Published on April 18th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
WE’RE PREMIER IN ACADEMICS, ACTIVITIES, ARTS, AND ATHLETICS
Pictured Dr. Mack-Foxworth, Principal Ridge View High School
At the beginning of the school year, Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis eloquently outlined his vision for the district. In doing so, he said Richland Two is striving to be the “Premier school district, period.” Ridge View High School is wholeheartedly embracing this journey, to be premier in everything we do. These are just some of the premier things we are doing in the Four A’s: Academics, Activities, Arts, Athletics.
Ridge View is one of four schools in the district to receive over $11.2 million in federal grant money to implement STEAMM-themed magnet programs. The Arts Innovation for Medical Sciences Magnet (AiMS) is our new schoolwide magnet and all students participate. Ellen Harrison serves as the Magnet Curriculum Specialist for AiMS. She is collaborating with the University of South Carolina School of Public Health and Palmetto Health Hospital on pre-medical offerings, which will include a medical simulation room. The medical component of this grant will prepare students for postsecondary education and training necessary for success in a wide variety of positions such as physician, nurse, pharmaceutical researcher, technician, etc. AiMS also has an interdisciplinary fusion of the Arts, Math, Technology, Engineering, and Science standards used in Project Based Learning. A Black Box theatre, outdoor learning, makerspace and character education are also components of this program.
In addition to AiMS, Ridge View offers two specialized magnet programs: The Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law; and The Institute for Health Sciences, which consists of the Allied Health Sciences Magnet and the BioHealth Sciences Magnet.
Ridge View is home to the district’s new AVID Early College. Enrolled students have an opportunity to earn an associate degree from the University of South Carolina – Sumter while still in high school without paying tuition. Yes, all of these things are premier. Now, let’s add an academically talented U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate. Malika Lightbourne will find out soon if she is a semifinalist for one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Nine students competed in the State DECA Competition in Charleston in March. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Keianna Benson and Kaylan Cooper won 1st Place in Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making; Victoria James and Averiona McDonald placed 4th in Entrepreneurship Start-Up Business Plan; Destiny Jenkins and Aysenur Erkek won Top Ten for Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan; and Kayla Jenkins won Top Ten for Principles of Business Management and Administration. Benson, Cooper, James, and McDonald each received a $1,500 scholarship for their work. DECA Advisor Pat Jackson was named an Honorary Life Member and received the DECA Advisor’s Award.
Ridge View had a great showing of students in the 2018 High School District Honor Choir. Forty-one students participated and worked with Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Paul Thompson from the University of Idaho. Additionally, 20 Chorus students were selected for the SC All-State Choir. Our Chamber, Concert, and String Orchestras each received superior ratings at the Concert Performance Assessment. The Ridge View Blazer Band continues its established tradition of excellence; nine students were selected for Region 3 Honors Band. In addition, the Blazer Band placed in the top 10 during the SC Band Directors Association Marching Band competition. Our Visual Arts students received 18 awards at the Southeastern Regional Scholastic Art and Writing competition. As you can see, the Fine Arts students and staff have embraced the concept of being premier in every facet.
Our boys’ basketball team clinched the 4A State Championship over Wilson High School at Colonial Life Arena. The Ridge View team is the first boys’ team in 65-years in Richland Two to win a state title. Additionally, 6-11 junior and BioHealth Magnet student Malcolm Wilson was named player of the game, and to the All-State and All-Region teams. Junior guards Walyn Napper and Crosby Harris-James made the All-Region team with Harris-James being named Newcomer of the Year.
My Blazers are continuing to make premier strides. Please check this newspaper and visit our website for updates to learn more about why we believe and know, “It’s All at the View!”