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GREAT things are happening at RJR!  To see just some of the many things that occurred during the 2016-2017 1st semester: 
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System Magnet Applications closed in mid-January.  RJ Reynolds High School had 303 applications for rising 9th graders and 56 applications for rising 10th graders (and these are from students that do not live in the RJR geographic area).  Someone from all 15 public middle schools, 9 public high schools, 3 home-schools, 3 charter schools, and 7 private schools applied to come to RJR. 
In addition to that obvious proof that RJR still has a GREAT reputation... 
  • Seniors are beginning to find out that they are accepted into college--so far, members of the Class of 2017 have heard YES from Yale, Wake Forest, University of Richmond, Brown, UNCW, UGA, Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte. (Many schools do not let students know until the Spring)
  • Athletes have signed to play Basketball at App State, Soccer at UNC-Charlotte and Brown, Field Hockey at University of Richmond
  • The RJR All Female A Cappella Group (Syncopate) advanced to the SemiFinals of the International High School A Cappella Competition and will compete in Winter Park, Florida in March. Their set can be seen here:
  • RJR Visual Arts students earned more Gold and Silver Keys than any other area high school (including Career Center and the UNCSA High School Visual Arts program). Their work will progress to the national competition. 
  • RJR Girls Basketball team won the Lowes Classic in SC
  • RJR finished 2nd and 3rd at the conference Diving Meet last week
  • RJR Field Hockey won the conference championships
  • RJR Boys Soccer made the 2nd round of the State Championships
  • Performing arts students travelled to New York City and successfully participated in workshops with cast members of Cats, Hamilton, and Something Rotten
  • RJR Students earned the following awards at the North Carolina Theatre Competition
    May I Have Your Attention, Please?, performed by Advanced Theatre, earned the following: Rating: Excellent, Excellence in Raising Social awareness
  • Katrina Project - Hell and High Water, performed by Proficient Theatre class, received the following: Rating: Excellent, Excellence in Vocal Performance
  • In this year's All-County Honors Orchestra, RJR has 28 RJR students. Out of those, Reynolds students earned 1st chair 1st violin,  1st chair 2nd violin, 1st chair viola, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chair cello, and 1st chair bass in the Honors orchestra and 1st chair 1st violin in the repertory orchestra. 3 RJR students made it to All State Orchestra (with one being named Concertmaster); 2 RJR Students made it to All-National High School Honors Orchestra
  • 17 Band students earned spots in All County Band, including 4 top chairs
  • 3 RJR Band Students made the All State Band
  • RJR Jazz Band earned Superior Ratings at the City of the Arts Jazz Festival
  • The RJR Marching Band has been invited to the Gator Bowl in December, 2017 and is the 4th largest Marching Bands in the District (out of 11 in the district)
  • WFDD is partnering with Reynolds and teaching students audio broadcasting. Their stories are shared on WFDD and through the national Student Radio program. Next year, we will have an expanded Radio program and students will learn podcasting, interviewing, reporting, technical skills, etc. Consider taking the course!
  • The RJR A Cappella Jam for Hope this past weekend raised more than $4000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank's Backpack Program
  • More than 1500 students have gone to see the SECCA Dispatches Exhibit
  • More than 700 students have had classroom visits with Pulitzer Center funded Photojournalists, artists, and speakers
  • The Dance Department's Fall Concert was based on the themes of the SECCA exhibit and is lauded as an exemplar for arts integration
  • Leslie Alexander was a finalist for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System Principal of the Year
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