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Richland One Announces National, State and Local Awards, Honors


Dreher Senior Named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Semifinalist




Dreher High School senior Florence Wang has been named a semifinalist in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars program. Florence is one of only 13 students in South Carolina to be selected for this honor. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year up to 161 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars.



Dreher Students Receive $20,000 Rotary Club Scholarships


Rotary Club


Two Dreher High School students recently received generous scholarships from local rotary clubs. Rashard S. Brown (left) received a $20,000 scholarship from the Columbia Rotary Club. The Capital Rotary Club awarded a $20,000 scholarship to Reagan Augusta Smith (right). Rashard, who plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana, is in the top 12% of his senior class. Reagan is one of the first students in the nation to earn the AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone Diploma. Her college plans include studying chemical engineering at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.



Carver-Lyon Teacher Named 2019 SC American Legion Teacher of the Year




Vivian Hopkins Hernandez, a fourth-grade teacher at Carver-Lyon Elementary School, has been named the 2019 American Legion South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hernandez, who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, has been a dedicated educator for more than 20 years, spending 12 of them in Richland One. She considers student academic success and positive relationships to be her top priorities as a teacher. “I’m humbled to accept this honor,” she said, “because there are simply so many outstanding, passionate, creative educators out there who challenge, inspire and support their students every day, especially in Richland One.”



Richland One Students Win Big in Richland County Conservation Competition


Eight Richland One students will receive awards in this year’s Conservation Poster Contest sponsored by the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Student’s posters reflected the topic “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” to raise awareness about the importance of healthy soil ecosystems. Richland One extends its congratulations to the following winners in this year’s competition:

K-1st Grades:

  • First Place: Samara Wilkins, Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, 1st grade

  • Second Place: Zipporah Bull, Arden Elementary School, 1st grade

  • Honorable Mention: Lily Rankin, A.C. Moore Elementary School, 1st grade

  • Honorable Mention: Ian Pordes, A.C. Moore Elementary School, 1st grade


2nd-3rd Grades:

  • Second Place: Natalie McElveen, Logan Elementary School, 2nd grade

  • Third Place: Nigeria Brown, Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, 3rd grade


4th-6th Grades:

  • First Place: Annie James, Crayton Middle School, 6th grade

  • Second Place: Sara Weston, Crayton Middle School, 6th grade


Winners will receive cash prizes and be recognized at the Richland SWCD’s Conservation Cookout on May 22. Five entries will progress to the state competition sponsored by the SC Association of Conservation Districts.


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