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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion Community Schools’ very own Riverview Elementary School has earned a spot in the “Fantastic 4” of the WISH-TV “I Love to Read” challenge. Stacy James’ 21 third-grade students have achieved this position by reading on average an hour and a half each day as a class and continuing their reading at home independently.

For nearly the past 30 years, WISH-TV’s  “I Love to Read” challenge has been an event many children in central Indiana look forward to. WISH-TV created the “I Love to Read” challenge to encourage students to enjoy recreational reading and reward them for doing so. WISH-TV partnered with the NCAA Team Works’ Readers Become Leaders Program to invite third-grade classrooms across 34 Indiana counties to join in this friendly competition.

The NCAA Readers Become Leaders Program aims to help teachers who are dealing with a literacy crisis that affects children of all demographics. Educational data have shown that if reading is below grade level by the fourth grade, students are four times more likely to drop out of school.

To help combat those statistics, James’ third-grade class has accumulated approximately 12,000 to 15,000  minutes of reading each week. The short term goal of this challenge is to encourage and reward students for their reading achievements. The long term goal is to develop their skills and inspire them to continue their education.

Marion Community Schools would like to congratulate Mrs. James’ class on this giant achievement and wish them good luck as they continue in the reading competition!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School graduate and MHS Arts Hall of Fame inductee Samuel Levi Jones will be featured in “Left of Center,” an exhibit of his art at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts at Newfields this spring and summer.

The exhibit opening is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 15 at IMA. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 1.

IMA describes Jones’ work as providing a striking visual commentary on the duplicitous and oppressive nature of American power structures. The exhibited works in “Left of Center” particularly examine how injustices pervade systems of education, criminal justice, healthcare, and the broader American historical narrative. The exhibit offers an in-depth look at how Jones’s deconstruction of biased sets of encyclopedias, law books, medical texts and football equipment manifest extraordinary abstract paintings and sculptures.

After graduating from MHS in 1997, Jones continued his education at Taylor University, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications. He then earned and a bachelor of fine arts from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. He later received his master of fine arts in studio arts from Mills College.


Samuel Levi Jones (Photo provided to Marion Community Schools by the artist)

>> Click here to learn more about the artist




Jones prepping materials for use in his artwork. (Photo provided to Marion Community Schools by the artist)


Though Jones has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, the IMA exhibit is the first major museum survey of his works.

Newfields, which incorporates the IMA as well as Fairbanks Park, the Gardens, the Lilly House, and the Elder Greenhouse, is located at 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. The “Left of Center” exhibit is included in the regular price of admission to IMA. Click here for more information about the exhibit on the IMA website.   


 

>> Click here to view the MHS Arts Hall of Fame information about Samuel Levi Jones

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann shot his best score ever to earn fifth place in our region for the Army JROTC National Marksmanship Championship. His score placed him 26th in the nation when scores across all regional competitions were tallied.



Marion High School JROTC Cadet Levi Hofmann, at right, gets ready to compete in the “pressure cooker” final during the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship. 


Hofmann, a junior at MHS, competed in the regional match at Camp Perry, Ohio, facing off against the top 90 cadets in the precision air rifle category around the country. His finish was the highest placement ever for a Marion High School marksman in an Army JROTC National Championship.

Over the course of two days, each marksman shot daily in the three positions of standing, kneeling and prone (lying flat on the ground). Their scores were then tallied for placements. Hofmann earned a score of 1,143 out of a possible 1,200. Because of his strong scores, he advanced into the final “pressure cooker” shoot-off along with the top seven other marksmen in the region. 

“I was so nervous; I knew I was close to making it into the pressure cooker,” he said. “The concentration was so intense.”

During the pressure cooker, all competitors take one shot at a time in the standing position, trying to move up in the placement order. Hofmann was able to move up one position in the ranking to finish fifth.

Hofmann and teammate Hailey Teeguarden, a senior at MHS, were the only JROTC cadets from the state of Indiana to qualify to compete in the regional matches for the Army JROTC National Championship.

“What is really amazing is that this is the first year we have fielded a precision rifle team,” said Senior Army Instructor Lt.  Col. Farlow.  “In previous years we have only competed in the entry-level sporter category. So to have two athletes qualify for the Nationals is quite an accomplishment and speaks well of their abilities.”

The precision category is the same level in which collegiate athletes and Olympians compete. It is the top tier within the air rifle competitive categories.

The JROTC marksmanship team has five remaining matches this school year, including two separate State Championship matches by different sanctioning bodies.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

In the midst of Black History Month, we’d like to honor some of our Marion High School alumni who have earned a spot in the Hall of Distinction. Becoming a member of the Hall of Distinction is one of the highest honors in Marion Community Schools.

The purpose of the Marion High School Hall of Distinction is to give lasting recognition to Marion High School graduates who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools.

Furthermore, it is the purpose of the Hall of Distinction to promote more interest in Marion High School and to display before current Marion students, the success of past graduates who have contributed in making Marion schools exceptional.


2006 Inductees

   
  • Edmund Casey, Class of 1942,  was the 1st African-American on staff at Bethesda Hospital, President of National Medical Association and a proud member of the U.S. Air Force
  • Oatess Archey, Class of 1955, was Indiana’s 1st African- American sheriff, an FBI Agent, an educator, athlete, and coach. 

2008 Inductee

  • Bill Perry, Class of 1969, acted as a Chairman of the Diversity Leadership Council for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Perry was a manager in tech and financial services for AT&T and IBM. He currently is CEO at Global Performance Solutions.

2009 Inductee

  • Clark Beck, Class of 1947, was an Aerospace engineering expert. He worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He was also a professor and college administrator in Ohio, and education innovator in the STEM field.

2010 Inductee

  • Todd Nukes, Class of 2010, is currently the federal marshal for the district covering roughly one-third of northeastern Indiana.

2014 Inductee

   
  • Lennon Brown, is an honorary inductee. He served as principal of Marion High School and transformational leader.
  • James Arnett Wilson, Class of 1937, was a fighter pilot with the  Tuskegee airman and an exceptional educator.

2015 Inductee

  • Greg Taylor, Class of 1988, is an Indiana State Senator, an economic development expert, and a business and finance attorney. 

2016 Inductees

   
  • Zach Randolph, Class of 2000, is a three-time NBA All-Star, McDonald's All-American, and member of Marion Giants Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Avis Stewart, Class of 1970, was a coach, teacher and community leader. Stewart is currently the interim President of Earlham College in Indiana.

2017 Inductees

   
  • Arthur "Art" Faulkner, Class of 1958, is a respected leader and philanthropist. He served as Department Director at Marion General Hospital and served on the Marion School Board for 12 years.
  • Latondra Newton, Class of 1986, is chief diversity officer senior VP for Walt Disney Co. and held multiple high- level leadership roles at Toyota Motor Corporation.

2018 Inductees

      
  • Earl Green, Class of 1940, was the First African-American postmaster in Grant County. He also served as a County Council Member, an accomplished airplane pilot, and author of poetry and short stories.
  • Carlton Rose, Class of 1980, is President of Global Fleet Maintenance and engineering for UPS.
  • Erika Davis Sears, Class of 1998, is a plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and recovery. She is particularly proud to provide care for Veterans with hand trauma.

 


Do you know of an outstanding Marion High School alum that deserves recognition in the MHS Hall of Distinction?

>> Click here to learn more about how you can nominate them



 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

McCulloch Junior High School honor choir students had a special opportunity to sing at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday, in celebration of the third annual Indiana Arts Education Day.

At the invitation of Indiana Music Education Association, the group performed in the fourth-floor atrium during a reception. They also had the opportunity to meet State Rep. Melanie Wright, herself an educator, along with State Sen. Andy Zay who represents part of Grant County, and Marion’s very own MHS Class of 1988 alumnus, Sen. Greg Taylor.



Indiana State Senator Andy Zay, who represents part of Grant County, poses for a photo with McCulloch Junior High School inside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, Feb. 14. The students were invited to perform in the state capitol as part of the third annual Indiana Arts Education Day. 
 

Under the leadership of MJHS choir director Christina Huff, the group included students Kaylin Burke, Emily Fisher, Shaylee Vermilion, Chloe Hawkins, Chloe Phillips, Faith Riggs, Lillia Fisher, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, and Christian Vermilion.

In addition to their performance, the group was also able to tour the Statehouse. The students were very sharp, remembering dates and quoting facts about Indiana's history while they were on the tour, Huff noted afterward.

“Our social studies teachers would have been proud,” she said.

Art and music education advocacy days take place all over the United States.These displays not only broadcast students talents and capabilities but also help in shining a light on the importance of the arts in education. The event in Indianapolis on Thursday was hosted by the Indiana Art Education Network. The Indiana Music Education Association and Indiana State School Music Association were also represented.

At Marion Community Schools, we believe that music and art education is an essential opportunity that all students should have available. McCulloch Junior High School is recognized by the Indiana State School Music Association as one of the top junior high music programs in the state, having won ISSMA’s top award, the JME Total Department All Music award four years in a row — the only school in the state to do so. In addition, Christina Huff was named the Indiana Music Education Association Teacher of the Year for her outstanding work.

Marion Community Schools and McCulloch Junior High School congratulates these students and their teacher on a job well done!



Click the links to learn more about the music and art education opportunities at Marion Community Schools!