Month: October 2013

Vote for $100,000

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By A.J. Hysell, Staff Writer

Could you imagine what James River High School could do with $100,000? James River has the chance to win all of that money with just a little effort from the students. State Farm Insurance is holding a competition in which a high school can win up to a $100,000 grant.  Throughout this  week, October 18-26, James River High School has the chance to make daily safe driving commitments on behalf of the school.

James River High School is on the border of being eligible for the minor prize. Even though it’s the minor prize of $25,000, it is still a substantial amount of money. If the students step up their game and rank within the top 10, the school will be eligible to win the $100,000 prize. With this money, allegedly, the school will have the funding for flat screen T.V.s and tablets among other purchases.

If you visit the site at,, you will be able to make a commitment. Now keep in mind that you are only able to vote once a day per email, so if you have more than one email, do not be afraid to vote with both. This upcoming Friday, October  26, will be the last day you will be able to make a commitment so make sure you vote every day until then!

Celebrate my drive


School store gets a makeover

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By: Sidney Davis, Staff Writer

Two DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America) members, seniors Morgan Brown and Jada Marshall, are initiating a project to make over the school store; alongside Ms. Hayworth’s business, Ms. Heyssel’s English, and  Ms. Bisogno’s graphic design classes.

The original class project that Fashion Marketing teacher/DECA sponsor Ms. Baird assigned for her classes were to find and come up with ideas to make companies more customer friendly in terms of advertising and general product.

The school store sign. Photos by Zoë Landron
The school store sign.
Photos by Zoë Landron

Brown and Marshall overheard conversations about using the school store as a sales tactic in the project, and initiated the idea.

When asked what the classes intentions were, Baird replied; “Once we choose a name and logo..I’m speaking for them, [but] the store is very bland and doesn’t have any appeal, some paint and advertising will help a lot to designing the store.”

It doesn’t end there, DECA is promoting a contest, a school-wide search for students’ chance to come up with a name and a logo for the school store. Prizes include a free white JRHS tshirt and an assortment of candy: king-sized Mr. Good Bars and Hershey’s Mix Chocolates, with lollipops and many other sweets.

Kit Kat, Mr. Goodbar, Hersheys galore, apply to win candy and more.
Kit Kat, Mr. Goodbar, Hersheys galore, apply to win candy and more.

Visit Ms. Baird in room 2203 for an application by October 14 to possibly win the prizes and help the marketing classes promote the school store in this event!

Keep your head up

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By: Zoë Landron & Sidney Davis, Staff Writers

It’s the 2nd quarter, right before halftime. You’re in position to catch the ball when all of a sudden, you’re lying on the ground and a group of people are standing over you. Your head’s throbbing and there’s a disoriented view of the scoreboard. Do you get back on your feet, or do you stay down?

Junior Javaun James, number 27, was injured during the military appreciation day football game and was pulled away on a stretcher.

“I didn’t see the guy that was coming; I was paying attention to the guy with the football.” James said.

Junior Javaun James after his quick recovery.

There have been rumors circulating that James broke his collarbone and/or had a concussion, but rest assured he’s fine.

“I was told by my coaches that I had a concussion, but the people in the hospital told me I was just hit in the head really hard.”

Head football coach Gregory Defrancesco disagrees with the hospital staff, but has confirmed that James has returned to the team as a running back.

Defrancesco clarified, “He actually played last Friday. He recovered very quickly. By the time he got to the hospital, the doctors said he didn’t have a concussion… You had to be there to see it; he had a concussion.”

According to, there’s annually around 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions in the US alone.

Defrancesco said, “Once you have a concussion, you have to take a mandatory five days to recover before you can start conditioning, but he got through that super quickly and is fine.”

James couldn’t simply jump back onto the team, however; he had to take cognitive tests as well as conditioning. He passed through these phases quickly, and came back on the fifth day of his absence.

Even though James wasn’t gone for long, his team was definitely affected by his absence.

Defrancesco said, “It actually did affect us quite a bit. There were a couple special packages–formations–and they had unique skills that not having them made us unable to do certain things.”

What’s done is done, however; the main questions that remain are: ‘What can we learn from this and how can incidents like this be avoided in the future?’

Defrancesco admits, “There was, actually, helmet-to-helmet contact on the play. Javaun was blocked by a Byrd kid and hit him. He’s [the Byrd kid is] running 40-50 yards full speed and hit Javaun on the side of his head. It wasn’t intentional. If his [the runner’s] head had been up, it could have been avoided.”

Injuries happen in a sport, that’s a risk athletes take in order to play the game.

We can’t go marching over to L.C. Byrd and demand that their football players work extra hard to keep their heads up, but we can try to set an example for those who go against our team.

Just Dropping In: Pumpkin Drop Teaser

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By Ra’Jon Wall, News Editor

On November 1st, 2013, James River High School will be holding their very own Pumpkin Drop Event as a Halloween celebration. Each Physics class will split up into five equal parts. Within each group there will be a Team Captain, Structural Engineer, Aesthetics Engineer, Marketing Manager, and Technological Manager.


The roles of each team member are the following: Team Captain has to make sure that everything goes the way that is planned, oversees the overall project. The Structural Engineer must design an apparatus to keep the pumpkin from breaking as it hits the ground. The Aesthetics engineer will be in charge of the design of the apparatus itself. The Marketing Manager is to be in charge of promoting and advertising the structure. Finally, the Technological Manager is to be in charge of design for a website and analyzing the recording of the drop.

With the approach of the event, every team is scrambling to get the advantage and win the competition. They will all have to put a lot of effort into making the apparatus if they hope to go home with the victory and satisfaction of winning in front of the entire school at the game on November 1st.  Stay tuned to this ongoing story because we will post future updates.