Reflection — Journalism is a field I enjoy

July 8, 2014

In my two years on The Beat, I’ve gotten to pursue journalism not only inside school, but outside of school as well.

I initially discovered my passion for it through journalism class at school, and when I heard about The Beat from my teacher, I couldn’t wait to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. Getting the chance to write for a real newspaper as a high school student was quite a unique and exciting experience.

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

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Reclaiming ‘May Madness’ for caring

May 27, 2014

Madeline Wells Issaquah         High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah
High School

After last year’s fiasco with the infamous “May Madness” competition, Issaquah High School is responding by reclaiming the name.

This year, May has been dedicated to a series of service projects and events geared toward creating a more caring and unified student body.

“Our hope for ‘May Madness’ was to create a new perspective for the student body,” said Amanda Levenson, a student involved in Associated Student Body. “We wanted students to look around, see how other people are hurting, and understand each other better and how they should interact.”

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Speaker gives useful drug abuse speech

April 22, 2014

While Issaquah High School sophomores were slogging through HSPE testing and upperclassmen were enjoying a few more hours of sleep last month, freshmen had an array of morning activities throughout one week.

While many initially groaned about the activities, some of the speakers that they got to listen to had an influential message to impart.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

One of the speakers, Jerry Blackburn, is a faculty member in the Addiction Studies Program at Bellevue College. Blackburn is a teacher, community educator, and health and wellness consultant. His presentation focused on the damaging effects of substance abuse.

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Students choose many classes for creativity

May 28, 2013

Art students at Issaquah High School express their creativity on a daily basis.

With a wide array of art classes, including “Studio Graphic Arts,” “Ceramics,” “Photography,” “Visual Art,” “Advanced Art” and, starting next year, “AP Studio Art,” students have many opportunities to engage creative outlets.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

Photography classes utilize technology with digital cameras and editing, as well as darkroom techniques with film. Visual art focuses on various forms of painting and drawing, and ceramics involves learning the clay-working process and design and glaze techniques.

Sophomore Hannah Balducci, a student who takes photography, filmmaking, drawing, printmaking and painting, enjoys taking advanced photography at IHS. She also plans to take “AP Studio Art” next year, and said she is looking forward to a challenge.

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