100 Years of May Day Celebrated At GPS

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

GPS celebrated “100 Years of May Day” on Wednesday, April 30, at the school’s annualMay 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.

The sixth grade class, “rats” to their senior “cats,” began a noon festival with a dance presentation, which was followed by an array of lunchtime choices offered for sale by clubs and organizations. The crowd grew as extended family and friends arrived, and promptly at 2:30 p.m., Upper School principal Jessica Good stood before the microphone to introduce the members of the Class of 2014, who dedicated their special day to the memory of longtime headmaster Randy Tucker.

In her opening remarks, Good reflected on the May Day memories of faculty and alumnae. The seniors, in bright spring colored long dresses, were presented in the Smith Courtyard of the school, followed by the introduction of the May Court and the May Queen, senior Jessica Erhart. Members of the Court were Emily Cullum, Maid of Honor; Mary Chandler Gwin, Megan Rohn, Meghna Talluri, and Lucy Whitfield.

Following the senior presentation, the audience enjoyed student-choreographed class dances set to the music of ‘N Sync, the Jackson 5, the Beatles, the Chordettes, and Irene Cara of Flashdance fame. The traditional winding of the blue, yellow, and pink May Poles by members of the sophomore class and the singing of the Alma Mater concluded the event.          

Whereas the May Queen in 1914 was chosen because she had the longest hair, today’s 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.

 



2 New Scholarship Applications Open For Future Teachers

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association (CHCRTA) on Tuesday announced that applications are open for 2018. The scholarship program is made possible through generous donations from members to support the future of education.  Ms. Sharon Vandagriff, president of CHCRTA said, “Providing scholarships for future teachers is one of the most important things ... (click for more)

Lee’s Dill Elected To Serve On NASFAA

Marian Dill, director of financial aid at Lee University, has been elected to serve on the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She was elected to a two-year term as a representative-at-large to serve in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 program years.  “As a first-generation college graduate, I earned an early appreciation ... (click for more)

1 Dead, Another Injured In Shooting On Carousel Road

One man was shot and killed and another man injured in a shooting on Carousel Road lateTuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 5:25 p.m. One man was dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a hospital. Carousal Road is off Greenwood Road in a neighborhood behind Taylor Funeral Home on Wilcox Boulevard. (click for more)

City Council Approves TIF For Extension Of MLK Boulevard To The Riverwalk

The City Council voted Tuesday to approve Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to extend MLK Boulevard across Riverfront Parkway to the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead at the Riverwalk. The agreement is with Evergreen Real Estate of Nashville to build the extension across property it has already begun to develop at the site across from the old Newton Chevrolet and Kelly Subaru. The developer ... (click for more)

MLK Boulevard TIF Is A Public Scam From People You Should be Able To Trust

TIFs (Tax Incremental Financing) were created to allow cities to do projects they cannot afford.  A TIF project also allows various private construction costs to be subsidized by sequestered  future  property taxes that normally would go into the general fund for running a city. It’s credit card spending with a new fancy name. Politicians love it because it sounds ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Principal’s Reaction

On the morning after the mass shooting in Florida last week, a 17-year-old at Ledyard High School in Connecticut made an offhand comment during his first period class, “I could buy an AR-15.” At that, all the teachers panicked. Really. The school was soon so rattled by the comment the principal called the cops. And those five words got the child shackled, taken into custody, and ... (click for more)