Marion native to speak at commencement, Meier offers praise

May 25, 2017

By John Raffel
Correspondent

Marion superintendent Mort Meier lavished praise on the Class of 2017 as the high school prepares for its commencement on Friday night.

The school had its awards assembly on Wednesday.

“For over two hours, we recognized multiple students in grades six through 12 for their achievements,” Meier said. “It was for academic achievements, sporting achievements, community service achievements. We recognized our seniors who have received scholarships. Our senior class received scholarships totalling $400,000. For a small school district, there’s a lot of good things happening.

“This was a recognition on so much that goes on. Our kids do such a fine job. It’s a reflection on the whole community, in my opinion.”

Seniors at commencement will hear from a unique speaker in Marion native, Kyle Kelley of Northwestern University.
A bio on Kelley from Northwestern states the following:

Kyle Kelley, Assistant Director or Athletic  Communications at  Northwestern University.

Kyle Kelley, Assistant Director or Athletic
Communications at
Northwestern University.

“Kyle Kelley joined Northwestern in December 2014 as an assistant director of athletic communications. He is currently the media relations contact for the football, lacrosse and women’s swimming and diving programs.

“Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Kelley worked in the athletic communications office at his alma mater Central Michigan from 2011-14. At CMU, he was the primary contact for eight of the 16 varsity sports, including women’s basketball, wresting, volleyball, women’s soccer, field hockey, softball, baseball and gymnastics. He also served as the department’s social media manager, implementing a comprehensive social media strategy and introducing social media ticket sales and promotions.
“A native of Marion, Mich., Kelley was a guest speaker on gameday engagement/promotions at PacNet ‘13 and social media engagement/sales at the Intix Conference in Chicago in 2014. He also previously worked as a social media coordinator for Silver Chalice Ventures in Chicago where he assisted with implementing and executing a social media strategy for Campus Insiders and the ACC Digital Network.

“Kelley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from CMU in 2011, where he was a founding father of the Sigma-Eta Chapter of Kappa Sigma.”

At last week’s board meeting, Meier said members discussed having a board member voting as a representative on the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District board election.

‘They have three seats open at the Wexford-Missaukee ISD and three individuals running for those seats,” Meier said. “We elected one of our board members (Alicia Mitchell) to represent Marion schools and vote on election day.”
The board also approved hiring a playground parapro.



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