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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.
The NBA Executive Committee takes great pleasure in awarding a Citation of Excellence to Paul Clayton for an outstanding contribution to band and band music. Through professional leadership you have inspired excellence in musical performance. Your record of service to our profession is one of which you may be justifiably proud, and it will serve as a model to others.
In late March, Orchestra was adjudicated by three judges. Our overall ranking was Superior.
Judge 1 graded sight reading (accuracy of playing through music that we’ve never seen before). The orchestra earned 24 out of 25 points.
More exciting, Judge 2 and Judge 3 adjudicated our prepared piece of music. Those judges each gave us a score of 50 out of 50 points
Two perfect scores!! This is unheard of at CPA. These Silver Foxes are working hard and excelling. #FoxPride
The DFHS Technology Student Association (TSA) attended the State Conference in Myrtle Beach, placing 2nd overall in the state. We brought home six 1st place, eight 2nd place, and eight 3rd place trophies. Ms. McShane’s VEX Robotics team placed 1st in their competition, and Mr. Lindler’s Coding teams swept the competition with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Mr. Landreneau’s Extemporaneous Speech students, Connor Willoughby, Kwame Kennedy, and Caroline Norris also swept the competition with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Debate team of Meaghan Ainsworth and Connor Willoughby placed 3rd. The Biotechnology Team of Rachel Faris, Ben Alkahatib, Pan Naing, and Bryson Gregg placed 2nd. The Engineering Design Team of Kameron Stewart, John Sweringen, Tommy Metts and Mark Stacy placed 3rd, and the team of Tommy Pinckney and Owen Peterson placed 2nd. Aleah Solomon placed 3rd in the Future Technology Teacher competition. Guytano Mancine placed 2nd in Music Production, and the team of Taj Thomas, Jaden Suber, Josh Coleman, and Jordan Trapp placed 3rd. Jaylen Leonard placed 3rd in Scientific Visualization, and Jenna Hofseth placed 3rd in STEM Careers. The team of Nick Holden, Deric Hanko, and Tamia Burgess placed 1st in Promotional Design. Kate Land and Seth McPhail placed 1st in Technology Problem Solving. Kate Land also placed 2nd in prepared Presentation and Maja Mushtaq placed 1st. The team of Liam Martin, Cameron Muccio, Connor Willoughby, Johnelle Weekley, and Erica Meece placed 2nd in Video Game Design. Wyatt Boyer and Austin Meier placed 2nd in the Webmaster Competition. The students had a great time and represented DFHS well. Many of these students have qualified for Nationals this Summer.
Dutch Fork High science teacher Kat Degar (left) was one of ten teachers selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in an ecology-based International Fellowship! Partnering with the non-profit organization Ecology Project International, Degar worked hands-on with local fishermen/conservationists during a catch-and-release sea turtle monitoring project in Baja, Mexico. She is excited to share her learning with District Five!
Lindsey Kirtley won a Juror's choice award in the amount of $250.00 at the annual "Art of Healing" event. Lexington Medical Center and the Columbia Museum of art joined forces, and students from Lexington County submitted work that interpreted healing through visual art. Congratulations to one of our very own silver foxes for this accomplishment.
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.”