It is not everyday that a teenager is able to record their own written song in a top rated studio,  Zach Sobiech is one of the few who can. Zach Sobiech, a 17-year-old-teen who is always with guitar in tow, has one year to live. He is battling osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer with just 400 cases diagnosed in children under the age of 20 per year in the U.S.  Being diagnosed on November 23, 2009 at just 14 years old, Sobiech has been told that doctors have no more effective treatment to offer him. “You live right here,” said Sobiech in an interview with the Twin Cities Newspaper, “You live right in front of you. You don’t focus on[…]

The second annual male-exclusive Mr. Aviation pageant will be held at AHS on April 26th, to showcase the wonderful guys in this school. Participants use their talent, fashion sense, and charisma to compete for being the next “Mr. Aviation.” Winning comes with various prizes, including their visage on that iconic cardboard cutout. “I think Mr. Aviation is a chance that the guys get to express themselves and exhibit all the talents they have that we don’t get to see in everyday work and school life,” said Rahmo Ali, one of the event organizers. “It’s a way for them to show how unique they are and just for us to appreciate the guys we have here at Aviation.” The pageant begins[…]

When Boeing needs pilots to test out their new training programs, who do they turn to? The aspiring student pilots at Aviation High School, of course. Students had the chance to “pilot” new training programs for flight management and 737 pre-flight, and provide feedback to Boeing program designers. Student tests software on iPads. This app is a flight management computer trainer. Student tests software on iPads. Boeing employee asks for feedback about flight games. Students give feedback. One Student liked the first app better because it was more interactive. Boeing employee announces that this game might come to app stores Your browser does not support the video tag Mark Woods, a Boeing employee gives an explanation of the first pre[…]

The move to Aviation High School’s new location is an event that the AHS staff and students have eagerly anticipated for years, but the change won’t come without its challenges. In some ways the new school will be smaller, thus making moving more difficult. “It will be possibly more challenging because we are going from a larger utilized space to a smaller one,” said AHS office assistant, Theda Hiranaka. “We don’t have the music room down there, the gym or the fields. It’s a smaller space in many ways and that will be the difficult part.” For example, storage space will be limited at the new school, giving teachers and staff even less space than now, which worries them. “I[…]

National Honor Society’s newest charity project and class competition is a toy drive for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. From January 28 to February 22, donations of new toys will be accepted and given to support children at the hospital. “It’s tied to Valentine’s Day so we’re showing our love for the children at Seattle Children’s Hospital,” said Max Kenyon, the vice president of National Honors Society, “trying to help them get through whatever hard times they’re facing.” Everyone can help by chipping in a bit of time and money to contribute to this project. “The biggest thing you can do is just donate toys,” said Kenyon. “They’re not expensive, you can go [to the] dollar store to pick up something.[…]

Halfway through the 2013 build season the Aviation High School Skunkworks Robotics team is well into the design process for their robot so that they can compete in this year’s game Ultimate Ascent, but they have not been without some difficulties along the way. According to the 2013 FRC Game Manual, robots in this game are tasked with scoring Frisbees in any of six goals, each goal being worth either one, two, three, or five points. In the autonomous period at the beginning of the match, each goal is doubled in point value. At the end of the game, robots will attempt to climb a pyramidal tower earning up to thirty points depending on which level of the tower is[…]

It’s that time of year once again around the nation, election season. Juniors Benton Coblentz and Chi Chi Deng have started a campaign to go around during the AHS lunch time and encourage seniors to register to vote. “People should be involved in government,” said Deng. Not only adults, but students, should be involved in the actions of government. “As students, we should have an influence in the way our government works because we are here at public school. The government affects how we live and education is a really important topic,” said Coblentz.“We see it in the presidential race, the governors race, we see it everywhere.  And, seeing that 18 year olds are the first who can have a real[…]

Charter schools, which allow students to receive alternate public education like Aviation High School without a school district getting involved, have always been illegal in Washington. However, this year, the initiative to allow them is reappearing on the voting ballot. Because AHS has common qualities with charter schools, like enrolling students selectively while still a public school, some people question whether AHS is, in fact, a charter school. “We straddle both worlds a little bit,” AHS counselor Katie Carper said. What makes AHS different is that, unlike charter schools, it is part of a school district. Though AHS does offer a different learning experience like a charter school, being part of a school district makes a difference. “Aviation High School[…]

Aviation High School will be holding a Science and Robotics Day on November 10 to expose middle schoolers to science and engineering.  In addition, there will also be many ways for AHS students to give back by participating in the event. The day will be a joint effort between Aviation’s Skunkworks Robotics Team and National Honors Society to encourage younger people to become more excited by math and science. “The purpose of [the event] is to get middle schoolers interested in math and science and to expose them to things that we do at Aviation High School,” said AHS junior and event organizer Camila Palacio. The event organizers, Camila Palacio and Teal Dowd, have many activities planned for the day,[…]

Tim Albertson is the new student teacher, assisting Dana Dyer, AHS biology teacher. Here to experience teaching first hand for a teaching certificate, Albertson brings with him  devotion for learning and teaching as well as an open ear for anyone. Albertson currently has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the last ten to fifteen years, Albertson has dabbled in various subjects and careers. “I have professional experience in chemistry, architecture, and music,” said Albertson. He’s obtained two Master‘s degrees in architecture and environmental science from the same university. “Six years ago,” Albertson said, “I was pursuing an architecture degree, and wasn’t sure if biology even had a place in my future. “ Albertson ended[…]

This year the secretary of ASB, Rangsey Touch, added the Student of the Month award to the recognitions given the year at Aviation High School.  Students may receive this award if they meet certain criteria. “Students are nominated based of the acronym ‘CLASS,’” said Touch. “CLASS stands for citizenship, leadership, attitude, scholarship, and service. So basically being a positive member of the class, showing improvement in grades, and helping others when they are in need.” CLASS is a simple way to remember how to receive this award.  If any student is able to show CLASS, they can be nominated for the Student of the Month award.  Touch created this award as part of a leadership project last year, in an effort to[…]