Since Marian opened its doors in 1955, the women who have come and gone have continued to prove themselves empowered, confident, independent, thinking leaders inspired by faith; Marian today is no different. We define “leaders” as women who use their talents and faith to give hope to and make a difference in the world. Marian girls are embracing leadership roles in the classroom, on the stage, on the court and in their community.
Marian has been twice recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. Marian has been recognized for outstanding proficiency on the American High School Mathematics Examination. One hundred percent of Marian graduates attend college. Members of the Class of 2017 will be continuing their education at 60 schools in 24 states. The Class of 2017 received nearly $26 million in college scholarships, with an average scholarship amount of $41,000.
Self-portraits created in graphite are a Marian tradition, resulting in amazing works of art that have the lifelike quality of a black and white photograph. This year’s students have drawn national attention for their drawings. Three Marian students received 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They are among 18 students from Nebraska who were national award recipients and were recognized at a ceremony at the Carnegie Hall.
At the Nebraska Association of Student Council State Convention, Marian’s Student Board was recognized as an outstanding student council at the gold level. The board was also recognized for its continued support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, Student Board donated over $2,000 to the organization from the proceeds of “Penny Wars” and a free dress for philanthropy Friday.
For the second year in a row, Marian received the NSAA Cup for its student accomplishments in NSAA sponsored activities. The annual awards program recognizes the state’s most successful high school athletic and fine arts programs and is presented to the Nebraska high schools that have earned the most points during the school year by participating in NSAA education-based activity programs.
Marian won back-to-back state championships in soccer in 2016 and 2017. The Nebraska State Coaches Association recognized Marian with the State Soccer Sportsmanship Award in 2016 and 2017.
Although not required for graduation, Marian students fulfill an estimated 10,000 service hours each year. Nearly every Monday, members of the junior class spend the day working in the kitchen at Open Door Mission.