Thomasville City Schools Rose City Strings Program middle school students traveled to Florida State University campus in the College of Music on Saturday, February 4, 2017 under the direction of Dr. Sally Hernandez and Colleen Manseau to compete in the American String Teacher Association North Florida String Festival. Twenty-five students attended, forming 8 groups and all were awarded Gold, the highest rating. Students performed duets, trios, and quartets in chamber groups for Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. The adjudicators were complimentary of each group and spent several minutes with each group as a coach to help them improve. Rose City Strings Program “gold-winning” entries were as follows: “Mairie’s Wedding/Romanza” - Armani Miller (violin), Amber Booker (violin), Logan Delarber (viola), and Aubrey Sawyer (cello); “The Skye Boat Song” - Azariah Hooks (violin), Clara Clifton, (viola), Alivia Corker (cello), and Carly House (violin); “America the Beautiful” - Sarah Harper (violin) and Sydney Jackson (violin); “Sagebrush Overture” - Hannah Robinson (violin), Jaron King (cello), and Ja’Lycia Ware (viola); “Swallowtail Jig” - Allie Bellamy (violin) and Patricia Robinson (violin); “La Russe” - Anne Martin Lutes (violin), Leah Brady (violin), Zachary Meeks (cello), and Nyriannah Forbes (viola); “Simple Gifts” - Karis Lane (violin) and Katey Harwood (violin); “William Tell Overture” - Will Cone (cello), Kameron Wallace (violin), and Macy Taylor (violin).
Jarrett Daniel, Peyton Miller, Thomas Butler, and the THS AFJROTC cadets dedicated a new flag at Thomasville City Scholars Academy at an early morning ceremony. Miller read the poem, "Old Glory," and THS trumpet player, Samuel Watts played "To the Colors" while members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes looked on. Also in attendance were Lt. Col. Stann McLeod, M. Sgt. Chad Smith, and Scholars Academy Director Dr. Dale Graham. The flag was provided by Woodmen of the World representative Judy Lane.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy and AIMS programs advanced 43 first place winners from their school-wide Thomasville Science and Engineering Fair to compete at the regional fair on February 10 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) resulting in their projects capturing 8 of the 22 slots for the state level competition.
The following regional winners Andrew Cannon Sam Carter, Winston Cornish, Clarke Finger, Addie Rinehart, Braxton Sizemore, Jocelyn Watson, Julianna Watson, and three alternates Clara Clifton, Mallory Fletcher, and Macy Taylor will travel to the University of Georgia in Athens on March 30-April 1 to compete in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.
The school-level first place finalists who competed at the regional fair were as follows: 6th grade: Jon-Henry Ellis, Faith Fitzgerald, Andrew Cannon, Adelyne Welch, Katelyn Poole, Katherine Jones, Sofia Jimenez, Macy Taylor, Anne Martin, and Harris Jackson; 7th grade: Nicholas Hall, Matthew Lewis, Sam Carter, Andrew Geyer, Clarke Finger, Ben Yentzer, Sydney Deutsch, Austin Chastain, Jocelyn Watson and J.J. Williams; 8th grade: Juliana Watson, Reid Harbin, Carsyn Kelley, Mallory Fletcher, McKena Willis, William Rainey, David Lee Jordan, Christian Sadler, Maddie Rome and Clara Clifton; and 9th grade: Braxton Sizemore, Winston Cornish, Addie Rinehart, S.Welch & Felicity Tipton, Emily Dixon, Ryan Jones, Spear Celaya & Meta Ughetto, Jett Kiminas, Makayla Weeks, Haleigh Bass, and Eli Harbin.
Thomasville City Schools held their annual Science Fair on December 5th. Two Thomas County Central High School science teachers, two Thomas County Central Middle School science teachers, and three Thomas University professors were called upon to objectively judge the students’ work. The judges use a rubric that consists of five topics; creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skills, clarity of exhibit and display. Each topic has a description of what would earn a good grade on that section, and also what wouldn’t make as such a good of grade. All of the topics have grade points that range anywhere from 3 points, to 25 points in each section.
“Most winners who move on to regionals average about a 90 or higher on the rubric, because that makes it seem like an A test grade,” said science teacher Jonathan Ariail.
The Scholars Academy requires that a science fair project be completed once a year from every student, in grades 6th through the 9th.
“Doing science fair projects from the 6th to the 9th grade really taught me to think outside the box and look at world problems to choose a topic and when I chose a topic it taught me how to work efficiently for an accurate answer,” said student Peyton Wright.
The students have been working very diligently on this project since the beginning of the school year. Every so often the students would have to turn in checkpoint work to their teachers, to make sure that they were on the right track to finishing. The process was divided by five checkpoints throughout the semester.
“I think doing science fair helps students learn how to take more time on projects when they get older because science fair is such a long term project. A lot of projects these days are very short term and students do them very quickly without putting too much effort into them, but we hope science fair changes that,” said middle school and high school science teacher Christie Ariail.
by Peyton Wright
Thomasville City Scholars Academy middle school students won top honors in the regional and state Junior American Citizens’ “Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America” art and creative expression contest. Some state winners were also Southeast United States winners who will advance to the national level of competition.
In the Junior American Citizens contest, students can choose if they want to do art which includes: posters, stamp design, photo essay, or banner. Also they can do creative expression, which is a poem or short story, or community service.
Scholars Academy had the following regional contest winners: 6th grade Group 1 - (Stamp) Gus Novak, 1st place and Abbey Bennett, 2nd place; (Poem) Ella Grace Williams, 1st place; (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, 1st place; and (Poster) Brantley Taylor, Honorable Mention. 6th grade Group 2 - (Poster) Jayden Singletary, 1st place; (Stamp) Carter Grace Crocker, 1st place and Leah Brady, 2nd place; (Poem) Benjamin Bundrick, 3rd place. 7th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Jocelyn Watson,1st place. 7th Grade Group 2 - (Banner) Ben Yentzer/Walt Moore, 1st place; (Poster) Skyy Stanley, 1st place and Arlisha Madison, 2nd place; (Stamp) Nicholas Hall, 1st place and Ethan Oberding, 2nd place; and (Poem) Emma Butler, 2nd place. 8th grade Group 1 - (Poster) Julianne Watson, 1st place; (Stamp) David Lee Jordan, 1st place; (Short Story) Karli Icard, 1st place and Lawson Brinkley, 2nd place; and (Poem) Clara Clifton, 1st place. 8th grade Group 2 - (Stamp) Maggie May, 1st place and Max Nicholson, 2nd place and Malorie Turnbull, 3rd place; (Poem) Caroline Hiers, 1st place and Jordan Bonar, 2nd place; (Short Story) Faith Ridley, 1st place; and (Short Story) Thomas Wilson, 2nd place.
First place regional winners went on to compete at the state level which resulted in the following state-level winners: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore; (Poster) Jayden Singletary, Jocelyn Watson, and Julianne Watson; (Stamp) Joseph Novak, Carter Grace Crocker, Nicholas Hall, David Lee Jordan, and Maggie May; (Poetry) Ella Grace Williams, Timothy Cordista, Clara Clifton, and Caroline Hiers; and (Short Story) Jaidyn Wood, Karli Icard, and Faith Ridley.
Five of these state winners were Southeastern United States winners who will advance to the National Junior American Citizen DAR Contest: (Banner) Ben Yentzer and Walt Moore, (Poster) Jayden Singletary and Jocelyn Watson, and (Poetry) Timothy Cordista and Caroline Hiers.
Compared to previous years when the JAC contest with divisions like poems, short stories, posters, stamps, and banners was only open to elementary students, Thomasville City Schools middle school students had the chance to win many awards.
“Since the students weren’t limited to only the essay contest, the amount of winners has increased a lot,” said social studies teacher Djuana Rinehart.
The teachers of these students are excited and proud of their winners.
“I’m very pleased with all my middle school students that won this contest,” said Rinehart.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy Science Olympiad high school team place 8th overall as they competed against 18 other teams at the region tournament held at Middle Georgia State University in Macon on Saturday, February 18.
Science Olympiad competitions consist of twenty-three different events that cover the areas of physics, earth science, biology, engineering, technology, chemistry and scientific inquiry. The competition involves a wide range of activities from identifying rock samples, to designing a computer game, to planning and running an experiment on the spot.
Christie Ariail has been coaching the middle and high school teams for the past six years at Scholars Academy. This year’s high school team was a mix of freshman and sophomore students, most of who had been competing for several years on the middle school team. Freshman team members are Winston Cornish, Emma Humphries, Cayden Hunt, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore. Sophomore team members are Emily Dixon, LaTatyana Hadley, Keisha Patel, Olivia Sawyer, Claudia White, and Mason Wilson. The faculty members that ran the competition at MGSU were impressed with the abilities, performance, and success of the team since most of the other teams were made mostly up juniors and seniors.
“The students were thrilled with their success this year. They know that in the next few years, they will be a force to be reckoned with at this region competition!” said Ariail.
Ariail also said that the team knows that all of the work they put into competing at the middle school level the past 4 or 5 years really contributed to their success at the high school level.
Medals were awarded for 1st through 4th places: Keisha Patel and Olivia Sawyer won 1st place in Forensics, Emily Dixon and Molly Novak won 3rd place in Astronomy, and Claudia White and Mason Wilson won 4th place in Remote Sensing.
Ribbons are awarded for 5th through 10th places. Molly Novak and Claudia White won 5th place in Ecology. Braxton Sizemore and Winston Cornish won 7th place in Rocks and Minerals. Emily Dixon and Keisha Patel won 7th place in Write It / Do It. Olivia Sawyer and Mason Wilson won 8th place in Chemistry Lab. LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 8th place in Materials Science. Molly Novak and Mason Wilson won 9th place in Disease Detectives. Emma Humphries and Braxton Sizemore won 9th place in Invasive Species. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Optics. Emma Humphries and Cayden Hunt won 9th place in Wind Power. LaTatyana Hadley, Molly Novak, and Braxton Sizemore won 10th place in Experimental Design. And, LaTatyana Hadley and Claudia White won 10th place in Hydrogeology.
“We entered 18 events this year, and we placed in 14 of them. I cannot wait to see what this team does next year!” Ariail said. For more information about Thomasville Science Olympiad, visit her school webpage at cariail841.weebly.com.