October 27, 2013:
During the Fall and Spring semesters of 2013-2014, Reno Youth Bridge offers an achievement recognition plan in which Reno Youth Bridge Middle School and High School students earn RYBAP points for various accomplishments. The points are of two classification: Participation Points (Black) are awarded for participation only. They require student time and effort, but not skill. They are all additive so schools with more students will earn more points. Thus these points incentivize students to spend time on bridge and schools to have large, motivated teams.
Silver Points are awarded for performance in play. A large club will have more chances of earning points, but mainly points are awarded for skill. Thus these points incentivize students to become better players and incentivize schools to recruit skilled teams. Black points are awarded for consistency in attendance; play of a set number of boards on the Internet at Bridge Base Online with either a RYB Director or a certified RYB Teacher; play in an ACBL sanctioned Club game or Sectional Tournament; participate online “Saturday Teaching Table” ; take a weekly Bridge Quiz and for Play in Online Team Games sponsored by RYB. Silver Points are awarded for rankings at the three major tournaments sponsored by Reno Youth Bridge, or for ranking in RYB sponsored online Team games or for correct answers to questions in Weekend Bridge Quizzes. For these actions, a student may earn various number of Black and or Silver points toward receiving gift certificates valued between $100 and $500. The student who accumulates the largest number of RYBAP points and the required number of Silver points, will earn a “Condition Precedent” award of a $1000 College or Trade School Tuition Scholarship . Last Year’s winner of the College Scholarship was Henry Weisberg from Billinghurst Middle School.
The volunteer Faculty Representatives at each school are also members of the plan and compete for $250 Gift Certificate awards for: 1. The Teacher whose school wins the Spring WCSD RYB Team Game Championship, and 2. The teacher who has the largest cumulative number of students attend and play in the three major RYB Tournaments, Mid-Winter Pairs, Spring Team Championships and Year end Pairs Tournament. For the year ending June 2013, the the Teacher who accumulatively had the most students attending all three of the Reno Youth Bridge Major Tournaments was Susan Davenport of Sparks Middle School. For that Susan received a $250 Gift certificate from Dillon’s Department Store. The Teacher whose team wins the Spring Team Game Competition also receives a nice Gift Certificate from the Dillon’s Department Store. Deborah Annand the Faculty Representative from Shaw Middle school, the school whose team won the 2013 Silver Cup team game trophy, received an award of $250. The current standings of the top twenty students in Reno Youth Bridge program as of December 4th are as follows:
|2||Spanish Springs||Mathew Combs||30.5|
|4||Sparks MS||Arsh Bhardwaj||29.5|
|8||Bishop Manogue||Michael Hendrickson||21|
|9||Bishop Manogue||David Yang||20.5|
|13||Sparks MS||Brandon Nunez||19|
|14||Bishop Manogue||Christian Stadler||17|