Tri-Cities High School student earns national theater award.

Jai’Len Josey’s portrayal of Effie White in “Dreamgirls” earned the 15 year old national acclaim.

She won the best actress “Jimmy Award” at the National High School Musical Theater Awards earlier this month in New York. 

In other words, this student at Tri-Cities High School, in East Point, is the best in the country in high school musical theater. Her fans recognize her talent. Her online fundraiser to pay for her New York trip brought in $3,600 when her goal was $3,000.

Here’s her award winning performance.


And WABE public radio did interviewed the young actress in its City Cafe program. You can hear it by clicking this link.


TriCities HS top students sees disadvantages as path to make her “better and stronger.”

Olga Lopez-Gomez was the top student in the Class of 2014 at Tri-Cities High School is

In her valedictory speech, “I tried to get across they should endure everything that comes their way, even if it’s very difficult. We’re all living with disadvantages. … That shouldn’t bring them down but toughen them up to be better and stronger.”

In high school, she also enjoyed math club, STEM Academy and the DECA marketing club, where she competed all four years and this year served as club president and school store manager. Club advisor Valencia Parks admires Olga’s gifts and determination.

“She wants so much out of life and she goes full force,” Parks said. “She’s a fireball. … She’s very persistent in whatever it is she’s trying to do. She’s just academically gifted. She’s a leader. … Olga goes above and beyond with everything she does.”

She is profiled in the Georgia Bulletin.



TCHS students perform “Dreamgirls”

Performing Arts Center

Students at Tri-Cities High School are putting on the hit musical “Dreamgirls.”

The curtain goes up on March 13 with multiple performances.


Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James “Thunder” Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?


Box Office Hours 8am – 4pm

Box Office Address:
Fine Arts Magnet Building
2575 Harris Street
East Point, GA  30344

Box Office Number: 404-669-8010

For tickets, go to the website.

Students at TriCities High School learn decision making for prom season

EAST POINT – From a car crash and court room to a funeral, authorities want to show students how one decision can cascade into a life-changing situation.

Police and emergency workers will be out in force Thursday, April 18, at TriCities High School to make a point as prom season gets underway.

Here’s the news release

(East Point, GA) The City of East Point Police Department, in partnership with Tri-Cities High School, will be conducting the Annual Safe Prom Night Program on April 18, 2013 8:00am -12:00pm at Tri-Cities High School. The goal of the Safe Prom Night Program is to educate students on the dangers and potential consequences of driving a car after drinking or using illicit narcotics on prom night. This program will include students participating in a series of stations including:
– Mock Traffic Accident Scene
o Students will see a wrecked automobile and hear the story of a student who attended prom and consumed a controlled substance only to lose control of their vehicle on the way home.
– DUI vision goggles
o Students will be asked to take field sobriety tests while wearing goggles designed to emulate the altered physical responses typically experienced while under the influence of controlled substances.
– Simulated Court Session
o This section features Rashida Oliver, Chief Judge East Point Municipal Court and the Tri-Cities Drama Department explaining the legal ramifications that result from driving while under the influence. Students will observe a mock trial of a high school student who made the unfortunate decision to take a controlled substance on prom night and observe as the Judge delivers a verdict that will change their life forever.
– Mock Funeral
o The Tri-Cities Drama Club created a reenactment of a funeral intended to make students realize how making a poor decision can impact their lives and the lives of others.

This program will take place in front of Tri-Cities High School beginning at 8:00 AM ending promptly at noon.