The Patriot Press

Complaining about rain weighs us all down

Carlyn Schmidgall, Senior Writer

October 28, 2015

Just like every other A-day, you nearly drown as you trudge through the misty darkness to your first period class, conveniently located in a portable in the far reaches of the front lot. Shivering in your soggy hoodie, you slide into your seat. That’s when you hear it — irritated mumbles, annoyed...

Growing up with construction has destroyed our high school years

Sara Flash, Opinion Editor

October 28, 2015

It all started when we were little kids. We were getting a brand new middle school – exciting right? But then, the construction started up…. And it never seemed to go away. Sixth grade passed and we lived through the horrors of hammers banging, the awful smell of tar being poured in the front parking...

Break buzz-kill: pre-break homework overloads students

Sara Bluhm, Photography Editor

June 2, 2015

It’s the week before break. Your teachers have kindly decided not to assign homework over this week of bliss—but there’s a catch. Instead, you receive mountains of assignments due before break. Do they have a minimum quota of busy work to assign before break? Is it really so important that we cover...

Ten dollars isn’t too steep a price for art

Jacqueline Rayfield, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2015

After months of tireless practice, the curtain rises on the Liberty musical. Stage lights are shining down from the ceiling, colorful costumes are swirling on the stage, and melodic voices fill the theater. As a firm supporter of (and sometimes participant in) the Patriot Players’ productions, seeing...

Surviving AP abuse: the week before the test

Grant Rayfield, Online Editor

June 2, 2015

It’s the week before AP tests and you’ve never been this stressed before.  You have a 2000 word essay due for AP Lit, 180 homework questions to answer for AP Psych, six free-response questions to finish for AP Calculus BC, and a body systems project for AP Bio.  You had originally planned to be...

Heavy backpacks: weighing Patriots down

Tyra Christopherson, Staff Writer

June 2, 2015

By the end of the week, your arms are sore. Your shoulders ache. Your spine is compressed, taking a full two inches off of your previously impressive six-foot frame. All thoughts of weekend plans involve rest and recovery from your physically draining week of lugging around your 42.7 pound backpack....

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the busiest of them all?

Sydney Hopper, Senior Writer

June 2, 2015

It’s 7:30 in the morning. You should be fast asleep in your warm bed, but instead you’re slumped over in a chair, elbows resting on the desk, eyes struggling to stay open as your teacher begins the day with a lecture on the different components of a cell. You meant to get more sleep, but it was...

Lost in transition: navigating a rearranged classroom

Lucas Maier, Staff Writer

April 28, 2015

Total equilibrium, completely at peace. No surprises so far in the day, and your next class has always been your favorite. But as you round the corner and enter the classroom, anticipation is replaced by confusion, and then horror. Nothing remains of what was once a familiar and comforting classroom....

Gum chewing? Yes! Gum under desks? NO!

Skyler Radford, Staff Writer

April 28, 2015

Imagine. Let’s say Bob sits down at his desk. He thinks it’s going to be a great day. A small itch begins on his knee, so naturally, he goes to scratch it. But, bam! His day is ruined, because a big glob of gooey warm gum lands on the top of his hand as he reaches under the desk. It’s still slightly...

Stop trying to make “senior skip day” happen so soon

Sydney Dybing, Opinion Editor

April 28, 2015

Senior skip day is a day cherished by seniors for generations, envied by underclassmen, and hated by teachers. It’s supposed to be a senior class tradition to celebrate leaving high school and moving on to better and brighter things. Unfortunately, some seniors are now carelessly ruining the already...

Don’t feel guilty about your musical guilty pleasures

Brittany Toombs, Staff Writer

April 28, 2015

In the midst of discussing their favorite bands, even the most musically refined people are all-too familiar with the belittling tone and the passive aggressive question: “oh… you listen to them?” No matter how carefully articulated your music taste is, there will always be someone to metaphoricall...

Missing school: it’s not all it’s cracked up to be

Opinion Editor, Sydney Dybing

April 28, 2015

Band festivals. Choir trips. College interviews. Sporting events. Robotics competitions. The list of excused activities to miss school for goes on and on. All day you might be out of class for one reason or another, and despite the absences not counting against you in the administrator’s eyes, it makes...

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