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June 4, 2020

Elaine Kooiker’s next adventure: a perfect match

Elaine Kooiker’s next adventure: a perfect match

Ashtyn Sakamoto, Opinion Editor

June 4, 2020

In April, senior Elaine Kooiker spontaneously booked a one-way ticket to San Luis Obispo, California, to spend time with her brother and Liberty alum, Holden Kooiker.  “Those flights from Seattle to SLO are typically $250+. But I had miles on Alaska, and after 12k of those, my ticket was only ...

Sonja Gunderson: gunning for a great future

Sonja Gunderson: gunning for a great future

Gabrielle Parrish, Sports Editor

June 4, 2020

As a stellar news reporter, expert pun maker, airplane-constructing SciOly rockstar, and one of few who have braved the trek to Costco during the 30 minute lunch period with her partner in crime, Hunter Reilly, Sonja Gunderson is clearly a woman of many feats.  Although Liberty will be sad to see her go, ...

Zach Derwin: An Athlete On His Way to a Personal Paradise

Zach Derwin: An Athlete On His Way to a Personal Paradise

Elise Sickinger, Backpage Editor

June 4, 2020

When most seniors in high school think about their big move to college, they start to get anxious. For many, it means they’ll leave not only their friends and family behind, but also items with a lifetime of sentiment--some might even suggest their entire lifestyle. For Zach Derwin, though, his upcoming move t...

Molly Keegan: the student ready to become the teacher

Molly Keegan: the student ready to become the teacher

Emma Decasa, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

We all know that 3+1 equals 4, but for senior Molly Keegan, her 3+1 means four years studying at the University of Portland. There, she can finally start the future that she’s always dreamed of. As this year comes to a close, seniors like Keegan are preparing to begin their post-high school plan...

Changing the status quo with Christian Castro

Changing the status quo with Christian Castro

Khanh Dao, Feature Editor

June 4, 2020

Saving lives, building meaningful relationships, and feeling like a superstar on Grey’s Anatomy—that’s motivation enough for most wannabe doctors to spend their 20s in school. This is true for senior Christian Castro, but his main driving force is something else entirely. “I've always wanted...

Madison Ackley

Madison Ackley

Rachel Matteson, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

She’s been a cheerleader since her freshman year. She’s been a DECA participant and qualifier for DECA state. And in the fall of 2020, senior Madison Ackley will graduate from being a Patriot to become a Viking at Western Washington University.  “I will be attending WWU this fall because I wanted to be far ...

Forever a patriot: Natalie Crouse

Forever a patriot: Natalie Crouse

Hannah Kim, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

You may have seen her face around school or heard her voice during the morning announcements, but there are probably things you still don’t know about senior Natalie Crouse. For example, she's a die hard Harry Potter fan who loves going on hikes. However, there is one thing that is abundantly clear ...

Ali Gouge: spreading smiles at Liberty and beyond

Ali Gouge: spreading smiles at Liberty and beyond

Kaitlyn Keyes, Photography Editor

June 4, 2020

If you’ve seen senior Ali Gouge around school, chances are, she was smiling. With a twinkle in her eye and a laugh you want to bring home to the parents, Gouge is one of the most sweet-hearted and genuine people you’ll meet.     She draws particular inspiration for her kind spirit from her family f...

Emma Rattie: College in Colorado

Emma Rattie: College in Colorado

Amelia Nored, Staff Writer

June 4, 2020

Though Colorado is full of rocky mountains, senior Emma Rattie’s college experience at Colorado State University is sure to go smoothly. Becoming a freshman in college is scary, but Rattie has heard helpful advice from current college students.  “I have been told to always say yes to things, because you nev...

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