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RCHS students get a taste of the real world: mock job interviews

A River City student (left) faces an intimidating interview panel in a classroom full of spectators. Across from her are Michelle Vandeheetkamp, owner of Wicked West Pizza & BBQ; Bill Panos the city’s public works director; Michael Costello of “Brew It Up” restaurant fame; and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (photo courtesy of Krysty Gaponov, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER FEB 29, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Students at River City High School had a chance to practice their job interview skills last Wednesday, with help from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and other guest interviewers.

The “guest grillers” visited two government civics classes of teacher Ronica Carlisle, interviewing about ten kids while others observed. Then, there was a debriefing to learn how to do better when they go out into the real world.

“The students in the class voted to do it and invited us to come,” said Cabaldon. “Given that the rates of teenage unemployment and youth unemployment have never been higher, and that so many high school students graduate with no work experience and into a tough employment market, this is important.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   The kids “did great,” he added.

“It was a wide array of students – some with work experience, a couple of real go-getters, and a couple who were really shy. Afterward, we talked about things to do and things to avoid – not necessarily to sell yourself, but to present yourself and your skills in the best possible light.”

Teacher Ronica Carlisle said one of the goals is to help kids learn to handle such open-ended questions as
”Tell me about yourself,” “What do you do outside of school?” or “Do you have any questions for us?”, all of which can leave a young person stumped during an interview.

“(Cabaldon) talked about youth unemployment,” she said. “(The interviewers all gave real practical advice such as how to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, repeat (the interviewer’s) name.”

A number of the 70-or-so kids involved in the project said they learned some things.

RCHS journalism student Sam Urrea quoted interviewee Ryan Colen as saying he gained confidence from his practice interview:

“I was a little nervous at first, knowing these guys were important people, but as the interview progressed, I felt more and more confident about my answers to their weird questions.”

“I feel like I should have answered some questions better,” said fellow student Angelica Estrada, “but this will only help me for future interviews.”

She, too, was quoted by Urrea.

Teacher Carlisle says she hopes to bring the mock interviews back next year.

On the same day of the mock interviewers, Congressman Mike Thompson visited the RCHS campus to talk about youth employment and to tour the school’s new solar panel array.

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Help RCHS baseball go to Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

The River City High baseball team is selling River Cats game ticket vouchers to earn a chance to play one of their own games at Raley Field this year.

Vouchers are $17.50 and can be exchanged for tickets to “Gold Rush” section seats at the field’s “will call” section for any available River Cats game. Contact baseball team parents or coach Jeff Cox, jcox@wusd.k12.ca.us or 916 752-6320.

The RCHS game scheduled for Raley Field will be held on April 21, with junior varsity playing Linden High School at 4 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. Admission to that game is free.

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El Dorado nips RCHS boys varsity

RCHS junior Vincent Chelini in action for the varsity team. Vincent is seen here with the near dunk (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

Last Wednesdsay, Feb. 15, marked the last home game of the season for the River City High School boys basketball teams, and also marked Senior Night for the 3 outgoing seniors — Mark Gidenko, Chanh Saeturn and Nico Rocha.
The River City freshman team dominated their game against El Dorado, winning by 30 points. The JV game was a thriller, with River City winning in double overtime.
Although the varsity game was close, River City fell to El Dorado by 3 points.

The high scorers for the night were as follows:  JV: Richard Dasilva jad a game high of 20 points. Varsity: Jose Chacon had 24 points and Malik Dumetz scored 12. Final Scores: Freshman – 79-49 (W), JV – 81-77 (W), Varsity 66-63 (L).

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River City sophomore Richard Dasilva in action for the junior varsity boys. Dasilva had a game high of 20 points in River City’s double overtime win. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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Upstart Raiders upset El Camino

With just two seconds left and the game tied on El Camino's home court, River City High School's Katie King stepped to the line for three free throws. She focused, and sank two of them to seal a win in playoff game two. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 24, 2012 —

After winning their first game of the playoffs Tuesday against Rocklin, River City traveled to El Camino last night.

El Camino boasted a 10-0 league record during regular season, 24-5 overall.

In Thursday’s match, El Camino scored a few quick baskets, as did River City. El Camino would eventually take the lead and by the end of the first quarter, El Camino was ahead 16-13.  At halftime, they were still up, 27-21 .

River City came out halftime pressing and getting a few steals, surging a comeback. By the end of the third quarter,  the game was tied 33-33.

The game would see more lead changes. With just 47.3 seconds left in the game, it was all tied again 48-48. River City kept El Camino from scoring on their next possession and after a time out, River City ran some time off the clock holding the ball. With just two  seconds left in the game, the Raiders’ Katie King was fouled while taking a three-point shot.

Katie went to the line and missed the first shot. Then she made the next two, putting River City ahead 50-48.

[adrotate group=”9″] With less than a second, El Camino threw the ball  inbounds and took a quick shot — and missed.

River City was still ahead at the buzzer, winning in dramatic fashion. Final score: 50-48.

Katie King finished the game with 26 points.

River City now travels to McNair in Stockton on Tuesday, February 28. McNair finished their regular season at 8-2 in their division and 26-3 overall. The game will be played at University of the Pacific, at a time to be announced later.

Jordan Ligons: 16 points to lead the Raiders in scoring against Rocklin on Tuesday (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Here’s a quick recap of the first playoff game, against Rocklin at home on Tuesday:

River City pretty much dominated the game and won 57-38. The high scorers for RCHS against Rocklin were Jordan Ligons with 16, Marrissa Tyler with 15 and Katie King with 14.

Junior Katie King (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

 

RCHS Junior Marrissa Tyler, in play against Rocklin (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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Lady Raiders are conference co-champs

RIGHT River City junior Marrissa Tyler drives to the basket for the varsity squad. Marrssa scored eight points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

  (UPDATE: The RCHS basketball team won its first playoff game on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and is moving on to round two).

On Friday, the River City High School girls basketball teams played their last game of the regular season at home.

The RCHS freshman lost to Sacramento High; while the JV and varsity teams faced — and beat — Vista del Lago.

RCHS freshman Vanessa Mendoza in action for the JV team. Vanessa scored 8 points in the win against Vista del Lago (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

With the win, the Raider varsity tied El Dorado and became co-champions of the Sierra Valley Conference. River City Varsity finished the regular season 11-1 in conference and 25-2 overall. The team earned a playoff spot, with the first playoff game scheduled for last night at home against Rocklin (results were too late to report in this edition).

RCHS athletic director Char Ghio reports it is the school’s first ever playoff game in girls basketball.

The final scores for Friday’s games were as follows: Raider Freshmen:  27-12 (L) ; JV: 54-28 (W); Varsity: 55-23 (W).

Varsity high scorers for the Raiders were Katie King with 13 points, Amarita Singh with 8, and Marrissa Tyler with 8.

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School board items include discussion of whether to re-approve charter school

This sign may soon mark the ‘home of the Raiders’ if plans proceed to construct it in front of River City High School in Southport (schematic is from Thursday’s staff report to the Washington Unified School District board of trustees)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

The local school board will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at city hall to discuss a variety of issues, including the “roller coaster ride” in the district’s budget resulting from a troubled state budget. The Washington Unified School District is planning another round of reductions.

Also on the agenda will be:

— Consideration of whether to extend the charter of the West Sacramento Early College Prep  charter school. A state association of charter schools has suggested that the local academy be shut down for underperformance.

Board President Teresa Blackmer told the News-Ledger earlier this month she had not made her own mind up on whether to vote to renew the school’s charter.

— Results of the district’s public opinion poll. WUSD had hired a consultant to talk to West Sacramento voters and find out how receptive the public might be to a November school bond or parcel tax measure, aimed at helping to “complete” River City High School and possibly advance some other district-wide projects.

— Review of a proposed “marquee” sign for River City High School, marking the campus at the entrance from Jefferson boulevard to Raider Lane. The district is also working on design of a second sign within the parking lot shared by RCHS administration and the neighboring city recreation center, steering visitors to each facility.

EDITOR’S NOTE: an earlier version of this article misstated the last name of board president Teresa Blackmer, transposing it with that of fellow board member David Westin. The News-Ledger regrets the error.

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Raiders are on a roll: 10-0 in league

Junior Katie King with the 3 point shot. Katie was the high scorer with for RCHS with 25 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

 

Sophomore Mikaila Robinson in action for JV. Mikaila was the high scorer for her team with 18 points. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

UPDATE FEB 16: RCHS athletic director Char Ghio announced today the school will host its first-ever girls basketball playoff game at RCHS on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  The opponent and ticket prices have not yet been determined — watch here for further information.

On February 7, 2012, the River City High School girls basketball team faced the Union Mine Diamondbacks.

Both the River City J.V. and varsity squads won their respective games in convincing fashion; while the freshman team played in Woodland. River City’s varsity girls came into the game with a 9-0 record in league play and a 23-1 record overall. By beating Union Mine, they improved to 10-0 in league play and 24-1 overall. Final score was 61-32, River City.

The junior varsity Raiders won 39-20.

High scorers:  JV Raiders –  Sophomore Mikaila Robinson with 18 points. Varsity Raiders –  Junior Katie King with 25 points and Senior Jordan Ligons with 17 points.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The RCHS girls will be home again on Friday, February 17, for their final, regular season home game. They’ll also be celebrating “senior night.”

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