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YOU can help us "Fuel Our Schools" TODAY!

Posted on Oct. 21 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Originally posted Sept. 13, 2016

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Circle K that will be an easy way for everyone in the city to help us raise funds for our schools!

Starting Oct. 21, 2016, purchases made at the specially marked "Fueling Our Schools" gasoline pump at two of Marion's Circle K locations will generate donations from Circle K to our school, to help fund various school improvements and programming. Purchases on any day at one of these marked pumps will generate a donation of 1 cent per gallon purchased. On special "Fuel Up Nights", the donation will increase to 10 cents a gallon. 

This is such an easy way to help us boost opportunities for students at our school.
  • Donations will go to Allen Elementary School when you visit the Circle K station at 901 E. Bradford St. (just down the road from Allen Elementary), and use the specially marked "Fueling our Schools" pump.
  • Donations will go to Justice Intermediate School when you visit the Circle K station at 1707 W. Kem Road, and use the specially marked "Fueling our Schools" pump.
The first "Fuel Up Night" will be Oct. 21. From 4 to 8 p.m., donations generated at these marked pumps will be 10 cents a gallon. (RSVP on our Facebook event page for reminders about Fuel Up Night! Click here to go to the event page.) Watch for more information about this and other related special events.

And make sure you tell your friends about this easy way to support Allen Elementary School and Justice Intermediate School!

MHS JROTC cadets dominate in first-ever biathlon

Posted on Oct. 17 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
The Marion High School JROTC program hosted its first ever biathlon over the weekend. Fourteen teams competed in the running and marksmanship competition. Giants teams finished in first and third place overall, and the Giants also had the fastest male and female competitors.

Marion JROTC cadets show off their awards after the first MHS JROTC biathlon.

Each team was made up of one male and one female cadet at the event on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The cadets ran 1,000 meters and were required to take five shots with an air rifle at a target 10 meters away. For every missed shot, the cadets had to run a penalty lap of approximately 150 meters. The cadets completed this cycle three times. After the last shooting portion, the cadets ran one more 1,000-meter lap. The individual team members’ times were combined into one team time. The fastest overall time won.

Marion’s Team A, senior Stephanie Charlton and junior Joseph O’Donnell, earned the top placement with a combined time of 37:37, nearly seven minutes faster than their nearest competitor. The Marion Team B, made up of juniors Adriana Aleman and Thomas Schenck, took the third place finish.

Joseph O’Donnell had the fastest overall individual time of 17:13. Charlton was the fastest female with a time of 20:24. Only three males were able to top Charlton’s time.

Cadet Joseph O'Donnell wprints the final leg of the JROTC biathlon at MHS, turning in the fastest time of the day and helping his team earn first place.

Cadet Stephanie Charleton finishes the 4,000-meter run during the JROTC biathlon at MHS, turning in the third-fastest time of the day and helping her team to first place overall.

“It was exciting to win,” Charlton said. “I knew my coach was expecting great things from me on this event.”

It wasn’t easy to meet those high expectations, though, Aleman said.

“It was a terribly difficult competition,” she said.  “Having to balance running speed versus catching my breath for making a steady shot is hard. My lungs were on fire and my heart was pounding. The penalty lap for my one missed shot was awful.”

It was an inspiring performance, the Giant Battalion’s senior Army instructor said.

“These cadets are amazing,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow. “They have truly learned how to push themselves to excellence.”

The JROTC program plans to make the biathlon an annual event.

Other Marion cadets competing were seniors Chelsea Townsend and Alex Flores on Marion Team C, which finished in ninth place; and senior Kayleigh Smith and freshman Josiah Hamilton on Marion Team D, which finished 11th.

MHS student earns perfect AP test score, several earn AP Scholar honors

Posted on Oct. 17 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
This article was originally posted on Sept. 14, 2016. It has been updated to include an additional achievement by one of our students: a perfect score!

More than a dozen current Marion High School students and members of the MHS Class of 2016 have been recognized by the College Board for their excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement tests in the 2015-16 school year, and one student has earned additional recognition for an even more distinctive achievement: a perfect score on the Calculus AB test — one of only 18 in the world!

Photo provided by the Bennet family

Truman Bennet, MHS senior, learned earlier this month in a letter from the College Board that he earned one of only 18 perfect scores, earning every point possible on the Calculus AB test. That puts him in an elite group: Those 18 are the top 0.006% of test takers in this subject! Marion High School congratulates Truman on this outstanding achievement!

These students’ achievements put MHS well ahead of the state and national mean scores on AP test scores in several subjects. Two seniors and several members of the Class of 2016 who earned honors this year did so for the second year in a row.

Every year, the College Board, which administers AP exams, awards students who have excelled on multiple exams. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. A score of 3 designates the student as “qualified” and capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject at college, according to the AP Program’s website. Many colleges and universities grant credit and placement for scores of 3, 4 or 5, but the AP Program’s website notes that each college decides which scores it will accept.

Check out this report from WIWU-TV about the fantastic AP opportunities here at MHS:


Here’s a complete look at our AP honors this year, reflecting scores on tests taken in spring 2016:

AP Scholars with Distinction
(earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken)
  • Elijah Beal, MHS Class of 2016 (who was named an AP Scholar with Honor in 2015)
  • Anne Marie Conrad, senior (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
  • Micah Hoeksema, senior (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
  • Hengtian Wu, MHS exchange student
AP Scholars with Honor
(earning scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams, with an average score of at least 3.25 on all exams taken)
  • Truman Bennet, senior
  • Meredith Sharlow, senior
  • Bradley Stiles, MHS Class of 2016 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Wyatt Ancil, MHS Class of 2016
  • Zoe Case, junior
  • Emily Erickson, MHS Class of 2016
  • Peter Fonseca, senior
  • Austin Hendricks, MHS Class of 2016 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
  • Mea Lindsey, MHS Class of 2016
  • Noah Miller, MHS Class of 2016 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
  • Noah Shigley, senior
  • Nicholas Spitzer, senior
  • Zachary Spitzer, MHS Class of 2016 (who was named an AP Scholar in 2015)
  • Kayla Wise, MHS Class of 2016
Since 1955, the rigorous Advanced Placement Program has enabled millions of students to take college-level courses and exams and to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.

According to a 2008 study, the AP Program’s website says, AP students have better four-year college graduation rates than those who did not take AP. Taking AP also increases eligibility for scholarships and makes candidates more attractive to colleges.

AP Scholar honors put the spotlight on students who excel in multiple subjects, and students may cite this academic distinction among their credentials on applications, resumes, and portfolios. (Learn more about the honors here.)

Marion High School requires that students taking an AP class take the corresponding AP exam in order to receive the extra credit available for the class. (All AP classes at MHS are “weighted”, meaning that students can earn more credit for those classes because of their difficulty, as compared to standard classes. But students who don’t take the AP exam won’t receive that extra credit.) This leads to a very high percentage of MHS AP students taking the corresponding exams — which makes the passing percentages achieved by MHS students in 2016 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2016 AP exams at MHS:
  • 81 MHS students earned a passing score (3 or above) on an AP exam in 2016.
  • MHS students passed 17 different exams: Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Physics (1, 2, and C: Mechanics); Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. Government and Politics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design (2D and 3D) and Studio Art Drawing. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 1 to 16.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 3D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 74.7 percent passing rate nationwide. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 88 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 82.4 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 79 percent of MHS students who took the Chemistry exam passed; this surpasses the 52.3 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 70 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 59.4 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 64 percent of MHS students who took the Statistics exam passed; this surpasses the 60.3 percent passing rate nationwide.
Marion Community Schools is proud of its AP Scholars from the 2015-16 school year, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students.

~ Click here to view the MHS Course Description Guide, which lists all AP courses available to students this school year ~

On the Calendar

Here's a look at some of the big events coming up at Marion around the district.
(For more events, click here to check out the full calendar, where you can see events at one school building at a time or elect to see all events in the district. Just use the pull-down menu at the top of the calendar!)

  • Fall Break: Oct. 27-28
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 23-25
  • Winter Break: Dec. 16 - Jan. 2
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