“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” These words from author and activist, Helen Keller epitomize my sentiments every day. It is humbling to work in a school, district and community that comes together to achieve goals. Thank you for helping us to continue on our Pathway to Premier.

We appreciate your support of the bond referendum. Because of you, the installation of a new crosswalk on Brookfield Road will allow students to walk safely to and from school. Expansion of the cafeteria, special needs classrooms, and other learning spaces are also included in the bond. Upgrades and renovations to our cosmetology lab will help more students like Richland Northeast graduate Kayla Shekia Bendenbaugh-Abraham achieve their purpose. Kayla, a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, recently celebrated the grand opening of her new storefront of Shek Luxe Studio, LLC near the Vista in Columbia. The bond referendum will also cover the cost of building an athletic field house, add artificial turf to one athletic field, and build a new competition stadium. This means Cavalier fans and supporters will get to enjoy home football games on our own campus.   

Richland Northeast High School is experiencing all around success with award-winning programs, students, and staff. Our Convergence Media Magnet program is one of the best in the country. While attending a convention in Chicago, students learned  RNE-TV Live won the National Scholastic Press Association’s Broadcast Pacemaker award. The Pacemaker has a rich tradition and is the oldest, most prestigious scholastic journalism award. Unofficially, it is the high school equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Additionally, I am extremely excited to share that our literary magazine, “Psyche,” earned the honor of Best in State literary magazine and received an All-State rating. The yearbook, “The Archive,” also received an All-State rating. For the first time in the history of Convergence Media, all of our publications received an All-State rating, the highest rating possible. No other school in South Carolina boasts an All-State yearbook, news magazine, literary magazine, and broadcast. Four students won individual first place awards. The work of Convergence Media Magnet Director Andrew Chambers has the attention of his peers. Our teachers and staff selected him as the 2018-19 Richland Northeast Teacher of the Year.  

Richland Northeast has four academically talented students competing for 2019 National Merit Scholarships. Mary G. Boyce, Katherine S. Brook, William R. Cason and Margaret R. Greene are semifinalists competing against thousands of students across the country for 7,500 scholarship awards worth more than $31 million.

The holidays will be brighter for many in the Midlands thanks to the hard work going into our school-wide, student-led service project called HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) 365. Annually this time of year, Richland Northeast teams up with nearby elementary and middle schools to collect donations. Families will receive clothing, toiletries, blankets, food, and other items to help meet their needs.

Thank you for joining us on our journey and making a difference in support of our school. We appreciate you always. Richland Northeast High School – it is The Right Direction.

Dr. Sabrina J. Suber

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