2017-06-23 / Education

School Stars

Keenan High School’s Student in Action team won the Jefferson Award for serving their school and community. The students won the silver award which is the second-highest level.

Their service projects included raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, hosting blood drives for the American Red Cross, and collecting food for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The award is sponsored by the Jefferson Awards Foundation to encourage teenagers to positively impact their schools, communities, and world.

The Society for Science and the Public is awarding $ 5,000 to Michelle Wyatt of Spring Valley High School to purchase an environmental chamber, centrifuge, gas analysis apparatus, vacuum pump and compressor, colony counter, gravity convection oven, and countertop distiller.

Over all the Society will be distributing $120,000 in STEM Action and Research Grants, with $20,000 going to innovative STEM nonprofits and $100,000 going to support educators nationwide who are leading students in authentic STEM research projects.


The South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SCNSPRA) recently recognized Richland Northeast High School with a Special Purpose Publication award for “School and Choice Brochure;” an Annual Report award for “Annual Parent Update;” and Photography award for “Football Support-Flag Run.” The South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SCNSPRA) recently recognized Richland Northeast High School with a Special Purpose Publication award for “School and Choice Brochure;” an Annual Report award for “Annual Parent Update;” and Photography award for “Football Support-Flag Run.” The STEM Research Grants provide one-time grants to educators to help fund equipment or other experimental materials needed to complete research projects, or travel necessary to bring students to locations where they can complete their research.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced more than 3,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, including Jacob H. Brock, Spring Valley High School; Isabel G. Cook, Dreher High School; Vihar Dalal, Irmo High School; Leon J . Khoury III, Cardinal Newman High School; Luke Marazzo, Spring Valley High School; Lisa C. Qu, Spring Valley High School; Rishishankar Suresh, Spring Valley High School; Gregory J. Voelkel, Dreher High School; and Nicolas B. Webster, Dreher High School.



Dreher High School’s Academic Decathlon team won 12 medals and cash prizes in the U.S. Academic Decathlon competition held recently in Madison, Wisconsin. Pictured (l-r)are Brice Hall, Sally Thames, Isabel Cook, Zoe Murrie, Rachel Weissman, Gus Burgess, Gracie Barrineau, Mitchell Mobley, and Elise Germany. Senior Rachel Weissman was the team’s top scorer and was named by her teammates as “MVP.” The team is coached by math teachers Christina Murphy and Linda Williams. The U.S. Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for of high school students. The theme for this year’s competition was World War II. Dreher High School’s Academic Decathlon team won 12 medals and cash prizes in the U.S. Academic Decathlon competition held recently in Madison, Wisconsin. Pictured (l-r)are Brice Hall, Sally Thames, Isabel Cook, Zoe Murrie, Rachel Weissman, Gus Burgess, Gracie Barrineau, Mitchell Mobley, and Elise Germany. Senior Rachel Weissman was the team’s top scorer and was named by her teammates as “MVP.” The team is coached by math teachers Christina Murphy and Linda Williams. The U.S. Academic Decathlon is a ten-event scholastic competition for of high school students. The theme for this year’s competition was World War II.

C. A. Johnson High School student Tarkia Reese recently earned fourth place honors in the Business Ethics category of the Future Business Leaders of America State Conference Competition. C. A. Johnson High School student Tarkia Reese recently earned fourth place honors in the Business Ethics category of the Future Business Leaders of America State Conference Competition.
It all adds up to wins for the C.A. Johnson High School math team, which scored two first-place awards at the Dr. Subhash Saxena High School Math Contest recently held at Coastal Carolina University. Student Diqi Yan won a first-place individual award. The team won first place overall in the annual competition designed to promote interest in mathematics among high school students. Pictured (l-r) are students Devonna Anderson-Sharpe and Diqi Yan, Dr. James Solazzo (Coastal Carolina’s Department Chair of Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Saxena (Coastal Carolina’s distinguished professor emeritus), along with students David Archer and Amariyah Ayee.It all adds up to wins for the C.A. Johnson High School math team, which scored two first-place awards at the Dr. Subhash Saxena High School Math Contest recently held at Coastal Carolina University. Student Diqi Yan won a first-place individual award. The team won first place overall in the annual competition designed to promote interest in mathematics among high school students. Pictured (l-r) are students Devonna Anderson-Sharpe and Diqi Yan, Dr. James Solazzo (Coastal Carolina’s Department Chair of Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Saxena (Coastal Carolina’s distinguished professor emeritus), along with students David Archer and Amariyah Ayee.

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