Opinion: Pro on Obamacare

December 18, 2013

NEW — 10:50 a.m. Dec. 18, 2013

In the past few years, you have most likely heard people around you discussing Obamacare. Chances are you haven’t really paid much attention to what they were saying. I mean, as a teen, it doesn’t affect you right? Think again.

Before I begin, what is Obamacare?

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What happened to the Issaquah Highlands?

December 11, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Dec. 11, 2013

At some point recently, the Issaquah Highlands became a place that people would actually want to go to. I don’t really know what happened.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

Whenever I thought of the highlands, I thought of an ugly place. The main image that came to mind was a neat grid of streets, with nothing but flat wasteland separating them. Farther up the hill was a huge neighborhood of houses that were eerily similar and spaced too close together.

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Umbrella causes lockdown

December 2, 2013

Last month, custodian Allen Anderson walked into Issaquah High School, wearing his camouflage jacket and carrying his umbrella. A short while later, he was facing down a squad of armed police officers.

The confrontation came about as a result of a 911 call reporting a suspicious man carrying what looked like a gun. The police contacted school administrators, who enacted lockdown procedures to protect everyone in the building from the potential weapon: Anderson’s umbrella. After hearing the description of the supposed gunman over his district-issued two-way radio, Anderson recognized himself as the suspect and used the radio to inform administrators.

Jacob Brunette

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Under directions from Assistant Principal Derek Heinz, Anderson walked to the front of the school, alone, wearing the coat mentioned in the 911 call. When he reached the front door, he saw four armed police officers in the parking lot.

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Sammamish supports Tent City 4

December 2, 2013

While there is generally strong support throughout Sammamish for Tent City 4, the sudden decision to host the camp near Skyline High School alarmed many parents in the area.

Most Skyline students welcome the change and many have contributed with donations and meals. Curious about the set-up of the traveling homeless encampment and wanting to make my own judgment, I decided to visit the site.

By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

Driving in, the first thing I noticed was that the donations and security tents, along with the general kitchen, washing and common areas, were separated from the actual campsite. As I stepped out of my car, I was greeted by a smiling volunteer who helped me unload donations and introduced me to the people working at the desk.

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Let’s Talk About It

December 2, 2013

Youths are exposed to challenging circumstances every day. Every happy face has a story behind it, and sometimes that story is bad enough to drive someone to take his or her life.

Teen suicide, a subject some don’t like to breach, is a crippling problem when it comes to attempting to reverse the statistics. In our community, we are lucky enough to have access to a variety of great resources, like school administrators and TeenLink, to help students in need. But, frankly, teens are still reluctant to approach an adult or peer if they are struggling.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

The general attitude among teens is it is easier to ignore a problem than get involved in a serious ordeal if you suspect someone you know might be struggling. This is not helped by the fact that, according to the Healthy Youth Survey administered by the Issaquah School District, most students do not feel comfortable approaching a staff member at their school with personal problems.

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Teen Talk

December 2, 2013

How comfortable do you feel reporting a problem to the school administration?

“I feel very comfortable … Ever since I’ve been at IHS, the staff here have been nothing but accommodating, and we have a lot of incredible teachers and faculty members that are willing to talk about anything.”

Benny Feinsilber, junior

 

“Usually, I feel like I can figure it out on my own or it’s none of my business, but I guess if I was really put in a tough situation, I wouldn’t be that afraid to go to the administration.”

Lutza Petrin, senior

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The end-of-year grind will be over soon

November 29, 2013

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 28, 2013

November and December are two of the most stressful yet exciting months of the year.

Homecoming has come and gone in a blur of anticipation and pictures. The novelty of reconnecting with friends and gossiping about languish summer travels has long since worn away.

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

It’s during these two months that the grind of school truly kicks in, and getting up in the morning becomes a battle. Grades begin to slip while the number of tests and quizzes continues to increase exponentially. Hitting snooze on your alarm clock has become an unfortunate habit, and so has sleeping at twelve o’clock, or one o’clock, or two o’clock…

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A dose of reality

July 16, 2013

I have been on The Beat for the past three years and, up until this year, I have always had someone else from Liberty on The Beat with me. We split up writing assignments, shared Teen Talk duties and could volunteer for articles we were interested in writing, while passing up those we weren’t.

Veronica Austin Liberty High School

Veronica Austin
Liberty High School

This year, I was the only one from my school, meaning all of those once-shared responsibilities fell onto my shoulders; I’ll be the first to admit that my motivation to produce quality work was no match for the senioritis that had overtaken me by October.

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What I gained from my year on The Beat

July 16, 2013

Writing for The Beat this year taught me that journalism is very much a team effort. Earlier in the year, I approached it as an individual venture, but I quickly learned that is not the case.

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Sophie Mittelstaedt Issaquah High School

Although articles are written independently, a huge portion of our success stems from our ability to work as a group. Showing up to meetings, brainstorming story ideas, working together, communicating well and fundraising are essential if we want to have a strong page. Over the course of the year, I have become a more active team member than when I started out, and this skill will aid me in other areas of life.

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The Beat makes me pay attention

July 16, 2013

This month marks the completion of my second year of writing and reporting for The Beat and I can honestly say that I learn something new from every assignment.

Sampurna Basu Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

When I first joined, I remember I was super excited in general. Excited to learn new things about the community, excited to have my writing read by the entire community, excited to be a part of a new team.

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