• Noah Dornik

    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

    The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that ten Dreher seniors are 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

    These academically talented students are (from left to right in the photo) Mary Frances Shavo, Sarah Germany, Hanah Watts, Johan Willem Van Rosevelt, Catherine Reid, Julian Jackson Ellenberg, David Shealy, Rahul Bulusu, Alexander Randall, and Caroline Hynes.  

    Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMST Test in October, 2018.  Less than one percent of these students qualified as Semifinalists. 

     Dreher boasts more Semifinalists than all but three schools in South Carolina, two of which are magnet schools.  From this group of Semifinalists, the National Merit Finalists are chosen.  


    National Merit Semifinalists

     Dreher is extremely proud of our ten qualifiers.  All ten are talented both within and beyond the classroom. 

     Francie is the daughter of Kara Shavo and Mike  Shavo. Sarah is the daughter of Mary Germany and Kent Germany.  Hanah is the daughter of Dreher science teacher Kevin Watts and Kathleen Watts.  Willem is the son of Margo Van Rosevelt and Jan Peter Van Rosevelt. Callie is the daughter of Taj Reid and Charles Reid.  Jackson is the son of Kristy Ellenberg and John Ellenberg.  David's parents are Llewellyn Shealy and Kirby Shealy. Rahul's parents are Lalith Ravi and Subrahmanyam Bulusu.  Alexander's mother is Rebecca Randall. Caroline is the daughter of Kelly Hynes and John Hynes.

  • Dreher is Proud of our Three National Commended Scholars

    Commended Scholars The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that three Dreher seniors are 2020 National Merit Commended Scholars. 

    These academically talented students are (from left to right in the photo) Tyler Kendrick, Hayley Mason, and Michael Shimizu. 

    Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT/NMST Test in October, 2018.  About 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

    Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that is just below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists.

    Dreher is extremely proud of our three commended scholars:  

    Tyler is the son of Tammy Kendrick and Gary Kendrick.  Hayley is the daughter of Elizabeth Mason and Geoffrey Mason.  Michael is the son of Linda Shimizu and Ken Shimizu.


    Jackson Ellenberg and Leon Wang Will Represent SC in National Chemistry Olympiad

    Jackson Ellenberg     Leon Wang Senior Jackson Ellenberg and junior Leon Wang will represent South Carolina in the National Chemistry Olympiad, based upon their exceptional performance on the virtual South Carolina Chemistry Olympiad exam  

    The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad national exam is a 3-part, 4 hour and 45 minute exam administered by Local Sections of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  More than 1000 students participate in this exam each year.  The exam includes multiple choice questions, problem solving, and a lab practical.   

    Chemistry teacher Elizabeth Link proudly reports that eleven Dreher students participated in the South Carolina Chemistry Olympiad.  They are:

    Hannah Ammons, Lavanya Bakshi, Victorious Bright, Emma Depret-Bixio, Jackson Ellenberg, Elizabeth Hudgens, Abigail Lacy, Elizabeth Rambo, Michael Shimizu, Leon Wang, and Baylis Wright


  • Iyona 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."



  • Tasya

    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 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."