March 2017-Mayo in the News

March 2017-Mayo in the News
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Flames in Mrs. Fletcher Lab!!

My Chemistry College Prep class performed two Flame Test Labs.  Six metallic compounds
were burned and the color observed.  Then an unknown compound was burned to determine
what metal was present.
Teacher's in PD Session
On Wednesday, March 1 our teachers participated in a professional development session lead
by our Media Specialist, Mrs. Carol Ross. She reviewed some short videos she's designed and
 made for the students on different subjects.  She then reviewed and showed us a video on advanced search and citing techniques for us to share with our students.  
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Dr. Seuss - Read In - Pajama Day

On Thursday, March 2 in the Learning Commons, Mrs. Ross sponsored National Dr. Seuss
Day.  She read a few Dr. Seuss books to groups of students.  Throughout the day students
were allowed to go to the Learning Commons for a 'read-in' day.  Students and staff were
also allowed to wear pajamas in honor of Dr. Seuss Day and to be comfy while in the library.  
Thank you to Mrs. Blankenship, Ms. Lunn, & Mrs. Patrick for taking time out of your schedule
for your students to participate!

ACT Precoding With Juniors
On Thursday, March 2, the Juniors had the chance to use their MacBooks to pre-code for
their actual testing that will take place on Thursday, March 9.  The testing will be done on
their MacBooks.  This is the first time we've tried this online.

Omega Talent Hunt Program
On Sunday, March 5 Mayo hosted the Omega Talent Hunt Program in the cafeteria.  Congratulations to Morgan Malloy (1st place), Kayleigh Norton (2nd place) and Laurel
Dennis (3rd place) in the Omega Talent Hunt Program.  Morgan will move on to the district
level competition in Greensboro, NC.  Special thanks to MyKenna Blankenship, Madison
Norton, Alexandria Moore, and Josh Jefferson for competing in the competition as well.  Kudos
 to Mr. Cole Davis for his assistance with the program.


 Academic Challenge Team
Participates in Division 2 Pee Dee Area Tournament

Our Academic Challenge Team participated in the Division 2 Pee Dee area tournament on
Saturday, March 4 at West Florence High School.  The tournament showcases the academic
abilities of students throughout SC.  The Pee Dee Education Center hosts the event each year.
 The state championship will be held later this month.  Congratulations to Jacob Wint and
Jeffrey Laffidy for being named Academic Challenge All-Stars!!!!  Thanks to Mrs. Wallace and
 Ms. Lannan for serving a judges and KUDOS to Miss Kelly Long and Mrs. Nancy Fletcher for a
great year!

STEM Premier Rollout
On Monday, March 13 the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors did an outstanding job with
our STEM Premier rollout.  They made us very proud.  special thanks to the teachers and
staff members who stopped by to assist with the rollout.  All of our students are now enrolled
in STEM Premier.  This program can be used as a student's portfolio that they can build on
in the future.

Pi Week
Kudos to Ms. Vonda Baker and the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for a great Pi Week.  
The students loved the various.  The winners were:  

Recite the Most Digits of Pi Winner: Kayla Eldridge (43 digits)

Guess the Number of Skittles in the Jar: Emerald Cooper

Pi Limbo: Emily Cooper

Pi Eating Contest: Jeffry Laffidy

NEHS Poetry Slam

Kudos to Mrs. Jennifer Blankenship and the NEHS for hosting the Poetry Slam in the
Learning Commons on Tuesday, March 14.

Junior Class Ring Ceremony
ring ceremony
On Thursday, March 16 the Juniors had their Ring Ceremony.  Congratulations to the Class
of 2018 on their beautiful Ring Ceremony and receiving their class rings.  We wish them the
best.  Special thanks to Brockington Elementary School for allowing us to use their fine facility
to host our event.  You can view the Ring Ceremony pictures at the following website:

 FBLA State Leadership Conference
The 2017 FBLA State Leadership Conference was held in N. Charleston, SC the weekend
of March 17-18.  One member of our Mayo chapter competed.  Cooper Meyers competed in Computer Problem Solving and won 2nd place.  Great job!

Artwork Accepted into ArtFields Jr. Competition
Two Mayo students will be competing in a juried ArtFields Jr. competition after their artwork
was accepted from among 500 plus entries. The competition is open to students in grades
1-12 statewide this year and a review panel selected the competition artwork.  Out of 26 students chosen from DCSD schools, two are from Mayo, Sarah Fender and Hilton Howle.  The students artworks will compete during ArtFields 2017 in April.  The goal of ArtFields Jr. is "to inspire a
life-long passion for the arts and opportunities for creative growth and development."  The
winners will be announced during the ArtFields Jr. Awards Ceremony on The Green in Lake City
on April 29 at 7 PM.  For more information visit

Quest Bridge Ambassador Presentation

On Monday, March 20 Miss Emily Cooper made a presentation to the Class of 2018 on
the Quest Bridge Ambassador Presentation, click the link to learn more!  

SC State Choral Festival
On Tuesday, March 21 the Mayo Chorus competed in the State Choral Festival and bought
home an Excellent Rating!  Kudos to Mr. Cole Davis and his choir members.

SC State Band Festival
band festival
On Thursday, March 23 the Mayo Band competed in the State Band Festival and bought home
an Excellent Rating!  Kudos to Mr. Cole Davis and his band members.

Career Exploration Fair at Florence-Darlington Tech
On Thursday, March 23rd, 45 sophomores and 62 freshmen attended the Career Exploration
Fair at Florence-Darlington Tech. They were divided into groups according to career paths and
took tours of the facility and were told about the schools course and career offerings.  

George Washington Portrait Donated by St. David's Masonic Lodge

On Friday afternoon, March 24, the St. David’s Masonic Lodge presented the George
Washington portrait that will he displayed on our campus.  Special thanks to Lt. Steve
Buffkin for making that happen as well as initiating a scholarship.

Junior-Senior Prom!!
What a grand night for the Junior and Senior classes to dance the night away in the
Enchanted Garden!  On Saturday, March 25, the Junior class sponsored the Jr. & Sr.
Prom from 8 - 11 PM at the Darlington Country Club.  The Prom King was Jeffrey Laffidy
and the Prom Queen was Avery Jenner.  The Prom Prince was True-Allah Liles and the Prom
Princess was Madison Moore.  All were dressed beautifully!  The students had a particularly
good time using the photo booth, see link for pictures.  Let's Photo Booth Kudos to Mrs.
Lyn O'Donnell, the Prom Committee, Mayo Parents, Art students, Ms. Paulette Lunn, Mrs.
Barbara Jenkins, Mrs. Cindy Bryant, Ms. Kelly Long, Mrs. Quanketa Davis, Mrs. Jennifer Blankenship, Mrs. Carol Ross, Ms. Jill Knight, Mr. Michael Legette, Mr. Roosevelt Wallace,
and countless others who helped to make the prom a memorable event.  They did a great
job with this year's prom.  Thank you, faculty and staff, for chaperoning the door and ballroom
and helping with clean-up. It couldn't have happened without your continuous support.

prom court

Art in Business Award
Art in Business

Artistically talented students in the Darlington County School District were recognized for
their art abilities during the annual Art in Business Youth Art Show awards ceremony on
Sunday, March 26, at Hartsville Middle School.

Twenty-two schools in the district participated in the art program and selected one of their
student’s artwork to represent them in the district competition.  From the 22 school winners
Sarah Fender was chosen from Mayo High School for MST.

Each of the 22 school winners received a $50 cash prize and a blue ribbon.  Local
businesses sponsored the artwork of each school winner, allowing it to be professionally
framed. The pieces of art will hang in the sponsoring business for a year before permanently
being displayed in the schools or the Administration Building.

The Art in Business Program sponsors are Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center,
Coldwell Banker Segars McMillan, Darlington Raceway, Dedicated Community Bank;
Duke Energy, Eads Chiropractic; Gordan McBride, Attorney, Heritage Community Bank,
Jiffy Print; Raceway Ford and Chevrolet, Nucor Steel, Sonoco, Sound Solutions Hearing
Care and SPC Credit Union.

Fifth Annual Taste of Mayo
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  Our Fifth Annual TASTE of MAYO was a GREAT success
 Tuesday night.  There are so many people to thank.  I am so very proud of the Taste of Mayo
success.  We received so many compliments from those present.

Special Thanks to:
President, Stevette Young
Vice President, Trudie Goodson
Secretary, Terri Hinson
Treasurer, Carla Bryan
Academic Booster Club Members
Darlington Raceway
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Featured corporate sponsors and corporate sponsors
Approximately 35 food vendors
Mayo Faculty, Staff, and Students
Beta Club
National Honor Society
French Club
Spanish Club
Ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Thank you for purchasing tickets and supporting our major fundraiser.  It was TOTALLY A
SCHOOL EVENT.  The community support was OUTSTANDING!!!!  We will use the funds to help
with scholarships, Academic Banquet, Field Day, and some school needs.
Again, thank you!  

Spring Blood Mobile

We held our annual Spring Blood Drive on Friday, March 31!  First off, thank you in advance
for your support in this cause.  Our goal for this drive was 25 usable pints of blood, and we
have about 30 students (& a few adults) who signed up.  Our fingers were crossed hoping we
could meet that goal, and we did!  And despite a few hiccups throughout the day, the ARC
staff was complimentary of our students.

Mayo Participates in 41st Annual Model UN Conference
On March 29-31, Mrs. Lisa Sanders traveled with a small delegation of Mayo students to
Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC to participate in the 41st Annual Model United
Nations Conference and represented the country of Spain.  The students were:  Kaylee
Amerson - Legal Committee, Hashani Goff - Security Council, Ericka
Smith - Social and Humanitarian Committee, and Riley Watson - Political and Security
Committee.  Hashini Goff was selected as the Most Poised Delegate by the Security Council.