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.  Now the final standings are in and they show that for the second year in a row, Matt Oakley has won the highest number of RYBAP Achievement points in the compeIMG_0868tition 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.  A $500 consolation scholarship award has been granted to Matt Oakley in recognition that he actually won the RYBAP competition. 

The final standings of those in the top twenty rankings in the RYBAP achievement program for 2017, are shown on the panel at the bottom of this column.  


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

  * RYB Board Resolutions disqualify any student from receiving $1000 scholarship in successive years.  In such circumstances, the award is made to the student who scored the next highest points in this RYBAP competition.