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We are grateful for grandparents!

The annual Grandparents Day celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25.  The event begins with a prayer service in the Main Gymnasium at 8:00 a.m. A reception and light refreshments will follow at 9:00 a.m. in the Bishop Crowley Activity Center (BCAC). Grandparents who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Chris Grossnickle at or call 574.259.5257 or click here to make your reservation online.

Research Students Compete at Indiana Junior Academy of Science

Congratulations to senior Gabby Lucchese who was named 3rd Place Outstanding Junior Scientist in the state of Indiana.  The Marian Research Team earned 3rd Place overall at the Indiana Junior Academy of Science at Indiana University Bloomington on Friday, November 7.

Placement Test for Incoming Freshmen

The Placement Test for the Class of 2019 will be on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Marian.  Test takers are asked to bring two #2 pencils. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m.  All test takers are to enter through the NORTH doors which are off Logan Street and near the football field.  There is a $20 fee for the Placement Test.  Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.  Please pre-register by emailing Mrs. Dance at or by calling the Main Office at 574.259.5257.  

Applause! Applause! Applause!

Marian Theatre presented A Christmas Carol by Charles Ludlum (Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens and Produced and Special Arrangement with Samuel French, INC). Performances were Thursday, November 6, Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Marian’s Main Gymnasium/Auditorium. Tickets were $7 for adults and $5 for students. The actors and stage crew thank all of those who attended!

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Youth Leadership Participants for 2014-2015

The St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce has selected the following Marian students to participate in Youth Leadership for 2014-2015:  Jennifer Alwine, Avery Campbell, Sarah Collins, Jonah Davey, Erica Gerstbauer, Michael Kloska, Madeline McTigue, and Michael Wuszke.  They have completed their Orientation and the Opening Retreat, and they will be studying leadership skills, community history, servant leadership, teamwork, and ethics, as well as completing a community project.  

Shannon Hendricks Named League MVP!

Marian was one of three teams to finish the season at the top of the Northern Indiana Conference in girls soccer.  Marian senior Shannon Hendricks was named the league's MVP and she is joined on the First Team by Taylor Pooley and Denise Veldman. Lauren Wade was named to the Second Team of the All-NIC honors.  Way to go, Lady Knights!

Maggie Gibson Named League MVP!

Senior Maggie Gibson was named the Northern Indiana Conference's MVP in volleyball.  Marian's team finished first in the NIC (8-0) and were Regional Champions. Maggie is joined on the NIC First Team by seniors Elizabeth Asdell and Alyssa Hasler. Sophomore Marielle Corbett and junior Abby Whitfield earned Second Team honors. Coach Dan Anderson was named coach of the year. Way to go, Knights! 

All NIC Honors for Boys Soccer Team and Coach!

The boys soccer team finished at the top of the Northern Indiana Conference with a 8-0 record and were awarded all-league honors.  Cruz Juarez, Boniface Muguro, and Augie Hartnagel were awarded All-NIC First Team honors.  Richie Ontiveros and Kevin Torres were awarded All-NIC Second Team honors while All-NIC Honorable Mention was given to Christian Verstraete and Ethan Hunt.  Coach Ben Householter captured the league’s Coach of the Year award. Way to go, Knights!

Six National Merit Semifinalists!

Principal Mark Kirzeder is honored to announce that six Marian seniors have earned the status of semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  They are:  Jack Alexander, Anna Barnard, Joan Becker, Emma Gettinger, Lauren Jankowski, and Merisa Middlestadt.  These six members of the Marian Class of 2015 are among top 16,000 seniors in the nation based on their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT taken at juniors.  Finalists will be announced in February.  Congratulations and best wishes as these seniors compete for college scholarships.

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Seven Commended Students from Marian's Class of 2015!

Congratulations to the seven Marian seniors who were named Commended by the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  Their scores on the PSAT/NMSQE place them in the top 5% of the nation! They are:  Dominic Cataldo, Maggie Feighery, Daniel Herschel, Nicholas Lohr, Sarah Myers, Monte Parker, and David Schena.  

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Service Day Success!

The entire Marian student body, faculty, and staff participated in Service Day on October 16.  The Marian community was able to offer service to 50 different area organizations as a celebration of the school's 50th Anniversary.  After the event, students met with their homeroom teachers to reflect on what this opportunity to do volunteer work meant to them.  The students were overwhelmingly positive in their evaluations and are definitely looking forward to doing service throughout the community again.  Special thanks goes to Mrs. Chris Grossnickle, Mrs. Colleen Ravotto, and Mrs. Joanne Eichhorn for organizing the entire event.

Prospective Students and Parents!

All interested students and their families are invited to the annual Open House on Sunday, November 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Click here to see an overview of the calendar of events for prospective students and their families. Please contact Mrs. Mary Kay Dance in the Admissions Office if you would like more information.

Outstanding Seniors for the Month of September!

Victoria Slagle and Brendan McNamara were named Outstanding Seniors for the month of September based on their INTEGRITY, COURAGE, COMPASSION, and LEADERSHIP, as well as their academic success and varied co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Congratulations and best wishes to these two members of the Class of 2015!

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Student Council Officers for 2014-2015

The newly elected officers for the Class of 2018 are:  President Dominik Rafinski, Vice President Nicholas Kloska, Secretary Hannah Harry Schade, and Treasurer Dennis Mammolenti. Congratulations!

Eighteen AP and Dual Credit Classes Available for 2014-2015!

Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit Courses to be offered for 2014-2015:
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP World History
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP Micro Economics
AP Latin
AP Psychology
AP Calculus-AB
AP Calculus-BC
AP Statistics
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics 1
AP Physics-BC Mechanics
AP Physics-BC Electricity and Magnetism
AP Studio Art-2D

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50th Jubilee Celebration for Entire Marian Community!

In September of 1964 Marian High School opened its doors for a freshman class of 239 students. That first year, Marian could have been viewed as two separate schools, one for boys and one for girls. Interior door colors identified whether it was a classroom for boys or girls.  Fifty years later, it is time to celebrate our past, present and future! Throughout the 2014-2015 school year we will pay tribute to the staff, students, and alumni with the following events:
All School Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades with members of the Class of 1968 as special guests - September 4, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 
Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming - September 19, 2014
Vegas Knight - September 20, 2014
Service Day: Knights Give Thanks - October 16, 2014
Grandparents Day - November 25, 2014

Marian Annual Auction - March 28, 2015 (New Date)
Knights in Need Golf Outing - June 12, 2015
All Class Reunion - June 13, 2015
Marian Family Day - June 14, 2015

To volunteer, please contact Chris Grossnickle in the Development Office at 574.258.7676. Watch this space for more information and updates.

Homework Help!

Students who are interested are welcome to attend Homework Help! available Monday thru Thursday from 3:10-4:00 in Mrs. Rutherford’s Room 102.  National Honor Society members are present to help with homework assignments or to tutor in a specific subject area.

Academic Calendar for 2014-2015

Preview the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar by clicking here.  

Science Researchers Compete and Win! Two Advance to Internationals!

Each of the five outstanding science research students who participated in Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair won at least one special award at the competition in April!  Shannon Hendricks and Alex Frank were chosen to advance to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles in May. For anyone keeping count, that makes a grand total of 32 Marian students competing at the International Science Fair since 1990!  

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School Board Awards Excellence in Teaching

School Board President Dave Thomas presented the Excellence in Teaching Award to Sister Marie Morgan, O.S.F., at Commencement on May 30, 2014. This award has been a Marian tradition since 1985!  Sister Marie has been teaching in the Theology Department at Marian for ten years.  She is now serving as Theology Department Chairperson.  This year’s winner received many votes from students, colleagues, and parents with the most frequently used descriptors being:  Awesome, caring, influential, energetic, cheerful, great sense of humor, and best teacher ever!

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Marian Honored as Four Star School!

Congratulations to the Marian students, teachers, and staff for being named an Indiana Four Star School for 2012-2013.  This is the highest distinction established by the Indiana Department of Education for those schools who score in the top 25th percentile in the combined passing percentages on the End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the percent of students passing for all grades tested.  Marian's score included a 98.7% Graduation Rate which is the highest in the area!

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