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April 2016 Headlines

2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced
​Congratulations to Pascal Acree, Valedictorian, and Kyle Weil, Salutatorian. Graduation 2016 is at 3pm on Thursday, May 26, at the Cobb Energy Centre.

​Valedictorian Pascal Acree (pictured right) will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall. He plans to study Biomedical Engineering.

Salutatorian Kyle Weil (pictured left) will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall. He plans to study Economics​.

Most Challenging High Schools 2016 Report

Congratulations to all Raider students and teachers. The Washington Post ranked Riverwood #3 in Fulton County, #14 in Georgia, and #321 in the United States among all high schools.   learn​ more

Inaugural "Chopped" Competition Awards Four Golden Chef Hats
For three consecutive days in late April, the Culinary Arts department hosted a “Chopped” competition between four student teams to win Golden Chef Hats. Each team, composed of two students, used their mystery baskets to create an appetizer, an entree, and a desert before a panel of outside judges. Congratulations to the two winning teams: Ivan Garcia and Devaughn Forbes and Jordan Colman and Brian Smith.​

Many thanks to the faculty, staff, and parent volunteers for helping judge the first Raider Chopped.​


Hinton Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Congratulations to Senior Mariah Hinton for being selected as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar. She will attend Florida State University in the fall. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Hinton receives a full scholarship as well as​ mentoring, leadership training, travel, and networking opportunities. Only 1,000 high school seniors were selected out of 53,000 applicants.

Addams Family Wins Shuler Hensley Awards
More than 70 students participated in this year's spring musical as cast, crew, and pit band. "The Addams Family" was a huge success, selling out almost every one of its four performances. Congratulations to the Ensemble and Costumes for earning Honorable Mentions from the Shuler Hensley judges. 

Additionally, Sage Stacy and Kento Malm were selected to perform in the ensemble in the Shuler Hensley Awards Show, which was televised April 21, 2016.

Flying Club News

Michelle Marin, Wesley Syme, Kyle Graves, and Amir Hadid (pictured L to R) flew from Gwinnett airport in April. Their flight went to out to Winder and Lake Lanier and back. Newcomers to the club this fall, Michelle Marin and Kyle Graves were able to fly three times during the school year. Freshman Amir Hadid also gained flight experience. Kyle Graves has flown several different aircraft and was able to fly about 90% of the April flight completely by himself. Alan Sohmer is the faculty sponsor.

March 2016 Headlines

Principal of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Shaw for being named the Fulton County Schools Central Learning Community Principal of the Year. The Raiders appreciate Dr. Shaw's hard work and are proud of his recognition.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Gonzalo LaCava, Area Superintendent, Dr. Shaw, and Gail Dean, Fulton County Board of Education, District 3.​

Choral Groups Earn “Superiors” at Large Group Performance Evaluation
Congratulations to the Raider Choral groups for their outstanding performances at the Spring 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). It was a familiar and comfortable environment for the Beginners Choir, the Advanced Women's Choir combined with the Chamber Choir, the Men's Choir, and the Riverwood Singers, as Riverwood hosted the event on Monday, March 28. For the seventh consecutive year, every Raider choir received the highest rating of “Superior” in their performance.​ 

FCCLA State Winners Qualify for Nationals
Chef Elissa Oliver accompanied seven students to Athens in March to compete in the State Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Conference: 

  • Lizbeth Zamora (creative garnish), 1st place in State
  • Tillman Holloway (chicken fabrication)
  • Julia Dias (baking & pastry), 3rd place in State
  • Destine Hartnett (knife skills)
  • Octavious Wright & Bailey Hellem (hospitality tourism management), 2nd place in State
  • Caroline Sweetin (voting member) 
It was a full two-day conference participating in workshops and competitions. Congratulations to Lizbeth Zamora for winning 1st place in the State in creative garnish and to Bailey Hellem and Octavious Wright for finishing 2nd in hospitality management. Julia Dias' honey fig muffin filled with honey goat cheese won 3rd in baking & pastry. The 1st and 2nd place winners qualified for the FCCLA Nationals held in San Diego in July.             


SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership Conference

The 2016 State Leadership and Skills Conference was at the Georgia International Convention Center March 17-19. The Raider SkillsUSA club entered only one event this year, and they won Second Place in their category. Congratulations to the highly rated Audio Radio Production team, composed of Seniors Christopher Johnson and Brian Liu (pictured), who brought home the silver medals. (Johnson left prior to the awards ceremony as he was participating in a track meet)


Bands Earn “Superiors” at 2016 Large Group Performance Evaluation
Congratulations to the Raider Bands for their outstanding performances at the Spring 2016 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation (LGPE). Both the Symphonic and Master Bands earned straight Superiors.

Fall 2015 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Announced
Honor Roll students achieved a cumulative average between 90-94.9 on their Fall Semester  2015 report cards. Principal’s List students earned a cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher. Both Honor Roll and Principal's List students received recognition from Dr. Shaw during assemblies in early March. Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.  
                         2015 Fall Honor Roll and Principal's List

2015-16 STAR Student and Teacher Announced
Congratulations to David Goldfarb, STAR Student, and to Mrs. Balachandran, STAR Teacher. To obtain the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top ten percent, or top ten students, of their class based on grade point average. The STAR program honors Georgia's outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Each high school STAR Student names a STAR Teacher; David's STAR teacher is Science faculty member Rama Balachandran.  

February 2016 Headlines

Georgia Thespian Conference Awards 
Congratulations to Kento Malm and Max Kantor for their award-winning duo-scene performance at the 2016 Georgia Thespian Conference (ThesCon). They earned straight "superiors" for their ​presentation from "Almost Maine." In all, the Raiders had 15 students at this year's ThesCon immersing themselves in a weekend of theatre from the inside-out. 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.

​All-State Chorus
Congratulations to Carolyn Wright (Soprano), Abby Gibson (Soprano), Calloway Powlous (Soprano), and Jasmine Smith (Alto) for passing the rigorous auditions necessary for selection to the prestigious All-State Chorus. They attended the 2016 GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) Festival in Athens at the end of February.

Advanced Placement Test Results Earn Honors​

The Georgia Department of Education named Riverwood an AP STEM School, an AP STEM Achievement School, an AP Humanities School, and an AP Access and Support School based on Spring 2015 Advanced Placement scores.  Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work. 

The STEM categories recognize schools with achievement in AP Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics courses. An AP STEM school has students testing in at least two AP Math and two AP Science courses. An AP STEM Achievement school goes beyond the AP STEM category to recognize schools that have at least 40% of math and science test-takers earning scores of three or higher.

An AP Humanities School has students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English/Language Arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course.

An AP Access and Support School has at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identified themselves as African American and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent of all AP exams earning scores of three or higher.

Goldfarb Advances to National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a Finalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb was one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program and is now one of around 7,400 students advancing to the finalist stage. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.

Raider Debate at 2016 State Championship
The Debate Team traveled to Calhoun High School the weekend of February 20-21 for the First and Second Year State Tournament. Zechiah Weekley, Lily Weinstein, Cecilia Palmar, and Miyel Caldwell competed well in five very difficult rounds of competition at the first year level. At the second year level, Saya Abney and Julia Dias took third place in the tournament, and won 8th and 13th speaker respectively. The team looks forward to the Varsity and National Championship Tournaments coming up in March.

​January 2016 Headlines

Key Wins Comcast Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Kelsey Key, Class of 2016, for being nominated to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship program. Key is a member of the Raider chapters of the National Art Honors Society and the Beta Club. The 2015 Homecoming Queen is an Honor Roll student, a school Ambassador, and an accomplished photographer. ​The Comcast scholarship is a nomination-based award and is funded through the Comcast Foundation to recognize high school seniors for their commitment to community service, academics and demonstrated leadership. To acknowledge these accomplishments, Leaders and Achievers receive a one-time scholarship, with a base award of $1,000​

December 2015 Headlines

Raider Marching Band Performance at 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl

The Raider Marching Band, along with select high school marching bands from around the country, performed in the halftime show of the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Band director Carlos Rodriguez, assisted by several faculty and parent chaperones, led members of the Raider Marching Band and Color Guard to Orlando. The combined high school bands learned the halftime music and practiced together before performing at the December 29th bowl game between the #10 North Carolina Tar Heels and the #18 Baylor Bears. View a video of the band's halftime show, as well as​ photos from the four day trip, on the band's Facebook page (Riverwood Intl. Charter School Marching Band)​

Daniel Gribble Named DAR Outstanding American History Teacher
Social Studies faculty member Daniel Gribble is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding American History Teacher Award for the Sandy Springs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 
Chapter historian, Evelyn Henry and regent, Pat Bradford, presented the award to Mr. Gribble in December​, which included a certificate and a book donated to the Media Center in his name. Students Max Kantor and Nichole Nichols nominated Gribble. As the winner at the chapter level, his name now advances for consideration as the Georgia DAR Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Mr. Gribble.

Lockheed-Martin Field Trip
On Friday, December 4
, the Raider Technology Student Association and ESOL organizations partnered with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers to visit Lockheed-Martin's airplane manufacturing facility in Marietta. Twenty students had the opportunity to learn about the kinds of careers that a company such as Lockheed-Martin has to offer: engineering, maintenance technicians, manufacturing jobs, human resources, accounting, and more. After four engineers shared about the company and about their work, they took the students on a tour of manufacturing plant, a factory which spans 76 football fields in area. There, the students saw how the C-130 cargo plane is put together from start to finish, everything from how the cockpit is assembled to how the wings and landing gear are installed. ​They also learned about manufacturing processes while at the same time seeing how some really modern technology has been integrated and adapted to work with older blueprints and older machines. The engineers who gave the tour all came from different backgrounds and represented different disciplines of engineering: industrial, aerospace, manufacturing, and mechanical. They conducted the tour in both English and Spanish. Consequently, they were able to give ALL of the students great career insights during the tour. 

National Honor Society Inducts New Members
​​Congratulations to the newest members of the Raider chapter of the National Honor Society who were inducted on December 1, 2015:

Allen, Maya Yael
Alperin, Yoel David
Armstrong, Megan Elizabeth
Balga, Katrina Nicole
Bates, Kiry Lauretta
Belfi, Hill 
Blumenthal, Lilly 
Chennault, Malik 
Clayman, Carly Alexis
Cofield, Chandler Simone
Cohen, Erin Hannah
Cohen, Linsey 
Collins, Jamison Elizabeth
Colton, Jeremy Emanuel
Courson, Parker 
Ervin, Che Katherine Simone
Frazier, Malik Benjamin
Garmon, Briana Janel
Garrison, Elizabeth Hope
Goldfein, Shaina Leigh
Graves, Elizabeth 
Gunthert, Olivia 
Gunthert, Zoe Gabrielle
Hodges, Mia 
Holley, Megan 
Hope, Patrick 
Horn, Katherine
Krause, Amanda Meaghan
Langfelder, Rebecca Nicole
Laws, Kendall 
Laws, Sydney 
Luck, Jasmine Brianna
Mualem, Maya Phoebe
Owens, Alexandra Whitley
Paprin, Eliza Rachel
Peek, Natalie
Peljovich, Sarah 
Pinsky, Korin Julienne
Rieger, Grace Anne
Rosenboro, Chelsea Lauren
Rosner, Alec Sokol
Ross, Jada Jasmine
Sherrill, Hannah Fielding
Shutley, Anna Reed
Shutley, Mark 
Soran, Benjamin
Steel, Bari ​
Stubsten, Claire 
Sweetin, Caroline 
Taylor, David Stapleton
Valliani, Inara
Wang, Le
Wilkins, Christopher Scott
Williams, Glenna 

The 2015-16 Officers are Brett Feldman (President), Gabby Jackson (Vice President), Asher Newman (Treasurer), Mariah Hinton (Secretary), and Collins Vise (Operations Coordinator).  Justin Evans and Laura Taylor are the NHS Faculty Sponsors.


Whole Foods Brings Whole Hog (and some beef...)
The Whole Foods Market in Sandy Springs is leading monthly extended learning sessions on campus for Culinary Arts students. The December after-school event, with 25 students signed up, featured a two hour meat fabrication (i.e. butchering) ​lesson. Whole Foods brought a 65 pound pig and a complete beef tenderloin to Chef Oliver's kitchens. It was a privilege for the students to learn proper techniques on the organic Step 4 tenderloin, the most expensive cut of meat. The afternoon menu also included gingered sweet potatoes, turmeric apples, and a salted herb vinegar slaw.​​

All-State Chorus News
Congratulations to the seven Raiders who passed the first, and most difficult, round of auditions for the 2016 All-State chorus: Abby Gibson, Gabby Jackson, Alejandro Perez, Callaway Powlus, Jasmine Smith, Tim Stewart, and Carolyn Wright. Additionally, for the third consecutive year, Callaway Powlus passed the GMEA Reading Chorus audition.

December 2015 Science Fair Winners Advance to County Competition
Congratulations to the first place Science Fair winners who advance to the 2016 Fulton County competition. Ridgeview Charter School (Middle School) is hosting the County Fair in January. 

1st Place Winners
Alex Lipsky:  Biochemistry "I Can Create Doctors with Alcohol"
Arthur Miltner:  Biochemistry "Phosphorous and Nitrogen as Factors in Microbial Growth and Distribution of Communities in Winogradsky Columns"
Ben Segal & Jack Kurlander:  Physics "Solar City"
Juliana Zitron & Alexis Lambert:  Chemistry "Molecular Gastronomy:  The Art of Spherifying Liquified Foods"
Aiden Aerez & Kenan Berenson:  Physics "The Best Bang for your Buck"
Kenzie Fisher:  Chemistry "Power Output of Graphene Super Capacitors in Comparison to Capacitors"
Julia Grace Jones &​ Sonya Reznikova:  Chemistry "Glowstick Luminosity"

Congratulations to the Second and Third place winners (do not advance to County)

2nd Place
Camille Grout:  Biology "Bacteria Collection on Shoes in Areas Commonly Used in an Urban Society"
Mahzuza Rahaman & Maeve Munson:  Biochemistry "The Effects of Microwave Radiation on Plant Growth"
Kourtney L. Clark:  Chemistry "Chemistry of Ice Cream Making:  Lowering the Freezing Point of Water"
Grant Reeder:  Chemistry "The Cool Blue Light of Luminol:  An Investigation of Temperature in Chemical Reaction"
Justin F. Coleman & Jibril A. El-Amin:  Physics "Use of Cellphones Effect on Reaction Time"
Shahir Sarasiya & Sarfaraz Kotadiya:  Physics "Right Design, Better Bridge"
Morgan Finch:  Chemistry "Burning Calories"

3rd Place
Olivia Koenig:  Biology "Sunscreen Use and Effectiveness"
Jazmin Beard:  Chemistry "Soda Acid Effects"
Megan Echols & CeCe Street:  Biochemistry "The Effects of Caffeine on Running"​
Kelsie L. Constable & Ivan A. Garcia:  Physics "Cymatics"
Steven Jackson & Austin Warren:  Chemistry "Dissolving Proteins in HCL"
Jeheziel Dukes & Christian Beasley:  Biology "Decaying Foods"​

November 2015 Headlines

Technology Student Association (TSA) Attends First Leadership Conference
The Raider Technology Student Association (TSA) is a new club on campus this year. Members do not have to be enrolled in engineering classes; the club provides an outlet for any student to explore engineering concepts. In November, seven club members
 attended the TSA Fall Leadership Conference held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. 1,400 students from across the state attended the conference to learn more about both leadership and engineering. Juniors Kenzie Fisher, Peyton Fisher, Caroline Smith, and Alex Hamer; Sophomore DJ Baker; and Freshmen Julie Mittelstedt and Sam Miller represented the Raider TSA chapter.

One of the highlights of the event was the Cardboard Armada, themed “Build a Boat and Hope it Floats.” Kenzie and Peyton Fisher boarded their boat with the help of teammate Julie Mittelstedt. According to faculty sponsor Charles Germano "unfortunately, the boarding process didn't go so well, which was then rapidly followed by the sinking process." 

In between events, classes, and competitions, the students also had the opportunity to spend a little time at the beach. The club's next TSA event is the Georgia State Leadership Conference ​in Athens in March.​

Raider Alum Named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations to Leah Michalove, Riverwood Class of 2012 and Emory University Class of 2016, for being selected a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. She is one of only 32 American college students selected this year to receive the prestigious award, which funds post-graduate study at the University of Oxford, England.

Second Annual Pie Fundraiser Another Success
Culinary Arts students, under the direction of Chef Elissa Oliver, baked dozens of pies for their second annual Thanksgiving fundraiser. Students spent several weeks baking, testing, and perfecting recipes. In the week leading up to the Thanksgiving break, the Raider kitchens turned out over 160 pies: apple, chocolate, and pumpkin. This year’s favorite pie was apple, with chocolate not far behind.

Every Culinary Arts student took part in the pie baking. From entry level to advanced classes, the project was a lab grade for all of Chef Oliver’s students. Donated ingredients defrayed some of the costs. The butter came from Kerry Gold and the Sandy Springs Whole Foods Market supplied some of the apples.

Orders came from students, members of the faculty and staff, parents, and community, with many repeat orders from last year’s pleased customers. The Culinary Arts students raised more than $2,400, slightly more than the inaugural sale, which will go toward buying new kitchen equipment, purchasing more expensive ingredients to experiment with in labs, and covering FCCLA Regional and State expenses.

Chef Oliver observed “This year’s pie production was flawless. We received great feedback on the pies, and I cannot wait to see what we can do next year! I am so proud of all the students. They worked as a team from start to finish: making the dough, filling the crusts, baking, and packaging the final product.”

FBLA Fall Leadership Conference
The Raider Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter traveled to the 2015 FBLA Fall Leadership Conference in Athens. The two day conference, held November 4-5, brought more than 3,000 students and advisers together from across the state. Members and advisers attended sessions on Leadership, Professionalism, College Readiness, and Public Speaking. A special treat this year was having a campus tour provided by Raider Business Alumni at UGA​. Sheri Smith is the FBLA Faculty Sponsor

Seven Governor's Honors Semifinalists
Congratulations to the seven Raider​s chosen as semi-finalists in the 2015-16 Governor's Honors competition: Clara Bensimon (Visual Arts), Harris Cohen (Theatre), Gedalya Feingold (Communicative Arts - not pictured), Arthur Miltner (Jazz Trombone)​, Eliza Paprin (Communicative Arts), Benjamin Soran (Social Studies), and Carolyn Wright (Voice, Soprano).

The next round of interviews will be in early 2016, and the finalists will be announced in March. ​

The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four week, all expenses paid, residential summer program for Georgia's gifted and talented high school students. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment. Less than 1% of Georgia’s high school students qualify for this honor. ​

Riverwood Singers Chosen for 2016 GMEA Convention
The Georgia Music Educator​s Association (GMEA) chose the Riverwood Singers to be one of only four high schools to perform at the January 2016 GMEA State Music Teacher’s Convention in Athens. ​The GMEA selects by audition from the top choirs across the state. The Riverwood Singers is an 18-member treble vocal ensemble and is the premier vocal group of the school’s five curricular choirs.​ ​

Graduation Rate Increases 8.3%
The Georgia Department of Education recently reported the Class of 2015 graduation rates for all schools. Congratulations to the faculty and to the members of the Class of 2015 for achieving an 89.6% graduation rate, an increase of 8.3% over the Class of 2014. The graduate rate measures the number of students who graduate within four years, adjusted for student transfers. Dr. Shaw's November Principal's Report to the Governance Council discusses the graduation rate as well as other school news:  Dr. Shaw's November 2015 PowerPoint Presentation

Goldfarb is National Merit Semifinalist
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb who, based on his stellar scores on the PSAT taken in October 2014, is a semifinalist in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship competition. Goldfarb is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Goldfarb must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition: he must have a record of high academic performance, be endorsed and recommended by the school's principal, and earn SAT scores which confirm his earlier qualifying test performance. Additionally, he will complete a detailed scholarship application, which includes an essay and information about his participation and leadership in school and community activities. ​

October 2015 Headlines

Kinsey is Neighbor Newspapers Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Senior Varsity Football player Marvin Kinsey for being named the Athlete of the Week by the Sandy Springs NeighborRead the October 28, 2015 article by E. Marcel Pourtout

Spring 2015 Honor Roll and Principal’s List Recognitions 
Honor Roll students achieved a Spring 2015 semester cumulative average between 90-94.9 and were recognized Thursday, October 29. Principal’s List students earned a Spring 2015 semester cumulative grade point average of 95 or higher; they were honored Friday, October 30. ​Congratulations to these outstanding scholars for a successful semester and for their demonstrated commitment to academic excellence.

                        2015 Spring Honor ​Roll and Principal's List

Stahlman Receives Community Service Award

Congratulations to Senior Samantha Stahlman for winning the Princeton Club of Georgia’s annual Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award. This prestigious award honors metro Atlanta high school students who, through community involvement and personal initiative, best exemplify the ideals of service and volunteerism espoused by former President Woodrow Wilson. In an October 2015 ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Nathan Deal presented the awards to the 11 winners.   

     Stahlman is on the front row second from the left

Raider Drumline Earns Best in Class
Congratulations to the Raider drumline for winning the best percussion section in their class at the October 17, 2015 Collins Hill Band Competition. The drumline is under the direction of Rod Schopke.

Class of 2016 Top Ten Announced
Congratulations to the Seniors with the highest GPA's in the class:  Pascal Acree, David Goldfarb, Shaina Goldfein, Harrison Lipsky, Morgan Martin, Fallon Parfaite, Samantha Stahlman, Josh Vayle, Kyle Weil & Kathryn Wyckoff.

Art Students Enter Atlanta Botanical Gardens Contest

Members of the Raider Chapter of the National Art Honor Society created a scarecrow for this year's Atlanta Botanical Gardens "Scarecrows in the Gardens" contest. The life-sized mannequin, named Pierre, is one of more than 100 handcrafted scarecrows on display in the midtown gardens through October 31st.           learn more

Continued Success at 2015 Gladiator Debates
The Raiders traveled to North Fulton October 10 for the John's Creek 2015 Gladiator Debates. Continuing their streak of impressive tournaments, Saya Abney and Julia Dias made it to the semi-finals and earned 9th and 16th speaker, respectively. Congratulations also to Cecilia Palmer and Lilly Weinstein for going 3 and 2 on the Novice level in some extre​mely close rounds.

September 2015 Headli

The Raiders competed at Chattahoochee High School Saturday, September 26, 2015. On the JV level, Saya Abney and Julia Dias took third place. Individually, Abney was 6th and Dias was 9th speaker. On the Novice level, the team was collectively 11-19. While none of the Raider teams placed, the win rate more than doubled from 16% to 36% from the previous tournament​ at Emory. Zack Feldberg is the Faculty Sponsor; Blake Tanase​ is the Debate Coach.

Chick-Fil-A Tour:  From Headquarters to Kitchen
Around 20 members of the Raider Chapter of the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) toured the Chick-fil-A headquarters in College Park as well as the Sandy Springs restaurant on September 23, 2015. The headquarters tour provided a glimpse of the corporate operations while the tour of the Roswell Road kitchen during lunch rush hour was eye-opening! The students learned about new menu items under consideration and also about some old favorites which may be removed. A box lunch was the perfect ending to the field trip. Faculty sponsor of the Culinary Club is Chef Elissa Oliver.​

Senior Wins Local Photography Contest
Congratulations to Senior Callaway Powlus (Class of 2016) for her winning entry in the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Spring's (WASS) photography contest. Her streamscape photo won second place and will be featured in the WASS 2016 Calendar.   ​​

Raider Debate Wins 1st Place Awards
The Raider Debate Team is off to a tremendous start with several first place medals in their first competition of the year. The team participated in the Emory University Barkley​ Forum Novice/JV debate over Labor Day weekend. Congratulations to Sophomores Saya Abney and Julia Dias for their first place win as a JV Team. In the individual competition, Abney won 1st Speaker and Dias placed 4th Speaker. 

Congratulations also to Freshmen team members Malcolm Aquebor, Joi Bailey, Isabelle Balaban, Miyel Caldwell, Aida Geuye, Lauren Lockhart, Cecilia Palmar, Nakhari Quinn, Brittany Rhodes, Kiara Simmons, Lillian Weinstein, and Atreyana Wiggins for competing in their first Novice Debate Tournament. The Raiders are proud of these six novice teams.​ The Faculty Sponsor is Zack Feldberg and Blake Tanase​ is the Debate Coach.

August 2015 Headlines

Youth Leadership Sandy Springs Inducts 13 Raiders
Congratulations to the Raiders inducted into fifth Youth Leadership Sandy Springs class on August 13, 2015. David Antoniono, Dori Balser, Mary-Crawford Essinger, Julia Grace Jones, Lesly Organista, Ben Segal, Brian Smith, Christopher Sprung, Anna Thomas, Inara Valliani, Joseph Virgin, Taylor Williams, and Laura Zamora join 27 students from ten other local schools for a year of leadership training and civic engagement programs​. 

Goldfarb is​ Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholar
Congratulations to Senior David Goldfarb (Class of 2016) for being selected to participate in the 2015 Winship Cancer Institute Summer Scholars Program at Emory University. The six-week program introduces students to the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, and medicine. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity to explore and discover the interconnectivity of various scientific fields.

Students in the program partner with an active researcher affiliated with Emory University and develop their own project to investigate and present at a concluding symposium. Goldfarb's work focused on the regulation of proteins, particularly NTG1, involved in Base Excision Repair: a method of DNA repair. 

June 2015 Headlines

Class of 2015 Senior Spotlight on Tianna Seidel

Fulton County Schools selected one senior from each high school for its 2015 Star Senior Showcase. Congratulations to Tianna Seidel for representing the Raiders in this year’s video. 

Seidel, a dedicated member of the Raider drama program, loves the theatre and everything that goes with it. In addition to acting, she learned technical aspects of the stage, including lighting and sound design, as well as costuming and set building. 

Seidel’s passion for theatre started with her two older sisters, who both had a flair for the dramatic arts. “I grew up watching them and I loved it,” she said. This closeness with her sisters became important when, as a young teen, she moved in with her oldest sister due to their parents’ financial struggles. As a result, Seidel struggled with homelessness during her eighth through tenth grade years, living in different houses, extended stay motels, and even at friends’ homes.

The uncertainty in her living situation made Seidel more understanding and empathetic of others. “It taught me that things don’t always go the way you want them to. Things can happen outside of your control,” she said. “The world can be cruel and sometimes you have to look out for yourself.”  Her earlier challenges also created a strong drive for success. Seidel will attend Oglethorpe University in the fall, with scholarships paying for most of her private college tuition. She plans to study marketing and minor in theatre in the hopes that both disciplines of study will prepare her to someday open her own theatre company.​​   
                           June 2015 Video Interview

Miller Drafted by San Francisco Giants
Congratulations to Jalen Miller, Class of 2015, for being selected in the June 2015 Major League Baseball draft. The San Francisco Giants drafted Miller in the 3rd Round, 95th overall.

Read the June 16, 2015 Neighbor Newspapers article by Monica Burge

May 2015 Headlines​

Congratulations, Graduates! 
The Class of 2015 graduated on Thursday, May 21 at the Cobb Energy Centre. Each year, the school bestows three special awards to outstanding seniors. Congratulations to: ​       

  • Atlanta Journal & Constitution Cup:  Rachel Carlson
    The AJC Cup recipient displays not only academic promise but also demonstrates initiative, enthusiasm, energy, and strong leadership skills. The AJC Cup winner is an exemplary student who serves as a positive role model. 
  • Principal's Cup:  Skyler de Groot
    The Principal's Cup goes to the senior who best exemplifies the spirit of Riverwood. Basic criteria include academic scholarship, athletic participation, and demonstrated leadership. Most importantly, the recipient of this award has a history of mutual respect for those of other races, cultures, and beliefs.

  • Faculty Cup: Madeline Sibert 
    The Faculty Cup recipient is well-rounded, excelling in scholarship as well as extracurricular pursuits. The Faculty Cup goes to a young person whose positive behavior, extra effort and “can do” attitude is emblematic of what is right with today’s youth.

Boyd and Kinsey Earn "Superior" Score at Georgia Student Media Festival
Congratulations to Tianna Boyd and Marvin Kinsey for winning the highest possible score in the May 2015 Georgia Student Media Festival. Their project, "Speak Up," was one of more than 830 entries from across the state to advance from local and district competitions. Judges evaluated 
excellence in production, writing, creativity, lighting, and impact.

The Georgia Student Media Festival celebrates outstanding student-produced media projects. The Georgia Association for Instructional Technology (GAIT) and the Georgia Library Association (GLA,) in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and Clayton State University (CSU), sponsor the annual event. 


Marinkovic Receives Indiana University Wells Scholarship
Congratulations to Luka Marinkovic, Class of 2015, for receiving the prestigious Indiana University Wells Scholarship. Marinkovic will attend the Jacobs School of Music at IU. The Wells Scholarship ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Each year, between 18 and 22 incoming freshmen receive the award, based solely on merit. Named in honor of Herman B Wells, Indiana University’s beloved 11th president, the Wells Scholarship provides full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study on IU’s Bloomington campus. Scholars may choose to spend one of these years studying abroad through the university’s overseas study programs. Wells Scholars are also members of the Hutton Honors College, where they can apply for grants in support of research, internships, creative activity, conference travel, and honors thesis work.

Marinkovic in Concert with Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony Tuesday, May 19
Senior Luka Marinkovic will perform his most recent solo piano composition as part of the 
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony season finale concert on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The free concert is at 8pm at Atlanta Symphony Hall in Midtown.   
              learn more about the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony​

Southerland Wins 2015 Gates Millennium Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Tylea Southerland for being selected as one of only 1,000 2015 ​Gates Millennium Scholars. Over 57,000 students from across the country applied for this year's scholarships. 
The program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides outstanding low income minority students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any area of interest. Students must have at least a 3.3 average and will receive leadership training along with this renewable scholarship to attend college.

Raiders Win Positive Athlete Georgia Awards
Raiders Named Positive School of the Year
Three Students Named Positive Athlete of the Year
The 2014-15 school year was the first time Riverwood participated in the Positive Athlete Georgia program. Congratulations to the three Raider Positive Athletes of the Year: Pascal Acree (Tennis), Bayne Jarvis (Cross Country), and Danielle Jenkins (Swimming). Furthermore, the school won the 2014-15 Positive School of the Year.                 

                          learn more

Berman Awarded Georgia Tech Presidential Scholarship
Congratulations to Senior Asher Berman for winning a President's Scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Berman joins his classmate Julia Clendenin as a President's Scholarship recipient. ​The President’s Scholarship is Georgia Tech’s most prestigious merit scholarship and is offered each year to about 50 outstanding high school seniors from across the nation who have demonstrated superb leadership, scholarship, progress, and service.  

Raiders in the Media
October 2015
Sandy Springs Neighbor names Senior Marvin Kinsey​ the "Athlete of the Week" 10/28/15
September 2015
​Sandy Springs Patch reports Watershed Alliance Phot​ography Winners 9/11/15
August 2015
​Sandy Springs Neighbor names Senior Marvin Kinsey a "Super Seven" pre-season football player   8/21/15​
Sandy Sprin​gs Neighbor profiles the 2015 Raider Football Season 8/21/15
Sandy Springs Patch covers the Sandy Springs Society's grant to the Riverwood Foundation  8/​​18/15​
July 2015  
​Reporter Newspapers features Raiders Marching Band Camp 7/20/15​
June 2015
​Sandy Springs Ne​ighbor 6/17/15 covers Jalen Miller & Major League Baseball Draft
AJC 6/12/15 Bragbook features scholarship win​ners Asher Berman & Corinn Gist-Stevenson
​AJC 6/12/15 Best in Class column covers Raider Positive Athlete Georgia Awards​
AJC 6/5/15 Bragbook reports Thielly Ribeiro won first place in Georgia on the 2015 National Spanish Exam​
May 2015
Sandy Springs Neighbor 5/26/15 covers Raider Boys Soccer team ​as they advance to State Final Four
Sandy Springs Patch 5/25/15 reports Thielly Ribeiro won fir​st place in Georgia on the 2015 National Spanish Exam​
Sandy Springs Patch 5/22/15 covers Luka Marinkovic Indiana University Wells Scholarship & Tylea Sutherland Gates Millenium Scholarship
The Reporte​r Newspapers announces Raider Positive Athlete Awards
Sandy Springs Patch 5/11/15 announces Raider Positive Athlete Awards
Sandy Springs Patch 5/4/15 reports Corinn Gist-S​tevenson's National Achievement Scholarship

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