Month: April 2015

Students celebrate Happy Week

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By: Meg Carroll, Staff Writer

With warm weather here and more on the way, James River students are welcoming spring and the coming summer with open arms. To celebrate, Happy Week has been in full swing. This light-hearted time is focused on encouraging students to finish strong during the stressful end of the third quarter, and to help students make it to spring break.

The creative themes incorporated into Happy Week are: America Monday, Decades Day, Emoji Day, Holiday Day, and Denim Day. English teacher and SCA sponsor, Mallory Strittmatter, speaks about the themes.

“The Happy Week themes were brainstormed by the SCA officers and senators then approved by JRHS administration,” Strittmatter said.

The SCA board worked collectively to create a positive environment during a stressful time. They organized the theme days, scooter races, prizes, and contests. The board’s ultimate hope is to lift spirits and encourage students.

“Happy Week has a long history at JRHS. Originally, Happy Week was organized as a week-long charity drive for the organization, Operation Smile and to push through to spring break; however, since community service has become an integral part of our school, we shifted Happy Week’s focus to a more school-spirited approach, hoping to make people smile until spring break arrived,” Strittmatter said.

The school wide Happy Week activities have been a thoughtful and creative tradition throughout the years. All James River High School clubs, societies, and organizations have continuously had innovative ideas of how to include every student with the use of unique festivities.

“We simply just want to make JRHS an exciting place to attend school. We want people, students and faculty, to embrace this week so that it doesn’t just feel like another week at school,” Strittmatter said.

Happy Week has and will continue to be a cheerful time at JRHS. The SCA successfully achieves their goal to boost student’s perspectives, to support Rapid Pride, and to carry on traditions so that everyone can experience annual Happy Week festivities.


James River seniors raise money for diabetes awareness

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By: Melissa Rau, Staff Writer

On Sunday, March 22, senior Leadership students Jordan Richardson and Cole Withers held their Capstone event: Project RAD. This concert fundraiser at the Camel in downtown Richmond was created to raise money for the American Diabetes Association of Richmond.

“It’s R.A.D. Richmond Against Diabetes, and it was a concert brought together from A) our love of Richmond music and B) our desire to help out an organization that means a lot to both of us,” Withers said.

This event featured two acts, Nick Perea and Murphy’s Kids, which consisted of several James River alumni.The money made from ticket sales was contributed to donations to the organization. Richardson and Withers were able to raise over $1,000.

Challenges did, of course, come with preparing such a successful event. Richardson and Withers began their 100-hour planning process in May 2014, but the months leading up to the event were the most stressful.

“For a lot of the planning, we couldn’t really do it until like three months in advance because bands can’t book out so soon,” Richardson said.

Project RAD was enjoyed by the performers, audience, and creators, and was all for a great cause, proving itself to be a pretty “rad” project.