As we start the new 2019-2020 school year, I find myself reflecting on previous years. All of the trainings, lessons, test scores, achievements, failures, celebrations, and most importantly, people come to mind. All of these things make Richland Northeast High School the special place that it is today.
I am thinking about what Richland Northeast alum Juan Pacheco said in his 2016 graduation speech. He said, “It was my privilege to attend Richland Northeast High School. If RNE will teach you anything, it will teach you we do not all speak with one tongue nor worship the same being. This world is not one tax bracket or political affiliation. The world is so much more. This school is not great because of its International Baccalaureate and other magnet programs and offerings. These things are great because they are at Richland Northeast!”
Juan is one of many Richland Northeast graduates who can take ownership in making Richland Northeast great. Please check out the new Alumni Spotlight section on the school’s website and read up on featured graduates who, like Juan, have left their mark on Richland Northeast and are now taking on the world. The September 2019 Alumni Spotlight features Class of 2015 IB Diploma recipient Sydney Reed. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University Honors College and is currently attending the Medical University of South Carolina.
You may have already heard the news about another 2015 graduate who is fulfilling a lifelong dream while giving back to his alma mater. Brice Janvrin just graduated from the University of South Carolina and before heading into the corporate world, he decided to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. Additionally, he is raising money for a student scholarship to promote his 24-hour challenge: hike 42.9 miles on the Appalachian Trail in 24 hours. In the process, he is traveling across the borders of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. I hope that Brice will be home by the holidays.
For the first time, we are celebrating the achievements of some of our extraordinary athletes by inducting them in our Athletic Hall of Fame. Friday, September 6, we inducted eight new members. The inaugural class includes Rick Grich, Portia George-Morrow, Ryan Bethea, Charles “Chuck” Lee, Aaron Lucas, Airese Currie, Bryn Post, and Laura Boozer Wentzky. To learn more about the inductees, Brice’s adventure and the Alumni Spotlight, please visit the Richland Northeast website.
Yes, there is something very special about Richland Northeast and the Cavalier family. I am grateful to each person who has and continues to contribute to our success. In my next column, I will bring you up-to-date on the 2018 bond referendum projects that include over $35 million in improvements to safety/security, academics, arts, and athletics.
Richland Northeast High School – it is The Right Direction.
Principal’s Column – Dr. Sabrina J. Suber – Principal – Richland Northeast High School
September 6, 2019