The Beat — Teen Talk

February 24, 2015

Should colleges base their admissions on standardized test scores?

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS “No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Raman Kaur, senior, LHS
“No, because you can’t wrap up 12 years worth of education in one test score.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS “No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Hayley Murdoch, senior, LHS
“No. Colleges should base their admissions on GPA, references and essays, because they show the long-term improvement and intelligence of the student.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS “Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Sabrina Loos, sophomore, SHS
“Yes … standardized tests remain the same through every school district, nationwide. Therefore, they provide the only unbiased way to compare students academic ability, regardless of different grading scales or teacher leniency.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS “No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Paul Kim, junior, SHS
“No, because, in my opinion, they do not accurately depict the intelligence of the student, and it takes credit away from the achievements that students have received in their school work.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS “Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Tristana Leist, senior, ECHS
“Colleges should use standardized testing as a baseline but not as a factor carrying more than 30 percent of the weight in the application. All colleges should conduct personal interviews as part of the admissions process.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS “Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Jack Morgan, junior, ECHS
“Absolutely not, because standardized tests don’t test how smart you are. They only test how much money you have to pay for prep courses.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS “Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Namrata Chintalapati, junior, IHS
“Standardized tests present an extremely narrow depiction of a student’s abilities, because privileged children have the resources to prepare for tests like the SAT or ACT better, and that therefore skews the representation of how ‘smart’ a student is.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS “For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Kunal Gupta, senior, IHS
“For me, my ACT score was a way to show college that I am knowledgeable separate of what they see from my GPA.”

Chase Steiner named as national youth delegate

February 10, 2015

Chase Steiner, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, has been selected to represent Washington as a National Youth Delegate to the 2015 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

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Girls fight bullies, Find Kind in club

November 26, 2014

Four years ago, Eastside Catholic High School welcomed guest speakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson to talk about their campaign and film — “Finding Kind” — that discussed the cause and effects of girl-on-girl bullying.

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

The idea caught fire: Shortly after Parsekian and Thompson’s visit, EC created its own club under the same name, where middle-school and high-school girls could meet up once a week and discuss bullying prevention.

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Young Issaquah violinist to play in Pioneer Square

August 19, 2014

Issaquah teen Alena Hove will perform in a Pioneer Square pop-up concert Aug. 26.

Hove, a student at Eastside Catholic High School, will play the violin, an instrument that helped her win the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

The 15-year-old performs from noon to 1 p.m. at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park at the corner of South Main Street and Occidental Avenue South in Seattle.

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Queen of the KING FM contest

July 29, 2014

Alena Hove wins Young Artist Award

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

Alena Hove, an Eastside Catholic High School student, performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin. Courtesy KING FM

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

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Issaquah’s Alena Hove wins the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division

July 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 19, 2014

When she was a young child, Alena Hove’s first music teacher always told her and the rest of her classmates one thing when it came to music: On all the days you eat meals, you need to practice.

Hove, who is heading into her sophomore year at Eastside Catholic High School this fall, took that piece of advice to heart, and it has paid off. Hove’s talent as a violinist won her the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for the junior division of ages 6-15.

“I do a lot of competitions,” the 15-year-old said. “So, preparing for them helps me keep improving, as well as going to different teachers to see what they think about my music.”

Courtesy KING FM Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. She won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

Courtesy KING FM
Eastside Catholic High School student Alena Hove performs at KING FM studios. The Issaquah 15-year-old won the 2014 KING FM Young Artist Award for her skill on the violin.

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Prom at the zoo was unforgettable

May 27, 2014

Marissa Secreto Eastside Catholic         High School

Marissa Secreto
Eastside Catholic
High School

Eastside Catholic High School held its annual junior-senior prom May 17 at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo.

Following the previous year, where prom was hosted at the Space Needle, the EC Leadership and Associated Student Body representatives worked together to choose a well-known, popular and unique location for the dinner and dance. The dance, from 7-11 p.m., was full of laughter, animals and fun.

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired theme was titled “Through the Looking Glass,” and the Rain Forest Food Pavilion was decorated with white lanterns, twinkling lights and a purple-and-blue color scheme in order to create a magical aura as students ate and danced the night away.

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Teen Talk

May 27, 2014

What are your plans for the summer?

Liberty High School

“I plan on playing basketball, and balancing track, mostly staying in shape and doing ASB camps and activities.”

 Danielle Demps, junior

 

“I plan on taking the opportunity to indulge myself in many foods so I can store up fat for the winter.”

 Bi Dao, junior

 

Issaquah High School

 

“I’ll be interning at Microsoft this summer, basically working 9 to 5 every day

 Megan Chen, senior

 

“I’m going to be an intern at Triumph Aerospace in Redmond.”

Spencer Tickman, junior

 

Skyline High School

 

“I am interning at the University of Washington through UW ALVA’s GenOM (Genomics Outreach for Minorities) project this summer. I will be working in a lab with a professor, doing my own research and conducting my own experiments.”

 Jon Yee, senior

 

“I’ll be going to Taiwan to take an SAT class while visiting family, too.”

 Jessica Ma, sophomore

 

Eastside Catholic High School

“I am going to visit colleges, and spend as much time with my friends as possible.”

 Hannah Johnson, junior

 

“I am going on vacation in Europe, specifically Ireland and England.”

Maggie McKay, senior

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

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