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Thursday, October 31, 2013

RV to Host Bojangles' Basketball Bash Tournament

Ridge View is proud to announce that we will once again be hosting the Bojangles' Basketball Bash Tournament on December 13-14th. The official tournament website is now up and running. Check it out at www.bojanglesbash.com. The tournament also has an official Twitter handle, @bojanglesbash, and the official Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bojangles-Basketball-Bash/249762291838547?ref=stream

We will be doing some really cool giveaways and features through Facebook and Twitter in the coming weeks, so please link up with us via our social media outlets.

Student Activities Announces Homecoming Dress Day Winners

Ridge View would like to congratulate the following two first period classes for having the most participation during the Homecoming Week Dress Days. Mrs. Collins' class for best total numbers, and Mrs. Liggett's class for highest percentage. Because of their commitment, each class will win a pizza party courtesy of Student Activities.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shamlee and Terry Selected for North South Football Game

Ridge View Seniors Daryl Shamlee and Harrison Terry were selected to play in the 2013 North vs. South All-Star Football game. The two defensive stalwarts will be play in this game on December 14th at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Way to go Blazers!
Daryl Shamlee and Harrison Terry

RV Students Present at Summit Parkway Career Fair

Ridge View students taking Health Science with Mrs. Diane Melton and Sports Medicine with Coach Sean Hoppe presented at the Summit Parkway Middle School's Career Fair on Friday, October 25th. These Blazers engaged the middle school students in project based learning opportunities to teach them about the career fields that they have been learning about at The View!

Girls Football Powderpuff Championship Game Next Thursday


Come on out and watch the 2013 Girls Football Powderpuff Championship game. It will be held on Thursday, November 7th at 6 PM on the football field behind the high school. Admission is $2. Will the upperclassmen defend their 2012 championship title, or will the underclassmen swipe away the bragging rights? Be there next Thursday to see who wins!


Inside the Classroom: Teacher Cadets Receive Guest Speaker

Pictured (Left to Right): Jaime Garrick, Arica Lunnon, Kelsey Ballou, Tamara Stemmer, Mecca Mason, Janice Rice-Kafafy, Alexis McAllister, and Sydney Marsh

Earlier this week, Janice Rice-Kafafy, Ridge View's Special Education Department Leader, spoke to our Teacher Cadets about some of the laws, procedures, and categories of special education. Mrs. Rice-Kafafy shared some of her personal experiences as well as what it truly means to be a teacher.


RV Teacher Cadets are currently studying a unit focused on special education and barriers to learning, so Mrs. Rice-Kafafy's presentation was extremely beneficial to the students. It is obvious that she is passionate and knowledgeable about her profession!

Master Hair Care Big Hit At SPMS Career Fair

Mr. Terex Smalls prepares his "barber shop" for the students at Summit Parkway Middle School Friday, October 25th at their annual career fair.  Ridge View High School will begin offering Master Hair Care to its students beginning January 2014.  After completing the three successive courses in the program, students can take their professional certification exam as a Master Hair Care professional, helping our Blazers prepare for the world outside of Ridge View High School.  Read more about Ridge View's Master Hair Care program, by clicking on the pictures.

Blaze Defined Performs At Fall Festival


Today, Blaze Defined will perform at a fall festival hosted by the Columbia Housing Authority.  The festival is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Latimer Manor Community (100 Lorick Circle).  The step team will take the stage at 6:00 PM.  Please come out and support our RV Got Talent Winners.

Winter Sports Begin Soon - Don't Forget Your Physical & Consent Forms

Interested in Winter Sports.  It begins next week.  All athletes, who want to participate in winter sports must have a signed consent form, an updated physical dated after April 1, 2013, and a signed new Concussion Law consent form.  All of these forms must be submitted to the coach or the Sports Medicine staff before the athlete can attend practices.  All forms can be found on the Sports Medicine website.  So if you haven't already, be sure to print and return your forms as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2013 Midlands Region Orchestra Includes 7 RV Students

Congratulations to the following students for making the 2013 Midlands Region Orchestra:

Erin Walker, Bass
Miriam Tisdale, Bass
Illia Dia, Bass
Daniel Murray, Bass
Gregory Hughes, Bass
Michael Halbrook, Viola
Fiona Findley, Alternate Violin

October Students of the Month

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month.  They received certificates and a pizza treat from Mrs. Brenda Mack-Foxworth.  These students are recognized for being outstanding in one or more facets of their careers at Ridge View.  This month awardees are:

English: Tavis Jenkins & Lauren Bennett
Mathematics: Shaleau Cooper & Anthony Miranda
Social Studies: Marcus Branch & Ronald Brown
World Languages: Alisha Sweatt & Danielle Meikle
JROTC: Madison James & Joseph Hobin
Health: Colin Helton
Physical Education: Rachel Dowdell
Career & Technology Education: Quinton Bankhead & Tajari Cooper
AVID: Chrystal Cummings
School for the Arts: Mackenzie Thompson
Scholars Academy Magnet: Michael Brown
Bio-Health Magnet: Danielle Worrell
Allied Health Magnet: Michaela Nelson
Blazer Academy: Clarissa Ann Will 

RV Community Yard Sale

The Ridge View H.S. Orchestra Program invites you to attend their Community Yard Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, November 2nd from 8 AM to 12 PM at Ridge View. You can help support the Orchestra Program by reserving a space and a table for only $10 or donating items to the program that can be sold at the yard sale. For more information and to reserve a table visit www.rvhsorchestra.com and click the Yard Sale link.

Want to Recognize a Family Member at the Veterans Day Assembly?

The Social Studies and JROTC Departments are proud to announce that Ridge View will be hosting the 3rd Annual Veteran's Day Assembly on Monday, November 11th at 11:11 AM in the gymnasium. Parents and community members are invited to attend.

Any student or faculty member who has a family member who is on Active Duty or is a veteran is invited to create a PowerPoint slide for inclusion in the assembly. Please include the following in your PowerPoint:
  • Your Name (the student or faculty member submitting the slide).
  • Picture(s) of your family member(s). A picture with you is even better. You may include multiple pictures.
  • Your relationship to the veteran(s) on the slide.
  • The branch of service for the veteran(s) on the slide.
  • An appropriate background of your choosing.

Your slide must also state your name on it, and your relationship to the veteran(s) on the slide. E-mail all slides to Mrs. Carla Norton at cnorton@richland2.org no later than Thursday, November 7th.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Blazer Battalion Conquers the Competition at Meet

The Blazer Battalion Drill and Rifle teams competed in a league drill and rifle meet this past weekend at Blythewood H.S. against fourteen other schools. The Drill team demonstrated what being a Blazer is all about with a 1st Place in Platoon Basic without Arms, and a 3rd Place in Squad Basic with Arms.

The Rifle team kept up their recent string of success by sweeping 1st Place trophies in Team Standing Position, Team Kneeling Position, Team Prone Position, and Overall Rifle Match Champion.

Individually, the Blazers were awarded nine total medals in the following areas:

  • Justin Turrentine: 1st Place Individual Standing Position
  • Tatiana LeGrand: 1st Place Individual Overall, Team Top Shooter, 2nd Place Individual Prone Position, 2nd Place Individual Standing Position
  • Joseph Rivers: 3rd Place Individual Kneeling Position, and 3rd Place Individual Standing Position
Congratulations to both teams for showing the others schools how a Blazer does it!

Blazer Battalion Individual Rifle Match Medals

Midlands Tech ASSET Test & Field Trip Permission Slips Due


This is a reminder to those Juniors and Seniors who are taking the ASSET test on November 7th that your permission slips are due by October 31st. No forms will be accepted after this date.


Also, Seniors who will be going to Midlands Tech on November 8th for Senior Day must have permission slips turned to Ms. Little in the College and Career Center by October 31st. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You will not be able to attend without permission slips.

Blazer Band Places 5th at State Championships

Zombies attacking the Blazer Band.
Congratulations to the Blazer Band for receiving a Superior Rating and placing 5th overall at the South Carolina 4A State Championships this past weekend.  In addition, the Blazer Band also received awards for High Visual Execution and High Overall Effect. Congratulations to Band Director Vince Clayton, the rest of the staff, parents, and students for a wonderful performance. Check out their Zombie themed program titled "The Remaining" by CLICKING HERE

Master Hair Care Specialist Program Parent Information Meeting

There will be a parent information meeting regarding our Master Hair Care Specialist Program for those students that completed an application to the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM in the Multipurpose Room on M-Wing. Parents should use the school entrance next to the tennis courts and park in B-Lot behind the school. There will be several students available to escort you to the Multipurpose Room. Mr. Terex Smalls, Master Hair Care Instructor, will discuss the Master Hair Care Program requirements and curriculum. A letter regarding this meeting will be mailed home, and one will be given to the students applying for the program on Monday, October 28th.

The Master Hair Care Specialist Program is designed to prepare students to become registered barbers or master hair care specialists. Students will perform techniques and arts such as hair cutting and styling, facial treatments, trimming and shaving of facial hair, chemical hair relaxing, tinting, coloring, shampooing, and rinsing. Upon completion of the 1,500 course hours, students will be eligible to take the state board exam to receive a license.

We sincerely look forward to meeting you on the evening of Tuesday, November 5th. If you have any questions regarding the content of this letter, please contact Dr. Marlon Thomas, Assistant Principal at (803) 6999-2999 ext. 224
Master Hair Care Instructor Terex Smalls instructing students at Blythewood Middle School Career Day.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Ridge View Students Accepted to RSD2 Honor Choir

Congratulations to Anitra Bridges, Khalia Harvey, Coutney Willis, Maya Hannah, Allondra Stroman, Benjamin Stogner, Nash Via, and Trey Radford.  They were selected to participate in this years Richland School District Two Honor Choir.

Senior Hoodies & Sweatpants On Sale


Senior hoodies and sweatpants are on pre-order no through November 15th.  
Order forms may be picked up in B-41. 
Hoodies are $25 and Sweatpants are $20.  
Save $5 and get them both for $40.

Fall Chorus Concert Approaching


The Ridge View High School Chorus will be performing their first concert for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium.  The doors will open at 6:30 PM.  Admission is free, so come out and support our AWESOME RVHS Chorus.

Palmetto Health Richland Resident Doctors Assist Health Science Students

For over three years, Palmetto Health Richland resident doctors come each month and present to our Health Science students.  On October 25th, residents demonstrated and guided students with surgical suturing on pig's feet.  This is the first opportunity that our magnet students were able to join us for this amazing hands-on learning opportunity.  The residents commented, "These students were attentive and caught on quickly."  Once again, Ridge View students are AWESOME.
Left Picture: Dr. Ginny Fuller instructing Health Science 2 students Yasmine Barnes & Juliana Cobb.  Right Picture: Dr. Michael Murphy instructing Magnet students Danielle Worrell & Sundas Hussain

ASVAB Forms Due Tuesday

Just a reminder that your ASVAB permission forms are due Tuesday, October 29th.  No forms will be accepted after this date.  So if you are interested in taking the ASVAB test, be sure to turn in your forms by the 3:35 PM this Tuesday.  If you have not turned in your forms by due date, you will not be able to take the ASVAB Test.

New National Team Recognition!!!

Congratulations to the Blazer Rifle Team AGAIN!!! On October 19th, the team traveled to Nashville, TN to participate in the Montgomery Bell Rifle Classic.  The Montgomery Bell Rifle Classic is a national level competition where shooters from across the nation come to represent the best shooting sports have to offer.  This is also the first time Ridge View's JROTC Blazer Rifle Team competed in this competition.  

The Blazer Rifle Team competed in two events -- Three Position and Standing International Position.  They fought hard throughout two days of intense competitive shooting; and eventually ranked 7th in the entire nation as a team.  Not only did they achieve national ranking but two of the team members, Zacori Ross and Justin Turrentine, shot well enough as individuals to make the Top 100 National Shooters list.  

Let's congratulate the Blazer Rifle Team, which includes Justin Turrentine, Tatiana LeGrand, Zacori Ross, Joseph Rivers, Joseph Guider, Deion Pitts, Timothy Holden, and Nichelle Rodriguez.

Friday, October 25, 2013

This Week in the College and Career Center

Here is what's going on in the College and Career Center this week:

  • Tuesday, October 29th: It is Application Night in the Media Center from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Sign up with Ms. Seay in D-95 or Ms. Bishop in the College and Career Center.
  • Wednesday, October 30th: It is College Shirt Day, so wear your favorite school shirt. It is also Early Bird Application Day in the College and Career Center from 8:00 - 9:30 AM. Students interested in the Benedict College Decision Day was sign up with Ms. Bishop on this day for a free application!
  • Thursday, October 31st: It's Halloween! An Admissions Representative from Midlands Technical College will be in the Main Hall during lunch. Lunch and Learn will be held in the College and Career Center during lunch. However, there is limited seating fro this event, so you must sign up with Ms. Barnes in advance. The topic of the meeting will be "Soft Skills and Employer Expectations."
  • Thursday, October 31st is Halloween. Has your club or organization signed up for Ridge View's Trunk or Treat? If not, please e-mail aknox@richland2.org or pfennell@richland2.org.
  • Friday, November 1st: The ASVAB Test will be administered for those that turned in completed permission slips.

RV Earns Palmetto Health Walk for Life Certificate of Achievement

Ridge View High School was presented with the Palmetto Health Walk for Life Certificate of Achievement by Richland School District Two Interim Superintendent Debra Hamm last night for the school's outstanding fundraising campaign for the 2013 Palmetto Health Walk for Life. 

Dent Middle School placed first overall followed by Ridge View and Richland Northeast, who finished in a 2nd place tie out of Richland Two's 39 schools. Dr. Hamm announced that the two high schools finished in a tie because it was to close to call as money from the two schools continue to come in.  

A special thank you goes out to Ridge View teachers Josey Strickland and Brooke Bedenbaugh, who organized the Ridge View Walk for Life team and the school's fundraising efforts. The spirited tandem recruited 72 members to participate in the Walk for Life, and had collected $4,326 by the time the Walk for Life took place on October 5th.

Shoparoo App - Instant Donations for Ridge View

In case you haven't heard, Shoparoo is a mobile application that turns EVERY grocery receipt into instant cash donations for Ridge View High School regardless of where you shop or the products you purchase.  This is the easiest fundraising tool out there.  With the start of the new school year, Shoparoo made some exciting changes.

  • Receipts will earn 50% more.
  • The first 20 participants from Ridge View who submit qualifying receipts will earn an $1 donation by October 31st.
So if you haven't donated your receipts yet, please download the Shoparoo app.  It's free and now available in the App Store for iPhones/iPads and the Google Play Market for Android devices.  Click on the image on the left to learn more about Shoparoo.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Girls Tennis Team Highlights

Double Team, Dyniese Connor-Johnson and Romae Atkinson, beat Irmo, a team who has girls playing since they have been walking.  The took Spring Valley down to the wire and won a region game by beating Lugoff-Elgin.  To top things off Andie Carver, the #1 player, beat Blythewood's #1 player.  Congratulations!!

Cross County Placed 3rd in Region Meet

Today, the Cross Country teams competed in the Region IV-AAAA Meet with both teams obtaining personal records.  The girls team finished 3rd overall.  Kelsey Ballou, who earned All Region Honors, was 3rd with a time of 19:25.  The boys also finished 3rd with Paolo Milan placing 4th with a time of 16:43.  He also earned All Region.

Feast For Fathers A Huge Success

We want to thank our fathers, grandfathers, and father figures for their time and dedication to their Blazer student and to Ridge View.  This was the largest breakfast for our fathers we have had in years.  We also like to thank Lizard Thicket for providing a breakfast that was fit for kings, our coaches for attending, the senior orchestra students for the smoothing sounds while everyone ate, and of course our JROTC cadets for organizing parking and escorting parents to the breakfast.

1st Annual Trunk or Treat


Alumni News - Article on Brian Quick from the Watauga Democrat

As a follow up to our recent post on Ridge View Alumni Brian Quick, you may want to read this article about his thoughts on his performance during the Panthers game.  You may learn that he is not only a talented player, but a humble person.  To read the news story, click on his picture.

RV to Host Domestic Violence Town Hall Meeting

Representative Mia McLeod
Did you know that S.C. is ranked #1 in the nation for women who are killed by men as a result of domestic violence? Please join us for a Domestic Violence Town Hall Meeting to discuss the impact of domestic violence on our communities and our youth. The meeting will take place in the Ridge View Auditorium on Monday, October 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The event is sponsored by Representative Mia McLeod, House District 79. Partners for the event include Ridge View High, Richland County Sherriff Leon Lott, Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson, Brookland Northeast S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Sistercare, and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pegasus Accepting Submissions

Jade Parsley, Chelsea Mayne, Brianna Robinson, & Kaitlyn King design Peagaus' submission box.

Pegasus, Ridge View's literary magazine, is accepting student submissions for all writing and artwork.  Written submissions include lyrics, stories, poems, and nonfiction.  Photographs, drawings, and paintings fall under the artwork category.  Students have several ways to submit their material -- share it as a Google Document or provide a hard copy to Mr. Nuzum (snuzum@richland2.org).  His classroom is A-3.  The Writers Workshop students also created submission boxes located around the school.  You can place yoru work in these boxes as well.  All work must be submitted by December 18, 2013.

Marching Band State Competition This Saturday

Come out and show your Blazer pride for our Marching Band.  They will play at 12:45 PM this Saturday, October 26th at Parone Stadium (Spring Valley High School).  The awards ceremony is at 3:15 PM.

Blythewood Rivalry Spirit Week Service Project

Blythewood Rivalry Spirit Week is scheduled for November 4-8.  Ridge View is partnering with Lake Carolina to help Amelia Attaway. Amelia is a 2nd grader at Lake Carolina Elementary who was recently diagnose with a brain tumor.  She recently had surgery and is now going for treatment daily. 

Lake Carolina "Wishes for Amelia" includes a wishing well where are students are encourage to put money in the well and make a wish for Amelia.  The money will be donated to Amelia's family to help make her wishes come true.  What are her wishes you ask?  Some of them include:

  • Learning how to shoot a bow and arrow
  • Meeting Disney's Merida from the movie, Brave
  • Riding in a hot air balloon
  • Taking her American Girl doll to tea at the Atlanta store
How can we help?  During Blythewood Spirit Week, the Archery Club, sponsored by Mr. Houck, will help Amelia learn to shoot a bow and arrow.  Student Activities will host two fundraising events.  The first is Hat Day on November 5th in which students can pay a $1 to wear a hat.  The second in the Mr. Blythewood pageant.  Female faculty members will dress up as men.  The contestants and their fans will work throughout the week to raise money.  The contestant who raises the most money will be crowned Mr. Blythewood at the pep rally.  

Stay tuned for more information about Rivalry Spirit Week and Wishes for Amelia.

National Honors Society for Dance Arts Accepting Applications

The National Honors Society for Dance Arts is accepting applications from students interested in dance arts education.  The mission of the program is to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private K-12 schools, dance studios, cultural and community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education institutions.  

Induction into the NHSDA is based on points earned for works of merit in dance.  Factors may include dance class grade point average, cooperative teamwork, motivation, outreach, choreography, performance, teaching, and production.  All inductees will receive a Certificate of Induction, added prestige in scholarship applications and future resumes, wear NHSDA honor cords and gold honor pins during graduation ceremonies, and also eligible for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.

If interested, click on the image on the right to access the application. 


Lunch & Learn in the CCC


Topic: Soft Skills & Employer Expectations
When: Thursday, October 31st at 12:30 PM
Where: College & Career Center (CCC)

Interested?  Come by the CCC and see Ms. Barnes to sign up.
Must register by Wednesday, October 30th.  
Space is limited so sign up early.

Introducing SMOOTH

SMOOTH (Serious Men Operating On-purpose Through Honor) is a male empowerment program that focuses on building leadership skills, community service, and academic success.  The overall purpose is to develop well-rounded young men.  For the month of October, they had their first Fellowship Breakfast at Waffle House and participated in the Better Together 5K Benefit Run at Vive Church.  The group sponsored a table to pass out drinks and fruit to the benefit participants.  Also, every Monday is their "Dress for Success" Day.  If you are intersted in joining these young men, contact Mr. Bonaparte (nbonaparte@richland2.orgor Mr. Patterson (jpatterson@richland2.org).


Newest Blazer Born

Congratulations to Mrs. Nicole Walker, Scholars Academy Magnet Director, on the birth of her third child and our newest Baby Blazer, Harper Walker. Harper weighed in at 8 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 20.25 inches tall. Both Mrs. Walker and Harper are doing well.

Boys Basketball Tryouts

Boys Basketball try-out dates for Varsity, Junior Varsity and B-Team have been set.

  • Monday, November 4th: 9-12th Graders from 3:45 - 5:45 pm in the Main Gym
  • Tuesday, November 5th: 9-12th Graders from 6:00 - 7:45 pm in the Main Gym

To be eligible to participate in any try-out, you MUST have a current physical on file dated April 2013 or after.  There will be NO exceptions to this rule.

Fall sports participants will be given a fair opportunity to try out once their season has completed.  If you quit a fall sport, you are not allowed to try-out for the basketball team until that fall sports team's regular season has ended. The final rosters for the basketball teams will not be selected until after the student's who play a fall sport have been given a fair opportunity to try-out.

The final decision on who makes the basketball teams will be up to the Head Basketball Coach, but will be made based on input from the other coaches.  The following is a partial list of criteria that will be used to select our teams:

  • Academic Standing
  • Classroom Attitude
  • Discipline Record
  • Attitude and Character
  • Dedication and Commitment
  • Potential
  • Ability to be Coached
  • Grade Level
  • Desire
  • Athletic Ability & Position

Please feel free to contact Coach John Combs at anytime with any question that you may have at jcombs@richland2.org.

2013 Homecoming Winners

Let's congratulate Miss Lashawn Manning our 2013 Homecoming Queen, Torry Robinson, Homecoming King, and Miller Williams, 1st Runner Up

Cross Country Region Meet Approaching

Cross Country Championships
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sandhills Research Center
Clemson Road, Columbia SC

Race Times
Girls & Boys Open 5:00 PM
Girls Varsity 5:45 PM
Boys Varsity 6:15 PM

Awards Ceremony will immediately follow last race at the finish line.

Directions From I-20: Take Exit 80 Clemson Road and head north about 4 miles on Clemson Road.  You will see Sandhills Research Center on the right.  Buses and cars must enter from Clemson Road directly across from the Sandhills Village Shopping area.

RVHS Orchestra Sponsors Yard Sale

When: Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00 to 12:00 PM
Where: 4801 Hard Scrabble Road Columbia, SC 29229

Accepting Private & Vendor Sales: $10 fee per table

To reserve a space/table, please contact Mrs. Halbrook 803.237.6184
Tables are first come, first serve

Donations are also being accepted in the Orchestra Room

Varsity Cheerleaders Participate in Better Together 5K Run

On Saturday, October 19th, the Varsity Cheerleaders participated in the Richland School District Two 5K Run Better Together for our Backpack programs.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Celebrating Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), celebrated each year during the 3rd week of October.  During the week of October 13 - 19, the theme was "Seek The Unknown @ Your Library," which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.  And, of course, to read for the fun of it, which we know students already do!

Calling All Creative Coders, Hackers, Designers, and Technical Young Women

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) seeks high school female students to apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing!  The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions.  Winners get cool prizes, gadgets, and scholarships, and can join a community of like-minded young, technical women.  

Eligibility

  • Open to high school females (grades 9 - 12) interested in computing
  • Applications accepted September 15 - October 31, 2013 by 11:59 PM (ET).  Click on image on the right to open application.
  • Winners will be selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education
  • Winner will be announced early December 2013
Prizes
National award-winners receive:
  • $500 in cash
  • A laptop computer
  • An engraved award (for both the student and her school)
  • An expense-paid trip to the national Award ceremony (for the student and her parent/guardian) on March 15, 2014
Affiliate Award prizes vary by competition.  Visit www.aspirationsaward.org for details on Affiliate competitions.

Student-Athlete of the Week Award Winners Recognized at Home Football Games

Pictured (L to R): Cleveland Smith, Benjamin Stogner, Javarrus Mickle
Ridge View has begun a new tradition by recognizing a Student-Athlete of the Week at our home football games. Here is some information on our last three award winners.

On September 20th, Javarrus Mickle of the Varsity Football team was recognized.  Javarrus finished last school year with a 3.7 GPA.  This summer, he participated in the the NFL Carolina Panthers Leadership Program, and has numerous outstanding character recommendations from his teachers and coaches.

On October 11th, Cleveland Smith of the Varsity Football team was recognized.  With a spring semester GPA of 4.5, this student-athlete demonstrates how academics and athletic participation can go hand in hand. This young man has been a participant in Ridge View football, track, and is a member of the honors/magnet program here at Ridge View.

Our most recent recipient was recognized on October 18th. Benjamin Stogner is completing his 6th season on the Cross Country team here at Ridge View High School. He is in the School for the Arts majoring in Vocal Performance, and has made the South Carolina All-State team each year that he has been eligible.  He has been accepted to Liberty University to study history in order to achieve his goal of someday becoming a history professor.

Kiana Jones Qualifies for State Golf Tournament

Congratulations to Sophomore Kiana Jones for qualifying at the Upper State Championship in women's golf as one of three individuals that will go on to compete at the South Carolina 4A State Championship. The state championship tournament will be held at Willow Creek Golf Club in Greer, SC on October 28th and 29th. 

Alumni News: Quick Shines in Loss to Panthers

Brian Quick, Ridge View High Class of 2007 and current St. Louis Ram Wide Receiver, had two catches for 97 yards in the Ram's loss to the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday. Quick was a second round pick of the Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft.  He was the 33rd overall player selected. He has started in 2 of the Rams 7 games this year. Quick has a total of 9 catches for 196 yards and 1 touchdown on the season.  Way to go Brian.  We are proud of you!

Iantha Florit Wins Spanish Achievement Scholarship

Congratulations to Iantha Florit, a 2013 graduate of Ridge View High School, who has received a first place scholarship of $500 through the National Spanish Examinations

Students become eligible for this scholarship by scoring in either the gold, silver or bronze categories on the National Spanish Examinations. Students must then submit an application form along with a sample of their Spanish language writing and speaking. Their written and oral proficiencies are evaluated by a committee.

"Earning a scholarship for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, "because only 24 students are chosen from among the 150,000 students who take the National Spanish Exams each year."

Students from Ridge View High School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teacher Fatima Bucheli.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Ridge View's 1st Annual Trunk or Treat

The RVHS Chapter of the National Beta Club will be hosting the 1st Annual Trunk or Treat on October 31st from 5-7 pm. If any students or student groups are interested in earning community service hours or doing something fun for Halloween, join us by sponsoring a trunk or activity! You can help by decorating your trunk(s) for a candy grab, or creating a fun game where children will receive a prize. If you are interested please see Ms. Agnes Knox or Ms. Paige Fennell or e-mail them at aknox@richland2.org or pfennel@richland2.org.