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Teens wrap up business camp by entering ‘Shark Tank’

Heyward Career and Technology Center in Richland School District One played host to a summer camp for teens designed to boost their business acumen. Tamia Devine presents an example of the food for her company Devine Dishes LLC. (Photos by Kelly Petty) The entrepreneurship summer camp developed by Newberry College business professor Paul Smith wrapped up Thursday with a “Shark…

New principals announced in Richland School District One

  Coming this fall at the start of the 2016-17 school year, Richland School District One will welcome a group of new principals to schools across the district. Richland One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon announced the names of 11 new school leaders Wednesday. Several administrators from within the district have been promoted to lead schools. Robin Coletrain, an assistant principal at…

‘To infinity and beyond’: Richland One launches summer space camps

Kids across the Midlands can spend the summer launching model rockets or learning how to build robots at the Richland One Challenger Learning Center’s summer camp for elementary and middle school students. The center is hosting three different camps open to any child age 7 to 14 in the Midlands. Astronaut Academy will give campers the opportunity to visit the learning…

Student bus driver to teacher of the year: Local educator retires after 28 years

Johnetta Robinson-Riley was not a typical high school student in the 1980s. When the final school bell rang each day, fellow students in class with Robinson-Riley would pack up their books and head off to play with friends. She, however, climbed aboard the yellow school bus in the driver’s seat. Johnetta Robinson-Riley started as a bus driver and ended as…

Local high schoolers get head start on college education through ‘middle college’

Of the 44,292 students who graduated high school in 2014, 70.6 percent entered a two-year or four-year college or university in the fall of that same year, according to the South Carolina Department of Education. Advanced Placement classes and certification courses are offered by many school districts to help students get on a fast-track to complete college classes or head…

Richland One graduates awarded more than $60 million in scholarships

When seniors from Richland One’s class of 2016 graduated last week, they left their high schools with money in the bank. The school district reports this year’s graduates earned nearly $61 million in scholarship offers and other financial aid. A.C. Flora High School students netted the most aid awards with $18.2 million dollars, followed by Dreher High School students with…

Your 2016 high school commencement guide

High school commencement begins this week for public and private schools in Richland and Lexington counties. Most graduation ceremonies will be held at Colonial Life Arena from this Wednesday through June 4. The 2016 Commencement parking map for the University of South Carolina. (Click for larger) Doors open at Colonial Life Arena 30 minutes prior to each ceremony. Information on…

Residents haul in 85 tons of waste for Richland Recycles Day

Richland County’s efforts to encourage residents to recycle last Saturday during Richland Recycles Day proved effective. Numbers released by the county’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department show 85 tons of waste was dropped off at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds during the recycling event. County workers haul an old big screen television. (Photos courtesy of Richland County) “It’s promising and rewarding each…

Richland County teacher recounts White House visit

A local teacher joined hundreds of educators from across the country, including South Carolina Teacher of the Year Suzanne Koty, in Washington, D.C., this month to talk about issues facing South Carolina’s education system. Stephanie Johnson was invited to join the National Teacher of the Year celebration. (Photos provided) Stephanie Johnson, a third-grade teacher at H.B. Rhame Elementary in Richland School…

Richland County Sheriff’s Department announces summer camp lineup

Summer is fast approaching, and children soon will be out of school. The Richland County’s Sheriff’s Department is hosting several camps to help prevent boredom during the summer months and to help children gain social skills in a positive setting. Each of the six camps operates on a two-week period from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday for each…

Westwood High School names new head coach for boys’ basketball

The boys’ basketball program at Westwood High School has a new head coach. Jeffrey DiBattisto comes to the Richland District Two school from Dreher High School in Richland School District One where he served as the boys’ basketball head coach and as assistant athletic director. Coach Jeffrey DiBattisto. (Photo courtesy of Richland Two) “We are very excited to announce the…

Dreher High Academic Decathlon team shines in Alaska

Students from Columbia’s Dreher High School traveled to Alaska last weekend and came home with a top award from an academic competition involving teams from across the United States and as far away as England and China. Dreher’s state champion Academic Decathlon team placed fourth at the United States Academic Decathlon in Anchorage – the school’s highest finish ever. Dreher…

Lookin’ good: Lower Richland HS students learn to ‘Dress For Success’

Fifteen juniors and seniors from Lower Richland High School strutted their stuff Tuesday during a special fashion show in the school’s auditorium. The students were selected to participate in the third-annual “Dress For Success” program sponsored by local nonprofit EngenuitySC. Paris Stewart, a junior, gets her makeup done by student stylist Jessica Taylor. (Photo by Kelly Petty) “You cannot have…

Columbia educator named state Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Wise, in red, celebrates her first moments as South Carolina Teacher of the Year. (Photos by Rachel Ham) The ballroom at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center erupted into cheers Wednesday as a Columbia educator was revealed to be the 2016 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Following a drum roll, state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that Jennifer…

Test time: Midlands students prepping for new state assessment

Most South Carolina students won’t be taking the new state assessment exams online this year. (File photo by Rachel Ham)     State testing resumes this month in classrooms across the Midlands with a brand-new test headed students’ way. In South Carolina, students will continue to be tested in social studies and science via the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards…

‘Hack-a-thon’ lets Richland One students test new computer software

Science and math became a bit more fun at E.E. Taylor Elementary School in Columbia this week as students got to take control of their learning experience by using “smart” software. The school was selected to test the latest version of educational programs built by SMART Technologies, a Canadian-based company best known for the development of the SMART Board. Fifth-grader…

A+! Local educators named finalists for state Teacher of the Year

Today seemed like just a typical day in the classroom for Sabrina Williams and Jennifer Wise. That is until a group of visitors burst in with cameras flashing. Surprise guest Molly Spearman brought good news for Sabrina Williams. (Photo by Rachel Ham) The two local educators were surprised by State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who revealed they are two of five…

¡Hola!, Ni Hao: Richland One students to be ‘immersed’ in foreign languages

Learning to eat with chopsticks, to dance to salsa and bachata music, to play “futbol” —  not American football. All this and much more is part of a language immersion program to be introduced this fall at Carver-Lyon Elementary School. Pre-K and kindergarten students from across the Richland One school district will enjoy these experiences while also learning to speak either…

From STEM to space: Richland One Challenger Learning Center celebrates 20 years

Three ninth-grade students from W.J. Keenan High School have completed an experiment that has been chosen to be performed on the International Space Station later this year. The students test how cornstarch and water react in a weightless environment that’s similar to space. It’s an experiment that studies microgravity and tests how starch particles, which are found in plants, move…

Legendary jazz vocalist Al Jarreau talks music, career in master class at Dreher High School

Students experienced a day of music, dance, inspiration and lots of laughter with a legendary jazz and R&B singer Thursday at Dreher High School. Seven-time Grammy winning jazz vocalist Al Jarreau spent the afternoon there, conducting a master class with 500 students from across the Midlands. Jarreau made his second appearance in 10 years as part of the Auntie Karen Foundation’s…

Richland One to launch online registration system for pre-K program

Richland School District One is making registration for pre-K easier to complete with a new online system. The district will unveil the digital registration in process beginning in March when parents can send in applications for the early childhood program. “The entire district is moving to registration online so it makes things more convenient for parents,” said Early Childhood Coordinator…

Teen accused of bringing gun to high school, threatening students

Richland County sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a teen accused of bringing a gun to W. J. Keenan High School and threatening students. Delijah Robinson (photo provided) Keenan students approached the school resource officer, a Richland County sheriff’s deputy, around 10:30 a.m. Monday to report the threats, according to Sheriff Leon Lott. Lott said the students showed the deputy threatening text…

79-year-old crossing guard stays young through work with Boy Scouts

If you’re coming down South Kilbourne Road in Rosewood look out for Shirley Nelson. The 79-year-old, who’s described by her co-workers as “bubbly,” is short in stature but has a big personality, which is on full display as she helps children in the neighborhood get to and from South Kilbourne Elementary School every day. And if you meet her, she’ll be the…

Former USC coach, TV executive among inductees in Richland One Hall of Fame

Richland One is inducting six new members into the school district’s Hall of Fame, including a local surgeon and a television executive. Richland One’s Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 to recognize the significant contributions alumni and former educators have made to the district and their communities. Dr. Raymond Bynoe (photo provided) The 2015 class includes Dr. Raymond Bynoe,…