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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Tips for studying for finals

January 23, 2014

NEW — 1:45 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014

Believe it or not, this school year is already halfway over! Though this may be good news, it comes with a heavy weight: finals.

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

This week typically involves student all-nighters in a desperate attempt to cram a whole semester’s worth of material in one night, hoping to somehow raise or retain a class grade.

Though finals week may be an incredibly stressful time of year for many, here are some tips to make it more bearable:

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Environmental Club raises awareness

January 21, 2014

Noela Lu  Skyline High School

Noela Lu
Skyline High School

Skyline High School’s Environmental Club is about to make a huge impact — its members have decided to help transform their school into an eco-friendly learning environment for students and staff alike.

The King Country Green School Organization provides three levels a school must reach in order to be considered “green”: Level One is waste reduction, Level Two is energy conservation and Level Three is water conservation.

Skyline is not even a Level One school. Other schools in the district, such as Liberty High School and Pine Lake Middle School, are well on their way to reaching Level Two.

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Special Olympics gets student support

January 21, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School has a tradition of supporting special-needs students, whether through the Sharing Interests, Forming Friendships Club, where students go see movies together and organize other fun activities, or through a peer tutoring system. One of the most popular traditions, however, is cheering for our Special Olympics team.

At the “cram the stands” Special Olympics basketball game last year, an amazing turnout made for an incredible experience for everyone present.

“A huge portion of the student body came to support, and the result was this enormous, meaningful and validating experience,” senior Rebecca Chinn said.

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Liberty debuts forensic sciences

January 21, 2014

Nathan Dahm Liberty High School

Nathan Dahm
Liberty High School

Lined with outlines of corpses, fingerprint classification charts and DNA posters, Room 128 is home to three sections of the new “Forensic Science” class at Liberty High School.

The class focuses on subjects including fingerprint analysis, toxicology, blood type and splatter patterns, and DNA investigation, and is a popular course elsewhere in the district. In its first year at Liberty, the class has drawn 93 students.

Science teacher Alisa Jeremica, who previously student-taught forensic science at Lakes High School, is teaching the class. She had asked for a forensics class after she began teaching at Liberty in 2007; approval from the Issaquah School District did not arrive until last May.

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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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