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Richland Two Student Wins National Award


Kiara Hayes, a rising senior at Ridge View High School, earned a National Bronze Medal in the category of music vocal classical at the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics. Hayes received a new laptop and $1,000.

She was one of five Richland Two students who showcased their entrepreneurship, music vocal classical and contemporary, music composition, drawing, painting, dance and short story skills at the competition recently held in Baltimore, MD. For more information, please click here

The other students who competed are:
  • Jeremiah Adams (Westwood High School Graduate) – Entrepreneurship
  • Aaron Ford (Westwood High School senior) – Short Story
  • John Fortune (Richland Northeast  High School Incoming sophomore) – Dance
  • Kierra Gray (Richland Two Charter High School Graduate) – Music & Music Vocal Classical
  • Kiara Hayes (Ridge View High School incoming senior) – Music Vocal Classical
"I am extremely proud of all of the students," said Columbia ACT-SO Chairman Shaun Adams. "The competition was incredibly hard – but their GROWTH over the past year has been gold medal worthy to me." 

More than 30,000 students, including Adams, have competed in the program since its inception in 1978. The program was part of Richland Two's focus on mentoring and included more than 90 students in 2017. The program will return this fall and will include a partnership with the Richland Library.