HotList

January 21, 2014

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second installment in Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, features “Lord of the Rings” alum Orlando Bloom reprising his role as Legolas, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, in addition to the returning cast from the first Hobbit movie. The plot revolves around a hobbit recruited to help 13 dwarves on a quest to take back their home, which has been seized by a monstrous dragon. Filled with intense drama and laughs all around, the movie is very enjoyable and keeps audience members on the edges of their seats.

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Let’s Talk About It

January 21, 2014

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School
Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Hitting the snooze button to get more sleep

It is finals season and that means stress levels are going up while hours of sleep are going down. Some days, you feel forced to choose between that extra hour of sleep or a potentially better grade. However, all of the choices we make for our bodies come with consequences; choosing to forgo sleep is no exception.

Sleep is basically food for the brain, so depriving your brain of much-needed rest detracts from your mood, awareness and overall performance, according to the National Sleep Foundation. By not getting enough sleep, you are actually detracting from your ability to score well on that test you were cramming for in the first place.

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Teen Talk

January 21, 2014

How are you doing with your New Years resolutions?

 

“I actually really don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. The new year is kind of arbitrary. It’s just another day, right?”

Akielly Hu, junior

 

“I honestly do not believe in New Year’s resolutions, but I do make a set of New Year’s resolutions that I would like to accomplish even though they’ll most likely never get done. ”

Lamiya Kazi, senior

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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

January 14, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014

— Try to remember the resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve. They were probably very ambitious, like “I will go to the gym four times a week,” or “I will stop procrastinating on my homework.” If, two weeks later, you’ve managed to keep any of these resolutions, then congratulations! You have a superpower. Everyone else, keep reading.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

— Try to figure out what went wrong with the resolutions you didn’t keep. (Common problems: working out kind of sucks, doing homework kind of sucks, etc.) Read more

The post-holidays slump takes over

December 30, 2013

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013

Whether it was Christmas, Hanukah or any other December holiday that needs to be inserted here for my statement to be politically correct, you, my fellow mourner, are probably experiencing a post-holiday depression that is only too well-known.

Sampurna Basu  Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Seniors, you are experiencing the final stretch of frenzied essay writing (BSing?) as you submit the last of your college applications. And in your head, you are directing some carefully selected words and phrases at certain classmates who have already been accepted to their dream school, and are now floating on the clouds of happiness that you can only dream about while waiting for decision day in March. But until then, wallowing in misery is a nice way to put it.

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Let’s Talk About It

December 24, 2013

Bullying: Do we even know what it is?

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

A threatening note placed in a locker, a taunting remark in the hallway, a misguided rumor. Bullying has become a pressing issue in schools nationwide, affecting kids as young as 6 years old, and often has played the role of catalyst in teenage suicides and self-harm.

If bullying is such an important concern, why are 50 percent of bullying incidents not reported? The first step to lowering this statistic is to understand what bullying truly means. To put it simply, bullying occurs when one person or group uses superiority or aggression to exploit the weaknesses and flaws of another. This exploitation of others is seen everywhere, from elementary schools through high schools.

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Teen Talk

December 24, 2013

How do you think the recent focus on bullying has affected the issue?

 

“I definitely think the focus is a positive thing, because schools don’t seem to focus much on teaching kids to be good people otherwise.”

Wooyang Son, senior

 

“I’m not sure of the effect it has had on eliminating bullying, but it’s certainly increased awareness about its dangers and consequences.”

 Henry Pratt, junior

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Fundraisers go above and beyond

December 24, 2013

 

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School students have gone above and beyond in their three fundraisers so far this year.

Stuff the Bus was a toy drive for Seattle Children’s. For a week, students stuffed a bus full of toys and books for the children at the hospital. In addition, many took the time to write kind notes to patients.

“Seattle Children’s was very appreciative and they even wrote an article about Issaquah High School’s donation in the magazine they publish,” junior Suzy Emerson, Associated Student Body representative, said.

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Skyline’s Scinite rocks out

December 24, 2013

Victoria Snitsar Skyline High School

Victoria Snitsar
Skyline High School

Scinite is a hard rock band started in 2011 by three Skyline High School students — Austin Lowrance, Chris Hart and Andrew Pedroni — who performed as a three-member band until March 2012.

Their major musical influences include AC/DC , Guns and Roses, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and Aerosmith.

The band has played in many venues in Seattle and on the Eastside, including Ground Zero, the Sammamish EX3 Teen Center, El Corazon, the Old Redmond Firehouse, Rendezvous, the Black Dog Cafe and the annual Teenfest event at Sammamish City Hall.

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Hot List

December 24, 2013

Album:

‘Beyonce’ — Beyonce

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

Many Facebook users were surprised on Friday the 13th with a notification announcing the release of Beyoncé’s fifth studio album. Hailed by many as “the year’s most brilliant release,” the album contains 14 brand-new songs and includes collaborations with Drake, Frank Ocean, and, of course, her husband Jay-Z. By not promoting her album at all — no pre-release singles or teaser videos on YouTube — Beyoncé made its release a true surprise for fans worldwide. The album quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes within a few hours. As always, this is Beyoncé’s world, and we are just living in it.

BeatList BrokenStarBook 20 copy

 

‘These Broken Stars,’ by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Think “outer space Titanic.” This science fiction novel deals with the timeless love story of Lilac LeRoux, daughter of the most powerful man in the entire galaxy, and Tarver Merendsen, an army-enlisted son of a teacher and a poet. One night, the massive luxury spaceliner called The Icarus crashes, leaving the two teens to fend for themselves. With few resources and little information about their whereabouts, the pair makes a desperate trek to find other survivors and send for rescue.

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