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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk About It — Bullying over the Internet is easier than in person

May 27, 2014

Jacob Brunette Issaqauh         High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah
High School

Students at Issaquah High School pride themselves on their kindness and the inclusive atmosphere of their school. Yet, in the few instances where IHS makes the national news, it always seems to be for something that totally contradicts that positive self-image: Racist tweets directed toward students at Garfield High School or the sexist “May Madness” competition are the two major examples that come to mind.

And while Issaquah certainly has the most prominent profile in that regard, neither Skyline, Liberty, nor Eastside Catholic is free of bullying either. The question is, how can schools that pride themselves on being friendly, welcoming places still be host to such negative behavior?

A major explanation comes in the rise of social media. While the stereotypical view of bullying is that of bullies beating up kids for lunch money, in reality, that hasn’t been accurate for a long time.

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Keep it together until summer

May 20, 2014

NEW — 12:18 p.m. May 20, 2014

As always, the school year has miraculously flown by. A mere four and half weeks remain until the beginning of summer break.

It is particularly common for students to slack off around this time of year, which is entirely understandable. The sunshine calls you outdoors and, in the heat, an ice cream run never sounds better. Plans for summer distract you, and it has become exceedingly challenging to concentrate on your work.

Seniors especially have difficulty focusing, with prom and graduation fast approaching. Besides, they’ve already completed the college application process, so why keep up the grades?

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

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Work sucks

April 24, 2014

NEW – 10:35 a.m. April 24, 2014

My first day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos. My second day at work: sitting in front of a computer for four hours watching training videos.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

I am praying with all of my heart that my third day of work will involve the excitement of (gasp) putting items in bags for four hours! It will probably be more training videos.

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Teen Talk: How has substance abuse affected your school or community?

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School

Alina Nguyen, senior

“It has caused many people I know in my community to grow distant from relationships and hide from their responsibilities or problems.”
Christine Dao, junior

“I’ve witnessed families being torn down due to it.”

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Officer Montalvo helps keep students safe

April 22, 2014

Drugs are available worldwide to countless people, but are they available to students in high school as well?

For students at Liberty High School, it’s not that easy to get them. School resource officer Dave Montalvo is Liberty’s most important measure against unsafe drug usage among students.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

Montalvo patrols school parking lots and helps students through an online Q & A found on Liberty’s homepage. Montalvo’s mission is “to develop a partnership between law enforcement and the school community that provides a safe environment in which teachers, students, parents and the community can fulfill the mission and goals of the school district.”

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Speaker gives useful drug abuse speech

April 22, 2014

While Issaquah High School sophomores were slogging through HSPE testing and upperclassmen were enjoying a few more hours of sleep last month, freshmen had an array of morning activities throughout one week.

While many initially groaned about the activities, some of the speakers that they got to listen to had an influential message to impart.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

One of the speakers, Jerry Blackburn, is a faculty member in the Addiction Studies Program at Bellevue College. Blackburn is a teacher, community educator, and health and wellness consultant. His presentation focused on the damaging effects of substance abuse.

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ECHS drug policy keeps campus safe

April 22, 2014

Eastside Catholic High School administrators view drug abuse prevention as of the utmost importance, evident from the school’s policies regarding drug use and abuse.

These policies include drug-detection tests, reliance on law enforcement and the use of drug dogs.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic         High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic
High School

The school follows up on this policy with random sweeps of the campus with drug dogs and an annual drug abuse assembly. By being thorough in its attack on drug usage, the school fosters an environment where drug use is forbidden in order to create a safer school environment.

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