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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News As part of a leadership class, 10 JROTC cadets from Marion High School recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they had the opportunity to undertake a military-style staff ride, a learning experience rarely available to the average high school student.



Marion High School JROTC cadets pause for a photo by the Indiana memorial at Gettysburg Battlefield National Park. The cadets have an in-depth understanding of the battle and its effects after undertaking a military-style staff ride, a historical study and analysis of the battle.
 

A staff ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that is used as professional development by the U.S. Army for its leaders. A staff ride examines the dynamics of battle and the human dimension as well. It can illustrate how terrain, unit cohesion, leadership, technology, and more affected a historical battle, and therefore provide a framework for battle analysis. It also promotes the study of military history and heritage.

To prepare for the staff ride, the cadets had to research a particular portion of the Civil War Battle at Gettysburg. While walking the ground on the battlefield in Pennsylvania, each cadet had to describe the actions of the opposing leaders and how the events in fighting were affected by the various leaders’ decisions and the challenges with the terrain and communication.

“A staff ride is a great learning experience,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC. “It is a tool that can be used to examine how internal and external factors, communication and timely decisions affect what actually happens. We can learn from the experiences of others.”

Speaking of her experience on the staff ride, MHS junior I’Yela Hornaday said: “It hit hard when we saw that people actually went there and lost their lives to fight for something they strongly believed in.”

Cadet JD Smith commented that he didn’t realize how exciting it could be to actually walk the battlefield, live the history, and learn from the staff ride experience.



Marion High School JROTC cadets recently traveled to Gettysburg Battlefield National Park where they conducted an in-depth historical military study called a staff ride, analyzing the actions of leaders during the three-day battle that changed the course of the Civil War. Here, the group stands by the sign welcoming visitors to the historic site and museum. 
 

The MHS cadets then traveled on to Washington, D.C., where they spent two days visiting the U.S. Capitol, the monuments on the Washington Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Holocaust Museum.

“The memorials and monuments [on the Mall] were beautiful,” MHS senior Haley O’Neil said. “They also showed all of the sacrifice people have made for all of us.”

Probably the most somber experience for the cadets came as they toured the Holocaust Museum. There, they followed the journey of a Holocaust victim, not knowing if their person survived or died until near the end of the tour.

At one point in the tour, junior Josiah Hamilton, was captivated by a picture of a little boy and girl.

“It was like looking in a mirror,” he said. “It could have easily been my sister and me. I thank God that I was born in a different time and age.”



Marion JROTC cadets pose for a photo outside the U.S. Capitol building during their class trip to Washington, D.C.



Marion JROTC cadets listen to their tour guide inside the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

 

The cadets on the trip were Cheyenne Russ, Anyssa Shultz, Haley O’Neil, Hailey Teeguarden, I’Yela Hornaday, Jade McKoon, Angel Morales, Kaleb Starr, Josiah Hamilton, and DJ Smith. All agreed they learned a great deal about their country from the trip.

This trip was made possible in part due to a generous Grant from Round Robins Bingo.



 

Did you know that the MHS JROTC is open to any Grant County high school student?

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Provided by the Marion Community School of the Arts

The Community School of the Arts is excited to present The Lion King Jr. at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St.

The African savanna comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale based on the classic Disney film.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by visiting CSA, 305 S. Adams St., between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact CSA at 765-662-6263 or visit csa-marion.com.

Marion Community Schools is proud to partner with CSA to bring amazing theater experiences to the community. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest episode of The Giant Showcase is now available to view!

This month several of our principals are featured and share they some of the great things going on at our schools.

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 14, 2018

Marion High School JROTC cadets Hailey Teeguarden and Levi Hofmann have qualified to advance to the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in the precision category.  They are the only Army JROTC cadets from Indiana who qualified to advance to the National Championship to be held in February.

The two have previously competed in the National Championship the past two years in the sporter category, which is a lower level of shooting. The precision category is the highest level of air rifle competition, the same level that college and Olympics athletes compete in.

“I was so excited when I heard that Levi and I qualified. Shooting at the Nationals is fun but very stressful. This will be my last year to have a chance to compete,” said Teeguarden, a senior.
     

Marion High School JROTC Cadet Hailey Teeguarden takes aim in the standing position and Cadet Levi Hofmann takes aim from the kneeling position during a precision air rifle match. Both have qualified to compete in the Army JROTC Marksmanship National Championship in February.
 

Retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the rifle marksmanship team coach and JROTC senior Army instructor for the MHS JROTC, commented: “Qualifying to compete in the precision category is quite an accomplishment for these cadets. They just transitioned into this higher category of shooting a few months ago, so being able to advance to the championship is huge!”

Teeguarden and Hofmann will also shoot in early January in a qualifying round, seeking to qualify to attend the Junior Olympics.

The JROTC Rifle Team has done very well over the past several years, and these two cadets have contributed much to the success of the team. Hofmann earned the title of best JROTC marksman in the state last week during the Indiana JROTC State Championship.