Student Bridge Teams Preparing for April 26th Championships

March 8, 2014: Seven Washoe County High Schools, four Middle Schools, the Davidson Academy and two Elementary Schools are gearing up for the Spring Team Game Championships and the award of the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup for their school’s Trophy Case. Held in a Swiss team game format, the trophy was won by Shaw Middle School last spring and they are working hard to repeat their strong performance of last year. The event will include two separate competitions this year; one for the new High Schools that have just been organized this Fall and one for the 7 Washoe County Middle Schools and Elementary schools that are organizing their After School Activity Bridge Classes for the coming School Year. Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., announced schools and instructors as follows: Billinghurst Middle School – Collett Gilmore, High Desert Montessori Charter School – Hope Davis, Depoali Middle School – Beth Swanberg, Shaw Middle School -Deborah Annand, Sparks Middle School -Susan Davenport, AACT High School; Dan Green; Bishop Monogue Catholic High School – Jack Rosen; Damonte Ranch High School -Virginia Kellermyer, Galena High School – Rich Scoggin & Sally Hertz; Spanish Springs – Dan Green; Sparks High School-Dan Green , McQueen High School-Mike Slatterly. These 13 schools plus Hillside Elementary – Reba Berland; and new this year, Desert Heights Elementary – Gary & Jerri Campbell and Susan Powell. These schools have formed as members of the WCSD Intramural Duplicate Bridge League and competed against each other in their first tournament on December 28, 2013. The next major tournament, the Spring Team Game Championships, is scheduled for April 26th 2014 at John Ascuagas Nugget Hotel in Sparks. Teams representing their schools will compete for the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup perpetual Trophy in the duplicate team game Championship. On June 7, 2014, the RYB Year-end Pairs Championships will be held at which High School students, Middle and Elementary students will vie for the RYB Pairs Championship Trophy. Students will also be vying for the Reno Youth Bridge $1000 College Scholarship and any one of the twenty gift certificates awarded to the top finishers in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program aggregating $3000 and redeemable at Reno/Sparks department stores. Last year, the Scholarship award was won by Henry Weisberg of Billinghurst Middle School. Second in that competition earning a $500 Gift certificate was Arsh Bhardwaj of Sparks Middle School. Each School Bridge Club is not limited as to size but it is recommended that the norm be 16 members or four tables of bridge. Dan Green, RYB Director and Senior Instructor, says this number is the most efficient number for teaching and allows interclass team competition along with adequate representation at the three RYB Major Tournaments held each year.

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Bridge, Where Counting Cards is Legal

Middle School students who wear black Tee shirts with the logo as shown on this page have participated in one or more Reno Youth Bridge-WCSD interscholastic duplicate bridge tournaments. Reno Youth Bridge sponsors three of these major tournaments and the Mid Winter Tournament just completed was the first one during the 2012-2013 school years. This being the first experience for many of the players, all participants found out just how much fun it is to be a part of this bridge learning and playing program. Beginning in January RYB will introduce the use of Bridge Base online, a software application that allows the user to play the game right on their Web Browser. Sometime in March, the Directors of RYB will invite students from all the participating schools to form teams of four and enter the WCSD-RYB Online Team Game in which a Swiss Team format will provide for three or more schools to play in head to head matches against each other. The winners of this team game tournament will receive a special RYBAP points award bonu,s the amount of which will depend upon the number of teams that play in the event. Watch for more information on this website

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