GPS May Day Celebrates 100 Years

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Girls Preparatory School will celebrate “100 Years of May Day” Wednesday at the school’s annual May Day pageant.

The event began in simpler form in 1914 and, after a two-year hiatus during World War I, continued in different locales, including Signal Mountain and Jackson Park. Since 1947, May Day has been held on the GPS campus except for two years when moves were necessitated by campus construction. 

Members of the Class of 2014 will be presented at 2 p.m. in the Smith Courtyard of the school, followed by student-choreographed class dances set to the music of ‘N Sync, the Jackson 5, the Beatles, the Chordettes, and Irene Cara from Flashdance.

The traditional winding of the blue, yellow, and pink May Poles by members of the sophomore class and the singing of the Alma Mater conclude the event.

Senior Jessica Erhart was elected by the student body to reign as May Queen this year. Her Maid of Honor is Emily Cullum, whose mother also was chosen for that role in her senior year. Other members of the May Court are Mary Chandler Gwin, Megan Rohn, Meghna Talluri, and Lucy Whitfield.

Today’s May Queen and Court are chosen by the following criteria: Members of the court are representative in the “highest sense” of the ideals of the school, and they are chosen in part because of the positive contributions they make in all areas of school life.

The 2014 May Court includes academic and athletic stars, club leaders and publications’ editors, members of the orchestra, and dedicated community service volunteers. This year, all also happen to be members of the National Honor Society.





Cleveland City Schools Named As "Achieving" In Latest State Data Release

Final TNReady testing data is in and Cleveland City Schools has as a district, a combination of overall and subgroup achievement measures, a final accountability score of 2.51, placing it in the upper half of the "Achieving" designation, indicating the district is meeting growth expectations on average. Districts statewide were placed in either In Need of Improvement, Progressing, ... (click for more)

UTC Civil War Press Symposium Celebrates 25th Meeting Nov. 2-4

The UTC’s twenty-fifth annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 2–4. The conference will begin Thursday afternoon at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown and continue Friday and Saturday at the UTC University Center. All paper sessions are free and open to the public.    The symposium ... (click for more)

Shaw Industries To Invest $42 Million At Decatur, Tn., Plant

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. officials announced Friday that the floor products manufacturer will invest $42 million to upgrade its yarn facility in Decatur. Shaw plans create 75 new jobs in Meigs County as part of the investment. “I’d like to thank Shaw for its continued ... (click for more)

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

Managed Hunting Is Necessary In Maintaining A Stable Deer Population - And Response

I enjoy seeing the whitetail deer that we have in so many areas here in East Tennessee, but here in Hamilton County we have been approaching the maximum habitat sustainability in some places including the Enterprise South area. I make this statement due to the fact that I have seen up to 20 deer driving around in Hixson in one evening during the summer. I believe that TWRA is doing ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)