October 2017

October 2017
Posted on 10/30/2017
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On Tuesday, October 3, Mayo sponsored it's monthly Career Cafe in the Mayo Conference Center.  We hosted Ms. Cathy Mogy and she is a Nurse Anesthetist.  She has been employed with McLeod Regional Medical Center and Carolina Hospital for more than 10 years.  Students were selected to attend and were given an invitation to attend.  This was a great opportunity to expose our students to another career opportunity in the area. 
Mock Interviews
On October 2 & 3, Ruth Taylor held mock interviews for her Intern Students.  Here are two of her students braving the interview panel.  
October Teacher Feature
The Mayo honoree for the month of October is Jennifer Blankenship!  Thanks for all you do for our school and students!

Open House for Prospective Students

On Wednesday, October 4, from 5:30 – 7 PM Mayo held it’s annual Open House for Prospective Students interested in attending Mayo next year.  The students had a chance to meet the student ambassador team who led them on tours of the campus to see the different classrooms and to meet some of our teachers.  Check out the PowerPoint under 'About Us' on the homepage!

Mini Hack-a-Thon with Joy Nettles

On Friday, October 6 Mayo hosted a signature event that we were perfect to host. The Mini Hackathon directed by Miss Joy Nettles, a Mayo Alumni.  Students from Mr. Cook’s and Mrs. Benjamin’s classes attended the workshop throughout the day.  

Ribbon Cutting for New Conference Center
On Friday, October 6 Mayo formally opened the doors to our new conference center and renovated gymnasium.  Surrounded by school administration, students, elected officials and project advisors, Dr. Thelma Dawson, member of the Darlington Board of Education, and Arlene Wallace, principal of Mayo, snipped the ribbon to much applause.

Also attending the event were Connell Delaine and Charles Govan, members of the Darlington County Board of Education; Dr. Bill Boyd, DCSD acting superintendent; Gloria Hines, mayor of Darlington; Ashley Smith, DCSD chief financial officer, Robert Goodson, project architect; Thurmond Porter, project manager; Derek Wilson, project engineer; Stevette Young, Mayo ABC president; and several Mayo High School teachers and students.

Senior Superlatives

During lunch on Friday, October 6 the Senior Superlatives were announced.  The Seniors got to walk down a Red Carpet and receive their recognitions.  Here are the females & males selected:
Most Photogenic:  Tayler McDaniel & Kodi Griggs

Most Athletic: Sydney McInnis & Kinton Jackson

Best Dressed: Madeline McElveen & Allen Alford

Biggest Flirt:  Maddy Shaw & Seth Sowell

Most Academic: Kayla Eldridge & Deionveon Rivers

Best Personality: Angel Gattison & Frankie Hall

Best Smile:  Mary Alice Gainey & Mac McManus

Most Likely to be Tardy: AnnaMarie Burkhart & Hunter Smallwood

Best Laugh: Zyaria Gary & Joshua Lunn

Most Dependable: Alexandria Moore & Brad Kempton

Best Glo-Up: Cassidy Morris & Keshawn Taylor

Most Likely to Brighten Someone’s Day:  Hunter Langston & Cooper Myers

Most Dramatic: Anna Odom & True-Allah Liles

Best Sense of Humor: Alison Anfinson & Gavin Young

Most Likely to be Famous: Sarah Fender & Joshua Poole

Funniest: Taylor Ford & Caleb Riley

Most Talented: Arionna Rawls & Savoris Scipio

Most Memorable: Kelly Cox & Michael Allen

Best All-Around: MyKenna Blankenship & Tyler Coleman

Most Likely to Succeed: Morgan Malloy & Cade Cassidy

Most Mayo School Spirit:  Madison Moore & Patrick Williamson

Teen Read Week
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During the week of October 9-17, Mrs. Ross sponsored the annual Teen Read Week in the Learning Commons.  Mrs. Ross had several games set up during the week for students to try their hands at.  Here's a shot of Robbie Williams winning the Putt-Putt challenge in ONE shot!  She also had a variety of prizes for the different games and activities!

Wednesday, October 11 was a very important day for our school.  We administered the National PSAT for students in grades 9-11.

Senior Breakfast
On Wednesday, October 11, while the underclassmen were taking the PSAT, our Seniors were treated to the Annual Senior Breakfast. They were given a chance to chat with college admissions officers, military representatives, learn about the NCAA process and review the Jostens Senior Premier. The seniors will begin the process of ordering their senior supplies. Senior parents were invited to attend.  We had another packed house!  It was great to see so many parents in attendance.  The seniors were well-behaved, and they had a very productive meeting.  Mrs. Perry Wilson (FMU), Mrs. Maggie Gause (FD-Tec), Coach Phil Jones, National Guard and Scottie Chapman (Jostens) were our guests.

Freshman Student Council Officers 

Congratulations!!  On Thursday, October 12 we held the Freshmen Class of 2021 - Student Council Elections.  Congratulations to the new Freshmen Student Council Officers:
                 President - Shirvy Davis
                 Vice President - Gabe Gainey
                 Senator - Nasir Lyde

State Fair Incentive Trip

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Our students had a GREAT time on the fifth State Fair Incentive Trip on Friday, October 13. Again this year, the trip was sponsored by Georgia-Pacific.  Special thanks to Cindy Bryant, Kelly Long, Laura Byrd, Layne Smith, Elizabeth Thompson, CJ Pietrzak, Jay Flowers, and Vonda Baker for chaperoning the trip.  We will do it again next year - students can earn the trip by making a perfect score on EOCEP, 24 or better on the ACT composite, 1100 or better on the SAT, Gold or Platinum WorkKeys, or 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exam.  Check out more pictures on Facebook.

Teacher Cadets
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On Wednesday, October 18, our Teacher Cadets traveled to Francis Marion University to participate in activities with the education department and visit with the SC Teacher of the Year, Erin Fox, FMU Teaching Fellows Alexandra Barber, and Delonte Hough, Mayo Alumni.

The teacher cadets pictured are:  Stephanie Butler, Tessa Fonteneau, Amari Joseph, Alexandria Moore, Destiny Phillips, Savoris Scipio, Maddy Shaw, and Patrick Williamson.  Teacher is Jennifer Blankenship.

Pink Out Day

On Thursday, October 19, many of our Mayo students, faculty, and staff dressed out in PINK for the National "Pink Out Day" to show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fall Concert and Art Showcase

Our Fine Arts Department is the absolute BEST!!  You missed a wonderful program the evening of Thursday, October 19, if you did not attend the Fall Concert.  We just have TALENTED students! Kudos to Mr. Cole Davis and Lyn O'Donnell for an AWESOME Fall Showcase!  Great performances and artwork.  Shout out to Ms. Paulette Lunn, for serving as the mistress of ceremonies.

Shout out to Cole Davis and Pheonix Phame for having their first LOCK-IN Thursday night after the concert.  From the pictures on Facebook, they had a ball and it was a great bonding time for the members to have a great session.  Special thanks to Jennifer Blankenship and Gina Benjamin for being chaperones.

Mayo Star Students
Each teacher selected a best all-around student based on academics, achievement, citizenship and participation/ cooperation in class.  The students will receive a certificate, pencil, and a star pin.

Kaylee Amerson, Hunter Blankenship, Haley Bryant, Kelly Cox, Shirvy Davis, Lili Fonteneau, Gabe Gainey, McKinley Gilbert, Anna Katherine Greene, Damion Hickman, Kedarius Jackson, Kinton Jackson, Cameron McWhorter, Davon Medlock, Madison Moore, Destiny Phillips, Shymia Scipio, Seth Sowell, & Grant Tucker.

Senior Supper/Financial Aid Workshop
Kudos to Mr. Michael Legette on the workshop held on Thursday, October 26 in the cafeteria. Mrs. Betty Williams from Coker College and Mrs. Danielle Watkins did a great job explaining the financial aid process to our seniors and their parents. Thank you to Barbara Jenkins, Cindy Bryant, Laura Byrd, and Dawn Taylor for setting up and/or serving the food and Carol Ross for taking pictures for the evening.  Special thanks to Jennifer Blankenship and Paulette Lunn for being there to support their advisees.

Fall Festival

During the week of October 30-November 3 we held our annual Fall Festival Week.  A special shout out to Jill Knight and the Student Council for putting together a Great Spirit Week.  

            -Monday, October 30 was Tacky Tourist Day – Students dressed as a“tacky” tourist visiting a vacation spot.

            -Tuesday, October 31 was Costume DayStudents wore their favorite dress code appropriate Halloween Costume.

            -Wednesday, November 1 was Decades Day – Freshmen dressed up from the 90’s, Sophomores dressed up from the 80’s, Juniors dressed from the 70’s, and Seniors dressed from the 50’s.

            -Thursday, November 2 was S-Quad Day – Freshmen dressed in Sports Related gear, Sophomores dressed up as Super Stars, Juniors dressed as Super Heroes, and Seniors dressed as Senior Citizens. 

             - Friday, November 3 was Out of this World Day where students dressed as aliens

At the end of the week the students and faculty voted for the Fall Festival Royalty. Here were the results: 
Faculty, Mr. Cole Davis

Fall Festival Prince: Gabe Gainey

Fall Festival Princess: Payton Bryant

Fall Festival King: Patrick Williamson

Fall Festival Queen: MyKenna Blankenship
You can find more pictures on Facebook!

Student Council Blood Drive
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On Friday, October 6 the Mayo High Student Council sponsored their annual Fall Blood Drive.  The American Red Cross Bloodmobile was parked outside the gymnasium for the convenience of anyone that wanted to donate their blood.  Students, teachers, and the community were invited to donate.

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon week was recognized during the week of October 23-27, 2017.  The theme this year was 'Love yourself. Be drug free.'  Mrs. Vonda Baker did a great job of lining up the activities for the week.  She made sure all the teachers had a red ribbon on their door.  
Tuesday, October 24 - Kick off for Red Ribbon Week!  Show of your Wacky Side, wear red socks, boots, or shoes.
Wednesday, October 25 - Make the pledge and mean it!  Students signed the pledge banner in the cafeteria.
Thursday, October 26 - Be smart!  Enjoy a Smarty and stay drug free!
Friday, October 27 - Love Yourself!  Always be proud of you!  Wear red to show it

Rising Stars!
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Congratulations to seniors Cooper Myers, Kayla Eldridge, and Tyler Coleman for being selected for the Champions of Tomorrow Rising Star Award from STEM Premier.  They were three out of 57 students chosen as a Rising Star in the Engineering field from a group of over 50,000 students throughout North and South Carolina.  They state it was a great honor to be selected and a great experience at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. These will be a few of our future engineers!