Chapin High School Principal Akil Ross was named 2018 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)’s. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and has been the principal at the school for seven years. The association praised Ross for significant improvement in graduation rates and academic proficiency. That improvements happened after he helped raise money to provide extra instruction for struggling students to reduce dropouts, the group said. He pushes for social as well as academic development among students, encouraging volunteer efforts that improve the Lexington County community and areas around it. Ross is known for what he calls the six Rs: “Ready to learn, Respectful to others, Responsible to ourselves, Rigor in teaching, Relevance in learning and meaningful Relationships among students, faculty and staff.” His message to students and staff is: “We are a thousand passions with one heartbeat.” It’s a motto that he says will foster an environment where students are challenged academically while pursuing interests. Congratulations to Rotarian Akil Ross on this achievement.