Student Life

Playing with honors: One Ridge View violinist shares her experience

By Isabella Walker                                                                     published 4/25/2018

COLUMBIA– Eleven Ridge View orchestra students recently participated in the Richland Two District Honors Orchestra(R2DHO). The R2DHO is made up of the top high school orchestra students from across the entire district.

The eleven students spent one week learning the pieces of music that they would be playing at their solo concert. 


violinist Madison Bush

One student, Madison Bush, agreed to answer several questions about her experience during that week.

Q: What was the experience like over all?

A: “The experience was very educational for me as a player. I learned a lot of new playing techniques and methods for bettering my skill.”

Q: What music did you play, and had you played it before?

A: We played Fiddle Faddle by Leroy Anderson, Of Glorious Plumage by Richard Meyer, and Baroque Variants by Kirt Mosier. All of these songs were very new to me.
Q: How difficult was it to learn the music?

A:It was slightly difficult to learn the music because these three songs were about a grade level above what we’re used to playing.

Q: Your quest conductor, Dr. Ken Pruitt, did he work with you at all during the process?

A: He didn’t work with me individually, but he did help our section with the more difficult sections in our songs.

Q: What was your favorite part of the DHO?

A: My favorite part of District Honors Orchestra was hearing our final product at our concert.

You can watch the performance down below. Auditions for the 2018-2019 R2DHO take place in the fall semester. Visit district-orchestra.html to learn more.


Transgender Day of Visibility 2018                                                         by Adrien Trippany

published 3/27/2018

March 31 is the ninth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). This is an official holiday started by, and for, transgender people worldwide as a way of acknowledging and celebrating transgender people who are still alive as well as raise awareness of discrimination.

There are only two holidays set aside for transgender people, TDoV and Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a memorial day for remembering transgender victims of discrimination and abuse.

The first Transgender Day of Visibility was on March 31, 2009, created by Rachel Crandall, head of Transgender Michigan, a transgender support group. According to Monica Roberts, a GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) award nominated blogger, “Crandall saw an issue with only having a national day of honoring those in the community who were victims to hate crimes”.

This year’s theme of Transgender Day of Visibility is “surviving, thriving,” which acknowledges the accomplishments that transgender people have made in the last year. The goal for this year is to increase visibility and to take action against transphobia.

According to Trans Student, a transgender resource website, “Visibility is not enough alone to bring transgender liberation. However, we can use visibility as a vital tool for transgender justice.”

Ridge View’s Gay Straight Alliance will be hanging up posters around the school in celebration for Trans Day of Visibility, with free pride ribbons on the posters for anyone to keep. There will also be a video playing each day during the news show that week to inform students of important transgender people.

If you would like to follow the event on social media, the tag is #TransThriving. More information can be found at . If you are interested in joining RVHS’s GSA, you can email the club’s president at The GSA meets every Friday in room A17.



RV hearts deserve respect                                                       by Kierrah Daniels

published February 17, 2018

heart article pic

On Monday, February 12, Ridge View began its annual Valentine’s Day heart tradition. Each year student council pins hearts, one dedicated to every student and faculty member within the school, along the walls of main hall. After the hearts are posted, students are encouraged to sign their friends hearts with kind messages. This tradition has taken place at Ridge View for the last eight years, but according to senior Bernard Hasan this year has been different.  

“This new negativity has everything to do with the rude messages people are writing on the hearts. I’ve seen many kids taking their hearts down in fear that they’ll get their feelings hurt, that’s something we didn’t have to worry about when I was a freshman. Times are changing.”

According to Wendi Wimmer, Ridge View’s Student Activities Director, Hasan’s opinion is so popular amongst the students and staff, that they had to create what student council is  referring to as a Heart Transplant Station. “The Heart Transplant Station is a place that students with vandalized hearts can come and exchange it for a new one”. The students operating the Heart Transplant Station are also responsible for monitoring all the hearts in the hallway. They place stickers over all the  inappropriate and vulgar sayings, while the ink markings cover the insults.

This ongoing inappropriate behavior has prompted school administration to consider ending the tradition all together. “I hate that a few bad apples are going to be responsible for  ruining it for everyone” says magnet director Nicole Walker.

Wimmer suggest that “When out signing hearts, show your appreciation for this tradition by practicing integrity. If you see anyone continuing this inappropriate behavior speak up. Lets show administration that we’re above the minority” .


Cuts For A Cause by Kierrah Daniels



On Sunday, October 29 Ridge View hosted its annual “Cuts For Gabbiee” event. Cuts for Gabbiee  is a community service project started in 2013 to honor the memory of Ridge View alumni Gabrielle Swainson. The Master Hair Care Program gave five dollar haircuts for all community members, students, and staff who chose to come out to support the event.

Local barbers and other skilled members of the public donated their service to help the Master Care Lab in their efforts.

This year was the first year that the program was directed under Mrs. Melissa Jones-Horton, the new Master Hair Lab instructor.

“It was amazing to see the strong partnership amongst us and the community. There was overwhelming support for this event, and I’m glad that all the clients left happy,” said Mrs. Jones-Horton.

Although the final amount raised has not yet been figured, Mrs. Jones-Horton says that she is proud of the accomplishments of her students.

All proceeds from this event are going towards the Gabrielle Swainson scholarship as well as the Master Hair Program.

Avoiding “Senioritis” by Kierrah Daniels

Congratulations Senior Class of 2018! You’ve finally made it to your final year in high school. I know everyone’s eagerly awaiting graduation, but it’s important not to let your excitement over shadow your work ethic. In other words, avoid “Senioritis.” The term “Senioritis” is used for seniors in high school who want to be free from their high school responsibilities, and it causes them to lose focus. Senior year is the time for last minute preparation, not relaxation. Don’t let your behavior during senior year cause you to repeat it! Here are some tips to keep you on track and help you finish strong your senior year:


  1. Study, Study, Study!

Maintaining your GPA is the most important element of your senior year. Do whatever you can to ensure that you are giving each course your best effort. Make study groups within the classes that you need help, stay after school for tutoring sessions, and utilize every tool your teacher offers you. Make sure that you take that extra step in asking for the help that you need.


  1. Start improving those testing scores!

Many colleges depend on your ACT and SAT scores when looking at your application. If you have an idea about which college you want to go to, go to their website and see what ACT and SAT scores they are accepting. If you aren’t sure where you want to go yet, a safe ACT score is 23 and a safe SAT score to have is a 1150. If your scores aren’t up to par, invest in the a testing practice book or the various online aids. It also helps to stay aware of the practice test days offered at your school. The next SAT test offered at Ridge View is in November. The last day to sign up for the November SAT is Thursday, October 5th.


  1. Start getting familiar with your counselors!

By sharing your specific interests, concerns and goals, your counselor will get a better idea of who you are as a student and what you need assistance with. “By stopping by and letting your guidance counselor know what you need, they can better help you achieve your goals. We’re in this together, just let us know what you need done, and we’ll do everything in our power to get it done for you” said Jacqueline Walker in guidance. Knowing your guidance counselor personally, will prompt them to be more attentive to your needs and touch bases with you on a regular basis to ensure your success as you head towards college.


  1. Begin applying to colleges!

If you haven’t already, you should begin to do some research on what colleges offer the majors that interest you, but don’t stop there. Scheduling campus visits and trips will help you get a better feel of what the college atmosphere is like. College dynamics like student life, dorms, etc have a big impact on your college experiences.  Stay aware of the college visits offered through Ridge View as well. The next field trip is on October 26th, to Francis Marion University. The cost is $15. If you are interested, sign up with Mrs. Mrs. Aldighieri in the College and Career Center.


  1. Get Signed up for the ASVAB!

If you plan on going into any branch of the armed forces, you will be required to take The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). The ASVAB is a multiple choice assessment administered to determine your current qualifications to enter. Ridge View is offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, October 11th. If you plan on attending, be sure to sign up with Mrs. Aretha barnes in the College and Career Center (CCC).


  1. Develop good coping skills!

The last and most important piece of advice is to gain some positive coping skills. Stress, and other taxing obligations aren’t going to go away after high school so it is important that you learn how to carry on with this as you continue to grow and thrive in the real world.


“College is definitely just as stressful as anything else we had done in school. It’s all about taking it one step at a time and not worrying about things you can’t control. Said Madeline Hahn, a recent Ridge View graduate and freshman at University of South Carolina.


Keep your head up, and watch all your hard work pay off.





View Cuts: Ridge View’s Master Hair Care Program

By Crystal Lawrence and Jessica Green

Published May 10, 2017

Ridge View High School has many notable programs, but one that always goes unnoticed; our barbershop program. The program is run by Terex Smalls. When people hear “barber,” they may think of cutting hair, but the program offers a variety of other skills. This program is big; in addition to cutting hair, they teach you how to flat iron and do nails, among other things. This program is even better than a cosmetology program because it offers more than just doing hair.

Students start the program in their sophomore and continue until senior year.  During this time, the students need 1,000 in-class and lab hours. On Mondays, students do bookwork and during the rest of the week, they work in an actual barber shop located inside the school. They practice on students that come in to get their hair cut, washed, or styled. Then, the students take a test. If they pass, they get a cosmetology license.  With this license, students can actually start to professionally cut, style, and color people’s hair. Once students have their license, all they have to do is renew it every two years. One student, Anye’a Pinnock stated, “Having your license is good so you can do hair on the side.”  This program is good for students who actually want to do this as a profession, as well as students who want to practice cosmetology part time during college.  Emmai Davis, a senior, said, “The hair industry keeps growing, so it would be good to have under your belt.”

The students in the program are very talented and passionate about what they do.


Jocelyn Pagan talks winning Miss Ridge View and views on beauty pageants 

By Kay Brown, Sophomore

published May 1, 2017

COLUMBIA-  This past February, 11 contestants competed for the title of Miss Ridge View.

The pageant was judged in three categories including interview, talent, and and evening gown. Jocelyn Pagan, a freshman won the crown by wowing the judges with her singing, her goals to be a veterinarian, and her dazzling navy blue evening gown.


Jocelyn Pagan, the first freshman to win the title of Miss Ridge View.  Photo credit: Abigail Adams

Pagan becoming the first freshman to win the title since the school’s opening in 1995. Pagan also won Miss Talent for her singing for her rendition of Gravity by Sara Bareilles. When asked about how she prepared, she was modest about her performance.

“It was pretty easy to prepare for the pageant. It was just every other day at lunch,” said Pagan.

Many people have a preconceived idea that beauty pageants are only about appearances; therefore, many people shy away from it. However, Pagans experience taught her she just had to be true to herself.

“I learned that beauty pageants aren’t just about beauty. They are about beauty, brains, and you as a person,” said Pagan. “I just needed to be myself,”she added.

Although beauty pageants mean something different to everyone, Pagan was able to learn learn more about herself and express her views on life.

Pagan said her one message she wants to give to other girls is one of determination and drive,  “Never give up, make sure everything you do is with a passions because if not there is no point in doing it.”




National Walk to School Day 

By Jada Green

published March 23, 2017

March 8, 2017 is marked as National Walk to School Day. In honor of this day, Ridge View High School students and staff walked to school and devoted the whole day to walking. Each class had a chance to participate by walking around the school track during the school day. This event was put on by Ridge View’s Wellness Council, sponsored by Johanna Strickland and Julie Kenison.

“How joyful and inspiring it was to enjoy communing with students and teachers in exercise and fresh air,” English teacher Lori Ohm commented
The Wellness Council is a committee at Ridge View that promotes good health and exercise. They host events, like the walk to school day, to promote healthy habits among the students and staff.

Students prepare for finals

by Halin Miklas

published on May 3, 2016

Final exams are coming up soon, which means students will start to prepare for their tests. Senior exams will be from May 16 through 20 and underclassmen exams will be from May 25  through May 31. If seniors have an “A” in the class, they can exempt the final exam.

There are many ways to prepare for finals. “I think the best amount of time for a student to study should be a week, minimum,” says senior Brittany Morrison.

Miriam Tisdale, a junior at Ridge View High School, gives her opinion on how to study for finals. “If you have a bunch of notes,  read through them and then summarize the notes by handwriting them until you have a few compact sentences that sum up the main points of the lesson.”

“It’s very important to study for final exams because if you fail you could be stuck in the same grade the following year while your friends go off to the next grade,” says senior Rebecca Walker.

Be sure to mark your calendars as there will be no late start on Wednesday June 1, due to exams. Ridge View High School students will also have half days on June 2 and 3. If students plan on taking early semester exams, then parents need to submit a request to Dr. Ellie Muñiz by Monday,  April 29.


Checklist for countdown to graduation

A column by Kylan Carter

Photos by Kylan Carter




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In the final five months to graduation, things get serious. This is the time when students should be getting back acceptance or rejection letters from the schools to which they have applied.  Or, should have taken the ASSET Test, or the ASVAB, or whatever else that they are doing for after graduation.

By now,  parents are probably whining  about  “scholarships” and “FAFSA”. Lame, right? Wrong! This is a most definite need. That right there will save you big bucks. 

Scholarships and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) give you extra money to help toward college. It keeps your parents from going bankrupt and keeps you from being up to your ears in interest loans that you would be paying off for the next 30 to 50 years.

Now, there are some scholarships that schools will offer you and those are the ones you will qualify for when applying. In some cases, students get full or half scholarships, meaning the whole four years are free but most of the time it is just a few thousand dollars. The rest you have to apply for yourself. Competition is not easy; it is nationwide, but the more you apply for the more you can get, and the more specific to your major or to you as a person, the easier it should be to get those scholarships.

FAFSA is a bit different than normal everyday scholarships. It comes straight from the government and the earlier you apply and the more in need you are the more money you get. It is first come first serve; when it is out of money, it is out.

If you have already taken all the SATs and ACTs you are going to take, then you can skip this part. As for the rest of you, if you want to take one of these tests one more time, (or did not take these tests  yet), it is not the worst idea in the world. Colleges usually wait until the decision deadline for final SAT and ACT scores, and that deadline is May 1.

If you have more than one college choice then you should start thinking about what majors fit for  you to reach your career goal in the best way. Decide which schools are reasonable and which can you afford or could pay off in the least amount of time? Also consider proximity. How far is the school from family or an emergency contact? I know that most young adults want to branch out far from home; but it can pay off if you ever need a home cooked meal, free laundry, or are just home sick.

Last of all, you have to respond with in the response time they give you, most schools give you until May 1, but it depends on the school. If you do not confirm admission, you will not be held a spot. If you are to confirm, do not forget the holding fee. The schools should let you know about it in your welcome packet that holds your place at their establishment.