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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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‘Light It Up!’ is theme of RCHS concert

The RCHS 'Big Band,' one of several musical groups at the school, with director Anthony Marvelli (photo by Laura Valdez, River City High School Journalism Class)

The RCHS ‘Big Band,’ one of several musical groups at the school, with director Anthony Marvelli (photo by Laura Valdez, River City High School Journalism Class)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

River City High School band director Anthony Marvelli led the school’s “Big Band” during a performance on Oct. 22. This music group joined the RCHS choir class, advanced vocal ensemble, Syncopating Sea Monkeys jazz band, and River City Regiment marching band in the school’s fall concert.

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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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$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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