The Patriot Press

Orienteering: an undiscovered gem

Tyra Christopherson, Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

Imagine running through the woods, hurdling over fallen trees, and scanning the nearby area with a map and compass in your hand. A glimpse of orange and white behind a boulder catches your eye, giving away the control location, and you immediately scramble over to the brightly colored flag. A quick punch...

Demonstrated interest: what it is and how to show it

Trevor Sytsma, Editor-In-Chief

February 3, 2015

Having obsessed over college applications, admissions chances, and selective universities more than physics teacher Mark Buchli does over divinely procreating bovines throughout the past year, I thought I had finally learned everything there was to know about what admissions officers want in the ideal...

Emotional roller coaster of finals

Skyler Radford, Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

When it's comes to finals week it's all stress and panic, because you haven't studied yet at all, and MUST ace everything. No ones in a good mood, you’re surviving solely on coffee and three hours of sleep, barely able to remember what you spent six hours studying the night before. Then once you sit...

Beyond your comfort zone: why students should travel abroad

Signe Stroming, Editor-In-Chief

February 3, 2015

The night air is full of conversation. The grass in front of a whitewashed Methodist church hosts a scattered crowd: Samoans age three to fifty, dressed in impeccably white pula tasis and lava-lavas, talking quietly in small groups. It’s Christmas Eve—or more likely Christmas itself, based on the late...

Snow day, where are you?

Sara Flash, Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

It has happened to all of us before. We hear through the grapevine that there is a chance of snow overnight. Excitement rushes into every student with the realization that there is going to be this “found” day of break: one that is not planned but that is greatly needed in the long stretches of late...

Keeping new year’s resolutions

Kenadi Browne, Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

Once every year, we all make the same heartbreaking mistake—writing that long and typically useless list of New Year’s resolutions. We pour out our hearts into a small list of hopes and dreams that slowly dwindle into nothingness. From achieving higher grades to asking out that cutie in chem class...

How much time should we be spending on homework?

Kasey Winter, Staff Writer

February 3, 2015

It’s 5am and you’ve had 2 weeks to write a 2000 word essay and you only have 200 words. You’re on your 5th cup of coffee and you regret every moment of procrastination but you know it will happen again. I feel that as a high school student, it is hard to do homework right away because as soon I ...

Air quality and you: what you need to breathe

Joel Tinseth, The Beat Editor

January 26, 2015

Though finals are typically a very stressful time for Patriots, and it gets hard to breathe, the one thing that I can personally guarantee you have not thought about yet is the air quality in which your academic travails take place in. As construction workers run rampantly across our glorious campus...

Six strategies to de-stress

Jocelyn Tierney, Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2015

Being a high school student is stressful; there’s no doubt about it. We have to worry about grades, sports, studying for the SAT, our social lives, college applications, part-time jobs, extracurriculars, getting enough sleep, and the list goes on and on. And if our lives weren’t stressful enough,...

Jazz club creates cool jams

Drew Brady, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

Jazz is a genre that captivates its listeners and players alike. Many high school students across the country study the work of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more with equally interesting names. One of the more intense musical experiences comes from the jazz combo....

Freedom in the modern age

James Ricks, Staff Writer

January 26, 2015

Freedom of speech, of assembly, to worship as we choose—the rights we cherish in our country are no longer rare worldwide. It’s a privileged age in which we live, one in which the rights of people worldwide have merit and importance. We in journalism especially revere these inalienable rights, as...

Bringing dead week back from the grave

Hannah Matson, Design Editor

January 26, 2015

You’ve probably heard of the calm before the storm—that peaceful moment where thunderheads hang in the sky like a warning, where the only sound is the clipped chirping of songbirds, where the whole world seems to be holding its breath.  Well, at Liberty High school, there is no calm.  There is...

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