- Any girls interested in participating in the Rose Queen Pageant, who have not already attended an informational meeting, should come to an upcoming meeting on Monday, April 24th at 5:30 pm in the Flipper Room of the Thomas County Public Library.
Students who attended the April 18th informational meeting need not attend the meeting on Monday, April 24.
- If you are interested in Work-Based Learning please stop by the front or guidance office to pick up a form.
- All girls grades 7th-11th grade interested in trying out for volleyball need to see Coach Wade at MPMS or after school in the new gym. You must have physical and tryout registration form completed before you are allowed to tryout. Tryouts will be May 9-11 in the THS gym.
- Middle School Cheerleading Tryouts will be May 12th and you will learn all the cheers, chants, and stunts May 8-11th.
- Middle School yearbooks are still on sale for $25.00-only a limited number are left to purchase. See Ms. Williams at MPMS or Mrs. Bennett at Scholars Academy to purchase your yearbook.
- Dance Line Auditions are April 24-26 from 3:15-6:00 at Scott School for rising 7th-12th graders.
- It has been approved for 4th 9 week final exams to be exempt from a class if a student meets the following criteria:
-An overall "A" average for the year, in that class
-3 or fewer absences, for the year, in that class. 3 tardies = 1 absence!
-The student has not received ISS or OSS all year.
- Only exams for English, science, math, social studies, and foreign language courses may be exempt. Students from other classes may not exempt their exam and may not attend the award party. During the time of the final exam, students who are exempt will report to the multipurpose room for a movie and snacks. Failure to come to school that day will make the student ineligible for exemption, so if you want to exempt, you must come to class that day. Information about this reward can be found on the PBIS webpage at scholarspbis.weebly.com.
- Majorette Tryouts: Who? Any rising 8th – 12th grader taking Band, Orchestra, or Dance What? Show judges what you know about twirling – including rudimentary twirls, basic marching, and a 32 count routine. Practices will be held on Wednesdays (starting 3/15) from 3:15 to 4:00 in the Multipurpose Room. Batons can be rented or purchased for $20. When? Tryout are Friday, May 12 at 3:30 in the Band Room. Click HERE for flyer.
- Attention all students interested in receiving peer tutoring: Mrs. Oldham has several incredible names of high school students willing and ready in all subject areas to tutor anyone interested during lunch in the hallway behind the Bulldog Café. You must come sign up for a subject area and a day if you are interested in receiving this fabulous free help!
- Do you need community service hours? Do you want to help the student body succeed? Or even just meet new people? Then peer tutoring may be for you! Peer tutoring will involve Scholars Academy students helping each other in order to succeed academically. Tutoring sessions will most likely be first come first serve, and will happen during lunch in the back area of the Bulldog Café. A sign up sheet for your name and subject area will be posted in the guidance office. Please see Mrs. Oldham if you are interested!
- FCA weekly meetings will be on TUESDAYS for the rest of the year in the Multipurpose Room.
- Go to CALENDAR for important upcoming events and the newly approved 2017-18 Thomasville City Schools Calendar.
- Go to the DOCUMENTS page in the "Academic Success" area to find a list of dates for high school End-of-Course (EOC) tests and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
- Go to the ATHLETICS INFORMATION page to get current sports schedules.
- Videos from our September Math Curriculum Night, October English Curriculum Night, and November College Financial Aid Session are available HERE.
- Dr. Graham has set the expectation that each student should sell at least two THANKS tickets to help raise money for the school. This sale will take place through the 7th period classes, so see your 7th period teacher to get information about the businesses included on the discount card.
- Students may bring Box Tops for Education to their 6th period classes as we are starting a competition among the 6th period classes for this simple fundraiser.
- Go to the "Academic Success" area on the DOCUMENTS page to access information about scholarships and SAT/ACT dates, fees, and locations.
- 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.
- Please take a moment and read an important letter about setting up your preferences for Alert Solutions. Click HERE to download the letter and instructions.
- Please remember our PAWS guidelines for Scholars Academy behavior as you go about your day: Promote respect, Accept responsibility, Walk with purpose, and Show self-control.
We are proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Scholars Academy Teacher of the Year is Christie Ariail. Ariail teaches seventh grade Honors Life Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Science Connections. She sponsors the middle and high school Science Olympiad teams, assists in the C.I.T.Y. Virtual School lab and is a vital part of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program at Scholars Academy. Ariail is shown dissecting a cat with her Human Anatomy and Physiology students. Congratulations to Mrs. Ariail!
Thomasville City Scholars Academy senior Ryan Owens has been recognized as a Georgia Scholar through the Georgia Scholar program. The Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. The program is coordinated by the Department’s Excellence Recognition Office and through local coordinators in each public school system and in private schools throughout the state. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma.
Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities, and in the home. Georgia Scholars have carried exemplary course loads during the four years of high school; who performed excellently in all courses; who successfully participated in interscholastic events at their schools and in their communities; and who have assumed active roles in extracurricular activities sponsored by their schools.
Specific requirements are as follows:
Thomasville City Scholars Academy sent nine students to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair on the Friday, March 31 at University of Georgia in Athens: (front row) Andrew Cannon, Clarke Finger, Jocelyn Watson, Sam Carter, and Winston Cornish; (back row) Mallory Fletcher, Addie Rinehart, Clara Clifton, and Julianna Watson. Rinehart won the special award from the Association for Women Geoscientists and was alternate for the Tellus Science Museum Award. Julianna Watson won the Tellus Science Museum Award, which includes an invitation to display her project at the Tellus Science Museum for four weeks later in the spring. Rinehart and Clifton won 4th place ribbons, and Jocelyn Watson won a 3rd place ribbon.
Two Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to state competition at the final regional tournament of the year in Lilburn. They will join the other five Scholars Academy teams in the internationally recognized creative problem-solving competition at Columbus State University on April 1.
The advancement of these teams to State Finals marks a milestone for Scholars Academy-- for the first time in Scholars history, all Odyssey of the Mind teams (seven this year) are advancing to State Finals.
“These two veteran high school teams took us on a roller coaster of emotion,” said Coach Kimsey Hodge. “From a top-notch performance to a near-disaster, both teams had us on the edge of our seats. But, in the end, they both pulled it out.”
Jack Atkinson, Jala Walker, Sarah Myhre, Jeremy Cooper, Logan St. Ives, Lilith Edwards, and Abi Mims took home a second place overall in the Classics problem. They also scored first in the quick-thinking Spontaneous problem for their problem and division.
In this problem, “It’s Time, Omer,” the team had to time-travel to the past to inspire classical artists and recreate their artworks. The team’s recreation of Dasoja of Balligrama’s Standing Vishnu as Keshava, made from cardboard and other packaging materials, was a creative highlight of their solution.
“For seven years, I’ve loved the entire OM process. Every competition I’ve gone to has something new to teach me and my team,” said senior Jack Atkinson.
In the performance-based problem, team members Mathew Whetsell, Bo Miller, Matthew Cline, Erin Quick, Alston Stevenson, Holly Rumble, and Jackson Hodge acted through a rocky start to squeeze into state competition with a third-place finish.
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. After a perfect score for their long-term solution at State in 2016, the team hoped for another flawless performance.
“But our scenery was all higgledy piggledy, and we ended up caddy whompus on the stage,” said sophomore Bo Miller. “It was not the performance we had practiced.”
“I think everyone on our team wants to win at state finals, which is great because it’s what drives us to work so hard on our creation. As our coaches say, ‘If we want to win, we have to have a fire in our belly.’”
The team is reworking their solution to simplify the mechanics of their scenery and rewriting parts of their scripts in hopes for redemption at state competition.
“It’s a sign of true creativity when a team can perform through all the mishaps this team experienced and still come out near the top. We’ve always known this team to be technically and theatrically talented, along with incredibly hard-working, but they showed they also have teamwork and perseverance,” said OM coach and Scholars Academy teacher Katie Chastain.
by Quinton Jones
Scholars Academy students are known to shoot for the stars academically. Asa Harbin has been awarded and will be honored as the Class of 2017 STAR Student with the highest College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score in the Thomasville City School System.
To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the critical reading, math, and writing sections.
Kiwanis, a major sponsor for STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) at the local level in Thomasville, recognizes the school’s highest achieving high school seniors and influential teachers in their academic efforts. Annually, a STAR student is recognized and gets the chance to choose a teacher that has had the most instrumental role in their academic development.
Harbin faced the tough responsibility of choosing a specific STAR teacher that has impacted and played a significant role in his academic achievement. Noteworthy, he actually chose as his STAR teacher Dr. Dale Graham, who is his AP Calculus BC teacher and serves as the Director of Scholars Academy.
¨Dr. Graham has always been incredibly encouraging in everything I’ve pursued. There is a lot that I wouldn’t have been able to do without her support,” commented Harbin on choosing his STAR teacher.
Dr. Graham got the chance to comment on Harbin’s unique academic abilities and how he represents his self-sufficient classmates.
“Asa is a fabulous independent learner,” praised Dr. Graham on Harbin’s ability to work independently as well as learning more than the required material for a high school student.
The Scholars Academy is popular for its free, self-driven environment in the classroom and customized approach to course scheduling. Several courses allow students, including underclassmen, to learn independently at a comfortable rate. Courses taught in a “flipped classroom” style paired with other traditional lecture-delivery classes give students varied teaching style experiences. Significantly, the free classroom environment enhances students’ test scores and ability to succeed on the college level.
¨I have had the freedom to choose my own academic path here at the Scholars Academy. It is a very supportive environment for people who want to achieve academically and do it on their own terms,” stated Harbin on the self-driven environment of the Scholars Academy.
In fact, Harbin has been a member of Odyssey of the Mind, a workshop class on campus that allows students to program, build, and brainstorm to create and solve problems in order to develop technical skills. Last year, Harbin’s OM team headed to state competition after winning 1st place and the prestigious Ranatra Fusca award at regional competition. His OM team went on to win in their third appearance at World Finals. Harbin added his opinion on his role on the OM team.
“It helped release my mind from typical straitlaced academia,” said Harbin.
Harbin told Dr. Graham that he had a list of teachers that impacted him during his time at Scholars Academy. He feels that credit is due to many of his teachers.
“It was an utmost honor to be among the group of teachers and faculty that Asa has listed. I speak for the entire staff when I say that we really appreciate it when we see any student succeed,” commended Dr. Graham.
by Peyton Wright
Qualifying Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students and their families attended the National Honor Society induction and pinning ceremony on Sunday, February 12 at MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Newly qualifying students enjoyed a fine afternoon that was planned by NHS sponsors, Rebecca Ramsey and Amanda Wood. Seniors that are NHS members attended the event to participate in the pinning ceremony reserved as a particular privilege for seniors. Junior NHS members actively participate in the organization and execution of the reception held at the conclusion of the ceremony in the Multipurpose Room by serving refreshments, desserts, and fruits and vegetables for the guests and students.
The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization made to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
To become a member of NHS, students have to have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Also, students need some type of service to be eligible. Some characteristics of a NHS student are leadership and character. Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. A student with good character shows respect for others, cooperation, and honesty and reliability.
NHS has a set of articles from the bylaws to which members must adhere. The name of the chapter at Thomasville High School is the Helen M. Fortney Chapter of the National Honor Society of Secondary schools. The chapter advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and act as a liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community. They shall maintain files on membership, activities, and financial transactions. They will be responsible for reviewing each member for compliance to Society standards. Membership in this chapter will be based upon scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Members are required to participate in at least two service projects per year.
Advisors generate a list of potential candidates. These candidates are reviewed and have standards they have to meet by the next semester. If they fail to meet these standards by the next semester, they will be notified in writing of their dismissal from the honor society. The officers of this chapter are a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian, and historian. A majority of votes is necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. Each one of these officers has duties that they have to follow. The executive committee consists of the officers and the advisor of this chapter. The executive committee has general charge of the meetings and business of the chapter. All members are responsible for contacting the advisors before missing any scheduled meetings, and they are responsible for obtaining any information missed from these meeting. Meetings can be called by the president.
The officers of NHS are as follows: President- Ryan Owens, Vice-President- John West, Secretary- Grace Fletcher, Treasurer- Virginia Jackson, Parliamentarian- Robert Gloster, and Historian- Carlyn Autry.
All meetings are mandatory for NHS members. The annual chapter duesfor each member is $20.00. This fee must be paid within 8 weeks after a member is newly inducted. Current members must pay their annual dues no later than the end of the first nine weeks grading period.
NHS also has criteria for membership:
1. The student must have a cumulative average of 85 in academic subjects only; academic courses consist of math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language
2. No F’s will be allowed in any subject for the semester average/grade.
3. Students should be enrolled in advanced, honors, and/or college-level courses.
4. Incompletes must be cleared before evaluation for membership can be completed.
5. Students must maintain a 90% attendance rate in all scheduled classes.
6. Participation in fundraising and service activities is required
7. Any type of academic dishonesty cannot be overlooked. Any case of academic dishonesty will be presented to the Faculty Council for review to determine whether dismissal from the society or placement on a probationary period is appropriate.
8. Any type of inappropriate behavior that does not constitute character becoming an NHS member that occurs on or off of school property or results in an arrest charge or other legal ramifications will be grounds for a review for dismissal by the Faculty Council.
Ramsey and Wood are very proud of the students being inducted this year: Caroline Anthony, Zackary Artz, Braxton Beckham, Mahala Bennett, Levereanna Brooks, Destini Butler, John Carpenter, Louis Carter, Cassidy Clark, Isabel Claudio-Mirabel, Jamiya Coleman, Jasmine Cone, Emily Dixon, Dalton Dollar, Benjamin Dozier, Frederick Drayton, Emily Dukes, Dane Dyksterhouse, LaTatyana Hadley, Brayton Hanna, Spencer Harbin, John Michael Horne, Abbie Jackson, Ionica Jackson, Tiffany Joseph, Tyla Joseph, Christina Kato, R’Mani Kemp, Javonte McGriff, Sydney McKay, Bowen Miller, Veruanikka Newsome, Hannah Ouzts, Haley Palmer, Keisha Patel, Christian Pyle, Erin Quick, Margaret Rainey, Miranda Roberson, Heaven Robinson, Kianna Ross, Jemari Sapp, Amber Sarabia, Morgan Savatgy, Olivia Sawyer, Maura Shiner, Mallory Singletary, Alston Stevenson, Je’boris Stockton, Keona Tillman, Raneshia Walden, London Weier, Mason West, Claudia-Michele White, Seth Wier, Mason Wilson, Ana Grace Wortham, Titus Wright, Eve Phelps, Sophi Sampson, Brittani Sumler, Lauren Sutphin, Tessa Novak, Mac Rosenbury, Shaquinna Wadley.
“Ms. Wood and I are both extremely pleased by the great attendance of family and friends that came to the Sunday afternoon ceremony, and we thought the reception following was well received by guests and members alike,” said Ramsey.
“I was you. I sat right where you are sitting today, and I’m here to tell you that if you can dream it, you can do it,” said retired 4-Star General Lloyd Austin as he spoke to the Thomasville High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC).
Austin graduated from Thomasville High School in 1971, received an appointment to West Point Military Academy, and went on to lead troops at the 1, 2, 3, and 4 star levels during his 41 years of service in the United States Army. After serving as the last Commanding General of U.S. Forces- Iraq and as the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Austin’s most prestigious assignment was his appointment and confirmation as commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in 2013 where he designed the operational plans while overseeing the U.S. efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in a vast region that covers the Middle East, from Egypt to Kazakhstan.
During his recent visit to speak at the graveside of military leader Henry O. Flipper, he took the time to visit THS AFJROTC teachers, Lt. Col. Stann McLeod and MSgt. Chad Smith, and answer questions from an audience of high schoolers who listened with rapt attention to the humble and admirable hometown hero.
Cadet Kieran Jones asked, “What has it been like traveling around the world?”
Austin told the students that while he completed four combat tours, he loved learning about new cultures and emphasized the service aspect of his job.
“While I had the privilege of serving in the greatest profession there is, I knew that it was about service while I still got to meet new people and do new and different things,” said Austin.
Cadet Jones also asked, “What’s your take on service before self?”
Austin said that it means everything, that you put your personal interests aside for the benefit of your team.
“I’ve seen people give their lives for their team. It is what the military is all about,” said Austin.
Cadet Spear Celaya asked, “What was PT (physical training) like at West Point?
Austin recalled that when he finished high school, he was in pretty good shape and was a jumper on the track team.
“PT was hard, and part of going to college is meeting really talented people. Meeting those others helped raise the bar for me. It challenged me mentally and physically,” said Austin.
Cadet Thomas Butler asked, “What has been your greatest experience?”
Austin relayed that his greatest experience has been the ability to lead troops.
“It’s extraordinary how much people will do for each other, how much they will do for their team,” said Austin.
Corps Commander Peyton Miller asked, “Since ROTC is a leadership laboratory, what quality do you esteem the most in a leader?”
“Selflessness,” said Austin matter-of-factly. “If it’s someone I’m working for or if someone is working for me, the leader should think about the people he is leading above himself and they will follow their leader anywhere.”
Cadet Jarrett Daniel asked, “When you’ve experienced fear or doubt, how did you overcome it?”
Austin assured the audience that everyone has fears, and those who claim that they don’t are misleading.
“Hearing the voice of your leader and the training that you can fall back on in times of stress and fear can give you the confidence to get through the anxiety,” added Austin.
Cadet Kareem Daniels asked, “At what age did you decide to pursue the military and what kept you motivated through the hard work?”
Austin reiterated his earlier comments about the importance of service to others and urged the students to find a way to serve their country even if it’s not in the military.
“I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid. I wanted to be a guy who served my country,” said Austin.
One of Austin’s closing remarks commended his classmates from THS.
“The message I bring is that you ought to be willing to do things for each other,” said Austin. “My friends from the THS Class of 1971 have met up with me all over the country to support me throughout my career.”
by Parker Zolt
There’s nothing better than a mother’s love; luckily for the Thomasville High School baseball team, they get the opportunity to receive that love twice. Thanks to the Peer Leadership class, the idea of “Baseball Moms,” came to the plate. Teachers from around the school were given the option to “adopt a player” and become their “mom” for the entire season.
The whole idea stemmed from a way for a teacher to be the baseball player’s personal mentor. For example, if a baseball player is acting up in class then the teachers have been told to report any problems to their ‘mom’ before going to the coach. From there the teacher is supposed to give the player advice and offer him support, but if the problem is continuous then the teachers are allowed to go directly to the coach. This way, if a problem reaches the coach then the coach knows that the problem has been happening frequently and has become a major problem.
Hopefully no player will have the go through this, but if it does somehow seem to occur then this process allows the teachers and students to create healthy relationships between each other, and will create a more responsible student-athlete. The moms are like a second line of defense for the boys, but apart from all that negativity, Baseball Moms also get to become their player’s number one fan!!
When signing up to be a Baseball Mom, the volunteer has also committed to providing the boys with goody bags (with a $7 cap) before every away game. The boys were given a sheet to fill out with options on them such as “favorite flavor Gatorade” or “favorite snacks” in which the player would list out a few options for the moms to choose from, so that the boys can have a pregame snack on the bus ride over.
Each teacher has been given a jersey to wear on game day with their player's number on it. Not many women can pull off a high school baseball jersey, but luckily the THS Baseball Moms can do it with ease. Plus it means a lot to the players when they see them wearing the jerseys and supporting the team. The teachers have committed to attend three of the eleven home games, but can attend as many as they like.
“I kinda like the whole idea of having a baseball mom; it's something we’ve never had before and it's nice seeing someone wearing my jersey number on game day,” said junior baseball player Jared Smith.
The spotlight game that the moms must attend is on April 11, when the Bulldogs take on the Brooks County Trojans. This game is the 2017’s version of senior night, since the team has no seniors to honor. they have decided to take some time to honor their “moms” on that night. On that night the Baseball Moms will walk out onto the field with their player and be recognized in front of the fans, pictures will be taken, and awards will be given. Players compete for awards such a “best hair” and other fun awards, so may the best player win!
Eight Thomasville High Scholars Academy students competed in 4 GHSA State Literary Meet categories at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Georgia this past Saturday morning. Aubrey Brumblow was named State Runner up for Personal Narrative Essay and Robert Gloster received 4th Place in Boys Solo. State Literary Team is pictured L to R: Aubrey Brumblow- Personal Narrative Essay; Christina Kato, Tyla Joseph, and Renderea Perkins (not pictured) - Girls Trio; Zack Artz, Sebastian James, Robert Gloster, Carl Blackmore - Boys Quartet; and Robert Gloster- Boys Solo.
by Hallie Turner
Thomasville High School advanced 12 swimmers to the GHSA State Swim Meet at Georgia Tech on Friday, February 3 to compete in 4 relays and 3 individual events.
The swimmers qualifying for state were: Hannah Fromkin, Claudia White, Kathleen Geyer, Kaitlyn Kasper, Maggie Davis, Aubrey Baker, John West, Jason Stockstill, Braxton Beckham, Preston Page and 2 alternates, Oliver Yant and Max White.
Most adults have their morning workout routine like going to the gym or running 5 miles before going to work while their children are sound asleep before their school alarm goes off, but that’s not the case for Maggie Davis. Each morning around 5:00 a.m., Davis wakes up to drive to Tallahassee for morning practice with the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club.
“Swimming not only for school but also with ATAC has improved my skills tremendously. Some think swimming is so easy but that’s definitely not the case. You don’t just get to hop in the water and automatically become a great swimmer; it is just like every other sport, practice makes perfect,” said Davis.
Davis's goal for this year for school swim was just to really focus on having fun with her teammates and to enjoy her last year of high school swimming, but there's still the qualifying times for each event that must be met in order to sompete at the state level. Davis was the only varsity girl to get her individual state cut. She is constantly pushing herself to beat out her time.
“I’ve been swimming for 10 years now and the feeling I get when I look at the clock to see that I just swam as fast as I ever have before is so indescribable. That’s when I know all of the hours I put in each day and week have finally paid off,” said Davis.
Davis made her individual state cut with 5:40.00 in the 500 free and 1:05.00 for 100 fly. “Fly” is short for butterfly which is a swimming stroke with both arms moving symmetrically, accompanied by the butterfly kick (also known as the "dolphin kick"). While other styles like the breaststroke, front crawl, or backstroke can be executed adequately by beginners, the butterfly is a more difficult stroke that requires good technique as well as strong muscles.
Not only does swimming burn calories, it improves flexibility, strengthens the heart and lungs, and strengthens all major muscles. It also aids in mental well-being.
“A huge thank you goes out to my teammates for giving me a very memorable senior year in swimming. We made such big improvements this year and we really came together as a team which made it such a great way to end my high school swimming career,” said Davis.
While Davis has now ended that chapter of her life she has recently started a brand new one. She will continue to further her education and swimming career at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
“When I signed with Brenau I knew I was ready to further maturity in this sport as I continue my education. My goal for college swimming is to continue to improve my times in the pool while developing relationships with my teammates that will last a lifetime. There is still a lot that I can learn about swimming and I’m excited to see where this journey will take me,” said Davis.
John West, a junior at the Scholars Academy and captain of the varsity boys swim team, was the other student to achieve his individual state cut.
“After trying almost every sport, my mother convinced me to try swim and it finally just clicked with me. I am one that strives for excellence in everything that I do and the competitive side of me enhances the reason why I love this sport,” said West.
"Being captain of the boys team this year taught me leadership skills and how to encourage others to strive for excellence,” said West. West is looking forward to his senior year of swim and hoping that he and his teammates can make it all the way to state again.
“Maggie and John are two very different types of swimmers, but they are very self motivated. I try to motivate them by giving them any support they need unconditionally. I have found that I took on the role as team cheerleader a lot this season, many times to cheer them on during their races. I almost never had a voice after meets, but I have loved and enjoyed every second of them,” said Head Coach Bree Pullara.
The swim team had holes to fill from the 2015-16 season as they lost three graduating seniors including state title holder Sam Tabacchi and their head swim team coach. While Jill Tabacchi serves as the team’s highly qualified community coach, the team was in for a great surprise as Pullara was announced to be the new head coach.
Pullara discussed the importances of what being on a team allows and her goals for the season.
“My goal is to make sure that every athlete ends the year being more successful than their previous year and a better person than when the season started,” said Pullara.
Not only was this her first year as the swim head coach, but it was also her first position as a varsity head coach, and Pullara acknowledged the responsibility of her new position.
“The whole process of being a swim coach was completely new to me. Thankfully I have an amazing community coach who prepares the swimmer’s practices and knows exactly what the athletes need to be successful,” said Pullara.
THS swim has a promising future with a lot of young talent in the pipeline. At their annual end of the year banquet, freshman Preston Page was awarded highest points for the varsity boys for the entire season, and freshman Kathleen Geyer won highest points for the varsity girls.
“The goal for next year is to always improve upon the previous year, but things do change and with graduation, teams lose great team assets. We are in a great place though, with a lot of young swimmers that can rise up to help us to be continue to be successful in the water. I cannot wait to see what next year holds for our swimmers,” said Pullara.
Twelve Thomasville City Schools Literary Team high school students traveled to Irwin County High School on March 4 to complete in 9 of the 12 literary competition categories. Ten students with 1st place medals will compete in the GHSA State Literary Meet at Veterans High School in Houston County on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Pictured: Renderea Perkins, Tyla Joseph, and Christina Kato - 1st place Girls Trio; Aubrey Brumblow - 1st place Personal Essay; Grace Fletcher - 1st place Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Robert Gloster, Carl Blackmore, Zack Artz, Sebastian James - 1st place Boys Quartet; Jeremy Cooper - 1st place Rhetorical Essay; and Literary Team Sponsor, Rebecca Ramsey. Robert Gloster also won 2nd place in Boys Solo. Three 4th Place recognitions were earned by: Isaac Welch - Argumentative Essay, Claudia White - International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Renderea Perkins - Girls Solo. Overall, Thomasville earned more 1st place awards than any other school in their region and placed 3rd at the Region 1-AA Literary Meet.
by Meta Ughetto
Thomasville Scholars Academy art teacher Ashley Ivey-Jackson’s 7th period art class and Julie Spence’s pre-k at Scott Elementary are back and better as they team up for Art Because We Care (ABC) Art Club for a third year.
ABC Art Club started with an idea from alumni Annalee Jackson during her senior year in 2014. Her plan was to expose the children who don’t regularly receive an art curriculum at school. It was important to her because art was such a huge part of her life. She began the club to share her love of art with the young students. Creating the club and interacting with pre-k was also important because while it was light-hearted, it really taught the students something and started them young so they would grow and hopefully mature with an affection and knowledge of art.
Ivey-Jackson’s class goes to Scott almost every week to teach the children the basics of art like line, shape, and color. Not only do the kids receive an education through creativity, but they also form a bond and friendship with the high school students. Many of the students claim that they also learn from the pre-kindergarteners.
“The kids in the club have really taught me to look at things from a different perspective and that creativity and art are so important,” said Caroline Anthony.
“I think ABC Art Club does create a bond between the children, as does Julie. They all look forward to the class and spending time with each other,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Even though the project may be a challenge with traveling to Scott and fitting their schedules with Spence’s, it is important that time is given to the children so they can get the art in and are given exposure to something that affects every aspect of life.
This year’s ABC Art Club president, Katie Wise is very involved with the club, and it is one of her greatest passions.
“I love to work with the kids and it is so exciting to me that our school offers something that involved kids!” said Wise.
Wise went on to explain the nature of the lesson planning and the activities.
“We start off with teaching the students new art vocabulary. Once we explain what we are learning, we come up with fun ways to remember it before we do the hands-on part of the lesson like coloring, cutting, or painting,” said Wise.
Having such a great program that not only teaches the Scott students but also Scholars kids is remarkable and life changing. Other Scholars art students hold ABC Art Club very highly, and it makes their week to get to spend time with these children.
“Ever since we first started going over there these kids have been the highlight of my day. Just seeing their faces light up after their picture is finished is the best,” said Spear Celaya.
by Meta Ughetto
Thomasville High School Symphonic and Marching Bands play hard as the stakes get higher and competitions arise.
Symphonic Band, directed by Joe Regina, consists of nearly 80 students that compete at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Festival in Cairo each year.
From when they return from winter break until the judged performance on March 9th, much practice and commitment is put into perfecting the performance. After school practice is held two times a week and during class. So much practice is needed due to how advanced the music selection is. This is especially true for children at such a young age because they are playing music that colleges like FSU would play at a concert.
Regina talks about the preparation leading up to competition.
“They seem to be excited about it; it's a challenge and is going to be a lot of hard work but we are making progress,” said Regina.
The music selection is one of the largest parts of pulling the performance together. The musical aspect of concert band involves the THS Symphonic Band improving over the years. They earned a Superior, or “one,” rating in 2016 on a 5-6 level rating which are the highest levels.
“In my first year here, we played a level 4 program and received two’s. So to go from that to a 5-6 program and get straight ones is a pretty significant improvement,” said Regina.
Festival can bring out many nerves in the students because of their “Superior” title to uphold.
“Having more experience and having been through it a few times, knowing what to expect and how to prepare for festival can make the experience less nerve-wracking for them,” said Regina.
Participation in band has doubled in the past five years, reaching back to having 40 students in 2012 when Regina started with Thomasville City Schools. The Thomasville High School concert band first began in 1963 with only 6 students and Thomasville’s is one of the oldest bands in the state of Georgia.
Marching Band consists of the same group of students but is a whole other world compared to the concert band. Marching band is very physical and focuses more on hyping up crowds at football games and pep rallies, and competing against other marching bands. THS has about one hundred students in their marching band including the majorettes and danceline. They began the year with their Stevie Wonder show.
“I think was one of the best sounding and best looking shows we have done,” said Regina.
2016 was one of the most successful years for Thomasville High School's marching band in a long time, which was exemplified by their accomplishments at the Battle on the Border competition held in Valdosta in October. There they received many awards including, best in class and also best in division which was over eight other bands from three different states, they earned superior ratings and best in class for percussion, majorettes, and dance line as well.
“We had a very good year and we plan on going back next year and defending our title,” said Regina.
by Johanna Wegner
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Academic Team, sponsored by teacher Erin White competed successfully at the annual Andrew College Academic Competition on January 25th.
White chose 25 students to compete by looking at student interests and areas of academic talent.
“I try to make it so that we have a variety of kids from different grades and different subjects so that we can win more,” said White.
In the Math category, Anne Clifton won 1st place for 11th grade and Isaac Welch won 2nd place for 12th grade.
In the Science category, Braxton Sizemore won 1st place for 9th grade; Emily Dixon won 1st place and John Carpenter won 2nd place for 10th grade; Grayson Durham won 1st place and Lilith Edwards won 2nd place for 11th grade; and Jeremy Cooper won 2nd place for 12th grade.
In the Social Studies category, Max White won 1st place for 9th grade; Claudia-Michele White won 1st place and Ben Dozier won 2nd place for 10th grade; Jackson Singletary won 1st place and Alexa Hernandez won 2nd place for 11th grade; and Jacob Cone won 2nd place for 12th grade.
Some areas awarded overall winners rather than separating students by grade level.
Aubrey Brumblow won overall 1st place for the Personal Essay category, Hannah Ouzts won overall 2nd place for the Theatre category, and Allison Wheeler won overall 1st place in the Music category.
Scholars Academy was in Division B and had to compete against 8 other schools whereas other divisions consisted of only three competing schools.
“The hardest competition was in our division,” said White.
According to Andrew College, students should participate to encourage academic excellence, to prepare for future competitions and for scholarship opportunities to Andrew College.
White thinks that the competition is a good opportunity for students because it is fun and students get to measure themselves up against other students.
“It is a way to demonstrate interest outside the classroom,” said White.
Alexa Hernandez has participated since her freshmen year in the Social Study category.
“I learned that there are a lot of people that have the same goals as me and I learned, of course, more about social studies,” said Hernandez.
Freshman Kaitlyn Kasper participated in her first year at the Academic Competition in the math category and she had a good time.
“I learned that I still have a lot more I can learn,” said Kasper.
Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind teams made a clean sweep at the first regional competition of the season in Hawkinsville, Georgia. All five teams that competed will move on to state competition in Columbus, Georgia.
At the creative problem-solving competition, teams present solution to a long-term problem in one of five categories-- Vehicle, Technical, Classics, Balsa Wood (structural), and Performance-based. They are also given a “Spontaneous” problem at competition that they solve on the spot, which tests the students’ quick thinking in problem solving.
“These are incredibly difficult problems for most adults, but these middle and high school teams have worked collaboratively since September to solve these long term problems. We are so proud of their persistence and their dignity in solving the problem without any outside assistance,” said Co-Coach Kimsey Hodge. “Our teams showed a real strength in the Spontaneous section-- taking first place in Spontaneous in all but one problem.”
In the Classics problem, Scholars Academy (division II) took first place, defeating Stratford Academy by 87.31 points (out of a possible 350 points). Team members Anna Myhre, Rosalie Millere, Ella Millere, Jackson Hodge, Reid Harbin, and Clara Clifton said each member worked more than 400 hours each over the past five months to solve their problem.
“I’m proud of how we worked together. We had a lot of conflicts but tried to push through them and achieve greatness,” said 7th grader Anna Myhre. “After I work as hard as I can and push myself to my absolute limit, once I step back and see what I have done, I am not just happy, but proud.”
In the Technical problem, teams had to create an “Odd-A-Bot” that performed four different movements, and each movement had to perform two different activities. For instance, the middle school team created a mechanical dog (made from a mop bucket) that could wag its tail and with the same movement, sweep the floor.
The high school technical team (Jordan Bonar, RJ Elzy, Frederick Drayton, Max White, Jack Edge, and Winston Cornish) took first place overall. The middle school technical team (Kendall Cullison, Emily Sumner, Sam Carter, Layne Oldham, Brooks Butler, Fred Diggs, and Aubrey Kinard) will advance to state final with their second place finish.
“OM is in no way an easy thing to do,” said junior RJ Elzy. “One of the hardest things for our team to figure out was how to engineer the robot, and even though we still have some problems with it, the feeling we get when it works and everyone gasps is amazing.”
The Vehicle team, made up of members Semira Davis, Yasmine Lane, Wyndham Drayton, Seth Welch, Tian Green, and Julianna Watson, took second place overall in their division. They defeated their competition in the Spontaneous section.
In this problem, teams had to create three vehicles with different propulsion methods that approach a target area from three different directions.
“We still have to achieve many things, such as the creativity of how our vehicles worked and turning the vehicles,” said 8th grader Wyndham Drayton. “We did find satisfaction, though, in completing what was complicated. We brought out everything we had to offer: outstanding improv and our ability to think on our feet.”
Ellie Griffin, Ashley McKay, Caroline Hiers, Sydney Deutsch, Drew Parker, Natalie Herrin, and Oliver Aguilera placed 2nd out of six teams in the Division II Performance-based problem, “Superhero Cliffhanger.”
“I am incredibly proud of our students,” said Scholars Academy Design Thinking teacher and Co-Coach, Katie Chastain. “They are very competitive and even more creative than they are competitive. To top it off, our students are even more kind than they are competitive. We have a great group of kids.”
Scholars Academy also came away with top honors winning First Place in both the Creative Cake and Banner Competitions. These events allow parents, adults, and other students not solving long term problems to participate. Scholars Academy Junior, Sophie Barnes, designed and created the award winning banner with the assistance of sophomores Erin Quick and Alston Stevenson and eighth graders Aidan Little, Ayden Harrison and Garrison Ledford. Mandy Grage, wife of Thomasville Bulldogs football coach, Zach Grage, made the awe-inspiring cake to match Sophie’s banner design of hot air balloons floating up into the sky.
Two more Scholars Academy teams will compete in a separate regional tournament in Lilburn, Georgia, before the State Finals on April 1st. All teams are coached by Kimsey Hodge and Katie Chastain.
by Anna Kate Pomeroy
Scholars Academy students got the opportunity to prospect future careers at Mock Trial as lawyers, witnesses, timekeepers, and court artists on Saturday, January 28 at the Lowndes County Courthouse where they won third place overall.
Junior John West won outstanding attorney. Sophomore Claudia White and junior Matthew Cline won outstanding witness awards.
Each student has a different role in the event such as Jacob Cone, Alexa Hernandez, and John West as Defense Attorneys. They each give different statements throughout the event in order to show their abilities as lawyers.
“I am the lead Defense Attorney for Mock Trial, which means that I will give the closing statement for my side and also lead the other two witnesses,” said Cone.
Students began practicing for the event back in December. Students prepare by having multiple practice sessions on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays where they all gather together to read the case, make notes, and ask questions that they believe are relevant to their roles. It takes different people different amounts of time to become fully prepared for the event. Each person has a different process that they go through in order to become prepared for the competition
“I do my part in preparing for Mock Trial by reviewing the case we were given and practicing the questions I have for the Plaintiff,” said Hernandez.
Cone said, “It takes me around three weeks to prepare. I first began reading the case, then going over the witness statements, then examining the evidence. I then repeat the process and write down questions for my side, so that I am fully prepared to present the case for my side.”
All of the participating students seem to have had a wonderful experience learning about the law process and putting their knowledge to the test during the competition. The students use the event to demonstrate and practice their public speaking as well as people skills.
“So far my teammates have all worked together to understand the case and make points for one another so I’ve really enjoyed the level of teamwork we participate in. It’s a really great experience,” said West.
For some students, this is their first year participating in the event but other members of the Mock Trial team are veterans to the event, such as senior, Cone, who has taken part in the event since 9th grade.
“This is my first year of Mock Trial, but so far my experience has been great. I hope to one day use the experience and apply it because I want to study to become a lawyer someday,” said West.
Participating in Mock Trial has shown many students, such as Cone and West, that they belong inside the courtroom and that studying law is in their future.
by Pilar Jones
Thomasville City Schools Drama Program will take the stage with their spring musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” on March 3rd and 4th at 7:00 p.m., in the Macintyre Park Auditorium. Under the direction of Scholars Academy drama teacher Casey Dyksterhouse, students will show off their dancing, acting, and singing abilities.
The musical, which had its Broadway opening in 2002, is based off the 1967 movie of the same name and also based on the play "Chrysanthemum" which opened in London in 1956. The play captures the story of how Millie Dillmount, played by Scholars Academy senior Meredith Pearce, is a small town girl that goes out to New York City in 1922 so that she can “marry money” instead of trying to fall in love.
As Millie attempts to have an interview with Trevor Graydon, a successful businessman played by senior Matthew Whetsell, she ends up applying for a job as his stenographer. Because Millie knows his wealth, she tries really hard to throw around hints that she is willing to marry him, although he has not the slightest interest in her.
With this being his last year as a high schooler, Whetsell expresses his feelings towards his last performance and what he’s most excited for following the musical.
“I think that this will be the best performance that I will have ever done. I mean, it’s my last hurrah, so I’m just giving it the best I’ve got. Just like OM (Odyssey of the Mind), I’m trying to enjoy it before it all ends,” Whetsell proclaimed..
Whetsell isn’t the only male that Millie comes across. She ends up falling in love with Jimmy Smith, which is played by junior Matthew Cline. Cline discussed how he has prepared for the leading male role and his feelings towards being a part of such an entertaining musical alongside his cast members.
“It’s exciting. It's kind of scary because I’ve played lead roles a ton, but it’s been a while since I’ve played the leading male role instead of just a leading role. It’s kind of nerve-racking but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’m pretty pumped,” said Cline.
Cline for sure isn’t the only person that has been stressing about the musical. Senior Allison Wheeler plays Muzzy Van Hossmere, a rich singer that arrived back to New York from her world tour. Muzzy guides Millie through the flapper lifestyle and eventually into the arms of her true love.
Tickets are available at the Scholars Academy front office daily and each night this week from 5:00 to 6:00 in the auditorium lobby. Tickets are $10 per student and $15 per adult and will be sold at the door, but get there early to avoid a line and to get a seat!
Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Program middle school students traveled to Florida State University campus in the College of Music on Saturday, February 4, 2017 under the direction of Dr. Sally Hernandez and Colleen Manseau to compete in the American String Teacher Association North Florida String Festival. Twenty-five students attended, forming 8 groups and all were awarded Gold, the highest rating. Students performed duets, trios, and quartets in chamber groups for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. The adjudicators were complimentary of each group and spent several minutes with each group as a coach to help them improve. Rose City Strings Program “gold-winning” entries were as follows: “Mairie’s Wedding/Romanza” - Armani Miller (violin), Amber Booker (violin), Logan Delarber (viola), and Aubrey Sawyer (cello); “The Skye Boat Song” - Azariah Hooks (violin), Clara Clifton, (viola), Alivia Corker (cello), and Carly House (violin); “America the Beautiful” - Sarah Harper (violin) and Sydney Jackson (violin); “Sagebrush Overture” - Hannah Robinson (violin), Jaron King (cello), and Ja’Lycia Ware (viola); “Swallowtail Jig” - Allie Bellamy (violin) and Patricia Robinson (violin); “La Russe” - Anne Martin Lutes (violin), Leah Brady (violin), Zachary Meeks (cello), and Nyriannah Forbes (viola); “Simple Gifts” - Karis Lane (violin) and Katey Harwood (violin); “William Tell Overture” - Will Cone (cello), Kameron Wallace (violin), and Macy Taylor (violin).
Jarrett Daniel, Peyton Miller, Thomas Butler, and the THS AFJROTC cadets dedicated a new flag at Thomasville City Scholars Academy at an early morning ceremony. Miller read the poem, "Old Glory," and THS trumpet player, Samuel Watts played "To the Colors" while members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes looked on. Also in attendance were Lt. Col. Stann McLeod, M. Sgt. Chad Smith, and Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham. The flag was provided by Woodmen of the World representative Judy Lane.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy and AIMS programs advanced 43 first place winners from their school-wide Thomasville Science and Engineering Fair to compete at the regional fair on February 10 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) resulting in their projects capturing 8 of the 22 slots for the state level competition.
The following regional winners Andrew Cannon Sam Carter, Winston Cornish, Clarke Finger, Addie Rinehart, Braxton Sizemore, Jocelyn Watson, Julianna Watson, and three alternates Clara Clifton, Mallory Fletcher, and Macy Taylor will travel to the University of Georgia in Athens on March 30-April 1 to compete in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.
The school-level first place finalists who competed at the regional fair were as follows: 6th grade: Jon-Henry Ellis, Faith Fitzgerald, Andrew Cannon, Adelyne Welch, Katelyn Poole, Katherine Jones, Sofia Jimenez, Macy Taylor, Anne Martin, and Harris Jackson; 7th grade: Nicholas Hall, Matthew Lewis, Sam Carter, Andrew Geyer, Clarke Finger, Ben Yentzer, Sydney Deutsch, Austin Chastain, Jocelyn Watson and J.J. Williams; 8th grade: Juliana Watson, Reid Harbin, Carsyn Kelley, Mallory Fletcher, McKena Willis, William Rainey, David Lee Jordan, Christian Sadler, Maddie Rome and Clara Clifton; and 9th grade: Braxton Sizemore, Winston Cornish, Addie Rinehart, S.Welch & Felicity Tipton, Emily Dixon, Ryan Jones, Spear Celaya & Meta Ughetto, Jett Kiminas, Makayla Weeks, Haleigh Bass, and Eli Harbin.
Thomasville City Schools held their annual Science Fair on December 5th. Two Thomas County Central High School science teachers, two Thomas County Central Middle School science teachers, and three Thomas University professors were called upon to objectively judge the students’ work. The judges use a rubric that consists of five topics; creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skills, clarity of exhibit and display. Each topic has a description of what would earn a good grade on that section, and also what wouldn’t make as such a good of grade. All of the topics have grade points that range anywhere from 3 points, to 25 points in each section.
“Most winners who move on to regionals average about a 90 or higher on the rubric, because that makes it seem like an A test grade,” said science teacher Jonathan Ariail.
The Scholars Academy requires that a science fair project be completed once a year from every student, in grades 6th through the 9th.
“Doing science fair projects from the 6th to the 9th grade really taught me to think outside the box and look at world problems to choose a topic and when I chose a topic it taught me how to work efficiently for an accurate answer,” said student Peyton Wright.
The students have been working very diligently on this project since the beginning of the school year. Every so often the students would have to turn in checkpoint work to their teachers, to make sure that they were on the right track to finishing. The process was divided by five checkpoints throughout the semester.
“I think doing science fair helps students learn how to take more time on projects when they get older because science fair is such a long term project. A lot of projects these days are very short term and students do them very quickly without putting too much effort into them, but we hope science fair changes that,” said middle school and high school science teacher Christie Ariail.
by Peyton Wright
Thomasville City Scholars Academy middle school students won top honors in the regional and state Junior American Citizens’ “Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America” art and creative expression contest. Some state winners were also Southeast United States winners who will advance to the national level of competition.
In the Junior American Citizens contest, students can choose if they want to do art which includes: posters, stamp design, photo essay, or banner. Also they can do creative expression, which is a poem or short story, or community service.
Scholars Academy had the following regional contest winners: 6th grade Group 1 - (Stamp) Gus Novak, 1st place and Abbey Bennett, 2nd place; (Poem) Ella Grace Williams, 1st place; (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, 1st place; and (Poster) Brantley Taylor, Honorable Mention. 6th grade Group 2 - (Poster) Jayden Singletary, 1st place; (Stamp) Carter Grace Crocker, 1st place and Leah Brady, 2nd place; (Poem) Benjamin Bundrick, 3rd place. 7th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Jocelyn Watson,1st place. 7th Grade Group 2 - (Banner) Ben Yentzer/Walt Moore, 1st place; (Poster) Skyy Stanley, 1st place and Arlisha Madison, 2nd place; (Stamp) Nicholas Hall, 1st place and Ethan Oberding, 2nd place; and (Poem) Emma Butler, 2nd place. 8th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Julianne Watson, 1st place; (Stamp) David Lee Jordan, 1st place; (Short Story) Karli Icard, 1st place and Lawson Brinkley, 2nd place; and (Poem) Clara Clifton, 1st place. 8th grade Group 2 - (Stamp) Maggie May, 1st place and Max Nicholson, 2nd place and Malorie Turnbull, 3rd place; (Poem) Caroline Hiers, 1st place and Jordan Bonar, 2nd place; (Short Story) Faith Ridley, 1st place; and (Short Story) Thomas Wilson, 2nd place.
First place regional winners went on to compete at the state level which resulted in the following state-level winners: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore; (Poster) Jayden Singletary, Jocelyn Watson, and Julianne Watson; (Stamp) Joseph Novak, Carter Grace Crocker, Nicholas Hall, David Lee Jordan, and Maggie May; (Poetry) Ella Grace Williams, Timothy Cordista, Clara Clifton, and Caroline Hiers; and (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, Karli Icard, and Faith Ridley.
Five of these state winners were Southeastern United States winners who will advance to the National Junior American Citizen DAR Contest: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore, (Poster) Jayden Singletary and Jocelyn Watson, and (Poetry) Timothy Cordista and Caroline Hiers.
Compared to previous years when the JAC contest with divisions like poems, short stories, posters, stamps, and banners was only open to elementary students, Thomasville City Schools middle school students had the chance to win many awards.
“Since the students weren’t limited to only the essay contest, the amount of winners has increased a lot,” said social studies teacher Djuana Rinehart.
The teachers of these students are excited and proud of their winners.
“I’m very pleased with all my middle school students that won this contest,” said Rinehart.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Science Olympiad high school team place 8th overall as they competed against 18 other teams at the region tournament held at Middle Georgia State University in Macon on Saturday, February 18.
Science Olympiad competitions consist of twenty-three different events that cover the areas of physics, earth science, biology, engineering, technology, chemistry and scientific inquiry. The competition involves a wide range of activities from identifying rock samples, to designing a computer game, to planning and running an experiment on the spot.
Christie Ariail has been coaching the middle and high school teams for the past six years at Scholars Academy. This year’s high school team was a mix of freshman and sophomore students, most of who had been competing for several years on the middle school team. Freshman team members are Winston Cornish, Emma Humphries, Cayden Hunt, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore. Sophomore team members are Emily Dixon, LaTatyana Hadley, Keisha Patel, Olivia Sawyer, Claudia White, and Mason Wilson. The faculty members that ran the competition at MGSU were impressed with the abilities, performance, and success of the team since most of the other teams were made mostly up juniors and seniors.
“The students were thrilled with their success this year. They know that in the next few years, they will be a force to be reckoned with at this region competition!” said Ariail.
Ariail also said that the team knows that all of the work they put into competing at the middle school level the past 4 or 5 years really contributed to their success at the high school level.
Medals were awarded for 1st through 4th places: Keisha Patel and Olivia Sawyer won 1st place in Forensics, Emily Dixon and Molly Novak won 3rd place in Astronomy, and Claudia White and Mason Wilson won 4th place in Remote Sensing.
Ribbons are awarded for 5th through 10th places. Molly Novak and Claudia White won 5th place in Ecology. Braxton Sizemore and Winston Cornish won 7th place in Rocks and Minerals. Emily Dixon and Keisha Patel won 7th place in Write It / Do It. Olivia Sawyer and Mason Wilson won 8th place in Chemistry Lab. LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 8th place in Materials Science. Molly Novak and Mason Wilson won 9th place in Disease Detectives. Emma Humphries and Braxton Sizemore won 9th place in Invasive Species. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Optics. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Wind Power. LaTatyana Hadley, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore won 10th place in Experimental Design. And, LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 10th place in Hydrogeology.
“We entered 18 events this year, and we placed in 14 of them. I cannot wait to see what this team does next year!” Ariail said. For more information about Thomasville Science Olympiad, visit her school webpage at cariail841.weebly.com.
by Pilar Jones
Edward Freeman, Thomasville High School 2017 Senior Class President, is keeping his successful streak flowing as he has been accepted to join the Disney Dreamers Academy held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida with Steve Harvey and sponsored by Essence Magazine.
Freeman received the news in early December through a package sent by the Disney Dreamers Academy which is an organization which inspires high school students to dream big and helps them earn the opportunity to give those dreams a head start. One hundred of the selected high school seniors will be attending a four day event where they will interact with multiple actors and speakers such as Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Terrence J, and many more!
Freeman decided to apply for this program after several of his older peers told him about it and insisted that it's something that he should look into for his senior year. The application included writing a 600 word essay. In the application, the readers look for intellectually curious minds and compassionate, courageous young leaders. They feel that whoever is selected has a positive outlook on life, dreams about his or her future, and takes advantage of available resources while remaining grateful and humble, which are all qualities that Freeman has.
After receiving the news that he was accepted out of several thousand applicants, he cherished that moment as a great one.
“It was a great moment. I thank God because it was surreal that I was chosen as one of the top 100 essayists,” expressed Freeman.
From this experience, he is pretty excited to be meeting many new students like himself that are inspired to be successful and flourish in society. He hopes to create new friendships and a better understanding of being successful during and after his college years.
Freeman continued, “I think that it will be an awesome opportunity for me to meet with top leaders in the nation and just meeting like-minded individuals that are leaders and go-getters and want to inspire others to be better. It’s truly a great opportunity and I’ll be meeting people that are okay with their uniqueness and what makes us dreamers and leaders. I hope to get a greater inspiration and a greater focus for me to achieve my dreams and most importantly dreaming big. I think that it will cause me to dream bigger when I attend the program.”
Freeman has proven himself to be a true scholar after receiving several college offers and also ended his high school career by being named Thomasville High School Homecoming King of 2016-2017.
Student Headed to Washington, D. C. and to Receive $10,000 Scholarship
Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue announced that Thomasville City Scholars Academy senior Jacob Cone is one of two students who have been selected as delegates to the 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 4 — 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Cone was chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program’s 55th annual Washington Week.
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is "to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world."
Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations provide each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; as stipulated in S.Res.324, no government funds are utilized.
Jacob Cone attends Thomasville High Scholars Academy has served as the School Council president. Jacob has attended the state of Georgia's Center for Civic Engagement’s Youth Assembly Conference each of his years in high school, and is a member of Georgia’s Superintendent Student Advisory Council. He is an Eagle Scout and has been the huddle leader of his high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2013. Jacob plans to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs. He hopes to attend law school and pursue his interest in lobbying for veterans' affairs and agriculture, and eventually represent rural Southern Georgia in the political arena.
Delegates are selected by the state departments of education nationwide and the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Education Activity, after nomination by teachers and principals. The Chief State School Officer for each jurisdiction confirms the final selection. This year’s Georgia delegates and alternates were designated by Mr. Richard Woods, Georgia's School Superintendent.
While in Washington the student delegates attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums and they will stay at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.
In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors. Now more than 5,500 strong, alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Among the many distinguished alumni are Senator Susan Collins, the first delegate to be elected to the Senate; Senator Cory Gardner, the first delegate to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the second to be elected to the Senate; former Chief Judge Robert Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; former Ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, and former presidential advisors Thomas "Mack" McLarty and Karl Rove. Additional notables include Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, former Lt. Governor of Idaho David Leroy, former President of the Progressive Policy Institute Robert Shapiro, military officers, members of state legislatures, Foreign Service officers, top congressional staff, healthcare providers and university educators.
Members of the U. S. Senate Youth Program 2017 annual Senate Advisory Committee are: Senator Roger F. Wicker of Mississippi, Republican Co-Chair; Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Democratic Co-Chair; Bipartisan Senate Advisory Members: Senators Bill Cassidy MD (R-LA), Joni K. Ernst (R-IA), James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT) and Jon Tester (D-MT). Each year, the Honorary Co-Chairs of the program are the vice president of the United States and the Senate majority and minority leaders.
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