The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Liberty High School Diversity Club includes all

December 23, 2014

At Liberty High School there are countless types of people: tall, skinny, overweight, brown, white…the diversity is endless. But until now, there has not been a club to encompass all of these people.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

Diversity Club was founded by seniors Hayley Murdoch and Cecelia Lofton, who hope the club will help students embrace their diversity and find a safe place to be around other people who feel the same.

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Join Issaquah High School Students for Cycle the Wave Club

December 23, 2014

Gathering in the Issaquah High School ceramics room after school each Thursday, a club of six students and adviser Karin Walen discuss how to educate people about and raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence.

Jaimie Waltz Issaquah High School

Jaimie Waltz
Issaquah High School

The Fight the Fear event Nov. 17, sparked new interest in Students for Cycle the Wave.

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Skyline High School Red Cross Club has Jan. 12 fundraiser

December 23, 2014

During the holidays, it’s important to be thankful for everything you have and remember there are people less fortunate than you. It’s important to remember to give back.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Skyline High School’s Red Cross Club is holding a fundraiser Jan. 12 to raise money for the Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative. The initiative essentially raises money for children and families in Africa — who don’t necessarily have access to immediate health care — to allow them to get measles and rubella vaccinations.

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Eastside Catholic Microfinance Club helps Third World countries

December 23, 2014

Since its inception last year, the Eastside Catholic Microfinance Club’s mission has been to raise money for entrepreneurs in Third World countries to start a business.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic High School

Microfinance is relation-based banking; several entrepreneurs loan money to a person in a Third World country to help him or her start a business.

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Hot List

December 23, 2014

Movie: ‘Interstellar’

“Interstellar” is a dramatic sci-fi film that came into theaters Nov. 7. With human life on Earth on the brink of apocalyptic termination, a team of explorers embarks on an intergalactic mission to find mankind a new home. “Interstellar” combines the virtues of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Gravity” into a dramatic, mind-bending adventure among the stars.

Album: ‘V,’ by Maroon 5

“V” is Maroon 5’s fifth and most recent album, showcasing their upbeat style and Adam Levine’s impressive falsettos. “V” spawned hit singles “Maps” and “Animals.” Featuring pulsing rhythms and highly energetic songs, “V” is Maroon 5’s first album since 2012’s “Overexposed.”

Book: ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

The novel “Unbroken,” which is being released as a movie this Christmas, tells the harrowing true story of survivor Louis Zamperni. Emerging from a troubled youth to become a groundbreaking Olympic runner, Zamperni eventually joins the military only to wind up in a World War II Japanese POW camp. “Unbroken” is the powerful story of one man’s persistence and grit in overcoming impossible odds.

Try wishing each other happy holidays

December 23, 2014

The United States is often considered to be the melting pot of the world in terms of racial and cultural diversity, and along with this variance there comes an assortment of religious traditions during the winter season.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

In modern America, we try to be conscious of how everyone celebrates the holiday season. However, there is an undeniable tendency for people to assume a majority of the population celebrates Christmas as opposed to other holidays during winter, such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule. Should Americans be expected to be more inclusive of these holidays, too, or is it perfectly acceptable to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” to anyone during the winter season?

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Photo of the Month

December 23, 2014

By Pratik Vaidya Issaquah High School decks the halls with some Starbucks-themed spirit.

By Pratik Vaidya
Issaquah High School decks the halls with some Starbucks-themed spirit.

Let’s Talk About It — What causes school shootings?

November 26, 2014

For decades, school shootings have plagued our country.

Zoe Buchli Beat reporter

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High Schoo

In fact, since 1980, there have been more than 100 college and high school shootings recorded in the United States. There are a plethora of theories as to why they occur so frequently, but is there a single, definitive reason for these shootings or do they result from a complex combination of things?

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The Mind Matters at Liberty

November 26, 2014

Monday, Nov. 3, was the first meeting of Mind Matters, a club at Liberty High School founded by seniors Jenna Purkis and Lily Dunlap.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

The club’s focus is educating the student body and cultivating the school’s awareness of the impact mental illnesses have on teenagers.

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