Northside to hold encore of award-winning play

January 26, 2014 

Northside High School will hold two encore performances of its award-winning one-act play “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 in the Ray Horne Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Northside won the AAAAA state championship this year at the Georgia High School Association One-Act Play competition. The production also garnered awards for best set and best costumes, and Brianna Roberson won best actress, according to a news release.

The encore will help raise money for three students who have been chosen for the Georgia Thespian/International production. Roberson, J’Quan Gulley and William Crouch are part of the cast and crew that will produce “In The Heights” during the Georgia Thespian Conference in February.

FPD Downtown to host open house

First Presbyterian Day School Downtown will host an open house 4-6 p.m. Tuesday in the Sunday School wing of First Presbyterian Church at 682 Mulberry Street. FPD Downtown provides a Christian-based education for young students that is convenient for parents who live or work downtown, according to a news release.

The event is on a drop-in basis to provide parents an overview of FPD’s downtown location, which is now enrolling for pre-kindergarten through first grade. For more information, contact Cheri Frame at or 477-4774.

Mercer intramural official snags national honor

A referee with Mercer University’s intramural flag football program recently was selected as one of 16 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association All-Americans, the highest honor an undergraduate intramural official can receive, according to a news release.

Senior Rob Kelly, an economics major from Brookhaven, also was one of 55 officials chosen from across the country to officiate the NIRSA National Flag Football Championship in Pensacola, Fla. Kelly represented Mercer among large, public universities.

“It is rare for a private school of Mercer’s size to place an official into the tournament. This was the first time in school history that Mercer had placed an official into the tournament,” Todd Thomas, assistant director of recreational sports and wellness at Mercer, said in a release.

Kelly has worked with the university’s intramural program since he was a freshman and currently serves as student director of staff. He has been officiating flag football for three years and recently began officiating high school football through the Middle Georgia Football Officials Association. He also officiates high school soccer and basketball.

Bibb schedules pre-K registration

Bibb County schools will launch prekindergarten registration with an event Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center, 2003 Riverside Drive, Macon. Parents can register their children then and participate in educational activities.

Open registration will follow the event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 28 at the center. To register, bring the child’s certified birth certificate, Social Security card and proof of residence, which can be a current telephone, gas, water, electric or cable bill.

The school system has 748 prekindergarten slots for children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014. Parents must register their child for pre-K at the Welcome Center. Children may attend pre-K classes at either their neighborhood school or Northwoods Academy.

Students will be selected by a random computer lottery. Parents of accepted students must attend an orientation before the school year, or their child’s slot will be given to the next student on the waiting list.

For information on registration, call the Welcome Center at 779-3700 or Northwoods Academy at 779-3204.

Miller Magnet holding fine arts auditions

Miller Magnet Middle School will hold auditions for students interested in joining the school’s fine arts magnet program on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Any rising sixth-, seventh- or eighth-graders interested in applying for Miller’s fine arts program, which comprises art, band, orchestra, dance and chorus, should sign up for an audition. Miller Magnet Middle School is located at 751 Hendley St. in Macon. For more information or to sign up for an audition, please call 779-4050.

Bibb nutrition employees win contest

Bibb County schools nutrition employees picked up prizes in the Bibb County School Nutrition Association contest, which was held Thursday.

School nutrition employees could enter dishes in three categories: breakfast with whole grain, chicken entree and vegetable side dish. First-place winners move on to the district competition, which takes place Tuesday, and then to the state competition held at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. Local winners were Rhonda Drawhorn from Union Elementary School for her chewy oat bars, Gloria Terry from Vineville Academy of the Arts for her chicken roll-up and Marie Gilchrist from Miller Middle School for her roasted broccoli with a twist.

Writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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