Mary Persons High School
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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GHSA AAAA State Literary Results

We are proud to announce the GHSA AAAA State Literary results from this past Saturday's competition. 

Congratulations to  Mary Persons senior, Jackson Harvey, who is Georgia's 2017 AAAA State Champion Men's Soloist.  He won the honor March 18, 2017 at the Georgia High School Association State Literary Competition held in Buford Georgia.  Harvey's renditions of Ernest Chausson's Le Charme and Arm, Arm Ye Brave! by George Frederick Handel earned perfect scores for musical knowledge, vocal technique and musicianship from both college vocal instructor judges.

This win is only the latest in a string of accomplishments for Harvey.  Ranked as one of the top eight high school classical singers in the United States last spring, The Juilliard School in New York City, the world's most prestigious conservatory for the arts, invited Harvey to live audition earlier this month for admission to Juilliard after graduation from Mary Persons.  When the live audition before the entire Juilliard voice faculty was complete, Harvey was one of only 13 vocalists from around the world invited for a call-back.  Harvey awaits the final admission decision by early April. 
Of his wait, Harvey said, "Regardless of what happens, I'm just a kid from a small town in Georgia that was invited to audition for the most prestigious music school in the world... and got a call-back.  I started voice lessons less than two years ago!  I'm so grateful to Charles Hernandez, the Mary Persons choral director, for identifying I have been given talent and for investing his time and knowledge in me.  I'm grateful that I've had wonderful voice training from Marie Jarriel Roberts at Mercer University.  I'm grateful to my mom, Scott and my sisters for supporting my dreams."
Charles Hernandez, choral director of Mary Persons for the last five years, said, "I am so proud of Jackson.  I know his work ethic behind the scenes, and he is so deserving."
Harvey concluded, "Of all the singing awards I've won, the state literary championship means the most to me.  I was very proud to represent my school, Forsyth and Monroe county."
Congratulations to Jeffrey Dunbar, Jackson Harvey, Clay Moore and Beau Watson who placed 4th in State Boy's Quartet. 

Both MP events placed at the State level. Their names will be added to the archives of winners on the GHSA website.

Congratulations to MP Literary Coordinator and Coach Mr. Hernandez, accompanist Dotti Baker, and Jackson's vocal coach, Marie Roberts of Mercer University for an outstanding literary season.

4th Place Men's Quartet - Jeffrey Dunbar, Jackson Harvey, Clay Moore, and Beau Watson represented Mary Persons in the men's quartet state finals of the Georgia High School Association Literary Competition on March 19, 2017.

The Mary Persons quartet took fourth place from among the 31 schools that comprise the AAAA division.  Charles Hernandez, choral director at Mary Persons since 2011, said of the quartet, "I'm so proud. The accomplishments of these young people are putting the Mary Person's fine arts on the map."
Interested in Being 
a Part  of Student Council?
Any student who runs for election to Student Council must meet the following qualifications:
1. Have at least an 80 grade point average
2. No disciplinary infractions during the year of election
3. Be a member of at least one other school club or organization
4. Must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing during the year of service
Elections will be held during MP period and High school 101 on April 11th to select 8 representatives for each class. 

President, vice president and secretary will be elected from the 8 class representatives at a later date.


Healthcare Students Help Host the Wreck @the Rec

17 Healthcare & HOSA students partnered with with local EMS to host this year's Drive Safe, Drive Smart event (the Wreck@the Rec) this past week.  Our students presented TDS (Teens in the Drivers Seat) after the wreck and recovery efforts.  TDS is a national peer to peer safe driving initiative.  We had students who presented to the community, led group activities and showed the effects of intoxication through the use of the Vision Goggles.  

The goal of the event was to encourage students to sign a safe driving pledge to reduce preventable teen accidents and deaths.  
Engineering Students Partner with Habitat for Humanity

Students are making birdhouse inspired money collectors to place at local businesses. These will advertise for Monroe County Habitat for Humanity and collect funds to support affordable housing and home repair projects in our own community! Finished projects will be available in a few more weeks. 

You can learn more about Monroe County Habitat for Humanity on their Facebook page or you may contact Mrs. Barfield if you're interested in serving as a volunteer or supporter of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity! 
Media Festival Projects Advance to State Competition

Congratulations to the following students whose media festival entries will be advancing to the Georgia State Media Festival.

Zeb West-Groover, James Davis, William Stevick &  TJ Williams for their project, Man vs. Kiwi
Colton  McClure, Colton Perkins, Hunter Perry, Michael Schnock & Andrew Hoskins for their project,  Life of Thomas
Zach Butler for his project,  Life by Desire
Anna Hightower for her project,  MP National Signing Day
Holden Pritchett for his project,  How to Shoot a Time Lapse with an iPhone
Hailey Watson & Tyler Martin for their project,  Head's Up Georgia
Nicholas Kerr & Preston Waldorf for their project,  Love Doctor
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.  

AP Exam Schedule

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
Congratulations to both the Concert and Symphonic Band for earning superior ratings at their Large Group Performance Evaluation in both their performance and sight reading. 

Concert Band

Symphonic Band
Chorus News
Congratulations to the Mary Persons Beginning Women, Men, Mixed and Advanced Women's Choirs, director Mr. Hernandez, and accompanist Terry Clopton. All four groups received straight superior ratings in performance and sight reading from every judge at the 2017 Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations.
A Superior rating denotes "an outstanding performance worthy of distinction of being recognized as among the very best".
This has been a 5 year ongoing accomplishment by some ultimate CHAMPS.

Combined Choirs
OrlandoFest 2017

Mary Persons Women's Chorus Grand Champions at Disney

Fifty-six members of the Mary Persons Choral Program traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Orlandofest, hosted by Universal Studios on March 16-19, 2017.  There, all competing Mary Persons choirs earned superior ratings.  Further, the Mary Persons Women's Choir won their division, scored highest among all competing choirs. The Mary Persons Mixed Choir took second 
place in the same division.  Also, the Mary Persons Women's Choir was declared Grand Champions of the entire Choral competition. 

 "These young people had a wonderful opportunity to practice important life skills like following direction, getting along with others, managing nerves when performing, and working with a group to accomplish superior performance.  Musicianship performing complex choral literature is not a simple skill.  Forsyth-Monroe should be very proud of these awesome accomplishments," said Shannon Gordon, president of TEMPO, the choral booster club for 2016-2017.

Charles Hernandez, Mary Persons Choral Director, said, "At Mary Persons, we talk often about the young people being CHAMPs.  The Women's choir made that literally come true this weekend.  It is a huge honor for Forsyth-Monroe and Mary Persons for these young ladies to have earned the title Orlandofest Grand Champion when competing against choirs from across the country.  #CHAMP!"

Clubs & Organizations News

"It's Time to Shine" was the theme this year for Georgia FBLA! MPHS had 30 competitors registered in the 2017 State Leadership Conference. Nineteen students attended the conference at the beautiful Classic Center in Athens, GA March 12-13 along with Mrs. Little, Ms. Sanders, and Ms. Sparks.

Club Awards received by MPHS FBLA:
1. Superior Chapter of the Year (Top 20)
2. Gold Chapter (3rd year in a row)
2. Sweepstakes Champion Region 12 (3rd year in a row)
3. Business Achievement Awards Challenge 2nd Place 
4. Largest Local Chapter Membership Award 14th Place (201 Members)

Member Awards at State:
Seth Walker 6th Place - Spreadsheet Applications
Hunter Perry 7th Place - Database Design & Applications
Tyler McCall Finalist - Future Business Leader

FBLA Members

FBLA Sponsors: Marcy Sanders, Susan Little, & Rosalyn Sparks

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

FFA Team Wins State Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event
The Mary Persons High School)FFA Nursery/Landscape Team recently won the State FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event.  The event was held at the University of Georgia in Athens on March 18th. 

Team members, Audrey Barr, Kayley Dale, Elizabeth Smith, and Emsley Smith, became eligible to compete at the state event after winning the Area III Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event on April 1st at Fort Valley State University.  The team advances to national competition at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

The Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event allows students to demonstrate their knowledge in plant materials, plant disorders, cultural practices, design and construction, supplies and equipment, safety, interpersonal relations, marketing and records and reports.

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.

State Winning FFA Nursery Landscaping Team:  L to R:  Audrey Barr, 
Emsley Smith, Elizabeth Smith, & Kayley Dale
TSA News
Mary Persons High School sent 8 students to Athens, Ga for Technology Student Association State Competition March 8-11. We competed in CO2 dragster car design, on demand video, extemporaneous speech, technical problem solving, technological issues debate, Electrical Applications, Computer aided design-architecture, essay on technology, photographic technology and music production. 

We placed 4th in state in CO2 dragster design. We're proud of all of our student competitors! 

We also earned the 100% award for participating in 100% of Georgia TSA events during the 2016-2017 school year. This is a first for Mary Persons High School! 

Sports News
Auxiliary News

Cheerleading News

Cheerleading Tryouts
March 27 - March 30
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Bank Stephens Gym

For more information please contact Kyle Ward at
***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 defeats Spalding
The MP Boys Soccer team came away with an important region road win last Friday. The Bulldogs defeated Spalding 4-1 to improve to 3-1 in region play and continue to battle for first place in the region standings. James Davis had a hat-trick on the night, scoring once in the first half and then two more times in the second. Dawson Daniel added a goal and the MP defense did not allow a goal during the run of play, as the Jags lone score came from a penalty kick early in the first half. This week the Bulldogs host Upson-Lee at home on Friday night in a game that will have a huge impact on determining the region championship.
Track & Field News
Congrats to the Boys Track team for their 1st place finish in the Middle Georgia Invitational at Lamar County High School.

Top Finishers were as follows:

100 Meter Dash
Dash Quin Wilson - 1st Place
Ty Danielly - 2nd Place

200 Meter Dash 
Quin Wilson - 3rd place 
Jatori Sims - 6th Place

400 Meter Dash 
Jomari Jackson - 6th Place

800 Meter Race 
Myles Johnson - 6th Place

1600 Meter Race 
Lawson Weldon - 1st Place

3200 Meter Race 
T.J. Williams - 1st Place

110 Meter Hurdles 
Jatori Sims - 1st Place

4 * 100 Meter Relay
Ty Danielly, Jomari Jackson, Quin Wilson, Jatori Sims - 1st Place

4 8 400 Meter Relay 
Quin Wilson, Jomari Jackson, Nick Joseph, Ja Quan  Davis - 4th Place

Spring Schedules
Media Center Message
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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Monroe County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex in its employment practices, student programs and dealings with the public. It is the policy of the Board of Education to comply fully with the requirements of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and all accompanying regulations. As a result, the following people have been appointed to oversee specific areas. Title II, Adult 504, Adult Title IX  Dr. Mike Hickman  25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031  Student and Athletic Title IX Jackson Daniel 25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031 Student 504  Jenny Rooks 433 Highway 41 South, Forsyth, GA 31029  478-994-2031  Any employee, student, applicant for employment, parent or other person who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed in violation of the above areas must make a complaint in accordance with the procedures outlined in Board Policy GAAA.  Copyright 2017.  All Rights Reserved.