The Maverick Round-up The Student News Site of Mauldin High School Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Victory for Lady Mavs Golf Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:16:58 +0000  The Lady Mavs golf team had an achieving victory in winning upper state. Through all the hard work of practicing with each other, playing 9 or going to the driving range independently, they have made it. The course they played at was Waterford. The odds were not in their favor however, there was a thick fog covering the whole course so this would make it a tricky tournament. Although, at least everyone had perfect tee-shots and played a fantastic game. But there was one hole (hole ten) that stood out above all the rest. The problem with this hole was that if they hit too far to the left they were in a thick mess with water blocking the next shot. If they were to hit too far right then they would be in the other fairway. The hole kind of looked like an upside down L, but the golf team made it through and all played the hole perfectly. In an interview with Kendall Yap, the coach of the girl’s golf team, The Maverick Round-up asked her: how do you get your girls ready for these tournaments? She replied with “We have a good amount of things that we do at practice like practicing your short game (chipping, getting out of bunkers, etc.) putting and making sure the alignements are all good and knowing how to read the green, we also like to play situational golf. What it essentially means is I put the girls in a bad spot on the course and they have to try to get out of that bad spot”. These girls have worked very hard for where they are at and it all paid off. In another interview with Bella Andrews, a member of the girl’s golf team, we asked her: How did you prepare for state mentally/physically? “I’d say physically: eating well, working out outside of golf, and then mentally I stay positive throughout practice and throughout tournaments”. Continuing to state they went off to play at Mid-Carolina Country Club. But through it all, they came in 17th. Overall the Lady Mavs golf team has had an impressive season and are excited to improve for next year!

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Photo Gallery Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:23:39 +0000
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Setting Their Way Into Playoffs Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:43:39 +0000

Megan Van Kirk

Volleyball closed the 2019-2020 season with a bang. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) teams won their final game against Hillcrest on Thurs, Oct. 16th. Varsity swept the Hillcrest Rams with three sets to none while the JV team won with a score of two sets to one. 

In order to reach this level of success, the volleyball team had to be very thorough about their training and practices. Throughout each week they would assess what was to come later in the week and they would base their training around that. Our girls’ hard work from practice shows throughout their games with how they take control of the floor and show their confidence. They work together in perfect harmony, passing the ball to the perfect spot for another teammate to spike the ball over the net. We hope to see this effort throughout their playoffs. When asking about practices, sophomore JV Outside Hitter Hannah Brooks stated, “You always practice how you play…if you practice your best it’ll become permanent.” All the girls put forth all their effort into every single play, regardless of if the result is good or bad. 

Communication throughout the games and through practices is just as vital as anything else, and it’s a key when it comes to their success. Every play they make sure to communicate as a team and continuously support one another. According to Coach Val Thoms, “We talk a lot about things that were good at and making sure we’re confident in those things. We also try to simulate what we think we’re going to see from the other teams and really we just try to build confidence in the girls.” This hard work is reflected from their practices. The girls have built a trusting system with each other and try to stay connected outside of the games. For example, junior Miller Reams from the Varsity team spoke about how before some games, the girls all go out to eat together. Without the trust, communication, and support they receive from each other, their team wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. 

Overall the girls’ volleyball program has surmounted this year’s competition. Their season was focused on their mindset and each day opens new opportunities for the team and our girls strategize the perfect way to effectively make a difference. 

Tonight the Lady Maverick’s volleyball team plays Nation Ford in round three of the playoffs. The game is at home at six pm. Come out and support the team!


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Spooky Szn Thu, 31 Oct 2019 13:31:56 +0000 Halloween is here. Students have been getting ready and picking out their favorite costume or helping prepare for upcoming events. There are some events coming up for Halloween. Student Council is hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat on Halloween from 5-7 at the high school, so bring your younger siblings, cousins, or friends and have a great time! Everyone is invited! 

We pulled students on their favorite fall/Halloween activities. Here are the results:

Favorite Fall Activities: Scarowinds, drinking apple cider, carving pumpkins, Mad World, apple picking, hiking, and collecting chestnuts.

Favorite Halloween Movies: Hocus Pocus, The Great Pumpkin (Charlie Brown), The Nightmare before Christmas, Halloweentown, Ghostbusters, Friday the 13th, Coraline, Beetlejuice. 

Favorite Fall Drinks: Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, apple cider, and Caramel Ribbon Crunch. 

Favorite Type of Picking: Apple Picking- 22 votes, Pumpkin Picking-11 votes, both fun-16 votes. 

Favorite Fall Desserts: pumpkin pie, apple pie, pumpkin cakes, caramel apples, pumpkin bread, and caramel apples. 

Paint or Carve: Carve- seventy percent   Paint- thirty percent

Activities students are doing on Halloween: small party, trick or treating, eating a lot of candy, handing out candy, and watching spooky movies. 

Costumes: Spider-man, Tinkerbell, Maleficent, Joe, The Trunchbull (principal from Matilda) , and Billie Eilish. 

Favorite Halloween Candy: Reese’s, Crunch, Skittles, Twix, M&M’s, Nerds, Kit Kats, and candy corn. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, so you don’t miss out! @themaverickroundup

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Recap on Impeachment Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:11:38 +0000 Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard about the impeachment situation. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, declared that the people had to prosecute the president; the Democrats decided to investigate the president. So, why are we deciding to try and impeach President Trump? 

President Trump had a phone call with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in which they talked about defense aid and international finances. Then, Trump asked President Zelensky to do some digging and find out information about Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, who was working with the Board of Burisma Holding which is a Ukrainian natural gas company. The New York Times says this violated Trump’s oath of office, broke the Constitution and potentially bribed other countries. This caused a massive uproar in Congress. Currently, Trump’s phone call is being investigated and they are looking for evidence to take Trump to court. 

Many Republicans are looking at Trump’s phone conversation and saying that he has done nothing wrong; he was only asking information that wasn’t hurting anyone. The Democrats are saying that President Trump was trying to hurt Joe Biden’s image and ruin his chances of getting the presidential vote, as people will not vote for someone involved in a scandal. This form of sabotage is looked at as reckless and an inappropriate act as president.

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Fall Activities Around Greenville Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:24:30 +0000 Fall is approaching, the leaves are changing, and the weather is becoming colder. It’s time to bring out your sweaters and enjoy all the exciting activities Greenville and the surrounding areas have to offer! Whether you are a hardcore outdoor adventurer, or like to take it slow and easy, there’s something for everyone. Please note: distance times to the following locations are based on Mauldin High School being the starting location

Activities in Greenville

Madworld: 147 Country Manor Rd. Piedmont, SC 29673.  28 minutes away.

This one is for all the thrill seekers out there. If you love haunted houses, Madworld is for you. The haunted house is actually a walk through the woods through multiple different themed buildings. For those who would still like to go but are not huge thrill seekers, a light up “no scare medallion” can be purchased. This haunted house is open until November 2nd and general admission is $35. 

Greenville Saturday Market: Main Street at McBee Avenue; Greenville, SC 2960. 20 minutes away.

The Greenville Saturday Market is a great way to start your weekend. For the early risers, the market starts at 8:00 a.m., but for those who like to sleep in, it goes until noon. There is no admission fee. Tables are set up filled with homemade products, fresh produce, paintings, plants, and some food vendors. 

Walks in Falls Park: 601 S Main St. Greenville, SC 29601.  20 minutes away. 

Falls Park on the Reedy is a 32 acre park in the Historic West End District. The park features beautiful views of the falls that run under Liberty Bridge. Walking pathways surround the area. The park is perfect for walks during the day, or at night, as the bridge and pathways are lit up. The park is very close to multiple restaurants, cafes, and shopping stores. 

Friday night football games:

Show your school spirit at Friday night football games! Tickets cost $6, concessions are available throughout the whole game and include: Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, popcorn, pizza, nachos, candy, drinks, etc. High School football games are a great way to socialize with friends, meet new people, and cheer on our Mavs.

Layla Eckhardt

Lake Conestee Nature Park: 601 Fork Shoals Rd. Greenville, SC 29605. 17 minutes away.

Conestee is a 400 acre park with hiking trails, a dog park, and playground. If you like hiking, runs, or relaxing walks, Conestee is a great area to visit without having to travel to the mountains. 

Watching football at home with family and friends.

Fall wouldn’t be the same without football! If you’re a fan of sports games, getting together with a group of friends or family might just be the perfect way to spend your weekend. This is a great way to spend your time if you aren’t looking to get out of the house. 


Make a campfire and s’mores– at a backyard or anywhere with no fire hazards.   

Campfires are best spent with friends and family, and of course wouldn’t be as fun without s’mores. Grab some marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Find a backyard with a fire pit, or somewhere to camp where you can safely make a fire, and enjoy the company of your friends and family while you spend the evening socializing around the fire.


 Fishers Orchard: 650 Fisher Rd. Greer, SC 29651. 38 minutes away

 Fishers Orchard is a peach farm, but it celebrates a fall festival on Saturdays in October. They have a maze, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, farm animals and more. It’s also perfect for families to take a farm tour. 

Paris Mountain State Park: 2401 State Park Rd. Greenville, SC 29609. 26 minutes away

If your looking to get into the mountains, but don’t have the time to drive an hour, Paris Mountain State Park is the perfect destination for hiking, biking, and picnicking. Lake Placid, which is located throughout the whole park, offers swimming and fishing. Admission is $5 for adults, $3.25 for seniors, and $3 for children 6-15.


Activities outside of Greenville

Devil’s Fork State Park: 161 Holcombe Cir. Salem, SC 29676. 1 hour 20 minutes away

Devil’s Fork State Park is a great area for outdoor adventures, since there is a lot to do. The park is right on Lake Jocassee and offers hiking, camping, canoeing, and kayaking. 

The Gorge – A Zipline Canopy Tour: 166 Honey Bee Dr. Saluda, NC 28773. 57 minutes away

For all thrill seekers out there, The Gorge has the steepest and fastest zipline in America. There are 11 different ziplines spanned across 1.25 miles. The zipline tours offer incredible views, especially in the fall when the leaves start changing colors. If you plan to visit The Gorge, take a look at their website for information regarding ticket prices and safety regulations 


U.S. National Whitewater Center: 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Charlotte, NC 28214. 1 hour 45 minutes away.

This whitewater center is a man made course. The 1,300 acre area provides activities for all ages. They offer whitewater rafting ,kayaking, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, deep water solo, rock climbing, ziplines, ropes courses, and mountain biking. It is great for large groups and field trips. A day pass is $59 and includes a round of ziplining, whitewater rafting, rock wall climbing, and access to all obstacle courses. Other passes are also available.


Sky Top Orchard 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731. 1 hour away. 

This location provides hayrides, apple picking, trail walks, fun games and feeding goats. It’s a great trip to take with family, friends or a significant other.


Denver Downs- 1515 Denver Rd. Anderson, SC 29625. 40 minutes away. 

Denver Downs is a family friendly farm. They have multiple attractions including a corn maze, pumpkin picking, nights at the farm with live music, hayrides, and more! Denver Downs is a great destination to bring your family or go on a field trip. 


Carowinds300 Carowinds Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273. 1 hour 46 minutes away

Carowinds is a 407 acre amusement park located right on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. The park has 13 large roller coasters and many more smaller rides. There is something for everyone of every age. On select Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October, Carowinds turns to “SCarowinds” Haunted creatures come out at night to scare you as you walk through the park and go on rides. They also set up mazes and a haunted house. Admission is $67 per ticket.

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Wrap-Up to HOCO Tue, 15 Oct 2019 13:09:57 +0000 Wrap-Up to HOCO


The Pep Rally

All excited, the students gathered in the gym for a pep rally to get hyped up for the Homecoming game against Boiling Springs. The theme was going to be checkerboard with the Freshmen and Seniors donning white while the Juniors and Sophomores wore orange. However, Seniors decided to switch things up and go with a blackout instead of white. The battle for the spirit stick was intense. Barbie T. and Dex from Hot 98.1 came to help to decide who gets the spirit stick. Freshmen gave it their all believing that they would win. They didn’t. Sophomores gave a good effort, but they didn’t win either. For the second time, it came down to the Juniors and Seniors. Last pep rally the Seniors won. Both of them were so loud everyone’s ears were bleeding. After screaming back and forth, the Juniors ended up taking the win. 


The Game 

The game created even more unity throughout the student section. Students dressed in semi-formal attire for the theme. Even when the audio failed to work, the student body took up the challenge and sang a heartfelt version of our National Anthem. During half time, the homecoming court was reannounced from the pep rally and they crowned our homecoming queen. Libby Butler was second runner-up, Kaustubha Reddy was first runner-up, and Zakeriyya (ZeZe) Newman was crowned the 2019-2020 homecoming queen. In the end, Mauldin triumphed against Boiling Springs 42 to 21.


The Dance

Despite the cloudy, rainy weather on Saturday, October 5, vibes were good and the music was loud at this years’ Homecoming. There was a great turnout, with over 750 tickets being sold. The atrium was beautifully decorated to the theme “Under the Stars.” There were tables set up for people to sit and socialize or to keep their stuff while dancing. The crowd stayed vibrant and energetic all three hours of the dance. Isaiah Custodio was crowned Homecoming King towards the middle of the dance. Overall, the dance was a great way for students to come together and have a good time. 

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Marching Towards Success Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:25:33 +0000 The Mauldin High Marching Band never fails to impress. They’ve put in endless hours of work since the end of July and they deserve to be acknowledged for all of their time, effort, and accomplishments. So far this season, they’ve received first in the 7A division at Boiling Springs (the highest division there), the best visual award, and the best percussion section at the Foothills Tournament of Champions. After talking to a few marching band members, I asked what their experience has been like. According to junior alto saxophone player, Parker Finch, “It’s stressful. You want to quit at least three times a week, but you stay in it because you love it.”

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Your Mauldin High School 2019 Homecoming Court Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:03:36 +0000 Below you can read all about the girls involved in this year’s Homecoming Court. We took some time to ask them a couple questions about their hobbies and interests.


Chandler Lowe- 9th ⇑

Chandler likes to paint. She has 27 pairs of converse.

Mariana Ortiz- 9th ⇑

Mariana likes to play soccer and has two cultures: she is Colombian and Mexican. 

Abigail Robinson- 9th

Abigail did color guard for 2 years, and then quit to focus on being a freshman. She excelled in color guard and enjoys gymnastics.

Bethany Cotton-10th ⇑

Bethany loves shopping and hanging out with family and friends. She is a really good singer.

Dasia Smith- 10th ⇾ 

Dasia makes clothes and has been sewing since the  4th grade. She has her own business! @dmgdesignzit


Mallory Helton-10th ⇑

Mallory likes shopping and is very outgoing and kind.                   


Audrey McGaha- 11th ⇑

Audrey loves hanging out with friends and is double jointed in both of her arms. 

Sophia Melono- 11th ⇑

Sophia likes to hang out with friends, and is very cool to talk to!                               

Caroline Sims- 11th ⇾

Caroline plays lacrosse and is VP on student council. She likes hanging out with her friends and boyfriend. Something unique about her is she is adopted. 


Libby Butler – 12th ⇾

Libby likes debating political topics. One interesting thing about Libby is she 12 pairs of crocs.

Jaelyn Edley – 12th 

Jaelyn likes to do photoshoots in her spare time. She enjoys making people smile.

D’Auviyon Johnson- 12th ⇑

D’Auviyon travels out of the country a lot. Her hair turns red in the summer.


Tyanna Leahey – 12th ⇑

Tyanna likes to play tennis and says she is very free-spirited                                                                                                              

Mariah Leake- 12th ⇑

Mariah likes to play basketball, run track, sing songs and dance. She was a premie as a baby, almost a month early.                                                        

Laura Montano-12th 

Laura likes photography and enjoys taking pictures. She didn’t learn English until she started going to elementary school, and had to pick it up from watching tv shows and listening to other students.


Jenna Moore – 12th

Jenna likes to play volleyball. When she was little, she slammed her finger in a car door and had to have it glued back on. 


Zakeriyya Newman – 12th

Zakeriyya likes to work, especially with food. She loves to laugh and smile.

Kaustubha Reddy – 12th ⇑

Kaustubha (left) enjoys spending time with her friends and family and watching Grey’s Anatomy. She was born in India.


Haylee Sanders – 12th ⇾

Haylee likes to eat food when she has free time. She has three beauty marks.

Margaret Shepard -12th 

Margaret is a part of Student Council and she likes to play lacrosse. She has has a fish named swim shady and three cats. 

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Everything you Need to Know for Homecoming Week 2019 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:29:28 +0000 Homecoming is just around the corner! The dance is October 5th in the Mauldin High School atrium. It runs from 7-10 pm.

However, before the week before the dance, students and teachers will get the chance to participate in different dress-up themes each day. The following are the dress up days in order of Monday-Friday: Decade Day, Twin Day, Class t-shirts, Tacky Tourist Day, and for Friday’s Pep Rally Freshman and Seniors will wear white and Sophomores and Juniors will wear Orange.

Tuesday-Friday Chick-fil-A biscuits will be available in the mornings. Moe’s, Bojangles’, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe will also be available for lunch these days.

The Homecoming Game’s theme is to be determined. Come out and support the Mavs as they play Boiling Springs next Friday night at 7:30 and join the homecoming festivities.

Layla Eckhardt
Homecoming Week Schedule!

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