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What Makes Dutch Fork So Special?Dutch Fork High School is committed to the academic, social, mental, physical, and personal growth of our students.
- In academics, we scored Excellent on the SC Annual Report Card and received two Palmetto Gold Awards. We have a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program that was recently awarded AdvancED STEM Certification. Last year produced 6 National Merit Finalists, 31 Palmetto Fellows, 203 graduates who had GPA`s of 3.0 or higher which qualifies them for the Hope and Life Scholarships, and 251 students earned a scholarship awards totalling over 80 million dollars! DFHS was ranked by Newsweek, Washington Post, and Niche among the nation`s most academically rigorous and challenging high schools, the 2nd highest traditional high school in SC. Dutch Fork was also selected as a Professional School by the University of South Carolina, allowing for a close partnership with the university.
- Our track team is the reigning STATE CHAMPION. Our Cheerleaders and Football team are BACK-to-Back STATE CHAMPIONS! All our sports are competitive.
- We boast a strong Arts program. Our Dazzlers compete on the national level and our Visual Arts, Band (4th in State), and Orchestra students took home numerous awards.
- Our Yearbook staff and Media Arts consistently win best in state. In 2016-17, our principal was awarded the SCASA lifetime achievement award.
Starting next year, AP Seminar and AP Research will replace our current Honors Research I and II. This will allow college credit for these courses. Please visit the following links:Links for Students:AP Seminar Link for Students - https://apstudent.
collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap- seminarAP Research Link for Students - https://apstudent. collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap- research
Rising junior Hannah Leydig became the first female student in Lexington-Richland School District Five to pass the Fire Academy “Firefighters I” test at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center). Her “Fire and Rescue 1” course includes overview of the functions and history of the fire service with emphasis on fire suppression. After earning her South Carolina Fire Academy Firefighter I certification, Leydig was able to enroll in the formal “Firefighters I” class. The class integrates individual online learning along with practical skills sessions that include live fire training opportunities. “This is such a big honor for me to be the first female to pass the test,” Leydig said. “My family is so proud of me. When I enrolled, I remember telling my mom that I am going to be the first female to pass this test. I am so grateful for the support of my class – being the only female, they treated me like I was one of them. It really helped me get through the exam and whole process.” Her teacher Michael Levy was amazed at Hannah’s willingness to always go the extra mile. “During our Live Fire Introductory Burn field trip, Hannah was able to push through her comfort zone and succeed at navigating the Columbia Fire Department’s three-level maze without the ability of seeing anything,” Levy said. “She always went above and beyond to conquer her challenges, and never expects any different treatment as a female. Hannah has learned that she has unique abilities to persevere in order to succeed at accomplishing new challenges.”
Hannah Oliver has been named 2016 5A Cheerleader of the Year by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. She was honored as Cheerleader of the Year for her leadership skills, work ethic, and positive attitude. Hannah's coach, Katie Nunnery says “Hannah is intelligent, hardworking, dedicated, and an all-around fantastic athlete. From day one she has been a pleasure to coach due to her outstanding work ethic and athletic ability. Hannah has always been the type of athlete and student that pushes herself to be the best she can be. Hannah winning this award is merely a glimpse into what amazing accomplishments are in her future.”
Dutch Fork High School Science and Research Teacher Brittany Holden was named Teacher of the Year for South Carolina at the Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) on January 20. The Regional JSHS is a statewide competition at the University of South Carolina consisting of presentations by scientists and research presentations by high school students. This award honored Holden for her contribution to advancing student participation in research and for educational excellence in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
“I felt very honored to receive Teacher of the Year at the South Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium,” said Holden. “Previously, I worked in the research field and now as an educator I feel like teaching the importance of research in our society is valuable to all students.”
Marcus Montgomery clinched the Class AAAAA wrestling title 195-pound division with a 3-1 decision. Dutch Fork wrestling coach Kyle Kimrey discussed how proud he was to see Montgomery finish his career on top. “Marcus wrestled a heck of a state tournament and handled the pressure of being the front runner brilliantly,” Kimrey said. “I’m extremely happy and proud of Marcus for finishing his Dutch Fork wrestling career as a state champ! He has spent a lot of time on the mat, and he and his family have invested a lot to get to this achievement.” “This means so much to me. All the hard work, dedication, sweat, tears and struggle that I have put into this sport has finally paid off,” Montgomery said. “But more importantly, all the hard work I have put into the classroom has paid off because if I didn’t work there, I would have never had the chance to wrestle!”
DFHS student Madison Leonard was chosen as one of two Student Assistant Athletic Trainers to represent the South Carolina team in the 2016 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game. “This is such a tremendous honor to be selected to represent the training staff for the South Carolina team at the Shrine Bowl,” Leonard said. “It has been really exciting to build relationships with the staff here and the players.” Madison attended practices and events with the team, but missed Saturday's game to be on the field as Dutch Fork won the AAAAA football state championship.
The Orchestra Division of the South Carolina Music Association recently held All-Region Orchestra auditions. Twenty-four students from Dutch Fork High School auditioned. 19 of these students earned a spot in the All-Region Orchestra and four were selected as alternates.
9th-10th Grade OrchestraLauren Chen (Assistant concertmaster -2nd chair), Caitlin Kunchur, Kathleen Chen, Brandon Rice, Susana Munoz, CJ Amick, Koji Ishimor, Sabria Bowman (Principal viola-1st chair), Josh Coleman, Nya Gerald, Jazmin Dunlap, Niki Daneshvar, Olivia Rueter, Shannon Casey
11th -12th Orchestra
Audrey Wang (Concert master-1st chair), Sunjay Jayaram (Assistant concert master-2nd chair), Nina Daneshvar, Isaiah Bowman, Bryan Tran (Principal Bass-1st chair), 1st Alternate Grayson Horton (cello), 2nd Alternate Emma McInnes, 4th Alternate Allison Cobb,1st Alternate Arjun Verma (cello)