Live Blog: 2014 Sophomore Environmental Challenge

DAY ONE: The Kickoff


Port of Seattle environmental programs manager Steve Rybolt introduces this year’s problem: reducing the Port’s waste stream by 50% in order to meet the Millennium Goal of becoming The cleanest, greenest airport in North America.
Students this year will propose their own ideas for recapturing, recycling, reusing and reducing the (non-human) waste stream that passes through the Port, specifically targeting waste that typically ends up in landfills.


Leslie Stanton, operations manager, starts the program off with an overview of SeaTac’s existing environmental goals, programs and challenges. Leslie covered everything from taxis to passenger and cargo aircraft, carbon cycles, public accountability, up- and down-stream pollution, and much more. It was an interesting talk, and definitely brought out the complexity and difficulty of this year’s project.


Just a glimpse of the many angles students will have to consider and accommodate in their proposals, courtesy of Jeremy Webb, who will also be a tour guide for tomorrow’s field trip to SeaTac and Recology CleanScapes.


DAY TWO: The field trip


The whole crew waiting for buses to arrive – it’s a big crowd, but a great crowd, and the folks at SeaTac and Recology CleanScapes have a great day planned for us!




Where it all begins – SeaTac’s first step in separating and sorting trash from recycling begins with passengers in the terminal… If they can be trained to follow the rules! Vendors and concessionaires like Dish D’Lish and many others play a major role in SeaTac’s waste stream: choosing packaging and providing (hopefully) easy options for tossing trash and recycling.


Vendors at SeaTac donate nearly 35,000 pounds of food per year (or around 540 meals per week) to local food banks. Students visited the collection coolers where food is stored for pickup and learned about “Good Samaritan” laws governing food safety for donations.


Trevor Emtmann explains how SeaTac operates as a utility, including how utilities use rates, incentives and other strategies to influence customer behaviors with the goal of minimizing and recovering costs and run efficiently. This was some pretty dense information for students, but Trevor answered lots of questions and helped make a complex topic more accessible – now it’s up to students to include utility budgets and return-on-investment planning in their final proposals.


Leslie Stanton demonstrates the compactors used by vendors at SeaTac – separate machines for trash and recycling (remember, kids – vendors pay for trash but recycling is free!) One issue student proposals will need to address is the limited space available around the airport for waste processing equipment and transportation. Students also heard a lot today about the challenges of collecting accurate data on the airport’s waste stream, and the importance of that data for developing and implementing the most efficient and fair access and pricing policies for all the businesses that operate at the airport.


SeaTac also collects cooking oil, which is collected for free by a local biodiesel company – which not only generates profit for the biodiesel company, but also saves a lot of disposal costs for food vendors that use this kind of oil, which would otherwise be very expensive to transport and process properly. The idea that some of SeaTac’s waste stream might be turned to a profitable purpose by other businesses was a real eye-opener, and has already inspired some great thinking from student teams for their projects.


Megan McCain and Todd Johnson get us oriented to the “zero waste” operations at CleanScapes, including the range of community outreach and education programs they offer locally. Since community members – both passengers and Port employees – have a big role to play in controlling contamination in recycling, community outreach, education and support are all important parts of any master plan for managing a cleaner waste stream.


Whoa. The most complex piece of machinery we’ve ever seen! This giant, 3 story tall mega-machine uses weight, size magnetism and other factors to sort recyclables for sale to manufacturers locally and internationally. It’s not even up and running yet, but CleanScapes were great about letting us in for glimpse at their brand new, high-tech operation. Students even got coupons for the Recycled Store, which features all products made from 100% recycled materials like water bottles and plastic shopping bags.

Well that’s it for today’s field trip – we’ll be back soon with more guest speakers, workshops, activities and updates on the project as it moves along. Until then, sort your recycling!

Day 3: Speakers and spreadsheets and flipcharts, oh my!

Bring on the guest speakers – Nick Scott, airfield and airspace planner, walks us through the complexities of working within limited space when planning projects. Everything from a trash can to a runway has to work with the airport’s master plan and the needs of customers.
Nick’s best advice for the day: no matter what you do, keep it off the airfield.

20140421-093933.jpgNick’s most important tool for the job: the decision analysis matrix – thanks for giving us a working template!

Some key points on decision analysis:
1: This tool can be used to analyze ANY kind of decision
2: Every decision should include customer and other stakeholder impact
3: look out for your own bias when weighting scores

Marco Milanese and Perry Cooper run students through the wide world of stakeholders, and the ripple effects of SeaTac’s decisions throughout the larger community. Everyone from employees to contractors, vendors, neighbors and passengers have needs, concerns and varying degrees of influence over port projects.

Lisa Montoya from Alaska Airlines covers airplane waste streams, in-flight recycling and composting programs, and airport partner concerns around waste stream management. Cost, efficiency, flexibility and customer experience are all big factors to balance, plus the difficulty – – if not impossibility – of influencing human behavior.


Day 3: One final round of workshops


SeaTac city public works director Tom Gut spells out some of the complexities of the airport-city relationship, especially as it relates to our project topic of solid waste management. Tom’s presentation was particularly relevant as it connected to the legal analysis assignment and provided lots of helpful examples of local regulations that affect the city and the airport in their daily operations.

Hanh Nguyen, Mash Figlin and Ester Abenojar from the airport finance department crunching the numbers for us on everything from CPE (cost per enplanement) to utilities, concessions, commercial property and more. One big “a-ha” moment in the room was the idea that budgets are divided into piles for designated purposes – it’s not all just one giant account to spend however you want! Also important today is the idea that some spending is a one-way outflow, while other spending generates revenue as a return on investment. Smart students wrote down the link to the Port’s capital budget, and will use that info to keep their proposals realistic… Hint, hint!

Janelle Barrilleaux of the FAA walks us through the federal perspective on environmental programs and waste stream management at airports around the country. Federal regulators have a lot to say about how airports manage their environmental impacts, and provide detailed guidelines for employers on achieving high standards of cleanliness and efficiency. Airport mangers and employees have to stay current on federal rules and be ready to pass compliance audits, which takes careful planning and constant vigilance.

Well, that’s it for day 3, and that’s it for our series of guest speakers and workshops. Now it’s down to the daily grind of research, writing, planning and preparing for presentations on May 13 and 15. Students have a LOT of work to do, but plenty of resources and support available to get across the finish line. Good luck, kids!

Today is the first of two full days of presentations to our panels of expert judges. By the end of the week, students will have shared their best thinking and their best work with industry professionals from the Port of Seattle, Boeing, the FAA, Alaska Airlines, the King County Council, the City of SeaTac, Recology CleanScapes and the Washington State House of Representatives – it’s an impressive and intimidating audience, but the kids are ready!

Our first judging panel included Language Arts teacher Sarah Fitzpatrick and special guests Lisa Montoya from Alaska Air, and Leslie Stanton and Elizabeth Leavitt from the Port of Seattle.

Phillip, Jordi, Cole, Monique and Zahnae give their pitch – nice job comparing options to show the logic of your proposal!

Full house! Senay, Kevin, Griffin and Logan sell their ideas to Mrs.Dyer and judges Barbara Sando from Boeing, Jason Ritchie from the FAA, and Bob Duffner from the Port of Seattle. Even Principal Gilman stopped by to listen in. The questions got tough right from the start, pushing for details on budgets, land use and even impacts on wildlife. Kudos to the judges for keeping teams on their toes!

Nervous and it shows… But we wouldn’t have it any other way. Amber, Lucky, Hailey and Lona get their display table set up, including samples of the compostable food containers they proposed for Sea-Tac food vendors. Great idea to help judges really understand the impact of your plan.

Tim, Chris, Aaron and Nick crunch the numbers with their judge panel – Steve Rybolt, David Suomi and Mia Gregerson, from the Port of Seattle, FAA and State House of Representatives. The budget questions were detailed and tough, but the team kept their cool and defended their proposal well.

Mrs. Dyer joined Erika Melroy of Recology CleanScapes, Boeing engineer (and parent of an RAHS alum) Jerry Zayic, and Carter Timmerman from the WSDOT Aviation Division. Alfiya, Brendan, Elliott and Makoto brought a very persuasive presentation, focusing on the high-tech solution of converting waste to energy. Big props go to this team for thinking big and coming up with a very unique proposal.

Demie, Leon, Shailee and Jade did a great job outlining and addressing the needs of many different stakeholders, and made a convincing case that stakeholder needs and environmental goals can be compatible and mutually beneficial.

That’s it for our first day of presentations; more to come Thursday and we’ll be done for the year!


This is it, the final day – kids have worked a whole month for this, and tensions are high, but one way or another it will all be over soon.

Sophia, Zacc, Ally and Dillon compare a range of options from incinerators, hand sorting, bin upgrades and more. Ally had a great point about the environmentally conscious culture of the northwest, and the need to address community standards and concerns.

To quote Steve Rybolt: “Holy moly, these guys were awesome!” Michelle, Najib, Abbey and Peyton just killed it today, and the judges were blown away – not without some questions and concerns, but overall just an amazing job. Go team!

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Live Blog: 2014 We Day Intro Assembly

Vincent Pierce February 12th, 8:29 am, and the starts of a very busy morning the ASB as they host an introduction to We Day, at Raisbeck Aviation High School. The assembly will consist of school spirit, guest speakers, and other surprises along the way. The Phoenix Flyer is here to bring the excitement to your computer screens as the morning unfolds.

We-What? RAHS, 8:39 am

ASB Vice President Jonah Graves gives a brief introductory statement intro what today’s assembly is about. In short, today’s assembly will be promoting We-Day, Youth Spark, and all the other people and organizations that play a role in setting up and creating the magnificent program that is Free The Children. Free The Children is a non profit charity dedicated to helping children around the world.

Tech-Turmoil RAHS, 8:53 am


Devin Kennedy pre-checks the audio and projection equipment before the assembly starts. On a high pressure day like this, it’s important that everything runs smoothly. Behind the scenes work is what will make or break the event. All of ASB and some regular students pitch in to make sure everything runs perfectly.




Ranging from setting up chairs to prepping ice cream to last minute technology, everyone is lending a hand or two for today’s success.

Even this guy.


After all, what’s an assembly about spirit without a little Phoenix love?

Khoa Nyguen and the Phoenix perform a celebratory dance for the completion of the mornings work.

Safety First RAHS, 9:27 am


The safety of the students is now at risk as a gap in the staircase presents a chance for an accident. “The bleachers have extended too far out, leaving a space for a foot to fit in. Though it’s minor, the ASB wants no injuries,” said Navath Nhan, junior class captain. “We’re working on a way to resolve this error.”

Game Time RAHS, 9:41


Students of RAHS start to roll into the Boeing Presentation Center. The time has come, everything is in place,and it’s about to be time to rock the house. With over 400 students in attendance, the atmosphere is loud, warm, and musty. But the excitement and spirit of these students is very profound.

A true entrepreneur RAHS, 9:49


Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo
Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo

Mark Kielburger co-founder of We-Day, presents his story on the creation of several projects he’s helped create. We-Day and Free the Children, both non-profit organizations that are geared toward teenagers to help other kids around the world. Mark and his brother helped create this his brother was 12 years old, and told to stop by adults. This rebellious act turned into a God-send for those that Mark and his brother help.

10:16 Guest speaker Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft Rep, sings Mark happy birthday.

Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo
Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo

Not all miracles are self propellent. Free the Children has the assistance of Microsoft, amongst other partners. Microsoft has given Free the Children the opprotunity to spread their purpose to the rest of the world. It has allowed for Free the Children to spread beyond the confines of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Short intermission for “High Tens.” Students get up, and give double high fives to their neighbors. It gives them a chance to strech from all the sitting they’ve been doing, as well as well as creating interacting with other students.

We scare hunger, 10:30

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Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo

Delaunay Brown, a high schooler from Federal Way High School, informs the students of RAHS about her experiences with Free the Children. She also spoke about “We Scare Hunger,” an event on Halloween night where trick-o-treaters ask for cans of food instead of candy, raising thousands of pounds of food.

10:40 Special guest Gabby Rivera, Matt, Aileen

Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo
Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo
Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo
Photo courtesy of Emilio Anselmo


Special guest speakers Gabby R., Matt V., and Aileen N., RAHS students, spoke about their experiences with We-Day, and encouraging more students to participate in the We-Day events. There are many ways to participate, through volunteering at We-Day and through the Youth Spark program.

The end of all things good, 11:47

And as the final speaker walked of the stage, students were given the false impression of ice cream before they returned to classes. This belief was corrected quickly as they were told the ice cream was not for them. According to ASB, the assembly was a success, and hopefully the student population is more aware of the purposes of We Day.

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Legendary ladies

It is well known that girls are a minority at Raisbeck Aviation High School. However, this hasn’t stopped female alumni from doing awesome things! The Phoenix Flyer tracked down some of the women who have graduated from AHS, who are now excelling in their various fields–whether it’s attending art school, studying engineering abroad in France, living in Cambodia, or other impressive feats. Take a look!

Keiko Hiranaka

“Currently, I am in my first year teaching at a startup high school, in South Central LA, called the Academy of Science and Engineering”

“One of the reasons I chose ASE is because it reminds me so much of AHS!”

“I teach Algebra (to ninth graders) and am also in charge of the Leadership program”

“The project based learning at AHS also taught me how to work well with others, even when we disagree. It also gave me the confidence to interact with people who are coming from completely different backgrounds than I do and use their strengths when I am weak and help build them up with my own strengths.”

“I have received my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science (it was a joint degree) from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. I have also started a Master’s in Education program at Claremont Graduate University.”

“I also learned a lot about how to rely on others and trust them to get their part done so that I could do my part to the best of my ability (rather than try and to everything myself – a team is definitely better than just me)”

Tomilyn Rupert

“I lived in Cambodia for a year, spent almost a year in Peru, did AmeriCorps, and lots of other things.”

“Right now I’m a Masters in Public Administration candidate at the University of Washington, a Research Assistant at Waldron HR, and the Community Outreach Chair for Friends of Cayton Corner Park.”

“A lot of the teachers at RAHS definitely helped me get where I am now! They helped me improve my writing skills a ton and also encouraged me to follow my own path, even if it wasn’t an aviation related one.”

Natalie Sipes

“After graduating from AHS in 2008, I completed my private pilot’s license. I graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana with my bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Aviation Business in three years.

“In August 2012 I married my high school sweetheart, another 2008 AHS graduate, Nathan Sipes.”
“I have now worked for Dynon Avionics for over two years and my position has changed considerably. Now I manage our advertising schedule, as well as work on our website, and our marketing literature. I attend airshows and trade shows, and provide customer support. My husband and I also run our own online business.”

Jamie Katzer

“I attend the University of Washington in Seattle and am a Senior undergraduate student in William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.”

“I currently work as the Crew Chief (student manager) at the Kirsten Wind Tunnel on campus at UW.”

“This past summer I did a 2-month aerospace engineering study abroad trip to France (it was amazing!”

“I have had two internships with Boeing the past two summers – the first working for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security in St. Louis, MO, and the second working for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Everett WA.”

“I would not have discovered my passion for airplanes if I had not attended RAHS!”

“I love to dance! Right now I am taking ballet class for credit through the Dance department at UW.”

Sarah Zayic

“After graduating from RAHS, I started school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. I received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a focus in jet propulsion.”

“I served as president of my chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, Greek Council, and Order of Omega (Honor Society for Greek students).”

“The summer following my sophomore year I worked an internship for Boeing on the F22 program, and the following summer I worked another Boeing internship for the KC-46 Tanker program. I currently work on the tanker program in Mukilteo as a product support engineer in charge of engine life management.”

“The project-based, group learning that I experienced [at AHS] really prepared me for the degree I was going to pursue. “

“It was such a pleasure going to a high school with like-minded, driven individuals. I made some of my best friends here and that alone was worth the pain of playing sports for another high school :P”

“In my spare time, I autocross my Subaru.”

Morgen Sellier

“I’m currently in my foundation (freshman) year at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. This semester, I’m taking 3D-Form and Function, 2D-Text, Image, Content, Intro to Industrial Design, and Intro to Art History.”

“I’m really loving my college experience–all the classes encourage me to to expand the way I think and interact with the world through my art. I’m also learning a whole new set of skills, from woodworking to foam modeling to working with LEDs. Everywhere I look, there’s something new to try or learn, and we’re encouraged to explore and find a niche–or niches–that works for us.”

“As far as hobbies go, of course I’m continuing to draw for my own projects in my free time. I’ve also gotten interested in capoeira, a Brazilian martial art. Between that and all the walking I’m doing, I’m really getting in shape!”

“AHS gave me a chance to learn how to manage my time effectively when I’ve got multiple things taking up my attention, and it’s serving me well. This weekend, I’m finishing up four dioramas, building a three-foot-tall bookbinding, writing up a process book for the shoe I designed in my industrial design class, and editing an essay for art history.”

Kristina Ong

“ I am currently a senior studying Social Welfare at the University of Washington in Seattle.”

“Although I am not pursuing a STEM-related degree or career, much of the knowledge and skills I acquired during my time at RAHS have been valuable.”

“I remember how challenging calculus with Mr. Joshi. None of the subject matter was sinking in and it finally reached a point where I needed to do something. To be entirely honest, it was not easy for me to put myself in that vulnerable of a situation because up until calculus, I never felt like I was falling behind in any of my previous classes. That said I hesitantly shared my concerns with Mr. Joshi. The result? He dedicated his time and energy into my learning curve. We set apart time after school reviewing class material, he hosted algebra boot camp sessions so that I could brush up my algebraic skills, I discovered that watching Khan Academy videos on YouTube were incredibly helpful, and I always made sure to do a couple of extra problems from the textbook. Consequently, by the end of the second semester, I earned that “A” grade I was striving for but I also realized that it is important to advocate for my own learning and do not be afraid to ask for help!”

Illustrations and print by Abby Eades, Jon Provencher, and Chandler Neames.

AHS Renton Film Fest (Jes Mannard)

Sunday Oct. 6, 1:00 PM

“It was stop and go fun.” Said Alexis. “It was funny when we went to go buy snacks and when we had to re-do a take. We couldn’t laugh and it was hard. We are so excited for the film to be done! We can’t wait!”


Nearing the final stages of their film creation, Amanda and Kat finalize the audio by adding voice overs and sound effects.

Saturday Oct. 5, 1:00
RAHS Film Club member, Leon, improvises filming for his first person point of view character role.


Saturday Oct. 5, 12:00
RAHS Film Club met today in several locations to film their video for the Frenzy. They choose to make their video from the point of view of a boy who goes on an adventure to find the correct ingredients to make a sandwich. Their first filming location was at the Renton Airport.

Friday Oct. 4, 5:00
Raisbeck Aviation students participating in the Renton Film Frenzy kick off the competition when they receive an email to the participants telling them more information about the requirements for their movie. The team gets excited as they read that one of the requirements is to include an airplane In their film! That won’t be hard for the RAHS students!


RAHS film club shares a pizza while Kat Brunson reads the email aloud.

Live blog: sophomore environmental challenge project


Steve Rybolt and Marco Milanese get this year’s project started off right.

The problem: how to safely and efficiently add sufficient emergency power generation to the SeaTac facility in preparation for potential loss of power from the Howard Hansen dam on the green river.

What will the neighbors think? Don’t they already get enough noise and smog from airplanes? What does the law say? Whose interests are at stake?

After spring break, students will start the project in earnest. Follow their progress here all throughout the month of April.

GUEST SPEAKERS, ROUND ONE: sophomores look here for complete video of all guest speakers!


Watch Russ Simonson’s presentation here: Russ Simonson-1

Russ Simonson, environmental program manager at SeaTac, kicks off the day with his talk about air quality concerns at the Port of Seattle. This year’s project is focused on emergency power generation at SeaTac, including sources of power, locating generation equipment on airport property, and a wide range of related environmental, economic, regulatory and community issues. Russ talked about project permits, organizational strategic goals, community concerns, and the complexity of balancing environmental, financial, legal and other concerns when planning major projects.
Lastly, he had students search for required permits for their projects – we’re only 30 minutes back from break, and students are already researching for their projects, great work Russ!

Long time project partners Marco Milanese and Perry Cooper dig into issues of community and media relations. This year’s projects must include a community and media relations plan, including press releases, public awareness campaigns, and stakeholder outreach in and around the Port.
In today’s activities, students identified airport stakeholders and discussed conflicting stakeholder needs.

Watch Marco and Perry’s complete presentation here: Milanese.cooper1-1 and here: Milanese.cooper2-1


Stacy Fox and Sarah Cox wrap up our first day of guest speakers, focusing on environmental oversight, regulation and compliance. Our main takeaway for the project (besides the fact that everyone has to obey the law) : it is much easier and cheaper to avoid pollution than it is to clean it up later – an interesting connection to the very expensive river cleanup happening in our new building’s back yard.

Watch the complete video of Stacy and Sarah’s presentation here: Fox.cox-1


And that’s it for day one.



Eric Tipton from the Port of Seattle talks money, budgeting, and financial planning for Port projects. This year’s project requires students to defend the cost of their proposal, in airport terms of terminal, airline and other stakeholder costs and benefits. Eric shared a lot about the kinds of financial data that airports collect, analyze and apply to their decision making processes. He also introduced a bunch of great Excel tools for calculating and presenting financial projections for a planned project.
Watch the complete video of Eric’s presentation HERE: Eric Tipton Finance-1


Mookie Patel runs down the stakeholder perspective on financial planning. Mookie works for Alaska Airlines as an Airport affairs manager, coordinating relationships with airport directors around every aspect of airport and airline operations and projects. Mookie talked today about how SeaTac’s project costs affect partner businesses like Alaska, since student projects have to address the impact of their proposals on airport partners, including airlines, vendors and other businesses such as transportation and parking.
Watch the complete video of Mookie’s presentation HERE: Mookie Patel Alaskaair-1


Tom Hooper digs into the details of project planning, especially the application of decision matrix tools that students will use to evaluate their ideas just like airport planners do. Tom explained the difference between master planning and project planning, and the complexities of balancing environmental, financial and regulatory concerns. This project requires students to fit their project proposals into SeaTac’s existing long term master plan and projected future growth.
See the complete video of Tom’s presentation HERE: Tom Hooper Planning-1


And thus ends day two.


Stan Shepherd, Karen Kalanick and Michael Carroll bring a three person noise team to AHS this morning, plus a bunch of very cool secret-agent looking cases of techno gear. We actually got outside to watch planes and measure noise levels against ambient background levels. Since power generation often involves a lot of noise generation, students must carefully consider noise impact around the SeaTac community in their proposals, and now they know what limits they have to work within.

Khoa Nguyen tests out his noise meter – turns out his side conversations really do add up like teachers say!

1st period students search for the ever-elusive low noise level… Pretty hard to find at school!
Watch the complete video of Stan, Karen and Michael’s presentation HERE: Noise-1

Soojin Kim from the Port’s legal team introduces some important legal considerations for teams – federal, state and local law as well as economic and environmental regulation. Soojin also addressed potential legal consequences of regulatory noncompliance and community legal action against the port.

Watch the complete video of Soojin’s presentation HERE: Legal-1 and HERE: Legal2

Alisha Griswold gets into the nuts and bolts of emergency prevention and management. This year’s project is specifically about emergency preparedness, specifically loss of power at the airport resulting from natural events such as flooding on the Green River or the inevitable Nisqually earthquake.

Fire, earthquake, terrorism, infectious disease, hazmat spills and more – FEMA, CDC, FBI, TSA, DHS and more… Disaster response is largely about agency and resource coordination, but this year’s students are mostly focusing on providing a reliable source of power to the airport.
Watch the complete video of Alicia’s presentation HERE: Emergency1 and HERE: Emergency2

Live Blog: Spirit Week!

It’s the start of spirit week at AHS, leading up to our big spring fling this weekend, and students are definitely getting into the swing of things. Today is animal day, and already in first period, the cats are coming out.

Sophomores Andrew Calimlin, Meealofa Angelini and Jackie Madsen show their wild side

Lori Baca, Jonah Graves and Austin Coleman doing the stray cat strut

Thomas Blanchette, Olivia Jollimore, Jacob Sherren, Gordon Salemann and Erin Ronald. No one said it was Cat Day, but the sophomore class certainly has a feline feeling!

Senior Kevin Smith goes all out with his full body cat costume – now maybe he’ll get a date to the spring fling…

Nicole Do diversifies our animal kingdom in her awesome butterfly wings – why didn’t more AHS kids dress as animals that FLY?!?!?

Freshman Harry Carey channels the spirit of the old west in his horse getup, or is that giddyup? That headgear can’t be too comfortable, but Harry put his best hoof forward for the Phoenix Flyer and AHS spirit week.


Khoa Nguyen and Mr. Sav start the morning off right in 1st period. “Not having any hair is no excuse for not having crazy hair,” said Sav, and issued a challenge to Mr. Joshi to step up his spirit game.

And the award goes to… Erin Ronald! It may only be 3rd period, but it’s pretty safe to say the we have our craziest hair of the day right here, right now. Nice job, Erin!

Jessi Mau and Senay Emmanuel get high-tech with their ‘dos, but of course this is an engineering school, so what do you expect?

Sav called, Joshi answered! Humiliated when he was caught unprepared by this morning’s spirit challenge, Mr. Joshi stepped up to the plate, proving that you can have crazy hair and still have soul… Soul patch, that is!

THE ASSEMBLY: Skunkworks are off to start their competition season this week, so the whole school turned out to show some love.

Only one of four teams even completed the chariot race: go juniors!

Following up on some excellent AHS dating advice, the school’s hottest dates (students of the month, that is) got called out just in time to get scooped up for this weekend’s spring fling.

Spirit competition, part deux: Improv

These guys are all acting out “something you do sitting down,” but didn’t know they were giving such an intimate look into their private lives…

Man vs robot: competitors tried their luck against the skunkworks newest creation. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the robot kind of kicked everyone’s butt…

Team 1983 struts their stuff.


Sav’s first period gets the day started off right, representing rock, hip hop, J-pop and more

Fun and Games in Flight Training

When Boeing needs pilots to test out their new training programs, who do they turn to? The aspiring student pilots at Aviation High School, of course. Students had the chance to “pilot” new training programs for flight management and 737 pre-flight, and provide feedback to Boeing program designers.

Student tests software on iPads. This app is a flight management computer trainer.

Student tests software on iPads.

Boeing employee asks for feedback about flight games.

Students give feedback. One Student liked the first app better because it was more interactive.

Boeing employee announces that this game might come to app stores

Mark Woods, a Boeing employee gives an explanation of the first pre flight app

Aviation enthusiasts.

AHS students prepare to race on their iPads.

Katie McConville anxiously waits for the game to load.
“It’s the most addicting thing I’ve played all week!” she said.

Group picture! Our AHS students are sold!

“This is all the controls you would use in pre-flight,” said freshmen Katie Burrell.

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