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The Halls Are Alive with the Sound of Music!

Marian Theatre proudly presents the spring musical
The Sound of Music
Thursday, April 23, Friday, April 24
and Saturday, April 25
Showtime at 7:00 p.m.each evening 
in the Marian Main Gymnasium/Auditorium
Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up; $5 for ages 6-12; 

Free for children 5 and under

Director is Professor Craig Parmley of Ivy Tech Community College
Assistant Director is Mrs. Victoria Malooley of Marian's English Department
Musical Director is Ms. Colleen Pingel of Marian's Fine Arts Department

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Theology on CAPP for Teens!

All teens are invited!
Monday, April 20 from 7:00-8:40 p.m.
"Psychic Deceptions"
by Father Bob Lengerich
Knights of Columbus #1878 in Downtown Mishawaka
Free cappuccino for all teens.  Snacks are available.
Please click here to learn more.

Order School Uniforms for 2015-2016

It is time to order Marian uniforms for the next academic year! All orders must be placed by June 30 and will be delivered to school and ready for pick up on August 6. Click here to order uniforms from Superior Business Solutions.  Order forms are also available at the Bookstore during school hours.  

Anniversary Knight a Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who supported Marian's 50th Anniversary Auction by purchasing raffle tickets!  We are happy to announce the grand prize winner is David A. Thomas, Marian Class of 2006 and the runner up is Rance Gohn, Marian Class of 2008. Congratulations to these young alumni!

Congratulations to the Top of the Class of 2015!

After the all school Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Principal Mark Kirzeder was honored to announce to Bishop Kevin Rhoades, Father Chris Lapp, and the entire Marian community the students who earned top honors in the senior class. The valedictorian of the Class of 2015 is Merisa Middlestadt who is a National Merit Finalist and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. The co-salutatorians of the Class of 2015 are Claire Doyle from Christ the King School and St. Pius X Parish and Lauren Jankowski who is a National Merit Finalist and a graduate of St. Pius X School.  Congratulations and best wishes to these top students as they apply for admission and scholarships at the colleges of their choice. 

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National Scholastic Art Award Winner Announced!

Congratulations to senior Maggie Gibson who was awarded a National Gold Medal in the 2015 Scholastic Art Competition for her mixed media piece titled "Notre Dame Grotto."  More than 300,000 works of art were submitted by students in Grades 7-12.  Winning a National Award places Maggie in the top 1% of all of the nation! The prize will be awarded at Carnegie Hall in June. Maggie is pictured with other students who won regional awards in the contest sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Congratulations Hoosier Science Fair Winners!

The Indiana State Science Fair was held at IUPUI on March 21, 2015.  Six Marian students, Dinuka Cooray, Andrea Guzman, Kevin Hunckler, Emma Kearns, Alexis Thornburg and James Twaddle, competed. They were among the top 18-20 student researchers selected! The following received awards:  
Dinuka Cooray- Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award
Emma Kearns- U.S. Navy/Marine Corps Office of Naval Research Honorable Mention
Kevin Hunckler- Central Indiana Medical Laboratory Educators Award for best laboratory project; $3000 Dr. Leslie A. Willig Founders Scholarship 
Alexis Thornburg- U.S. Air Force Award; INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair Finalist
Alexis will compete in the INTEL ISEF in Pittsburgh this May!

Results of Junior Academy of Science

Eighteen Marian students competed in the Indiana Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute. Six students presented PowerPoints of their research as part of the main competition which involved the top 14 student scientists in the state.  All 18 Marian students competed in the poster presentation, and the winners are: Erica Gerstbauer - 1st place, Christine Mai - 2nd place, Katherine Rice - 3rd place, and Theresa Rice - 4th place. In the PowerPoint competition, the top five in the state advance to Nationals.  The top two present in PowerPoint, and the other three present posters. The judges also chose six alternates in case others cannot attend Nationals scheduled to be held in Hunt Valley, Maryland on April 29 - May 2.  Alternates include Dinuka Cooray (6th alternate), Lauren Jankowski (5th alternate), Alexis Thornburg (4th alternate), Nick Lohr (3rd Place - attends Nationals as a poster presenter and wins $1000 scholarship), and Kevin Hunckler (2nd Place - attends Nationals as PowerPoint presenter and wins $1500 scholarship).  Congratulations and best wishes to these young scientists!

Six National Merit Finalists!

Principal Mark Kirzeder is honored to announce that six Marian seniors have earned the status of Finalists 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. Congratulations and best wishes as these seniors compete for college scholarships.

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Summer Art Sessions with Mrs. Kitty Gunty

Drawing-Painting-Printing-Weaving-Mask Making-3-D Building and More!

Now is the time to save the date for Summer Art Camps with Mrs. Kitty Gunty. Sessions are scheduled for Monday through Friday, June 8-12 and June 15-19. All meet in the art room at Marian.  Sessions are available for ages 6-8 and 9-12 in the morning, as well as teens and adults in the afternoon.  Click here for more information.

Summer Computing and Robotics for 6-9th Graders

Marian High School and the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education are proud to sponsor the 2015 Summer Science and Engineering Camp.

"Hands-on" and "Minds-on" Learning will take place Monday-Friday, July 6-17 from 9:00 a.m.until 12:00 noon in the Science Lab at Marian High School.

ND CORE is aimed specifically at middle school students who want to work collaboratively, learn basic programming skills, and use the engineering design cycle to solve problems.

Camp highlights:
-Engage in hands-on collaborative activities focused on the engineering design cycle
-Learn how to code in two different computer languages
-Work with the Finch Robot to navigate obstacles, sing songs, and play games
-Design and code your own robotic pet

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Summer Computer Credit Available

The Business and Computer Department will again offer Digital Citizenship as a summer school class for credit during the summer of 2015.  The cost of the course will be $300.  By taking the course during the summer, students would be free to take another elective during the school year.  The class is scheduled to meet from Monday, June 8 through Friday, June 26 from 12:00 noon until 2:30 p.m. in Marian computer lab. Space is limited so contact Mr. Rob Carrasco at  if you are interested in enrolling. Please click here to learn more.

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Senior Running for City Council

Ethan Hunt filed his candidacy to run for the City Council representing Mishawaka's 6th District. He has been attending meetings since November to learn how the council works.  He will be eighteen years of age when it is time to vote in the primary.  He plans to attend Bethel College in Mishawaka as a freshman next year and is considering a major in Applied Politics! Click here to read more about Ethan's candidacy.

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.  

College Signing Day!

Congratulations to Shannon Hendricks who signed to play soccer for University of Notre Dame, Taylor Pooley who signed to play soccer for Ball State University, and Denise Veldman who signed to to play soccer for IUPUI. Congratulations to Izayah Newsom, Will Glascoe, and Ryan Schafer who signed to play football at Siena Heights University in Michigan.  

Sports Physical Exams on May 20

IHSAA Sports Physical Exams will be offered by the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Sports Physicians on May 20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the BCAC. 

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Dismissal at 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays

Effective immediately, Marian High School will be modifying the daily schedule each Thursday from March 19 until May 21 (as well as Friday, March 27) and will now dismiss at 3:00 p.m. instead of 2:25 p.m.  As a result of this additional time, Marian will be able to make up one more snow day and will NOT have to be in session on Memorial Day.  

Scholastic Art Awards Announced!

Marian's Fine Arts students earned a record number of awards in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Award competition: 10 Gold Keys, 27 Silver Keys, and 37 Honorable Mentions!  This prestigious competition accepts artwork in a variety of mediums from several thousand students in the northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan region.  Thirty professional judges select the outstanding work for awards.  All Gold Key artwork is sent to the national competition in New York City. Marian's Gold Key winners are:  Joan Becker, Meg Becker, Marita Chustak (2), Maggie Gibson, Julia Hunckler, Dominic Krizman, Hunter Wieczorek (2), and Elzbieta Woronowicz.

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Knights for Life!

Over sixty Marian students and adults took part in the pro-life field trip to Washington, D.C. in January. They participated in the national March for Life, celebrated Mass with Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and did some sight seeing at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. The theme for this year's march on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision was "Every Life is a Gift." Many of the participants are members of Marian's Knight of Life Club moderated by Miss Mary Ann Hinora and Mr. Stephen Jagla.

Science Olympiad Team Competes!

Congratulations to the Marian Science Olympiad team who placed 4th in their Regional and earned a spot to advance to state competition for at least the 12th year in a row! 
Dinuka Cooray and Heysu Cho - 1st place in Disease Detectives
Lauren Jankowski, Christine Mai, and Shannon Hendricks - 1st place in Experimental Design  
Claire Doyle and Heysu Cho - 1st place in Hydrogeology
Kevin Hunckler and Steven Zhu - 2nd place in Air Trajectory
Lauren Jankowski and Christine Mai - 2nd place in Scrambler
Kevin Hunckler & James Vogel - 2nd place in Game On
Steven Zhu and Kate Henry - 3rd place in Bungee Drop
Hannah Clark and Julia Winters - 3rd place in Dynamic Planet
Dinuka Cooray and Julia Winters - 3rd place in Write It Do It
Christine Mai and Dennis Mammolenti - 4th place in Cell Biology
Lauren Jankowski and Christine Mai - 4th place in It's About Time
Sun Kim and Kenny Klimek - 4th place in Invasive Species

Congratulations to Regional Science Fair Winners!

On February 28, 2015, twenty-eight Marian Research students competed in the Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair at the University of Notre Dame. You can see all of their names and awards listed by clicking on the "Read More" at the end of this introduction. Six of the ten students who are advancing to the Hoosier Science & Engineering Fair on March 21 at IUPUI are from Marian. These students are: Dinuka Cooray, Andrea Guzman, Kevin Hunckler, Emma Kearns, Alexis Thornburg, and James Twaddle.  Congratulations and best wishes to all of these fantastic science student researchers!

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Top Researchers to Compete!

Science Department Chair Ken Andrzejewski is honored to announce that the following Marian Research students have been chosen to present at the 2015 Indiana Junior Science & Humanities Symposium:  Nick Lohr, Dinuka Cooray, Lauren Jankowski, Kevin Hunckler, Alexis Thornburg, and Christine Mai. These six Marian researchers will compete among the top 18-20 students chosen from throughout the state.  

Science Research Grants Awarded!

This year, seven of Marian’s student-researchers have been awarded Indiana Academy of Science Junior Research Grants. Congratulations:
Nick Pingel - $169
Andrea Guzman - $300
Shivali Patel - $300
Matt Rice - $300
Kevin Hunckler - $300
Brady Tuttle - $248.99
Katherine Rice - $300
Marian's total for this year is $1917.99

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.

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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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 Anniversary Knight
Knights in Need Golf Outing - June 12, 2015
All Class Reunion - June 13, 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.

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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Marian Receives a Grade of "A" for Average Yearly Progress in 2013-2014
Congratulations are in order as Marian High School received a grade of "A" or an "Exemplary" rating on Adequate Yearly Progress (A.Y.P.) and Public Law 221 from the state of Indiana's Department of Education.  Thank you to the students, teachers, and parents for their hard work in earning this distinction.  The A.Y.P. measures the Graduation Rate, the percentage of students passing the End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in Algebra I and English 10, and the number of students earning college credits in A.P., ACP, and dual credit courses while at Marian.  

Outstanding Seniors for the Month of December!

Sophie Tiller and James Vogel were named Outstanding Seniors for the month of December 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!

Outstanding Seniors for the Month of January!

Morgan Mathew and Sebastian Ruvalcaba were named Outstanding Seniors for the month of January based on their INTEGRITY, COURAGE, COMPASSION, and LEADERSHIP, as well as their academic success and varied co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. They are pictured with Marian's Chaplain, Father Chris Lapp.  Congratulations and best wishes to these two members of the Class of 2015!

Academic Calendar for 2014-2015

Preview the 2014-2015 Academic Calendar by clicking here.  

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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