FLORENCE, S.C. – The Mayo Class of 2019, the school’s 23rd graduating class, put up some impressive numbers for a group of 70 students, according to Principal Arlene Wallace at the Thursday night ceremony held at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology Center on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus.
Wallace noted the following accomplishments:
>> 100% graduation rate.
>> $12 million in scholarships.
>> 3,998.39 service hours by the senior Beta Club.
>> 1,537 service hours by the National Honors Society.
>> 98% of graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
“One day soon, the world will belong to them, and we want to look back with pride and know their paths came through our doors,” Wallace said. “A legacy of the best parents in the world who allowed their babies to fly into this phoenix nest and allowed us to help incubate the potential of their children.”
Honor senior Meridith Tallon addressed her classmates.
“I remember Mrs. Wallace introducing us to the Mayo motto that would become a part of us – hard work pays off,” Tallon said. "Through the years, that phrase has become so ingrained into my mind that when I hear anyone say ‘hard work’ I immediately begin to reply ‘pays off’ as I’m sure most of us do.”
Two groups of honor graduates were recognized for their exceptionally high grade point averages.
The first group attained an overall GPA of 4.5 or higher by the end of the eighth semester: Grace Berdeau, Stephanie Butler, Benjamin Cannon, Erica Douglas, Tessa Fonteneau, Mariscia Mark, Aytiana McCoy, Jacob McWhorter, Madison Meggs, Kalyn Phillips, Meridith Tallon, Emma Turner and Bria Wilson.
The second group attained an overall GPA of 4.25 to 4.49: Donovan Bryant, Tahjae’ Edwards, Donae’ Edwards, Luke Flowers, Jordan Green, Isabella Haynes, Connor Johnson, Briaja Mitchell, Madison Norton, Ziare Poole, Bryson Sherrill and Briana Wilson.