Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Progress Reports
Thursday, November 16, 2017
MP vs. Baldwin County 

Thanksgiving Holidays
November 22-24, 2017

Reminder: We WILL have school 
on Monday (11/20) & Tuesday (11/21)
Class of 2018
Order your ultimate symbols of success!!  Jostens will be here to take Graduation Announcement, Cap & Gown, and Class Ring orders on Tuesday, November 28th during lunch in the Commons Area.  Please bring a $100 down payment and a completed order form to place your order.  If you have already placed an order, Jostens will accept payments on accounts on the 28th as well. 
MP Profile
Meet Ellen Criswell.  She is married to Lee, and they have two daughters, Alayna (12th grade) and Emilee (8th grade). Mrs. Criswell is an instructional paraprofessional with our Access program, and has worked at MP for 8 years. When asked what she likes most about her job, she said "My students bring so much joy and laughter to my life, and my coworkers are like family." She enjoys decorating and making crafts. She also enjoys swimming and playing with her little dog, Ellie. If she could go back in time she would like to go back to the 1900s "because things were so much simpler then and I love old farm houses from that era." If she did not have to sleep, she would use the extra time to travel and craft.  When people come to her for help, they usually come for family and relationship advice. "My relationship with Jesus and my grandmother have influenced my life the most." She said that nothing keeps her up at night because she has to have her sleep. She has a degree in nursing, and her first passion was working with the elderly. She took this job because she wanted to be with her daughters more, and "in doing that I found my second passion, working with students with disabilities. I truly love what I get to do everyday!
2018 Senior Superlatives

Most Likely to Become an Actor/Actress
Leia Williams
Matt Miller

Most Likely to be in a Comedy
Kver Shannon
Jake Newton

Most Likely to be in the 
Sports Hall of Fame
Tiella Banks
Tori Hansford

Most Likely to be on 
Reality TV Show
Carrie Neal
Jonah Johnston

Most Likely to Win a Philanthropy Award
Abby Hightower
Gabe Medlin
Most Likely to be the 
Next Sheldon Cooper
Madeline Copeland
Cole Myers

Most Likely to be on the 
Cover of a Magazine
Payton Poland
Christian Knight

Most Likely to be Late to 
Their Own Award Show
Kayley Dale
Preston Waldorf

Next Kimye
TJ Sauls
Ke nnedy Finch

Most Likely to Win 
America's Got Talent
Beau Watson
Samantha Walton

2018 Teacher Superlatives

Most Likely to be Planning World Domination
Mrs. Greenway &  Coach Carey

Most Likely to be Mistaken for Mom and Dad
Mrs. Amanda Hightower &  Mr. Magda

Most Likely to be Casted as a Teenager
Ms. Rowland & Coach  Kip Burdette

Most Likely to Win a Rap Battle
The McElhaneys

Most Likely to be in a Movie
Mrs. Spires &  Coach Dano Burdette

Most Likely to Spread World Peace
Mrs. Trevitt &  Mr. Hernandez
A Thank You from Anchor of Hope
The Anchor of Hope Foundation celebrated it's 10th anniversary by hosting the Celebration of Hope banquet on Thursday, November 9th. The Best Buddies club of Mary Persons had 18 members volunteer their time to ensure the event was a success. 

The leadership team of Anchor of Hope has expressed their immense gratitude to Elizabeth Holloway and her club members. Overheard at the dinner: "the student volunteers are kind, welcoming, professional and made sure guests are taken care of from the time they walk into the room." Way to shine in the community and be a CHAMP! 

The Mary Persons  Parent Assisting Children ( MPAC) group serves as the  parent organization of MPHS. 

MPAC welcomes parents, guardians and family members to join our group and take part in enhancing the educational experience here at Mary Persons High School by sharing ideas, participating in events and assisting, students, staff and administration when the opportunity arises.  Please complete this form in its entirety if you are interested. 

Yearbook News
Yearbooks are now $65. 
The cost will be going up to $70 on Monday, November 20th. Get yours now at the reduced price!!

See Mrs. May to place your order, 
Counselors News
College Fair @MP

College Fair 
Thursday, November 16th
6:00 p.m.  
@ Mary Persons

This is a GREAT opportunity to visit with multiple colleges in a convenient location. This event is ho sted by the MPHS Counseling Department. 
Bulldog Blessings
Are you interested in supporting Bulldog Blessings, or want to learn more about how our counselors support MP students who are in need? Click here to visit their new Google Site.

Adopt-A-Senior 2018 is a new program sponsored by the Bulldog Blessings.

Senior year is expensive, and we're asking our local organizations, groups and citizens to chip in and adopt some of our seniors who are in need of support. Our goal is that ALL MP Grads experience the full memory of their senior year and don't have to skip out on any activities due to cost. 

Click here to learn more about the Adopt-A-Senior 2018 program.
 You can request more information as well as signup online to help support this worthy cause.
MP Cinch Bags Fundraiser for Bulldog Blessings

The counseling department is selling MP Cinch Bags for $10 as a fundraiser for our Bulldog Blessings fund. All of the proceeds will go directly to our neediest students allowing us to purchase school supplies, toiletries, blankets, coats, technical college application fees, special school events, etc. 
Creations by CHAMP can add a name for an additional $5.00.
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.  

ACT & SAT Information
Students who are planning to attend a four year college, must take the SAT or ACT and obtain qualifying score.  Mary Persons  is a testing site for BOTH tests. We are able to provide waivers only to juniors or seniors who participate in the free/reduced lunch program. Eligible students can see their counselor or Mrs. Miller to receive fee waivers.

SAT Registration: Go to to register for the SAT. You must have a waiver code or credit/debit card to register. Cost without a waiver is $46.00 (no writing) or $60.00 with writing.

ACT Registration: Go to to register for the ACT. You must have a waiver code or credit/debit card to register. Cost without a waiver is $42.50 (no writing) or $58.50 with writing.

Attention Seniors
The FAFSA┬« is the application that students must complete to apply for federal student aid, which can be used to attend an eligible college or career school. Federal student aid includes Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, many states, private organizations, colleges, and career schools rely on information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal sources of aid. 

ALL students must complete this form regardless of parent income.  The 2018 FAFSA application is now open.  
Fine Arts News
Clubs & Organizations News
Art Club News   
The Art Club is hosting the 3rd annual Empty Bowls Dinner fundraiser on  Thursday, November 16th from 5:30-7:30  in the Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15, and go on sale Monday, October 30th.  

Come share a soup dinner with us and take home a student-made ceramic bowl.  All proceeds benefit Monroe Co. Backpack Buddies.  
See any Art Club member to purchase your tickets. 
Best Buddies News   
On Thursday, November 9th 15 Best Buddies members volunteered at the Anchor of Hope 10th Anniversary Gala at New Providence Baptist Church. They helped to set up, served dinner, and cleaned up. These students represented MP extremely well! Thank you for serving.

Mayra Garcia
Tiffany Purvis
Makenna Hollis
Alex Kite
Hope Brooks
Shelbye Thompson
Grace Stoerkel
Tiffany Brown
Destiny Middleton 
Daizha Outlaw
Devera Moore
Ronnie Lemons
Mikayla Blalock
Isabel Stone
Brianna Morgan
Beta Club News   
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes are due Wednesday, November 15th.
    • Doughnuts will be delivered Thursday, November 16th, after school.
    • $50 State Convention balance is due November 16th.
  • Check your email for volunteer opportunities during basketball games.
FBLA News   

DQ Blizzards will be back on  November 30  after school in Room 227. $2 each

Next Meeting - November 29 @ 3:15 in Room 227. Plan to attend & bring a friend.

See an FBLA member to get your Heritage candle(s) or Boston Butt, or you can email to place your order for candles, or amy.myers@mcschools.orgto order your Boston Butt. Heritage Candles are handmade in the USA and burn for approximately 75 hours, keeping their scent to the very bottom. Boston Butt certificates are good for one year, and they can be redeemed at Welch's Meats beginning December 1, 2017. Deadline to order is November 29
FCA News   
FCA will meet on Fridays 
in the Gym at 7:20 a.m. 
All students & faculty are invited!

JROTC News   

MP's JROTC presented the colors at  Friday  night's game and  then again on the Monroe County Courthouse Square on  Saturday at the Veterans Day Ceremony.
TSA News
TSA (Technology Student Association) is selling Country Meats for only $1. They have EVERY flavor in stock! Swing by the Tech Lab, room 220, to get yours! Follow the American flag!
Send items in to the Tech Lab, room 220 at MP Main Campus, or call  (478) 994-2812, ext. 5039  if you have any questions or need more details. Thank you for supporting Technology Student Association and keeping out earth green! Contact Christina Barfield (
Sports News
Basketball News

Cheerleader News

Congratulations to the Varsity Competition Cheerleaders and their coaches!!!  They ended the season placing 5th at the State Competition this past weekend.
Football News

Congratulations to the Varsity Football team and coaches for their 27-0 win over Carver High School this past Friday night. They will play Baldwin County at home Friday night in the next round of the State Playoffs. Go Bulldogs!
Tennis News

Students interested in trying out for the
Tennis Team should plan to meet with
Coach Grossman & Coach Bernard on Wednesday, December 6th , immediately after school in the Gym Lobby of the Main Campus. Information about physicals & tryouts will be given at that time.
Volleyball News

 Awards Banquet Winners

Varsity Awards
Best Offensive Player - Georgia Wilcox
Best Defensive Player - Bo Autrey
MVP - Mary Kate Jones
Most Improved - Rachel Sparks
Academic Award - Mary Kate Jones, Teresa Wilcox
Coaches Award - Kendal Bunn, Georgia Wilcox, Christa Willingham

JV Awards
Best Offensive Player - Abby Gray
Best Defensive Player - Abby Gray
MVP - Lindsie Robbins
Most Improved - Jackie Gore
Academic Award - Anokhi Patel

9th Grade Awards
Most Improved - Rebecca Jones
Academic Award - Rebecca Jones, Alauna Robinson
Coaches Award - Reagan Dorrity

Senior Awards
Kendal Bunn
Georgia Wilcox
Christa Willingham
Wrestling News

The wrestling team kicked off the season by traveling to Locust Grove High School for a tournament this past  Saturday

Those bringing home individual medals were:
Keller Smith - 4th
Zack Hart  - 4th
Brycen Young  - 3rd
Brandon Neal  - 2nd 

Media Center Message
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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