The Patriot Press

Ten dollars isn’t too steep a price for art

Jacqueline Rayfield, Opinion Editor

June 2, 2015


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

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...

The Un-common Application

Sydney Dybing, Opinion Editor

April 28, 2015


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

When applying for college, seeing the words “We’re on the Common Application!” on a school’s website is a fantastic feeling. “I only have to write one essay that applies to every school!” you think joyously. But soon you find yourself stricken with terror: you’re staring into the face of...

Hurry up, admissions!

Trevor Sytsma, Editor-In-Chief

April 28, 2015


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

College application season was stressful enough. You wrote variations of the same essay describing your intellectual passion for butterflies more times than you care to count, and paid for so many SAT score reports and application fees that you know your parents’ credit card information a bit better...

Stuck in the Netflix black hole

Marthe Jatun, Staff Writer

April 28, 2015


Filed under Beefs, Opinion

Have you ever heard of the Netflix black hole? Once you’re sucked in it, you can’t escape. I mean, what’s better than lying in your comfy bed, watching something that makes you laugh, makes you happy, and seems to complete your life? Better than six hours of homework that makes you so depressed...

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