Month: May 2016

Yearbooks are on sale!

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By: Harley Butler, Staff Writer

Have you gotten your yearbook yet? If not, you still have a chance! As of Thursday, May 26th, yearbooks will be sold/available for pickup in room 1323 during ONE lunch.  Yearbooks are 75 dollars in cash or checks payable to James River High School. Don’t miss your opportunity to capture your last memories of the 2015-2016 school year!


Athletes committing to colleges

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photo Editor
On Thursday, May 26th, the last group of athletes from the 2015-2016 class signed their commitment letters to play college sports. The ceremony was held during AEP with many parents and peers coming to support their friends who reached this huge accomplishment. Nine students committed for sports such as swimming, tennis, softball, lacrosse, soccer, cross country, and football: Adam Abelmatty to Hampden-Sydney, Blayze Gray to Mount Union, Matt Duignam to Hampden Sydney, Kyle Hammer to William and Mary, Michael Pelletier to Christopher Newport University, Rachel Summers to the University of Mary Washington, Cole O’Connor to Theil College, Daijah Chambers to Winston Salem, and Abbey Crank to Randolph Macon College. Some coaches came up to tell stories about the players whom they have watched grow and develop and also to commend them for their achievements. After each student signed their letter, parents and friends gathered on the stage to take pictures and congratulate each senior.

Each athlete sits proudly on the stage with their college shirts on before the ceremony begins. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
The long anticipated moment arrives for the athletes to sign their official letter of commitment. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
Proud parents and ecstatic friends bombard the committed seniors with hugs and photos. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
The football players laugh and pose with their teammates and friends for all of the cameras. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux

Enjoying annual Riverrock festival

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By: Mikayla Grumiaux, Photo Editor

On May 20th, 21st and 22nd the annual Dominion Riverrock festival was held at Brown’s Island in Richmond. Music, food, and many festivities were held outside with lots of interactive activities that everyone could join in on. The rain and chilly weather did not stop many people from coming out to the festival with many James River students attending. There were also events like competitive dog jumping that canines of all shapes and sizes participated in.

Riverrock is known for it’s many interactive activities, with paddleboarding and kayaking being the most popular. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
Canines competing in the dog jump chased after toys that their owners threw out for them and then landed with a splash. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux
Many dog owners attended Riverrock and brought their furry friends along with them. Photo by Mikayla Grumiaux

The crew team headed to Nationals

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By: Caroline McMullan, Staff Writer

On May 27th and 28th, JRHS Crew is sending four boats to SRAA National Championship Regatta in Nashport, Ohio. Men’s Lightweight Four (lt4), Men’s Junior Four (Jv4), Men’s Double, and Women’s Double qualified at the VASRA State Championship on May 14th in Occoquan, Virginia. Their success earned them a bid to race at the national level on Memorial Day weekend. You can watch the races live with the link provided so tune in at 8:45 to watch the Women’s Double, 9:00 for the Men’s Double, 10:00 for the Men’s Jv4, and 2:00 for the Men’s lt4. These rowers have been working since January to make it to the highest level of Scholastic Rowing, so cheer on your fellow Rapids!

Click here to watch the Rapids row!

The 12 qualified rowers and two coxswains are ready to head to Ohio for the National Championships. Photo by: Marlene Meade

Vote for Jamie

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By Aidan Minnick, Staff Writer                                                                                                                     

Senior Jamie Massey has been recognized for his outstanding academic success by being nominated for the Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award. The Pursuit of Perfection award program is run by Lexus of Richmond, and it takes 30 ambitious students and nominates them for a chance to get a $10,000 award for college.

For more info about Massey’s academic and athletic accomplishments, check out his video here under “Week 27.”

To vote for Massey text LEXUS27 to 67336, or go cast your vote on their Facebook page. With your help, Massey could get a scholarship to UVA!

JRHS’s annual book fair coming up

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By: Harley Butler, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, May 25th, JRHS’s English department will be hosting their annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair at Chesterfield Towne Center. There will be games, bands, poetry, and more. This event will be from four to nine p.m. at Barnes & Noble. Games and bands start at five. A portion of profits will be donated to the English Department so they can buy more books and supplies. We hope to see you there!

Former student featured on The Today Show

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By: Cana Wilson, Design/Flair editor 2016-2017

Sam Reid, a 2012 graduate, was featured on The Today Show’s website Monday, May 9th. He created a stop-motion video with a duration of five minutes and worked on it diligently for five years, taking a selfie everyday. The video shows Reid sitting in his room wearing different shirts each day to the tune of “Life in Technicolor II” by Coldplay. The pictures were taken from February 23rd, 2011 through April 19th, 2016. Check it out below!