Ridley Students Compete in World VEX Robotics Championships in Disney!

The world VEX Robotics championships were held in Orlando, Florida this year and the Ridley College robotics team qualified for the second year in a row to compete against 416 teams from 20 countries for the title! Here is a first hand account of what happened as told by coach Rodney Reimer:

Team 1509, piloted by John Hejzlar and built by John, Steve Docherty, and Enoch Ho, was the only team in the world that sported a double-claw design that allowed the driver to both descore an opponents ring while scoring their own in record time. Taylor Petrick programmed this machine and Steve was responsible for designing and building.  The team was awarded the Create award for design and ingenuity for their work, one of only four teams to receive this award at the tournament. John went on to finish 8th overall in the round-robin tournament (out of 104) and had a 7-2 record even though on two occasions his partner in the alliance failed to score a single tube! He also finished 12th in driver skills out of 416 machines at the tournament.

Team 1509R, driven by Tyler Porter and built by Tyler Porter, Igal Flegmann, Enoch Ho, was programmed by Igal Flegmann. It competed with 1509 in the toughest division, the division that produced the eventual world champion. It was the only machine at the tournament that could score and descore well, load bases and stick them under the central ladder to lock up points, and perform the complex process of locking itself to the ladder and hanging 1/2 meter off the playing surface; this in less than 10 seconds! Tyler stubbornly stuck with this challenging design and eventually made it all work! 1509R became an announcers favourite but was plagued with mechanical problems in several of the round-robin matches. A broken motor (cracked gears) contributed to losses in two matches but in the remaining contests, Tyler managed to guide 1509R to 5 wins and 2 losses.


Team 1509B had the greatest success at the tournament result-wise but was in many ways the simplest machine. It was very fast and was guided by James Curtis, and designed and built by Steve Docherty, Taylor Petrick, Enoch Ho and Jacob Eschweiler. It became a fan favourite in the Technology division because of a large picture on the front with a picture of Charlie Sheen. James and Steve named the machine the “Ma-Sheen”, much to everyones delight. One of the reasons it was so effective was the intense use of sensors and countless hours of programming dedicated to it by Taylor Petrick. If it were not for a field problem that the VEX engineers could not specifically nail down, 1509B could well have been the tournament champion. As it ended, this machine finished 10th in programming skills and tied for 5th in the world in head-to-head competition. An outstanding feat for the “ma-Sheen”.

Especially at the worlds, but throughout our time at all tournaments, so much of our excellent intelligence on our opponents and allies came via our team of scouts. As well as acting as scouts, the team of Cheryl Wong, Hayyan Kalid, Jacob Eschweiler and Rhys Patterson (joining us from Laura Secord) served to keep us up to speed on all required details and keep our batteries charged, pit area organized and ran things back and forth from the pit area to the two competition fields as needed. They were a huge factor in our success.

A special thanks to generous sponsors who made these results possible. Ridley was very supportive of our efforts but we could not have shown the world what Ridley Tigers can do without the generous help from: Ophardt Hygeine, Porter Medical Group, RMT Robotics and CTFS. Much gratitude to you.


Ridley Academic Ties Awarded

Congratulations to following Grade 12/PG students, who having earned 85% or higher on their best six Ridley College Grade 12 courses, have earned the honour of wearing the Ridley College Academic Tie. Funding for the Academic Tie is generously provided by the Class of ’56.

Anouchka Amani
Gianni Bahadoorsingh
Patrick Beer
Gabriel Bolduc
Denver Chamberlain
Eun-Ah Choi
Savannah Cowherd
Stephen Docherty
Nadia Eghbali
Jacob Eschweiler
Mackenzie Fowler
Elise Gao
Lara Gradil
Jessica Grys
Lauren Han
Brynn Hanna
Mariana Hinestrosa Mancera
Sung Hyun Hong
Colin Houston
Han Na Jung
Briony Kemp-Griffin
Isabel Kim
Terry Kim
Rachel Kindellan
Madeline Klimek
Nicolas Kremer
George Lee
Tom Lee
Eva Li
Edmund Melzer
Ignacio Moreno Zapardiel
Yoshiki Nakayama
Augustine Nguyen
Erin O’Rourke
Chibuzo Osakwe
Andy Pan
Olivia Park
Taylor Petrick
Athena Pierquet
Nicholas Renzetti
Laura Robertson
Jillian Robinson
Min Hee Song
Emily Van Diepen
Tanner Vandenberg
Christina Wang
Jason Wang
Sophia Woge
Ray Xu
Kristy Yiu

Congratulations Ridley Scholars!

Congratulations to the following students who, by virtue of achieving 85% on their March 2011 report, have been named Ridley Scholars.

Carlos Alvarez Sierra
Morgynne Anthony
Courtney Arseneau
Gianni Bahadoorsingh
Erica Balcombe
Patrick Beer
Maia Bidochka
Alexander Birchall
Gabriel Bolduc
Corrigan Brown
Angelo Butera
Denver Chamberlain
Allen Chen
Sunny Cheung
Jonathan Chisholm
Eun-Ah Choi
Hayyan Chong-Khalid
Norman Chung
Eliza Coffin
Savannah Cowherd
Andrew Deligianis
Jennifer Dillon
Stephen Docherty
Victoria Dykstra
Nadia Eghbali
Claye Epperson
Jacob Eschweiler
Hanna Fischer
Igal Flegmann Sandler
Mackenzie Fowler
Ashani Francis-Collins
Elise Gao
Eric Gordon
Lara Gradil
Nicholas Green
Elizabeth Gross
Jessica Grys
Lauren Han
Mario Hanna
Brynn Hanna
Madeleine Heaven
Mariana Hinestrosa
Jaime Hilditch
Enoch Ho
Peter Holenski
Sung Hyun Hong
Colin Houston
Emma Hudson
Sidney Hutton
Margery Infield
Briony Kemp-Griffin
Isabel Kim
Terry Kim
Rachel Kindellan
Connor Klauck
Madeline Klimek
Luisa Krahen
Nicolas Kremer
George Lee
Harry Lee
Jay Lee
Tom Lee
Eva Li
Jiaojiao Lu
Ramez Maximous
Ellen McCann
Jordan Meyers
Ignacio Moreno Zapardiel
Abby Morrison
Sophie Munden
Yoshiki Nakayama
Augustine Nguyen
Ashley O’Brien
Erin O’Rourke
Jacqueline O’Rourke
Chibuzo Osakwe
Ijeoma Osakwe
Andy Pan
Andrew Park
Olivia Park
Heather Petrick
Taylor Petrick
Athena Pierquet
Bethany Pile
Tomas Pitfield
Callum Pollock
Arran Reid
Amy Ren
Nicholas Renzetti
Charlene Rhemtulla
Emma Rigg
Weston Saunders
Jesus Serrano Cendejas
Shayda Shivafard
Michael Singh
Julia Skrobal
Min Hee Song
Cosmo Steier
Lennox Stevenson
Cameron Sweetnam
Olivia Thompson
Emily Van Diepen
Tony Vu
Sultana Vukor-Quarshie
Christina Wang
Jason Wang
Balthasar Willich
Sophia Woge
Emma Workman
Kristy Yiu
Daniel You
Ayoub Zubairi

Ridley College Sports Update

Gymnastics

The Ridley Gymnastics Team competed at the CISAA OFSAA qualifier on April 8th, and every girl qualified for at least one event at OFSAA in Windsor from April 17 – 19. With the overall strength of our level 2 team, we will be competing for the level 2 team championship, as well as aiming for individual awards.

Top 4 finishes include:

Level 1:
Ana Hinestrosa 4th on floor
Dani Pariente 3rd on floor, 4th on beam

Level 2:
Kennedy Farr 1st on vault and floor, 3rd on bars
Mariana Hinestrosa 1st on beam, 2nd on floor, 3rd on vault, 4th on bars
Caroline Birkenshaw 1st on bars, 2nd on vault, 3rd on beam
Morgan Aleven 2nd on beam, 3rd on floor
Emma Hudson 2nd on bars
Shayda Shivafard 3rd on beam, 4th on floor

Level 3:
Mackenzie Fowler 1st on beam and 2nd on floor

Wish them luck at OFSAA!!

Basketball

Two of Ridley’s senior boys’ basketball team members participated in the Niagara Regional All-star basketball game. This game featured the top 20 players selected by a coaches poll from across the Niagara Region. Because Ridley plays in the Independent school league, the fact that 2 of our players were even selected speaks volumes of the attention and talent that our school presently has in our basketball program. Cooper Rigg played on the Zone 4 team (St. Catharines/Grimsby) scored 10 points, a few blocks and fit in perfectly with his new teammates. Geno Bullard ran the point against Cooper on the Zone 3 team (Welland/Niagara Falls/Fort Erie) had 5 points and double digit assists. Congratulations and well done to both of these athletes!


Ridley Independent Film Festival – 3rd Annual RIFF!

Apertures, Aptitudes and Attitudes: Ridley Independent Film Festival 2011

This year’s festival showcased a collection of short films made by the students in Shelley Thomas’ Grade 12 Film Studies course.

Over the past few months, students have participated in a number of workshops to evaluate the technical and creative aspects of each other’s films, their efforts culminating in an evening of cinephilia, excitement, and felicity through film. The festival showcased an eclectic array of film styles and genres, including stop-motion photography, claymation, documentary, comedy and drama.

A number of these films have been entered in the TSFF (Toronto Student Film Festival) to be held in May 2011.  We wish our budding filmmakers well as they take their next steps in their cinematic journeys.

Enjoy the Films:

Probability- Directed by Gianni B.

I’ve Forgotten You – Directed By Owen W.

Findley – Directed by Mackenzie F.

Ana, Mia, and I – Directed by Brynn H.


The Birthday – Directed by April W. & Jonathan K.

A Lovely Silence – Directed By Briony K.

Between the Lines – Directed By Kitty C.

The Bump in the Road – Directed by Christina K.

One Bite Stand – Directed by Laura R. & Megan B.

Off the Cuff – Directed by Gianni B.

Ridley College Spirit Week

It’s Spirit Week at Ridley College! Today is sdrawkacb yad or BACKWARDS DAY! Sports and Tutorial were in the morning instead the afternoon and chapel is this afternoon instead of this morning – our normal school schedule is completely reversed.  Students are also wearing colours by grade so, Grade 9’s are wearing blue, Grade 10’s green, Grade 11’s Red, and Grade 12’s Yellow.  Tomorrow students will be donning sunglasses all day!  Thursday is Tacky Tie Day and Friday there will be orange and black as far as the eye can see as Ridleians put on all their Ridley gear to watch the rugby tournament we are hosting!

Ridley College Spirit Week from Ben Jurjevich on Vimeo.

Ridley Tradition: Cadet Ball

Friday night Ridley Students were dolled up for the annual Cadet Ball at Hernder Estates. Ladies in Grades 11 & 12 dressed in beautiful dresses and the gentlemen put on the cadet uniforms for this traditional Ridley event.   Grade 9-10 students held parties at their respective houses.  Check out some pictures from the evening:

Grade 10 Students at Princess theme house party