- Homecoming 2018 Spirit Week is October 18-21! Monday - Pajama Day for Students (Student Holiday), Tuesday - Tacky Day, Wednesday - Squad Day - students and staff can coordinate as a group to dress alike or as different characters, Thursday - ESPN Day - wear your favorite sports team's jersey or colors, and Friday - District of Champions Day - We're encouraging everyone to wear their Red & Gold loudly and proudly. The students and teachers from each school with the most creative/flamboyant outfit will be recognized.
- Homecoming Parade is Thursday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. Parade starts and travels along Washington Street and ends at the Historic Courthouse for a community pep rally.
- Homecoming Football Game is Friday, September 21 at 8:00 p.m. - THS vs. Cook County. Homecoming queens and kings will be crowned at halftime.
- Seniors, it's time to sign up for Grad Bash 2019! Go to the Senior Information page on the Scholars Academy website to download the registration form. Registration will begin Monday, September 10. Bring your completed form and $45 deposit to Mrs. Ariail. The first 50 that sign up and pay their deposit will get to go! Don't delay!
- Any high school student interested in ABC Art Club must pick up a permission slip at the office or in Mrs. Ivey-Jackson's room.
- Seniors who did not sit for their senior portraits over the summer are scheduled for makeups at Scholars Academy in the Multipurpose Room on Monday, September 24, 2018. Students have been sent an email with session time. Email Mrs. Celaya if you did not receive information and you missed the summer sessions.
- Middle school and high school make-up picture day is October 18, 2018.
- High School Students All Sports Passes are on sale for $20. Passes are valid for all home contests excluding basketball and football games for the 2018-2019 school year. Please see Mr. Duncan in the THS office to purchase your pass.
- Go to the ATHLETICS page to get current sports schedules for softball, volleyball, football, cross country, basketball, swimming, and baseball.
- Go to the STUDENT LIFE page to get a list of clubs and organizations at THS, SA, and MPMS.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings will be on Tuesdays at 7:20 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Both athletes and non-athletes are welcome to attend. For more information, please see Coach Espy.
- Order your 2018-19 copy of THS yearbook, The Pines, with foil name included:
- Full Page Senior Ad + Yearbook Bundle: $100 until October 19, 2018
Yearbook EARLY BIRD: $40.00 until October 19, 2018
Yearbook SECOND CHANCE: $50.00 until February 19, 2019
Yearbook LAST CHANCE: $60.00 until March 11, 2019
- There are two ways to order your HIGH SCHOOL yearbook:
1. Go to www.ybpay.com and enter Yearbook ID Code 12981519.
2. Order in person from Mrs. Celaya (Room B7) at Scholars Academy OR
at THS from Mrs. Hawthorne.
- Senior Recognition Ads after bundle pricing expires on October 19, 2018:
• $100 for full page: 8.5 x 11 (vertical)
• $50 for 1/2 page: 8.5 x 5.5 (horizontal)
- To promote positive behaviors, we use incentives and rewards. Examples of past incentives include a ticket reward system, weekly prize drawings, monthly certificates, and reward parties. We need prizes to reach as many students as possible to reward positive behavior. If you would like to help, please consider donating:
Prizes for students – Popular prizes include gift cards (iTunes, restaurants, gas cars, etc.) in $5-$10 range, earbuds, candy bars, inexpensive jewelry, etc. Anything goes!
Prizes for teachers – We would like to reward our Teacher of the Month with a gift card to a local business in the amount of $20-$25.
Money – Cash donations can be used to purchase supplies for the reward parties or the prizes for drawings. No amount is too small!
- Students may exempt their 2nd semester final exam in a course if they meet the following criteria:
- An overall A average
- 3 or fewer unexcused* absences (3 tardies = 1 absence!)
- No ISS or OSS
*See the student handbook for guides on excused/unexcused absences.
Exemption rules: Only Scholars classes in the following courses may exempt: ELA, math, science, social studies, and foreign language. A student exempting an exam must attend the reward party during the time of the exam. Failure to do so will nullify the exemption.
- Stop by the front office to check out the new Scholars Academy T-shirt featuring one-of-a-kind artwork by Class of 2018 senior Grayson Durham. They are $20 each and available in an assortment of sizes.
- Go to the CALENDAR for important upcoming concerts, activities, and events and the 2018-19 Thomasville City Schools Calendar.
- 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.
On September 11, 2018, in accordance with Governor Nathan Deal's executive order, Thomasville High School Air Force ROTC raised, and then lowered to half-staff, our nation's colors in recognition of Patriot Day and in memory of those lives lost on September 11, 2001.
THS AFJROTC Corps Commander Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Johnson led the ceremony, while Cadets Azaria Bell, Shemekia Clark, and Jackson Mims made up the color guard. THS band member, Samuel Watts played “To the Colors” as the flag was raised and “Taps” as it was lowered to half-staff. THS was honored to have in attendance Troy Rich, Thomasville Chief of Police and Tim Connell, Thomasville Fire Marshal.
But what about the other 179 days of the school year? Diligent groups of students and the teachers that lead them are responsible for the proper raising and lowering of the flags at several Thomasville City Schools.
Five fifth graders at Scott Elementary were organized by teacher Adrienne Angry: Tyler Carr, Eddie Coleman, Isaiah Jones, Chanel Mascoe, and Jaylen Thurman.
Carr says that it’s important to be a part of the flag team because it shows respect for the flag and respect for the United States of America.
“You have to be really responsible to be a part of the flag team,” added Mascoe.
Students not only practice discipline in these groups but also learn proper etiquette for handling and displaying the U.S flag.
“I learned that a flag should not be left out in the rain, and that it should not be allowed to touch the ground,” said Jones.
Jerger Elementary’s flag team, organized by Allison Dewell and Debbie Griner, is made up of four rotating teams of four: Team 1- Mac Hunt, Rudra Patel, Ethan Griffin, Cazyah Dyson; Team 2 - Sellers Newman, Adanya Smith, Emma Gebel, Bryce Rieck; Team 3 - Connor Pringle, Nick May, Bella Kitchens, Izzy Ward; and Team 4 - Madison Clark, Ella Parker, Clair Jones, Brando Baggett.
Hunt explained that he now knows that if the flag is hung upside-down that it means ‘distress’ and that it must be lowered to half-staff to honor those who have died.
For others, they decided to participate for simple reasons.
“I joined the team because I wanted to learn something new, and I like helping my school,” said Patel.
“I just like trying new things, and it’s really cool to handle the U.S. flag,” said Dyson.
Alan Maples takes pride in his flag team at MacIntyre Park Middle School: Cameron Criswell, Nyriannah Forbes, Aidan Hunt, Kaneija Russ, Brekya McCray, Alyssa Morabito, Noah Snipes, Kemyah Tucker, and Shakyra Walker.
Russ is the student-leader of the group, and aspires to join AFJROTC when she reaches high school.
“I love the marching part of it,” said Russ.
Russ also recalls that she, at one time, was the only girl on the team and thought if she enjoyed it, maybe some other girls would enjoy it, too.
“Kaneija inspired me to join and then I inspired Kemyah [Tucker] to join,” said Walker.
Several students reported using the skills that they have learned on flag team in settings beyond school.
“We raise the flag at home, and my dad was really proud when I found the group and learned even more about it,” said Morabito.
A small group of students have taken on the Scholars Academy daily flag duty according to Gina Bennett: Whit Fennell, Rhys Garland, and Brayton Hanna.
Fennell said that he wanted to do something for his school and independently learned about flag protocol and practiced folding the flag. He soon discovered that it wasn’t a “one-man” job to keep the flag from touching the ground, so he asked Garland and Hanna to join in the responsibility.
“I really have to be at school or else I have to let someone know that I won’t be here, or it might not happen,” said Fennell.
In addition to rotating the flag duty throughout their organization, THS AFJROTC cadets teach flag protocol to younger cadets and at local churches and elementary schools.
Jarrett Daniel said that he has taught freshmen cadets the symbolism of raising and lowering our nation's flag.
“To me it's all about being a symbol of guidance. Many people look at our school's flag when they drive by, and I get to be privileged enough to know I am a part of their experience,” said Daniel.
Jack Wood explained that he raises and lowers the flag because he believes in representing his country to the best of his ability.
“I've taught the freshmen because I believe in passing that on,” said Wood.
Jordan Bonar contends that he raises and lowers the flag to start his day productively.
“Raising the flag is one of the first tasks completed signifying the start of the day and the hope that many more tasks will be completed. Raising the flag is like raising the spirits of my peers for that day and many more to come,” said Bonar.
Shemekia Clark, who served on the color guard at the THS Patriot Day ceremony, reiterated the basic purpose of her position.
“Raising and lowering the flag means respecting our country,” said Clark.
Sixth graders in Djuana Rinehart’s social studies class reinforce their learning of economics and the four factors of economic growth that make up a country’s GDP (gross domestic product). The students create hats that represent natural resources, capital goods, entrepreneurs, and human capital. The culminating event includes a red-carpet and fashion show celebration with prizes for design in each area of economic growth and, of course, “Best Strut!”
Three new middle and high school leaders are energized by their goals for the future and encouraged by a warm welcome from a “district full of caring people.” A relationship among the administrators, faculty, support staff, and students was the common attraction for these three administrators when they chose to join the “District of Champions.”
Dr. Laine Reichert begins her second year as Thomasville City Schools Superintendent.
“We are so excited to welcome three high-caliber administrators to continue the good work at our middle and high schools,” said Dr. Reichert.
A champion is a person who has surpassed all rivals in a competition, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause or on behalf of someone else.
MacIntyre Park Middle School Principal Dr. Tret Witherspoon plans to build on the strengths of the school district to achieve his goals.
“The strengths of the Thomasville City School District include a strong faculty, support staff, and stakeholders who place the needs of our students as priority,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Thomasville High School Principal Dr. Shannon Norfleet notes that when most people think of champions, they would naturally think about all of the successful athletes that have been a part of the Thomasville City School System, but there is so much more.
“TCS is a part of and a reflection of the Thomasville community. This community is a strong and tight-knit community of people who are proud to live and work here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
He added that since moving here, usually the first thing people say is that they graduated from THS and the year that they graduated.
“This is a community of successful people who are proud to have gone to THS. These are champions,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace is proud that her students earn awards in areas from academics to athletics to fine arts, but knows that a champion doesn’t always receive public accolades.
“I want to be a part of helping students see that they are champions because they have reached their goals and have succeeded in a way, which may not win a trophy, but will prepare them to graduate high school and to succeed in whatever their next steps are in life,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon hopes to close, what he calls, “the attitude gap.” He refers to this as the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not. When the attitude gap closes, so will the achievement gap. He aims for the transformation of student attitudes through intentional reflection of teachers’ and administrators’ own attitudes toward the students, their practice, and their development.
"I plan to close the attitude gap by creating an environment for learning, having a positive attitude toward students, building relationships with students, showing compassion for students, and creating relevance in instruction,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet’s goals for THS involve a focus on the current students as well as the schools’ heritage.
“I hope to build a strong culture at the school that ensures a quality learning environment for every student and that honors the great legacy of Thomasville High School,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace will focus on the unique nature of her students at the 6-12 accelerated magnet program and will continue to focus on positive connections with students as the foundation to further increase academic success.
“At Scholars Academy we have high achievers who are willing to put in the work to achieve at the highest level. The Scholars Academy team will continue to provide incredible instruction to support our students’ successes and are willing to spend the extra hours it takes before and after school and on weekends to make that happen,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon joins Thomasville City Schools again at MacIntyre Park Middle School. Witherspoon began his professional career as an 8th grade teacher at Cook Middle School in Adel. After two years at Cook Middle School, he spent the next three years teaching English and Employability Skills at Moultrie Technical College and then two years as teacher/administrator at Valdosta Technical College Cook County Campus. Witherspoon went on to serve as assistant principal of Cook Elementary School and principal at Taliaferro County School, before he accepted the principal’s position at Scott Elementary in July of 2007 where he served for next six years. His next assignment was at Stringfellow Elementary in Moultrie where he served as principal for four years. After serving as an elementary principal the last 11 years, he is extremely excited to begin his tenure as principal of MacIntyre Park Middle School.
Dr. Norfleet comes to Thomasville High School as a public educator for the past 24 years, including 13 years of classroom experience teaching chemistry in Houston, Putnam, and Bleckley Counties. For the past 10 years, he has served the Bibb County School District in several administrative positions, including successful tenures as principal at the middle and high school levels.
Wallace is following up 21 years as the director of Pathways Educational Program where she lead a vital part of local school systems' continuum of services for students in Pre-K through 12th grade with severe emotional disorders or autism from all socio-economic backgrounds and range of academic abilities
Dr. Witherspoon said that he has grown personally and professionally and believes that his educational preparation and professional experiences have prepared him for this position.
“My successful track record and experience in successfully executing strategic plans and deploying necessary supports for continuous improvements have prepared me to lead at the next level,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet said that he has never been welcomed so nicely to any job or community.
“Thomasville is a wonderful place and I am thankful for having been given the opportunity to serve here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace entered education with the goal to help every student reach his or her potential. One of the most important things she wants students to know is that she’s interested in them— who they are.
“Just recently a student walked up to me and said, ‘Mrs. Wallace, I am one of your students, and I wanted to introduce myself.’ They know I want to know them— not just their names and faces but what they enjoy, what their goals are, or even where they may struggle,” said Wallace.
Wallace added that TCS understands the importance of relationships in education. It is one of the many reasons joining the district was so appealing.
“Superintendent Reichert is working to continue to show that this is a district that cares— not just about test scores and numbers, but where administrators, faculty, and support staff at and among the schools are working to continue to make the district even better for every student,” said Wallace.
All are invited to a Meet and Greet for the new administrators on Tuesday, August 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Thomasville City Schools Board Meeting Room (404 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor). TCS scheduled Board Meeting will follow at 5:00 p.m.
Djuana Rinehart's sixth grade World Geography students began the year with an introduction to research by investigating the most important dates of all, their birthdays! Wren Spivey shares a birthday with the day that the first ice cream cone was sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, popularly known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, and she brought everyone a cone. Savannah Stanley's birthday is the same as the day Mother's Day was officially put on the calendar, and she brought flowers for each of her classmates to give to their mothers.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students’ persistent achievement as Advanced Placement Scholars continues with 47 named AP Scholars in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Christopher Carpenter, Anne Clifton, Grayson Durham, Lilith Edwards, Ian Penix, and Jackson Singletary; current seniors Louis Carter, Emily Dixon, Spencer Harbin, Mason West, Claudia-Michele White, Seth Wier, and Mason Wilson; and current junior Braxton Sizemore qualify for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Roderick Elzy, Liam Foster, Brittany Hawkins, and Garrett Poole; current seniors John Carpenter, Brayton Hanna, Tyla Joseph, Christian Pyle, and Maura Shiner; and current juniors Jack Edge, Elijah Humphries, Emma Humphries, Kaitlyn Kasper, and Maxwell White qualify for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Class of 2018 graduates Carl Blackmore, Madison Cook, Anna Cooper, Victoria Cordista, Yolanda Hadley, Alexa Hernandez, Morgan Matthews, Anna Kate Pomeroy, Jessica Shores, and John West; current seniors Ben Dozier, LaTatyana Hadley, Sydney McKay, Keisha Patel, Heaven Robinson, Amber Sarabia, and London Weier; and current juniors Winston Cornish and Kathleen Geyer all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
Ashley Ivey-Jackson, who teaches AP Studio Art and AP Art History, notices a common work ethic in students who succeed in AP classes and on AP exams.
“These students realize that it takes effort on their part with research and reading beyond the notes given in class to do well in an Advanced Placement class,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Betty Elkins currently has 42 enthusiastic sophomores in her AP English Language class.
“Our students are not afraid to tackle rigorous coursework, and it is amazing to watch their progress from August to May each year,” said Elkins.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace agrees that the Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, but teachers provide the level of instruction and support to give students the skills and confidence to score well.
“At Scholars Academy, we encourage every child to take the exams in their AP classes; we don't select or handpick those to test. The preparation we provide along with the expectation and culture of success consistently produces a large number of AP Scholars,” said Wallace.
“If you expect a lot out of your students and believe in their ability to produce on a higher level, they generally will rise to meet your expectations,” said Ivey-Jackson.
Guidance counselor Marcie West explains that Advanced Placement courses serve a dual purpose for students: the opportunity to experience the rigor of college classes and to select courses that are necessary to gain acceptance into competitive colleges.
“Because of the national acceptance of AP, we encourage all students to take the AP tests at the end of the year. Ninety-five percent of our students earn an AP score that awards them college credit. In many cases Scholars Academy students earn up to eight hours of college credit per AP course and test,” added West.
Students achieving AP Scholar Awards have the remaining time in high school to complete additional AP exams to increase their standings as AP Scholars. Academy students begin taking AP classes in the 9th grade so that they can take full advantage of the school’s wide offerings of twenty-one AP courses which go beyond the typical four academic subject areas. AP courses in music theory, foreign languages, and visual arts expand the choices for students.
AP Environmental Science teacher Robert Peterson notes that these students have learned to manage their workload to be able to complete the work and hold a busy extracurricular schedule.
“All of them have a drive to be successful and it shows in their work ethic,” said Peterson.
AP Literature teacher Lynn Stowers defines a skill that sets apart the best AP students.
“One thing which is very helpful in AP Literature is the ability to understand the nuance of what the author is saying. Well-written literature always gives the reader hints of a deeper level of meaning. The ability to sense that deeper level can make the difference between just barely passing and doing really well,” said Stowers.
Scholars Academy has accumulated 8 National AP Scholars, an award which is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on 8 or more exams. These National AP Scholar Thomasville City Schools graduates continued their studies at a variety of institutions: Shradha Patel (United States Naval Academy), Felix Edwards (Amherst College), Milo St. Ives (University of Georgia), Sharon Autry (University of Georgia), Aaron Bellamy (Georgia College and State University), Jacob Rieber (University of Pennsylvania), Rebecca Jane White (United States Naval Academy); and Asa Harbin (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, the College Board’s AP Program provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions.
The seasoned Scholars Academy Odyssey of the Mind team wowed the judges during the team’s third trip to World Finals, finishing 3rd in the United States and 6th in the world.
The Scholars Academy OM team including Matthew Cline, Bo Miller, Erin Quick, Alston Stevenson, Jackson Hodge, Ella Millere, and Reid Harbin presented its performance-based problem solution at World Finals at Iowa State University during May 23-26, in Ames, Iowa.
The team’s solution for the problem, “Stellar Hangout,” included a 6.5-foot dragon made entirely out of spoons; a giant, glowing and talking eyeball; and computer programmed puppets that spoke without manual manipulation.
“This team never ceases to amaze me!” Coach Kimsey Hodge said about the team. “The hours and effort that they put into a solution is mind-boggling. It’s like an obsession with them. I even had to limit their requested work time in order to spend time with family this year. They utilized that time very efficiently.”
This experienced team also mentored the MacIntyre Park Middle School team that qualified for and attended World Finals, the school’s first-ever OM World Finals team. Rising senior Erin Quick enjoyed mentoring the newcomers.
“It was so much fun to experience World Finals through the eyes of someone who has never been before. They are such sweet guys,” said Quick.
The MPMS team competed in the Balsa Wood Structure problem, “Animal House.” The team had to build a structure weighing no more that 15 grams but held as much weight as possible. At regional competition, the team held 185 pounds. Members who attended World Finals were Acire Golden, Donovan Brooks, and Dillon Brown.
“I learned a lot about structures, but I also learned about teamwork and commitment,” said Brooks,rising Thomasville High School freshman.
Co-coach Marc Cramer felt the MPMS team grew, as well.
“They really learned a lot this year and it was great to watch them figure out the process of building structures and learning about teamwork,” said Cramer.
After competition in Iowa, both teams and coaches took an educational side trip to Chicago before coming home. They visited the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, and saw the historically-based musical, Hamilton.
“It was amazing!” stated Harbin, a rising sophomore at Scholars Academy, as he was leaving the theater.
Fellow rising Scholars Academy sophomore, Jax Hodge has been listening to the soundtrack for well over a year and said, “I loved it!”
Class of 2018 senior Cline said, “It was the most incredible experience of my life...I have chill bumps!”
Cline, incidentally, missed his own graduation from Thomasville High School in order to compete at World Finals. Fortunately, a graduation ceremony is held at World Finals for just this type of situation, considering the time of the year in which the competition is held. On Friday, May 25, Cline walked across the stage at Iowa State University with close to 100 graduates from around the world who were also missing their gradations to be at the competition.
Both teams, as well as the other teams housed at Scholars Academy will begin preparing for next year’s competition as early as this summer.
“That’s the difference between the teams that do well and the teams who struggle,” stated Kimsey Hodge. “Those who find success in OM start early and work many, long hours - which means their coaches do also!”
This incredible trip would not have been possible without the generous support of Thomasville City Schools; The City of Thomasville; Kiwanis; Senior Life; Hong Yip; Quirky Perks; The Gift Shop; TECT Company; Barbarito’s of Tallahassee; JB Crumbs; Diablos; H&H Engraving; Bertschy Construction; Grassroots Coffee; Representative Darlene Taylor; The Gift Shop; Chastain’s BP Service Station; Liam’s; Jonah’s Fish and Grits; Thomasville National Bank, Bobby Dollar’s Appliance Consultants; You’re Maker; Taste of Thomasville; Chick-fil-a of Thomasville; Sweet Grass Dairy; The Bookshelf; Kouncil Klub; Billiard Academy; TOSAC; Small Cakes; Savannah Moon; Cairo Medical Care; Silvis, Ambrose, Lindquist and Coch; Al Dixon Menswear; Courtney’s Couture; Carroll and Company; Full Circle Lawn and Landscaping; Mary Madison Boutique; and many other private donations.
Scholars Academy English teacher Lynn Stowers was honored for 50 years of continuous service at Thomasville High School. Superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert presented her with a letter from Governor Nathan Deal. Stowers was also presented with an autographed copy of a book written by one of her students, a copy of Moby Dick with pages artfully folded into the word "teacher," and a book of over 50 thank you letters from students from the past 50 years. Stowers plans to continue teaching at Scholars Academy!
Click here to view WCTV coverage of the event.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students showcased their techniques and skills that they acquired over the school year on March 28-30 in the MacIntyre Auditorium under the direction of dance instructors Alison Bundrick and Esmond Pickett.
According to Bundrick’s syllabus, the dance course at Scholars Academy teaches individuals multiple dance forms such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop. The course also offers the lessons of etiquette, vocabulary, history, choreographic principles, and elements of performing.
Dance has been offered at the Scholars Academy for seven years, marking Bundrick’s seventh year directing the Dance Showcase.
“I am always amazed at their performances and so proud to be a part of a wonderful program,” said Bundrick.
The showcase featured 27 dances choreographed by Bundrick, Pickett, and several guest and student choreographers.
“When working with a guest choreographer, you get to explore new movement and learn different techniques that may help you improve,” said Riann Duggan.
The Dance Showcase featured 130 students ranging from 6th to 12th grade, which consists of different levels of technique experience among the students.
“Ensuring that beginners are given material that is within their skill set and at the same time challenging for the advanced dancers can be difficult,” said Bundrick.
The dance number “Put a Praise on It” choreographed by Pickett was a crowd favorite due to its exciting movements and catchy rhythm. The dance consisted of old gospel and new gospel songs which engaged the viewers of all different ages.
Senior Daria Stephens choreographed the dance number, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which told the story of girls at a sleepover.
The audience left remembering the “Finale,” which featured all of the dancers in one ensemble and music from the High School Musical soundtrack.
The dancers not only put together the show, but many backstage elements put the finishing touches to the show.
“Prior to the performance, there are many production elements that must be completed including costume selection and fittings, getting the program ready for printing, cast meals for the dancers during theatre week, all the music edited and in show order, light cues set, and so much more.
Bundrick explained that parents assisted with cast meals, dressing room supervision, backstage, ticket sales, concessions, ushers, and costume cleaning.
“The time I enjoy the most about the Dance Showcase is theatre week. Even if everyone is stressed and anxious, it’s fun to sit and watch the dances of other classes,” said Muriel Sarabia.
“I enjoy making new memories, performing with my friends, and showing how much the dance program has taught us over the course of the school year,” said Sophi Sampson.
Bundrick explained what she wants her students to take away from the experience.
“The most important lesson I hope the dancers learn is the value of hard work and perseverance. These two skills will enable them to succeed in anything they choose to explore,” said Bundrick.
by Molly Novak
Thomasville City Schools Scholars Academy Latin Club aims to reach elementary students and interest them in studying Latin or Greek in upper grades by bringing back its third annual, all classics-themed Classical Fair.
The Classical Fair was held on February 24 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the Bulldog Dash 5K Race as it has become the tradition for the last three years.
Latin Club is an extracurricular school program that has grown from twenty-seven members to forty-one members for Latin and Greek students in a year. Charles Gammel’s six-year running Latin Club provides Scholars Academy with profound language study that allows students to excel beyond their normal Latin class coursework
Latin Club co-President Emily Dixon explained that the importance of Classical Fair is to reach out to young students and showcase that Spanish classes aren’t the only foreign language options offered at Scholars Academy.
Latin Club co-President Braxton Sizemore said, “Classical Fair is one of the most important events in the spring at the Scholars Academy, because it allows students who are passionate about the classics to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of Scholars students.”
“Younger kids from Jerger, Scott, and Harper come not only to have a good time, but also to learn a little more about the cultures of the ancient world,” said Sizemore.
Every station was student-planned and student-operated at the event: Greek dancing, flower crowns, pot painting, gladiator training and fighting, candy mummy making, and face painting.
“I think the Greek pottery station best represents the Classical era because everyone is really familiar with the red and black Greek pots. Getting to make and put your own spin on it is really cool,” said Dixon.
“[Classical Fair] provides leadership opportunities to the students who are involved and working. It increases comradery in members of the club as they are achieving a common goal,” stated Gammel.
Gammel expressed that his favorite part is watching students work together to make the whole event happen.
“My favorite station is definitely the marshmallow mummy station! It is so fun, and also really informational about the process of mummification in ancient Egypt,” said Sizemore.
Dixon said, “My favorite station at Classical Fair has to be Greek dancing!”
Sizemore added, “I love seeing all the little kids running around and whacking each other with pool noodles in gladiator combat!”
by Semira Davis
Two Thomasville City Schools Odyssey of the Mind teams bound for World Finals will offer community-wide performances on Saturday, May 12 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Thomasville Amphitheater. The event is free, open to the public, and will include opportunities to help fund their trip to World Finals in May.
A high school and a middle school team from Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School will compete at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from May 23- 26.
The high school Scholars Academy team that includes Matthew Cline, Reid Harbin, Jax Hodge, Bo Miller, Ella Millere, Erin Quick, and Alston Stevenson won first place with “Stellar Hangout” (Performance problem) at State Finals and will be advancing to World Finals. They are currently the reigning 3rd place team in the world in their problem and division for 2017.
The middle school Scholars Academy and MacIntyre Park Middle School team that includes Donovan Brooks, Dillion Brown, Acire Golden, and Will Roberts won second place with “Animal House” (Balsa wood/structure problem) at State Finals and will also be advancing to World Finals.
Three other teams scored high enough at region competition to compete in the State Finals at Columbus State University. A team made up of Jerger Elementary students and one homeschool student included Olivia Barnes, Kyra Clatto, Henry Edge, Audrey Murray, and Lilli Watson; they competed in “Triathlon Trials (Vehicle problem). A high school Scholars Academy team also competed in the “Triathlon Trials” problem; team members included Winston Cornish, Ben Dozier, Fred Drayton, Jack Edge, Ryan Jones, Max White, and Oliver Yant. A high school Scholars Academy and Thomasville High School team that included Semira Davis, Wyndham Drayton, Bre’Yannah Frazier, Tian Green, and Yasmine Lane competed in “Emoji...Speak for Yourself” (Technical problem).
“In the past five years, Odyssey of the Mind has allowed me to come out of my shell and experience new things with amazing people. Also, it has helped me to look at not only people, but the world itself with a new, creative perspective. During the years, OM has taught me that through hard work and determination, you can achieve anything you desire to accomplish,” said Quick, a junior at Scholars Academy who is headed back to World Finals for a second time with her team.
“We wanted to represent MacIntyre Park Middle School because they didn’t have a team, and I had fun doing something I’ve never done before,” said Brooks, one of the students advancing to World Finals.
All eight of the teams that competed regionally this year were overseen and coached by Kimsey Hodge. A Primary team (K-2nd grade) made up of students from Scott and Jerger Elementary Schools was primarily coached after school by former Scholars Academy OM teacher, Katie Chastain. Tracey Edge, a parent volunteer, helped Hodge coach the Elementary team (3rd-5th grade). Theater Tech teacher at Scholars Academy, Marc Cramer, assisted Hodge with the middle and high school teams.
OM students agree that the class, preparation sessions, and competitions deliver great personal, soft skills such as communication and problem solving.
“I think that OM has made me a better person. I’ve learned about teamwork and working with people for a long period of time,” said Lane who has been in Odyssey of the Mind since 7th grade.
“You don’t have to be good at everything. Our entire team brought different things to the table to help us succeed,” said Wyndham Drayton, who has been in the OM community for three years.
Contact Kimsey Hodge for questions about the community-wide event at the Thomasville Amphitheater on May 12 or how to contribute to other fundraising efforts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
by Amber Sarabia
Thomasville High School students traveled to the Atlanta National College Fair on Sunday, March 25 to explore their options on over 200 colleges, in-state, nationwide, and abroad.
The students were accompanied by THS Dean of Students Stacy Reese, HOSA Advisor Barbara Peralta, and Scholars Academy Latin teacher Charles Gammel.
“The purpose of the college fair is to show students the vast number of opportunities available to them. In addition, the college counseling and financial information sessions are very valuable to families who have not gone through college applications before,” said Gammel.
The college fair was very helpful to the students that attended by giving them some insight on their future college choices.
“It gave me opportunities to look at what certain colleges had. Some colleges had my interest and some didn’t,” said Taylor House.
“After going to the college fair in Atlanta, I’m pretty sure that I know which college I want to go to,” said Jasmine Cone.
“The college fair helped me by giving me the opportunity to meet with and talk to various college representatives, and I got to ask any questions I would like answered about the college,” said Ionica Jackson.
The college fair allowed students to socialize while being productive with their time on a weekend.
“Getting to know other people and being in a different environment isn’t always a bad thing,” said House.
“It was nice taking a trip with my friends and getting some help choosing my college at the same time,” said Jackson.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. The college fair exposes institutions to more than 20,000 students and parents annually who are interested in undergraduate or graduate studies in music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and related disciplines. It’s an opportunity to discuss with students how their institutions can be part of the students’ future.
by Rachel Brewer
Thomasville High School Band journeyed to Chicago for three days to march in the nation’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade and explore all that the city has to offer.
Many of the members admit that performing in a televised parade was slightly nerve-racking, but for some the excitement just emphasized the fun.
“It was the biggest parade I had ever been in, but it was really fun to see everyone out in the crowd and knowing people were watching on TV, too,” said Red Hots dance line performer Brennan Rae.
“Everyone was really nice even though they didn’t know us and they were still cheering for us and encouraging us and it made me feel special,” said band member Jackson Mims.
Band Director Joe Regina takes an average of 100 marching band students every other spring on a trip that he knows his students will enjoy. In 2014, the band represented South Georgia in Washington, D.C. at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In 2016, they marched at Disney where they performed songs from The Lion King such as “Circle of Life,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and “Hakuna Matata.”
“I think Chicago was the most fun trip yet. We had a really good time and we had a really great experience. It just seems like every time we go somewhere it gets better and better,” said Regina.
The purpose of the trips is not only to perform, but also to view and tour different places in that city. This year, in Chicago, they ventured to the top floor of the Willis Tower where they peered out over the city.
“It was my favorite part of the trip. I had never been that high up before, so it was really special for me,” said Mims.
Band members say that the weather was freezing and very windy, but it was still a fun-filled weekend and worth the trip.
“If there was one thing I could change, it would be to go in the summertime so the weather wouldn’t be as cold,” said Thomas Butler.
“Everything was fun, but my favorite part of the trip had to be the dinner cruise we went on because we got to dance around and have a fun time,” said Rae.
The trip came to a close on Sunday afternoon when they had done everything they planned to do.
“If there was one thing I wished we had gotten the chance to do, it would’ve been to go to the art museum one of the days we were there,” said Eli Humphries.
“Overall I would definitely recommend the trip to anyone who wants to go. It was for sure a success,” said Rae.
Not only did the band impress all who enjoyed the parade, but they also excelled at their festival evaluations with straight superior ratings the day before they left for their 18 hour trip to Chicago.
“Everywhere we went they got compliments on their behavior. I’m so proud of all my students; they just really did a great job. It’s been a great year and I’m really happy for all of them,” said Regina.
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.
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