Thomasville City Scholars Academy students in Kimsey Hodge and Marc Cramer’s Theater Tech and Odyssey of the Mind classes used principles of design and engineering to construct a sturdy NASA “sail mast” from flimsy materials. Cramer is shown adding weight to a basket that is supported by their structure. Ana Wortham steadies the basket as fellow student Bo Miller observes.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students in Djuana Rinehart’s 8th grade Georgia History class earned credit for their attendance at the Company C 61st Georgia Infantry Living Historian’s presentation of “A Soldier’s Life” interactive Civil War encampment at the Thomas County Historical Society & Museum of History. Over 30 students explored the experiences, motivations, and hardships of Civil War soldiers. Audiences viewed weapons demonstrations and soldiers from each side of the war as well as a family portraying a local couple whose house was being used as a command post. The actors stayed in character while portraying actual people from the time period through first-person narratives. The students particularity liked the young man who played the role of a Thomasville soldier. Later the students received information that detailed what happened to each of these men in real life.
International Club at Scholars Academy (ICASA) kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 19 with Salsa Rhythms dancing taught by Sabrina Cannon. Cannon is a certified Zumba instructor with the Thomasville YMCA and a former ‘Dancing with the Thomasville Stars’ contestant. Scholars Academy students in 7th – 12th grade were able to fine tune their Latin dance moves and enjoyed salsa, chips, queso dip and some authentic Hispanic desserts as they grooved to the rhythms of the Merengue, Samba, Cha Cha, and other Latin American dances originating in Colombia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Cannon gave students a cultural lesson in the origins of these popular dances before demonstrating the dance moves. Students as well as club advisors Susanne Boykins-Rome and Shirley Hurd were enlightened on the difference between the Salsa and double Salsa dance moves. This is Cannon’s second year teaching Latin inspired dances to Scholars Academy foreign language students.
Thomasville City Scholars Academy students’ persistent growth and achievement as Advanced Placement Scholars again reached its record number in 2017 with 54 AP Scholar Awards, including one National AP Scholar, in recognition of exceptional achievement on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exams.
Class of 2017 graduate Asa Harbin has been named National AP Scholar, 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. Fall of 2017, Harbin entered Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Harbin advanced to the National AP Scholar level of status to join seven previous Thomasville City Schools graduates: Class of 2016 graduates Sharon Autry (University of Georgia), Aaron Bellamy (Georgia College and State University), Jacob Rieber (University of Pennsylvania), and Rebecca Jane White (United States Naval Academy); Class of 2015 graduate Milo St. Ives (University of Georgia); Class of 2014 graduate Felix Edwards (Amherst College); and Class of 2012 graduate Shradha Patel (United States Naval Academy).
Class of 2017 graduates Madeline Bruhn, Jeremy Cooper, Grace Fletcher, Asa Harbin, Ryan Owens, Isaac Welch, and Hunter Yarbrough along with current senior Christopher Carpenter 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 2017 graduates Cora Brown, Sarah Myhre, Benjamin Pyle, Ansley Renfroe, and Mathew Whetsell; current seniors Grayson Durham, Lilith Edwards, Ian Penix, and John West; and current juniors Emily Dixon, Spencer Harbin, Claudia White and Seth Wier 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 2017 graduates Carlyn Autry, Kaela Bellamy, Aubrey Brinkley, Aubrey Brumblow, Lizzie Butler, Malley Celaya, Malyce Collins, Jacob Cone, Maggie Davis, Durant Fullington, Virginia Jackson, Cherie Pace, Meredith Pearce, Logan St. Ives, and Scott White; current seniors Madison Cook, Victoria Cordista, Roderick Elzy, Liam Foster, Brittany Hawkins, Alexa Hernandez, Garrett Poole, Jessica Shores, and Jackson Singletary; and current juniors John Carpenter, Louis Carter, Ben Dozier, Emily Dukes, Keisha Patel, Maura Shiner, Mason West, and Mason Wilson all qualify for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.
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 as early as possible, in the 9th grade, so that they can take advantage of the school’s wide offerings of 16 Advanced Placement courses.
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.
Advanced Placement English Literature teacher Lynn Stowers has observed that the attitudes and work ethic of her junior and senior students has improved beyond measure since Scholars Academy began offering AP classes in the ninth and tenth grades.
Farran Burnette, who teaches both ends of the high school spectrum with ninth graders in AP Government and then again with twelfth graders in AP European History, reports that it is remarkable to see the growth that occurs among the students.
“They know what to expect; they can move from back and forth between inductive and deductive reasoning fluidly, and they learn how to ask ‘why’ to engage in deeper meaning,” said Burnette.
Erin White teaches AP courses in U.S. History, World History, and Psychology and is adamant about the carryover that AP courses offer across the curriculum.
“Nurturing talents in a variety of areas causes students who perform well in an AP English class to excel in the sciences and social studies because of the movement beyond memorization into broad analysis and interpretation of texts,” said White.
White added that AP students are expected to gain a deeper knowledge of subject-area content so that they can successfully generate ideas and apply knowledge on major assessments like AP exams.