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Shut Up, I’m Talking

May 18, 2019


Filed under Backpage, Just Listen For A Second

Since the dawn of time, mankind has seeked — sook? Saked? — anyways, mankind has been trying to find one singular thing. This ceaseless quest lies at the core of our species, and yet few people today seek to continue the timeless debate. We here at The Backpage, however, are students of culture and history, and will continue the noble fight for truth and justice. One question will be answered today: Iceberg or Romaine?

Running Start is bad for the district, not the students

Running Start is bad for the district, not the students

Ella Gage, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

For such a large and successful program, the Issaquah School District is certainly making an effort to keep Running Start very low-priority. A “dual credit” program offered to high school upperclassmen in Washington, high school students can take community college courses counting for both high school...

Benefits of honors colleges! why you should apply!

Mary Russell, Editor-in-chief

May 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Earlier this school year, as nearly 45,000 students applied to the University of Washington, many of them were a part of a similar occurrence: as they submitted their two general admission essays and clicked “next page,” they did not expect to see yet another application to the honors program. When...

Public speaking: essential for introverts and extroverts alike

Ella Gage, Staff Writer

May 14, 2019


Filed under Opinion

To get technical, the fear of speaking in front of large groups of people is called glossophobia, a phobia impacting nearly 70 percent of the world’s population. Globally, we have a roughly 50-50 ratio of introverts to extroverts. This is not just a problem introverts face, but nearly half of extroverts...

Where’s the beef on… what’s good?

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 12, 2019


Filed under Beefs

Optimism. What’s it good for? All it does is set you up for disappointment. So why is everyone stressing positivity and writing articles about questionably happy things? Reclamation bins? Livestreams? Tell me what makes them good. I’ll tell you: squat. Instead of searching for meaning in valueless...

What’s good on…where’s the beef?

Khanh Dao, Staff Writer

May 12, 2019


Filed under Opinion, What's Good?

It’s what keeps our bathrooms’ soap supply running, our parking lots civilized, and our world spinning. The “beef” is an essential human right as much as it is a human need. I’m referring to vocalized grievances, by the way, not the flesh of a certain herbivore. As homo sapiens, we can’t...

The MCU: Cinematic perfection

The MCU: Cinematic perfection

Jake Hopkins, Opinion Editor

May 10, 2019


Filed under Opinion

Marvel movies are everywhere. In total, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a 20 billion dollar budget spanning 22 movies and 11 years of filmmaking. If you were crazy enough to try to watch all the films in a row it would take you one day, 23 hours and 48 minutes. Almost two days! However, while...

Asking for help: not the end of the world

Asking for help: not the end of the world

Bridget Ury, Photography Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Opinion

In my four years of high school, the most important thing I learned was how to ask for help. During my freshman and sophomore year, when I struggled on a homework problem I would skip it to “come back later”. When I didn’t understand a concept, I’d move on and assume we’d never need it again....

The case for Puerto Rican statehood

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The last time a state was entered into the Union was Hawai’i, all the way back in 1959. While there have been more recent pushes for statehood, some more successful than others (looking at you South Georgia and Lincoln), the most recent one has arguably the most support: Puerto Rico. In 2016, Puerto...

An escape from perfectionism

Allison Rafert, Opinion Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

For the first couple years of high school, it wasn’t unusual to find me awake late at night, spending hours rereading passages from a novel in preparation for an upcoming book quiz, rehearsing a musical excerpt until every note in a run falls into place, or ensuring each calculus problem is completed...

The power of Kahoot!

The power of Kahoot!

Khanh Dao, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion

The pulse of the room quickens, eyes frantically scan for the correct response, and students hold their breath in hopeful anticipation—only Kahoot! can do this to a bunch of dozy teenagers. That’s what makes Kahoot! the most powerful educational game. Trust me, this isn’t sponsored. For one, Kahoot!...

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