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Marian Knights Prove Schools Rule!

Click here to see an excerpt of the Marian students appearing in Schools Rule! on Friday, February 27 from 5:00-7:00 AM.  Thanks to Christine Karsten for trying to talk over the cheers of 325 Marian students who got up extra early to show their spirit and enthusiasm for their school and all of its clubs and organizations.  

Diver Takes Second Place at State!

Congratulations to sophomore Josh Richardson who won first place in the regional diving competition and then advanced to the state swimming and diving competition in Indianapolis on Saturday, February 28. Josh earned the highest individual place at the state competition for the area as he won second place in diving!  We are so very proud of our diver!

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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Saving for College Presentation for Parents

The University of Notre Dame invites parents to attend a free presenation to learn more about an important college savings vehicle called the 529 Plan. This plan allows a family to save for children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and friends. The interactive presentation will take place at Marian High School on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. Presenting information will be Mary Nucciarone, Director of Financial Aid at UND, Mary Scott of the Saving for College Program at UND, and Phillip Waddles of CollegeChoice Indiana 529 Plan.  To request additional information, please contact Mary Scott at or visit the website at


Save the Date!

The annual auction, appropriately titled Anniversary Knight on this the 50th anniversary of the opening of Marian High School, is planned for Saturday, March 28, 2015. There will be great items to bid on, as well as food, fun, and fellowship.  Call Colleen Ravotto in the Development Office if you would like to help!

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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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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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

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.  

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.

Lent: 40 Days for Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

The All School Liturgy for Ash Wednesday will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the BCAC on February 18.  Marian's participation in Eric's Promise will begin after Mass.  Eric's Promise is the area-wide program that asks students to bring in gently used items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in memory of Eric Henry who would have graduated from Marian in May 2002.    

The Halls Are Alive with the Sound of Music!

Auditions for the Spring Musical took place on Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Music Room. The cast list has been posted and will be on the website as soon as students confirm their roles. The Sound of Music will be performed on April 23-25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Marian Auditorium/Main Gymnasium.

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.

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.  

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.

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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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.

Members of the Class of 2019

Incoming freshmen who have already taken the High School Placement Test are reminded that enrollment applications are due by March 2, 2015.  Registration conferences will take place by appointment only from March 9 - March 20.   

Those who did not take the Placement Test may do so on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  There is a $20 fee for the test.  Eighth grade students can pre-register by emailing Mary Kay Dance at or by calling the Main Office at 574.259.5257.


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.  

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.

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!

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!

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.  

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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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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