B News

March 7

BHS Teacher Patrick Kelly has been named as one of 5 finalists for South Carolina Teacher of the Year

Blythewood High School is proud to announce Patrick Kelly has been selected as a finalist for the 2013-2014 South Carolina State Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Kelly has spent his entire career, including his student-teaching experience, in Richland Two. He has taught ninth and 12th grades and is currently teaching senior Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics at Blythewood.

During his time in Richland Two, he has directed many student service projects, including efforts to help groups such as the Clark Sickle Cell Foundation, Harvest Hope Food Bank, the American Cancer Society and Daniel’s Music Foundation. He also serves as our Cross Country Coach.

He was selected as Richland Two’s 2013-2014 District Teacher of the Year based on his exceptional teaching ability and his devotion to the betterment of his students during and after their high school career.

"I believe the final component of effective teaching is having a heart for students. This means caring about students beyond just their academic success; it means having a

passion for students as individuals," said Kelly.

"We are very proud and honored to have Patrick represent Richland Two in the State

Teacher of the Year process. He exemplifies the beliefs and values of all of the wonderful teachers in Richland Two," said Dr. Debbie Hamm, Richland School District Two Superintendent.

National Merit Finalist

Kelsi Cox, a senior at Blythewood High School, has been named as a National Merit Finalist. She is the daughter of Kristoffer and Rebecca Cox. Congratulations Kelsi!

Bengals Soccer wins Sandhills Classic!

The Blythewood Bengals varsity soccer team won in the semi-final vs Spring Valley 3-1 and then defeated Fort Mill 1-0 in the championship game. It was a great day for the Bengal soccer program. The tournament victory is the first soccer tournament championship in the school's history. It is also the first 5-0 start in program history.

Galen Hamrick, # 7, was chosen by the selection committee as the tournament MVP.

BHS Metal Heads Robotics Team

The BHS Robotics Team, lead by engineering teacher and coach Elaine Finney, competed in 9 matches in the Palmetto Regional Robotics Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. last week. The competition was fierce, but our robot put up an admirable fight. 67 teams competed including 1 team from Brazil and 4 teams from Canada. Our team built and programmed a robot using JAVA software in 6 weeks. Although our team did not advance to the finals, they learned some things that are much more important - teamwork is crucial, time management is key, help is always there if you ask for it, adult mentors are very important (even if it is a parent), and fundraising is critical to having the right marketing, hand tools and materials available. The team is already planning for next year!

DECA Team finds success in Charleston

Congratulations to the BHS DECA team for placing in the top ten in their categories at the state DECA championships in North Charleston this past weekend.

Marketing Management Team Decision Making

Ian Finch

Lorenzo Dyckes

Marketing Management

Trent Hancock

Eli Gabriel

Restaurant Management Services

Jazmine Reeves

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making

JT Crout, 5th place

Jackson Bailes, 5th place

MAJOR Contribution from the Rhett Davis Memorial Tennis Tournament Committee

Mrs. Aggie Davis Smith made a contribution to Blythewood High School of just under $30,000. These were profits collected through the annual tennis tournament. The donation at the school will go towards scholarships, team equipment (tennis,baseball,lacrosse), drama supplies, and student activities. Pictured below accepting the check from left to right are Athletic Director Vince Lowry, Boys and Girls Tennis Coach Brenda Warnow, and Principal Keith Price.

Visual Art Show

The Richland Two District Art Show is now on display at Columbia Place Mall through March 17, 2014. It is a rather impressive show in that each school in the district has a display panel of art hanging. Our particular display is upstairs across from Macy's.

Former Bengal and Current Arizona Cardinal Justin Bethel featured on WACH Fox 57

Justin Bethel was recently interviewed about his experience thus far in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and his first NFL Pro Bowl.



Congratulations to Lori Owens for being recognized as the Global Society/House 3 Student Bengal of the Month!


Congratulations to Mrs. Elaine Finney for being recognized as the Emerging Technologies House 4 Teacher Bengal of the Month!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

he Talented & Gifted Drama class will be presenting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on April 4 & 5 @ 7 pm and April 6 @ 3 pm. Tickets will be $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Come out and enjoy a wonderful production.

National Science Honor Society Accepting Applications

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior who has passed at least two honors science classes with an A or B, applications are now being accepted for new members to Science National Honor Society. If you are interested in joining the Science National Honor Society, come by room 402 to pick up an application packet and get more information on membership requirements. All applications are due back to Miss McAlpine in room 402 or Dr. Matsui in room 808 by Tuesday, March 18th.

Daylight Savings begins March 9

Senior Group Picture

Seniors: The Senior Group picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, during PAWs in the large gym. If you would like to order a picture, please come by the main office and pickup an order envelope before March 12.

Match to Marrow 5K

The Match to Marrow 5K Walk or Run will be held on Saturday, March 22 starting at 8:30. The run benefits "Be the Match" for patients in need of bone marrow transplants. Forms are available in the Main Office or you can register online at tinyurl.com/matchtomarrow. Registration is $15 which includes a t-shirt or $10 without a t-shirt. Contact bethany.mitchell222@gmail.com if you have questions.

GRAD Fest at Carowinds

Attention seniors: Do you like amusement parks, unlimited rides, and food? Then this announcement is for you! On May 16 the senior class will be attending Grad Fest at Carowinds. Grad Fest is from 7pm-12am and admission is $40. If you are interested pick up a permission slip from Ms. Cherry! The first 200 seniors to put down a $10 down payment by March 14 will go.

Cheerleading Tryouts

Attention all students interested in trying out for Cheerleading: We will have our first informational meeting concerning tryouts on Monday, March 17th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. You are encouraged to attend this meeting if you are trying out. Tryouts will be held Tuesday, April 22-Friday, April 25 and tryout packets will be available beginning March 17.

Pep Rally

The Spring Sports Pep Rally has been scheduled fro Friday, March 21. We will follow a PM Assembly schedule this day.

Dancing with the Bengals - Rescheduled

The BHS Education Foundation is hosting the first annual Dancing with the Bengals show on Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 in the BHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds will go to help and support initiatives sponsored by the BHS Education Foundation. Please plan to come out and see some of your favorite BHS employees as they dance the night away in this fun-filled event. You will NOT want to miss it!

PROM Meal hosted by the BHS Culinary Arts Dept.

Culinary Arts be will be putting on Dinner for Prom here at Blythewood High. Tickets are $20 per person for a three course meal. We will have two seatings. First seating at 5pm and the second seating is at 6pm. For the Prom dinner you will choose one appetizer, one entree and one dessert.


Shrimp cocktail

Waldorf Salad


Chicken Parmesan

Filet Mignon with a creamy shrimp sauce

Blackened Salmon


Cheesecake with strawberry topping


Drinks included!

Pay for your ticket during lunch at 801.


This year, prom will take place on Saturday, April 26th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. A ticket table will be set up Monday-Friday in the atrium AT LUNCH ONLY. Ticket sales are going on now and will end on April 3rd. Tickets are ONLY available at lunch. There are no exceptions. Make sure to have your student ID with you.

Remember that prom tickets are increasing by $5 every week until April 3rd.

If one wants to change who their date to prom is, make sure you let one of the Junior Class officers know at the table set up at lunch. Also, for seniors who attended prom last year, make sure to stop by the table to verify that you will be attending prom again this year. Those SENIORS who attended prom last year are allowed to get in to prom for free this year.

Community Education Classes

Registration has begun for community education classes. You may register until classes begin; however, early registration is recommended as courses fill early. For further information on any course offered, call 736-8787 ext. 25103. All classes meet at the Rogers Center.

Introduction to Computer Class: This course is for the complete beginner and is the perfect starting point to help you with a personal computer. You will learn basic skills such as how to use a mouse and navigate around the desktop. From the first class, you will have your hands on the keyboard and have plenty of time to practice and build your confidence. Class limited to 10 persons. Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning April 28. 4 weeks. 8 sessions. 1-3pm, $60. Seniors 60 and over $30.

I PAD AND IPHONE Devices You must bring your own iphone or ipad to class. Instruction will be given on maximizing its use. Tuesdays and Thursdays. March 18- March 27, 1-3PM. 4 classes $20.

Child Development Applications

Richland Two’s Title I Child Development Program will be accepting applications

Monday, January 13, through Friday, April 11, 2014

• This is a needs-based program designed to ensure that the most

at-risk children enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to

succeed academically.

• The full-day program is free to qualifying families

• Children applying for the program must be four years old by

September 1, 2014.

• Applications will be taken at the Clemson Road Child Development

Center (CRCDC) at 2621A Clemson Road, Monday - Friday, from

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Applications are also available on the center’s website:


• For information call 803.699.2536

CRCDC has classrooms on nine elementary school campuses in Richland Two:

Bridge Creek, Conder, Forest Lake, Keels, Killian, Langford, Pontiac,

Sandlapper and Windsor

Upcoming Athletic Events

March 8

- Track at Lower Richland Diamond Hornet Invitational

March 10

- Boys Tennis vs Hammond

- Boys Soccer at Lexington

- Girls Soccer at North Augusta

- Softball vs Northwestern

- JV Baseball at Dreher

March 11

- Boys Lacrosse vs Lexington

- Girls Lacrosse vs Dutch Fork

- Baseball vs Chester

March 12

- Track vs Keenan

- Softball at Dutch Fork

- Baseball vs Sumter

March 13

- JV Baseball at White Knoll

March 14

- Boys Lacrosse vs Irmo

- Girls Lacrosse at Irmo

- Softball at Lexington