The Patriot Press

A winter treat for the holidays

Sami Beers

January 3, 2013


Filed under Bookmarked

Title: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares   Author(s): David Levithan, Rachel Cohn   Stars: 4.5/5   Summary: Written in alternating perspectives, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares tells the story of Dash and Lily; complete strangers all alone for holidays in New York City for two very different...

District restructuring social studies curriculum

Signe Stroming

January 3, 2013


Filed under News

No more studying Alexander the Great. No more studying the Aztecs and Mayans. No more studying the changing class structure of the French Revolution. These are all now things of the past. To create a more uniform and comprehensive high school education, Washington State passed a law requiring .5-credit ...

Interhigh aims to improve sportsmanship

Trevor Sytsma

January 3, 2013


Filed under News

Last month, eleven Liberty students traveled to Garfield High School in Seattle to engage in a district-wide Interhigh with other students in the KingCo league to address common sportsmanship issues in all KingCo schools. All nineteen KingCo schools sent representatives to Interhigh. Liberty’s reps i...

What’s the buzz about marijuana?

January 3, 2013


Filed under Feature

On March 22, 2012, Liberty student, Jane Smith*, smoked marijuana while driving to school, and walked into her first period class while under the influence. Once Smith knew she was going to be caught, she rushed to warn her best friend, Mary Anderson*, who had smoked with her that morning. Minutes la...

Musical diversity at holiday concert

Musical diversity at holiday concert

Hannah Matson

January 3, 2013


Filed under The Beat

On Dec. 11, the combined sound of Liberty’s marching band, jazz band, orchestra, and choir shook Maywood’s gymnasium and filled the audience with festive cheer. The annual winter concert featured diverse songs ranging from traditional holiday tunes to some of the Beatles’ greatest hits. When played t...

Patriot power saves our schedule

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Press Perspective

One of the goals of public high school is to teach students how to express their opinions and speak out for what they believe is right. The Liberty community has demonstrated that they understand this lesson wholeheartedly by taking action in response to the formerly proposed schedule change. With our F...

Is the bad really in the bud?

Neil Chakravarty

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

I am amazed at the legalization of marijuana in Washington State not because of the legalization itself, but because it has remained illegal as long as it has. Currently under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance: the very same designation used to classify cocaine, methamphe...

Lighting up a dark holiday

Storm Bermudez

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Lines of anxious people fueled by sleep-deprived fervor, wallets and clipped advertisements clutched tightly in hand, grouped together in front of a busy department store: this picture of a Friday’s morning marks the beginning of the winter holidays. With Black Friday turning into Black Thursday – as opening time ...

When will I use this in real life? Everyday actually.

Roland Deex

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

The Issaquah School District’s Student Learning Goals state "Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life". In our lives, many of us will face extreme challenges: some of them health-related, some of them writing related...

Do you agree with the state funding of charter schools?

Akielly Hu

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

No. In the face of Washington’s struggling public education system, we should be focusing on the ninety-nine percent of students in public schools, not the one percent in charter schools. Due to the limited enrollment (often based on lottery) that charter schools have, very few students actually b...

Do you agree with the state funding of charter schools?

Jeremy Stroming

January 3, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Yes. There’s no denying it; the current education system in Washington has problems. One in four Washington students fail to graduate on time and more than half of those entering community or technical schools needing remedial classes in math and English. Something needs to be done, and charter scho...

Classroom-Debater-Kid

January 3, 2013


Filed under Backpage, Backpage Profile, Student Profile

Quietly walking into class, you are fully prepared for the activity that you have been dreaming about for days: the debate on the two alternate meanings for the use of candles in The Crucible. In preparation you have spent many red-eye nights arguing with people in the Youtube comments section about wheth...

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