Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Governor's Honors Program Semifinalists

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a semifinalists for state interview/auditions of the  GHP process. 

Nomination Area
Rilyn McKallip Mathematics
Stephanie Nix Music Music Voice: Treble
Sunny DeVane Music Music Voice: Treble
Breanna Jones Science
Abby Hodges Theatre Theatre Performance
Destiny Thompson Visual Arts

Congratulations Mrs. McKallip
December Teacher of the Month
MP Profile
Meet Marcy Sanders. She has 3 daughters: Katie, a senior at UGA majoring in Statistics; Summer, a junior at UNG majoring in Biology; and Naomi, a senior at MPHS this year. She is the Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, Volleyball Coach, FCA Advisor, and Interact Advisor. She has been at MP for 15 years. What she likes best about her job is "the student/teacher relationships formed in the classroom, on the court, and in clubs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out at the Pink Physique with her trainer, and reading when she makes time for it. If she could go back in time, she would like to go back to 1972 because her mom was alive and she would spend quality time with her. "She died when I was a five year old." If she did not have to sleep, she would use her extra time to travel all around the world. When people come to her for help, they usually need advice or help solving a problem.  Who has had the most influence on her life? "Jesus Christ, I would be nothing if I didn't have a personal relationship with him." Her thoughts keep her up at night. This is her 18th year of teaching, and her last year of coaching.
Econ Students Prepare 
for Personal Finance w/Quizlet
Mrs. Peacock's class played a very competitive game of Quizlet live 
to prepare for their Personal Finance year.
Choosing the Best
Each day this past week we had  Choosing the Best  speakers speak with 
our Senior English classes.  The speakers included Ellie Pelt, Noel & Mick Kahaian, David Martin, Greg & Michelle Head, and Dr. Warren & Shirley Jester. Thanks to all of the speakers for taking their valuable time to spend the day at MP, and to Mrs. Movene Futch, Mrs. Noelle Kahaian, and Dr. Diane Fort for coordinating the speakers for the week. 
Cow Calendar Fundraiser

This fundraiser will benefiting the
Access Program at our school.

What's a Cow Calendar?
In 1998, the Cows created the Cow Calendar as a new tool to convince people to eat more chicken. Since then the Cows have gone to great lengths to spread their self-preservation message. This year's Cow Calendar Card opens the door to delicious food and surprises and is your key to special monthly offers.

Cow Calendars may be purchased for $10 from any Access teacher.  
5th Annual Poet Laureate's Prize

Georgia's Poet Laureate, Judson Mitcham, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts, is pleased to announce the fifth annual  Poet Laureate's Prize , awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. A winner and four finalists will be selected by the Poet Laureate and announced in early April 2018. The winning poet and finalists will have the opportunity to meet Governor and Mrs. Deal and the Poet Laureate when they are honored at the Georgia State Capitol in the spring. The winner and finalists will also tour the historic Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta. The winning and finalist poems will be published by Atlanta Magazine.  Entry deadline is  March 1, 2018
2018 Washington Youth Tour
  • All expenses paid, week-long trip to Washington D.C.
  • Open to sophomores and juniors. 
  • Students who live in one of the 14 counties we serve are eligible to enter.
  • The students are not required to live in residence served by CGEMC.

This week-long tour of Washington, D.C., will take place June 7-14, 2018.  The deadline for applications is  February 8, 2018



This year's Prom will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at the Macon City Auditorium. See page 58 in the MP Student Handbook for eligibility details.

Date Approval Forms are due no later than Friday, March 30th.

Prom Ticket Sale Information
January 22 - January 31 $55 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $25 guest
Month of February $60 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $30 guest
March 1- March 30 $70 for MP Jr or unpaid Sr; $40 guest
*The "guest" fee applies to Freshmen, Sophomores, or non MP students. Date Approval Forms are ONLY NEEDED for non-MP guests.

Prom dues and guest fees are due no later than March 30th. Anyone with an incomplete balance will NOT be admitted into Prom. 

Tickets can be purchased from Ms. Metcalf in room 504 AFTER school. Refunds WILL NOT be made. Keep all receipts as proof of payment.
Yearbook News
Yearbooks are now $70. 
See Mrs. May to place your order, or go to
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - for Rising Juniors

Please see Ms. Sanders for more information! 
The Forsyth-Monroe County Rotary Club will pay for the cost of the camp.
Counselors News
Class of 2019 & Class of 2020 
IMPORTANT - Dual Enrollment Information!!!!

We are implementing a May 1st deadline for Dual Enrollment participation for the 2018-2019 school year.

The first step is to ensure you have a HOPE GPA of 3.0 for Middle Georgia or Gordon State and then to obtain a qualifying SAT or ACT test score (Gordon & Middle Georgia State only). Juniors are eligible for SAT/ACT waivers if they receive free or reduced lunch.  The last two national exams a student can take in order to have their scores in time for the deadline is below.  You can also take institutional exams offered at each institution.
(given @MP)
February 10
Standby  Registration Only
- $99 fee and you cannot use 
a fee waiver 
(January 20-February 2)


March 10

February 9 Deadline 
- $46 registration fee
Institution SAT given at Gordon State - $50 cash or money order; 
Call to schedule a test date 
Middle Georgia State University will accept dual enrollment students with qualifying PSAT scores, SAT score or ACT scores. You ae able to access your PSAT scores at CollegeBoard . Students will also be receiving their PSAT score reports next Tuesday, January 30th, during MP Period. You can apply to MGSU online . The application fee is waived for all dual enrollment students.  Additionally, students provide the following documents: high school transcript, test scores, immunization form, and verification of lawful presence (birth certificate or driver's license). 

Gordon State College will accept dual enrollment student with qualifying Accuplacer scores, SAT scores or ACT scores. Students must complete the paper application and mail it into Gordon State along with your high school transcript, test scores, verification of lawful presence and immunization record. You will also have to physically take a certified birth certificate to Gordon State as proof of verification of lawful presence if you have not had a drivers licence for at least two years. Students interested in applying to Gordon State College for dual enrollment must complete the attached admission application. Please mail the completed application to: Gordon State College, Office of Admissions/Dual Enrollment, 419 College Drive, Barnesville, GA  30204.  Please do NOT include and application fee as it is waived for all dual enrollment students.

Central Georgi Technical College  will accept dual enrollment students for degree level courses with the following minimum test scores. Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by maintaining a 2.0 GPA. Students must complete a paper application. Email completed dual enrollment applications to The Accuplacer is given at the CGTC location in Forsyth. Contact Desiree Watkins at to schedule your test. The cost is $25.00.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your counselor. One-on-one meetings with accepted dual enrollment students will be held once course registration opens up at the various institutions. 
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.
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. 
Fine Arts News
Chorus News

Congratulations to the following eleven students who passed the second round All-State Chorus auditions and will be participating in the 2018 All-State Chorus in February.
Sunny DeVane
Jeffrey Dunbar
Abby Hodges
Emily Joseph
Stephanie Nix
Naomi Sanders
Cayton Sink
Richard Smith
Emmy Tane
Beau Watson
Leia Williams
Clubs & Organizations News
Academic Team News

The MP Academic Team traveled to Mount de Sales on Saturday, January 27, to complete at the GATA Winter South Tournament. The Varsity earned the 4 seed for the playoffs after a 4-1 record and lost a thrilling match to Veterans to finish their day. 

The JV achieved their highest average point score per round for any tournament this year. 

Varsity members included Cole Myers, Katherine Samuelson, Henri Marlow, Torri Harris, and Ana Miller. 

JV members included Chris Crawford, Pandora Imlay, Katelyn Walker, Baxter Berlin, and Holden Haworth. Congratulations on a great showing!
Best Buddies News

There were more than 200 people in attendance at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Friday night to see Maggie Renfroe perform. The event was presented by Central Georgia Autism and benefited Best Buddies. It was a wonderful night of great music and inclusion!!

Shirts and stickers are still available for purchase for $10 and $1 respectively. Contact Mrs. Holloway to purchase!

Beta Club News

MP Beta Club members attended the Georgia State Beta Convention last week in Savannah and competed in various competitions. Those attending were (Front Row) Lori Smith, Mollee Ayers, Hope Brooks, Cayton Sink, Audrey Parrott, Macy Morris, Logan Landers, (Back Row) Sam Wu, Aiden Hichkad, Cole Myers, Nick McGouirk, TJ Terrell, and Gabe Imlay.

Congratulations to 
Sam Wu 
for winning 
1st Place in the 
Visual Arts Sculpture Competition with his origami swan.

  • Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 14.
  • Get your Coke products from an FBLA member or adviser. FBLA will be selling Coke products through February 9.
  • Buy a Crush for your Crush for only $1! Sale starts Monday, February 5 and ends Tuesday, February 13. Crushes will be delivered on Wednesday, February 14.
  • Members who are eligible to attend State Conference need to return their parent letters to Mrs. Little ASAP!
  • Blizzards will be sold Thursday after school - $2 each.
FCA News

Kaitlyn Shipman led FCA last Wednesday! The Freshmen meet every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the MPFC media center.  Come and join us!

TSA News
TSA state competition sign ups are happening NOW! TSA Members or those interested should click here to view our google site for details. 

Meat sticks are back! Swing by the Tech Lab to purchase ALL flavors for only $1 each! 

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
Baseball News
Basketball News

Soccer News

Wrestling News

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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