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The journey to success

Lorrin Johnson and Amanda Roberts

June 2, 2015

Numbers do not define you The clock has just struck 2 a.m. You approach your computer excitedly, yet hesitantly. You have been waiting all night—no, your entire life— for this moment. Your true worth is about to be displayed on a computer screen; your future will soon be determined by an exhibit...

Cheating: is it worth it?

Lorrin Johnson and Amanda Roberts

April 20, 2015

Quickly,” your friend says, “before the teacher comes back from the bathroom.” You can feel a little trickle of sweat run down your brow; your hands are shaking as you poise your iPhone in the perfect position for a picture. “I think I hear footsteps coming from outside the door,” another...

Beyond boy and girl

Lorrin Johnson and Amanda Roberts

April 16, 2015

Imagine: You are right-handed. You know you are right-handed, and it feels natural to write with your right hand. But you are forced—day in and day out—to write with your left hand. You will not be accepted if you write with your right hand, and so you are forced to live with the awkwardness and...

“Let’s talk Feminism”

Lorrin Johnson, Amanda Roberts, Brittany Toombs, and Kenadi Brown

November 26, 2014

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Girls don’t want to be called feminists because they don’t want to scare men away. Boys don’t want to be feminists because they don’t want to be considered “feminine.” Young people don’t want to be called feminists because they believe it to be a forgotten cause, thinking ...

The Power of One

Lorrin Johnson, Amanda Roberts, Sydney Hopper, Skylar Kylstra, and Megan So

October 24, 2014

A sea of blue and green rhythmically flows into the open gym. Teachers direct students to their respective bleacher sections. The sophomore class beams with confidence, relieved to be ridded of the burdensome title of “freshmen.” Juniors eagerly accept their positions as upperclassmen. Seniors zealously...

Make Your Mark: liberty students lend a helping hand

Amanda Roberts and Lorrin Johnson

September 3, 2014

Doing good deeds for others is not a new concept for most people, but never before has helping one’s community been something an entire generation is not only expected to do, but rather inclined to do. According to the Corporation of National and Community Service, volunteering among teenagers nearly doubl...

Gender Stereotypes: Starting the Conversation

Signe Stroming and Shelby Lex

May 6, 2014

From scattered comments heard on the playground of elementary school to the deafeningly of jokes, yells, and demands in the hallways of Liberty High School, most guys have heard the phrases "be a man," "suck it up," and "man up" more times than they could possibly count. Perhaps from parents, perhaps...

Savior at Skyline

Mackenna Briggs

April 26, 2013

More than 34,000 people in the U.S. commit suicide due to depression each year—three every hour, or one attempt made every minute. Most people do not know how they can save the life of someone who is depressed and contemplating suicide, but a student from Skyline was capable and succeeded in doing just ...

Understanding Depression Continued

Nathan Dahm

April 26, 2013

On the other hand, it is possible for a person to be too sensitive; this usually is seen as a chief cause of depression. Holding on to too much information, or information that does not necessarily matter, is a primary cause of anxiety, and a primary cause of depression. "All of the little details, the com...

Understanding Depression

Jacob Johnston

April 26, 2013

With both an increased number of depressed students and an increased number of student suicides seen in the Issaquah District this year, the effects on the students are clear, yet they also beg the question—what is the cause of emotions that lead to such a state of despair? The answer is that causes of depres...

Facing Depression

Anjali D'Souza and Lena Donovan

April 26, 2013

Across the room, a girl takes notes diligently as the teacher lectures about the industrial revolution and its impact on inner-city commerce. She pauses occasionally to listen to her friends or interject her own part of the side conversation. She is smiling and laughing happily. Then the teacher calls on he...

Abusing Adderall

Trevor Sytsma and Grant Rayfield

March 18, 2013

Often abused because it allows users to study more effectively, enhance academic performance, and experience a sense of euphoria, Adderall can have many benefits to any person.  Doctors have found that it is relatively easy to fake the symptoms of ADD and be diagnosed,  and for this reason many mor...

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