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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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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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