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Announcements, Thursday, April10, 2014

by on Apr. 09, 2014

Relay For Life Shootathon - The Relay for Life Shootathon will be held in the Armory next week. All students must fill out the waiver form to participate. Students may shoot during lunch and with their teacher's permission. 


Spring Pictures - Any student who would like to take a spring picture must sign up on the list posted on Coach Perry's door (room 310) by Thursday, April 17th.  This is open to anyone in any grade including seniors.  Also, you may choose to take pictures in groups with your friends if you like, but you must specify that when you sign up.  Spring Picture Day is Thursday the 24th.

 Thespians - This group has a meeting in room 112 on Thursday, April 10th, after school.

 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!



Relay for Life - All those who are interested in helping out with this effort have a meeting on April 10 in Mr. DiQuattro's room after school.


Envirothon - This group has a meeting in room 122 on Friday, April 11th, after school.


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.


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!!


Rifle Team Continues to Win- Congratulation to the rifle team for being selected to compete in the GHSA State Final Rifle Championship. There are 14 teams across the state competing for the GHSA State Rifle Title. The match is scheduled for April 12 @ 11:00 a.m. It will be held at Fort Benning Army Marksmanship Unit. The four shooters representing our school are Kelly Orck, Josh Gonzales, Sierra Moon, and Veronica Leggett. Come out to support your team. Admission is free. Go Blue Devils!


S2S - This organization will meet in room 308 after school on Wednesday, April 16th.


Science Club - This group will meet in room 124 after school on Wednesday, April 16th.


JCL - This organization will meet in portable 1A after school on Wednesday, April 16th.


...but how can I win a free trip to Turkey? - Columbus High School had two students, Pooja Prabakaran and Margot McCrillis, place in the top ten winners from Georgia for the Istanbul Center and Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest.  This year’s theme was “Connecting Cultures in the Digital Age: How does social media change the future of our world?” Pooja placed third in the state and won a trip to Turkey.


NEHS/NHS - These two organizations meet in the auditorium after school on Tuesday, April 15th.


Get out and vote - Columbus High will hold a voter registration on Thursday, April 17 in the cafeteria during all lunches.  Students who are eligible (age 18 with proof of identity) should take advantage of this opportunity to register!


Roll Tide- The University of Alabama regional recruiter will be available to meet with Juniors at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th.  Interested Juniors should sign up in the Guidance and Counseling Office at least 24 hours before the visit and fill out a pass to be signed by the teacher whose class they will miss.  Location of the meeting will be posted in the Guidance office on April 17th.

Spring Academy Day  - What?  An event held to familiarize students/parents with the process of applying for any U.S. military academy    When?  Saturday, May 17, 2014  - 10:00 until 11:30 a.m.

Where?  1408 Dobbins Place, Dobbins ARB 30069   Who?  Open to students grades 8 – 12

Why?  The process of applying for admission to a military academy is very different from simply applying to college.  One should not wait until the Senior year in high school to do begin the process!   Additional information:  ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING MUST MAKE A RESERVATION BY REGISTERING ONLINE AT by Friday, May 2nd at 5:00 p.m.  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!


GHP - Any Senior who attended GHP and would like to wear a GHP cord at graduation need to see Mr. Broda in room 302 ASAP.


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


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


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.


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:


Congressional Art Contest

Deadline:      April 15, 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:     eligible media: oil acrylics; watercolor; drawings in pastels, pencil,

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

 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.


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