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The Space Between

(Left to Right) Therese Tipton, Anne Simpson, Brynne Hunt, Sheryl and James Raisbeck, and Matt Hayes stand near the plaque to promote the new addition to RAHS.
Photo By: Chloe Cho

‘Cosmic Lady’, the oil mural painted by Sheryl Raisbeck, was opened for viewing on 14 May 2018 in the gravel firelane between RAHS and the Museum of Flight near the parking lot. This location is now labeled ‘The Space Between’ and designates a new physical connection between RAHS and the Museum of Flight, allowing for students to traverse between the two locations easily.
As CEO of the Museum of Flight, Matt Hayes felt that something had to be changed in order to connect the Museum and RAHS.
“The connection between the highschool and the Museum has always been there, but the physical connection has not been,” said Hayes. “And so creating something that could inspire the students and create that physical connection almost seemed obvious once we thought of it.”
Hayes is proud to have students interested in aviation on his campus and wanted there to be an easier way of moving between the Museum and RAHS.
“We’ve always had a great connection,” said Hayes. “We’re so proud to have you, the students, and the faculty to be on our campus, but there never was an easy way of moving between one to the other. It was like 2 countries right next to each other without a bridge or border crossing or anything.”
Hayes believes having art as the physical bridge provides more inspiration than a fence.
“When we came up with a concept of trying to come up with a physical bridge between the highschool and the museum itself, we couldn’t think of a better way of doing it than to actually have some artwork so it wasn’t just a piece of concrete or a couple fences but something that could help inspire.”
Sheryl Raisbeck wanted to make sure that the community realizes that art is everywhere, even in science.
“As far as what I want people to take away from these paintings is that I want you to think that art is everywhere in your life,” said Ms. Raisbeck. “That life and science have been tied forever, and that all arts and sciences can work together and nothing happens unless there’s the viewer, or the doer, or the learner, or the teacher.”
Ms. Raisbeck decided to paint this image because of her husband, James Raisbeck, who believed that it would connect to our school.
“The inspiration of the painting is hubble imagery, this is the galaxy M-82. The red coming out of there is ionized hydrogen blowing out out of the galaxy. But to me, it kinda reminds me of a Valentino model,” said Ms. Raisbeck. “James suggested that I do this painting here because phoenix is your mascot, phoenix rising. This painting reminded him of that.”
Working with oil isn’t an easy task. Ms. Raisbeck had to work with the properties of oil, good and bad.
“It was mostly trying to make gloppy oil look like gas, to make sure that I was letting layers dry so that I wouldn’t have mud,” said Ms. Raisbeck, “In an oil painting there’s refractions going on, so light that comes into these bubbles get bent, and then when light comes back out of the painting these lights rays [allow] you to see different, subtle layers”
Overall, Ms. Raisbeck wants others to realize there is more than just themselves
“I’m hoping that if there is an interaction in the school and someone notices something and maybe thinks of something else besides themselves, that’s probably cool,” said Ms. Raisbeck.
Students are now allowed to freely walk to the Museum of Flight’s Aviation Pavilion from the lobby of RAHS.

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AP testing? More like AP stressing

Henry Crockett encourages studying for AP tests months before.
Photo By: Zak Sleeth

As the 2018 school year comes to an end, the AP testing due date slowly approaches, building stress for juniors and seniors. As for students who plan on taking the AP test next year, learning from those with experience is essential.

Junior Kenny Pham believes that there is a lot there is to do to prepare, like reviewing all of the years work.

“There’s definitely a lot of time that needs to be put in in order to prepare for an AP test,” said Pham. “For my AP U.S. History test, I’ve been re-reading every individual section of one of our major study guides.”

Reviewing isn’t the only strategy available to prepare for testing. Pham also did practice tests.

“I’ve also been going through practice tests at home in order to test my knowledge while also getting a feel for the time limit that comes with these tests,” said Pham.

With 3 AP classes and 3 AP tests under his belt, Senior Henry Crockett understands why cramming is the biggest mistake students make.

“The biggest thing is avoiding cramming,” said Crockett. “if you are forcing yourself [to] stay up and pulling all nighters studying for the test, when it comes test day you will not do well because you will be tired and exhausted.”

Although some students believe they’re able to cram it all last minute, Crockett understands that the entire year’s worth of material cannot be covered in a few days.

“If you say ‘it’s in the next 3 days and I’m going to start studying’, you will not be able to cover the entire years material on time,” said Crockett.

Although Crockett experienced problems near the end of the school year, he believes that they could have been prevented.

“Overall I think that if I had stayed more on top of my class work in that specific class and did a lot of self studying, I would have improved my score,” said Crockett.

AP chemistry teacher, Brandyn Mannion, believes that being clear about the expectations of the test from the start will allow them to be the most prepared.

“Sugar coating things isn’t helpful for the AP Test,” said Mannion. “The test is what it is. I find it much more helpful to be upfront with students about what they’ll need to know instead of surprising them right before the test.”

Even if Mr. Mannion does try his best to prepare his students, students should always be practicing and getting better.

“Practice, practice, practice,” said Mannion, “do a bunch of multiple choice practice problems, and as many free response questions as you can get your hands on!”

As someone who understands how it feels to go through AP testing, Crockett realized that the feelings of stress were short-lived.

“Honestly it wasn’t that stressful once I got in it,” said Crockett. “Leading up to it, it was definitely stressful. I was worried about it; it was a brand new thing. It wasn’t any harder than the SAT, it was a little easier in my opinion. So once you get into the test, you don’t worry about it that much.”

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