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BACK TO SCHOOL A special supplement to the Daily Sun News and Sun News Shopper AUGUST 17, 2012 BUS SCHEDULE pages 7-15 The Seattle area skyline is topsy-turvy as the Blue Angel jet carrying new Sunnyside teacher Tyler Rice does a hard bank turn to simulate a quick landing on a carrier. During the move the F18 pulled six g, six times the force of gravity. GRANDVIEW SCHOOLS page 3 NEW PRINCIPALS pages 17, 18 … AND MORE! photo courtesy Rice family SHS science teacher soars with an angel by John Fannin New Sunnyside High School science teacher Tyler Rice is bringing more than just classroom experience to SHS this fall. Thanks to a flight in an F18 this summer, he also has plenty of real life experience to apply to those physics and biology lessons. An aerial display by the Blue Angels kicks off Seattle’s Seafair festival each August and on July 31 Rice received the honor of riding in a Blue Angel F18 prior to the Seattle show. Rice, who will teach here after previously working in the White Swan School District, has earned state honors for his efforts in the classroom. He was selected for the jet experience after a Blue Angel pilot saw he received Washington state’s Amgen award for science teaching excellence. The pilot nominated Rice last year, and six months ago the father of four learned he was one of just three people selected to fly in an F18 prior to Seafair. Rice said at each stop the Blue Angels typically have outreach efforts by selecting three people for guest flights - a media person and then two other “key influencers” in the community. He said those nominated in the past have included school board members, superintendents, city council members and others involved in serving the public. After passing a physical exam to make sure he was healthy enough for the grueling 45-minute flight, Rice spent months improving his physical condition, including strength training and cardiovascular work. “It was a real important goal for me to be able to do this and enjoy it,” he says. The effort paid off as Rice made it through the flight with no problems. That’s no easy feat, as the F18 he flew in pulled as much as six g, six times the force of gravity. In other words, his 215 lb. frame in that moment felt like 1,300 lbs. because of the additional gravitational force, or g-force. “It feels like you’re being pulled down into your seat,” Rice said. The Blue Angels taught him in-flight exersee “ Science teacher” next page

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