June 2014 HeadlinesFoundation Receives $10,000 Sandy Springs Society GrantThe Sandy Springs Society awarded the Riverwood Foundation a $10,000 grant in May 2014 to help establish AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness educational program. The Society supports non-profit programs that improve the quality of life for all the residents of Sandy Springs by promoting the arts, heritage, education, the environment, and social services. The Riverwood Foundation is committed to raise $25,000 to implement the program in the fall. Learn more about AVID and contribute to the Foundation
Class of 2014 Senior Spotlight on Kimia Shahrokhi
Fulton County Schools selected one senior from each high school for its 2014 Star Senior Showcase. Congratulations to Kimia Shahrokhi for representing the Raiders in this year’s video. Shahrokhi moved with her family to the United States from Iran four years ago. Knowing only her native language Farsi, she then began a journey not only to adapt to American culture but also to its educational system. With her determination and commitment to academics, she quickly learned English and has helped her non-English speaking parents navigate the social and business worlds.
One of the major differences she noticed between American and Iranian schools was the co-ed environments and the cultural diversity. In Iran, schools are single-gender and most students are Muslim. Shahrokhi has also enjoyed the opportunity to express herself – especially in art, where she was selected last year as a 2013 Governor's Honors Program participant.
Even though she has pushed herself academically with Advanced Placement and honors classes, Shahrokhi also finds ways to be challenged outside of the classroom. She loves Crossfit and credits the training program with helping her develop inner and physical strength and to stretch past her limits. Shahrokhi's teachers appreciate that quest for excellence and praise her "thirst for knowledge, intellectual curiosity and work ethic." She has been accepted to Georgia State University and plans to study math and science. May 2014 Video Interview
May 2014 Headlines
Juniors Honored for Service to NYO's Christopher LeagueThe Northside Youth Organization (NYO) presents the annual Nick Napalitano Award to honor dedication to the Christopher League, abaseball program for physically and mentally disabled players. This year's recipients are Juniors Chad Davis & Sam Moss, committed“buddies” helping youngsters who otherwise would not get a chance to experience the thrill of the game. Congratulations! Coincidentally, Davis and Moss are the third and fourth Raiders to receive the award following Ruby Freeman in 2013 (Raider Class of 2014) and Lee Miller in 2012 (Raider Class of 2012).
Youth Leadership Sandy Springs GraduationCongratulations to the 12 Raiders who graduated from this year's Youth Leadership Sandy Springs class. They spent the 2013-14 school year learning about the city, working with other local high school students, and serving in the community. Pictured at their May 4 graduation are (standing): Charlotte Spaeth, Nicole Nichols, Emily Smith, Chandler Arney, Jan Berland, Kevin Feldman, Amelia Holley, Margaret Beckley; (seated): Brett Feldman, Palmer Jones, Suleima Millan, Elizabeth Lamar.
Raider Students & Faculty Bring Home CTI State Leadership Conference Awards
Congratulations to Aminata N'Diaye and Jennifer Camona for their 1st Place Awards at the 33rd Annual Career & Technical Intervention (CTI) State Leadership Conference. Raider CTI Coordinator Sandy Gosch received the distinction of 100% CTI Coordinator participation in fulfilling all CTI program state requirements. Held in Eatonton at the 4-H Center at the end of April, students from across the state participated the annual conference. CTI Coordinator Sandy Gosch, along with Chef Elissa Oliver, accompanied the Raider delegation to the weekend full of workshops and competitions.
Aminata N'Diaye placed 1st in the state in the category of Culinary Arts/Professional Foods; Jennifer Camona placed 1st in the category of Catering/Table Set Up. Jennifer used items from her own Quinceanera adding a personal multi-cultural touch which impressed the judges. Representing the Raiders at the conference were: Elena Fink, Maribel Hernandez and Jhoana Soriano in Occupational Creative Thinking (Problem Solving); Janet Cruz and Aminata N’Diaye in Culinary Arts (Professional Foods); and Jennifer Carmona and Markiettea in Head Catering & Table Set Up – Fine Dining.
Olivia Gonzalez Named 2014 District Professional of the YearCongratulations to Olivia Gonzalez for being named the Fulton County Schools Professional of the Year. Superintendent Avossa came to campus on Friday, May 9 to present Mrs. Gonzalez the award. Earlier this year she was named Riverwood's Professional of the Year. Next, the Central Learning Community voted her the CLC Employee of the Year, which placed her as one of four finalists for the district award. An active member of the Counseling Center for the past six years, she serves as the bilingual parent liaison. Mrs. Gonzalez coordinates activities and programs for Latino students and parents both at the school and in the community, serves as an interpreter and translator for teachers in the building, and sits on the school's Governance Council.
2014 Valedictorian and Salutatorian AnnouncedCongratulations to Ryan Roels, Valedictorian, and Ben Dolder, Salutatorian. Graduation 2014 is at 3pm on Friday, May 23, at the Cobb Energy Centre.
Two Faculty Chosen for NEH Summer ProgramsCongratulations to Shaun Leyden and Angus Guberman for being selected to participate in two exciting summer programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Leyden will attend “Race and Politics in the American Civil War” at the New York Historical Society July 13-25. Guberman will attend “California’s Gold Rush: Many Contexts, Many Histories” in Sacramento, California during the third week of July.
April 2014 Headlines
Senior Wins Comcast ScholarshipCongratulations to Senior Mary Petzer for receiving the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. Comcast presented the award to her at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast. Held at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Tuesday, April 29, Governor Nathan Deal was the keynote speaker. The Leaders and Achievers Scholarships, funded through the Comcast Foundation, start at $1,000, and recognize high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. It is a nomination-based award, and only one student per school may be nominated by their principal or guidance counselor. Petzer is co-captain of the Raiders Varsity Girls Lacrosse team and also won first place in the PTSA Reflections program in photography.
Raiders Join other FBLA Chapters in 2014 March of Dimes Walk
Members of the Raiders Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), along with students from the Chattahoochee, Roswell, and Centennial High School FBLA chapters, volunteered at the March of Dimes Walk in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, April 26, 2014. This year's event raised almost $500,000 to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Earth Day PresentationMany thanks to Senior Agene Tsutsui for sharing his 2014 Earth Day project with the school. Set up in the school atrium during all lunch periods on Tuesday, April 22, Tsutsui's display board was colorful and full of interesting “Earth” facts.
Freshman Earns Second Place in State on 2014 National Spanish ExamCongratulations to Freshman Kendall Laws for her outstanding score on the National Spanish Exam. She placed Second in the State of Georgia and in the 98th percentile nationwide. World Language teacher Brian Strickland reports that 58 of his students sat for this year's exam. In addition to Kendall Laws' Oro (gold above the 95th percentile), seven students earned Plata (silver 85-94), three earned Bronce (bronze 75-84) and nineteen earned Honors (50-74).
Silver: Hill Belfi , Elizabeth Graves , Elijah Jenkins, Sydney Laws, Morgan Martin, Natalie Peeks, and Benny Soran
Bronce: Mariah Hinton, Patrick Johnson, and Harrison Lipsky
Honors: Yoel Alperin, Arabelle Berman, Deambra Burroughs, Erick Casanova, Erick Castro, Alexus Clark, Kevin Feldman, Ty Feng, Kenzie Fisher, Peyton Fisher, Zoe Gunthert, Mia Hodge, Jade Jones, Asher Newman, Nicole Nichols, Wendoly Olarra, David Taylor, Josh Vayle, and Kristin Williams.
Sibert Wins Scholarship to Summer Workshop in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations to Junior Madeline Sibert for winning a scholarship from the Fulton County Law Week Committee to attend a Washington Workshop Seminar this summer. The summer workshop offers a unique experience to study American government and history. She went through an extensive application and judging process for the scholarship, and was competing with outstanding high school students from across Metro Atlanta. The scholarship covers the cost of Sibert's round trip airfare, tuition, room and board, and all expenses associated with the Washington Workshop Congressional Seminar.
"The Wedding Singer" Pit Band Earns Shuler Hensley AwardCongratulations to the student pit band, under the direction of Carlos Rodriguez, for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Shuler Hensley Awards. "The Wedding Singer," this year's spring musical, had four performances in March with more than fifty students involved in the production. The Shuler Hensley Awards, fashioned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, celebrate excellence in high school musical theatre. The Awards embody a spirit of camaraderie and celebration for the arts in high schools across Georgia.
Sophomores Win at State Science FairCongratulations to Sophomores Harrison Lipsky and Daniel Steinberg for earning Third Honors at the 2014 Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, "Using Solar Energy in the Dark,” looked at using inexpensive and common materials to increase the efficiency of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. They took the process further and demonstrated a way to use solar energy to drive the water splitting. Next, they showed how the oxygen and hydrogen could be stored in a fuel cell for use in generating electricity when the sun was not shining. Judges evaluated not only the project, but also the poster presentation and interviews with Lipsky and Steinberg.Harrison and Daniel’s journey to Athens began at the school Science Fair; their project advanced to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in January at North Springs. An invitation to Athens for the State Fair came with their First Place Region Award.
Five Raider Artists Chosen for Prestigious Art Exhibition April 11-13
Congratulations to the five Raiders who have artwork on display at the 2014 Atlanta Dogwood Festival: Jonah Blumenthal, Neale Madden, Mary Petzer, Kimia Shahrokhi and Courtney Weinhoff. The Atlanta High School Art Exhibition selects only 117 pieces from 700 submissions to display at Community Center at Piedmont Park. The AHSAE is one of the premier high school art exhibitions in the area selecting from among talented young artists throughout Atlanta and Georgia. Learn More
Culinary Arts Students Meet Spring Catering Challenges with Flair
Under the direction of Chef Elissa Oliver, Culinary Arts students catered several important school events this spring. During the Foundation's Career Fair, the students prepared and served more than 250 people. In a more intimate setting, the students catered the PTSA's Principal's Circle Luncheon for the largest donors to the school. In each instance, the food was superb and the patrons delighted with the students' skills. Congratulations to Chef Oliver and the members of the Culinary Arts classes.
Jeans Collection Project Aids Homeless TeensCongratulations to Sophomore De-Ambra Burroughs for a successful community service project. Burroughs solicited donations of new or used blue jeans for the “Teens for Jeans” campaign. Now in it's fifth year, Teens for Jeans is a nationwide program which collects and distributes jeans for homeless teens. Thanks to the generosity of the Raider community, Burroughs was able to donate 42 pairs of jeans.
State Winners in PTA Reflections CompetitionCongratulations to Senior Nicholas Hayden and Sophomore Amelia Holley for their award winning entries in the 2013-14 Reflections contest. Reflections, sponsored by the National PTA, is an annual arts-recognition and achievement program for students. Students from all over the country submit original works of art responding to a designated theme. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire….” Categories include: Music, Film, Dance, Literature, Visual Arts, and Photography. Nicholas Hayden won second place in the Film/Video production category and advances to the National competition; Amelia Holley received an Honorable Mention for her original Music Composition. The president of the National PTA, as well as the Georgia PTA president, were among the dignitaries attending the awards recognition ceremony at the High Museum of Art on Sunday, March 23.
Varsity Baseball Season Outlook article published in the March 20, 2014 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor.
Read the article by Greg Oshust
Japanese Students visit from Chienkan High School Monday, March 24, 2014
Raiders Attend UGA Debate Tournament
The Raider Debate team participated in the 16th Annual University of Georgia Debate Tournament.
Held in Athens February 28-March 2, the Raiders sent eight members to compete. While they did not advance to the semi-finals, the students participated in several debates and also took a tour of the campus. Congratulations to Fenot Daniel, Will Fusci, David Kim, Jade Muslar, Asher Newman, Noah Newman, Taylor Robinson and Jordan Shines. Faculty advisors are Allison Schoo and Zack Feldberg
Successful Spring for Science Olympiad Team
In its first Regional competition, the newly formed Science Olympiad Team finished fourth overall on March 1, 2014. Held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, the Raiders brought home several awards. Congratulations to: Annie Sullivan & Pascal Acree, 1st place, Technical Problem Solving
Anton Hsu & Pascal Acree, 2nd place, Designer Genes Aman Folami Reese & Meghna Rao, 2nd place, Rocks & Minerals
Annie Sullivan & Guybriel Hawk, 3rd place, Forensic Science
The fourth place Regional finish qualified the team to advance to the State competition at Southern Polytechnic State University. At the State event on March 22, Ananya Munjal and Kyana Roussell won 3rd place in Disease Detectives and Joshua Vayle’s “Mission Possible” won 11th place. Finishing 22ndoverall at State was a wonderful accomplishment for the inaugural season. Faculty sponsors are Jeanne Urban and Elizabeth Young. The Raider Science Olympians are:
Aman Folami Reese
Interact Peace Pole Dedication March 21, 2014
On March 21, 2014, students and Rotarians dedicated the recently installed Rotary Peace pole in the Global Garden in front of the School. The inscription on the pole reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth.” The Raider Peace Pole is the third in the Sandy Springs community and joins the list of many others on the Atlanta Peace Trail.
Read more about the Raider Peace Pole
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta hosted the 2014 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference. 33 members of the Raider FBLA Chapter participated in workshops and competitions with other outstanding high school students from across the state during the March 14-16 event, and seven Raiders qualified to advance to the National FBLA Conference this summer. Sheri Smith and June Campbell are the FBLA Faculty Sponsors.
nce:1st Place in Entrepreneurship: Sharod Hinton and Remy FalcigliaConnor Gladney for placing on Georgia’s Entrepreneurship super team1st in Banking and Financial Systems: Hunter Lankford and Visar Mehmet1st in Public Speaking II: Kara Wise
2nd in Sports Management: Kara WiseCameron Scheele for placing on Georgia’s Sports Management super teamThe following individuals placed in their events at the State Level:Max Goldstein and Connor Gladney placed 10th in EntrepreneurshipJazondre Gibbs placed 4th in Client ServicesAlex Koenig placed 9th in Introduction to BusinessSarah Greenberg and Eric Jacobs placed 9th in MarketingAri Soran placed 5th in Business ProceduresJack Zucker and Ari Soran placed 10th in Business Ethics
Radio Team Wins Third Place at State Competition
Congratulations to team of Freshman Gordon Hunter and Sophomore Christopher Johnson for their third place finish in the Audio and Radio Announcer Competition at this year's SkillsUSA Conference. The 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference took place at the Georgia International Convention Center. Alanis Arirama, Brentson Buckner, Jamews Budden, Christopher Johnson, Hunter Gordon, James Madden and Aleksa Veselinovic represented the Raiders SkillsUSA club at the March 13-15 event. (Hunter Gordon pictured)
Varsity Boys Soccer Season Outlook article published in the March 13, 2014 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor.
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Emory University hosted the Annual Japan Academic Challenge and Japanese Speech Contest on March 1, 2014. Eighteen Raiders participated in this year's event and brought home two third place awards and one second place award. In the Speech contest, Alex Boylston faced university students from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Congratulations to: Level 1
Team 1: Salome Castro, Cecilia De Boer, Chuk Durueke
Team 1: Chase Davis, DeKarius Nelson
Team 2: Kenyatta Robinson, Yucelmi Perez
Team 1: Isabel Dever, Zayd Zori – 3rd Place
Team 1: Courtney Mayers, Melisa Vega
Team 2: Alanis Arirama, David Anderson, Dinneer Young – 3r
French Immersion Camp at Rock Eagle February 21-23, 2014
Congratulations to the students selected to attend this year's French Immersion Camp in February: Margaret Beckley, Maria Bueno, Megan Cahill, Emory Cecil, Suleima Millan, Joelle Osta, Michel Osta, Ryan Roels, Jessica Shainker, Jennifer Valente Ocampo, and Miranda Whipple. They traveled to Rock Eagle Camp for a three-day, total French immersion experience consisting of workshops relating to French culture, music, art, sports, theater, dance, and cuisine. These eleven students, along with faculty sponsors Michelle Bohlen and Holly Fitchette, spent the entire weekend singing, dancing, cooking, playing "Pay-tonk," and especially ------ speaking ONLY FRENCH! Riverwood began participating in the immersion program in 2008 with only one student. The French teachers are delighted with the increased numbers and are excited about this opportunity for their students.
Sophomore Callaway Powlus Selected to All-State Reading Chorus
Congratulations to Callaway Powlus for being selected to the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Reading Chorus. She is the first Raider ever selected for this prestigious event. Powlus will take part in the All-State event on April 19 at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Conductor Dr. Leslie Blackwell.
2013-14 Teacher of the Year & Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Sandra Bradley for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. A member of the Math Department, Ms. Bradley currently teaches Accelerated Geometry and Advanced Algebra. She has taught for twelve years, all in Fulton County, and is heavily involved in professional development. Also known as "Coach Bradley," she has been part of the Lady Raider Soccer Program since she joined the faculty, and is the Head JV girls coach.
Congratulations to Olivia Gonzalez for being named Riverwood's 2013-14 Professional of the Year. An active member of the Counseling Center for the past six years, she serves as the bilingual parent liaison. Ms Gonzalez coordinates activities and programs for Latino students and parents both at the school and in the community, serves as an interpreter and translator for teachers in the building, and sits on the school's Governance Council. The Central Learning Community voted Ms. Gonzalez the CLC Employee of the Year; she is now one of four finalists for the Fulton County Schools Employee of the Yea
Science Fair Project Published in International JournalThe International Journal of Sports Science and Engineering publishedPascal Acree's science fair project in its March 2013 edition. Acree's project, which he undertook during his Freshman year, studied tennis racquet parameters in relation to a junior (youth) tennis player's swing.
A Scientific Approach for Diagnosing a Junior Tennis Player's Swing and Determining Optimum Racquet Parameters
A tennis player since elementary school, Acree was concerned about the optimal age to transition to an adult sized racquet. He upgraded from a junior racquet in his final year of middle school and thought that he might have made the transition too late, possibly hindering his performance. For the project, he developed a scientific way to determine when junior players should upgrade to heavier racquets. He tested and compared the performance of junior players using both size racquets. Acree enjoyed using the scientific method to answer an important question about his favorite sport. In the process, he also developed an approach to analyzing the players' swings which can be used as a coaching tool. So many tennis coaches expressed interest in his project that he took the initiative to write the experimental design and results in journal format and submit it for consideration.
Acree is a member of the 2013-14 Raider Boys Tennis team. Off the court, he is a member of the Raider Jazz Band as well as Science National Honor Society. Additionally, Acree is the co-founder and president of the Raider Science Olympiad Team.
Band Earns "Superiors" at 2014 Large Group Performance Evaluation
The Raider Band, under the direction of Mr. Carlos Rodriguez, traveled to Cambridge High School at the end of February for this year's Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) performance evaluation. Congratulations to the band for earning an overall "Superior" rating and a "Superior" in Sightreading.
SkillsUSA Team Wins Third Place in Broadcast News
The 2014 SkillsUSA Region 3 competition took place at the Atlanta Technical College on Friday, February 7. SkillsUSA competitions can include over 100 categories. A few of the areas of interest to the Raider students were Cinema, Promotional Video, Audio/Radio Broadcasting, Photography, and hardest of all, Broadcast News. The Raider delegation of almost a dozen students tested their skills in several areas and the highlight of the day was their exciting third place award in Broadcast News.
To earn the coveted Broadcast News Award, a team of four students choses a topic from a prescribed list. They then have less than an hour to create and present a taped news show of no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds. The four person team divides the responsibilities so that two students take on the roles of news anchors; the other two serve as the news and floor directors. The Raider tape fell to third place in the competition because it exceeded the time limit by six seconds. Otherwise, Dr. Futrell, faculty sponsor, felt that the excellent Raider broadcast was worthy of the first place spot.
Congratulations to all of the members of the Raider SkillsUSA chapter attending the competition: Alanis Arirama, Brentson Buckner, Chelsea Cliette, Jonathan Colon, Kynder Ganoe, Christin Jackson, Christopher Johnson, Molly Lautares, Natalie Peek, Connor Rose, and Aleksa Veselinovic.
Six Raiders Selected for 2014 All-State ChorusCongratulations to Matthew Boatwright, Abby Gibson, Ellen Murray, Callaway Powlus, Jasmine Smith, and Carolyn Wright for passing the rigorous auditions necessary for selection to the prestigious All-State Chorus. They attended the 2014 GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) Festival in Athens at the end of February.
Two Advance in National Merit Achievement Scholar QualifyingOf the six students named in the fall as semi-finalists, two are now finalists. Congratulations to Christina Rhaney and India Smith for this outstanding accomplishment. They join an elite group of approximately 1,300 high school seniors from across the country as finalists for academic scholarships. Scholarship notifications will be made in early spring.
Visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.
SkillsUSA Day at the Capitol
Members of the Raiders SkillsUSA club traveled to the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 to take part in the annual legislative event. The students observed the General Assembly in action and had an opportunity to speak with several legislators. State Representative Joe Wilkinson, whose district includes the Riverwood campus, met with the Raider delegation outside the legislative chambers. Representative Wilkinson is known for never missing a session and for never missing a vote. He spoke about his strategies for success, advocacy of continued education, and his passion for working in Public Relations. He especially encouraged the Broadcast Video Production students to continue their studies in the field.
Pictured below are LEFT: Co-President Christin Jackson and Co-Vice President Chelsea Cliette with State Representative Wilkinson. RIGHT: Lt. Governor Casey Cagle welcomes Alanis Arirama, Brentson Buckner, Chelsea Cliette, Johnathan Colon, Christin Jackson and Aleksa Veslinovic.
Orchestra Earns High Marks at Annual CompetitionThe 2014 Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE) took place on Wednesday, February 19. The Orchestra, under the leadership of first year director Jovan DeShong, received high marks from the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) judges. In the performance evaluation, the Raiders were "Excellent" and they earned a "Superior" rating in sight reading.
The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP Merit School, an AP STEM Achievement School, and an AP STEM School based on Spring 2013 AP test scores. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard wor
An AP Merit school has at least 20% of the school population taking AP exams, with at least 50% earning scores of three or higher. An AP STEM Achievement school has students testing in at least two AP Math courses and two AP Science courses, with at least 40% of the exam scores on the math and science exams earning scores of three or higher. An AP STEM school has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses.
Georgia Thespian Conference 2014
Three teachers and a parent volunteer chaperoned 21 Raiders to this year's ThesCon. Held in downtown Columbus, students from all over the state converged the first weekend of February for a full slate of workshops, performances, and even college auditions. Sponsored by the Georgia Thespians, a chapter of the Education Theatre Association, ThesCon encourages, promotes, advocates and celebrates theatre excellence in schools and communities.
Andee Poulos named Honorary Patient Hero at Hope and Will BallThe 2014 Hope and Will Ball, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), took place at the St. Regis on February 3rd, 2014. CHOA prepared a video tribute to Riverwood student Andee Poulos, which documents her three year journey and recovery from a brain injury. View the video tributeThe Hope and Will Ball recognized Andee as the 2014 Honorary Patient Hero. Congratulations, Andee. Riverwood is proud to join Andee's Army by hosting the 3rd Annual Andee's Army 5K Run/Walk on March 22.
Learn more about Andee's Army and register for the 5K
Snow Days Delay Chinese New Year CelebrationAlthough the celebration of The Year of the Horse took place one week late due to snow days, the cafeteria was filled with students sampling traditional foods and playing games. With the help of a PTSA mini-grant, students in Ms. Xianjnu Zou's Chinese classes hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration after school on Thursday, February 6. Participants learned about Chinese Culture through a Red Envelope challenge, and also learned the moves to Chinese Zumba.
WSB-TV "People 2 People" show features Raider Musician
On January 26, WSB-TV's Jovita More hosted a segment about the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra's annual Children's program. She profiles the impact the community program had on youngster Yoel Alperin, now a freshman at Riverwood. The show includes interviews with Yoel and footage from school music classes.
Guidance Counselor Wins National AwardCongratulations to Guidance Counselor Michaelle Myrthil for receiving the University of Miami’s Excellence in Counseling Award. During their first fall on the Coral Gables, Florida campus, students may nominate a high school counselor for the annual award. Mikayla Farr, Riverwood Class of 2013 and University of Miami Class of 2017, nominated Mrs. Myrthil. Mikayla wrote an essay about how her advisor shaped her successful college and scholarship search. As a winner, Mrs. Myrthil received an all-expenses paid trip to the University of Miami to attend their annual workshop at the end of January. The workshop weekend, which brings together guidance counselors from around the country, included an awards reception at the university president's home. Pictured at left is Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami president, presenting Mrs. Myrthil with her award. Mrs. Myrthil began her counseling career in 1997, and joined the Riverwood guidance staff in 2006.
Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners 2014Eleven visual arts students had fifteen pieces selected into the 2014 Southeast Region Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Program. This program is one of the most competitive and prestigious high school art recognition programs in the nation. A special note of distinction goes to Jonah Blumenthal for having two pieces selected as Gold Key finalists. These two Gold Key winning pieces (pictured) will advance to compete nationally for awards and scholarships.
Book Club Attends Civil Rights Program at Central LibraryThe Page Turners, the Raider Book Club, had the distinct honor of being invited to participate in "Freedom Riders" on Tuesday, February 4, sponsored by the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Held at the Central Library Auditorium downtown, the event included a screening of the documentary film “Freedom Riders” followed by a discussion with Dr. Bernard LaFayette. The Page Turner members were pleased to meet Dr. LaFayette, one of the freedom riders featured in the film. Dr. LaFayette is a distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University, as well as a longtime civil rights activist and organizer who co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
2014 Fulton County World Language Forum
The annual World Languages competition took place at Westlake High School on Saturday, January 25. Raiders competed at various levels in four languages: Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work and successes. The following is a list of their awards:
Spanish 2 Honors, teacher Brian Strickland Harrison Lipsky, Superior Mariah Hinton, Distinguished
Annie Sullivan, Excellent
Spanish 3 Honors, teacher Cristal Squaire
Samantha Stahlman, Distinguished
Anna Hayden, Superior
French 2 & 3 Honors, teacher Melat Kidane
Carolyn Stanek, Superior (French 2 Honors)
Megan Holley, Superior (French 2 Honors)
Rachel Carlson, Distinguished (French 3 Honors)
Japanese, teacher Azusa Callaway
Salome Castro, Distinguished
Chelsea Roseboro, Distinguished (Level 1)
Chase Davis, Distinguished
Kayleah Neace, Excellent (Level 2H)
Aiya Kadi, Distinguished
Melisa Vega, Distinguished
David Anderson, Superior
Chinese, teacher Jane Zou
Ryan Key, Superior
Aiya Kadi, Superior
Taylor Robison, Superior
Malisa Vega-Avilez, Superior
Justin White, Distinguished (Level 1)
Raiders Represent Yemen at Model Arab League
Marist hosted the 2014 Atlanta Regional Model Arab League on January 23-24, 2014. Congratulations to Josh Vale for winning the Outstanding Delegate on the Joint Defense Council and to Zach Schreier for winning the Most Motivated and Passionate in the Council on Political Affairs. Assigned to one of 22 countries, high school delegates took on this year's theme: Post Conflict Resolution and Issues. Students investigated topics ranging from “the principles and
management of military intervention by regional and global actors in member states” to “the impact of
environmental degradation in current conflict zones on agricultural industries and considering possible
remedies.” Congratulations to all of the Raider delegates for their hard work and success: Caroline Albright
, Blake Avrett
, Sara Bartolanzo
, Anton Hsu
, Erik Hsu
, David Kim, Sam Moss, Zach Schreier, Danielle Stewart, and Josh Vayle. Social Studies teacher Josh Williams is the faculty sponsor.
Juniors bring home 1st & 2nd Place medals from Fulton County Technology FairCongratulations to Juniors Alanis Arirama and Brentson Buckner for their award winning projects at the 13th Annual Fulton County Technology Competition. Westlake High School hosted the Tech Fair on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
Alanis Arirama won 1st Place in Digital Photography and advances to the State competition in March. Brentson Buckner won 2nd Place in the Multimedia Production category. As a 1st Place winner, Alanis joins more than 500 students from across the state competing in categories ranging from Animated Graphic Design to Robotics. The 2014 Georgia Educational Technology Fair is March 8 at the Macon Campus of Middle Georgia State College and University. Congratulations and best wishes.
The Raider Mock Trial team sent 15 students to the Fulton County Courthouse on Saturday, February 1st for the Georgia Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial competition. The students valiantly argued their cases in front of various state and county judges, as well as attorneys from around the Metro Atlanta area. Even though the Raiders did not advance to the district competition, several students won awards in the early rounds. Congratulations to Ryan Roels for Most Outstanding Attorney in Round 1, Ben Dolder for Most Outstanding Witness of Rounds 1 and 2, and Kimon Jackson for most Outstanding Witness of Round 2. Special recognition goes to team members Alberendi Alvear, Jasmin Frazier, Imani Gaddy, Andrew Hill, David Kim, Zuri May, Sadaf Mirzai, Michel Osta, Shireen Pirani, Leila Sadri, Jessica Shainker, and Carolyn Stanek. Kali Alford is the faculty sponsor of the Mock Trial team.
Junior Swimmer Lila Claire Best named the Female Athlete of the Week by The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the January 22, 2014 article by Greg Oshust here
Raider Swim and Dive Team Program profiled in the January 22, 2014 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the season outlook article by Greg Oshust here
2014 FBLA Region Leadership Conference Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to the Raider FBLA Chapter for being recognized at the 2014 Region Leadership Conference (RLC) for growing to be the third largest high school chapter in the state of Georgia. Alpharetta High School hosted the RLC on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. After a full afternoon of workshops and competitions, the highlight of the conference was the Awards Ceremony where Riverwood brought home an impressive amount of ribbons. The students advancing to the State Competition will have almost two months to prepare for the March 14-15 State Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievements:
Members of the Investment Club and the Raider FBLA chapter toured the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on January 15, 2014. Throughout the tour, students reviewed the role the Federal Reserve Bank plays in the U.S. Economy and the banking industry. The students had a chance to discuss monetary policy, the direction of interest rates, and even had a chance to sit in the Boardroom.
Raider Fashion Club December Coat Drive
Throughout the month of December, the FBLA studied Marketing. On Friday, December 6th, 2013, ten Raiders attended a Sports Marketing Event with the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks staff led the students through a Hawk’s marketing competition, they heard from various marketing professionals, and were also able to attend the game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hawks came through with a big win over the Cavaliers, 108-89, to close the day on a positive note.
As part of the marketing study, students also had a chance to tour the World of Coke museum. The tour provided FBLA members with an opportunity to experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand.
UGA Chooses Seven Raider Musicians for JanFestThe University of Georgia January High School Band Festival (“JanFest”) is a four-day event for high school band musicians. Congratulations to Yoel Alperin (French Horn), Hill Belfi (Clarinet), Christopher Budden (Trumpet), Andrew Hill (Euphonium), James Johnson (Trombone), Ethan Kirkegaard (Trumpet), and Domenic Manson (Euphonium). These students will join 1000 attendees, representing 130 schools from across the state, in Athens January 23-26 for the 64th annual JanFest.
Senior Cailin Kellum: The Sandy Springs Neighbor's Stellar StudentRead the December 24, 2013 article by Bobby Tedder here
Senior Daizha Tate-Edge: The Sandy Springs Neighbor Athlete of the WeekRead the December 24, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here
Lady Raider Basketball Team Featured in The Sandy Springs Neighbor Read the December 24, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here
Senior Football players Grant Drakeford & Kory Gillam honored by AJCDrakeford named to AJC 2013 All-State & All-Metro Football Teams; Gillam named to AJC 2013 All-Metro Team. View AJC all-star team listings here
Field Trip Explores Chinese Culture in AtlantaStudents in Ms Zou's Chinese 1 & 2 classes, and members of the Raider Chinese Club, traveled to Norcross and Chamblee on November 21 to practice their language skills and learn more about Chinese culture. The day was filled with new experiences: Chinese dance, Kung fu, and food. After watching demonstrations by the experts at the Cultural Center in Norcross, the students had fun attempting a few folk dances and executing some basic kung fu moves. Lunch was in an authentic Chinese restaurant in Chamblee's Chinatown. The students are looking forward to hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration at school on Thursday, January 30. Look for more details soon.
Junior Wins Photography ContestCongratulations to Hannah Nohstadt for winning the 2013 Putney Student Travel Photography Contest. Last summer, Hannah participated in Putney's high school community service program in Peru and submitted a favorite picture of Machu Picchu for the contest. Hannah is donating her $100 prize to Los Ninos Primeros, the Sandy Springs preschool program where she volunteers. See her award winning photo and learn more about Putney Student Travel here
Reflections Winners Advance to State CompetitionReflections, the nationwide arts competition sponsored by the National PTA, challenges students each year to produce original works in response to a unique theme. The 2013-14 theme is "Believe, Dream, Inspire." Riverwood winners advanced to the North Fulton PTA Council competition; first and second place winners at the Council level advance to the State competition. Congratulations to the following students for their exceptional entries and good luck to the four Raiders going on to State:
9th gradeAlexander Hamer - literature10th gradeAmelia Holley - music composition; N Fulton level, 1st PlaceJasmine Smith - literatureJaclyn Nicols - visual artsAnna Hayden - photographyKelsey Key - photography11th gradeSarah Hamer - music compositionJulia Clendenin - music composition; N Fulton level: Honorable Mention12th gradeNicholas Hayden - film/video production; N. Fulton level: 1st PlaceNicholas Hayden - photography; N. Fulton level: 2nd PlaceJustin Goren - music composition; N. Fulton level: 2nd PlaceSimeon Ike - literature; N Fulton level: Honorable MentionMary Petzer - photography; N. Fulton level: 1st Place
Interact Club Toy Drive for Lake Forest Elementary School
Members of the Raider Interact Club conducted a toy drive during the first two weeks of December to support Lake Forest Elementary School. The Sandy Springs elementary school is part of the Riverwood cluster and the Interact club was proud to be able to join several other community organizations to be part of the holiday outreach programs for Lake Forest families. Thanks to the generosity of the Raider community, the Interact club delivered ten boxes overflowing with games and toys to Lake Forest on December 13.
Bullying Awareness Week
The “Are You an Ally” anti-bullying nationwide tour made a stop at Riverwood on Friday, November 22. The assembly was the highlight of the Raider's inaugural Bullying Awareness Week and received media coverage in The Huffington Post. Read the December 2, 2013 article by Darryl Roberts here
Cali Linstrom, a 17-year-old high school senior and the leader of the “Are You an Ally” campaign, shared her story of being a bullying victim. Former Atlanta Hawks player and NBA All-Star Theo Ratliff joined Cali to speak about his experiences of being bullied as a youngster for being taller than his classmates. The assembly wrapped up a full week of activities led by the Counseling Center. During Awareness Week, daily announcements provided more information about what bullying entails and why students should help create a Bully-Free school. Posters appeared throughout the school promoting Zero Tolerance for Bullying. In early November, all Freshmen and 20% of Sophomores-Seniors completed an anonymous Bullying Survey to assess their perception of bullying; teachers also completed an online Bullying Assessment. The Counseling Center will compile the results and summarize their findings early next semester.
Two Seniors Sign College Athletic Scholarships
Congratulations to Veronica Burse and Adam Hornstra for receiving college athletic scholarships. Veronica received a full scholarship to pitch for the Florida A&M Rattlers Softball team; Adam received a full scholarship to pitch for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles Baseball team.
Read the complete article on the Riverwood Athletics website
All-Region Football Honors Announced; Drakeford Offensive Player of the Year
Congratulations to the eleven Varsity Football players chosen for the 2013 7AAAAA-B All Sub-Region Team and to Senior Quarterback Grant Drakeford for being named the Offensive Player of the Year. First team: Khai Anderson, Will Baynes, Logan Blackley, Zack Feldman, Kory Gillam, Stetson Mayes, Kendall Morrison, Reggie Prince, Connor Stewart. Second team: Jaden Hunter and Izaiah Lackey Read the complete story
Student Takes Discover Flight over Lake LanierCongratulations to Flying Club member Marlin Li for his successful discover flight over Lake Lanier during Thanksgiving break. He flew with Flying Club faculty sponsor Alan Sohmer in a Cessna 172. According to Mr. Sohmer "He did a great job taking off. We flew up to 4500 feet MSL and practiced slow flight and steep turn maneuvers."
Interact Club Serves at City of RefugeThe Raider Interact Club had 13 students spend part of their Thanksgiving weekend at the City of Refuge. On Saturday, November 30 Interact members prepared lunch for the women and children staying at the shelter. In addition to preparing the meal, the students served and ate with the residents. It was a meaningful outreach program for the students and was appreciated by the staff and guests at the City of Refuge.
Business Partners Breakfast, Friday, November 22, 2013
The Riverwood Foundation, in conjunction with the Career Tech Department, hosted an appreciation Breakfast for Business & Community Partners in November. Partners may offer internship positions to students, mentoring relationships, jobs, in-kind donations, and more. More than 60 company representatives participated in the fall semester event; many of these same companies will be on hand for the March 7, 2014 Career Fair on campus. To learn more about the variety of opportunities available to partner with the school, please contact either Pam Jones, Foundation President and Parent Volunteer (email@example.com) or Career Tech faculty members Sheri Smith (SmithS@fultonschools.org) or Sandy Gosch (Gosch@fultonschools.org)
Marching Band Participates in American Diabetes Association WalkStep Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes has been taking place in Atlanta for over 20 years. This year, the Raider Marching Band was proud to part in the ADA walk on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Turner Field. With almost 200 teams and 1,581 walkers, the 2013 Atlanta/North Metro ADA event raised over $242,000.
Jazz Combo Performs at Great Tree LightingPeachtree Road United Methodist Church invited the Raider Jazz Combo to take part in their December 1 Advent celebration. Following the Lighting of the Great Chrismon Tree, the Jazz Combo performed in the church fellowship hall.
2014 All-State Chorus News
Seven Raiders passed the first, and most difficult, round of auditions for the 2014 All-State Chorus. These young men and women went through a rigorous audition process which included music theory, challenging sight reading examples, performing prepared solos, and scales. Congratulations and best wishes to Matthew Boatwright, Abby Gibson, Amelia Holley, Ellen Murray, Callaway Powlus, Jasmine Smith, and Carolyn Wright.Second Round Auditions will take place in January 2014. Students making it past the second round will perform at the 2014 GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) All-State Chorus Festival in Athens the weekend of February 20-22, 2014.
12 Raiders Advance as Governor's Honors Semi-finalists
The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a four week, all expenses paid, summer residential academic program. GHP brings together top high school students from across across the state to explore a variety of disciplines. Students must be nominated by a faculty member. Semi-finalists will interview at the state level in early 2014; finalists are announced in March.
Congratulations to the following Raiders who have advanced through the application and interview process to be named GHP semi-finalists: Pascal Acree – Biology, Garon Berenson – Technology, Sarah Hamer - Executive Management, Max Kantor - Theatre Performance, Sadaf Mirzai - Social Studies, Lucy Mulkeen - Music/Voice (Soprano), Ellen Murray - Music/Voice (Soprano), Callaway Powlus - Music/Voice (Soprano), Tianna Seidel - Theatre Performance, Madeline Sibert - Music/Voice (Alto), Jasmine Smith - Music/Voice (Alto), and Christine Tye – Technology.
Senior Emily Foxman wins Sandy Springs DAR Good Citizen Award
The Sandy Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented Emily Foxman with a $50 check in November for winning the Chapter's 2013 DAR Good Citizen Award. She now goes on to compete at the District Level. A panel of three judges evaluated Emily based on her grades, high school and community activities, letters of recommendation, and the ways in which her life reflects the qualities of a DAR Good citizen: Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. The panel also judged her essay on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility For Preserving It: How does one’s personal heritage affect one’s duties to our nation?”
Congratulations and best wishes to Emily as she represents the Sandy Springs DAR in the district competition. Riverwood graduate Abby Kovan (Class of 2012) was the most recent Raider to win the district award.
Tasty Tour of Chick-Fil-A Headquarters Inspires RaidersStudents enrolled in Mrs. Rogers' and Chef Oliver's introductory and advanced culinary arts classes took a backstage tour of the Chick-Fil-A headquarters in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday, November 12. Many of the 55 students on the field trip are also members of the Raider chapter of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). While sampling the fresh out of the oven cookies and the latest peach milkshake recipe, the 9th-12thgrade students learned the history of this successful local food service operation. The visit also revealed the many job opportunities available throughout the corporation beyond those typically seen when visiting a Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
The Chick-Fil-A museum, housing some of founder Truett Cathy's vintage cars, was a big hit; the Batmobile from “Batman Returns” was on display with a variety of other vehicles. Mr. Cathy's “tree house” office was another favorite stop. One student enjoyed “looking out the huge windows, and being in the top of the surrounding trees” with another Raider stating “I hope that one day I can work at CFA.”
Fulton County Honor BandCongratulations to Perryn Bohler (Clarinet) and Philip Prior (Percussion) for being selected to the 2013 Fulton County Honor Band. After a passing a rigorous audition in early November, Bohler and Prior spent two days rehearsing with some of the best high school musicians in the county. The highlight was a performance at Centennial High School on November 12, 2013.
Raiders welcome local attorney as Principal for a DayThe Raiders had an extra administrator in the building on Thursday, November 14 as Mr. Lever Stewart shadowed Dr. Shaw for the day. Mr. Stewart, a local attorney and member of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, was participating in the nationwide “Principal for a Day” program. His duties included everything from reading the SAT Word of the Day during the morning announcements to attending a community Town Hall meeting. He was able to experience the organized chaos of the high school lunch room as well as see the halls filled with students during class changes. Hopefully, the full day on campus strengthened the connection between the Sandy Springs Chamber and the school.
Raiders Attend 2013 Fall FBLA Conference
The Georgia Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held its Fall Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia on November 13-14, with more than 3,000 members and advisers from across the state. Twenty-four Raiders attended the conference and participated in the exciting, informative, and inspiring leadership sessions. During the two-day event, they took a tour of the UGA campus, visited the Terry College of Business, completed various leadership tracks, and competed in the annual Monopoly tournament.
Leftover Halloween Candy Goes to TroopsSophomore Logan Botnick organized a candy drive the week after Halloween to support Operation Stars and Stripes (OSS). The local non-profit organization sends care packages to US Troops overseas. With the generous donations from Raider students and families, Botnick was able to deliver over 1,000 baggies filled with goodies to Operation Stars and Stripes.
Model UN at Georgia State ConferenceCongratulations to the Raider Model UN team for a job well done at the fall conference at Georgia State University. 18 students, along with faculty sponsor Josh Williams, participated in the 2013 Model UN event November 6 & 7. The Raider team, composed of Caroline Albright, Blake Avrett, Garon Berenson, Brett Feldman, Xavier Flournoy, Eric Hsu, Anton Hsu, Zach Katz, David Kim, Harrison Lipsky, Sadaf Mirzai, Nicole Nichols, Brooke Rappaport, Merisa Reggio, Zachary Shreier, Madeleine Sibert, Kian Smith, and Joshua Vayle, represented Nigeria and Canada during the two-day event. Special mention goes to Zach Shreier for receiving the Best Orator award in his committee.
High school students from across the state came together to debate issues being discussed at the United Nations. The Model UN format provides training in matters of diplomacy, negotiation and resolution writing. The theme for the November conference was "Restoring the World: Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Situations." The Raider team tackled issues ranging from "Developing Strategies to Instigate Economic Mobility in Post-Conflict Areas" to "Enhancing Gender Equality during the Reconstruction Period in Post-Conflict Societies."
Interact Club Candy Drive Benefits the Community Assistance Center (CAC)The Raider Interact Club conducted a candy drive before Halloween and was able to give over 50 sacks of candy to the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs. Way to go Raiders!
Senior Sarah Greenberg Receives Community Service AwardAs reported earlier this semester, Senior Sarah Greenberg was a finalist for the Princeton Club of Georgia's annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award. In an October 2013 ceremony at the State Capitol, Sarah was named the Fulton County winner of the prestigious award. Congratulations, Sarah! Governor Nathan Deal is in the center of the group; Sarah is in the maroon dress third from the left. She was one of six metro area seniors being considered for the prize. Winners exemplfy the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States and of Princeton University.
Faculty Member Aubrey Southall elected Secretary of the Georgia TESOL Executive Board (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) during the 2013 GA-TESOL Conference in October. Congratulations to Mrs. Southall. Mrs. Southall joined the Raider faculty in 2012-13 and is also known as Coach Southall; she serves as both the football cheerleading and the girls tennis coach.
October 2013 Headlines
Congratulations to Spring 2013 Academic AchieversSpring 2013 Honor Roll & Principal's List students were honored in the auditorium during the school day on October 31, 2013. Honor Roll students have a semester average between 90-94.9. Principal's List students must have an average of 95 or higher. View the Spring 2013 Honor Roll & Principal's List here
Belize Beckons Senior Bianca WilliamsCongratulations to Senior Bianca Williams for being accepted to the Spring Break 2014 KIPP Fine Arts Internship in Belize. An alumni of the public charter middle school KIPP South Fulton Academy, Bianca competed against 14 other alumni to be one of two high school students chosen for the prestigious spring break internship. Bianca will travel to Punta Gorda, Belize in April 2014 with 25 other KIPP South Fulton Academy students and faculty. The international trip is an outreach of the KIPP South Fulton Academy Fine Arts Department in partnership with the James Arthur Albert Foundation (www.HelpingBelizeKids.org). The students will serve several different schools in Punta Gorda doing everything from maintaining the grounds to creating a soccer camp. A major focus of the visit is creating a fine arts festival where the students will teach theatrical improvisation, choreography, and music. Bianca will lead an interactive music group featuring Belizean drummers. She will also be able to share her experiences of playing the bass clarinet in the Raider Band. The trip will also include some touring opportunities such as a day at the beach, snorkeling, a visit to Mayan ruins and possibly a hike in a rain forest. Read the Local Media Coverage of Bianca's story in The Sandy Springs Patch here
Junior Madeleine Sibert attends October National Youth Leadership Forum Congratulations to Madeleine for being selected to attend the October 1-6, 2013 Forum on National Security in Washington, D.C. Nominated by Social Studies teacher Shaun Leyden, Madeleine joined over 350 scholars from across the country for a week of learning, discussing and debating. As Madeleine pointed out, the high school students came “from Texas, California, Missouri, Illinois, Nevada, Michigan, Virginia, and New York, just to name a few ... there were lots of different opinions and personalities there. It was fantastic!"
Her group tackled the issue of the War on Drugs in Latin America. Throughout the week, they attended seminars, heard speeches, and researched their topic. On the final night, they took on government roles to solve the problem. Madeleine portrayed the Secretary of State in her group. The final day included a mock press conference, a government meeting and a presentation of their final decisions. Madeleine said that the week “was so tiring and stressful, but so interesting and fun.”Although the week of the forum coincided with government shut down and a shooting on Capitol Hill, the students still managed to do some sightseeing. Madeleine's favorite memory was being able to see the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. Visit www.nylf.org/ns/about.cfm to learn more about the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security.
Student Artwork on Display at Binders in OctoberMembers of the Raider Chapter of the National Art Honor Society held their induction and exhibition reception at the Binders Limelight Gallery in Buckhead on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Students had at least one piece of artwork displayed. Following the event, Binders kept the items in their public gallery for the remainder of the month. Binders Art Supplies and Frames is at 3330 Piedmont Road, NE, #18, Atlanta, 30305
Varsity Football Senior Grant Drakeford named The Sandy Springs Neighbor Athlete of the Week. Read the October 8, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here
Senior Kayla Feng to Serve on Superintendent's Student Advisory CouncilCongratulations to Kayla Feng who was chosen to represent Riverwood on Dr. Avossa's Student Advisory Council. Each High School in the Fulton County School System may nominate one student to serve on the year-long panel. Kayla will be one of 17 students meeting with Dr. Avossa twice during the 2013-14 school year to provide feedback to the Superintendent on important issues facing the school district.
September 2013 Headlines
Six 2014 National Merit Achievement Scholar Semifinalists NamedCongratulations to (pictured L to R) Divanna Eckels,Sterling Conyers, Kyana Roussell, Christina Rhaney, India Smith, Jade Eckels for being selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Program. They join an elite group of approximately 1,600 high school seniors from across the country as semifinalists for academic scholarships. Visit www.nationalmerit.org/nasp.php for more information.Class of 2014 Top Ten AnnouncedCongratulations to the members of the Senior class with the highest GPA's. Pictured L to R: Cailin Kellum, Megan Cahill, Meredith Jacobs, Ben Dolder, Lauren Firestone, Mary Stuart Reticker, Harrison Young, Charlotte Tippett, Ryan Roels, Noah Newman
Raider Interact Club Members at September Rotary Event
The Rotary of Sandy Springs invited the Raider Interact Club to attend its September 23, 2013 meeting where this year's Raider Interact officers were installed, and two students, Ernet Williams (Secretary), Jordon Rosier (Treasurer), who participated in the summer Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) Summer Camp reported on their experiences. The 2013-2014 Raider Interact Officers are Hannah Arney (President), Ngodoo Iye (Vice President), Rachel Carlson (Vice President), Rachel Gill (Historian), Ernet Williams (Secretary), and Jordon Rosier (Treasurer). Faculty sponsor is Grace Brown (BrownGY@fultonschools.org).
Interact, affiliated with Rotary, is for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with others in their community or school. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves. Each club must organize at least two service projects a year: one to benefit the community and one to encourage international understanding. This fall's Raider Impact Club projects include a Chattahoochee River Clean Up Day, a canned food drive to benefit an international sex trafficking rescue group, and preparing a meal for the fire station across the street from the school. To learn more about Interact: www.rotary.org/en/rotaract-interact-and-ryla
FCCLA 2013 Fall Leadership ConferenceSix Raiders took part in the Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Leadership Conference in Covington on September 19-20, 2013: Jayla Beard, Quinn Howard, Kenya Lloyd, Aminata N'Diaye, Sean Walton, and Lizbeth Zamora.
During the two day event at the FFA-FCCLA Center, the students participated in leadership sessions, networked with students from across the state, and found out how FCCLA can help them “Hit It Outta the Park” this year. They learned how to strengthen the Raider FCCLA chapter, about state and/or national program awards, and how to “Hit a Home Run” with competitive events.
Highlights of the conference included a Mini Basic Training session, as well as time on the Slip 'N Slide on Thursday. Later that evening Kent Julian gave the keynote speech prior to the students taking part in dancing, karaoke, and putt putt golf. On Friday, students set up their entry for the Membership Recruitment Display competition and attended four different leadership sessions before saying goodbye to new friends and heading home. Candy Rogers is the Raider FCCLA faculty sponsor (RogersC@fultonschools.org). Visit the Georgia FCCLA website to learn more (www.GaFCCLA.com)
Junior Achievement team wins National Award Read the September 29, 2013 article in the Reporter Newspaper by Dan Whisenhunt here
Dana Munson named Georgia Art Teacher of the YearCongratulations to faculty member Dana Munson for being named the 2013-14 Georgia Art Educator of the Year by the Georgia Art Education Association. She will accept this honor at the October GAEA convention in Savannah.
Seniors Dolder and Vear named National Merit SemifinalistsCongratulations to Seniors Benjamin Dolder and Edward Vear for being selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT, which they took as juniors. As semifinalists, the students now must fulfill several requirements in order to advance to the finalist round. They must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by their school leadership, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance. The students must also complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes an essay and information about participation and leadership in school and community activities. Finalists are named in the winter; scholarship winners in the spring.
Senior Sarah Greenberg: Community Service Award FinalistCongratulations to Senior Sarah Greenberg for being selected a finalist for the Princeton Club of Georgia’s annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service award, which carries a $200 prize. Nominees exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by Woodrow Wilson, former President of the United States of America and of Princeton University. Sarah is one of six metro area seniors selected as finalists for the 2013 prize; the winner will be announced in November.
Lady Raider Cross Country Runner Anna Hayden named the Female Athlete of the Week by The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the September 4, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here.
Lady Raider Softball Program profiled in the September 4, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the season outlook article by Greg Oshust here
The Battle of Raider Drive featured in the September 4, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read about the varsity football rivalry here
Senior Jonah Blumenthal named Standout StudentCongratulations to Jonah for being named a Standout Student by the Sandy Springs Reporter. Read the September 1, 2013 feature article here
August 2013 Headlines
Twelve Raiders were selected to be members of the 2013-14 Youth Leadership Sandy Springs. Congratulations to Chandler Arney, Margaret Beckley, Jan Berland, Kevin Feldman, Brett Feldman, Amelia Holley, Palmer Jones, Elizabeth Lamar, Suleima Millan, Nichole Nichols, Emily Smith, Charlotte Spaeth. This year's class has 23 Sophomores and Juniors from eight area schools. The students will spend the year learning and practicing leadership skills while studying the Sandy Springs community -- in-depth looks at city government, the economy, social services, public safety and the environment. Before graduating in April, the group will complete a joint service project. Learn more about this great program: http://www.leadershipsandysprings.org/ylss
Lady Raider Volleyball player Julia Clendenin named the Female Athlete of the Week byThe Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the August 28, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here.
Lady Raider Volleyball team profiled in the August 28, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Catch the season outlook by Greg Oshust here
Congratulations to American History Teacher Josh Williams for being named the DAR History Teacher of the Year. See page 12 in the May 2013 DAR newsletter for complete article
Read the Raider Football Preview article by Greg Oshust in the August 23, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor here
Grant Drakeford (Class of 2014) featured as one of the “Super Seven” area high school football players by The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the August 23, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here.
Raider community swim coach Brent Pease and his brother Kyle interviewed by Fox5 Atlanta about their Ironman Triathalon training. View the August 19, 2013 video here
Football season preview in The Sandy Springs Neighbor. Read the August 6, 2013 article by Greg Oshust here
Fox5 Atlanta news story about High School athletes and heat safety featured the Raider football team. View the August 5, 2013 video here
July 2013 Headlines
The RoboRaiders win $675 Sandy Springs Education Force (SSEF) STEM grant. Read the July 31, 2013 article in The Sandy Springs Neighbor here
Principal Dr. Robert Shaw interviewed by The Sandy Springs Reporter Read the July 25, 2013 article by Leighton Rowell here
Raiders in Japan: Sixteen Riverwood students were guests of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for a summer study tour. Riverwood was one of only six high schools in the United States chosen to participate in the eleven day trip. The Summer 2013 KAKEHASHI project (the Bridge for Tomorrow) was fully funded by the Japanese government.
Raider community Boys Lacrosse coach Lou Corsetti chosen to lead national boys high school all star team in Florida this summer. Read the article by Greg Oshust in the July 9, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor here
Raider community Swim coach Brent Pease and his brother Kyle were featured by Fox5 Atlanta for their participation in the 2013 Peachtree Road Race. Link to the July 5, 2013 video from Good Day Atlanta here
Junior Achievement team composed of students from both Riverwood and North Springs won the 2013 National JA Company of the Year award. Read the article in the July 3, 2013 edition of The Sandy Springs Neighbor here
Congratulations to teacher Sandy Gosch for being elected Secretary of the Georgia Association of Career Education Special Needs Personnel at the 2013 summer conference.