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Credit Recovery, Session 4, starts Monday, March 17th!   

Please see Mrs. McLuen for more information!   

The last day to sign up is March 14th!

Click Here for a Credit Recovery Application. 

Talent Show Winners

1st Place - The MP Drumline 

Sharon Kinsella - 3rd Place & Kayla Pippin 2nd Place

Yearbook early ordering has been extended through April 18th!  

 Buy your yearbook for $65 online at Jostens or through Mrs. Hogan at MP.  After April 18th the cost goes up to $70 on distribution day and is first come, first served.

Healthcare students recently participated in a Mock disaster Drill at Monroe County Hospital. 

Senior Dress Code for Graduation



  • Long sleeve white dress shirts
  • Long dark ties (may be solid or a simple pattern)
  • Black dress pants
  • No jeans or work pants (Dickies)
  • Black socks
  • Black dress shoes. NO tennis shoes, work boots, or cowboy boots.


  • Black dresses short enough not to show below your gown (No strapless/halter dresses, or one shoulder dresses.)
  • Black dress shoes with low or flat heels.  NO tennis shoes or flip flops.
  • Small earrings (no large hoops). No bangles, large bracelets, or necklaces.
  • Do not bring purses or other items with you.  You cannot march with them.
Jostens will be here March 4th and March 13th for invitation deliveries. Caps and gowns will be delivered in late April.

The deadline to purchase Prom tickets is  

Friday, March 7th.


See Mrs. Carter for more information. 

Counselors' Corner
  • The Deadline to purchase Prom tickets is THIS Friday, March 7th. 
  • The MPHS Counseling department will be selling personalized, MP graduation yard signs.  This is a great way to show your Bulldog pride for your senior.  Cost is $20 and payment is due at time of order.  See your counselor or Mrs. Miller to order your sign beginning March 1.
  • Scholarship Deadlines are Approaching!!!  
  • Go to the Senior Scholarship page to see the latest scholarships and deadlines.  Please ask for letters of recommendation at least two weeks in advance of the deadline.  Also, make sure you provide the teacher/counselor or administrator with a recent, thorough resume.
  • Click Here for More Senior News. 
Do you still need to take the SAT or ACT?
Fine Arts News
Student Art Exhibits
  • Come see MP student artwork preview during the Forsythia Festival at the Monroe County Public Library March 8 & 9.
  • Visual Arts Spring Student Exhibit: week of March 24-28 at the Public Library.  Reception Tuesday, March 25 from 6-8pm. 

Mary Persons High School Chorus: The ultimate team sport--that's how the Mary Persons High School Chorus describes their study of music and vocal performance. Under the direction of 2014 Teacher of the Year Charles Hernandez, the chorus program is considered by some to be the foremost up and coming "sport" in our community.


In addition to daily study in the elective class, many more opportunities are offered throughout the school year for chorus students. They compete on a state-wide level for spots in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators' Association's District 11 Honor Choir and All State Chorus, and for solo and trio spots in the Region 2-AAAA Literary Competitions. At the end of the month the choir will travel to Orlando to compete in the 10th Anniversary of Festival Disney, hosted by Walt Disney World. They will perform for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon.


Students also travel to gain exposure to various professional vocal performances. Last week, they traveled to the campus of Mercer University in Macon for a focused lesson with Dr. Stanley Roberts, associate dean of Mercer's Townsend School of Music. Next month, a group will travel to Atlanta's Fox Theatre to see a performance of The Lion King.


MPHS Chorus concerts are free and open to the public. The next one will be held at the Roberts Chapel on the former Tift College campus in Forsyth on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m. All are invited to come and experience this "ultimate team sport."  



Club News

SkillsUSA students presented two chairs to Coach Green in appreciation of his CHAMPness!  



These chairs were made by MP Building Construction students using materials that were reclaimed from the original James P. Evans gymnasium bleachers.  


SkillsUSA will be selling chairs for $100 each. Don't miss a chance to get a piece of MP HISTORY! Contact Mr. Hurm ( if you would like to place an order. 

Mary Persons FFA Chapter Successful at State Contests

The Mary Persons FFA Chapter competed in the state Agricultural Mechanics and state Floriculture Contests on Saturday February 9th at Fort Valley State University. These FFA teams qualified for state competition by placing in the top two at Central Region competitions.


Team members who competed in the Agricultural Mechanics contest were Tia Chastain, Devin Garner, Caroline Waldrep, Jarod England, and Zachary White. The contest consisted of Welding, Electrical Wiring, Small Engine Repair, a team activity, test, and problem solving questions. This team placed 3rd in the state.


Our Junior Floriculture team had to identify flowering plants and houseplants and take a test over knowledge of plant science and the horticulture industry. Team members were Brett Boone, William Freeman, Elizabeth Smith, and Emsley Smith. This team also placed 3rd in the state, highlighted by Elizabeth having the 2nd highest individual score and Emsley having the fourth highest individual score.


Our Senior Floriculture team also identified plants and were given a knowledge test. In addition, the Senior team had to identify plant pests and take a problem solving exam. Team members were Ansley Clark, Levi Nopen, Triston Hayman, and Austin Whatley. This team placed 6th in the state.

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) meets every Friday at 7:30 in the Media Center*.  Everyone is welcome.
*Please note the new location. 
HOSA members will be in Athens on March 5th-8th for
the State HOSA Competition.

Beta Club
members will be traveling to Atlanta for the Georgia State Beta Convention on March 7th & 8th.
Sports Corner

Soccer News   


The Girls Soccer team finished the Bulldog Cup strong with a decisive victory over region rival Perry 4-2. Senior Caitlin Stephenson put the Lady Dogs ahead in the first half on a penalty kick after freshman Maiah Wiley was fouled in the penalty area. In her first start as a Lady Bulldog, Junior Annie Kate Barnes scored her first goal and kept the Panther defense on their heels all afternoon. Wiley also found the back of the net during the second half and Stephenson added her second goal of the afternoon with a well place shot in the corner of the net. The Lady Dogs begin a four game road stretch beginning Tuesday with future region opponent Upson-Lee.


Boys soccer rolls past Peach; important region games lie ahead

The Varsity Boys soccer team improved to 3-1-1 on the season after an exciting week of action as hosts of the annual Bulldog Cup tournament. The squad found the back of the net often in a 5-2 rout of Peach County on Saturday and also held No. 5 Spalding to a 4-4 tie on Friday night. Junior Josh Hampton broke through and opened the scoring for MP against Peach before Ryan Shepard added a second goal off a header in the penalty box to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at halftime. The goals kept coming in the second half as Hampton found the back of the net twice more and freshman Shane King, who also assisted on one of Hampton's earlier strikes, wrapped up the win with a well-placed shot from the top of the box. The victory came less than 24 hours after MP landed its most impressive result of the season against No. 5 Spalding. Hampton, senior Dennis Miller, and freshman Isaiah Strychalski and James Davis all scored for the Bulldogs. The game was an up-and-down affair that saw MP fall behind by a pair of goals on two separate occasions, only to respond with resilience each time.  The coming week will see the defending region champion Bulldogs take on a difficult stretch of four straight road games, including important 2-AAAA games at Westside next Tuesday and at Baldwin two days later.  


Click here to access the MP Soccer page, where you will find team rosters and schedules for all teams.  

Check Out our Bulldog Athletics
page to access the websites of all our sports.
Media Center Message

Teen Tech Week
March 9-15, 2014
The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to encourage teens to be competent and ethical users of technologies.  
Click Here for More information about Teen Tech Week.
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