A special part of our school, Raisbeck Aviation, is that we have many opportunities to host visitors from all over the United States. In the week of 10/11-10/15, we hosted three organizations: Association of Washington Business (AWB), CAPS Network, and the Aircraft Maintenance division of Vulcan, Inc. During these visits, students from our school gave tours to the visitors. Particularly compelling to AWB was our club, the Green Energy Team. They were so inspired that they invited us to their annual Evening of Excellence Black-Tie Gala. This event celebrates business leaders across the state of Washington.
On the day of the event (11/18), our mentor Dr. Alain Semet dropped our car off to display at the venue, right at the entrance. As guests walked in, they immediately saw our car and were impressed by what high school students accomplished. Three of our members attended this event along with our principal and one teacher. In addition, numerous industry leading companies in Washington attended this event. To name a few: BlueDot Photonics, Inc, Polymer Industries, and Empire Bolt & Screw.
Connecting with industry leaders is crucial for us as high school students to improve our skills. This event was a great opportunity for doing so. We talked to many companies which opened networking opportunities for us in the future. Hai Lin Truman shares his thoughts on the event. “I felt that it was an amazing opportunity to outreach with industry professionals and show off our car. We were able to make great connections and set up our club to be much more successful in the future.” Starting these connections early creates meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime.
This event allowed us to display our capabilities as high school students in an industry where we are scarce. We hope to pave the way for future generations in STEM.
Alexis Lee (11), Hai Lin Truman (11), and Timothy Jou (10) on the red carpet