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Announcements, Monday, March 24, 2014

by on Mar. 24, 2014

Rifle Team - Congratulations to the rifle team for winning the sectional match of the 1st rounds of the state playoffs. They defeated Caver-Atlanta1154 to 930 and advanced to the semi- final match.  Veronica Leggett led all shooters with a score of 291 follow by Kelly Orck (288),  Sierra Moon (288), and Josh Gonzales(287). Way to Go Blue Devils!


POETRY Slam - The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Columbus chapter, will sponsor their first Poetry S.L.A.M.S. (Students Living Amidst Mental Stigmas) on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of the River Center for the Performing Arts.  Tickets are $10 and are available at the River Center Box Office.  Students who would like to submit poems may find an explanation of rules in the pamphlet rack outside the guidance offices.


Envirothon - This group has a meeting on Friday, March 28th at 3:30 in room 122.



Columbus Law Day Essay Contest  - Attention Students planning on entering the Columbus Law Day Essay Contest.  The Bar association dates are during Spring Break  See Ms. Carter immediately.  CHS deadline will now be 12 Noon on Friday, March 28, 2014.


Juniors – Class dues are $40.00 until Spring Break.  Once we return from Spring Break, dues increase to $50.00.  See Ms. Hinckley or Ms. Carter and avoid the increase!


JCL - The t-shirts have arrived and are selling for $10.  If you like green shirts, Darth Vader, obscure Drake references, and Latin, bring your money to Portable 1A. 


Science Olympiad - This group has a meeting in room 124 after school on Wednesday, March 26th.


FBLA - This group has a meeting in the auditorium from 3:30-4:15 on Wednesday, March 26th.


Student Council - This group has a meeting at  7:45 in room 206 on Wednesday, March 26th.


Spanish Club - There will be a meeting for the Spanish CLUB officers after school in room 222 on Wednesday, March 26.


Columbus Law Day Essay Contest  - Attention Students planning on entering the Columbus Law Day Essay Contest.  The Bar association dates are during Spring Break  See Ms. Carter immediately.  CHS deadline will now be 12 Noon on March 28, 2014.


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!


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. 


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 Martinez

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!


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!!


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


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


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 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).



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.