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March 22, 2020

Here at the Patriot Press, it’s an almost-annual tradition to report on what Liberty believes should have been the Oscars winners. Here are our votes for the 2020 Oscars.

Do rankings have a purpose?

March 22, 2020

The vast majority of college applications or scholarship applications ask students to provide their rank when they apply. Currently, Liberty students have been putting down N/A to any question asking about rank, which can hurt their chances of getting into the school or getting the scholarship. Many ...

Alternatives to traditional rankings

March 22, 2020

It is true that there are drawbacks to the traditional system of ranking by GPA, but there are alternatives that solve some of these problems. Many like the idea of ranking based on weighted GPAs, that is, AP classes are on a scale of 5.0 and normal classes are on a scale of 4.0. This way, the difficul...

Do rankings create competition?

March 22, 2020

In high school, students are under an immense amount of pressure. We have pressure from our parents, teachers, and even peers to succeed. Having a numerical ranking system puts students against one another, creating competition to see who can have a higher rank. Suddenly, students start comparing thems...

The value in Valedictorian

March 22, 2020

The Issaquah school district used to rank students by GPA: the person with the highest GPA in the class was valedictorian and had a rank of 1, the person with the second-highest GPA had a rank of 2, and so on. However, in 2016, the Issaquah school district decided to eliminate the ranking system, choosing in...

Is summer break necessary?

March 22, 2020

Every year, students from across the country take approximately 10 weeks off of school at one time: two weeks of June and all of July and August. Over the course of those 10 weeks, we not only aren’t learning, we’re actually forgetting some of the content from the previous year. And while it can...

Why do we have midwinter break?

March 22, 2020

Unlike summer, winter, and spring break, midwinter break isn’t recognized across all school districts. In Washington State alone, only 26 percent of school districts have a full week off in February. The spottiness of the break across different districts is mostly due to its recency; midwinter break...

March 22, 2020

The most stressful month of school isn’t January, with all it’s finals, or May, with all of its AP tests – it’s March, the one month per each school year where students have no days off. The period of school without break extends from the end of midwinter break in February to the start of Spring...

To Pimp a Butterfly

To Pimp a Butterfly

March 22, 2020

Writing music is a difficult task, and that’s without trying to make it sound good or meaningful. Despite that, Kendrick Lamar managed to pull off this task with ease. Releasing the legendary To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 to near-perfect scores, it’s no wonder that considered one of the best albums...

Angelic 2 the Core

Angelic 2 the Core

March 22, 2020

In order to talk about Corey Feldman’s Angelic 2 the Core: Angelic Funkadelic/Angelic Rockadelic (and yes, that is the album’s full title), one must first understand Corey Feldman. He was a child actor in the 1980’s, and has been releasing albums sporadically since 1992, with little success. Angelic...

What about academics?

March 21, 2020

College athletes are called college athletes for a reason. They use their athletic skills to help afford college through scholarships and recruitment. Putting a heavier focus onto the athletic portion of this may take away the academic part. “It takes away the value of a college education. The whole...

How about scholarships?

March 21, 2020

The main question of this argument is if scholarships are enough money for college athletes. “College athletes are already essentially being paid,” D1 soccer athlete and P.E. teacher Kelsey Foote said. “When I played for Gonzaga, I didn’t have to pay for tuition, books, food, or housing because...

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