The Marietta High School (MHS) student newspaper, The Pitchfork, won multiple awards at the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). As a group, the paper won the General Excellence Award, the highest award a student high school paper can win. Individual awards were also awarded to sophomore staff writer Zaria Byers and senior section editor Ella Chesney. Zaria received the All-Georgia Award for Best Feature Photo and Social Media Promotion for her work with the Black History Month story. Ella received the All-Georgia Award for Best Sports Game Coverage for her story “Marietta Crushes McEachern.” The Pitchfork is a student-run newspaper at MHS and invites students with aspirations in journalism to join. This year, senior Alex Audrain served as editor-in-chief and junior Julia DePasquale served as assistant editor.
The GSPA’s goal is to provide networking and skill development opportunities to help middle and high school publications. Each year, they host workshops, conferences, and competitions that gather over 50 school publications from around the state.
The 2022 Georgia Scholar
Marietta High School senior Cade Mayfield was announced as a 2022 Georgia Scholar by State School Superintendent Richard Woods. Cade will be attending the University of Georgia, majoring in business on the Pre-Law track. At MHS, Cade participated in the IB program on the Full Diploma track and ran on the cross-country team.
The Georgia Scholar program was created to honor high school seniors who have achieved excellence in their school and community life. In order to be a Georgia Scholar, the student must have completed at least 22 Carnegie credits, have a minimum combined score of 1360 on the SAT, have at least a 3.75 GPA, must be registered to vote, must participate in at least three different competitive interscholastic activities, be appointed by a school official, and show evidence of leadership in two different activities outside the school community.
MCS Board Room Art Students
Marietta City Schools would like to congratulate the five students whose art is displayed in the MCS Board Room: Layla-Marie Cooper, 5th grader at Dunleith Elementary; Finley Young, 5th grader at West Side Elementary; Jennifer Franco Tellez, 6th grader at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy; Sagar Shreshtha, 8th grader at Marietta Middle School; and Jaidyn Graham-Vargas, 10th grader at Marietta High School. The art teachers from the schools selected the pieces that are displayed. The display of artwork shows the dedication to visual arts from MCS students around the district. A different set of schools will be selected each quarter, highlighting the many visual art skills of our students.
National Nurse Appreciation
Marietta City Schools would like to recognize the school nurses for their continued support and dedication to MCS students this year. There are 15 school nurses: 12 clinic nurses and 3 special education nurse leaders. Dianne Hannak serves as the Nurse Coordinator and Beth Baxter is the Lead Nurse
This year, there were over 18,300 visits to nurses’ offices. The nurses provided care that included COVID-19 case management, first aid injuries and emergencies, and medication management, and health education for a variety of chronic and acute illnesses. Most importantly, MCS nurses worked to bridge the gap between the health and education of MCS students, ensuring that our students felt cared for in their times of need.
Our MCS School Nurses:
- Rachel Fain: Early Learning Center
- Tenna Sines: A.L. Burruss Elementary
- Susan Wells: Dunleith Elementary
- Donna Mathis: Hickory Hills Elementary
- Brooke Neylon: Lockheed Elementary
- Kirby Ashman: Marietta Center for Advanced Academics
- Nicole Gardner: Park Street Elementary
- Fantazia Edick: Park Street Elementary Special Education
- Rebeccah Keaton: Sawyer Road Elementary
- Margaret Nunez: West Side Elementary
- Stephanie Flowers: Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
- Qionna Spencer: Marietta Middle School
- Debbie Aust: Marietta Middle School Special Education
- Wendy Trippe: Marietta High School
- Megan Hara: Marietta High School Special Education
Marietta High School's GA Technology Student Association
Four Marietta High School (MHS) students placed first in state at the Georgia Technology Student Association (TSA) Competition. Top place finishes included the Tech Bowl team and individual students.
The Tech Bowl team included seniors Daniel Jacoobs, Jackson English, and Mateo Rios. Mateo also won first place in the Computer Aided Design (Engineering) competition, and senior Eden Gbolaade won overall GA TSA Outstanding Student.
The TSA works to provide students with opportunities that enhance personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Members of the association then apply and integrate STEM concepts through extracurricular activities, competitions, and conferences. There are a total of 27 students in MHS’s chapter of TSA, all of whom competed in 24 events. The MHS TSA Chapter has also been recognized as one of the Top Ten Outstanding High School Chapters out of a total of 156 high school TSA chapters.
Georgia K-12 InVenture Students
Two teams of Marietta High School (MHS) students in the Pre-Engineering Program received top honors at the Georgia Tech K-12 InVenture Prize Competition. The purpose of this competition is to challenge students to identify real-world problems and try to solve them using careful analysis, creativity, and the scientific method. More than 400 students throughout the state entered team projects into the competition, but only the top teams from each school were invited to the finals hosted by Georgia Tech.
The first MHS team was made up of senior Mitchell Sheridan and junior Sheldon Downing, who received the IronCAD Award for their project on the rainwater catchment excel and computer-aided design integration project. The second MHS team included seniors Hillary Davis and Korynn Cooper who received top honors for their project on a sanitizing livestock water delivery system.