April 22, 2017: Playing in one of their first attempts, Tyler Clark and Joseph Watts, members of the McQueen High School Bridge Team, scored a strong 60.69% game in the Spring Pairs Championship to finish first Overall, just a hair (.06%) ahead of the fast IMG_1066 crop 1IMG_1066crop3closing second place pair of Michelle Choung and Kailee Betts, also members of the 

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 McQueen High School Bridge Team.   In third place was the partnership of Matt Oakley and Sarah MacHarg playing on the Reno High School Bridge Team.

By virtue of their placement of third in this event, Matt and Sarah were able to regain their lead in the race for the RYBAP $1000 College Tuition Scholarship awarded to the Reno Youth Bridge member who ends up with the highest total achievement points for the school year ending this year on June 2, 2017.   Following a fine performance in the Spring Pairs tournament on Saturday, Joseph Watts and Tyler Clark, surged up the RYBAP leader boarIMG_1060 crop1IMG_1060 crop 2d to earn the current positions of 5th and 9th

place respectively with their overall win in the Open Pairs Tournament.  Michelle Choung and Kailee Betts also advanced nicely in the Scholarship race standings.  IMG_1064 crop1New sIMG_1064 Crop2tudents on the RYBAP Top Ten list were Ella and Emree Paiva, members of High Desert Montessori Charter School Bridge Team, gained by their overall win in Section Z of the Non Contract division for newer players.          

Reno Youth Bridge is a non profit corporation sponsoring the teaching of Middle School and High School students how to learn and play the game of bridge.  Founded in 2008, the volunteer members of the Reno Bridge Unit 473 of the American Contract Bridge League provide after school activity instruction to all schools participating in the Washoe County School District.  Demonstrated benefits for learning and playing the game have enabled many of Reno’s high school students to achieve enhanced scores on their college entrance exams, a fact little known among many of the parents of Reno’s school children.

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