These results are the culmination of months of hard work and dedication. Our cadets faced off against the best teams from across the country, including many private military academies. The Giants proved that a small program from Marion, Indiana, can compete and win against the best Raiders from anywhere.”

This is the fourth year the Giants have competed in the Raider Nationals, and each year they have improved their standings in the final rankings.

In addition, two Marion cadets earned accolades for their placements during the Ultimate Raider Competition: senior Audrey Dickerson and junior Tyron Rice placed 21st and 25th in the nation, respectively.

During the Best Raider Competition, the cadets run nearly two miles while wearing a 35-pound backpack and negotiating various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale.



Cadet Audrey Dickerson scales a 10-foot wall after running nearly 2 miles with a 35-pound backpack during the Ultimate Raider Challenge during the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. 
 

Five events comprise the Raider National Championship, and the Giants A Team finished in the top 10 in all five!

The events and the Giants A Team’s placement in the 2018 competition were:

• 5-kilometer mountain run; sixth place
• 1-mile cross country rescue, where cadets wear 35-pound backpacks, carry a stretcher weighing up to 150 pounds, and negotiate various obstacles, including a 10-foot wall they must scale and a 30 feet long mud pit; fourth place
• One-rope bridge crossing nearly 90 feet over a river; ninth place
• Physical team test, where cadets run and carry a variety of items while negotiating an 800-meter course with various obstacles; fifth place
• The Gauntlet, where the cadets wear 35-pound backpacks and run nearly 1 mile through a wooded terrain while negotiating various obstacles, including a wall they must scale; fourth place

“I am so proud of how both teams competed this year,” said Dickerson, the Raider Team commander. “We continued to improve throughout the season. It was hard work but it was also the mental toughness coming from the heart of each Raider. These Raiders are awesome.”


 
Marion High School JROTC cadets Tyron Rice, I’Yela Hornaday, and David Cannon crawl from a culvert during the gauntlet event at the Raider National Championship in Molena, Ga. The Giants were the overall Champions in the Small School category and finished fourth overall, beating numerous larger schools and private academies in the competition.


Another veteran of the competition was already looking ahead.

“I really liked competing and winning this year,” said junior Tayler Garriott, who has for three years at the National Championship. “But next year is my senior year and we have to figure out how to improve to place even higher. That will be tough.”

Many individuals and organizations donated to help the MHS Raider team travel to the championship.

“We simply could not provide the cadets with such an opportunity without the tremendous support from our community and school system,” Farlow said.

The full list of cadets who competed:

A Team:
  • Audrey Dickerson
  • Juan Rodriguez
  • DJ Smith
  • Haley O’Neil
  • Tyron Rice
  • Tayler Garriott
  • Nick Elliott
  • David Cannon
  • Josiah Hamilton
  • I’Yela Hornaday
  • Kylee O’Neil
  • Kayleina O’Donnell
B Team:
  • Cheyenne Russ
  • Hailey Teeguarden
  • Jessica Pickell
  • Emily LeBlanc
  • Alyssa Townsend
  • Israel Ibanes
  • Lucas Riley
  • Josh Harris
  • Josh Nacke
  • Daniel Yancy
  • Kaleb Starr
  • Gabe Holland


The Marion High School JROTC Raider Team runs toward victory during the physical team test at the Raider National Championship. The Giants placed fifth on this event and earned the title as the Overall Champions in the Small School category in the competition Nov. 3-4, 2018, in Molena, Ga.
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 spots in All-State Honor Choirs.

John Flowers, Myles Kohn, both juniors at Marion High School, who have been selected for the Indiana Choral Directors Association’s All-State Honor Choir; and to Christian Vermilion, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and to Justice Intermediate School students Caleb Huff and Michelle Rasor, both sixth-graders, who have been selected for the Indiana Music Educators Association’s All-State Elementary and Middle School Honor Choir. Congratulations to these talented and dedicated students on this outstanding achievement!

This is the second year in a row for this honor for both Myles and Caleb. Christian joins a tradition of excellence at McCulloch; this is the fifth year in a row that choir students from the school have been selected to the IMEA All-State Honor Choir. Caleb and Michelle are helping to build the tradition at Justice, which is sending students for the second year in a row.

            

 
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. 18 and 19, and then will be featured as guest performers at the IMEA professional development conference. The will perform on Jan. 19 at the Grand Wayne Embassy Theater in Fort Wayne.

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 teachers, Christina Huff at Justice/McCulloch, and Bryce Conway at MHS!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to report its highest enrollment since 2014. MRCC is currently serving 334 students from seven schools in the surrounding area. The students are spread throughout 20-plus program areas in career and technical education.

MRCC Student and Community Specialist Nate McNeely attributed the growth to MRCC’s commitment to its students.

“We are committed to continually enhancing the student experience through the development of skills and partnerships in high-demand career areas,” McNeely said.

MRCC has added multiple programs since the move from the Tucker building to Marion High School (starting in the 2016-17 school year).

“I believe a major reason for the growth in our classes is our teachers,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger added. “Our teachers are consistently going above and beyond to make sure they are providing the best possible learning environment for all students, and several of them are doing so while still working in their field.”

Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News FYI for our families on a local event coming up this weekend, put on by some great organizations aimed at making sure local families have what they need!


 

The Thriving Families Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Five Points Mall. It's free, and there will be food, fun, and information about local resources, along with freebies and a chance to win prizes!

The event is sponsored by Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County's Basic Needs Working Group, and Prevent Child Abuse Grant County.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.