The Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars (RC) at the University of Washington (UW) offers students courses for both school credit and enrichment. The RC also provides Programs for highly capable high school students to kick start college career through and the Transition School/Early Entrance Program and the UW Academy. The Summer Stretch Program runs from 8:30AM to 2:20PM, 3 days a week for 5 weeks between June and July. Courses offered are for students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 9, with some courses being offered to students who have completed 10th grade. These post-freshman year courses include American Literature, Chemistry, Number Theory, and Precalculus. In addition, some courses offer high school credit if approved by a[…]

RAHS students are taking up internships that match with their own passions in order to dive deeper into what interests them. RAHS senior Stella Sisson recently became an intern at the Seattle Bouldering Project (SBP) to teach children how to rock climb. “I’m a Youth Programs intern so I work with 2 other co-team leads and about 10 kids between the ages of 10 to 12 [for] 2 days a weeks for about 3 hours,” said Sisson. Interning at the SBP requires a lot of experience with rock climbing and knowledge of climbing techniques to be able to help others. “We just teach them the fundamentals of climbing,” said Sisson, “so like how to position your body correctly to save[…]

Over the 2017 winter break, RAHS students had two weeks to relax, catch up on sleep, and spend time with family. Instead of sleeping their two weeks away, senior Dakota Gorder and junior Braeden Swanson enjoyed thrilling winter breaks. Gorder travelled to the UK for just under two weeks to visit King’s College London, which he has already been accepted into, and interview at the University of Cambridge. “I can’t discuss the details of the interview process but overall, I think it went very well,” said Gorder. “I was able to discuss my very unorthodox education and why the subject of history fascinates me so much. I also had plenty of time to dive into my knowledge and analysis of[…]

The scene: Guitarist and vocalist Zach Watson hammers away at the strings, voice straining and veins popping as he sings lyrics familiar only to him, the bassist, and the drummer. Beside him stands the mellow bassist, Sevawn Guenther, head bobbing and fingers smoothly sliding along his earthy brown colored instrument as he sets the foundation for the wild, yet coherent song. Set in front of them both sits Henry Chapman dreadlocks hanging low behind his drums as he rhythmically matches the guitar and adds even more flavor to an ensemble that can be described somewhere between grunge and hard rock.   This homebrew, teen-spirit-esque band Viaduct began as many things do: online and over a video game. “One night Sevawn[…]

After teaching the class originally, Scott McComb returned this year to teach RAHS’ Aerospace Engineering Class after being taught for a time by Geometry and CAD teacher Michael Gudor. “About May or June of last year it was pretty clear that we needed to do some shuffling with the master schedule,” said McComb. “It was pretty clear that Gudor was going to end up teaching Algebra 1, which meant that there was some question about the elective that I would teach.” Previously, McComb taught AP Physics 2, but switched back to Aerospace Engineering once Dona Bien-Aime came to the school and took over the physics courses. “When we hired Bien-Aime it was pretty clear it made more sense for him[…]

In the 2017-18 school year, RAHS is lending their more experienced Spanish teacher to graduate school as William Peterson begins taking courses to become a certified administrator. Being a teacher requires a lot of time, but balancing that with being a student is more challenging. “Senor P.” is a well known teacher around the school for his passion for teaching and learning. He has begun taking classes in Tacoma. “My program is through Pacific Lutheran University,” said Peterson. “It is a one year intensive study about how to run schools, how to manage schools, and how to be a really awesome leader for the parents, the staff, and the students of the school.” Peterson has positive thoughts on Pacific Lutheran[…]

The new Spanish Club emerged from experienced Spanish-speaking RAHS students who wanted more opportunities to practice speaking and listening to the language during lunch. The origins of the class emerged from a conversation between junior Katie Taylor and Jacob Savishinsky. “Last year when I was in Journalism, I found out Sav also spoke Spanish at a conversational level,” said Taylor, “so we spoke after school when I was working on homework.” In fact, Savishinsky suggested to Taylor about the possibility of a Club to just talk and hang out in Spanish. “He recommended that we have some sort of lunch group and bring friends,” said Taylor, “and we could talk about things in Spanish, listen to music, and do fun[…]

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[…]

Davie Anne Ross, RAHS ASB Art Director, has began the year prepared to take on not only incumbent responsibilities, such as making posters and decorating dances, but also new responsibilities, like creating new designs for RAHS merchandise. As Art Director, Ross’ main job is to head the Leadership Class’s Art Committee, designing the various posters for school events. “That’s basically my job, organizing them [art committee members],” said Ross, “giving more ideas to them, and allowing them to use their own [ideas] as well in a very cohesive atmosphere where we’re able to create things that make our school not just more beautiful but more colorful, and find ways to represent the student body in art.” Another of Ross’s main[…]