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Ripon High’s Sober Grad Volleyball Tournament

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Ripon High’s very own Sober Grad Club held a volleyball fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 20, to help students get involved and raise money for the graduating class of 2024’s Sober Grad Night. For the event, students from all grade levels had the opportunity to get all of their friends together and create their teams. Once their teams were put together, they came up with clever team names, got their tee shirts with their personalized team color, and started preparing in hopes of winning the tournament. Once game day came, the teams had to get to the gym early to start practicing. During their practice, they were anticipating the tournament to begin. The bracket made prior to the tournament determined which team played which. 

The tournament was officially kicked off at 12:30 and finally ended at 6:30 with the Brownies taking the bronze medal for third place, the Setting Ducks in second with silver, and in first place, for the gold, the Ball Hitters finished off strong as champions. 

“The most exciting part of the tournament for me was getting to play with my friends. We got super close over volleyball season, so it was super fun, especially for the seniors on our team because it was one last game we got to play together after our season ended,” stated Allison Camara, a senior on team Ball Hitters.

For the final game the Setting Ducks, which consisted of half the Ripon Highs girl volleyball team, and the Ball Hitters, which consisted of the other half, did the opposite of what they’re used to and competed against each other for this game. While still keeping it friendly with their teammates they competed to their best ability and overall played a wonderful game that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. After a long game, the Ball Hitters officially concluded it with a final score of 15-10 in the last set.

When asked about how she felt playing against the other half of her team Camara stated, “I’m not going to lie, it was intimidating. We are all great players and we both knew how the other team would play. There was no way either of us could predict the outcome but playing against them was so much fun, it really was like a reunion for the girl’s volleyball team and we all missed each other so this was a perfect way to bring us back together!”

Finally, to end off the night with some added entertainment, there was one last game played, the staff VS alumni game, where the alumni ended victorious. 

Besides this being a fun event that allows students to truly come together and bond, this fundraiser earned Ripon Sober Grad over $4,000 to go towards Sober Grad Night for the seniors. Overall, this fundraiser tournament was a great success by giving RHS students a fun and safe activity to consume their Saturday along with raising money for more fun events for students in the future.

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Kylie Nelson, Editor-In-Chief
Kylie Nelson is a senior at Ripon High. She is very excited about senior year and hopes it is something she will never forget. This is her third year being a part of the journalism crew and she loves the program. This year for journalism, Kylie wants the team to improve and make the most creative and entertaining content yet. She is involved in math tutoring and clubs including Girls League as well as Link Crew and is planning to join more. She enjoys challenging herself and did so by taking several AP and honors classes throughout her high school career. Kylie is happy to be involved at Ripon High because she believes it makes school more fun. Later in life, Kylie plans to attend a four-year college after high school and possibly enter the medical field with a health science degree.
Charlotte Yuen, Journalist
Charlotte Yuen is a freshman at Ripon High School. She is involved in sports such as volleyball for Ripon High School and for a club team. She is excited to play for the freshman team this year with all of her friends that are now her teammates. This year she plans to get good grades and succeed in all of her classes. She is excited to meet new people throughout her highschool years and likes to learn new things about everyone around her. She is looking forward to spending her highschool years at Ripon High and wants to continue her education after she graduates.   

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