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RAHS revives aviation theme

Marcus Clinehill, RAHS Junior inspecting model aircraft in a classroom.
Photo By: Tristina Huynh

With RAHS’ focus on aviation and aerospace, administrators and teachers have a strong desire to incorporate more of an aviation and aerospace focus in the school’s activities and classes.

RAHS Principal Therese Tipton and Vice Principal Tremain Holloway have made efforts to serve the RAHS community underneath an aviation and aerospace theme.

“Mr. Holloway and I together really tried our hardest to get to know students, stakeholders, the parent support, of course the students and staff of how everyone worked together to make this such an amazing school.” Said Tipton, “In particular with aviation and aerospace we started forging those relationships with the Museum of Flight, with Dr. Raisbeck, with our mentors, with some of the folks who offered scholarships for some of our students, through some of our partners that to the internships.”

With her first year in the books, Tipton hopes to continue to monitor how aviation and aersopace is developed in the classroom.

“In addition to all of that we started visiting classrooms,” said Tipton, “to see how the teachers were integrating and implementing aviation and aerospace throughout all of the content areas. So the first year was really a year of learning and growing, what makes everything so special.”

Tipton and Holloway believe in the importance of RAHS’ relationships with both the Museum of Flight and Dr. Raisbeck.

“In particular with aviation and aerospace we started forging those relationships with the Museum of Flight, with Dr. Raisbeck, with our mentors, [and] with some of the folks who offered scholarships for some of our students.” said Tipton.

When improving anything, reflection on what and why you’re upgrading is vital. Without a serious, deep look at what has been done to see what needs to be done and how it will be done in the future, nothing will happen when it comes down to going through with things.

“So throughout every Spring, schools all around the state and the nation, not just our school, will take a look and say, ‘How are we doing in living up to our mission and vision? Are we still living that? Do we need to change it? Do we need to grow?’” Tipton said, “Every year we revisit that- are we being true to the mission and vision of our school?”

Since RAHS’ inception in 2004, preparation for college, and future success of all graduates, has been a major cornerstone in the teaching of students at the school.

“But in thinking about our mission, right in the beginning of our mission it says, To prepare every student for college, career, and citizenship’ and I think as long as we continue to strive every year for that mission, that when a student graduates from Raisbeck Aviation High school,” Tipton said, “do they have the skills to take on whatever they want to do.”

Together, the RAHS community will have to work closely together to get what they want.

“Really it’s just a collaborative effort of a lot of voices saying, ‘Let’s take this amazing place we have and just keep growing it,’” said Tipton.

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Interact Club reboots for a new school year

President of Interact Club, Anusha Gani, speaks to Interact Executives and students interested in the club about getting involved with volunteering.

During the 2016-17 school year, Interact Club was plagued by a lack of progress.

Interact Club President Anusha Gani remembers the issues that plagued the RAHS Lock-In and ultimately led to the event being cancelled.

“We wanted to do a lock-in last year,” said Gani, “that also fell through because there was a lot of problems with paperwork and getting everything organized.”

This year, though, the Interact Club executives have a solid plan to take the year by storm. RAHS has a forty hour community service requirement for graduation, and Interact Club has created a plan to provide students ways to earn these hours.

“We want to provide our members community service and qualities to be a leader in the community,” said Gani. “[Last year] we weren’t able to have as many meetings, the last year there was a lack of communication, and a lot of plans fell through. That’s why we weren’t able to gain much publicity.”

One of Interact Club’s plans is participating in the 2018 Seattle WE-Day, a massive event where celebrities and charitable people come together to celebrate service, education, and international children’s rights. Getting into the event will be hard, however, Interact is determined to be able to have this opportunity. The Secretary of Interact Club, Ayan Hersi, and her fellow executives are excited for the event and ready for the hard work and determination that getting into the event will take.

“We have a lot of volunteering events planned,” said Hersi, “and helping out at food shelters, and planting trees, and giving back in as many ways as we can.”

Not only does Interact Club have plans to go to WE Day, but to also help out the local homeless population. Students at RAHS, through the Interact Club, can help the club achieve that goal.

Furthermore, during the 2016-17 school year, Interact Club got far less publicity than other clubs. Hersi hopes to change that this year.

“We’re starting a website and all that jazz,” said Hersi.

Interact Club also has a plan to prevent the paperwork and event organization problems that  afflicted the club during the 2016-2017 year.  Gani and her leadership team hope to create more productive leadership policies and to improve communication in order to address that issue.

“This year we’re really trying to implement transparency within our group, and frequent communication as well as weekly meeting to make sure everything’s on track,” said Gani. “As for actual plans for the club we don’t know who’s in our club yet and how many people we have to work with.”

More than anything, Gani hopes community service remains the focus of the team.

“We want to provide our members community service hours and qualities to be leaders in the community,” said Gani. “They [the students] would gain qualities and resources in order to become a leader and would be able to use the resources and technologies that they learn in Interact Club to able to apply that to their own life individually to rise in their community.”

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