Published on May 27th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Our Time to Shine
By: Dr. Sabrina Suber, principal, Richland Northeast High School
It’s time to turn the tassles. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to celebrate all that we’ve done right! I’ll begin by saying, “CONGRATULATIONS” to each of the 280 plus seniors who will be accepting their diplomas June 1. Our seniors have earned approximately $14.1 million in scholarships. They’ve been accepted to Harvard University, Brown University, South Carolina State University, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and many more prestigious institutions.
Jekima Hibbert is a Gates Millennium Scholarship winner. She is the second Richland Northeast senior to win in as many years. In 2014, Qi Jin was selected and is attending the University of Chicago. Hibbert is one of 1,000 scholars nationwide in the Class of 2016 selected from a pool of more than 53,000 applicants. Hibbert has been accepted to New York University, The University of Virginia and University of Miami. She’s headed to New York. Her scholarship offers alone total nearly $2 million.
Itai Almor is one of only three students in Richland School District Two to receive the coveted National Merit Scholarship worth $2,500. He plans to attend Yale University where he will focus on art and engineering. He has won local, state and national art awards and is the recipient of a National Gold Medal for Painting from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. He’s garnered nearly $1 million in scholarship offers.
Coach Stephen Venugopal was named 4A Strength Coach of the Year by the South Carolina High School Strength Coaches Association. He’s also been recommended for the South Carolina Strength Coach of the Year given by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association.
Choral Director Dr. Elizabeth Mears was recently named the new Music Director of the Columbia Choral Society. In the fall, Dr. Mears will prepare the chorus for a performance with the South Carolina Philharmonic, as well as conduct other Masterworks throughout the year.
When I stop and think about all of the accomplishments our Richland Northeast Cavaliers have achieved throughout the year, tears of joy freely flow.
In just the past few months, Richland Northeast newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine students won first place awards at the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s annual convention. Model United Nations team won the First Place Award of Distinction for the 27th time at the National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York City.
All 10 seniors in the cosmetology program offered at Richland Northeast passed both their practical and theory exams. They are now licensed cosmetologist! Not having to attend cosmetology school after graduation has just saved them and their families from $5,000 to $10,000.
Richland Northeast Band closed out the 2015-2016 South Carolina Band Directors Association’s (SCBDA) performance schedule by participating in the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Our band students earned 18 Superior ratings (five perfect scores) and five Excellent ratings. This year the band program earned the Outstanding Performance award which is the most prestigious award given by SCBDA. This is the first time Richland Northeast has won this award as a 3A school.
We’ve had a banner year at the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational high school in Columbia. This is what we call the Richland Northeast Show! Stay tuned. Visit our campus and you will see, Richland Northeast High School – it is The Right Direction.