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Friday Firsts Observed On Riverbank Campus
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. Ric McGinnis/The News - photo by Ric McGinnis/ The News
Bruin trombonist Jenise Perryman conducts the RHS Marching Band in the concert portion of its halftime performance on Friday. Earlier, the group played while in marching formation in the first part of the program. - photo by Ric McGinnis/ The News

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 football 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.

The Riverbank High Flag Team got in its first performance of the new school year on Friday night, Aug. 31. They worked out as the Bruin Marching Band performed at halftime of the varsity football game at home. Ric McGinnis/The News - photo by Ric McGinnis/ The News
Riverbank cheerleaders flood the field at halftime of the Bruins first varsity home football game, one of several firsts for the evening Friday. Although the cheer squad had given the student body a preview a week before at the Welcome Back assembly, last week was the first of just five home games on the RHS football schedule this year. - photo by Ric McGinnis/ The News