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Students get their foot in the door before college

Brightwater Treatment Plant

Employers are much more likely to hire a RAHS student with internships and work experience rather than someone with a generic resume who lacks experience. Junior Ruby Whorton will be part of the Brightwater Water Treatment Center internship this summer. The plant is part of King County’s regional wastewater treatment system.

“Graduating students with paid or unpaid internships such as the one I’m taking on their resume have a much better chance at landing a full-time position upon graduation,” said Whorton. “Students are doing internships as undergraduates, and it is now not unusual for recent grads to take an unpaid internship with hopes of turning it into a permanent position or at least making some contacts and building their résumé.”

Employers do not create internships just to be nice to students and others interested in a certain career. While an interview or a company test can add to what an employer knows about a person, an internship helps an employer evaluate how an individual would fare in the workplace.

“Internships have always been important,” said Whorton. “I think that what young people are trying to do is build work experience, build portfolios, build skills and internships are a really critical way to do that.”

Many internship opportunities help set the foundation for your career. It is important that you choose you internships based on your interests and career prospects.

“I really love nature so I chose an internship that will help me work closely with that such as Brightwater,” said Whorton.

Many times students identify early what careers they don’t want to do and that information can be just as valuable when learning about career options. Junior Mitchell Turner also sees the importance of internships.

“High school internships are a win-win for both employers and students,” said Turner.

Many students begin college with no idea of what career they may want to pursue, but by completing an internship, they begin to get acquainted early with some of the career opportunities that are available.

“For students, work experience is the key to ensure they make a good career decision and build their professional network,” said Turner. “By employing students, companies get exposure to talent early in their career journey and help support the well being of the local community.”

Internships during high school are not as prevalent as those that are completed during college. This is why doing a high school internship is so important because it sets students apart from peers.

“Internships set you up to stand out when applying to colleges, and along with that it gives you a chance to see if you would enjoy a certain job through this ‘test run,” said Whorton.

The majority of internships during high school can be found by networking with family, friends, teachers, previous employers, etc., or by prospecting by contacting organizations of interest to see if they are interested in hiring a high school intern.

“In this economic downturn, employers are relying increasingly on interns to take up areas where full-time hiring has been cut,” said Turner.

In this intern-boom, it’s vital to comprehend all aspects of the job before commiting.

“It’s greatly important to understand what you are applying for since you will be stuck partaking in that field for the length of the internship,” said Turner.


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Youth & Government on path to become an ASB club

Youth and Government hard at work editing bills.
Photo By: Mackenzie Firestone

The RAHS Youth and Government team is preparing to compete in Olympia, Washington for the Youth and Government Conference.

Henry Crockett is the President of the RAHS Youth and Government team.

“We are set to be headed to Olympia to take part in our first competition that will require us to stay the night there,” said Crockett.

Youth and Government is a national program that involves thousands of teens nationwide competing in state-organized, model-government programs. Started by the YMCA, the program allows for students to immerse themselves in civic engagement and practice democracy.

“It began in here at our school in 2016, but came to be more serious through the current year 2017,” said Crockett.

Students at the Conference will discuss and debate issues that affect Washingtonians through the processes of proposing legislation, participating in mock trials, or using journalistic reporting.

“I will be debating the benefits of Planned Parenthood this year over in Olympia,” said Crockett.

Senior Helena Cassam is a member of the RAHS Youth and Government team.

“I believe this club holds many chances of becoming great,” said Cassam, “the leadership that is in place is great too.”

Helena Cassum believes that a sense of responsibility being in the club has helped to grow her leadership skills.

“I decided to join the class because I wanted to partake in a club that would explore local issues within our community and have the chance to debate on my idea,” said Cassam.

There are several categories within Youth and Government , such as Youth Legislature, Mock Ledge, and other national programs. In Youth Legislature, students are able to practice moving through the legislative process, developing confidence, refining skills in writing, practicing research and public speaking, and attaining a better understand of the power of citizens in a democratic society.

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Quality players lead to quality results

Seniors Toshi Take’, Vincent Tran, and Dylan Shaw all compete against each other in Fantasy Football.

When the NFL season started the first week of Sept. 2017, many RAHS students started competing within their own Fantasy Football leagues.

Senior Toshi Take’ initiated a gathering of RAHS students to compete in the game 2 years ago.

“Our group started a league in sophomore year after a few people expressed interest in starting one,” said Take’. “We all like football so it was natural to start a league.

The number of women playing Fantasy Football in the United States and Canada more than doubled since 2007, growing to 8.3 million in 2017, or 20% of all Fantasy Football participants, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. This increase in women participation can be seen here at RAHS from participant and senior Helena Cassam.

“I heard about it from friends when a group was started and I was invited to join,” said Cassam, “I didn’t know very much about it to begin with, but I thought it would be fun and a good way to learn more about football and sports stats.

The explosive growth of Fantasy Football at RAHS is rooted in the ability for fans to feel a special rooting interest in a team of players that they had selected.

“It’s so competitive,” said Cassam, “people take it on as competitive[ly] as March Madness.”

The rooting gets significantly more competitive as the season progresses because there is always something on the line for the winners and losers.

“We have a small prize pool on the line as well as something the loser has to do,” said Take’.

“If you were last you could look forward to some embarrassing prank or something similar to that.”

Cassam also enjoys how Fantasy Football develops their management and social skills.

“We control our teams, and we enjoy the feeling of power that comes with managing a franchise,” said Cassam. “This independence helps me build [my] decision-making skills, so [it] contributes to the social and cognitive development.”

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