Alcohol category (first place) — ‘Remember’

April 22, 2015

Liberty High School student Anna Woldstad earned first place in the alcohol category for this video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Marijuana category (first place) — ‘Dare’

April 22, 2015

Liberty High School student Ashton Herrild earned first place in the marijuana category for this “Dare” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.

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Transitioning our views of transgender

April 22, 2015

High school is a confusing place where countless awkward personalities mingle, experiment socially and academically, and embark on tumultuous journeys of self-discovery.

Megan So Liberty High School

Megan So
Liberty High School

Kimberly McVicker is like any other teen — she seeks happiness and wants to be comfortable being herself. However, a particular quality of hers has impacted her life more negatively than it should.

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The Beat — Teen Talk

April 22, 2015

Andres Rincon, senior “I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”

Andres Rincon, senior
“I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”

Emma Abraham, junior “At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”

Emma Abraham, junior
“At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”

Amey Sharma, senior “I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”

Amey Sharma, senior
“I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”

Megan Freer, sophomore “As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”

Megan Freer, sophomore
“As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”

Logan Allan, sophomore “Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”

Logan Allan, sophomore
“Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”

Ian Page, senior “My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”

Ian Page, senior
“My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”

Arjun Kumar, junior “I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”

Arjun Kumar, junior
“I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”

Lasya Reddy, junior “My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”

Lasya Reddy, junior
“My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”

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Jane Harris is named new Apollo Elementary School principal

April 21, 2015

Jane Harris will take over as Apollo Elementary School principal next fall, the district announced in an email to parents at the beginning of April.

Jane Harris

Jane Harris

Harris moves to Apollo from Maywood Middle School, where she most recently served as assistant principal for the past eight years. She was also a longtime teacher at Liberty High School.

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Who’s News — scholarships, championships, programs

April 21, 2015

Liberty senior receives scholarship to EWU

Diego Prado, a Liberty High School senior, received a $3,000 Presidential Scholarship to Eastern Washington University for the 2015-16 academic year.

To qualify, students must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.8 or higher, above a 1,250 SAT or a 28 or better ACT score.

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Patriots make their college choices

April 21, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony April 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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Trails club announces scholarship opportunity

April 14, 2015

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club annually sponsors the Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship, available to this year’s graduating seniors at Hazen, Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

The top prize is a $1,000 scholarship, with second place getting $500 and third place receiving $250. The deadline is May 1.

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