- Thomasville High School yearbooks can be picked up in Mrs. Celaya's office. There are about 10 extras that are available for purchase for $60. Extra copies of the 2017 yearbook are available for $10 each.
- Testing season begins this week with the middle school Georgia Milestones End of Grade tests. A combined list of all exam schedules can be accessed by clicking HERE or go to the "Academic Success" section of the DOCUMENTS page for separate Advanced Placement, End of Course Georgia Milestones (high school), and End of Grade Georgia Milestones (middle school) schedules.
- Anyone in need of a registration form for the Rose City Run should pick one up in the front office.
- Seniors can access a list of Graduation Activities by clicking HERE or by going to the "Special Events" area on the DOCUMENTS page. Dates and times are subject to change, so stay tuned for clarifications as Graduation 2018 gets closer.
- Basketball championship shirts are available in the Dog Pen, Hick's Clothing Store, and Al Dixon's Menswear. They are $15 and all profits go to the team for purchasing their championship rings.
- The Thomasville High School FFA Plant Sale began Monday, March 26th and continue throughout the 4th 9 weeks. Official sale hours for next week will be 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment throughout the school day. The greenhouse is located behind the softball field on the THS campus. David Young's Agricultural Science class is offering a wide variety of bedding plants, ferns, hanging baskets, and vegetables. Click HERE to view a price list. Please contact David Young if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students in 8th-11th grades need to check their school email accounts for important information about Dual Enrollment (Move On When Ready) options in Georgia. Click HERE to view an informational brochure or find it on the DOCUMENTS page under Academic Success.
- 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!
- 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 and the 2018 Scholars Academy Prospective Family Meeting 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 Veruanikka Newsome
Thomasville High School girls will kick off their second annual Power Puff game at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The game will be between the 10th and 11th graders vs the 9th and 12th graders.
Peer Leadership will be hosting the event to raise proceeds that will fund the Peer Leadership class so that they can fund other events and awareness projects. They chose this type of event to promote the girls-only sport, and it also gets the students involved in intramural sports.
The game will consist of two, twenty minute halves with a continuous clock, in addition to a fifteen minute half-time break.
“I like the fact that the halves are only 20 minutes each so that the game isn’t long and dragged out because we’re are playing for fun” said senior Elli Stone.
There will also be a halftime event consisting of “A Minute to Win It” competition and also a relay race with a prize for the winners.
People will also be able to purchase t-shirts during the game and enjoy food and drinks from a concession stand, hosted by HOSA.
“I feel like playing the 11th graders would be a good competition for the seniors,” said senior Morgan Matthews.
The buzz around the school comes with a majority vote that the seniors will beat the juniors, but that doesn’t deter the juniors.
Claudia White is ready to “kick some senior butt,” and Latatyana Hadley knows you “can't keep real ones down.”
Senior Jenna Long really enjoys football and always wished she could play.
“I want to show off my quarterback skills and show that not only boys can play football,” said Long.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy National Honor Society members served proudly at the Great American Cleanup Project Day on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. The event was hosted by Keep Thomas County Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Forty Thomasville City Schools students were part of the 300 plus volunteers that gave their time to help reduce litter and beautify the Thomasville community and roadways! 2017 Great American Cleanup yielded some 20,000 participating communities across the country comprised of over 5,000,000 volunteers.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy student Ellie Griffin, an 8th grader in Joy Tinney's Broadcast Video class, was notified by The National Road Safety Foundation that her entry in the Drive 2 Life Public Service Announcement contest, co-sponsored by Scholastic, was selected in the top 20 PSA's out of 1,434 entries nationwide. Griffin was congratulated on her thought-provoking concept, commended for her interest in helping teens become conscious about the dangers on the road, and challenged to continue spreading the message to her peers.
FIVE Odyssey of the Mind teams qualified at regional competition to advance to the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind Finals at Columbus State University on April 7, 2018.
Three other students were awarded for their creativity.
After a meeting of MacIntyre Park Middle School, Scholars Academy, and Thomasville High School English teachers, seven students were named as the 6th - 12th grade winners of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition for the Thomasville City Schools district. Pictured: 6th: Maggie Claire Richardson "What My Family Means to Me," 7th: Sarah Grace Young "The Fire Inside," 8th: Madisen Cox "The Assignment," 9th: Rosalie Millere "A Blood Cell's Journey," 10th: Braxton Sizemore "Saxophone," 11th: Emily K Dukes "Dad and Me," and 12th: Lilith R. Edwards "An Explication of 'The Signature of All Things." The district's winning entries will be sent to the regional level of competition at Southwest Georgia RESA District 14.
Back row from left to right (standing): Jett Kiminas, Aubrey Sawyer, Allison Goodwin, Emma Butler, Dekardre Williams, Sarah Harper, Kareem Daniels, Benjamin Dozier, Sydney Jackson, Anna Cooper, Bradley Gaupp, Chae'lla Coles, Logan Delarber, Isabel Claudio-Mirabal, Samantha Althoff, Amber Booker Front row from left to right (kneeling): Jaron King, Allie Bellamy, Clara Clifton, Dr. Sally Hernandez, Jermaiyah Kerbo, Jamesha Mccoy
The String Orchestra of Thomasville City Schools traveled to Orlando on March 1-4 to compete in Festival Disney. Students from Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy and selected 8th grade students from MPMS and Scholars Academy represented the Thomasville City Schools. The student performers were adjudicated by three judges and received a Superior Rating for their performance of three pieces: Spartacus by Brian Balmages, Violet's Tango by Doug Spata, and Danse Infernale by Elliot Del Borgo. The Superior rating was for overall playing ability and preparation of the music. In addition, they received the top score in their division, earning a Gold trophy. They earned more points and beat out other schools in their division. The String Orchestra will complete locally in the Georgia Music Educators Association, District 2, as the only String Orchestra in their District on Wednesday, March 14 at Cairo High School.
Thomasville High School Literary Team competed in the areas of Essay Writing, Oral Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Singing under the direction of Rebecca Ramsey & Aston Bryant on Saturday, March 3 at Irwin County High School. The team finished 3rd overall in the area competition and 1st place winners will compete at the State Literary Meet on Saturday, March 17th at Veterans High School just south of Warner Robins. Pictured: Seth Wier, 2nd place, Rhetorial Essay; John West, 3rd place, Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking; Emily Dixon, 1st place, International Extemporaneous Speaking and 4th place, Oral Interpretation - Dramatic; Oliver Yant & Samuel Bruhn, 5th place, Oral Interpretation - Humorous Duo; and Christina Kato, Julianna Watson (1st place, Girls Solo) & Tyla Joseph, 1st place, Girls Trio.
The Thomasville Center for the Arts Youth Art Month High School Art Competition Results for Scholars Academy:
Grayson Durham won the $1000 Art Scholarship.
Allison Goodwin won 2nd place for her woodblock print of Twin Peaks.
Brittany Hawkins won the Creativity Award for a pencil drawing of a face reflected in a broken mirror.
Winston Cornish won Outstanding Sophomore Artist for his pen and ink dream drawing.
Fredrick Drayton won an Award of excellence for his digitally altered photograph.
Keisha Patel received an Honorable Mention for her woodblock print of a duckling.
For the GHSA AA semi-final basketball games, fans are encouraged to buy tickets online through GoFan. Mobile ticketing allows fans to use their mobile device as their game ticket, providing a faster and more convenience entry. Through GoFan, fans can easily purchase tickets via text message or email.
Thomasville Scholars Academy Science Olympiad B team, consisting of 7th through 9th grade students, competed at the region tournament held at South Georgia State College in Douglas, GA, on Friday, February 23. The Scholars Academy team competed against 7 other teams from around the state and placed 4th overall.
The team competed in twenty-three different events that cover the areas of physics, earth science, biology, engineering, technology, chemistry and scientific inquiry. The competition involved a wide range of activities from identifying rock samples, designing a roller, and building a battery-powered vehicle.
Scholars Academy has a B team for grades 6 through 9, and C team for grades 9 through 12. Both teams are coached by Scholars Academy teacher Christie Ariail. This year’s team members are Abby Jones, Karley Jenkins, Evan Lovvorn, Ella Millere, Thomas Wilson, Nicholas Hall, Sam Carter, Garrett Ledford, Brian Sumler, John Isaac Fromkin, Morgan Hiers, Logan Carraway, Will Cone, and McKenna Connery.
Medals are awarded for 1st through 4th places. 1st place medals were awarded to Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Microbe Mission, and Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Crime Busters. 2nd place medals were awarded to Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Write It Do It, and McKenna Connery, Nicholas Hall, and Will Cone for Experimental Design. 3rd place medals were awarded to Sam Carter and Garrett Ledford for Battery Buggy and Towers, and Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Disease Detectives. 4th place medals were awarded to Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Potions and Poisons, Ella Millere and Thomas Wilson for Fast Facts, Brian Sumler and John Isaac Fromkin for Mystery Architecture and Hovercraft, Evan Lovvorn and Will Cone for Dynamic Planet, and Morgan Hiers and Logan Carraway for Road Scholar.
Ribbons are awarded for 5th through 10th places. 5th place ribbons were awarded to McKenna Connery and Nicholas Hall for Wright Stuff and Herpetology. 6th place ribbons were awarded to Morgan Hiers and Logan Carraway for Roller Coaster and Solar System, Ella Millere and Evan Lovvorn for Anatomy & Physiology, and Abby Jones and Karley Jenkins for Meteorology. 7th place ribbons were awarded to Evan Lovvorn and Will Cone for Ecology, Garrett Ledford and Sam Carter for Rocks & Minerals, and McKenna Connery and Nicholas Hall for Thermodynamics. 8th place ribbons were awarded to Brian Sumler and John Isaac Fromkin for Optics.
Ariail explained that Science Olympiad gives the students an opportunity to become experts in a topic, and then compete against their peers from around the state. Ariail is thrilled with her team’s success.
“This was the first time most of the students on this team had participated in Science Olympiad, so I am excited at how well they did. I am proud that each student won at least medal in an event that they did; their hard work has definitely paid off.” she said. "I can’t wait to see what they achieve next year after this year’s experience!”
Thomasville High School Scholars Academy Academic Team competed at Andrew College on February 7, 2018; and brought home quite a bit of hardware. THS is an AA classified school for enrollment, but he Academic Team chose to compete in the AAAAA – AAAAAAA classification in the Andrew College competition. With a 1st and 2nd place award given in each category, THS Scholars Academy won the following: Math - 1st place Thomas Wilson (9th grade), 1st place Kaitlyn Kasper (10th grade), and 1st place Mason Wilson (11th grade); Social Studies - 1st place Emma Szwarc (9th grade), 2nd place Ella Millere (9th grade), 1st place Max White (10th grade), 2nd place Jack Edge (10th grade), 1st place Claudia-Michelle White (11th grade), 2nd place Ben Dozier (11th grade), and 1st place Jackson Singletary (12th grade); Science - 1st place Caroline Hiers (9th grade), 1st place Emily Dixon (11th grade), and 2nd place John Carpenter (11th grade); Personal Essay - 2nd place Roderick Elzy (across all grade levels); and Dramatic Monologue - 1st place Matthew Cline, 2nd place Carl Blackmore (across all grade levels).
Tickets for the Wednesday, February 28 GHSA Quarterfinal Basketball Game in Columbus against Spencer High School will go on sale today beginning at 1:00 pm at Thomasville High School and continue until 2:00 pm on Wednesday. Interested fans can see Mr. Ricky Duncan to purchase a ticket for $7.00. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm. The tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. We have 300 pre-sale tickets. Once those are sold out, fans will have to purchase a ticket at the game.
Thomasville City Schools sent 41 middle and high school students to compete in the region science fair held at ABAC in Tifton on Friday, February 16. They earned 9 of the slots for state competition and 14 first place projects overall. Congratulations to all!
Mackenzie Easler (going to state)
Abby Gerleman (alternate to state)
Xavier Green (going to state)
Nicholas Hall (going to state)
Caroline Hiers (going to state)
Chip Hunt (going to state)
Anika Imhof (going to state)
Katelyn Newman (going to state)
Colin Szwarc (alternate to state)
Julianna Watson (going to state)
Adelyne Welch (going to state)
Katie Beth Young
Carter Grace Crocker
by Savannah Jackson
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a club where students come together at Thomasville High School on Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. and at Scholars Academy on Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m. to talk about God.
FCA meetings taking place in the morning helps students start their day off right. It clears their minds of all negativity that may occur later in the day.
Junior Marc Davis says, “When I struggle during the school day, I think back to what was talked about in FCA that morning and it helps me in the situation I am struggling in.”
Nathan Espy, Scholars Academy FCA Sponsor hopes that students realize that God has an awesome plan for their lives.
“In order to realize this plan, they must surrender to God's will daily and trust that he always is working for our good, even during the most difficult times,” said Espy.
Keith Gwaltney, Thomasville High FCA Sponsor explained that FCA is a student-lead organization for kids that are interested in being Christ followers on campus.
“Its main goal is to make the gospel available to everyone on campus. We want to bring kids into a fellowship with other believers, see kids get saved, and see lives transformed,” said Gwaltney.
The topics of the messages that are discussed in the meetings are not just about God; they are also about how to act toward others, how to tackle a difficult situation, or just everyday life. At the end of each meeting, the students think about what was discussed and how they can relate it to the Bible.
Junior Margo Rainey has been in FCA for six years and loves the positive mood it gives her in the mornings.
“I’ve learned to not be afraid to share my faith with at school and to teach others,” said Rainey.
FCA went on a field trip to an FSU football game in the fall, with the purpose of getting students to go on a fun outing and a chance to hear the gospel at a gathering prior to the football game.
“[The FSU trip] gives me a chance to get to know some of the kids on a different level,” said Gwaltney.
The great thing about FCA is that students do not have to be an athlete to join and new members are accepted and can walk in at any time. All students have to do is show up to the FCA meetings at either THS on Thursdays or Scholars Academy on Tuesdays.
by Grace Herrin
Thomasville High School…home of the red and gold, the Bulldogs, talented students, and devoted teachers. Our school. All of us serve a purpose in our role here as we, the students, come to learn and teachers come to teach us vital information we need to face the world at the end of our twelve school years.
At the end of the day, students take away numbers, equations, formulas, punctuation, a piling homework to-do list, laughs from friends, anger from a bad grade, and a smile from a good one. Little do we know that as we trudge to our cars to go home at the end our day, we take away the positivity of the warm smiles and the hard-working mindset of the people who truly make our school a wonderful place.
The cafeteria staff helps to make our school environment more enjoyable each day. However, despite all they do for us, we don’t really seem to know them as well as we thought. The staff cares very deeply for all of the students by always being ready to aid them in any way that they can.
Cassandra Henderson has worked for two years in the Thomasville High School cafeteria.
“I love them! They are like my children, and I am ‘Mom’,” said Henderson.
Brenda Wilson started as a sub and got hired full time last year as assistant manager of the THS cafeteria.
“I try to know everyone personally; I try to get their vibe. I don’t know how the students’ lives are at the house, but I can affect their lives positively at school… with love,” said Wilson.
Although we know the faces, few of us actually know the individual interests of these remarkable people. They all have places they dream to go to, hobbies and sports they played as kids, movies they like, and of course, three wishes they could have come true.
Toby Lamica has been working at the MacIntyre Park cafeteria at Scholars Academy since 2007.
“If I had three wishes, I would want a chauffeur, another dog, and to retire,” said Lamica.
“My favorite hobby as a kid was kickball,” said Henderson.
“The coolest place I’ve ever been to was Myrtle Beach on my bike. There were over 20,000 bikes that cruised the streets,” said Wilson.
"My favorite kind of movie is romance; I’m a romantic. I love watching the Hallmark channel,” said Lamica.
These staff members have the best ideas on how to improve our school since they interact with students every day during the week.
“All of the adults really need to learn more about the kids,’” said Wilson.
“We need more togetherness between faculty staff and nutrition staff. When everybody works together you can't lose!” said Henderson.
These are only a few of the many inspiring people who work behind the scenes to improve our school in the smallest but most effective ways possible.
So if you meet the friendly smile of the cafeteria staff while you type in your lunch number, give them a friendly “Thank you for all you do,” or “Hope your day is going well,” so we can show how much we really appreciate what they do for us and our amazing school. In the words of Henderson…“Go Bulldogs!”
by Rachel Brewer
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Mathletes won 1st place in their division at the Georgia Southwestern State University Mathematics Tournament on February 9, 2018.
Mason Wilson received an individual, 1st place overall award and Tori Cordista received an individual, 2nd place overall award at the competition.
Mathletes is the perfect opportunity for high schoolers to practice math with fellow classmates and learn new ways to perform math problems at area competitions against other schools.
They meet every other week to improve their math skills and learn new techniques from each other. The skills that Mathletes members obtain by participating on the team benefit the students in ways that a regular math class doesn’t.
“I like reinforcing all the math that I learned before...I know people that have taken Calculus before can teach others how to do it, so it’s really cool that I can learn some of the stuff I didn’t know,” said Mathletes President Tori Cordista.
Mathletes members go to competitions where various individuals can compete depending on who the competitions are open to.
Coridista said, “Different people go to different competitions because sometimes the requirements are really specific for who can compete. Sometimes they’re for all girls or all one grade. It kind of varies.”
Mathletes confirm that the program is educational and beneficial, yet it can still be fun by doing it with friends and having fun competing with fellow classmates. They not only go to competitions together, but the team bonds by taking field trips to places such as Wild Adventures.
The members prepare for competitions by completing practice packets full of old problems and challenging their teammates.
“We do our packets on the bus on the way and go over commonly asked questions to prepare,” said Mathletes member, Emily Dixon.
Mathletes is not only beneficial to one’s education, but can also be helpful with future careers.
“It looks really good on college applications and things like that, and I think it gives you a good appreciation for math outside of the classroom,” said Dixon.
Amanda Nelson, the team’s coach, has been involved with the team since it first began two years ago, but this is the first year she has led it by herself. According to Nelson, Mathletes is open to any high school student that is interested, and there are students of all math levels on the team.
“I really like going to competitions with my team because even though I don’t compete myself, it’s fun seeing them get excited about competing and when they win something it’s like all the hard work paid off,” said Nelson.
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