Mary Persons High School
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Merry Christmas!!!
2nd Annual Christmas Tree Project
 MP clubs and organizations donated and decorated 10 Christmas trees that will be given to families in need. Ms. Gwen Byrd, our system social worker, will coordinate the placement of the trees.
1st Semester Exams
*Please note the EARLY RELEASE TIME on Thursday & Friday of exams.

Senior Elves Collect Toys for Kids Yule Love

MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Mrs. Christie Johnston. Mrs. Johnston received her B.A. in Special Education from Mercer University, and her masters in Reading from Georgia Southern University.  She has been teaching for 13 years. She said that her high school science teacher, Ms. Susan Lee, inspired her to become a teacher. When asked about her favorite memories of her own high school days, she said "pep rallies & football games." When asked what she likes most about her job she said "building relationships with the students."

Her hobbies include reading and watching sports.  Her favorite book series is Harry Potter, and she likes anything by Pat Conroy. Her favorite city in the United States is Chicago.  She said she "loves the river flowing through the city, the gardens, and the architecture, and the food is not bad either."  

When asked about her favorite sport and sports team, she said "MP Bulldog Football, of course!" When asked who her favorite role model is, she said "My parents - they are the most kind, generous, and godly people I know."  Two items on her "bucket list" are to see the Grand Canyon, and to go to Italy.
eMPescope Yearbook News
Yearbook Sale 
Yearbooks are now $70
Click Here to Access a Yearbook Sales Flyer.
Yearbooks may be ordered online, or you may contact Ms. Brandi May at
 Click Here
Counselors' Corner
Senior Scholarships Available Online
  • Deputy Michael Norris Memorial Scholarship - deadline TBA
  • Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship - deadline 4/3/15
Click Here to Access the Scholarships

Georgia's HOT Careers to 2020 

The Georgia Department of Labor has compiled a list of careers that are expected to have the fastest job growth, above average wages, and at least 100 projected job openings through the year 2020. These careers include green jobs and range in education required from a high school diploma through a doctoral or professional degree. There is truly something here for everyone! Click here to see the complete list. 

Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind 101!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
Art News
Art Students: Sam Cannon and Jenn Otto created a Christmas tree
for the Media Center from old discarded books.
Band News
Drama News
Chorus News
Chorus members donated 4 bikes to the Kids Yule Love Project.  All 120 chorus students contributed toward the bikes.

Club News
Best Buddies News


On Thursday, November 20th Buddy pairs and their families shared a meal and got to know each other over pizza at Jonah's. There were over 50 people in attendance and Jonah's provided the perfect atmosphere to foster friendships!


Best Buddies decorate Christmas trees.


Beta Club & Key Club News
Beta Club and Key Club donated and decorated tree for the Christmas Tree Project.  Thanks to Alaicha Penamon for donating the Christmas tree and to Anna Helen McKelvey for donating the ornaments.  Pictured here are Jason Hightower, Will Newton, Grace Hoffman, Rachel Pope (President of Beta Club & Key Club).
Beta Club members collected enough money to purchase 2 bikes
for our Kids Yule Love Project.
FBLA members participating in Region Competition should meet in Ms. Sanders' room after school Thursday, December 11th for online testing.  Testing will begin at 3:15.
FCA News
Join us EVERY Friday morning at 7:30 in the Media Center.  All are invited to attend!

HOSA had a great time in Whoville with Monroe County Hospital during the Hometown Holiday parade. We were able to meet all the Whoville characters and a few of us even became one ourselves for the night. HOSA wants to thank Monroe County Hospital for allowing us be a part of their team. Their float won 2nd place in the parade for the non-commercial category.
Interact News
Interact members: Katie Sanders, Coral Phillips, and Sydney Lawrence had lunch with the Rotary Club last week. They are pictured here with Rotary member Mr. Roger Onstott.
Math Team News

Please plan to meet with Mr. Bernard on Thursday, December 11th @ 3:15 on the Freshman Campus in room 905. If you cannot make it, please see Mr. Bernard ASAP for information.

Spanish Club News
There will be a meeting after school Wednesday, December 10th in Ms. Slaughter's room for a Christmas party and to practice for the Christmas Program.
Spanish Club members decorate their tree for the Christmas Tree Project.
Tri-M News
Tri-M members donate Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Project,
and a bike for the Kids Yule Love Project.
Sports Corner
Fall Letter Jacket Fitting
Thursday, December 11, 2014
7:15 am
MP Gym
*All athletes who lettered in a fall sport will
need to be at this Fall Fitting.

All athletes are responsible for the payment of $65,  

unless it is paid for by their sport's booster club.

Basketball News

The Varsity Girls defeated Baldwin this past Friday night 64 - 50. Leading scorers were Tyesha Davis with 23 points, Carmen Ralls with 14 points and Asiana Almon added 9 points. The Lady Dogs are 3 and 0 on the season and 2 and 0 in the region.  


The Varsity Boys defeated Baldwin 87-63 this past Friday night. The boys now have a season record of 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the region.  


Basketball season is underway!!!   
Click here to access the Basketball website
where you will find the schedules.
Baseball News
Fundraiser: We are raffling off a Green Egg Grill and a Yeti Cooler.  The drawing is December 18th, so there are only have a couple weeks left.  There are baseball representatives at every school but Hubbard Elementary, however, persons interested in buying a ticket can contact Coach Gastley at, any baseball player, or baseball representative. This would make a great Christmas gift!!! 

1st Annual Future Bulldog Hitting Camp:  We will have a host of coaches from our staff and Mercer assisting with this one day camp!  This would be a great stocking stuffer for a young man (or lady).  Click here for the camp application.

Follow our new MPHS Baseball Twitter page @mpdogsbaseball.

Football News
The Football Banquet will take place on Thursday, December 18th.  The dinner portion will begin at 6:00p.m. in the Freshman Campus Cafeteria, and the awards ceremony will be in the BOE Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Soccer News
Varsity & JV boys soccer tryouts will begin on January 19th at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Billy Lancaster Field. Tryouts will continue through January 22 at 4 p.m. each day. Those who wish to participate must have ALL paperwork submitted by that date. For more information, contact Head Boys Coach Allen Luton at
Tennis News
There will be a meeting on Tuesday, December 16th for those who are interested in playing tennis.  The meeting will be immediately after school in Mr. Cable's room, #510.
Media Center Message
Help support Mary Persons High school by linking your Ingles Advantage Card to our school.  When you make purchases using your Ingles Advantage Card, Ingles will give back to the school a portion of those sales. The portion can be used by the school to purchase computers and school supplies.
NOTE:  Advantage Cards MUST be relinked
in the fall EVERY YEAR.

Mary Persons High School Ingles ID:  10509
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