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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!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News During February, Via Credit Union is challenging Kendall classrooms to compete for a pizza party and $50 Walmart gift card for the classroom!

Students who make a deposit at the Kendall Student Branch will be tracked by teacher's name, and at the end of the month the class with the most deposits wins!

Keep track of how your class is doing on the tally board near the Student Branch.

The Kendall Student Branch is open every Wednesday in the gym before school and accepts deposits only. If you would like for your child to start saving at the Kendall Student Branch, please complete a permission slip and return it along with their initial deposit. Permission slips are available in the school office.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
We are so excited to partner with The River Church and Kendall PTO to host a Special Persons Dinner! 

This is a chance for your student to invite someone special to eat dinner with them here at Kendall Elementary. This special person can be anyone who has an impact in your student's life — a family member or guardian, a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a coach, etc. We want to celebrate our students and the people in their life who are important to them.

We will host our Special Persons Dinner on Feb. 21. We will be serving pizza and desserts to all students who RSVP and the people who are special to them. Each student can invite up to two special people. 

>> NOTE: Students and their special people can only attend if we receive a competed RSVP form by Friday, Feb. 8! (This is to ensure we have enough food for everyone in attendance.)

After you turn in your RSVP, we will send you information regarding the time of the dinner. 

If you have any questions, please contact the school office, 765-662-7364.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Congratulations to these Kendall students who earned recognition in the county Symphony in Color competition, sponsored by the Gamma Rho chapter of Tri Kappa philanthropic sorority:
  • Evan Fisher, first grade, Most Promising Award
  • Leyna Greenwood, first grade, First Place for first grade
  • Johnny Ortiz Juarez, second grade, Second Place for second grade
  • Liam Weaver, second grade, Third Place for second grade
  • Madelynn Boogar, fourth grade, Second Place for fourth grade
We are so proud of these talented young artists and are grateful for the work of their outstanding art teacher, Karen Fry, to provide opportunities for our students every day!

Art works chosen in the local competition, which is open to all elementary students in the county, will continue on to the state level Symphony in Color competition. More than 30,000 students in grades one through six participate in the annual statewide competition, presented by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association along with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

State level judging is taking place this week.

State Gold Ribbon winners' art works will be on display at the Hilbert Circle Theatre from Feb. 21 through March 24. Following that, all 100 finalists' art works will be on display at the Indiana State Museum from March 30 through May 5.

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:
  • "Fanfare" from "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
  • "Jupiter" from "The Plants" by Gustav Holst
  • "From Earth to the Moon and Beyond", written by James Beckel, former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Principal, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • "Scherzo" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "Main Title" from "Star Wars" by John Williams