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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Drunken driving is about making choices

April 22, 2014

Everyone knows getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is not only a poor choice, but also illegal.

However, many students continue to make such dangerous decisions.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

In the most recent Healthy Youth Survey administered to Skyline High School sophomores in October 2012, 7 percent of students reported having driven drunk and 20 percent reported having ridden with a drunken driver within the past month.

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HotList

April 22, 2014

Movie: ‘Divergent’

In this electrifying, post-apocalyptic thriller based on the book by Veronica Roth, Tris Prior must choose between five factions, with whom she will have to reside for the rest of her life. However, when Tris discovers that she is a Divergent, meaning she is unable to fit into any one particular faction, she will have to fight for her life by keeping her true identity a secret from those who see the Divergent as a threat to society.

 

Music: ‘G I R L’

By Pharrell Williams

After having helped produce two smash hits in 2013 with “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” Pharrell Williams continues his string of soulful, pop singles in his second studio album. With duets with superstars such as Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, and his acclaimed single “Happy,” Williams has created another great musical success.

 

Let’s Talk About It: Healthy Youth Survey shows increase in substance abuse

April 22, 2014

The prevalence of substance abuse among teenagers is skyrocketing, as more youths are being challenged by emotional, mental and social difficulties.

In October 2012, the Issaquah School District conducted its fifth biennial Healthy Youth Survey among Issaquah sixth-, eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders. The anonymous survey asked about students’ physical activity and nutrition, drug abuse, emotional health and other “risky behaviors.” Questions regarding substance abuse made up more than half of the survey.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Today’s high school students experience laborious amounts of homework, time-consuming extracurricular activities and elevated parental expectations. As teenagers begin entering high school, some resort to substance abuse to cope with the additional stress and responsibility they didn’t face in middle school.

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Social media profiles

April 21, 2014

NEW — 4:55 p.m. April 21, 2014

For most of us, social media facilities are the holy grail of our entertainment. Pressing the refresh buttons on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest on our various smartphones, laptops and tablets is a concerning addiction that we are perfectly content to acknowledge and live with.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

And most of the time, this characteristic of our generation is criticized by those who view us as young whippersnappers. However, are we really to blame for the antics of our peers on these social media that makes these facilities so engrossing in the first place? I would like to outline some basic profiles of the average social media users we all see every time we hit that refresh button.

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Thoughts about ‘my husband’s stupid record collection’

April 9, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. April 9, 2014

I recently read an article on Jezebel about female music writers and women in the music industry in general.

The article focused on a blog run by a woman named Sarah O’Holla, called “My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection.” The blog has brought up a great amount of discussion among the music and feminist communities in the past few weeks.

Why is it such a point of interest? Well, O’Holla’s blog is based on the idea of her exploring her husband’s expansive record collection and writing stream-of-consciousness reviews from the point of view of a person not immersed in the music industry.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

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Exchange student: Bablina Celis

March 25, 2014

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anyone, and having to join a school when you barely understand the country’s culture. This is reality for exchange students like Bablina Celis, from Cancún, Mexico, who is attending Liberty High School.

Celis said moving to America for the school year was a fascinating experience.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

“The thrill of going to a different country to live with a different family and change my everyday life has been absolutely amazing,” she said.

Things are different in America, but in a good way. As an exchange student, she had to move in with an unfamiliar family: the Guzmans.

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Exchange student: Francesco Carella

March 25, 2014

“The food sucks here,” said Francesco Carella, when asked about what he saw as some of the major differences between the United States and his home.

Carella is an Italian exchange student attending Issaquah High School this year. In a recent interview about living abroad, food was the first thing that came to mind.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Besides the food, Carella’s opinion of the U.S. was mostly positive.

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