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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Olivia Wright has accepted the administrative assignment as Director of Special Education for the 2017-18 school year.

Wright is a graduate of Marion High School and has worked for Marion Community Schools since 2001 — more than 16 years of successful experience as a teacher and a special education coordinator.

MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said he looks forward Wright stepping into this role and continuing to shape the department and provide opportunities for all MCS students.

“Olivia is passionately committed to our mission, which is to provide our best to the students, families, staff and community of Marion,” Lindsay said. “I look forward to the excellent leadership Olivia will provide Marion Community Schools as she begins her administrative assignment as our Director of Special Education.” 

Wright has been coordinator and assistant director for the MCS Special Education department since 2015. She steps into her new role of director following the departure of the previous director, Lisa Graham, who has accepted the role of executive director for the Grant County Special Education Cooperative, of which Marion Community Schools is a member.

The former director of the Co-Op, Lynn Gosser, has joined Marion Community Schools as director of exceptional learners. She will oversee ELL, alternative programs, high ability, and will also provide support to Special Services and secondary education, and more. That hiring was approved in June, with a start date to be official after the hiring of her successor. All three changes are now in effect.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the students, families, and teachers of Marion Community Schools,” Wright said. “I am excited to continue to help students at Marion Community Schools grow and achieve in every way possible. I believe it is going to be the best year yet!”

Wright earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also later earned her master’s degree in education and her administrator’s license.

MCS congratulates Graham on her new role serving the Grant County community as a whole; she has served the schools, staff, families, and students well, and we will value our continued partnership with her through the GCSEC. MCS also welcomes Wright into her new role, and Gosser into hers, as we look forward to a great school year.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Grant County’s band directors are teaming up to bring a new opportunity to local music students: the Grant County Public High School Honor Band.

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. For the inaugural year, Dr. Al Harrison of Taylor University will be the guest conductor, and a performance will be held in mid-March at Taylor.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Grant County is quickly becoming a recognized area for instrumental music, and we are so thankful to be a part of this event,” said Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff. “I'm also looking forward to interacting with the other county band directors and be a part of the development of this event, which we hope to make into an annual tradition.”

Ryan Wamhoff, band director at Oak Hill High School, said the idea has created a buzz.

“There is great energy and comradery amongst the Grant County band directors,” he said. “Each of us can be excited about the growth and direction of our programs as well as those of our peers. It's great to see music programs not only surviving but thriving here in Grant County.” 

Joel Walters, band director at Eastbrook Jr./Sr. High School said that this new event will be a great opportunity for the students and the community.

“This is something that we as directors look forward to, and I am excited to see what comes from this collaboration,” he said. “The event will be an exciting way to recognize the hard working music students in our community.”

Cindy Walker, assistant band director at Mississinewa High School, said this opportunity will help the area’s young musicians grow.

“The Grant County Honor Band will be a great experience for our students. Not only will the kids get a chance to play some great music, but they'll get to rehearse with other outstanding musicians from their own area. It's a great way for our kids to improve,” she said. “The hope is they'll bring their knowledge and experiences back to other students in their respective bands.”

That experience is a key part of why the band directors have been working to develop this opportunity, Huff said.

“I'm extremely excited for my students at Marion to interact with some fantastic musicians from the other county schools,” he said. “One of the things we always tell our students is that while we may be rivals in athletics, music is the common bond that we all share. This will be a fantastic event for our students to learn from Dr. Harrison and the other directors. It will also be a chance for our county to come together and enjoy a concert of wonderful music.”

The newest member of the group of directors, Mykayla Neilson, recently named the director of Mississinewa’s band, said she was thrilled with this new opportunity.

“Not only am I honored to be a part of such a group,” she said, “but I am beyond excited to celebrate talented musicians in the Grant County area.”

Kristin Caudill, band director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, expressed hope for the future of the event and the opportunities it offers.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the other Grant County band directors and to showcase the excellent band programs throughout Grant County,” she said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to learn and perform with their peers from other Grant County schools. I'm looking forward to offering this opportunity to Madison-Grant High School students this year and seeing where this honor band goes in the future.”

More details will be released about the performance as the event nears.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion’s own NBA All-Star, Zach Randolph, was honored with a special ceremony on Friday where it all started: Bill Green Arena at Marion High School.

A crowd gathered inside the famed home of the Marion Giants to celebrate Randolph. Several awards were presented, and several speakers spoke to the impact Randolph has made on the world stage and here in his hometown.

Randolph, a 2000 graduate of Marion High School, is a two-time NBA All-Star and committed philanthropist, regularly reaching out to help kids and families here in Marion and in his adopted home of Memphis, where he played for the NBA’s Grizzlies from 2009 to 2017. He is now headed to the Sacramento Kings to make an impact on a new group of young players.

Randolph and his family took the place of honor Friday on the home court of the Marion Giants, whom he led to their seventh state championship in 2000, during the ceremony, as several awards were presented.

Marion Mayor Jess Alumbaugh, also an MHS alumnus, presented Randolph with a Key to the City award, acknowledging the honor he has brought the city over the years and the pride the community has for his accomplishments and his generous spirit. Indiana State Sen. Greg Taylor, another fellow MHS Giant, presented Randolph with a Certificate of Excellence from the State of Indiana, acknowledging his tremendous record of philanthropy and service to the communities he has called home.

Randolph was also was the second honoree in a series of special honors, the Marion Minority Champion Awards; the first recipient was local civil rights pioneer Pearl Bassett, now 106 years old. The Marion Minority Champion Awards will be featured in a garden at the Clarence Faulkner Center, and they are intended not only to honor the recipients, but also to inspire the youths of Marion to dream big, and to know that they too can make an impact on our community, and beyond.

Randolph expressed thanks for the honors, and he said he was proud of his Marion roots, and proud to continue to tell people about his hometown, pledging to make sure that people in Sacramento, Calif. (his next stop in an NBA career that already spans 17 years) hear what’s great about Marion, Ind.

Other speakers included Marion High School Alumni Association President Lori Eltzroth, Randolph’s high school basketball coach, Moe Smedley, Marion Community Schools Superintendent Brad Lindsay, WBAT’s Jim Brunner, who has been the voice of the Marion Giants for decades, and the organizers of the event and the Marion Minority Champion Awards, Larry Richardson, Robin Fouce, along with the Rev. Larry Batchelor.

The Marion High School JROTC presented the colors, and The Crew, a dance group from Marion Community School of the Arts, added to the celebratory atmosphere with a special performance. In addition, a special video was played, looking back on Randolph’s growth from a youngster in Marion with big dreams, to an outstanding professional athlete and a community leader with the heart of a Giant, who has made a difference in the lives of so many.

Watch the video here: 


After the ceremony, the crowd proceeded out to the street that borders the Marion High School campus on the west, led by the Marion High School Marching Giants playing the MHS school fight song. There, the new sign featuring a nearly life-size image of Randolph and the new honorary name of the street — Zach Randolph Lane — was unveiled. Similar signs have also been placed at both ends of the section of the street that carries the honorary name (from 26th Street to the south, to Valley Avenue to the north). In addition, basketball shaped signs are displayed beneath the street signs at both intersections, noting the new name of the street.

This event was a collaboration of Marion Minority Champions, the City of Marion, and Marion Community Schools. Organizers are grateful to all who helped make this event a success, which also included the Marion Fire Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, and many others.



Zach Randolph and Marion High School Principal Keith Burke on Friday unveil the sign declaring a new honorary name for the street that borders the Marion High School campus on the west. From 26th Street to Valley Avenue, the street will know be known as Zach Randolph Lane.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Did you see us in the Sunday Chronicle-Tribune? Check out the amazing accomplishments of our Class of 2017:

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools welcomes Tyson Mock as its new chief technology officer, to lead the way as MCS implements new devices and systems to enhance learning opportunities.

Mock is a proven leader in technology and project management in service of the mission and vision of education.

“Tyson will bring excellent know-how, experience and leadership as our chief technology officer,” said MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “He has a variety of successful leadership experiences as an information technology leader in K-12 schools, as well as municipal and library roles, along with his service in the U.S. Navy.”

Mock said he is looking forward to this new opportunity.

“I am excited to join the Marion Community Schools team,” he said. “It is an honor and a GIANT opportunity to have been selected to fill this vital role.”

Mock will help guide Marion Community Schools in an increasingly technology-driven world.

“I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with staff and students, as well as the leaders within this community, to help our schools provide efficient, effective, and impactful technology programs that will prepare all our students to be positive and productive digital citizens,” he said. “With technology being known as ‘the great equalizer’ — meaning that it levels the playing field and has the capacity to provide equal opportunity for all — I cannot think of a more exciting mission!”

Mock earned his bachelor’s degree business administration and management information systems from Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. He earned his master of science information management degree from Arizona State University.

"We look forward to the leadership Tyson will provide our Marion Community Schools family," Lindsay said.