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Mr. Buchli’s science jokes light up the day

Khanh Dao, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

The average sophomore will say that chemistry is one of his or her least favorite classes. Stepping into the chemistry lab the first day of school, I too told myself I would dread the class.  I hated that the quizzes were timed and that I couldn’t borrow a calculator if I forgot to bring my own....

Mr. Matheny’s classroom: an escape from stress

Krista Kroiss, Beat Editor

November 6, 2018

From the time you enter middle school, or even elementary school, the conditioning begins: junior year is coming. When junior year comes, the final year before one applies to college, the pressure to excel is on. From SAT scores to GPA to AP classes and extracurriculars, the stress to achieve impossible...

Learning to love the doorstoppers

Lili Harris, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

There’s always hesitancy in opening the doors. Sure, some might feel pressure in figuring out whether it’s “pull” or “push” on the first tug, but nothing compares to the feeling of shame in banging on a door waiting for someone to let you in. Running to a door only for it to close in your...

First-period teachers: saving lives since 8:00 AM

Maddie Browne, Spotlight Editor

November 6, 2018

Walking into first period, still half asleep, you stumble to your desk, rubbing your eyes in fatigue until— “ALRIGHT, BOYS AND GIRLS, LISTEN UP!” All of a sudden, you jerk out of your stupor. Any trace of exhaustion is gone. Enthusiastic first-period teachers are lifesavers. Their spirit and ...

STEM: Unpraised opportunities at Liberty

Margaret Baumgartner, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018

At Liberty we are fortunate enough to be offered multiple different opportunities in STEM. I am thankful for all these chances to further better myself as well as my education. Unfortunately, some students take these opportunities for granted. We have wonderful classes and clubs such as Math Club and...

The trees that surround Liberty

Mary Russell, Editor-in-chief

November 6, 2018

You light up the school in the dark, cold winters. You entertain my eyes with color and beauty in the Fall. The sweet scent that you create in the spring is delightful. You are the trees that surround Liberty, and I thank you for your presence. I am quite fond of the trees now, but my appreciation...

The secret to Liberty’s clubs

Matthew Rubenstein, Online Editor

November 6, 2018

One of the best parts about our school is the sheer number of clubs that we have. From Math Club to Key Club to Super Smash Bros Club, Liberty has a club for everyone. And while some of that is because of the diversity of Liberty, most of it is because of our club advisors. See, each club needs a...

Liberty’s library: saving students one printed paper at a time

Naia Willemsen, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

Most students can agree that printers are basically the most unreliable piece of equipment— ever. We all know the feeling: it’s the night before a big essay is due. You’ve finalized it and checked your MLA formatting. After all of your hard work, it’s time to hit print. And then the dreaded...

VOICE Mentors

Nathan Jackson, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 6, 2018

Sometimes, the most disadvantaged in our community need a helping hand. And sometimes, that hand may not be there. That’s where VOICE Mentors step in. VOICE Mentors are volunteers who spend half an hour to an hour and a half with kids with academic and/or social-emotional needs across the district....

April Phillips – The woman behind the scenes

Nick Vanni, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018

If you were to apply for a job at the Issaquah School District, what tasks would you expect to be given? Would you expect to teach, grade, and help students? Or would you want to fly the drapes of the theater in and out, organize the stage workshop, and adjust spotlights to perfection? If the second...

Approachable teachers

Stella Roberts, Creative Director

November 6, 2018

Whether you’re an introvert or have been traumatized by intimidating teachers in the past, having an approachable teacher that genuinely wants to help you is a breath of fresh air.   Approachable teachers are the kind of teachers that understand the stress of being a 21st century high school...

To a teacher who never taught me English

Sylvie Cao, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018

To most of Liberty, she’s Mrs. O’Brien, English teacher. But to me, she’s Alyssa.   I remember freshman year, when I played volleyball on the C team. I was terrified of upperclassmen, intimidated by my teachers, and overall, just extremely confused. Alyssa was the coach then, and I remember...

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