The Latest News from Mount de Sales Academy
Monday, May 11th, 2020
Stephanie Pierson Named Valedictorian
Stephanie Pierson is the daughter of Mark and Kelli Pierson. At MDS, she was involved with the environmental club, mock trial, Model UN, and cross country. Her hobbies include hiking, running, reading, and playing piano. Stephanie will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall, and she plans to major in history. She hopes to go to law school and become a criminal defense attorney.
George Pearson Named Salutatorian
George Pearson is the son of Norm Pearson and Tena Helms. At MDS, George has played tennis and was an active member of the MDS Troubadours, starring in school productions. George will attend Georgia Tech in the fall and will enroll in the School of Architecture.
Stephanie Pierson is Exchange Club of Macon's Youth of the Year
Through a competition that included a personal essay, community service activities, academic success, and achievements, Stephanie Pierson was selected to receive the Exchange Club of Macon's Youth of the Year $500 scholarship award. She will be entered into the district and national competitions.
Campus Garden to Feed Locals
For the past several years, Mount de Sales has used its campus garden to serve multiple purposes. Students maintain the garden, learning about soil nutrients and rejuvenation, composting practices, and prime planting and harvesting seasons throughout the year. The garden is rich with crops each season, including lettuces, sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and collards. The MDS cafeteria manager routinely incorporates fresh fruits, vegetables, and a variety of herbs into school lunches for hundreds of students. Food waste is used for composting so carbon and nutrients produced on campus stay on campus.
With students away and the campus temporarily closed, a new opportunity to use the garden for a good cause was conceived by MDS neighbor Darrie Schlessinger. Schlessinger is mobilizing volunteers to plant food for those in need. They have cleaned up the raised beds and started planting new crops. MDS counts among its neighbors doctors and medical residents, a Mercer professor who works on establishing rural medical clinics, two hospital pharmacists, and ministers that work on food distribution programs for those with food insecurity and many other contributors to the community. MDS is appreciative of neighbors' efforts to help those in need.
Virtual Visits with Admission Director, Administrators, and Teachers
Mount de Sales has been offering virtual visits and online one-on-one meetings for prospective families since the school switched to distance learning in mid-March. The next Virtual Visit days with the admissions office, school administrators, and teachers are set for May 12 at 9:00AM and May 21 at 7:00PM. One-on-one meetings with the admissions director can be scheduled separately, as needed. More information and to sign up: mtdesales.link/virtual