"Leading, Caring and Learning" is part of the Mexico High School slogan, and during the past 10 months, several MHS students and organizations – with guidance from their teachers and advisers – have achieved some significant goals that will enhance their high school experience and after-graduation ambitions.
Building administrators are planning a "Last Day of School Celebration of Success" assembly and field day/barbecue Friday at the high school to honor all MHS student successes. All students may attend if they have finished their finals.
Following are a some of the academic achievements and good deeds performed by Mexico High School students this year:
• The Biology Club planted seven trees – donated by the City of Mexico – along the parking lot near the practice field.
• Ten students from the Dixie Gray Band represented Mexico High School at the MSHSAA State Music Festival in Columbia, and six of the students qualified for state medals and received an excellent rating. Members of the band performed at the new Busch Stadium on May 1 and have performed at Busch Stadium for eight consecutive years. The Mexico High School Jazz Band and Dixie Gray Band performed at the Annual Parade of Bands on May 7 in the MHS Sports Complex. Members of the sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands from the Mexico Middle School also performed. Dixie Gray Band also performed at the Mexico Public Safety Awards night on May 10 at Presser Performing Arts Center.
• The one-act play "Rinse the Blood Off My Toga," performed by MHS Speech and Theater students, qualified for State competition and finished fourth in its pool at the competition. The Jellybean Conspiracy production raised $2,135.50 for the local Special Olympics. MHS senior Loralee Hays auditioned and was accepted to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, Calif., and senior Jordan Henry placed fourth in Radio Speaking at the MSHSAA State Speech Competition.
• "The Bite," the Mexico High School student network, will be featured on the Academy of Scholastic Broadcasting website as one of the schools that has made broadcast journalism work well with the current technology in the district. According to the Academy of Scholastics Broadcasting founder Dave Davis, MHS has "the kind of stuff you expect to see from the multi-million dollar facilities."
• An "Art in the Park" exhibition was held in Gooch Gym on May 7, directed by Art Teacher Laura Haynes. This was a city-wide event sponsored by the City of Mexico.
• Marissa Bradford has been chosen as the new editor in chief of the 2013-2014 volume of The Bulldog's Growl and Sierra Forsee will be the new design editor.
• The Agriculture Department hosted its first FFA Greenhouse Opening Day on April 20 at its campus greenhouse. The Ag-Construction students are finishing a number of projects that will be exhibited at the Missouri State Fair. These include projects funded by the students to help their SAE projects or save them money while learning construction skills. Many projects are also funded by the community. Thirteen MHS shooters competed in the State Trap Shooting competition and hit record high scores. Trevor Ward and Alec Sample both shot in the record individual highs. Ward shot 93/100 clays.
Page 2 of 2 - • Ag Machinery/Diesel Technology students are currently studying the NC3 Snap-On Digital Volt OHM Meter curriculum, where students can obtain a certification that can help them obtain employment in today's advanced electrical technology.
• Eugene Field Elementary held a celebration assembly in April to recognize its 100 percent attendance, students who reached their AR goal, students who made the Math Hall of Fame, and the third-quarter honor roll students. Eugene Field had 91 fourth-and fifth-graders achieve honor roll or honorable mention status.
• An analysis of senior ACT results (prior to the last free test in April): 125 students had taken the test at least once, and 151 students had not tested yet. Of the 125 students tested, 83 students attempted the ACT two or more times (up to four times in a few cases). Seventy-four students or 89 percent of the students raised their scores from 1 to 11 points. Administrators say "this is an indicator of additional student effort (perseverance)" and "MHS preparation is making a positive impact on college and career readiness results measured by the ACT." The district has yet to receive the final results from the last free ACT test in April.