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Retired RAHS teacher returns to the classroom

Kumakura enjoying a meal in Japan.
Photo courtesy of Kumakura

Toshiki Kumakura, retired RAHS AP Japanese and Spanish teacher, left RAHS last year and has been making his mark in the Federal Way school system.

Before he began substituting, Kumakura took some time off to help his son with his newborn baby.

“I was in Spokane for more than four months [helping my son], and I came back and started subbing for high schools in Federal Way,” said Kumakura.

Not only does Kumakura sub for the Federal Way school system he also works at a school similar to RAHS.

“I actually started teaching Spanish at Technology Access Foundation School. It is like Aviation, it is a STEM school in Federal Way.”

Even though Kumakura has been spending more time with his family lately, he is still passionate about teaching and isn’t quite ready to retire.

“I didn’t feel like it was time for me to completely retire, so I might continue with part-time but I don’t want to do full-time anymore,” said Kumakura. “[Teaching] during the afternoon or part-time would be ideal, unfortunately there isn’t a lot of Japanese teaching opportunities.”

After working at other schools, Kumakura hopes that the current student body at RAHS take advantage of the opportunities they have and keep in mind how lucky they are to go to RAHS.

“I hope the kids realize it that other schools aren’t as good [as RAHS],” said Kumakura. “In the classes that I substituted for close to one third of the class was absent and it was the norm.”

Junior Eric Lottsfeldt, a former student of Kumakura’s Japanese class, misses his class in many ways. Lottsfeldt regrets not being able to interact with Kumakura himself anymore and is saddened by not being able to learn from his unique teaching techniques.

“The main thing I miss is his teaching style, I feel that he had a very good linguistic teaching style in that he kept a very Japanese [speaking] based class and that he didn’t use that much English,” said Lottsfeldt.

Lottsfeldt also appreciated how the different instructing style created an environment that pushed his learning and provoked his love for Japanese.

“The way that he just kept talking in Japanese even if you might not understand it made you feel like you were learning at a much higher level,” said Lottsfeldt. “Because in the environment you pick up all these words since you’re listening to the Japanese and in your brain it makes it a lot easier to study.”

Lottsfeldt not only misses Kumakura’s teaching style, he also liked his personality and had fun hanging around in his class.

“I miss Kumakura himself, if you weren’t in his class then you probably don’t know his personality but he may look very stern on the outside but he was very nice and open on the inside,” said Lottsfeldt. “He took time to tutor individual students to where they can learn both writing and reading Japanese and that is basically what I miss the most.”

Although Kumakura has moved on from RAHS, the profound impact he has had upon his students education and lives is still present today.

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2017 the safest year in aviation

Dr. Edgerton preparing for his first flight of the new year
Photo Credit: Tristina Huynh

Due to advances in aviation technology and the emphasis on aviation safety, 2017 has been the safest year for flight, with fewer commercial and private aircraft accidents than ever before.

RAHS senior and Museum of Flight docent Joshua Carver believes that improving technologies contributed to aviation safety.

“I think the hope is that with every year with new technologies coming out and becoming more refined the hope is that the direct result of that is airline and air traffic travel will become much safer as a result,” said Carver, “and I think what we are seeing is a direct result of that.”  

Dan Hrehov, a substitute teacher and retired Boeing Flight Test Engineer concurs that the increase in safety and the decrease in accidents all stem from the industry’s need to adapt to major safety dangers.

“You can look at every new safety feature of the Boeing flight deck,” said Hrehov, “and trace it back to a single or series of accidents that the National Transportation Safety Board proved that this is the cause of the accident and encouraged the FAA and the industry to come up with something — either a rule change or technological advancement that the industry can recognize and of course everybody wants that.”

Hrehov also concludes that the decrease in accidents may not have been something that was caused overnight or just in 2017, instead it is the addition of safety over time and that the aviation industry has finally reached its peak of having the most safety adjustments in the aircraft at one time.

“It is a culmination of events, the airlines are more aware of the importance of safety, like we talked about the equipment is easily adapted to and the pilot community has accepted it,” said Hrehov, “it is a fruits of the labor of the past twenty years that have incorporated this technology and proliferate it throughout the industry.”

Hrehov further espouses the increase in safety all the way from large commercial airliners to smaller civilian aircraft.

“It is a culmination of those technological advances being integrated into more and more airplanes,” said Hrehov, “even in a Cessna you can get a Cessna with a graphic map and terrain awareness.”

However despite his awareness about the newer technology Hrehov believes it wasn’t any specific event, action, or regulation that placed 2017 as the safest year in aviation.

“It is hard to tell why specifically 2017 [has been the safest year] and break it down to a year,” said Hrehov, “you have to look at the trend for the last five years and ten years. We could have a mess up tomorrow and ruin 2018’s chance of being the safest year.”

Dr. Richard Edgerton, teacher at RAHS and a certified aviator and instructor has a comparable opinion towards aviation as well.

“The fundamental question really is first of all has the accident rate declined significantly,” said Edgerton, “and I can’t tell from what I see whether the change or the trend has been truly significant over the past decade but it sure looks like it has been declining.”

Edgerton concludes that while he may not know the real reason why accidents have been decreasing, he has ideas and suspicions about why safety has been on the rise.

“That can be due to a lot of different things, it could have nothing to do with training, equipment or anything like that,” sad Edgerton, “But many different groups are emphasizing judgement and many different preparations standpoints in a focused way. The evolution of that over my flight career has been very dramatic.”

Ultimate Frisbee team flies into co-ed season

Turbulence getting prepared for the next season

RAHS Ultimate Frisbee team, Turbulence, is on the winning trail. In the boys season, they had a successful regular career and placed 3rd in the Puget Sound League, however their goals for the upcoming co-ed season are even more ambitious.

RAHS senior Miles Bush believes that the season was successful even though the team did not get through the playoffs.

“The boys season went well,” said Bush. “We got into the playoffs but despite not winning our playoff match the score was still a close game, and we had a good regular season.”

Bush is adamant that the survivability of the RAHS team in the coming years is crucial.

“Last year as well we made it to the playoffs, but we lost in the first round so it is actually surprising,” said Bush, “because we lost a lot of seniors last year but we were still able to make a comeback and get to the playoffs this year showing that we have a good team infrastructure that can compete year after year.”

However, just like for everyone else, Bush has some regrets about the boys season, mainly on how they almost had tunnel vision when getting to the playoffs and how they did not truly develop their basic skills.

“[We’re] trying to [teach] as many players [as many] basic skills as possible,” said Bush. “We missed that because of our focus on making playoffs.”

Vice President of the Ultimate Frisbee team junior Eric Lottsfeldt also holds some regrets and worries for the past and upcoming seasons.

“Because of our lack of a real coach and it was just a volunteer from one of the player’s parents, I regret that we may not have reached full potential,” said Lottsfeldt.

Bush also worries about the next boys season in the 2018-19 school year.

“A lot of our players didn’t get as much high pressure or game time as I would have liked,” said Bush, “because next year they are going to need that [experience].”

Although Bush is worried about the next year he is more focused on the goals of the co-ed season for now.

“First goal for the co-ed season is to include more girls because it kind of sucks that they can’t play in the fall,” said Bush, “and the next goal would be go out there and have fun but also win.”

Lottsfeldt holds the same prime goal as Bush of including more girls.

“The girls can’t play that much in the boys season so the coed season is kind of their time to shine,” said Lottsfeldt.

While in girls season, Bush also plans to prep next year’s team to succeed without the current seniors.

“This will be the last time that this group of seniors will be able to play together,” said Bush, “so another big goal would be to prepare everybody for not having the current seniors on the team.”

Bush has high hopes for the co-ed season because of how the RAHS Turbulence team completely integrates their girls.

“The reason why we are so good at co-ed is because we include our girls more, we normally have girls in handling positions so it forces them to have better fundamental skills,” said Bush.

Although Bush and Lottsfeldt have worries for the future, they are excited for the upcoming girls season and can’t wait to get back on the field. Yet as always they need to find a way to advertise their team.

“Come join the ultimate frisbee team on our practice days, Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays to have a good time and play frisbee,” said Bush.

Students say farewell to Mr. Kumakura

Japanese and Spanish teacher Toshiki “Ken” Kumakura is moving on from RAHS after 12 years of service to students and staff. Eight years ago, before any AP language classes existed, Kumakura was the one to propose having RAHS to begin offering AP language classes.

 

Now that Kumakura is leaving, he wants all students to remember a simple saying from his classes.

 

“With tremendous effort, you can make it [Con mucho esfuerzo se puede alcanzar],” said Kumakura.

 

This is the message that he wants all of his students to take away from his classes when they graduate from RAHS, especially now that he himself is leaving. Many students have taken this lesson to heart, including junior Henry Crockett.

 

“In my first quarter of Mr. Kumakura’s class I was getting a C, and I realized that I needed to put in more effort to succeed,” said Crockett. “And from that realization, I put in more effort working outside of school as well as inside. Thanks to that teaching I really got a grasp that without effort you really can’t succeed in anything in life.”

 

Crockett is not the only one who remembers the teachings and the good times of Kumakura’s class. Junior Carolynn Ta will also miss the classes with Kumakura and cherishes the fun they have had.

 

“I have taken both Spanish and Japanese classes with Mr. Kumakura. It is rare to see him loose and [be] amiable in Japanese, not that that is bad,” said Ta. “But my favorite times with Kumakura [were] probably when he was teaching life lessons and the whole class was having a good laugh between the serious tests and lessons.Thankfully, I still have those tapes to remember the good times.”

 

Crockett above all else praises the ability and teaching style that Kumakura has used to help him excel at Spanish.

 

“Spanish is my most difficult subject, and having him as a teacher has really helped my Spanish,” said Crockett. “Above everything else, I want him to know that he has done his job as a teacher, and I want him to know that I have a much much better understanding of [the] language now.”

 

Ta is also grateful for the lessons in language Kumakura has taught her.

 

“Since I speak Vietnamese at home, it was great to see the connections between that and Japanese,” said Ta, “and because of learning Japanese from Kumakura, I can also use that as a baseline to jump off of to learn Korean because they are similar languages.”

 

Kumakura reciprocates the love for interacting with his students, and his favorite part of working with students has been seeing them grow both personally and academically.

 

“[My] favorite time is always with the students and eventually seeing people who have struggles and seeing them see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kumakura. “It is one of the reasons why I came back: it is because I like seeing their growth and I enjoy seeing them grow academically.”

 

Altogether Kumakura wants his students to give their best and always be proactive about understanding people from all backgrounds.

 

“I think I have taught [my students many things] besides knowledge of the languages,” said Kumakura. “But I think I really emphasize respect, and that [respect] goes to other cultures and people. I emphasize effort, and it can open the way for college and jobs. I think that one of the things I want them to remember [is that] I want them to be men [and] women of effort.”

 

 

 

 

 

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RAHS receives For Future Generations

Mrs. Tipton looks forward to sharing these new books with the students and staff here at RAHS.
Mrs. Tipton looks forward to sharing these new books with the students and staff here at RAHS.

Dr. James Raisbeck, who has been supporting Raisbeck Aviation High School for many years, is again showing his support by donating Howard Lovering’s book For Future Generations to every student and staff member at RAHS.

 

Dr. Raisbeck donated the set of books to better educate students on the history of the Museum of Flight.

“The book For Future Generations is a definitive work on the history of the museum, along with the participants who made it possible and the history of their airplanes,” said Dr. Raisbeck. “Giving a copy to every student is a wonderful and enjoyable way to educate our students on the museum’s particulars.”   

He also spoke on his connection to the author of the book, Howard Lovering.

“Howard Lovering was the museum’s first hands-on CEO and Executive Director during its building phase,” said Dr. Raisbeck. “He was the driving force that gathered the backers, the various governments and Boeing and filled them with the necessary energy to make the museum a reality.”

From the books he hopes that students will learn to appreciate all the Museum of Flight has done, not only for RAHS, but for the aviation community itself.

“Virtually every RAHS student should appreciate how much the Museum of Flight has contributed to the very foundation and building itself,” said Dr. Raisbeck. “So, naturally, a greater appreciation of what’s right outside the RAHS windows seems appropriate.”

Dr. Raisbeck also paid out-of-pocket for the books himself.

“The price for these books is $50. I got a discount,” said Dr. Raisbeck.

The progress and direction that RAHS is heading has impressed Dr. Raisbeck, especially with its status as the number one high school in the state.

“The RAHS/MOF partnership is an amazing thing to watch grow; this is especially pleasing when one considers the high school is a public school in the Highline School District,” said Dr. Raisbeck.

RAHS Principal Therese Tipton is also very excited for the book donations from Dr. Raisbeck and what they mean for the future.

“This is just one more example that we aren’t like other schools,” said Tipton, “and [these books mean] to me that we don’t forget that the foundation of the pacific northwest and the museum is aviation and the impact it has on the community, on the economy, and the students moving forward.”

Tipton was also appreciative and impressed with Dr. Raisbeck and his overall dedication to the school and its future.

“If you look on the inside of the book, it shows that he dedicated these books to you, to our community,” said Tipton.

Tipton also set aside a date for an assembly which includes the school’s founding principal and CEO, Reba Gilman, to celebrate Dr. Raisbeck’s generous donation.

“We have arranged an assembly May 11th. Dr. Raisbeck will be here to speak and he will also be bringing Howard Lovering, Mrs. Gilman, and [many other important people],” said Tipton.

Thanks to Dr. Raisbeck and the Museum of Flight, RAHS has seen a lot of growth in the past decade; and the support of both benefactors has contributed to the school’s status as the number one high school in Washington. Raisbeck’s most recent donation is a testament to his connection to the school and the community looks forward to honoring it.

 

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RAHS junior starts reporting company, Aviation Northwest

Jake Welty, the CEO of Aviation Northwest, hopes to expand his company and its reputation.
Jake Welty, the CEO of Aviation Northwest, hopes to expand his company and its reputation.

RAHS junior Jake Welty has started his own company, Aviation Northwest (ANW), which specializes in reporting on aviation news.

 

“Aviation Northwest started back in January 2015,” said Welty, “with a few revamps and restructuring of the company, I officially restarted ANW [after a few setbacks] back in January of 2017.”

 

Welty has always had a strong passion for aviation, and he wanted to be able to share that passion with others and get ahead in his aviation career.

 

“I’ve always been inspired by business and aviation as well as having a strong passion for aviation photography,” said Welty, “so I just put it all together.”

 

Welty hopes to expand his company by hiring more people and moving towards a global level.

 

“Right now ANW has 51 employees, with a wide variety of jobs ranging from product designers to executive positions to news schedulers. We also have about 100 other people interested in joining ANW as well, those employees are on a global scale as well,” said Welty. “Being on a global scale allows us to be operating on full cylinders 24/7.

 

ANW is also hoping to be a profiting organization sometime in the future and be able to pay its employees and provide credible aviation recommendations.

 

“Right now we are a non-profit [organization] but hopefully in April we will be selling our products then paying our employees,” said Welty. “But we are recognized by more than 30 airports around the world so our recommendation will hopefully carry some weight.”

 

Welty has some large plans for ANW for the amount of employees he has and his access to airports and other opportunities.

 

“Where I want ANW to go is to be a leader in aviation media and news world. Right now we are on a website and several social media bases, and will be launching a magazine soon. To compete with the top forerunners currently we still need more development,” said Welty. “But hopefully in the next few years you will see our name up there as well.”

 

Junior Zach Newton is also passionate about aviation and is curious about what Welty has started with ANW and how it could affect others in the future.

 

“I think it is very cool he is doing something like this,” said Newton, “because it is his passion, and doing something that he loves is very inspiring not only to himself but also to the other students in the school and it will hopefully inspire them to do what they love.”

 

Welty also hopes that his actions will positively affect all those around him at school and in life.
“I really hope my endeavors of launching ANW inspire other students to do something similar,” said Welty. “To explore their passions and not just keep high school for schoolwork but also take advantage of its various opportunities.”

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RAHS community turns right on red

Culprit caught turning right on the no red.
Culprit caught turning right on the no red.

Each year brings a new class of student and parent drivers to RAHS. The school district has added speed bumps on Phoenix Drive to stifle speeding, and RAHS itself uses a system where a permit must be obtained to park in the RAHS parking lot.

 

Among other safety precautions, the “no right on red” sign when turning from Phoenix Drive to East Marginal Way stands out, often annoying teacher and student drivers. Senior Josh Husby, junior Tanvir Tatla, and RAHS math teacher Michael Gudor all have their own views on the “no right on red” sign.

 

“I think they put in the sign for the tow trucks that carry the cars [that share a turn with RAHS],” said Husby, “because it would be very catastrophic if they got run into or ran into someone else.”

 

Because Husby believes the sign is meant as a caution for the second driveway and he wants to get home as quickly as possible, he turns right on red.

 

“[I do turn right on red because] traffic getting to my house is very stressful, and there is a very small time window I have to beat to get home in a reasonable time,” said Husby.

 

Though he doesn’t adhere to the sign’s rule, Husby is cautious about potential consequences. Husby even has a routine for turning right onto E Marginal Way.

 

“Look right for cops, look left for cops, look right for cops again then punch it,” said Husby.

 

Though less enthusiastic, Junior Tanvir Tatla doesn’t always adhere to the signage either.

 

“Sometimes I do [turn on red], sometimes I don’t,” said Tatla. “Usually when I do it, it’s at 9:00 pm and after robotics when no one is around, but normally I don’t in the daytime.”

 

Tatla has a more neutral outlook towards the sign than Husby, with a more cautious attitude toward toward the potential consequences.

 

“I am scared to break the law. I don’t want to get caught, and it says no turn right on red for a reason so I instinctively don’t,” said Tatla.

 

Tatla sees the reasoning behind the sign given the potential dangers of turning into oncoming traffic.

 

“Personally I don’t care as much,” said Tatla  “[but] I don’t think it is safe when someone is coming and they might not see it.”

 

For some experienced drivers like teacher Michael Gudor, taking a right turn at a red light is like second nature.

 

“I do take right turns on red normally,” said Gudor, “but I am used to taking them so sometimes habit takes over and I take the turn but never by choice.”

 

Gudor is also aware of the potential consequences not because he is worried about an accident, but because he doesn’t like breaking the law.

 

“I’m not worried because don’t turn in front of a car, but I do understand it’s illegal so I’m like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe I did that.’” said Gudor

 

Like Tatla, Gudor believes laws are in place for a reason and cautions against ignoring the signage.

 

“It’s dangerous to disregard traffic laws,” said Gudor.
Though drivers have differing perspectives on the rules for turning onto E Marginal Way, breaking traffic laws can cause a fine of up to $250, and it is up to drivers to decide whether the turn is worth the risk.

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Seniors come to terms with impending goodbye

Seniors after four years of bonding realize that they will soon be leaving each other behind to start their college careers
Seniors after four years of bonding realize that they will soon be leaving each other behind to start their college careers

As each year begins, seniors start to receive their letters of acceptance or rejection from the various colleges to which they have applied. For the teachers this is seeing off people they have known for four years, for parents it is like watching a bird leave the nest, and for students it’s saying goodbye to friends and bonds they have made over the past four years at RAHS.

 

Senior Melanie Warner has been confronting the reality of leaving RAHS, which comes with important educational decisions.

 

“Right now I still don’t know where I want to go to college,” said Warner, “what I am more considering is where I can get the best scholarships, or which school is best for me.”

 

Warner has deep ties to RAHS and its community, so the thought of leaving the school affects her emotionally.

 

“Thinking about graduation makes me want to cry,” said Warner. “We go to a school where there is one hundred kids per grade, you build a family, you are best friends with everyone, and you love everyone so differently than if you were going to a school that has four hundred kids per grade.”

 

Despite the fact that these seniors will be leaving each other, and separating to different parts of the country, Warner doesn’t believe that bonds she has made will disappear.

 

“Hopefully on winter breaks or on any break really, when we all come home from college, friends can meet up and we can keep in contact,” said Warner.

 

In addition, the teachers also have to say goodbye to these students that they have watched develop and grow for the past four years. AP U.S. History teacher Michelle Juarez has said goodbye to many classes over the years, and believes each has left its own mark upon the school.

 

“Seniors leave every year, that is the nature of high school, right?” said Juarez. “I don’t think any class when they leave the culture of the school lowers, and just because they leave doesn’t mean we won’t see them again. If anything they add to culture when they leave as well as leave a legacy.”

 

The Class of 2017 will have left behind a lot of memories to both students and teachers alike.

 

“I believe this year’s graduates legacy is their unity and disunity, when I see them in the hallway I see a lot of smiling faces, but I also see groups of people who keep to themselves,” said Juarez.

 

Juarez also reminisces about her time with 2017’s graduating class and her first impression of this year’s graduates from thirty students four years ago.

 

“In their freshman year we were just starting the Big History course. There were roadblocks and other obstacles along the way to get the course to what it is now but they showed that they are very kind and adaptable kids,” said Juarez. “I was constantly changing and developing the new Big History course and they rolled with the punches, because of this I definitely have a special fondness for this group of kids.”

 

From the bond she’s made with this class to her impressions of their ambition, Juarez has high hopes for the future of this year’s seniors.

 

“I always feel like seniors shouldn’t feel bad about leaving, high school is great but the best part of their life is to come, and watching their growth over these past four years is the best part of teaching,” said Juarez. “Never feel guilty about never coming back, know we think about you fondly, but I am just happy if they feel prepared to take the next step in their lives.”
For the past four years the teachers, parents, and fellow peers have seen each other grow. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and no one is looking forward to saying goodbye to this year’s graduating class.

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Global aviation industry goes greener

Alaska Airlines takes off for a cleaner aviation industry.
Alaska Airlines takes off for a cleaner aviation industry.

Late last year the aviation industry decided to put carbon emission restrictions on airliners, this restriction was courtesy of Arnold Franck, the director of air transport for Haiti. Haiti and a few other countries pushed for such a restriction because global warming and other environmental disasters could mean devastation for small countries.

 

Retired Boeing engineer Benjamin Drinkwater thinks that, while global warming and the effect aircraft have on the environment is very important, a restriction on carbon emissions may lack standing.

 

“My personal opinion is that global warming is slightly oversold,” said Drinkwater. “Since the beginning of time there have been changes in climate and even now [when] we are coming out of an ice age.”

 

Raisbeck Aviation High School junior and prospective aviator Patrick Eaton has different sentiments and believes in the validity of a restriction that may benefit future generations.

 

“I think it is a good thing that they are putting on these restrictions,” said Eaton, “as it will help push for the next generation of technology that will limit emissions.”

 

Though he doesn’t completely agree with the steps the industry is taking to go green, Drinkwater acknowledges the effects of aircraft on the atmosphere.

 

“Since the airliners fly at high altitudes the atmosphere is thinner and the assimilation of carbon may be slowed or even stunted,” said Drinkwater. “This stunt in assimilation causes pockets of carbon dioxide that cannot be filtered through plants to create oxygen.”

 

Drinkwater is more concerned about the effect on the aviation industry in the future, both job-wise and technology-wise.

 

“I don’t think they should put restrictions and regulations on the aviation industry that can’t reasonably be met,” said Drinkwater, “as it may cause a lack of future development in technologically. The restrictions may limit the spectrum of future pathways in aviation regarding fuel.”

 

Drinkwater is aware of aviation industry giants already working towards a cleaner airspace, but hopefully not at too high of a cost.

 

“They are already testing new technology and even if it has been tested I don’t want it to be put in place without heavy, exceedingly heavy, testing. Without proper caution and care it could affect the overall performance of the aircraft,” said Drinkwater. “I also know that Alaska and Boeing are working towards cleaner fuel opportunities and that is good and but I wouldn’t rush into anything that may harm the engines or put people out of work.”

 

Eaton believes that finding new ways to develop aviation technology can open up new avenues of technology in general.

 

“Recently Alaska airlines had the first commercial airliner with biodiesel with forest matter as an alternate fuel,” said Eaton. “By instituting technology like this we are not only protecting our planet but advancing the business that aviation is trying to be more clean and efficient.”

 

Eaton also predicts growth in the aviation industry job fields, as he foresees more needs for diverse, environmentally friendly technology.

 

“I don’t think it will have any negative effects, there will be more jobs because there will be technologies that need to be created from different professions,” said Eaton. “And I don’t see it harming aviation itself in the future because there will always be a need for pilots.”

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RAHS Ultimate Frisbee breaks the losing streak

During the halftime break against Bellevue High School, Turbulence Frisbee team crafts their strategy that will lead them to a 13-5 victory.
During the halftime break against Bellevue High School, Turbulence Frisbee team crafts their strategy that will lead them to a 13-5 victory.

The last couple of years the Raisbeck Aviation High School Ultimate Frisbee team has not made a big splash in the frisbee scene. In the 2015-16 season, the boy’s team for RAHS Ultimate Frisbee lost each game, but this year Turbulence has already broken their losing trend by using their new team line-up.

 

Despite last year’s boy’s team losing every game, senior Josh Husby believes it wasn’t because of the team’s overall skill level.

 

“It was our rebuilding year last year, we didn’t have any good seniors,” said Husby. “A building year is when you essentially lose all of your good players and the team has to fill the gaps with weaker players. These years are also years to bring up the skill of some of our younger players.”

The hope is this year the RAHS Ultimate Frisbee team will be a great deal better than last year’s boy’s team. Results of this are already beginning to show.

“This year will probably be better because the second team we played was the second best in the league.” said Husby. “The first game we played we were still working out kinks and they are the best in the league.”

The first team Turbulence played was the best in the boys league, Lakeside High School. Turbulence lost to Lakeside, but beat Bellevue High School, the second best in the league. Illustrating that this year the boys of Turbulence plan to win as much as possible.

 

As record stands right now the team this year has already broken the previous year’s losing streak with  9 wins and 5 losses. Because of the overall success of the Ultimate Frisbee team this year, Coach Paul Illian definitely has some big goals this year on and off the field.

“The biggest difference from last year was that we were juniors and sophomores last year and now we are seniors and juniors so the maturity of the players have increased.” said Illian. “I would like to have us win a tournament game in the state tournaments.”

Maturity levels have increased along with ability and because of this, Illian is preparing the team for a goal that was just a distant dream in the last years boys season. Even the parents, like Husby’s mother Dana Husby, are able to see this season the team is in it to win it.

“The players actually have a much better team this year. There are veteran seniors who know how to play,” said Dana. “This year we have about 10 seniors and 12 juniors.”

 

The fact that the team has more senior players and will most likely have an even stronger senior team next year seems to be pulling the team together as a whole. Although the boys team lost every game in their season last year it seems the whole team has put that behind them and is focusing completely on redeeming themselves and rocking the boys season.

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