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Wise breaks receiving record for River City High School football

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 31, 2015 —

By Laura Asatryan
River City High School Journalism Class

River City senior Aaron Wise broke the varsity football single season reception record this season with 46 receptions. The record was previously set by Malik Dumetz in 2013.

Before Malik, the record had been set by Malcom Floyd, who is now a receiver for the San Diego Chargers.

AARON WISE Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy  (photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

AARON WISE
Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy
(photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

“It feels amazing because I never actually thought I’d break a record,” said Wise. “I just wanted to play and have fun and work harder to try to get better.

Now that the football season is over, Aaron is setting goals for his future. He is hoping to be accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy which, through a difficult application process, requires a nomination from a member of Congress.

“It’s a really big deal…the Academy is basically like a university but sponsored by the military. It’s really hard to get into that school and that’s why they interview you,” said Wise.

U.S. representative for California’s 6th congressional district Doris Matsui has nominated Wise for the Academy and after being interviewed by a representative, he felt optimistic about his chances at being accepted.

“The interview was great and straight to the point. During the interview it was like a college asking me standard questions. I felt comfortable knowing all I had to do was answer the questions honestly,” says Aaron.

Aaron is now waiting for a response via email about being accepted into the academy. If his hard work on the football field was able to pay off by breaking a record, Aaron is hopeful of achieving his next goal.

River City Varsity Wide Receiver Coach Mark Uy said, “I’ve never seen anyone work harder than Aaron. He worked himself to be a great football player. Great in the classroom and great on the field.”

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River City students climb a roof and aim for the sun

    A solar voltaic panel is passed to the roof of an Alabama Avenue home, as students in the high school’s enginnering and science academy learn how to install a sun-powered system. (Photo by Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger) NEWS-LEDGER -- NOV 26, 2014 --

A solar voltaic panel is passed to the roof of an Alabama Avenue home, as students in the high school’s engineering and science academy learn how to install a sun-powered system. (Photo by Al Zagofsky/News-Ledger)
NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 26, 2014 —

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 26, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
News-Ledger Correspondent

For Fay and Russell Landry, one sunny day leads to another, for on Tuesday, November 18 they received a free photovoltaic solar energy system that not only will nearly eliminate their electrical costs while contributing to a greener planet, but offered the opportunity to River City High School students to be part of their solar system installation.

The solar system installation and teaching program was coordinated by Hillary Tellesen – volunteer training coordinator at GRID Alternatives, “GRID Alternatives and the Yolo Office of Education have developed a partnership to have the River City High School students come out and learn about solar installation,” she explained. “We are funded through the California Solar Initiative and through corporate donations.”

The nonprofit works with lower income homeowners, in sunny areas, and with roofs less than 12 years old to install solar systems.

GRID Alternatives  has been working with Deborah Bruns, the science coordinator at the Yolo County Office of Education. “My role in the county office is to connect teachers with resources that help them and their students,”  she explained. “One focus right now is to give students real world experiences that might get them excited about college and careers in a variety of fields, but particularly in the sustainable energy field.”

Solar voltaic panel is placed onto an array rack by, left to right: Estefano Arellano, a senior at River City High School; Nidhi Solanki - a volunteer from  UC Davis; and Mike Scharma - the solar installation supervisor with GRID Alternatives.  (Photo by Al Zagofsky for the News-Ledger)

Solar voltaic panel is placed onto an array rack by, left to right: Estefano Arellano, a senior at River City High School; Nidhi Solanki – a volunteer from UC Davis; and Mike Scharma – the solar installation supervisor with GRID Alternatives.
(Photo by Al Zagofsky for the News-Ledger)

“I am excited about this program because I think that students often don’t know how they’re learning in class applies to the real world, and how it might apply to them as citizens, as consumers, and as workers,” Bruns continued. “I think becoming familiar with the solar energy industry is an exciting opportunity.”

“There are jobs available now and in the future, and they may as citizen consumers may one day have solar panels on their own house. The city of West Sacramento has really made it possible by putting money towards education for kids.”

Mike Scharma – the solar installation supervisor with GRID Alternatives, directed the installation and the instruction of the students. “We are installing a 2.04 kW solar array using eight 255-watt panels which is designed to supply close to 100 percent of the family’s usage,” he said. According to Scharma, the system would have cost upwards of $10,000, and would be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.

Scharma and his construction assistant, Anton Muller, instructed the students in the cutting and bending of electrical conduit, the splicing of mounting rails, and the installation of solar panels.

“This program is awesome because the kids not only learn what’s in the classroom but they also get hands-on experience on real-life applications on what they learned in the classroom,” noted Sedikeh Yusufi, Engineering and Science Academy teacher at River City High School.

Estefano Arellano, a senior at River City High School climbed unto the roof to complete the installation. “This is a good project that the school Incorporated because it gives students a hands-on experience at something they may want to do in the future,” he said.

Dan Beveridge – outreach coordinator with GRID Alternatives  works with families to qualify them for the program. “I’ve been walking the streets of West Sacramento, almost all of it at this point,” he said, “trying to find clients. We are still looking to get 40 more clients this year.” Interested homeowners may call Dan at 530-680-3852.

Homeowners Fay and Russell Landry, shown above on their porch, said that both the installation by the students and the solar system were “awesome” and “exciting.”  (Photo by Al Zagofsky)

Homeowners Fay and Russell Landry, shown above on their porch, said that both the installation by the students and the solar system were “awesome” and “exciting.”
(Photo by Al Zagofsky)

Homeowners Fay and Russell Landry said that both the installation by the students and the solar system were “awesome” and “exciting.” In June 2014, they purchased their Alabama Ave. home in West Sacramento.

“I think it is very important to have collaboration between businesses, nonprofits, city agencies, and schools because students can actually be a force for change and help out on projects like this while they are learning,” added Deborah Bruns. “So it’s a win-win for the school and for the community. But it does take all of us working together and collaborating to make it happen.”

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RCHS athletes sign ‘letters of intent’

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley (Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

Softball player Ashlend Rodriguez (left) and basketballer Aliyah Brantley
(Photo & information courtesy of Mark Rodriguez)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Two student-athletes from River City high School signed their ‘letters of intent’ to commit to a particular college and its sports program in a ceremony on campus on Friday.
Ashlend Rodiguez will attend the University of West Alabama to play softball next fall.  Aliyah Brantley will go to Menlo College to play basketball.
Both students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher at River City, and each has played for the school varsity-level team since her freshman year.

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Honor roll: top students at RCHS

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 12, 2014 —

The honor roll list from the first term of the year at River City High School is in.
“We had 1,170 students of our 2,080 enrolled students who achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher for the first term of school, ending October 17, 2014,” reports Vice Principal Kristin Rodriguez.
With extra grade credit for certain things, it is possible for students to exceed what used to be a “perfect” 4.0 grade point average:
A total of 438 students ended up with a grade point average of 3.0-3.49 (B to B+), 410 earned GPAs of 3.5-3.99 (A- to A) and 322 earned GPAs of 4.0 and above.
Here’s the list of the top students, earning 4.0-plus grade point averages for the term. Note: the alphabetical order is not consistent. There are additional names added out of order near the end:

Adcock, Sarah
Agadjanian, Nikolas
Ahmad, Hela
Alcantar, Jessica
Alfaro, Noeley
Alvarado, Valeria
Amin, Mariam
Andrus, Gideon
Asem, Mohammad
Baba, Nathaniel
Backus, Samantha
Balakhnina, Alina
Ballard, Noel
Banks, Rochelle
Barrett, Martin
Baylon, Clydyne
Becha, Kaajal
Berntsen, Ryan
Berry, Roselynn
Bias, Toni
Bibica, Patrick
Bigney, Morgan
Bissegger, Alissa
Bolton, Danae
Boltz, Andrew
Braden, Nicholas
Brantley, Aliyah
Brisco, Nicolaus
Cabrera Maya, Alexis
Cassell, Derek
Cavett, Ariana
Chan, William
Chavez, Eduardo
Chean, Sopear
Chile, Geovannee
Cole, Keith
Conklin, Andrew
Cornell, Nathaniel
Crumb, Julie Anne Bernadeth
Cruz, Natali
Dancev, Elisei
Dawar, Baheer
Diaz, Leticia
Doldier, Innessa
Donoghue, Kaitlyn
Drewry, Mikaela
Eckler, Dana
Einsel, Karalynn
Firmacion, Mikaela
Flores, Karla
Flores, Oscar
Folk, Michael
Fuller, Marcus
Furlow, Keyera
Garcia, Galdino
Garcia, Jessika
Garcia, Miguel
Genon, Jun Carlo
Gil, David
Goloveshkin, Victoria
Goncharov, Christina
Gonzalez, Jocelyn
Gordiano, Jenny
Gray, John Marshall
Gray, Joshua
Griblin, Jane
Guerra Hernandez, Lizeth
Gully, Robert
Hall Smith, Marissa
Hammer, Kassidy
Harris, Makayla
Hassan, Shabnam
Hendrix, Brycelyn
Henning, David
Hernandez, Jesenia
Herrera, Andrew
Herrera, Angelina
Herrera, Karla
Hicks, Zoe
Hollie, JerShaun
Holman, Morgan
Iorga, Jordan
Jimenez Guerra, David
Johnson, Emoni
Kadyra, Ena
Kaiger, Nellie
Kaloty, Gagandeep
Karashchuk, Yanna
Kaur, Lovpret
Kaur, Navjeet
Keilman, James
Khan, Ahtisham
Khan, Amy
Khan, Saba
Khan, Tia
Kondrashov, Anastasia
Kozycheva, Irina
Kumar, Beatrice
Lambirth, Isabelle
Lara, Andrea
Latortseva, Marina
Leal Tovar, Karla
Leon Hurtado, Enzo
Levchenko, Michael
Logan, Chandler
Look, Makayla
Lopez, Alicia
Lopez, Isabel
Lopez, Michael
Lopez, Sergio
Luera, Peter
Luna Plascencia, Carla
Lynch, Kayla
Magallanes, Rosalie
Martin, Taylor
Martinez, Breeann
Martinez, Jenna
Martinez, Leopoldo
McCully, Nathan
Mercado, Dianna
Molchanov, Yelizaveta
Mona, Sarah
Monce, Maya
Monjaras, Giselle
Moore, Eriah
Moreno, Elena
Mouhasseb, Lilian
Myachina, Kristina
Naidu, Shariya
Neely, Daniel
Neidinger, Anna
Nelson, Joshua
Neverov, Sofiya
Newman, Jenna
Nishimura, Kristen
Nosov, Valentin
Onisko, Irina
Ortiz, Gabrielle
Parker, Aitanna
Pascual, Jade
Paskal, Anastasiya
Pasquetti, Brooke
Patel, Marisa
Pedersen, McKenna
Perez, Matea
Pitts Field, Brianna
Porche, Mia
Porupsky, Ronald
Prasad, Praneel
Priya, Priashna
Qu, Suzy
Quenga, Antonio
Quintero, Franchesca
Rabago, Yasmin
Rajoy, Ashley
Ramirez, Katherine
Ramirez, Leopoldo
Ramirez, Star
Ramirez, Susan
Randall, Jacob
Rizo, Anamaria
Rodriguez, Rodolfo
Rudometkina, Irina
Russ, Anastasiya
Russ, Sofiya
Rybalko, Ivan
Rybikov, Katya
Saechao, Sally
Saetern, Matthew
Saeteurn, Joe
Saini, Sparsh
Salazar, Andre
Sapiandante, Nathaniel
Savenko, Philip
Sayed, Nahefa
Schatzel, Emily
Semeryuk, Maksim
Shaw, Nicholas
Shevchenko, Mariya
Shimonenko, Juliana
Sidman, Jacob
Simmons, Noah
Singh, Gursewak
Singh, Rasdeep
Skovpen, Valentina
Skovpen, Vyacheslav
Smith, Morgahn
Spicer, Margaret
Stack, Liam
Stall, Lilly
Stupin, Veniamin
Stupina, Angelina
Sweeney, Melissa
Tafolla, Samantha
Taylor, Aiden
Tedeschi, Troy
Teu, Katieli
Timofeev, Stanislav
Torres, April
Tran, Kenny
Trussell, Michelle
Umaria, Malvika
Usmonov, Ovid
Vallejos, Celina
Varghese, Juvento
Virk, Sabreet
Visochin, Valerie
Visochin, Victoria
Voronenko, Daria
Vosheva, Victoriya
Wall, Charles
Wallinder, Peter
Wallinder, Sarah
Wang, Meng
Watson, Parker
Weaver, Mesayla
Whitaker, Benjamin
Whitsell, Melissa
Wilcox, Bryton
Williams, Anthony
Woods, Sara
Wright, Ariell
Yang, Billy
Yang, Justin
Zaragoza, Rocio
Zepeda, David
Monce, Thomas
Taylor, Evan
Ahmed, Raza
Angeles, Geronimo
Arauza, Eric
Au, Jackie
Barrett, Nathaniel
Bondarenko, Valerie
Boone, Stuart
Bredikhin, Evelyn
Brizuela, Julienne
Charan, Simmiran
Chhay, Virak
Criswell, Jordan
DelaRosa, Ryan
Delgado, Daniela
Dhillon, Melina
Dua, Maia
Enriquez, Melanie
Haagensen, Haleigh
Hamel, Shyann
Hua, Sipei
Kersey, Courtney
Lee, Karen
Leonov, Daria
Makeyenko, Jastina
Mehmood, Asid
Mercado, Danny
Mockler, Evan
Ngo, Bryant
Ostapenko, Anna
Packham, Tyler
Paiz, Rosalinda
Pierdant, Shanttelle
Puliz, Nicholas
Quinones Orozco, Diana
Ramirez, Dianerik
Riedel, Kelly
Rijova, Elizaveta
Saeteang, Brian
Saetern, Isabel
Sambrano, Zyrian
Santillan, Miguel
Sidher, Manav
Snarr, Mallory
Talbott, Kara
Tandel, Rachana
Taryanik, Veronica
Teangh, Carol
Tolstova, Gabriella
Torres Alcala, Carlos
Tran, Kari
Vigil, Robert
Vorobyova, Nadezhda
Warner, Michael
Gautam, Sapana
Baker, Gabriel
Benafghoul, Jasmine
Benigno, Jeremiah
Chong, Jay
Keilman, Johnathan
Plugovaya, Alona
Styc, Caroline
Vinnikova, Anastasiya
Chan, Ana
Asatryan, Laura
Gallegos, Deanna
Guan, Erica
Guryanov, Ilya
Gutiev, Vladislav
Hagar, Elizabeth
Hoang, Anh
Hoffmann, Claire
Huerta, Yakima
Ignatesko, Sergey
Looc, Chloe
Nguyen, Lan
Potts, Ashley
Potts, Brandon
Quenga, JuliaMarie
Salim, Kasem
Tandel, Drasti
Tellez, Magda
Xu, Emily
Bui, Beatrice
Chen, Samuel
Chong, Jayne
Rodriguez, Alfredo
Ignatesko, Andrey
Johnston, Joseph
Kelkar, Vikram
Kersey, Darren
Kochai, Marwand
Maranan, Jeanelle Mae
McConnell, Austin
Ngo, Jessica

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RCHS statistics students asked to design a game of chance

Senior Irina Onisko and Junior Alyssa Gonzalez present their casino game “Saxy Fever” which required players to spin a wheel, and if the spinner didn’t land on the instrument that was betted on, there was an option to throw a ping pong ball into the bell of a saxophone in order to win their bet back. (By Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

Senior Irina Onisko and Junior Alyssa Gonzalez present their casino game “Saxy Fever” which required players to spin a wheel, and if the spinner didn’t land on the instrument that was betted on, there was an option to throw a ping pong ball into the bell of a saxophone in order to win their bet back. (By Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 12, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School Journalism Class

Every year since he had begun teaching at River City High School, statistics teacher James Colligan, has put on a ‘Casino Day’ where students used the practical skills of the lessons that he has taught them to design a casino game that will make them a profit.

Jane Griblin, a senior who built a spinner game called “Wheel of Wonderland” said, “I thought it was really fun and it was a good experience to make your own game and do the statistics part of it and see how much you could… Rig people, I guess.”

Monday, November 3rd, was biannual Casino Day. During his 1st, 3rd, and 4th period students from other classes, as well as teachers came in and played the carefully crafted games that were designed to entice students and teachers who don’t know statistics into gambling their fake money- The catch was that the house had to always win.

Colligan has been doing this project every year he’s been teaching. He had learned it from his own high school statistics teacher, who he is still in contact with. With the recent push for more hands on activities in English and Math classrooms, this project fits well into the Common Core framework.

“Common core is, most importantly, about using critical thinking skills to apply mathematical reasoning to the ‘real world’ and I think if you’re going to teach kids about probability the most interesting things you can do is to gamble,” says Colligan.

The games were varied from spinners to games that required physical activities on the part of the player, like tossing balls and flipping coins.

Shabnam Hassan, a junior who played during first period said, “I didn’t really care about the money, I just wanted to have fun… I don’t like gambling, it’s fun. It’s addicting, but it’s not good.”

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RCHS girls tennis undefeated at 12-0

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 4, 2014 —

FROM RIVER CITY HIGH SCHOOL

With an 8 to 1 win at Rio Linda last week, the River City High School girls tennis team finished its first season in the Tri County Conference (TCC) at a perfect 12 and 0.  It’s the first league championship for an all-girls RC team and the twentieth overall for the school’s tennis program.

“We’ve had lots of success with our coed teams over the past two decades, and the boys won a pair of championships in ’83 and ’84, but it’s great to win this one and set a new standard for the girls teams in the future,” said RC Coach Dave Brooks.

Against the host Knights, the Raiders were led by #1 singles player Julia Quenga’s 6-0,6-0 win.  Teammates Jasmine Benafghoul (#4), Carlie Blevins (#5), and Kay Rybikov (#6) also had “double-bagel” 6-0,6-0 wins in their singles matches.  At #2, Beatrice Bui earned a hard-fought 6-3,6-3 victory, and Jessica Ngo cruised to a 6-0,6-1 win at #3.

RC also received doubles wins from the #1 team of Alona Plugovaya and Anahi Escobar, 6-2,6-4 and the #3 duo of Mallory Snarr and Kari Tran, 6-1,6-0.  For Tran, it was her first-ever varsity triumph.

Later in the week, the TCC Tournament was held at the Yuba City Racquet Club and the top two RC doubles teams both advanced to this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament in Roseville.  Seeded #1, Bui and Quenga defeated pairs from Woodland and Pioneer to advance to the final where their teammates, the second-seeded Benafghoul and Jessie Olsen, awaited them after downing teams from Rio Linda and Pioneer.  In the championship match, Bui and Quenga prevailed 3-6,6-1,6-2.

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RCHS band wins some medals

River City High School band members Michael Cano, Irina Onisko and Caleb Ball Photo courtesy of Diana DaPrato

River City High School band members Michael Cano, Irina Onisko and Caleb Ball
Photo courtesy of Diana DaPrato

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 22, 2014 —

From Heather Wright

On Oct. 11, the River City High School Band joined twenty-two other schools from locations as far away as Chowchilla, Concord, and Merced to compete in the Franklin High School Invitational Band Review in Elk Grove. Young musicians and their teachers, parents, and supporters took over the area, which included blocked off streets for the marching band competition, football fields for the field shows, and school theaters for the jazz competitions.

It was River City’s first time participating in the Invitational and their hard work paid off. The River City Regiment won first place in the Marching Band Category – Division B, the Big Band won third place in the Jazz Category – Division B, and Irina Onisko (RCHS drum major) won fourth place in Military Baton..

There are a few upcoming opportunities to see the RCHS band in action:

•    RCHS vs River Valley Football Game – Friday, October 31, 5:00pm – Adults $6,     Seniors & Students $4, ASB Sticker Free
For current RCHS Music news & events, follow the River City Music Department on Facebook or visit www.rivercityregiment.com.

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