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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News MHS Homecoming Week is coming soon — get ready to show off your school spirit, your Giant Pride! Our theme this year is "Home Sweet Homecoming". Keep watching this space for updates.

There are also many events open to the community. (Those are denoted in purple.)

Here's a look at the activities planned at Marion High School:

Monday, Sept. 10
  • Dress-up theme: Home Away From Home - Vacation / Tourist Day (NOTE: This is also yearbook picture day - plan appropriately and bring clothes to change if needed)
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Boys tennis hosts Anderson: 5:30 p.m. at Bill Beekman Tennis Courts
Tuesday, Sept. 11
  • Dress-up theme: Make Yourself at Home - PJ Day
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Volleyball hosts Wabash6 p.m. at Bill Green Arena
Wednesday, Sept. 12
  • Dress-up theme: Rep Your Home - Class Color Day
  • Vote for Homecoming Court: at lunch in cafeteria
  • Boys volleyball tournament: 7 p.m. at Bill Green Arena; to sign up to play, see your class sponsor 
Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Dress-up theme: Home Movies - Character Day
  • Boys soccer hosts Anderson: 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium
Friday, Sept. 14
  • Dress-up theme: There's No Place Like Home - Purple and Gold Day!
  • Powderpuff football games / pep rally: 2:25 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium (altered class schedule); to sign up to play, see your class sponsor
  • Homecoming Parade: 5 p.m., click here for route
  • Giants fans tailgate: Fans are welcome to tailgate in the stadium lot after the parade, likely around 5:30 or 6 p.m.
  • MHS Choir Boosters Tenderloin Fry: Rock's Concessions will be serving all-you-can-eat tenderloin plus two sides and a drink from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The truck will be set up in the MHS football stadium parking lot by Door 14 of the arena. Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for kids, free for ages 4 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Marion High School Choir Program.
  • Special recognition: 6:45 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium. Come and find out more!
  • Homecoming football game: Giants host Richmond, 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium 
  • MHS Hall of Distinction 2018 inductees recognized at halftime of the football game at Dick Lootens Stadium. Click here to learn more about the inductees.
  • Marching Giants perform post-game: 2018 competition show, "Pillars"
  • Home Sweet Homecoming House Party Dance: starts after game at the cafetaria, runs to midnight; MHS students only; tickets are $3 and will be sold at lunch starting Sept. 3.
Saturday, Sept. 15
  • Boys soccer hosts Kokomo: 12:30 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium.
  • MHS Hall of Distinction Induction Banquet: 5 p.m., IWU's Henry West Banquet Room in Barnes Student Center; Reservations required by Aug. 31. Click here for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 16
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools congratulates Marion High School teacher Bobbie Owensby on the presentation of Indiana Wesleyan University's 2018 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service!

IWU released the following photo and statement about the award:

Indiana Wesleyan University awarded Marion High School teacher Bobbie Owensby with the 2018 Tony Maidenberg Award for community service during the annual employee convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 22. IWU President David Wright presented the award commending Owensby for her years of service as an MHS teacher, church leader and board member of The Clarence Faulkner Center.One of twelve children born to an Arkansas sharecropper, Owensby eventually moved to Marion in the 1970’s. She received her first teaching job at Marion High School in 1973 and has been there ever since, serving as a history teacher, a coordinator of African American studies and a role model for many young men and women.

Annually, Owensby gives leadership to the Black History Club. The club, attended by approximately 30-35 students each year, works to present an annual community theatre production that inspires students to learn and express their talents. Proceeds from the theater production help to underwrite the cost of the much-anticipated annual Spring Break trip to historically black colleges and universities. Graduates of the Black History Club are currently serving as politicians, lawyers, doctors, forensic scientists and community leaders both in Indiana and across the country.

In addition, Owensby has been active as a tutor and a summer enrichment program coordinator at St. Paul Baptist Church and The Clarence Faulkner Center. She serves on the board of The Clarence Faulkner Center providing leadership, as well as care, to the groups using the facility.  

“She is a woman who maintains the highest of standards of conduct while inspiring a passion for life-long learning in those around her,” said Wright. “She is a person of great character who lives as though the entire community is her family. Her impact on Marion, Indiana, and Grant County has been and continues to be profoundly good.”

In 2002, IWU introduced its annual award for community service as a way to recognize specific individuals for exceptional commitment and selflessness among their neighbors. Maidenberg, a former mayor of Marion and a former Indiana state senator, was its first recipient. The award was later named in his honor, and has been presented to 17 recipients to date. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School invites local organizations and businesses to join in an exciting new tradition: the Giants Homecoming Parade!

The theme for this year’s parade is “Home Sweet Homecoming”. The MHS cheerleaders and Student Senate are partnering to bring this great tradition to life, and we hope the community will rally around our students! If you’d like to participate or sponsor, please contact cheer coach Kelly Berry at or call 618-8144 for more information.

The parade will start at the intersection of 26th and Washington streets at 5 p.m., run west on 26th Street to Carey Street, turn north, and end at Dick Lootens Stadium at MHS.

The Splash House parking lots will be the staging area for parade participants.

After the parade, join Giants fans as they tailgate before the big game against Richmond! The Homecoming game starts at 7 p.m. at Dick Lootens Stadium.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Tickets will be on sale starting Aug. 13 for the 2018 Marion High School Hall of Distinction induction banquet.

The banquet is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at the Henry West Banquet Room, Barnes Student Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, part of Marion Giants homecoming weekend. Tickets can be purchased for $40 at the Marion Community Schools district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. (Door 22), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ticket sales end Aug. 31.

The nine 2018 inductees to the MHS Hall of Distinction include GIANTS in the fields of business, sports, science and medicine, education, community development, and community service.

The 2018 inductees are:
  • Earl E. Green, Marion High School Class of 1940, the first African-American postmaster in Grant County; County Council member; accomplished airplane pilot; and author of poetry and short stories
  • Charles E. “Chick” Nelson, Marion High School Class of 1948, lawyer and expert on community development and housing, former executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace
  • Carlton Rose, Marion High School Class of 1980, President of Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS
  • Brian Balsbaugh, Marion High School Class of 1991, a leader in the sports and gaming industry, representing some of the most high-profile athletes and players in the world
  • Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Marion High School Class of 1991, award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity
  • Scott and Julie Moorehead, Marion High School Class of 1996 and 1998, Scott is CEO of TCC, and co-founder the Culture of Good organization, which teaches businesses the importance of giving, and with Julie launched TCC Gives, which provides grants and other philanthropic efforts
  • Erika Davis Sears, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1998, plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and reconstructive surgery, proud to provide care for veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries
  • Jack Colescott, honorary inductee, longtime teacher, coach, and community leader
The MHS Hall of Distinction gives lasting recognition to alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Marion Community Schools. It also serves to help inspire current students to aspire to similar success.

Any MHS alumnus who graduated at least five years ago and who has made substantial contributions to the achievements of Marion Community Schools or whose exemplary actions reflect honor on MCS is eligible for nomination. The Hall seeks to honor men and women who have distinguished themselves through superb accomplishment on a local, state or national level in diverse fields of endeavor.

Non-MHS graduates may be afforded honorary status in the MHS Hall of Distinction.

Nominations are accepted year-round. The induction committee convenes once a year to consider nominees and make selections, generally at the end of the school year. Nominees remain on the list for three years. For more information, including nomination forms and details on previous inductees, click here.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News More than a dozen current Marion High School students and members of the MHS Class of 2018 have been recognized by the College Board for their excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement tests in the 2017-18 school year, and two students have earned the highest national honor.

Zoe Case and Elizabeth Wuertley, both members of the MHS Class of 2018, were named National AP Scholars, the highest honor the College Board gives, for high scores on eight or more AP exams and a high average score on all tests taken.


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.

The achievements of these current Marion High School students and Class of 2018 graduates put MHS well ahead of the state and national mean scores on AP test scores in several subjects. Several of the students who earned AP honors this year have done so for two or even three years in a row.

Here’s a complete look at our AP honors this year, reflecting scores on tests taken in spring 2018:

National AP Scholars
(earning scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams, with an average score of at least 4 on all exams taken)
  • Zoe Case, MHS Class of 2018
  • Elizabeth Wuertley, MHS Class of 2018
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)
  • Joshua Kelley, MHS Class of 2018
  • Kaylynn Scher, MHS Class of 2018
AP Scholars
(earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams)
  • Eliza Fry, MHS Class of 2018
  • Drake Gunyon, MHS Class of 2018
  • Sean Harnett, MHS Class of 2018
  • Joseph Hoffert, senior
  • Jessica Mooney, MHS Class of 2018
  • Zoe Orrell, senior
  • Samuel Vermilion, MHS Class of 2018
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 2018 even more impressive.

Notable statistics from the 2018 AP exams at MHS:
  • 64 students passed one or more AP exams.
  • MHS students passed 15 different exams: Biology; Calculus (AB and BC); Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; Music Theory; Physics 1; Psychology; Spanish Language and Culture; Statistics; U.S. History; World History; and the portfolio-based Studio Art Design 2D. The number of students taking a particular test ranged from 2 to 47.
  • 100 percent of MHS students who participated in the Studio Art 2D Design Portfolio exam passed; this surpasses the 84.8 percent passing rate nationwide. (Wondering what these portfolios consist of? You can see examples from previous years here.)
  • 100 percent of MHS students who took the English Literature and Composition exam passes; this surpasses the 47.4 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 91.3 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus AB exam passed; this surpasses the 57.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 90 percent of MHS students who took the Calculus BC exam passed; this surpasses the 80.3 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 81 percent of MHS students who took the Biology exam passed; this surpasses the 61.5 percent passing rate nationwide.
  • 50 percent of the MHS students who took the Environmental Science exam passed; this surpasses the 47.5 passing rate nationwide.
Marion Community Schools is proud of these students’ excellent achievements, and is proud too of the early college opportunities MHS continues to offer to its students. For information about how your high school student can take advantage of these early college credit opportunities and more, check out the enrollment section of our website.