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Howard High Student Receives Scholarship

Andrew Mines, a senior at Howard High School, is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Music – valued at approximately $120,000 over a four-year period – from Mercer University. He was selected from among the top 5% of freshman applicants to Mercer, and he interviewed with Dr. John Dickson, the Dean of the School of Music. Overall GPA and test scores are a large part of the criteria for receiving the scholarship. Mr. Mines has studied guitar with Howard High Band Director Dominic Bruno and Advanced Placement Music Theory with Fine Arts Chair John Sweat, and he is contemplating a career in music composition.

"I am very pleased and honored to have received this scholarship,” says Mr. Mines. “I have enjoyed meeting the Mercer Music Faculty.  This experience has been very positive for me and will greatly figure into my decision as to where to attend college."

Alexander II Magnet Students Celebrate Pi Day

On Monday, March 14 (3.14), Alexander II Magnet fifth grade students celebrated Pi Day by presenting activities to each other that helped them discover the “magic of pi” through games, technology, and food. All activities were student-created and about the ratio of pi, circumference, or the area of a circle. Classes spent the two weeks prior to Pi Day learning how to find circumference and area of circles and on designing the activities.

“The variety of their lessons was amazing,” says Alexander II Magnet 5th grade Math Teacher Laura Bell. “One group created a mystery around a circle that commits a crime and leaves his DNA (his circumference) at the scene, and another had a quest that required a protractor. Many also created card games and activities involving food.”

Investiture & Winter Graduation Airing on Channel 17

New videos have been added to the Channel 17 broadcast schedule, and they will air in the following order beginning at 7:00 p.m. every night.

 Investiture for Dr. Romain Dallemand (full program)
Winter Graduation 2011
Dr. Romain Dallemand’s Investiture Speech

Cox Cable Channel 17 - which shows information and videos about the Bibb County School District - may have changed station numbers for people that do not have digital cable. For the new channel number and current broadcast schedule, visit www.bibb.k12.ga.us/17.html.

Middle Georgia School Fencing Association Inaugural Competition a Success

Middle Georgia School Fencing Association Inaugural Competition a Success

It’s taken 5 years, but the Middle Georgia Schools Fencing Association is finally on its way.  Wesleyan College’s Fencing Club hosted the inaugural event at the Porter Gym on Saturday.   The Middle Georgia School Fencing Association (MGSFA) has member schools in Jasper, Houston, Bibb and Sumter Counties.  Only the Jasper County High School fencers have the endorsement and support of their school superintendant, Dr. Michael Newton, and principal, Mr. Howard Fore.  “We’re very pleased and proud that our students have the opportunity to participate in this unique sport.”

Two Bibb Schools Pass Random Weapon and Narcotics Search

Rutland Middle & High Schools were selected for a random weapon and narcotics search by the Campus Police Department on March 24, 2011.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office assisted with the search with a dog trained in narcotics detection.
No weapons nor drugs were found during the search.
Campus Police will continue to randomly search schools throughout the year; principals may also request a search of their school.

Piano Soloist Performs, A Benefit for Wesleyan

Piano Soloist Performs, A Benefit for Wesleyan

Internationally acclaimed piano soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Margery McDuffie Whatley, will perform a concert to benefit the Wesleyan College Music Department at Porter Auditorium, Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3PM. Tickets $25 Adults / $10 students.

On Monday, March 28th, she will host a master class from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The class is free and open to the public.

UPDATED! Bearstock 2011 Announces Lineup

BEARSTOCK is Mercer University's annual, outdoor, day-long music festival. This year, it is being held at Macon's historic Tatnall Square Park, just across the street from Mercer's campus.

2011 Lineup:

The Silver Comet
A Ransom Plea
Venice Is Sinking
Broken Bootstraps
Chelsea Hughes
The Less
Bottle Up and Explode
Ocean Is Theory
JuBee and the Morning After
Parachute Musical (Presented by TheBlueIndian.com)
DJ Pharmer (Presented by DSEL Promotions)

Bearstock announced the Headliners Roscoe Dash and 3OH!3 in a news conference.

The event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from noon until 11 p.m.