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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Six Marion High School students earned the highest regional 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. Two other students were also recognized for their outstanding work.
 

 

Emily Phillippe, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for her digital art work titled "Side-Tracked", seen below. She also earned Silver Keys for her digital art work titled "Connected", and for her paintings titled "Guardian", "Joyful", "Hardware", and "Calm Waters"; and Honorable Mentions for her digital art work titled "Glowing", her paintings titled "Great Kiskadee", "Cadillac Mountain", "Sunflower", and "Silent Tears", and her photography "Seeing Double" and "Seeing Through Me". 


 



Logan Carrico, an MHS junior, earned a Gold Key award for his photography titled "Jonathan", seen below. He also earned three Silver Keys for his pieces titled "Isak", "An Empty Room", and "Anna", along with an Honorable Mention for his work "Camille".



 


 

Sianna Hobbs, MHS sophomore, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "Avery", seen below. She also earned a Silver Key for her mixed media piece "Queen of Hearts", and an Honorable Mention for her drawing / illustration piece titled "Fame".





Kira Humes, MHS junior, earned a Gold Key for in the drawing and illustration category for her piece titled "This is Melodrama", seen below. and Honorable Mentions in the same category for her pieces "Thorns and Stings", "Living in the Blue", "Dawn", and "At A Glance".

 


Hailey Teeguarden, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key in the drawing and illustration category for her art work titled "Halsey", seen below. She also earned an Honorable Mention in the same category for her work "Downeaster Alexa".

 

Lauren Morrow, MHS senior, earned a Gold Key for her sculpture titled "Forever in Stone", seen below.


 

Additional awards: 
 

  • Sophia Porter, MHS senior, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her piece titled "Koi Pond" and an Honorable Mention in the same category for her piece "Roulette".
  • Emma Waterman, a sophomore in the CSA Arts Academy, a partnership with MHS, earned a Silver Key in the ceramics and glass category for her work "Winter's Dream: A Primitive Trio".
  • Bayley Grieve, MHS sophomore, earned Honorable Mentions for her paintings titled "Longing", "Turgoise Waters", and "Thinking Through the Sleep".

 

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, from Feb. 9 through April 6. 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, in 2017, and in 2018

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 Marion Regional Career Center’s award-winning Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy is pleased to announce it is now an official EC-Council Accredited Training Center partner.

The collaboration is aimed at providing the highest quality industry-recognized cybersecurity training and certification credentials to students such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Network Defender (CND) and several others. These career-focused credentials cover a broad scope of hands-on cybersecurity education so students can achieve the highest quality skills and credentials, differentiating themselves to employers looking to hire.

EC-Council has been a global leader in cybersecurity skills development and certification since 2001, working with top level private and public sector organizations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies across the world. EC-Council certified professionals have become some of the most sought-after professionals by organizations worldwide.

Students enrolled in the program can now qualify for opportunities to earn industry recognized certifications, also accessing study plans, projects, and community forums while gaining the assistance of cybersecurity experts from across the globe. Upon completion of the course, students can take the certification exam and proceed directly into careers in the highly lucrative cybersecurity industry, or continue their education at a college or university. Students will also earn high school and college credit for taking the course.

“There is a scary talent shortage and a lack of awareness in the cybersecurity field today,” said MRCC instructor Dr. Travis Hueston. “Cybercrime is far more aggressive than it has ever been, and individuals, companies, and organizations of all sizes are falling prey to it. Cybercriminals are using advanced technology to launch sophisticated attacks and inflict huge financial and reputational damage to organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to government agencies, and even schools. This partnership with EC-Council will help MRCC to establish itself as one of Indiana’s top trusted sources for cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Marion High School is one of the only high schools with this designation in the state.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said expanding students’ career options is always in the forefront of their efforts, with an eye toward employer needs now and in the future.

“We are thrilled to become and accredited training center in cyber security and look forward to expanding our student’s knowledge and their ability to become employable in the field after graduation or continue their education at a secondary institution, while at the same time earning traditional high school and college dual credit,” Ripperger said.

Wesley Alvarez, director of academics for the EC-Council, welcomed MRCC.

“We are pleased to welcome the Marion Regional Career Center as an EC-Council ATC Partner within the State of Indiana, he said. “Their partnerships and articulation efforts with local colleges and universities to accept credit for EC-Council courses is key to encouraging students to pursue cybersecurity focused concentrations and degrees in higher education. We look forward to supporting the development of these skills and abilities most commonly used in today’s cybersecurity workforce, at the high school level.”

The Marion Regional Career Center Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy is open to all of our participating schools in the county. Students who are interested should contact their counselor or Nate McNeely at MRCC, 765-664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Dozens of Marion Community Schools students competed in the annual ISSMA Solo & Ensemble competitions over the past two weekends, and many brought home top ratings for their performances. In addition, several Marion High School students have advanced to the state level competition later this month.

Each year, the Indiana State School Music Association puts on regional and state level Solo & Ensemble competitions for instrumentalists and for vocalists and pianists. This year, vocal/piano regional competitions were held on Jan. 26, and instrumental competitions were held Feb. 2. Several Marion High School musicians advanced to state level competition, which is set for Feb. 16 for vocal and piano, and Feb. 23 for instrumental.

Marion Community Schools congratulates these students on their great accomplishments, and expresses gratitude to the teachers who work every day to help these students develop their talent and skills.

Here’s a look at the young Marion musicians who competed recently, and their awards:


Marion High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Airen Pike, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mia de las Alas, freshman, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Evelyn Detamore, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Mark Evans, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • John Flowers, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Austin Guess, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jayden Holder, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Myles Kohn, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Lara Short, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Anna Wuertley, sophomore, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Kabriel Robinson, junior, Group I silver medal
  • Kaitlyn Tu, sophomore, Group I silver medal
  • Jaden Sebastian, freshman, Group I silver medal
  • Cierra Polm, sophomore, Group II gold medal
  • Aylayla Young, sophomore, Group II silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Tristan Galeon, junior, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
Instrumental soloists:
  • Carynna Aguila, sophomore, flute, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Saralena Bergsma, junior, flugelhorn, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Soren Bruehler, sophomore, trombone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Travis Metzger, senior, alto saxophone, Group I gold medal, advanced to state
  • Jillayne Bass, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Abby Baird, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Kadence Monroe, freshman, flute, Group I silver medal
  • Takota Russ, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Jackson Vice, sophomore, alto saxophone, Group I silver medal
  • Airen Pike, freshman, oboe, Group II silver medal
  • Kaley Ervin, freshman, flute, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Flute trio, Kadence Monroe, and Abby Montgomery, both freshman, and Lauren Morrow, senior, Group III silver medal
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble


McCulloch Junior High School

Vocal soloists:
  • Christian Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Shaylee Vermilion, eighth grade, Group II gold medal
  • Tori Beal, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Emily Luckey, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
  • Isabel Khalouf, seventh grade, Group III silver medal
Piano soloist:
  • Nathaniel Aguila, seventh grade, Group III gold medal
Vocal ensembles:
  • Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Joseph Cheung, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Kaylin Burke, Danika Ayers, Kaden Rinker, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • 8th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Kaylin Burke, Emily Fisher, Shaylee Vermilion, Chloe Hawkins, Gracey Johnson, Faith Riggs, Gema Santos, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Gregg Marble, Kaden Rinker, Christian Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Honors Choir, Group III gold medal (Tori Beal, Emily Luckey, Laylani Hammons, Isabel Khalouf, Jerica Overmyer, Caroline Russell, Omyzhanae Thomas, Ja’Ana Bucklew, Alyssa Dunham, Lillia Fisher, Damari Harshaw, Alandra King, Chloe Phillips, Nathaniel Aguila, Connor Dyer, Jackson Emert, Aidan Ruley, Daniel Terhune, Isaiah Williams)
  • 8th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III gold medal (Layla Boyd, Kaylin Burke, Joseph Cheung, Joseph Delgado, Brooklyn Evers, Kelli Faulkner, Emily Fisher, Chloe Hawkins, Gregg Marble, Tamar Mims, Dessie Norwood, Faith Riggs, Kaden Rinker, Jerrica Cheung, Gabryel Timmons, Christian Vermilion, Shaylee Vermilion)
  • 7th Grade Jazz Ensemble, Group III silver medal (Tori Beal, Lillia Fisher, Emily Luckey, Chloe Phillips, Aiden Ruley, Caroline Russell, Daniel Terhune, John Wells, Isaiah Williams)
>> Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our talented young MJHS musicians at Solo and Ensemble

Instrumental soloists:
  • Chloe Hawkins, eighth grade, piccolo, Group III gold medal; and flute, Group III silver medal
  • Leila Rodriguez, eighth grade, flute, Group III silver medal
  • Ariell Wright, eight grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Kelli Faulkner, eighth grade, clarinet, Group III gold medal
  • Halle Larson, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Kaydence Chambers, seventh grade, trombone, Group III gold medal
  • Rylan Smithley, seventh grade, alto saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Ella Browder, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Evan Ray, eighth grade, tenor saxophone, Group III gold medal
  • Dan Terhune, seventh grade, tuba, Group III gold medal
  • Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, snare drum, Group III gold medal
Instrumental ensemble:
  • Trumpet trio, Nolan Baker, Tamar Mims, and Al Marin, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Percussion trio, Evan Miller and Gunther Spencer, seventh grade, and Kalique Malone, eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Ella Browder, Evan Ray, Nate Jones, all eighth grade, Group III gold medal
  • Clarinet trio, Kaylee Miller, Audrey Perry, and Ella Topping, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal
  • Saxophone trio, Neveah Weaver, Jackson Emert, and Kaylee Poe, all seventh grade, Group IV gold medal
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Jan. 22, 2019

This February, hundreds of students from our region will gather as part of the Indiana Music Education Association’s 30th annual Circle the State with Song festival.

About 420 talented young singers from elementaries, middle schools, and junior high schools in Adams, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, Wabash, Wells, and Whitely counties will spend the day working with guest clinicians — a chance to build their skill as singers — and then will put on a special performance together. This concert will start at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash; it is open to the public, and tickets are $3 (free for ages 5 and younger). Tickets are available at the door, or will be available online soon at http://circlethestate.imeamusic.org/tickets.

The festival — which is held at several different sites around the state (this year from Feb. 9 through March 2) — exposes young singers to new music and gives them the chance to have a choral experience quite different from the regular school class or performance. Altogether, about 5,000 students around the state participate in this annual festival series.

Middle schools and junior highs participating in the Honeywell Center performance include Crestview (Huntington North), Lakeview (Warsaw), Marion, Mississinewa, Oak Hill, South Adams, Tippecanoe Valley, and Wabash.

After weeks of practice on their own and at their schools, students will spend most of the day Feb. 9 rehearsing the concert selections with a guest clinician at the Honeywell Center. At our region’s festival, the middle school clinician is John Wenning, retired choral director from Huntington, and the elementary clinician is Melissa Garcia, a conductor from the Indianapolis Children's Choir..

The Circle the State with Song began in 1989 as a choral festival for elementary students. In 1991 it expanded to middle school and junior high students. Not only does it provide students the chance to sing challenging choral pieces with peers from around the area, it also provides music teachers an opportunity to observe and learn from the clinicians, and to network with colleagues from around the area.

IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interest of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools.

Marion students who will be participating in this year’s Circle the State With Song festival are:

Kendall Elementary:
Caylynn Bishop
Madelynn Boogar
Selah Craig
Alaina Emert
Kietalynn Garcia
Tristen Hall
Naomi Hyde
Michael McCray
Jethe Paduga
Danielle Purdy
Arabella Stanley
Aries Stanley
Aaliyah Thien

Frances Slocum Elementary:
Aden Balderas
Na’Kyjia Birchett
Eleanor Bruehler
Arya Dorsey
Eli Gardner
Isaac Harrison
Micah Hawkins
Mary Herrington
Andrianna Krause
Abraham Reeves
Chloe Smith
Damien Taylor

Allen Elementary:
Ethan Bragg
Jakira Jones
Natalie Rodriguez
Esteban Santiago-Stricler
Jaelyn Watson
C'risma Weatherly

Riverview Elementary:
Aliya Cruz
Joseph Gibson
Lucy Jenkins
Madelyn Kirkwood
Maizey Kuch
Zynaida Ortega

Justice Intermediate:
Nathaniel Beck
Layla Bohde
Whit Booher
Chloe Byrd
Shaun Caldwell
Grace Chandler
Abigail Crouch
Layla Ensor
Jacqueline Gallegos
Kady Graves
Zachary Hehle
Caleb Huff
Sara Lootens
Damien Martin
Rylee Nicodemus
Hailey Ramos
Jimmy Ramos
Michelle Rasor
Noah Rhodearmer
Raven Sollars
Zoey Wayman
Ahlissa Wynne


McCulloch Junior High:
Nathaniel Aguila
Danika Ayers
Tori Beal
Ja’Ana Bucklew
Kaylin Burke
Joseph Cheung
Joseph Delgado
Alyssa Dunham
Connor Dyer
Jackson Emert
Emily Fisher
Lillia Fisher
Jenessa Gerstorff
Laylani Hammons
Damari Harshaw
Chloe Hawkins
Grace Johnson
Isabel Khalouf
Alandra King
Victoria Liscano
Emily Luckey
Gregg Marble
Jerica Overmyer
Chloe Phillips
Faith Riggs
Aidan Ruley
Kaden Rinker
Caroline Russell
Daniel Terhune
Omyzhanae Thomas
Christian Vermilion
Shaylee Vermilion
Isaiah Williams
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

Grant County Unified Athletics invites you to come out and think SPRING! You'll create your own fun decorative canvas at this special fundraiser that supports the Unified Athletics program in Grant County schools.

Unified Athletics is an extra-curricular opportunity for students with identified cognitive or physical disabilities, who play on teams with their age-appropriate peer helpers. Teams from Grant County schools compete with each other in basketball, bowling, and track.

At the Champions and Canvas fundraiser, you'll be able to customize your canvas with colors and items that match your decor in your home or office, or to make as a gift for someone else who would appreciate a sign of the coming season! All supplies will be provided, and there will be step-by-step instruction by Sally Bergsma. Tickets are $30 per person.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in the Atrium at Tree of Life, 1500 S. Western Ave., Marion.

There will be refreshments available, and there will also be booths from each of the five Grant County schools' lifeskills classrooms, featuring items they are selling to support their individual classroom needs. There will be original works of art, baked items, and spirit wear designed by the students.

Come out and enjoy a morning of fun and fellowship as you support this outstanding organization that provides opportunities for our students!

Tickets are available from the Marion Community Schools Special Services office, or contact Lisa Graham at 765-677-4456 or lisa_graham@olemiss.k12.in.us to purchase tickets or with any questions.