Reflection — The Beat has been a great ride

July 8, 2014

My first impression of The Beat came from Iman Baghai. He did not inspire confidence.

For those who may not know him, Iman is a great guy, a loud, friendly goofball with a sneeze that sounds like a distressed piglet. At first glance, though, he doesn’t seem like he would make a good editor of a news page; he seems disorganized and scatterbrained, and as a freshman listening to his recruitment talk, I remember being very skeptical about the kind of page this guy would run.

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaqauh
High School

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Reflection — The Beat helped me grow

July 8, 2014

Taking a look at the past year, I find myself looking at The Beat as one of the best decisions I have made.

The Beat helped me grow as a writer, and brought me closer to my school since I always had to stay updated on school events.

Azan Sarosh Liberty         High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty
High School

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Reflection — Thanks to everyone for support

July 8, 2014

It’s hard to believe my first year on The Beat is coming to an end.

I have had the privilege of meeting and working with talented, determined and dedicated young writers who have inspired and taught me so much. As the youngest member of the team, I’ve enjoyed my quiet niche as I learned the ropes from my seniors.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

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Reflection — Writing for The Beat teaches confidence

July 8, 2014

As cliché as it sounds, I truly have no words to express how grateful I am to have been a part of The Beat for the past year.

Writing for The Beat has made a huge impact on my life and taught me so many new things: collaboration, the importance of facts and opinions, etc. Through the Beat, I’ve gained new confidence about my writing and sharing my opinions.

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

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Reflection — Journalism is a field I enjoy

July 8, 2014

In my two years on The Beat, I’ve gotten to pursue journalism not only inside school, but outside of school as well.

I initially discovered my passion for it through journalism class at school, and when I heard about The Beat from my teacher, I couldn’t wait to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Getting the chance to write for a real newspaper as a high school student was quite a unique and exciting experience.

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

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Reflection — The Beat gives teens a voice

July 8, 2014

Although I have not spent a long time with The Beat, the experience has been amazing.

The Beat has given me an opportunity to not only improve my skills as a writer, but to learn more about what it takes to create a newspaper. For the two editions I have been a part of, I have had a fantastic time, and I am ecstatic to begin writing again next year.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

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Reflection — Organization, collaborative thinking are important

July 8, 2014

My final year writing for The Beat has certainly been a great one.

Together, my team was able to create monthly issues of our page, incorporating our opinions and the opinions of fellow students and community members. Though no short paragraphs can fully encompass all of the things I learned, I would like to share a few in this reflection.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

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Reflection — The Beat staff has a passion for news

July 8, 2014

I joined the members of The Beat in March of this year.

While my time has been limited with them, what I have learned so far has been quite simple but ultimately rewarding: The members of The Beat are a community of prospective writers who have a passion for news, the art of writing in and of itself, and for others to know the truth about teenage life and the social system of high school.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

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Reflection — Learn to forgive yourself

July 8, 2014

It’s strange to think that I am approaching the end of my second year as a writer for The Beat. Not only that, but the end of junior year.

Junior year was definitely as stressful and exhausting as my friends and teachers warned me it would be, if not more. While I am grateful to have this year behind me, I am thankful for everything I learned and how I have grown — not only as a student, but as a person.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

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Maywood takes second at Rubik’s Cube competition

July 8, 2014

Maywood Middle School took second place at the local “You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube” competition June 7 at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Seven Maywood students, plus one from a Marysville school to round out the team, combined to solve the cube faster than all but one team.

Contributed Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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Maywood Middle School team members (from left) Ben Royce, Cameron Chadd, Andrew Chappelle, Shelby Reese, Matt Barta, Will Slaton, Spencer Slaton and Davan Hwang are whizzes with the Rubik’s Cube, taking second place at the 2014 ‘You CAN do the Rubik’s Cube’ competition June 7.

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