|Principal Reba Gilman addresses the AHS students|
|Arrival in Seattle|
|Waiting in the rain to get in|
The pause gave me time to reflect on the amazing journey Aviation H.S. has taken since its opening in 2004. Many have traveled this journey, including my predecessor superintendents Joe McGeehan, who helped dream up the school, and John Welch, who helped make it a reality. Some, like my friend Rita Creighton, started on the journey with us, but have since passed away. Those early days were a leap of faith, especially for the first hundred students who went to the Duwamish site we borrowed from SSCC with four teachers, two office staff, a principal, and a dream.
|Principal Gilman with AHS seniors|
|With school board member Bernie Dorsey|
Finally, the moment arrived. At 2:45, basketball legends Lenny Wilkens and Bill Russell took the stage with charm and charisma to introduce the President. The anticipation was palpable and I watched the reactions of the students - each of whom I spoke with later told me they were grateful for the experience - as much as I listened to the words of the speakers. Finally, nearly an hour and a half after the scheduled end of the event, it was time. Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States...