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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Photo of the month

July 8, 2014

By Ali Bedbury Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat's photographer, Ali Bedbury.

By Ali Bedbury
Children in a remote Peruvian village smile to see outsiders for the first time in their life, including The Beat’s photographer, Ali Bedbury.

Hot List — check out ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and ‘The Fault In Our Stars’

May 27, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. May 27, 2014

‘In The Lonely Hour’

"In The Lonely Hour," by Sam Smith

“In The Lonely Hour,” by Sam Smith

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith is already well known in the United Kingdom and starting to gain a following in the United States due to his stunningly beautiful and unique voice. The craze began with an acoustic version of “Latch” in collaboration with Disclosure. Every one of Smith’s current songs have found huge success; “Money on My Mind,” “Stay With Me,” “Leave Your Lover” and “Not in That Way” have all been chart toppers. From what we’ve seen already, In the Lonely Hour (to be released June 17) should be a remarkable album.

 

 

 

‘The Fault In Our Stars’

“The Fault In Our Stars”

“The Fault In Our Stars”

“The Fault In Our Stars,” by John Green has been recognized as a heart-wrenching story of two lovers, 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel Lancaster and 17-year-old amputee Augustus Waters. A film based on the novel is set to be released this upcoming summer and already has a huge following of teens anticipating the movie, which will star Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus. If you have yet to read the book, there’s still time; the movie premiers June 6.

Prom at the zoo was unforgettable

May 27, 2014

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

Eastside Catholic High School held its annual junior-senior prom May 17 at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

Following the previous year, where prom was hosted at the Space Needle, the EC Leadership and Associated Student Body representatives worked together to choose a well-known, popular and unique location for the dinner and dance. The dance, from 7-11 p.m., was full of laughter, animals and fun.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme was titled “Through the Looking Glass,” and the Rain Forest Food Pavilion was decorated with white lanterns, twinkling lights and a purple-and-blue color scheme in order to create a magical aura as students ate and danced the night away.

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Skyline car show unites school’s students

May 27, 2014

Noela Lu Skyline         High School

Noela Lu
Skyline
High School

Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and a Mitsubishi Evo X were just a few of the pricey cars that were present at Skyline High School’s annual car show earlier this month.

Skyline’s Associated Student Body is in charge of hosting the popular event where Skyline students are allowed to physically touch all of the cars present and vote for their favorite ones. Held during lunch, this is a much loved and well-known tradition for students.

All of the cars were owned by the families of Skyline students, with each individual car costing between $50,000 and $300,000. The less expensive cars were placed near the entrance of the school’s patio while the security-guarded row of Lamborghinis and Ferraris formed an intimidating line near the back.

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Reclaiming ‘May Madness’ for caring

May 27, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

After last year’s fiasco with the infamous “May Madness” competition, Issaquah High School is responding by reclaiming the name.

This year, May has been dedicated to a series of service projects and events geared toward creating a more caring and unified student body.

“Our hope for ‘May Madness’ was to create a new perspective for the student body,” said Amanda Levenson, a student involved in Associated Student Body. “We wanted students to look around, see how other people are hurting, and understand each other better and how they should interact.”

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Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps continues

May 27, 2014

Azan Sarosh Liberty         High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty
High School

Liberty High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps has been instructing high school students in military training since 2002.

NJROTC provides incoming freshman with the opportunity to take it as an alternative to physical education, offering benefits of military training with “absolutely no military obligation,” according to the school’s NJROTC website. After the closing of the program at Issaquah High School, Liberty became the only school in the district offering NJROTC, but that has led to only one student transferring to Liberty to join the program.

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Teen Talk

May 27, 2014

What are your plans for the summer?

Liberty High School

“I plan on playing basketball, and balancing track, mostly staying in shape and doing ASB camps and activities.”

 Danielle Demps, junior

 

“I plan on taking the opportunity to indulge myself in many foods so I can store up fat for the winter.”

 Bi Dao, junior

 

Issaquah High School

 

“I’ll be interning at Microsoft this summer, basically working 9 to 5 every day

 Megan Chen, senior

 

“I’m going to be an intern at Triumph Aerospace in Redmond.”

Spencer Tickman, junior

 

Skyline High School

 

“I am interning at the University of Washington through UW ALVA’s GenOM (Genomics Outreach for Minorities) project this summer. I will be working in a lab with a professor, doing my own research and conducting my own experiments.”

 Jon Yee, senior

 

“I’ll be going to Taiwan to take an SAT class while visiting family, too.”

 Jessica Ma, sophomore

 

Eastside Catholic High School

“I am going to visit colleges, and spend as much time with my friends as possible.”

 Hannah Johnson, junior

 

“I am going on vacation in Europe, specifically Ireland and England.”

Maggie McKay, senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

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