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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!
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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.