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ASB raises spirits for the rest of RAHS school year

ASB President Catie Stukel waves her gavel to approve future ASB plans.
Photo by Giovannie Dang

ASB plans to keep up with big events such as Winter Ball and Prom while not forgetting about small events such as spirit games. Planning events that are loved by the student body is a hard task, something that ASB tries to accomplish every year.

ASB this year has been very busy planning events and jumping into 2018 with a boom, starting with the Winter Ball. ASB Vice President Kenny Pham is a little stressed but overall enthusiastic about the school events this year.

“The theme for this year’s Winter Ball is Winter Wonderland,” said Pham. “It’s going to take place at the school and we’re confident everyone is going to find a way to slip in a pun about snowflakes or chilly weather in their Winter Ball. Personally, I can confirm it’s going to be a chill time.”

Pham hopes they’ll be enough to take the minds of students off of school and provide a much needed relaxing time for the students.

“TOLO is currently planned to take place in March while Prom is currently planned to take place in June,” said Pham. “The second half of the school year is going to be hectic for sure, but we hope these events will alleviate that stress for everyone.”

ASB president Catie Stukel is very excited about one of the most anticipated events: the Student of the Semester Assembly.

“Student of the Semester is a really big deal,” said Stukel. “Usually the secretary and treasurer plan it, and it involves the whole student body to learn a dance and input from both students and teachers about who will win the awards.”

It’s not all work when it comes to planning in ASB; seeing their ideas come to life creates a fun and exciting atmosphere.

“Logistically it takes a lot because you have to ask for all the teachers and people in advance to choreograph and teach the dance,” said Stukel. “It’s a lot of work as a whole on ASB, but it’s really fun running the assembly and it’s also fun to recognize the students.”

Mr. Aviation is an event to look forward to every year. Any guy at RAHS willing to show what they can do are welcome to participate in the pageant. Spectating is always encouraged as well.

“Gotta say, I’m going to be totally biased on this one,” said Pham. “Mr. Aviation is my absolute favorite ASB event because of the chance it gives people who participate in it to strut their stuff in front of a crowd. It’s a talent show, combined with a beauty pageant, combined with a Q&A.”

Mr. Aviation showcases the different talents at RAHS while also making it a sight to see.

“Their varying talents, origins, and sense of humor all mix into it,” said Pham. “Like I’ve stated earlier, this awesome and nonsensical event is planned to take place in April.”

“Mr. Aviation is going to be at the end of the year and it’s really fun I encourage everyone to go,” said Stukel. “Erin Magarro and Caroline [Tran] are mainly going to planning it this year with the help of Davie Anne and a few other ASB members. It’s always fun to watch and spectate.”

Students with ideas for ASB are always welcome to speak their opinion if they think events can be improved. Criticism is also encouraged, so they can do what is best for the school.

“We have weekly focus groups, one grade per week so I guess each grade is monthly,” said Stukel. “The class senators invite students in and ask them questions like how ASB is doing this year and if they have anything they want to see in the future. That’s the main way right now we get student input.”

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SAT team alters their goals and aspirations

James Mitchell, Micheal Gudor, and Josh Sherbrooke improve the 3D printer to get ready for SAT team’s 2017-2018 year
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The SAT team is a well known club at RAHS for being a way for students to get in touch with their aerospace passion. The members have many new plans for the 2017 school year they hope will uphold their reputation and improve it.

CubeSat, a satellite program, is an opportunity in which the members of the team take full pride. Cole Evans, senior and one of the students involved in the making of SAT team, is passionate about the potential that CubeSat holds.

Our CubeSat team was started in 2015 by Eli Mackley (who is now a freshman at [Purdue]), myself, and 5 other students,” said Evans. “It took a while to stabilize, but we are now in the process of designing our own cubesat that will fly into earth orbit.”

CubeSat is a program that encourages students to transcend the normal hobbies of high school students, and really reflect the initial purpose of RAHS.

“Cubesat is a 10×10 centimeter cube satellite,” said Evans. “By standardizing the design requirements, they can be placed in a canisterized deployer and can ride on many different rockets without having to go through a lengthy certification process.”

The purpose of the CubeSat project can aid students’ futures as well as go in depth with the aerospace side of RAHS.

“Many universities have launched them in an effort to have students gain knowledge in the design of spacecraft systems,” said Evans. “They can also be used as an inexpensive testbed for new technologies that may go on larger satellites later on.”

The team over the years has implemented new changes from things they’ve learned over the years. Through these changes SAT has grown from a small club into a well developed and respected team at RAHS.

“The team has grown from the original size significantly,” said Evans. “We’ve also partnered with local aerospace companies such as Planetary Resources, Blue Origin, and the [University] of Washington to mentor students.”

The team has brought in many students together through similar interest. Junior David Hadley is a very active member of the SAT team and is passionate about the purpose of CubeSat.

“SAT team is a way for me to work on hands on projects that are related to upper atmosphere in space,” said Hadley. “Whether that be working towards launching a balloon in the short term or launching a CubeSat in the longer term, being involved in stuff happening in space is something I’m interested in.”

The SAT team has come a long way since it first began making improvements and learning from what they have and have not done. The team is still seeing what they can improve on and what they can add to the program to make it a better experience.

“At the start, we just went at it and started building a satellite,” said Hadley. “That didn’t work because we had no background knowledge on it, so we took a step back and focused on the technical skills needed to build a satellite.”

The SAT team has grown into an unique part of RAHS because of the members involved, the opportunities it has offered to students, and the potential it holds.

“It’s always something cool to talk about at networking events,” said Hadley. “There aren’t that many CubeSat teams out there, not at the highschool level.”

The students on the team appreciate the many opportunities and connections that come with being a part of the club.

“We have kids who are launching with the UW CubeSat,” said Hadley. “It’s presented us a lot of opportunities like going to events and being more involved with the space community. It’s given us lots of connections with planetary researchers, lots of internships that kind of stuff.”

SAT team has made a few new additions to their schedule this year, such as sustaining the team’s stable and positive prospects for the future.

“This year, SAT team is focusing on making the team more sustainable, by passing down knowledge and making sure the team is still moving forward,” said Hadley.

The SAT has made some goals they hope to achieve this year. These goals help the team build knowledge on the subject and allow the team to maintain their current status.

“We should be launching two balloon projects this year,” said Hadley, “one of which should have a 360 virtual reality camera on it that should give us good proof of [a] concept which is eventually helpful for the CubeSat and for getting good 360 footage for marketing purposes.”

Sophomore Mollie Brombaugh is a member of the team and is very pleased with her experiences with the CubeSat program.

“I have loved my experience with SAT team,” said Brombaugh, “I have found that all the members have been really friendly, outgoing, and inviting. It is really fun to work on a large-scale project and learn useful skills. I have made a lot of really good friends and have had a really fun time overall.”

Brombaugh sees the team purpose as not what they have or will accomplish but rather how the members grow with the growth of the team.

“The purpose of SAT Team is not necessarily to build and launch satellites and high-altitude balloons,” said Brombaugh, “but to develop skills and knowledge which will be useful later in life and in future careers. SAT team encourages the growth and change of its members.”

SAT team and its members has improved and remodeled themselves based on their experiences. The team is undergoing changes this year as well attempting to create an environment where learning is a passion.

“Currently, our team is working on building up the skills needed to successfully tackle our goal,” said Brombaugh. “Some of us are working on building up a programming skillset and others are learning more about electronics.”

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Lion Dance emerges at RAHS

David Nguyen coaches the members of the new Lion Dance club at RAHS

Started by David Nguyen, Lion Dance Club is a new addition to the clubs at RAHS that takes place after school. This unique club offers credit opportunities for students and diversifies the culture at RAHS.

Junior David Nguyen is passionate about encouraging a cultural mindset at RAHS.

“I believe culture is important at Raisbeck,” said Nguyen. “It’s one of the my influencers to create Lion Dance here, because our school is not made of just one ethnic background; our school and Seattle are defined by many different backgrounds.”

Lion Dance has a large Asian cultural background. Nguyen hopes that the Lion Dance can show a unique artistic heritage.

“The culture side has the heritage and the art aspect,” said Nguyen. “The costume is [mostly] hand made. The entire thing requires a person not just a machine; it has a human side.”

Lion dance has made its stance at RAHS; being a part of Lion Dance allows members to become close and build a family.  

“It’s kind of a part of my roots and who I am as an Asian-American,” said Nguyen. “Another thing that really kept me going with it for all these years is that once you’re a part of a team, or any team really, but more so with Lion Dance, me and my other members become like a family.”

Nguyen, in particular, enjoys making people happy when he and his team perform.

“Another thing that drives me is the smiles on peoples faces when we do it and how people like it when we dance,” said Nguyen.

Sophomore Thomas Zemene has never heard of the club and is on edge about having it at RAHS.

“I think it is somewhat useful especially to the people involved in that culture,” said Zemene, “but at the same time I think it’s kind of weird putting something tied to one culture in a school filled with different types of people and what not.”

Lion Dance is a way to add culture to RAHS but some students, like Zemene, think there should be more culture tied clubs to accommodate multiple cultures.

“I think it is kind of important to understand the culture’s perspective on life and what not,” said Zemene. “It’s pretty interesting.”

Sophomore Mia Baerg and member of Lion Dance. She believes joining the club has many significant benefits.

“When David recommended the club to me,” said Baerg, “I was interested because it sounded fun, and I could get my PE credit at the same time.”

Lion Dance, like other clubs, takes time and commitment. Bearg sees the club as an opportunity to earn credit.

“Lion Dance Club is an awesome opportunity,” said Baerg. “It’s a convenient way to earn either art or PE credit! The club mostly meets after school on Wednesdays, from 3:30-5.”

Even though Lion Dance is new, it has brought a sense of community to its members. Baerg also sees the club as a way for her to improve her time management skills and earn credit.

“Since another activity has been added to my schedule, time management is key.” said Baerg. “The club has helped me be accountable for my school work, and be more organized,”

Lion Dance members are already seeing benefits. It gives the members something to look forward to every week.

“My experience in the club so far has been lively and enjoyable, and I look forward to going every Wednesday,” said Baerg.

Lion Dance, as a club, is seen as a great way of learning about traditional Chinese culture and earning credit by its members. It is a new addition to the RAHS culture and creates something students can look forward to, hopefully there will be more.

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