InFlight The Student News Site of Auburn Riverside High School Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Senior year in 6 words Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:32:36 +0000  Senior year is a whirlwind of emotion from being happy high school is over, nervous to start a new journey, excited to leave, sad to leave friends, sad to leave family, excited to make new friends and so on. InFlight asked seniors to describe their senior year in 6 words, here’s what we got.


“ I’m pissed we can’t do pranks”          


“I’m pissed we can’t decorate caps”     


“I am surprised I came today”


“Crazy beautiful trying, but worth it”


“I will miss everyone I met”


“If you saw me I’m surprised”


“Worth way more than 6 words”


“Fast, overwhelming, fun, growth, memories, and amazing”


“ Stressful, tiring, ambitious, crazy exciting, fun”


“The best year of high-school you’ll experience”


“A stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing ride”


“10/10 would not do it again”


“It was a love/hate relationship”


“I can’t wait for what’s next”


“Is it over yet”                                                                                 “We will remember this forever”

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Senior Reflection – PJ Sills Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:31:39 +0000 Auburn Riverside’s been pretty cool. I’ve made some friendships that will last a lifetime, created memories I’ll be proud to tell my kids, and grown as a person immensely. I am in no way perfect, and my high school experience hasn’t been either, but that’s okay. I regret nothing of what I’ve experienced since transferring here in sophomore year, because it’s shaped me to be who I am today.

Choir was my safe haven from the beginning; singing and emoting through music has always been a wonderful break to my day and opportunity to express myself. Mr. Jon Stenson has been a great inspiration to me, as a person, as a teacher, as a musician, as a father. Overall, he’s made my entire high school experience much more worthwhile by allowing me to grow in several aspects of my life.

Theater and Ms. Katy Nuttman were also a wonderful home to me, even if only for a short while.

My start to Riverside was rough, filled with drama, plenty of it my own fault. I’m not proud of who I’ve always been, but I’m certainly proud of who I am now. It would be impossible to thank everyone at this school who’s made a serious positive impact on me, this school is full of some loving, caring individuals.

Sure, high school has got its struggles and Riverside is no different, but I can’t complain too much.

Newspaper has been a lot of fun, too. Four years in newspaper, (three of which at Riverside) and four different advisers has been both a blessing and a challenge, adapting to new expectations and working with lots of new people. My passion for writing, editing, and working with others has been ultimately fulfilled through three very different advisers’ mindsets, but all equally motivating for different reasons. Overall, newspaper was a great experience due to one of my best friends, Alexus Jacobs. She has always been there to listen, support, and love me. I love Alexus Jacobs.

If I had to thank another individual person, it would be another one of my best best friends, Riley McCarthy. We’ve been through everything together. Our relationship began a bit strained but now we’re two peas in a pod and love each other to bits. Singing with her, acting with her, and sitting by her in civics and psychology were some of my favorite moments of high school. I love Riley McCarthy. 

And overall, I love Auburn Riverside.

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Juniors reflect on becoming next year’s seniors Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:27:50 +0000 The final week of school leaves only the junior class and the underclassmen to roam the halls of Riverside, to get a taste of being just a little higher on the class totem pole.

Class of 2020 will be next year’s seniors, a fact that is unbelievable to some.

It doesn’t feel like I’m ready to leave junior year and enter my final year as a high school student,” junior Andrea Sundara admits. “It feels as if I shouldn’t blink because if I do, I might be in senior year, already graduating, or in my room studying for college.”

Although the year has unfortunately come to an end already, there are plenty of good memories to look back on.

My favorite memory of junior year was the time I made it past subs to districts for cross country. I may have been injured at the time but I felt really proud that I could have achieved that,” Joel Espino said.

Espino looks forward to continuing to do well in track and cross country and making his last year at Riverside count.

Sundara is excited to take the future freshmen under her ‘wing’ as a Raven Crew leader.

As next year’s seniors, we will be setting an example for everyone else. A lot of weight will be on our shoulders, but I will most definitely have as much fun as I can possibly have during senior year,” Sundara realizes. “The pressure of being a senior is drastically different than from when you’re a junior. Everyone expects you to have your life in order, and if you don’t then you’re stereotypically going to be a bum on your mom’s couch who hasn’t gotten their life together.”

While the responsibility of becoming a senior seems daunting, it’s certain that the majority of this year’s juniors will be a great example of what a true Raven looks like.

Sundara’s words of wisdom really sums up what most of the students here at Riverside are thinking.

“Time flies really fast, it’s almost scary and I want to slow down, yet I’m excited for what the future has for me.”

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Class of 2019: The trends they have seen Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:26:31 +0000 There are two definitions for “trend” in the dictionary: “A general direction in which something is developing or changing” and “a fashion.” Both of these definitions could help to give one a clearer idea of what trends are recognized as, especially in our society. In a matter of four years, many and many fashion and media trends have passed even through our own school’s hallways—marking history and their hearts. There are many trends that have passed through our country that should never have (for example, the mullet), but lately, there have been many repeats on the trends people have seen. Majority of the repeats seen in this day in age, according to a few seniors interviewed, are denim jackets, plaid pants, scrunchies and high waist pants. It’s not just the 80’s though, a lot of people have been wearing black and white Converse, checkered Vans and chokers.

According to Talia Samuelson, a senior in Class of 2019, she has seen many game and challenge-type trends. She said that some that occurred in her four years was the fidget spinners, dabbing, the manikin challenge, flossing and the water bottle flip. It’s an obvious thing that a lot of these trends are still happening a lot this year, despite their age, but that just makes it more obvious how popular they were.

One trend that was brought up a lot last year (2017) and even had its own spirit day this year were Vines. Despite the “death” of the app back in 2016, many people still continue to quote and make replica videos of these old uploads. There are also still plenty of memes based on specific Vines that you can find anywhere.

Trends are a part of any countries and community’s culture. It plays in our humor and jokes, our clothing styles and even can be a trait of your personality (if you like creating your own trends, or quoting, or dressing in them) It’s insane how many [simply] fashion trends have passed in just this last year. How many have come back in the last few years is especially crazy. Class of 2019 has probably seen almost hundreds in our own very hallways since their freshman year, and they’ll be leaving to find some more out in the real world. 

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Disney comparison of senior year for class of 2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:24:50 +0000 Disney movies embody happiness in a person and can inspire someone. So some seniors were asked to describe their senior year in the best possible way or the worst possible ways within a Disney movie.

Kayleigh or known as Kay Enlow related to The Little Mermaid the most because she is always changing for a man and what they want.

Alexis or known as Alex Praudins related to The Princess and the Frog the most because people are always flaking and never doing what they say they will.

Myriah Dittmar related to the most was The Lion King because it was pretty bad halfway through as Simba was growing up. Then it started getting better as time went on just like high school got better at the end.

PJ Sills related to Monster inc. His senior year is like this movie because he started off with one view and then he opened a door and he gained a new perspective as the year went on. He made new friends and changed his mindset and got a new understanding and he was scared at the beginning of his senior year at one point and now he isn’t so scared and can begin with his future.


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My exchange year at Riverside Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:21:24 +0000 It is a strange thing to move to a different country for a year. However, I believe it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My exchange year here at Auburn Riverside High School has been so much fun, and I’m so grateful for everybody that made this such a great year.


Looking back at my first day here, I can say that I was really nervous. I didn’t know anybody yet, and I was still getting used to speaking English all the time. But everybody was so friendly, and even if I had to ask three strangers before I could figure out how to open my locker, I felt like I was starting to feel more and more at home in this school.


Of course there were times when I missed home. There is a lot of differences between Sweden and America when it comes to many things, and I believe I went through a little bit of what they call a “culture shock.” I’m not saying that one country is better than the other as there are pros and cons with both. That is one big thing that I’ve learned from living in a different country than my own – it doesn’t really matter where you are in the world, because your attitude will always be the deciding factor of if you’re going to be happy or not in that place.


Experiencing high school in America has been very exciting. Things such as school sports, pep assemblies, homecoming, and spirit weeks might seem like a given to an American student, while they were completely new things to me. All of these things brought so much joy to this year, and also gave me an opportunity to make new friends.


As this year is coming to an end, and the fact that I need to leave in less than two weeks is starting to sink in, my feelings are very mixed. A lot happens in a year, and the thought of leaving the amazing people that I’ve been so lucky to get to know makes me so sad. At the same time I’m dying to see my friends and family back in my home country again, and I’m excited to finish my last year of Swedish high school next year. I will always be so grateful for the kindness, the laughter and the support that I have been given this year. Thank you Auburn Riverside High School!



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A summary of the seniors last week of high school Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:10:00 +0000 The seniors last week of school was a roller coaster or emotions and school spirit. The first event the seniors hosted was an attempt to cover the entire school with tin foil. Sadly the administration crashed that party and took it all down before school started so nobody will ever see Riverside covered in foil except for the 2019 senior class.

“The first event we planned was a failed attempt to tin foil the school,” said senior Connor Pennycook.

The seniors last week also kicked off their spirit week with represent your college day. The seniors showed up in their college gear and showed off their future school spirit.

Next came toga Tuesday and “on Wednesday we wear pink” day. The school was flooded with the seniors wearing robes and sheets as togas and then they came decked out in their pink on Wednesday.

Thursday was beach party day and along with it came plenty of Hawaiian shirts and flip flops. The seniors are all trying to participate in their final high school spirit week.

Thursday was also the day where the seniors started to set up for their actual senior prank for Friday. Before the underclassmen get to school on Friday, the seniors will be having their final school event, the senior tailgate. They will all be getting to school early and hanging out together again as a whole class before their last day at high school.

While their last day may come with plenty of emotions, their last spirit week will be one for the books.

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Seniors plans for after high school Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:08:56 +0000 The 2019 school year is coming to a close, and the seniors have lots of mixed emotions about the final chapter of high school. When polled, almost all of the senior class said they had experienced senioritis during the school year. The nerves surrounding graduation and moving on with life can be very scary for some people, but others can’t wait to get out of here.

While the stress of school ending is coming up quickly, many seniors are excited about their plans after high school. According to our poll released last week, 90 percent of the seniors who responded said that they will be attending college in the fall, with the most popular college being Green River College here in Auburn. The second highest college ARHS seniors will be attending is Western Oregon University.

Some of the senior class will be focusing on getting a job first before or instead of college. 4.6 percent of those polled said they will be focusing on starting their career straight out of high school and will then consider college after. The rest of the responses were undecided on what their after high school plans are.

Luckily for them, the seniors have the rest of summer to make their final decisions on what they will be doing this fall.  

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My senior reflection Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:06:02 +0000 Senior year has been a crazy, emotional, defining year for me. I got to experience so many new things, and for the first time in my life, I felt like I was truly free to live up to my full potential.

This year was my final year on dance team, and it was extremely emotional. I helped start the team three years ago, my sophomore year, and to be able to see the numbers and skill level grow and blossom has been a blessing. I got to meet so many amazing people, but they aren’t friends, they are my forever family. I would trust them with anything, even my deepest secrets. I’m going to miss laughing with them, and most of all, performing.

Our final performance together was at the school’s final assembly in May. We got to bond one last time, and I felt so comfortable and happy on the floor with my favorite girls. There will always be a special place in my heart for them. I’m so glad I was brave enough to put myself out there and try something completely new, and allow the whole world to see it. It was an experience that can’t be matched, and dance has taught me so many lifelong skills.

So many crazy changes have happened over my four years. My friend group has completely shifted and was thrown on its side. I reconnected with my best friend since elementary school and I’m proud to call her my best friend again. There was space between another friend of mine, but we reconnected as well and I still consider her a best friend of mine. I know the people I call my friends now are who I need in my life, and we’re all going to keep in touch for a very long time. 

Everything that happened this year has shaped me into the person I am today, the person who is ready to take on the world, away from everything I have ever known and loved. Auburn Riverside has taught me kindness, patience, leadership, and respect. Even though I have had senioritis since sophomore year, I’m still glad I lived in the moment and got to experience so much. Time went by so incredibly fast, but I wouldn’t change a single moment of it.

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Inspiration for senior pranks Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:17:48 +0000 With seniors finishing up their last weeks of high school, the urge for a little fun arises. The few hours left leave opportunity for creative, silly pranks to be pulled on school body, hopefully, extraordinary enough to be remembered for years to come.

Last year, senior Ravens took ‘for sale’ signs and posted them up around the outside of the campus including on the school’s main sign. If that wasn’t enough, cars were parked over the lines of the students’ parking lot, or completely the wrong way. There weren’t any known consequences for either prank other than being told to repark in the student lot.

A prank that seems really clever, but not done here at Riverside, is when the senior class circled around two kids playing chess, making it seem like there was a fight going on.

The rule of thumb when it comes to planning senior pranks is that as long as school property is not damaged and no one is hurt or threatened, then it generally is accepted.

There’s not really an idea as to what prank the class of 2019 will do, but it’s for certain that they have lots of inspiration.

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