Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse

March 25, 2014

Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.

Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.

Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse.

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Skyline FCCLA and ‘The Hunger Games’ teach students about hunger

March 19, 2014

NEW – 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2014

Hunger debilitates the mind and body, and hinders a person’s ability to function properly.

Let’s take a moment to understand a staggering statistic about hunger in America: Currently, 16.2 million — or one in five — students in the United States struggle with hunger. According to Skyline High School’s FCCLA chapter, only 40 percent of Skyline students were aware of this growing issue.

Noela Lu Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

FCCLA, or the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, supports many causes. For the past few years, the Skyline chapter has supported No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of childhood hunger in America.

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Network keeps Patriots informed

February 25, 2014

The Liberty Student Network is a news channel broadcasted to all Liberty High School staff and students every month, keeping Patriots up to date on new topics regarding the school.

LSN works to provide its viewers with diverse topics, such as fun facts about teachers, updates on construction progress and much more. The network’s main priority is keeping Patriots informed.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

The network is changing this year since new teacher Torrey Womble has taken over. With the change in leadership came a change in equipment as well: The network now has newer equipment that it hopes will allow it to provide viewers with more special effects and better quality video.

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Student film festival was under marketed

February 25, 2014

Earlier this month, the Seattle International Film Festival branched out, and hosted an Issaquah International Film Festival in the Issaquah High School theater.

The event was meant to broaden SIFF’s normal audience and increase attendance among high school students. To help with that, the festival was accompanied by a daylong filmmaking challenge, in which the video production class (I-Vision) at IHS made short films about the same topic.

Jacob Brunette Issaquah High School

Jacob Brunette
Issaquah High School

The challenge was a success. The movies made by the I-Vision students were imaginative and well-made, and were broadcast to the entire school over the next week, through the I-Vision news program. Unfortunately, they did little to help the festival itself.

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‘IB Film’ develops creativity, enjoyment

February 25, 2014

This school year, Skyline High School added a new class to its International Baccalaureate course offering: “IB Film.”

The course aims to develop in students a “creative and critical independence in their knowledge, experience and enjoyment of film.” The class focuses on three main aspects of film — textual analysis, film theory and history, and creative process.

Salma Mahmoud Skyline   High School

Salma Mahmoud
Skyline High School

“Our goal was to develop an awareness of how film is constructed and how meaning is developed when you work with audiovisual imagery,” said Richard Harvey, chief examiner of the IB film program. “By understanding that process, students develop a greater awareness of how film communicates to them.”

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February 25, 2014

‘When the Night’ By St. Lucia

St. Lucia is the solo project of Jean-Philip Grobler, a Brooklyn-based and South African-born electronic artist who has done remixes for the likes of Passion Pit, Foster the People and Charli XCX. “When the Night” is an electronic album inspired by 80’s synth pop that has its share of catchy choruses and masterful production. Songs on the album are all incredibly dance-worthy, with driving beats and rhythmic synth action, and they’re all pulled together by Grobler’s well-suited pop vocals.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School


‘I Am Malala’ By Malala Yousafzai

When she was just 15, Malala Yousafzai stood up for her right to education in Pakistan and was shot by the Taliban. Miraculously, she survived and since her recovery, has been an outspoken activist and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent protest. This book is her story, wherein she tells the tale of her family’s struggle due to global terrorism and their fight for education for daughters, not just sons.

Let’s Talk About It

February 25, 2014

Homework: What does Finland do that we don’t?

Students, how many times in the past week have you complained about your workload? What if I told you that this workload might be detrimental?

This is not the opinion of a mere high school senior frustrated by the amount of homework assigned by teachers. In fact, recent studies show the United States is consistently outscored in terms of academic ability by countries such as Finland, with radical differences in their educational systems, including — you guessed it — significantly less homework.

By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

So, how are their students so successful? There are many explanations, one of which is that they have more free time. I know I speak for many when I say that having 30 minutes of homework a day, rather than three hours, would make me feel less stressed. Instead of drowning in pointless papers, we would be able to do more things that we truly cared about.

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Photo of the Month

February 25, 2014

Photo of the Month The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record. By Tracy Williams

The Issaquah High School medley relay team, (from left) Jason Klein, Ben Nussbaum, Gabe Florsheim and Henry Pratt, prepare for their race at the 4A state meet. The team won, and set a new meet record.
By Tracy Williams

Teen Talk:

February 25, 2014

How does your homework load affect your life outside of school?


“The workload I get from school is completely manageable for me. … My problem is with procrastination.” Ian Paige, junior


“I try to plan ahead to make sure I stay on task and finish all my homework on time, but there are still times when I find myself doing homework on the way to places.” Sandra Mata Diaz, junior

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The 2014 Winter Olympics weren’t perfect, but they were great

February 25, 2014

NEW — 10:55 a.m. Feb. 25, 2014

#SochiProblems. That was how the 2014 Winter Olympics started, with Western bloggers griping about the lack of hospitality in Sochi, Russia.

Of course, complaining wasn’t enough; the bloggers rushed to Twitter, giving birth to the now-trending hashtag, #SochiProblems. Pictures of “peach juice,” multiple toilets in a bathroom stall and light bulbs as door handles popped up on the Internet, all amusing and lighthearted…at the time.

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

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