- Wear PINK for this Friday's basketball game against Fitzgerald! Girls' game starts at 6:00 p.m.!
- Volunteers are needed for the Jerger Winter Festival which will be held after school on January 26 from 3:30-6:30. Sign up at the Scholars Academy front office.
- Scholars Academy Prospective Family Meeting is Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Information will include: What is Scholars Academy? How can we apply? Q & A session. Application deadline: March 30, 2018. Go to ADMISSIONS to download application and to read more about how to apply.
- Good news! If you have not purchased your Centennial Edition of The Pines, you can still get the $50 pricing and your name imprinted on your yearbook ALL THE WAY until February 5. Don't miss this chance to take advantage of savings on the 100th volume of the yearbook; you're going to want one!!!! Go to ybpay.com and enter Yearbook ID Code 12981518 or see Mrs. Celaya to purchase in person. Flyers with attached envelopes were distributed to ALL high school students, and there are more copies of the form at the Information Station in the first floor of the North Building and outside of Mrs. Celaya's door.
- Class of 2018 seniors: Submit your baby picture to the yearbook staff to be included in the Centennial Edition of The Pines. Email photos to email@example.com by February 1, 2018. ALSO - Be on the lookout for an email that contains a ballot to vote for 2018 Senior Superlatives.
- Online yearbook orders are for the HIGH SCHOOL yearbook only. Ms. Bennett is conducting pre-sales of the middle school yearbook. Please click HERE to download form for MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK. Thanks to everyone for your interest in purchasing a yearbook.
- Save the date for Prom 2018! The "Far East Fantasy" will be Saturday, April 14 from 8:15-11:45 at The Biscuit Company. Go to the DOCUMENTS page under "Special Events Forms" for guest forms, informational brochure, and King/Queen application. Juniors (or seniors who didn't pay last year) should have their Prom Dues of $50 in cash paid to Mrs. Ivey-Jackson or Ms. Cable by the end of March.
- The PBIS committee would like to recognize Nurse Cone as 'Nurse of the Month' for the month of December! Thank you for all you do to keep us healthy and for inspiring us with your Bulldog Spirit!
- It's time to sign up for the 2018 Bulldog Dash! The 5K run/1 mile walk is set for February 24, 2018. Go to the DOCUMENTS page under "Special Events Forms" to download a registration form OR go to the Bulldog Dash website to register.
- Middle School Valentine’s Day Dance will be held on February 9 from 6:30-9:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room. Attire is semi-formal and it is $5.00 per person for admission. Donations of snacks and drinks are needed.
- Go to the CALENDAR for important upcoming concerts, activities, and events and the 2017-18 Thomasville City Schools Calendar. We have just added the newly approved 2018-19 Thomasville City Schools Calendar!
- PBIS announced the grand prize winners in the semester drawing for PAWSome behavior. Various prizes were awarded, including Visa gift cards. Click HERE to view our PAWSome students!
- Exam schedules for Advanced Placement, End of Course Georgia Milestones (high school), and End of Grade Georgia Milestones (middle school) are available under the "Academic Success" sections of the DOCUMENTS page.
- Attention SENIORS: Now is the time to sign up for the Spring Grad Bash trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The trip is set for Friday, April 20th. Please complete the registration form and pay a $45 deposit to Ms. Daily. Checks should be made payable to THS. The registration form and more information can be found online.
- FCA meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:20 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room.
- Attention students! If you need a little extra help with math, there is a tutoring workshop available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons immediately after school. The sign-up sheet will be posted every Monday morning. Go by Mr. Allen's room next to the Bulldog Cafe for more information.
- Go to the ATHLETICS INFORMATION page to get current sports schedules.
- Videos from 2016-17 academic year's September Math Curriculum Night, October English Curriculum Night, and November College Financial Aid Session are available HERE.
- Go to the "Academic Success" area on the DOCUMENTS page to access information about scholarships and SAT/ACT dates, fees, and locations.
- Go to COMMUNITY SERVICE to see opportunities offered through Hands on Thomas County for the 2017-18 school year.
- See Ms. Koch to determine if you have met the required minimum 20 hours per year of attendance at Scholars Academy. Excess hours do not carry over from year-to-year. You must meet this requirement in order to obtain your patch and seal at graduation. All other students should submit hours before the last day of school. Go to the COMMUNITY SERVICE page for more information.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville High School students discussed current issues with state administrators, elected officials, and interacted with other students from across the state at the 73rd Youth Assembly at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on November 12-14.
The experience was supervised by Scholars Academy social studies teacher, Erin White. This was White’s ninth year as the Youth Assembly supervisor.
“I love watching the students create debates, debate themselves, and write bills that may be controversial,” said White.
Junior Olivia Sawyer, who was elected and will serve as Lieutenant Governor for next year’s Youth Assembly, explained the reasons that a bill may not get passed in a committee.
“Many bills that were in my committee didn’t get passed because they had many flaws and holes,” said Sawyer.
Sophomore Max White wrote a bill that successfully passed through The House.
“It’s very accomplishing for them and I am proud of them when they get their own written bill passed because I get to experience how hard they worked for it,” said Sawyer.
Each conference is led by teens elected to office by their fellow delegates.
Seniors John West and Alexa Hernandez were elected at the 2016 Youth Assembly to serve as Speaker of the House and Secretary of the Senate, respectively, at this year’s Youth Assembly.
“As Speaker of the House, I got to preside over the actual debate, decide on who to call on, and when to move the debate,” said West.
“During my position as Secretary of the Senate, I read each bill aloud, kept debate time steady, and made sure that each bill got to either the House Chambers or the Youth Governor from the Senate,” said Hernandez.
White explained the impact that Youth Assembly brings to students, whether they are interested in pursuing a career that involves politics or not.
“They learn how to articulate their points in a coherent and concise manner because you don’t have people’s attention but for so long,” said White.
West plans to pursue a career in politics after becoming a lawyer.
“I am thankful for Youth Assembly because it gives students who want to pursue a prestigious career an in-depth experience of the many steps that go into being a Speaker of the House or a delegate,” said West.
Hernandez is also planning to pursue a career in politics.
“Youth Assembly prepares me to be able to speak freely and practice public speaking,” said Hernandez.
“I enjoy meeting new people and creating friendships. I have six people that I still keep in contact with even though Youth Assembly is over,” said Sawyer.
White wants her students to take away the knowledge of the legislative process.
“I also want them to learn how to think over implications of laws that get proposed,” said White.
Please take the time to let friends and family know that there are opportunities for students outside of our school district to 'shadow' students during the month of February, and we are also offering a Scholars Academy Prospective Family Meeting for parents and students within our district to learn about offerings at Scholars Academy. Application deadline is March 30, 2018.
How many Georgia high schools make headlines because young drivers die at the wheel, plunging entire student populations into sudden periods of grief and disbelief?
Because car crashes remain the Number One cause of death for teens, drivers ages 15-19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In 2010, there were 127 roadway fatalities among persons aged 15-20 in Georgia. That represents 10 percent of all fatalities that year. Male teen drivers and passengers are also twice as likely as their female counterparts to die in a vehicle crash.
In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers, Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia is proud to announce their receipt of a $6,274.51 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The grant will enhance Thomasville High School’s existing SADD chapter with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of teen driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the SADD students at Thomasville High can help us achieve the goal of lowering teen driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers of teen driving than teens themselves? I’m confident these SADD students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers."
The Thomasville High School SADD chapter plans to inform students of the risks of poor decisions and encourage safety while driving, during school holidays, and during Prom season.
In addition, the Thomasville High School SADD chapter will send its president, Caroline Anthony, and advisor, Farran Burnette, to a statewide leadership-training program each fall along with the representative from other high schools that received similar grants.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy 7th grader Gus Novak faced no conundrum when he correctly spelled "conundrum" to clinch 1st place in the championship round of the MacIntyre Park Middle School Spelling Bee. Fellow 7th grader Sydney Jones was named Runner-Up. Both students will represent MPMS at the Thomasville City Schools system-level Spelling Bee on February 1, 2018.
Thirty-eight middle school classroom-level winners competed in the MacIntyre Park Middle School Spelling Bee on Friday, December 15. Spellers journeyed through 19 rounds of words to arrive at a winner. Pictured: (front row) Caleb Haywood, Simon Harper, Anthony Diggs, Destiny Graham, Genesis English, Carter Crocker, Ella Crawford, Timothy Cordista, Annah Brinson, Leah Brady, Kamarius Bradshaw, Parker Beckham (middle row) Gus Novak, Aniyah Morris, Amaryah McKinnie, De'aljah Mills, Sydney Jones, Heaven Lovejoy, Aubrey Kinard, Jayveioun Cody, Brianna June, Amelia Joiner, Jamison Jones (back row) Raven Willis, Valincia Lewis, Autumn Williams, Jocelyn Watson, Zoe Stennis, Will Roberts, Kamirria Small, Karen Sampson, Matthew Slaughter, India Scott, Cole Ridenour, Heer Raste, Jaimari Prophet.
Thomasville High School Key Club members participated in "Toys for Tots," a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserves, and collected 40 new toys for donation. These toys were delivered to the local Georgia State Patrol Office, Post 12 who will deliver those items to the Salvation Army on December 15. The toys will be distributed locally and given to children in need.Congratulations to the Key Club members, teachers, and students who helped to make this toy drive a success.
by Jamiya Coleman
Congratulations to the performance-based problem team members Mathew Whetsell, Bo Miller, Matthew Cline, Erin Quick, Alston Stevenson, Holly Rumble, and Jackson Hodge on their third-place finish at the Odyssey of the Mind 2017 World Finals. Their solution to “Superhero Cliffhanger” involved a sculptured “Monster of Rock” descending from their scenery to do battle with the “Jukebox Hero.” The team put in over 1000 hours of work each to create a technically complicated series of lights and moving parts. This same team wowed the judges at the OM State Finals in April where they received the prestigious Ranatra Fusca Award, which is an automatic ‘ticket’ to World Finals. Although two members graduated in the Class of 2017, the group has revamped by adding Reid Harbin and Ella Millere and is currently working for this year’s round of region competitions in March of 2018.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind (OM) teams have an ongoing history of success with State winners, World Finals winners, and most recently a third-place winning 2017 World Finals team who are back to work this school year to improve and compete as they inspire their younger counterparts.
But what is OM? Students and supervisors explain the meaning of the class. The class involves two supervisors handling countless creative students.
According to odysseyofthemind.com: Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential.
The students get the chance to engage their creative skills by allowing their ideas to create an exciting and visionary environment. They solve problems that range from having to build to presenting their own expositions.
Marc Cramer and Kimsey Hodge, who offer the program at Scholars Academy explained what OM means to them.
“OM is taking a problem that you have a description of and then visualizing the answer to it and building it, and also learning how to build it,” said Cramer.
Hodge added that OM means the students are following their dreams.
“It means learning new things about yourself. It means accomplishing things you thought you could never accomplish and doing things you thought you could never do. It covers every subject area and curriculum,” said Hodge.
OM students also have an interesting perspective of the program and that includes the competitive aspect.
“OM to me means ‘friendship.’ I’ve come to be friends with a lot of people in the class from places that aren’t Thomasville like other counties, and it’s fun and you wouldn’t think teenagers would like something like this but OM is a huge competition,” says junior Abi Mims.
OM coaches are allowed to neither express nor share their creative ideas with their students for any Odyssey of the Mind competition. Hodge described it as the most hard and crucial thing of being an adult in OM.
The students explain what life skills they develop from the program.
“You gain leadership skill, and ways to encourage others instead of putting them down. Like if someone gives a good idea and you think it’s not the best, say something like ‘Hey that’s good, but what if we do this?’ and you add onto it.” said Abi Mims.
Freshman, Tion Moore also mentioned gaining leadership skills, even mentioning other life skills you may develop from the class.
“You gain teamwork, cooperation and leadership skills” said Moore.
Although OM is a significant program to the students and teachers, some individuals misinterpret the true meaning and actions that are involved in order to achieve success.
“I think the most mistaken idea is everyone thinks that it’s just the fun class, but they don’t realize how hard everyone works, the hours they put in after school and on the weekends, the hours the coaches put in on the weekend and how hard they really work when they want it to be successful” said Hodge.
Tion Moore proved Hodge’s theory to be accurate.
“I thought it was going be an easy class at first, but then it turned out to be really fun,” said Tion Moore.
Freshman, Seth Welch, mentions how he took interest in the program because of not only being able to build sets for the competition, but “building from your mind” itself.
Cramer explained why he decided to teach the class, mentioning how drama and shop techniques are used in OM.
“As a shop teacher that became a drama teacher who uses classic shop techniques to do drama activities, I can do the same thing in OM. The opportunity to do it with kids that really want to do it is really good,” said Cramer.
Cramer and Hodge suggest to students that have never taken the class, to pay the OM room a visit.
“It is real world learning, hands on, and it is fun. It’s more than you could put in words and it is more than you can describe unless you go to a competition,” said Hodge.
by Rachel Brewer
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy dancers become a second family to each other by spending countless hours rehearsing in the after school danceline program called Red Hots.
Students of the danceline participate as a team with the THS band at competitions and during half-time at Friday night football games. Red Hots dancers are required to take Scholars Dance as an elective during school and spend their free time after school at danceline practice, some of them going straight to more rehearsal with other private dance companies.
“I dance six days out of every week,” said senior Red Hot, Sophi Sampson.
“It takes about three hours of dance a day for danceline alone,” said second year Red Hot Lauren Renfroe.
Spending so much time together allows for a bond to form as tight between the danceline members as one may be with a sibling.
“I really like that we’re all a family and that I can talk about anything with all of the girls,” said third year Red Hots Brennan Rae.
Danceline is no easy program, and it takes many qualities to become a THS Red Hot in addition to just the obvious time, effort, and talent.
Senior Sophi Sampson said it best, “To be a Red Hot you have to have a number of different things: good grades, flexibility, good work ethic, and be a good role model for your school.”
The dancers learn over 20 routines for Red Hots danceline, in addition to the routines they are perfecting for Scholars Dance class or private dance productions. In order to remember the routines while performing, there are certain actions that the team takes. Most of the Red Hots go over it several times in their heads before they go out onto the field or stage, and they pay attention during practices.
Rae said that while performing on the field or at competitions she is concentrating on having good performance qualities, like smiling, but she is also making sure she is together with everyone else.
“I focus and I listen to our coach when she is helping us fix things, and while I’m doing the performance I remember all the changes we made and I count in my head to make sure I stay with everyone else and do the right thing,” said Rae.
The dancers have each other’s back through life struggles and watch each other during performances to stay together and work in sync as a team.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Senior Ornament Night on December 6 gave the Class of 2018 a chance to share with their fellow classmates a representation of themselves by decorating an ornament and putting it on the tree in the Bulldog Café.
Seniors look forward to this every year. They plan their ornament carefully making sure it's exactly what they want. Even though some are very extravagant, all of them stand out and show the students’ uniqueness. Some leaned to the comical side by deciding to make an ornament that related to their funny personality. Others created something beautiful and artistic, and still others bought an ornament and added a few things to it that still expressed a serious symbol of themselves. Senior Ornament Night helps the seniors come together in one room to celebrate each other and learn more about their peers. It is a chance for them to have their own little Christmas celebration and share their creativity with their classmates before they graduate.
Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham started the tradition over a decade ago and refers to the sentimental event as "The Beginning of the End" for seniors as they progress through a myriad of activities during the second half of their last year of high school.
by Madyson Whitfield
Thomasville High Scholars Academy Peer Leadership students promoted college awareness and making good decisions during Red Ribbon Week in late October.
Red Ribbon Week is a drug and violence prevention campaign that is observed every October across the United States. Peer Leadership teacher Farran Burnette guided the Peer Leadership students who handmade red ribbons, hung college posters, made and placed brochures on lunch tables, and made a slide show for teachers to show during their classes in order to promote good decision making. By helping out with Red Ribbon Week, Peer Leadership students are setting an example for other students.
“My ideal goal is to set a positive example for other students and give them someone to look up to in their future,” said senior Peer Leadership student Jared Smith.
Teachers wore college T-shirts and shared a little bit about where they went to college and why college is so important for a successful future. There were posters hung all around campus displaying the different options students have for college, including the acceptance rate, GPA, and SAT requirements for each displayed college.
“College is important because there is a very high relation with education and standard of living. I also think college is important to an individual's growth,” said Burnette.
“We wanted to get the college information out during October for the early admission applicants,” said Burnette.
On Friday, first responders came to the Scholars Academy campus to interact with students at stations during lunch. The stations included a fire truck and an ambulance. There were ‘impairment goggles” at a station, and the students could put them on to experience some of the effects of being under the influence. The first responders also shared stories with the students to help them see the consequences of bad decisions.
Burnette’s hope was that the students would interact with first responders, hear real life stories, and be influenced to make good decisions.
“I also hope students become unintimidated by them,” said Burnette.
by Amber Sarabia
Thomasville City Schools Key Club members serve at the annual Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet: Emma Cooper, Muriel Sarabia, Ben Dozier, Krista Pike, Meta Ughetto, Kinsey Kelley, Colin Renfroe, and Peyton Owens.
Scholars Academy Key Club teacher sponsor Gina Bennett and members shed light upon the importance of community service programs and its benefits through Key Club.
Nearly 20 years ago, Bennett was asked to charter the Builders’ Club and Key Club, the latter had not been active prior to her arrival. Key Club’s sole purpose is helping students experience what community service is all about by giving aid to others.
Kiwanis International is the head organization that not only leads Scholars Academy’s Key Club, but also clubs in other states and in 80 other nations. The Kiwanis Club has raised millions to support communities. They are responsible for the events at which Key Club members volunteer. Key Club allows students a new path to participate in if they are not involved in a sport or fine art or academic competition.
Key Club gathers once a month, a flexible schedule for a majority of the members, to discuss important upcoming events and to decide which members will attend those events on behalf of Key Club. Not only do the students benefit through community service hours, they themselves feel the impact of their good actions throughout their volunteer works.
Benjamin Dozier feels that helping the community makes him feel like he’s made a difference.
“Even if it’s something as simple as participating in a neighborhood clean-up, volunteering makes you a better person,” said Dozier.
“To be able to give back to our community is such a great feeling. I love to help our small community in any way I get the chance to. By doing just one service project makes me feel like I've made a positive impact on our community,” said Haley Bennett.
Key Club’s sponsored events range from something as simple as filling up rose vases for the annual Thomasville Rose Show to serving at barbecue and pancake suppers and the Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
Bennett expands on how students are introduced a new path through Key Club.
“Sports are good and I recommend sports, but I also encourage students to be a part of a service-type club, whether it’s Rotary or Key Club or another area.”
She also elaborated on the benefits of Key Club on each member’s futures.
“A service club gives students a different avenue to go down where they can do different things. When students get ready to apply for colleges or scholarships, participation in a service club is an asset to include.”
Two Scholars Academy middle school teams competed in the FIRST LEGO League competition hosted in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday, December 2. The competition features three components that focus on project presentation, demonstration of the organization's core values, and of course LEGO competition. The teams will find out if they advanced to the Super-Regional round by December 11. In attendance were Madison Galloway, Sydney Jones, Jon-Henry Ellis, Roman Drury, Logan Haka, Brantley Taylor, Eva Ridenour, Justin Althoff, Cole Ridenour, Senmiyon Mincey, Evan Ariail, Charlie Smith, Colter Hill, and Hogan Watson.
by Ionica Jackson
Thomasville High School students explored a different culture when they traveled half-way around the world to China last summer.
When Scholars Academy AP European History, AP American Government, Economics, and Peer Leadership instructor Farran Burnette wasn’t busy teaching, she spent her time planning a trip for eight students to engage in a global travel experience to China.
Burnette said, "I love creating opportunities for students to explore other cultures and evaluate the way they perceive the world. Getting the kids outside of the classroom and into the real world is so much fun!"
Burnette and all of the students stated how actually going to China helped them to see the realities rather than stereotypes.
Because Burnette is an economics teacher, she was interested to see what a command economy looked like in real life.
“I thought it would be more economically advanced,” said Burnette.
Dane Dyksterhouse said that traveling to a different country was eye-opening and opened his mind to a new environment that changed his perspective of the world.
“Seeing a different way of life made me value what I have," said Dyksterhouse.
Dyksterhouse’s response is the reason Burnette said that she would love to offer a travel experience each year.
Although most of the students and the chaperones had traveled a lot before, China was never one of the places they had been.
“I chose some of the main sights to see in China…some of the main wonders,” said Burnette.
While on the trip, students did a bundle of activities including walking the Great Wall, going to the Tangbo Art Museum, and doing calligraphy.
Jenna Long excitedly expressed how much she enjoyed one of the activities.
“I really liked seeing the Terracotta Warriors statues. It’s really cool to see something that has been there for over 2,000 years. They were way bigger than I thought,” said Long.
Although the overall experience was very nice, the group did express some of their frights about going on the trip. Naturally people have some fears when they travel, whether it’s to just another state or western-culture country. Traveling to an entire other continent definitely sparked some uneasiness in some of the students and the teacher.
“I feared people randomly coming up to me and taking pictures,” said Heaven Robinson. Robinson reported that she was photographed, but it was mainly by little children and elderly people.
Dyksterhouse stated that he was a little afraid of the plane ride because it was 13 hours long, and he had also heard that China had really unclean air.
Long said that she feared sanitary issues in China.
“I heard about how dirty everything was, like the showers and the drinking water,” said Long.
Long described seeing the some realities as a definite, huge culture shock compared to life in the United States.
The group also experienced a few things that they weren’t necessarily prepared for. They expressed that they heat caught them off guard as well as the unusual food options.
Although there were some unexpected turns in the voyage, overall it was a complete success.
by Molly Novak
Students represent their school at the Fall Forum and show school spirit by reciting the Latin Club school cheer.
Thomasville Scholars Academy students expand their knowledge of the Classics, celebrate Roman festivals, compete in academic competitions, and travel internationally in Charles Gammel’s Latin Club.
Latin Club is an extracurricular school program that has grown from twenty-seven members to forty-one members in the past year for Latin and Greek students at Scholars Academy. Gammel’s six-year running Latin Club is providing students with profound language study that allows students to excel beyond their normal Latin class coursework.
Gammel explains that the purpose of the club is to appreciate the bigger picture of Roman culture than is done in the classroom on a regular basis.
“I think that the students at all levels of Latin study can appreciate a general classical light which is the goal of the whole outside-of-school program,” said Gammel.
“Classical society is the foundation for our culture and English today, and so I thought that would be interesting to learn,” said Latin Club Co-President Braxton Sizemore.
To Latin Club’s Co-President, Emily Dixon, the appeal of taking Latin is to have the opportunity to meet new people, make friends, inspire younger kids, and to be able to relate to people from two thousand years ago.
Gammel’s Latin Club receives many opportunities to learn about Roman culture. Last fall, club members traveled to Atlanta to visit the Carlos Museum at Emory University and the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a hindu temple. Seventeen of Gammel’s students are taking a seven-day trip to Rome, Italy in November of this year.
They also travel to other places in Georgia to compete in academic competitions.
“We go to Fall Forum every year, which is hosted by the Georgia Junior Classical League, and that is a day of testing, cool workshops, and Certamen, which is competitive Latin quiz bowl,” said Dixon.
The Latin Club also hosts many events for the community of Thomasville and surrounding schools with Latin programs.
“We host a mini-convention in the fall where we invite other schools in South Georgia who have Classics programs to come and compete and participate in fun workshops,” said Sizemore.
The Latin Club has a Classical Fair every spring, which is an event for elementary kids. It’s all Classics-themed and it helps them learn about Latin and Greek. Children walk through an Egyptian pyramid to find activities like chariot rides, games like “Don’t Wake the Mummy!,” and competitions like gladiator fights (with pool noodles) or block moving reminiscent of the ingenuity used by Egyptians who built enormous structures without modern tools or machinery.
“If they decide to come to Scholars, they can become interested and take the course,” said Dixon.
This complicated language and interactive club has provided a future for students. Dixon plans to be a Classics major and go to Yale or Oxford.
Sizemore said, “I will definitely take Latin courses in college. I don’t know how far that will take me, but I know it will help me in my other fields of study.”
by Veruanikka Newsome
Thomasville High School Peer Leadership hosted their second annual faculty vs. student flag football game in September for a two-fold school and community benefit.
The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of childhood cancer and money to buy toys for Shands Children’s Hospital patients that spend their holidays in the hospital. Shands Children’s Hospital is located in Gainesville, Florida and is ranked in the top fifty pediatric hospitals in the country.
“The original goal was to raise $700,” said Peer Leadership teacher Farran Burnette.
Peer Leadership was able to raise over $1200 and will be going to the hospital this December to hand out gifts.
The game had an additional effect beyond solely raising money. Events like the flag football game change the school’s atmosphere in a positive way. The game provides a way for students to have fun and express themselves with their teachers outside of the school setting.
“Anytime you compete, it builds cohesion between students and teachers; it helps students see teachers as more than just someone who teaches behind a desk,” said science teacher Robert Peterson.
Maura Shiner played on the student team and explained her motivation.
“I wanted to participate in a friendly, fun competition with my friends and my teachers,” said Shiner.
Alexa Hernandez said, “I wanted to further my school spirit involvement as it is my last year in highschool.”
The game consisted of two, twenty minute halves with a continuous clock and a fifteen minute halftime that allowed the teams to regroup. During the halftime there was a cupcake eating contest that required audience participation.
The game ended with the teachers winning over the students for the second year in a row.
“I chose flag football because it’s football season and anytime you have an off week people are still looking for that Friday night activity,” said Burnette.
Though the concept sounds easy, a lot of work was put in to make this game a success.
“There was a lot we had to do,” said junior Dane Dyksterhouse.
“There was a lot of marketing and advertising,” said Tori Cordista.
“We had to make shirts, and then we had to sell the shirts. We also had to arrange for people to help and participate,” said Burnette.
“I was recruited by Mrs. Burnette in early September. She headed up the team as far the roster goes,” said social studies teacher Nathan Espy.
Peterson expressed that the game was a great time overall with good competition and the fact that it went to a great cause was a bonus.
by Grace Herrin
Thomasville High School Scholars Academy students performed at a banquet to showcase mythological characters they studied in their sophomore Honors English classes for parents and fellow students on September 18 at Downtown Thomasville’s very own Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards and Tasting Room.
The Mythology Banquet was first held three years ago by Rebecca Ramsey as a strictly in-class event. However, for the past two years Ramsey has operated the event outside of school, and this year is her first year collaborating with fellow teacher Jessica Lewis.
“I see the banquet as a great way to have fun with mythology. The relationships people established with their gods were quite amusing,” said Ramsey.
The students were required to pick a Greek god of their choosing to portray at the banquet. Ramsey wanted an “inexpensive outfit creation” by the students. The students were also required to come up with a “roast or toast” to another god portrayed by a fellow student to create a comical effect of either roasting (making fun of) or toasting (praising) the god. One huge aspect of the banquet was welcoming the students’ parents with open arms as they enjoyed the knowledgeable, yet amusing, display of mythology that their kids have learned.
“The roasts and toasts are very entertaining, but I love seeing the costumes and how the kids come up with it,” said Ramsey.
“I just liked listening to everyone’s roasts and toasts. A lot of them were really funny!” said Madyson Whitfield.
“I appreciate all of the support. I love the fact that the parents come out. The parent and guardian turn-out has been great!” said Ramsey.
In order to make the character of the students’ chosen god or goddess, the kids have to connect with and understand these mythological icons’ personalities and attitudes.
“My favorite god would have to be Dionysus. It’s nice to have a comical god amongst the serious ones,” said James Nix.
“My favorite goddess is Demeter because she is the goddess of harvest and plenty,” said Whitfield.
Although making the costumes as well as speaking in front of parents and peers can be nerve racking, the students and enjoyed the banquet tremendously.
“I liked it. I thought it was interesting. I was kind of nervous about standing up and talking in front of people, but because everyone was relaxed it made me feel more comfortable,” said Whitfield.
“It was fun and interesting. It brought a new light to learning Mythology,” said Nix.
According to Ramsey, this event is one which she would like to hold annually for all of her future classes and also hopes Scholars Academy will continue it for its sophomore Honors English classes well into the future.
“Hopefully it will be a big tradition!” said Ramsey.
Nineteen Thomasville High Scholars Academy National Honor Society members participated in a group service project through Hands On Thomas County's Family Volunteer Day at Legacy Village on Saturday, November 11th. Students visited with residents, designed Veterans Day cards, created Thanksgiving door hangers, played board games and BINGO, made jewelry, and shared their smiles and laughter! A wonderful time was had by all, and NHS members look forward to visiting with the residents of Legacy Village again very soon!
Congratulations to the 2017 Sadie Hawkins class representatives: 6th grade - Delaney Dyksterhouse and Parker Beckham, 7th grade - Abbey Bennett and Caden Shokat, and 8th grade - Sarah Sanders and Mason Beckham. Way to go guys; you make us proud! Ms. Rinehart would also like to say thank you to all the students , parents, and faculty who helped make this year’s Sadie Hawkins event the best ever!
by Savannah Jackson
Thomasville City Schools Drama Program will perform “Working,” their Region 1-AA Runner-Up One Act competition play, on November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the MacIntyre Auditorium.
On top of placing second at region, Morgan Savatgy won Best Supporting Actress and R.J. Elzy won Best Supporting Actor.
“Working” is based on a book by Studz Terkel and was made into a musical by Stephen Schwartz. It was later revised in 2012 by Hamilton writer Lin Manuel Miranda. The play explores the lives of everyday people who work in America and what their jobs are like. Jobs that are portrayed range from a housewife to a fireman, from a millworker to a UPS man, and from a truck driver to a flight attendant.
When selecting a piece for One Act this year, Director Casey Dyksterhouse knew a musical would be best because of the strong singers among the group this year. Each year she tries to find something different that develops the skills and stretches the talents of the kids.
One thing that makes the play truly interesting and so engaging is the realness of the characters being portrayed.
“‘Working’ is challenging because the characters are real-life working people. The stories being told are true, so believability and authenticity in the acting is important,” said Dyksterhouse.
Preparing for One Act takes a lot more than people would think. The young actors and actresses spent two months consisting of memorizing their monologues, learning lyrics and choreography, and rehearsing during weekends and late nights. Not to mention, the search for costumes and the amount of time spent constructing the set and prop pieces is also a big part in putting together the show.
Savatgy said when preparing for One Act she tells herself that mentally she is capable, strong, and determined to win, not individually, but for the school.
Elzy stated that “If I Could Have Been” is his favorite number because it captures the meaning of the musical.
“It hits the audience hard with its relatability because everyone wonders about what they could’ve been, what they still could be,” said Elzy.
Every person who is a part of One Act is proud of the work they have put into the show. The audience really sees how passionate and hard-working the students are when they are on stage performing.
“It is an ensemble show so there are no lead characters. One actor is a part of the show just as much as another; it is truly a group effort,” said Dyksterhouse.
The cast includes: Zack Artz, Carl Blackmore, Matthew Cline, Logan Delarber, Emily Dixon, Fredrick Drayton, RJ Elzy, Reid Harbin, Savannah Jackson, Sebastian James, Tristen Logue, Bowen Miller, Hannah Ouzts, Miranda Roberson, Morgan Savatgy, Mallory Singletary, and London Weir.
Another challenge of One Act competition is that crew members must expertly move sets on and off and completely clear the stage within the time constraint of 55 minutes. The show could not go on without the helpful crew, which includes: Sam Bruhn, Sydney Mckay, Ella Millere, Rosalie Millere, Megan Ouzts, Will Rawlings, Aubrey Sawyer, Mya Tedford, Samuel Watts, Mason West, and Oliver Yant.
Dyksterhouse added, “One Act is about dedication, friendship, vulnerability, growth, and having fun.”
The main goal Dyksterhouse hopes to gain from this production is to inspire deeper thinking in all audience members and to create compassion and understanding for all working people.
Thomasville High School named Class of 2018 royalty from its court during halftime at the Homecoming Game against Lawton Chiles High School on October 21, 2017. Mr. and Miss Spirit was awarded to Ahkeem James and Naomi Toles. Mr. and Miss Bulldog was awarded to Jayah McCoggle and Carl Blackmore. Homecoming Queen and King was awarded to Daria Stephens and Reggie Perry.
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