ASB Opens Up Shop

Karan Grewal selling an AHS shirt to Gurrinder Chhokar from the student store.

Aviation High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) has decided to open the student store, promoting sales by starting “$5 Fridays” where certain items will be sold for only five dollars.

With an overstock of items and too few opportunities to sell them, ASB has decided to open up a student store and sell school apparel.

“Ms. Fitz suggested that ASB sell discounted clothing on Fridays as ‘$5 Fridays,’” said ASB senior class captain, Kelli Katzer. “ASB tried it on a freshman info night to see if it would run smoothly and we decided to try it during school, too.”

New apparel and spirit items may come soon to the store as they start clearing space. Students can express their pride in the school with the new spirit items.

“At this point, we may look into other items that support our goal of increasing school spirit, like bumper stickers, beanies, and pencils,” said head of ASB, Sarah Fitzpatrick. “We are also willing to hear other ideas that students might have regarding items they’re interested in purchasing.”

To build on school spirit, the store will be mainly selling apparel, but is looking to expand later on.

“Every Friday, during lunch, we’ll open up the ‘Spirit Shack’ and sell sunglasses, tube socks, t-shirts, lanyards, & water bottles all for $5,” said Fitzpatrick. “We’re trying to continue to build school spirit, but also make it fun and affordable. Of course, we’re still selling sweatshirts (older designs for $10 and current designs $28). We’re also selling spirit buttons for 50 cents.”

Don’t look forward to any snacks coming in, though. It may be too complicated to get most snacks approved for sale while remaining within district policy.

“Right now, we are only planning to sell AHS Apparel. I think at this point, we don’t have much room in the closet to store additional items,” said Fitzpatrick. “If we tried to sell food, it could get too complicated with all of the nutritional guidelines that have been established and enforced at the district level.”

When it Snows, They Ski

Making the most out of unpredictable conditions at Snoqualmie Pass

While snow starts to cover the mountains, ski and snowboard enthusiasts are getting their gear ready to head up to the mountains. Aviation High School’s Ski Club is finalizing their preparation to send students on the ski bus to Snoqualmie Pass.

AHS is participating in another year of Ski Club with Mohan Ski School which started Friday January sixth and is going on every Friday for six weeks. Lift tickets are not included but students do get a discount with the ski bus. With the season off to a cold but late start, the mountain conditions aren’t looking too promising this year.

Snow still has not come to the lowlands. Early last season already had snow in the low lands but the snow conditions in the mountain were so great. The warmer temperature caused it to rain frequently while students were up skiing. The ski bus also requires one to buy a season pass which is more expensive than if someone only wants to go once or twice during the season.

“Ski Club was over priced and you had to go even though the weather was terrible when you wouldn’t have gone otherwise, but you already paid for it,” said AHS junior and snowboarder Corry Fox. “But it was fun because you got to hang out with people.”

Some students have already been up to the mountains and have said the conditions are not that great. Snow reports say that the mountains don’t have a big base layer of snow.

“Conditions have been pretty bare. We haven’t received any snow for a long time, since about November, so the slopes were fairly empty,” said experienced skier Dustin Werran. “Recently though there’s been a pickup in rainfall, so snow is on its way, and this year is La Niña so we can expect more to come.”

There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting the ski bus ready for the season, such as trying to plan around the weather. Some Fridays, the weather doesn’t cooperate and the conditions are too poor for skiing to be fun for students.

“If there isn’t snow one Friday, or it’s raining, we won’t end up going that week, it will be pushed out one more week,” said Des Moines Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator and organizer of the ski bus which comes to AHS, Rebecca Hall. “So we’re not going to go up if it’s really really bad weather. Last year they had to extend by about two weeks.”

Taking the Ski Bus is cheaper than someone going up by themselves or with a small group of friends.

“Mohan is the less expensive option for lessons and rides to the slope,” said Hall. “There is another group that takes people on Saturdays that is just starting this year.”

Parents always worry about their students when they’re in the hands of someone else. It is important for a company to prove they are responsible and are able to take care of the students.

“For a fact, we’re all background checked and everything, we are all proven that we can run programs. Mohan has a proven record for safety over many many years,” said Hall. “They’ve been in the business a long time. They’re chartered buses, so someone could drive up to the slope on their own, but it would be cheaper to take the bus.”

Safety is also a key factor with programs that are responsible for others. Companies such as Mohan focus on safety to remain in business with a clean record. They should also be prepared should something happen.

“For the program, we have emergency drivers that are volunteers. [With all the school districts] in all, they’ll have maybe fifteen, twenty buses up there on Friday nights, so we have multiple emergency drivers that are up there,” said Hall. “If something were to happen, we could bring someone back down. We have a strict policy of whoever gets one the bus are the same people that come back on the bus. Also, each program coordinator checks in with Ski Patrol once an hour to see if anyone has come through Ski Patrol with an injury on the slopes.”

For those who don’t want to get a season ticket and only want to go up once or twice with the ski bus, there is an option for that.

“There is the option to go up for the day, as long as there is room on the bus and Mohan has their bus count because we’ll be sharing a bus with Maple Valley again this year,” said Hall, “so usually there should be space for people who want to do a one day adventure.”

It takes motivation to do these sports so clubs like this could run. Some people start having an interest for skiing or snowboarding  when they are either young, or are just starting this year.

“I use to ski way back, when I was a little one, with my parents. They stopped skiing so I didn’t get to go,” said Fox. “Finally I was old enough and have money of my own so I decided to start snowboarding, so I taught myself to snowboard last year on the ski bus.”

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Winter Season All Fired Up

AHS Junior DeAundre Cola making a dash for the end zone, courtesy of DeAundre Cola

Although the weather outside is cooling down, with winds and the possibility of snow, Aviation High School athletes are strengthening their efforts, and getting pumped up for the upcoming sports season. The players are lifting weights, dieting, and practicing to prepare for the season and do better this year versus last year.

 This undying love for their sport, forces athletes at our school to go to extreme measures to continue their participation in it. Without a PE class, students at AHS need to find another way to do sports. Some students go to other schools and play for their teams, including basketball, football, swimming, wrestling, and many others.

“Currently I am enrolled in Wrestling,” said AHS Junior, Ashley Snyder. “This will be my third year participating in wrestling.”

Playing a sport, for some people, is not just for fun, it is for improving strength, agility, and skills. “I have improved a lot throughout the years. In basketball, I have worked out a lot outside of school in a gym. Lifting weights and working on my handling and jump shots,” said AHS Junior, who plays for Lindbergh High School, DeAundre Cola, “These workouts have really helped me improve my game.”

Staying fit and healthy before the season is a major part about playing sports. It is important to work out, stay hydrated, and eat healthy.

“Basically, I go to a gym, lift weights, and work on my game in the basketball court. Other players do the same. They lift weights and work on their game too,” said Cola, “I also try to eat healthier foods. After practice my mom would go and get me salad. I also eat a lot of pasta and fruits. Also I drink a lot of fluids such as Gatorade or water.”

Not only does someone improve themselves, but the teams have obstacles they overcome and improve on. “My team has had to roll with the punches over the past two years. Freshman year our coaching staff was put together the last three days before the season. We were given a young coach who had little to no time to prepare and he still made it work. Our team stayed for long practices and really became focused,” said Snyder, “Sophomore year we were again in distress. Finding out none of our coaches would be working with us and we would become joined with our rival team was terrifying. However, our teams figured out how to work together. We stayed strong and still sent multiple people to state.”

Sometimes, it is how they were brought up that influences their decision on which sports to play.

“I grew up as a tomboy; going dirt biking almost every weekend. I remember the day I walked into my friends house and he was watching Pro Wrestling.  I turned to him and said that looks like it would be fun,” said Snyder, “I’ve always been the type of person who sees what they want and goes to get it.  Since that day, I have been driven to participate in wrestling just because it looked like a challenge.”

Adjusting to a sport that someone is not used to or their sex is not dominant in is not always easy. They have to accept what they enjoy, whether or not the people around them accept them.

“My first year on Tyee’s wrestling team I was the only girl in a male dominated sport.  At first this was terrifying but soon the team became my family of brothers.  With the help of my awesome coaches I made it Regionals at one of the hardest weight classes in the womens division.  For a Freshman who had never been involved in such an intense sport, I feel truly privileged to have made it that far,” said Snyder, “My second year Tyee and Evergreen High Schools joined wrestling teams.  All of a sudden there were 50 kids where there use to be 10.  With the change, I learned how to get out of my comfort zone and work with new techniques.  The changes did not stop there unfortunately, my Sophomore year I battled many injuries through my season, I still managed my way to Regionals.”

Motivation can also come from the people around them, such as friends and family. Even starting as a young kid can have a huge influence how dedicated they are on that sport throughout their life.  

“I have been playing basketball since the age of five, and I have been playing football since the age of nine,” said Cola, “My motivation to do [football and basketball] comes from my parents and family, and soon I hope to get a scholarship in any of these sports.”

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