The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge announced that they have funded the first of its four Condition Precedent $1000.00 Tuition Scholarships that have been earned by WCSD students over the past several years. The Tuition Scholarship funded this week was earned by Giovanny Zuniga who graduated this month from the Academy of Arts, Careers and Sciences (AACT) High School. Gio is the first of the four WCSD Students who have thus far earned the scholarship as a result of their skills in learning and playing bridge during an after school activity as a member of their school’s Bridge Team. Teams from Middle Schools and High Schools in the District compete each year for the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup awarded to the school whose team wins the Spring Intramural Team competition. In addition to very high rankings in RYB Tournaments, Gio was a member of the team that won the Spring Team Competition in April of 2014. The Condition Precedent Scholarship is awarded to the student who accumulates the highest number of RYB achievement points during the school year playing in tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, the American Contract Bridge League and on Bridge Base online, a website where people resident in countries all over the Globe come together and compete in this,the most popular card game in the World. Reno Youth Bridge funds its “Condition Precedent” Scholarship upon the student not only graduating but also achieving a Grade Point Average in high school that will qualify him for admission to the University of Nevada. In Gio’s case not only did he meet the first requirement but he carried a 4.0 GPA and has been accepted for admission to three universities, Yale, Harvard,and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Gio has decided to enroll in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university as that school offered degrees more in line with his career objective, Computer Information Engineering. We wish Gio the best of success and continued winning of bridge tournaments. .Learn More
May 21, 2016: With a roaring 70.6% game, the pair of Sarah Macharg and Matt Oakley of the McQueen High School Bridge Club walked away with the Reno Youth Bridge Year End Pairs Championships held today at the Reno Bridge Center. Playing a non aggressive game Sarah and Matt beat out Kailee Betts and Michelle Choung who finished second with a very respectable score of 63.17% less than one percent ahead of Emma Miller and Ruth Mike Slattery, Dan Green, Sarah Macharg,Matt Oakley & Susan Powell
Lynman who finished at 62.33%. The rest of the field finished in a narrow band of 50 to 55.33% . The Final Tournament of the year was prelude to the announcement by RYB President, Mike Slattery, of the top 20 ranked students in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Programs $1000 Condition Precedent Tuition Scholarship Award. This Scholarship is awarded students finishing in the top 20 rankings for accumulating RYBAP Points. The total value of these award exceeds $3000.00 and are redeemable at major department stores in Reno. After a light lunch served to the players RYB announced the 2016 Summer Camp program for those students wishing to learn more about the Two Over One Game 2nd place winners Michelle Choung Kailee Betts
Force Bidding System. This Email teaching program is offered by Bud Brewer and Dan Green and is based on Larry Cohen’s Teaching.
Rankings for RYB Year End Pairs Championships:
April 29, 2016: Reno Youth Bridge Directors have announced the date for their Year-end Pairs Tournament to be held May 21st at the Reno Bridge Center. This is the final opportunity for students to win RYBAP points toward the award of the $1000 College or Trade School Tuition Scholarship awarded to the student who accumulated the highest number of Black points and Silver points awarded for both effort and achievement respectively. The event will be a Pairs format and will test students on their learning to bid and play the game of bridge. The event is the last opportunity for winning RYBAP Achievement points. With the winning pair earning as many as 40 or 50 RYBAP points, the Precedent Contingent Scholarship award is winnable by any of the students currently in the top 10 rankings. While the favorite has to be Emma Miller, on the right in the picture at the left margin (She currently has a 40 point lead over her partner Sidney Inouye pictured with her), any of the students shown in the sidebar for current top ten positions can win enough points playing on line and in ACBL sanctioned games until then to be able to overcome the current 40 point advantage currently held by Emma. Miller.Learn More
April 23, 2016: Fresh from their successful trip to the San Francisco Bay High School Team Championship Tournament, McQueen’s Team of Four Captained by Emma Miller returned to capture the RYB Silver Cup Team Championship when they scored a resounding victory in the tournament held at the Golden Nugget Hotel on Saturday. Playing in this highlight event were representative teams from all participating District Middle Schools and High Schools. McQueen’s team of four was made up of Emma Miller, Sidney Inouye, Matt Oakley, and Vitas Gedilva. In second place were Ashley Unerbasami from Billinghurst, Leigh Fisher from Sparks Middle School and two guests. In third place were Haley Oliver,Alex Heredia-Nunez, and Luis Heredia-Nunez, representing Sparks Middle School. For the first time, attendance was disappointing for this very special event, however, the play by students from Billinghurst and Sparks Middle school, two institutions that have been participating in Reno Youth Bridge since inception was reflective of the excitement that goes along with playing in intramural competition. Leadership provided by those school’s Faculty Representatives has made a big difference in how their students are able to take advantage of the benefits of learning how to play this great game.Learn More
April 17, 2016: The McQueen Bridge Team finished fourth in the Bay Area High School Team Championships held on Sunday April 17th at the Bayshore Bridge Center in Burlingame, California. The Team performed very well in this their first effort in this high level championships. High School Students 19 years and under qualify to be members of their high school team and each team played five boards against each other team with the two teams scoring the highest number of victory points facing each other in an 22 board final scored by International Match Points. Sarah Macharg (Captain), Matt Oakley, Sidney Inouye and Emma Miller, entered the consolation Pairs Tournament and both pairs finished second, Sarah and Matt sitting North South and Emma and Sidney sitting East West. Now the four players will be entering the Reno Youth Bridge Spring Duplicate Team match competing to win the WCSD-RYB Silver Cup to be held at the Golden Nugget hotel concurrently with the April Showers Sectional Tournament sponsored by Unit 473 of the American Contract Bridge League.Learn More