Month: October 2015

Finishing the first nine weeks strong

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By: Cana Wilson, Copy Editor
As the end of the first quarter approaches, students and teachers hurry to finalize their grades. Students work hard to study and finish end of the curriculum tests and projects, while teachers make sure to get their grades in on time. The first nine weeks was full of adjustments, with the use of Chromebooks, everyone had to get into the routine. For the end of the quarter, we have a four day weekend for students. There are parent-teacher conferences on Monday, November 2nd and a teacher workday/student holiday on Tuesday November 3rd. The first report card comes out Friday, November 13th during first period.

James River Regiment declared superior

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By: Mac Dooley, Sports Editor

The James River High School Regiment went to the the Powhatan State Competition on Saturday October 24th and “swept the board.” The Regiment won 1st place in in Class AAAA, Music Performance, Percussion, Color Guard, General Effect, Visual Performance and also won two superior rankings. Winning every category has been the goal for The Regiment since the beginning of the year. Congrats to the band on a successful season and winning states.

James River students support the band by creating a banner, wishing the band good luck.  Photo by Maddie Berghuis
James River students support the band by creating a banner, wishing the band good luck.
Photo by Maddie Berghuis
Trombones, trumpets, and a color guard perform at the state competition, the regiment has rehearsed over and over which lead to an superior showing on October 24th. Photo by Maddie Berghuis
Trombones, trumpets, and a color guard perform at the state competition, the regiment has rehearsed over and over which lead to an superior showing on October 24th.
Photo by Maddie Berghuis
The James River Band celebrates after being awarded first place at the Powhatan State Competition. Photo by Paris Woods
The James River Band celebrates after being awarded first place at the Powhatan State Competition.
Photo by Paris Woods
James River Regiment captains hold up the trophies while the crowd and band members cheer.  Photo by Maddie Berghuis
James River Regiment captains hold up the trophies while the crowd and band members cheer.
Photo by Maddie Berghuis
Excited members of James River Regiment pose with their trophies earned at the state competition this past weekend. Photo by Maddie Berghuis
Excited members of James River Regiment pose with their trophies earned at the state competition this past weekend.
Photo by Maddie Berghuis

What club will you join?

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By: Mac Dooley, Sports Editor
It is never too late to get involved. On Thursday, October 22nd during lunch in the open commons, the Club Fair hit the scene. The Club Fair was an event where students could gain information and register for the ones they wanted to join. There were many clubs that participated in the fair such as Swim Club, The National Art Honor Society, DECA, Do Something Club, and Interact Club.

The Swim Club had a great turn out, with many students receiving more information and looking to join the club. This is the Swim Club’s first year and they are excited for a fun year of swimming.  Photo by Mac Dooley
The Swim Club had a great turn out, with many students receiving more information and looking to join the club. This is the Swim Club’s first year and they are excited for a fun year of swimming.
Photo by Mac Dooley
The National Art Honor Society applications are not accepted until April, but they usually get their information out early. You must maintain at least a  ‘B’ average and must be enrolled in a visual arts course in order to apply. Photo by Mac Dooley
The National Art Honor Society applications are not accepted until April, but they usually get their information out early. You must maintain at least a ‘B’ average and must be enrolled in a visual arts course in order to apply.
Photo by Mac Dooley

Theatre on the James presents: Ghostchasers!

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By: Caroline McMullan, Staff Writer

This year’s fall play is Tim Kelly’s Ghostchasers!. This is a student/faculty play that features English teacher Lauren Benere, Theater teacher and director Oyler, French teacher Laurel Maughan, and Social Studies teachers Joshua Thomas, Bryan Hammun and Success teacher Cameron Koehler. The play is about a poltergeist who roams the halls of Dr. Horace Roy’s asylum for extremely nervous patients. They call in the Ghostchasers to track down the poltergeist and clear the asylum from ghosts. Go see Ghostchasers! on Friday and Saturday at 7pm to see this comedy; tickets are sold for $5 at the door.

This meme features theatre teacher Alli Oyler. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show.  Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
This meme features theatre teacher Alli Oyler. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show.
Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
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This meme features French teacher Laurel Maughan. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show. Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
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This meme features Success teacher Cameron Kohler. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show. Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
This meme features Social Studies teacher Josh Thomas and English teacher Lauren Benere. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show.  Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
This meme features Social Studies teacher Josh Thomas and English teacher Lauren Benere. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show. Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
This meme features Social Studies teacher Bryan Hannum. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show. Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.
This meme features Social Studies teacher Bryan Hannum. Alli Oyler sent out memes to advertise the show.
Photo by Claire Johnson; meme designed by Alli Oyler.

Rapids choose new mascot

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By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer

James River High School decided to change our mascot for the first time in over 10 years. This was a surprise to us because we have had the Rapid Man as our mascot for so long, but the change was made because his costume was known to be frightening to children.

The new change wasn’t only a decision that the students got to choose; others involved such as the PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) and faculty.

“The PTSA approached the junior class and asked us to gauge the teachers’ and students’ opinions on the current mascot, the Rapid Man,” English teacher Christopher Joyner said. “The results were overwhelming; the students and faculty wanted a better mascot.”

Students and faculty have been talking about Rapid Man but they didn’t like him and wanted a change.

¨Students at James River have complained about the mascot costume for years,” Joyner said.

There were two polls students and staff could vote for. The first poll asked ideas for the new mascot and the second poll took the top three ideas from the first poll and asked James River’s community to vote for an alligator, an otter or a griffin.

Our new mascot? We'll have to wait to find out. Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.
Our new mascot? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.
Our new mascot? We'll have to wait to find out. Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.
Our new mascot? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.
Our new mascot? We'll have to wait to find out. Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.
Our new mascot? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Joyner via Amazon.

We gathered the three ideas from the same student survey.  We picked the three that appeared most often in the suggestions by students,”Joyner said.

Many students have rumored that the alligator is most favored and is to be chosen as our new mascot, but we won’t know until it arrives. The current plan is to announce the winning mascot during the last football game of the season.

James River donates blood, supports lives

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By: Corinne Minnick, Online Copy Editor

James River hosted this year’s annual Blood Drive on October 19th and 20th. The drive was held between 7:30am and 12:30pm in the auxiliary gym.

The requirements for donating blood include: you must be 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 lbs. You also must have a signed consent form filled out completely in ink to donate regardless of age, and a valid I.D.

“I am donating blood because it’s a great way to help someone out that isn’t as fortunate to be as healthy as me, and to hopefully get them one step closer,” senior Gena Delano said.

Many James River students are lining up to donate, but the need for blood is endless.

“I would encourage someone to donate blood. It’’s just a small part of your day and it could help someone significantly. Also, imagine if it was your relative who needed the blood. You would donate for them in a heartbeat, so why not have that attitude for everyone?” Delano said.

Donating blood takes approximately an hour and 15 minutes but the actual drawing of blood only takes about 10 minutes.

“It’’s important to donate blood because taking that small hour out of my day could potentially save someone’s life,” Delano said.

James River’s fall blood drive is over, but there will be another blood drive in the spring.

“My experience donating blood was good! I’ll definitely do it again in the spring,” Delano said.

Signs are posted all over James River to advertise the Blood Drive.  Photo by Corinne Minnick
Signs are posted all over James River to advertise the Blood Drive.
Photo by Corinne Minnick

Although the school’s fall blood drive is over there are many other places to donate blood if you wish. Visit http://www.vablood.org/ to learn more about how to donate.

Yells and cheers surround Homecoming Weekend

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By: Aidan Minnick, Staff Writer

Crowds cheering, footballs flying, teens dancing, royalty coronating. On Friday, October 9th, James River students celebrated the night we have all been waiting for. While Monacan walked away with the game 41-21, the Rapids still cheered and paraded. Check out our photo gallery below!

Crowds flood around the open gates, buying tickets, and getting ready for the game. Photo by Aidan Minnick.
Crowds flood around the open gates, buying tickets, and getting ready for the game.
Photo by Aidan Minnick.
The blackout game was a success, and the student population excitedly watched the play. Photo by Aidan Minnick
The blackout game was a success, and the student population excitedly watched the play.
Photo by Aidan Minnick
The wide receiver gets ready to sprint to catch the ball. Photo by Aidan Minnick
The wide receiver gets ready to sprint to catch the ball.
Photo by Aidan Minnick
Our Homecoming Queen watches the halftime show. Photo by Aidan Minnick
Our Homecoming Queen watches the halftime show.
Photo by Aidan Minnick
On October 10th, all the students rave and dance to their favorite songs at the Homecoming Dance.
On October 10th, all the students rave and dance to their favorite songs at the Homecoming Dance.