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Pirouetting into a new year

Alden surprises Soran with flowers after her performance.
Photo Credit: Michael Alden (her boyfriend)

While maintaining good grades, working as a hostess, and finding time to spend with friends and family, senior Veronica Soran also manages to keep her dancing intact.

Her mom’s infatuation for ballet is what got Soran engaged with dance at such a young age.

“I started when I was only three years old,” said Soran. “My mom signed me up at the same time as some of her friend’s kids.

Although dancing wasn’t an ambition of hers when she was a child, Soran appreciates her mom for enrolling her in classes at a young age because of the morals she was taught.

Dance has had a huge impact on my life,” said Soran. “I learned discipline, teamwork, and control of my body.”

Not only is Soran a ballerina, but she also participates in other genres of dance.

“I also do jazz and contemporary, both for about four years,” said Soran. “Contemporary is great because you can move so much more freely than you can when following the conventions of ballet. [As for] jazz, [I’ve always enjoyed it] because of the intensity and passion the movement often has.”

During the year, dancers are allowed to audition for performances which Soran is very fond of.

The most recent ballet I performed in was Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker,” said Soran. [I was also] so honored and excited to perform the lead role in the ballet, the Sugar Plum Fairy.”

A lot of time and preparation goes into these performances. However, “limit” does not exist in Soran’s vocabulary.

“On a typical week I usually spend about 20 hours at the studio improving my technique and preparing for an upcoming show,” said Soran. “In addition to school and dancing, I also work as a Hostess/Busser at the local Italian Restaurant Angelo’s of Burien. I really enjoy working there, however between schoolwork, dancing, and shifts there, I don’t have a whole lot of free time.”

Long term boyfriend and best friend senior Michael Alden, makes it his duty to attend and support as many dances of Soran as possible.

I was at her most recent performance [and] she was the main girl,” said Alden. “I wouldn’t miss [it] for the world and to be honest it was the best Nutcracker yet. I have gone for 4 years and this was the best year.”

Alden loves how down to earth Soran is and the amazing personality she has.

“Veronica is an energetic, loving, hardworking, and patient girl,” said Alden. “[She’ll go] to school, and then [head] to the doctors and [after], go to dance for hours on end till 10 at night. On the weekends, she goes to dance at 9 until 3 and then she goes to work till 10:30 at night and still finds time for [her] friends and I.”

Despite all the effort Alden puts into aiding Soran, he believes her family puts their best foot forward for her.

“Her parents are probably her biggest supporters, no matter what I do I can never catch up to her family,” said Alden. “They are [always] driving her around from place to place and doing their best to constantly support her no matter what she does.”

When it comes to memorizing dances, Soran is quick to get everything down.

“I have always been good at picking up choreography and understanding music,” said Soran. “In the corps de ballet there are a lot of formations and confusing counts to worry about and I feel lucky to have a knack for understanding them.”

The days where Soran has time on her hands, she’ll be out and about.

“I don’t have a ton of free time, but when I get lucky I love to spend time with my friends, going hiking together, or finding interesting places to take pictures,” said Soran.

Soran finds dancing as her passion, and will never get tired of it.

“I love how it feels to completely lose myself and focus on my movement,” said Soran. “I love putting all of my energy into something I care about so much to the point where I leave and I’m completely exhausted.”

Dance has made a significant influence on Sorans life. However, instead of pursuing it as a career, she plans to use her experience in beneficial ways.

“I plan to integrate dancing into my college experience whether I find a studio to take classes, teach younger dancers, or join my school’s dance team,” said Soran.

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RAHS students create solutions on keeping printing identities safe

Overwhelmed with frustration, RAHS sophomore Ayan Hersi contemplates why the printer did not fully project her essay.

Towards the end of the year, some students resorted to stealing printing ID’s because they were low on money, which left many with drained accounts as well.

RAHS sophomore Ayan Hersi had a lot of expectations for the new school especially since her acceptance into RAHS opened many doors for her to learn how to network, and engage in the aerospace, and engineering industry.

“I thought we’d have better laptops,” said Hersi, “and not a lot of printer problems, because I thought it was a tech friendly school.”

Hersi thought the technology would be better since it was a highly advertised school, but towards the end of the year, she was assigned a final assignment which required a printer, only to realize that she was out of money.

“I didn’t know people were using my account to print,” said Hersi. “When I went to print it didn’t work. My assignment was late and I got 50 percent.”

It was a devastating time for her, since she had never been in a situation like that. Hersi who was originally a part of the Seattle School District, never had permission to use the printers, they were only accessed by teachers and the administration. Her drained account caught her by surprise.

“It was one of the worst days of my life,” said Hersi.

Hersi, who is now a sophomore, has been more careful with who she shares her printing ID with — if at all, but RAHS graduate, Robyn McLuen, disagrees with Hersi’s opinions.

I never used the printer’s much, aside from an essay here and there,” said McLuen. “My friends were very respectful, and asked first because they knew what it was like to have someone drain their account.”

RAHS also built a completely new building for their students where most importantly the technology was improved. Having printers that the students could easily access was something the school and the students were adjusting to.

“My first year at Aviation was our first year in the new building, so naturally there were some issues as people tried to figure out how to get the technology to work properly,” said McLuen. “Last year, my senior year, they lowered the printing limit because the school was using a lot of paper.”

The printing limit made it much harder for McLuen to work at school, so she did most of her printing at home, which gave her friends opportunities to use her account. Occasionally, she’d lend her account information to people who were really desperate, even if she did not know them personally.

“When people I knew started hitting their limits, I let them use my account because it was practically untouched,” said McLuen. “It was a really simple solution to a problem that would end affecting grades.”

Although McLuen was generous as to who used her account, she knew the responsibility she was taking, and warns all about sharing one’s identification with others.

“People don’t always think through their actions, and sometimes your friends won’t be considerate of you,” said McLuen. “It’s your job to decide if you want to trust someone with your number, or who to trust with your number.”

The RAHS administration has made improvements to make sure the scandals are reduced. Last year, it was required to have student ID cards on the laptops which made it much easier for people to steal identities since the printing ID numbers were located on it. Now, RAHS students have their own card that only shows their name.

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