RAVEN RECOGNITION: We would like to acknowledge students, staff and programs at ARHS that have recently been honored, won awards, or excelled in competition. These are just a few examples of the many outstanding accomplishments by our programs here at Auburn Riverside:
- Congratulations to SkillsUSA National competition last week. The students did very well. In the cabinet making competition Austin Fune finished in 10th place out of 43 competitors. He had a score of 78%. The project was quite difficult with a lot of machining and fitting of parts. In the Electronics Technology competition, Tyler Flynn finished in 9th place, out of 30 competitors. Again, a very tough competition. In addition to the competitions, we participated in the Timberland Day of Community service. Austin and Tyler worked along with 350 other students to plant fruit trees and clear brush at a neighborhood community center. The focus of this project is to establish a fruit orchard for the neighborhood.
- Congratulations to our very own Scott Husar, Math teacher was presented an award by Ben Klontz for the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction award 2011, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholarship foundation. Way to Go!
- Congratulations to Bradleigh de Jong and Nick Langel for their illustrations in the book The North Pole Dog Division which was newly published in June 2011.
Congratulations to our generous students, staff, and Auburn Riverside community for blowing away the competition in the contest among Auburn high schools to raise food and money for the Auburn Food Bank. Riverside collected over 4,000 pounds of food and nearly $3,200 in cash donations.
Women's Golf has the following five girls playing in the West Central District competition May 16 at Gold Mountain Golf Course: Brooke Skagen, Miranda Kaopuiki, Shelden Doyle, Makenna Clark, and Hailey Johnson. The top 11 from this tournament qualify for state.
Three of our Vex Robotics teams have been invited to compete in Las Vegas at the EMC Corporation and Vex Robotics Tournament. This is an all expense paid trip sponsored by EMC. They will be leaving on Sunday, May 8, and returning on Wednesday May 11. Team Unicorn: Lauren Covey, Kate Wallen, Courtney Shea. Team Kaawaa: Andrew Ridge, Jarrell Washington, Aaron Newell. Team VEX Men: Brennen Herron, Marvin Velasquez, Ron Warren, Jason Singh.
Senior Video Crew recently produced a promo video entitled Discover.Cook.Nourish as part of the grant received by Auburn School District Child Nutrition, to teach school district food services and culinary staff about cooking with whole foods.
Art Club and Viscom students are working with mural artist Rachael Dotson, as part of a grant received by the City of Auburn, to create an original 300 foot mural on the White River Bridge at the edge of Roegner Park.
Computer Science team of Billy Kirby, Michael Lant, and Hunter Logan took first place in the advanced category at the PLU computer science competition. In the novice category, Kevin Ly, Rachel Akisada, and Will Schwindt took second place.
- SkillsUSA had numerous award winners at the Washington State SkillsUSA competition in Yakima. Advanced Electronics: Tyler Flynn, 1st; Riley Schulz, 2nd; Alex Labish, 3rd. Basic Electronics: James Clugston, 1st; Braden Mast, 2nd; Boris Melgar, 3rd. Cabinetmaking: Austin Fune, 1st. In addition, Team Riverside won the Community Service Canned Food Drive. Austin Fune and Tyler Flynn will be attending the National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, the third week of June.
- The following students won awards and had their work displayed at the Washington State Convention Center for the Passing the Torch competition: Recycled/Found object category: Brianne Kopp, 1st; Morgan Hamm, 3rd. Jewelry: Kenia Marquez, 2nd. Sculpture: Jessica Hooley, Honorable Mention.
- ARHS Choir and Band programs represented Auburn in Washington DC over spring break and brought back four gold plaques from the Heritage National Music Festival.
- In late April, ARHS had 22 band students represent Auburn in the State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University. We had the most band students by far from our area at the contest and our talented musicians earned the following ratings: Trombone Duet: Excellent; Percussion Quartet, Excellent; Large Percussion Ensemble, Superior; Brass Quintet, Superior; Michelle Rabena (percussion soloist), Excellent; Caleb Thompson (percussion soloist), Superior; Karley Thurston (alto sax soloist), Excellent; Austin Bastrom (oboe soloist), Excellent; Jacob Hillard (tuba soloist), Excellent.
- The Advanced Japanese class and Japan Club raised over $450 for the Red Cross and disaster relief from the recent earthquake and tsunami.