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Tryouts go virtual during pandemic

Cheerleaders performing during a November pep rally.

Meghan Helton, Reporter

May 18, 2020

With Rider High School shut down because of COVID-19, extracurricular groups were forced to cease their activities altogether. However, Rider's marching band, cheerleaders and Raiderettes have found ways to overcome this when it came to having tryouts for 2020-21. “In the past auditions for ch...

Rider names valedictorian after four-way tie

Carson Sager

Manasvi Reddy, Copy Editor

May 12, 2020

Though the Covid-19 pandemic has caused the Class of 2020’s school year to take an unforeseeable turn, Rider seniors’ class rankings have been just as out-of-the-ordinary.  This year, four students were in the running for the valedictorian spot, with Carson Sager earning the honor in a tiebr...

2020 Graduation information released

2020 Graduation information released

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

May 6, 2020

Since the start of school closure, the question of graduation has been up in the air. To the relief of many, the news of a graduation ceremony lifted their spirits.  “My reaction was overjoyed and it’s important to me because it brings my family and friends close,” senior Autumn Howells said....

Seniors left with worries and unfinished business

Seniors left with worries and unfinished business

Sheridan Allen, Photographer/ Reporter

April 29, 2020

Seniors have had their year turned upside down as many question if any of the traditional celebrations will even happen.  Will they get their senior prom? Will they be able to walk across the stage for a typical graduation ceremony in May? Some seniors, such as Class President Anna Grisel, question...

College Board Restructures 2020 AP Exams Amid Pandemic

College Board Restructures 2020 AP Exams Amid Pandemic

Manasvi Reddy, Copy Editor

April 10, 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the nation have closed until further notice. Since the closures, the College Board has drastically altered the structure and content of this year’s AP exams.  These changes have left many students unsure of how to feel, as their chances of col...

Shift to online school causes concerns

WFISD will be planning assignments in two week increments. This will be district-wide.

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2020

Due to the rising Coronavirus situation, WFISD has made the decision to switch over into the [email protected] platform which will start on Monday. School closure has also been extended until April 10.   “It was frustrating but understandable given the situation,” senior Travis Christoff said. “It will be in...

Coronavirus forces UIL to shut down Rider events

Rider's Hagen Sanchez dribbles down the field in a non-district game.

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has made the decision to stop activities from March 16-29. This will affect all of Rider's spring sporting events. March Madness takes on a new meaning as soccer playoffs will be halted for the next couple of weeks along...

Decision to remove courses causes discontent on campus

Decision to remove courses causes discontent on campus

Manasvi Reddy, Copy Editor

February 28, 2020

Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) is officially cutting a few Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors courses offered at Rider for the 2020-2021 school year.  The decision to do away with AP European History, AP Seminar, AP Environmental Science, Honors Creative Writing, Honors Physics and...

Guest Column: Why you should vote and how

The senior class officers organized a voter registration drive earlier this semester.

Travis Christoff, Guest

February 26, 2020

With the Texas Democratic and Republican primaries rapidly approaching on March 3, the Rider senior class officers are doing everything they can to keep eligible students able, ready and excited to vote. They hosted two voter registration drives and have been keeping their peers informed through their cl...

Power On: Esports comes to campus

Power On: Esports comes to campus

Sheridan Allen, Reporter/ Photographer

February 21, 2020

A few months ago, room 243 was filled with dust and empty tables. Now it is filled with 24 smiling, laughing students as Rider welcomes the esports (electronic sports) club. Esports is competitive gaming between people or teams. This new wave of gaming has brought many different types of students tog...

Leading on and off the court

Senior Carson Sager keeps the ball away from his opponents during a game against Graham.

Manasvi Reddy, Copy Editor

February 5, 2020

The buzzer sounds and applause fills the field house. The Raiders had just defeated the Wylie Bulldogs 61-55. The players retreat to the locker room as the stands empty. For many, it’s time to celebrate. For No. 15 , it’s time to head home. He has a quiz tomorrow in his AP Calculus class. ...

Raiders join new district after UIL realignment

Raiders join new district after UIL realignment

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

February 3, 2020

Rider will have new opponents in volleyball and basketball for the next two years after Monday’s UIL realignment.  The Raiders are no longer with Abilene Cooper and Wylie. Instead, Rider will be grouped with Aledo, Azle, Granbury and Brewer in District 5-5A.  Basketball coaches Cliff McGuire and...

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