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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Some of best young musicians in the area will gather together for a special performance as the Grant County Public High School Honor Band this week.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy this special performance, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Indiana Wesleyan University’s Chapel Auditorium in Marion. Admission is free!

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. This year’s guest conductor is Michael Flanagin, Director of Bands and chairman of the Division of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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

“Establishing this event as a local tradition is something that gives our students ownership and something to take pride in,” said Eastbrook High School Director of Bands Joel Walters. “I am looking forward to this year, as students who are participating for their second year have made friendships with students from the other schools, and I look forward to seeing students continue to get to know one another.”

Ryan Wamhoff, director of bands at Oak Hill High School, echoed that, noting that his students were excited that the event was returning.

“Last year's first ever Grant County Honor Band was a tremendous success,” he said. “My students enjoyed the experience of performing with peers from around the county and found the music challenging and fun. Every one of my returning students who participated last year applied to be a part of it again this year plus many more, I think that is a testament to its success.”

It’s something that the educators know can have a lifelong impact.

“Our students talked about the Grant County Honor Band more than any other honor band they'd been a part of. When you interact with students from your own county, there's always the possibility of building friendships. We know with social media there can be a lot of interaction from a distance, but there's nothing like real life interactions with others that can lead to lasting friendships,” said Cindy Walker, assistant director of bands at Mississinewa High School.

Marion High School Director of Bands Josh Huff said the success of the event is just one facet of a flourishing of the arts in Grant County.

“I don't know that 20 years ago you could've said that music education was THRIVING in Grant County,” he said, “but I think you can truly say that today.”

Flanagin, the guest conductor for the event, noted that this flourishing arts culture has a community-wide impact.

“We have a lot of special things going on in Grant County — theater, musical theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual arts, and more,” he said. “This particular event is not only an opportunity for area high schools, but this also gives our music education students at Indiana Wesleyan University the opportunity to see and hear students from the area as they help out with this event.  If this day can help to further their education, then I consider it a ‘win-win’ for all involved.”

The event brings opportunity not only for the students, but for the educators as well.

“We can share ideas, different pieces, and it gives us a chance to build a network of support,” Huff said. “Professionally, it's awesome to just spend a day with other directors in like-minded situations and brainstorm and talk about the progress of the programs.”

Wamhoff said this has helped elevate all of the directors involved.

“The time spent planning and preparing for each year’s honor band has brought all of us directors together. Now we are a team. We often face similar every day challenges, and we can be a resource for each other when one of needs help or is looking for fresh ideas.”

The real impact, though, goes far beyond music education, Walters noted.

“Music education can be very different than other activities in school, but also has many connections to those other activities,” he said. “The biggest difference is that it allows students to express themselves in ways that they might not normally do. It allows them to be creative while learning how to collaborate with others. I believe it ultimately helps prepare our students for the rest of their lives after they graduate. Students learn how to be excellent musicians, but in the process, they learn discipline, responsibility, creativity, and critical thinking skills.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News

The Giants are headed back to semi-state! Let's show off our Giant Pride on Friday!

For the third time this school year, a Marion High School team is headed to semi-state in the IHSAA's state tournaments. (The football team and girls basketball team were the first and second.)

Marion Community Schools encourages businesses and organizations around the city to join us as we celebrate Purple & Gold Friday, in honor of the Giants.

The public is also invited to join in a pep rally for the team on Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Bill Green Arena (and to help us send the team off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday).
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Feb. 5, 2019

Marion Community Schools social workers invite you to a special night of family fun at Culver's in Marion!

Dine to donate! A portion of your purchase of Culver's food and ice cream will go to MCS social workers, to help assist students with various needs.

There will also be face painting!

This special event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019, at Culver’s, 2307 S. Western Ave., Marion. We hope to see YOU there!
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

Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on a special show that explores weather and climate, along with the local night sky in spring and summer.


The public is invited to MHS for “Supermoons and Seasons”. The show will last approximately one hour. Showings will be as follows:
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, March  3
Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Come early for a spot on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 750 W. 26th St.

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 54.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!