• Points of Pride 2023-2024

    • Three Richland One elementary school principals have been accepted into the South Carolina Department of Education’s (SCDE) Talent Matters Professional Development Network for Principals. SCDE teamed up with the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy to establish this network, which is designed to support the “professional growth of principals as human capital leaders.” LaQuana Aldridge of A.C. Moore Elementary, Ashton Jones of Burton-Pack Elementary and Dr. Monica Owens Carter of H.B. Rhame Elementary have been accepted into the network for the 2023-2024 school year.

     

    • Heyward Gibbes Middle School Head Football Coach Teran Rowe has been named Richland One’s 2022-2023 Middle School Coach of the Year.

     

     

    • Lower Richland High School Head Girls Varsity Basketball and Cross Country Coach Aaron Lucas has been named Richland One’s 2022-2023 High School Coach of the Year.

     

    • Richland One launched three new school-within-a-school BLAST (Building Lasting Aerospace and STEAM Trajectories) magnet programs in August 2023. The new elementary aerospace magnet program is located at Watkins-Nance Elementary School; the new middle school aerospace space magnet program is located at W.A. Perry Middle School; and the new national defense-themed magnet program is located at Columbia High School. The programs are being funded by a $14.9 million Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant that was awarded to the district in 2022 from the U.S. Department of Education. Richland One is using the grant funds over a five-year period to implement BLAST at the three schools.

     

    • Richland One Commissioner Tamika Myers has reached Level 3 in the South Carolina School Boards Association’s Boardmanship Institute. The SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national educational issues. Workshops focus on school law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, finance, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics. Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided on-site in their districts.

     

     

    • Dr. Teresa TurnerRichland One’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) project director, has been accepted into AASA, The School Superintendents Association’s, Urban Superintendents Academy’s Howard University cohort. The Urban Superintendents Academy is designed for those “who want to take on leadership roles in our nation’s rapidly-growing urban areas, help accelerate academic performance growth, and be a champion for historically underrepresented and diverse populations.” The academy’s goal is to prepare superintendents and those who aspire to be superintendents for the demands of the urban environment.

     

    • Dreher High School and A.C. Flora High School have been named among the “Best High Schools” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-2024 ranking. The schools were ranked in the top 40% out of 17,680 public high schools nationwide. In addition to the national ranking, Dreher was ranked the third-best high school in the Columbia metropolitan area and 11th in South Carolina. A.C. Flora was ranked ninth in the Columbia metropolitan area and 34th in South Carolina.

     

    • Dr. Mario Ramon, a math teacher at C.A. Johnson High School, was selected to attend the Society for Science’s High School Research Teachers Conference. The Society for Science is dedicated to “expanding scientific literacy, access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and scientific research.” The conference brings together research teachers from across the U.S. to share their best practices, troubleshoot challenges and learn more about the society. Dr. Ramon was among the 175 teachers who were selected via lottery to participate in the conference.

     

    • Three Richland One educators have been named Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts for the 2023-2024 school year. The MIE program recognizes visionaries in the field who are using technology to enhance the instruction of their colleagues for improved student outcomes. Six educators from across South Carolina were selected for the distinction. Cathleen Lacey, a curriculum resource teacher (CRT) at Crayton Middle School, has been named an MIE Expert for the fourth consecutive year, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow for the second consecutive year. Jason Davis, an English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Crayton Middle School, and Sean Samon, one of Richland One’s secondary ELA curriculum consultants, are in their first year as MIE Experts.

     

    • Hand Middle School Principal Dr. Patrice Green was selected for the South Carolina School Leadership Executive Institute (SLEI). The program was created in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Educator Effectiveness and Leadership Development (OEELD) and Truist Leadership Institute. SLEI is a seven-month program designed to equip principals from the across the state with insight, knowledge and competencies necessary to lead innovative and successful schools. Twenty-two principals from across South Carolina were chosen for SLEI’s Cohort 51.

     

    • Richland One has earned a 2023 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University. This is Richland One’s sixth 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. In addition, Columbia High School has received a 2023 Partnership School Award from NNPS.

     

    • Power:Ed, the philanthropy of South Carolina Student Loan Corporation, has donated $90,000 to Communities in Schools of South Carolina. $30,000 of that grant will go towards maintaining Communities in Schools’ integrated student support programming at Lower Richland High School. Communities in Schools of South Carolina works directly with 41 schools across three geographic regions in South Carolina. The organization builds relationships to ensure over 25,000 students receive a quality education.

     

    • Forty-eight schools in Richland One are among the 781 schools nationwide to be named as America’s Healthiest Schools for the 2022-2023 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, honors schools’ dedication to supporting the health and well-being of students, staff, and families.

    This year, Olympia Learning Center was recognized in three topics, including:

      • Cultivating Staff Well-Being, co-presented in collaboration with Harmony SEL at National University and Kaiser Permanente
      • Implementing Local School Wellness Policy
      • Bolstering Physical Education and Activity

    Heyward Career and Technology Center was recognized in Implementing Local School Wellness Policy.

    In addition, all Richland One elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Carolina School for Inquiry and Pendergrass Fairwold School, were recognized in Bolstering Physical Education and Activity.

     

    • Two Richland One teachers were chosen to participate in the Strategies for Teacher Advancement and Renewal (STAR) seminars, sponsored by the Foundation for Professional Development and the Palmetto State Teachers Association. Mukkaramah Smith, a third-grade teacher at A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School, was selected for the Fall 2023 seminar. Teresa Jones, a sixth-grade math teacher at Hand Middle School, was chosen for the Spring 2024 seminar. STAR is a biannual reward and recognition program for outstanding South Carolina veteran teachers. The program is designed to enhance teachers’ commitment to education and provide them with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

     

    • Cathleen Lacey, curriculum resource teacher (CRT) at Crayton Middle School, has been named a 2023 HP Teaching Fellow. The program is designed to empower educators who are using technology to foster deep and meaningful learning experiences. Lacey is one of 21 teachers from across the United States and Canada selected for the program, and she is the only South Carolina teacher chosen for the program.

     

    • Richland One has been awarded $10,000 through Pilot Company’s Giving Back grants program. The district will use the grant funds for early childhood education programs.

     

    • Fifty-six Richland One students had perfect scores in math, science or both subject areas in the Spring 2023 administration of SC READY (South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments). Students in grades 3-8 statewide took the SC READY English language arts and math assessments, and students in grades 4 and 6 statewide took the SC READY science assessment.

     

    STUDENT’S NAME

    SCHOOL

    SC READY ACHIEVEMENT

    Reet Modgill

    A.C. Moore Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Ariel Wood

    Bradley Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Devan Chikhliker

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Ava Galimba

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Olivia Hite

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Beatrix House

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Rahaf Ibrahim

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Austin Knight

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Wyman Manuel

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Scores in Math and Science

    Robert Mareska

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Justus Pulliam

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    James Rucker

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Kenneth Steiner

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Min Yang

    Brennen Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Thompson McDaniel

    Brockman Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Rebecca McLean

    Brockman Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Isla McKeever

    Carver-Lyon Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Noah Davis

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Science

    Logan Gentry

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Damien Hang

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Maya Rekleitis

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Vijay Sinha

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Lawson Stoneburner

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Louisa White

    Crayton Middle

    Perfect Score in Science

    King Barnes

    H.B. Rhame Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Wanyue Deng

    Hand Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Jamilatou Diedhiou

    Hand Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    John Greytak

    Hand Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

    Farrell Samuel

    John P. Thomas Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Calhoun Adams

    Meadowfield Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Colin Dooley

    Meadowfield Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Mabel Smith

    Meadowfield Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    William Berry

    Rosewood Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Benjamin Craig

    Rosewood Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    William Palyok

    Rosewood Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Trevor Western

    Rosewood Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Bailey Bostic

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Charles Burt

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Elizabeth Choate

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    James Dillard

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Scores in Math and Science

    Eli DiSilvestro

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Mark Foil

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Andrew Heydt

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Clara Honeycutt

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Lumi Lee

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Austin Ludovina

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Gwain McConegly

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Matthew Millender

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Scores in Math and Science

    Naomi Moulton

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Ryan Newton

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Reagan Pace

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Science

    Sebastian Slade

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Eleanor Streisfeld

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Anna Wright

    Satchel Ford Elementary

    Perfect Score in Math

    Nathaniel Dillon

    W.G. Sanders Middle

    Perfect Score in Science

    Aaras Patel

    W.G. Sanders Middle

    Perfect Score in Math

     

     

    • Rachel Fobare, the physical education department chair at Lower Richland High School and lead health education teacher for Richland One, has been named the 2023 Health Education Professional of the Year by the South Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education (SCAAHE).

     

    • Stephen Duerr, a physical education teacher at Rosewood Elementary School and the lead elementary physical education teacher for Richland One, has been named the 2023 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Association for Physical Education and Sport.

     

    • Two Richland One high schools have been named to College Board’s 2023 AP School Honor Roll. The recognition program celebrates schools whose AP programs have “done outstanding work to welcome students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success.” The AP School Honor Roll offers four levels of distinction: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. A.C. Flora High School earned the silver recognition. Dreher High School earned the bronze recognition.

     

    • Lower Richland High School’s Army JROTC drill team won first place overall in the Greater Midlands Drill Competition.

     

    • Forty Richland One art students received honors and awards in the 2023 South Carolina State Fair’s Art Competition. Richland One students competed in the 2-D, 3-D and photography divisions. These students were among the approximately 250 K-12 students from across the state who were recognized. Two students received “Best in Show” awards. Jackson Timberlake, a sixth-grade student at Hand Middle School, received “Best in Show” for the middle school photography division. Sarah Campbell Brown, a senior at A.C. Flora High School, received “Best in Show” for the high school 3-D division.

     

    Six students received first-place awards for their individual grade level divisions. Those students are:

    Name

    School

    Grade

                        Division

    Wilder Phelps

    Rosewood  Elementary School

    4th

    3-D (3rd Grade)

    Chandler Williams

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    Photography (7th Grade)

    Ava Rodriguez

    Dreher High School

    11th

    2-D (10th Grade)

    Neha Sivankoil

    Dreher High School

    11th

    Photography (10th Grade)

    Cassie Collins

    Dreher High School

    12th

    3-D (11th Grade)

    Juliet Jones

    Dreher High School

    12th

    2-D (12th Grade)

     

    The other award recipients are listed below.

     

    Second Place Recipients

    Name

    School

    Grade

             Division

    Ainsley Beresford

    Rosewood Elementary School

    3rd

    3-D (2nd Grade)

    Alban Hatfield

    Logan Elementary School

    4th

    Photography (4th  Grade)

    Anna Smith

     

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    3-D (7th grade)

    Memphis Daniels

    A.C. Flora High School

    9th

    Photography (9th grade)

    Sophie Martin

     

    Dreher High School

    11th

    3-D (10th grade)

    Tyler Irick

    A.C. Flora High School

    12th

    2-D (11th grade)

     

    Third Place Recipients

    Name

    School

    Grade

              Division

    Millie Myers

    Rosewood Elementary School

    2nd

             2-D (1st grade)

    Makayla Green

    Hyatt Park Elementary School

    4th

             2-D (3rd grade)

    Silas Brown

    Rosewood Elementary School

    5th

             3-D (4th grade)

    Henry Anders

    A.C. Flora High School

    10th

    2-D (9th grade)

    Larrabee Ellenberg

    Dreher High School

    12th

      3-D (12th grade)

     

    Honorable Mentions

    Name

    School

    Grade

    Division

    Demir Ozturk

    Rosewood Elementary School

    1st

    1st grade

    Rahini Chaudhuri

    A.C. Moore Elementary School

    2nd

    1st grade

    Lydia Smith

    Rosewood Elementary School

    2nd

    1st grade

    Charlotte Wolfe

    Rosewood Elementary School

    2nd

    1st grade

    Claire Branchal

    Satchel Ford Elementary School

    3rd

    2nd grade

    Vivian Evans

    Meadowfield Elementary School

    3rd

    2nd grade

    Joseph Johnson

    Rosewood Elementary School

    3rd

    2nd grade

    Ona Rudell

    A.C. Moore Elementary School

    3rd

    2nd grade

    Gabriella Banks

    A.C. Moore Elementary School

    5th

    4th grade

    Colvin Kelley

    Rosewood Elementary School

    5th

    4th grade

    Valeria Garcia-Galvez

    Hand Middle School

    6th

    5th grade (artwork submitted while attending A.C. Moore Elementary School)

    Hadley Barbrey

    Crayton Middle School

    7th

    6th grade

    Bela Trumpeter

    Crayton Middle School

    7th

    6th grade

    Emily Reese

    Crayton Middle School

    8th

    8th grade

    Anna Goblirsch

    A.C. Flora High School

    9th

    8th grade (artwork submitted while attending Crayton Middle School)

    Sophia Francis

    Dreher High School

    10th

    9th grade

    Sophia Lin

    Dreher High School

    10th

    9th grade

    Mary Shuler

    Dreher High School

    10th

    9th grade

    Quentin Hilley

    Dreher High School

    11th

    10th grade

    Ellie Porter

    A.C. Flora School

    12th

    11th grade

    Victoria Rasmussen

    Dreher High School

    12th

    12th grade

     

    • Three Richland One bookkeepers were named recipients of the district’s Diane Harlin Award for Excellence in Bookkeeping for the 2022-2023 fiscal year: Pamela Knightner of Southeast Middle School, Ericka McIntee of W.J. Keenan High School and April Smith of Annie Burnside Elementary School.

     

    • Nine Lower Richland High School alumni who went on to coach or play in the NFL received permanent recognition at their alma mater. The Lower Richland Alumni Foundation and the Lower Richland Community Cares Project L.E.A.D. initiative unveiled nine plaques that are permanently on display at The Stadium at Lower Richland during a ceremony October 12.

    The Lower Richland alumni who were honored are: 

    • Harold Goodwin (LR Class of 1992)
    • Jonathan Goodwin (LR Class of 1997)
    • Ernie Jackson (LR Class of 1968)
    • Brandon Jamison (LR Class of 2000)
    • Lance Laury (LR Class of 2000)
    • David Patten (LR Class of 1992)
    • Richard Seymour (LR Class of 1997)
    • Sanders Shiver (LR Class of 1972)
    • Gene Washington (LR Class of 1972)

     

    • Twenty-five Richland One orchestra students earned a spot in the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) Midlands Region Orchestra. These students were eligible to audition for the South Carolina All-State Orchestra.

              The regional orchestra members, by grade level, are listed below.

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 6-8)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Jackson Swanson

    Crayton Middle

    17th Chair 2nd Violin

    Asa Adler

    Hand Middle

    7th Chair Bass

    Sophie Wachtel

    Hand Middle

    6th Chair Cello

    Zara Shah-Fuente

    Hand Middle

    4th Chair 1st Violin

    Madi Dooley

    Hand Middle

    16th Chair 1st Violin

    Sasha Shinkareva

    Hand Middle

    14th Chair 2nd Violin

    Jamilatou Diedhiou

    Hand Middle

    15th Chair 2nd Violin

    Xavion Boyd-Gray

    St. Andrews Middle

    2nd Chair Bass

    Kenton Culbreath

    St. Andrews Middle

    9th Chair 2nd Violin

    Kayla Douglas

    St. Andrews Middle

    13th Chair Viola

     

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 9-10)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Davis Turbeville

    A.C. Flora High

    9th Chair 1st Violin

    Imani Gaither

    Columbia High

    9th Chair Viola

    Kaden Lim

    Dreher High

    2nd Chair 1st Violin

    Micah Doberne-Schor

    Dreher High

    10th Chair 1st Violin

    Alex Greytak

    Dreher High

    2nd Alternate Violin

    Savannah White

    Dreher High

    11th Chair Viola

    Jaelah Middleton

    W.J. Keenan High

    8th Chair Viola

     

    REGION ORCHESTRA (GRADES 11-12)

    Name of Student

    School

    Chair and Instrument

    Rebecca Weston

    A.C. Flora High

    14th Chair Viola

    Mia Hammond

    Columbia High

    9th Chair 2nd Violin

    Daniel Rose

    Dreher High

    2nd Chair Bass

    Rajan Boddie

    Dreher High

    11th Chair Viola

    Diego Thrasher

    Dreher High

    6th Chair 1st Violin

    Sarah Bobertz

    Dreher High

    2nd Chair Cello

    Kathryn Adler

    Dreher High

    10th Chair Cello

    Jaeden Middleton

    W.J. Keenan High

    2nd Alternate Bass


     

    • Dreher High School senior Emmi Lee was selected for the Broadway Dreams 2023 Showcase in New York City. Emmi was selected for the New York City showcase after an intense audition process in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of music faculty and casting directors, earning her a place among the top 5% of Broadway Dreams participants from around the world.

     

    • W.J. Keenan High School’s Marching Keenan Raider Rubber Band has been invited to perform in the 2024 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The Marching Keenan Raider Rubber Band was the only high school band in Columbia invited to perform. Congressman James Clyburn’s office nominated W.J. Keenan’s band, as well as three other South Carolina high school bands.

     

    • W.J. Keenan High School senior Jadann Hill was named a 2024 Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist. The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the United States. Jadann was one of 1,514 students from across the country named a semifinalist based on academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.

     

    • Richland One Adult Education program coordinator Dr. Marva Coates has been named the 2024 South Carolina Adult Education Director of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). The award is given to an adult education director in South Carolina with five or more years of experience.

     

    • Six Richland One high school students were selected for the South Carolina Music Educators Association’s (SCMEA) All-State Chorus. Students auditioned for the chorus by preparing a song selected by the SCMEA and sight-singing a different piece.

    Five students from Dreher High School and one student from A.C. Flora High School were chosen for the All-State Chorus:

      • Adelle Fuller (soprano 2) – Dreher High School
      • Quinnie Mustian (soprano 2) – Dreher High School
      • David Landholt (bass) – Dreher High School
      • Hannah Barr (soprano 1) – Dreher High School
      • Zoe Smith (alto) – Dreher High School
      • Luke Johnson (tenor) – A.C. Flora High School 

    In addition, David’s score from the audition process ranked him among the top 10 bass singers in the state.

     

    • A.C. Flora High School has been named a National Banner Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics. The school was one of three high schools in South Carolina to receive the designation this year. 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 A.C. Flora, that demonstrate commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence receive national banner recognition. 

     

    • Brockman Elementary School was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD). The money will help support the school’s hands-on environmental education initiative. RSWCD promotes the wise use and care of natural resources, with a focus on soil and water, for long-term sustainability in a changing environment. Twice a year, RSWCD offers mini-grants to support youth education initiatives at schools and other education sites throughout Richland County.

     

    • Cheryl Harris, chairwoman of the Richland One Board of School Commissioners, was installed as Region 8 (Richland County) director of the South Carolina School Board Association’s (SCSBA) board during Delegate Assembly, SCSBA’s annual business meeting. The gathering was held December 2, 2023 in Charleston. Harris joins seven others elected to the SCSBA board by delegates hailing from the state’s 73 school boards.

     

     

    • Lower Richland High School’s Army JROTC drill team won first place overall in the Palmetto State Drill Championship for the second year in a row.

     

    • C.A. Johnson High School senior Caleb Pearson has been named the 2023 Richland County High School Football Player of the Year by the Richland County Recreation Commission. This is the second consecutive year a Richland One football player has won the award.

    In addition, six other Richland One student-athletes were nominated for the award:

      • Evan Artemus – W.J. Keenan High School
      • Lamar Eddy – Eau Claire High School
      • Charles Jeffcoat – Dreher High School
      • Jamel McDaniel – Columbia High School
      • Albert Perkins – A.C. Flora High School
      • Marcus Smith – Lower Richland High School

     

    • Dreher High School senior Tyra Helper has been awarded a QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas. The full-ride, four-year scholarship – which covers the costs of tuition and fees, housing and food, books and supplies, and travel expenses – is valued at over $200,000. The scholarship program “connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to 50 of the nation’s best colleges.” One of the top 10 students in Dreher’s senior class, Tyra is among 2,242 recipients of the scholarship from across the U.S.

     

    • A.C. Flora High School orchestra director Jarvernique Tinsley was named one of 50+ Directors Who Make a Difference by School Band and Orchestra (SB&O) Magazine. The recognition honors music directors from each state and Washington, D.C. Tinsley was the only South Carolina music director selected.

     

    • Dreher High School senior Meredith Miramonti has been named a US Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete. To earn the title, students must log 100 hours of equestrian activity in a year or participate in three competitions during that time.

     

    • Seven Richland One students were selected for the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA)’s All-State Orchestra. These students were previously selected for the Midlands Region Orchestra. 

              The following Richland One students were chosen for the All-State Orchestra:

    • Zara Shah-Fuente (Hand Middle School): 2nd Chair 1st Violin
    • Xavion Boyd-Gray (St. Andrews Middle School): 5th Chair Bass
    • Kaden Lim (Dreher High School): 13th Chair 1st Violin
    • Micah Doberne-Schor (Dreher High School): 11th Chair 2nd Violin
    • Diego Thrasher (Dreher High School): 6th Chair 2nd Violin
    • Sarah Bobertz (Dreher High School): 1st Alternate Cello
    • Daniel Rose (Dreher High School): 3rd Chair Bass

     

    • Annie Burnside Elementary School fifth-grade student George Martin Jr. starred in a commercial for Foot Locker opposite NBA Player Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since the commercial was posted on YouTube in November 2023, it has received more than 550,000 views. George’s commercial was also seen on a billboard in New York City’s Times Square.

     

    • Two Watkins-Nance Elementary School aerospace educators have been accepted into the Building Leadership Among Science Teachers (BLAST) program at Clemson University. The program is designed to support the development of K-8 science educators in rural South Carolina schools. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) consultant Stephanie Long and aerospace teacher Niya Turton were among 12 educators across South Carolina selected for the program. They will be involved with the program for the next four years.

     

    • W.A. Perry Middle School assistant principal Dr. Lisa Payton-Johnson was named the 2023 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE). SCABSE's mission is "to ensure a high quality education for all children, particularly for African-American children, by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American professionals and influencing public policy." 

     

    • Dreher High School’s literary magazine, “Whisper”, has received the highest honor in the Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) contest, which is hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The REALM program publicly recognizes excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing. This is the second consecutive year “Whisper” was awarded the contest’s highest distinction, REALM First Class. Dreher was the only school in South Carolina to receive this honor.

     

    • Satchel Ford Elementary School physical education teacher Chris Payne was named the “Champion of the Mission” by Special Olympics South Carolina. Payne was recognized during the organization’s annual leadership conference in Myrtle Beach in January 2024. Payne’s Unified Champions program at Satchel Ford provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together through ongoing educational and physical activities, while creating communities of acceptance for all. He extended this outside of the school’s walls by actively teaching and motivating others throughout the state and beyond by showing how they can have the same success and impact in their schools.

     

    • Three more Richland One teachers have earned the gold standard of the profession – National Board Certification. Stephen Duerr of Rosewood Elementary School, Kottika Sandhya Rani of W.G. Sanders Middle School and Trent Rogerson of Dreher High School join 191 others in the district as National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT). National Board Certification is the highest credential available in the teaching profession. In addition to the three newest NBCT, 22 Richland One teachers earned the National Board’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC), which is a five-year extension from their current certificate’s expiration date. 

    NEW NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS

    Teacher

    Certification Area

    School

    Stephen Duerr

    Physical Education/Early and Middle Childhood

    Rosewood Elementary School

    Kottika Sandhya Rani

    Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    W.G. Sanders Middle School

    Trent Rogerson

    English as a New Language/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

    Dreher High School

    TEACHERS WHO EARNED MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

    Dr. Ashlee Buchanan

    Science/Early Adolescence

    Teaching and Learning

    Pamela Cato

    Generalist/Middle Childhood

    W.S. Sandel Elementary School

    Staci Clawson

    Generalist/Early Childhood

    Brockman Elementary School

    Cassandra Eckstorm

    Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Dreher High School

    Eunice Gloster-Pou 

    Generalist/Middle Childhood

    H.B. Rhame Elementary School

    Katherine Hart

    Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Caughman Road Elementary School

    Madison Muller Hutto

    Social Studies – History/Early Adolescence

    W.G. Sanders Middle School

    Lindsey Jefferson

    Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Brennen Elementary School

    Stephanie Michelle Johnson

    Literacy: Reading – Language Arts/Early Middle Childhood

    H.B. Rhame Elementary School

    Skylar Miller

    Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Satchel Ford Elementary School

    Chris Nostrant

    Art/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

    A.C. Flora High School

    Karen Pardue

    Generalist/Middle Childhood

    Arden Elementary School

    Courtney Peacock-Wolfe

    English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    Dreher High School

    Melanie Rankin-Maas

    Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Caughman Road Elementary School

    Blythe Robertson

    Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early Middle Childhood

    Brennen Elementary School

    Ryan Russell

    Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    A.C. Flora High School

    Cheri Stakely

    Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood through Young Adulthood

    Hyatt Park Elementary School

    Ronda Steadman

    Generalist/Early Childhood

    Burton-Pack Elementary School

    Amanda Suggs 

    Generalist/Early Childhood

    Satchel Ford Elementary School

    Dr. Charles Vaughan

    Social Studies – History/ Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    A.C. Flora High School

    Faith Woods

    Generalist/Early Childhood

    H.B. Rhame Elementary School

    Kevin Fletcher

    Mathematics Early Adolescence

    W.A. Perry Middle School 

     

    • Nine Richland One students received the City of Columbia’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The awards recognize students who show “exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”  The program was only open to Richland One students this year.

               The following Richland One students received Dream Keeper scholarship awards:

    Elementary School

      • First Place ($100): Marley No’Elle Green (John P. Thomas Elementary School)
      • Second Place ($75): Dylan Nance (Carver-Lyon Elementary School)
      • Third Place ($50): Layla Overton (Horrell Hill Elementary School) 

    Middle School

      • First Place ($250): Chloe Jada Singleton (Hand Middle School)
      • Second Place ($175): Mikay’lah A. Tilley (Hand Middle School)
      • Third Place ($100): Miyah McDade (W.A. Perry Middle School)  

    High School

      • First Place ($1,000): Aidan Randall Dong (Dreher High School)
      • Second Place ($500): Jordan Knapper (A.C. Flora High School)
      • Third Place ($250): Noah Kelson (A.C. Flora High School)

     

    • Three Richland One schools were recognized for collecting the most canned goods as part of the City of Columbia’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive. The event honors Dr. King’s legacy of community service. Richland One Middle College received first place for collecting 3.97 pounds of food per student. Annie Burnside Elementary School placed second with 3.54 pounds of food collected per student. Pine Grove Elementary School placed third with 2.68 pounds of food collected per student.

     

    • South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis has recognized Dreher High School business education teacher Kelly Brooks as the South Carolina Financial Literacy Master Teacher Program’s Educator of the Month for January 2024.

     

     

    • Hand Middle School has been designated as a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The school's emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to young adolescents’ needs and interests and commitment to providing all students equal access to a high-quality education resulted in the recognition. Hand is the second middle school in Richland One to be named a School to Watch.

     

    • Two Dreher High School students were selected for South Carolina Thespians’ All-State Theatre cast. South Carolina Thespians is the state chapter of the Educational Theatre Association. Sophomore Leila Pregnall and junior Kathryn Adler were two of 17 student thespians from eight troupes in the state selected to participate in the organization’s high school festival at Dreher.

     

     

    • A.C. Flora High School has been awarded the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science classes. A.C. Flora was one of 1,127 schools nationwide with 50% percent or higher female representation in either AP Computer Science A or AP Computer Science Principles during the 2022-2023 school year. The school received the award in the AP Computer Science Principles category.

     

    • Crayton Middle School curriculum resource teacher (CRT) Cathleen Lacey has been named a Microsoft Certified Coach. The Microsoft Certified Coach program is designed to help educators develop the skills they need to become effective instructional coaches and to support the integration of technology in their schools and networks. The program is guided by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for coaches and models Microsoft technologies for education.

     

    • Five Dreher High School students have been named finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes academically talented high school seniors across the country. More than 15,000 finalists were selected out of over 16,000 semifinalists. The finalists will compete for 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million. The winners will be announced in the spring.

    Dreher’s National Merit Scholarship finalists are:

      • Lena Trask-Trafton
      • Aidan Dong
      • Naja Weinkle
      • Larrabee Ellenberg  
      • Charlotte Peavy

     

    • Eight Richland One students were selected for the 2024 South Carolina Band Directors Association’s All-State Concert Band. In addition, 40 students were selected for the association’s Region III Honor Bands

    The following Richland One students were selected for the All-State Concert Band:

     

                                                Senior All-State Band

         Name of Student

              School

            Instrument

           Hannah Barr

    Dreher High

    Flute

          Spencer Bush

    Dreher High

    Alto Saxophone

                                                Clinic All-State Band

         Name of Student

              School

            Instrument

                Wynn Lee

    Dreher High

    Oboe

    Ashton Cutler

    Dreher High

    Clarinet

    Maria Sloop

    Dreher High

    Clarinet

                                                Junior All-State Band

         Name of Student

              School

            Instrument

    Francis Grice

    Hand Middle

    Trumpet

    Johnny Rivera-Juarez

    Crayton Middle

    Trombone

    Jonathan Fawcett

    Crayton Middle

    Euphonium

     

                  The following Richland One students were selected for Region III Honor Bands: 

     

    Senior Band

    Name of Student

    School

    Instrument

    Hannah Barr

    Dreher High

    Flute

    Ryan Wood

    Dreher High

    Flute

    Kai Hagen

    Dreher High

    Clarinet

    Keiona Hartley

    Lower Richland High

    Clarinet

    Coleman Hughes

    Dreher High

    Bass Clarinet

    Trinity Cochran

    Lower Richland High

    Bass Clarinet

    Spencer Bush

    Dreher High

    Alto Saxophone

    Tyson White

    Dreher High

    Alto Saxophone

    Micah Butler

    A.C. Flora High

    Alto Saxophone

    Eli Roth

    Dreher High

    Trumpet

    Jeffri Argueta

    Eau Claire High

    Trumpet

    Mia Amos

    Dreher High

    Horn

    Russell Benjamin Sloop

    Dreher High

    Horn

    William Simmons

    A.C. Flora High

    Horn

    Christopher White

    Dreher High

    Trombone

    Theodore Schmidt

    Lower Richland High

    Trombone

    Ronald Smith

    Lower Richland High

    Trombone

    Rajan Boddie

    Dreher High

    Tuba

    Adrienne Spencer

    Eau Claire High

    Tuba

    Sara Jacobs

    Dreher High

    Percussion

    Clinic Band

    Name of Student

    School

    Instrument

    Cecilia Speer

    A.C. Flora High

    Flute

    Asher Bonakurthi

    A.C. Flora High

    Bassoon

    Paul Jenkinson

    Dreher High

    Trombone

    Trentyn Ashurst

    A.C. Flora High

    Trombone

    Junior Band

    Name of Student

    School

    Instrument

    Kaleb Pringle

    Southeast Middle

    Flute

    Isabelle Maynard

    Hand Middle

    Bassoon

    Gerry Mendez

    Hand Middle

    Clarinet

    Oliver Beets

    Hand Middle

    Clarinet

    Kamryn Jenkins

    Heyward Gibbes Middle

    Clarinet

    Levi Nichols

    Hand Middle

    Alto Saxophone

    Chloe Bryant

    Crayton Middle

    Baritone Sax

    James Pool

    Hand Middle

    Trumpet

    Max Wachtel

    Hand Middle

    Trumpet

    Kessiah Schofield

    Crayton Middle

    Trumpet

    Aiden Wang

    Hand Middle

    Trombone

    Macy Dubas

    Hand Middle

    Trombone

    Jonathan Fawcett

    Crayton Middle

    Euphonium

    Jackson Bridges

    Crayton Middle

    Tuba

    Akiona Washington

    Heyward Gibbes Middle

    Tuba

    Matthew Gaffney

    Crayton Middle

    Timpani

     

    • Two Dreher High School students received gold awards on the National German Exam. The exam, administered to over 15,000 high school students nationwide, measures students’ reading and listening skills based on what they have learned in German classes. There are four levels of the exam and four levels of awards: gold, silver, bronze and achievement. The gold award is given to students who are in the 90th percentile of their specific exam. Sophomore Sophia Francis received a level two gold award. Junior Oliver Phillips received a level three gold award. By receiving gold awards, Sophia and Oliver were eligible to apply for the AATG/PAD National German Exam Scholarship, which allows to students to study abroad in Germany during the summer.

    In addition, seven other Dreher students received awards for taking the exam:

    • Abigail Boyes (Level Three Silver Award)
    • Kai Hagen (Level Two Silver Award)
    • Merryn Courie (Level Three Bronze Award)
    • Peyton Mooney (Level Two Bronze Award)
    • Aydle Gibson (Level Two Achievement Award)
    • Mikki Harris (Level Two Achievement Award)
    • Carla Holt (Level Two Achievement Award)

     

    • Watkins-Nance Elementary School STEM Consultant Stephanie Long was named the 2024 Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. The award recognizes Civil Air Patrol members who are certified K-12 teachers for their accomplishments in aerospace/STEM education and for helping inspire students to go into aerospace-related career fields.

     

    • Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center hosted AviCom 2024 February 23. The Esports aviation competition, organized by Greenville Technical Charter High School, is “designed to recognize those who are most likely to be successful, safe and proficient aviation professionals.” High school students from across South Carolina tested their individual knowledge of airman protocols and aircraft recognition, as well as conducted a scenario-based simulated flight as part of a team. Thirty-two students from seven schools, including four students from Columbia High School’s Air Force JROTC program, competed.