• 2017-2018 Points of Pride


    • Richland One was awarded a $15 million federal grant to add magnet programs to four district schools. Funds from the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) will help expand the Richland One Language Immersion Program at Carver-Lyon Elementary School to include French and related arts, along with a global leadership component. Bradley Elementary School will create a career awareness program. G. Sanders Middle School will have a career exploration magnet. W.J. Keenan High School will develop a career preparation magnet, as well as four academies to help students prepare for jobs in the fields of hospitality/tourism, government, entrepreneurship and engineering. The programs will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Richland One was one of 32 districts in the nation to receive the grants.


    • Brockman Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School, one of the country’s highest and most prestigious awards recognizing academic excellence. School officials believe focusing on the whole child and his/her unique needs is what makes Brockman an outstanding school. As a Richland One Montessori school, Brockman encourages students to learn at their own pace. Students are challenged to demonstrate grit and to seek creative solutions to problems. Starting in pre-kindergarten, the school focuses on self-responsibility and responsibility toward others. Students are shown that every voice matters and that all benefit from the contributions of others. Through a school-wide peace education curriculum and discipline model, students are taught conflict resolution skills and self-control. As a result, Brockman has minimal instructional time lost and few behavioral issues, leading to high levels of engagement. Recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation as a National Healthy Schools Gold Award recipient, Brockman also provides a healthy environment related to physical activity and healthy food options. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.


    • Nine Richland One high school seniors were named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Richland One congratulates C. Flora High School students Caroline Amrol, Peyton M. Bell, Sarah J. Brown, James M. Davis, Adam Hufstetler and Toni C. Parker, as well as Dreher High School students Noah K. Benitez-Nelson, Edward A. Burgess and Jackson L. Reynolds.


    • Richland One’s new contemporary logo and distinctive tagline were unveiled to employees at the Back-to-School Convocation on August 15. The logo consisted of a simple, yet iconic, mark composed of the letter R and the number 1 built into a shield. The shield symbolized stability and longevity, a reflection of the district’s history in the Capital City. The color palette, purple and mint green, refreshed and energized the brand. This balance of stability and friendliness reflected the essence of the Richland One family. The new tagline, "Engage Educate Empower," spoke to the evolution of a student’s journey within Richland One. We Engage students through a supportive community of committed teachers and staff. Our highly qualified teachers Educate students and prepare them for post-secondary education and/or careers. As a result, we Empower students with the scholastic aptitude to succeed in any path they take in life.


    • On October 2, Richland One offered high school students a new educational option: a tuition-free virtual school program. The program offers all the courses a student would take at a physical or traditional high school, with the advantages of a more flexible school schedule for students, especially helpful for those with athletic, artistic, work or family responsibilities.


    • Five Richland One student athletes won first place honors at the 4A Swimming State Championship in October. Dreher High School was represented in the 500-yard freestyle by first-place winner Hayley Mason and in the 200-yard freestyle relay by teammates Eliza Cate, Eleanor Wachtel, Hayley Mason and Hand Middle Schooler Jane Koch. In the women’s 100-yard butterfly, C. Flora student Meagan Robins received first place. The A.C. Flora men’s swim team brought home first place hardware in the 200-yard medley relay after Emerson Edwards, Tanner Edwards, Will Higgins and Cole Teas beat the competition. In addition to his success with the relay team in the 200-yard medley relay, Emerson Edwards finished with the fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle.


    • Dreher High School graduates Benjamin Eidson and Charles Sophocleous were named 2018 National Commended Scholars, an honor bestowed upon less than 3% of high school seniors. Ben and Charles qualified for this honor because of their outstanding scores on last year’s PSAT. Both students were in the top 5% of test-takers nationwide.


    • C. Flora High School Teacher Phillip Hare was named a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Chosen by the American Geographical Society as one of 50 professionals from across the United States to participate in the Fellowship program, Hare attended the organization’s fall symposium at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium provided geography teachers with the opportunity to update their knowledge on the changing landscape of professional geography-oriented careers in today’s geospatial companies. The Symposium was considered one of the most significant geography and geospatial events in North America. In addition to teachers like Hare, attendees of the Symposium included CEOs, senior executives, leader experts and government representatives.


    • After serving 24 years on the Richland One board and retiring in 2016, Vince Ford received the 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and service to the community recognized by his commitment to Richland One students. An award and outstanding honor given by the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education, Ford received the award because of his efforts to develop innovative educational programs during his tenure on the board.


    • Four Richland One educators were among the 17 leaders selected to participate in the 2017-2018 South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. The 10-month professional development program allowed participants to engage in leadership activities, develop professional networks and foster a greater understanding of the roles of government and community in schools. Congratulations to Cheryl Lawson-Wilson, Dr. Jeffrey Long, Dr. Linda Norton and Cedric Wright for their selections!


    • The School Improvement Council (SIC) of Horrell Hill Elementary School was named to the 2018 SC SIC Honor Roll for outstanding public engagement and service. Horrell Hill’s SIC was one of 19 in the state to receive the honor.


    • Columbia High School graduate Michael Mathews was accepted to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point as a member of the class of 2022. Mathews was a JROTC Cadet Colonel as well as the Cadet Group Commander and the recipient of four medals, 28 ribbons and the Warrior Spirit Award. At Columbia High, he was the captain of the cross country and wrestling teams, as well as a member of the track team, model United Nations and honors orchestra. Mathews plans to major in political science at the USMA and then pursue a career in military intelligence.


    • Lower Richland High School JROTC Cadet Anastasia Nelson received both a tuition-free appointment to the US Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point as well as the National Army ROTC Scholarship. The ROTC award is awarded based on student merit and grades and is a three-year full-tuition scholarship with a monthly stipend and allowances for books and fees. Congratulations to Nelson on both honors!


    • Richland One Dropout Prevention and Evening High School Coordinator Kerry Abel was the recipient of the 2018 National Dropout Prevention Center’s Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of dropout prevention initiatives in South Carolina.


    • Richland One recognized its five newest National Board-certified teachers: Brittany Brown from Pendergrass Fairwold School, John Heider from C. Flora High School, Kristen S. Jones from Brockman Elementary School, Tammy Mickey from A.C. Flora High School and Padma Thumma from Alcorn Middle School. National Board certification is the highest credential available in the teaching profession.


    • The 2016-17 Dreher High School Girls’ Soccer Team under Coach David Kleinfelder received the High School Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The team’s weighted GPA of 4.63 was the highest reported among the 217 participating teams nationwide. The Team Academic Award is an annual award that recognizes student athletes’ excellence in the classroom.


    • The C. Flora Falcons were ranked 24th best in the nation for the 2018 season by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. In addition, student-athletes Will Bethea, Leighton Long and Caleb Speedy were named as players to watch in South Carolina. Congratulations to the Falcons on their achievements!


    • Lower Richland High School’s Diamond Battalion Leadership JROTC Team was selected from more than 1,327 JROTC teams nationally to advance to Level II of the National JROTC Leadership Bowl (JLAB). The Army JROTC Leadership Bowl is an academic leadership competition utilizing ACT/SAT test, current events and JROTC-related questions in a competitive manner to prepare students for college. The Diamond Battalion Team was coordinated by Cadet/Sergeant Major Ronald Fuller, and included Team Captain Cadet Quinshawn Norwood and team members Ja’Mani Rowes, Sara Thompson, Lauryn Lacewell, Robert Ingram and Jasmine Urbina.


    • The words “with great adversity, come great reward” resonated deeply with J. Keenan basketball coach Reggie McLain as his team captured the Class 2A state girls basketball championship March 2. The 51-28 win over defending state champs Mullins High School came after a tough season that helped to develop the team’s character, perseverance and hope.


    • Columbia High School sophomore Triniti Belton was selected to receive the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence for outstanding grades, leadership potential and an interest in pursuing a career as a physician or medical scientist. As a recipient of this honor, Belton was invited to represent Columbia High School and the state of South Carolina at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders June 25-27 in Boston, Massachusetts. At that conference, she had the opportunity to observe state-of-the art diagnostic tools and be inspired by world-changing researchers, futurists and technologists.


    • Robert Harris, a family and consumer science teacher at Hand Middle School and Richland One’s Teacher of the Year, was speechless when he was named one of five finalists for South Carolina Teacher of the Year. As a finalist, Harris competed for the state’s Teacher of the Year award, which comes with a grand prize of $25,000 and a new BMW to drive for a year. Each finalist received a check for $10,000. Mr. Harris represented Richland One at the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Gala on May 2.


    • C. Moore Elementary School nurse Carolyn Duff was named a 2018 National Academy of School Nursing Fellow, the highest and most prestigious honor in the profession. Nurse Duff is also the first recipient of this award from South Carolina. She was one of four professionals formally inducted into the academy at the annual conference of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) on June 30 in Baltimore, Maryland. The award symbolizes superior achievement in school nursing and exceptional contributions to the organization. Professionals named as Fellows are recognized for making a significant and enduring impact on the profession, as well as school health and student well-being.


    • Eight Richland One high school seniors were named as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, one of the nation’s most prestigious academic honors. As finalists, students competed for 7,500 scholarships worth $32 million. Scholarship winners are announced in the spring and summer of 2018. Richland One congratulates the following students for their selection as National Merit Scholarship finalists: C. Flora students Caroline Amrol, Peyton Bell, Sarah Brown, James Davis, Adam Hufstetler and Toni Parker, along with Dreher High seniors Noah Benitez-Nelson and Jack Reynolds.


    • Forty-six Richland One schools and a charter school were recognized as among the healthiest in the nation. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture presented the schools with banners and checks totaling $58,000 as winners of its HealthierUS Challenge School Lunch Award. The honor recognizes schools for excellence in promoting nutrition and physical activity that create healthier school environments.


    • The Richland One Adult Education program received two outstanding performance awards from the South Carolina Department of Education. The program was recognized as one of the top five programs among the 54 programs in the state. The second award was for meeting all six levels of Adult Basic Education (ABE) performance measures.


    • Meadowfield Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Lybrand qualified to run the Boston Marathon in April of 2019 after winning the 2018 Columbia Marathon. Lybrand’s time was nearly 10 minutes faster than the qualifying time for the Boston Marathon for her age group.


    • A team of students from A.C. Flora High School took home top awards in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) state robotics competition. The team won the first-place trophy for the Motivation Award, the second-place Rockwell Collins Robot Design Award and the second-place trophy in the Championship Tournament Finalist Alliance robot game competition. Members of the winning team included Tommy Kepley, Sydney Joseph, William Zimmerman, Sara Reamer, Esam Sartwai, He Yang and Paul Karaffa. In the FIRST Tech Challenge, teams in grades 7-12 design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge games.


    • Dreher High School sophomore Maggie Marsh was the first-place winner for the high school division of the South Carolina Education Association’s (SCEA) Read Across South Carolina poster competition. Marsh won the contest with a design inspired by this year’s contest theme, “From the Mountains to the Sea, Read with Me.” Marsh was presented with a certificate award by SCEA President Bernadette Hampton along with Dreher Principal Jeanne Stiglbauer. Marsh is a student of art teacher Jennifer Gorlewski. The Read Across South Carolina Art Contest, now in its third year, is designed to promote literacy and art.


    • Watkins-Nance Elementary School Literacy Coach Ramona Brown was chosen by H&R Block as one of its the Top Teacher of the Block.


    • The C. Flora High School Math Team placed second at the University of South Carolina’s Math Contest. Students participating in the competition were seniors Peyton Bell, Adam Hufstetler, Toni Parker and Ian Reagle, juniors Audrey Galimba, Jonathan Pertile and Pippa Richter, sophomores Mattingly Easley, Amelia Hanshaw, Jeet Patel and Elizabeth Thomas and freshman Myers Murphy.


    • Five Dreher High School students were among the 15 that selected as members of the inaugural All-State Guitar Ensemble. Everett Aguirre, Aujaunae Brown, Elizabeth Thomson, Quinlan Dandridge and Rex Hagins, students of Dreher guitar teacher Ben Broughton, were chosen based on their performances in the first-ever State High School Solo Guitar Festival.


    • Richland One created a free mobile app designed for Apple and Android devices, available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Users can choose to follow specific schools or just get general district news. The app includes a calendar, directory of schools, lunch menu, social media feeds, Richland One TV, sports scores, a link to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and more.


    • Belk partnered with Eau Claire High School’s principal and prom committee to provide students with a surprise 2018 prom. Belk covered the students’ tickets, formal wear, venue, food, flowers, accessories and hair stylists in addition to donating clothes and book bags to the school’s closet, built to provide items for students who may not receive them elsewhere. This generosity is part of Belk: Project Hometown, a recently launched outreach program where Belk visits local communities to make a memorable impact.


    • Traci Young Cooper, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Extended Day Programs for Richland School District One, was named 2018 SIC Advocate of the Year by the SC School Improvement Council (SC-SIC) Board of Trustees. The SIC Advocate of the Year Award recognizes exemplary efforts on behalf of School Improvement Councils across South Carolina by individuals going above and beyond in actively supporting and promoting the work of SICs within their particular spheres of influence.


    • Thirty-three students in A. Johnson High School’s Health Sciences Magnet received traditional white medical coats to mark their entry into the medical field, setting a new program record. At last year’s ceremony, 23 students received their medical jackets. Health Sciences Magnet students who have successfully completed all coursework and requirements with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who have completed extended learning opportunities, internships and/or clinical rotations are eligible to participate in the ceremony and will receive a white cord to wear during graduation.


    • The five finalists for 2018-2019 Richland One Teacher of the Year were Dawn Duke of Watkins-Nance Elementary School; Courtney Holden of Dreher High School; Alexandra Justin Jenkins of Meadowfield Elementary School; Debbie Sheppard of Brennen Elementary School; and Chavonna Starlings of Hand Middle School. The five finalists for 2018-2019 Richland One Classified Employee of the Year were Melanie Alphin, school nurse at South Kilbourne Elementary School; Beverly Brown, instructional assistant at Brockman Elementary School; Tammy Kendrick, clerical assistant at Meadowfield Elementary School; Ronnie Nowlin, building supervisor (custodial operations) at Eau Claire High School; and LaShonda Outing, procurement manager in the Office of Procurement Services.


    • On April 27, current and former Meadowfield Elementary School students and staff, along with special invited guests, celebrated Meadowfield’s 50th anniversary. Meadowfield’s many points of pride include being the first and only National Paideia Model School in South Carolina. The school opened its doors in August of 1967.


    • The J. Keenan High School Marching Band was on national TV on April 27. The band performed periodically on the Fox and Friends Morning Show with former WLTX anchor Ainsley Earhardt. The show invited the band to perform as Ainsley returned to her hometown.


    • Two Richland One high school graduates were among the 16 South Carolina students awarded corporate-sponsored 2018 National Merit Scholarships. Richland One congratulates Peyton Bell of A.C. Flora High School and Jackson Reynolds of Dreher High School on their selection as winners of these prestigious scholarships.


    • It’s a three-peat for C.A. Johnson High School. For the third year in a row a C.A. Johnson student qualified to represent her school at the National Leadership Conference of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Tarkia Reese qualified to attend the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland by placing fourth in the FBLA state competition.


    • The Lower Richland High School Army JROTC Leadership Team competed in the 2018 U.S. Army JROTC Leadership Bowl Championship in June in Washington D.C. The competition, which tests academic and leadership skills, began in November of 2017 with over 1300 Army JROTC programs from around the globe competing. Lower Richland’s team was one of only 40 Army JROTC teams in the country that qualified for the national championship. The cadet team comprised of students Ronald Fuller, Lauryn Lacewell, Robert Ingram, Quinshawn Norwood, Ja’Mani Rowes, Sarah Thompson and Jasmine Urbina was under the leadership of Major (retired) Darryl A. Kelly.


    • Alcorn Middle School's Knight Riderz Motorsports Engineering Team won first place overall at the TEN80/National STEM League Spring 2018 Atlanta Invitational.  Students won first place honors for their three-minute presentations, Data Driven Design, and a 30-second elevator pitch.  Students also used math and engineering skills to modify their radio-controlled car to compete in a series of races where the team won first place awards as well. As the overall winner they earned an invitation to the National STEM League's National Competition at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. Members of the team included G'nyus Chambers (lead driver), Elisabeth Eleazer (team manager), Quincy Harris, Ellis Rivers, Jennifer Trejo, Aareounce Jones, Asia Watson, Mikai Young, Israel Iturbide, Kandarp “Kenny” Goswami, Jafaye Humphries, Princess Humphrey, Samantha Cruz-Tapia, Deondre DaSante, Melany Cruz-Tapia and Daniel Bassey.


    • Two Richland One library media specialists were honored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL). Ayanna Mayes, who works at Heyward Gibbes Middle School, was named the 2018 South Carolina School Librarian of the Year for her work of engaging and promoting literacy within the school community. Columbia High School library media specialist Pamela Williams was chosen as the new President-Elect of the SCASL.


    • The Andrews Middle School Orchestra received the highest possible rating of “Superior” in the South Carolina Concert Performance Assessment. At the event, the orchestra performed two pieces for judges and were scored in several categories.


    • This school year, nearly 500 Richland One students completed career and technology education programs (commonly referred to as CATE) that have given them hands-on, in-demand skills, knowledge and experience that will give them an edge in getting a job, going to college or entering the military. These exceptional students were recognized for their accomplishments at the 2018 Career and Technology Education Completion Ceremony on May 16. CATE programs provide students with opportunities to receive college credit, participate in internships/apprenticeships and receive state and nationally recognized industry certifications while in high school. Their diverse areas of study include diesel technology, cosmetology, engineering, construction, culinary arts, sports medicine, health science, welding and many more.


    • Dreher High School was named a Silver Medal winner in the U.S. News & World Report "Best High Schools" Recognition Program. The national program ranked Dreher as the 13th best high school in South Carolina, the best in Columbia and #1958 nationally. High schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Dreher has an 87% graduation rate and offers students a variety of exceptional academic opportunities, including Advanced Placement courses and the AP Capstone program. To learn more about Dreher’s honor, click here: https://bit.ly/2rC2VCL


    • Students from four district high schools won five state gold medals at the State Track and Field Championships May 11-12. Columbia High School’s state shot-putt champion Syteria Dorsey has become something of a legend, winning her third state title this year. J. Keenan’s 4X400 meter relay team held onto its state title for the second consecutive year. Below are the state track and field champions from Richland One:




    Richland One School

    Boys 100 Meter

    Ronald Fuller

    Lower Richland High School

    Boys 400 Meter

    Jacori Patterson

    Dreher High School

    Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

    Ronald Rich, Waddell Rembert-Jett, Malcolm Carter, Chris Reed

    W.J. Keenan High School

    Girls 400 Meter Hurdles

    Lauren Gordon

    W.J. Keenan High School

    Girls Shot Putt

    Syteria Dorsey

    Columbia High School


    • Dale Jacobs is passionate about learning and loves to share her passion for biology with her students. The Lower Richland High School teacher was named 2018 Outstanding Biology Teacher in South Carolina by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Every day Ms. Jacobs seeks to inspire her students by showing them real-world applications about what they’re learning in the classroom. At Lower Richland, she teaches forensic science, and biology II, as well as biology for the school’s International Baccalaureate program. For the past three years she has taught biology at the district’s Evening High School for at-risk youth. Dale will be honored along with other award winners from across the country at the annual NABT conference in San Diego, California November 8-11. The NABT is an organization that represents and supports teachers, students, scientists, and allied professional organizations to enhance and improve biological literacy for everyone.Since its creation in 1938, thousands of educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe, keep up with trends and developments in the field and grow professionally.


    • South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils, announced May 14 that G. Sanders Middle School was one of three schools named as the state's most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit. Each of the schools will receive a state-of-the-art "DON'T QUIT!" Fitness Center. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be held in the fall.


    • Richland One schools were a triple threat at this year’s Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Six teams of students from three district schools—Lewis Greenview Elementary, Sanders Middle and C.A. Johnson High schools—qualified to compete in the World Finals of the Odyssey of the Mind competition, pitting their skills against 850 teams from 27 countries. Odyssey of the Mind is an international creativity competition that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, math, language arts, science, writing, engineering and the performing arts. The world finals were held May 23-26 at Iowa State University.


    • Dreher High School senior Allen Myers achieved 12 years of perfect attendance. But he’s not the only Richland One student who graduated with that distinction this year. Ansulkumar Patel and Anita Mickle, seniors at Lower Richland High School, also never missed a day of school.


    • Richland One is setting the pace as a national and state leader in creating healthy schools. Fourteen Richland One schools were recognized this year as being among the healthiest schools in the nation by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Brockman Elementary, W.G. Sanders Middle and Dreher High schools received the 2018 National Healthy Schools Silver Award for transforming their schools into healthier places. Sanders is the first middle school in South Carolina to win the Silver Award. Richland One’s 2018 Bronze Award winners were Rosewood Elementary, Caughman Road Elementary, Logan Elementary, Satchel Ford Elementary, Watkins-Nance Elementary, J.P. Thomas Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Hopkins Middle, Southeast Middle, Eau Claire High and Lower Richland High schools. In 2016, Brockman Elementary School won South Carolina’s first National Healthy Schools Gold Award. Richland One also has the distinction of having the state’s first Silver elementary (2011), middle (2018) and high school (2017) award winners.


    • R&B singer/songwriter/producer Pharrell Williams and his From One Hand To AnOTHER Foundation (FOHTA) selected Richland One as a STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math and motivation) Summer Camp site. The free camp was held at A. Perry Middle School. Campers did science experiments, wrote computer code and learned about entrepreneurship, dream mapping, financial literacy, dance, art, yoga and a foreign language.


    • Watkins-Nance third-grade teacher Dawn Duke, was named Richland One Teacher of the Year. Ronnie Nowlin, building supervisor at Eau Claire High, is the district’s new Classified Employee of the Year.


    • Richland One second-grade teacher Stephanie Johnson of B. Rhame Elementary School was awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes, an international educational non-profit that works with students and educators to develop history projects that highlight role models who demonstrate courage, compassion and respect.


    • Richland One graduates Peyton Bell and James M. Davis III of A.C. Flora High School, along with Jackson Reynolds and Noah K. Benitez-Nelson of Dreher High School, were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship winners.


    • Lower Richland High School Army JROTC Cadets Ronald Fuller, Anastasia Nelson and Onighiah Sumter received recognition for their academic accomplishments and JROTC service from United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. Each cadet received a handwritten letter from Haley’s staff, as well as a U.S. Mission to the United States Coin. The cadets served under the leadership of Senior JROTC Instructor Major (Ret.) Darryl A. Kelly.


    • This year Richland One partnered with Embassy Suites, Vocational Rehab and other agencies to train and get jobs for district students with significant disabilities. The partnership, known as Project SEARCH, selected 10 students and trained them for jobs in the hotel industry at Embassy Suites in Columbia. All of the students were offered jobs at two local hotels. Richland One’s Project SEARCH is the first of its kind in South Carolina to partner with a hotel. Project SEARCH teacher Victoria Vaeth is proud of her students who not only received real-world job skills, but had to learn soft skills like how to catch a bus, keep a job, get to work on time, open a bank account, etc.


    • Richland One’s Class of 2018 graduates collectively received nearly $83.2 million in scholarship offers and other financial aid, just shy of tying last year’s record-high total of $83.3 million. This year’s graduating class included National Merit Scholarship recipients, students who received full-ride academic scholarships, students who received full-ride athletic scholarships and students appointed to attend U.S. Service Academies.





    CLASS OF 2018


    (as of June 8, 2018)

    Columbia High School



    Dreher High School



    Eau Claire High School



    A.C. Flora High School



    C.A. Johnson High School



    W.J. Keenan High School



    Lower Richland High School



    Richland One Middle College








    • Maria Ausburn, agriculture teacher at J. Keenan High School, was named New Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education (SCACTE). As the state winner, Ms. Ausburn will now advance to compete on the national level. Recipients of this award are recognized for making significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and for showing a professional commitment early in their careers.