Project Welcome Home Memorial to be placed right next to RAHS

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress 59-2584 (aka Midnight Express) Restoration Project is being called “Project Welcome Home” (PWH). The project is being coordinated through the Museum of Flight (MoF) by two RAHS representatives, Freshman Max Welliver and Troy Hoehne. PWH will take residency in the grassy area in the back parking lot behind RAHS and the B52 will be the centerpiece for the Vietnam War Memorial. The memorial will additionally be composed of common tributes such statues, plaques, and short reads.  

“The plane will be joined by a statue depicting a returning aviator honoring veterans who served in all military branches between 1964 and 1975,” provided by the MoF website. “The park will also feature an exhibit about the dozens of types of planes and helicopters flown during the war.”

Welliver has devoted a lot of his time into the Project Welcome Home efforts. He has helped with the communication between RAHS and the MoF and he is building a B-52 scale model kit through the Northwest Scale Modelers that will be displayed at MoF.  

“I’m a project liaison between RAHS and [the] MoF,” said Welliver. “I’ve attended some meetings on fundraising and the project timeline and then [I] report back to the school. Working with veterans who were directly involved with this plane is really amazing. Mr. Hoehne is an awesome adviser too!”

Trip Switzer, vice president of the PWH development and MoF employee, is responsible for fundraising and project development. He is excited to see how it comes out as he has also spent several hours organizing the efforts.

“The project began as the restoration of the Museum’s B-52,” said Switzer, “and grew into a more complete effort to honor all Vietnam Veterans by making the restored B-52 the centerpiece of a ‘Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Park’ just outside of RAHS.”

Welliver became involved with the Project after learning about it on the MoF website and seeing the B-52 for the first time.

“I was looking on the Museum of Flight website and learned about Project Welcome and the B-52 restoration,” said Welliver. “Last year, I visited the MoF restoration center up in Everett and saw the B-52 from a distance. I knew I wanted to get involved, so I talked with Ms. Tipton. It will be amazing to see this iconic aircraft right next to our school every day.”

The project has been going on since 26 July 2017 and, according to Switzer, the park will be completed next fall and dedicated on Veterans Day weekend 2018.

Another contributor and RAHS Contemporary Global Issues and History of Aircraft Design teacher, Troy Hoehne, has been beneficial to the development as the RAHS-MoF liaison advisor.

“One of the students, Max Welliver, has been working on this and he’s done 99.9 percent of the effort so far,” said Hoehne. “And the principal, Mrs. Tipton, thought that it might be nice to have a staff liaison person so she asked me if I wanted to do that and I said sure, I’d be happy to.”  

Hoehne has been supportive with the process by encouraging Max Welliver even though he himself has only attended one meeting.

“I’ll be helping to coordinate things like having the whole school to be present for the dedication ceremony,” said Hoehne. “Again I cannot overemphasize how Max has done [a lot of work] and in [his own] way has contributed the most effort here.”

The informative and commemorative park will be honored by all RAHS students and civilians of the Museum but it will especially touch the hearts of the unthanked Vietnam War veterans and the loved ones of the fallen soldiers.

Phoenix Scholars Society motivates students to get help with their homework

The Homework Club has now rebranded as The Phoenix Scholars Society (PSS) to emphasize how students can get help and study in a positive environment. It will take place during the same time and place as Homework Club, in rooms 3160 and 3210 before school and during lunch.

The PSS’ advisor Debbie Tranholdt, RAHS Registrar and Student Support, firmly believes that this change will allow students to get more help by providing a safe place for them to work.

“I just want students to do well academically and I want to give students a space to do that,” said Tranholdt. “I want to provide students with study skills and give them a positive environment to do their work. It’s a place for students to catch up on their work and I just want the best.”

Tranholdt has high hopes that this change will motivate students to seek help studying and for homework as the club is a resource and not demeaning of any sorts.

“I think that Homework Club was being associated with being a punishment or something negative but it was never meant to be like that,” said Tranholdt. “It was meant to be a place for students to come to either study as a group for tests or just a place to quietly do work.”

Nathan Gwinn, RAHS Biology and Health teacher, is taking the Club to the next level by offering test credits to those who attend.

“I wanted to give the students more chances to practice study so I’m offering more credit to assessments,” said Gwinn. “I wanted to give my students ultimate opportunities for success.”

Gwinn feels that the students who go to PSS will be more apt to get their work done and will understand the content of his class more. The test credits are only incentive.

“I’m seeing the students’ comprehension go up,” said Gwinn. “They’re spending more time on it, and when they choose to spend more time on it, they deserve credit.”

In the long term, Gwinn hopes that students will partake more often in the Club to deepen their understanding of Biology and to get more practice in studying the subject.

“I would assume that the students who go more often, and they do — I’m actually kind of surprised, are actually going to learn the curriculum more and be more comprehensive in my classes,” said Gwinn.

PSS has allotted many RAHS students to get ahead in their work and study even if they are not behind, to have a safe place to complete old assignments if they are a little behind, and to get help in classes that they are still unsure of.

Sophomore Mia Baukol has allowed PSS to help her a lot with her Biology studies. Especially since PSS provides two work rooms; one for quiet studies and one for group studies.

“It’s been helpful because before [I heard about PSS], I wanted to get my homework done during lunch,” said Baukol. “[However], the tables were crowded and noisy so when I heard about [PSS], I was happy because I now have a quiet place to work with a desk and I can get a lot more done.”

Another student, freshman Etnna Elizalde-Castaneda has also benefited from PSS.

“I have been coming since the middle of November,” said Elizalde-Castaneda. “Typically, when I come, it’s to get caught up mainly in Geometry. It’s been pretty good. I started coming to catch up but I found I liked it and now I come regularly.”

PSS is both beneficial and recommended if a student isn’t doing too well in a class or wants more practice, so Gwinn and Tranholdt encourage all students to get help.

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Women in Aviation opening up scholarships for women at RAHS

Olivia Gibson gives a presentation describing her plans for WIAI this year to the new members in Mr. Bien-Aime’s room.

Every year, Women in Aviation International (WIAI) gives 103 scholarships to girls that have been in the club as of 1 Nov. 2017. These scholarships can have a collective worth of around $600,000.

WIAI Board President Dr. Peggy Chabrian thinks the scholarships are going to make college more affordable for members.

“These scholarships are so important to our members seeking flight training opportunities in order to advance their careers,” said Chabrian on the WIAI website. “For the fortunate members who are awarded a scholarship, an aviation career becomes much more affordable.”

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the applicants must be current members of the club until Mar. 2018. The applicant must complete and submit the application, two single pages of recommendation letters, a 500 word essay, a resume, and any other applicable information as requested for each specific award, grant, or scholarship.

“Scholarship applications must be signed and postmarked by Monday, 13 Nov. 2017,” according to the WIAI website.

Aside from being eligible for the scholarship, WIAI members have various opportunities such as volunteering, getting homework help, learning about different careers, and getting women interested in aviation and engineering. RAHS physics teacher and the new advisor for the club Dona Bien-Aime is excited to help advise the club.

“I’m looking forward to getting women interested in not only aviation but also in engineering in general,” said Bien-Aime, “because I also feel like women are underrepresented in the technical field.”

Bien-Aime has a vision to make this possible for the girls in WIAI while still keeping the STEM part of it in touch and making sure that there is equality within the school.

“Men should want more women in technology so they can bring their expertise and time management,” said Bien-Aime. “Not only that but also attention to detail and analytical skills. I can see that from my [own] and from my wife’s perspective that we want more balance within the STEM industry and having more women involved will help that.”

RAHS WIAI President Olivia Gibson has a plan to keep the girls interested by using scholarships and fundraising.

“We probably are going to start fundraising this year but we might not because we already do have a lot [of money] because we were going to go to the WIAI conference last year,” said Gibson. “[However going to the conference] didn’t pass through [the board] and we still have some funding so it depends on how we spend the money and what we decide to do.”

Gibson looks forward to the various activities that will bring the girls closer together as a community and giving them opportunities to meet women in the STEM field.

“What I hope to do this year is [to] really bring our community [of women] together because last year not a lot of women joined,” said Gibson. “Our main purpose and goal was very muddled. This year I want to make our goal more concise. I want to have people come and speak to us and I want us to discover job opportunities, and for the club to do more community service.”

The RAHS Women in Aviation Club highly encourages all of the female students to attend the club meetings, apply for the scholarship, and most of all, have fun!

Olivia Gibson gives a presentation describing her plans for WIAI this year to the new members in Mr. Bien-Aime’s room.
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