We are thrilled with the accomplishments of all of our students in their various activities: academics, athletics and the arts. For example, we had six National Merit Semifinalists in the class of 2016. We had two athletes named as a 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year: Kasey Parker in girls' soccer and Jhileiya Dunlap in girls' basketball. Band, orchestra, chorus and theater students were rated superior in statewide competitions.
Dreher's swim teams finished sixth (girls) and thirteenth (boys) in the AAAA State Swimming Championships at the Blatt pool at USC.
Freshman Hayley Mason brought home three gold medals (in 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle relay) and one bronze medal (400-yard freestyle relay). Senior Vinez Lyde received gold for the 200-yard freestyle relay and two bronze medals for the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 100-yard backstroke. Vinez also finished sixth in the 50-yard free. Junior Eliza Cate and Hand student Eleanor Wachtel received gold and bronze medals for the relays. Eleanor also had a top-ten finish (9th) in the 100-yard freestyle.
Among the boys, senior Sam Sawyer had two top-ten finishes: eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke and tenth in the 50-yard free. The other top ten finisher on the boys' team was sophomore Jack Wright who was tenth in the 100-yard backstroke.
Dreher's coaches are Charlotte Giese and Kelly Veeder.
Congratulations to Dreher's NJROTC unit, under the direction of Senior Naval Science Instructor Chief Warrant Officer O'Shawn McClendon, USMC (Ret) and Naval Science Instructor Chief Petty Officer Kenney Conwell, USN (Ret). Our unit placed first in Squad Armed drill at the South Florence Pee Dee drill meet and also placed first in Squad Unarmed drill at the North Augusta Riverfront drill meet. Details about our program are on the NJROTC webpage.
Dreher's Robotics team, the Blue Devil Mechanics, allied with Keenan's RoboRaiders, Metal in Motion from Seneca and Viper Drive from Summerville to place first in the sixth annual SC Robotics Invitational and Workshops (SCRIW VI). Our Robotics team hosted the competition for the second straight year.
Shown here are members of the winning alliance. Our "Drive Team" in charge of operating the robot during competition consists of team captain Gracie Barrineau (center in "Blue Devil" blue), Mitchell Mobley (to her left) and between them is Jamel Addahoumi, programming captain.
Senior Anthony Salters meets Gamecock legend Marcus Lattimore at the Columbia Touchdown Club.
Senior Gracie Barrineau is the only student in the district to achieve Platinum Status on the WorkKeys she and all other juniors in SC took in the spring of 2016.
Call for Written Work and Artwork for the Literary Magazine
Submit written work to Edmodo code 8m7hve
Submit artwork to Mrs. Gorlewski in room 127.
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