River Ridge HS Students Bring Anti-Bullying Message to Elementary Students

The River Ridge High School Team: HEROIC student club takes its anti-bullying message on the road for performances at local elementary schools.

Through an engaging series of skits, the high school students define bullying, explain its effects, and encourage a more inclusive environment.

Headed out for a visit to Arnold Mill Elementary School are River Ridge HS students, from left to right, front row: Henry Fornuto; back row: Addison Hoorfard, Chris Cochran, Reece Pappas, Olivia Brianas, Lexxa Emory, Calise Hammonds, Matt Henao, Ana Ramirez, Justin Bacon and Noah Fornuto. Credit: CHerokee County School District

River Ridge HS Students Use Real Voting Systems for Elections

Students, from left to right, Nichole Kilburn, Isabella Paiva, Delaney Parker, Kendall Martin, Lindsay McCranie and Samantha Tamariz, hold the yellow voting cards they’ll use to vote electronically. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge High School students voted for student elections using real electronic voting systems thanks to a hands-on lesson supported by the Cherokee County Board of Elections and Registration.

Teacher Joy Clarkston worked with Anne Dover and Jim Fleisher from the Board of Elections so students could vote for Student Advisory Board and Homecoming Court during their lunches using the same machines they one day soon will use to vote for local, state and national government elections.

Student Gaby Jones checks in with volunteers Alex Blankinship and Billie O’Bryant before heading to the polls. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge HS Students Serve as Knox ES Reading Buddies

River Ridge High School students (from left) Paige Schroeder, Callie Goins and Anna Hospodka volunteer as readers. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge High School students serve as virtual reading buddies for local elementary school students through video-conferencing technology.

The program is coordinated by Media Specialist and Leadership Reading Buddies Advisor Keara Rubin, and the virtual readings will be provided to elementary schools throughout the Cherokee County School District.

“High school students who volunteer with River Ridge High School Reading Buddies learn valuable interactive and presentation skills, and the elementary students who participate hone their listening skills and enjoy,” Ms. Rubin said.

The first reading of the school year was provided to kindergartners at Knox Elementary School and was coordinated there by Media Specialist Leslie Hicks. River Ridge High School students Anna Hospodka, Paige Schroeder, and Callie Goins read David Shannon books to the kindergartners.

Etowah HS Chorus, River Ridge HS Boy Scout Kick Off Braves Game

The Atlanta Braves baseball game on Saturday night featured Cherokee County School District students in special roles.

The Etowah High School Ladies Elite Chorus performed the National Anthem to start the game off right.

River Ridge High School junior Henry Fornuto, at the game as a member of Boy Scout Troop 641, led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge HS Student Completes Prestigious Computer Science Program

A River Ridge High School sophomore has completed a prestigious computer science program.

Sathvika Narasimhan was selected to participate in Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program sponsored by the national nonprofit organization and State Farm.

During the intensive seven-week immersion program at State Farm’s office in Dunwoody, select students learned various computer languages and programming and robotic techniques, and then applied this knowledge to invent projects that might solve problems and aid humanity. Girls Who Code’s mission is to close the gender gap in technology and “inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities.”

Sathvika and her project partners developed a light-up jacket using Ardruino Lily Pad technology and Java Script to help people with an emotional disorder called Alexithymea. The design uses lights of different colors to signal and express various emotions.

The program, which Sathvika described as “an amazing experience,” especially programming robots with the Andruino language, provided new computer programming skills she thinks will be useful in her future career as a medical doctor.

PHOTO: Sathvika celebrates with her River Ridge HS computer programming teacher Jennifer Norton at a reception that honored the participants. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge High School inducts first class into National Technical Honor Society

(From left) Shayla Joliffe, D’Anne Anthony, Rebecca Fulle, Brooks Reynolds, Claudia Nickell, Kelly Popp and Ben Adams. Not pictured: Kateri Thon, Sathvika Narasimhan, Divya Velivela and Yagna Patel. Credit: Cherokee County School District

River Ridge High School students were invited to join the National Technical Honor Society based on a 95% average in Career Tech classes, as well as a 95% average in all other classes. Students had to obtain teacher recommendations and complete a personal application in order to be considered for membership.

The inaugural class of 11 students includes: Ben Adams, D’Anne Anthony, Rebecca Fulle, Shayla Joliffe, Sathvika Narasimhan, Claudia Nickell, Yagna Patel, Kelly Popp, Brooks Reynolds, Kateri Thon and Divya Velivela.

The Society honors the achievements of top career and technical education students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.

The goal, according to National Technical Honor Society, “is to see that deserving technical students be recognized and that people of the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people and adults who choose technical education pathways to a successful future.”

River Ridge HS Student Earns Spot in Cyber Warrior Academy

A River Ridge High School freshman has been accepted to a competitive summer computer science program.

Divya Velivela will attend the University of North Georgia’s Cyber Warrior Academy – one of only 40 students chosen out of a large field including upperclassmen.

The National Cyber Warrior Academy GenCyber summer camp is a 10-day, residential cyber academy in July for area high school students at the University’s Dahlonega campus, with a mission of inspiring “the next generation of cyber operations and cybersecurity professionals in the north Georgia region.”

The Academy offers students 80 hours of instructional and extension activities, including 40 hours of hands-on labs using Certified Ethical Hacker iLabs curriculum and Cybersecurity First Principles and activities such as coding in Python, Sphero robotics, Drone programming, 3D printing, car hacking, and capture-the-flag and red-team/blue-team events.