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January 13th Viking Update

No School Monday, January 16th

Monday, January 16th schools will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Enjoy your break!

Bell Schedule for January 17th

Spring Valley Senior Named Nations Top Scientists in Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023

Spring Valley Discovery senior, Madison Han, has been named Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 Scholar. The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science and math competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most distinguished science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,949 applications from 627 high schools across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and four other countries. Scholars were chosen based on their outstanding research, leadership skills, community involvement, commitment to academics, creativity in asking scientific questions and exceptional promise as STEM leaders demonstrated through the submission of their original, independent research projects, essays and recommendations. The 300 scholars hail from 194 American and international high schools in 35 states and China.

“Congratulations to the top 300 scholars in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO, Society for Science and Publisher, Science News. “The enthusiasm and quality of projects from this year’s participants were just outstanding. Each year, I am tremendously impressed by the ingenuity that the students bring to the competition. Their hard work, creativity and perseverance should be applauded.”

The Regeneron Science Talent Search recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are generating innovative solutions to solve significant global challenges through rigorous research and discoveries. It provides students with a national stage to present new ideas and challenge conventional ways of thinking. Now in its one hundred and first year, Society for Science has played a significant role in educating the public about scientific discoveries as well as in identifying future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. Regeneron has sponsored the Science Talent Search since 2017 as part of its deep commitment to STEM education and to supporting young scientists.

This year, research projects cover topics from analyzing the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war, to developing eco-friendly biofuel, and improving methods used to detect diseases and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, bladder cancer, monkeypox, autism and more. Other students chose to focus on social issues, such as exploring ways to reduce social media-induced emotional distress and violence, as well as studying how mask mandates impact how accurately people can recognize emotion on others’ faces. With a total of 21 research categories, the top 5 categories among scholars’ projects this year include:

Top 5 Category Scholar Stats
Behavioral and Social Sciences 16%
Medicine and Health 12%
Cellular and Molecular Biology 10%
Neuroscience 8%
Environmental Science 7%

“We celebrate this year’s scholars for their exceptional work and unmatched motivation to use the power of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to make a meaningful mark on the world,” said Christina Chan, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Citizenship at Regeneron. “Through our partnership with the Society for Science, it is our goal that the Regeneron Science Talent Search elevates young scientists and underscores the significance of STEM in solving society’s biggest challenges. We commend the scholars’ inspirational and thought-provoking projects and look forward to what the future has in store for each of these budding innovators.” 

On January 24, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The finalists will then compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a week-long competition in Washington, D.C., taking place March 9-15.

For over eight decades the Science Talent Search has rewarded talented high school seniors who dedicate countless hours to original research projects and present their results in rigorous reports that resemble graduate school theses. Collectively, STS alumni have received millions of dollars in scholarships and gone on to be awarded Nobel Prizes, Fields Medals, MacArthur Fellowships and numerous other accolades.

Important Dates for 2023:

Top 40 Finalists Announced: January 24, 2023
Regeneron STS Finals Week: March 9-15, 2023
Public Exhibition of Projects: March 12, 2023
Winners Announced at Awards Ceremony: March 14, 2023

Top 300 STS Scholars
Notable STS Alumni
STS 2022 Video Highlights
About the Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Regeneron Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science since 1942, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each year, nearly 2,000 student entrants submit original research in critically important scientific fields of study and are judged by leading experts in their fields. Unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and around the world, the Regeneron Science Talent Search focuses on identifying, inspiring and engaging the nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search to help reward and celebrate the best and brightest young minds and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM as a way to positively impact the world. Through its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually, increasing the top award to $250,000 and doubling the awards for the top 300 scholars to $2,000 and their schools to $2,000 for each enrolled scholar to inspire more young people to engage in science.

Learn more at

About Society for Science

Society for Science is a champion for science, dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Established in 1921, Society for Science is best known for its award-winning journalism through Science News and Science News Explores, its world-class science research competitions for students, including the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its outreach and equity programming that seeks to ensure that all students have an opportunity to pursue a career in STEM. A 501(c)(3) membership organization, Society for Science is committed to inform, educate and inspire. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Snapchat (Society4Science).

Media Contact

Gayle Kansagor, Society for Science


 J-100 Scholarship Recipient Sarah Hedley

The J-100 Air Force JROTC character to leadership scholarship is a college scholarship given to a select few who demonstrate the ability to lead in their JROTC as well as show character, citizenship, and diversity. The scholarship offers four years of 100% paid tuition at any university, or crosstown partner, with an AFROTC detachment, a $10,000 in-college or out-of-college housing stipend, as well as a stipend for both the cadet as well as college books.

Cadet Colonel Sarah Hedley, Group Commander of Spring valley JROTC, has been chosen to be part of the select group that received the award. Through her hard work and dedication to the corps, she applied and then was accepted to receive this prestigious scholarship and opportunity. The scholarship also offers the ability to achieve an officer position in the United states air force. The Spring Valley JROTC is immensely proud and excited that Cadet Colonel Sarah Hedley received this scholarship and the opportunities provided through the scholarship.

SVHS Girls Lacrosse


The annual Richland 2 Hackathon is scheduled to be March 3rd at R2i1. Nate O’Neill has sent out this script to announce it to students:

Students! Friday, March 3, you can participate in an all-day event at R2i2!

You will work through the design thinking process to hack a problem in your school or community! You are in charge of making a real CHANGE!

This is open to all high school students, and we’d love to see you there.

Transportation, Lunch, and Dinner are provided! For more information, check out a flyer around campus! Come see Mrs. Zweimiller in D204 for permission forms. These are due back no later than February 24th!

Spring Open House

Boys Tennis Interest Meeting


Just Socks January!

Spring Musical Auditions!

You must have a signed parent permission form to audition! You can sign up for a Time outside of Mrs. Curtis’ door- Room A-119 and forms can be picked up on the wall outside her door also. There are three audition days you do not have to come to all 3, but you must be able to attend Dance Auditions on Friday, January 20th. There is only one day of Dance Auditions.

Midlands Youth Apprenticeship

Off-Campus Lunch Pass: Junior Privilege Application

A second-semester junior is eligible for off-campus lunch provided that he/she meets specific qualifications and does not violate school policies pertaining to the Responsibilities Earns Privileges Program. Once earning the privilege to leave campus at lunch, the student will forfeit it for the remainder of the year if she/he is suspended for any reason or earns a D or F at the end of the grading period. “Junior Privilege” does not entitle student-parking privileges. Any student leaving campus is expected to represent Spring Valley High School in an exemplary manner characteristic of Viking behavior and academics.

Junior Privilege Application

Applications are Due by January 20th to Ms. Blue, in the Library.

Class of 2024 Pinning & Ring Ceremony


Who is your favorite Teacher & Support Staff Employee of The Month? Please take a moment to fill out the November nomination form that was emailed to students and parents. This January we are voting for your favorite PE, JROTC, Counseling, Career Prep Teacher and Support Staff (Custodial and Maintenance Staff). Voting will end on January 27th at 4:00 pm. The winner for each month will be selected and announced at the designated time. Please note that your nomination letter will be shared with the teacher and classified employee selected.

Spring ESPORTS @ R2I2

Women’s Basketball Schedule

Boy’s Basketball Schedule

Boys Lacrosse Schedule



Job Postings for Students

ParentSquare for Parents

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StudentSquare for Students

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After School Tutoring

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We will offer both on-campus and virtual tutoring options this year.  Offering both platforms allows us to provide more options for students to get academic assistance after school.  Please visit the SVHS Tutoring website for a complete schedule of the tutoring opportunities. 

A special thank you goes out to the Spring Valley Education Foundation for funding this important initiative.

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