Volume 6 Issue 5


  1. What should I do if someone keeps taking my parking space in the morning? I have a space that I’ve always parked at, and every time I get to school after 8:00, someone else takes it. It really puts a downer on the beginning of my day. (Defenseless Driver)

Well, know that there has NEVER been a spot that is assigned as “your spot.” But now, it doesn’t really matter because there is a 1 in 5 chance that “your spot” is claimed by an airplane. Parking at RAHS has become the hardest test of the semester, and you’ll just have to learn to be flexible. If you aren’t grown up enough to do so, consider an alternate method of transportation, or just stay home and cry. If you’re really dead-set on keeping a spot that isn’t actually your spot, consider investing in an orange cone. Home Depot usually has some pretty solid deals. Just mark it off as “Under Construction.” (What really needs to be under construction is your attitude. And honestly, if a parking space is the biggest of your worries, your life is lookin’ pretty fine! Check yourself.

  1. So I’m in a relatively new relationship with this wonderful guy and everything is great…except he’s a total stud! Definitely the most attractive guy in school. Other girls can’t seem to keep their eyes off of him! How do I make sure other girls back off my man?(Lucky in Love)

Firstly, It’s more likely that these girls that are lookin’ are more curious about how he maintains his perfect hair, and stays (relatively) on top of the school life at the same time. Because that’s more than most girls here can do.

Just in case, I think you better loosen up before this guy realizes how crazy you’re being…. Unless he likes the crazy types.

In that case, the craziest thing that you could possibly do to solve your problem right now is claim your territory. Very publically. I suggest learning how to make angry dog noises. Then, any time you catch a girl sneaking a peek…well…just make sure she knows you’re there. Remember, you may be his girlfriend but you must be able to ensure your safety.

In all seriousness, all you need to do is stand your ground. If those man-robbers see that your defense (or your relationship for that matter) is weak, there will be nothing stopping them from keeping their eyes glued on the prize.

Passions ignite over FTC

At Raisbeck Aviation High School, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a completely separate competition from FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), is used as the junior varsity team for the more prestigious FRC team.

FTC was originally created by FIRST executives as a cheaper and simpler alternative to FRC.

According to USFIRST.org, “FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams.”

Although RAHS’s FTC team may not be perceived by students the same way FIRST sees it, the team still competes. Erin Demaree, a freshman, is currently a member of the school’s FTC team.

“I have not been on FRC; however, I would say that FRC is more structured and has a working system that people follow, while FTC has no idea what they are doing because they have never done it before,” said Demaree.

Alternatively, many FRC members like junior Gloria Whang have never been on FTC, advancing straight to FRC before FTC was implemented.

“I wasn’t on FTC, but since freshman year I was on FRC, and honestly I was really worried about the commitment,” said Whang. “Now, sure, a great chunk of our time goes to robotics, but the people who are with me in Robotics are amazing, diverse, and very kind.”

Some sophomores like Alex Kanemasu have waited until their second year to join, but still see worth in joining the FTC team.

“I thought FTC was a lot of fun and very enjoyable,” said Kanemasu. “I would totally recommend joining FTC to people because it was worth it and it has a lot to offer.”

Other students who’ve been on both teams are more skeptical comparing FRC to FTC. Elliot Vader, a junior, is one such student.

“FRC is, you know,” said Vader, “a top-of-the-line Ferrari. And FTC… is walking.”

On the other hand, Erin Demaree thinks that FTC is satisfying now, but can be improved.

“It needs returning students,” said Demaree. “It needs leads that actually know what they are doing, we need more mentors (specifically in the business outreach portion), the team needs set goals, it needs to do outreach and community service, and it needs some space in the shop, Mr. Steele’s room, and in the small projects lab dedicated to FTC stuff.”

Lacking the same mentors and support as the FRC team, changes such as those described by Demaree would be helpful for the school’s FTC team to be as successful as the FRC team.


Volume 6 Issue 5

Guest Writers: Jes Mannard and Chris Hendrickson

Great news for all you insatiable complainers and squeaky wheels out there – the Phoenix Flyer is proud to unveil our newest column, Snark Attack! Every issue, our persnickety roving ombudsman Sharpedo McJabberjaw satisfies your craving for nitpicky microgripes and gets to the tiny heart of the issues that really don’t matter. It’s like a YouTube comment thread, but nonviolent and cool! This issue’s wannabe crisis is literally right under your feet… Enjoy!

Recently, there has been a change at RAHS concerning the stairs–and we know that everyone has noticed. For the most part, all of you are teenagers, and probably can’t be bothered–I mean, it isn’t your problem right? Sure. At least until you fall face first down the stairs because you hit your toes on the stair bumpers. Then it is most definitely your problem when you are sitting on the floor crying. And it’s not just a few kids. Pretty much everyone has, at least, lost balance because of the “nubs” that are meant to keep the stairs from chipping. Would we rather break arms than break the stairs? Probably not. At least that’s what the people who use the stairs think. I don’t know if the school district ever leaves their air-conditioned offices to take a walk up our stairs, but the protectors don’t make it easier to climb the stairs, THEY MAKE IT WORSE. In fact, Ms. Hiranaka keeps a record of all the students that have fallen down the stairs at our school for insurance purposes, and we’ve been pretty lucky so far–no serious injuries! But who knows how long till we lose our luck and something severe happens due to the “rubber protectors.” Personally, I don’t know what can be said or done to avoid risking death every time I need to double time it up the stairs to get to class on time, but for now the only choice is to go slow on the stairs…. just don’t be late to class! Unfortunately the stair bumpers are not an accepted excuse. At least not yet!

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Greenspace for change of pace

With RAHS surrounded by planes and concrete in every direction, it may seem like there are no green spaces for the nature-deprived student. But fear not! From frisbee fields to small corner parks, the area is teeming with green space just down the road for those who are willing to look.

In RAHS’s previous locations, areas with grass or foliage were not rare sights. Nikki Macias, an RAHS senior on Turbulence, preferred the previous building’s frisbee space.

“I actually kind of like the old school better in terms of fields because they had three fields,” said Macias. “When it was really rainy especially during the spring season would alternate fields so we didn’t wear out the field but now we can’t do that.”

Now, one of the green areas most accessed by RAHS students is the Tukwila Community Center. The ultimate frisbee team uses the field there for practices.

“The Tukwila Community Center is basically down the street from here,” said Macias. “You go down the street and take a left, and you’re practically there.”

Though the center has indoor facilities, the grass field outside is the highlight for the RAHS frisbee team.

“The field itself is a large grass field. There are basketball courts and soccer goals on either sides,” said Macias. “Other teams, schools, and sports teams use it to train, so there’s a certain schedule we have to work out.”

But there aren’t just big grass fields for RAHS athletes – there are places for every breed of RAHS student!

One park in Georgetown, only a five minute drive away, is Ruby Chow Park. Named after a former city councilwoman and civil rights activist, this park appeals to any of resident Aviation buffs.

The park is right across the street from a cafe offering snacks and drinks, and it offers great views for airplane spotting if the view out the window is not satisfactory.

For the more unusual, the Oxbow Park a mere four minutes away from the school might be to taste. The park features an enormous statue of a pair of cowboy boots (plus a hat). Sophomore Victoria McSmith has previously visited this Western wonderland.

Unfortunately, she speaks the truth. The Oxbow Park isn’t close at all to school. Students who are able to drive can visit the nearby parks, but only those who have their licenses can mosey over to the local green spaces.

The school’s only outdoor space is the gravel lot on the North side of the school, which is slated to be part of the new Museum of Flight airpark.

The word “park” may sound promising, but this park will be a concrete one. RAHS students recognize the important parts of being able to frolic about on non-gravel surfaces, unless the grass strip in front of the school is included.

“What I think is important about parks is being able to run around and work out some stress during the day,” said McSmith. “I think it would be really good to have a park closer to the school so that people could get outside and not just be all cave dwellers.”

With students spending time at school hunched over a computer, getting outside is beneficial for health, as well as just plain fun.

“Most people here don’t get out nearly enough including myself,” said McSmith, “so it’s really important.”

So grab a friend, get a ride, and enjoy the majesty of the great outdoors, airplane watching, and cowboy-themed landmarks.

Ground Control

So I have a feeling I’m not going to get asked to tolo this year but all my friends are. How do I still have fun on the 31st without having a counterpart in a dynamic duo?

-Deserted Dude

This is kind of a tough situation you’re in right now. There are a few steps of preparation you need to take before the big event.

First, you have to learn the steps to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” down to a tee, request it for Tolo, and show all the girls out there that you ain’t gonna settle down if they’re not willing to commit.

Second, you need to be the best dynamic duo out there to instill jealousy in all the girls that didn’t take you. You might think that you can’t be a dynamic duo if you’re just one person, but not with that attitude you can’t. All you need to do is combine two aspects of the dynamic duo into your costume. Split your clothes right down the middle, have your right side be Batman and your left side be Robin. Be your own date. Take yourself out to dinner. Buy yourself the ticket.

Seriously though, you’re absolutely not alone. Don’t forget that the majority of students at RAHS are guys, so statistically speaking, even if all the girls were to ask someone, many guys would still end up going alone. So find some friends and be the best power group out there and impress all the girls with your dance moves. You’ll do great.

Your companion in loneliness,


Ground Control



One question I had was how the NOTAM was named. Has it always been called that during the history of the school? It doesn’t seem too inclusive to women?


The name, “Notice to Airmen,” was created because we just can’t announce things with the title of “announcements.” You know why? Because that’s how regular schools do it. And we’re not a regular school. It’s not that we’re better, it’s just that we’re different. And better.

Many students don’t like how “Notice to Airmen” only includes men, not women. In order to combat this, Ground Control has created a handy way to remember NOTAM with none of that sexism. The real meaning of NOTAM is Never Over Think Any Mistakes. Which is what you should be doing if you’re upset over the name “NOTAM.” You’re welcome.


Actually no.

To answer this question, Ground Control went directly to the source. Here’s the inside scoop, straight from Ms. Reba Gilman.

“I asked if there was something other than ‘bulletin,’ we could call the weekly announcement to students.  The new math/science teacher was a recently retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, who immediately suggested it be called the NOTAM–Notice to Airmen.  We wanted to use an aviation context in as many areas as possible to distinguish ourselves as the unique school we intended to become…and so, what is normally called a ‘bulletin’ in most schools is called a NOTAM at RAHS.”

Always smashing the patriarchy,


Ground Control


New 3D printer jumps onto the RAHS radar

On the first of Dec. 2014 the PACCAR Foundation granted RAHS $147,000 for the purchase of a Fortus 400mc 3D printer, which is larger and more capable than either of the two the school currently has.

This new printer boasts the ability to use 12 different thermoplastics, as opposed to the sole option of ABS plastic with the printers the school currently has now. This particular model is designed for applications that require high-performance, biocompatibility, static dissipation or resistance to heat, chemicals or UV radiation, a big step up from our current abilities.

The FRC and FTC robotics teams will be the biggest beneficiaries of this new printer, and may have bigger intentions as they become more familiar with how it works, reflects Junior Patrick Galt, member of the FRC team.

“Last year when we got the new building we used the 3D printers first with FTC during the beginning of the year, when we first started the FTC team, to build a couple brackets,” said Galt. “When FRC got their game, we made a couple 3D printed mounts for electronics.”

Galt anticipates the opportunities for 3D printing more complex and precise components for their robots.

“I think it’s interesting to allow us to use different materials,” said Galt. “There might be a couple applications where using a different type of plastic could have been beneficial.”

The PACCAR Foundation values educational opportunities, and 45% of its 2004-2013 contributions were for the purpose of furthering local education. PACCAR has granted more than $150 million worldwide for the purposes of education and social development.

Principal Kelly believes that the significance of this gift  and will affect not only the teams, but the school community as a whole.

“So, their [PACCAR’s] board makes strategic investments in education based on some desirable outcomes that they see or envision for impacting student learning, furthering innovative approaches to education and so on,” said Kelly. “Getting on their radar was a huge leap for us.”

There are a few possible ways Principal Kelly sees the 3D printer changing the way RAHS teachers and students do things, but one particular option has made itself more desirable.

“What we’ve realized is that that piece of technology alone, combined with the water jet and the laser cutter, is a game changer for us. What we’d like to do is offer a new elective course here on how to use those tools, using CAD to develop products using those tools,” said Kelly, “that’s really what this gift is going to do.”

Kelly has already started planning for the future of this new technology. In his mind, the best steps are not only to incorporate it into the robotics teams and existing programs, but also to create a new class.

“Eventually, if we can get the funding for it, we would like to have a new elective course,” said Kelly,  “sort of CAD but creating products either with this 3D printer, the water jet, and the laser cutter.”

Generally, grants of this size involve weeks of consideration and research, none of which were supplied or even known of by RAHS staff members.

“There’s nothing that I had done, or anyone in the staff had done to reach out to them, our school was made known to them through some process,” said Kelly,  “an anonymous individual who came and met with me asked ‘would we be interested in a rapid prototyping 3D printer that PACCAR uses?’’

The individual insists that they remain anonymous, but Kelly had no problem sharing the event.

“And I just told them ‘no, that’s just not anything we’d be interested in,’” said Kelly. “I’m just kidding, I said ‘Absolutely.’”

All jokes aside, PACCAR independently gifted RAHS the money for the printer. That should become a source of pride and motivation for students and staff alike as they carry out the rest of the school year with the addition of this new tech in the curriculum and their academic environment.


Delta-V Spacefest blasts off for the first time

Attendees at Spacefest interact with local societies and groups that specialize in space, such as Chasing Atlantis, the National Space Society, and GEOCACHING at the Museum of Flight.

Multiple aerospace companies from around the world showcased their efforts in the three-day event that took place on Nov. 20 to the 22 at The Museum of Flight.

During this event, many organizations, including SpaceX and Planetary Resources displayed their current endeavors to the public.

Geoff Nunn, The Museum of Flight’s Space Curator, handles research regarding topics on space.

“This is the first year of Spacefest [at the Museum],” said Nunn, “but the the exhibitry in the Charles Simonyi gallery has started a while ago where we initially had trade-show style exhibits temporarily.”

Delta Spacefest is not a standard trade show, but much like the gaming convention PAX, but instead of involving current developments in video games and its communities, it surrounded  current endeavors in space.

“The fall is a very busy time for events within the space community,” said Nunn, “and a lot of those events are of the industry talking to the industry. What we wanted to do was to bring members of the industry here to talk to the public as well to members of the press.”

The primary objective for Delta Spacefest was to educate the public on what is currently happening in the space industry, where there has been some miscommunication and misinterpretation.

“We’ve identified that there’s a lot of confusion,” said Nunn, “[such as] visitors coming into the gallery saying, ‘Oh it’s such a shame that the Shuttle was canceled, and we’re not going to space anymore.’”

In addition to the public, Delta Spacefest looked to address current events in space to the press to provide clarity for the media.

“If you look at the press around the Antares rocket failure, you’ve got BBC calling it NASA’s rocket, rather than Orbital Sciences’ rocket,” said Nunn. “The major media outlets are kinda rough on reporting on space, so we hoped to fall in line with them.”

NASA’s astronauts also attended, from Apollo to the Space Shuttle.

“One panel involved previous astronauts, primarily from the Shuttle and Soyuz missions,” said Nunn, “and talked about their lives and careers after their time as astronauts.”

The event included representatives from both the private and public sector in space.

“We had former employees of NASA,” said Nunn. “Our goal wasn’t private vs. government, but rather who is currently working in space.”

Several other smaller organizations and companies attended with booths set up, such as Chasing Atlantis with Matthew Cimone. NARCON, Geocaching, and the Seattle chapter of the National Space Society.

“Chasing Atlantis began as a documentary that was made to document the last shuttle mission”, said Matthew Cimone, one of the founders of Chasing Atlantis, “and it has expanded even more so after the the end of the Shuttle program.”

Bernard Cawley, a representative of the National Association of Rocketry, also attended SpaceFest.

“The main reason we are here today is support for the upcoming convention hosted by the National Association of Rocketry here at the Museum of Flight,” said Cawley. “The organization has been around for 57 years.”

Monte Michaelis, a developer for Geocaching, attended the gaming spectrum of the event.

“What we do at Geocaching HQ is we make a website and a series of apps for iOS and Android to make a huge scavenger hunt around the world”, said Michaelis, “[and] coming from a video game developer background, I think of it like playing Legend of Zelda in real life.”

Geocaching has grown since its inception in 1995, and has global participation.

“We maintain a user base of about 6 million members and about 2.5 million things hidden world wide,” said Michaelis. “Geocaching is dependent on space technology, for that it wouldn’t exist without satellites, and it feeds a sense of adventure.”

Geocaching is one of the many space technologies people have used in their daily lives, and Spacefest has broadened people’s understanding of the uses of space technology, along with current endeavors in it.

An open letter to RAHS students, from your cars

Dear RAHS Students,

Thanks bruh. We’ve had some real good times in our days. I remember the day your parents and you strolled onto the lot of used cars back when you turned sixteen. You were so young then. Your pubescent scar-covered face beamed at the thought of your first set of wheels. I, myself, worried that day. I was afraid, that in your youth, you would strive for safety, follow the rules freshly taught to you in drivers ed.

Luckily, I was wrong.

From the first day you slid into my front seat, sliding yourself forward, adjusting your mirrors to never be checked again, I knew it was love. I’ll never forget the first time we pulled up to the stoplight outside your neighborhood, us two in the front of the queue. Your heart raced as adrenaline rushed through your veins, your mind deviously plotting the events that were about to unravel. That road still bears the scar of my tires, rubber charred into the pavement as a permanent reminder of the speed we achieved together.

Ah, the fun we’ve had. Remember all the donuts we did in the gravel lot behind your school? The circles we left became puddles after the first rain. From time to time, gravel still falls out of my undercarriage. The parking lot looked like an alien abduction took place from the crop-circle-type marks we left.

What was the name of that girl you took out a while ago? Oh, it doesn’t matter. It just makes me so happy every time you fog my windows up, it really gets my gears spinning. I think her coat is still in my backseat. Or maybe it was someone else’s.

Do you remember the time you fit eight people into my cramped four seats? We went out to McDonald’s and packed the remaining space with McChickens, fries, and Big Macs. I’m pretty sure we hold the land-speed record on East Marginal Way. No one else could make it to Matt’s Hot Dogs and back in the first fifteen minutes of lunch. But we did.

We’ve been through hell and back together. There was the time you had to drive all the way home with my gas light on. The entire way. Your mom was so disappointed with you, she almost didn’t even give you the cash to go fill me up. I can get 25 miles to the gallon, but 128 mph is anything but economy driving. Too bad your friend’s car can get 132.

And don’t forget the time you got a flat tire in the middle of the boons on your way back from Eastern Washington. It took an hour for AAA to get there and I thought we wouldn’t make it back at all. It’s a shame you don’t know how to change a tire.

The combination of burn-outs and tire lock-ups have left my tire tread at 20%. Our check engine light has been on since last June. Maybe January. Mmm, I love it when you put the chains on me and haul me up the mountain.

My dear friend, don’t lose heart. I know that at times, you’ve hit my wheel in fury over the imbeciles around you. Those clueless parents at your school who make U-turns at the end of the drive, what audacity they have to block the precious space you use for your daily morning drifting track. To think, some people would SLOW DOWN for those new speed bumps. I mean, it’s like they’re asking for you to give them the bird and honk your horn!

The poor soul who last dared to take your parking spot out by the front won’t ever forget our vengeance. We scraped his parking sticker off and called a tow-truck on the scrub. That’ll show him, right?

Every afternoon on our way home, we’d pass that funny looking old geography teacher who scowls at us for driving too fast. I’m sorry you got detention that one time because we went too fast. And have we ever cared about that “No Turn on Red” sign? Of course we haven’t!

Before I bid you farewell, a word of caution. I know we’ve both seen the monstrosities and hulks at the junkyard next to your school. While we have our fun, I dearly hope that you will take it carefully in the future.

I’m kidding! We’ll never be anything like them! If I end up there, it’ll be because we were drifting and rolled, complete with explosions that would give Michael Bay wet dreams. Keep up the good work, my friend. You still have to meet your quota of running red lights for this month.

Until the next time we hit the road.

With love and the sharp smell of gasoline,

Your Cars

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Founder’s Farewell

HPS Administrators 2013-14

RAHS founder Reba Gilman

Sept. 3, 2014, marks the first student day of the 2014-15 school year and the debut of Bruce Kelly as the new sheriff in town. Reba Gilman will be moving across the street and working hard to launch a new initiative of both The Museum of Flight and Highline School District to help students all across the region.

Gilman’s new title at the Museum of Flight will be Executive Director of Lighthouse Education Initiatives, which means she will be helping schools, districts, and community partners develop programs based on the RAHS model, and working with them to achieve their goals.

According to an announcement letter recently sent to students, staff, and families, Gilman will “lead efforts to build upon the best practices of RAHS and The Museum of Flight to develop new education initiatives that benefit students and communities where there is a strong need for STEM-proficient workers.”

“Essentially, what I want to do is honor the promise we made to people, which was that this would not just be a school for 400 students, that we would have other Aviation High School models,” said Gilman. “Maybe not exactly the same, but using the same practices around college and career readiness, and inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, around a particular context.”

Taking Gilman’s place next year as CEO and Principal of RAHS is Bruce Kelly, who will officially assume his new position on July 1, 2014. He has been Assistant Principal since the 2011-12 school year, and is well equipped to take the reigns.

“He fully understands the vision of the school, and there are no better hands ready to take the yoke,” said Theda “Mamma H” Hiranaka, the RAHS Office Assistant since 2006. “Mr. Kelly is fully supportive and knowledgeable of the RAHS flight path and is ready to take us on through the next stage of our flight.”

Mr. Kelly has some big shoes to fill, and Gilman offered a few words of advice to her successor.

“I would say ‘enjoy it,’ and know that there is going to be ups and downs in leading a school,” said Gilman, “but rely upon the students and the staff to be your guides. A leader is not the be-all, end-all, full-of-wisdom leader, they are the person who helps put structure around things and keeps the vision.”

Gilman also emphasized that a good school leader is always focused on what is best for students.

“Students should be at the center of everything [a principal] does,” said Gilman.

Throughout her years with the school, Gilman has certainly followed her own advice. Marcie Wombold, who has been with the school since the beginning, said Gilman has been involved in all the major changes, but also trusted her staff and colleagues to “continue moving forward.”

“Part of developing the school model in the beginning was agreeing upon curriculum and standards,” said Wombold. “Reba was intimately involved in that process, by bringing in expertise and resources, but also by working the process with us.”

Gilman was also instrumental in developing the staff and academic program at RAHS from the very start, and her support has left a lasting impact on students and teachers alike.

”Reba has encouraged me to think outside the box, to look past tradition, and to do what is right for my students,” said Wombold. “But more personally, Reba consistently has asked me for more; she has held me to a high standard and supported me when I did that for my own students.”

Although Gilman will be sorely missed, she plans to stay involved at RAHS. At the Senior Rose Ceremony on June 4, she told seniors to come back and visit, because she definitely plans to maintain a presence at the school.

“I’m really glad that I’m just going across the street,” said Gilman. “My goal is to continue to work with the staff here to look at how we could replicate this model, we have a lot of work to do to figure out what we all can offer. Part of my job will still be to work with all of you here at [RAHS], I just won’t have my office here.”

Before RAHS, Gilman worked at SeaTac Occupational Skills Center for 16 years, and said it was part of her inspiration to start RAHS years ago. The technical school focused more on learning the hands-on, physical details of a trade, like carpentry, but failed to give students the necessary academic teaching required in the working world.

“What I really saw was a need to blend that academic rigor with hands-on, technical learning,” said Gilman. “That was my goal, because when [I was] running the tech school, kids came, and for many years, they could do the hands-on work without having super strong academic skills, but as industry standards became prominent and as college standards increased, we knew we needed to meet some place in the middle so that our kids were ready to go on to college and career.”

The success of RAHS today hides the much of the struggle that went into its creation; despite its many accomplishments along the way, it was not an easy journey. Gilman said finding a permanent home was one of the greatest challenges, especially one that accommodated the unique features of an project-based STEM school.

“No question, we are a rare entity here—HSD is a steward of the school, we located the school in the city of tukwila, and we’re in the seattle school district boundaries,” said Gilman. “I feared for a long time that we wouldn’t have a permanent location and that we wouldn’t have the resources to build something new. Getting private industry to come forward and help build the school, and being able to fight the political battles to be here, that was the greatest challenge. But it was worth it.”

It has been over a decade of struggle to make it home, but it has also been over a decade of reward.

“The greatest triumph I think is just watching students come through here who really want to be in a place of learning like this. The most rewarding thing has been to see students show up year after year and really put their heart and soul into helping make this place wonderful.”


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Jazzing up for prom

ACT Theatre’s “intimate, versatile room” provides a fitting venue and ample dance space for a night that will be the bee’s knees.

By Sean Wong

As May 17 gets closer and closer, RAHS juniors and seniors get ready for their final dance of the year: prom. It will be held on May 17 at the ACT Theater from 9pm to midnight. Tickets will be available from Ms. Sorenson for $50 each.

The prom committee has been hard at work making preparations for a great dance while the hype around prom has just begun to start. From buying dresses and tuxedos to making dinner plans, juniors and seniors rush to get everything ready for their big night.

“I’m so ready for prom,” said senior Jennifer Hong. “There’s still [some time until prom], but my dress is ordered already. I’ve thought about the plan already, we have our group already, it’s all ready.”

With junior and senior boys stressing over who and how to ask, and girls deciding on the perfect dress for the perfect night, prom preparation is in full swing. In addition to the highly anticipated upcoming dance, there are other things that people are excited about as prom draws closer.

“[Prom] signals the fact that it’s near the end of the year,” said junior Emilio Anselmo. “It is also another chance for me to hang out with my senior friends before they leave for college.”

This is likely the first prom that juniors will experience and the second time for many seniors, and a lot of effort is being made by those attending to make this an unforgettable night for all. Prom committee has taken steps to make this one stand from ones in the past.

“[This year’s prom] will be different because we had an exact image of what we want,” said prom committee member Erin Ronald. “Plus, we got really great deals on the venue so we can make the decorations awesome.”

According to another committee member, Kirsten Noble, this year’s venue is also larger and in a more central location than past years, giving dance attendees plenty of space to enjoy themselves.

Behind big nights like this, there is always a group of dedicated individuals who make it happen. This year’s prom committee is made up of Advisor Garrett Shiroma and four students all working together to make this dance successful. The members of the committee this year are Sophia Cassam, Kirsten Noble, Erin Ronald, and Olivia Shiffer.

“We knew exactly where we wanted prom to go from the beginning,” said Shiffer. “We’ve got everything covered to ensure prom will be great.”

The theme this year is “All That Jazz.” That means a nostalgic trip back to America’s golden age, calling for vintage suits and dresses, antique decorations, and a great selection of jazz music.

Of course, dressing in theme is encouraged, but students can show up in whatever appropriate clothing they please. Prom committee does have a few tips for those planning to attend but don’t know where to start.

“Start listening to some jazz, get your feather boas out, put on your red lipstick, and get ready to party!” said Ronald.

In addition, Noble also suggests getting dinner reservations and preparing for pictures to ensure that this prom will be one to remember and a fun night for everyone, so be sure to get them now!

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