Month: November 2015
By: Cana Wilson, Copy Editor
On Saturday, November 14, the Forensics Team competed at the Midlothian Speech and Debate Forensics Invitational. For many of their members, it was their first competition.
Students who placed in the competition are senior Haley Jobe in third place for Prose, sophomore Isabelle Mayor-Mora in fifth place for Poetry, sophomore Skylar Petry in sixth place for Impromptu (the largest category of the competition), freshmen Lindsay Stevens in fifth place for Prose, sophomore Isabelle Carter in third place for Storytelling, and Isabelle Carter and Isabelle Mayor-Mora placed in sixth as a team for Duo Improvisation.
Their coach is English teacher Jessica Sanchez. Their next competition will be in Hopewell this weekend. If you would like more information about the team or are interested in joining, you can contact Ms. Sanchez.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the Hopewell Invitational was in January 2016.
By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photography Editor and Cana Wilson, Copy Editor
Tryout weeks are always full of pressure, thrill, and anticipation. From November 9th through the 12th, students gave their best performance in hopes of becoming a part of one of the James River sports teams. This week, tryouts included cheerleading, and basketball for both boys and girls. Check out our photo gallery below!
By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer
The month of November our community is coming together to support National Prematurity Awareness month by helping out Bon Secours St. Francis NICU and donating money during lunch. NICU stands for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and it’s where they help babies that are premature or are ill.
NICU Helping Hands is a fundraiser that helps out parents who need supplies for their babies and these things are bought from a wish list that the nurses suggest.
“I’ve had friends and family who were preemies and talking to their mothers, I learned how unprepared they were,” senior Kiana Goulding said. “So I toured Bon Secours St. Francis NICU and learned that all preemie moms faced this problem and I was inspired to help.”
This fundraiser is Goulding’s Leadership Capstone project and she has volunteers help her out.
“Volunteers are coming from Leadership, National Honor Society and Beta Club,” Goulding said.
This fundraiser raises money to buy supplies for the babies once the event ends.
“Once the fundraising is completed, the profits will be used to purchase the items,” Goulding said. “These items include preemie onesies, pajamas, receiving blankets, baby toiletries, journals, children’s books, activity books and crayons, These items will then be delivered to the NICU who will then distribute to the families.”
The Baby Bottle Drive will take place during lunch which is when students can go and give money to support NICU.
“Volunteers will be going around the school during lunch and collecting spare change in baby bottles,” Goulding said.
This fundraiser will last until Tuesday, November 24th.Go out and help out the NICU by donating money during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
By: Corinne Minnick, Online Copy Editor
While fall sports are coming to a close, winter sports, including wrestling, are starting up just in time for the cold winter weather. Weigh-ins were conducted Monday to find out what weight class each of the team members would be competing in. Practice officially started on Tuesday the 10th from two to four in the auxiliary gym and the weight room.
Wrestling is an extremely competitive and physically demanding sport; the athletes must maintain a certain weight and stay in good shape.
“I think wrestling is the ultimate individual sport, it teaches you to grow up very quickly and you learn a lot about yourself in the process,” wrestling coach James Riley said.
Coach Riley coaches football and track along with wrestling. Football is more of a team sport while track and wrestling focuses more on the individual athlete.
“My favorite thing about coaching wrestling is watching the athletes get better,” Riley said.
There are no female wrestlers on the team this year, but all women are welcome.
“I have coached female wrestlers in the past. Generally if you have one girl, their friends will do it too, so you will have a couple of girls together, but they all work together, boys and girls are treated the same in this room,” Riley said.
Coach Riley attended high school here at James River and graduated in 2001.
“I wrestled for James River when I went to high school, I was a two time district champion, three time regional placer, and two time state qualifier,” Riley said.
Be sure to check out the wrestling team’s matches this December!
By: Mac Dooley, Sports Editor
Three new clubs have been established this year at James River: the Swimming Club, the Trail Running Club, and the TED Ed Club. The Swimming Club is sponsored by Swim Chesterfield. The Trail Running Club is sponsored by English teacher Christopher Calfee and Social Studies teacher Alex Addison. The TED Ed Club is sponsored by science teacher Timothy Couillard. Even though these clubs are new, they are excited for swimming, running, and learning. Listen to announcements and check online at https://sites.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/jrhs/home for future meetings in these clubs and others.