The youth of Scott County are the future of this community. There are many success stories that come out of Scott County, but there are also kids making great accomplishments right here in the community. This is the story of two sisters who are living proof that many achievements can be made in our small community they call home.
When you think about stories of siblings, you hear most of the rivalries and conflicts they face. However, when it comes to Jesse and Jaylah Mays, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Their personalities and hobbies may differ, but their bond, and what they do for the community of Scott County, Indiana is strong. Daughters to Joshua and Dawns Mays of Scottsburg, both Jesse (19) and Jaylah (16) attend(ed) Scottsburg High School. Jesse graduated in 2018, and Jaylah is currently a junior at SHS.
“Jaylah and I are very close siblings,” said Jesse. “Our personalities are totally opposite of one another, but we complement each other in so many ways.”
Jaylah is a basketball all-star, and Jesse, a cheerleader and pageant queen. Despite their differences in hobbies, together they are excellent students and role models for Scott County.
Both members of the National Honor Society, Jaylah currently holds a 3.9 GPA and is her class president. She has been a two-year team captain and named to the All-Conference team in basketball as well as Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State Honorable Mention. As only a junior, Jaylah has received multiple other basketball awards as well as already committing to college to play basketball. Once she graduates, Jaylah will attend the University of Illinois at Springfield on a full-ride basketball scholarship. Jaylah plans to do something in the medical field post-graduation.
Jesse graduated in 2018 Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.98. Jesse also had numerous extra-curricular activities in high school such as Key Club, Sunshine Society, United Way Board, and so much more. Jesse was also the 2018 Scott County Fair Queen, and got the privilege to compete in the Indiana State Fair Queen contest, where she placed in the top 5. This is the highest finish from Scott County in history.
She now attends Indiana University Southeast and is double majoring in English and Philosophy with the intention of pursuing a law degree. Jesse plans to become a children’s advocacy lawyer one day. On top of school, Jesse recently took a position with the Scott County Community Foundation as a Career and College Counselor Intern.
“This opportunity has been so wonderful because I’ve been able to connect with members of the community youth and learn more about financial aid in Indiana,” said Jesse. “I love my community, and I’ve been blessed with an amazing job that allows me to encourage and aid the future of Scott County.”
Their personalities are what makes each girl unique in their own way, but both girls stand out. Their sibling and family bond has influenced their greatness and tenacity to succeed.
“My sister is a positive role model, and is very hard-working and determined,” said Jaylah of her sister Jesse. “Her independence and constant motivation have shaped me into the person I am today.”
Jesse agrees that her little sister is just as special to her, as she is to Jaylah.
“Jaylah is the most focused and determined person that I know, and nothing stands in the way of her aspirations,” said Jesse. “She has an unrivaled mental toughness, and she is always working hard to better herself. Her work ethic and heart really set the bar high for me.”
Both girls support each other, but also have great support from their entire family.
“My family continuously supports me in all things that I do. They have shown me the true meaning of hard work and humbleness,” said Jaylah. “Ever since the third grade my dad had always braided seven braids into my ponytail before every game.”
This has become a somewhat of a trademark for Jaylah. Recently, younger girls who play basketball in the community have also been braiding their hair to match. She does a lot for the youth, and goes to a lot of the younger girls’ games to support them. She is considered a role model for all the younger and upcoming Warriorettes.
“Playing basketball has granted me the gift of being a positive role model for younger basketball players,” said Jaylah. After my games, I have young athletes who ask me for photographs and for my autograph. I am very thankful to be able to be someone they can look up to.”
Having role models like Jesse and Jaylah Mays is something that helps make Scott County, Indiana greater as a whole. The youth of today are the future of tomorrow, and seeing the Mays sisters in action shows great promise for the future of Scott County.