Mary Persons High School
The Bulldog Beat
Valedictorian & Salutatorian Announced 

Ariel Newman

Katie Sanders
2nd Semester Big Ticket Lotto Winner

Congratulations Mariah Wyche!! She's the winner of our Big Ticket Lotto drawing for 2nd semester.  She received an iPad mini for having zero referrals, zero tardies to school, zero tardies to class, zero absences, and for passing 7 out of 7 classes for 2nd semester. 
2015-2016 Student Council Officers
President - Katie Gorman
Vice President - Alexis Passmore
Secretary - Stephanie Pierotti
Stephanie Pierotti, Katie Gorman,
and Alexis Passmore
Summer School Registration   
Students needing to recover academic credits have the opportunity to earn credit during MPHS Summer School.  Cost is $50 per unit; payment and registration form should be returned to the school office by Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Classes will be held Monday-Thursday and students are responsible for providing their own transportation.  You may pick up an application from the front office on either campus or click here to access the application. If you have any questions, please call the Graduation Coach, Mrs. McLuen at (478) 994-2812, ext.5003
Mrs. Duncan to Observe Army Training
Mrs. Duncan was selected by the US Army to participate in a
3-day and 2-night educational tour to observe training and
graduation at Fort Benning, home of the US Army Infantry.  She is
pictured here with SSG Milo and SFG Cummings.
MP Teacher Spotlight
This week's spotlight is on Ms. Jennifer Bond.  Ms. Bond graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with her B.S. in Music Merchandising and an M. Ed. in Student Services.  She has also earned an M. Ed in Special Education from Georgia State University, and her Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial. She has taught for 14 years. She was inspired to become a teacher by her niece and nephews who have disabilities.  When asked what she likes best about her job, she said "working with the different students." Asked what her favorite memories from high school years were, she said "being a part of the bands; overall just going to a small high school. I had 37 people in my graduation class." She previously worked in the music business and student affairs.
In her spare time, Ms. Bond enjoys crafts, music and watching movies.  Her favorite book series is Nancy Drew. She still loves it! Her favorite sport is football (Ohio State, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Atlanta Falcons). She still loves University of Kentucy basketball though. Her favorite role model is Dr. Robert Hartwell.  He was the director of bands at Eastern Kentucky University where she went to college.  She loves animals. "I have 9 lizards, 2 turtles, 1 tortoise, and 2 Boston Terriers." When asked about an interesting place she has visited, she said she visited California a few years ago and loved San Francisco. Items on her "bucket list" include seeing all the lighthouses on the East Coast, traveling to Europe, and going on a cruise.
Monroe County
Public Library Teen Board

The Monroe County Public Library is seeking 10-12 teens who would like to serve on a Teen Board. The board will meet monthly. The purpose of this board will be to determine ways the library can reach the teens in our community, and ways funds can be spent to support teens in our community. If your teen is interested in becoming a member of the Teen Board, please see Mrs. English (, Media Specialist at MP, or Mrs. Melton (, Monroe County Public Library Manager.
Empescope News

Attention Rising Seniors & Parents 
Your son or daughter will receive important information this week about their upcoming senior year. Please be sure that you get this information so you will be prepared for this exciting year.  Make sure your addresses are current as students will be mailed appointment cards with dates and times for their senior portraits this summer.  The newsletter also includes details about Senior Baby Ads, yearbook sales, and senior quotations.  Parents are always excited to place pictures and a congratulatory message in the yearbook for their child.  Please note that the space is limited and is first come, first served.  Often, the senior ad spots are sold out before the deadline.  Make sure you plan ahead for this as the deadline will not be extended and students on the waiting list are not guaranteed a spot. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. May at
Counselors' Corner

Do you need to take the SAT or ACT?

 Click Here for SAT/ACT Testing Dates & Deadlines.


Join the MPHS Counselor's Remind!  
Text @mphsco to 478-246-1956
Fine Arts News
Art News
Visual Arts/Composition II Monumental Sculptures

Visual Arts seniors painted a ceiling tile as a way of leaving their artistic legacy in our classroom.  The theme is revised album
covers/album cover parodies
Club News
Academic Team News

The MPHS Academic Team held an end-of-year get together at Jonah's on Johnston last Thursday evening by participating in their Weekly Trivia Night. The Varsity and JV teams matched wits with other trivia teams and, as always, represented their school well by being CHAMPS! We're proud of them and look forward to even bigger and better things next year. Thanks go out to Mr. Finch and the MP staff for all their support, guidance, and assistance!
FFA News
L to R: Josh Bleshoy, Tia Chastain, Jessica White, Caroline Waldrep, and Mr. Bill Waldrep (FFA Sponsor)

Mary Persons FFA Places 17th in Nation
The Mary Persons FFA Homesite Evaluation team competed in the national contest on May 7th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The team consisted of Mary Persons FFA members Josh Bleshoy, Tia Chastain, Caroline Waldrep, and Jessica White.  This team qualified for the National Contest by winning the State Landjudging Contest last year.  

The Homesite Evaluation contest is very similar to Landjudging because students have to determine the same characteristics of each land site.  These characteristics are Topsoil Texture, Soil Permeablilty, Slope, Drainage, Erosion, Shrink-Swell, and Surface Runoff.  Once these characteristics are determined, students decide the risk level for a homesite as either none, low, moderate, severe, or very severe.  The risk level of  each site is classified for the foundation, the lawn and landscape, sewage system, and a lagoon.

Our team placed 17th out of 52 teams in this contest.
Sports Corner
Baseball News 
8th Annual Future Bulldog Baseball Camp
Ages 6-12
Cost $50
Mon., June 15 - Thurs., June 18, 2015 
9:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

*Campers will receive a Camp Shirt.
Basketball News
Attention Ladies in grades 6 to 12:
June will be here before you know it. If you are interested in working on your basketball skills this summer please see Coach Greene. He has a deal for you. Summer practice will be starting and if you are interested you need to see Coach Greene ( at the high school for a schedule. He hopes to see you in June!
Cheerleader News 
All Cheerleaders need to report to BSMS on Tuesday, May 26th from 3:30- 5:00 pick up Car Wash tickets & fundrasier shirts!

Summer Cheerleading Camp
June 1st - 4th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Open to students who have completed Pre-k to 5th grade.
@ Hubbard Middle School Gym
Cost: $85 - due on the first day of camp
*sibling discount available!

Make checks payable to: MPHS Cheer Booster.
Each camper will receive a t-shirt, and a small
snack will be provided each day!
Questions? Contact Kyle Ward at
Cross Country News

Summer 2015 Important Upcoming Dates

Car Wash @ DQ 

June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Summer Running 

(@MCMS, Banks Stephens Campus, beginning at 8:00 a.m.)

June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

July 2, 14, 16, 21, 23


The All American Cross Country Camp by NC State

July 26-31, cost $450


First Practice

August 10 (school begins August 14)

Soccer News
The annual MP Youth Soccer Camp will be June 8-11, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Age groups: Under 8 years old and 8-14 years old.

Early registration discounts are available, as well as family discounts. Cost for Under 8 is $80 ($65 if preregistered by 6/1) and for ages 8-14 is $100 ($80 if preregistered by 6/1). 
Payment by check/cash is due during check-in (8:30-9 a.m. on June 8) or via mail in advance. 


Please contact Coach Allen Luton ( Coach Robby Jones ( if you have any questions
Softball News
The Paw Print Classic is July 13th-17th.
If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Grossman. (

Volleyball News

Click on each link below to access important 2015 Summer information. 

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