Month: April 2016

Cobweb Dreams casts a spell

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By: Harley Butler, Staff Writer

Theatre on the James presents their last play of the year, Cobweb Dreams. This production is about a fairy who doesn’t want to live the fairy life everyone has created for her. This production will be held Thursday  April 28th to Saturday, April 30th. It starts at seven p.m. and will be held in the auditorium. Tickets are seven dollars and are sold at the door.  Come out and show your support!   


Enter your photo to Rapids branch

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By: Karla Reyes, Staff Writer

This month the Federal Credit Union is having a photo contest.The contest “Capture Your Favorite Spot” purpose is to take a black and white picture of any landscape in Richmond or Chesterfield. The pictures should exclude people and it must be submitted to the link below by Friday, April 29th.

The Federal Credit Union has students who work there decide on this contest.

“The student employees of the credit union came up with this idea,”  Federal Credit Union sponsor Rose Malone said.

This contest was organized by the staff. The employees in the Credit Union wanted the branch to look different.

“As a new branch, the location lacks something, the student workers decided that artwork would greatly improve the appearance of the branch,” Malone said.

There are many students who can participate in this contest but there will be only a few winners.

“All entries will be considered,” Malone said. “Due to space limitations, probably three photos will be chosen.”

The winning photos will be determined by the Federal Credit Union staff.

“The administrative staff of Chesterfield Federal Credit Union will make the final call. The students decided that the Credit Union Branch needed artwork of a timeless nature,” Malone said.
You can submit your picture through  The deadline for submissions are this Friday.

Getting to know the librarians

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By: Henry Forbes, Staff Writer

The library is teeming with a wide assortment of novels, encyclopedias, and references. From the librarian’s desk, they can see a number of students, teachers, and administrators browse the endless array of books, as well as witnessing freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors working tirelessly on their assignments. The ones who sit behind this desk, Ann Reinke and Sue Kucera, have seen these events occur for a long time, and are here to talk about their experiences in and out of the library.

Q: When did you begin working as a librarian?

Reinke: I started in 1978 as a public librarian.

Kucera: 2003, this is a career change for me.

Q: Why did you decide to be a librarian?

R: There wasn’t much in the way of career counseling. I was an English lit major and I worked in my college library and one of the librarians recommended me to be a librarian.

K: I had been selling commercial real estate which didn’t go well with raising children, so I had planned to go back into the school system and it would be fun to be a librarian.

Q: Are there any challenges to working in the library?

R: I think the main challenge are these Chromebooks. There’s a false sense that Google answers all. They’re a tool, but they’re not teaching research skills. We need to reach more to people about the services you offer now that the kids have Chromebooks.

K: The challenge is more how to find information than memorizing and knowing everything.

Q: What have you learned from being a librarian?

R: I learned to be flexible; to juggle many varied requests at one time.

K: I’ve learned that it’s important to listen.

Q: Was James River the first place you started working was a librarian? (If not, which schools did you begin working at?)

R: I started at the Richmond Public Library; I worked there for 12 years and I took some time off to raise my sons, and when I went to work I realized it matched my son’s school calendar so realized being a school  would be a perfect fit; I started working at elementary school, but leapt at the chance to work at the high school. I’ve been working here since 200 at James River.

K: I worked one year in Henrico at a middle school before coming here.

Q: Where did you go to college?

R: I went to Knox college (small liberal arts school in Illinois), and I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois.

K: I went to Indiana University and my graduate is from Longwood.

Q: What do you like to do on your spare time?

R: I love to cook; I consider myself a gourmet cook; I enjoy getting together with friends and family; I travel all the time; I went to Portugal over Christmas.

K: I am a yogi and a gardener and I am looking forward to retirement where I can spend more time with friends, family and travel.

Q: Being a librarian, which literary genres do you enjoy reading?

R: I like contemporary fiction; I like realistic fiction; I read more nonfiction now, and in that field I like to read more about contemporary issues.

K: I probably do a greater amount of non fiction myself now. And when I do read fiction I like to read historical fiction and contemporary fiction. And I’d love to be surprised into new genres.


Buy your prom tickets now

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By: Aidan Minnick, Staff Writer

Prom tickets have been on sale since last Thursday, April 14th. If your student dues have been paid and you have no library fines, just show up to room 1224 at lunch and buy your tickets from Mr. Joyner. Just make sure that you paid your fines and dues. Prom is on Saturday, May 14th, at the Thalhimer Pavilion at the Science Museum of Virginia, and goes on from seven to 11 o’clock.  It will be a retro rock and roll 1950s theme, so buy your tickets now.

A Marilyn Monroe poster shows a retro, rock 1950s theme, with a flyer giving details about prom. Photo by Aidan Minnick

Donating blood can save lives

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By: Aidan Minnick, Staff Writer

James River hosted the annual spring blood drive on Monday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 12th. The event was held in the auxiliary gym from nine to one. Participants provided roughly one pint of blood, and donated for various reasons.


“I am donating blood because I know that many people each day need blood for transfusions or blood donations. I volunteer with Chesterfield County as an EMT and I know that there are many patients that need it. To me, it’s just the right thing to do, and I love helping save lives in any way I can,” senior Courtney Rowe said.  


According to the Houston Methodist, if you donate blood, they can keep it for good use for over a month; approximately 42 days. Phlebotomists take a pint of whole blood, which means it usually includes red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate.


“I think donating blood is important because it can save up to three lives from just one donation of my blood. Red Cross takes my blood and puts it in a lab, which they then can take components from it for people who need them (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, or plasma). It is a way of helping those in need anonymously and I think that is really cool too,” Rowe said.


According to the Red Cross, plasma, and cryoprecipitate can be stored frozen, which means they can use it after a year of donation.  Donating at schools is very easy. During the fall, or spring blood drive you can sign up at the tables at lunch.

Posters for the blood drive were put up around the school, influencing students to donate. Photo by Aidan Minnick


“I donated blood at the last blood drive here at James River. I actually had a fairly easy experience. I bled really fast and finished the donation in under 5 minutes. The nurse told me that that was the fastest anyone had finished donating the entire pint of blood in the whole school.” Rowe said.


For a first time donor, it can be very daunting, but it is a safe medical procedure. According to the Red Cross most people don’t want to donate blood because they had never thought about it, or they are scared of needles, but there is no reason to be scared.


“[If I were to give somebody advice] I would probably just tell them that it is a way to save lives, and it is such an easy process. It doesn’t hurt, but if you are afraid of needles, I would probably tell you not to look while they are sticking you with the needle,” Rowe said.


“Advice for first time donors is to hydrate yourself before and after your donation! Eat iron rich protein the night before, and make sure you are healthy enough to give blood. And don’t psych yourself out, it’s not as bad as you think. Think about the people receiving the blood, not about to blood being taken from you,” Rowe said.
Although the school’s blood drive is over, you can still donate blood. Visit to learn more about how to donate.

Rapids triumph over Lancers

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photo Editor and Cana Wilson, Copy Editor

The boys varsity soccer team had a great win against Manchester on Friday, April 15th. The Rapids brought it back for the win after a tied halftime with a final score of five to two. This victory brought their record to six wins and one loss. With starting players like senior Jack Eastman, sophomore Will Collins and senior Michael Pelletier, the season is off to a great start. Check out our photo gallery below! Photos by Cana Wilson.

Anything Goes show choir presents “Rags to Riches”

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By: Caroline McMullan, Staff Writer

JRHS all girls show choir Anything Goes just wrapped up their show season they have been preparing for since August. Show choir is a chorus choir that sings and dances at the same time. They have a show theme that consists of five songs with costumes, set design, choreography, and complex vocals. Anything Goes went to four competitions this season in Nashville, Tennessee; Manchester High School, Powhatan High School, and Hanover High School. Their show this year is called “Rags to Riches” and they placed fourth place at three of their competitions.

If you did not get a chance to see them perform in show season, here is a video of their show. The performance starts at 1:33.

Want to learn more about Anything Goes? Check out our full article in the most recent issue of the Current magazine!

Video courtesy of: Marissa Parsons