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Activism Goes Viral

Activism Goes Viral

Emily Van Bergeyk, Managing

April 6, 2018


Filed under 2017-2018, Focus

To step into the public sphere in this day and age is to step into an ocean of technology. The American public is awash in smartphones, smartwatches, tablets; in blogs, posts, online forums. The tide of social media influence is inexorable and according to the 2016 Nielson Total Audience Report, American...

Social Media Influences Eating Disorders

Social Media Influences Eating Disorders

Haley Keizur, Chief

April 6, 2018


Filed under 2017-2018, Focus, Showcase

Two likes. Refresh. Eight likes. Refresh. 16 likes. Pause. Refresh. 27 likes. And so the process goes. Studies show that people can get addicted to social media in a similar way they can get addicted to drugs or alcohol, as explained by Simon Sinek on Inside Quest; it triggers the release ...

Impact of Black History Month Explored

Impact of Black History Month Explored

Andrew Flury, Staff

March 5, 2018


Filed under 2017-2018, Features, Focus, Uncategorized

In honor of Black History Month, The Viking Vanguard examines different aspects of African-American culture and the way it has shaped the Puyallup School District. According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, African-American students constitute 3.8 percent of the Puyallup Schoo...

Get involved in your community

Haley Keizur, Chief

December 21, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, Features, Focus

Lights twinkle, presents overflow from beneath the crystalized pine tree, the scent of freshly-baked cookies wafts through the air. As metallic red wrapping paper is torn apart and beautifully-tied bows are carelessly tossed aside, succeeded by gleeful grins and laughs and bites are taken from soft,...

School shootings—Tragedy, Preparedness, an Uncertain Future

School shootings—Tragedy, Preparedness, an Uncertain Future

Emily Van Bergeyk, Managing

October 27, 2017


Filed under 2017-2018, Focus

Las Vegas. Orlando. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook Elementary School. These names, forever ingrained in America’s memory, represent the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history. And names like these are appearing in the news more and more frequently. According to Gun Violence Archive, there ha...

Teacher uncovers mental health

Teacher uncovers mental health

Raquel Amato, Op-Ed/A&E Editor

October 11, 2017


Filed under Features, Focus, Print Publication, Showcase

Keeping yourself mentally well is a key factor in maintaining a healthy body. Health teacher Brian Grout talks about some ways to keep yourself mentally healthy throughout school and your personal life. One of the things Grout goes over is ways to deal with losses. No matter what the loss is, whether...

Emotional Health Explored

Emotional Health Explored

Haley Keizur, Chief

September 28, 2017


Filed under Features, Focus

They say laughter is good for the soul. So is crying. How you handle those emotions is where it can get tricky. Emotional health is how you handle your emotions and deal with the challenges that come at you. An emotionally healthy person can effectively navigate their full range of emotions...

Spotlight Hits Home

Spotlight Hits Home

Shayla Jones, Managing Editor

March 31, 2017


Filed under 2016-2017, Focus

A woman walks the street, late at night, skimpy clothes glinting under yellowed streetlights. A run down “massage parlor” is the storefront for the hallowed halls, holding misery and sucking life out of its inhabitants. A motel room, chains inside both literal and figurative, men...

Music Inspires, Molds Culture

Music Inspires, Molds Culture

Shayla Jones, Coverage Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, Focus

Music, to some, is the voice of the people. It can be used as a weapon in the war against conformity, political antics or the war against one’s self. From the crooners of the ‘60s to the angst filled rock songs of the ‘90s, music has been seen as a form of self-expression for the masses since...

Rape Culture Explored

Rape Culture Explored

Haley Keizur, Social Media Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under 2016-2017, Focus, Showcase

Every two minutes, someone in America is sexually assaulted, a­ccording to Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP). Every two minutes, someone is forced into some sort of sexual action, which includes rape, groping or torture in a sexual manner. Every two minutes, a friend, spouse,...

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