More than 400 high school seniors from East Columbus, West Columbus, South Columbus, Whiteville, Thomas Academy, North Whiteville Academy and Columbus Christian Academy traveled to Southeastern Community College on Sept. 26 for the annual Senior Day event. Seniors were tasked with several challenges while touring campus and learning about technical training and workforce development. 

“Senior Day at SCC is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Dr. Sylvia Cox, executive vice president. “It’s an opportunity for students from all over Columbus County to have an amazing experience on campus. They get to explore all kinds of career opportunities right here in their home county.” 

Cox said the college was grateful for the high school counselors and administrators who worked hard to gather the students and transport them to SCC. She hopes that Senior Day will be a fond memory for the seniors in their high school journey.  

“Senior Day is a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student at SCC,” Cox said. “The fun activities of the day let students know what it’s like to be a college student because even though we work hard, we want students to know we play hard too as a reward.” 

Cox explained that the tour guides on Senior Day are what “make the magic happen.” She said the tours help educate seniors about what programs, degrees and technical training they can find on campus. 

“The overall objective of Senior Day is to let students who may not have decided yet on a college to see the great opportunities here at Southeastern,” said Colene Faulk, dean of student services. 

Faulk said the “most spirited” challenge was judged in three categories: school color challenge, TikTok dance challenge and orange rock find challenge. The Senior Day committee also incorporated a scavenger hunt challenge for students. Another new addition to Senior Day was DJ Corey Faison, inflatable games with laser tag and information session on apprenticeships, financial aid and current student testimonials. 

East Columbus Jr./Sr. High School conquered the “most spirited” challenge for winning the highest number of challenges for the day. The Gator senior class brought home the trophy and will bring it back next year to defend their title.   

“I think adding the DJ kept the students more engaged,” Faulk said. “South Columbus and Whiteville brought their mascots. East Columbus has a Gator mascot, and now West Columbus is raising money to get their own Viking mascot. So, I think these school challenges triggered something exciting in the seniors and hopefully will bring new ideas and fun traditions for next year.” 

Faulk explained that Senior Day has always been a tradition at SCC. She recalls her Senior Day at SCC as a West Columbus Viking and how excited she was to have the chance to see the campus. Faulk said that letting seniors hear from current students about their experiences at SCC was a game-changer as well. 

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