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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The Beat — DECA will showcase student skills at state

February 24, 2015

Technically defined, DECA is a business and marketing club whose mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

But at Skyline High School, DECA becomes as much as about leadership, innovation and teamwork skills as business skills. With a total of 276 members, Skyline DECA is both the largest academic organization in the Issaquah School District and one of the biggest in the state.

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The Beat — Baseball gets going at Eastside Catholic

February 24, 2015

In March, Eastside Catholic baseball opens its season against nonleague opponent Skyline.

Billy Dimlow Eastside Catholic High School

Billy Dimlow
Eastside Catholic High School

Although this game does not affect either team’s league records, both teams are determined to be the “best team on the plateau.”

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The Beat — Hot List

February 24, 2015

Movie:

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge  Out of Water” 

Beat Hot Spongebob 20150200The loveable sponge that has captured the hearts of several generations makes his second big-screen debut with a film that promises the usual silly humor and nautical nonsense. In this new story, SpongeBob must join forces with friends and long proclaimed enemy Plankton in order to take back the Krabby Patty Secret Formula that had been stolen by a pirate called Burger Beard. Their mission takes the group up to the land above water, where they have to learn the magic of teamwork and how to stop a common foe.

 

 

 

Album: 

‘Morning Phase’  

Beat Hot Beck 20150200By Beck

Winner of three Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year, “Morning Phase” breaks through the alternative and rock genres and gives listeners an experience filled with acoustic sounds, electronic vibes and harmonic vocals. With a mix of songs filled with similar soothing sounds and a beautiful collaboration of instruments and vocals, Beck creates a cohesive album that lives up to the stature of the Grammys and opens up the hearts of all those who listen.

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