Rocket club launches dream for national title

April 29, 2014

Many of them don’t have the desire to study physics in college, but the eight members of the Skyline High School rocketry club are united this year in lessons in propulsion, weight distribution and mass.

Along with Newport High School in Bellevue, Skyline is one of two teams from Washington that have qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a 100-team national competition that takes place May 10 in The Plains, Va., near Washington, D.C.

The eight team members are Kieran Dong, Griffin Johnson, Crystal Liang, Ankit Madhira, Gleb Sych, Ben Therrien, Ian Walp and Pan Zhang. Skyline physics teacher Rebecca Fowler is their adviser, although contest rules prohibit her from providing physical help.

Contributed Skyline High School rocketry club students, including (from left) Ian Walp, Ankit Madhira and Kieran Dong, prepare to test launch the solid fuel rocket they will enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia.

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Skyline High School rocketry club students, including (from left) Ian Walp, Ankit Madhira and Kieran Dong, prepare to test launch the solid fuel rocket they will enter in the national Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia.

It’s the third time in four years Skyline will send a team to the challenge, which invites students in grades seven through 12 to participate. The rules change annually, and teams must submit data from practice launches to qualify.

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‘IB Film’ develops creativity, enjoyment

February 25, 2014

This school year, Skyline High School added a new class to its International Baccalaureate course offering: “IB Film.”

The course aims to develop in students a “creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film.” The class focuses on three main aspects of film — textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“Our goal was to develop an awareness of how film is constructed and how meaning is developed when you work with audiovisual imagery,” said Richard Harvey, chief examiner of the IB film program. “By understanding that process, students develop a greater awareness of how film communicates to them.”

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Student squeezes beauty pageant into busy schedule

February 4, 2014

The sheer course load involved with the rigorous curriculum overwhelms many International Baccalaureate diploma students, but that hasn’t stopped Ava Trindeva from running for Miss Teen Washington USA this year.

“I never thought of myself as doing one,” Trindeva, a member of DECA at Skyline High School and a classical piano player, said regarding pageants.

Ava Trindeva

Ava Trindeva

But a pageant adviser found Trindeva on Facebook, and she then considered the prospect of running.

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