According to US News and World Report Dreher is the sixth best high school in South Carolina (https://usnews.com/…/districts/richland-01/dreher-high-17700)!
The publication's methodology is described on their website (https://usnews.com/…/ar…/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings) and depends heavily on test scores - AP and EOC - from 2017-2018 school year.
Announcement by Chief James Harris, proud NJROTC instructor:
"I am proud to report that our senior Noah Dornik has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. This is no easy feat, so let me put this in perspective. Only 8.4% of all USNA applicants are accepted, and is considered to be the “Best of the Best” of all Service Academy’s and one of the best Undergraduate degree colleges/ universities. But of course this comes with years of what the Navy calls “Sustained Superior Performance”. If you’ve known Noah Dornik since his Freshmen year, or this is your 1st year at Dreher and you have had the privilege of having him as your student, you know that he has maintained a level of focus, drive, and professionalism that is rarely matched. Additionally, Noah was required to have face to face interviews with SC Senator Lindsey Graham and SC Congressmen Jim Clyburn, with both proudly endorsing his application. His acceptance to USNA includes a full scholarship with 100% tuition, room and board, medical and dental.
If you see him around school please congratulate him for truly a job well done. Next time you see him after graduation, he will be either Midshipmen Dornik, USNA, Ensign Dornik, USN, or 2nd LT Dornik, USMC."
Catherine E Reid was awarded the prestigious National Merit $2500 Scholarship. This Scholarship is underwritten by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) with its own funds. Callie will be majoring in engineering at the University of South Carolina. She is the daughter of Taj and Charles Reid.
Three other outstanding students were awarded coveted National Merit Scholarships by their universities. Jackson Ellenberg, son of Kristy Ellenberg and John Ellenberg, received the scholarship from Northwestern. Sarah Germany, daughter of Mary Germany and Kent Germany, recieved the scholarship from the Univesity of South Carolina. Caroline Hynes, daughterof Kelly Hynes and John Hynes, also received the scholarship from the University of South Carolina. (photos below)
Ten Dreher Seniors are National Merit Semifinalists
Dreher is Proud of our Three National Commended Scholars
Jackson Ellenberg and Leon Wang Will Represent SC in National Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to Iyonna Rickerson who has been named as the District's Career and Technical Education "Student of the Year!"
Iyonna is a completer in the Health Science pathway.
Senior Jalen Morris has been named Heyward Career and Technology Center's "Student of the Year."
At its annual celebration of "Young and Gifted" African-American students in our community, the Urban League of Columbia honored some of Dreher's many accomplished seniors.
Spotlight Award: Tasya Washington
Tasya has been an active member of the Student Council since her freshman year and this year was elected President of the Student Body. Tasya is also an active member of the Mock Trial Team and Youth in Government Club. She was recently named "Best Witness" at the Columbia Regional Mock Trial competition. Tasya volunteers daily in the Tutoring Center and is a member of the National Honor Society. Tasya serves as Senior Class representative on the School Improvement Council and is on the Superintendent's School Council.
Dreher's Academic Award honorees were Breana Woodard, Jordan Gabriel Jones, Iyona Rickerson, Dana DeVeaux, Nia Burton, Fethiye Harris, Jayla Robinson, Olivia Thrower, Tasya Washington, Kourtlyn Makyla Ellis, Zaria Gilmore-Stevenson, Kayla Morman, Jania Williams, Dereck Webber, and Ugonna Okereke.
Honorees in the Arts were Dana DeVeaux, Nia Burton, Derreck Webber, and Breana Woodard.
Recognized for Leadership were Ugonna Okereke, Derreck Webber, Iyona Rickerson, and Breana Woodard.
Recognized for their achievements in Career and Technology Education were Levante' Binion, Derreck Webber, Iyona Rickerson, and Ugonna Okereke.
Recognition for athletic achievements went to Jordan Gabriel Jones, Levante' Binion, Jania Williams, Iyona Rickerson, and Nia Burton.
Congratulations to all of Dreher's "Young and Gifted."