March 2, 2017: Reno Youth Bridge has scheduled their annual WCSD-RYB intramural Team Game Championship for April 22 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Sparks Nevada. This annual event brings high school and teams of four or five members together to determine the winner of the RYB-WCSD Team Game Championship Bridge Tournament for the 2016-2017 school year. The school represented by the winning team will receive possession of the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup Perpetual Trophy each year to the High School or Middle school whose Bridge Teams win this event. Prior year’s winners include: The Davidson Academy, Depoali and McQueen High School. The Tournament is being held at the site of the Reno ACBL Unit’s Spring Sectional which runs from Wednesday evening to Sunday at the Golden Nugget.
Reno Youth Bridge is the non-profit operating organization that sponsors after the school activity “Learning and playing Duplicate Bridge” at WCSD middle and high schools. Duplicate Bridge has become a popular after school activity at over 14 High Schools and Middle Schools in the District. Launched by American Contract Bridge Members, Kathy Lane, Bud Brewer, and Grace Martin back in 2008, the activity has become popular as participants have learned just how beneficial learning and playing the game is for academic growth and knowledge enhancement. In nonscientific but interesting comparisons, it was recently determined that those students who participate actively in the learning and playing of duplicate bridge typically score 40 to 50 points higher in their average grade points scores than the studentbody as a whole.
In 2014 one million seven hundred high school students took the College Board’s SAT and ACT College Admission Tests. Of that number, less than one tenth of 3 percent (520 students) scored a perfect score on both tests. Reno Youth Bridge member Tyler Hart of Reno High School was one of those who aced both tests. When asked, what were some of the most important contributors to his achievement. Tyler listed many of the expected contributors, but he then added, “I think my experience learning and playing duplicate bridge as a member of Reno Youth Bridge, gave me an unusual opportunity to learn the values offered to those who play this game, especially in competition. One of those values you learn is the exercise of inferential analysis. When some opponent leads, or plays a card, it usually is the result of selecting from other options, so you ask yourself “why did my opponent play that particular card”. In a bridge game, you must make such inferences continuously and going through the exercise gives you a basis for thinking critically.