Announcements Feb. 11, 2014

by on Feb. 11, 2014

Beta Club - The Beta Club meets in the auditorium after school on Tuesday, 11 Feb.

Straight A Students are honored - The National Honor Society would like to congratulate all students who made all A's for the second 9 weeks.  Please come enjoy a slice of cake in your honor on Tuesday, February 11 during all lunches.  A list of all students who made all A's will be checked at the cake table.


Science Olympiad - This group meets in room 124 after school on Wednesday, Feb. 12th.


Achievers International students - there is a mandatory meeting Wednesday, Feb. 12th in the media center after school. Bring your samples of fair market products. If you don’t have any at home, go looking for products in stores, take photos to bring to the meeting or find products online, print them out and bring these.  The member with the most samples of fair market products wins a prize. Have you explored fair market ideas to export? Have you emailed your bio to Ms. Bailey?


Wrestling News - The Blue Devil wrestling team travelled to Fayette County H.S. for the 4A Sectional tournament this past weekend.  All of our wrestlers wrestled their hearts out.  At the end of the day 3 Blue Devil Matmen qualified for the “Big Show” aka the State Tournament, which will take place this weekend at the Gwinnett Center.  Despite a rib injury, Tristan Catterton (152lbs) qualified for state with a 4th place finish.  Katrell Smith (160lbs) qualified with a 7th place finish.  Freshman William Nana Fabu (285lbs) fought his way to a 9th place finish and qualified as an alternate for the State tournament.  Michael Toole (182lbs) and Justin “Juice” Bowles (195lbs) narrowly missed qualifying for state with their 10th place finishes.  Excellent job guys!!!  We are proud of you!


The State Wrestling Tournament will start on Thursday @4:30pm at the Gwinnett Center.


Science Club - This group meets in room 122 after school on Wednesday, Feb. 19th.


Student 2 Student - This group meets in room 308 after school on Wednesday, Feb. 19th.


JCL - This group meets in portable 1A after school on Wednesday, Feb. 19th.




Georgia Math League - The next round of Georgia Math Leagues contest has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 12th, in the cafeteria at 2:40.


Prom Committee - All members are asked to meet on the front steps during homeroom on Wednesday, Feb. 12th.  Make sure to check in with your homeroom teacher first.


Another Chance to be in the Yearbook - Want to be in the yearbook? Send pictures of you and your friends involved in the activities you take part in outside of school.  What are your interests?  Do you hike, play in a band, or ride horseback?  Do you scuba dive, bungee jump, or travel?  Whatever your interests, we would like to feature them in the yearbook.  Please send your high resolution pictures (not from Facebook or other social network sites) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Junior Civitan - This club has a meeting after school in room 320 on Thursday, 13 Feb.

Thespians - This club has a meeting after school in room 112 on Thursday, 13 Feb.

Talent Show Rescheduled - The CHS Talent Show is February 13th at 7pm.

Book Club - What:  Blue Devils Book Club

When:  February 13th, during each lunch period     

Where:  Memorabilia Room of the CHS Media Center

Why:  Discussion around the following books (you should have read at least one of the titles):

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Leverage by Joshua Cohen

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth by Daniel Hernandez

Bring your own sack lunch & drink!!!


Cherry Berry - Cherry Berry is no longer sold on campus during lunch.

NHS & NEHS - Both of these honor societies have a meeting in the auditorium after school on Tuesday, 18 Feb.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION - Registration is from Wednesday February 19 - Wednesday March 19. All students must register online! PLEASE NOTE: CHS website has changed! To find the AP Exam Registration link, please click on the "STUDENTS" tab.

Air Show Volunteers - Earn all of your Volunteer / Service Hours in one weekend this Spring and it can count for next year.

            1. This will either count towards this year or next year's service hour commitment.  Especially juniors, you can count this for next year, so you don't have to worry about service hours while you're doing your senior project.

            2. What you will be doing: You will be expected to work at the Air Show on Saturday March 15th and Sunday March 16th, from 8-6 both days (which equals 20 hours).  The jobs include working the kiddie rides, selling food and drinks, or taking tickets at the gate. 

            Come sign up on Coach Perry's door - room 310- but please don't sign up and then not follow through with this commitment.  The businesses we will be working for are counting on you.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes - FCA Presents:    Jeremy Williams at the CHS auditorium, Feb 27, 2014, 6:00pm.  Please come and get motivated by this speaker.


WIN GIFT CARDS - Student 2 Student will kick off their 4th annual book drive for Wynnton Elementary School in February. Red collections boxes will be placed in all homerooms. The purpose of this red box is for students and teachers to donate gently used children’s books. On the side of the box is an envelope with entry forms that can be filled out for each book donated. An entry form should be completed and placed inside each book donated. Books will be collected February 3rd - 26th. Drawings for the gift cards will be held in March.

Medical Center Volunteers - If you are interested in volunteering this summer at the Medical Center, please see Mrs. Solomons after school in room 206. Completed applications are due by March 30th.

SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! - If you are interested in volunteering at Columbus Regional Health Hospital this summer, please see your grade level counselor for an application. The application deadline is April 1st. You must be between the ages of 14-18 years old.


NOMINATE A YOUNG VOLUNTEER FOR UP TO $10,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS - Parents can nominate their teen for the Kohl's Care Scholarship. Awards will be given for two different age groups: ages 6-12 and ages 13-18. Nominations should describe how the student has contributed to the community in a meaningful way by performing volunteer services that helped people who are NOT related to the student. The primary volunteer activity must have occurred within the last 12 months (March 16, 2013 - March 14, 2014). Nominations must be submitted online by 11:59 CST, March 14, 2014. For more information, go to


QUEST BRIDGE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR JUNIORS - QuestBridge seeks students who have demonstrated a level of academic achievement that meets the admissions standards of our partner colleges. These are students  can envision thrive on the campus of a leading college. In addition, juniors must demonstrate evidence of financial hardship and obstacles they have overcome.


While there are no absolute academic or financial cut-offs, the majority of our successful applicants share the following characteristics:


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High school juniors can apply to the College Prep Scholarship through a free online application. The application allows juniors to apply to multiple awards at once. To be considered for a summer program scholarship or college counseling, you should indicate your interest in the Awards section of the application. Applicants are automatically considered for all other awards, with the exception of Quest for Excellence awards, which require additional short essays.  Additional information and scholarship applications are available at    Application deadline is March 26, 2014.





Here is a list of upcoming writing contests that you may be eligible to enter:


Oratorical Contest:                        CALL FOR INTEREST     

            SEE MS. CARTER ASAP

            Sponsor:      Columbus Optimist

            Grades:         9-12

            Specifics:     Theme: “How My Passions Impact the World”

                                    Students entering must have been under the age of 19 as of

                                                December 31, 2013.          

                                    The prepared oration must be an original effort.

                                    This is a request for names of students interested in this contest.  A list of

interested students will be maintained by Ms. Carter.   The entry does not need to be ready or even outlined when you see Ms. Carter. 

Columbus High is limited to two (2) female and two (2) male participants.        Our entries will be forwarded in the order in which Ms. Carter     receives them.


Writing Contest

Deadline:      February 26, 2014

Sponsor:      Georgia Department of Education

(Young Georgia Authors' Writing Competition)

Grades:                     9-12

Specifics:     any type of student writing is allowed - must be original

                        typed, one side of paper, double-spaced, New Times Roman 12 pt. font

                        5 page maximum

                        official entry form required

                        no identifying information on the item

original plus 1 copy required, entries will not be returned

Award:                       not listed

For More Information:       See Ms. Carter in the Media Center.

Return:          All entries must be returned to Ms. Carter.  CHS will send one entry per grade to      the District level for judging.


Art Contest

Deadline:      February 26, 2014 – completed entry form due to Ms. Carter by 4:00 pm

                        March 21, 2014 – framed art to Ms. Carter no later than 3:30 pm

Sponsor:      3rd Congressional District Office – 2014 Annual

Congressional Art Competition

Representative Lynn Westmoreland

Grades:                     9-12    (student must live in 3rd Congressional District – see

Ms. Carter to check your address)

Specifics:     eligible media: oil acrylics; watercolor; drawings in pastels, pencil,

charcoal, ink, markers; collage; lithographs; silkscreen; block prints; mixed media; computer generated art; photography

                                    student must frame

28 x 28 max size including frame; depth max 4 inches; 15 lbs max weight

Award:                       if judged best in 3rd District, art piece will hang in Washington, D. C.

for the next year – will not be returned before June 2015

For More Information:       See Ms. Carter

Return:                      Completed forms and framed art are due to Ms. Carter by times listed above. 

Late items will not be accepted.



Art and Essay Contest

Deadline:      March 5, 2014

Sponsor:      Georgia Association of Instructional Technology

Grades:         9-12

Specifics:     submitted by individual or group

                        submission in animation, live action videotape, mixed media,

sequential skills or website

entry may deal with any subject or theme and can come from the

following comedy, drama, news/sports, documentary, instructional, promotional or entertainment

                        storyboard is required and 3 copies of the official entry form

                        copyright clearances are required

Award::         none listed

For More Information:       See Ms. Carter in the Media Center

Return:                      All entries must be returned to Ms. Carter.



Essay Contest

Deadline:      March 31, 2014, BY 12 NOON

Sponsor:      Columbus Bar Association (Law Day Essay)

Grades:         9-12

Specifics:     theme “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters”

                                    maximum length three (3) typed pages double spaced

                                    12 pt font

                                    cover sheet required – name, Social Studies/ English teacher, principal’s                                                       name, school name and grade

                                    entries will not be returned

Award:                       cash award not listed

For More Information:       See Ms. Carter in the Media Center

Return:                      All entries must be returned to Ms. Carter by noon.  Entries will be hand

delivered to the Bar Association by April 2nd.



College Recruiters Scheduled to Visit CHS in the Coming Weeks


Students must sign up in the Guidance Office at least 24 hours before the visit and fill out a pass to be signed by the teacher whose class they will miss.


March 28th, Friday at 2:00 pm – Mississippi State (Mississippi State, MS)


Endevvr Summer Program at Georgia Tech - Endevvr helps high school students start, run, and fund real companies.  Taught by Ivy League professors and top-tier management consultants, the program is highly rated; last year’s alumni considered it to be “the best, most transformational experience of their life.”  The six week program will be held in the Summer 2014 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. Application deadlines are January 10, 2014 for early admission, and March 1, 2014 for regular admission.  The total cost of the program is $6800 for 6 weeks, which includes housing, a full meal plan, and tuition.  A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available.  For more information, contact Martin Miller, Managing Director Endevvr Summer Incubator, or visit


Duke Summer Academy - Duke University proudly begins accepting applications December 2nd, for two exciting academic programs for high school students during the summer of 2014! Duke’s four-week Summer College for High School Students program takes place June 28 – July 25 and is designed to enhance your students’ readiness for future admission to an undergraduate degree program at a selective and prestigious university or college. Students currently in grades 10 & 11 will make friends from all over the globe as they learn from the highly-trained, highly-intriguing faculty of Duke University and earn college credit.

     For students currently in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 we offer a new three-week program Duke Summer Academy for High School Students July 5 - 25. This program is designed for personal enrichment and offers a two-part daytime course in Global Citizenship and Leadership and an evening course with many exciting options available. The classroom environment is intimate enough to gain the individual attention you need to thrive, and the residential life is full of exciting excursions and activities.
     For more information, visit




Recurring Announcements


Yearbook Prices - The offer for personalization on the yearbook cover is over, and the price of the book is now $65


Math Team - The Math Team meets every Thursday in room 133 at 3:30.


Recycling Bins- Only paper and cardboard should be placed in the blue bins -no drink bottles, food items, garbage, clothing, etc.

            Thank you for participating. Every green effort helps!


Student Bible Club - This group meets every Thursday morning at 7:45 in room 104. Come hear a devotion brought by a student. Enjoy fellowship with other students. Also there are doughnuts.


Literary Magazine - Submit to our literary magazine, SCORZA. We are currently taking prose, poetry, and art submissions from students of all grades.  Send your questions and submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The subject line of your email should include your name, grade, and homeroom teacher.  However, the body of your submission should not have your name on it.  Pictures should be in .jpg or .png format.


Freshmen Class - All Freshmen and Freshmen Parents: Please visit the freshman class website for updates and news that might be helpful during your freshman year:


Feel free to contact Mrs. Belt, your 9th grade counselor, with any questions.


Sophomores - The sophomores have a website. The web address is:


Juniors - Stop by the Guidance and Counseling Office to peruse the Junior Resource Box which is full of brochures and flyers from various colleges for you to take.  Upcoming college fairs are posted on the CHS Website for Junior Students and Parents:


Old Yearbooks - You may purchase yearbooks from the last four years at a price of $40.  If you are interested, see Coach Perry in room 310.  Make checks payable to "Columbus High School."


Academic Decathlon - All meetings for Academic Decathlon are now Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Media Center Reference Room.


Chess Club – The CHS Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Media Center and Media Center Classroom.  All students are welcome.


FCA - The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be held every Friday in the gym at 8:00 - breakfast will be served.


Library Hours - The CHS Media Center opens at 8:10 (when the bell rings) each morning.

We are closed after school on the first Monday of each month. We are open Tuesday – Friday until 4:30 (unless we have something unusual like a district wide meeting to attend—in these cases we place a sign on our front door announcing that we will not be open that afternoon).


Guidance - Any Senior planning to attend the University of Virginia should see Mrs. Strunk regarding a scholarship program that requires a nomination.  Students should have stellar grades and SAT/ACT scores, as well as an outstanding resume of community/school service.


Dream Trip - The Alps, beautiful countryside, Rhine River cruise, cathedrals, castles, holocaust, great food.  What do all of these things have in common?  They are on the itinerary for the June 2014 Dream Trip to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.  If you are interested in going on this trip please see either Mrs. Zachry or Mrs. Highnote for more information.




Fountain City Slam Youth Open Mic - Beginning September 11th, Local youth talent (ages 13 – 19) are invited to come out and express themselves! Whether you’re a poet, singer, comedian, or rapper, we welcome all talent to the mic. Sign-up starts at 6 PM. There are only 15 performance slots. Material must be 5 minutes or less. Every 2nd Wednesday @ 6:30 PM


Fountain City Slam Youth Poetry Slam Competition - This event is open to area youth (ages 13 – 19). A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Those interested in slamming should come prepared with at least 2 original poems, no longer than 3 minutes in length. Sign-up starts at 6 PM.  The first 10 slammers to sign up will be allowed to compete. The top 3 from each preliminary slam will advance to the finals to be held in March. The top finishers from the finals will represent the city at Brave New Voices in Philadelphia in July 2014. Every 4th Wednesday @ 6:30 PM.