The AHS phoenix is more than just a bird with glorious feathers. He has a personality that is all his own, which includes fiery school spirit, a special love for Diet Coke, and a mascot rivalry.
The AHS phoenix was reincarnated from a bed of ashes on the first day of school. “Being born in front of the whole school breathed new life into me,” said the phoenix, “I felt empowered and bustling with school spirit and camaraderie.”
Of all the places the phoenix could have called home, he chose to stay at AHS. “This school is a great place to start an ash nest,” said the phoenix, “the boiler room is nice, hot, and humid. Although sometimes drafty, I get through those hard, cold times. The boiler room is the only way I can stand to stay in Seattle for the cold winter. Kelly the janitor keeps me company at night. It’s called my Phoenix Swag Pad, it’s where I take the ladies back to. It’s where the magic happens.”
The phoenix is not shy and represents the school spirit at AHS. “If you want to get my attention,” said the phoenix, “my advice to you is to shake your tail feathers…or perform a mating call.”
The phoenix also has alternative ways of expressing his school spirit. “I like to do it Mardi Gras style so, you show me yours and you know, you never know what’s going to happen. Show me your phoenix!”
Of the many dance styles available, the phoenix has a select few that really capture the essence of his pride. “The moves I like to put into my act are the shuffle, a little bit of frame the face, the teen step, and the pelvic thrust,” the phoenix shares as he performs the moves in a private demonstration.
The phoenix is not short on school spirit and finds his strength from deep within. “My favorite colors are red and yellow,” said the phoenix, “like the fire that burns true in my heart. I also like gold because gold is yellow, just ten times more majestic, and I am ten times more majestic than a regular bird.”
As a bird with an enormous amount of energy, the phoenix has a few favorite foods he likes to eat before game day. “I like to go to QFC,” said the phoenix, “I get the pesto pasta salad and vitamin water XXX. Vitamin water gives me the energy to dance my heart out. My favorite food is tacos because they’re yummy. Diet Coke gives me the energy I need to PUMP YOU UP!” he excitedly shouts, addressing the students of Aviation High School.
Phoenixes are known for having flaming wings and tails as a majestic feature, but that may not be the case with the AHS phoenix. “It’s invigorating and it’s hot,” said the phoenix, “my farts are like an explosion. Have you seen the Youtube video where the guy lights his fart on fire? Well that’s what happens to me, every time!”
The phoenix doesn’t just like to make friends with the students of AHS, he has extended his friendship to the woman in charge. “Ms. Gilman and I are like best friends,” said the phoenix, “we go together like cheese and macaroni. We compliment each other like peanut butter and jelly. We just have such a close connection because of our love for Aviation High School students and planes.”
The phoenix is not the only mascot around AHS and he has something to say about it. “You know what skunks do?” asked the phoenix, “they stink! I love the skunk even though he can be a little stinky. I’m glad he lives in Mr. Steele’s room and far away from the boiler room because you can smell him all through the halls at nighttime.”
Being new in town, the phoenix may cause a little tension between the existing mascots. “The skunk better watch his behind,” said the phoenix on the topic of skunks spraying their targets, “because the fiery liquid that comes out won’t leak out anymore when I’m done with him.”
In the phoenix vs. skunk fight at the October 3 AHS pep assembly, the skunk got the short end of the stick. “I know he beat me this time,” said Newton, skunk mascot to the AHS robotics team, “but my gracious professionalism allowed him to get ahead a little bit. He’s going down next time!”
Although it seems like the phoenix wants to pick a fight, he turns out to be quite fickle. “Honestly, the skunk doesn’t really pose a danger to me as a mascot, because I can fly,” said the phoenix, “but do you know who does? Recyclebot! Man, that robot is scary!”
Recyclebot, the Ecology Club mascot is more laid back about the new arrival. “I’ve heard some things about this new mascot,” said Recyclebot, “mainly that he’s afraid of me, but you know he really shouldn’t be. I mean I just want everyone to recycle and love the planet as much as I do. So maybe I’ll take this new mascot out to tea and teach him the ways of recycling and Mother Nature.”
It is well known that phoenixes never truly die, but are reincarnated from their own ashes. The burning question still remains, is the AHS mascot the reincarnation of Fawkes from Harry Potter?
“No comment,” was the only reply that came out of the phoenix’s beak.
After much prying, the phoenix was willing to open up about the topic. “I met that guy once at a bar at a phoenix convention,” confessed the phoenix, “he dated my sister! That insane creature wishes he was as great as me. If I ever see that guy again, I’m going to beat him to a fiery pulp. Just like I’m going to beat the Skunk, GO PHOENIX!”
Now that the phoenix’s true personality has been revealed, it’s your turn to pitch in because the phoenix doesn’t have a name yet! A naming contest for the phoenix will be held starting October 31. Submit your name ideas to the box in the office designated for the phoenix and ASB will vote on a name from the box that they think embodies the phoenix spirit. Happy naming!