Announcements Monday, March 10, 2014

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Peer Helpers - All members are asked to report to the fountain courtyard after checking into homeroom for your yearbook picture.


Football Cheerleading Tryouts - Football cheerleading tryouts will be held the week of March 10-13. Required practice days are Monday through Wednesday, and tryouts are on Thursday. See Ms. Gideon in room 316 for an application packet.



Beta Club - This group has a meeting in the auditorium after school on Tuesday, Mar. 11.


Georgia Math League - The GAML tests from 2:30-3:25 in the Café on Tuesday, Mar. 11.


Georgia Southern - Georgia Southern is going to be in the area next week for Spring Previews!  This is a great opportunity for students, especially juniors and seniors, and parents to come check us out.  Representatives from the Office of Admissions will be there to give an information session and to answer questions students and parents may have.  Where - Hardaway High School in Columbus, GA When - Tuesday, March 11th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM.  Students and parents should RSVP to the Office of Admissions at 912.478.5851 or online at


Student Council - This group has a meeting at 7:45 in room 206 on Wednesday, March 12th.


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


Air Show Volunteers Meeting - There is a mandatory meeting for all volunteers at 3:30 in the cafeteria on Wed. 12 March.  You will be given your t-shirt and all necessary forms. See Coach Perry on Wed. or Thurs. if you cannot attend the meeting.  You will not be allowed to participate if you do not have these forms completed by Saturday morning.


Competition Cheerleading Tryouts - CHS will hold Competition Cheerleading Tryouts from Monday, March 17th – Wednesday, March 19th.  Dress appropriately each day and be ready to stunt, dance, cheer, and tumble in the gym at 4 pm on Monday, March 17th.  Final Tryouts are held Wednesday March 19th at 4.  Questions?  See Mrs. Greene in P2A.     


MOREHOUSE COLLEGE JUNIOR VISITATION DAY – March 22, 2014 - Junior Visitation Day is a premier event for high school students to get a sneak peek at Morehouse College and its programs.


Orchestra is Honored - Please congratulate the CHS Orchestra students for receiving an overall Superior rating at LGPE on Wednesday.  They played beautifully.  


Literary Meet Team Honored - The Literary Team placed first in the Regional competition on March 6.  We will compete for the State title on Mar. 15. Every student on our team placed, and we swept the musical categories! Winners are as follows:


Drew Young - 1st Place - Boy's Extemporaneous Speaking 

Joy Holden - 2nd Place - Girl's Extemporaneous Speaking

Margot McCrillis - 1st Place - Girl's Dramatic Interpretation

Ben Tucker - 4th Place - Boy's Dramatic Interpretation

Daniel Faught - 3rd Place - Boy's Writing

Madison Johnson - 2nd Place - Girls' Writing

Taggart Price - 1st Place - Boy's Solo

Zoe Wirt - 1st Place - Girl's Solo

Michelle Vatral, Zoe Wirt, Sarah Erhart - 1st Place - Girl's Trio

Carson Snider, Jon Ross Ingley, Adam Rodgers, & Jonathan LeGallais - 1st Place - Boys Quartet


Scholarship Opportunity - The JVA Scholarship applications are now open! The application deadline is April 30, 2014. The MSG Jared Van Aalst foundation has $13,000 to award. Eligible high school students can learn more about the JVA Memorial Foundation scholarships, and apply at


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


Prom Information - If you plan on attending the prom you MUST be current with your class dues.

- If you plan to take a date that is NOT a student in Muscogee County School District, you have until March 15 to sign your date up.

- NO ONE over 20 years old will be allowed!

- If your date is a MCSD student you have until March 28th (last day before spring break) to sign up.

- Sign up rosters will come out in homeroom NOW.

- See Mrs. Sayama if you have any questions.

Rifle Team Honored - Congratulations to the rifle team for winning the Area 1 Championship. This is the third consecutive year that the rifle team has won this title. The four shooters were Veronica Leggett (289), Kelly Orck (286), Josh Gonzales (283), and Sierra Moon (275).  Way to Go Blue Devils!


Help Wanted - The Columbus Museum is putting together a Teen Advisory Committee for 2014-2015.  This committee will be responsible for planning two large events in the fall and spring, as well as a number of smaller events and classes just for teens at the museum.  Applicants must be able to commit to meet at the museum at least twice a month from May 2014 to April 2015 and should maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Interested students should pick up an application in the Guidance and Counseling Office.  Deadline to submit applications to the Columbus Museum is 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2015.


Memorial run to Honor Fallen Solider - What: 4th Annual MSG Jared Van Aalst Memorial 5/10 K Run

            When: Saturday June 14th 2014                        Registration begins at 7 am

            1 mile Race begins at 8 am                                  5/10 K Race begins at 8:30 am

            Where: Broadway & 11 Street, Columbus GA

            Cost: $25 and $20 for students, $30 race day


Still Looking for SELFIES - Here is another opportunity for you to be featured in the yearbook.  The staff wants to include your selfies.  Please send them, including those with your CHS friends to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or you can bring them to room 310 during homeroom or lunch.  Please include a list of names of anyone you have in the picture. The higher the resolution, the bigger the image will be on the page. Thanks.


Find Out More About College - Atlanta National College Fair - Students can learn about college options at this FREE event on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center, C3 Exhibit Hall, from 12pm - 4pm; Students are encouraged to register prior to attending the event.

            Register online at


Scholarships for Seniors - Seniors should check the Senior Box in the Guidance Office for new scholarship opportunities!  The spring is the season for many local organizations to make scholarships available to students our area.  Local competition means better odds for achieving scholarships!!


CUTS FOR A CURE IS A SERVICE PROJECT OPEN TO YOU! - Bring someone close to your heart to make the cut for you and share this special moment. Donations of hair for wigs and headpieces for cancer patients will benefit. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. @ Brookstone School Illges Gym - For more information or to participate, email Kate Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ponytails must be 8 inches long and free of dyes, bleaches, and chemicals.


Social Studies Honors - Shout out to 9th grader Trenton Smith for winning “Best in Show” at the Southwest Regional Social Studies Fair this past Saturday.  Trenton beat 44 other projects from the region and will compete in the state fair in May.  Congratulate Trenton when you see him!


Youth Camp for Military Teens - April is the Month of the Military Child and the Georgia National Guard State Youth Program is hosting a weekend youth camp for children with parents active in the Armed Forces.  There is space for 50 youth from the ages of 12 to 15.  Camp dates: April 25-27, 2014.  Camp Cost is $15.00 (payable to Georgia 4-H Foundation).  Register  at    For more information contact,   Kara Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 678-569-5860  Deadline is April 4, 2014.

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.


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:


·         They are in the top 5% or 10% of their class.

·         They have strong grades in challenging classes and high standardized test scores.

·         Their household income is less than $60,000 a year, and often less than $50,000 a year.

·         Often they are among the first generation in their family to attend college.


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.


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


Essay Contest

Deadline:      March 14, 2014

Sponsor:      Muscogee County Friends of Libraries and the Big Read 2014

Grades:         9-12

Specifics:     theme “My Library of the Future”

                        500 words or less; single side of paper

                        Typed, 12 pt  Times new Roman or Ariel, double spaced

                                                                        title sheet required

                                    entries will not be returned

Award:                       First prize $100.00

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

Return:          Entry form (cover sheet) must be used.  Ms. Carter has copies in media Center.


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.


Congressional STEM App Challenge

Deadline:      April 30, 2014

Sponsor:      2nd Congressional District Office –

Representative Sanford Bishop

Grades:                     9-12    (student must live in 2nd Congressional District –

                                    see Ms. Carter to check your address)

Specifics:     student must be 13 as of February 1, 2014

                        may be individual or group entry

                        complete instructions including set up of account are with Ms. Carter

Award:                       not specified, but would include the app being featured on the website

For More Information:       See Ms. Carter


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.


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).


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.