River­bank High Home­com­ing Sees King, Queen Corona­tion

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

Cul­mi­nat­ing a week­long cel­e­bra­tion, the stu­dent body at River­bank High School crowned a King and Queen at half­time of the var­sity foot­ball game Fri­day evening, Sept. 7.

The field in­cluded King can­di­dates Ju­lian Lopez, Seth Ken­drick, Igor Ferreira Ven­treschi, Pre­ston David­son and Car­los Gon­za­lez. The Queen can­di­dates in­cluded Jenise Per­ry­man, Gis­selle Carat­achea, Tawnie Denys, Nal­lely Mur­guia-Ortega, and Yar­itza Rivera.

In ad­di­tion to noon­time and rally ac­tiv­i­ties last Fri­day, the can­di­dates, stu­dent groups, cheer squad, flag team and march­ing band all par­tic­i­pated in a pa­rade in down­town River­bank.

The big event, how­ever, was at half­time of the var­sity foot­ball game that night. It was per­haps the high point of an oth­er­wise dis­ap­point­ing foot­ball out­ing for the Bru­ins.

An in­tro­duc­tion by track coach Monte Wood let the crowd know about the event’s Grand Mar­shal, who also led off the pa­rade in down­town River­bank that af­ter­noon.

Wood said that Egidio “Jeep” Oliveira, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a grad­u­ate of RHS, had been a track and cross coun­try run­ner there as a stu­dent, the holder of sev­eral long-stand­ing school sports records.

As an adult, he said, Oliveira served sev­eral terms on the River­bank Uni­fied School District board, in­clud­ing sev­eral turns as board pres­i­dent.

Wood pointed out Oliveira was in­stru­men­tal in both the con­struc­tion of the Ray Fau­ria Memo­rial Gym­na­sium, com­pleted in 2009, and the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of the new all-weather track at the sta­dium.

What many in the stands came to see, though, was the crown­ing of the new Home­com­ing King and Queen.

Klarissa Valadez, Home­com­ing Queen for 2017, as well as King Daniel Madueño, were on hand to crown this year’s re­cip­i­ents: 2018 Queen Gis­selle Carat­achea and King Igor Ven­treschi. The new King had to take time out from the foot­ball game to be in the com­pe­ti­tion, re­join­ing the team as the sec­ond half got un­der­way.

In all of the Home­com­ing Week hoopla, one thing did get over­looked. The planned Pow­der Puff Game, sched­uled for Thurs­day evening, was can­celled.

A school staff mem­ber noted that, in the 25 years that she attended RHS and then worked there, there was al­ways a Pow­der Puff game to go along with Home­com­ing.

RHS prin­ci­pal Dr. Sean Richey said that this year there weren’t enough girls who turned out to make the game worth­while. He said there were plenty of fresh­men and se­niors, but the other classes didn’t turn out.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Igor Ven­treschi, left, and Gis­selle Carat­achea are the 2018 Home­com­ing King and Queen, crowed at half­time of the River­bank High var­sity foot­ball game on Fri­day night, Sept. 7. The cer­e­mony was the cul­mi­na­tion of a week­long cel­e­bra­tion on cam­pus.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Dur­ing Home­com­ing Week there were sev­eral lunch time ac­tiv­i­ties on the cam­pus of River­bank High School for stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in, like this friendly tug of war chal­lenge to stir up ex­cite­ment for Home­com­ing.

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

These River­bank High School stu­dents showed their Bruin Pride on Fri­day for Fall Home­com­ing 2018 sport­ing the school colors and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a dance dur­ing lunch in the quad.

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