Category Archives: Richland Collegiate High School

Five Richland Collegiate High School Students Named Commended Students in 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Craig Hinkle, principal of Richland Collegiate High School, recently announced that Isra Abdulwadood of Garland, Ashley Babjac of McKinney, Stephan Farnsworth of Wylie, Swikriti Paudyal of Plano, and Sunnie Rhodes of Plano, all Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students, have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students join some 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are all being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Hinkle will present each of these scholastically talented seniors a Letter of Commendation from Richland Collegiate High School and from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Abdulwadood, Babjac, Farnsworth, Paudyal and Rhodes will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards.

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented an NMSC spokesperson. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role these schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Richland Collegiate High School is a school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science and engineering or visual, performing and digital arts. These students can potentially graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree, prepared to transfer to a four-year university. Tuition and books are free, making RCHS an educational and affordable choice.

For more information on the Richland Collegiate High School, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs/


Richland Collegiate High School Student Tracks Asteroid and Conducts Astrophysics Research at University of Colorado
Abbas Zaki poses outside

Abbas Zaki

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) student Abbas Zaki recently spent 39 days operating a research-grade telescope, taking images of a near-earth asteroid and writing software to measure its position by precisely calculating its orbital path.

The asteroid, named 2003 LS3, was closely tracked, and based on data collected by Zaki and other students, they were able to determine that the asteroid will not collide with any of the planets in the solar system for the next four million years.

Zaki’s research was done as part of the 58th annual Summer Science Program (SSP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he was one of only 36 gifted science students who came from around the world for this academic challenge, collaboration and personal growth. Together with his student colleagues, Zaki worked closely with university professors; met prominent guest speakers, such as an astronaut and a Nobel Prize physicist; and took behind-the-scenes tours of local scientific, educational and cultural sites, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Lockheed Martin. At Lockheed Martin, the students learned about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Gravity Recover and Interior Laboratory mission. The students also visited the control room of the ongoing Juno mission. The NASA space probe Juno was launched in 2010 and reached its destination of Jupiter on July 5.

“The part that I enjoyed most about the program was the opportunity to transcend my financial circumstances and to form friendships with, and learn alongside, brilliant students from all over the world who shared my ambition and desire for knowledge,” said Zaki. “I also thoroughly enjoyed being able to interact with the guest speakers, who were among the best in their fields, and to learn about some of the work they had done.”

Zaki was able to attend SSP through financial support from QuestBridge, a scholarship program that provides high achieving, low-income students with tools necessary to attend some of the best universities in the nation.

“Abbas truly understands the meaning of hard work,” said Richland Collegiate High School Principal Craig Hinkle. “RCHS students enroll in our program to set themselves apart, not just in earned college credits, but in their willingness to reach out beyond expectations. Abbas has quite literally done that. I can’t wait to hear where he lands next!”

The SSP is an independent nonprofit operated in cooperation with the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1959, this highly selective program has offered gifted teens the opportunity to conduct research in a professional setting. Many SSP alumni go on to earn advanced degrees and obtain leadership roles in their chosen careers.

Richland Collegiate High School provides a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science and engineering.

For more information on SSP, visit summerscience.org. For information on RCHS, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


RCHS celebrates Class of 2014
Majid Abdel-Raziq, RCHS valedictorian

Majid Abdel-Raziq, RCHS valedictorian

Hannah Hobson, RCHS salutatorian

Hannah Hobson, RCHS salutatorian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Majid Abdel-Raziq of Richardson earned top honors as valedictorian of Richland Collegiate High School‘s Class of 2014 while Hannah Hobson of Garland earned salutatorian honors. Majid plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and Hannah will attend Texas Woman’s University.

Graduating seniors at Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) amassed more than $7.6 million in scholarship award offers for academic transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

RCHS, which opened in 2006, is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses tuition-free and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science and engineering, or visual, performing and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate having completed both a high school diploma and an associate degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university.

For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


RCHS senior headed to U.S. Air Force Academy
RCHS student Alicia Reese (far left) received a phone call Tuesday from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions congratulating her on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

RCHS student Alicia Reese (far left) received a phone call Tuesday from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions congratulating her on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) senior Alicia Reese has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Richland College President Kay Eggleston and RCHS Principal Herman Jackson joined Ms. Reese and her parents when U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions called with the good news on Tuesday. Ms. Reese accepted the appointment and scholarship, which is valued at $500,000. Air Force Academy cadets commit to a minimum of five years of active duty military service after graduation.

RCHS is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering, or visual, performing, and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree, prepared to transfer to a four-year university. For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


RCHS Class of 2012 top ten percent students from 8 area cities

The top ten percent of Richland Collegiate High School‘s Class of 2012 featured students from Allen, Dallas, Garland, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson and Rockwall. Kanwal Hamid of Plano earned top honors as the valedictorian of the class while Amjad Abdel-Raziq of Richardson was salutatorian.

Students at Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits. The following students (listed in order of class ranking) are the top ten percent of the Class of 2012:

  1. Kanwal Hamid
  2. Amjad Abdel-Raziq
  3. Aarzu Isa
  4. Joel Johnson
  5. Julieanna Fiesel
  6. Aeriel Eichenberger
  7. Zuhair Patel
  8. Taha Akhawala
  9. Tania Banuelos
  10. Aileen Donahue
  11. Jhoseline Vasquez
  12. Chelsea Rolland
  13. Rebecca Lemma
  14. Morgan Stephens
  15. Kevin Varughese
  16. Kiran Mianoor
  17. Aria Mansoori
  18. Tamam Bushnaq
  19. Brianna Crews

RCHS is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering, or visual, performing, and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university. For more information, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs.


RCHS public hearing scheduled for Oct. 4

As required by the Texas Education Agency, Richland Collegiate High School will conduct a public hearing to report the school’s 2011 financial management report. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Dallas County Community College District’s office located at 1601 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.

For more information, please contact the school’s superintendent, Donna Walker, at 972-761-6880 or DWalker1@dcccd.edu.


Richland Collegiate High School Students Receive Princeton Prize

Four Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students recently received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations scholarship for the Dallas/Texas region. Ana Chavez, Samia Nasir, Kanwal Hamid and Aarzu Isa will receive a regionally awarded scholarship of $1,000 and will attend Princeton’s annual symposium on race.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. It’s mission is to promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.

RCHS is a unique charter school for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts.
For more information, contact Anitra Cotton, Manager of Public Information, at 972-238-6022 or anitracotton@dcccd.edu.


RCHS public hearing scheduled for Nov. 9

As required by the Texas Education Agency, Richland Collegiate High School will conduct a public hearing to report the school’s 2010 financial management report. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m., Nov. 9 at the Dallas County Community College District’s office located at 1601 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.

For more information, please contact the school’s superintendent, Donna Walker, at 972-761-6880 or DWalker1@dcccd.edu.


Richland Collegiate High School to host Information Session

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) will host an information session at 7-9 p.m., Thursday, November 18, for the upcoming application period beginning in November. RCHS is a unique charter school for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS recently received its fourth consecutive “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma. Tuition and books are free, making RCHS an educational and affordable choice.

Other information session dates include:

Thursday, January. 27, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To register for a session, go to
http://www.richlandcollege.edu/rchs/infoSession. For more
information, call 972-761-6888.


RCHS celebrates its fourth consecutive TEA “Exemplary” rating

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) gears up for its fifth school year on the heels of its recent “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The four-year-old charter high school is housed on the Richland College campus. To earn an exemplary rating, at least 90 percent of a school’s students must pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and 95 percent of the students must graduate on time or continue high school for a fifth year.

Students in this unique program can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses with a focus on mathematics, science, engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma.

For more details about RCHS’ recent TEA ratings or the upcoming RCHS school year, please contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022 or anitracotton@dcccd.edu.