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Computer Class for Credit Available!

Marian will be offering Digital Citizenship as a summer school class. The class will begin on Monday, June 9 and end on Friday, June 27 and will meet from 12:00-2:30 p.m. Monday- Friday in Marian’s computer lab.  The class will consist of a mix of work online from home and at school. If you have any questions, please contact the computer and business teacher, Mr. Rob Carrasco, at 


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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!

You Are Invited to the Spring Musical!

Marian Theatre Proudly Presents Godspell 
A Series of Parables Based on the Gospel of Matthew
Thursday, April 24, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26
7:00 p.m. in the Marian Gymnasium/Auditorium
Directed by Mr. Craig Parmley and Ms. Colleen Pingel

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Junior-Senior Prom is May 3

Marian’s Junior-Senior Prom is May 3, 2014 at Riverside Terrace in Mishawaka from 7:00-11:30 p.m.  Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner and dancing.  This year’s theme is the Roaring 20s.  The prom will feature a photo booth.  Tickets will be sold during 4th and 6th lunch hours on April 21-24.  Tickets will also be sold before and after school on April 23-24.  Mrs. Pierce and the Junior Class Officers are planning a fun evening for all!  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Erin Pierce at

Drivers Education Class Available during Summer!

Openings are still available!  Drivers’ Education class begins on Monday, June 9 and ends on Friday, June 27.  The class meets from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Marian cafeteria. The cost will be $350 for Marian students and $400 for non-Marian students. Call the Main Office at 574.259.5257 with questions.


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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 separateschools, 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:
Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming - September 19
Vegas Knight - September 20
Marian Annual Auction - March 21,2015

Knights in Need Golf Outing - June 12, 2015
All Class Reunion - June 13, 2015
Marian Family Day - June 14, 2015
To volunteer, please contact Diane Coiro, Jubilee Events Coordinator at or 574-258-7676 ext 4.  Watch this space for more information and updates.

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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Good News and Important Information in the Marian Alive!

Click here to read more about what is happening in April and May including
Best in the Class of 2014...Page 1
Reflection by the Principal...Page 2
Final Exam Schedule...Page 3
Philanthropy Matters...Page 4
50th Jubilee Celebration...Page 4
Seniors of the Month...Page 5
Parent Information...Pages 6-7
Science Fair Results...Page 8
Knights in the News...Page 9
Prom and After Prom...Page 9
Co-curricular Communications...Page 10
Athletic Action...Pages 11-12
All Sports Passes...Page 12
School Counseling Update...Page 13


2014 Service Fair: Learn • Serve • Lead

Spring is the perfect time for students to explore ways to spend their summer.  On April 30, May 1, and May 2, Marian will  have its annual Service Fair during all lunch periods.  Local non-profits will be on hand to answer questions about their organizations and display information about volunteer opportunities.  Past Service Fairs were successful at matching the needs of organizations with the skills and concerns of Marian students.  More than twenty local non-profits are expected to be in attendance.  For more information, please contact Diane Coiro at


You Will Know Us by Our Deeds!
Senior Libby Wuzske has been a volunteer coach for a Women's Special Olympics Basketball team this season. In early March her team traveled to the state tournament at DePauw University and won!  Libby was named the Volunteer of the Month!  Working with the Special Olympians is something special for Libby and she truly enjoys talking about what she does in her spare time!

You Will Know Us by our Deeds!

Sophomore Rachel Thomas choreographed a ballet ensemble called "Sisters,” featuring her two sisters Theresa and Grace and herself.  “Sisters” was performed at the Youth America Grand Prix semifinals  at Indiana University Bloomington.  It was performed to Franz Listz's "La Campanella” and earned above 95/100 which means it qualifies for the Finals in New York City at the Lincoln Center.  Rachel is the only student choreographer at her dance company, Southold Dance Theater, to have earned this distinction. Now in its fifteenth season, Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.  

Congratulations Bridget VerVaet!

The American Association of Teachers of French is pleased to announce that Bridget VerVaet has received a 2014 AAFT Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language. Recipients must have completed at least three years of French study at the time of graduation, be a non-native speaker, have maintained an A average in French and an overall B average. The student must also have been an active member of French Club and done other things such as held an office or traveled to French and taken part in service projects. Bridget VerVaet has met all these requirements. She has studied French for four years, is an active member and officer of the French Club. She has traveled to France, participate in French Club service projects and maintained the required grade point averages. 

Robotics Camp for Students Entering 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades

Marian High School and the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education are proud to sponsor the Notre Dame Computing and Robotics Experience (CORE) for summer 2014!

"Hands-on" and "Minds-on" Learning:  Monday-Friday, July 8-25 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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Results from Indiana Jr Science and Humanities Symposium

On March 6-8, 25 Marian student researchers traveled to Terre Haute to participate in the Indiana Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.  The Symposium is a combination of activities designed for high school students to present their research.  In one part of the Symposium, 20 students from the state of Indiana were chosen to give Powerpoint presentations regarding their current research.  From this competition, five students are chosen to advance to Nationals (held in April in Arlington, VA) where they will present their research for potential scholarships.  Marian students comprised nine of the 20 competitors, and included Margaret Berta, Claire Doyle, Alex Frank, Shannon Hendricks, Kevin Hunckler, Kiersten Lieurance, Gabby Lucchese, Justin Skycak, and Haley Wood.  Six alternates are chosen in this competition. These alternates may attend Nationals if others cannot attend.  Alex Frank was chosen as 2nd alternate, Justin Skycak as 4th alternate, Margaret Berta as 5th alternate, and Claire Doyle as 6th alternate.  Kevin Hunckler was chosen to be one of the top 5 who will advance to Nationals!  Another aspect of the Symposium is the poster presentation of research.  In this part, Kevin Hunckler was awarded 2nd place, Jack Julien got 3rd, and Sam Cressy won 4th place.  All students who participated gained good information and tips on presenting which they will be incorporating into their preparations for the Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair at Notre Dame on March 22.

Student Researchers Scheduled to Compete

Mr. Ken Andrzejewski and Dr. Doug Sisk of the Science Department are pleased to announce that nine Marian students have been chosen to present their research at the Indiana Junior Science & Humanities Symposium in March.  This is a great honor since only 15-20 students in the state are chosen to compete.  The researchers areMargaret Berta, Claire Doyle, Alexandra Frank, Shannon Hendricks, Kevin Hunkler, Kiersten Lieurance, Gabby Lucchese, Justin Skycak, and Haley Wood. They have the opportunity to win scholarships and advance to the National Symposium. The ultimate prize is a trip to present at the London Youth Science Forum. In addition, all members of Marian’s Advanced Research class will be competing in a poster presentation at the Symposium.


Science Research Presented

The Advanced Research class, the Independent Study Research students, and a few select students in  Honors Biology I displayed their Science Research boards for judging on Wednesday, February 19 in the Chemistry room.  There were several professional scientists rating and judging the projects and presenters, as well as Marian teachers viewing the research and asking questions.  The session serves as practice for the Regional Science Fair and for the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. 

Science Olympiad Team Takes Second Place at Regional!

The Marian Science Olympiad team won Second place in the Regional competition on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Joseph's College.   This win allows the team to once again advance to the State Competition. Congratulations and best wishes to the award winners as they compete at the next level!  

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Mishawaka Kiwanis Leadership Awards

Seniors Matthew Imus and Allison Ketcham were selected by a vote of the faculty and staff as the Mishawaka Kiwanis Leadership Award winners for the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.  They are both outstanding seniors who excel in academics, leadership, and service.  


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Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

Mr. Mark Kirzeder, Assistant Principal for Academics, proudly announced the Valedictorian and Salutatorian to the Marian community after the Mass on the patronal feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Justin Paul Skycak is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2014.  He is a National Merit Finalist and plans to major in Mathematics, Physics, or Neuroscience. Sarah Elizabeth Bueter is the Salutatorian of the Class of 2014.  She is a National Merit Commended student and is in the process of making her decision about which of four universities she will be attending in the fall.   

Marian Writers Strike Gold!

A strong and diverse group of students from all grade levels submitted work to the Scholastic Writing competition in January, representing a diverse range and skill in composition. Short stories, poetry collections, journalistic essays, and memoirs were entered, and of the thousands of authors in Northern Indiana who entered work, three (3) Marian authors were recognized.

Marita Chustak (Class of 2015) received a Gold Key in Poetry for “I Want to be a Woman and Other Reflections of Love”

Meg Becker (‘16) received a Gold Key in the Flash Fiction category for her short short story “Longing for the Unknown”; and an honorable mention in Poetry for “For My Future Daughter”

Brady Tuttle (‘16) received Honorable Mention in the short story category for “Chasing Redemption”.

Congratulations to these talented young women and their mentor Mr. Ryan Dainty of the Marian English/Language Arts Department.  

Marian Artist Receives Special Recognition!

Junior Joan Becker was awarded the Jim Borden Memorial Award at the Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 9 at the Century Center.  Joan’s painting titled “The Soul Sails on through the Swells of Death” was chosen for this prestigious award.  Joan’s teacher and Fine Arts Department Chairperson, Mrs. Kitty Gunty, is especially proud of all of Joan’s work including this particular piece which was a sketchbook assignment in the AP Art class.

Art Teacher Wins Scholastic Art Award!

Mrs. Kitty Gunty was awarded the 2014 Dick Blick Inspired Materials Award at the Scholastic Art Competition on Sunday, February 9.  This award included a cash prize for the educator whose teaching displays evidence of inventive materials, processes, or surfaces. Mrs. Gunty is the chairperson of Marian's Fine Arts Department and inspires her students in the classes she teaches including Introduction to 2D Art, Drawing, Painting, and AP Art.

Marian Artists Earn 22 Gold Keys in Scholastic Art Competition!

Congratulations and celebrations are in order for the Marian Fine Arts Department.  Marian's own artists earned 22 Gold Keys in the 2014 Scholastic Art Competition.  These 22 Golds represent 25% of the 90 that were awarded in this region!  Marian students also earned 15 Silver Keys and 21 Honorable Mentions for a grand total of 58 awards.  Special commendations to Fine Arts Department Chair Mrs. Kitty Gunty and Fine Arts instructor Mrs. Gina Bonewitz.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for Us

Marian High School has a special patroness as announced by Bishop Kevin Rhoades during his annual pastoral visit on January 9. The entire Marian family is officially under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes whose feast is celebrated on February 11.  

Eighteen AP and Dual Credits Classes Available!

Students are meeting with the School Counselors to choose their electives for next year.  Incoming freshmen and their parents will be choosing their classes by appointment only from March 10-March 21.  There are 18 different AP or dual credit classes available for 2014-2015.

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Electronic Extravaganza in the Library and Media Center

Electronic books and Gale digital research databases are now available to the Marian community on the Library Media Services webpage. Access hundreds of e-books and search for articles remotely from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. From the Marian website, look for the Library/Media Services webpage under the student or parent portals to see what is available.  Please contact Mrs. Mary Dlugosz in the Marian Library with any questions.


National Merit Finalist Announced

Principal Carl Loesch is honored to announce to the entire Marian community that senior Justin Skycak was named a Finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. Justin will now be competing for college scholarships worth a total of about $35 million.

Arts Alive!

The most gifted, passionate, and promising artists in Grades 6-8 in Marian’s partner schools are selected by their principals and art teachers to participate in an after school program called Arts Alive! This successful enrichment program is in its fourth year and focuses on inspiring and assisting students who would like to spend additional class time developing their gifts and talents as artists. Selected students who are seriously interested in the visual arts are given the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, mask-making, tie dye, and silk screening.  An enthusiastic group of high school art students serve as volunteers during Arts Alive!

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Marian Earns Exemplary Grade of "A" from State of Indiana

Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff for earning a grade of "A" for the third year in a row on the school accountability report card.  The report card from the Indiana Department of Education is based on:
1.  Student Performance on End of Course Assessments
2.  Student Improvement on those tests
3.  The on time Graduation Rate
4.  College and Career Readiness
Click here to view a copy of Marian's latest Report Card!

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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
*Indicates new in 2014-2015

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Light of Learning Award Teacher Honored!

Mr. Kerry Davis of the Mathematics Department has been chosen by a vote of the students, parents, faculty, and staff as the 2014 Light of Learning Award winning teacher from Marian!  He will be honored by the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend during Catholic Schools Week at a luncheon on Thursday, January 30.    

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Support the Annual Fund Drive!

Please consider supporting the 2013-14 Marian Annual Fund this December!

Click here to learn more or to contribute:

Another Opportunity to be Generous!

 During this important season of giving, we want to share a new way to support the students and families at Marian. Making a gift to our SGO (Scholarship Granting Organization) helps our students and also gives back to the donor!  See this webpage for more information:

Homework Help!

Homework Help is available in Mrs. Rutherford's Room 102 after school. The service is offered by the National Honor Society members Monday through Thursday from 3:10-4:00 p.m.

More Good News from the Science Department!

Science instructors, Mr. Ken Andrzejewski and Dr. Doug Sisk, are pleased to announce that the following Marian Advanced Research students were awarded Junior Research Grants from the Indiana Academy of Science for 2013-2014: 

Margaret Berta - "The Determination of Excipient Starches with the PAD in Substandard Pharmaceuticals" - $300

Zac Ericson - "Can a Simple Balance Control Test Identify Mild Fatigue in Young, Healthy Subjects?" - $65

 Shannon Hendricks - "Synthesis of Supported Nanocatalysts from MOEs and Magnetically Separable Nanosupports with Applications in Transportation Fuels Production" - $294.25

 Kevin Hunckler - "Identification of the Oxygen Sensing Mechanism in Hypoxic Vasodilation in Pig Coronary Arteries" - $300

 Merisa Middlestadt - "Rate of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization of Asymptomatic High School Students" - $300

 Matthew Rice - "Movement of the Bacterium Myxococcus xanthus in Relation to Nutrition Availability" - $300

 David Schena II - " Possible Presence of the kdr Gene in Aedes aegypti Near Havana" - $300

 Justin Skycak - " Optimizing Scintillation and Light Transmission for Use in a High Energy Particle Detector" - $300

Marian students were awarded a total of $2,159.25.

First in State at Junior Academy of Science! On November 4, 2013, twenty-nine student researchers traveled to Indiana University Bloomington for the Indiana Junior Academy of Science competition.  The students participated in tours and presentations covering everything from psychology to chemistry and glass blowing to 3D printing. Danielle Pasalich and Matt Garatoni competed in a Science Olympiad: Oceanography event.  Justin Skycak and Bridget VerVaet competed as two of the top twelve students in the state in the Research Paper competition. Gabby Lucchese took 3rd place in the issues competition with her support for Space Exploration over Ocean Exploration.  Bridget VerVaet also competed as one of the top 10 Outstanding Junior Scientists and Justin Skycak took 2nd place in the state in the same competition.  In the Problem Solving Exam Justin Skycak was first in the state and Christian Dennis took second in the state. Marian retained the first place position overall and brought home a large trophy now on display at the school.  Special thanks to science research instructors Mr. Andrzejewski and Dr. Sisk who accompanied the students.
Eighty New NHS Members Added!

Mr. Loesch and Mr. Kirzeder welcomed 80 inductees into the National Honor Society at the ceremony on October 17.  The new members pledged to uphold the society's high standards of scholarship, leadership, service, and character along with NHS Moderator, Mrs. Ann Rutherford.

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Youth Leadership Students Selected Congratulations to the students who will be participating in Youth Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka Class XXI: Sarah Dillon, Megan Earley, Kevin Hunckler, Ethan Hunt, Lauren Jankowski, Kyle Killilea, Gabriella Lucchese, Christine Mai, Lauren Stevens, and Sophie Tiller.  These students were nominated by their teachers and went through an application process with the South Bend/ Mishawaka Chamber of Commerce Leadership program.  They will be working on their leadership and community-building skills throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.
Student Council Officers Elected for 2013-2014

Congratulations to Student Council President: Brady Lesh, Vice President Matt Imus, and Secretary Treasurer Matt Garatoni. Class officers for 2013-2014 were also elected.

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National Merit Commended Students Congratulations to seniors Sarah Bueter and Caleigh Joyce who were named Commended Students by the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program based on their outstanding academic promise for college success.  Their scores on the PSAT/NMSQT placed them in the top 5% of the nation!  Sarah is a graduate of St. Pius X School and Caleigh is a graduate of St. Thomas the Apostle School. They join senior Justin Skycak who was named a 2014 National Merit Semifinalist.  
Master Calendar for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Click here to view a copy of the Master Calendar including scheduled days off for the 2013-2014 school year. A copy was included in the Back-to-School information packets that were mailed to families in mid-July. Please call the Main Office at 259-5257 if you did not receive your Back-to-School packet.

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