• 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:
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    Recipient and Finalists to Receive Cash Honorariums, with Generous Support and Resources Provided by the GRAMMY Foundation's

    Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops For Education, and Journeys

    Inaugural Award will be Presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception during GRAMMY® Week 2014

    Congratulations - Meghan Wagner
    Megan Wagner
    WHO: A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states

    have been announced as quarter finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. In total, more than 30,000 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states.

     Frank Medina
    Auburn Riverside High School Electronics Teacher
    Frank Medina is the Auburn School District 2012-13 high school level outstanding teacher of the year. Mr. Medina prepares students for competitive industry careers, apprenticeship programs and post-secondary education opportunities.
    According to Mr. Medina, “It is a true joy to come to work and prepare students with the technical knowledge, employability skills, industry standards and competencies used in today’s workforce.” Mr. Medina teaches electronics, computer maintenance and web publishing courses. Students bring theory to practice in the classroom. In electronics, students learn applied mathematics and circuit analysis in addition to soldering techniques. In computer maintenance, students
    build and repair PC systems, while students in web publishing use HTML code to create new web pages.
    Students also prepare for industry-level certifications. This year six students have earned the International Society of Certified Electronics (ISCET) industry certification and seven more are preparing for the exam. Four students have earned CompTIA A+ industry certification, and one student recently earned industry W3Schools certification in HTML. Because the course curriculum covers what is on the exams, earning certification is the next logical step for many students. “Being certified looks great on a resume, whether a student’s going straight into industry or college,” says Mr. Medina.
    Additionally, Mr. Medina advises the SkillsUSA club at Auburn Riverside. This year 28 students demonstrated mastery of technical and leadership skills valued in the workplace—from extemporaneous speaking to electronics technology—at the SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership & Skills Conference in April. To date
    Auburn Riverside has 22 State Champions and one National Champion. “Students have shared with me that because of SkillsUSA they stayed in school and ultimately graduated. Others shared that they have found their career path and are now either in a college, technical school, in the military or working in a technical field because of the program,” says Mr. Medina.
    Mr. Medina is a member of the Washington Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences (WASTS) professional organization and is acting president of the
    Information Technology Cluster. He is a graduate of the Auburn Teacher Leadership Academy Cohort 2 and a member of the district improvement planning
    One of Mr. Medina’s career highlights has been collaborating with teachers across the district to increase student achievement. According to Mr. Medina, “Together we have made remarkable strides in creating standards and aligning our frameworks, curriculum maps, and assessments. It is an exciting time!”
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    Auburn School Board to honor Auburn Riverside senior
    April 17, 2013
    The Auburn School District Board of Directors will recognize Cassidy Brown, a senior at Auburn Riverside High School, for being an outstanding student on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the board room at the James P. Fugate Administration Building.
    A leader in her own right, Cassidy Brown serves the Raven community with kindness, compassion and joy. According to Raven Crew advisor Meri Benedict, “Cassidy is genuinely kind and thoughtful to everyone she meets. She is always cheerful and smiling…she has a style that is creative, open, non-threatening and embracing of others.”
    Cassidy’s ability to connect to her peers and articulate messages of acceptance and respect has led her to a unique position on campus. “Cassidy leads many Riverside assemblies and activities. She is fluid and articulate when speaking in front of large audiences, and she has the ability to evoke emotion and deliver messages that are openly received and embraced,” says Ms. Benedict.
    In fact, Cassidy delivered a powerful message at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly. She commended students’ commitment to make Riverside a ‘home away from home’, and encouraged them to show school spirit by wearing new spirit T-shirts that everyone received for free. She also challenged students to be the change and, in her own words, “Never let yourself believe that you are just somebody insignificant that can bring no change. If that were true, we would have no Mother Theresa, no Gandhi, and no Martin Luther King, Jr. We are the world. So let’s go change it.”
    Cassidy is a leader in the classroom and on the track. She holds a 4.0 GPA with AP and Honors courses. Additionally, she is a talented cross country and track and field athlete.
    Cassidy dedicates many hours to student leadership activities. Currently, she is the ASB vice president and a member of the Raven Crew. She also volunteers as a café worker and youth leader at Northwest Family Church.
    After graduation Cassidy hopes to become a missionary or teacher.

    CONGRATULATIONS! Chandler Sipes and Jessi Akers took third place at the InternationalDECA Conference in Anaheim, California this past weekend. 


    MORECONGRATULATIONS!  Here are the outstanding Ensembleresults from the State Solo & Ensemble Contest last weekend:


    PercussionDuet of Aaron Howard and Michelle Rabena earned a Superior Rating

    TromboneQuartet of Adam Benabid, Ariana Kupai, Steven Summers, and Jacob Hillardearned a Superior Rating and placed 3rdin State!

    SaxQuartet of Kristina Brockett, Jordan Munson, Dru Wickenkamp, and SumnerBrock earned a Superior Rating

    WoodwindChoir of Lindsay Holzworth, Sam Thurston, Austin Bastrom, Natalie Mendez,Abby Allen, Erica Russaw, Sunny Lee, Dru Wickenkamp, Michalyn Thompson, KyleWuerch, Ryan Smart, and Aaron Rice earned an Excellent Rating 

    Congratulations - Devon Larson.  Devon signed last week for a scholarship to Mt.Hood College for track.
    Devon Larson
    SkillsUSA Auburn Riverside Ravens were well represented at the SkillsUSA Washington State competitions. Your fellow Raven students brought home 8 medals and two have qualified to go on to represent ARHS at National competitions in June. Here are the results: Gold medal winners: Computer Maintenance: Brandon Hall - National Qualifier, Electronics Technology: Hayden Stanko- National Qualifier, Basic Electronics: Ariel Bender, Silver medal winners: Electronics Technology: Riley Schulz, Basic Electronics: Levi Durr, Bronze medal winners: Electronics Technology: Brandon Ogren, Related Technical Math: Branden Ogren , Basic Electronics: Sarah Talley, Honorable mention: Cabinet Making: Fifth Place – Austin Fune, Adam Domenowske top 15. Quiz Bowl: Fourth Place out of 18 teams: Hayden Stanko, Brandon Ogren, Jacob Hillard, Amanveer Singh, and Baldeep Kang, Job Interview: Hayden Stanko and Jacob Hillard – top 8 out of 93 contestants. Extemporaneous Speech: Fifth Place - Sarah Talley out of 21 contestant
    Brett Davis
    Brett Davis is this Scholar Athlete of the Week March 28th.

    “Brett is a genuine and natural leader whose confidence helps him bring about positive change,” boasts Angela Berg, a former teacher and advisor. “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of recognition than Brett.” Read More:


    Congratulations to theTechnology Student Association members who attended and competed in the State TSA conference and competition in Bellevue.  The following people earned finalist medals, and the chance to compete at the TSA Nationals Competition in Florida.  Great job to all members.


    Computer Aided Design 2DArchitecture - Johnny Robertson 4th Place

    DragsterDesign - Matt Jones 4th Place and Matt Benabid 5th Place

    FlightEndurance - Matt Jones 4th Place

    EngineeringDesign - Johnny Robertson 3rd Place

    Technology Problem Solving - James Crews and Johnny Robertson 4th Place

    ArchitecturalRenovation - Ruslan Kuzmich and Ryan Swigart 5th Place

    Woodworking Design LargeProject - Jordan McDonlad 1st Place

    Woodworking Design SmallProject - Ryan Swigart 1st Place Nick Konkler 3rd Place

    2012-2013 WIAA Athlete of the Week Winner

    WEEK 29




    Austin Marty (SR)
    Auburn Riverside HS - 4A


    Marty was 4-8 with a double, a triple, and a homerun in three games last week for the Ravens. He also piled up four RBI and scored three runs.

    • The gymnastics team qualified for the West Central District as a team and Maddie Miller qualified for State.
    • Ben Blanchard is the West Central District Diving Champion and placed 6th at State.
    • The Skills USA Leadership Team competed at the Regional competitions in early January and brought home a combination of 14 individual and team medals: 6 Gold, 4 Silver, and 4 Bronze.
    • Congratulations to Chris Tucker and the Sports Medicine students who are Cascade Regional Blood Services 2012 School Blood Drive of the year. With 526 donors, ARHS broke the record for blood donations previously held by Todd Beamer (513). Way to go, Ravens!
    • ARHS band students competed at The Green River Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Contest on January 26 and earned 27 Superior Ratings, 18 Excellent Ratings, and 3 Good Ratings. ARHS ended up with 39 students qualifying for the state contest in April.
    • The following wrestlers competed at Regional’s: Keaton Dalfrey, Larkin Williams, and Kassondra Knapp. Alternates are Michael Robinson and Michael Ajeto. Larkin Williams qualified for State.
    • The orchestra participated in the Green River Music Region Solo and Ensemble contest on February 9. The following ARHS musicians have qualified for the State Solo and Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University in April: Cello, Dahae Cheong; Small Ensemble, Dayhoung Cheong and Dahae Cheong; Large Group Ensemble, Gia-Hy Tu, Judith Kim, Matthew Lundburg, Jasmine Paik, Cahae Cheong, and Dan Tu. Judith Kim placed as 2nd alternate for violin and Dan Tu placed as 2nd alternate for cello.
    • On February 2, Austin Fune, Adam Domenowske, Jordan McDonald, and Ryan Swigart represented the ARHS Woodworking and Design program at the Puget Sound Regional Cabinetmaking competition. Aus-tin Fune finished in first and Adam Domenowske finished fourth. Jordan and Ryan were in the top fifteen. Both Austin and Adam will advance to the state competition in April.
    • Girls’ basketball advanced to the West Central District tournament
    • Congratulations to Hailey Doolin who won the Association of General Contractors essay contest with her essay about the opportunities of being an Iron Worker. She received a nice cash prize and plans to put the money towards her future education.
    • Congratulations to Janet Oke for being named Employee of the YEAR!
    • The ARHS literary magazine "Smudges" was recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the top six publications out of 417 schools, and one of only two public schools so honored. Pat-rick Swenson is the "Smudges" advisor.
    • Congratulations to Auburn Riverside's Sports Medicine Program for becoming Cascade Regional Blood Services’ High School Blood Drive of the Year.
    • Auburn Riversides Head Girls Basketball Coach Tim Nelson for being the SPSL North 4A Coach of the YEAR!
    • Auburn Riversides student, Brooke Williams for becoming Miss. Pierce County's Outstanding Teen 2013.
    • The boys’ golf team won the SPSL Central Division title with a record of 9-1.
    • Congratulations to Michael Robinson, Auburn Rotary Club Student of the Month. Michael was honored at the Rotary Club luncheon on October 17. Michael was selected because of his academic excellence in addition to his leadership in football, wrestling, and baseball. Michael is also actively involved in service clubs at ARHS such as RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness, Etc.), Honor Society, and Raven Crew.
    • The volleyball team took 7th place at State, losing only one match during the entire tournament. Brenna Bruil was named SPSL 4A North Division Co-MVP, Carson Heilborn and Lexi White was named 1st Team and Precious Atafua was named 2nd Team All League. Chris Leverenz was named SPSL North Coach of the Year.
    • Boys’ Water Polo finished 5th at State, beating Auburn Mountainview in overtime, 7-6.
    • The November blood drive, coordinated by Chris Tucker, was a big success with over 243 participants.
    • Boys’ basketball player Derek Brown was named a Seattle Times Star of the Week for setting a school record, scoring 49 points in the game against Kentridge.
    • Outstanding music students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming have received top honors by being selected to participate in one of the 2013 NAMED All-Northwest performing groups. For the first time in school history, ARHS band students have been selected for this prestigious group. The following students have been so honored: Austin Bastrom, oboe; Adam Benebid, trombone; Steven Summers, trombone. In addition, a record number of ARHS band students have been selected for the All Sate Band: Sumner Brock, baritone sax; Kristina Brockett, clarinet; Marissa Brookhart, bass clarinet; Doug Berry, euphonium; Kyle Johnson, trumpet; Ariana Kupai, trombone; Jacob Hillard, tuba; Aaron Howard, percussion.
    • At the cross country sub-district meet on October 20, the girls’ team took second place in the 18 team meet and the boys’ team placed 7th. Both teams qualified to compete in the West Central District meet. In addition, Rachel Covey and Trevor Love were named to the 1st team All League SPSL and Cassidy Brown was named to the 2nd team all SPSL.
    • Congratulations to ARHS Counselor Jan Sigurdson, who is a nominee for Washington State Counselor of the Year.
    • The volleyball team wrapped up the North Division League Championship on October 23 and is headed to the playoffs. They also placed third out of 64 teams at the Spokane Crossover Tournament in early October, which hosted teams from Washington, Oregon, and Montana.
  •  Janet Oke
    Auburn Riverside HS Classified Employee of the YEAR! - Janet Oke
     Miss Pierce County
     Auburn Riverside HS. Brooke Williams - Miss Pierce County's Outstanding Teen 2013
    Tim Nelson
    Tim Nelson - Auburn Riversides Head Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for SPSL North 4A
    Blood Drive
    Auburns Riversides Sports Medicine Program for becoming Cascade Regional Blood Services High School Blood Drive of the  YEAR!
    Girl Basketball
    Girls’ basketball advanced to the West Central District tournament