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WHY SHOULD OUR YOUTH LEARN BRIDGE?

Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc, speaks about the ways young people will benefit by learning and playing Bridge and encourages parents to sign their children up for their school’s bridge team class for 2013-2014.

Greetings Reno Parents & Grandparents: I am Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. (RYB), a Nevada non-profit company organized in 2008 to teach bridge to students in after school activity classes. There is a tremendous upsurge of interest in bridge nationally and internationally, and we who love bridge think this interest should be reflected in Youth Bridge as well. I’d like to take this opportunity to make my ‘case’ for why young people will benefit by learning and playing Bridge. I hope you will agree with me after you read this information and take a minute to forward this brief recommendation to anyone you know with children or grandchildren. Bridge is available to any child from any socio-economic background and can provide benefits on many levels:

Academic Enhancement: If your child or grandchild has average abilities in basic math studies, by that I mean if they know how to count to thirteen, they can expect to improve their ability to perform on standardized testing. According to a study by Doctor Christopher Shaw of Carlinville Illinois, a group of 15 children selected from a peer group of 100 in the 5th grade, were taught to play bridge. Over the next three years, those that learned to play bridge had 10-35% higher rate of gain in test results each year. One teenage bridge player interviewed commented that in taking the SAT he was able to concentrate longer and more intently than his peers.

Socialization: Bridge can offer many social benefits. How many of your children take part in an activity that allows them to meet, talk and play with others in a safe, controlled environment? How many of your children have the opportunity to meet children from other countries? How many of your children ever get a chance to talk and socialize with adults on a relatively equal footing? All of those opportunities are available through Youth Bridge.

Teamwork: Your greatest success as a bridge player often comes from your ability to depend on your partner to help make decisions. Bridge teaches a young player how to trust and communicate with others and for mutual gain.

Inferential Thinking: Bridge requires you to analyze the information you receive, translate that information into a vision, and make a plan for success based on that vision. It requires the need to learn to adapt and adjust your plan when additional information becomes available. All these actions are the basics of inferential thinking.

Competition: Youth Bridge provides opportunities for play in international, national, regional and local competitions. From serious competition to social play, bridge offers a fun challenge at every level. Even children with physical or emotional disabilities can find a “level playing field” with peers their age at the bridge table.

Financial Opportunities: College scholarships are available not only for expertise in play, but character and sportsmanship. Many bridge players obtained their first jobs through people they met through bridge. I know of at least two bridge players whose investment capital came from players they had met and against whom they played bridge.

Social Networking: Bridge can introduce you to people who will become your friends through your entire life. I know of numerous cases (young and old) where players met their spouses through playing bridge. Young players moving to a new town with their family or for college or a new job can join a bridge club where they’ll meet new friends who can ease the transition. Does your child plan to attend college or university? He or she could meet deans, presidents, professors and alumni from every undergraduate school or graduate school in North America at bridge clubs and duplicate competitions.

Some parents might ask, “Why should my child, with his overloaded schedule, add one more activity to his life?” Your question instead should be, “Why haven’t I introduced bridge to my child?” There are few activities available to children today that offer more life-long rewards than bridge—or more fun. Give me a call to learn more about how your child may apply for membership in their middle school’s Bridge Team class. Kathy Lane, President Reno Youth Bridge 775 324-0353 or send me an E-mail at klane0353@charter.net

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Shashank Addagarla & Matt Oakley Win Year End Pairs

June 1,2013: The Reno Youth Bridge final tournament of the year was won by Sashank Addagarla and Matt Oakley, students attending The Davidson Academy. Following close behind them were Davis Troyer and Zachary Foster from Shaw Middle School. Shashank and Matt scored a fine 60.84% game which just nosed out Zach and Davis who had a 58.60% game. The tournament, held at the Reno Bridge Center was the culmination of nine months in which after school bridge classes provided students the opportunity to learn and play the game of bridge. In Saturday’s Tournament, Mason Fisher and Mathew Longland posted a 55.69% score to finish third overall with Erin Walsh of AACT High school and Kimberly Tran of Billinghurst Middle School finishing fourth overall. In fifth place overall were Arsh Bhardwaj and Preet Shah of Sparks Middle School. Following up in sixth place were Smit Shah and Yash Shah also of Sparks Middle School. After the Tournament, the students were served lunch and beverages waiting for the final scores to be posted.

Reno Youth Bridge Year End Tournament North-South
Pair———-Pct.——–Score———Section———Overall————–Partnerships
7————58.60——–73.83———–1—————–2—————-Davis Troyer – Zachary Foster
5————55.69——–70.17———–2—————–3—————-Mason Fisher – Matthew Longland
9————53.57——–67.50———–3—————–4—————-Kimberly Tran – Erin Walsh
6————52.98——–66.76———–4———————————-Smit Shah – Yash Shah
3————52.71——–66.42———————————————–Matthew McKinley – Henry Weisberg
4————50.06——–63.08———————————————–Alyssa Morgan – Kristina Collier
8————48.75——–61.42———————————————–Stevie Applewhite – Brenna Spackman
2————40.63——–51.19———————————————–Samantha Degase – Chloe Bowman
1————36.71——–46.25———————————————–Olivia Seeger – Evelyn Seeger

Reno Youth Bridge Year End Tournament East-West
Pair———-Pct.———-Score——-Section———-Overall————Partnerships
8————60.84———76.66———–1 —————1—————–Shashank Addagarla – Matt Oakley
6————53.51———67.42———–2—————-5—————–Arsh Bhardwaj – Preet Shah
7————50.86———64.08———–3———————————-Andrew Wischer – Joseph Hogan
1————47.95———60.42———–4———————————-AK Dyson – Ryan Conley
2————47.71———60.11———————————————-Jacob Degase – Haily Kelly
3————45.44———57.25———————————————-Jonas Gedvila – Vytas Gedvila
4————44.17———55.65———————————————-Brenda Duron – Tianna Paulin-Cable
9————43.79———55.17———————————————-Giovanny Zuniga – Joseph Magana
5————55.36———69.75———–NE——————————–Ryan Spackman – Susie Davenport.

Along with announcing the game scores, President Kathy Lane and Managing Director Bud Brewer announced the winners of the year long Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Plan awards. This year’s winner of the $1000 “Condition Precedent” College Scholarship was Henry Weisberg of Billinghurst Middle School. Following up in second place and winning a $500 Gift certificate to the Kohl’s Department Store was Arsh Bhardwaj of Sparks Middle School. In Third Place was Brenna Spackman of Depoali Middle School. Gift certificates to Macy’s, Kohl’s and Wall-Mart were passed out to students positioned in the next seventeen placements.

RYB Director David Weinberg announced the formation of the RYB Summer Bridge program beginning next Saturday at 10:00 AM at the Reno Bridge Center. The 2 hour game on Saturday mornings will Alternate with tournaments online at 7:00PM every other Saturday evening. The Summer Bridge program will offer RYB members the opportunity to keep their game tuned up over the Summer and keep in touch with other WCSD students. A pizza party will be offered at the end of the Summer program in July. (See menu for Summer Program for more details.)

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RYB Year-end Pairs Championships

Saturday, June 1st at 9:30AM, Reno Youth Bridge Students will congregate at the Reno Bridge Center, where at 10:00AM, the final tournament of the Year will be held. The format is pairs and the competition will be to win the Year End Pairs Championship Trophy. Last year this prestigeous trophy was won by Henry Weisberg and Mathew McKinley shown holding Reno Youth Bridge Pairs Championship Trophy. Also determined at this tournament will be the rankings in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Plan competition. First place wins a $1000 College Scholarship and $250 worth in Merchant gift certificates. Second place wins $500 in Gift Certificates and the next 18 students will receive gift certificates in decending amounts based on their final position in the RYBAP rankings. As of May 15th the leading student is Henry Weisberg of Billinghurst Middle School followed by Arsh Bhardwaj of Sparks Middle School, Brenna Spackman of Depoali Middle School and Mathew Longlend also of Sparks Middle School. Middle School teachers are also in the competition and the teacher whose team wins the Silver Cup and the Teacher who had the most students attend the three Major Tournaments each receive $250 Merchant Gift Certificates.

The Year end Pairs Championships will be held at the Reno Bridge Center located at 2850 Wrondel Way. Wrondel Way runs parallel to South Virgnia Street one block east at about the location of the Peppermill Hotel and Casino. Teachers should inquire of the members of their class who will attend and if any of them need transportation.

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SHAW #2 WINS SPRING TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

A strong team of four from Shaw Middle School played solid bridge and scored a narrow victory over Sparks Middle School’s Team #2 Saturday April 27th at the John Ascuagas Nugget Hotel. Shaw’s winning team was composed of Zachary Foster, Davis Troyer ,Andrew Wishcher and Joseph Hogan. Shaw scored 53 total Liberty Points to win by two points over the second place team, Sparks #2 which scored 51 Liberty points. Sparks #2 was composed of Yash Shah, Smit Shah, Trace Turner and Susie Davenport. In 3rd place was the HDMS Charter School Team of Harley DeGuzman, Alex Woods, Kat Kallas and Kolton Kallas. The match came right down to the last session when Sparks was only 2 Victory points behind and if they could have a good round they had a chance to catch or even overtake Shaw #2. But as it turned our both teams could manage only a four imp win in the last session so each was awarded 12 Victory points and the 2 point differential became the margin of victory for Shaw# 2. Each team did quite well as there was only a 10 VP point difference between the leading team and the team finishing in 5th place. Ten VPs is relatively small number to overcome in a team game. It is effectively the difference a team would score if when vulnerable, one team bid game and the opposing team fail to get the game bonus. over 20 or so hands this little 300 point difference was what would have won the tournament by anyone in the top five finishing positions. Members of the Shaw Team #2 received a total of 70 RYBAP Points for attending and winning the Spring Team Game Championship. But more important, Shaw #2 won the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup Perpetual Trophy or at least its possession for their school to display in their Trophy case. Shaw Middle School was one of the first schools to join Reno Youth Bridge Middle School program and the winning of this trophy is dedicated to the several Principals who have been so supportive of the Shaw Bridge Class.

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RYB Member Erin Walsh can play bridge with her eyes closed

April 14, 2013: Erin Walsh is a student at The Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology (AACT) High School. In addition to being proficient in academics, Erin is a member of the AACT Bridge Team. Last fall she suffered a mysterious malady which caused the loss of her sight. As a result, while she continues able to audit her high school classes, she was restricted from unaccompanied access to the campus after school activities. This caused her to have to be picked up from school by her mother at the end of the day’s regular curriculum classes and prevented her free access to the library or study areas during that period between her last class and the participation in her passion, learning contract bridge as a member of the school’s Bridge team. The Directors of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. the non-profit organization responsible for teaching and administering interscholastic bridge competition in the Washoe County School District, met with Erin’s mother and worked out a plan that was approved by the school’s Principal, Robert Sullivan, whereby Dan Green, the RYB teacher and AACT volunteer Bridge Coach, was approved to act as concierge for Erin during the period between her final class and the beginning of the after school bridge club. Hopefully, Erin’s sight is going to be restored in the near future but the temporary loss doesn’t prevent her from actively playing the game and in competition too. Seen here playing in a recent Member Guest tournament at the Reno Bridge Center, Erin’s eyes are provided by her mother, Susan, who whispers the specific cards in her hand and those on the board and she memorizes them so thereafter she can verbally select and call out her bids or which card to play at any specific trick. The game of bridge is fast becoming a challenging competitive sport played by more and more young people in WCSD after school activity classes. Reno Youth Bridge, with support from the American Contract Bridge League Education Foundation, and the United Way of Northern Nevada and The Sierra, provides all the playing equipment, teaching material and instructors for the eleven participating Middle Schools and High Schools. RYB also sponsors three major interscholastic tournaments each year, the next being the Spring Team Game Championships which will be held on April 27th at the John Ascuagas Nugget Hotel in Sparks, Nevada. At this event, bridge teams from AACT High School, Davidson Academy, Hillside Elementary and HDMS Charter school will join Billinghurst, Cold Springs, Depoali, O’Brien, Pine, Shaw and Sparks Middle Schools in competition to win possession of the RYB-WCSD “Silver Cup” perpetual Team Trophy. The game has fascinated many youngsters as it helps them learn critical thinking and inferential analysis, something that can’t be taught from text books. Playing bridge is a mental exercise that enhances academic proficiencies. Susan Davenport, a WCSD-RYB middle school teacher and coach of the Sparks MS Bridge team describes it as being “something like basketball for the brain without ever having to endure the pain of a sprained ankle”.

Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. is a Nevada non-profit corporation qualified as a tax exempt entity under section 501c.3 of the Internal Revenue Code. RYB was founded in 2008 and current directors are: Kathy Lane, President, Bud Brewer, Treasurer, Molly Rakestraw, Secretary, David Weinberg, VP, Dan Green, VP and John Barber, VP.

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