FBLA Members Competed in District II Conference


The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed during the FBLA District II Conference on Saturday, January 28th at the Lexington Technology Center.  Students competed in 8 areas and ranked well enough in 7 areas to move on to the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Charleston, SC on March 17-18th. When you see these students around campus, make sure to congratulate them on a job well done!

Entrepreneurship
2nd Place Pilarr Lane and Kei’yona Jordon

Business Law
1st Place Taylor Jeter
3d Place   Morgan Benson

Graphic Design
1st Place Zhane’ Bradley

Electronic Career Portfolio
5th Place Amina Wallace

Introduction to Information Technology
1st Place    Siarah Wilson

Congratulations Ethan Drake

Spring Valley Senior Ethan Drake had two of his artworks  selected for the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s 2016-2017 Annual Emerging Artists Competition: “Straight Outta Options” & “The Vitruvian Man”.
  
The judges panel reviewed 119 submissions and selected more than 50 artworks for display. Ethan received $500 for art supplies to create his artwork for the show. On Friday, January 27th he won 3rd place for his piece "The Vitruvian Man" and received a $1000 scholarship and upon his acceptance to USCB he will receive another $1000 ($2500 in total). Congratulations Ethan!

Man Up Mentoring Program Tours USC Campus


On Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 ManUp mentors and mentees visited the University of South Carolina for a campus tour. Our tour, which was guided by a USC Ambassador, started at the Mckissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe. The tour spanned from the H. William Close Building to Longstreet Theatre. After we concluded our tour we spoke with an admissions counselor regarding entry requirements. Two University of South Carolina seniors shared their experiences on being a Gamecock and discussed their post-graduate plans. The tour was very valuable and our ManUp mentees left with some great insights on how they can enhance their academic profile before applying to colleges and universities.

Miss Spring Valley 2017




Congratulations to the following young ladies who were crowned at the Miss Spring Valley Pageant on Saturday, January 21st.  

Miss Spring Valley: Janaisa Cooper
Miss Senior: Jayla Williams 
Miss Junior: Christina Harding
Miss Sophomore: Mattison Felker
Miss Freshman: Isabelle Gressette

Miss Viking Spirit: Antonia Kincaid 
Miss Grand Talent: Christina Harding 
Evening Gown Award: Christina Harding & Mattison Felker
Onstage Question and Answer: Mattison Felker & Janaisa Cooper
Judges Interview: Mattison Felker & Jayla Williams


Prom Tickets - On Sale February 8th


Prom tickets will be sold on Wednesday's and Thursday's at lunch in the atrium lobby. Seniors receive one free ticket but they must sign up and not have any outstanding fees. If a senior's date is from another school, they must purchase a date ticket.

There are two ticket prices - a single ticket and a couple ticket. The couple tickets are $10 more. Get your tickets early because the prices will go up!

Date                              Single                  Couple          
Feb.  8, 9                            25                         35
               
Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23             35                         45

Mar.  1, 2, 8, 9                    45                         55

March 15, 16, 22, 23          55                         65

March 29, 30                      65                         75
April  5, 6, 19, 20

April 26, 27                        75                          85

Tickets at the door - $100 each (no couples tickets will be sold at the door)

Spring Valley Education Foundation 31st Annual Auction


Gear Up Students Tour Francis Marion University


On January 26, 2017 Gear Up students toured the campus of Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. Where the students learned about student life, the admissions process and of course the great onsite dining. Did you know that incoming freshmen can qualify for academic scholarships? If a student has a 3.0 or higher, scores an 1100 or better on the SAT critical reading and math or a 24 ACT Composite. Francis Marion is on rolling admissions with over 40 majors of study. Our students learned so much from our visit are very excited about the next college tour.

Albert Huang Aces ACT


Spring Valley Senior Albert Huang earned the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score.  Way to go Albert !



Teacher Cadets at Spring Valley




Exactly what is Teacher Cadets?
Teacher Cadet is a class for juniors & seniors who are interested in exploring the various careers in education.or in any profession that works with kids. You will learn valuable information and gain the skills to work with children and youth. More detailed information can be found at this link: https://www.teachercadets.com/teacher-cadets-overview.html


What kind of credit do students earn?
The class is a dual enrollment class, so students are receiving college credit (EDU101) while at the same time receiving an elective high school credit. Because of its dual enrollment status, S.C. awards Advanced Placement weighting to this course. 

Who can sign up for the class?
Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and an excellent disciplinary record. You MUST complete an application to be admitted into the class. 

What about the college credit?
  The credit will transfer to any college or university in the United States. The receiving college will determine how the credit will be applied to the student’s course of study dependent on their major , but no college has refused to accept it. 

Can juniors take the class?
YES!

What if I am not sure I want to be a teacher?
This class will still be of great benefit to you! See Mrs. Dilley in 329D for more information. Applications are available from Mrs. Dilley, outside of 329D in the folder, and online.

Student Culture and Climate Survey

Student's please check your email and complete a brief survey on your experience here at Spring Valley. Your feedback will help administrators, teachers and staff gauge your high school experience and allow us to make adjustments where needed to improve. Surveys are confidential. 

"Spring Valley Vikings R-I-S-E UP! Be Responsible, have Integrity, display Self-Confidence & Excel in everything you do!"

Save the Date : Open House February 9th


Please join us for Open House, Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, in the Spring Valley Commons. Meet your student's teachers, counselors, and administrators. Stop by for questions about Chromebooks, help adding teacher calendars or the school's Calendar of Events or Athletics Calendar to your own, or to learn how to follow SVHS online.  

We hope to see you there.

Applications Now Open for National Technical Honor Society


What is NTHS?
The National Technical Honor Society is a non-profit, honors, service organization for students enrolled in occupational, vocational and technical programs.  The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY?
To become a member of the NTHS, students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Second Semester Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  •  Currently enrolled in a second level CATE course or successful completion of two CATE  courses in the same program of study 
  •  Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  •  Grade of A or B in your technical class or
  •  Special recognition (student of the quarter, etc.)
  •  Faculty and/or staff recommendations 
  •  Active involvement in a school organization
  •  No major discipline problems


Full time students inducted as NTHS members are eligible to apply for scholarships through NTHS.org.
"Success Favors the Prepared Mind"
Please complete the following application if you would like to be considered for admittance into NTHS.  All applications are due to Mrs. Summers in C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

Click here for the application. Click here to learn about how to become a member.

PLEASE SEE Mrs. Summers C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 if you have questions.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.



LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Teacher Cadets at Spring Valley




Exactly what is Teacher Cadets?
Teacher Cadet is a class for juniors & seniors who are interested in exploring the various careers in education.or in any profession that works with kids. You will learn valuable information and gain the skills to work with children and youth. More detailed information can be found at this link: https://www.teachercadets.com/teacher-cadets-overview.html


What kind of credit do students earn?
The class is a dual enrollment class, so students are receiving college credit (EDU101) while at the same time receiving an elective high school credit. Because of its dual enrollment status, S.C. awards Advanced Placement weighting to this course. 

Who can sign up for the class?
Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and an excellent disciplinary record. You MUST complete an application to be admitted into the class. 

What about the college credit?
  The credit will transfer to any college or university in the United States. The receiving college will determine how the credit will be applied to the student’s course of study dependent on their major , but no college has refused to accept it. 

Can juniors take the class?
YES!

What if I am not sure I want to be a teacher?
This class will still be of great benefit to you! See Mrs. Dilley in 329D for more information. Applications are available from Mrs. Dilley, outside of 329D in the folder, and online.

Save the Date : Open House February 9th


Please join us for Open House, Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, in the Spring Valley Commons. Meet your student's teachers, counselors, and administrators. Stop by for questions about Chromebooks, help adding teacher calendars or the school's Calendar of Events or Athletics Calendar to your own, or to learn how to follow SVHS online.  

We hope to see you there.

Applications Now Open for National Technical Honor Society

What is NTHS?
The National Technical Honor Society is a non-profit, honors, service organization for students enrolled in occupational, vocational and technical programs.  The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.


HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY?
To become a member of the NTHS, students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Second Semester Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  •  Currently enrolled in a second level CATE course or successful completion of two CATE  courses in the same program of study 
  •  Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  •  Grade of A or B in your technical class or
  •  Special recognition (student of the quarter, etc.)
  •  Faculty and/or staff recommendations 
  •  Active involvement in a school organization
  •  No major discipline problems



Full time students inducted as NTHS members are eligible to apply for scholarships through NTHS.org.
"Success Favors the Prepared Mind"
Please complete the following application if you would like to be considered for admittance into NTHS.  All applications are due to Mrs. Summers in C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

Click here for the application. Click here to learn about how to become a member.


PLEASE SEE Mrs. Summers C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 if you have questions.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

NAYGN Scholarship


You are invited to participate in the 

North American Young Generation in Nuclear Essay Contest! 

Eligibility: High School Student (Grades 9-12) 
Due Date: March 3, 2017 
Prizes: First place - laptop (Lenovo Yoga 900 or comparable) 
Second place - Chromebook 
In addition, all top 3 finalists will receive science books, the board game Power Grid, and a copy of the documentary Pandora's Promise.

Essay Prompt: Research energy sources and climate change. Propose an informed energy solution that limits climate change, allows developed countries to maintain their standard of living, and can provide reliable electricity to the 1.2 billion people currently without.ac.cess to power. Proposed energy solution should consider the environmental and practical benefits and consequences of baseload (e.g. nuclear, fossil, hydro) versus intermittent (e.g. wind or solar) sources. 

Requirements:
In this essay, define baseload and intermittent electricity sources.
Use at least 3 different reliable sources for your research and cite these sources.
Essay must be between 1000 and 1500 words.

Optional Topics (questions to get you thinking!):
  • What is the cause of global warming? 
  • Where do carbon emissions come from? 
  • How is electricity made? 
  • Can electricity be stored? 
  • How much electricity do we need? How much do we use? 
  • Could electric cars factor into the solution? 
  • All electricity generation sources generate waste. How do we deal with this waste? 
  • (chemical, materials, carbon, radioactive materials) 
  • What is the average electricity price in the United States? 
  • Why is a diverse energy portfolio important? 
  • What are the limitations of each electricity generation source? 

Grading: Essays will be graded on meeting the above requirements, content & logical conclusions drawn from reliable sources, and grammar. 
Submission: email PDF version to naygn.essay@gmail.com 
Please visit our website at http://naygn.org/committees/public-information/student-education/ for more information about this contest and about NAYGN. 

Spring Bus Tours

Juniors and Seniors Join us for our Spring Bus Tours! Your spot will be held when you bring your permission form and payment to the CIC. Permission forms can be picked up in the CIC or printed from Naviance.  Please see Mrs. Dickerson if you have any questions. 

Spring Valley NHS Selling Donuts Next Week

To raise funds for Camp Kemo, Spring Valley's National Honor Society will be selling donuts for $1 in the atrium next week. Stop by Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning to pick up your donuts and show your support for such a great cause!

R2i2 Dual Credit


SV Students Participate in the Coastal Carolina University Honor Band & Scholarship Festival

Spring Valley High School Band members were recently selected to participate in the annual Coastal Carolina University Honor Band & Scholarship Festival. The festival was held on the CCU campus on January 18-20, 2017. Students were placed by a competitive audition process into the Festival Wind Ensemble or the Coastal Honor Band.

Alex Whitson- Oboe
Will Norris- Clarine
Tyrell Fleshman- Clarinet
Dylan McCormick-Alto Saxophone
Macey Coulter- Alto Saxophone
Trado Mayson- Tenor Saxophone
Eloise Lamie- Horn
Zach Whitson- Trombone
Dennis Patterson Jr.- Euphonium
Ahmad Alford- Tuba

These students had the opportunity to work with other talented musicians from across the state, and performed a variety of musical selections. 

Congratulations to these young men and women, they represented Spring Valley very well!

Viking Sports Wrap

Photo: GoFlashWin.com
JV Girls Basketball
The JV Lady Vikings improved their record last night by holding off and defeating White Knoll 40-32. We were led on offense by Alexis Mikell and Kenadii Taylor with 10 pts each, Zaliya Anthony added 9 pts, Kymber Lee 8 pts, Maryah Lance 2 pts and Malaysia Irby with 1 pt. We will be back in action on Monday, 5:30 @ Irmo. Overall Record 10-2 Region 8-0.


JV Boys Basketball
The team played extremely well defensively as we were able to jump out to a early lead and keep that lead to beat White Knoll 42-20.  It was a total team effort as each player was able to play in the game. Our scorer were Nicolas Doctor 12pts., Ja'Len Roberson 7pts., Antwaan Moore 6pts., Maddux Harrell 6pts., Jairid Bowers 6pts., Joshua Felder 2pts., Leon Moore 2pts., Christian Humphries 2pts., and Shalon Johnson 2pts.

Congratulations to Mr.Ishmael Brown

Congratulations to Mr. Ishmael Brown who has been selected as an honoree for the Midlands Champions and Junior Champions on the Move 2017 Awards Luncheon Banquet.  This banquet is hosted by the BlindSpot Art Foundation. The foundation honors ladies and men who are making a positive impact in the Columbia Midlands community and surrounding areas.

Mr. Brown also has accepted as a participant for the Fulbright-Hays Groups Abroad Project. The Fulbright-Hay Groups Abroad Project will take place in Cameroon, Africa. This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs.

Congratulations Mr. Brown on both of your great accomplishments. 

Congratulations Alyssa Williams

L-R (Alyssa Williams and  Jennifer Bartell, Spring Valley Teacher)
For the second consecutive year, Spring Valley will have a student in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Freshman Alyssa Williams was one of three finalists from Region 2 who will advance to the State Poetry Out Loud Competition, which will be on March 11 at the Columbia Museum of Art from 1- 3 p.m.

Alyssa recited the poems "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats and "Insomnia" by Dana Gioia. For Regions, students are not ranked according to points; students with the top 3 scores automatically advance to the State Finals. 

The winner of the State Finals represents South Carolina in the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

We are proud of Alyssa wish her the best of luck!

Save the Date : Open House February 9th


Please join us for Open House, Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, in the Spring Valley Commons. Meet your student's teachers, counselors, and administrators. Stop by for questions about Chromebooks, help adding teacher calendars or the school's Calendar of Events or Athletics Calendar to your own, or to learn how to follow SVHS online.  

We hope to see you there.

Applications Now Open for National Technical Honor Society

What is NTHS?
The National Technical Honor Society is a non-profit, honors, service organization for students enrolled in occupational, vocational and technical programs.  The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.


HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY?
To become a member of the NTHS, students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Second Semester Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  •  Currently enrolled in a second level CATE course or successful completion of two CATE  courses in the same program of study 
  •  Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  •  Grade of A or B in your technical class or
  •  Special recognition (student of the quarter, etc.)
  •  Faculty and/or staff recommendations 
  •  Active involvement in a school organization
  •  No major discipline problems


Full time students inducted as NTHS members are eligible to apply for scholarships through NTHS.org.
"Success Favors the Prepared Mind"
Please complete the following application if you would like to be considered for admittance into NTHS.  All applications are due to Mrs. Summers in C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

Click here for the application. Click here to learn about how to become a member.


PLEASE SEE Mrs. Summers C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 if you have questions.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Off-Campus Lunch Pass: Junior Privilege Application

A second semester junior is eligible for off-campus lunch provided that he/she meets specific qualifications and does not violate school policies pertaining to the Responsibilities Earns Privileges Program. Click here to download the Junior Privilege Application. Applications Due by Tomorrow to Mr. Kelly, D234.

Basketball Annual Pink Zone Game Tomorrow!!!


Come out, wear your pink, and Support the Vikings Varsity Basketball Teams as they compete in our Annual "Pink Zone" Breast Cancer Awareness Game in our quest to raise awareness and funds to fight against Breast Cancer. Tuesday, January 24, 2017, SV vs White Knoll at 6:00 PM.

The JV/Varsity Players will be collecting funds during the day and in the morning during drop-off in the front circle. Donations are much appreciated. 

Donations will be sent to the Palmetto Health Breast Cancer Center in honor of Coach Legette. 

So wear your pink tomorrow and come out to support your fellow VIKINGS
GO VIKINGS !!!





Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year


Mrs. Regina Dilley has been named our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, we know you will make us proud and represent Spring Valley well.

R2i2 Offering Dual Credit


Spring Valley NHS Selling Donuts Next Week

To raise funds for Camp Kemo, Spring Valley's National Honor Society will be selling donuts for $1 in the atrium next week. Stop by Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning to pick up your donuts and show your support for such a great cause!

Applications Now Open for National Technical Honor Society

What is NTHS?
The National Technical Honor Society is a non-profit, honors, service organization for students enrolled in occupational, vocational and technical programs.  The mission of NTHS is to honor student achievement and leadership in career and technical education, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY?
To become a member of the NTHS, students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Second Semester Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  •  Currently enrolled in a second level CATE course or successful completion of two CATE  courses in the same program of study 
  •  Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  •  Grade of A or B in your technical class or
  •  Special recognition (student of the quarter, etc.)
  •  Faculty and/or staff recommendations 
  •  Active involvement in a school organization
  •  No major discipline problems



Full time students inducted as NTHS members are eligible to apply for scholarships through NTHS.org.
"Success Favors the Prepared Mind"
Please complete the following application if you would like to be considered for admittance into NTHS.  All applications are due to Mrs. Summers in C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

Click here for the application. Click here to learn about how to become a member.

PLEASE SEE Mrs. Summers C213 or Mrs. Jones in C333 if you have questions.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Viking Sports Wrap

Photo: GoFlashWin.com

JV Girls Basketball
The JV Lady vikings added another to the win column defeating Lexington 47-34. Kymber Lee led all scorers with 16 pts,, Alexis Mikell added 12pts, Kenadi Taylor 9 pts, Zaliya Anthony and Marayah Lance 4 pts each and Justyn McMiller with 2 pts. Overall Record 9-2, Region 7-0. We will be back in action on Monday @ home vs White Knoll, 5:30 p.m. 


JV Boys Basketball
Very proud of the team and they way they competed after playing two days in a row.  Although they were a little exhausted they continued to play hard.  The result was a 40-24 victory over Lexington HS.  We were lead in scoring by Ja'Len Roberson with 15pts., Antwaan Moore 8pts., Nicolas Doctor 8pts., Maddux Harrell 4pts., Joshua Felder 3pts., and Cormon Grady 3pts. 

Save the Date : Open House February 9th


Please join us for Open House, Thursday, February 9th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM, in the Spring Valley Commons. Meet your student's teachers, counselors, and administrators. Stop by for questions about Chromebooks, help adding teacher calendars or the school's Calendar of Events or Athletics Calendar to your own, or to learn how to follow SVHS online.  

We hope to see you there.

Miss Spring Valley Pageant Tomorrow at 6pm

January 21, 2017
Richland Northeast Auditorium
6:00 pm

Tickets are $7 in advance and must be purchased from a contestant before Wednesday, January 18th!! No advance ticket sells on Thursday or Friday!!!
$10 at the door!!

Off-Campus Lunch Pass: Junior Privilege Application


A second semester junior is eligible for off-campus lunch provided that he/she meets specific qualifications and does not violate school policies pertaining to the Responsibilities Earns Privileges Program. Click here to download the Junior Privilege Application. Applications Due by January 24th, 2017 to Mr. Kelly, D234.

Financial Aid Night

Join us for Financial Aid Night Tuesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:00 in the Auditorium. A representative from SC Student Loan will be with us to speak about the financial aid process for the state and federal government. Learn about scholarships, scams, and ask any questions you may have. This will be a helpful session for Senior and Junior parents and students, but everyone is welcome. It's never too early to learn about financial aid for college. 

Honor Roll Students Recognized for Academic Excellence


Mitch Uehling, owner of CiCi's Pizza, partnered with Spring Valley High School to recognize all of the Super Star students who made the "A" and "A/B" honor roll. Students received a coupon for a free buffet as long as another was purchased with it. Congratulations to all these hard working students! Thank you CiCi's for all you do for Spring Valley. Go Vikings!

Cupcakes for Success


The Freshman Academy of Spring Valley presented its "Cupcakes for Success" program. All freshmen had an opportunity to get a free cupcake if they made 77% or above in all their courses on their second quarter report card. Congratulations on a job well done!

Spring Valley NHS Selling Donuts Next Week

To raise funds for Camp Kemo, Spring Valley's National Honor Society will be selling donuts for $1 in the atrium next week. Stop by Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning to pick up your donuts and show your support for such a great cause!

Viking Sports Wrap

Photo: GoFlashWin.com
JV Girls Basketball
The JV Lady Vikings came away with another victory last night vs Blythewood  40-17. Overall great team effort. Scorers were Kenadi Taylor 13 pts, Zaliya Anthony 6 pts, Alexis Mikell 5 pts, Kymber Lee, Maryah Lance and Malaysia Irby each had 4 pts, Dajahna Prince and Jaslynn Lyles 2 pts each. 
Overall Record 8-2; Region 6-0. We will be back in action tonight at SV vs Lexington; 5:30 p.m. followed by B-Team & JV Boys. Come out and support the vikings!

JV Boys Basketball
Another great team effort last night as we were able to beat a very good Blythewood team 40-35.  Our leading scorer last night was Nicolas Doctor with 13pts. Antwaan Moore 8pts., Maddux Harrell 6pts., Joshua Felder 6pts., Ja'Len Roberson 4pts., Micheal Neal 2pts., and Jairid Bowers with 1pt.  Please come out tonight and support Our JV Girls, B-Team and JV Boy's and we take on Lexington tonight.

Spring Valley Teacher Recognized for Supporting High School Women in Technology

Tammy Vaught has been named the South Carolina Aspirations in Computing Educator of the Year.  The NCWIT award publicly celebrates educators who encourage high school women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of women in computing. IT-oLogy is the South Carolina affiliate for Aspirations in Computing.

Mrs. Vaught is a computer science teacher and robotics team coach at Spring Valley High School in Richland School District Two. She attended her first gender equity in computer science workshop in 1998 and has since worked to find ways to entice young women to participate in technology and engineering courses.  Recently, Mrs. Vaught, along with the young ladies from the Spring Valley High School robotics teams, hosted a Girl Powered event for 19 middle school young ladies. The young ladies were able to hear and meet successful women in the industry and had an opportunity to build a robot before they were finished.  She has seen the impact technology can have on a child’s life and strives to find ways to help them succeed.  Her favorite activity is VEX robotics and has found that once a young lady tries it, they are hooked. 

Vaught will be honored at the South Carolina Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony on January 28. The event, held annually at Columbia College, recognizes the achievements of talented South Carolina high school women from across the state. Eighteen high school women will be recognized at the 2017 event.

The award is sponsored nationally by AT&T and South Carolina sponsors include Companion Data Services, Columbia College, SCANA and Winthrop University.

About IT-oLogy
IT-oLogy is a nonprofit working to grow the number of IT professionals in South Carolina. Because technology shapes our world, we need current and future IT talent to help build a better tomorrow. IT-oLogy is your IT career guide, giving you the tools and resources to discover and start your impactful IT career.

About NCWIT
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 850 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more atwww.ncwit.org.

About the Award
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education. The multi-tiered structure includes recognition at the national and local levels, serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and Symantec.

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