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“Diversify our narrative”: The need for diverse literature in high schools

“Diversify our narrative”: The need for diverse literature in high schools

Emma Decasa, Aurora Bryan, and Felicia Le March 19, 2021
We need to diversify our narrative-but what does that mean? In this issue, we’ll look at the current state of required literature in Issaquah School District (ISD) high schools and what changes are being made to our curricula.
Reflecting on a year with Covid-19

Reflecting on a year with Covid-19

March 17, 2021
What are the patriots' last memories before school closed?
To university or beyond

To university or beyond

Thinking about the future can be scary, and high school is usually the time when thinking becomes serious and dreams turn into plans. For most of us, it’s expected that our high school years are spent preparing for college and buffing up our resumes before we apply. 
Do our voices matter?

Do our voices matter?

Maddie Browne and Khanh Dao March 21, 2020
In recent years, rising student activism in our district and surrounding area has seen the results of incredible change. Last year, we fought to keep our 8-period schedule with student involvement and parent encouragement; nationally, in 2018, we walked out in solidarity with students across the nation after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. In the last month, students of Kennedy Catholic High School protested the firing of two teachers on account of their sexual orientation. But is this activism worth it? Are our voices actually heard?
Bridging the generational gap

Bridging the generational gap

Maddie Browne, Khanh Dao, and Olivia Briggs January 21, 2020
We’ve seen it on Reddit. We’ve heard it on TikTok. Gee, we’ve even heard it from government officials. “OK, Boomer”, a minimalist clapback increasingly used by millennials and Gen Z-ers to dismiss baby boomers as old-fashioned and out of touch with current issues, seems to have conquered the internet. It’s a trendy thing to say, but that’s the problem. When did we become okay with reducing intergenerational dialogue to a mere catchphrase?
We’ll title this later... we just don’t feel like doing it right now

We’ll title this later… we just don’t feel like doing it right now

Maddie Browne and Khanh Dao September 24, 2019
As procrastinators, we don’t feel like doing a lot of things. And by we, I mean everyone, at one point or another. It could even be that straight-A student or teacher who has every lesson in the semester planned out. There is no doubt that procrastination is a productivity disaster, but few procrastinators are speaking up about the fact that laziness is not always the reason. Even fewer of us are willing to admit that procrastination takes away so much more than just our time.
Academic integrity: cheating isn’t always black and white

Academic integrity: cheating isn’t always black and white

Maddie Browne, Khanh Dao, and Hallie Chen June 7, 2019
In the wake of college admission scandals, questions about academic integrity have come up over and over again: why do students cheat? What can they gain from such dishonest actions, and are there honest alternatives to cheating that help students get ahead? Because what may seem like a few little shortcuts can impact students for months to come.
You’re living in a mob

You’re living in a mob

Annabelle Smith, Hallie Chen, and Karinn Sytsma May 10, 2019
They’re screaming. The room’s dark, chairs circled. Your best friend’s sobbing. The mob is shouting curses, throwing objects, hating a faceless figure. For now, you stand alone, observing. The urge to join in is almost uncontrollable, but you’re fearing something greater. We might not be in Orwell’s 1984, and this isn’t sophomore English class. But when the Two Minutes Hate comes on, will you resist its pull?
The true value of education

The true value of education

Annabelle Smith, Hallie Chen, and Khanh Dao April 1, 2019
Walk up to any student here and ask them to guess how much it costs to run Liberty for a day, and you’ll hear guesses not even close to the true number.
Journalism: a dying art

Journalism: a dying art

Annabelle Smith, Hallie Chen, and Kelly Jinguji March 1, 2019
Journalism has been one of the foremost ways of exercising the right to free speech for centuries, and for good reason. But now, even though the Internet allows us to share and access news with unprecedented speed, there is no denying the fact that trusted, fact-checked news is on the decline. With newspaper after newspaper filing for bankruptcy, how can we ensure that the true value of journalism is not lost amidst the condemnations of fake news, clickbait, and—perhaps worst of all—irrelevancy?
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