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Year in Review ’24

The end of the 23-24 school year is upon us! Catch up on everything that happened this year with this review article of student accomplishments, activities, sports, performing arts and plenty more!
Ken Diem

The 2023-24 school year has come to its conclusion. Students and staff have made many memories over the course of the past 10 months. Below are some of the exciting things that have happened this school year.


A Million Dreams to Come and Pursue at IUP

Written By; Abigail Abd

On November 2, 2023, the Marion Center Senior High Choir performed “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kopchick Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Marion Center’s Senior High Choir was the only performing group selected to perform at the ceremony. They were one of the first people to step foot inside the brand-new Kopchick Hall, where they got to relax in the modern planetarium and look at the stars. Mrs. Stolarz, the choir director, was honored and said it was a “Really, really cool opportunity.”

Deb Phillips Cejka, Tim Cejka, John Kopchick, Char Labay Kopchick, IUP President Michael Driscoll, Council of Trustees Chairman and Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors Vice Chairman Sam Smith

Descendants Musical!

Written By: Abigail Abd

Marion Center Jr. Sr. High School’s production of “Disney’s Descendants (The Musical) was totally wicked. Performers were hyped up on opening night by the sold-out crowd awaiting their show. The lead role of Mal was played by Senior Mackenzee Shotts, who did an outstanding job in all three shows. Other Seniors involved in the musical included Lydia Miller, Brittany McIntire, Jordan Palmer, Macey Sleppy, Mya Lipsie, Mackenzie Thomas, and RJ Gutierrez. The musical included popular hits from all three of the Descendants movies, including “If Only,” “Ways to be Wicked,” “Space Between,” and “Rotten to the Core.” Students participating in the musical were led by directors, Mrs. Chellise Stolarz, Ms. Kara Kutsch, Ms. Caitlin Kalgren, and Ms. Chrissy Lyttle, who all greatly contributed to making this musical such a huge success. This year’s production of “Disney’s Descendants (The Musical)” was awesome to the core!


Heritage Conference: Impromptu Speaking

Written By: Sabrina Larson

On March 11, 2024, four of our Marion Center students voluntarily participated in the Heritage Conference impromptu speaking competition. One student from grades nine through twelve went to represent our school, Freshman Carissa Adkins, Sophomore Sabrina Larson, Junior  Collin Anderson, and Senior Mackenzie Thomas all reflected our school with a good reputation of chosen speakers. The MVPs were the speakers with the best scores on their team. This year’s MVPs were Mackenzie Thomas and Sabrina Larson scoring 76/90.

Impromptu Speaking Competitors And Mr. Sturrock


Heritage Conference: Current Events

Written By: Sabrina Larson

On, March 11th, 2024, The Current Events Heritage Conference took place at Homer Center School District. The competitors representing Marion Center were Drew Runk (Junior), Ian Kutsch (Junior), Charlie Marshall (Junior), and Landon Cook (Junior).  The students had to work together and take a series of tests that tested their knowledge about the recently occurring events that had happened. Marion Center placed sixth overall, with Charlie Marshall was the chosen as the teams MVP. 

Current Events Competitors

Heritage Conference: Family Consumer Science

Written By: Sabrina Larson 

On Wednesday, March 12, 2024, Some of Marion Centers’s finest chefs took place in the Family Consumer Science Heritage Conference Competition, held at River Valley High School. The students representing Marion Center were, Sarah Mumau (Senior), Abigail Saxfield (Senior), Kari Miller (Senior), and, Alexis Bias (Senior).  The competition included three different parts. In the first part, students were given three required ingredients and had one hour to complete a dish of their choice. Judges evaluated them on the taste of the food and their overall performance in the kitchen. The next part the students took place in a game show approached with hard questions on facets of finance, including banking, retirement, stocks, bonds, and more. In the last and final step of the competition the students had to accommodate a checking account for an entire month then they had to take a fifty-point test individually. Mrs. Kough the advisor of this trip said “The girls did an amazing job during the competition. I am so proud of all of them!” The team placed 6th in the competition and named Abigail Saxfield as the MVP, as she got the most points.

Family Consumer Science Competitors

Heritage Conference: Science

Written By: Sabrina Larson

Mr. Hill took five students to the Science Heritage Conference these students included, Paul Smith (Senior), Anna Wilson (Senior), Lydia Miller (Senior), Mya Lipsie (Senior), and Carley Shoop (Junior). The students competed in 3 events.  The first was an escape room that we finished in last place.  The second was Quiz Bowl, where we did a little below average.  The third was creating a paper tower out of one sheet of copy paper and 15 cm of tape.  We came in third with a 121 cm tall tower. Marion Center placed 11th overall with our team MVPs being Paul Smith and Anna Wilson.

Science Conference Competitors

Heritage Conference: Math 

Written By: Sabrina Larson

On March 14, 2024, five of MC’s strongest math minds competed in the Math Heritage Conference. Our five competitors for Marion Center were Venecia Johnston (Senior), Alek Vaglia (Senior), Cheyenne Silvis (Junior), Evan Risinger (Senior), and JJ Ferraro (Junior). Each team took a test individually, then they came together as a group to do different group activities. First, after arrival and a light breakfast, all students moved into the auditorium to take a test individually.  After that was completed, they worked as teams for the rest of the activities.  The auditorium is broken into three sections that teams rotate through working on a variety of types of math problems.  After those three activities are done teams move to the stage and again work as a team to complete two more slightly longer math activities.  After this, the students all moved to the library for lunch while grading was completed.  After lunch, the winning teams were announced and each teacher picked an MVP from their respective school.

Math Conference Competitors (Molly Spence)

David McCormick – Visit to History Class

Written By: Carley Shoop

Senator Candidate David McCormick lost to Dr. Oz but is running again in the next election. He made a stop at Marion Center High School where the upper-level history classes got to hear him speak and the AP Government students got to ask questions to the senatorial candidate.

Senator Candidate McCormick
[Fox News]
Garden of Glamour ’24

Written By: Molly Spence

This year’s prom theme was Garden of Glamour, held at the beautiful Indiana County Country Club was an unforgettable night for all who attended. It was a night full of long dresses, dancing, smiles, and plenty of giggles. Memories were made that students will remember for a very long time. The stage for Grand March was beautifully decorated as couples had the privilege to walk through, creating memories for those who went to prom.

Ken Diem


Girls Basketball is Sweet!

Written By: Abigail Abd

The girl’s basketball varsity team had a super successful season this year! After lots of hard work, they made it to the PIAA States Championship held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was the first time our school ever made it to the state championship. Most of our students jumped on pep buses to cheer them on at the game. In a pressing game against Kennedy Catholic, they found themselves winning 40-39. By the end of the game, they had hit a close score, but unfortunately, they found themselves down by a basket with the score 42-40. Even though they lost, they made history for our school and we are all extremely proud of them and looking forward to what they can achieve in the future.

MC Varsity Girls Moments Before State Championship Game

D6 Football Playoffs

Written By: Molly Spence

Marion Center Varsity Football placed 8th and competed in the District 6 Football Playoffs. There they played against Northern Cambria. Unfortunately, that was where the road ended for the team, but their hard work and determination have not ended. Next school year the football team is moving up a seed, which requires more hard work, teamwork, and dedication from all players. The football is already working hard to prepare for the season next year.

MC Varsity football (Amy Rising)


Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Kutsch!

Written By: Rylan Gaston

Mrs. Kutsch, a second-grade teacher at W.A. McCreery Elementary, was voted by the community as the Marion Center Area School District Teacher of The Year. Her students have been inspired by her and she’s left an impact on all of the students she’s gotten to teach over her years as a teacher.

[Indiana Gazette]

Written By: Carley Shoop

Our Marion Center FBLA traveled to the district and state level with some students even traveling to Orlando, Florida in the near future to represent Marion Center at the National FBLA Competition.

FBLA Members

Charlie Marshall – Music

Written By: Abigail Abd

Charlie Marshall was qualified to perform in the Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ensemble for the trombone! It took a long process and a ton of hard work to make it there. Because he made it to states this year, he will automatically qualify for district band next year. He will also be able to apply for the All-Eastern band next year, which features students from many different states. Charlie’s hard work and dedication serves as a great example for how we should pursue the things we care about. Congratulations, Charlie!

Charlie Marshall and Mr. Page

Clare Lydic – FFA

Written By: Sabrina Larson

Clare Lydic competed in a public speaking competition for Future Farmers of America (FFA) she spoke about her family business, Lydic Enterprises. She first competed in the County Leadership Conference in Dairy and won first place. Then she competed in regionals in New Castle and got 2nd place. Clair is going to the States on June 11th at Penn State.

Left to Right: Jojo Stonbreaker,Abbi States, Sophia Patterson, Olivia Short, Clare Lydicz Cole Adamson, Ethan Wells, and Landen Miller [MCHS Website]
Nicole Scott – Swimming

Written By: Carley Shoop

Junior Nicole Scott was one of the many swimmers who went to districts where she crushed the school record (which she already held). This sent her to states as the only Marion Center representative. Shortly after states, she was awarded athlete of the week by the Indiana Gazette.

Nicole Scott [Indiana Gazette]
Olivia Short – Indiana County Fair Queen

Written By: Molly Spence

Junior, Olivia Short was crowned the 2023 Indiana County Fair Queen along with her alternate 2023 graduate from Purchase Line, Rylee Lee. On August 29th, 2023 the Queen Bee marched with the Marion Center Mean Green Marching Machine for Band Night at the Indiana County Fairgrounds with her crown and sash.

Olivia Short and Rylee Lee

McKenna McCausland – First Ever ICTC Phlebotomy Technician 

Written By: Molly Spence

Senior, McKenna McCausland made ICTC history by becoming the first Certified Phlebotomy Technician. She is the first student ever to pass the certification exam to earn the title. She spent lots of time with IRMC learning tips and tricks to help achieve her dream of becoming a Phlebotomist and has now achieved her dream.

McKenna McCausland

Landon Cook – Team U.S. Youth Fly Fishing

Written By: Molly Spence

Landon Cook, a Junior, competed with 16 other young aspiring fly fishers to gain a spot on the United States Youth Fly-Fishing team. Landon had to place in the top 6, as there were 6 spots on the team, he showed consistent hard work and determination, which allowed him to make the top six! This year, he will need to compete with his teammates, in hopes of getting first or second place in order to place in the world championships! Good luck Landon!!!

Landon Cook [Indiana Gazette]
Evan Risinger – Track and Field

Written By: Molly Spence

Evan Risinger, a Senior, set a new school record and qualified for the District 6 Championships as well as the PIAA State Championships. He pole vaulted over 14 feet, leading him to be the pole vault champ and 4th in the state of Pennslyvania.

Gavin Dicken – Rifle Team

Written By: Molly Spence

Sophomore Gavin Dicken, participates in the Co-Op Rifle Program, this year he was awarded the first place top Sophomore shooter and overall the top shooter of the 2024 rifle team.

Gavin Dicken holding his award

Trey Slovinsky – ACME Machine Welding


Written By: Molly Spence

Trey Slovinsky, a Junior, placed third at ACME Machine and Welding. He attends ICTC and partners with ACME to help gain knowledge and experience in machine and welding categorized careers.

Trey Slovinsky

Marissa Lydic – Tuffest Jr. World Championship

Written By: Molly Spence 

Marissa Lydic, a Sophomore, qualified for the Las Vegas Tuffest Jr. World Championship in December 2023. Marissa was one of only two contestants from Pennsylvania. She did not place however, she still got the honor to go and compete.

Submitted by Marissa Lydic

For all our student readers out there, we hope you have a fun and safe summer. To all the 2024 graduates, congratulations and good luck with what the future brings. The Stinger hopes to see you next year!!!


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Molly Spence
Molly Spence, Assistant Editor
"Remember there is good in this world, and bad, and ugly." -Unknown Welcome to The Stinger! My name is Molly Spence, I am a class of 2026 sophomore student and the assistant editor for The Stinger. I am involved in the Newspaper, Marion Center Marching Band as part of the color guard, Athena Club, United Way, and Plumville Belles as a majorette and assistant coach. When I'm not here at school, I am with my ducks. I have two ducks that mean the world to me. I love ducks, they're an important part of my life. This is my second year in Newspaper, and second year as assistant editor. I have been in ATHENA for two years and am currently one of the secretaries for the club. By being a part of The Stinger, I want to make everyone's voice heard and leave no one behind, because after all, we, Marion Center high school students, are all in this together.
Carley Shoop, Feature Editor
Abigail Abd, Writer
“You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald  
My name is Abigail Abd. I play trombone in the Marion Center Marching Band, along with concert band. I am also a member of the Junior High Choir. I joined the newspaper because I love writing, and think it's a good way to share my opinions.
Sabrina Larson
Sabrina Larson, Writer
“The dream begins most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes you and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”-Dan Rather    My name is Sabrina Larson. I am a Sophomore and I will graduate in the year 2026.  I am involved in music and theatre programs at the school, Athena Club, and I'm in the color guard within the Marching band. I hope to accomplish to learn lessons every day through writing.  I have always been fond of writing. It takes me on a journey like no other. This is my second year being an editor for the Stinger newspaper and I've never been happier working with a great team of friends.
Rylan Gaston, Writer
"You have to hit rock bottom and live through all of the stuff nobody believes. Once you hit rock-bottom, there is only one way left to go, and that is up."
My name is Rylan Gaston I am involved in concert band, this is my first year on the Newspaper Staff. I joined newspaper club because  I hope to learn new things and make new friends! Things I want to accomplish are informing the school with knowledge and get the resources for that.
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