- Odyssey of the Mind Trivia Night is Friday, 1/18/19 @ 7pm at Grassroots! Registration begins at 6pm and the cost is $10 per person 4-person teams. Come out and support out OM program!
- Due to the prevalence of influenza across Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health asked the Georgia Department of Education to publish a memorandum to school systems and schools. Click HERE to read important information about the symptoms of influenza and how to curtail the spread of influenza.
- Middle school yearbooks are now on sale for $25.00. See Mrs. Bennett at the Scholars Academy or Mrs. Williams at MPMS to order your yearbook. Click HERE for an order form. Only a limited number will be ordered. March 22nd is the last day to purchase a yearbook.
- The representative from NEFF will be on the THS campus Wednesday, January 16th to size student competitors/athletes for letter jackets during lunch. Student-athletes/competitors need to have their $50 deposit for their jacket size to be processed.
- Science Olympiad will meet every day after school until 4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Ariail's room. It's time to get ready for competition!
- Students can receive ONE community service hour per book donated to Hands On Thomas County's MLK Book Drive by January 17, 2019. Click HERE for more details.
- Bulldog Soccer will be selling Chick-Fil-A biscuits on Friday mornings through the month of April for $3.50 each @ MPMS, SA, & THS. Sales will be outside the MPMS cafeteria for middle school, outside Bulldog Cafe for SA, & location TBD @ THS.
- Click HERE to read the January 2019 issue of Champions Chronicle to find out what's going on throughout Thomasville City Schools. Past issues are available to the right under District Champions Chronicle. Go to the COMMUNICATIONS page on the district website to access the Champions Chronicle from September, October, November, and December.
- The 2019-2020 Thomasville City Schools CALENDAR is now available.
- Middle school soccer tryouts will be held on the football practice field on January 14, 15 and 16th from 3:30 to 4:30. Meet at the football stadium dressed in appropriate shorts and T-shirt. Don’t forget you cleats and shin guards.
- Students & staff's students will now be required to exit all SA buildings by 3:15 p.m. unless they are being directly supervised by a teacher. Any student still here after 3:15 will need to be in the front of the school, and your ride can pick you up from the front circle of the school.
- Due to Hurricane Michael there are 2 days that students will attend school days that were originally scheduled for Teacher Workday/Student Holiday. The revised dates are as follows: February 15 & March 15, 2019.
- If you are a 6th-9th grader who would like to receive peer tutoring, sign ups have started and are available in the guidance office. Tutors are available for every subject. Students can take advantage of this academic resource at no cost and tutoring sessions will be held during lunch. If you have any questions please talk to Braxton Sizemore.
- Order your 2018-19 copy of THS yearbook, The Pines, with foil name included:
- 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.
- Check out the NEW student-managed Bulldogs Athletic Website!
- 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 Mrs. Renfroe.
- 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.
- 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 LaTatyana Hadley
Thomasville High School 2018 Youth Assembly Delegation: (front) Ashley McKay, Emmy Hayes, Mallory Bennett, Anna Myhre, Sara Strickland, Rosalie Millere, Sydney Deutsch, Gus Gunn, Spear Celaya, Ellie Griffin, Max White, Ella Millere, Meta Ughetto, Braxton Sizemore, Camille Cook, Thomas Butler, Kathleen Geyer, Emma Cooper, and Jack Edge; (back) Olivia Sawyer, Bo Miller, Dane Dyksterhouse, Seth Wier, Keisha Patel, Miranda Roberson, Claudia White, LaTatyana Hadley, Maura Shiner, Louis Carter, Fredrick Drayton, Ben Dozier, Mason Wilson, Sydney McKay, and Ana Wortham.
Thirty-four Thomasville City Scholars Academy students, under the advisement of social studies teacher, Erin White, attended the Georgia Youth Assembly held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta on November 11-13. Student delegates discuss current state matters with elected officials, state administrators, and other high school students.
Youth Assembly is an annual conference sponsored by the Georgia YMCA that allows students to take an active role in the creation, debate, and voting of legislation. Guided by YMCA staff members, delegates are able to fully immerse themselves in mock debate, modeled after the procedure of actual Georgia Congressional debate.
Scholars Academy had two students serve in leadership roles: LaTatyana Hadley as President Tempore of the Senate and Maura Shiner as Assistant Clerk of the House. Both students, in preparation for the conference, attended IMPACT, a retreat focused on developing leadership skills, during the summer.
“During IMPACT I learned a lot about working with people that differ from me. We were presented with lots of challenges and learned how to overcome them as a team, which made the actual conference run very smoothly,” said Shiner.
At the beginning of the school year, students submit bills to be considered for their respective conference.
“I wanted to write a bill that I was passionate about to be able to better educate people on the issue of coal energy usage,” said Ben Dozier.
“I helped new bill authors edit their bills in committee to make them the best they could be on the Senate floor,” said Claudia White.
After the creation of the bill book, delegates are separated into different committees to hear bills for the first time and to decide which bills will make it onto the House or Senate floors. This allows bill authors to fully explain the purpose of their legislation and make amendments to better their bill for joint debate. Joint debate is lead by student elected officials chosen from the previous year’s conference.
“I have always had an interest in government and politics, so I wanted to learn more about how our government works. I was interested in participating in the mock legislative process to see if I wanted to pursue government as a career,” said Shiner.
Hadley and White were awarded ribbons and named “Senior Statesmen” for attending Youth Assembly all four years of high school. These individuals are recognized the first night of the conference and serve as mentors to guide younger delegates.
“I also gave tips to new senators on how to debate and present their bills so that they may pass through Congress easier,” said White.
During the second day of the conference, delegates participated in a Youth Governor’s Luncheon sponsored by the YMCA. Later that night, delegates participate in “Mandafun,” where having fun is mandatory. There is a dance, game room, and movie offered to students to have a night of fun while at the conference. On the final day of the conference delegates wrap up debate and prep for joint session to hear awards and final conclusions for the conference.
Along with Youth Assembly the YMCA also sponsors Georgia United Nations Assembly (GUNA) in the spring and IMPACT Leadership Retreat in the summer.
It was no occasion of frippery, as Carlisle Bilbo correctly spelled "frippery" in the final round to win the MacIntyre Park Middle School Spelling Bee on December 14, 2018. Pictured: Runner-up Evan Ariail and Champion Carlisle Bilbo out-spelled over 50 other class-level winners and will advance to the Thomasville City Schools District Spelling Bee on February 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m at the Thomasville City Schools Board of Education.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy middle schoolers in Djuana Rinehart and Dana Rainey's classes won numerous awards in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens Contest: (6th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Ella Kate Carroll, 2nd Nicholas Connell, and 3rd Madelyn Beaty; Stamp - 1st Sage Butler and 2nd Mia Young; Poem: 1st Ciny Martinez and 2nd Laramie Stokes (6th Grade, Group 2) Poster - 1st Avery Long; Poem - 1st Kate von Hellens and 3rd Jenna Collins; Short Story - 2nd Grace Cleveland (7th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Kylie Holt, 2nd Evan Ariail, and 3rd Talmadge Vinson (not pictured); Stamp - 1st Gracie Glaccum, 2nd Janice Dong, 3rd Colin Connery, and HM Brianna June; Short Story - 1st Rowan Garland (7th Grade, Group 2) Stamp - 1st Maggie Richardson (not pictured), 2nd Seth Rome, 3rd Keely Walden, and HM Parker Levitt (8th Grade, Group 1) Poster - 1st Jacob Jordan; Stamp - 1st Gus Novak and 2nd Sarah Grace Young; Poem - 1st Aiden Lee, 2nd Ella Williams, and 3rd Sydney Jones (not pictured); Short Story - 1st Simon Harper (8th Grade, Group 2) Poster - 1st Colin Szwarc; Stamp - 1st Disha Patel, 2nd Ashlyn Donalson, 3rd Macy Taylor, and HM Sophie Wright (not pictured); Poem - 1st Timothy Cordista; and Short Story - 1st Myla Still
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Class of 2019 gathered for the annual tradition called Senior Ornament Night. Students presented creative hand-crafted ornaments that represent themselves and their memories of Thomasville City Schools. After placing their ornaments on the tree, students also shared their predictions about where they see themselves in 10 years.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students receive training in technology through Computer Science Principles, a course that introduces the foundations of computer science with a focus on how computing powers the world.
Along with the fundamentals of computing, students learn to analyze data, create technology that has a practical impact, and gain a broader understanding of how computer science impacts people and society. Computer applications classes have been taught on campus for many years, but those classes focused on typing skills and being able to use basic computer applications.
Students can now dive into more explicit and deeper study of computer science with Patricia Beach, a newcomer to the Thomasville City Schools staff.
“The thing that I enjoy most about teaching this course is that I really like to watch the students acquire knowledge and learn how to create ideas,” said Beach.
Sophomore Jackson Coppedge compared his previous computer science courses from the course that he is taking now.
“Other classes that I have taken have not gone into full detail as to what is going on inside the computer compared to my current computer class,” said Coppedge.
Sophomore Mauri Leroux explained why she enjoys the course.
“I enjoy the course because it’s easy to understand the concepts of the lessons,” said Leroux.
Beach explained that the students learn about the hardware, the history of computers, and then they learn programming.
“The course is also built on seven big ideas: creativity, data and information, algorithms, programming, abstraction, the internet, and the impact of data on the world,” said Beach.
“I’ve learned, so far, how to code things. I also want to get better at coding because I am still at the beginner level,” said Bella Pozo.
“I have learned the binary number system, how different circuits use the number binary system, and how computers get access to RAM,” said Coppedge.
Beach explained that there is not a career that doesn’t consist of some type of computer science skill.
“I really challenge my students to think of any career where you couldn’t use any computer science skills. Farmers, artists, fishermen, hunters, and land managers all interact with computers in some way,” said Beach.
Coppedge plans to invent his own computer one day in the future.
“I am fascinated about how computers work and hope that one day I can invent a special type of computer that can benefit people more than computers do today,” said Coppedge.
Beach encourages students to join her class because of its promising enjoyment.
“Come take my class. I teach a full range of classes, through middle school and high school, so it doesn’t matter what grade you’re in. You’re welcome!” said Beach.
by Madeline Gainous and Heaven Robinson
Scholars Academy students worked together to show their appreciation for the beauty of the their campus by creating mosaic murals that are displayed in the MacIntyre Auditorium lobby.
The murals depict the historic oak tree and the three arches of the Scholars Academy main entrance. The oak tree is a mecca for students, and the three arches represent the more formal main entrance that was recently moved from the entrance at the oak tree. The mural idea was supported and brought to fruition by Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace while the actual project was led by art teachers Ashley Ivey-Jackson and Robin Smith. Ivey-Jackson has taught art for twenty years while Smith has for ten years. All three recognized an opportunity to showcase the iconic views associated with Scholars Academy.
“The architecture of our school buildings is just unparalleled to a modern building,” said Smith.
The mural subjects were divided into a grid with each square, or mosaic tile, having a different medium, such as marker, pen and ink, paint, and crayon.
“We used every medium available to make each board different,” said Smith.
Middle and high school art students in the 2017-18 school year were each assigned a number to design a square to make up the full picture. The students were encouraged to add tiny characters and things that might surprise the viewer and make each square unique.
“When they are all put together it creates one picture that celebrates each student as an individual and as a part of our Scholars team,” said Smith.
“Each person did their part and putting it all together was cool,” said student Cassidy Clark.
A dilemma arose when there were five missing squares. As a result, Ivey-Jackson, Smith, and Smith’s children completed them during the summer so that the murals would be ready to welcome teachers and students in the freshly decorated auditorium lobby. .
The most challenging part of the process was gluing the pieces down. The murals are made up of mat board on plywood encased in glass. In order to facilitate the drying process, books were used to weigh down the individual squares.
“The hardest part was getting my square to match up with the other squares,” said student Sydney Griffith.
“Paying attention to detail when you’re working with other people makes a big difference,” said Ivey-Jackson.
by Semira Davis and Anna Lane Turner
Thomasville High School’s Red Hots danceline performs weekly at the football games with pride and spirit!
In addition to performing as an auxiliary of the THS Marching Band, Red Hots have won first place and individual accolades at state-level competitions in Jazz, Lyrical, Pom, Kick, and Hip Hop dances. They also represent THS at community events like the Special Olympics, Scott Elementary Black History Program, and MPMS Talent Show.
Most recently, the Red Hots received a superior rating and were named “Best in Class” at the 14th Annual Battle on the Border in Valdosta, Georgia.
The Red Hots is an auditioned dance line of 8th-12th grade students. In order to get on the team the girls must have great teacher recommendations, be able to memorize dances fairly quickly, and must maintain at least a C average,.
Alison Bundrick serves as the coach for the Red Hots as well as the middle school’s danceline team, “Dance Dawgs.” She teaches the dance elective at Scholars Academy which was the beginning of the idea of having an extra-curricular danceline. Bundrick explained that the start of the danceline wasn’t her idea, it was inspired by former Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham.
“She wanted something to add some sparkle to the halftime show,” said Bundrick.
Bundrick has been over the danceline since 2012, which marks 2019 as her seventh year. Bundrick started dancing at the young age of three and has an extensive performing, teaching, and choreographic career.
“Ballet was my first love,” said Bundrick.
Beyond the physical rigors, technical instruction, and performing experience there are many social benefits of being on the dance team. According to sophomore Carly House, being on this team has made her comfortable with talking to upperclassmen without fear and has helped her improve her social skills by interacting with different groups of people.
Freshmen Mallory Bennett said that being on the team has given her a “broadened perspective” and has introduced her to people she wouldn’t normally talk to.
House looks forward to the extra-curricular organization.
“I can go to school and realize that I have practice after school and it’ll make my day a little better,” said House.
Danceline members say that the experience of being on the team has given them a better understanding of time management and has become a second family to them.
by Will Cook & LaTatyana Hadley
Thomasville High School journalism students take active roles to author and construct the highly-anticipated 101st volume of The Pines yearbook.
Under the direction of Desirée Celaya, students learn proficiency in writing articles and designing page layouts.
“Students start off with the process of newswriting and continue into the year by developing strong organizational and proofreading skills,” said Celaya.
By going step by step, from researching “news beats” to find newsworthy topics, to interviewing people and drafting the articles; students are preparing content to be later added to their end of year goal: the yearbook.
Before starting the school year, students sign up for the fifth period elective class and submit an application to be reviewed for consideration for the upcoming year.
“I like the concept of the class and the fact that any ideas I have to contribute to the yearbook are strongly considered by the class,” said second year staff member, Jamiya Coleman.
Along with the writing aspect of the class, students learn the art of photography and power of photojournalism by capturing all the memorable moments of the school year.
“While being in yearbook I have developed a love for taking pictures,” said Coleman.
The theme of this year’s 101st volume of the yearbook will be an “introductory course” in all that is Thomasville High School, The Pines 101. A forward-focused approach will be taken to create a dramatic contrast from the historic, vintage theme of the 100th volume of The Pines.
“The theme is a nice departure from the traditional theme of last year, and the kids like the feel of the modern, sleek look,” said Celaya.
During the month of September students took a field trip to Columbus, Georgia to meet with Lifetouch officials and learn skills to improve the yearbook.
“I wanted to increase my journalistic skills and be in an environment where I learn with my classmates,” said Kianna Ross.
The students considered the impact that a yearbook has for years to come when they were asked by Ed McConnell, Lifetouch yearbook sales consultant, if anyone owned an 8-track player or had a MySpace account. Most of the kids giggled, while some even asked, “What is an 8-track player?” Then they were asked if any of them still owned a book. The answer was a resounding, “Yes!” He wanted to make the point that yearbooks last for years after their publication and aren’t as temporary as passing types of technology and media.
While at the workshop, they also learned learn new ways to ramp up the yearbook. Students got a chance to finalize cover art for the yearbook and work on expanding the theme chosen for this year with a professional graphic designer as they looked at their options in a real-time webinar, video-conferencing session. Professionals in photography and page layouts were also there to help students improve their skills. Before dismissal on the second day, students were able to put all the skills they learned during the conference into action, by practicing page layouts on the software program.
“Students on the staff were also able to have fun and to bond on the field trip as we begin the huge task of putting together the 2019 yearbook,” said Celaya.
Early bird sales for the yearbook ended in October, but The Pines 101 is still for sale for $50.00 until February 19, 2019, when prices will increase to $60.00. Go to ybpay.com and enter code 12981519 to purchase yours today!
Honors 7th Grade Life Science students in Robert Peterson's class elevated their understanding to the level of analysis and synthesis by comparing the parts of a cell to the parts of common, everyday structures like a football stadium or hospital.
Scholars Academy Advanced Placement Environmental Science students in Robert Peterson’s class toured Thomas County/Thomasville Wastewater Treatment Plant. Students learned the process of cleaning the water to be put back into the river system. We also toured the Thomasville Landfill and learned about the process of building, permitting, and disposing of waste. Students got to see first-hand their impact on their water system and the amount of waste that is thrown away.
by Kianna Ross
Thomasville City Schools Drama Program won first place on October 23, 2018 in the 1-AA One Act Region Championship with their adaptation of “Antigone,” a tragedy written by Sophocles in or before 441 BC. In anticipation of their appearance at the GHSA One Act State Championships this weekend, the community is invited to a performance on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.
Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actress were also brought home by sophomore Reid Harbin and freshmen Ellie Griffin, respectfully.
“Antigone” arose through the creative minds of Director Casey Dyksterhouse and Assistant Director Brantley Ivey. Dyksterhouse has earned five region championships and one state championship title during her tenure with Thomasville City Schools.
“I enjoy the relationships that I make with the students and the time that we spend together rehearsing,” said Dyksterhouse.
Similar to Dyksterhouse’s statement, senior Hannah Ouzts explains her love for competing in One Act.
“I love the time spent with the cast. While we do get tired of each other at practice, on competition days, we are a tight knit. We stay close to one another, encourage each other, and we do everything together!” said Ouzts.
Senior Maya Tedford participated in One Act as a crew member last year, but this year she decided to step into the limelight.
“Being in crew is very different from performing because you are behind the scenes and you watch the process of how others prepare for their roles. Even though the crew doesn’t get as much credit as they should, they are also a factor that brings the performance to life,” said Tedford.
One Act success depends on an efficient crew as the placement of the set, progress of the play, and clearing of the stage must occur within the 55 minute limit to avoid deductions.
Ivey was a major help this year with her involvement in choreographing, creating the set, and designing the wardrobe.
“Casey and I wanted to find a piece that plays to the students’ strengths but also challenges them and encourages them to grow,” said Ivey.
When it comes to the costumes, cast members aren’t wearing the traditional robes that are associated with Greek culture; they are instead wearing a more modern wardrobe.
Ivey said that they got the idea for the modern costuming from George Judy’s translation, which incorporated an introduction that lists places like Selma, Saigon, and Jerusalem. All of those places had similar situations that took place in order to maintain order and structure even if humanity was the cost.
“Using Judy’s words and his take on this piece, we wanted to create kind of a timelessness of ‘yes this story is 3,000 years old, but there’s a reason that it survived into contemporary times.’ It can still speak to a contemporary audience; in other words it’s timeless,” said Ivey.
Seniors London Weier and Zach Artz reflected on what they hope to gain from their One Act experience.
“I really hope to gain more knowledge on acting skills that will also in a way help me learn more about myself, ” said Weier.
“I hope that when this is all said and done that everyone comes out with a sense of accomplishment,” said Artz.
Freshman Anna Myhre states that she has enjoyed learning the different styles of theater because she is used to performing in the spring musical productions, which “include more smiling.” This is Myhre’s first year competing in One Act.
Don’t miss the November 8, when the cast of “Antigone” will perform for the community at 7:00 p.m. at the MacIntyre Park Auditorium before they leave for the GHSA One Act State Championship, which is on November 10. Admission is a $5.00 donation at the door.
by Jamiya Coleman
Thomasville High School Peer Leadership class will be hosting a bonfire on Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. at THS’ tennis courts and track to send the football team off to Hephzibah, Georgia for the first round of the playoffs. Senior football players, cheerleaders, and band members will also be acknowledged by Head Football Coach Zach Grage, Cheerleading Coach Emma Yale, and Band Director Joe Regina.
With the football team starting the playoffs on on the road, Friday, November 9th, much support will be needed.
Drinks and food, provided by Chad Mascoe Sr.’s “Smoke Sumthin BBQ,” will be available for sale.
The bonfire is free admission and is opened to the entire Bulldog community.
Although school bonfires have happened before at THS, Peer Leadership teacher Janet Cable wanted to re-introduce a new experience with a new purpose.
“I just wanted to find a new experience for our students to come together to celebrate our school, football team, and traditions,” said Cable.
With senior Sedrick Robinson being a part of the football team, he admits that the purpose of the bonfire makes him feel confident, knowing that although the team will be traveling on the road for playoffs, he still has a “strong back-at-home.”
“Everyone should come out to enjoy food, get closer with the Bulldog community, and contribute to a new school memory,” said senior Quindarius Thomas.
Thomasville High School Class of 2019 is inspiring a unified spirit among all during the 2018 football season through the school spirit organization: “Paint-Up.”
Paint-Up is a student-led program that invites students to tailgate, paint funny slogans that resemble football jerseys on participants’ chests and provide a proud face of school spirit for the football team. Each year, the senior class members take on organizational features of the group and act as leaders and mentors for underclassmen involved.
However, the current seniors stand out by being especially inclusive and organized in their actions. Led by Louis Carter, a group of senior ‘administrators’ act to recruit younger kids, welcome all, and have a lot of fun along the way. This tradition full of school spirit has evolved into a positive force for inclusion in the 117-year-old school.
Even the administrators recognize the positive influences Paint-Up is having. Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace feels a strong connection to her feelings of school spirit that paint-up embodies by reminiscing on her own school days.
“You’ll say, ‘Wasn’t it fun when we didn’t have as much responsibility as we do now?’” said Wallace.
Although high schoolers are mainly in charge of paint-up, Wallace helps keep them on track in small ways, such as reviewing possible slogans. Wallace considers Paint-Up not only a school tradition, but also a “house tradition” being that her sons and step-sons have participated for years. She states that what she wants kids to remember most about high school is hanging out with their friends and buddies, supporting the team and friends on the field, and just that comradery of high school.
“This is what I want kids to remember, you know, these really fun times,” said Wallace.
Wallace loves the impact older Paint-Up members are having on the underclassmen. She recognizes that continued mentoring and bringing in others is an important aspect of the group.
“They can look at the upperclassmen as models so that they know, ‘Hey we need to carry on the tradition of Paint-Up and the tradition of bringing in younger kids under us as we get older,’” said Wallace.
Because of the encouragement by the current senior class, the underclassmen are more involved with the school and interact more with their fellow classmates.
As an underclassman, Anna Lane Turner discussed the social aspects of younger participation.
“I think it’s a good idea because it helps you meet other students around your school,” said Turner.
Turner claims that the inclusion of the underclassmen allows them to “feel a part of something.”
Paint-Up’s most active leader, Louis Carter, works hard to not only improve organization in an entirely teenage run program, but also to make Paint-Up more than just painting. Carter appreciates the connections the group has given the senior class as they start to drift apart by allowing everyone to come together on Fridays to cheer on the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Carter loves how Paint-Up gives people from different groups the opportunity to hang out on Fridays.
“I hope the underclassmen learn to love Thomasville High as much as I do, make new friends, and gain leadership experience after I leave,” said Carter.
Thirteen students from Thomasville High School, MacIntyre Middle School, and Scholars Academy took part in Fall Forum academic competition among 800 students at North Gwinnett High School on October 13, 2018. Georgia Junior Classical League officially kicked off another year of activities aimed at promoting and supporting the study of Latin and Greek in high schools across the state.
At the conclusion of the opening assembly, students competed in academic testing, Certamen (quiz bowl, but Latin and Greek topics), and some demonstrated their athletic acumen in Ludi, Roman Games. Students also had the opportunity to participate in workshops ranging from studies in medieval manuscripts to Roman graffiti.
The novice certamen team placed 3rd overall, while our advanced team placed 4th. Maggie May scored Summa cum Laude on the Myth Exam.
Most excitingly of all was the addition our second ever state officer from Thomasville City Schools. Last spring, Braxton Sizemore was elected to the position of and is currently serving as 2nd Vice President of the GJCL. Braxton’s role as 2nd VP is community service and coordination of service oriented projects across the state. Anna Myhre was chosen as GJCL Hostess at the Fall Forum. In this position, she will coordinate delegates’ arrival at state convention in the spring and work with individual chapter officers to start chapters and increase chapter enrollment.
Thomasville High School and Scholars Academy students joined in the annual One Book Thomas County community read that follows three generations of one family during the harrowing years of the Holocaust. As the students’ hearts and minds were captivated by We Were the Lucky Ones, some lucky ones were treated to a visit by author Georgia Hunter.
Students in Frances Thrower and Jennifer Williams’s English classes were assigned the novel based on Hunter’s own family members that were described as, “Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere” (onebookthomascounty.org).
Hunter described the process behind the nine-year “labor of love” that became her debut novel. Hunter was originally inspired to write about her family when she was given an assignment in her junior year of high school to interview a family member. Ironically, Thrower’s students are working on a similar project that involves her students interviewing a person from another generation as a culminating extension after their reading of the book. Williams said that her students were excited to have the best-selling author come and speak about her writing interest that was sparked in high school.
Hunter then shared how she discovered her grandfather’s Polish and Jewish heritage when she interviewed her grandmother for the assignment. She later moved forward with her project in her later years of college when her mother planned a gathering of cousins from all over the world who began exchanging shared memories of their own as well as of their ancestors.
Hunter explained to the students the extent of her research which involved global travel as well as the search for primary sources that would help to fill in the blanks beyond her interviews with family members. She also went on to explain the difference between historical fiction and non-fiction and her reason for going with historical fiction.
“Most of the people I interviewed were 2nd generation survivors; so I felt like I couldn’t give a first-hand account of the thoughts and feelings of the characters if I made the book non-fiction,” said Hunter.
Hunter read a special scene that described the escape of one character from the walls of a Polish ghetto with her daughter hidden beneath a coat that she had crafted from a wool blanket to match those that would be worn by a German wife.
The introductory pages of the novel explain, “By the end of the Holocaust, 90 percent of Poland’s three million Jews were annihilated; of the more than thirty thousand Jews who lived in Radom, fewer than three hundred survived.”
Hunter explained to the students that she felt as though she had to “time travel” as she imagined people being shot in the street for target practice. She wanted to honor and reflect what was going on with many Jews even though members of her family ended up being “the lucky ones.”
Freshman Ashley McKay said that We Were the Lucky Ones is now one of her favorite novels. It made her want to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.
“While she [Hunter] was talking to the class and showing pictures of the characters, it dawned on me that this really happened to real people,” said McKay.
“Getting to ask her personal questions about her travels and discoveries and experience writing the book was so cool,” said freshman Laine Oldham.
Thrower said that her students enjoyed reading the novel, and meeting the author was a special treat. They learned about the dedication that goes into writing.
“Students saw that following your dreams can be a lot of work, but that great rewards are possible,” said Thrower.
“Georgia Hunter’s visit was an inspirational and motivating to my students,” said Williams.
Congratulations to THS Marching Band's SUPERIOR performance Saturday at the 14th Annual Battle on the Border at in Valdosta, Georgia. They have worked very hard this season and have so many reasons to be proud!
Drum Major: Superior
Dance Line: Superior (Best in Class)
Color Guard: Superior
Best in Class AA (4 bands): Second Place
Silver Division (13 bands): 2nd Runner Up
Out of the 18 bands that participated, only one other band scored Superior in all six categories the entire day!
THS Varsity Volleyball defeated Lamar County in the First Round of the GHSA State Playoffs and then came from behind to defeat Westside Augusta in the Second Round of the Playoffs. In only their third year of existence and their second year playing a varsity schedule, the Lady Dogs have won the Area Championship and have advanced to the Elite Eight. The team will play the winner of Coosa and Oglethorpe County on Saturday October 27, with the time and location to be determined later in the week.
Thomasville City Schools Fellowship of Christian Athletes meet annually before school at the flagpole to pray for their school, community, and nation. See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September. See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. It is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event. However, parents, churches and families are encouraged to participate but to learn more, and to get involved, visit www.syatp.com
Thomasville City Schools Strings Program students in grades 6th-12th attended a Valdosta Symphony Orchestra concert entitled, “Brilliance.” The program featured concert pianist Orion Weiss playing the Ravel Piano Concert in G Major. The VSO also played Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. One of Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Manseau’s goals is to have students attend one professional performance each year. The Strings Fall Concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the MacIntyre Park Auditorium.