The Beat — Photo of the Month

March 25, 2015

By Pratik Vaidya Issaquah High School Issaquah Drug-Free Community Coalition Vice Chairman Jerry Blackburn gives a presentation about how drugs affect the developing brain during the State of Mind workshop held March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.

By Pratik Vaidya
Issaquah High School
Issaquah Drug-Free Community Coalition Vice Chairman Jerry Blackburn gives a presentation about how drugs affect the developing brain during the State of Mind workshop held March 21 at Tiger Mountain Community High School.

Let’s Talk About It — Why do teens use drugs?

March 25, 2015

Issaquah High School students take four semesters of health between sixth and 12th grade, heralding the emotional and physical danger of substance abuse. That, believe me, is plenty. Why, then, does drug abuse persist among teenagers?

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

That’s a complicated question.

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Student athletes and the consequences of drugs

March 25, 2015

Among student athletes, the pressure to do drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing, may seem to run high.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

However, the opposite is actually true. The pressure not to take part in drug use, due to strong punishments and repercussions, keeps athletes clean and less liable to the harmful effects of drugs.

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A foundation to a clean lifestyle

March 25, 2015

Peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol regularly plague teenagers in today’s society.

Zoe Buchli Issaquah High School

Zoe Buchli
Issaquah High School

The two main factors that can galvanize a clean lifestyle are whom you choose to spend time with, and what sorts of positions you put yourself in.

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Clearing the smoke about drug users

March 25, 2015

The negative stereotypes that label drug users as mindless and problematic are too generalized for such a diverse group of people.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

*Jason Smith is a Liberty High School student and substance abuser. He acknowledges the negatives of doing drugs.

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Role model shows recovery is possible

March 25, 2015

Most substance abusers think recovery is impossible, or simply not worth it. Jerry Blackburn tells his story to prove everyone wrong.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

He started abusing substances as a teenager, and understands the painful downward cycle of addiction.

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The Beat — Hot List

March 25, 2015

Movie: ‘The Imitation Game’ 

Beat ListImitationGameStarring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” has received a wide array of popularity recently. The movie is based on the true story of the life of British genius Alan Turing, who was instrumental in cracking the codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Called “absolutely heart-wrenching” by many critics, the film’s ability to capture the suspense and emotion of WWII and portray the epic and tragic life of Turing made many deem it deserving of an Oscar.

 

 

Album: 

‘Smoke & Mirrors’ by Imagine Dragons

Beat ListImagineDragons 2015Released in February, Imagine Dragons’ new album, “Smoke + Mirrors” has been an absolute hit for fans. This 13-song album brings a more techno-sound from the band but maintains the pop aspect. Hit singles such as “I Bet My Life” and “Shots” have been featured on the radio and have climbed their way to the top of the Billboard charts.

The Beat — Teen Talk

March 25, 2015

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana?

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior “I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Ryan Nguyen, LHS junior
“I believe that incrimination based on drug-possession is wrong; addiction to drugs is a medical problem, and one should not become a criminal because of it. Therefore, I believe that the legalization of marijuana can change society’s view toward drug-users as not criminals but as people with a health issue.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior “I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Rachael Russel, LHS senior
“I think it’s pointless that marijuana has been legalized because people had access to it before, so legalizing it really didn’t change much.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior “I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Kalyn Crickmore, IHS senior
“I think that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, but I don’t really see the necessity of having it for recreational use.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior “I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Dylan Martorano, IHS junior
“I think it’s great that marijuana has been legalized! As long as the drug is being used safely, I’m happy to see that it could be of importance to so many people in Washington.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior “I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Claire Wright, ECHS junior
“I don’t care because it doesn’t really affect me. I don’t really think it matters what other people do.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior “It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Marek Kossik, ECHS senior
“It’s good because it takes business away from drug cartels and gives money to the state government.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman “I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Angela Shi, SHS freshman
“I don’t approve of it, and I feel like marijuana should still be illegal because it can cause lifelong consequences that are detrimental to your health.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior “I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

Manu Sharma, SHS junior
“I feel that legalization is fine as long as it doesn’t affect others. To smoke marijuana is a choice that someone makes, and it is necessary to be respectful of that choice.”

The Beat — Healthy food regulations need work

February 24, 2015

School cafeterias have never been renowned for their gourmet cuisine. Students especially, however, are criticizing the new regulations regarding school nutrition.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 aimed to create a healthier menu in school cafeterias across the nation to increase student health. That includes limiting the maximum calories of a dish, increasing available fruits and vegetables, limiting sodium and fat, and mandating that the first ingredient of any food offered be a meat, vegetable, fruit or whole grain.

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The Beat — Globalization and sustainability class

February 24, 2015

After wondering what class to fill a hole in my schedule this year, I selected Mr. Jon Whitney’s class “Globalization and Sustainability,” hoping my random choice would not lead to a yawn-filled semester.

Jaimie Waltz Issaquah High School

Jaimie Waltz
Issaquah High School

Whitney, who also teaches history at Issaquah High School, created the curriculum for this semester class.

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