Mary Persons High School
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Leadership Team Tests 3-D Interactive Programs

Stewart and Scot Rodeheaver, MP graduates, presented information about the 3-D interactive, virtual and augmented reality STEM and CTAE products of their Vizitech company. The leadership team had the opportunity to experiment with their 3-D AV Rover.

MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mr. Dale Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez graduated with a B.A. from Mercer University, an M.Ed. and an Ed.S. from Fort Valley State University.   He has been a teacher for 27 years, and was encouraged to become a teacher by his high school principal, Gloria Washington, who called him 5 times over a 2 year period asking him to return to his high school as a Spanish teacher.  Besides being an educator, he is also a professional pianist, having played in several foreign countries and in Las Vegas where he has played Liberace's personal mirrored and rhinestone pianos. He is a part-time actor as well, appearing in 4 films and 2 TV shows.  When asked what he liked most about his job he said "the students hands down!"  His favorite memory from high school is winning the Golden Eagle Award for Foreign Language.

Mr. Gonzalez said that among the 60 countries that he has visited that Easter Island stands out because it is the most remote location on earth, farthest land away from the nearest continent.  He said he would love to see the Amazon and the Himalayas. His favorite book is the Bible, which he has read in full three times. His favorite sport is basketball, and his favorite teams are Gonzaga & UNLV. He really enjoys fishing, and the 3 items he has on his "bucket list" are to retire, landscape his yard, and ride in a hot air balloon. 
Let the Games Begin

  • Homecoming Parade - October 9th
  • Homecoming Game - October 10th
  • Homecoming Dance - October 11th
Click here for a list of this year's dress-up days.

Homecoming Dance Information:  The dance will be October 11th, from 8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. in the MP Gym. Tickets are $5 and will be sold through Wednesday, October 8th. Tickets may be purchased in Mrs. Hightower's room on the Main Campus, or in the Front Office during 2nd period on the Freshman Campus. ALL tickets will be sold in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Date approval forms are available in the Front Office on each campus. Dress for the dance is semi-formal. 
Senior Homecoming Project
  During Homecoming Week the Senior Class will be sponsoring a canned food drive which will be a class competition and the winning class will be recognized at the pep rally. Students will be asked to bring canned goods and drop them off either in their class sponsors' classrooms (Bazemore-12; Carter-11; Gassett-10; Estes-9) or in the class's drop box in the Media Center. This event is replacing the canned food drive the seniors usually do along with the toy drive so we can focus on toys only at that time. 
eMPscope Yearbook News
Yearbook Sale 
Yearbooks are now $65
through October 31st. 
Get Yours Now Before the Price Increases!!
Click Here to Access a Yearbook Sales Flyer.
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Remind: Receive important yearbook updates & messages via text by texting @empescope to 706-622-3762.
Yearbooks may be ordered online, or you may contact Ms. Brandi May at
Attention Seniors & Parents of Seniors
Attention Parents of Seniors
Senior Salutation Ads are on sale now.  Deposits are due by October 14, 2014, and the balance is due by December 12, 2014.  Senior Ads are designed for those who wish to congratulate their graduating seniors with a personal message and photographs in the MPHS yearbook.
If you are interested in buying a Senior Salutation (often called "Baby Ads") please Click Here to Access the Senior Ad Form.  If you have any questions please email Mrs. May at
Counselors' Corner
You are Invited

GSFC/College Information Session

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  

@ 6:00 p.m.

MPHS Cafeteria 


A representative from Georgia Student Finance Commission will be here to talk about new changes with HOPE Scholarship.  Recruiters from local colleges as well as military personnel will be present to talk with students and parents about college admissions as well as dual enrollment opportunities.

All Female Students
The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering program is excited to announce the 16th annual Engineering Career Conference (ECC) for current female high school students of all grades. ECC is designed to give high school girls information about the multiple engineering disciplines offered at Georgia Tech to help them decide if they'd like to study engineering in college. The event will be held on Thursday, October 9. Click here to register.

Sophomores - PSAT
The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. All sophomores will take this exam at no cost. Click here for a parent handout addressing the benefits of taking the PSAT.   Also, students can click here for PSAT practice.


Seniors - Early Action Application for UGA 

October 15 is the deadline for Early Action applicants for the University of Georgia. The application is now live.  Click here for a short helpful video if you are considering applying early. If you would like to know the difference between Early Action versus Regular Decision, click here. Early action applicants must demonstrate academic excellence (GPA/SAT or ACT scores are the ONLY factors considered).    



More Early Action Deadlines

Georgia Tech - October 15

Mercer - November 1

Emory - November 1

Georgia College & State University - November 1

Harvard University - November 1  

Princeton - November 1

Kennesaw State University - November 3  

Georgia State - November 15   

Upcoming College Lunchroom Visit

Columbus State College - 10/20

Miles College- 10/29


College Preview Days  

  • On Thursday, October 2nd, Georgia Southern will be at Houston County High School at 6:30 pm for our annual Georgia Southern Preview! This is a great opportunity for your students and families to learn more about everything Georgia Southern has to offer them. Georgia Southern will be hosting a Middle Georgia Preview on Tuesday, October 2, in Houston County High School (Warner Robins) at 6:30 p.m. If your child is interested in attending Georgia Southern, please go here to RSVP for this Preview Event. Click here for information about the event.  
  • Georgia College & State University is hosting Fall Fest, Saturday, October 18.   This is an exceptional opportunity for prospective students to discover the benefits of attending Georgia's public liberal arts university. Get a glimpse of what it will be like to be a GC student and have a chance to spend time with representatives from all major offices and departments on campus. Interested students should click here to register. 
  • Georgia Tech is hosting a Preview Georgia Tech for prospective high school students October 20. Preview Georgia Tech is a daylong open house, offering participants the opportunity to meet with Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students. The event takes place in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, giving students the opportunity to tour the campus and sample student life. Interested students should click here to register. 

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Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News

  • A Night of Comedy & Drama - October 18 & 19, 2014
  • Fall Band Concert - October 21, 2014
Club News
FFA News
Courtney Stovall, Reserve Champion

 FFA members recently participated in the Middle Georgia Market Lamb Show. Jessica White was the winner in Senior Showmanship.  Three other FFA members from MP also placed in this class:  Tula Waldrep placed 2nd, Caroline Waldrep placed 3rd, and Courtney Stovall placed 4th. In weight classes, Tula Waldrep placed 1st in Class 3.  Other MP students placing in Class 3 were Caroline Waldrep in 3rd place, and Jessica White in 4th place. In Class 4, Courtney Stovall placed 1st, while Jessica White placed 2nd and 5th with her two lambs in this class. In Class 5, the heaviest lamb weight, Courtney Stovall placed 3rd.  Courtney was also selected Reserve Champion.     


The following FFA members recently competed in Area FFA Contests.

Levi Nopen placed 2nd, out of 25 different schools, in the Floral Design Contest.  This qualifies him to compete at the State Competition.

Hunter Defore placed 4th, out of 22 different schools, in Tractor Driving.

HOSA will have the next monthly meeting Wednesday October 1st at 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Members may choose which meeting to attend.


The Mary Persons HOSA chapter has entered into the "American Red Cross Georgia HOSA Chapter of the Year Award". We could win up to a $1,000 scholarship and will have served over 40 hours of community service in our community.  


This past Saturday many HOSA members dedicated their time to assist with the Knight and Day 5k/Fun Run. The students were placed in different areas of the running trail to direct runners and insure safety.

FCA News
Join us EVERY Friday morning at 7:30 in the Media Center.  All are invited to attend!
Sports Corner

Basketball News

Basketball Practice starts October 27, 2014. Anyone interested in playing will need a physical and all paper work filled out. All Girls interested in playing need to see Coach Greene for information. Boys interested in playing should see Coach Nix for more information. 

Cross Country News
Medalists:  Lawson Weldon and Addison Chapman 
Our Cross Country teams competed at the Rock Ranch Invitational.  Several of our team members ran their best times at the meet.  Varsity Boys placed 4th with Lawson Weldon and Addison Chapman both earning medals and Varsity girls placed 9th.  The next cross country meet will be hosted at home on Tuesday, September 30 at 4:30 at the Monroe Country Recreation Complex.  
Football NewsMary Persons traveled to Perry Friday night and came away with a 31-0 victory. Malik Bledsoe had 3 TD's and the offensive line of Amari Walker, Jamal Alford, Tyler Camp, Caleb Etheridge, and DQ Stephens paved the way for Dee High's 179 yards rushing. The Bulldog defense allowed less than 100 yards on its way to a shutout. 
Softball News

Congratulations to Megan Bell. She is 13WMAZ's Athlete of the Week.  Click here to view the video. 

Megan Bell, Athlete of the Week 
The Bulldogs played a double header against Perry tonight. In the first game the Bulldogs lost 3-2, but came back to win the second game 5-0. They are now 9-2 in the Region and 17-4 overall securing a spot in the State Tournament. 


Volleyball News 
Last away game meal

Congrats to the Varsity squad for winning their last two away games! Senior night is this TONIGHT! Come celebrate our last game of the season against FPD with our JV and Varsity squads as we honor our three seniors Sardae Harvey, T'Daishia Slaton, and Jimmiel High.

Our Fall Sports are in full swing. 
Click here to access all of our sports.
There you will find schedules for each sport.
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