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$10,000 for River City High booster club

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A representative from Hanlees Auto Group in Davis visited River City High School two weeks ago to hand the school’s athletic booster club a check for $10,000. The money came from Hanlees and the Toyota corporation.

Accepting the check was December Brinsfield-Briscoe, president of the boosters.

The News-Ledger later asked her if the club had ever received a donation that large before.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she responded. “It was quite interesting the way that it came about. (Current) athletic director Jamie King contacted us to let us know Hanlees was interesting in doing a sponsorship for our club. The Toyota corporation contributed half the donation, and Hanlees contributed the other half.”

The money will be used by the booster club to support student-athletes at the school.

“The athletic boosters provide funding and scholarships to eligible athletes,” she said. “And basically, when the athletic department needs anything — training, equipment, courses, football helmets, catcher’s gear, we help.”

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Rites of passage: homecoming at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Senior

The excitement at River City High School could be heard for miles around on Friday, Sept. 26, as the Raiders kicked off their Homecoming weekend with a spirit rally. Even the varsity football team’s defeat to Pioneer (42-20) couldn’t dampen student enthusiasm for their school.

The afternoon rally opened with the school cheer, recognition of Fall sports, and was followed by an array of games in which students from all grade levels at the high school could compete.

Friday night the Homecoming floats and royalty enthralled the crowd. Homecoming Queen, cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco, 17, said, “I am so happy I won, and I’m glad I won with my best friend (Homecoming King, Raiders football player Mateo Pineda).”

River City’s Cheerleaders, the Command Dance Crew, the marching band “The River City Regiment” all wowed spectators.

RCHS Music Director Tony Marvelli said he’s always proud of the band and added, “The quality has only gone up from year to year.”

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

Cheerleaders Head Coach Sean Henderson had no doubt the squad would do a great job, saying, “I feel confident about this group more than any team I’ve ever coached.”

A homecoming weekend favorite, the Homecoming dance (theme: “When in Rome”), kept excitement high Saturday as students scouted sites for photo opportunities in their Homecoming clothes and arranged for pre-dance dinners.

The dance got great reviews. River City Leadership students, “put it together very well,” said senior Dianna Mercado, 17. She liked the creativity that went into the decorations “especially the lights,” she said, adding, “(The dance) was very flashy.”

Senior Kelly Saetern, 17, gave the music high marks. “They played a lot more slow songs (than last year),” Kelly said.

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RCHS cooks up culinary arts class

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of  chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School Journalism Class

This year at River City High School they are introducing a new class, taught by Cheryle Sutton, which teaches students the “culinary arts.”

On Thursday, September 18, the small class of 18 students provided meals for more than 120 people at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program, ran by River City’s previous principal, Katie Neemer, at Yolo High School.

At the event they served student-made chicken and dumplings, zucchini chips breaded with Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, and watermelon wedges with water. By the end of the event they ended up with leftovers, with which they boxed up and sent home with seminar attendees.

The night went pretty well, according to the students. Despite their lack of experience, they more than made up for it through enthusiasm and enough knowledge to put what they have learned into practice.

“Me and ‘Liz were cutting chicken on like a one foot cutting board… We were cutting like, 40 pounds of chicken,” laughed Junior Hannah Wall and Senior Elizabeth Montanez, participants in the program.

Overall the event was a rousing success. Look for their next event in Mid-October, again at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program at Yolo High School, where they will be serving Chili and deserts made from scratch.

Ms. Sutton hopes that she can portray her love for the hospitality industry that she spent 15 years of her life working in. She wants to teach her students, not only the practical skills, but the personal skills she learned.

Sutton says, “I want them to learn about themselves. What do they like? What are they good at? I want them to get to know themselves better and I want them to realize team work- how it works, how we work as a team to get something done. And I would also like them to enjoy the process in the meantime.”

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RCHS gears up for ‘homecoming’

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a 'We Are Raiders' poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a ‘We Are Raiders’ poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul
River City
High School student

Student stress levels are off the charts! River City High School’s leadership class has been running rampant trying to pull together a successful Homecoming — a full month ahead of schedule! This year’s Homecoming had to be moved up because its original date conflicted with previously-scheduled events.

Homecoming consists of a Spirit Week, rally, football game and a dance. Spirit week is from Sept. 22 to Sept. 26. The dance is scheduled for Sept. 27. The football game is scheduled the night before the dance: Sept. 26.

Although some may think Homecoming festivities are not so hard to put together; that it’s just an event a school puts on, Associated Student Body Board Representative Victoria Visochin, 17, and Senior Class Vice President Nicholas Johnson, 17, would disagree.

Victoria is in charge of Homecoming float decorations and says there have been, “too many hours spent a week working on these floats,” but adds, smiling, “Homecoming is life. Go Big Blue!”

Nicholas stresses that Leadership “has been on an extremely tight schedule,” putting in a lot of work to get it done on time.

It’s not just stressful for the students running the event but everyone else participating. The River City High School Marching Band will be performing at the football game as will the River City High School Cheerleaders. It’s is also stressful for the students who go to these events.

Senior Cecilia Pitts, 18, will be attending the Homecoming Dance. Because Homecoming is a month earlier than usual she says, “It caught me off guard. I had to go dress shopping a lot earlier before all the good dresses got taken.”

Section Leader of the River City High School Drum Line, Michael Cano, 17, says, “The band is very much excited for the homecoming week, but some of us are a little nervous because of the short notice we were given.”

Julia Chapman, 15, is a cheerleader. She says, “We have been working really hard for the Homecoming routine. We have been practicing the routine for the past two weeks.”  She says the squad is a little nervous but when it comes down to the performance, “We’ll hit it!”

  EDITOR’S NOTE: River City High’s “homecoming” football games are on Friday, Sept. 26, at the home stadium.  The team will host Pioneer High of Woodland. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5 p.m. and varsity plays at 7.

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