We wanted to thank RHS Boosters for the support that you provided to the new RHS Esports program this year. Thanks to your support, we were able to enroll three teams in an online high school Esports league, which qualified us to receive a free Nintendo Switch for the school. The Switch has gotten plenty of use in our weekly after school meetings and our bimonthly club advisory meetings, with dozens of students joining us and finding their niche here at the school (as well as over 150 students who are members of our online network).
In just our first season, our Smash Ultimate team placed 3rd
out of 187 registered teams in our league (which stretches as far north as Ontario and as far west as Indiana), making it to the semi-finals before a tough 4-3 loss in the last week.
Despite that loss, being able to recognize Reservoir as one of the top schools in the Northeast is a huge accomplishment, and we are hoping to use that momentum to advocate for more Esports friendly policies in our county, host a staff vs. student event this month, and hold the first invitational Esports tournament for Maryland high schools in June.
With College Park now joining Hood, Mount St. Mary's, and Stevenson in offering Esports scholarships in Maryland, we're hoping to be able to network with more local schools and establish a club league for more students to compete and eventually be recognized for their talents.
As an RHS alum (Class of '05), it means so much to me personally to see our community support our students, and we are all so incredibly grateful. We have ambitious plans, and we wanted you all to know the success of our students that Boosters' support made possible.
With sincere gratitude,
the student and staff gamers of RHS Esports
~ Patrick Fischetti
The Smash Ultimate team that got 3rd
place in the PlayVS Eastern Region: Players Ezell Omesh, Wes Lawson-Munoz, Junior Nguti, and Student Coach Reece Clark.
The winners from our 1st
annual charity tournament, the Gator Gauntlet: clockwise from top left are Ryan Nguti (1st
Place Rocket League), Wes Lawson-Munoz (1st
Place Smash Ultimate), Nick Lacangelo (2nd
Place Smash Ultimate), and Ezell Omesh (3rd
Place Smash Ultimate).
Anyone with Amazon Prime can support us on our Twitch channel (which lets us stream games to the school) for free. Every Prime user who "subscribes" to our channel gets us a little bit of funding from the site each month at no cost to them. www.twitch.tv/resiesports