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Honors & Awards

2016

Bryan Fang, Richland High School freshman, earned a First Place award in the Ad-Hoc Team Problem Division at the Washington State Mathematics Contest.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presented Richland High School with The Milestone Award; the school has raised over $116,000 since 2004 to help find a cure for blood cancer.

Two students earned major awards at the Washington State High School Art Show: Sarah Didericksen, HHS, for an oil pastel “Beauty on Fire”, and Abby DeFever, RHS, for a clay-glass-wood piece “Charlie”.

The Hanford High School student newspaper The Altitude earned a Best of Show Third Place award at the National High School Journalism Convention.

Enterprise Middle School was named “School of the Year” at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair; five Enterprise students competed and all five earned First Place awards.

Three Rivers HomeLink achieved Bronze Certification from Washington Green Schools, a non-profit organization which challenges students and communities to create sustainable school environments.

The Hanford High School production of Urinetown received seven nominations in the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Music Theater Awards including Outstanding Overall Musical.

The Hanford High School bowling team earned a state championship trophy at the WIAA Washington State Bowling Championships.

The Hanford High School Cheer Squad tumbling team earned a state title in the 3A/4A large division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships.

2015

Hanford High School was a recipient of the “Washington State Achievement Award” in the categories of High Progress and Reading Growth.

Two students earned major awards at the Washington State High School Art Show: Yebel Mosqueda, HHS, for an ink drawing “Nature’s Fire”, and Chancelor Perez, RHS, for a photograph “Structure”.

Kristina Gaumnitz, Richland High School senior, was selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles; Kristina performed with the mixed choir.

Enterprise Middle School was a recipient of the “Washington State Achievement Award” in the category of High Progress. 

Josh Jelinek, Richland High School Career Specialist, was accepted into the Washington State Career and Technical Education Director Internship Program.

The Hanford High School production of Thoroughly Modern Millie received nine nominations in the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Music Theater Awards. 

Naveena Bontha, Hanford High School sophomore, earned the overall Gold Medal Grand Prize at the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair.

The Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned a first place trophy in the Show category at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

Nearly 200 Richland High School students earned Microsoft Office Specialist certificationsin Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook; these are corporate level certifications.

Naveena Bontha, Hanford High School sophomore, earned a First Place award in the National PTA 2015 Reflections Arts Program for her photograph “Live and Let Live”.

Samuel McKinnon, Hanford High School junior, was named a “FIRST Tech Challenge National Dean’s List Finalist”; he is a founding member of the HHS Engineering Club which formed last year. 

2014

Hanford High School was a recipient of the “Washington State Achievement Award” in the category of Reading Growth. 

Enterprise Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary School were named Washington State “Schools of Distinction” for showing sustained student growth in both reading and math skills over the last five years.

Jason Lee Elementary School was honored with the “School Psychology Services Award”from the Washington State Association of School Psychologists.

Hinako Kawabe, Hanford High School senior, was selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s National Honor Choir.

The Hanford High School Wind Ensemble and Orchestra were invited to perform at the prestigious “Music for All National Festival” in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The Destination Imagination (DI) team from Richland High School earned first place at the Washington State DI competition and first place at the DI Global Finals.

The Chief Joseph Middle School One Spark team earned a Project Innovation Award at the Washington State Robotics Competition and then presented at Central Washington University.

Three Rivers HomeLink was designated a Washington State Innovative School for creative, collaborative approaches to increasing student success and closing achievement gaps.

Since 2004, Richland High School has raised nearly $110,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients campaign.

Swetha Shutthanandan, Richland High School sophomore, earned a Gold Medal in the Science Category at the GENIUS International Olympiad held June 15-20 in Oswego, New York.

Hanford High School’s Science Bowl Team won the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl Championship and qualified for the National Science Bowl.

The Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned a first place trophy in the Jazz category at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

Yebel Mosqueda, Hanford High School student, earned a major award at the Washington State High School Art Show for her oil painting “Voice of the Sea”.

The Hanford High School production of 42nd Street received 10 nominations in the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Music Theater Awards. 

Jonnie Fenton, Hanford High School economics teacher, is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s 2014 Education Advisory Group.

The Hanford High School Knowledge Bowl team earned first place at the Washington State 3A Knowledge Bowl competition.

2013

Jim Qualheim, Richland High School teacher and activities director, was inducted into the Washington Activity Coordinators Association Hall of Fame.

Two students earned major awards at the Washington State High School Art Show: Abbey McMinn, RHS, for a ceramic piece, and Kaitlin Smith, HHS, for a water color painting.

Three high school students are participating in phase one of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Program, a free STEM education program affiliated with NASA's Johnson Space Center.

The Hanford High School production of The Drowsy Chaperone received the Outstanding Overall Musical award at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards. The production also won the Outstanding Performance by a Chorus award.

Swetha Shutthanandan, Richland High School freshman, earned a Silver Medal and senior division Grand Prize at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

Diana Wang, Hanford High School freshman, earned a second place medal in the violin division at the Washington State Solo & Ensemble Competition.

Stephanie Schirm, DECA advisor and marketing teacher at Richland High School, was named "2013 Advisor of the Year" by Washington State DECA.

Hanford High School's Science Bowl Team won the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl Championship and qualified for the National Science Bowl.

A Carmichael Middle School team earned first place at the Washington State Future City Competition and qualified for National Future City in Washington, D.C.

Art work created by Hanford High School student Chenchen Li earned the "Outstanding Interpretation Award" at the Washington State PTA Reflections Art Contest.

Forrest McKinnis, teacher at River's Edge High School and Three Rivers HomeLink, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives.

The Hanford High School Cheer Squad tumbling team earned first place in the small varsity division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships.

The Destination Imagination (DI) team from Richland High School earned first place at the Washington State DI competition and went on to compete at the DI Global Finals.

 

2012

Matt Leggett, Hanford High drama director, received the "Service Above Self" award from the Washington State Thespians for his contributions to the theatre arts in the state of Washington.

Richland School District is one of 539 schools districts across the U.S. and Canada named to the College Board’s Advanced Placement District Honor Roll.

Sharon Bradley, RSD school psychologist, received the “Best Practices in Interventions” award by the Washington State Association of School Psychologists. 

Randi Bowman, Hanford High School junior, was selected to perform clarinet with the All National Honors Concert Band at the All National Honors Ensembles in Washington, DC. 

Brian Sites, River's Edge High School teacher, is one of nine Finalists for the "2013 Washington State Teacher of the Year Award".

The Hanford High School Cheer Squad earned first place in the AAA/AAAA large varsity division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships.

The Richland High School Chamber Choir won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 4A division with a 3.46 grade point average.

Hanford High School’s Science Bowl Team won the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl Championship and qualified for the National Science Bowl.

The Destination Imagination (DI) team from Richland High School earned first place at the Washington State DI competition and went on to place second at the DI Global Finals. 

John Garrison and Montana Sturges, auto tech students at Richland High, teamed up to earn the highest score on the Washington State Ford AAA Automotive Competition written exam. 

Andrey Sushko, Hanford High School senior, was one of 40 scholars nationwide who was named a Finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition. 

Hanford High School Jazz Band II was one of ten ensembles selected to perform at the evening finale concert at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival at the University of Idaho. 

Saveta Lomax, student at River’s Edge High School, was selected to attend the Building a Grad Nation Summit in Washington D.C., a summit focused on reducing the dropout rate.

The Richland High School student store achieved Gold Level Certification this year and was recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

Andrey Sushko, Hanford High School senior, was a Semifinalist in the 2012 Presidential Scholars Program. 

Sathvik Ramanan, Hanford High School sophomore, earned a Gold Medal award and a senior division first place award at the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair.

Kevin Yang, fifth grade student at Lewis & Clark Elementary School, was one of 100 students across the state who qualified to participate in the Washington State National Geographic Bee

The Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned a first place trophy in the Jazz category at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

Susan Bengtson, Richland High School student, was named a Distinguished Finalist in The 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Washington State.

2011

The Hanford High School Cheer Squad earned first place in the AAA/AAAA large varsity division at the WIAA Washington State Cheer Championships.

The Hanford High School production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying received the award for Best Musical at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Theater Awards.

River’s Edge High School teachers Jackie Ives and Denise Rosenblum received the “Good in Government Award” from the League of Women Voters of Washington. 

Richland High School senior Erica Erwin’s photograph “Cherry Bliss” earned the State Superintendent's Choice Award at the 38th Annual Washington State High School Art Show.  

The Lewis & Clark Elementary School 5th grade math team earned first place at the Washington State Math Masters competition. 

Andrey Sushko, Hanford High School junior, was Grand Prize Champion and Gold Medalist at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

Hanford High School government teacher Steven Perez was one of 23 teachers nationwide selected to attend the Summer Leadership Institute on Afghanistan at Brown University.

For the seventh straight year, the Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned two first place trophies (Kick & Jazz) at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

Richland High School’s Gold Rush Dance Team earned two third place awards at the United Spirit Association’s National Dance and Drill Competition. 

Lewis & Clark Elementary School was a recipient of the “Washington Achievement Award” in the category of Overall Excellence for Schools with Significant Gifted Populations.

Hanford High School students Jennifer Kang and Shalini Ramanan were named two of 300 semi-finalists nationwide in the Intel Science Talent Search competition. 

The paintings of Richland High School art teacher Consuelo (Connie) Soto Murphy were featured in “Migrant Memories”, an exhibit at Gallery One in Ellensburg.

Two Destination Imagination (DI) teams from Carmichael Middle School earned first place awards at the state DI competition and qualified for the DI Global Finals. 

2010

Tapteal Elementary School was a recipient of the Washington State “Title I Distinguished School Award” for significantly improving student achievement in reading.

Tapteal Elementary School was a recipient of the Washington State “Title I Academic Achievement Award” for significantly improving student achievement in reading.

Christan Connors' class at White Bluffs Elementary School won the grand prize for non-fiction writing in Scholastic’s “Kids Are Authors” competition, a national book-writing contest.

The Chief Joseph Middle School band represented the state of Washington at the National Festival of the States in Washington, D.C. 

The Hanford High production of Lucky Stiff received awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performance by an Actor at the Seattle 5th Avenue High School Theater Awards.

For the sixth straight year, the Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned two first place trophies (Kick & Jazz) at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

The Destination Imagination (DI) team from White Bluffs Elementary School earned second place at the DI Global Finals.  Thirty nations were represented at the contest.

The Richland High School student store achieved Gold Level Certification this year and was recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Lewis & Clark Elementary School 5th grade math team earned first place at the Washington State Math Masters competition.  

The Richland High School Theater Arts Department was selected to perform in the world's largest arts festival in Scotland this August. 

Destination Imagination (DI) teams from White Bluffs and Carmichael earned first place awards at the Washington state DI competition and qualified for the DI Global Finals.

The Hanford High School Boys Basketball Team won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 3A division with a 3.45 grade point average.

The Hanford High School Jazz Ensemble earned first place at the Jazz Northwest Festival in Spokane.   

Richland High School students Cassie Bender and Emily Shick received a Double Superior rating and won the Duo Acting Scene category at the Washington State Thespian Festival.

Hanford High School student Travis Lien received an Award of Excellence in the National PTA Reflections Contest.  Travis was recognized in the Film Production category.

Shalini Ramanan, Hanford High School, and Katrina Hui, Richland High School, earned third place awards at the 2010 International Science and Engineering Fair.

Enterprise Middle School’s eighth grade Knowledge Masters Open (KMO) team placed first in the state of Washington and 23rd out of 649 teams worldwide in the spring KMO competition. 

Ann Autrey, River’s Edge High School teacher, was one of four recipients of the 2010 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence in Washington State. 

2009

The Hanford High School Falcon Fever Dance Team earned two first place trophies (Kick & Dance categories) at the Washington State High School Dance Competition.

Enterprise Middle School’s eighth grade Knowledge Masters Open (KMO) team placed first in the state of Washington and 36th out of 577 teams worldwide in the winter KMO competition. 

The Richland High School Chamber Choir was selected to sing in a mass choir performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Hanford High School 11th-12th grade Math Team won the Washington State Math is Cool Masters Competition.

The Richland High School Baseball Team won the 4A State Baseball Championship, the program’s third state title in the last five years.

Hanford High School’s Jazz Band I earned first place in the 4A Division at the Jazz Northwest Festival. The band also won the Sweepstakes Award for the best band from all divisions.

The Richland High School Girls Swimming Team won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 4A division with a 3.88 grade point average.

The Richland High School Boys Swimming Team won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 4A division with a 3.59 grade point average.

The Richland High School Boys Wrestling Team won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 4A division with a 3.35 grade point average.

The Hanford High School Boys Tennis Team won the WIAA Academic State Championship in the 3A division with a 3.86 grade point average.

Hanford High School’s Science Bowl Team won the Pacific Northwest Regional Science Bowl Championship and qualified for the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C.

Hanford High School’s Varsity Cheer Squad won the 3A Sideline Championship at the Washington State Cheerleading Competition.

The Richland High School Boys Tennis Team won the 4A State Tennis Championship.

Richland High School's Gold Rush Dance Team earned a first place award at the United Spirit Association's National Dance and Drill Competition in Anaheim, California.

The Richland High School Theatre Arts Department was nominated to participate in the 2010 American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Hanford High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned the silver medal at the Northwest Association for Performing Arts competition.

The Hanford High School yearbook Gyre was named “Best in Show” in the yearbook category at the Washington Journalism Education Association state convention.

Destination Imagination (DI) teams from White Bluffs and Carmichael earned first place awards at the state DI competition and qualified for the DI Global Finals.