The Patriot Press

Pretests are for posers

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 26, 2018


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Apart from death and taxes, pretests are one of life’s certainties. Every year, we take them to help teachers gauge our abilities. But are they really necessary? Let’s be honest, we probably don’t know the material: that’s why we’re taking the class. Being told that teachers need to know who...

Laptops need to be plugged in

Mia Oliver, Staff Writer

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Barely beating the bell,you rush into Guided Study, swiftly dumping your backpack at your desk before heading to grab a laptop. Your head throbs at the thought of all the homework you have: an essay for AP Lang, three EDpuzzle videos for precalculus, and a formal lab write-up for APES. All of this you...

Snow ≠ Shorts

Tatum Lindquist, Opinion Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

It’s December, and we all know what that means: sweater weather. Or, that’s how it should be. When your car door won’t close because the mechanism is frozen, people usually take the hint and dress for cold weather. They wear gloves, hats, scarves, coats—and most important: pants. Recently, it’s...

Don’t cut people off

Tatum Lindquist, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

The car’s clock ticks life away as you sit on probably the hottest day of the school year and endure the line to the four-way stop. Five minutes—that feel like thirty—creep at a petty, skin-crawling, painstaking pace before, finally, your tires roll over the gleaming white stop line. Slowing down...

Families on their phones

Aria Soeprono, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Heads down, earbuds in, voices off. Walking into your favorite restaurant, there is no cacophony of voices and conversations; it is silent. The only sound reaching your ear is the clang of dishes in the back and the sound of the restaurant staff calling orders. The strangers posing as families surrounding...

Beef: Got trash?

Anthony Alegrete, Senior Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Imagine a world where you have to clean somebody else’s disgusting and smelly room. Doesn’t sound great, huh? However, the same principle can be applied to when you leave your garbage scattered across the lunchroom, expecting somebody else to clean it up for you. Just like it isn’t your responsibility...

Beef: Toilet paper, where ya at?

Mary Russell, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

With a full bladder and one minute already lost from the short passing period, you whip off your backpack and sprint towards the nearest empty stall. You rush as much as you’re capable, hoping to make it to your next class on time. Reaching for the toilet paper, your stomach suddenly drops. The stall...

Where’s the beef?: Unavoidable hallway errors

Aria Soeprono, Staff Writer

November 8, 2016


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

The obnoxious bell lets out a loud ring as hordes of students rush into the crowded hall. Moments later, you feel a shove and are now sandwiched between the incessant whistler and someone who has not yet discovered the miraculous powers of deodorant. As soon as you catch sight of an escape from the offensive...

Netflix sapping students’ ambition

Wyatt Waters, Opinion Editor

June 7, 2016


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Netflix: everyone’s greatest friend, and worst enemy. It provides us easily distractible students with hours upon hours of television shows, movies, and more. Thus, many of us drift into a stupor of watching episode after episode. It begins innocently. Perhaps your friend shares their Netflix account...

Late work shouldn’t just be accepted, it should be understood

Kasey Winter, Staff Writer

June 7, 2016


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

We all know the terrible feeling when you hand a teacher an assignment late and they give you that dreaded dirty look, from which you can tell the teacher is annoyed at you because you dare ask for an extension or make them do extra grading. Teachers should be more understanding when we ask for an extension...

Bathroom passes set unfair restrictions

Christina Tuttle, Staff Writer

May 12, 2016


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

High school students are entrusted with many responsibilities: driving to school, getting a job, and sometimes even voting. But self-regulating their bathroom usage? Well that’s a ridiculous idea. Or at least, this is what it seems like teachers are thinking when they force students to use bathroom...

Ditch the feuding and support each other

Izzy Hayden, Senior Writer

May 12, 2016


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

After copious amounts of training, practice five or six times a week, and weeks of intense focus, it all finally pays off. Your team finally gets the big W it was hoping for. High off the adrenaline that is bound to come with your success you take to social media to express your excitement, except instead...

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