Month: June 2015

Signing off for now

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Thank you so much for reading our blog this year. Today was Journalism’s last day for the 2014-2015 school year, so we’ll be signing off the blog for the summer. We’ll be back in September. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Theatre students turn the “Lights Out” for the year

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Staff Writer

On Friday, May 29th, the theatre students performed a play that was held in the auditorium. They have not only been learning acting techniques this year, but they have been practicing these techniques for a performance that would conclude their year called, “Lights Out.”

The play was based around four co workers who worked at a hotel that was soon to be torn down. They all begin to share their memories with each other about the crazy hotel guests that have stayed there over the years. Please check out pictures from the performance below.

The actors and actresses apply their makeup to portray their character to the best of their ability.
The actors and actresses apply their makeup to portray their character to the best of their ability.
These actresses portray high school students and chaperones that go on a group trip to a hotel where they decide to sneak out for a midnight swim.
These actresses portray high school students and chaperones that go on a group trip to a hotel where they decide to sneak out for a midnight swim.
Two twins who are a little too old to still be dressing alike are ready to compete together in the beauty pageant with the support of their mother, who can’t figure out why the two can’t be each her own person.
Two twins who are a little too old to still be dressing alike are ready to compete together in the beauty pageant with the support of their mother, who can’t figure out why the two can’t be each her own person.
Out came a squad of “ghost busters” who were making a television series, and they are now at the hotel to solve a ghost complaint in one of the rooms.
Out came a squad of “ghost busters” who were making a television series, and they are now at the hotel to solve a ghost complaint in one of the rooms.
What might have been the craziest wedding experience that took place at the hotel, after all of the drama and fiascos, they finally gathered everyone together to wed the lovely couple.
What might have been the craziest wedding experience that took place at the hotel, after all of the drama and fiascos, they finally gathered everyone together to wed the lovely couple.

Congratulations to graduating seniors

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On Thursday, June 4th at 2:30 in the VCU Siegel Center, James River High School held its 20th Commencement exercises. Among the graduates were several members of the Current magazine and blog staff. We warmly congratulate Anna Davis (Editor-in-Chief), Celia Marsh-Delk (Design/Flair Editor), Alejandro Lucero (Online Editor), Joey Krzyston (Online Copy Editor), Stuart Rowan (Online Copy Editor), Melissa Rau (staff writer) and Nicholas Gentry (staff writer). Thank you for your contributions this year, and we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors!

Running toward a good cause

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By: Keeshawn Capers, Staff Writer

This summer on Saturday, June 20th, the Harrison Strong 5k will be held at ACAC Midlothian at 4pm.

This race was created to support and to help sophomore Harrison Zierenberg after he was injured an accident that occurred over Spring Break in the Cayman Islands. All contributions that are made towards the race are all going towards helping Zierenberg get better and return to his normal environment as fast as possible.

Sophomore Keegan Strasser, one of Zierenberg’s closest friends dating back to middle school, said, “I feel that this race is awesome. His hospital bill is very expensive due to many injuries and I believe that if everyone signed up to race in this 5k it would really help him and his family a lot.”

With Zierenberg still in the process of recovery, the more people who sign up, the faster the recovery   He is a lacrosse player at James River, and has overcome many obstacles throughout his high school career.

Strasser said,  “Harrison is a fighter. He has had to fight through tough obstacles pretty much his whole life from losing his dad as a kid, a concussion last year, and adversity in general.”

If you’d like to register or volunteer for this event, click this link: http://m3events3.com/Harrison-Strong-5K

Theatre productions for 2015-2016 announced

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By Carly Lester, Staff Writer

At the end of every school year, all students who participated in any of the three plays, whether they were part of the cast or crew, are invited to the Theatre on the James Banquet. At the banquet, seniors are the focus of the night, and several awards are given out to both seniors and underclassmen. One of the most anticipated parts of the night, however, is the unveiling of the shows for the next school year. The choice of productions remains top secret throughout the year, but they have finally been announced.

To start the year in October, Theatre on the James will put on the play “Ghostchasers!” In “Ghostchasers!”, an earthquake frees a poltergeist living in an asylum, and it’s up to the Ghostchasers to stop its mischief. Trouble ensues, as the patients of the asylum lock up the staff and no one can tell who’s who. This particular production is a student-faculty play, meaning that students as well as teachers can be a part of the cast.

The musical of the year will be “Oklahoma!”, a famous, award-winning Broadway hit. It takes place in Oklahoma in the year 1906, and focuses on the stories of two pairs of lovers. One of these pairs includes Curly, a cowboy who has feelings for a farm girl named Laurey, but has trouble admitting it. Judd, Laurey’s farm hand, tries to come between them and take Laurey for himself. A second love story woven into the plot centers on Ado Annie, one of Laurey’s friends. Her boyfriend, a cowboy named Will, has returned home from his exciting trip to Kansas City, but while he was away, she fell for a Persian peddler named Ali Hakim.

The last play of the year will be “Cobweb Dreams,” a spinoff of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Taking a different path than the original play, this production centers on the lives of the fairies, specifically Cobweb. Cobweb is a natural trickster, and wants to remain so, although the other fairies seem to be pushing her towards a more refined way of life. She has to fight to make her dreams come true, and struggles to keep being the fun prankster that she was born to be.

Now that students know what to expect for the productions next year, they can start preparing. Anyone who is interested in trying out for a part or joining stage crew should contact Mrs. Oyler for more information.

Honoring fallen JRHS soldiers

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By: Allie Duncan, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, May 26th, at James River High School, the NJROTC put together a Memorial Day service honoring the two Virginian marines who died in battle for our country. Both Jourdan Grez and Karl Linn attended James River, and both died fighting in Iraq. Please check out our photos below:

James River NJROTC color guard march on stage to present the flags.
James River NJROTC color guard march on stage to present the flags.
NJROTC color guard hold the American flag and the Virginia state flag.
NJROTC color guard hold the American flag and the Virginia state flag.
The James River Chamber Ensemble end the memorial day assembly by singing "America The Beautiful."
The James River Chamber Ensemble end the memorial day assembly by singing “America The Beautiful.”
The James River students take a moment of silence to honor fallen alum Karl Linn.
The James River students take a moment of silence to honor fallen alum Karl Linn.
Keynote speaker Captain Jesse Grapes talks to the James River students.
Keynote speaker Captain Jesse Grapes talks to the James River students.
Mrs. Debra Girvin gives her closing remark as the Memorial Day Assembly comes to an end.
Mrs. Debra Girvin gives her closing remark as the Memorial Day Assembly comes to an end.

JRHS Bookfair hits the scene

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By: Mac Dooley, Staff Writer

On Thursday, May 21st, James River High School celebrated a night of reading and fun at theBarnes and Noble located at Chesterfield Towne Center. About 500 students came to the event.

The local band Entropy performed at the event and put on a show for the audience. Earlier in the evening there were many teacher versus students games such as Stump the Teacher and Pictionary.

Many students from different grade levels were there to support the big event. Part of the profit was sent to the James River English department. Here are a few photos of the band and of other events along with other parts of Barnes and Noble.

Starbucks also contributed to the event, with their sales going toward the JRHS proceeds.
Starbucks also contributed to the event, with their sales going toward the JRHS proceeds.
Part of the event was also movies, music, and audiobooks which students enjoyed at the back of the bookstore.
Part of the event was also movies, music, and audiobooks which students enjoyed at the back of the bookstore.
 The band Entropy consists of  two guitarist and one drummer but the band helped contribute to a great night.
The band Entropy consists of two guitarist and one drummer but the band helped contribute to a great night.

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This guitarist is part of the local band Entropy. The band played some famous songs but also played songs that had written.
This guitarist is part of the local band Entropy. The band played some famous songs but also played songs that had written.
The drummer of Entropy concentrates on playing his part of the performance.
The drummer of Entropy concentrates on playing his part of the performance.