Category Archives: Featured Content

Featuring work from our Radio/TV program as well as media experiments in English

I6 Productions: January Highlights

Kaitlyn Ketsdever went door to door in her neighborhood to find kids who wanted to put on a performance of Peter Pan. Here is a short doc about her first rehearsal:

Parker Bosley’s New Vlog

Alexa Stone Marches on MLK day:

Storytime with Matthew Sutherland:

Tyler Burnham makes a Prison Burrito

Emily Hegland’s ode to her sister and Santa Barbara

Liam Harris and Blake Bepler’s new sow about insane internet stunts:

Adelyn  Fowler is Detective Chlorophyl

Emily Hegland’s Makeup Vlog (With Katie Mckechnie):

Victoria Salazar’s last two weeks in one second moments:

Charles Hansen teaches us how to make a pen in woodshop:

Amy Deshong teaches us how to make pumpkin cookies

Ryan and Nick Save the Bees:

Liam and Blake give us the most amazing chase scene ever recorded:

A Day in the Life of Serena Boyd

Cross Country State Championships by Sophia Taylor Karperos

Sophia Taylor Karperos

Mr. Bearson

Honors English 9/Period 2

28 November 2016

Cross Country State Championships

Extra Credit Article

Over the weekend, high school teams travelled from all over the state to compete at the five kilometer (three point one mile) cross country course in Fresno, California.  Divisions I-V varsity runners trained hard all season, building towards this event.  The highlights of the championship were the Division I boys and girls races.

The Division I cross country runners ran in a race that would end the season for most of the participants but give the best teams the opportunity to compete at Nike Cross Nationals next weekend.

The boys’ race featured a close finish, with Luis Grijalva of Armijo High School finishing merely six point three seconds before his rival, Michael Vernau of Davis High School.  The two had been rivaling all season, each trying to prove that he was the better runner.  Both runners came from the San Joaquin Section.  The strong race advanced Vernau and Grijalva to the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon next weekend.  

The Division I girls race had a big surprise.  Sofia Castiglioni, normally Davis High’s top runner, placed fifth.  Instead, her teammate, Olivia O’Keeffe, pulled through, finishing in first individually.  Lauren Peurifoy swept in less than a second behind O’Keeffe to claim second place and her spot at the Nike Cross Nationals.  

The Rio Americano boys and girls varsity teams also qualified for the state championship through their performance at sections, with the boys placing third and the girls winning for the first time since 1978.  At states, both teams placed twelfth for Division III.



Rio Americano Facebook

A Few Pics from Rio’s First Annual Pie Baking Contest

And our Champion Baker… Madeline Bosley and her Mixed Berry Pie

The Winning Pie:

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Claire Wunschel (and Mom) with her Pumpkin and Apple Pies

Ezra Silverburg and his Coconut Cream


Ashley Schelske and her Apple Pie

Ed Malloy and his Pumpkin Pie

Sydney Kringle and her Apple Pie


Kamille Walker and her Apple Pie


Julia Clausen (Apple)  and Kirsten Raichart (Chocolate Latte Cream)

Emi Anzai and her Cheese Pie


Yennifer Henry and her Coconut Pie

Rosey Finnecy and her Apple Pie

Julian Cornet and his Pumpkin Pie


Naomi Green and her Pumpkin Piephoto-nov-18-7-43-58-am

Charles Hansen and his Shoo Fly and Pecan Pie


Chase Gordon and his Berry Pie


Joshua Chess and his Oreo Creamphoto-nov-18-7-25-13-am

Sophia Kaperos and her Pecan Piephoto-nov-18-7-47-59-am

Nazieya Renteria and her Sweet Potato PIephoto-nov-18-7-47-26-am

Emily Augusta and her Chocolate Piephoto-nov-18-7-46-12-am

Ari Bornino and her Whipped Cream Pie


Ashley Knepshield and her Chocolate Cream Pie

Flora Stewart and her Apple Crumblephoto-nov-18-7-42-14-am

Leah Winter and her Pecan Pie

Natalie Duke and her Pumpkin Pie

Lucas Kaiser and his Berry Pie

Project Soapbox Winners

What is Project Soapbox?

Project Soapbox is a public speaking competition facilitated by Mikva Challenge that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. These powerful speeches have lasting, transformative impacts on classrooms, schools, and communities.

What comprises a Project Soapbox speech? 

  • A soapbox speech is about an issue that the student identifies, not an assigned topic.
  • It includes relevant research and evidence on the issue.
  • It addresses a specific audience.
  • It includes a call to action.

The Action Civics grant and the Action Civics team brought the Soapbox curriculum to their classrooms. Students competed in their English and Civitas classrooms for a chance  to represent Northern California in the Mikva Speech competition . Here are our winners.

Ben Davis talks about repealing the Dickey Amendment:

Johnathan Rodriguez talks about our views of illegal immigrant


Edward Malloy talks about the Death Penalty


Halladay Kinsey talks about how society treats fatherless daughters

Sophia Karperos talks about the  impact of cyberbullying

Olivia Patitucci talks about what we can do about the inhumane conditions in the sweatshops that make our clothes


How To Do A Few Things Worth Doing (and a few not)

Amy DeShong teaches us how to bake chocolate chip pumpkin cookies

Victoria Salazar teaches us how to make a clay rose:

Vlad Statnyk teaches us how to fix a flat tire:

Lucas Wilson teaches us some Skate Math:

Amber Stone (aka Serena) teaches us Nail Art:

Madisen teaches us how to braid hair:

Parker Bosley teaches us how to safely fall out of chair:

Tyler Burnham teaches us how to do a front flip

Adelyn Fowler teaches us how to set up a one stride jump grid:

Garrett Lintz teaches us to face our fears:

Matthew Sutherland teaches Sean how to walk:

Melina Davis teaches us how to drive:

Blake teaches us How To Be a Superhero:





Escapism Review: By Isaac Charamuga


Alright so I want to review an album that most people would say is, simply put, straight up weird, Escapism. But I want to say outright that even if you don’t like this music as much as I do, one has to respect it for what is. As I see it, this music explores all the different avenues of sound that it possibly could. This is all done in a short, but amazing five tracks, each of which completely shifts my mood with everything used to make them. The orchestration, the instruments, and the rhythms that can sometimes be so complicated it’s hard to tell where the new idea begins and where the old one ends. But perhaps the most amazing thing about this album is that it’s made by one man, Sam Gellaitry. The time and effort to make and produce these songs, especially by one man, is to great to go without notice, and that’s why I wanted to talk about it with you today.


                   Now to begin I want to talk about my favorite part about most of this album, and that is the choice of instruments. He never completely relies on one set of instruments, like synths, horns, or strings. He uses an ingenious combination of every instrument you could name. I think the greatest example of this is the first track, simply titled intro, it’s only a minute and thirty seconds so I extremely encourage you to listen to the whole thing. It begins with a intro of percussion and synths, which then abruptly turns into a small phrase with a string instrument and a flute, then fading into the main beat of the song. This is not the only song I’ve heard with such a great collage of instruments, but Sam makes them work together in a beautiful way.


             sam-gellaitry-1-400x350I suppose it has small elements of hip hop and other genres, but in the end it always seems to settle on, that’s it’s just, something. It really is impossible to characterize this as anything because it strives away from stereotypes and most music in general. The way Sam Gellaitry thinks of this, I really have no clue how he does. He can dance outside of the repetitive nature of most music like very few artists can. In conclusion I rate this album 9/10, and the only reason it’s not a solid 10, is because it lacks in length. Most other music if it had only five song in an album, some of which aren’t longer than two minutes, I would’ve given it a strong 7 or weak 8. But the songs that this album houses are too amazing to ignore. With that being my only criticism a second album titled Escapism II was just released by him, and I’m certain this has the potential of a 10, and I’m very eager to find out.