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    • Five outstanding Richland One school bookkeepers were named recipients of the district’s Diane Harlin Bookkeepers Awards for the 2021-2022 fiscal year: Yvetta Bell of Carver-Lyon Elementary School; Debra Lomas of Caughman Road Elementary School; Natasha Dais of Bradley Elementary School; Pamela Knightner of Southeast Middle School; and Frances Burns of A.C. Flora High School.

     

    • Cathleen Lacey, curriculum resource teacher (CRT) at Crayton Middle School, has been named a USA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert for the 2022-2023 school year. Lacey is one of only six South Carolina educators to achieve that distinction this year. This is her third consecutive year as an MIE Expert. The MIE program recognizes visionaries in the field who are using technology to enhance the instruction of their colleagues for improved student outcomes.

     

    • Five new members were inducted into the Richland One Hall of Fame. The 2022 induction class members were: Kay Spann Byrd, a 1971 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School; Dr. Tanya C. Dillihay, a 1975 graduate of Lower Richland High School; Alex English, a 1972 graduate of Dreher High School; Dr. Deborah D. Hazzard, a 1986 graduate of Lower Richland High School; and retired Richland One educator Henry C. Young, Sr.

     

    • Crayton Middle School was named a National Banner Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics. Richland One is a Unified Champion School District, which means that all Richland One schools are engaged in activities with Special Olympics to support an inclusive and collaborative school climate. Unified Champion Schools, like Crayton, that demonstrate commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence receive national banner recognition. Crayton is one of only four South Carolina schools to be awarded the distinction this year.

     

    • Richland One and Bible Way Church of Atlas Road announced a partnership that will expand services for families and the community through parent, community, adult, and career and technical education. The services will be provided at the C.R. Neal Dream Center on Atlas Road. In an effort to meet the cultural, language, and educational needs of the growing immigrant population in Richland County, the center also will become the hub for centralized services for multilingual families and help meet the employment demands of the community through expanded adult and community education.

     

    • Richland One has been awarded a $14.9 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Only 19 school districts nationwide and only two in South Carolina were chosen to receive the grant awards through a competitive application process. Richland One will use the grant funds over a five-year period to implement BLAST (Building Lasting Aerospace and STEAM Trajectories) at three schools – a new school-within-a-school aerospace magnet program at Watkins-Nance Elementary School; a revised school-within-a-school aerospace magnet program at W.A. Perry Middle School; and a revised school-within-a-school national defense-themed magnet program with four academies (pre-engineering, biomedical, cybersecurity and aerospace) at Columbia High School. All students who live within the Richland One attendance zone will be eligible to apply to attend one of the BLAST magnet school programs. Bus transportation will be provided for accepted students. The programs will begin in August 2023. The online application system will open in December 2022.

     

    • Thirty-three Richland One orchestra students earned a spot in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) Midlands Region Orchestra. Students had to perform a scale and two orchestra pieces. These students are eligible to audition for the South Carolina All-State Orchestra.

              Sponsoring Teachers

      • Constance Gee-St. Andrews Middle and Columbia High School
      • Brian McCants-Hand Middle School
      • Katherine Pollock-Crayton Middle School
      • Jarvernique Tinsley-A.C. Flora High School
      • Nathan Tucker-Dreher High School
      • Tyler Henderson, Eau Claire High School

     

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 6-8)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Zara Shah-Fuente

    Hand Middle School

    5th Chair Violin 1

    Henry Kneas

    Hand Middle School

    11th Chair Violin 1

    Davis Turbeville

    Crayton Middle School

    13th Chair Violin 1

    Culbreath Keaton

    St. Andrews Middle School

    1st Alternate Violin 1

    Jamilatou Diedhiou

    Hand Middle School

    3rd Alternate Violin 1

    Imani Gaither

    St. Andrews Middle School

    1st Chair Viola

    Kamia Turner

    St. Andrews Middle School

    4th Chair Viola

    Jo’Lia Anderson

    St. Andrews Middle School

    6th Chair Viola

    Zachary Thomas

    Crayton Middle School

    12th Chair Viola

    Lucja Chruszcz

    Hand Middle School

    13th Chair Viola

    Xavion Boyd-Gray

    St. Andrews Middle School

    3rd Chair Bass

    Asa Adler

    Hand Middle School

    8th Chair Bass

      

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 9-10)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Kaden Lim

    Dreher High School

    2nd Chair Violin 1

    Tarun Bulusu

    Dreher High School

    8th Chair Violin 1

    Micah Doberne-Schor

    Dreher High School

    9th Chair Violin 2

    Mia Hammond

    Columbia High School

    11th Chair Violin 2

    Sara Weston

    A.C. Flora High School

    15th Chair Violin 2

    Rebecca Weston

    A.C. Flora High School

    4th Chair Viola

    Sarah Bobertz

    Dreher High School

    4th Chair Cello

    Kathryn Adler

    Dreher High School

    1st Alternate Cello

    Janet DeMakimouna

    Columbia High School

    4th Chair Bass

    Miles Miskelly

    Dreher High School

    8th Chair Bass

     

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 11-12)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Juliet Swaim

    A.C. Flora High School

    2nd Chair Violin 1

    Diego Thrasher

    Dreher High School

    12th Chair Violin 1

    Samuel Schatz

    Dreher High School

    18th Chair Violin 1

    Katherine Tam

    Dreher High School

    11th Chair Violin 2

    Madeline Fawcett

    A.C. Flora High School

    13th Chair Violin 2

    Asha Hassan

    Columbia High School

    16th Chair Violin 2

    Grace Ilunga

    A.C. Flora High School

    3rd Chair Viola

    Arica Spencer

    Eau Claire High School

    4th Chair Viola

    Rajan Boddie

    Dreher High School

    10th Chair Viola

    Catherine Akhvlediani

    Dreher High School

    1st Alternate Cello

    F. Daniel Rose

    Dreher High School

    4th Chair Bass

     

    • Twenty-nine Richland One art students received honors and awards in the 2022 South Carolina State Fair’s Art Competition. Richland One students competed in 2-D, 3-D and photography divisions. These students were among the more than 250 K-12 students from across the state who were recognized.

     

                                                      2022 South Carolina State Fair Winners

                                                              Elementary Art Fair Winners

    Student Name

    School

    Grade

    Division

    Place

    Jackson Timberlake

    Rosewood Elementary

    5th

    Photography 

    3rd

    Arya Bridges

    Rosewood Elementary

    2nd

    2-D

    3rd

     

    Zoey Byrd

    Meadowfield Elementary

    3rd

    2-D

    1st

     

    Samuel Roth

    Rosewood Elementary

    5th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Gabriel Good

    Rosewood Elementary

    5th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Connor Crowe

    Rosewood Elementary

    5th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

                                                             Middle School Art Fair Winners

    Student Name

    School

    Grade

    Division

    Place

    Memphis Daniels

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    Photography

    Best in Show

    Lorelei Edwards

    Crayton Middle School

    7th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Mary Hillman

    Crayton Middle School

    7th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Iuliia Vylegzhanina

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Degan Hang

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Tyler Johnson

    Crayton Middle School

    7th

    3-D

    3rd

     

    Jurdayne Ellis

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    3-D

    Honorable Mention

    Francis Grice

    Hand Middle School

    7th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    TaMya Harrison

    Hand Middle School

    8th

    3-D

    3rd

                                                              High School Art Fair Winners

    Student Name

    School

    Grade

    Division

    Place

    Selena Ketmeny

    A.C. Flora High School

    9th

    3-D

    Honorable Mention

    Eden Hall

    A.C. Flora High School

    9th

    3-D

    Honorable Mention

    Evelyn Squires

    A.C. Flora High School

    10th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Logan Goetzman

    A.C. Flora High School

    10th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    William Jardon

    A.C. Flora High School

    11th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Mawin Suphanthapreecha

    A.C. Flora High School

    11th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Elizabeth Porter

    A.C. Flora High School

    11th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Jessy Gross

    A.C. Flora High School

    12th

    2-D

    2nd

     

    Amaryah Mendez Dorisca

    A.C. Flora High School

    12th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

    Quentin Hilley

    Dreher High School

    10th

    3-D

    1st

     

    Emily Montague

    Dreher High School

    11th

    3-D

    1st

     

    Josephyne Kalish

    Dreher High School

    11th

    Photography

    Honorable Mention

    Shari Franco-Mendez

    Dreher High School

    12th

    3-D

    3rd

     

    Victoria Rasmussen

    Dreher High School

    11th

    2-D

    Honorable Mention

     

    • Nine Richland One schools are among the 406 schools nationwide to be named as America’s Healthiest Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Richland One has more award winners than any other school district in South Carolina. The recognition, awarded by Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a leading children’s health organization, celebrates schools’ dedication to supporting the health and well-being of students, staff, and families. This year, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation recognized schools in nine categories, including: 
      • Strengthening Social-Emotional Health and Learning, presented in collaboration with Harmony SEL at National University and Kaiser Permanente
      • Cultivating Staff Well-Being, presented in collaboration with Harmony SEL at National University and Kaiser Permanente
      • Increasing Family and Community Engagement, presented in collaboration with Kohl’s

              All of Richland One’s America’s Healthiest Schools award winners were recognized in the Implementing Local School Wellness Policy category. Olympia Learning Center was recognized for Strengthening Social-Emotional Health and Learning as well.

    Here are highlights of the schools’ programs and initiatives:

      • A.C. Flora focused on programs for staff members on physical activity/fitness. The school hosted different fitness challenges throughout the year.
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      • Brockman focused on activities that show gratitude for staff and build positive staff relationships. Each month members of the staff were invited to a healthy luncheon that was prepared by parent volunteers. Staff meetings would begin with mindfulness, yoga, and/or breathing activities.
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      • Crayton focused on Farm-to-School activities and School Collaboration to Support Nutrition and Food Access. The school applied and received a grant to purchase an indoor hydroponic garden, so students could learn how to use it to grow fresh vegetables. Crayton also maintains an outdoor garden and the school is creating an additional wall garden. The school is working with Nutrition Services to send home meals with students over weekends, holidays and summer vacation to ensure that they do not experience food insecurities.
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      • Dreher focused on promoting positive staff relationships. The school had a back-to-school gathering and an end-of-school gathering, a monthly staff luncheon and Secret Pal activities throughout the year.
    •  
      • Gadsden focused on stress management programs for staff and school opportunities to offer staff gratitude. The school organized a moment in the day where everyone had to stop everything they were doing, close their eyes and practice mindfulness and/or breathing exercises (staff and students). The school also offered teacher appreciation incentives.
    •  
      • Hyatt Park focused on building positive staff relationships promoted by the school. They had staff wellness days, and they had a Yoga instructor come to the school and give a lesson to the staff. They also had a comedian come to the school.
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      • Lower Richland focused on promoting positive staff relationships. The school had a Secret Pal program throughout the year, and they had a Teacher of the Month initiative where students nominated teachers for the recognition.
    •  
      • Olympia focused on celebrating the staff. They had thankful e-mails, faculty celebrations and healthy luncheons. They also created a calming space for the students.
    •  
      • Pine Grove focused on transitioning food fundraisers to meet USDA Smart Snack Standards. The school’s fundraiser was selling navel oranges.

     

    • Three Richland One student-athletes outswam their competition to win individual state championship titles at the South Carolina High School League’s state swimming championships. A.C. Flora High School senior Darden Tate won Class 4A boys state championship titles in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke. A.C. Flora senior Hannah Montgomery won the Class 4A girls state championship title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Dreher High School senior Jane Koch won the Class 3A girls state championship title in the 100-yard butterfly. She also placed third in the 50-yard freestyle.

     

    • Dr. Quantina Haggwood, Richland One’s executive director of early childhood and elementary education, has been selected to participate in AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy® for Female Leaders.

     

    • South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has recognized A.C. Flora High School teacher Bailey Melvin as the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program’s Educator of the Month for September 2022.

     

    • Richland One has received a 2022 Partnership District Award and Columbia High School has received a 2022 Partnership School Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. This is Richland One’s fifth time being recognized for making excellent progress in strengthening its leadership of partnerships and for guiding schools to develop goal-oriented programs for family and community engagement.

     

    • Seven Richland One students have been named semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program which recognizes academically talented high school seniors across the country. Richland One’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are: Dreher High School students Philip Sophocleous, Jacob Merrill, Bryce Outten, William (Will) Varner and Audrey White; and A.C. Flora High School students Judith Shaver and Lily Lawther.

     

    • Dreher High School senior Mary Kat Stricklin won the 2022 Class 3A girls tennis singles state championship.

     

    • Dreher High School’s boys cross country team won the 2022 Class 3A state championship. Senior Sam Kolowith won the individual state championship. Head Coach Timmy Supplee was named the 2022 Class 3A Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year.

     

    • Six Dreher High School students earned a spot in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) All-State Chorus. The audition process consisted of sight-reading and preparing an advanced level piece of choral music.

             The following students will participate in the choir:

      • Lillian Ammons (soprano 2) – 12th grade 
      • Hannah Barr (soprano 1) – 11th grade 
      • Zachary Franks Hopkins (bass-baritone) – 12th grade
      • David Landholt (bass-baritone) – 11th grade 
      • Lucia Parker-Harley (soprano 1) – 11th grade
      • Morgan Schmidt (alto) – 12th grade 

     

    • Nine Dreher High School students earned a spot in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) All-State Guitar Ensemble. Dreher hosted the auditions. The students performed before a panel of judges from Charleston Southern University.

      The following Dreher students have been chosen for the ensemble:

      • Noah Bridgers – 12th grade
      • Liam Cook – 11th grade
      • Aidan Dong – 11th grade
      • Aidan Gruner – 12th grade
      • Alec Hamilton – 11th grade
      • Alexandria Kolomoets – 10th grade
      • Jiale “Caleb” Liu – 10th grade
      • Wyatt Merland – 11th grade
      • Ellie Spicer – 12th grade

     

    • Lisa Curtis, Richland One’s health and physical education coordinator, has been named president-elect of the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD). SCAHPERD is the only association in South Carolina for professionals involved in health, physical and dance education. Members consist of current, retired or future professionals who work in schools, higher education, community organizations, government and non-government organizations. The association’s goal is to promote health and wellness through education and advocacy.

              Two other Richland One employees have been elected to positions in associations within SCAHPERD:

      • Rachel Fobare, the physical education department chair at Lower Richland High School, was named president-elect of the South Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education (SCAAHE).
      • Chris Payne, a physical education teacher at Satchel Ford Elementary School, was elected to serve on the 2023 Board of Directors for the South Carolina Association for Physical Education and Sport (SCAPES). He will serve as the Adapted PE chairperson.

     

    • A.C. Flora High School senior Markel Townsend has been named the 2022 Richland County High School Football Player of the Year by the Richland County Recreation Commission. This is the first time an A.C. Flora varsity football player has ever received this award. In addition to Townsend, six other Richland One student-athletes were nominated for the award.

              The nominees and the schools they attend are:

      • Mekhi Campfield – Lower Richland High School
      • Nigel Leake – C.A. Johnson High School
      • DreVon Leonard – Columbia High School
      • Rickie Murray – Eau Claire High School
      • Hernandez O’Neal – W.J. Keenan High School
      • Makhi Simonson – Dreher High School