Month: February 2016

Marco Rubio makes campaign stop to JRHS

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By: Eva Dorn, Staff Writer

On Sunday, February 28th, Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio took the stage at the Swamp, where thousands of Rubio supporters came out to hear him speak. Former Virginia senator George Allen welcomed Rubio as he ran to the stage. Once Rubio made his way to the stage, he discussed big issues such as immigration, foreign policy, education and one of his opponents for the nomination Donald Trump. As Rubio’s speech came to a close, he thanked the thousands of supporters that showed up and James River High School for hosting the event. Check our photos from the event below.


Wrestlers competed in Regionals, States

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By: Karla Llano Reyes, Staff Writer

James River’s wrestling season brought home some great successes. This year, the varsity team made it to Regionals and one student even made it to States.

On Saturday, January 30th, the wrestling team competed against 17 other schools in the Lancer Invitational at Manchester High School. After the Lancer Invitational the wrestling team went on to compete to conference where the wrestlers would be able to qualify for Regionals.

The team was placed in ninth place during the Lancer Invitational with four wrestlers placing in the top eight. One wrestler placed fifth, another placed eighth, and two others placed first.

“Josh Garber and Justin Esposito were champions, Traeven Tann took fifth and Matthew Armstrong took seventh,” wrestling coach James Riley said.

On Saturday, February 6th, the wrestling team competed at the Conference Tournament. Coach Riley wanted them prepared and focused so the team could accomplish their goal and qualify for the Regional Tournament.

“My biggest concern for the Conference Tournament [was] the wrestlers’ ability to stay focused. There are not a lot of new things I can teach in a short amount of time,” Riley said. “They have the skills necessary to be champions already they just need to remain focused.”

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Our wrestlers celebrate their victories at the Lancer Invitational. Photo Courtesy of Jessica Sanchez.

Even though not all of the wrestlers were able to make it to Regionals, there were some who placed as champions and finalists at Conference.

“We had eight of them qualified for Regionals, seven of them were made finals and five of them were champions: Josh Garber, Izea Turner, Rudy Bojorquez, Traeven Tann, and Matthew Armstrong,” Riley said.

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The success at the Lancer Invitational foreshadowed future success throughout the wrestling season. Photo Courtesy of Jessica Sanchez.

Regionals were postponed on Friday so the team competed on Saturday and Sunday February 13th-14th. Regionals were an important competition because it would determine who would be going to States.

“The competition was really tough, but we battled for a young team. Josh Gaber placed fifth and Traeven Tann placed third. Traeven was able to make it to states,” Riley said.

States were on Friday and Saturday, February 19th and 20th. Although they were just as tough as the other competitions, Tann competed well.

“Traeven wrestled well, but he ran into a few wrestlers that had a lot more experience than he did, but I am proud of him,” Riley said.
Tann ended up placed in eighth at States.This year the wrestling team was able to finish strong and accomplish their goals.They did well this year and we can’t wait until next year to see how they do.

Finishing the food fight strong

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By: Cana Wilson, Copy Editor
The results are in for the annual Hokies vs Hoos food fight. Students raised over 7,500 cans of food for the FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank, breaking our school record by 3,000 cans. The junior class won the competition gaining an extra five minutes of lunch for the week, taking the privilege away from the seniors. Thank you to everyone who supported our community by donating meals for those in need. Here are just some of the donations that were gathered in the library (all photos by Landon Moore):

Students compete for a great cause

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By: Cana Wilson, Online Copy Editor

This month, each grade level has been competing to bring in the most canned food for the annual Hokies vs Hoos food fight from Monday, February 8th until the Friday the 19th. This is the 12th year that James River has participated in this challenge. All of the cans will be donated to the FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank as they fight against hunger in these cold winter months. Students will bring in the canned food to their English teacher and the winning class will get five extra minutes of lunch for a week. Please bring in donations for this great cause!

New pass system to be enforced

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By: Cana Wilson, Online Copy Editor

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) team, a group of teachers, aides and administrators, have been working with the county to organize a new pass system for James River that will go into effect on Monday, February 15th.

Every section of the school will be color coded with corresponding passes; students are only allowed to go to the corresponding areas. Certain rooms, like counseling and the clinic, will also have colored passes.

“[This is for] students who tend to use those passes to elongate their trip, like maybe go down to the vending machines or hang out with friends in other areas of the building,” social studies teacher Michael Farrell said.

Teachers will also volunteer to monitor the hallways in order enforce a stricter tardy system that includes tardy stations between each class period.

“Each teacher will be assigned a certain zone for the clean sweep part of it. When students are tardy to class now they will actually get a tardy pass for each period,” Farrell said.

This improved hallway system will benefit both students and teachers, especially in emergency situations.

¨If we were to have a fire drill or a lockdown and that student is out of that very zone during that class period we would be able to identify who they are with because the teacher’s name will be on the pass,¨ Farrell said.
All of these changes will enhance the security of James River and improve discipline of the students.

Donate pots and pans, support youth philanthropy

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By: Corinne Minnick, Online Copy Editor

The Beta Club Pots and Pans Drive started collecting donations on Tuesday, January 19th and will end Friday, February 26th. The deadline was originally Friday, February 12th, but due to snow it has been extended two weeks.

The student leading the pots and pans drive is senior Cameron Oglesby.

“My friend and I are both in an organization called Youth Philanthropy – so I came up with the pots and pans drive idea, and my friend agreed with me, so that’s how it started,” Oglesby said.

The charity has collected about 20 pots and pans so far.

“Our goal was originally 100, but it’s not really realistic at this point, so we changed it to 40,”  Oglesby said.

This is the first year this drive has been here at James River.

“We are sending them to an organization called Virginia Supportive Housing. It provides residence for homeless people and people that have been stuck on the street for years because they can’t get out of their depression,” Oglesby said.

Drop off gently used pots and pans in Mrs. Stocks’ room (1212) or Mrs. Castelo’s room (1102).

Records broken at St. Christopher’s track meet

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By: Mac Dooley, Sports Editor
On Saturday, February 6th, seniors Kyle Hammer and Mallory Pitchford broke school records at St Christopher’s track meet. Pitchford broke her own school record in the 55 yard dash, and has recently committed to Hampton University on a Track & Field scholarship. Hammer broke a previous school record in the 1,000 meter run. Pitchford and Hammer had outstanding performances, but the success of the track team this season has been great due to big improvement throughout the course of the season. ¨Correct running techniques and proper stretching exercises have played a role in the improvement of all runners,¨ track coach Cornell Core said. Congratulations to Mallory Pitchford and Kyle Hammer along with the track team with a great meet at St Christopher’s!