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Richland One Announces Recent Awards and Honors


A.C. Flora Coach

A.C. Flora Coach Named Lower State Football Coach of the Year

Congratulations to A.C. Flora High School Coach Collin Drafts, who was named Class 4A Lower State Coach of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association. Although the Falcons ended their quest for the state championship title last weekend, they made it to the second round of the state playoffs, ending their season with a 9-3 record after a 0-10 season last year. Coach Drafts’ team had an undefeated 5-0 region record, outscoring opponents 204-56. They also shattered the school record with nine consecutive wins.



All-State Chorus



11 Richland One Students Named to All-State Chorus

Richland One extends its congratulations to the 11 district students selected for the 2018-2019 South Carolina All-State Chorus. These exceptional singers will participate in the South Carolina Education Association’s All-State Chorus Weekend, which will be held March 7-9 at Winthrop University.


A.C. Flora High School

  • Dylan Guilda  


Dreher High School

  • Anna Boesl
  • Susanna DaSilvio
  • Arrington Jones
  • Nia Burton
  • Juliette Woodin
  • Celeste Johnson
  • Tyler Wesley
  • Demarcus Williams
  • Timothy Smith
  • Derreck Webber




Richland One Media Technology Students Win PSA Contest

Students in Heyward Career and Technology Center’s entertainment and media technology class won first place in the Reel Scripts for Real Change PSA Contest sponsored by the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC). Their proud teacher is Reginald China.


Each year, Richland County and Lexington County students engage in a friendly competition to create a 30-second PSA promoting healthy lifestyles by steering clear of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The students were judged on originality, clarity of message and social media votes.


Click this link to view the winning PSA entitled The Choice (Army):



Two Richland One Students Finalists for Local Football Player Award

Richland One students Thomas Green of Columbia High School and Ron Davis, Jr. of Eau Claire High School are among the five finalists for the 2018 Mr. Richland County High School Football Player of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to the top varsity high school senior football player in Richland County who demonstrates great character, sharp intellect and community service, as well as academic and athletic excellence.


The winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Richland County Recreation Commission and the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. The five finalists have been invited to attend a private formal banquet on December 6 with guest speaker Dr. Rick Sanford, a seven-year NFL veteran with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.


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