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School ends, internships commence

Senior Brynne Hunt poses in front of the Blue Origin logo while participating in a 2017 summer internship.
Photo Courtesy of: Brynne Hunt

Many RAHS students have applied and are preparing for internships during the 2018 summer. The internships provide a great learning opportunities to students exploring and learning about their future careers.
RAHS Junior Aivy Nguyen is interning for an orthodontics clinic and is hoping to learn more about her future career as an orthodontist.
“I am going to be working at Povolny Orthodontics in Southcenter. I’m interested in orthodontics so he offered me a position as a sterilization technician and basically that’s making sure that all the dental instruments are sterilized completely, cleaning up the stations, and welcoming in patients to the offices.”
Nguyen has begun her training sessions and has already learned much about the field of orthodontics.
“I’ve already learned a lot so far [from the training session], and so I hope to learn a lot more,” said Nguyen. “The orthodontist there has already taught me about teeth movement and patient care.”
Nguyen has found her internship incredibly helpful as it is providing a great learning experience for her career goals
“Because I want to be an orthodontist when I’m older and go into the orthodontics industry, it will be super helpful to be familiar with the office and all the instrument,” said Nguyen. “Also, having experience interacting with patients and welcoming people will be super helpful, and it looks good on resumes.”
Senior Brynne Hunt is excited to return to Blue Origin, where she previously had a successful experience as an intern.
“This summer, I will be interning for Blue Origin for the second time,” said Hunt. “I am going to be working on small engine testing and reliability upgrades until August when I leave for Purdue University.”
Hunt believes that Blue Origin offers a great experience for people looking to go into commercial space exploration to develop professional connections.
“I applied to Blue Origin at the end of Junior year because I have always been really interested in space and rockets and that’s [where] I eventually want to be working, in the commercial space industry,” said Hunt. “I thought that this would be a good stepping stone for making connections.”
Hunt loves the modern and friendly environment at Blue Origin, and feels that they offer a great attitude towards accomplishing tasks.
“I love the company, I love the culture and atmosphere, and so I’m always excited to go back,” said Hunt. “But I am nervous that I don’t have a lot of time before going to college.”
Hunt gained many new skills working at Blue Origin and hopes to have another great experience.
“This summer, I am hoping to get more technical skills since I will be working test stands, and so that’s what I think I’ll get this time,” said Hunt. “Last summer, I learned what the company is all about and what they hope to do in space.”
Career Choices teacher Renee Olsen is continuously looking for as many chances as possible to set students up with internships. She is hoping to find as many possible internships that could appeal to the interests of students at RAHS.
“There will be more [internships] coming too as we continue to work on them, Girls Who Code, Girls Rock Math,” said Olsen. “We keep searching for new opportunities.”
Olsen thinks that Hobart Machining is a great learning experience for students looking for a busy, yet beneficial internship.
“Another internship that I really like is Hobart Machining. It’s a smaller company but they do a huge business,” said Olsen. “I like how they bring someone into the company, they then set the student up with business cards, an office, and a desk. They really put their interns to work and they get to try a little of everything.”
“Another internship that I really like is Hobart Machining. It’s a smaller company but they do a huge business,” said Olsen. “I like how they bring someone into the company, they then set the student up with business cards, an office, and a desk. They really put their interns to work and they get to try a little of everything.”
If you are interested in finding an internship, be sure to visit the Career Center or talk to Ms. Carper for advice, opportunities, and information about them.

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Boeing revamps internships for RAHS juniors

RAHS alumni Vee Glessner participates in a Boeing Internships during the summer of 2016.
Photo Courtesy of: Vee Glessner

For the summer of 2018, Boeing is offering 11 internships for students at RAHS who are interested in the aviation and other related fields.

Career Choices teacher Renee Olsen is helping coordinate all of these opportunities, and Boeing has increased the amount of them offered. Olsen has been very involved in the preparation for these opportunities.

“We have 11 Boeing internships offered this year, and that’s up from 7 last year, and they range from web design to chemical departments,” said Olsen. “There’s quite a wide variety of them.”

Boeing offers these jobs in areas and departments that require more attention.

“They are very similar [to previous years], but different departments can join in, so a department that has need, or sees that they can have an intern, then that department would step up,” said Olsen. “Boeing [Human Resources] goes out and puts out a message to all the departments and then they decide if they want interns.”

The interviews will decide who gets the job, so RAHS students have to prepare for that event.

“The internships’ names for the people that have applied for interviews go out [April 2], and will be posted [later that] afternoon,” said Olsen. “The interviews will be on April 16. The actual internships are going to be from June 25 to August 23.”

Not only is this incredibly helpful for the departments they would work for, but it comes with other benefits that other internships do not offer.

“These internships will be very beneficial, very helpful departments they can work in,” said Olsen. “They pay over $15.00 per hour, so they pay well and it’s all summer long meaning they get a lot of hours and experience.”

They also finish the internship with an out briefing, and people get to see what they have accomplished with Boeing.

“They do a nice out briefing, which is a presentation scheduled for August 15,” said Olsen, “so we get to go in and meet with [the students] see their work, see their management and everything they’ve been doing.”

There are some basic restraints, but overall the application process is rather simple. Olsen helps facilitate the application forms with students.

“The application process is not that difficult. They do have to do a resume, cover letter, and fill out the Boeing paperwork. There are some stipulations though,” said Olsen. “They have to be a junior, that’s Boeing’s rule, and they have to be a U.S. citizen to work at Boeing. So we have to go through security and that sort of thing. It’s a little more serious to get through that orientation than other internships offered.”

Anna Hardy is a junior from RAHS who applied and did an interview for the Boeing internships.

“The application process was not hard,” said Hardy. “All you had to do was to have a resume, a cover letter, and then fill out a little form for each job application.”

Boeing actually offered a wide variety of internships, thus appealing to many students. Hardy found her own interest in several of them.

“For mine specifically, one of them was called the P8 quality intern and there you worked on process auditing and using different skills for that purpose,” said Hardy. “There are also different jobs such as the shipside support engineer, and there were many that had to do with chemistry. And then, the other job I interviewed for was the web development [job].”

Hardy truly believes that these opportunities will benefit those who participate, and will help especially for college application.

“I am hoping to take the skills in the internship for my future career, as well as using the experience for internships to come,” said Hardy. “[It will also] help for getting into colleges, and just bettering my future.”

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SpaceX launches hope about future innovation, success in space

View of SpaceX successfully launching Falcon Heavy rocket.
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On 6 Feb. 2018, RAHS students were able to view SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch by livestream, demonstrating students and faculty enthusiasm towards commercial rocketry and space exploration.

RAHS Principal Therese Tipton encouraged teachers to show the launch live during class. She believes that SpaceX has a great amount of innovation and potential for the future.

“Many years ago, it was a huge deal for space launches to be televised and for schools to show these launches to their students,” said Tipton. “It reinforced that this incredible experience of watching a man-made rocket take-off into space was seen as an inspiration – a testament to what the human mind and innovation can achieve.”

Tipton recognizes the unique aspects of the Falcon and what makes it stand out compared to previous efforts into space.

“The last heavy rocket, the Saturn V (designed to take humans to the moon), was retired in 1973,” said Tipton. “The Falcon Heavy is seen as the new wave of potential human travel into space.”

Tipton believes that these types of events, such as this launch, directly correlate with the aviation and aerospace theme of RAHS

“This launch was also a little exciting in that Elon Musk included his own payload – an ‘astronaut’ driving a Tesla!” said Tipton. “As the premier aviation and aerospace high school, we want to be able to expose students to all of the possibilities for their future, including rocket launches of this magnitude.”

Tipton is passionate about the topic of space exploration, and sees great purpose in SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket.

“Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket ever launched and it was created for the purpose of lifting ‘past the bonds of Earth’ and putting human beings and cargo onto other celestial bodies such as Mars,” said Tipton. “As the heaviest rocket ever launched, it presented a perfect opportunity to be shown via live streaming.”

Tipton is optimistic in future efforts, and is anticipating to show future SpaceX launches in class.

“We will definitely monitor future launches with the goal of having students be able to see the wonder of science and engineering at work,” said Tipton.

Sophomore student Nick Ankuta has a fascination with SpaceX and feels this launch is unique in comparison with governmental efforts in the field of space exploration. To Ankuta, these new launches have serious potential.

“This is commercial space flight, which is something that has not been the case in the past; it has always been governmental efforts,” said Ankuta, “and I feel like this is really representing the people taking charge of their interest in space flight and colonization.”

Previously, efforts such as the Apollo missions to explore space have been effectively put on hold, but now private companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin are competing to succeed in the area, and the motivation is beginning to increase again.

“Space exploration is not just like some scientific [dream],” said Ankuta. “It’s something that is really coming into the world as an avenue for not only a raw scientific feat, but also logistically something we can do to better our lives.”

Sophomore student Max Mellroth saw the launch during his history class and believes that it was beneficial for students to view the launch in class, and compares the event with previous historical examples of space exploration.

“I think it is very beneficial. For example, classes of the 1960s showed the Apollo missions,” said Mellroth, “classes [during the] 1990s and 2000s showed the space shuttle missions so why shouldn’t we?”

Mellroth recognizes the significance of this particular launch and believes it has true potential for scientific development.

“This was the first launch of the Falcon Heavy which is the rocket that is supposed to take us to Mars,” said Mellroth,” so this proved that we could make it to Mars with the rockets that we have.”

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New club unlocks unique opportunities for students

ACE Club prepares before placing wreaths to support veterans.
Photo Courtesy of: Dr. Edgerton

RAHS students are attempting to create a new Key Club, in order to give people opportunities to volunteer and give back to those who are in need. There is still work to be done as far as forming it, but Key Club is definitely on its way to becoming an opportunity for RAHS to give back to the community.

Sophomore student Wren Bergin is a Key Club member and involved in the process of creating the new club. She is excited about working with Kiwanis International, a coeducational service club, to create a positive experience for club members.

“We’re not technically a club yet, we actually have our meeting with Kiwanis, who is our sponsor, on Tuesday the 5th of February,” said Bergin. “We have our paperwork and we’re going to be fundraising, so we’ll be starting it soon.”

Key Club is quite similar to Interact Club, as they both are volunteer based clubs, but Bergin notices some key differences between them, including the ability for Key Club to work with other schools.

“Interact Club is sponsored by a local Rotary [Club], but with Key Club, we’d be able to actually volunteer with other schools and get more involved with surrounding students that are not just from our schools,” said Bergin.

Bergin believes that this club specifically could be beneficial for many students at RAHS, as it would broaden the overall community.

“There’s always more opportunities to volunteer, and this will help us as Aviation expand and get more involved with our community rather than being a more isolated school,” said Bergin.

There are several benefits to joining this new club, and Bergin heavily encourages students to join and help make the world a better place. While students may participate in other school clubs, they can still participate in Key Club and its volunteer opportunities.

“Members will get to meet a lot of new people, not just from our school but others as well, and you can do Key Club and NHS (National Honor Society) for example,” said Bergin, “because we’re going to be volunteering at different events, so there’s never enough volunteering that you can do, and it’s just another opportunity.”

Freshman student and leader of Key Club, Sam Lee, believes that Key Club will be very valuable. He chose to work with the Key Club International because he felt it was what RAHS needed.

“I felt that our school needed a way to express ourselves with other places,” said Lee, “not just our community but interacting with other schools.”

Lee feels that RAHS is somewhat isolated at times, and because of this, gets a reputation that is not always reasonable. Lee wants to make a difference and change this perception.

“We’re kind of like a secluded school, so I thought Key Club would be perfect,” said Lee, “because these other schools have monthly meetings that all schools go to.”

Lee wants to change how others view RAHS, and believes he can accomplish this by giving back to the community. He feels that the more opportunities offered to help out people will benefit the overall atmosphere of the school.

“We could show them that Aviation is not just the perceived ‘nerd’ school,” said Lee, “and that it does community service too.”

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ACE Club gives back to the community

ACE Club prepares before placing wreaths to support veterans.
Photo Credit: Mr. Edgerton

Recently, ACE Club participated with the organization Wreaths Across America in order to give back to the community and to demonstrate kindness. It is a charity fund that helps out families of veterans that have passed away.

Sophomore and ACE Club member Alex Keller appreciates the effort put into setting up the event. Keller feels that it is for a great cause, and really cares about helping out the community. Not only this, but it even fits the overall theme of RAHS, in that it relates to aviation.

“For ACE Club, they have different branches in the military, one of which being the Air Force, which relates to aviation,” said Keller, “and so for ACE club, it allowed us to really give back to the community through aviation.”

Keller felt inspired by those working with the organization, and was really impressed with what they have done. He feels that its purpose is beneficial and supportive for veterans and their families.

“It shows how many people are super devoted to this,” said Keller, “and how many people really care about the veterans that we’ve lost, and the amount of care that goes into it.”

Wreaths Across America reinvited ACE Club because of their effort. Keller is excited to go back, and hopes they can continue to support Wreaths Across America.

Sophomore ACE Club member Bernie Jones participated in this event, and helped out. He has been a part of the club since freshman year, and continues to be apart of ACE Club, and supported Wreaths Across America with them.

“So we recently participated in Wreaths Across America,” said Jones, “which is essentially a day of remembrance of fallen veterans, and we hung wreaths on their gravestones.”

Jones appreciates that it is a charity that fits the purpose of ACE Club very well. Since the Air Force is a branch of the military that relates to aviation, it fits the theme of RAHS and specifically ACE Club.

“We’re a service club and so we really wanted to get incorporated with the veterans and different veteran organizations,” said Jones, “so this one worked out great.”

Wreaths Across America also has another factor that makes it unique compared to other events. It has a unified time dedicated across the country where it other places and schools participate simultaneously to honor veterans.

“It’s super cool because it takes place at the same time every place across the nation,” said Jones, “so for example it started here at 9:00am, and 12:00pm on the East Coast.”

It is a rather difficult as far as the requirements for the task. It is quite time consuming and ACE Club has had to put a lot of effort into making it work out.

“The biggest challenge I’d say would be picking out a new location,” said Jones, “and they’re having us map out all of the veterans, which is a lot of work, and there is still more to be done.”

ACE Club was incredibly efficient and helpful for Wreaths Across America. It is even a possibility that it could be a reoccurring event for some RAHS students to partake in.

“We have a lot of numbers so, and we’ve already started that job that I was talking about,” said Jones, “so that’s why we got reinvited.”

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Stranger things happening at RAHS

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Students were interviewed about their thoughts on the recently released season of Stranger Things. They were given a choice to compare a student/teacher to character from the show. Students interviewed ranged all the way from grades 9-12, and gave their own opinions on the characters and how they compared to people from RAHS. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers about the show!










Adam Czuk (10th Grade)

I think that Jon Wick (10th Grade) is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Steve” because of their hair; they both put a lot of time into it.


Ava Yniguez (10th Grade)

I think that Mr. Hoehne is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Dustin” because they both can make me laugh and not able to stop.


Gavin Beery (9th Grade)

I think that Mr. Hoehne is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Dustin” because they both joke around a lot and their personalities are very similar.


Olive Campbell (10th Grade)

I think that Ms. Juarez (History Teacher) is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Joyce” because she is very caring, smart, determined, and good at figuring things out, so her personality relates to Joyce as in they are also both loving, loyal, and optimistic.


Tija Faler (10th Grade)

I think that Olive Campbell (10th Grade) is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Nancy,” because she is good at problem solving and she looks like her.


Najib Ahmed (10th Grade)

I think that Adam Czuk (10th Grade) is most similar to the Stranger Things character “Will,” because they’re both weird and fall into bad situations.


Payton Adams (11th Grade) 11/6/17

I think that [I’m the] most similar to Stranger Things character “Jonathan” because I’m like a single mother, but I’m a guy, and have no kids and I have the same hair.


Tricia Ing (12th Grade) 11/7/17

I think Mr. Mannion is most similar to Stranger Things character “Mr. Clarke” because he’s a huge nerd.


Eli Benevedes (12th Grade) 11/7/17

I think Mr. Joshi is most similar to Stranger Things character “Steve” because they both usually try to do the right thing.


Olivia Tagorda (11th Grade) 11/7/17

I think Mr. Mannion is most similar to Stranger Things character “Joyce” and a bit of “Hopper” because he is both like an anxious mother to me and a well-meaning guy.

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New biology teacher starts at RAHS

New biology teacher Nathan Gwinn engages and connects with his 5th period class while having student-led presentations.

In Aug. of 2017, Nathan Gwinn moved to Washington and began teaching biology at RAHS. He came from Texas, and so far, does not have many regrets on his decision.

He decided to change schools because he believed Washington is truly where he belonged.

“This is where we should move, and this is where I want to raise our kids,” said Gwinn, “and when we went back to Texas, we hated it even more.”

Gwinn is currently very impressed with RAHS compared to the previous schools at which he taught. Gwinn feels that students at RAHS are completely different than other students he has taught.

“I feel that the vast majority of the kids care about what they do and what they produce,” said Gwinn. “[Previous students were] smart, but they didn’t put forth the effort.”

In fact, Gwinn is so impressed, he doesn’t even know how to improve the school.

“I legitimately have no idea,” said Gwinn, “I cannot think of anything.”

To Gwinn, the complex, ever-changing nature of biology is what really makes it stand out among sciences.

“It’s more of a conceptual science, it’s not always black or white,” said Gwinn. “It’s about large concepts, it’s a little bit more artful.

However, Gwinn is excited about teaching a subject that is new for him, Speech and Debate. Although he has never taught this subject, RAHS students will hopefully make it enjoyable. Gwinn has a few goals for the upcoming year.

“My goals for the year are for my students to be prepared for the college environment,” said Gwinn. “Not a lot of hand holding, but for the bar to still be set high.”

Gwinn also wants students to be critical thinkers.

“Another goal would be for my students to think for themselves, not to put themselves inside a box,” said Gwinn, “think about motives of people, think about motives for writing, and to always look for the reason behind things.”

Sophomore Lauren Vitellaro has Gwinn for biology. She enjoys the way he teaches and feels that he challenges the students effectively, and helps them learn and acquire knowledge.

“I think his teaching style really puts a lot of not just pressure on the students, but gives them a lot of responsibility,” said Vitellaro. “Also, making the students be their best and the students that don’t put in the effort can’t do as well as the other students.”

Vitellaro also feels there are some challenges within Gwinn’s class.

“Making sure you’re always paying attention is important,” said Vitellaro, “It’s easy to slip off for a second and you could lose something in your notes.”

Another sophomore, Miles Gendreau, who also has Gwinn, mostly agrees with Lauren’s thoughts on his teaching style.

“He presents the material in a straightforward way,” said Gendreau, “and gives us an assignment based on that.”

Gendreau finds his teaching style comparable, but still different from his previous science teacher, Scott McComb.

“Mr. McComb did a lot more teaching up front,” said Gendreau, “whereas Gwinn makes us do a lot more out of class research.”

He enjoys this way of teaching, and learns quite a bit from it.

“I like this teaching style,” said Gendreau, “It makes you absorb the information a lot easier.”

However, Gendreau feels this is also what is challenging about his class.

“Whats is challenging about his class is also this out of class focused research,” said Gendreau, “but overall it helps you learn.”

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