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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students and two teachers were honored March 20, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees. 

Those honored were:


Grant County Spelling Bee participants Micah Hoeksema, Danielle Manio, Katie Erickson, Zoe Orrell, Caleb Spitzer, Brayton Ramsey, Shane Williams, Erin Weatherly, Isabelle Bento, Jinwon Pae, Logan Barley, and Corbin Havens(not pictured, Hannah Patel, Kahmia Wise). More than half of the top spellers in the bee were Marion Community Schools students. Learn more about the spellers here. Also pictured are Superintendent Steve Edwards and school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.



Frances Slocum Elementary School special education teachers Mandy Myrick and Dee Wiley, who were recently honored as teachers of the year by the Grant County Special Education Cooperative. Learn more about them here. Also pictured are Superintendent Steve Edwards and school board members Cathy Moritz, Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts, and Katie Morgan.
 
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (March 20, 2013) — A Marion Community Schools student tied for runner-up in the Grant County Spelling Bee, and five others were among the top 11 prize-winners.

Jinwon Pae, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, tied for second at the annual competition hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at College Wesleyan Church. She was among six Grant County students left in the competition by round four. The bee had started with 78 students.

By round five, only three students remained: Jinwon, along with two students from R.J. Baskett Middle School in Gas City, Meagan Aldridge, a sixth-grader, and Madison Jones, an eighth-grader who would go on to win the bee by correctly spelling “zealotry.”

But a front-page story in the Marion Chronicle-Tribune said Jinwon "almost stole the show." To read the newspaper's report, click here.



Kendall Elementary School fourth-grader Jinwon Pae competes in the final round of the Grant County Spelling Bee on March 19, 2013, at College Wesleyan Church in Marion as sixth-grader Meagan Aldridge and eighth-grader Madison Jones, both from R.J. Baskett Middle School in Gas City, look on. Madison went on to win the bee. To see more photos, click here.


Two other MCS students, Micah Hoeksema, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, and Logan Barley, a fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School, tied for fourth place, along with Emma Make, a fourth-grader from Lakeview Christian School.

Three other MCS students, Caleb Spitzer and Hannah Patel, both fifth-graders at Justice Intermediate School, and Danielle Manio, an eighth-grader at McCulloch Junior High School, tied for seventh place, along with Tristan Galeon, a fifth-grader at St. Paul Catholic School, and Seth Kemple, a homeschooled sixth-grader.

The top 11 finishers all earned prizes in the bee, which was in its fifth year at College Wesleyan Church, according to Alan Miller, director of university relations for IWU. For the third year, IWU associate professor of education John McCracken was the pronouncer.

Madison will go on to compete in the National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-30 in Washington, D.C. An all-expenses paid trip for her and a parent or guardian is part of the prize package she received as winner.

The bee is open to all fourth- through eighth-graders in the county. Each MCS elementary school, along with McCulloch Junior High School, sent the winner and runner-up of its school bee to participate in the county bee. Justice Intermediate School sent the winners and runners-up from each grade, fifth and sixth. Along with those who made it into the top 11, MCS participants in the county bee were:
  • Katie Erickson and Zoe Orrell, sixth-graders at Justice Intermediate School
  • Brayton Ramsey and Shane Williams, fourth-graders at Allen Elementary School
  • Erin Weatherly and Kahmia Wise, fourth-graders at Frances Slocum Elementary School
  • Isabelle Bento, fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School
  • Corbin Havins, fourth-grader at Riverview Elementary School.
All MCS school-level bee winners were honored at the MCS Board meeting on March 20, 2013. Learn more and view pictures here.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Several students were recognized for success in academics and fine arts March 13, 2013, by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

Those honored were:


Ethan Nguyen, McCulloch Junior High School seventh-grader, who earned a first place at a regional science fair at Ball State University last month and will go on to compete at the state and national levels. Learn more about Ethan’s accomplishment here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan.



Zoe Stiles, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, and Annie Moore, a third-grader at Frances Slocum Elementary School, who both earned Gold Ribbons at the state level in the annual Symphony in Color contest that blends symphonic music and visual arts. Also honored but not pictured was Heidy Garrido, a first-grader at Kendall Elementary School, who was a Symphony in Color finalist. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with art teacher Karen Fry.



Christian Kelley, an junior at Marion High School, who earned a Gold Rating at the annual Solo and Ensemble contest last month, and Kodie Young, an MHS sophomore who earned a Silver Rating at the same competition. Learn more here. Also seen in the picture are Superintendent Steve Edwards, school board members Scott Murphy, Pam Hutchison, Harry Hall, Aaron Vermilion, Greg Kitts and Katie Morgan, along with band teacher Wayne Garrett.
 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Two Marion Community Schools teachers have been named teachers of the year for their efforts in special education.

The Grant County Special Education Cooperative honored Mandy Myrick and Dee Wiley, who both teach at Frances Slocum Elementary School, during its autism education fair on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Myrick is in her second year with MCS, and in her first working in special education.

"I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher since I was in sixth grade, when I volunteered as a peer helper in my school's life skills classroom," she said.

She went on to be a cadet teacher in a functional academics room when she was a senior in high school, and she also was a nanny for a boy with autism - both of which confirmed her desire to major in special education in college, she said.

Myrick earned a double major at Purdue University, in mild interventions and elementary education. During her time at Purdue, she worked in a group home for adults with disabilities and during summers worked as a counselor at Camp Riley, a camp for children with disabilities.

She graduated from Purdue in 2011 and moved to Marion, where her husband had obtained a job as an industrial engineer at Dunham's Distribution Center. In the 2011-12 school year, she worked as a resource teacher at Justice Intermediate School. 

In the 2012-13 school year, she moved to Frances Slocum Elementary, where she works in special education.

She is also working toward her master's degree in severe interventions at Ball State University.

Wiley is a veteran teacher for MCS and has been working in special education for 16 years.

She started at Kendall Elementary School, where she taught the Herman reading program from 1992 through 1997.

For the following two school years, she split her time between Allen and Frances Slocum elementaries. She has been at Frances Slocum full-time ever since.

In the 2004-05 school year, she also earned the Mary Clark Hanley Award for Teaching Excellence, which was initiated in spring 2000 to recognize outstanding teachers in MCS elementary schools. She also chaired the student study team for 10 years.

She also is proud to note that she has three sons who started in kindergarten at MCS and graduated from Marion High School.

Marion Community Schools congratulates Myrick and Wiley for their honor. The two were also recognized by the MCS Board of School Trustees. Learn more about that honor here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION — Three Marion elementary school students, along with another formerly attending school here, earned high honors in the annual Symphony in Color statewide art competition.

Zoe Stiles, a fourth-grader at Kendall Elementary School, and Annie Moore, a third-grader at Frances Slocum Elementary School, along with her former schoolmate, Joseph Sawyer, who has since moved from the area, all earned Gold Ribbons at the state level in the annual contest that blends symphonic music and visual arts.

Gold Ribbon winners’ artwork is on display at the Hilbert Circle Theater, 32 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, from Feb. 25 through March 25, 2013.

Heidy Garrido, a first-grader at Kendall Elementary School, was a finalist at the state level, and her artwork will be on display along with the 99 other finalists and 10 honorable mentions from April 8 to May 5, 2013, at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis.

More than 30,000 students in grades kindergarten through sixth from across the state participate in the competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Each year, five musical selections are chosen from the current ISO season, and art teachers across the state utilize the selections in a special activity, in which students produce artwork inspired by the music played for them.

This year’s musical selections were “Four Sea Intrusions” by Britten; “Sinfonia Sevilana, Opus 23; Finale” by Turina; “Symphony No. 4, Scherzo” by Bruckner; “Symphony No. 3, Finale” by Saint-Saens; and “Gallop from Masquerade Suite” by Khachaturian.