Fri­day Firsts Ob­served On River­bank Cam­pus

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

It has only been a few weeks since school started at River­bank High School, but this past Fri­day – Aug. 31 – was a busy, busy, busy one for stu­dents there.

Early in the day, be­fore dawn, the se­nior class as­sem­bled at the An­gelo Novi Sta­dium on cam­pus, not to play a game, but to sim­ply cel­e­brate the sun­rise — Se­nior Sun­rise.

Mem­bers of the class of 2019 gath­ered to view the sun com­ing up, sym­bol­iz­ing the be­gin­ning of their fi­nal year of high school. A sim­i­lar event, Se­nior Sun­set, is usu­ally held at the end of the school year.

After greet­ing the morn­ing sun, the se­niors were treated to break­fast next to the gym, spon­sored by the par­ents group, be­fore they shuf­fled off to class.

The class sched­ule was un­event­ful for the stu­dent body, up un­til

the rally in the last pe­riod of the day. There, stu­dents were revved up to be pre­pared for what was to come that evening — the first home foot­ball game of the sea­son.

Even be­fore the game, there was a first in front of the gym, a tail­gate party of

sorts. The RHS Link Crew hosted the event, with free food, games, mu­sic and more games.

The crew is made up of ju­nior and se­nior stu­dents who vol­un­teer to as­sist, be­friend and guide their fresh­man class coun­ter­parts as they ad­just to life at River­bank High. Fol­low­ing the tail­gate event, they were in­vited to join ev­ery­one in the stands to cheer for the foot-

ball teams.

And there were lots of firsts at the game, too.

Be­sides the first home foot­ball games, there was the first per­for­mance of this year’s Cheer Squad, and of the brand new Bruin March­ing Band, all at half­time of the var­sity game. For the march­ing por­tion of the pro­gram, the band was ac­com­pa­nied by the first per­for­mance of the flag squad.

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The full Bruin March­ing Band, 40 mem­bers strong, en­ter­tained the crowd dur­ing half­time at River­bank’s var­sity foot­ball game on Fri­day. It was the first time in about 10 years since the high school last fielded a march­ing band. In the re­cent past, it has per­formed as a pep band, play­ing from the stands.

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