Mary Persons High School
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Progress Reports - March 23
Spring Break - April 3-7
Region Literary Competition

Congratulations to the Mary Persons High School Literary Team, coordinator and coach Mr. Hernandez, coaches Ms. Brady and Ms. Spires and accompanist Ms. Baker for taking 3rd Place at the 2-AAAA Literary Region Competition on Saturday, March 3rd. We are pleased to share with you the individual results of our Region Literary Competition.  
2nd Place Champions in Quartet
Jeff Dunbar, Clay Moore, Jackson Harvey, & Beau Watson
Region Champions in Boy's Solo
Jackson Harvey
2nd Place in Humorous Interpretation
Naomi Sanders
2nd Place in Rhetorical Essay
Addie Sparks

3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation
Sydney Everett
3rd Place in Girl's Solo
Stephanie Nix
3rd Place in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking
Taylor Jordan
4th Place in Personal Essay
Emily Pollock
4th Place in Argumentative Essay
Kendal Bunn
4th Place in Trio
Stephanie Nix, Kennedy Finch, 
& Sunny DeVane
4th Place in Duo Interpretation
Timothy Clements & Torri Harris

Special thanks to accompanying team members Aleah Davis, Charles Dean, Jess Rodriguez, Katherine Samuelson, Michael Shannon, Liam Spence and Leia Williams .
Quartet and Boy's Solo Region Champions will advance to the Georgia High School Association AAAA State Literary Competition that will be held at Buford High School on Saturday, March 18th.
Congratulations to the 2017 Literary Team for a terrific season!
Superintendent Serves Breakfast 
Superintendent Mike Hickman serves up breakfast at MP  last week 
during National School Breakfast Week.
Econ Students Simulate Federal Reserve
Mrs. Peacock's Economics students participated in a stimulation of how the federal reserve works.
Spanish Honor Students Teach Spanish
Jasmine Mann and Carmen Ralls taught Spanish to kindergarten students.
Science Textbook Adoption

Monroe County Schools is currently reviewing possible science textbook and instructional resource options for use beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  Resources for students in grades 6-8 will be available for review at Monroe County Middle School-Banks Stephens Campus and resources for students in grades 9-12 will be available for review at Mary Persons High School during the following dates and times:

Monday, March 13, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

*Please note:  Science resource adoption for students in grades K-5 will be postponed to ensure textbooks and resources are more appropriately aligned to the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science. We anticipate the adoption of K-5 science resources next school year.  

For more information, please call Alicia Elder, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, at  (478)994-2031.
Help Send the Access Department to Prom!
Proceeds will help provide dinner, flowers, tuxedos, and accessories for Prom for students in the Access program. Purchase your Bulldog Pride TODAY!

Send orders to Elizabeth Holloway at MPHS. 
Direct questions to  
or call 994-2812 ext 5274
Make checks payable to MPHS. Orders are due by March 31.

Empescope News
Don't miss out on getting a 2017 yearbook for $70.  Go to  to place your order.

PROM 2017

Prom will be held Saturday, April 15th from 8:00 p.m. until midnight at the Macon City Auditorium. Date approval forms are due no later than Friday, March 24th!!

Cost: $70 for an MP Junior/unpaid Senior; $40 for guest*

*The "date" fee applies to Freshmen, Sophomores, and non-MP students. Date approval forms are ONLY NEEDED for non MP guests.

Photography will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m. Students may sign up for appointments in the Media Center beginning Wednesday, March 15th. However, do not worry if you miss your appointment, just come when you can. Photography will end at 9:00 p.m.

Photo Package combinations are shown below and due at the time the pictures are taken. Please bring the correct amount for the package you wish to purchase.

Package A

2 - 8x10
2 - 5x7
8 - Billfolds

Package B

1 - 8x10
2 - 5x7
8 - Billfolds

Package C

2 - 5x7
8 - Billfolds

Package D

2 - 3x5
4 - Billfolds


Seniors: Fill out your Senior Leadout Form and return it to Mrs. Amanda Hightower by Friday, March 31st.
Counselors News
Zumba Spring Fling
Please plan to join us for Zumba Spring Fling which will be  April 28 at 7:00 p.m . Cost to participate is $25 per person. MPHS students with a school ID can participate for $15.00. Proceeds from this event assist students with basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, prom attire, graduation supplies, etc. In lieu of attending the Zumba Spring Fling, donations can be made payable to MPHS.  

Need Extra Help with a Class?
Visit the MP Counselors' Web Page!!!
*Do you need a transcript?
*Do you need an Attendance & ADAP Form?
You can find all of this and more on the Counselor's Web Page.

To get up-to-date news from the counseling department please check your emails and join the MP Counseling Department's Remind.  Text  @mphsco to 81010.  

Attention Seniors
Seniors that have participated in MOWR (including core college classes and 3rd year healthcare classes) during any year of high school will need to make sure that their college transcript, in addition to their high school transcript, is sent to the college that they will be attending. College admissions and registration will be placed on hold until the college receives both transcripts.  Links to request college transcripts are listed below.

Fine Arts News
Art News

Band News
The deadline to place your order is March 15, 2017.
Chorus News
Georgia Southern College's Chorus Visits MP Chorus
Georgia Southern College's Advanced Auditioned Chorale and their director, Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, recently visited our school and performed for our MP Chorus students. They also attended our Choral performance last Monday night.
Clubs & Organizations News
Beta News
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 twenty-four new members were inducted into the National Beta Club. Congratulations to our new members: Hunter Benson, Gary Blackmon, Taylor Buffington, Jimbo Finch, Ariel Finney, Joshua Hawkins, Aiden Hichkad, Jason Hickman, Abby Hodges, Ashton Hooks, Gabriel Imlay, Jillian Jackson, Nicholas Kerr, Kenye Mays, Anastasia Miller, Tripp Moore, Macy Morris, Anokhi Patel, Prachi Patel, Jaylen Prescott, Leah Smith, Laurel Sparks, Kanaya Starling, and Haley Thompson. Tony Ussery,  Division President of the Forsyth market for United Bank, was the guest speaker at our induction ceremony.

Inductees in Attendance: front row - Kenye Mays, Ariel Fenney, 
Gary Blackmon; second row - Kanaya Strarling, Anastasia Miller, 
Gabriel Imlay; back row - Jason Hickman, Tripp Moore, & Joshua Hawkins

The Betas pictured here conducted our Induction Ceremony, and are pictured with our guest speaker. Pictured are Jomari Jackson, Anna McKelvey, Lydia Harrell, Hannah Jones, Anna Hightower, and guest speaker Tony Ussery.

Dairy Queen Blizzard Sale
Every Thursday! 
Mini Blizzards will be sold  for $2 each in room 227 after school.
FCA News

FCA meets every 
Friday morning!
Join us in the 
Media Center at 7:30.
FFA News
The Mary Persons FFA Wildlife Team recently competed in the Area 3 FFA Wildlife Career Development Event.  The event was held at Fort Valley State University on March 2nd. 

The Wildlife Career Development Event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in identifying aquatic plants and animals, Whitetail Deer Management, general wildlife, plant, and tool identification, and game bird identification.  Team members are scored according to their particular event and individual team member scores are added to determine the winning team.  Senior team members include Gracie Thompson, Jessica Hammock, Brandon Pitts and Marshall Fields.  The senior team placed 2nd at the contest.  Junior team members include Jonathan Garrett, Cassy Love, Matt Fields, and Savannah Lovell.  Jonathan Garrett placed first in Deer Management and Matt Field placed first in Game Bird Biology.  The Junior team placed 1st at the contest.  Both teams will compete in the state event March 17 and 18.
FFA is a national organization of over 600,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.  

FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools.  The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

HOSA Students Handle Emergency Like ChaMPS
Griffin and Mary Persons High School students were headed down to the dance when they found themselves trapped in an elevator at the Marriott Marquis between the 34th and 35th floor.  After 15 minutes one of the students started to experience weakness and collapsed.  The students calmly and efficiently responded by checking the collapsed students vital signs and positioning her correctly.  The student's communicated the results to the Advisors, who were observing from the balcony.  Firefighters arrived and the students removed the collapsed student from the elevator first despite several being afraid that the elevator might start and drop suddenly.  The students remained at the scene and continued to provide support until EMT arrived and then offered to assist the student back up to her room on the 40th floor.  An MPHS student said, "this is what we have trained for, I put aside my fear and focused on the student in need."   An GHS student said, "I do not care if we win in any competition,...this is HOSA."  After treating the collapsed student, the EMS noted that the prompt actions of the students most likely prevented a more serious outcome.  As an Advisor, I could not be more proud of our students who in this moment embodied the essence of HOSA.

This is a v iew looking up from the Marriott Marquis Atrium 
to the elevators and top floors.
Sports News
Auxiliary News

Cheerleader News

MPHS Cheerleading Tryouts

***SAMPSON Needed***
Are you interested in becoming 
Sampson, our Bulldog Mascot, at football games?  
If so, email Laura Nelson for more information, .
Soccer News
MP Boys Soccer Wins Stratford Cup
The Mary Persons boys soccer team won the Stratford Cup last week in Macon. The Bulldogs defeated No. 8 Stratford and No. 9 Hebron Christian to bring home the tournament title. Shane King's goal late in the second half tied things up against Hebron. Goalkeeper Brock Hulsey then came up with two crucial saves during a penalty kick shootout to determine the championship. Senior James Davis led the way for MP with three goals and an assist during the tournament. Against Stratford, the Bulldogs cruised to a 4-1 lead and then emptied the bench. Davis, Julian Rivera and Zane Holliman all had goals for MP.

Tennis News
The MP Tennis Team has had a busy week, as they played three matches in the span of 7 days. On Thursday, 3/3, they traveled to Middle Georgia State University to take on Tattnall Square Academy. The Bulldogs emerged victorious by a 4-1 match score, while the Lady Bulldogs suffered their first defeat by a 1-4 match score.

On Tuesday and  Wednesday (after a rain delay), MP boys and girls took their second region win over Spalding in a hard fought match. The girls won 4-1 and the boys won 5-0. Winners included Abby Rigole and Caroline Pierotti in singles, and the teams of Cadi Seitz/Megan Beall and Madeline Copeland/Stephanie Pierotti in doubles. Winners for the boys included Chris Swars, Liam Spence, Jay Alford for singles and the teams of Jordan Carr/Seth Smith and Caleb Wilson/Micah Wilson for doubles.

On Thursday, 3/10, MP was back in action in Rutland and swept their girls and boys teams 5-0 each. Winners against Rutland included Chris Swars, Jordan Carr, and Nathan DeVane at singles, and the teams of Caleb and Micah Wilson and Preston Wilson/Jay Alford. For the girls, Anna Wilks, Caroline Pierotti, and Jackie Gore secured wins in singles, while the teams of Cadi Seitz/Abby Rigole and Audrey Parrott/Allyssah Mullis held down the fort for doubles. 

The MP Bulldogs now sport a 7-0 record (2-0 in 2-AAAA), while the MP Lady Bulldogs are 5-1 (2-0 in 2-AAAA). 

Track & Field News

Girls Track:  
The Track and Field teams competed in the 4th Annual Canes Central GA Relays yesterday.  The Lady Dogs placed 4th overall.   Morgan Haney won the mile, Olympia High won the 300 meter hurdles. Olympia High placed 2nd in the 100 meter hurdles.

Boys Track:
Congratulations to the Boys Track team for their 3rd place finish in the 4th Annual Canes Invitational Track Meet. 
Some of the top finishers were the following:

100 Meter Dash
Quin Wilson - 3rd Place
Ty Danielly - 4th Place

1600 meters
Lawson Weldon - 1st Place

3200 Meters
T.J. Williams - 1st Place

110 Hurdles
Jartori Sims - 2nd Place

4*400 (4th Place)
Caleb Lewis, Lawson Weldon, JaQuan Davis, Nick Joseph 

4*100 (3rd place)
Ty Danielly,  Rashad Hughley, Jatori Sims, Quin Wilson

Long Jump
Ty Danielly - 4th Place
Jatori Sims - 5th Place

Triple Jump
Jatori Sims - 4th Place
Spring Schedules
Media Center Message
Media Center Gets 3-D Printer

We are now capable of printing in 3-D with our new 3-D printer!
OverDrive eBooks
Borrow eBooks (fiction and nonfiction), and audio-books  from our school library - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.   All you need is your username and password,  the same credentials that are used to access the computers at school.   eBooks may be downloaded to your device.

*Please see Mrs. English if you need assistance.
Media Center Offers Extended Hours

Both Campuses - Open Daily until 3:45.

Freshman Campus Media Center - Open Tuesdays until 4:00

Main Campus Media Center - Open Thursdays until 4:30

Students who wish to take advantage of the extended time 
must  arrive  to the Media Center after the dismissal bell rings.
*See Mrs. English for passwords to the  resources that require a password.
Link Your Ingles Card to MPHS

Ingles cards must be 
re-linked each year. 
Our school code is 10509.
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