Announcements, Monday, March 17, 2014

by on Mar. 17, 2014

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.   All girls MUST bring in a copy of their physical to me by Monday 17th.  No one is allowed to practice or try out without one.   





S2S - Student 2 Student has a meeting in room 308 after school on Wednesday, March 19th.


Science Club - This group has a meeting in room 122 after school on Wednesday, March 19th.


JCL - This group has a meeting in P1A after school on Wednesday, March 19th.


Student Council - These leaders have a meeting at 7:45 in room 206 on Wednesday, March 19th.


STAR STUDENT - Congratulations to Yelim Youm, who won Region STAR Student. She will now compete for State STAR Student in Atlanta, GA on April 22nd.  Her STAR teacher is Mrs. Gina Reynolds from Arnold Magnet Academy.


Envirothon - This group has a meeting in room 122 after school on Friday, March 21th.


Student Council - This group has a meeting in room 220 after school on Friday, March 21th.


PURPLE UP! FOR Military KIDS IN APRIL - Student 2 Student is inviting all students and faculty to “Purple Up!”  every Thursday during the month of April to show our support and thank military students for their strength and sacrifices. WHY PURPLE?  Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue. 


Volunteer experiences - St. Francis Hospital annually provides volunteer experiences for youth ages 14 to 18. Applications are posted on the web at  All applications and supporting documents that are required must be RECEIVED by April 2, 1014!


Youth Advisory Council  - Students grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to apply for a position

On the Columbus Youth Advisory Council! This group is a partnership between the Columbus Consolidated Gov’t. and the Muscogee County School District. Its goal is to development youth

leadership in students. Meeting are held on the 4th Monday of each month from 6p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Applications are available in the guidance office. Deadline to apply: April 15, 2014


Free Videos For You - The VHS tapes removed from the collection are now available on carts in the middle of the Media Center.   If you would like one for use in a classroom or to help you at home, please take it.


Book Club - Your last chance to participate in the Blue Devils Book Club this school year is April 10th.  The books under discussion will be: 

            Michael Vey:  The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

            Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

            Without Tessby Marcella Fleishman Pixley

            Virtuosityby Jessica Martizez

Bring your own lunch & drink!!! Snacks will be provided. The Book Club meets each Lunch Session in the Memorabilia Room of the Media Center. Be prepared to discuss at least one of the above titles. There will be a drawing among those who attend for a free book. Again, this will be the last book club get together of the school year. Don’t miss it!


College Presentation - A college representative from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)will visit CHS on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. (ORANGE DAY) in the Guidance Office. You must sign up at least 24 hours in advance and have your teacher sign a pass in order to attend the meeting.


Achievers International students - See Ms. Bailey ASAP to get important information!


Scholarship available - The Lynn Power Slaker Scholarship sponsored by the Columbus High PTSA has a due date of April 11, 2014. There may have been old coversheets inadvertently placed in the Senior Scholarship Box! NOTE - the deadline is in April NOT in May!!


Girls Tennis Team Wins Tournament - Please congratulate the Girls Tennis Team for winning the Jekyll Jam Tennis Tournament on Jekyll Island this past weekend.  They played hard all weekend and beat LaGrange 3-2 in the championship match!


Golf Honors - Please congratulate the Girl's Golf team for finishing 4th in the Maple Ridge Classic Saturday, just 5 strokes out of first.  Our Girls shot a 250 which was the winning State score last year and we have a lot of time to improve. Amy Clark 78; Brett Beavers 80; SuJin O 92; Jordan Tippins 105

            Congratulations to the JV Boys Golf team for winning their first tournament of the season this past Saturday.  The team shot a score of 323 led by Tyler Butterfield’s 75 and Jackson Jones’ 77.  Other team members included Turner Butterfield, Bo Pitts, and Jacob McClung.  The field consisted of 57 players and 10 teams.  Tyler was the overall tournament medalist.  Attached is this year’s varsity and JV schedule.


New Beta Club State VP - Congratulations to Avery Morgan, who is the new BETA Club State Vice President.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Fiction, Poetry, Prose Contest

Deadline:      winter deadline March 31, 2014

                        submissions taken year-round

Sponsor:      Narrative Magazine

Grades:         9-12

Specifics:     any topic, any style, must be typed

                        submission fee required

                                    specific guidelines by type

Award:                      certificate and monetary award

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

Return:                      All entries must be submitted directly to




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.


Video Contest

Deadline:      April 15, 2014

Sponsor:      American Library Association and American Association of School


Grades:         9-12

Specifics:     submit videos for the theme “Lives Change@ your library”

                        Entry form required

                        Must be loaded to SchoolTube (see Ms. Carter about SchoolTube account)

Award:                      student will receive boxed set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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

Return:                      Individual students will be responsible for meeting deadline.  Information online



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.