Raising money for Cancer Awareness

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By: Caroline McMullan, Editor-in-Chief
On March 1st in the gym during ONE lunch, the senior class put on the first annual “Pie Cancer in the Face” event to help fundraise for the Strike Out Cancer bowling team. 13 teachers and administrators participated: science teacher Michael Mailey, English teacher Ms. Sanchez, science teacher Tim Crane, physical education teacher Cornell Core, Culinary Arts teacher Thomas Sears, English teacher Lauren Benere, math teacher Brad Smart, social studies teacher Greg DeFrancesco, math teacher Andrew Blazar, social studies teacher Bryan Hannum, assistant principal Brandon Petrosky, and Dean of Students Michael Farrell. Almost all of them got pied in the face more than once. The whip cream pies were $3 for one and $5 for two and within 30 minutes, $150 was raised. You can also donate by bringing in money to your first period teacher by March 7th. The top three classes that raised the most money will earn a breakfast. Check out our photo gallery below to see the teachers getting pied! 

Photos by Caroline McMullan.

UPDATED: 13th Annual Food Drive ends Monday

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

The 13th annual Hokies vs. Hoos Food Drive to benefit the local Feedmore food bank is in full swing and will be ending Monday, February 13th, after an extension given on Friday, February 10th. The cans that students gather are desperately needed for donations to give to families and kids in need who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

JRHS plays a big part in supporting the city-wide revile between Virginia Tech and UVA to see who can raise the most food for the Central Virginia Food Bank. It is especially important in late winter when donations are drastically low.

“The Food Bank is in desperate need of the following items: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, low sodium vegetables, fruits packed in juice, pasta sauce (no glass), canned or dry beans, hot and cold cereal, and whole grain snack.  (Please, no ramen noodles!),” Principal Dr. Jennifer Coleman said in the JRHS Newsletter.

Each class is competing for privileges and many teachers are giving their own incentives to students. The winning grade level will earn the senior privileges of leaving early on Fridays for five weeks following the Food Fight. They will also earn two days of both lunches, dates TBD. Last year the juniors won, so it’s possible for the seniors to lose their privileges for five weeks.

“What we are doing is a grain of sand on the beach. Kids are starving, we can’t be the problem but the solution,” social studies teacher Shannon Castelo said.

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Cans from English classes are collected and taken to the library each period. Photo by Eva Dorn.

In addition, one thing to consider would be this from FeedingAmerica.org: “No One Can Thrive on an Empty Stomach, 42 million people face hunger in the U.S. today — including nearly 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own.”

The new incentives that were added on Wednesday, February 8th are: if seniors raise 2,400 cans (which is lower than they made last year) they can keep all their senior privileges. Also if the student body works together to come up with 7,100 cans everyone will get O.N.E Lunch for five weeks. As of this Wednesday, we have raised 3,700 cans, and if every student brought in two cans, we would reach that goal.
Last year we gained 7,000 donated food items and $1,500 in cash for a total of over 20,000 meals, and we have won the competition every year. The cans are being collected by the English teachers and placed in the library. Help beat last year’s earning and provide for your community by bringing in cans!

Bolded text reflects update on Friday, February 10th.

JRHS Hosts first Sadie Hawkin’s dance

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By An-Vu Phan, Sports Editor

On Saturday, February 4th, James River is set to host its first annual Sadie Hawkins dance. The unique dance, in which girls ask out boys, is being sponsored by Mr. Joyner and the junior class council. Students attending are allowed to wear what they want within dress code but are encouraged to wear red as the theme is Valentine’s day.

“So as junior class officers, we felt like the school needed at least one more event. We thought a dance would be a good opportunity to get the school altogether since the underclassmen have only one dance and upperclassmen get two dances,” junior class president Samuel Gans  said. “So we felt that a dance would be an awesome activity for everybody to be a part of.”
The dance will be held in the open commons while there are also refreshment scenes in the courtyard and the closed commons. Tickets are priced at five dollars so get them while you still can!

Graduation details available to seniors

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By: Dylan Lepore,  Staff Writer

With only 132 days till graduation, seniors can’t be more excited to finally graduate to the next step. This guide of information will help seniors walk the stage of the VCU Siegel Center.

The number one thing senior need to be aware of is the finalized date for graduation, Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm at VCU’s Siegel Center. Cap and gowns do need to be ordered as soon as possible. James River will not allow students who do not have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony and this may cause a student’s diploma to be postponed.

Senior and library fees need to be paid to graduate. Also, absences and tardies for Final Exam exemptions start counting on Monday, January 2 for the second semester. To find more information about finishing payments on your class dues, see your first period teacher.

As always for any further help in the graduation process ask your Senior Class Officers, physics teacher Ms. Wilt or social studies teacher Mr. Addison. In addition, the counselors are always there to help.
In other senior news, visit the Yearbook room at 1323 or email Kinsey_Sparre@ccpsnet.net for questions, updated information, and information about senior ads. Continue to send in baby and senior pictures to jrhs2017@gmail.com  for the senior slide show at the end of the year.

He said yes: Guys and girls share thoughts on the first annual Sadie Hawkins dance

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By: Eva Dorn, Online Editor

By now everyone at school either knows what a Sadie Hawkins dance is or that we are having one soon. But how do people really feel about the whole idea of girls asking guys to the dance?  Several students shared their thoughts on the upcoming Sadie Hawkins dance.

“I like that the roles are reversed, and girls get the opportunity to be creative and ask the boys,”  senior Brady Hamilton said.

Many have similar thoughts as Hamilton about girls asking the boys. Senior Marshae Dabney had the same feelings.

“I feel like it would be nice for girls to get out of their comfort zones and ask guys out,” Dabney said.

Contrary to Dabney and Hamilton, junior Olivia Caplan and sophomore Sydney Williams think there are some drawbacks to the switch.

“It’s a good idea, but I feel guys will reject girls to prove a point that girls reject guys,” Williams said.

“Dances, in my opinion, are kind of stupid. They look cool on TV shows that are focused on high school, but honestly this idea sounds dumb,” Caplan said.

The girls have voiced their opinions on the dance, but how do the boys really feel about being asked out?

Junior Andy Liscio, is one of the many James River boys who feels that girls should go for it, and ask the boys out.

“Girls need to man up and ask someone,” Liscio said.

Junior John Morley believes that getting the girls to ask the guys out is a great idea.

“The girls ask the guys. It’s always a surprise; there’s nothing better,” Morley said.
People may disagree about the roles being reversed, but there is one thing we know for sure: it will be interesting to see how it all plays out. The first annual JRHS Sadie Hawkins dance will on Saturday, February 4th at 7:30. Tickets will be on sale in the open commons until Friday, February 3rd.

Scholarships available to seniors

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By: Dylan Lepore, Staff Writer

With college applications ending and the acceptance process under way, seniors need scholarships to help pay for the rising prices of college.. Every month the counseling office releases a “newsletter” called The James River Ripple that shows all the scholarships that are still available.

Just to name a few, there is the biweekly Sun Trust off to college scholarship, the ROTC scholarship, the Coca-Cola scholarship, and more coming each and every month.

The Ripple is always available on the James River website and in the counseling office for seniors only. If the scholarship application requires a transcript use Parchment to send it and sign it off on the pink form (again in the counseling) for the desk aids to send it off.
These and more are also on various websites like FastWeb and Collegenet.

Do Something club entertains faculty’s kids

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By: Corinne Minnick, News Editor
The Do Something Club will be hosting the annual faculty night on Friday, January 27th at 7:15 p.m. While teachers and faculty enjoy the boys varsity basketball game against Cosby, the members of the Do Something club will be entertaining their kids. They plan to have indoor games, crafts, and activities like relay races held in the open commons. The club encourages faculty to bring their children to the game and benefit from a well deserved break.