The Patriot Press

Once Upon A Time: Appreciating the Hidden Value in College Essays

Signe Stroming, Editor-In-Chief

April 22, 2015

Quick, think of an experience that changed your life. Describe a moment when you overcame adversity. Tell me about your cultural identity. Did your heart beat a little faster there? Even now, months after I’ve finished answering those questions in the stress and tedium of Applying To College, mine did...

Why AP Chemistry will be an unnecessary burden on LHS

Trevor Sytsma, Editor-In-Chief

April 22, 2015

With course registration for the 2015-2016 school year happening now, class schedules are on everyone’s mind. Students are given new opportunities each year for classes to take: last year, the new Science of Forensics class was all the rage; this year, the new Sports/Event Marketing course piqued the...

Please filter yourselves

Skylar Kylstra, Staff Writer

April 22, 2015

We have all experienced those moments: when someone in class raises their hand during a discussion or debate and their statement is so shockingly inaccurate that everyone in the room simultaneously cringes from second hand embarrassment. Or at least, I've had quite a few those moments (second period...

Do some listening instead of whispering

Mackenna Briggs, Focus Editor

April 22, 2015

“Please quiet down everyone, I need you to listen.” Wait. Hold on a second. Did the teacher really have the audacity to tell me to quiet down? Who does she think she is? She can’t tell me what to do; it’s not like she’s trying to help me or anything. No, I’m simply too good f...

How to ID a gym bro

Joel Tinseth, The Beat Editor

April 22, 2015

High school is, among many other things, a time for change. During this post-puberty yet pre-adult time span, we tend to latch on to some peculiar fads ranging from disturbing to bizarre. This time around, just about every male at Liberty is all about hitting the gym… or at least pretending like they...

Interhigh exchange brings new perspectives to LHS

James Ricks, Staff Writer

April 22, 2015

Oftentimes, being insulated in the stagnant air of our various high schools, it’s easy to forget there’s a world outside the cookie-cutter classrooms that furnish our lives for eight hours each day. That’s why, this next Tuesday, March 3, Liberty is again participating in a Kingco-wide Interhigh...

Prom: stress in finding the dress

Shelby Lex, Editor-In-Chief

April 22, 2015

The girl walks down the spiral staircase and all eyes zero-in on her. She looks flawless: hair perfectly styled, makeup impeccably applied and dress effortlessly worn. Pictures are taken, compliments exchanged, and then she’s off with her date to the dance. Prom. It’s the classic scene in movies...

Does being well-rounded help with getting a job?

Grant Rayfield, Online Editor

April 22, 2015

I’m a senior this year, and so I’ve just made it past the last big milestone of high school – the college application process.  While I would like to be able to say that I got into the schools I wanted to because I did amazingly in every subject, such is simply not the case; while I initially...

Schreck stuff: the stuff of fear

Gabby Messina, Staff Writer

April 22, 2015

Your eyes start to blur, and everything on the page looks like a sea of meaningless jargon, a headache forms, you tremble, and you begin to feel the stick of sweat. Schreck stuff doesn’t have anything to do with ogres, or swamps, or even talking donkeys. It has to do with fear. Even though schreck...

The importance of having a pet or two

Claire Good, News Editor

April 22, 2015

Adolescence and the resulting transition into young adulthood is a stressful, confusing, and often frustrating time. You tend to develop habits that you grow to resent: overeating, oversleeping, overcaffeinating, or overestimating your ability to finish an essay before the deadline. You...

Blood, sweat, and tears: the bio of a chamber strings member

Logan Allan, Staff Writer

April 22, 2015

Weary fingers stiffen over steel strings, and mumbles of frustration echo throughout the room as foreheads lean against the wooden scrolls of their instruments when Jana Dalpez cuts the orchestra off. Welcome to a daily rehearsal in Chamber Strings, where the only thing that gets you through each...

Teacher rants keep class interesting

Anna Malesis, Managing Editor

April 22, 2015

Tick… Tick…… Tick………… As you sit in class, each minute seems to last twice as long as the last. The period drags on, and it appears that nothing can save you from your long, painful slog through this boring power point—but wait! Was that a glimpse of fiery passion in your teacher’s...

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