Advisor: Chelsea Evans

Play your role in documenting the events happening at Hanford by joining the GYRE staff.  Students work collaboratively to create and design the yearbook while developing an understanding of design principles, journalistic writing, and photography.  

Student work samples to follow.


Construction on George Washington Way extends into the spring of 2020
Reported and Photographed by Brian Pham
Road construction triggers a primal part of an individual’s brain—the same part that seeks food, shelter, and comments on social media. Everyone sits and grumbles in their cars, wondering what could possibly be taking construction so long. 
As nearly everybody in the Tri-Cities has noticed, the construction on George Washington Way feels as if it’s taking forever. 
In actuality, it hasn’t been going on forever; it has been going on since June. There has been nearly five whole months of blocked-off roads, delays and traffic backed up all the way to Hanford. And to the surprise and disappointment of many students, the wait is only about halfway over. 
“I’m annoyed because other people don’t know how to drive in construction. Then it becomes dangerous for everyone,” Allison Coleman (12) said. “It’s inconvenient. It takes longer to get places, and I have to avoid driving on it now. And the fact that the project has been going on for so long, only makes things more difficult.”
Students, however, are not the only people surprised about the length of the construction project. “The contractor hasn’t been able to advance as quickly as we had hoped,” said Pete Rogalsky, Richland’s Public Works Director. “The intended finishing date for the construction was Nov. 15, but at the pace the construction has been completed, that simply isn’t possible.” 
After cold weather begins in the Tri-Cities, construction on the road will come to a halt and will only resume in the spring. 
And though the construction is an inconvenience, it is a necessary evil. 
“Pavement, particularly on George Washington Way, gets a lot of pounding and a lot of traffic and just wears out. So, every so often, [we] have to redo it and put fresh material down to handle the wear and tear,” Rogalsky said.
Overall, the construction on George Washington Way will positively affect the community and will likely last for 20 years.
 “We have to put up with the inconvenience to have facilities that are able to support the way we like to travel. So it’s kind of the price of life,” Rogalsky said.


Winner of Got Talent stage tells the story of the 75th anniversary of the Hanford Project using sand

Reported by Rebecca Qian; Photographed by Michelle Fu
The Champions of Ukraine’s Got Talent are like rare gems, but for the orchestra students of Hanford, they got front-row seats.  
On Sept. 5 and 6, the chamber orchestra had the opportunity to open for Kseniya Simonova, the unique sand artist who took the Got Talent stage by storm. Simonova was invited to bring her programs from the worldwide stage to the Hanford auditorium for the 75th anniversary of the Hanford project. 
Because the performances were during the second week of the school year, the orchestra had little time to prepare their two pieces, “Hoedown” by Aaron Copland and “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber.
“I’m always grateful when we can bring someone who is recognized as one of the best. It offers us a window into what it is to truly be great,”said orchestra director Chris Newbury.
Following the orchestra’s performance of the two pieces were Simonova’s stories, told through a symphonic soundtrack and a progression of  life-like drawings arranged in the sand, by hand. Each of her five-minute stories, incorporated themes of love, perseverance, and the Hanford project. 
Simonova has only been performing with sand for a few years. Graduating from college with degrees in psychology and graphic design, she had never considered utilizing sand to convey a story. It was only after the magazine company that she had poured her heart into collapsed that she went into a depression. Her husband then placed a bag in front of her and said, “This is your new life. I just know it.”
Simonova was hooked as soon as her hands hit the sand and used the inspiration of people she met and first-hand experiences to create her tales. 
Thanks to the support of her husband, Simonova got a surprise audition for Ukraine’s Got Talent. And before she knew it, she made it to the finals of Ukraine’s Got Talent and was travelling across the world to share her craft.
“Being able to perform [for Kseniya] and watch her was a really amazing opportunity. It was very inspiring!” said orchestra member Aria Allen (11) .