RYBAP Scholarship Award

May 20, 2017: The Final Standings for the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program are now official.  With the  Reno Youth Bridge 2016-17 Final Pairs Championship Tournament completed May 20th, the race for achieving the highest number of RYBAP points is finished. The winner of the College Tuition Scholarships must place high in both the Spring Team event in April and the Final Pairs Championship played on Saturday May 20, 2017 to fend off all other competitors.  Now the final standings are in and they show that once again, Matt Oakley has won the RYBAP Achievement competition for 2017.  In second place in the competition is Sarah Macharg, Matt’s partner in most RYB events, and an excellent player and student of the game. In an expression of fear that one student might develop such skill and relative expertise as to make it seem unlikely if not hopeless that anyone else could win this scholarship “achievement” award, the RYB Board of Directors passed a Resolution that no participant could win the $1000 scholarship two years in a row. So this year, in as much as Matt won the Scholarship in 2016, the $1000 scholarship has been granted to 2nd place finisher, Sarah Macharg and a $500 consolation scholarship award has been granted to first place winner, Matt Oakley. 

The final standings of those in the top ten rankings in the RYBAP achievement program as of May 20, 2017, are shown on the panel at the right of this column.  

 As of that date, the Ranking for the top 20 positions earning RYBAP points are as follows:

Matt Oakley, Reno High School 245.92
Sarah Macharg, Reno High School 195.11
Luis Heredia Nunez, Sparks Middle School 88
Kathy Morse, Reno High School 88
Jamie Cohen, Galena High School 75
Carley Kinerson,Reno High School 68
Ella Paiva, High Desert Montessori 65
Emeree Paiva, High Desert Montessori 65
Joseph Watts, McQueen High School 64.5
Wally Debarger, Reno High School 62
Andrew Wisher, Galena High School 62
Pedro Carmena, Reno High 59
Kaviny Girtharan, Reno High School 56
Vitas Gedvila, Reno High School 56
Victoria Nelson, Sparks Middle school 55
Alex Mustard, Reno High School 54
Lucy Burnham, Reno High School 53
Sofia Paiva, High Desert Montessori 53
Tyler Clark, McQueen High School 52
Kailee Betts, McQueen High School 50.5