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Midspread Answer Key

  1. Sports (of the mind)
    1. What is the founding year of robotics team? (2006-2007)
    2. What is the founding year of frisbee team? ( 2012)
    3. Who coaches the Sci-Oly study groups? (Mr. Mannion)
    4. Number of Sci-Oly events? (24)
    5. Number of speech and debate events? (14)
    6. How many coaches has the Ultimate team had? (2)
  2. Teachers & Staff
    1. How many founding teachers at AHS in its first year? (4)
    2. Biology is “more of a conceptual science, it’s not always ____ and ______” (Black and White)
    3. What was the first location of AHS? (south seattle community college duwamish campus)
    4. How does Mannion bring sarcastic energy into the room? (Riddles)
    5. What teacher used to own a travel agency? (Ms. Olsen)
    6. Who was the principal before Mrs. Tipton? (Mr. Kelly)
    7. Who was the principal before Mr. Kelly? (Mrs. Gilman)
    8. What 2 staff members at RAHS now have been with the school since it opened?
    9. Mrs. Juarez used to do what with a team from the Special Olympics? (Coach them)
  3. Storyboards (maybe call this “community?”)
    1. What kind of guy is David Storch? (An ordinary one)
    2. Who said “I will prepare and someday my chance will come?” HINT: wore a tall top hat     (third floor) abraham lincoln
    3. Who’s the only astronaut on the RAHS founding board of directors? (bonnie j dunbar)
    4. What are the four propulsion systems? HINT: second floor (fan, compressor, combustor, turbine, second floor)
    5. When was Seatac originally built?? (1944)
    6. “Who said we should avoid the statement that ‘it can’t be done?” (W. E. Boeing)
    7. What is the greatest professional joy? HINT: first floor (where your work, your passion, and your livelihood coincide. Hint:first floor)
    8. Finish the quote: “Pay it Back, _____________.” HINT: said by Dr. Raisbeck (pay it forward, hint: first floor and said by Mr. raisbeck)
    9. Finish the phrase: Know the ______ to win HINT: first floor  (game, hint 1st floor)
    10. Finish the phrase: Don’t be afraid to _____ _______ HINT: third floor (dream big, HINT: third floor)
  4. Random Knowledge
    1. How many students were in the 1st AHS graduating class? (1)
    2. When was the square root of 144 flag put up? (2014)
    3. How many story boards on the third floor reference alaska airlines? (3)
    4. Which graduating class initially donated the spirit rock? (2013-2014)
    5. What was the name and the year the first person go the rolls royce award? HINT: check in the lobby (Griffin Nicoll 2009)
    6. What is the color of the aircraft hanging from the ceiling of RAHS? (red)
    7. Which floor do the teachers live on? (fourth)
    8. What date was the new location of RAHS opened? 17 October 2013
    9. Don’t forget to be _______ (awesome)
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2017 Summer Dare

summerdare(edited)All right RAHS students, it’s almost time for summer, and you know what that means! Staying at home, closing the curtains, and sitting on your laptop for three months straight. Okay, maybe a few of you actually have fun plans. But for the rest of you, who are already stocking up on Doritos, the Phoenix Flyer is here to give you incentive to get out the front door!


We’ve compiled a list of the best, most fun, enjoyable, happy-time-causing, good-memory-making, hallmark-movie-feeling, Instagram-worthy, big impact, summertastic things to do this break, and the goal is to complete as many as you can. Some dares are worth 1 point, and some are worth 2. The student who gets the most points will receive a 10-person pizza party when they return to school, and a feature about their summer adventure in the Phoenix Flyer!


To get points for completing dares, you must have evidence: either video or photographic. One dare per photo please! This can be submitted to the Phoenix Flyer (room 3530) in a printed scrapbook, a google folder shared with, or on a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account dedicated to the dare. Label which dare it is and how many points it’s worth. No photoshop! Submit by (date) for credit. Good luck, and HAGS!


1 Point:

  • Somersault all the way down a hill
  • Get a new hairstyle *
  • Recreate a scene from your favorite movie
  • Take a splash in the Seattle Center fountain
  • Ride the Seattle Center monorail
  • Make friends with a stranger’s dog
  • Attend an outdoor concert, play or movie
  • Invent a secret handshake
  • Hang upside-down at a playground
  • Sample the cuisine of a new culture
  • Climb a tree
  • Watch the sunset on a beach
  • Hug a creepy Museum of Flight mannequin
  • Eat a piece of fruit straight from the tree (or bush, whatever)
  • Bake a commemorative cake
  • Draw a sidewalk chalk mural
  • Make a dandelion flower crown
  • Explore a tide pool


2 Points:

  • Recreate the scene from Top Gun where Goose dies (has to be in the water)
  • Take a selfie with at least three of the Museum of Flight’s  “Astronauts on the Town”
  • Add an original gum sculpture to the Pike Place gum wall
  • Play house in an Ikea kitchen
  • Stage your future wedding proposal, wedding, or funeral
  • Ride something other than a skateboard or bike at a skatepark
  • Play dress-up at a thrift store
  • Learn a sweet new martial arts move
  • Stage a mime show in public
  • Organize or attend a flash mob
  • Dance to a street musician’s performance
  • Learn a circus craft (unicycle, trapeze, juggling, etc.)
  • Give someone a makeover
  • Make S’mores on a real campfire
  • Make a boat out of found materials and sail it (see directions in Issue 10 of the Phoenix Flyer)


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School district re-evaluates senior projects

Document of revised graduation requirements displays removed selection pertaining to culminating projects, which is still a highly a debated topic.


Recently, Washington State made the decision to allow districts the option of requiring culminating projects. To address this matter, Highline School District will hold a vote on Nov. 5 and allow board members to decide the fate of senior projects for future graduates.

Originally, the state set in place a series of requirements that high schoolers needed to complete in order to graduate. These necessities included a senior project, or culminating project, and community service hours to meet the state’s standards.

However, in a Washington State legislative meeting in April, it was decided that senior projects would be eliminated from the list of requirements, allowing each district to decide individually whether they would retain the requirement or not.

Although Highline has had since spring to handle this decision, they have been releasing conflicting and inconclusive information.

To make this decision, public and professional opinions have been collected, according to Chief Academic Officer of Highline School District Susanne Jerde, but have yet to be utilized in making a concrete decision.

“They have informal gatherings and mechanisms such as polls from the public, letters from parents, [etc.],” said Jerde. “In addition, we collect information and data from all our counselors and high schools, as well principals.”

With all this information gathered, the board has already began weighing their options based on the data, and members will vote on the 5th and notify the schools within the district. Until further notice, there is increasing confusion and anxiety over the projects.

Recently, Highline School District has also released a statement saying that they will still require current seniors to complete the project based upon the number of students already involved with their culminating projects.

As a representative of the district and this project, Jerde has addressed the topic in response to this vote, seemingly stating that the board has already decided that the senior project would remain for the class of 2015, but still leaving an open end.

“Of our ten schools, [seven] principals felt pretty strongly that they were going to keep the culminating [projects] regardless,” said Jerde.  “Their request, after a lot of conversation, was that we not to remove it for 2014-15, but rather we spend time this winter going deeper in the conversation, making a decision, moving forward.”

On the contrary, the latest meeting’s notes that the district released seem to be semi-conclusive, or at working toward a decision–until they were removed from the site.

The notes directly addressed senior projects and seemed to imply that the board was already beginning to take the first steps to removing it as a requirement: the list of graduation requirements included senior projects crossed off.

“The majority of the principals are in favor of eliminating the requirements,” according to the official Oct. 22 school board meeting’s notes found on, which contradicts their previous information.

With contradictory statements and documentations within the district, Highline has already removed the meeting notes concerning senior projects without any official reasoning for posting and then removing the information.

Even though the final decision for future seniors is unknown for the time being, RAHS teacher Dr. Michael Katims found personal intrigue in the matter due to previously being involved with the initial incorporation of senior project.

“I actually got my start in Washington Education by helping people implement the senior project, and I was a really strong believer in it,” said Dr. Katims. “I think it is a really good thing for kids.”

Even though some schools may not have access to the resources, RAHS has several attentive advisors who work with students to prepare for their senior projects. One of these advisors, Michelle Juarez, has seen all the benefits these projects have to offer if done correctly.

“A senior project has the potential to uncover hidden talents and interests,” said Juarez, “but unless students take it upon themselves to be responsible for their own learning, projects in themselves will not be successful.”

The district also acknowledges that senior projects can have benefits, but the the movement to reconsider culminating projects is fueled by the idea that those positives may be outweighed by limited resources.  Due to the delay in this decision, many students have neglected to move past a project proposal.

“Considering that this is a time sensitive project,” said senior Andrew Calimlim, “I feel that the decision should’ve been decided over the summer, so that seniors don’t have to worry about investing too much time into getting their project approved and spend more time on applying for colleges.”

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In Memory of Wesley Schierman

V5_I5_AE_Obituary_ChavezThe morning of Jan. 4, 2014, war hero Wesley Schierman passed away in his Everett home after his short battle with lung cancer. Upon his request, he insisted that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to RAHS’ Airline Career Experience (ACE) club and Ground School.

ACE club’s president Alex Wencel shared his thoughts about the donations.

“I found out [about the donations] in the middle of class when it was announced by Mr. Hoehne in his History of Aircraft Design Class,” said Wencel. “I was surprised and grateful and could not believe such a thing could happen.”

Mr. Schierman’s request was to show students that aviation is important and wanted students to be aware of the demand for pilots in today’s society.

“I believe that [the] intent in his message and lessons are that aviators are needed,” said Wencel. “He wants the future generation to remember the past generation and to carry on the traditions of brave aviators.”

Grateful future pilots in ACE club and Ground School will put these donations towards educational expenses.

“It is going to give the club opportunities to go on trips to local companies and events,” said Wencel. “It [will] definitely ease the costs on the students for going on these trips. As well it will give us the ability to purchase educational materials.”

Though Mr. Schierman’s dying wish was to supplement both ACE club and Ground School with funds, his presence was largely unknown throughout RAHS before his death.

“I personally did not know Mr. Schierman,” said Wencel. “I have asked around with current and former members of the club. No one [knew] him, he is a mystery to many of us.”

According to Schierman’s wife, he was charmed by aviation when he first saw planes around age three. Five years after that, a carnival came to his town and a barnstorm flyer performed at this event.

“Somehow he [received] a ride in that airplane,” said Mrs. Faye Schierman.

Mrs. Schierman explained that a young Wesley Schierman convinced the pilot to take him for a ride in the plane. Thinking his father would say no, Schierman was the happiest little boy in the world when the opposite happened and he got a ride in the plane. As they say, “the rest is history.”

Pairing his passion for aviation with his patriotism, Mrs. Schierman described that he was an aviation enthusiast and lived his life that way.

Mr. Schierman felt like he could relate to a quote by William Allen White, “Liberty is the thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others.”

Mr. Schierman served under the United States Air Force as a pilot. He was captured Aug. 28, 1965, flying an F-105 over North Vietnam. He spent more than seven years as a captive prisoner.

“My greatest tribulation was that of overcoming my grief at having subjected my wife and children to the painful and difficult experience that they were to undergo,” said Mr. Schierman via the P.O.W. Network, a website dedicated to information about prisoners of war and missing in action servicemen.

With his love for his family, Mr. Schierman was able to remain strong throughout the war. This strong faith and confidence in his wife’s ability to overcome those difficulties was rewarded by a strength that far exceed his expectations.

“I have enjoyed my homecoming return to freedom and reunion with my family more than words can describe, and l look to the future with joyous anticipation,” said Mr. Schierman in his post.

Mr. Schierman planned to return to his previous employment as a Northwest Airlines pilot when he returned from North Vietnam.

After retiring from the Air Force as a Major and eventually from the airlines, Mr. Schierman spoke at schools about the aviation industry and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Although Mr. Schierman is not with us anymore he will always be remembered for his generosity and bravery. RAHS is forever grateful for these donations and look forward to the future to come.

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College Board Confidential

Monopoly Board by Walker Lina Edited by Brian Gonzalez-Montoya
Monopoly Board by Walker Lina
Edited by Brian Gonzalez-Montoya

Welcome to College Board Monopoly, the fast paced college admissions game where players compete to accumulate as many application properties as possible. Along the way the players take chances on SAT Subject tests, score rushing, and difficult AP classes. But one thing is for sure, the Board holds the cards in this game, and like the Bank of Classic Monopoly, the Board never goes broke.



The College Board is a nonprofit organization which is famous for administering the Advanced Placement Exams, the SATs and other college admission programs. Even after they’re in college, many students take the College Board’s CLEP Tests to get credit for subjects they already know. Students spent roughly $695,000,000 on the College Board in 2011. That’s enough money to pay for 13.9 million SAT Tests, or pay for a four year degree at the University of Washington more than 6000 times.


The College Board often comes under fire as abusing their status as nonprofit because The Americans For Educational Testing Reform (AETR) have made it their mission to have the College Board’s nonprofit status overturned along with that of ACT Inc., which runs the ACT Tests, and Educational Testing Services (ETS), which administers many standardized tests at the college level.


As the AETR website explains, “College Board earned profits of 8.6% in 2009 – profits that would be respectable for a for-profit company. When a non-profit company is earning those profits, something is wrong.”


According to College Board’s IRS Form 990 (their tax documents), they netted a $59 million profit in 2011, despite maintaining their status as a non-profit.


The AETR also takes issue with the College Board for paying their executives so highly. The College Board pays it’s CEO far more than the American Red Cross (another major nonprofit), which, according to the AETR, is unjustified given their high testing fees.


“CEO Gaston Caperton is being compensated $872,061 per year. That is more than twice the President of the United States’s annual salary of $400,000,” AETR writes. “College Board’s 23 executives make an average of $355,271 per year. These salaries are far too high for a non-profit company.”


The College Board does use some revenue for fee waivers for low income students. Any student who receives free and reduced lunch can take the SAT twice for free, and can receive waivers for subject tests and AP tests as well.



College Board: One Stop Shop, or Monopoly?

Looking back through history, the United States have frequently broken up companies that formed monopolies to prevent them from having too much power, like the Standard Oil Company. Despite this, the College Board, a private company, controls most of the programs that high school students use to enter college. Many students are concerned that the College Board has too much power and could abuse it.


“I feel they have monopolized the standardized testing industry and are poised to run amok with it,” said Aviation High School senior Jake Hecla. “Where there is no competition, greed thrives.”


As a college prep school, it’s important that AHS offers AP classes because colleges want to see students who take challenging classes. However, this leaves students with fewer options, which can be challenging.


“From appearances, I think the College Board mirrors a monopolistic practice, said

Bruce Kelly. “I am not aware of other alternatives outside of AP and IB [International

Baccalaureate] that are so widely recognized for rigor and readily accepted by universities.

Is there another alternative that could demonstrate that?


AHS is required to report these scores in terms of how many people took them and how

many passed as part of a school performance report. This means that Aviation needs to not

only offer the exams, but also do well on them.


“My mind is interested in trends, where are we moving?,” said Kelly. “Just a single data

point doesn’t say a lot.”

The College Board declined to comment.

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