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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is thrilled to announce that the Marion High School band program is a recipient of a GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award, along with a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation and the Hot Topic Foundation!
The GRAMMY Foundation facilitates grants, in cooperation with other organizations, to support outstanding efforts in high school music education, and to award deserving high school music programs with critically needed funding in selected communities around the country.

The GRAMMY Foundation expressed support and gratitude to the MHS band program for its role in “shaping the future of music”, and in “bringing the power and joy of music to the next generation.”

Through the GRAMMY in the Schools program, the GRAMMY Foundation aims to draw public attention to the critical importance of maintaining music education as a core element of school curricula. At Marion Community Schools we believe that music education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. Grants and community support enable us to continue to improve opportunities for young musicians in our community. We are grateful to be the recipient of this $2,000 grant.

Even in a time of reduced spending, Marion Community Schools has increased its commitment to fine arts. Marion High School has the only competitive marching band program in the county, McCulloch Junior High School is the only school in the state to have earned the JME Total Department All Music Award from the Indiana State School Music Association two years in a row, and we have added staff at Justice Intermediate to provide more opportunities to the young musicians there. We believe in the power of arts education to change lives. Creative solutions and partnerships are essential to provide for all the needs that come with a growing music education program.

If you would like to support the MHS band program, there are several ways to do so, through a partnership with the Marion High School Alumni Association:
  • You can give an earmarked donation to the Marion High School Alumni Association, which will then pass it along to the band program. MHSAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means your donation is tax-deductible when allowed by applicable laws. You can give online here, or you can email if you would like to make other arrangements, or for more information.
  • You can take a look at our Wish List and provide a donation directly to a specific need. These donations are also funneled through MHSAA, so they may be tax deductible. Click here for more information.
  • You can give to the Giant Arts Endowment at the Community Foundation of Grant County, which will provide funding for arts education throughout Marion Community Schools for years to come. You can give online here.
If you’d like more information about the band program’s specific needs, you can email MHS Director of Bands Josh Huff at
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News YOU should be a Giant. Why? We'll let some of our best and brightest tell you: 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The phones at the MCS District Office are currently not working. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. We are working to have the issue fixed as quickly as possible.

Please reach us via email. You can click here for our staff directory, which includes email addresses.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Three Marion High School students earned the highest honors for their artwork submitted to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and their works will continue on to national-level competition. 

Greer Decker, an MHS junior, earned four Gold Keys, for her works titled "They're Here", "Doll Face", "The Battle", and "Unexpected End", which appear below, from top down. She also earned an Honorable Mention for her work titled "Long Forgotten", which appears below, at bottom.


Shyan Artis, an MHS senior, earned a Gold Key award for her drawing titled "Blue" (below left), and she earned a Silver Key for her drawing titled "Shyan" (below right).


Courtney Hiles also earned a Gold Key award for her sculpture "Today's Dress" (below top), and earned an Honorable mention for her sculpture "Lazy Day Chair" (below bottom). It was the second year in a row Courtney earned a Scholastic Art award. She earned in Honorable Mention in 2016.


The museum’s scholastic competition involves 52 counties in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, and all artworks will be on display at the museum, 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne, from Feb. 12 through April 9. For museum hours, admission fees and directions, click here to visit the museum’s website.

All pieces that earned a Gold Key will be part of a competition in New York this spring. 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 fourth year in the last five that Marion High School students have earned top awards in the competition. MHS students earned honors in 2013, in 2014, and in 2016.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC cadets brought home two top finishes from the JROTC Regional Drill Competition hosted by Purdue University last weekend — recording the highest placements ever for the Giants at this competition.

The Giants were among 30 schools and private academies from the five states competing in this annual event designed to test the precision movements and synchronization of the cadets in a variety of events.

An MHS color guard team led by cadet Jackie Chueng, a senior, earned a second place finish, the highest placement ever for a Marion team in any event at the Purdue competition. The team also included cadets Stephanie Charlton, a senior, Joseph O’Donnell, a junior, and Miller Betz, a sophomore.

“I am so proud of my team,” Cheung said. “We have been practicing a lot, and it really showed today.”

Two additional MHS color guard teams earned fifth and sixth place in this event.

“This is by far the toughest event we attend each year, and we continue to get better,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Giants’ coach. “With schools and private military academies from several states, and with more than 200 total teams competing in the various events, we more than held our ground. We also won more hardware than we have ever earned at Purdue.”

Cadet DJ Smith, a sophomore, earned a third place finish in the solo exhibition event — the first time a cadet from Marion has ever finished in the top three in this event. Smith demonstrated his creativity, precision and athleticism by spinning, throwing, and catching his drill rifle while marching about, all under the close scrutiny of the drill sergeants grading the event.

“I was so nervous, but knew I had to keep going,” Smith said.

Overall it was a great experience, Sgt. Maj. Smith said.

“Our results are even more impressive when you consider that two of the schools attending this competition are usually top finishers at the JROTC National Championship,” he said. “Our teams competing in other events performed very well, and everyone stuck together as a team. I am very proud of all 15 cadets that came this year. HOOAH!”

The Giants will travel this Saturday to compete at the University of Kentucky.