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Annabelle Smith

Annabelle Smith, Feature Editor

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You’re living in a mob

You’re living in a mob

They’re screaming. The room’s dark, chairs circled. Your best friend’s sobbing. The mob is shouting curses, throwing objects, hating a faceless figure. For now, you stand alone, observing. The urge to join in is almost uncontrollable, but you’re fearing something greater. We might not be in Orwell’s 1984, and this isn’t sophomore English class. But when the Two Minutes Hate comes on, will you resist its pull?
May 10, 2019
The true value of education

The true value of education

I was sitting in the library one day, the sun streaming through a wide, high window across my high-tech school computer, when I noticed a small, vulgar doodle in the wall: “f*** liberty,” it said. I paused, considering, and decided this bothered me. I know the library cost over $5,000,000 to make, and in light of this, the graffiti seemed ignorant; I grabbed a Sharpie and crossed it out. I know Liberty is a nice school: our hallways are wide and clean; our textbooks glossy; our teachers generally happy to teach. It got me thinking: how much money is actually pumped into this place, day-to-day? Aside from our expensive library, how much did the building cost? This, my final feature article, is all I could find out about the cost of Liberty High School.
April 1, 2019
Journalism: a dying art

Journalism: a dying art

Journalism has been one of the foremost ways of exercising the right to free speech for centuries, and for good reason. But now, even though the Internet allows us to share and access news with unprecedented speed, there is no denying the fact that trusted, fact-checked news is on the decline. With newspaper after newspaper filing for bankruptcy, how can we ensure that the true value of journalism is not lost amidst the condemnations of fake news, clickbait, and—perhaps worst of all—irrelevancy?
March 1, 2019
The art of Art

The art of Art

Art: if you have ever lived on Earth, chances are you have consumed some form of it. Books, music, drawings, and films are just a few categories of art, which is defined as “the expression of human creative skill.” Here at Liberty, student artists share their creative talents in many ways, both in and out of school. But why did they become artists, and why is art such a big part of many people’s lives?
December 13, 2018
Final Bell for Liberty's Block Schedule?

Final Bell for Liberty’s Block Schedule?

In response to a new district levy granting the Issaquah School District an extra 40 million dollars a year, a high school scheduling committee was chartered in February 2018. The committee aims to place Issaquah, Skyline, and Liberty High School on a common schedule while simultaneously adding at least one period to the six period school days of Issaquah and Skyline.
November 20, 2018

Praise Google

November 6, 2018


April 4, 2018

Calling Out Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual behavior towards another individual. These behaviors can include catcalls, unwelcome touches, and inappropriate jokes. Importantly, there is a fine line between playfulness and sexual harassment. With over 25% of Liberty students reporting that they have been sexually harassed, it’s important to know what sexual harassment is and what you can do in the event of harassment.
December 17, 2017
Our environment, our responsibility

Our environment, our responsibility

Rising temperatures, melting ice caps, droughts, forest fires, and skyrocketing carbon emissions—our climate is changing, and protecting the environment has become of paramouont importance. In the face of this massive problem, what can Liberty students do? How serious is the worldwide environmental problem? And is there still hope for the world?
November 9, 2017
Drugs, Alcohol...Phones?

Drugs, Alcohol…Phones?

When people think of the word “addiction,” things such as alcohol or drugs pop into their minds. While these substances are highly addictive, cell phone addiction has also become very prevalent in today’s society leaving people with a negatively impacted mental and social health.
June 6, 2017
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