Month: October 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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!