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About Me:

Welcome to my part of the website - hopefully, I can keep this up-to-date!!


This is my ninth year teaching at Richland R-1 Schools. I am the Business/Computers teacher - I also am the varsity baseball coach, FBLA sponsor, and advisor for The Rebel, our student yearbook. I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on Management from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn. I have two little Rebels of our own. I am also the Vice-President of the Missouri Journalism Education Association, our statewide journalism group.


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As you will be able to see from the galleries on this site, I am extremely proud of the work that my students produce and I always strive to prepare them for whatever may lie ahead. In all of my business classes: Accounting, Business Tech, Business Management, Business Law, and Entrepreneurship students are required to create a resume, cover letter, and references and must learn interviewing skills. These are skills and documents that the students will need for the rest of their lives and some will need them, just as soon as they graduate.



The Journalism Education Association (JEA) released the results from their fall national journalism contest last week. Richland R-1 School yearbook students took home four superiors, two excellents, and two honorable mentions. In the photography portion, seven total superiors were presented in the nation and four of them went to Richland students, including in the Portfolio division, to which The Rebel Editor-in-Chief Dacie Ritch took home the top prize of the photography contest, making her the highest-rated high school photographer in the nation. Winners in the contest included, from left: Alex Porter, Excellent in General News Photography; Cassie Bess, Superior in Feature Photography; Katelyn Black, Honorable Mention in Sports Feature Photography; Dacie Ritch, Superior in Portfolio Photography; MaKayla Finch, Honorable Mention in Themed Photography; Jalen Rodgers, Superior in Sports Action Photography; Logan Holman, Excellent in Portrait Photography; and Joe Wyman, Superior in First Year Photography.
Three of Richland’s yearbook staff members received Superior (highest award) Awards for their contest entries in the Journalism Education Association’s recent national contests during the JEA/NSPA National Convention. From left: junior Dacie Ritch, senior Devin Duffie, and sophomore Cassie Bess all show off their certificates and medals. Ritch received her Superior in Sports Action Photography, Duffie’s was in Photography Portfolio, and Bess’s was for First-Year Photo. In the contest, there were only a total of 10 Superiors given in all the photo categories, with Richland students acquiring three of them. Duffie’s Superior was the only one awarded in the Photography Portfolio category, which is a collective event for a student’s career, making Duffie the highest-rated high school photographer in the nation by the Journalism Education Association.
While preparing for boxing to begin at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, sophomore Dacie Ritch talks with other photographers about their coverage for the event. Ritch, who has covered many events on the national stage, from boxing to bull riding, was very surprised about being the only non-senior on the Missouri Journalism Education Association's All-State Team. “Honestly I was shocked. I’m honored to be the only non-senior. This really is the greatest accomplishment of my high school career,” Ritch said.

Richland’s The Rebel yearbook staff recently received 14 total awards during the 2019 Quill & Scroll National Yearbook Contest, including four Sweepstakes (first place) Awards. The yearbook staff as a whole also received the Blue and Gold Award Staff Excellence for Comprehensive Visuals along with various photography and writing awards. Posing for the photo are, front left: Editor-in-Chief Allison Jones, 2019 graduate Kate Wyman, and Page Editor Alesia Eaton. Back, from left, 2019 graduates Emily Blunt and Liza King, Photo Editor Dacie Ritch, and Production Coordinator Devin Duffie. Ritch, Duffie, Blunt, and King all received Sweepstakes Awards for being the overall winners in various photo categories. Ritch received the most awards of any student in the contest, with seven, including: one sweepstakes, two second places, two third places, and two honorable mentions – all for photography.

Always trying to teach something new to my photography students - feel free to use this guide for your staff as well.