Raider Record

February 28, 2020

WE [are] BHS!

By now, most people in Bellingham have seen students, staff, coaches, or advisors wearing shirts or sweatshirts with the iconic WE [are] BHS logo. In this exclusive interview we hear directly from the man behind the plan, BHS leadership, math, and video productions teacher Ben Goodwin.

Raider Record: Where did the idea for WE [are] BHS come from?

Ben Goodwin: WE [are] BHS materialized in the Bellingham High School Leadership Class last spring. The class wanted to create a physical symbol that could unite the school while also honoring the different ways that students connect to BHS (classes, clubs, sports, etc.).

RR: When did it start?

BG: The class began roll out last spring by slowly introducing the idea to student groups, staff, coaches, and advisors. Over the summer students had the opportunity to purchase shirts prior to the school year. The true kickoff was the first day of school at our back to school assembly. At the assembly, Lilly Jackson, ASB Communications Director, described the meaning behind the shirts and what the campaign stood for.

RR: What’s your favorite part of the campaign?

BG: I love the excitement that it has created. In some ways, it’s a through line that connects everything we do at BHS. I believe it’s helped unite different student groups and shown everyone that everything that we do at BHS is important and each symbol on the big poster plays a role here and is valued.

RR: What is the next big idea you are mulling over for making BHS even better?

BG: The leadership class has been very excited about what's been started this year. As we look forward, we want to find ways to make all students feel what we have physically represented. We want all students to understand what WE [are] BHS stands for and we want to live out our values with action by showing students that everyone and what they do here is honored, respected, and celebrated.

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Raider Pride is Statewide!

Congrats to our winter state competitors this past weekend:

  • Elijah Drew won state dive! He repeats as State Champion in this event. Thomas Whipple placed 3rd, and Michael Rosen 14th.
  • Haleigh Weis placed 11th all-around in gymnastics.
  • Elijah Marquez placed 4th and Julian Donahue 8th at wrestling

The WIAA featured last week's Unified Basketball game on social media:

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Weekly Bulletin

Career and Community Events

Scholarship Season is Here!!

Look at the Scholarship Bulletin on the BHS Website. Go to the Student tab, click on the Career Center and open the scholarship link.

Applications are posted for:

· Whatcom Dollars for Scholars

· WCC Foundation Scholarship

· Barron Trades Scholarship

· Whatcom Women in Business

· B.A.S.E Scholarship

· Ewing C Kelly

· Juniors apply for Masonic Scholar Citizen

Many more! Come to the Career Center if you have questions.

On April 6, we will open the application for our fall 2020 Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS). Incredible scholarship opportunity for students interested in pursuing high-demand trade, STEM and health care careers through a certificate, apprenticeship or associate degree program at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges.

*Summer Conservation Crew Learn about this amazing opportunity!

Earn money and high school credit while gaining job skills and professional references.

Volunteer with Special Olympics!

Volunteering within your community is one of the best ways to learn something new, meet people and support a cause that is important to you. Whatever your motivation, check out these events and opportunities to become more involved with Special Olympic athletes.

Sundays starting March 1st - May 31st


Special Olympics SWIMMING

Swimmers of all abilities welcome to coach athletes in the pool. Also seeking social media volunteers and for Swim-A-Thon fundraiser event.

Location: Arne Hanna Pool

Email Coach Ariella @

Sundays starting March 8th – through April 26th


Special Olympics TRACK & FIELD

Run and coach athletes of all abilities in track and field events.

Location: Squalicum High School

Email Coach Kristy

Sundays starting March 22nd through April 26th


Special Olympics SOCCER

Run drills with athletes and teach playing team defense. Some prior knowledge of soccer helpful but not a requirement.

Location: Bellingham High School

Email Coach Keith